Muslim civil rights group asks FBI to probe threat by person praising ‘hero’ who killed dozens at New Zealand mosque and writing ‘see you in gates of valhalla’
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 6/14/2019 – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Houston) today called for stepped-up security at religious institutions statewide following a terroristic threat targeting that city’s Baitus Samee Mosque and urged the FBI to join the investigation.
CAIR-Houston said police are investigating a post on the “4chan” internet forum that stated: (grammatical errors maintained)
SEE: Houston Terror Threat
“It's 4:15 PM as of writing this, I would like to say good bye for 4chan dudes as I will either die or go to prison, as you know a few months ago our lad did a mosque attack, and I would like to repeat the same thing as our Hero, I even added his name in my gun,
“The attack will be placed in Mosque Baitus Samee - Texas
Q: Why are you going to attack this Mosque?
A: Simple, Kebab is like cancer, if you remove it early than you won't die.
“Q: What inspired you?
A: Obviously, our one and only, brenton tarrant. and also my friend gave me a go pro, and it gave me ideas. ;)
“Q: What is your Ideology?
A: Fascist (not eco-Fascist like our lad)
“Q: What are you doing right now?
A: Stopped in a Subway, my last meal, after that I am driving to this mosque.
“Q: How old are you?
A: I am 24 years old
“will see you in gates of valhalla my lads!”
This is the second recent threat targeting Baitus Samee Mosque.
SEE: Man accused of threatening to shoot up Houston-area mosque after he was told to leave
CAIR-Houston Executive Director Lubabah Abdullah said:
“We thank law enforcement authorities for their swift action in this case. Based on recent events and hate crimes targeting American Muslims, immigrant communities and other minority groups, it is critical that we take these threats seriously and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Abdullah noted that just yesterday, CAIR’s Dallas office condemned a hate letter mailed to the Islamic Center of Waco.
SEE: CAIR-Dallas Condemns Hate Mail Sent to Islamic Center of Waco
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CAIR-Houston is urging religious institutions to take measures outlined in its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR's security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants 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-Houston Civil Rights Attorney Arsalan Safiullah, 713-366-6686, email@example.com; CAIR-Houston Development and Outreach Coordinator Ambreen Hernandez, 713-838-2247, firstname.lastname@example.org