(WICHITA, KS, 11/2/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire that destroyed a Muslim-owned restaurant in Wichita, Kansas.
After the fire destroyed the Petra Mediterranean Restaurant, the owners found the words “Go Back” spray-painted in large letters on the storage unit behind the restaurant.
“Because of the overall rise in the number of anti-Muslim incidents both nationwide and in Kansas and Wichita specifically, and the alleged hate graffiti found at the scene, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for this blaze,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
(Kansas City, KS, 10/29/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today condemned hate vandalism targeting an African-American church in Kansas City Missouri.
Someone broke into the Concord Fortress of Hope Church in Kansas City, Mo., early Sunday morning, starting a fire and vandalizing the front doors and windows defaced with racist graffiti, the letters “KKK” and what appeared to be a Nazi swastika.
“We condemn this apparent hate attack on a house of worship and express our solidarity with the Christian and African-American communities at this difficult time,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
(WICHITA, KS, 9/18/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called for an “independent” investigation of both Emprise Bank and the Wichita Police Department following the traumatic arrest earlier this month of the Iraqi-American Muslim family for a “fraudulent check,” which was later determined to be valid.
“The conflicting statements from both Emprise Bank and law enforcement authorities are adding to the confusion rather than clarifying the situation,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
He added: “Instead of hiding behind vague ‘policies and procedures’ that they claim were followed and vowing to do the same in a similar situation, they should come clean and explain what were the specific reasons for their actions. They should also re-examine those policies and procedures and make any necessary changes in the training of staff to avoid repeating this traumatic event with another family.”
Elbayoumy said CAIR-Kansas has been to trying to support the family during this difficult time, while waiting for explanations from those involved before exploring legal options.