Nationwide Anti-Mosque Activity

In the wake of the 2015 attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, anti-Muslim sentiment has spiked. Although these sentiments manifest themselves in many ways, attacks on mosques directly take aim at religious freedom. Existing and proposed mosque sites across the country have been targeted for vandalism and other criminal acts, and there have been efforts to block or deny necessary zoning permits for the construction and expansion of other facilities.

While mosque opponents frequently claim their objections are based on practical considerations such as traffic, parking, and noise levels, those asserted concerns are often pretexts masking anti-Muslim sentiment. Government officials in some areas of the country have yielded to this religious bigotry, treating mosques and Islamic centers differently than other proposed houses of worship and/or denying zoning permits without the compelling interest that is required by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (a federal civil rights law that affords heightened legal protection to the use of property for religious purposes). Even where local governments strongly support religious freedom, private citizens nevertheless often seek to intimidate Muslims into forgoing the exercise of this freedom.

The Constitution guarantees the right of private citizens to protest, and the ACLU would vigorously defend that right if infringed by the government. But making Muslims – or any other religious group – feel unwelcome in local communities conflicts with our Founders' vision of religious liberty and tolerance. Protests that cross the line into violence and other criminal acts are, of course, not protected by law and are indefensible.

Below is a map highlighting anti-mosque incidents across the country since 2005. If you are aware of an anti-mosque incident not on this list, please contact us.

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Arkansas

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Bella Vista, September 2010 
The Bella Vista City Council met to consider banning the construction of mosques and the practice of Sharia Law within city limits.

Sources:
http://nwahomepage.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=188955
http://jonah-m-tebbetts.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-jerusalem-in-benton-cou...

 

Arizona

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Tucson, January 2016
Residents at a high-rise student housing facility have repeatedly thrown alcohol bottles and other debris from their balconies into the parking lot of a nearby mosque. Residents have also shouted racial slurs at mosque visitors. 
Sources:
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31135422/student-high-rise-managers-p...
http://tucson.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/ua-area-residents-repriman...
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31017845/ua-students-throwing-glass-b...
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31073566/4-ua-students-evicted-balcon...

 

Phoenix, December 2015
Vandals shattered windows at the Islamic Cultural Center.
Sources:
http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/north-phoenix/vandalism-r...

 

Glendale, August 2010
Two men threw an “acid bomb” - a soda bottle filled with acid at a mosque - targeting mosque officials standing nearby.
Sources:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0833871920070808
http://www.kpho.com/news/13849097/detail.html

 

Phoenix, August 2010
Vandals threw paint on the floor, shot out windows, and wrote anti-Muslim slurs on the walls of a local mosque.
Sources:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/09/08/20100908phoenix-mosque...
http://www.kpho.com/news/24935884/detail.html

 

Tucson, April 2007
Vandals ransacked a local mosque, writing "Bush was here" on one of the computer screens.
Sources:
'Anti-Muslim rhetoric' cited after vandalism at mosque in UA area,
Arizona Daily Star, Apr. 5, 2007


 

California

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Stockton, January 2016
Suspects stole a flat screen TV and a donation box with hundreds of dollars in it from Masjid Al Emaan.
Sources:
http://fox40.com/2016/01/11/thieves-take-flat-screen-tv-donation-box-fro...

 

Alameda, December 2015
Someone threw a brick through a large window at a building that is still labeled the Islamic Center of Alameda, although it was vacant at the time. The mosque had previously received hateful phone calls.
Sources:
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29248592/alameda-vacant-build...

 

Richmond, December 2015
A resident yelled, “I’m going to kill you all” at worshippers leaving the Islamic Society of West Contra Costa County, according to a mosque leader.
Sources:
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29294710/richmond-donald-trum...
http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_29309711/richmond-man-m...

 

Tracy, December 2015
Mosque leaders found an apparent Molotov cocktail that someone had thrown inside the gate of the Tracy Islamic Center near the side door.
Sources:
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tracy-mosque-attacked-in-what-Musl...
http://fox40.com/2015/12/27/tracy-islamic-center-returns-to-normalcy-aft...

 

Hawthorne, December 2015
Someone wrote “Jesus is the way” on the Islamic Center of Hawthorne building.
Sources:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/13/hawthorne-california-mosqu...
http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20151213/2-hawthorne-mosques-vandalize...

 

Coachella, December 2015
Someone set a mosque on fire while worshippers prayed inside. No one was injured.
Sources:
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/coachella/2015/12/11/structure...
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-authorities-investigate-blaz...

 

Antioch, August 2007
A local mosque was torched, rendering the building unusable.
Sources:
http://articles.sfgate.com/2007-08-13/bay-area/17258314_1_mosque-one-ala...

 

Costa Mesa, January 2010
Burned and desecrated copies of the Quran were left at a mosque on separate occasions.
Sources:
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-mosque-vandalized,0,6306717.story
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/01/orange-county-mosque-hit-b...

 

Cypress, June 2009
Vandals painted threats on the front wall of a local mosque, warning, "We will kill you all" and "U.S. military is going to kill you all."
Sources:
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local-beat/Racial-Slurs-Painted-on-Cyp...
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-mosque-vandals,0,194500.story

 

Hayward, August 2012
Four teenagers threw lemons at a mosque and struck at least one person inside.
Sources:
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_21266516'

 

La Mirada, July 2011
Someone threw a rock through a mosque's newly installed glass doors.
Sources:
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/crime/ci_18509705

 

Lomita, CA, March 2010
The City Council denied a request for a zoning change that would have allowed a local mosque to its expand its facilities due to alleged traffic concerns even though a traffic study concluded that the proposed expansion would not increase traffic and the city’s community development director, as well as the city planning commission, both recommended approval of the project. Since then, a lawsuit was filed against the City of Lomita challenging its decision to deny the mosque a permit.
Sources:
http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/03/02/lomita-mosque/
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/03/lomita-rejects-plan-to-exp...
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/lomita-mosque-lawsuit.html

 

