August 13, 2010

THANKS, NEWT:

As Ramadan Nears, NYPD Alert for Signs of Anti-Muslim Harassment (Tamer El-Ghobashy, 7/27/10, WSJ)

[Daisy] Khan, an official with the American Society for Muslim Advancement, said she and her husband have received a string of hateful messages and phone calls related to the community center that she said will house a mosque among other facilities.

She said two detectives from the NYPD’s hate crimes task force paid her a visit and assured her that they are monitoring the activity. “They taught me how to handle these hate crimes,” Khan said, still addressing the police commissioner. “They taught us how we should take care of ourselves. Thank you. I applaud you…I know there’s somebody in the Police Department that is concerned.”

Since the controversy over the building erupted, Khan and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, have been fighting the characterization of the Islamic center as being a mosque at Ground Zero.

“It has gotten publicly positioned as a 13-story mosque,” she said, insisting that it will function primarily as a community center in the mold of the Upper East Side’s 92nd Street Y.

Most of the city’s Democratic elected officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have voiced their support for the center, while Republican gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio have spoken out against it.

Paul Browne, the chief spokesman for the NYPD, said Kelly’s position is “guided” by the democratic process by which the plan for the center received overwhelming approval from the community board. “Nothing has come to Kelly’s attention that would cause him to oppose it,” Browne said.

On Tuesday, police officials said they will step up patrols around the city’s mosques during Ramadan to deter any hate crimes and harassment during the holy month of fasting and reflection.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2010 5:57 AM
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