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CAIR Georgia Condemns Islamophobic Rhetoric, Encourages Mosques To Increase Security After New Zealand

031619 mosque security_AP9.JPG(ATLANTA, GA, 3/15/2019) -- On Friday, March 15th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) held a press conference at an Atlanta masjid in response to a terrorist attacks on two New Zealand masajid (mosques) by an Islamophobic white supremacist.

VIDEO: Press Conference After New Zealand Attacks

During the press conference, CAIR-Georgia encouraged Georgia's 70+ Muslim houses of worship to strengthen their security measures, and call on law enforcement to guard their local masajid during weekend prayer service.

"As a precaution, we strongly encourage Georgia's Muslim houses of worship to review and strengthen  their security measures in the coming days," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "We also encourage local law enforcement agencies to send at least one patrol car to stand guard at their local masjid during Friday prayer service."

 

CAIR-Georgia also plans to call on state and national political leaders to repudiate the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry that has led to a surge in hate crimes and rightwing terrorism around the world.

 

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

"On behalf of Georgia's Muslim community, we pray that God blesses and welcomes the souls of the innocent men, women, and children were murdered while worshipping Him. May God heal those who were injured, comforts the families of the victims, and bring those responsible for this crime to justice.

 
"Today's white supremacist attack on two Muslim houses of worship in New Zealand was horrifying, but not surprising. This sort of violence against Muslim worshippers was the predictable end result of a global surge in xenophobia, Islamophobia, and other manifestations of political extremism.
 
"The shooter has the blood on his hands, but the hate groups and hate leaders who inspired the shooter to think of his Muslim neighbors as 'invaders' and 'traitors' also bear responsibility for his actions.
 
"Here in our nation, American Muslims have been targeted by hate crimes, death threats, discrimination, and other forms of Islamophobia in recent years. Our political leaders must reject racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia in both word and deed before the hatred we have seen in Christchurch, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, and elsewhere, takes impacts anyone else."
 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.