(DALLAS, TX, 6/13/19) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today condemned a hate letter mailed to the Islamic Center of Waco calling ‘Jesus, God of Love’; ‘Allah, God of Hate.’
The letter was sent after the publication in a local newspaper of the Islamic Center’s Ramadan community dinner invitation. The mosque said it received the hate mail on Monday.
“It is saddening that this individual responded to love with hate,” said CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque. “It is even more saddening that he did it in the name of Jesus, who is revered in Islam, and who called the faithful to love their neighbors as themselves. We invite this person to visit the Islamic Center of Waco and meet his Muslim neighbors.”
A message on the Facebook page of the Islamic Center of Waco says:
“We have gotten our fair share of hatred throughout the years that we’ve kept quiet about, but we felt compelled to share this one today. We received this in the mail shortly after we hosted the Ramadan dinner a couple of weeks ago and have to point out the irony of this hate mail. A person claiming to be a ‘follower of Jesus’ ironically telling us what we believe and how we practice our religion without even meeting us.”
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.
The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
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.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861, firstname.lastname@example.org