Police are investigating after a Texas mosque received a terrifying voicemail message from a “Christian” who threatened to decapitate its members.
The message was left on the voicemail at Masjid Al-Sahaabah, a mosque in Watauga, Texas and has left the local Muslim community shaken.
F**k you, f**k Muhammad, f**k Islam. This is America. If you don’t like the way we do s**t, get the f**k out.
Vincent Simon, a member of the mosque, said that this is hardly the first time they have received hateful messages. “We get the expletive phone calls, people call and say screw you Muslims, and they hang up,” he said. But until now, the messages have not been as extreme.
We’ll start just cutting off the heads of all of you m*******rs. Huh? How would you like that? Maybe we need another Christian crusade, which I think we do.
Alia Salem, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, explained that this particular message was so frightening because there were actual threats of physical harm that could be carried out, which she called an “actionable threat.”
“When he started talking about chopping off people’s heads and launching a crusade against Muslims, that’s when it started to get scary because that’s an actionable threat,” Salem said.
In the voicemail, the man identifies himself as both a Christian and an army vet.
I’m a Christian, I’m gonna tell you, I’m your f***ing enemy. I hate you, and I will never be your f**kin’ friend.
Salem is asking for the Christian community to take a stand against this kind of hatred and bigotry.
“I want to be very clear that the Muslim community has no animosity towards the Christian community, but we do ask the Christian community stand up against this kind of hatred. This does not speak for the vast majority of Christians,” said Salem.
Members of the mosque said that the voicemail had been left days ago, but they hadn’t checked the messages until Saturday. When they finally heard the man’s voice saying, “We will cut all your heads off, you understand me? All of you,” they decided it was time to call the authorities.
Watauga Police and the FBI are investigating the call, which came from a local number. However, at the moment they are not considering the voicemail message to be a direct threat.
Meanwhile, the local Muslim community is reaching out in good faith.
“Come down to the masjid and visit and meet Muslims and people, and talk to us, and see what’s going on. We’re just normal people who want to worship, practice our first amendment, worship freely without threat of violence,” said Simon.
According to Salem, this is the fourth time that a threat has been considered serious enough to call in the police so far this year.
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