(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 5/9/16) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparently bias-motived threat to bomb a local Islamic center.
CAIR says the apparent threat to the Islamic Da'wah Center in Houston was posted May 6 on the Facebook page of a “Stop Islamization of Texas” hate rally hosted by “Heart of Texas.” The message stated: “Need to Blow this place up. We don’t need this sh*t in Texas.” Another person posted: “i [sic] agree.” Another person wrote: “Let’s make them change there [sic] minds. Hunting season is coming.” The “Heart of Texas” group is planning the armed hate rally outside the center on May 21.
SCREEN SHOT: threat to Bomb Texas Islamic Center
“This clear threat to bomb a religious institution must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice,” said CAIR-Houston Staff Attorney Arsalan Safiullah. “No Americans should be targeted by threats of violence because of their faith.”
Last week, CAIR offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a hate attack on a Muslim woman in Washington, D.C., during which the attacker allegedly shouted religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Also last week, CAIR’s Oklahoma chapter welcomed state and federal hate crime investigations of the stabbing of a Savanna, Okla., gas station clerk who was reportedly called a “terrorist” by the alleged attacker.
These threats and attacks come at a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide, prompted at least in part by anti-Muslim rhetoric employed by public figures like Donald Trump.
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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