(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on law enforcement authorities in Texas to investigate an alleged assault on a Muslim in that state as a hate crime.
The alleged victim, a 34-year-old white convert to Islam, reported to CAIR that two former co-workers came to his Gilmer, Texas, home after midnight on Saturday and punched, choked and kicked him without provocation. During the assault, the alleged attackers reportedly used religious slurs such as, “You Muslim piece of sh*t,” “Pray to Allah motherf**ker,” and “You are a traitor…We’re at war with these people.” At one point during the alleged assault, the victim says he felt the barrel of a gun pressed to his head.
As the attackers left, they allegedly threatened to harm him again if he called the police. He was reportedly told by one assailant, “If I can’t get you, my people will.” The victim has since moved out of his home in response to this threat.
The FBI and local police are investigating the incident, but local authorities have not labeled it a hate crime.
“Because of the religious slurs reportedly used during this attack, and the alleged threat to the victim’s life, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive and to offer police protection,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “These incidents can be the unfortunate result of the crude stereotypes of Islam that President Obama rejected recently in his Cairo address.”
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CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com