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CAIR-MA Urges Stepped-up Police Protection After Anti-Muslim, Pro-Trump Letter Sent to Rhode Island Mosque

CAIR logo(BOSTON, MA, 11/30/16) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today called for stepped-up police protection of local mosques after an anti-Muslim, hate-filled letter supporting President-elect Donald Trump was sent to Masjid Al-Kareem in Providence, R.I.

The hate letter was addressed to the “Children of Satan.†The writer called Muslims a “vile and filthy people” and called on them to “pack your bags and get out of dodge.” It also said that President-elect Donald Trump is “going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he's going to start with you Muslims†and “This is a great time for patriotic Americans. Long live President Trump and God bless the U.S.A.”

CAIR chapters nationwide have received reports of the same letter being sent to mosque in states.

SEE: South Florida Mosques Receive Letters Calling for Genocide

Video: CAIR-CA Responds to Threat Letters Sent to Mosques

 

“This act of hate targeting a New England house of worship must be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities, and our state’s leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that inevitably leads to such incidents,†said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins.

CAIR’s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and more than 700 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.

SEE: CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia

CAIR 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

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: www.cair.com/report

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-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, jrobbins@cair.com, 617-862-9159; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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