CAIR-AZ Urges Community Members to Avoid and Ignore Anti-Islam Protestors
(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/28/15) — The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today issued an advisory urging community members to avoid engaging with members of an armed biker gang who are planning an anti-Islam protest Friday evening at a Phoenix mosque. (NOTE: Friday is the Muslim day of communal prayer, or jummah.)
Protest organizers say they will gather outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix at 6:15 p.m. and will bring Islamophobic cartoons to harass worshipers.
The rally’s organizer is calling on protesters to “to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just in case our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.”
SEE: In Arizona, Bikers Plan Armed Protest Outside of Mosque
CAIR-AZ met with federal and local law enforcement today to discuss protecting worshipers from members of an armed biker gang who are planning an anti-Islam protest Friday evening at a Phoenix mosque.
“We thank our federal and local law enforcement for their proactive effort to ensure the safety of the mosque’s congregation from hated-filled and armed protesters,” said CAIR-AZ Chairman Imraan Siddiqi. “The promise of a heavy police presence at the rally of armed biker gang members will help calm fears of harassment and even attacks on worshipers.”
Earlier this week, CAIR-AZ called state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats mailed to Phoenix mosques as acts of domestic terrorism.
SEE: CAIR-AZ Calls on FBI to Probe Terror Threats Mailed to Arizona Mosques
CAIR-AZ is asking Muslim community members to remain vigilant and to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-AZ’s Civil Rights Department at 480-704-3786 or www.cair-az.org.
A copy of CAIR “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to previous attacks on American Muslim institutions, may be requested through its website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html