Islamophobia rising: Armed fascist group in Texas posts personal details of Muslims online

Published November 28th, 2015 - 07:00 GMT

A group has been accused of stoking Islamophobia after publishing the names and addresses of Muslims and “sympathisers” in their area online.

But a backlash against the move saw the list swiftly removed from the BAIR Facebook page.

The organisation, known as the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, states on its Facebook page that it is in "opposition on all levels" to CAIR and other Islamic organisations.

CAIR is the national Muslim civil rights organisation , standing for Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Members of the BAIR organisation have also been staging armed protests outside their local mosque, the Islamic Centre of Irving, Texas, in the town where schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed lived.

Mohamed was the subject of a police investigation - and subsequent invitation to the White House - after a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb.

BAIR members are able to appear in public armed with guns thanks to the liberal open carry laws in the state of Texas.

They appeared in protest at plans for Syrian refugees to be settled in the United States.

The list was posted on Facebook when member David Wright III copied a document that included the personal details of people who signed up to speak at a council meeting to discuss a state bill aimed at blocking Muslim influence, according to the Dallas News .

The organiser of the mosque protests stated on his post that the people were supporters of "Sharia tribunals in Irving".

Anthony Bond, whose name appeared on the list, told Fox 4 : "I think this puts a bullseye on my back and on everybody's back that's on that list."

CAIR's executive director in Dallas, Alia Salem, also found her name on the list and said that it was alarming.

"As bad as things have gotten in the past, and especially recently, this is the first time where I see people taking this public."

A counter-protest has been organised this weekend in Irving.

The Facebook event page explains : "After the hateful demonstration by armed bigots in Irving, [we] would like to respond with a demonstration of love and respect the following week."

They are due to meet outside the Islamic Centre, but supporters have been warning online of the prospect of clashes with BAIR.

Matt Molewski wrote: "Not that I want to bring the mood down, but it certainly should be noted well in advance that there is a really nasty group of people out there, and that, with this hitting the news already, the chances of encountering them on Saturday is increased.

"They don't play nice, and they clearly have no qualms with trying to intimidate anyone who stands up to them.

"Be aware of this. If you encounter one of these people or are confronted by them, don't engage them.

"This isn't about shouting them down: It's about countering their hateful message with a better one."

By Kirstie McCrum

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