Madera, August 2010
Vandals threw a brick at a local mosque and left signs outside that read, "Wake up America, the enemy is here," and "No temple for the god of terrorism."
Sources:
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/la-me-0908-madera-mosque-20100908,0...
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/08/local/la-me-0908-madera-mosque-2...
http://cbs13.com/local/mosque.vandalism.madera.2.1879381.html

 

Mission Viejo, January 2010
A religious display was vandalized with spray paint and an anti-Muslim message was left on the Islamic portion of an interfaith display.
Sources:
http://www.ocregister.com/news/display-226852-hate-islamic.html

 

Morada, CA, July 2009
The Morada Area Association, a private organization of local property owners, filed suit to stop construction of a mosque approved already approved by the local Board of Supervisors. Among the concerns cited throughout the debate over the mosque were its “social and cultural implications.”
Sources:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090716/A_NEWS/3071...
http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_ce5bb451-2869-5447-b524-69e1549116f...
http://www.allbusiness.com/legal/property-law-real-property-zoning-land-...

 

Ontario, CA, August 2012
Three pig legs were thrown on the driveway of a house of worship during Ramadan.
Sources:
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=87...
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pigs-Legs-Al-Nur-Islamic-Center-...

 

Sacramento, August 2010
A plastic pig inscribed with "No Mosque in NYC," "Remember 9-11," and "Mo-Ham-ed" was left in a mosque's mailbox.
Sources:
http://www.dailypress.com/topic/ktxl-news-sacramentomosquetargetedwithto...

 

Stockton, April 2011
A mosque was burned down in a fire that also damaged nearby buildings. Investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set.
Sources:
http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/139290/2/Stockton-mosque-fire-w...

Colorado

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Golden, May 2016
An individual sent threatening emails to a member of the Islamic Center of Golden. In the emails, the individual wrote that he carries "two extra magazines" in his pockets as well as "two knives and a collapsible baton" because the Muslims would still outnumber the bullets.
Sources:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/golden-police-investigat...
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/01/mosque-in-golden-targeted-by-threa...

 

Connecticut

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Waterbury, June 2016
Police came to a mosque after reports two days in a row about a man yelling out slurs and generally harassing members. Police have a suspect in custody. 
Sources:
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/news/latestnews/9013465-154/police-respond-to-harassment-reports-at-connecticut-mosque.html
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Man-Arrested-for-Harassing-Members-of-MosquePolice-384336941.html

 

Bridgeport, August 2010
Picketers targeted a mosque during Ramadan and shouted "murderers" and "Jesus hates Muslims" at worshippers, including children.
Sources:
www.ctpost.com/news/article/Angry-protesters-descend-on-mosque-606515.php

 

Meriden, November 2015
Members arrived at the Baitul Aman mosque to find four bullet holes in the wall next to the prayer hall. No one was injured.
Sources:
http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-meriden-malloy-prayer-service-1121-20...
http://abc7ny.com/news/shots-fired-at-ct-mosque-hours-after-paris-attack...

 

Middleton, CT, August 2012
A proposal to expand a mosque’s parking lot was met with concerns from neighbors and community members as well as accusations of terrorist ties by a group called Radical Islam.
Sources:
http://ind.gmnews.com/news/2012-06-14/Front_Page/Planning_Board_postpone...
http://middletown-nj.patch.com/articles/planning-board-approves-islamic-...

 

Norwalk, April 2012
A group of residents hired a lawyer to oppose the construction of a local mosque. After a contentious public hearing, the Norwalk Zoning Commission rejected the mosque application. The Islamic Center has appealed the decision.
Sources: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Proposed-mosque-in-Norwalk-draws-con...
http://www.thehour.com/news/norwalk/al-madany-center-of-norwalk-files-la...

 

Wallingford, CT, May 2008
The local planning and zoning commission denied a permit to build a mosque, citing traffic and parking concerns, after opponents of the project formed a coalition to lobby against it, and one opponent expressed concerns about Islam’s allegedly “ill treatment” of women.
Sources: http://www.myrecordjournal.com/latestnews/article_36e7c49f-dffa-5da3-beb...
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/latestnews/article_6bb08be7-912b-5f2b-bf7...
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/latestnews/article_7cefce41-bfce-5a4c-ae5...

Florida

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Fort Pierce, September 2016
Arsonist sets fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, a mosque once attended by the Pulse nightclub shooter.
Sources:
http://cbs12.com/news/local/fire-destroys-mosque-in-fort-pierce

 

Fort Pierce, July 2016
Mosques throughout Florida, particularly the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, have received multiple threats in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. People have also harassed mosque members, including beating up one man after trying to rob him.  The shooter in Orlando used to attend the Islamic Center, according to media reports.
Sources:
http://wfla.com/2016/07/03/islamic-group-muslim-man-beaten-outside-mateens-mosque-suspect-arrested/
http://www.wesh.com/news/threats-made-against-mosques-in-seminole-county/40374466
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-fort-pierce-mosque-threats-20160628-story.html

 

Sunrise, June 2016
A woman allegedly entered a mosque with a cell phone with an exposed battery and something wrapped in a brown paper bag, saying everyone was going to die.
Sources:
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/woman-arrested-after-making-bomb-threat-at-sunrise-mosque/

 

Windermere, March 2016
Residents objected to plans for a potential mosque, including overt and indirect accusations about Islam.
Sources:
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/some-windermere-residents-raise-concern-o...

 

Titusville, January 2016 Someone used a machete to vandalize the Al-Mumin Mosque by ripping down lights and smashing windows. The vandal also left a slab of raw bacon at the front door.
Sources: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2016/01/03/titusville-mosque-vand...
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-titusville-mosque-v...
http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/machete-wielding-vandal-leaves-3-pounds-...

 

Sunrise, January 2016
A Facebook user threatened to burn down local mosques.
Sources: http://www.wsvn.com/story/30959721/anti-muslim-facebook-post-puts-sunris...

 

North Palm Beach, December 2015
Police charged a 27-year-old man for allegedly breaking multiple windows at the Islamic Center of Palm Beach.
Sources: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/man-faces-hate-crime-ch...
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-islamic-center-palm-vand...
http://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-palm-beach-county/north-palm-beach/isl...

