WTOP News, which covers the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is reporting on a possible hate crime in Virginia. WTOP's web site indicates that "members of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg arrived at the mosque to say their prayers Thursday morning, they found burned copies of the Koran in a shopping bag by the front door."
The story also notes that the local police department is unsure whether this is a hate crime ("investigators must be able to show the vandalism of the Koran prayer books was meant to intimidate or harass, but right now they don't have any leads on who burned the religious books.") although a member of the mosque begs to differ ("I think [the police] are fairly certain that ripping and burning pages from the Bible or the Torah would be considered at hate crime").
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