The Madera County Sheriff's Department is rightly investigating the incidents against the Masjid Madera mosque as hate crimes.
There is simply no place and no excuse for vandalism aimed at a place of worship in our society. No matter an individual’s views on the proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept.11 terror attacks, attacks against a religious house of worship must not be tolerated.
Freedom of worship also means freedom to worship without fear of violence and intimidation. B’nai B’rith International cherishes tolerance and religious freedom and we stand in solidarity with members of the attacked mosque as they continue their worship during their most holy days of Ramadan.