(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 1/15/15) — The North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called for stepped-up police protection for participants in a Muslim conference this weekend in Garland, Texas.
The “Stand with the Prophet against Hate and Terror” event is sponsored by Sound Vision Foundation and is designed to help challenge growing Islamophobia in American society.
Event organizers report that a number of threatening messages about the conference have been posted online.
One message states: “I know where Garland is, I have guns, and I hope someone has some Dynamite.”
Another states: “My gun won't be empty of bullets until the end so f*** you and your religion.”
Yet another message states: “I can be there within 9 with guns from where I live now … (and maybe matches just in case we need dynamite)”
“It is clear there is a threat of violence to conference participants that must be taken seriously by local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem. “Americans of all faiths should be free to exercise their religious rights free of intimidation and attack.”
She urged law enforcement authorities to locate the individuals making the threats and to bring them to justice with the full force of the law.
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.
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