(CINCINNATI, OH, 12/14/10) -- The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today asked the FBI to investigate a threatening e-mail sent to an Ohio mosque that was targeted by bombs in 2005.
CAIR-OH reported that the Islamic Association of Cincinnati, often referred to as the "Clifton mosque," received an e-mail December 11 that stated in part: "You should know that you are not wanted in Cincinnati ... We don't want you here. Mohammad is a joke. Go back to your desert. Beware. We may just declare jihad on you."
Almost five years ago to the day, the same mosque was targeted by two pipe bombs in a case that has yet to be solved. In 2006, the mosque received a phone threat and a car full of men warning they were "going to bomb this place" drove past the facility.
SEE: Bombed Cincinnati Mosque Receives New Threat (AP)
"Any threat is serious, but it is of particular concern when a threat targets a house of worship," said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. "We believe this incident is a direct result of the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society that goes largely unchallenged."
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Dabdoub said mosques in California, Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Florida have faced vocal opposition or have been similarly targeted by hate incidents in recent months.
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Other recent anti-Muslim incidents nationwide include an alleged bias-motivated assault on a New York imam, an arson attack on an Oregon mosque, a bias attack on an Oregon Muslim inmate, the beating of a California Sikh mistaken for a Muslim, a bias attack on Muslim women in Seattle, a racist attack on worshipers at a Canadian mosque, an attack on a New York Muslim mother and child, the arrest of New York teens who allegedly harassed a Muslim student because of his faith, and the defacement of a South Carolina mosque.
Legislatures in a number of states are considering laws banning reference to Islamic principles in courts similar to an Oklahoma constitutional amendment recently blocked by a federal judge in that state.
SEE: More States Enter Debate on Sharia Law (USA Today)
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations is urging American Muslim individuals and institutions to review advice on security procedures contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
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-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200 or 513-604-4444, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org