CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Bias Motive for Texas Mosque Fires

Mar 18, 2011, 12:02 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

HOUSTON, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-TX) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for two fires at a Houston-area mosque.

Arson investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a mosque in the Clear Lake area of Houston. The fire is the second blaze at the same facility in the past week.

Video: Fire Erupts at Mosque in Clear Lake Area

2nd Fire at Mosque Within One Week

"Because of the two fires within one week and the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society, it would only be prudent to investigate a possible bias motive in this case," said CAIR-Texas Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.

Carroll noted that a man recently pleaded guilty to an arson attack on an Arlington, Texas, mosque.

SEE: Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime in Connection with Mosque Arson

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CONTACT: CAIR-Texas Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, 713-838-2247, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations