A civil rights group has called for more police protection of mosques after several in California says it received letters that praised President-elect Donald Trump and threatened Muslim genocide.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said the same handwritten, photocopied letter was sent last week to the Islamic Center of Long Beach, the Islamic Center of Claremont and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
The letter was addressed to ‘the children of Satan’ and it was signed by ‘American for A Better Way.’ The LA area mosques received it Wednesday and the San Jose mosque on Thursday.
The letter, above, was said to have been left with three California mosques and was addressed to ‘the children of Satan’ and signed ‘Americans for a Better Way’
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Executive Director, Hussam Ayloush (pictured), at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles, said he blames Trump’s inflammatory speech during the campaign for the letters
‘There’s a new sheriff in town – President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims,’ the letter states, according to CAIR. ‘And, he’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the jews (sic).
‘You Muslims would be wise to pack your bags and get out of Dodge. This is a great time for patriotic Americans. Long live President Trump and God Bless the USA!’
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA, said people at the L.A. County mosques were disheartened by the hateful letters and added that the ‘irresponsible, hateful rhetoric’ of the Trump campaign has fueled ‘a level of vulgarity, vile hatred and anger among many self-proclaimed Trump supporters.’
The Long Beach Islamic Center in California received one of the hand-written threatening letters
The Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose (above) also said it received one of the letters which warned Muslims to ‘get out of Dodge’
‘I’m not saying [Trump] created racist people,’ he 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.’
San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said police have opened an investigation and are treating it as a ‘hate-motivated incident.’
The letter was also left at the Islamic Center of Claremont (above) said CAIR
Hate crimes have been widely reported since Trump’s election, but it is not clear if there has been an actual spike in hate crimes, reports Quartz.
Reported hate crimes against Muslims did increase six percent from 2014 to 2015, according to The New York Times.
During the campaign, Trump said he would stop all Muslims immigrating to the US – but later amended that to extreme vetting.
He also hinted during the campaign he would create a registry for Muslims.