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Police Called to Hate Event at Minnesota School After ‘Mob’ Harasses Muslim Woman

Usama-Dakdok

For more on Usama Dakdok, see our previous articles that detail just how violent and hateful this man, a pal of Robert Spencer and Geller is:

Meet Robert Spencer’s Fellow Christian Extremist: “Usama Dakdok”

Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer’s Ally Pastor Usama Dakdok Wants Another 9/11

Police Called to Hate Event at Minnesota School After ‘Mob’ Harasses Muslim Woman

Action Alert: Ask school to rescind approval of anti-Islam event due to safety concerns

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/23/14) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the Bagley Independent School District #162 to rescind approval of tonight’s speech by Islamophobe Usama Dakdok following harassment of a Muslim woman by a “mob” at his earlier speaking event at the same school on Sunday.

CAIR-MN also called on local and state law enforcement authorities to consider bias charges against the harassers based on that state’s “assaults motivated by bias” statute.

Dakdok, who claims that American Muslims “will kill your children” and that “we are in war with Islam,” was invited to speak at Bagley High School by local Islamophobe Tammy Godwin. On June 22, during the second part of his three-day hate series, audience members said Dakdok incited the audience and endangered a Muslim woman attendee’s safety and security.

The audience members said the Muslim woman, who wears a religious headscarf, was part of a peaceful protest outside the hate event. She, along with others, entered the auditorium after the silent protest finished to listen to the speech. Their “Love Thy Neighbor” signs were lowered and not facing anyone inside. As the Muslim woman was quietly walking down the aisle looking for a seat, Dakdok stopped his presentation and singled her out. He asked her to leave, allegedly yelling, “Sister, I will give you one last chance to leave or I will throw you out myself!”

One attendee described an angry mob of Dakdok supporters who then began harassing the Muslim woman: “People were yelling at the Muslim woman, ‘Get out’ and ‘You weren’t invited.’ Men were getting to their feet and moving towards her to lay hands on her.”

The audience member announced he was calling the police out of concern for the Muslim woman’s safety. Godwin allegedly tried to interfere with the police call by attempting to intimidate the Good Samaritan by telling him, “Don’t you dare [call the police]. This will be on your soul.”

Three officers responded to the call, including the Bagley police chief, a Bagley police officer and a Sheriff’s Deputy. The Muslim woman was allowed to stay and an officer stayed at the event until it ended. One member of the angry mob, seemingly upset with Muslim presence, later approached the officer and asked: “Can I borrow your gun?”

“We support freedom of speech, and that freedom includes the right to peacefully listen to even hate speech without fear of being set upon by an angry and threatening mob,” CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya. “Bagley Independent School District should cancel tonight’s event due to the clear safety concerns for those Minnesota Muslims and other people of conscience who may choose to exercise their First Amendment rights by attending this hate fest.”

Saroya added that law enforcement authorities should consider charges against the harassers of the Muslim attendee under Minn. Stat. § 609.2231 (2009), which provides penalties for “anyone who assaults another because of the victim’s or another’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability as defined in section 363A.03, age, or national origin.”

CAIR-MN has placed over 7,000 educational flyer inserts on Islam and Muslims in Bagley area newspapers and is working with an interfaith coalition to counter Dakdok’s hate and bigotry. A community dialogue, “From Fear to Understanding,” will be held on Saturday, August 23 at Farm by the Lake in Bagley.

Several attendees expressed concerns about the safety and security of Muslims at tonight’s event, when more Muslims are expected to attend. One attendee said, “The audience doesn’t know where the line is, or that a line even exists. When Mr. Dakdok works a crowd, he does so skillfully, provoking responses and goading reactions. After listening to fear mongering messages the previous night, such as ‘Muslims are destroying the world,’ ‘Muslims are coming to kill your children and grandchildren,’ and ‘We will not be safe until all the Muslims are deported and all the mosques are closed,’ we fear for the safety of Muslims in the audience.”

In a June 17 letter to the school district, CAIR-MN wrote:

“Given the hostile nature of the topics, we are concerned about the safety of Muslims and others in attendance. Although Dakdok has the First Amendment right to free speech, this right is not absolute and has been limited when it is considered to be harassment, intimidating or encouraging violence against a particular group of people.

