Hate Site Comments Suggest Violence Against Missouri Mosque

FBI asked to probe posts: 'I suppose dynamite would be considered an

extreme response'

Feb 19, 2008, 00:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on
 American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked the St. Louis, Mo., office of
 the FBI to investigate apparent threats against a local mosque posted on an
 anti-Muslim Internet hate site.
     Threatening comments on the Little Green Footballs hate site about a
 new minaret being built near that mosque included:
     SEE: An Islamic Prayer Tower in St. Louis
     1. "I suppose dynamite would be considered an extreme response."
     2. "The tower would make a nice target for lots of things... Perhaps
 one could start by bombing the thing with pig s**t from a light plane."
     3. "Anyone got some RPGs to coat in pig fat?"
     4. "Would be a shame if it were to be vandalized or destroyed. Just a
 shame I tell you....wink wink STL youth."
     "These types of violent comments should not be taken lightly and should
 be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities," said
 CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman.
     The apparent threats come following an arson attack on a Tennessee
 mosque allegedly by three members of the "Christian Identity" movement and
 a fire-bomb attack on a Minnesota Muslim business.
     SEE: CAIR Applauds Arrests in TN Mosque Arson
     SEE ALSO: MN: Investigators Say Fire Could Be Hate Crime
     Because of similar bias-related incidents nationwide, CAIR is urging
 Muslim individuals and institutions to review security procedures using
 advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
     SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
     CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, 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-St. Louis Executive Director Melissa Matos, 636-207-8882;
 CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Strategic Communications
 Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, E-Mail: arehab@cair.com; CAIR
 Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations