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An Act of Domestic Terrorism

An Act of Domestic Terrorism

Early Saturday morning, the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center - Minnesota’s largest mosque and a pillar of the Somali-American community - was firebombed.

More than a dozen people were assembled inside for morning prayers.

Miraculously, no one was hurt.  Still, the explosion was strong enough to blow out windows and damage the iman’s office.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called the bombing a “criminal act of terrorism.”

Trump has not, to date, acknowledged the attack.  (One of his senior aides went so far as to suggest it could have been faked “by the left”.)

But Trump has previously acknowledged Minnesota’s Somali-American community.

Back in November, just days before the election, Trump told supporters:  “Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world. Everybody’s reading about the disaster taking place in Minnesota.”

The incident is part of a deeply disturbing nationwide trend: CNN has a map of more than 60 incidents targeting mosques and Islamic centers – including threats, vandalism, and arson – since January 2017.  This adds up to at least two incidents every week.

Source: Muslim American Society of Minnesota

Source: Muslim American Society of Minnesota

How to help stop the attacks on Muslim communities

Tweet at @realdonaldtrump to ask why he hasn't condemned the Bloomington attack.  (Let’s face it, he’s more likely to see your tweet than your message to the White House comment line.)

Donate via LaunchGood or GoFundMe to help the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center rebuild.

Connect with and support the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Islamic Society of North America.

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