Texas anti-Islam protestor publishes names and addresses of Muslims

Spokesperson for the Bureau of American Islamic Relations has since removed the list from Facebook

Web Desk November 28, 2015

The spokesman for a local anti-Islam group, which recently organised a protest against Syrian refugees in Texas, published the names and addresses “of every Muslim and Muslim sympathiser that stood up for … Sharia tribunals in Irving (Texas, United States).”

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The list of names which was replicated from an Irving city document that contained the private information of people who signed up to speak against a state bill targeting the influence of Islam in America was posted on Facebook by David Wright III, but has since been removed, reported Dallas Morning News.

Wright has been identified by the newspaper as the spokesperson for the Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) , a play on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Earlier, members of the group gathered outside an Islamic center to denounce “the Islamisation of America”, during which a man in military fatigues, carrying a large backpack and an American flag, barged into a mosque in San Antonio to berate worshippers.

That incident prompted a school attached to the mosque to cancel classes and revise its security measures.

“They had guns. They had a flag. They had a Ted Cruz sign and one that read ‘Stop the Islamization of America.'” reported The Washington Post.

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This week, on his personal Facebook page, Wright wrote: “We should stop being afraid to be who we are! We like to have guns designed to kill people that pose a threat in a very efficient manner.”

“My gun is an assault weapon, it is for the sole purpose of assaulting anyone who tries to hurt or kill me or mine. Why is that wrong? How is that bad? It’s a weapon designed to assault people not animals so… I can’t think of any other way to explain it,” he added.

The members of the armed group that gathered outside the mosque said they were moved to protest after the Paris attacks, Dallas Morning News noted in an editorial slamming the move.

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This is not Irving’s first Islam-related dispute. The city sparked global controversy in September when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for his homemade clock which was mistaken for a bomb. The teen was led out of his Texas school after a teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb, prompting accusations of Islamophobia and an online backlash.

This article originally appeared on TheWashingtonPost


Xin Huang | 6 years ago | Reply Something I hope China does soon. Just to protect people nothing to worry.
Xman | 6 years ago | Reply Muslim Americans should accept the writing on the wall. Life is going to be very difficult for them in the coming years, especially if Trump gets elected. Americans were the first to ban refugees from Syria, even though Europe is bearing the brunt of US meddling with the Middle East at the behest of Israel. While the Americans watch from a safe distance, Europeans get to face the full force of refugee crises and its associated problems. It's good for Pakistanis though, as the mess is far from their borders, they don't need to be involved, or be maligned by the main stream western media machine, and instead can peacefully focus on trade and economic development. Ofcourse that makes extremist Indians worried, and hence all the noise from Indian right wing.
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