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Islamic Society of North America thanks criminals after vandalism over weekend

The headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield was vandalized Sunday morning. The writings had profanity, racial epithets and references to suicide bombings and ISIS. The FBI has opened a hate crimes investigation.Somebody saw a truck drive away from the building around that time, but didn’t think anything of it…

Hoosiers respond to anti-Muslim vandalism with thanks

The three young men came early Sunday morning. They sprayed “**** Muslims,” “**** ISIS,” “suicid bombers” and genitalia in white paint on the red brick walls of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, Indiana. The message was disturbing and frightening, ISNA Secretary General Hazem Bata said…

Vandals spray paint Islamic Society center in Indiana

Surveillance video captured three people vandalizing the outside of the Islamic Society of North America. Now the group’s leader is speaking out. Secretary General Hazem Bata says Muslims won’t abandon their faith just because of some spray paint. Vulgar anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted over the weekend on the…

Vandals Deface Islamic Society Headquarters in Plainfield

The headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, Indiana was vandalized this weekend. Spray painted writings included profanity, references to suicide bombings, and ISIS. Three suspects were seen on camera early Sunday morning, but no one is in custody. Officials with the Islamic society actually thanked…

From many faiths, one message: Opposition to Plainfield mosque vandalism

The headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, Indiana was vandalized this weekend. Spray painted writings included profanity, references to suicide bombings, and ISIS. Three suspects were seen on camera early Sunday morning, but no one is in custody. Officials with the Islamic society actually thanked the vandals for showing…

Muslim leaders decry Indianapolis graffiti

American Muslims refuse to be victims in their own country, the secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America said Monday after vulgar, anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted on an exterior wall of the group’s headquarters in suburban Indianapolis. “Muslims will not abandon our faith simply because of some spray paint..

Police release video of suspects vandalizing Indiana mosque

Late Monday afternoon Plainfield police released grainy video of three men spraying graffiti on the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) building. The spray paintings were laced with racial slurs and obscenities. Leaders at ISNA called an afternoon news conference at the building on Monday. During the 45-minute press conference…

Islamic Society draws support from other faith groups after vandalism at mosque

A day after the Islamic Society of North America was spray-painted with racial slurs and vulgarities, the organization’s secretary general didn’t speak with anger. In a room packed with faith leaders, members of the media and the greater Indianapolis community, Hazem Bata explained that he wouldn’t discuss an increase in bigotry…