(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 2/18/15) — The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate reported threats to two Columbus, Ohio, mosques as possible hate crimes.
Rambling and obscenity-laced calls received yesterday by Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab made many references to the “n-word” and the caller stated he would “see you soon” and “you're out of here.” He also used phrases like “you will be vaporized,” “you're done,” “lose your religion n**ger,” and “blow up.”
Another Columbus mosque also received a threatening message.
“These threats must be taken seriously and investigated as the hate crimes they are,” said CAIR-Ohio Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal. “American Muslims, like all Americans, deserve to practice their faith without threats of violence targeting their houses of worship.”
He noted that earlier today, CAIR thanked law enforcement authorities in Revere, Mass., for their prompt response to reports of possible death threats targeting local Muslims. In that news release, CAIR also outlined the many other recent hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
In January, someone called and threatened to destroy a central Ohio mosque. A hate call was also reportedly made to a mosque in Cincinnati.
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