 

St. Petersburg, November 2015
A nearby resident left a voice mail saying his personal militia would come to shoot those present in the head. “I don’t care if they’re (expletive) 2 years old or 100,” the resident said.
Sources: http://wfla.com/2015/12/09/st-petersburg-mosque-beefs-up-security-follow...

 

Gainesville, July 2010 Protestors outside of a local mosque carried signs declaring that "Islam is the devil."
Sources: www.news4jax.com/news/24148793/detail.html

 

Jacksonville, May 2010
Vandals firebombed the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.
Sources: www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/05/12/Mosque-in-Jacksonville-Fla-firebombed...
http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2010-05-11/story/fbi-video-jacksonvil...

 

Miami, June 2010
Vandals smashed windows and slashed tires at an Islamic center two years after it was targeted by gunfire.
Sources: www.justnews.com/news/20990455/detail.html
http://www.justnews.com/news/19940450/detail.html
http://cbs4.com/local/Miami.Dade.Muslim.2.899207.html

 

Pompano Beach, June 2006
Opponents of a proposed mosque claimed that Muslims "come in to rape the community and go away," and filed a lawsuit to stop construction on the ground that mosque leaders had ties to terrorist organizations.
Sources: www.justnews.com/news/9367230/detail.html
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/07/15/Worldandnation/Seeking_a_new_mosque_.s...
http://www.theledger.com/article/20070502/NEWS/705020464

 

White City
After mosque developers downsized their plans, the county commission unanimously approved the project despite strong opposition from local residents.
Sources: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/dec/04/st-lucie-to-revisit-proposal-to-b...
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/feb/18/mosque-okd-white-city/

Georgia

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Macon, December 2015
Vandals wrote the word "Terrorist" and profanity on the back and windows of the Islamic Center.
Sources: http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/15/macon-mosque-vandalize...

Alpharetta, June 2010
An Islamic center filed suit after the city council disregarded a favorable recommendation by the city's community development staff and denied permits to expand the center's facilities.
Sources:
www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton/alpharetta-votes-down-islamic-534477.html

Alpharetta, March 2010
Opponents of a mosque set to be built by the Hazmah Islamic Center filed suit after the Forsyth County Commission voted to approve the project.
Sources:
http://www.forsythnews.com/section/5/article/6109/

Marietta, July 2011
Signs of forcible entry were found at a mosque, indicating that the fire which damaged the building was set intentionally.
Sources:
http://www.trivalleycentral.com/articles/2011/07/30/coolidge_examiner/re...

Lilburn, December 2009
An Islamic center filed suit after the city council refused to grant permits to build a new mosque, and local opponents made anti-Muslim comments, such as "I just don't like Muslims" and "I don't want them taking over our neighborhood."
Sources:
www.cbsatlanta.com/news/21406971/detail.html
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/archives/headlines/82923102.html
Complaint, A.G.A. Islamic Organization v. City of Lilburn, Case 1:09-cv-03549-TWT (N.D. Ga. Dec. 17, 2009)

Idaho

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Twin Falls, December 2015
Vandals wrote the words "hunt camp?" on an Islamic Center building under construction.
Sources:
http://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Islamic-Center-of-Twin-Falls-vandalized...
http://www.localnews8.com/news/islamic-center-of-twin-falls-vandalized-w...

Illinois

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Chicago, June 2016
Multiple mosques in the Chicago area received threats following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Sources:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/06/13/threat-reported-against-chicago-area-mosque-muslim-leaders-say/

Des Plaines, September 2015
The Department of Justice filed suit against the city, which denied a rezoning request from the American Islamic Center to set up a community center and prayer hall in 2013.
Sources: http://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Islamic-Center-of-Twin-Falls-vandalized...
http://abc7chicago.com/religion/flyers-circulating-in-sw-suburbs-fightin...

Wheaton, IL January 2016
The police chief and others received an email containing a fake website claiming to represent the Islamic Center of Wheaton, advocating violent acts. Police confirmed the center’s leaders were not behind the website.
Sources: 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-wheaton-islamic-cen...

Des Plaines, IL July 2010
The city council approved an expanded parking lot for a local mosque despite objections from residents, with the Mayor explaining, that “[t]here have been other churches that have had additional parking (expansions). . . . I don't remember any controversy as far as I've been on the council.”
Sources:
Mosque faces growing pains, Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, July 18, 2010

Lombard, August 2012
A bottle filled with acid and other unspecified materials was thrown at an Islamic school during the nighttime Ramadan prayers.
Sources:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/13/islamic-school-hit-with-acid-fill...

Morton Grove, August 2012
A pellet rifle was fired at a mosque during Ramadan, damaging the outer wall of the building.
Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57492050-504083/david-conrad-51-a...

Naperville, April 2010
An Islamic group filed suit against the county after being denied a permit to build a mosque; county officials asked inappropriate questions, such as whether there would be any animal sacrifices on premise; and local opponents falsely claimed the group has ties to terrorist organizations. The DuPage County Board later changed its zoning laws to restrict the operation of new houses of worship in residential neighborhoods.
Sources:
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=371825

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-08-26/news/ct-met-dupage-zoning-...
Complaint, Irshad Learning Center v. County of DuPage, No. 1:10-cv-02168 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 8, 2010)
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-11/news/chi-dupage-board-plac...

Indiana

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Plainfield, June 2016
A maintenance worker noticed bullet holes in the sign for the Islamic Society of North America, and mosque members have since received hateful messages online.
Sources:
http://www.wthr.com/story/32247892/plainfield-police-investigate-bullet-holes-found-in-islamic-centers-sign
http://wishtv.com/2016/06/17/bullet-holes-discovered-in-islamic-society-sign/

Plainfield, February 2016
Three men vandalized the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America with obscenities and racial slurs.
Sources: http://www.kokomotribune.com/acrossindiana/plainfield-mosque-vandalized/...
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2016/02/29/islamic-society-draw...

