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San Diego: Muslim Assaulted and told “Go back home”

A Muslim man was assaulted after praying by a man who punched him repeatedly in the face and told him to “go back home.”

San Diego Assault Brings Calls for Hate Crime Charges

By Carol Forsloff

SAN DIEGO – The Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) is seeking hate charges against a man who assaulted a Muslim.

The San Diego chapter of CAIR on Saturday asked for state and federal hate crimes laws to be used against a white man in his 50’s.

The Muslim man was praying near Mission Bay park last Wednesday when the incident began. A man watched the Muslim pray and then followed him to a taxi stand where he had parked his cab.

When the victim attempted to enter the taxi, his alleged assailant first shouted, “You idiot, you mother f**ker, go back to where you came from.”

The Muslim cab driver was then grabbed by the shirt and punched repeatedly. The victim had to undergo hospital tests including a CAT scan.

“Because of the racial slurs reportedly used during this attack, we urge state and national law enforcement authorities to consider bringing hate crime charges against the alleged perpetrator,” said CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida.

He said the victim believes he was attacked because of the recent failed Times Square car bomb attack.

Authorities have not revealed the name of the attacker or the victim but charges are anticipated.

The failed Times Square bomb plot allegedly hatched by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad has been blamed for a rash of racist incidents.

CAIR is the largest Muslim advocacy and civil liberties organization in the United States.

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  • Les

    @Lila

    “As long as Muslims expect special treatment”

    Demanding their constitutional rights is “special treatment”? So you’re open about treating Muslims in America as second class citizens?

    “and try to force Sharia Law on the courts here in the US”

    BS. No one is trying to force Sharia into US courts. Technically, you can’t have Sharia without a caliphate. Even if there was some global push for Sharia, ISLAMIC law only applies to Muslims. Go figure.

    “they should expect a backlash.”

    Oh so you support Muslims fearing for their safety and standing here?

    “Muslims around the world cheered on 9/11″

    Nonsense. Muslims condemned the acts. The instance of the “dancing Palestinians” was staged/provoked, confirmed by many sources.

    “and Islam is responsible for most of the violence in the world.”

    Nonsense. What would you call America’s rampage through Iraq? An act of peace. Or israel’s acts of terrorism in Lebanon and Gaza? Your violent right-wing ideology is responsible for “most of the violence in the world”. Quit blaming innocent Muslims.

    “Karma? They don’t respect the United States, why live here? The Enemy is within?”

    Perhaps it’s YOU that doesn’t respect America and its religious freedoms. If you don’t like the Bill of Rights or private property rights, then leave.

  • Lila

    As long as Muslims expect special treatment and try to force Sharia Law on the courts here in the US, they should expect a backlash. Muslims around the world cheered on 9/11 and Islam is responsible for most of the violence in the world. Karma? They don’t respect the United States, why live here? The Enemy is within?

  • Dante

    “Go back home”. The only consolation is at least this red-neck would slightly improve on his world geography.

  • AB

    OK. I guess this makes things even then :-P

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  • http://eyesofpalestine.wordpress.com Eyes of Palestine

    Too right, anajam. If somebody touches a Zionist Jew, it gets reported as a hate crime faster than you can say the words ‘double standard’.

  • Ustadh

    More on this: http://www.10news.com/news/23586275/detail.html

    I am assuming his real name isn’t “John.” Maybe Yahya? Not that it matters.

  • Christian

    Yeah but if the shoe was on the other foot, it wouldn’t of had happened.

  • Ahmed

    Another day, another bigot. What else is new?

  • anajam

    Hmmm….wonder why this didn’t make national news. If the shoe was on the other foot, the media would be treating this as a national crisis right now.

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