(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/31/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for stepped-up protection by local police for a Colorado mosque targeted by an apparent emailed threat from a person who allegedly wrote that he was considering â€œbecoming a mass murderer.â€
Officials of the Islamic Center of Golden (ICG) in Golden, Colo., reported to CAIR that a member of the mosque recently received an email from a person he had invited to the facility to learn more about Islam. That email stated in part:
â€œ. . .I was tempted to be violent and confrontational at the Islamic center. . .I would wager I was the only armed man at the center. Why is mass violence so tempting? In my pockets I carry two extra magazines~ even so I would run out of bullets before you ran out of Muslims. This is why I carry two knives and a collapsible baton as well. . .It bothered me that I would consider becoming a mass murderer. Who could look themselves in the mirror?. . .there is power in the blood of Jesus!â€
Mosque officials say the individual who sent the email has been questioned by police and has been told not to contact worshipers or come near the facility. Members of the mosque have been informed of the apparent threat and images of the alleged emailer and his vehicle have been circulated to the congregation.
â€œBecause of the language and tone used in the email, we urge local police to step up security measures in the area of the mosque, particularly during activities associated with the upcoming Ramadan fast,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that CAIR released a report on more than 70 incidents targeting American mosques and religious institutions in 2015 that showed a greater frequency of damage, destruction, vandalism, and intimidation than in any other year since CAIR started tracking such cases in 2009.
He said flyers stating â€œBan Islam from Americaâ€ and other anti-Muslim rhetoric were posted recently at the planned site of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo in Mukilteo, Wash.
CAIRâ€™s Houston chapter also recently called on the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparently bias-motived threat to bomb a local Islamic center.
A Florida man was sentenced for threatening to firebomb two mosques in that state.
In Connecticut, sentencing was delayed for a man who pleaded guilty to firing a gun into a mosque.
Earlier this month, CAIR and the Tennessee â€“based American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Muslim woman in that state as a possible hate crime.
CAIR also offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a hate attack on a Muslim woman in Washington, D.C., during which the attacker allegedly shouted religious slurs and statements of support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
CAIRâ€™s Oklahoma chapter welcomed state and federal hate crime investigations of the stabbing of a Savanna, Okla., gas station clerk who was reportedly called a â€œterroristâ€ by the alleged attacker.
These acts of vandalism, threats and attacks come at a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide, prompted at least in part by anti-Muslim rhetoric employed by public figures like Donald Trump.
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