Louisville mosque vandalized with graffiti (Photo)
Louisville mosque vandalized with graffiti (Photo)

Louisville mosque vandalized with graffiti (Photo)

Red spray paint was used to write several anti-Islamic messages on the exterior of a building of worship.

Phrases like “this is for France,” “Nazis speak Arabic,” and “Moslems – leave the Jews alone,” were spray-painted on doors, walls and sidewalks of the center at 4007 River Road.

Muhammad Babar, a member of the congregation and spokesman for the center, said members have been on alert since last week, when someone ripped apart the Quran in front of the Muslim Community Center of Louisville.

Babar said members of the congregation are “obviously hurt” by the vandalism, but he hopes the incident serves as a learning experience for the community.

“Whoever did this, we will pray for him, and we have forgiven him,” Babar said. “And if that person is meaning to send us a message to leave — America is our country and our adopted homeland … we’re not going anywhere.”

A police report was filed Wednesday, and the FBI is also involved, he said.

The center will hold a press conference at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, where Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilwoman Angela Leet are expected to speak. Babar said there will be a community cleanup event to cover the paint at the center at 3 p.m. Friday.

“We didn’t expect anyone to vandalize our house of God,” Babar said Wednesday night. “It’s where we worship. It’s a place for everyone, not just Muslims, for Louisvillians.”


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