Hire your own damn security. We aren’t paying taxes for the police to protect a mosque that harbors terrorists.
Think Progress Ever since the Islamic terrorist attack that killed 49 people and wounded 52 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida occurred earlier this month, members of a tiny mosque the terrorist attended in Fort Pierce have been cooperating with local police to assist with ongoing investigations, even as the center endures a rash of hateful visits and phone calls. Yet despite their efforts, worshippers say authorities are refusing to provide the community with a security detail.
According to Wilfredo Ruiz, a spokesman for the St. Pierce mosque who also happens to be communications director of the Florida chapter of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), it wasn’t long before mosque members encountered Islamophobic hate.
“Incidents started to happen — people started to drive by and shout racial (What ‘race’ is Islam?) slurs,” Ruiz said. “And last Friday, when worshippers were exiting their services during the rain, cars were driving by splashing them.”
Ruiz said the mosque has also received angry voicemails filled with slurs and threatening language, most of which were forwarded on to local police to determine if legal action was necessary. And last week, a group of bikers descended on the center for a “patriotic rally,” circling the block on their motorcycles several times.
“These people do feel very insecure, and legitimately afraid for their safety,” Ruiz said. (Stay away from the mosque, problem solved)
Indeed, attacks on Muslims and Islamic houses of worship are an unsettlingly predictable response to terrorist attacks in America and around the world, and have become increasingly common over the past year as anti-Islam sentiment rises.
As tensions rose in Ft. Pierce, the mosque’s imam reportedly approached the county sheriff’s office to ask for a security detail, hoping officers could protect the worshippers as they entered and exited the center for Ramadan prayers in the evenings. But while officers agreed to patrol the area infrequently, requests for stationed police were consistently denied, with officials claiming they were too busy with other police work in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting to help.