I think if one is charged with, for example, painting swastikas in certain places they can be charged with a hate crime. Vandalism may well suffice. Surely, there are differences between Federal and State and Local Laws.
Queens Man Charged With Hate Crime in Swastika Spray Paint Spree
District Attorney Richard Brown said Rodriguez allegedly spray painted swastikas on a library, synagogue and church in Jackson Heights earlier this month. - nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Queens-Man-Spray-Paint-Swastika-Jackson-Heights-Hate-Crime-Graffiti-Synagogue-Library-Church-133824513.html
A Jackson Heights man has been charged with graffiti as a hate crime for allegedly spray painting swastikas on a library, synagogue and church in his Queens neighborhood earlier this month, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday.
Franco Rodriguez, 40, was arraigned Saturday on a criminal complaint charging him with three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime and three counts of making graffiti.
As to whether this is merely a prank, or something more threatening, I guess we will see. At this point, nothing is known about the culprit or motives. Why would a rural city (population 44,000) in Indiana be the site of Islamist threats? Waiting for the local authorities to complete their investigation, before giving much significance to the incident, seems sensible.
“We condemn this, and I read the verse, most importantly what that showed me is the ignorance who actually misquoted or misinterpreted the Quran,” said Nassim Khaled, a Columbus resident who volunteers as the Islamic Center.
Khaled met with members of the East Columbus Christian Church in order to quell some of the outrage that could have been aimed at the Muslim community after the vandalism occured.
“We show our support,” he said. “We actually want to come and clean this mess with our friends and neighbors of the church,” he said.
Police are currently investigating the incidents.
Read more at christianpost.com/news/vandals-graffiti-quran-and-infidels-on-columbus-churches-community-outraged-125692/#U8qddsQT380yM4lD.99