Kansas

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Wichita, March 2016
The Islamic Society of Wichita canceled a speaker fundraising event after hearing protesters’ plans to come armed. Congressman Mike Pompeo also called on the mosque to cancel the event, in part because it was planned for "Holy Friday."
Sources: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article69548302.html

Wichita, October 2011
A fire that caused more than $100,000 in damages to a mosque was declared arson.
Sources: http://www.ksn.com/news/local/story/Wichita-mosque-fire-declared-arson/6...

Kentucky

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Lexington, November 2015
A man sent an email to the Islamic Center of Lexington threatening to kill everyone inside.
Sources: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Man-charged-with-sending-email-threat-t...
http://www.wtvq.com/2015/11/27/email-threatens-kentucky-mosque/

Owensboro, January 2016
A person or group of people vandalized the Islamic Center of Owensboro with ketchup, but officials are not investigating it as a hate crime since the vandal(s) left no words or symbols.
Sources: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mosque-vandalized-group-calls-hate-cr...

Florence, June 2010
Opponents of a proposed mosque have distributed fliers urging neighbors to "to stop the takeover of our country," and have set up a website alleging that the mosque is "the first phase of a Master Plan."
Sources:
www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010308160051
http://www.fox19.com/global/story.asp?s=12920148
http://www.fox19.com/global/Category.asp?C=151146
http://the-vigilante.com/2010/08/05/northern-kentucky-rising-stop-the-mo...

Mayfield, August 2010
The Board of Zoning Adjustments denied a permit for local Muslims to worship in a rented storefront, reversing the board's unanimous decision weeks earlier to grant the same permit.
Sources:
www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/Mayfield-to-vote-on-Mosque-Tuesday-1013392...
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wkms/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1690713

Louisiana

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Bossier, May 2011
Pork was left on the door handles of a mosque so that attendees would have to touch it as they went inside.
Sources:
http://www.ksla.com/story/14602327/bossier-mosque-vandalized

Massachusetts

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Boston, November 2015
Officials charged a man for making threats against local mosques and Muslims. He apparently posted a graphic on Facebook encouraging people to burn their local mosque.
Sources:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/26/feds-charge-wilmington-man-with-threatening-burn-boston-mosque/PzYHTD4boSSM9RjMUwPaXP/story.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-islam-idUSKCN10626Q

Amherst, MA, April 2010
Proponents of a proposed mosque withdrew from the local planning board their application to convert a former Christian school into a mosque after encountering strident opposition from residents.
Sources:
http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/06/04/mosque-drops-plans-move-amherst?SES...
http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/04/09/mosque-move-stirs-concerns?SESS01f3...
http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/06/04/hampshire-mosque-pulls-plans-house-...

Boston, MA, July 2009
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center is in Roxbury in the heart of Boston. It is the largest Islamic center in New England, and the second largest on the East Coast. It has a very diverse membership, representing more than 25 national groups and ethnicities. After an arduous seven-year building process and five years of litigation after it became a lightning rod for controversy generated by groups that did not want the mosque to be built, it opened its doors in June 2009.
Sources:
http://pluralism.org/news/continuing_stories_view/77

Maryland

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Gaithersburg, MD, November 2008
Vandals shot paintballs at a local mosque.
Sources:
http://www.gazette.net/stories/11032008/montnew164228_32505.shtml

Salisbury, MD, April 2006
Someone fired gunshots into a local mosque.
Sources:
http://www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=4828885

Walkersville, June 2007
The town amended its zoning ordinance in an effort to block a mosque from being built on local farmland.
Sources:
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,307692,00.html
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display_comments.htm?Stor...
Moxley v. Town of Walkersville, 601 F.Supp.2d 648 (D. Md. 2009)

Maine

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Lewiston, July 2006
Someone rolled a pig’s head into a mosque’s prayer room while a few dozen men were praying.
Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/05/us/05maine.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Portland, August 2009
The Maine Civil Liberties Union filed suit when the city refused to allow a group of Muslims to use a former television repair shop they had purchased for prayer services and religious study.
Sources:
www.pressherald.com/archive/city-sued-for-barring-use-of-building-as-mos...
http://www.aclu.org/blog/content/mosque-maine

Portland, May 2011
Vandals left graffiti on the side of a mosque saying, “Go home” and “Osama Today Islam Tomorrow (sic).”
Sources:
http://www.pressherald.com/news/Graffiti-on-Portland-mosque-under-invest...

Michigan

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Dearborn, June 2016
Someone on Twitter posted the address for the Islamic Center of America and wrote “We must execute the Muslim scum. Full on eradication.”
Sources:
http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/158720718-story
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2016/06/16/twitter-users-respond-to-online-threat-against-dearborn-muslims-with-love-and-sass

Dearborn, January 2011
A man was arrested with a vehicle full of explosives he intended to use to blow up a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/30/roger-stockham-arrested-explosi...

Detroit, May 2010
Vandals damaged a local mosque twice in one week.
Sources:
www.ww4report.com/node/8625

East Lansing, September 2010
A burned Quran was left outside of a mosque.
Sources: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-09-14-mosque14_ST_N.htm

Grand Rapids, MI, July 2008
The city planning commission unanimously rejected a proposal to convert a former school building into a Muslim worship center after neighbors vigorously objected.
Sources:
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/07/heritage_hill_group_objects_to.html
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-43/12212253404903...

Northville, MI, November 2009
After numerous neighbors protested, the zoning board of appeals denied a request for a variance that would have enabled a local mosque to build a parking lot in front of the building.
Sources:
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/11/northville_township_...
http://www.freep.com/article/20100121/NEWS02/109240001/Northville-Twp.-d...

Minnesota

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Minneapolis, February 2016
A burglar broke interior windows and doors with a hammer at the Umatul Islam Center. It was the second incident in the past month at the mosque.
Sources:
http://www.startribune.com/gov-dayton-visits-vandalized-mosque-in-south-...
http://www.kare11.com/news/local/arrest-made-in-mosque-vandalism-other-b...