“Hate speech incites violence against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, and is contrary to the school district’s Harassment and Violence Policy: “The policy of the school district is to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability. The school district prohibits any form of harassment or violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability.

“The district’s Continuous Non-Discrimination Statement says: “Bagley Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, receipt of public assistance, marital status, and age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities in compliance with Title VI and VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The district Authorization of Facility Use Policy and the school district’s Harassment and Violence Policy gives you the authority to deny hate events that pose safety concerns in your school facility. The policy states: “The Bagley School district reserves the right to deny requests for facility use if an administrator has reason to believe that the activity is not suitable for the facility being requested or has reason to believe that a supervisor for the activity is not appropriate and/or acted inconsistently with the  policies.”

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  • Zanne

    Honestly, comments like your are part of what keeps me going.

  • Amie

    Muslim sisters wearing hijab are my heroes! Really, brothers and sisters, to be a sister in the West and wear a hijab is heroic. May Allah SWT bless her, give her strength and keep her safe.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.
    Thank you.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Religions allowing for wars is not the issue because even nation states allow for wars.

    I was addressing your claim for religion is responsible for so many of the the worlds problems as if we would have sort of magical utopia if everyone was secular, sorry but that just won’t happen because so many of the worlds problems are caused by an array of diverse factors not simply religion

  • 1DrM

    Go for it, but don’t waste too much of your energy on scum. None of my stuff is trademarked. Ramadan Mubarak!

  • Friend of Bosnia

    100% agree dear brother.
    Btw, serbo fascists are just the same. May I quote from your above message when defending myself from them?

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Well then you be an atheist if you like but don’t you dare force it on me or else you will see.

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  • sam

    had the targets of this hate group been jewish they would have never gotten to the parking lot….

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Any progress on the problem? It’s very annoying XD

  • Garibaldi

    Yausari, it’s apparently something to do with the updating and upgrading the system. We will revert to disqus but likely not until the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience until then.

  • lae

    a pastor named usama

    Ok I’m done.

  • Yausari

    So you guys didn’t do this on purpose? So what the heck happened?

  • Concerned

    LLisha. My point was going to be what crimes could your children commit that would cause you to torture them forever?
    Forever!!!
    That means that for each and every sin ever committed by every person who ever lived that a soul in hell must suffer a billion years of torture. And that’s just the beginning because forever never stops…
    And you think that is an acceptable punishment?

  • Garibaldi

    Tanveer and others, not exactly sure, but is being looked into.

  • Lynchpin

    Belief ≠ worship.
    I believe many things, I don’t worship anything.

  • Lynchpin

    Sorry, I don’t follow.

  • Jekyll

    …that is which is your belief.

  • Jekyll

    Ah that’s the spirit..of martyrdom…

  • Jekyll

    Yes, following most of mankind will leave us in disarray.
    Alternet is good for some social issues, although I do not know why they call it alter, since the way of thinking is quite mainstream now.

    As said before, if one does not fill themselves with the Grace of God, they will end up filling up with something.
    The nafs is never empty.

  • Lithium2006

    It’s not a mistake, because it was a political system that atheism played a major part in. If a atheist developed such an ideology that lead the to effect it had like communism did, who’s to say it won’t happen again?

    I have more trust in a leader who bases his values on a religion than a atheist. With the theist, i know where he stands and if he strays, i know how to hold him accountable (e.g. right wing politicians shouting Jesus with every breathe yet none of the policies they support would make Jesus happy at all).

  • Lithium2006

    “What can I say”

    Nothing, because everything you say has no substance so you mind as well just zip it.

  • Lithium2006

    Last I checked, the most devastating wars weren’t sanctioned by religion. In fact, most, if not all, wars are not. Wars are sanctioned by greedy and power hungry individuals. Religion is simply a convenience to convince the masses their destructive conflicts are legit.

    “The sooner god/allah/Ra or whichever of the thousand or so gods is dead,
    the sooner we will have a major problem infecting humans gone..”

    The sooner egotistic morons like you are eliminated through natural selection, humanity will have gotten rid of it’s biggest problem.

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