In late January, workmen
in Chantilly erected a minaret on the roof of a new building, the first
highly visible sign that it was to be a mosque. That night, vandals
hurled rocks at its arched windows, shattering many. Empty beer cans and
liquor bottles were scattered on the mosque's grounds and roof.
The attackers left no
written message, and police have not found them. But if their intent was
to ostracize or frighten the worshippers, mostly of Pakistani origin,
it didn't work. Religious and political leaders across the region
quickly issued statements of condemnation. A week later, at a regional
interfaith meeting in Sterling, officials from a variety of
congregations expressed their outrage and sympathy.
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