Marshall, April 2012
A sign outside of a mosque was defaced with spray paint.
Sources:
http://kstp.com/news/stories/s2608131.shtml?cat=1

St. Anthony, June 2012
The St. Anthony City Council rejected plans for a local Islamic center after a public meeting. Some of those who spoke against the center expressed their anti-Muslim bias with statements such as, 'Islam is evil.'
Sources:
http://www.startribune.com/local/158785005.html

Mississippi

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Madison, August 2009
More than 300 residents signed a petition opposing the construction of a proposed mosque, with many citing fears about radical Islam.
Sources: www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/mosque_still_debated_in...
Muslims Win Approval for Water, Sewer for Madison Co. Mosque, March 23, 2010, The Clarion-Ledger, at A5.

Missouri

3 or 4 anti-mosque incidents

Cape Girardeau, May 2009
Several windows were destroyed at a mosque in an act of vandalism that was later determined to be motivated by discrimination.
Sources:
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1569159.html

Joplin, August 2012
A mosque’s wooden sign was ruined in an arsonist’s fire. Four years later, the roof of the same mosque was set on fire. A month after that, the entire mosque was burned to the ground. The FBI has joined the investigation.
Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/06/us/missouri-mosque-burned/index.html
http://www.joplinglobe.com/joplin_metro/x212155883/FBI-investigating-tor...
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/FBI-helping-investigate-fire-at-Jopli...

Springfield, January 2011
Vandals used graffiti to put hateful messages on the walls of an Islamic Center. In April, the same people left two burnt copies of the Quran with a note that said “Death to Islam” in front of the Islamic Center.
Sources:
http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article52075645.html
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/29/man-pleads-guilty...

St. Louis, September 2010
Vandals spray-painted the phrase "worship satan" on the side of a mosque twice over the course of two weeks.
Sources:
http://www.kmov.com/news/local/South-St-Louis-mosque-vandalized-10363348...
http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Vandals-strike-again-at-south-St-Louis-mo...

North Carolina

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Raeford, June 2016
A man was charged with leaving bacon at the mosque doors and later threatened mosque members and showed a gun. He also allegedly followed one of the mosque members home.
Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/us/decorated-officer-charged-with-threatening-muslims-in-north-carolina.html?_r=0
http://www.wral.com/authorities-investigating-incident-at-hoke-county-mosque/15767033/
http://abc11.com/news/hoke-county-sheriff-investigating-incident-at-mosque/1379550/

Durham, November 2009
A local mosque was vandalized three times in one year and worshippers were told to "go to hell."
Sources: www.newsobserver.com/2009/11/04/174919/durham-mosque-is-vandalized.html

Nebraska

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Omaha, March 2016
Someone sent the Islamic Center of Omaha a threatening email, saying it is "time to fight back" against Muslims and "see you in hell."
Sources:
http://www.omaha.com/islamic-center-of-omaha-threatened-in-wake-of-bruss...

Lexington, February 2016
The City of Lexington denied a mosque’s request for a conditional use zoning permit, saying it would negatively impact the development of the area, and then filed suit against the mosque for operating without a valid permit.
Sources:
http://lexch.com/news/council-denies-mosque-expansion/article_98043ba2-a...
http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/lexington-islamic-center-has-aclu-s-b...

Omaha, January 2016
Two masked men wrapped bacon around a door handle at the Omaha Islamic Center and threw rocks at the glass doors.
Sources:
http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/FBI-Asked-to-Probe-Omaha-Mosque-Vanda...

Omaha, November 2015
A surveillance camera showed someone attempting to break a glass door at the Islamic Center. Later in the month, someone spray-painted an Eiffel Tower peace symbol on the mosque after the attacks in Paris.
Sources:
http://www.ketv.com/news/vandals-target-omaha-islamic-center-with-paris-...
http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/islamic-center-reports-nd-attempt-...

Omaha, August 2015
At least two people broke a glass door at the mosque by throwing an estimated 40-pound boulder at it.
Sources:
http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/rock-breaks-glass-door-at-islamic-center...
http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/boulder-tossed-through-door-glass-...

Omaha, October 2008
A rock was thrown through the glass front door of a mosque, shattering it.
Sources:
http://www.ketv.com/newsarchive/17777058/detail.html

New Jersey

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Bayonne, March 2016
Community members organized protests against a proposed mosque and community center at the site of an old warehouse. Some opponents contacted the Department of Homeland Security to make sure attendees are "law-abiding citizens."
Sources:
http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/27117765/article-Muslim-Commun...
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/01/bayonne_zoning_board_postpone...
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2016/01/protests_planned_ahead...
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/01/bayonne_residents_against_pla...

Jersey City, December 2015
An Islamic Center received a letter that said in part, "We do not want you here. We do not like you. You are evil," and previously received a hateful voice mail.
Sources:
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/12/09/jersey-city-mosque-threat/

Basking Ridge, March 2016
The Bernards Township Planning Board denied a plan for a mosque on a residential lot after 3.5 years of public hearings. The DOJ is investigating the denial and the mosque is suing the township.
Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/nyregion/muslims-sue-over-denial-of-bi...
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/justice-department-probing-towns-deni...
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/warren/articles/bernards-township-planning...
http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/vote-on-liberty-co...

Bridgewater, April 2011
An Islamic group sued the town after it changed zoning rules to prevent a mosque from opening in a residential neighborhood.
Sources:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870418760457628950378460467...

Piscataway, NJ, August 2009
The Muslim Center of Middlesex County proposed to expand its existing facility, which has sparked objections from some residents.
Sources: 
http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2009/08/piscataway_mosque_looks_t...
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20091020/NEWS/910200349/Muslim-ce...
http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2009/10/piscataway_zoning_meeting_...

Rockaway Borough, NJ, March 2008
Residents filed suit to overturn the local zoning board’s approval of a plan to convert an area building into a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2009/10/piscataway_zoning_meeting_...

