The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa held a press conference Friday in response to the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead.
“This senseless murder of nearly 50 men, women, and children gathered for Friday worship prayer services (Jumu’ah Prayer) at 2 New Zealand mosques crunches our hearts. To our Creator we belong, and to Him is our return. We are calling our mosques, Islamic schools and other community religious institutions in the United States and around the world to consider instituting additional safety measures, particularly during times of communal prayer,” the organization said in a news release.
“We also expect to hear strong condemnations from our elected officials and community leaders denouncing not only this terrorist act but also the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists.”
Authorities have detained four people in connection with the attacks. A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist.
“These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
CAIR-Florida says it’s urging mosques and other Islamic institutions to review its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet to safeguard your mosque or Islamic institution against bias-motivated violence or vandalism.