(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged bomb threat targeting a Nation of Islam mosque in North Carolina as a hate crime.
Police said someone called in a bomb threat to Muhammad Mosque 36 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday.
SEE: CMPD Investigating Bomb Threat at Local Mosque
“At a time of unprecedented attacks and threats targeting houses of worship, members of minority groups and national political figures, it is imperative that a case like this is investigated as a hate crime and the perpetrator is brought to justice,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that 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. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
SEE: CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as 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
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.