Southwest Missouri Islamic mosque vandalized -

Southwest Missouri Islamic mosque vandalized

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Officials at a mosque in southwest Missouri say obscene graffiti written on the building's wall will be costly to remove.
Joseph Pollpeter, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Springfield, said the graffiti was discovered on three outside walls when members showed up prayer services Saturday morning. He said it could cost $1,000 to have the graffiti sandblasted off.
Pollpeter told The Springfield News-Leader that he contacted the Springfield police, as well as the FBI. He believes the messages constitute a hate crime. He said the graffiti included a phallic symbol near the door where women enter; a reference to Allah being gay and profane four-letter words.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday law enforcement authorities should investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.
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