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CAIR-Dallas, Muslim Leaders to Welcome Arrest of Hate Caller Who Threatened Mosque Worshipers

cair texas logo(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/24/16) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference with local Muslim leaders to welcome the arrest of a man who threatened to decapitate worshipers at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.

WHAT: CAIR-DFW Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday August 24, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Masjid Al Sahabah, 6005 Chapman Road, Watauga, Texas

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269, asalem@cair.com

Mujeeb Kazi, spokesperson and board member for Masjid Al Sahabah in Watauga, said in a statement:

“The Muslim community of Watauga welcomes the arrest of James Smithey, who threatened to behead Muslims in our mosque. While our community is comprised of peace-loving, compassionate members of society, and have accepted the apology of the caller, it is important for the wheels of justice to turn to safeguard all residents from crime.

“The threats made have been condemned by all our neighbors, including our friends in the Christian community. We urge all fellow Americans to recognize this growing anti-Muslim hate and rebuke it through all available peaceful means so that we may build a future of loving inclusiveness for all our children.”

SEE: Watauga Man Arrested Over Voicemail That Threatened Beheadings at Texas Mosque  

In a statement CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said: “It is my firm belief that the key to curbing the growing instances of hate crimes and incidents targeting Muslims is for our law enforcement authorities and elected officials to take this matter seriously and to hold the perpetrators of the heinous acts responsible. This arrest is a step in the right direction.â€

SEE: Watauga Man Arrested for Threatening to Behead Muslims; Calls to Apologize

The individual arrested, James N. Smithey, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after turning himself in and has since bonded out on $500 bail. 

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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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269, asalem@cair.com

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