(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/22/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is welcoming stepped-up security measures by local law enforcement for Maryum Islamic Center in Howard County, Md., after an online threat targeting that mosque.
Posted on March 21 in response to a promotion of the mosque’s fundraising dinner scheduled at an area high school this weekend, the text reads: “You know the only thing you don’t want us to do is really show up right. And here’s what I say I got your address now mother*****s maybe you’ll be next.” (Howard County Police Incident Number: 19-25840)
The phrase “maybe you’ll be next” was taken as a possible reference to the mosque massacres in New Zealand.
CAIR has been in touch with the county executive’s office and law enforcement authorities who have stepped-up patrols of in the area of the mosque and provided security during today’s Friday congregational prayers. Extra precautions taken for the weekend’s event include uniformed officers and a visible police presence. The threat is being investigated by authorities as a hate/bias incident and the FBI has reportedly been notified.
“We thank Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Police Department for their steadfast support and commitment to safety for all of the county’s residents,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Even as we take extra security precautions, we will not be intimidated. We encourage the community to attend tomorrow evening’s event to support Maryum Islamic Center and to demonstrate that hate can never succeed in achieving its evil goals.”
Earlier today, CAIR distributed video of a national community safety webinar it held last night with two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security experts in response to the recent terror attack on two New Zealand mosques and subsequent Islamophobic incidents in other countries, including the United States.
Webinar participants included staff and administrators from some 100 Islamic centers, mosques, Islamic schools, and other Muslim community institutions nationwide.
Video: Watch CAIR Islamic Community Safety Webinar Offering Info on Active Shooters, Attack Threats, Emergency Planning
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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062