The vandalism which occurred the week of weekend of December 21 at the Darul Iman Mosque is an unacceptable hate crime. It was clearly motivated by bias and the individual or individuals responsible should be held accountable.
The East Side of St. Paul has always been a welcoming home for immigrants and continues to be a home to our newest American neighbors, which happen to include many Muslim people from around the world. We draw strength from our diversity and I condemn this act of hate and violence. I have spoken to the faith leaders at the mosque as well as the St. Paul Police, and I want the whole community to know that we stand against hatred, and will work hard to bring the perpetrators to justice.
I also want to thank my legislative colleagues Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, Rep. Mike Freiberg, and Assistant Majority Leader Jamie Long for joining me Friday afternoon to show solidarity.