The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on state and federal law enforcement Sunday to investigate an act of vandalism and possibly a hate crime at an Edmond mosque.
Edmond police said a report was taken Sunday morning involving pieces of bacon being left in the parking lot and at the entrance of the Islamic Society of Edmond. Police said bacon strips were wrapped around door handles at the mosque.
The vandalism is believed to have happened between 6:30 and noon, the council reported in a news release.
“All Oklahomans should be concerned when a house of worship in their state is targeted by hate,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani in the release. “We urge federal authorities to intervene in this case and call on public officials to speak out against the growing Islamophobia that leads to such attack.”
Soltani said the vandalism is just part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.
CAIR-OK also said it received a report about another mosque in central Oklahoma that had two windows shattered overnight by shots fired from a BB gun, but it did not specify where that was.
Police said more information would be available Monday about the Edmond incident.