CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Sent to N.C. Mosques
24 Apr, 2012, 03:18 ET
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WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate threatening letters sent to a number of North Carolina mosques as possible hate crimes.
CAIR said the Islamic Center of Charlotte, N.C., and other mosques in that state received hate letters filled with racial slurs and stating the author has "no problem killing Muslims." At least one of the letters was mailed from Apex, N.C. The FBI has been notified of the letters.
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Threat Letter to Islamic Center: We Have No Problem Killing Muslims
Letter Writer to Islamic Center: 'No Problem Killing Muslims'
"Threats to our nation's mosques deserve the same law enforcement attention as threats to any other houses of worship," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "State and national law enforcement authorities should not wait until threats turn into actual violence."
He noted that CAIR's Iowa chapter recently called on the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate a letter with "very threatening" language and containing a mysterious powder that was sent to a Muslim representative in the Iowa House.
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Hooper said CAIR is asking members of the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
A number of recent reports have documented the growth and promotion of Islamophobia nationwide.
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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, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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