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CAIR Says Maryland Threat to ‘Kill All Muslims’ Symptomatic of Rise in Islamophobia

Civil Rights Organization Encourages Increased Vigilance, Security Measures     

(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/6/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today strongly condemned a threat made by a Maryland man to “kill all Muslims,” and said that it is one more indicator of the unprecedented rise in islamophobia sweeping across the United States.   

SEE: Man charged with threatening to ‘kill all Muslims’ and shoot people at Glen Burnie shopping center

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/ac-cn-mass-violence-threat-20190228-story.html

According to police, the individual – who has a documented history of mental illness – has threatened to “shoot and kill all Muslims” on at least two separate occasions. Charging documents reveal that law enforcement officers were called to an area hospital in January after he confessed that he’d hidden a gun in a public area. 

He was charged in January with one misdemeanor count which carries up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

“Our state’s and communities’ safety is a top priority as anti-Muslim bigotry continues to manifest in disturbing ways,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Although this individual has been charged, we urge elected officials to condemn this threat and encourage the Glen Burnie area Muslim community to remain vigilant, exercise precaution, and report suspicious behavior to law enforcement and to CAIR.”

CAIR has documented a significant increase in attacks on American Muslims across the country since 2016.

SEE: Windows Smashed at Ohio Mosque During Prayer Time, CAIR Calls on Dayton Police, FBI to Probe as Hate Crime

https://www.cair.com/windows_smashed_at_ohio_mosque_during_prayer_time_cair_calls_on_dayton_police_fbi_to_probe_as_hate_crime

2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

 

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