(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/17) – The new Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a mailed bomb threat to a mosque in that state as a hate crime.
On March 4, Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah in Lexington, Ky., received a threatening letter in the mail.
The handwritten letter was sent from Sheffield, England, and contained a green index card wrapped in a blank sheet of paper. Written on the card were the words, “An explosive device will be placed at your mosque very soon!”
Yesterday, CAIR’s Georgia chapter called on leaders of mosques in that state to improve their security measures after one mosque received a message threatening “death for you and your kind” from a self-declared “Muslim slayer,” and three other mosques received identical emails threatening widespread attacks against American Muslims on March 15.
Similar threats have been sent recently to mosques in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat Targeting New Jersey Mosque
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, 859-296-0206; CAIR-Kentucky Media Committee Member Ron Smith, 859-623-0442; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org