Three California mosques reportedly received a letter threatening Muslim genocide and praising President-elect Donald Trump, prompting a civil rights group to ask for more police protection at mosques.
The Islamic Center of Long Beach, the Islamic Center of Claremont and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose received the handwritten letter, which was photocopied, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, NDTV reports.
It was addressed to the “Children of Satan” and was signed by “Americans for A Better Way.”
CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, shared a picture of the letter to Facebook on Nov. 26.
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“You Muslims are a vile and filthy people," the letter states. "Your mothers are whores and your fathers are dogs. You are evil. You worship the devil. But, your day of reckoning has arrived.”
The letter goes on to state that Trump will do to Muslims what Adolf Hitler did to Jews in Germany:
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. He's going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews. 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!!
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Executive director of CAIR-LA, Hussam Ayloush, said the hateful letter caused a disheartening response from people at Los Angeles County mosques, according to NDTV, adding 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.”
There has been a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since Trump won the presidential election, according to CAIR.
“Over 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and over 700 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the organization wrote on Facebook with the picture of the letter. “The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.”
"I'm not saying [Trump] created racist people," Ayloush said, according to NDTV. "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 San Jose Police Department is investigating the letter and is treating the incident as “hate-motivated,” department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.