Islamic institutions asked to report suspicious mail
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on officials of American Muslim institutions to report any suspicious mail they may receive through the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The United States Postal Inspection Service told CAIR that at least four packages containing harassing messages and bacon were sent to American mosques from Denver, Colo.
[NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products and such items are frequently used by anti-Muslim bigots as a means to cause the maximum offense.]
"We ask local, state and federal authorities to treat these mailings as a form of religious intimidation and to use all relevant hate crime laws and postal regulations in apprehending and prosecuting those involved," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin.
Rubin said mosques nationwide have recently been targeted by hate incidents and vocal opposition based on anti-Islam views.
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CAIR is asking mosques to report suspicious packages to the United States Postal Service, local law enforcement authorities and the FBI. Mosques are also being urged to consult advice on handling suspicious packages offered in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
SEE: Muslim Community Safety Kit
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations