An advocacy group is calling for Rhode Island law enforcement to step up its protection of local mosques after a Providence mosque says it was sent a hate-filled letter.
Praising President-elect Donald Trump's election victory in the letter to the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque, the sender wrote Trump will "do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews."
The letter also called Muslims "a vile and filthy people" and accused them of worshipping the devil.
It was signed by "Americans for a Better Way."
Leaders at the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque say they've already given the letter to the FBI.
Although the envelope had a Providence return address, it had been postmarked in California. The language of the note appears to be the same as notes sent to three Islamic Centers in California, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Massachusetts chapters says there have been other letters sent around the country.
"This act of hate campaign targeting a New England 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," said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR's Massachusetts chapter.
On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center released an updated report documenting nearly 900 separate incidents of bias and violence in the 10 days after Trump was elected president.