STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ/AP) – Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders say they will speak out Friday morning against vandalism at a Sikh temple being built north of Detroit.

The religious leaders will join the Sikh American community of Greater Detroit at its gurdwara, a place of worship in Sterling Heights.

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Racial slurs, drawings of what appear to be a cross and gun, and references to the 9/11 attacks were scrawled between Sunday and Monday in the temple.  The grafiti included a misspelling of the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, along with the misspelled message “Don’t Build.”

A member of the Sikh community discovered the vandalism. The temple is expected to be finished this summer.

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Spokeswoman Raman Singh said anyone witnessing the damage may be asked to come forward. Police are investigating the case.

Sikhs in the U.S. have occasionally been the target of anti-Muslim sentiment because Sikh men traditionally wear turbans and grow beards.

In a statement released earlier this week, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid called the vandalism a “hate crime.”

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