Wayne, July 2006
After stonewalling approval of a plan to build an Islamic center and mosque for three years, the township of Wayne attempted to exercise eminent domain over the proposed site property, prompting mosque officials to sue.
Sources:
www.strausnews.com/articles/2006/07/27/west_milford_messenger/news/8.txt
Complaint, Albanian Associated Fund v. Township of Wayne, Case No. 06-cv-3217 (D. N.J. Oct. 1, 2007)

Nevada

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Las Vegas, December 2015
A man put raw bacon strips on the door handles at Masjid-e-Tawheed that worshippers found as they arrived for Sunday morning prayer.
Sources:
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/muslim-civil-rights-group-ca...

New York

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Staten Island, June 2016
Police have arrested a man who allegedly entered the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center toward the end of evening prayers with a pipe and threatened to hurt the imam.
Sources:
http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2016/06/man_arrested_for_threatening_i.html
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/24/staten-island-anti-muslim-threat/

The Bronx, June 2016
A group of men allegedly attacked a man on his way to pray at the mosque. They punched him to the ground and he was hospitalized.
Sources:
http://bronx.news12.com/news/muslim-man-attacked-outside-parkchester-mosque-1.11936762
http://abc7ny.com/news/muslim-man-beaten-on-the-way-to-bronx-mosque-in-apparent-hate-crime/1391619/

Yonkers, June 2016
A neighborhood group moved to get a local building designated as a landmark after a Muslim group purchased the land for a mosque. The landmark status will complicate the process to use the building as a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/muslims-see-anti-mosque-bias-in-landmarking-decision/article_fc7820ab-293b-523c-b8d5-f13cd8e38c0a.html
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/yonkers/2016/05/28/yonkers-signs-mosque-bill/85052024/

Queens, June 2016
Police suspect multiple men of beating up a 59-year-old man as he was leaving the mosque after evening prayers. The suspects punched the man, knocked him off his bicycle, and put him in the hospital with lacerations, bruising, and swelling on his face.
Sources:
http://nypost.com/2016/06/06/video-shows-two-guys-who-beat-muslim-man-in-queens/
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Muslim-Man-Beaten-Outside-Queens-Mosque-NYPD-381919041.html

Queens, April 2016
A man entered the Jamaica Muslim Center during afternoon prayers claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad and then started punching and kicking those around him, putting two people in the hospital.
Sources:
http://www.mintpressnews.com/new-york-man-supervised-release-assaulting-...
http://qns.com/story/2016/04/26/jamaica-man-who-allegedly-went-on-a-viol...

Queens, February 2016
Community members rallied against a proposed mosque in Flushing, saying it would require too many zoning variances that would have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
Sources:
http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/6/mosqueavella_2016_02_05_q.html
http://queenstribune.com/avella-civics-fight-flushing-mosque-variance/

Queens, January 2012
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Islamic center. The man responsible said that he intended 'to inflict as much damage as possible and take out as many Muslims and Arabs as possible.'
Sources:
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/01/01/authorities-investigate-possible-...
http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/eastern-queens-alleged-mosque-bom...

Amherst, May 2011
A sign was placed on a lawn neighboring a mosque that read, 'Bomb Making: Next Driveway.'
Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/mosque-controversy-bomb-making-sign-riles-neigh...

Brooklyn, May 2011
Local residents have vowed to stop construction of a mosque in the Sheepshead Bay area, with one neighbor even threatening to bomb it. After Osama Bin Laden’s death, graffiti was found at the construction site reading, “He’s Dead.”
Sources:
www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/37/all_mosquegiveaway_2010_9_10_bk.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_some_...
http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2010/01/sheepshead-bay-mosque-controversy/
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/27/bn_tt_baypeoplemosquerally_20...
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_some_...
http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2010/07/tea-party-tries-again-another-ope...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/13342408

Carlton, August 2010
A group of teenagers hurled obscenities at Muslim worshippers, shot a gun outside of a mosque, and sideswiped a congregant.
Sources:
www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100914/NEWS01/100914001/1002/NEWS...
http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article179322.ece

Hudson, September 2010
Three men spray-painted an anti-Muslim epithet on the back wall of a mosque.
Sources: http://online.wsj.com/article/APebf11f7773e04470bfe7007e7b474aa1.html
http://www.fox23news.com/news/local/story/UPDATE-3-arrested-accused-of-v...

Huntington, October 2010
A jar of nails was thrown at a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.longislandpress.com/2010/10/21/cops-suspect-threw-jar-of-nail...

Manhattan, May 2010
A proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan drew strong opposition both locally and nationally; though two local governmental bodies have denied efforts to block construction of the proposed center, the controversy continues, and one group has filed a lawsuit to stop the center's construction.
Sources:
www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/nyregion/12sept11.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/11/AR201009...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/nyregion/04mosque.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/nyregion/26muslim.html

New Hyde Park, NY, October 2010
A request for a variance to build a parking lot for a local mosque drew a packed crowd and opposition at a zoning board hearing.
Sources:
http://www.antonnews.com/illustratednews/news/10802-residents-pack-zonin...
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/09/23/controversy-over-l-i-islamic-cent...

New York, August 2010
An intoxicated man entered a mosque during evening prayers, called those present “terrorists,” and urinated on prayer rugs.
Sources:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38863919/ns/us_news-life/'

Ohio

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

West Chester Township, June 2016
Police say a man impersonating a police officer barged into a mosque during prayers and shouted “Jesus is Lord.”
Sources:
http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/butler-county/west-chester/pd-man-disrupted-prayer-impersonated-police-officer-at-west-chester-mosque
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/06/16/muslim-communities-edge-after-orlando-mass-shooting/85982060/

Cincinnati, December 2005
Two pipe bombs were detonated outside of a local mosque.
Sources: www.wlwt.com/news/22020552/detail.html

Columbus, December 2010
A Muslim woman was threatened and sprayed with pepper spray outside of an Islamic Center.
Sources:
http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2010/12/21/story-columbus...

Dayton, September 2008
A ten-year-old girl was sprayed in the face with a chemical while attending Ramadan services.
Sources:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/09/27/...

