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Group: Mosque received anti-Muslim e-mail

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - During the season of giving, someone is trying to give Tri-state Muslims a scare. The Clifton Mosque received a threatening email on Saturday.

The local chapter of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, quotes the Dec. 11 e-mail as saying: "You should know that you are not wanted in Cincinnati. We don't want you here. Mohammad is a joke. Go back to your desert. Beware. We may just declare Jihad on you."

Karen Dabdoub runs the Cincinnati Chapter of CAIR.

"This is my city, too," said Dabdoub. "This is my kids' city. There's no place for me to go back to. This is where I'm from."

Dabdoub said today's environment fosters a safe place to breed hate and allows anti-Muslim sentiment to go unchallenged.

"When you have elected officials and other types of community leaders saying these kinds of things, it makes a lot of other people feel like well, if they can say it, then I can say it," said Dabdoub. "And I can get away with it, and it's not okay."

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "That e-mail is deplorable.  That type of bigotry and hate has no place in our community.  Cincinnati takes pride on being a diverse and inclusive community that is home to a growing number people of all races, backgrounds, and religions.  Together, we must reject prejudice and racism of all types and embrace every member of our community as part of Cincinnati's family."

FBI spokesman Michael Brooks said Tuesday that the FBI is investigating the threat. He declined to discuss details of the threat or the e-mail's origin.

This isn't the first time the mosque has been targeted.

No one was injured in two explosions from pipe bombs Dec. 20, 2005, at the Clifton mosque near the University of Cincinnati campus. There were no injuries and only minor damage, and no arrests have been made in the case. A threat against the mosque was also reported in 2006.

Right now, Dabdoub said she's not scared, maybe a little uneasy, and definitely frustrated.

"I think any time a house of worship is targeted for any type of attack whether it's verbal or physical, it is frustrating," said Dabdoub. "Whether it's the first time or the 10th time. It's frustrating. This is America. We should be beyond these types of things, and obviously we're not."


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