(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/25/2016) â€“ The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today called for stepped-up police protection of local mosques after an anti-Muslim, hate-filled letter supporting President-elect Donald Trump was sent to a local Islamic center.
CAIR-SFBA said the hand-written letter, which was mailed to the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, Calif., was addressed to the “Children of Satan.â€ The writer of the letter called Muslims a “vile and filthy people” and called on them to “pack your bags and get out of dodge.”
The hate letter also said that President-elect Donald Trump is “going to cleanse America and it make it shine again. And, he's going to start with you Muslimsâ€ and “This is a great time for patriotic Americans. Long live President Trump and God bless the U.S.A.”
â€œWe urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to ensure the safety of all houses of worship,â€ said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. â€œOur stateâ€™s political and religious leaders need to speak out against the mainstreaming of Islamophobia that we are witnessing in California and nationwide.â€
CAIRâ€™s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. Over 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and over 700 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Several of these have happened in the Bay Area.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nationâ€™s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report
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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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