Muslim worker threatened in South Carolina

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the FBI to investigate alleged threats against a Muslim worker in South Carolina as a possible hate crime.

The 66-year-old Muslim worker told the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that fellow employees at a BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Spartanburg, S.C., have repeatedly made Islamophobic comments such as, 1) “Muslims are no good. They should all be killed,” and 2) “We will f**k up your family, we’ll kill you all.” Other comments allegedly disparaged Islamic attire and suggested that Muslim women be raped. According to the Muslim employee, one of the abusive co-workers confronted him in a facility restroom on March 31st and put a box-cutter to his throat, saying: “I’ll slice your throat and kill you.”

The Muslim employee says company officials did not take appropriate action against the assailant when the incident was first reported.

CAIR news release, 2 April 2007