CAIR-Kansas calls for hate crime probe after threat to Wichita Mosque

December 19, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Kansas (OIC-UNA) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) on Monday called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate as a possible hate crime a threatening Facebook post suggesting to use the Wichita Islamic Society’s building as a shooting range.

CAIR-Kansas also called for stepped-up police protection for the mosque. Given the tragic mass shooting incidents nationwide, we believe this apparent threat to an American house of worship should be investigated as a possible hate crime, said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to increase security in the area of the mosque.

CAIR is urging all houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication applies to religious institutions of all faiths.

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it had witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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.

Source: International Islamic News Agency