Texas Muslims Call for Increased Security After Threat is Made Against Houston Mosque

The Baitus Samee Mosque in Houston recently received threats. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Last week, a user on the online forum 4chan said he had stopped in a Subway restaurant for his last meal.

Then, the user said, he would drive himself over to Houston’s Baitus Samee Mosque to re-create the massacre that left dozens dead at two New Zealand mosques in March.

“Kebab is like cancer, if you remove it early than (sic) you won’t die,” he wrote, referring derogatorily to Islam.

The poster identified himself as a 24-year-old fascist and said he had even added the name of the New Zealand shooter, whom he praised as “our Hero” and “our one and only,” to his gun.

The poster did not carry out the threat, which was quickly reported to authorities. Now, Houston-area Muslim leaders are calling for increased security at religious institutions across Texas and urging the FBI to join the investigation into whether the online threat is credible.

“Based on recent events and hate crimes targeting American Muslims, immigrant communities and other minority groups, it is critical that we take these threats seriously and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Lubabah Abdullah, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Houston chapter.

Last month, CAIR announced that it had reported more than 500 incidences of anti-Muslim bias or harassment in the U.S. already this year.

Muslims in Texas, who have seen armed anti-Muslim protesters gathered in front of their local mosques several times in recent years, are increasingly working with law enforcement and independent security consultants to receive security assessments and host active shooter trainings.

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Source: Religion News Service