Justice, Hate Crime Protection Sought by West County Muslims
St. Louis area religious leaders are asking residents to stand up against hate and discrimination of Muslims in America. Watch a clip from Wednesday's press conference from West County's Dar-Ul Islam Mosque.
In light of what some believe was an arson attack that burned down a Mosque in the outskirts of Joplin on Aug. 6, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in St. Louis held a press conference Wednesday to offer support to the Muslim community there and throughout America.
Kirkwood resident Faizan Syed, executive director for CAIR-St. Louis, led the press conference at West County's Dar-Ul Islam Mosque, located near Manchester and Weidman roads. He said the Muslim community in Joplin has been attacked several times in the past by a minority of outer Joplin residents.
This most recent attack comes after a gunman opened fire on a Milwaukee, WI area Sikh temple, killing six people. Although a motive has not yet been released, many feel it was a hate crime meant to be directed at Muslims.
Meanwhile, there is a $10,000 reward offered by CAIR and a $15,000 reward by the FBI for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of a July 4 attack on the Joplin mosque or for more information in this latest fire.
The FBI is currently investigating the Joplin mosque’s burning. They have assigned 30 agents to the case.
Check out the above clip from Wednesday's press conference at Dar-Ul Islam and check back to Patch Thursday morning for more details on the news conference and the FBI investigation.