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Dozens of mosques around the country are receiving letters calling for Muslim genocide


Dozens of mosques around the country are receiving letters calling for Muslim genocide

Update: November 30th, 2016

In the last few weeks nearly a dozen mosques in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and now South Florida have received letters calling for Muslim genocide according to WPEC.

I believe that what these people want to do...These haters who send these types of letters... is really to try to have an America divided.
Wilfredo Ruiz - American Islamic Relations

Wilfredo Ruiz, the communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Florida, is concerned. "These types of letters could easily be a first step of something bad happening."

The latest incident involves the letters sent to mosques in Miami Gardens and Broward County.  

Since the election, hate crimes have been on the rise.

Last week a Texas man named Justin Normand decided to take a stand against all the recent hate. So he made a sign that said “You belong. Stay strong. Be blessed. We are one America.” He held it up in front of the Islamic Center in Irvine, TX.  The pictures have since gone viral.  

Normand took to his Facebook to explain why he did it. “This was about binding up the wounded. About showing compassion and empathy for the hurting and fearful among us.”

November 26

A civil rights group is calling for increased police protection at mosques in California after several received letters that praised President-elect Donald Trump saying he is "going to cleanse America." 

“And, he’s going to start with you Muslims,” the letter read. “He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”

Each of the handwritten letters was addressed to "the children of Satan" and signed "American for A Better Way," according to ABC affiliate KABC

We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to ensure the safety of all houses of worship.
CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said last week, the same letter was photocopied and sent to the Islamic Center of Long Beach, the Islamic Center of Claremont and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, according to the Los Angeles Times

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA, told the Los Angeles Times that people at the L.A. County mosques were "disheartened" by the letters. 

He also said that Trump's presidential campaign has fueled a lot of the "hateful rhetoric" that's emerged in the days since the election. 

"I'm not saying (Trump) created racist people," Ayloush said. "He normalized it. While he might say he's not responsible, and I respect that, I remind President-elect Trump that he has a responsibility to act as a president for all Americans."

The Southern Poverty Law Center noted that there have been more than 700 reports of hate crimes directed at Muslims, African-Americans, Asians, immigrants, women and the LGBTQ community since Election Day. 

The San Jose Police Department has opened an investigation into the letters the mosques received. Sgt. Enrique Garcia said it's being treated as a "hate-motivated incident." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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