More anti-Muslim incidents are being reported around the country as the mosque controversy grows. On Wednesday, police in Madera, California, said they’re investigating recent vandalism at a local mosque as a hate crime. Signs were left at the Masjid Madera center reading, “No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero” and “Wake up America, the Enemy is here.” The signs were credited to a group calling itself the “American Nationalist Brotherhood.” A brick was also thrown at the center last week.
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, local officials have rejected a building permit for a new mosque in the town of Mayfield. A local Somali group had sought to build the mosque, but the Mayfield zoning board rejected the application by claiming there’s insufficient parking space. According to local press reports, cheers broke after the board announced the decision to a packed hearing. The American Civil Liberties Union says it’s monitoring the case to determine if ethnic bias was involved.