Authorities in California are sounding the alarm after identical letters were sent to local mosques hailing President-elect Donald Trump and calling for death to Muslims, several news outlets reported Saturday.
The handwritten and photocopied letters, received over the course of the week, were signed by “Americans for a Better Way.” They call Muslims “a vile and filthy people” who “worship the devil” and praised Donald Trump.
The chilling letters read: “There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims. He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”
Leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in San Francisco and Los Angeles released a statement asking for increased protection after the hate-filled letters were discovered at the Islamic centers of Long Beach and Claremont as well as a mosque in San Jose.
“We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to ensure the safety of all houses of worship,” CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said in a statement. “Our state’s political and religious leaders need to speak out against the mainstreaming of Islamophobia that we are witnessing in California and nationwide.”
Initially, they didn’t want to bring the letters into the public spotlight to avoid collective panic among Muslims nationwide, but they acknowledged the need for police intervention once the diatribe was sent to a number of jurisdictions across the state, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Despite countless news reports on the recent wave of hate-crime spreading across the nation, Donald Trump has said he isn’t aware of anyone trying to intimidate and hurt Muslims since his victory.
Mr. Trump, the problem is rampant.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked more than 700 acts of this kind of bias intimidation and harassment targeting Muslims, blacks, Latinos, immigrants and LGBTQ people since Election Day.
San Jose police are investigating the letters, according to the report.