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CAIR-Kansas Calls for Hate Crime Probe, Increased Protection After Online Threat to Wichita Mosque

(KANSAS CITY, KS, 12/18/2017) — The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on state and federal law enforcement to investigate as a possible hate crime a threating Facebook post suggesting using the Wichita Islamic Society’s building as a shooting range.

CAIR-Kansas also called for stepped-up police protection for the mosque.

SEE: Wichita Islamic Society Responds to Threatening Facebook Post

“Given the tragic mass shooting incidents nationwide, we believe this apparent threat to an American house of worship should be investigated as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to increase security in the area of the mosque.”

CAIR is urging all houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website at:   

It may also be viewed at:  

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:  

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

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-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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