A Muslim civil rights group on Friday asked the FBI to investigate a series of threatening posts on an anti-Islam website. The threats posted by visitors to the Bare Naked Islam website include a post from one person who urges Christians to “kill every Muslim twice” and mentions that he routinely drives by a specific northern Virginia mosque. Another recommends blowing up mosques.
In making the request, Council for American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the Internet is replete with hateful commentary about Muslims. But he said these comments differ because they routinely contain explicit calls for violence. “The Internet is a cesspool of bigoted speech, but this is something else entirely,” Hooper said.
The Bare Naked Islam site depicts flames superimposed over a mosque and declares: “It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.” In an email, the site’s author, who identified herself as a New York City resident named Bonni, said she tries to delete comments that call for genocide against Muslims. But she said she does not consider a threat to be explicit unless it targets a specific individual.
“Wishing for all mosques to be blown up is not a threat in my opinion. Certainly not any different than you see all over the signs at Occupy Wall Street where they call for the killing of all bankers and Jews. Nobody stops them and the media defend those threats as Free Speech,” Bonni wrote in her email. She said she supports closing all mosques in the U.S. but does not advocate their destruction.
Bare Naked Islam doesn’t advocate the destruction of mosques? So how would “Bonni” explain this recent post on her site, then?
See also “Bare Naked Islam: Celebrating and encouraging violence against Muslims”, The American Muslim, 25 November 2011
It’s worth noting, by the way, that Bare Naked Islam is a strong supporter of the English Defence League and its new political wing, the British Freedom Party. But that is hardly surprising, given that the EDL’s Facebook page is full of similar threats of anti-Muslim violence and its supporters have been convicted of numerous attacks on mosques.