(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/25/19) – 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 online threat targeting Muslim students at Wingate University in North Carolina as a hate crime.
Someone posted the threatening messages on the university’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) Facebook page. On an advertisement for an MSA event this evening, someone responded with insulting remarks about the Quran and said, “Good luck living through it.” The university has beefed up security for the event.
SEE: Wingate University Beefs Up Security for Event After Facebook Threats
Event Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/321050245055190/
“Students of all faiths and backgrounds should be able to host events without fear of threats or intimidation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this alleged threat as a hate crime and to offer stepped-up security for event participants.”
He noted that North Carolina’s hate crime law (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-3) enhances punishment for offenses committed because of victim’s race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin.
Last week, CAIR welcomed murder charges brought against the man who allegedly shot to death an Indiana Muslim, reportedly while shouting Islamophobic slurs.
Video: CAIR Welcomes Murder Charges in Shooting of Indiana Muslim by Man Shouting Islamophobic Slurs
The Washington-based civil rights organization has witnessed 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.
CAIR cited recent arrests in an alleged bomb plot targeting Muslims in New York, guilty pleas in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque and sentencing of men in a plot to bomb Muslims in Kansas.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org