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'Pack Your Bags': New Haven Islamic Center Receives Threatening Letter

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    A mosque in Orange received a threatening letter that was addressed to "the children of Satan". (Published Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016)

    Police are on patrol at a mosque in Orange after it received a threatening letter that was addressed to "the children of Satan."

    "You are evil," the letter reads. "But your day of reckoning has arrived."

    The executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Connecticut, or CAIR-CT, said the group asked the police department for additional patrols at the New Haven Islamic Center in Orange.

    "It’s very disgusting for me. It’s very ridiculous," Dr. Mohamed Abdelati, the Imam with the New Haven Islamic Center, said.

    Abdelati said the letter went to the center's previous address in West Haven and whoever sent it included a return address in New Haven, even though the envelope was postmarked in Santa Clarita, California.

    That letter says that President-elect Donald Trump will "cleanse" the United States of "you Muslims."

    "There's a new sheriff in town -- President Donald Trump," the letter NBC Connecticut obtained reads. "And he's going to cleanse American and make it shine again. And, he's going to start with you Muslims."

    CAIR-CT’s executive director, Mongi Dhaouadi, said incidents targeting Muslim-Americans have spiked since the November election.

    “This act of hate campaign targeting a Connecticut house of worship must be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities and our state’s leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that inevitably leads to such incidents,” Dhaouadi said.

    Dhaouadi and the CAIR-CT is calling on all Americans to speak out against such language.

    "This is our country," Abdelati said. "We have to serve this country together. We have to build it together and we have to ignore all of those people."

    Mosques in Massachusetts and Rhode Island also received the letter.