(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of a suspect who allegedly threatened to kill worshipers at an Oregon mosque.
Chad Everett Russell, 44, was arrested Tuesday night on misdemeanor charges of intimidation (religion), menacing, disorderly conduct, intimidation (sexual orientation and race), harassment, and carrying a concealed weapon. He allegedly threatened to kill members of the Islamic Center in Eugene, Ore., on Monday.
“We welcome this arrest and thank law enforcement authorities for their prompt and professional actions to ensure public safety and to protect religious freedom,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Yesterday, CAIR released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
CAIR’s new report, titled “The Empowerment of Hate,” also notes that from 2014 to 2016, anti-Muslim bias incidents jumped 65 percent.
CAIR Report: The Empowerment of Hate
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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CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, firstname.lastname@example.org