(WASHINGTON, D.C., TX, 5/16/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Obama administration to treat a planned religiously-motivated attack on a Muslim community in New York as an act ofÂ terrorism and to charge the alleged organizer of the attack as a terrorist.
According to court documents, a Tennessee man who garnered more than 9,000 votes in a failed run for Congress last year admitted in federal court to planning an attack on a Muslim community in New York along with members of a right-wing militia. Robert Doggart, 63, was recorded on a wiretapped phone call planning to burn down a mosque and Muslim school, while shooting anyone who tried to stop the attackers.
â€œOur small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God,â€ Doggart wrote in a Facebook post. â€œWe shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.â€
Doggart was arrested April 10 and charged with soliciting others to violate civil rights, attempts to damage religious property because of the religious character of the property and making threats through interstate communication. He pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threats and was released on bond to home confinement. He may not face any jail time.
â€œIf a Muslim had planned to carry out such a religiously-motivated deadly attack, he would certainly have been labeled a terrorist and charged accordingly,â€ said National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. â€œWe ask the Obama administration to rescind the plea agreement, which â€“ as it stands – could see this individual free in the community.â€
Hooper thanked federal law enforcement authorities for thwarting the planned attack.
CAIR recently called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the schoolâ€™s bus and to spill â€œMuslim blood.â€ CAIR also called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes.
On Friday, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate â€œNo Muslimsâ€ graffiti sprayed-painted on the seal of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) as a hate crime.
The Texas and Maryland incidents are part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.
- SEE: CAIR Seeks Protection for Maryland Mosque and School after Bomb Threat
- CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threat to Iowa Mosque
- Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probes of New Threats to Ohio Mosques
- CAIR: Rhode Island Islamic School Vandalized with Hate Graffiti (Video)
- Video: Massachusetts Muslims Threatened with Murder
CAIR is asking Muslim community members report any bias incidents to police and to CAIRâ€™s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email@example.com.Â
A copy of CAIR “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,”Â which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions, may be requested through its website:Â 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,Â 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org