(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/5/15)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today 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.
A similar call by CAIR for an FBI hate crime investigation followed reports of an attack on a Muslim worshiper outside a Texas mosque. A worshipper at the Islamic Association of North Texas in Richardson, Texas, was beaten as he left a prayer service Monday night.
In the Maryland case, officials with the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) tell CAIR that a person who called the facilityâ€™s school on April 28 asked, â€œWhat time do you close?â€ When informed of the closing time, the caller then reportedly said, “It's the perfect time to bomb the bus.” Police were notified and the school was closed early.
“All Americans, regardless of faith, have the right to feel safe and secure in school and at their places of worship,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “These threats are deeply disturbing and we strongly urge authorities to take prompt measures to ensure the security of the students who attend this Islamic school.”
Yesterday, the ISB received a call from a person screaming about “spilling Muslim blood.”
â€œWe ask local, state and national law enforcement authorities to treat attack on or threats to American Muslims with the seriousness they deserve and urge our nationâ€™s religious and political leaders to speak out against the growing Islamophobia that can lead to such incidents,â€ saidÂ CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.Â
Hooper said the Maryland and Texas incidents are part of a recent spate of hate incidents nationwide targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.
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He said CAIR is asking community members report any bias incidents to police and to CAIRâ€™s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Â Â
CAIR is also urging community members and institutions to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet,Â “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,”Â which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions.
A free copy of “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,”Â may be requested through CAIRâ€™s website:Â http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
Some CAIR safety guidelines are also available online.
SEE: CAIR 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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CONTACT:Â CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062; CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269 or email@example.comÂ