(ATLANTA, GA, 3/5/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on leaders of mosques in that state to improve their security measures after one mosque received a message threatening "death for you and your kind" from a self-declared "Muslim slayer," and three other mosques received identical emails threatening widespread attacks against American Muslims on March 15.
"We hope that state and federal law enforcement authorities will identify and arrest the criminals threatening violence against Georgia mosques," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "While the perpetrators are being sought, mosque leaders should do all they can to protect their houses of worship by working with local law enforcement authorities, installing security cameras and employing security officers during the daily prayers."
Over the weekend of February 24, Greenview Madani Center, a mosque in Lawrenceville, Ga., received a mailed, handwritten letter with the message, "Death is waiting for you and your kind," along with a crudely drawn picture of a decapitated person.
The mosque alerted local law enforcement to the letter. Similar threats were sent to mosques in other states.
In addition, Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz in Norcross, Ga., Al-Farooq Masjid and another Atlanta-area mosque received a threatening email on February, 18.
The emails, with the subject line "YOUR ONE WARNING," stated in part, (grammatical and spelling errors maintained): ". . .MUZLIMS MEXICANS BLACKS WE WILL HUNTED NATION WIDE UNTIL ARE ARE DEAD OR GONE. . .PLAN TO RUN OR DIE, THIS IS A KINDNESS THAT WE GIVE YOU ALL WARNING, TAKE IT AND GO.”
Two weeks ago, identical emails were sent to two Alabama mosques, the Birmingham Islamic Society and Huntsville Islamic Center. Both organizations reported the threats to local law enforcement, the Department of Justice office and the FBI.
"Georgia Muslims cannot allow anti-Muslim bigots to scare us away from proudly and publicly practicing our faith, whether those bigots are writing anonymous letters in a dark basement or writing policy in the White House," Mitchell said. "But we should take steps to protect our rights, our houses of worship and our communities."
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization believes the emailed threats may be part of a mass mailing to mosques nationwide and is urging Islamic institutions to report any such threats to local police and to CAIR at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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