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CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat to Iowa Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/27/15) -- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening letter left at a mosque in that state as a hate crime.

The envelope of the letter, left on the door of a mosque in Ames, Iowa, states: "To all f**k Muslims." Notes inside the letter say, "We will burn all of you," Leave our country," and "We hate you."

"This threat to a house of worship should be investigated as a hate crime and all available resources should be devoted to bringing the perpetrator to justice," said CAIR-IA Executive Director Miriam Amer. "We view this threat as just part of a recent spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions nationwide."

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CAIR is urging community leaders to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to previous attacks on American mosques. The booklet is designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.

A free copy of CAIR's "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," may be requested through CAIR's website.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-IA Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617 (Please text before calling.), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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