(WASHINGTON, D.C, 5/22/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a threatening email sent to a North Carolina mosque.
Officials with the Islamic Center of Charlotte reported that the email said, “every mosque from here to Bahrain will turn to dust,” after beginning “You have no Islamic rights in this country, you’re [sic] children and women are ours.” It also stated: “No mayor, no city, county, state police, fbi, cia, [sic] or the military can stop me.” An FBI agent told the mosque that the email did not rise to the level of a threat for which a person could be arrested and charged.
A mosque spokesperson told local media the email “is definitely a threat. It’s a threat on so many different levels. Somewhere the letter says do away with all Muslims. And with us being visible … we are one of the targets, and we have been one of the targets.”
SEE: ‘I am Satan chosen son.’ Charlotte mosque reports ‘creepy’ email threat to FBI.
This was not the first time the mosque received such threatening messages.
2012 Threat: Threat letter to Islamic Center: We have no problem killing Muslims
“Threats and intimidation targeting houses of worship should be taken seriously by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and those responsible should be brought to justice,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He said CAIR is urging mosques and other religious institutions of all faiths to take measures outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. Advice offered in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
CAIR: Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety
Hooper noted that CAIR recently called for a similar probe of an alleged bias-motivated assault on Muslim women waiting to pick up their children after school in northern Virginia.
Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Assault on N. Virginia Muslim Women
Also this month, CAIR urged Washington, D.C., area mosques to step up security measures after an attempted stabbing attack at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va.
Video: CAIR Urges DC-Area Mosques to Step Up Security for End of Ramadan After Attempted Stabbing
CAIR’s recent 2021 civil rights report documented 241 hate and bias incidents which included physical violence, harassment, and vandalism among other reported issues.
SEE: CAIR 2021 Civil Rights Report
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