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DOJ Investigating Anti-Muslim Incidents

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Rachel Slajda | September 2, 2010, 1:43PM

The Department of Justice is investigating two recent, high-profile anti-Muslim incidents, TPMmuckraker confirms.

A DOJ spokeswoman says the department has opened investigations into the attack on a Muslim cab driver in New York City and an apparent arson at the site of a future mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“The Department is investigating these matters with local authorities,” said the spokeswoman, Xochitl Hinojosa.

Although it hasn’t happened yet this time, the Justice Department has in the past created task forces for dealing with apparent hate crime waves. In the 1990s, a spate of church fires in the South lead to the Church Arson Task Force, which found that some of the fires were racially motivated against African-Americans. After Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush DOJ Civil Rights Division began an “Initiative to Combat Post-9/11 Discriminatory Backlash” to make sure potential hate crimes against Muslims were prosecuted.

Department officials reportedly met recently with an interfaith coalition, including Muslim groups, worried about the apparent increase in anti-Muslim sentiment, and more meetings may be in the works.

Additional reporting by Ryan J. Reilly.

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Rent-This-Missile Ad Agency Donates Two ‘Missiles’ To Protest Against Manhattan Mosque

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Rachel Slajda | August 27, 2010, 5:58PM

Need a missile for your next corporate event or political rally? Have we got the guys for you.

The missile appeared in several photos of last weekend’s protests against the planned Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan. It’s pointed at the sky, wrapped in a poster that reads, “Ground Zero Mosque — Religion Preying On Freedom.”

The owner of the missile is an ad agency called JetAngel, which until recently was a charity that carted decommissioned missiles and jet cockpits to children’s hospitals to cheer up the kids. But now, as the agency’s owner describes in a CraigsList ad, it’s “now turning in to an advertising business.”

From its sales pitch:

Our goal is to ‘re-commission’ these aircraft to share the excitement of jet flight and engage the public by telling the stories that make up our history. In doing so, we can also provide a new venue for national advertisers and sponsors that has no equal in reaching consumer attention.

The owner, Arye Sachs, is looking for people to volunteer to cart one of his missiles back and forth to the site of the proposed mosque, starting on Sept. 2.

He is “donating” two missiles, and his time, “to fight the proposed mosque on Ground Zero.”

MORE HERE

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