Designated terrorist group CAIR is calling on Maine law enforcement officials to investigate whether “Islamophobia” played a role in an alleged shooting of a newly built sign that took place at a Muslim family’s halal butchery business.
Central Maine CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) sent a report Wednesday to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office after being contacted by the owners of Five Pillars Butchery, Hussam Alrawi and Kathryn Piper, asking that during their probe they try to determine whether the person acted with bias when shooting at the sign.
Alrawi said he is not sure whether he was targeted because of his faith, but if that is the case, this incident is the first time he has experienced Islamophobia directed at him and his family (below) since he moved to the United States nearly two years ago. The couple met and were married about five years ago while Piper was teaching English abroad. Piper converted to Islam eight years ago.
“My family is terrified,” Alrawi said in an interview over the phone Wednesday afternoon. “My kids and my wife, we don’t know what’s going on.”
Alrawi, who is originally from Baghdad, Iraq, and is now a permanent resident of the United States, said that he built the sign himself, using lumber he had on hand and cutting letters out of insulation material. He had been waiting for several weeks for the snow to melt to put up the sign and decided Sunday was the right time.
About an hour after Alrawi went into his home, where his business is located, and as he was sitting with his wife, Piper, and their two children, they heard a loud, strange noise outside. At the time they thought someone was setting off fireworks. It wasn’t until Monday morning that Alrawi saw the eight holes in the sign from apparent gunshots.
“We’re not certain it was motivated by bias, but the timing is strange,” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s national communications director, said over the phone Wednesday. “The wife wears an Islamic head scarf. I’m not aware of any other Muslim families in the area. It happened just an hour after he finished putting up the sign. All these things lead to the need to at least investigate the possibility that there was a bias motive.”
Hooper added that he thinks this could be representative of what CAIR sees as an overall rise in Islamophobia nationwide since President Donald Trump began his 2016 campaign for the presidency.
Hooper said he had not yet received a response from the sheriff’s office Wednesday evening.
But now Alrawi said he is worried about his family’s safety in their community. “It’s not like a hate message that they sent; it was an actual shooting,” he said. “What would the next thing be? Maybe if I was out by the side of the road I would have been shot.” (Ya think???)
Below videos show what Islamic halal butchers like Hussam Alrawi do to the animals. Muslims cut the animal’s throat without out stunning first, but do not cut the spinal cord which means the animal dies in agonizing pain which can take a few minutes depending on the size of the animal. Muslims believe that the longer the animal suffers before he dies releases hormones which they believe makes the meat taste better.
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