(TAMPA, FL, 12/19/12) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called for stepped-up security at mosques and Islamic schools in that state following an incident in which a woman carrying a sword was arrested after entering a mosque on a school campus.Â
CAIR-FL said the incident occurred this morning on the campus of Leaders Preparatory School in Orange County, Fla. The campus includes a mosque, a daycare and a Muslim school. The woman, 47-year-old Dominique Eloi, was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, disrupting a school function and aggravated assault with a weapon.
“Houses of worship and schools nationwide must be protected from harm or threats of harm,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly. “We are grateful that no one was hurt in this incident.”
Last week, CAIR's San Francisco Bay Area chapter called for increased community vigilance after a man reportedly entered a mosque in Fremont, Calif., claimed he had a gun, and threatened to kill everyone inside.
CAIR's San Antonio chapter recently called on federal law enforcement authorities to consider bringing charges against a man arrested for vowing to “shoot as many people as possible” at a local mosque.
CAIR is urging mosques and houses of worship of all faiths to review advice on security procedures contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
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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