CAIR-NY Calls for Maximum Penalties in Mosque Harassment Case
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/5/10) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for maximum legal penalties for five teens charged with disrupting services and harassing worshippers at the World Sufi Foundation Mosque in Carlton, N.Y. Media reports indicate that plea deals are being considered in the case.
SEE: Plea Deals Eyed for 5 Teens Charged in Mosque Incident
On August 30, the five teens reportedly interrupted members praying in the mosque by blowing their car horns and yelling obscenities. A worshipper was injured when he was allegedly struck by one of the teens’ vehicles.
One of the teens reportedly fired a weapon in the area of the mosque three days earlier and was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon.
SEE: Holley Teens Charged with Targeting Mosque
“American Muslims must be able to practice their faith free of threats and intimidation,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “Maximum legal penalties in this case will serve as both a deterrent to religious harassment and as a repudiation of intolerance.”
Latif said CAIR is also urging American Muslim individuals and institutions 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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