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CAIR Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Tenn. Man Who Planned Attack on NY Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a guilty verdict in the trial of a Tennessee man who planned to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York.

Robert Doggart, 65, was found guilty of all charges, including solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of a building and making a threat in interstate commerce, for the planned attack on a Muslim community in Hancock, N.Y., called Islamberg.

SEE: Tennessee Man Convicted of Planning to Attack NY Mosque

“We welcome this verdict and hope it will serve as a deterrent to anyone who may contemplate acts of violence targeting American Muslims or any other minority group,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Donald Trump.

SEE: CAIR-Chicago to React to Bomb Threat Targeting Des Plaines Mosque

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at:

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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