A Muslim civil rights group has called for an investigation after threats were made during a gathering at a Kernersville restaurant. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says calls to kill minorities warrant a criminal investigation.
The meeting, attended by about 20 people, focused on what speakers said was a potential violent confrontation with Islam. It included right-wing groups such as ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the country.
Triad City Beat newspaper reports that during the discussion, one person said he was tired of talking and wanted to start doing something, and another expressed a readiness to kill. One of the organizers then said it would be better to work for peaceful solutions.
“Calls to violence against members of any minority group warrant a criminal investigation by state law enforcement authorities and the FBI,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a statement. “We call on President Trump to repudiate the growing bigotry in our nation targeting Muslims, Hispanics, immigrants, refugees, and other minority groups.”
A recording of the meeting did not reflect any concerns about violence from radicalized non-Muslims. For example, fatal attacks in Charleston, South Carolina and Quebec City, Canada have been separately tied to far-right-wing propaganda.