CAIR-MI Asks FBI to Probe Threat Against Muslim Driver
Man allegedly shouts racial slurs, points handgun at woman wearing Islamic scarf
By Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Published: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 - 2:49 pm
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 7, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate an alleged bias-motivated threat against a Muslim woman driver this morning in Ann Arbor.
The 21-year-old Muslim woman, who is of Palestinian heritage and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), reported to CAIR-MI that a white male driving a truck pulled up to her vehicle while she was stopped at a red light and began honking his horn. According to the Muslim driver, the alleged assailant then shouted racial slurs such as "You don't belong here," "Your people need to be killed," and "You're a terrorist." She also reported that the alleged assailant swerved his vehicle toward hers and pointed a handgun at her.
After the assailant reportedly saw the victim using her cell phone to call 911, he sped off. The victim provided the Ann Arbor Police Department with the alleged assailant's license plate number. (It is not clear in which state the vehicle is registered.)
A CAIR-MI representative has spoken with the FBI to request a federal investigation.
"Because of the reported racial slurs and physical threat, we urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a hate crime," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "The FBI's involvement would send the message that our nation will not tolerate the targeting of religious minorities."
CAIR's Iowa chapter recently called on the FBI to investigate vandalism at a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime. The Muslim civil rights group also called on the FBI to probe a Tennessee road rage incident in which a Muslim mother and son were allegedly targeted with death threats and anti-Muslim slurs by a knife-wielding driver.
Murfreesboro police ID road rage suspect accused of harassing Muslim woman
Murfreesboro police have identified a road rage suspect after a Muslim woman’s complaint last week that she and her son were targeted with death threats and anti-Muslim slurs by a knife-wielding motorist.
“The case is currently under investigation by the criminal investigation division,” Murfreesboro Police Department spokesman Kyle Evans said via email. “They have identified a suspect and are currently working with the victim to bring the case to prosecution. We have notified the FBI as to the status of the investigation.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations also has called for the FBI to investigate the incident.
The Washington-based organization made the request after WSMV-TV reported Wednesday night that the mother and son were harassed as they drove along Medical Center Parkway and Northwest Broad Street on Tuesday evening.
According to converted Muslim Lisa Sallaj, 43, of Murfreesboro, the incident happened when her 18-year-old son, who had just gotten his license, pulled into the path of a black Mustang, almost causing a wreck. The driver of the Mustang “went ballistic,” she said.
CAIR says hate-crime charges should be brought against the suspect when he is arrested. The group pointed to the vandalism and arson surrounding construction of a mosque just south of Murfreesboro as well as controversial legislation backed by state Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro that Muslim groups locally and nationally deemed as targeting Islam.
Murfreesboro police marked the “anti-Islamic” block on the police report as the bias motivation for the incident. Police say the tag on the black Mustang was registered to an owner in Lebanon.
The driver could face aggravated assault charges, police said.
— Gannett Tennessee
CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Iowa Mosque Vandalism
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA) today called on the FBI to investigate recent vandalism at a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime. An official with the Islamic Society of Clinton County in Clinton, Iowa, told CAIR that vandals threw more than a dozen rocks at the mosque sometime prior to evening prayers on July 23. A police report indicates that the vandalism shattered glass in the facility, resulting in an estimated $350 damage. Authorities are investigating the incident as "criminal mischief." A previous incident of vandalism reportedly targeted the mosque's sign.
"Given the number of rocks thrown at the mosque and the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society, we urge the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident," said CAIR-IA Executive Director Miriam Amer.
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Deplorable behavior, but it’s premature to label it “Christian”. One could just as easily postulate that a Moslem instigated the incidents in order to garner public sympathy.
In any event, hopefully the culprit will be arrested, prosecuted and if warranted convicted of the crimes outlined in the articles.
Philippine friar issues veiled threats:
By FR. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD
August 10, 2011, 1:01am
MANILA, Philippines — The couple that vandalized the immoral, offensive art poster last August 4 featuring a wooden ***** glued on Jesus Christ’s face must have been so incensed by the CCP’s continued exhibition of the poster that they smashed and tried to burn it. The collage art work also bore a picture of the Holy Family with a condom over it and a statue of Christ the King with rabbit ears resembling Mickey Mouse.
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Karen Flores, visual arts department chief of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, refuses to remove the blasphemous art poster from the exhibit despite public outcry, saying it was covered by freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution.
But freedom of expression is not absolute. It has limits. Here’s what my fellow Bulletin columnist and lawyer former Sen. Rene Espina wrote in his Sunday column: “There are limits to it (freedom of expression) such as libel, slander, threats, public safety as when someone shouts fire in a crowded cinema, etc. Let me illustrate, so that by doing so even an ordinary person using plain common sense can really see the point.
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“For example, is it okay to exhibit a picture of someone’s beloved father, mother, daughter, wife, etc., with a phallic object on their faces? Of course not. Would any artist in his right mind do that to his loved ones? If it can’t be done to human beings, with more reason that it must never be done to a God unless the person is @#$!&&^%(*&). The artists are lucky that they did not portray the prophet Mohammed.”
Remember that Danish caricaturist who portrayed Mohammed wearing a head turban in the form of a bomb and holding on both hands grenades and high-powered guns? The Muslim world condemned it as a gross insult and ridicule of their religious icon. Irate Muslims in some countries attacked the Danish embassies, demanding public apology and reparation.
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People are asking why the artist, a certain Mideo Cruz, conceived such a sacrilegious art work since he comes from a Catholic institution, the University of Santo Tomas. I can only surmise he did it to create a controversy so that from an unknown artist, he will be catapulted to fame. But Mr. “Mideocre” Cruz, here’s my advice to you. Do not make yourself famous at the expense of ridiculing, disrespecting, and desecrating Jesus, the Son of God!
I hope and pray that such a blasphemous act will not cause divine retribution on the artist and our country. As the Bible says, “It is terrible to fall into the hands of the living God.”
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Remember John Lennon? He was a member of world famous Beatles and once said at the peak of their popularity, “Christianity will go… It will vanish and shrink…I am right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now.”
Mark David Chapman, a security guard, was incensed by Lennon's "bigger than Jesus" remark, calling it blasphemy. On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot him from behind and with seven hollow-point bullets hitting him, there was no way he could survive. “Christianity will vanish”? It was Lennon who vanished!
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ST. JUDE. Tomorrow, Thursday, experience the powerful intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus. Join the novena to St. Jude, the Saint of the Impossible, at the Divine Word Shrine, Christ the King Seminary Compound on E. Rodriguez Boulevard, Quezon City, after the 6 p.m. Mass.
A healing pray-over will follow.
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At the risk of seeming to agree with much, if any, of the behavior outlined above, there is a certain legitimacy to observing that the Islamic reaction to the tawdry treatment of its sacred objects has hardly been benign.
When radical American atheists smear the Koran in feces and call it art we can begin taking their attitude toward Chrisianity seriously.
How do we know this was a Christian? For all we know Sam Harris could have been visiting Michigan last weekend and thought he'd have a bit of fun.
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For all we know it could have been a disgruntled Pastafarian...
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