CBP: Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security entity tasked with securing U.S. borders.
DOJ: U.S. Department of Justice
DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation
DHS: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
ICE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Hajj: The annual pilgrimage to Mecca performed on the ninth and tenth days of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar year. All Muslims who are physically and financially able should perform the pilgrimage once in their lifetimes.
Halal: That which is lawful and permitted. Guidelines for halal food are similar to, but less restrictive than kosher practices.
Hijab: Literally, “to cover or conceal.” It is used commonly to describe modest Muslim dress, specifically the headscarf that many Muslim women wear.
Title VI: Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Title VII: Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
TSA: Transportation Security Administration, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security entity tasked with securing U.S. transportation systems.
USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
CAIR itself receives a significant amount of hate mail, death threats, and other forms of prejudiced and biased communication. Since the growth of social media, CAIR’s online presence has experienced a marked increase. In turn, those seeking to express their anti-Muslim sentiments and beliefs have turned to target CAIR in droves through Twitter, Facebook, and other modes of electronic communication.
This report does not incorporate data on incidents in which CAIR itself is the target. CAIR does not believe that its inclusion would present an accurate reflection of the experiences of American Muslims in this country.
CAIR staff are confident that if their work draws the attention of prejudiced individuals toward the institution and away from individual community members, then this in itself is the institution serving a good purpose.
Below, is a sampling of the type of incidents in which CAIR was the target:
In December 2015, CAIR’s National and San Francisco Bay Area offices received packages containing an unidentified white powder. A note accompanying the powder read “Die a painful death, Muslims.” In Washington, the staff who opened the letter were quarantined and the office was evacuated. In San Francisco, staff were transported to hospital for observation and testing. Law enforcement authorities later determined that the powder was harmless.
John David Weissinger left a voicemail with the CAIR office in San Diego in which he threatened to murder the staff. He also sent a similar email to the National office. According to his lawyer, Weissinger was “provoked by alcohol and a week of binge-watching Fox News. Weissinger plead guilty to “hate crime allegations, making a criminal threat, and possession of an illegal assault rifle” in early January 2016.
In April 2016, the terrorist group ISIS listed a number of Muslim leaders and activists in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia as targets for assassination in its online magazine Dabiq. CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad was pictured in the article on the hit list but was not named specifically.
Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, bikers and others circled the CAIR-Dallas office, shouting slurs and obscenities. The protesters displayed signs identifying themselves as part of the armed Three-Percenter movement.
In November, ISIS again attacked CAIR and called the organization “apostate” and “murtadd” (an Arabic term for one who has abandoned religion) because it was “calling upon congregations belonging to the various ‘mosques’ of America to participate in the pagan rites of the U.S. Presidential election.”
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