Friday, April 15, 2011

Discrimination: Missouri Mosque Targeted with 'Terrorist Threat,' Desecrated Qurans

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a "terrorist threat" and desecrated religious texts that were used to target a Missouri mosque as hate crimes.

Officials with the Islamic Center of Springfield say they received a threatening letter Sunday stating that Muslims "stain the earth" and vowing that "Islam will not survive." The letter, which police logged as a "terrorist threat," ended with a drawing of a ram's head with "Death to Islam!" printed below.

A worshiper arriving at the mosque on the day the threatening letter was received also discovered the charred remains of three copies of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, at the entrance to the building. Local police and the FBI are investigating.

"All Americans should be free to worship as they choose without fear of threats or intimidation," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat these incidents with the seriousness they deserve and to bring appropriate hate crime charges if and when the perpetrators are apprehended."

He noted that earlier this year, hate graffiti was written on outer walls of the same mosque. The graffiti included obscenities, a Star of David and the words, "You bash us in Pakistan, we bash you here."

CAIR: Missouri Mosque Vandalized with Hate Graffiti

Hooper said that based on this and previous bias-motivated incidents targeting mosques, American Muslim individuals and institutions are being urged to review advice on security procedures contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations