Indiana

Islamic Society chief says Muslims refuse to be victims

The secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield says American Muslims refuse to be victims in their own country.

Hazem Bata said at a news conference Monday that Muslims won't abandon their faith "simply because of some spray paint."

Vulgar anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted Sunday morning on an exterior wall of the ISNA headquarters about 15 miles west of Indianapolis.

ISNA says security cameras captured three individuals committing the vandalism.

Hundreds of non-Muslims joined ISNA officials at the news conference to condemn the vandalism, lend their support to the Muslim community and call on lawmakers to approve an Indiana hate-crimes law.

Bata says the spray paint already has been washed away but ISNA's interfaith partners "are still here."