THREATENING FLYER LEFT AT S. CALIF. MOSQUE
CAIR-LA calls for repudiation of anti-Muslim bigotry
(ANAHEIM, CA, 2/17/2006) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today said the FBI is investigating a threat allegedly made against the Islamic Center of Claremont in Pomona, Calif.
According to mosque officials, on February 3 a woman left a flyer at the center that contained the threat: “We will kill every last one of you. . .We are at WAR.”
“Americans of all faiths should be concerned whenever a house of worship is threatened,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “Religious and political leaders must speak out against the anti-Muslim bigotry that can prompt such threats.”
Ayloush noted that an anti-Muslim sign was left outside a Texas mosque earlier this month and that the FBI is investigating attacks on a Michigan mosque. He said vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. In December of last year, bombs damaged an Ohio mosque.
The Washington-based group is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About