(PHOENIX, AZ 6/5/19) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today welcomed the sentencing of a woman who was involved in an Islamophobic Facebook Live incident at the Islamic Cultural Center of Tempe in 2018. Tahnee Gonzales was sentenced to 225 hours of community service, two years of probation and a requirement to write a letter of apology to the Tempe mosque.
Gonzales, who took part in the incident with Elizabeth Dauenhauer brought children to the Islamic center, trespassing into the mosque’s courtyard and spewing racist epithets in front of their children.
Items were removed from community boards and the duo could also be seen shouting down a mosque attendee in the Facebook Live video. CAIR-Arizona was able to raise awareness of the incident, as this hateful incident went viral on social media. Dauenhauer was sentenced to 200 hours community service, with 18 months probation and an apology to the Muslim community.
“We are happy to put this ordeal behind us as a community,” said Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-AZ’s executive director. “This sentence gives the assailants a second chance to denounce the corrosive hate that engulfed their lives the past few years. Our hope is that Ms. Gonzales uses this opportunity to educate others who are drawn into this destructive far-right ideology that this only causes harm for our communities and for themselves.”
Earlier today, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter welcomed hate crime charges brought against a Faribault, Minn., man who allegedly used a pressure-washing hose against a 15-year-old Somali-American Muslim girl and her siblings while yelling racial slurs.
SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Faribault Man Who Used Pressure Washer on Somali Muslim Children
CAIR recently released its 2019 Islamophobia Report: “Hijacked by Hate”, which outlines just how deeply entrenched anti-Muslim bigotry is in this country.
Siddiqi added: “As we have seen with the Christchurch, Pittsburgh, Poway, Charleston and Quebec City attacks – our houses of worship are still very much under the threat of violent far-right extremism. It is vital for those who entertained or engaged with these ideas in the past, such as Gonzales and Dauenhauer to publicly distance themselves from these ideologies for good.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-704-3786, firstname.lastname@example.org