Earlier this week, CAIR-GA issued a statewide alert about four Islamophobes who have been trying to harass the Muslim community. Although these individuals were fomenting trouble in Georgia, they might do the same in other states, including Texas.
“As a precaution, we advise the DFW mosque leaders that if any of these hatemongers are seen on their property to report them to the police for criminal trespass,” said CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque. “The mosque security and police should be the only ones to confront these individuals.”
On July 24, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today warned mosques across the state that anti-Muslim hate groups have launched a campaign to enter, spy on, and endanger Islamic houses of worship in Georgia, starting with three mosques in Savannah.
On June 28, 2019, the Islamic Center of Savannah hosted a public interfaith event. During the event, members of the hate groups Sharia Crime Stoppers and The United West entered the mosque, introduced themselves to congregants using false names, and claimed to be either “Muslim” or interested in learning about their Muslim neighbors.
The visitors were actually Dave Gaubatz, an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist identified as an anti-Muslim extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center; David Bores, co-founder of Sharia Crime Stoppers and former police chief of Woodstock, Ga.; and Mary Wierbicki, a writer for the anti-Islam hate group The United West.
After visiting the Savannah mosque, The United West sent a nationwide alert from Gaubatz to its 14,000 subscribers. Gaubatz and the hate group falsely claimed that “there are no safe mosques; there are only various degrees of danger;” that “Islamic terrorists and their supporters who are travelling (sic) would feel comfortable attending” Savannah’s largest mosque; and that the mosque is in fact “the home for Islamic terrorists and is used as a training base….”
Last year, CAIR-Georgia released a report showing that David Bores, the retired chief of the Woodstock Police Department, had spent several years teaching anti-Muslim hate classes to Georgia law enforcement officers for training credit before his final appearance at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department in March 2018.