Sugarcreek Township, January 2008
Opponents of a proposed mosque declared, “We just feel that Christianity is right and that Islam is wrong. Therefore, we take a stand to see (a mosque) not in our community.” The zoning board of appeals rejected plans for the mosque in January 2008, but approved a scaled back version in September 2008, despite vocal opposition.
Sources:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/01/27/...
http://www.tcnewsnet.com/main.asp?SectionID=15&SubSectionID=260&ArticleI...
http://www.daytoncircus.org/?q=node/1336

Toledo, OH, September 2012
A gasoline fire on the main floor of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo was ruled to be arson.
Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/toledo-mosque-arson_n_1934488.html?

Oklahoma

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Oklahoma City August 2012
Vandals fired paintballs at the doors of a mosque then fled the scene.
Sources:
http://newsok.com/article/3700402

Oregon

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Pennsylvania

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Bensalem Township, July 2016
The township rejected the Bensalem Masjid application for a zoning variance and the Department of Justice is now suing the township on behalf of the mosque. The Masjid and the town have been involved in litigation since 2014, when the town denied the mosque permit.
Sources:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160722_Justice_Department__Bensalem_discriminates_against_Muslims.html
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/07/22/justice-department-sues-pennsylvania-town-for-rejecting-mosque-plan/
https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/878146/download

Philadelphia, December 2015
Vandals deposited a severed pig’s head outside the door of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society, prompting a police and FBI investigation.
Sources: 
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151208_Severed_pig_s_head_left_at_N_...
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/12/08/pig-head-tossed-phi...

Rhode Island

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

South Kingston, July 2016
Someone smashed the windows of Masjid Al-Hoda and scrawled graffiti on the wall, calling Muhammad the “prophet of butchers.”
Sources:
http://www.630wpro.com/2016/07/15/kingston-mosque-vandalized-following-france-terror-attack/
http://wpri.com/2016/07/15/mosque-near-uri-vandalized-in-wake-of-france-attack/
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2016/07/15/mosque-vandalism/87128214/

North Smithfield August 2012
Surveillance video captured someone driving into a mosque’s parking lot and smashing the moque’s sign with a hammer.
Sources:
http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/crime/mosque-vandalized-in-north-smithfield

South Carolina

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Florence, South Carolina, October 2010 Vandals defaced the walkway of a mosque, using bacon strips to spell out “PIG CHUMP” in an apparent effort to offend Muslim worshippers who do not eat pork. The mosque was also vandalized earlier this year when newly installed windows were smashed. Sources: http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=524982
http://www2.scnow.com/news/2010/oct/12/police-florence-islamic-center-va...
http://www.newsok.com/cops-sc-islamic-center-defaced-with-bacon-slices/a...

Taylors, August 2009
Vandals scratched "death to Muslims" into a sidewalk leading into the mosque.
Sources:
www.foxcarolina.com/news/20562663/detail.html

Tennessee

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Antioch, June 2010
Opponents of a proposed mosque organized a petition in an effort to dissuade a property owner from selling to an Islamic group.
Sources:
www.wsmv.com/news/24072307/detail.html
http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12730008
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100629/NEWS01/6290337/Proposed-Antio...
http://www.wsmv.com/news/24840082/detail.html

Brentwood, May 2010
A local Islamic group withdrew a plan to build a mosque after public outcry.
Sources:
Brentwood mosque not alone in defeat, The Tennessean, May 23, 2010

Columbia, February 2008
Neo-Nazis burned down a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,330504,00.html

Knoxville, September 2010
A burned Quran was left outside of a mosque.
Sources:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-09-14-mosque14_ST_N.htm

Murfreesboro, May 2010
Opponents of a planned mosque have vandalized the mosque site, including setting fire to construction vehicles.
Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/murfreesboro-tennessee-mosque-plan-draws-critic...
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100621/NEWS06/6210329
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100831/NEWS01/8310344/Vigil-in-suppo...
http://blogs.tennessean.com/opinion/2010/09/05/stand-up-for-religious-fr...

Nashville, February 2010
Vandals spray-painted "Muslims go home" on a mosque and left a vitriolic, hate-filled letter railing against the Muslim faith.
Sources:
http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/community-reaches-out-lo...

Texas

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

College Station, July 2016
Police found at least five bullets that hit the local Islamic Center building and damaged the glass near the entrance.
Sources:
http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Police-FBI-investigating-gunfire-damage-at-local-Islamic-Community-Center-385869721.html

Houston, July 2016
Three men shot and stabbed a man walking toward a mosque, according to local reports. The man was sent to the hospital for intensive care and the attackers escaped, according to witnesses.
Sources:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/texas-mosque-attack-160703143400200.html

Fort Worth, June 2016
Police say a woman threatened multiple members of a Fort Worth mosque, telling them someone was coming to kill them.
Sources:
http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/muslim-leaders-condemn-orlando-attack-and-redouble-security-measures-in-dallas-area.html/

Houston, May 2016
Commenters on the "Heart of Texas" Facebook page said someone needs to "blow this place up," referring to the Islamic Da'wah Center.
Sources:
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Islamic-group-se...

Richardson, December 2015
Protesters, about half of them armed with rifles, stood outside the Islamic Association of North Texas. They call themselves the Bureau of American-Islamic Relations.
Sources:
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-Mosque-Draws-Protest-Counter-Prot...
http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2015/12/13/n-texas-ag...
http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/12/a-weekend-of-angst-over-islam...

Irving, February 2016
Gun-wielding protesters demonstrated outside the mosque during an event meant to welcome refugees to the U.S., calling themselves the Bureau of American Islamic Relations. Members of the group also gathered outside the Islamic Center of Irving in November 2015.
Sources:
http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2016/02/gun-wielding-protesters-want-...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/irving-texas-armed-mosque-protest_56...
http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/11/armed-protesters-set-up-outsi...

San Antonio, November 2015
Police arrested a 38-year-old man for trespassing at the Islamic Center of San Antonio, refusing to take off his shoes while walking on prayer rugs, yelling obscenities, and "berating" members for their religion.
Sources:
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/San-ANtonio-man-arrested-...
http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2015/11/19/man-arrested-after-refusing-l...

