Sunday, April 09, 2006

Texas Muslim Group To Call For Tolerance After Attack On BU Student

(April 7, 2006)—The Dallas-Fort Worth Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations scheduled a news conference Friday in Waco to call for “increased efforts to promote racial and religious tolerance” in the aftermath of an attack on a Muslim coed on the Baylor University Campus.

The group earlier called on the FBI to investigate the attack as a hate crime.
document. The FBI joined the Baylor Department of Public Safety Wednesday as authorities tried to track down the man responsible for the attack.
The student told News Ten the man grabbed her headscarf Saturday night as she walked back to her campus dorm and threw her to the ground, yelling profane ethnic and anti-Muslim slurs while threatening to kill her if she made any noise.
The man pinned her to the ground, she said, and dug his nails into her chest until she screamed.
When she screamed, she said the man slapped her in the face and kicked her twice in the ribs before he fled.
She required emergency room treatment for a dislocated shoulder and contusions.
She has left Baylor to return to her family’s home in a neighboring state to recuperate.
Baylor student leaders and members of various campus organizations planned a candlelight vigil Thursday night on campus for the coed.
The students observed a moment of silence for their victim of the attack and signed a book, which will be given to her, the University said.
“When we learn of incidents such as this, it is essential for us to unite and show our indignation toward all forms of hatred and cruelty,” the student leaders said in an e-mail sent to the student body.
“We have an opportunity to make a difference by standing as a community and publicly announcing our intolerance for violent actions, especially those motivated by race or religion.”
The victim said she did not think her attacker was a student.

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