The Associated Press
4:25 AM EDT, September 18, 2012
The FBI is investigating vandalism at a mosque in Harrisonburg, which was spray-painted with obscene graffiti that included a reference to Iraqis and the phrase, "This is America."
Lawrence Barry of the FBI office in Richmond said Monday that the agency is assisting local authorities in the investigation.
Vulgar graffiti also was discovered at a high school and a Christian school. Local police say it's not clear that the vandalism was directed at Muslims. Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson describes the graffiti as the work of "local knuckleheads" that "would be offensive to a wide range of people."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says there was evidence of a bias motive in the graffiti at the Islamic Center of Shenandoah Valley.
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