Corpus Christi, November 2015
Someone sent a threatening letter from Los Angeles to the Islamic Society of South Texas telling members to "convert to Christianity before it's too late."
Sources: http://www.caller.com/news/local/mosque-receives-threatening-letter-2501...
http://www.kristv.com/story/30571272/potential-threat-letter-sent-to-loc...

Pflugerville, November 2015
A member of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville found a ripped-up Quran covered in feces at the mosque.
Sources:
http://www.kvue.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/16/police-vandals-tore-apar...
http://keyetv.com/news/local/pflugerville-mosque-vandalized-with-feces-t...

Arlington, July 2010
Vandals burned playground equipment at a mosque and spray-painted a picture of Uncle Sam assaulting Allah in the parking lot.
Sources:
www.publicbroadcasting.net/kera/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1685053
http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/28/2368772/arlington-mosque-reports...

Houston, May 2011
Arsonists broke through a mosque’s window, poured gasoline on the carpet, and started a fire. Sources: http://www.khou.com/news/121966654.html

Houston, October 2009
A vandal scrawled religious slurs on the outside walls of a local mosque.
Sources:
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6658660.html
http://www.click2houston.com/news/21242744/detail.html

Katy, December 2006
Opponents of a plan to construct a mosque held pig races every Friday evening on bordering property in hopes of offending Muslims on their holy day.
Sources: www.katytimes.com/articles/2006/12/04/news/01news.txt
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/new/7190476.html
http://www.katytimes.com/articles/2006/12/04/news/01news.txt
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-27-2007/loathe-thy-neighbor

Lubbock, October 2006
Vandals attacked a local mosque three times in one month.
Sources:
http://lubbockonline.com/stories/102606/loc_102606030.shtml

San Antonio, TX, September 2010
A mosque was vandalized with spraypaint and worshippers’ cars were targeted with graffiti and anti-Muslim messages.
Sources:
http://www.kens5.com/news/Local-Mosque-Vandalized-102283944.html

Virginia

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Culpeper, April 2016
The town board of supervisors denied a pump and haul permit for a proposed mosque, to the cheers of many local citizens.
Sources:
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/culpeper-denies-permit-for-islamic-cen...

Fredericksburg, December 2015
Opponents of a proposed mosque circulated a flyer calling for "No Jihad in Fredericksburg" and warning that there is "no way of knowing how many ISIS agents will be hiding" among refugees. The prior month, opponents interrupted a public presentation about the proposal with "bigoted rants," shouting at the speaker and saying all Muslims are terrorists. A sheriff's deputy broke up the meeting.
Sources:
http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/virginia/2015/12/04/flyer-calls-no...
http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/virginia/2015/11/18/hate-speech-cl...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/in-fredericksburg...

Falls Church, November 2015
Someone left a fake bomb at the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque and damaged the gate.
Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-charged-with-leaving-fake-bomb-at-virgin...

Chantilly, May 2012
An eighteen-year-old man was arrested for vandalism after he broke several windows and caused about $60,000 worth of damage to a mosque that was under construction.
Sources:
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/05/11/police-make-arrest-in-chantill...

Harrisonburg, VA, September 2012
A mosque was spray-painted with obscene graffiti.
Sources:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-mosques-vandalized-area-mus...
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-fbi-investigating-mosque-graffiti-in-va-...

Manassas, December 2015,
Someone left a threatening voice mail for the Manassas mosque shortly after the San Bernardino shooting, saying he wanted to kill Muslims in retaliation. "You all will be sorry. You all will be killed," he said according to the imam of the mosque.
Sources:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/manassas-mosque-gets-...

Manassas, August 2014
Someone vandalized the Manassas mosque by spray painting an expletive twice across the windows and shattering a glass door.
Sources:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/manassas-mosque-vandalized-in-possi...

Washington

5 or more anti-mosque incidents

Seattle, June 2016
Police arrested a man after a standoff because he allegedly made threats on Facebook against Islam and the Idris Mosque. The man claimed to have recently purchased an assault rifle and extra ammunition. It may be the same person who made the threat in Redmond.
Sources:
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/heavy-police-response-in-north-seattle-area/343240774
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/police-respond-to-armed-barricaded-man-in-north-seattle/
http://komonews.com/news/local/police-respond-to-report-of-barricaded-man-in-n-seattle

Redmond, June 2016
Police received at least one anonymous call reporting a threat to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound.
Sources:
http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/following-threat-redmond-mosque-and-police-heighten-security-2634882/
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/threat-made-to-redmond-mosque/340752814
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/eastside/redmond-mosque-receives-threats-after-orlando-shooting/

Mukilteo, May 2016
Someone damaged the sign of a proposed mosque and placed "Ban Islam from America" flyers at the site containing anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Sources:
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20160510/NEWS01/160519971/Site-of-plann...
http://www.kiro7.com/news/north-sound-news/anti-islamic-flyers-posted-at...
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mosque-site-in-mukilteo-hit-by-...

Seattle, February 2016
A man with a baseball bat approached two men in a mosque parking lot and asked where they were from. He smashed a rearview mirror of a parked car as he ran away.
Sources:
http://q13fox.com/2016/02/04/man-with-gun-arrested-outside-seattle-mosque/
http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2016/02/04/man-hate-crime-seattle-mosque...
http://komonews.com/news/local/police-gun-waving-suspect-confronts-men-o...

Bellevue, June 2010
Vandals smeared excrement on an Islamic center's van, which featured advertisements promoting Islam.
Sources:
www.pnwlocalnews.com/east_king/bel/news/97187474.html

West Virginia

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Princeton, December 2013
Vandals sprayed in bright red paint "pedophile," the number "666," and other anti-Muslim slurs on the building for the Islamic Society of the Appalachian Region.
Sources:
http://www.bdtonline.com/news/local_news/vandals-defile-islamic-society-...
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/10/west-virginia-debatesaha...

Wyoming

1 or 2 anti-mosque incidents

Gillette, November 2015
A resident organized a Facebook page against Islam and confronted those attending Friday prayer at the town’s first mosque. Members of the Facebook group have threatened to throw bacon at the mosque.
Sources: http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gillettes-first-mosque-draws-anti-ref...

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