An anti-Islam group that used assault rifles and other weapons to intimidate members of Texas' Islamic Center of Irving earlier this week has stepped up its harassment techniques by exposing personal information of local Muslim residents.
The so-called Bureau of American-Islamic Relations (BAIR) staged a demonstration outside the mosque, which is rumored to have been running Sharia courts, to protest against the alleged Islamization of the United States on Sunday.
However, since the protest ended without any major reported incident, the group appears to have resorted to other ways in order to aggravate and possibly harm the Muslim families living in the city.
As The Dallas Morning News reports, the man who organized the armed display has now published the names and addresses of dozens of Muslims and “Muslim sympathizers” on Facebook.
Apparently, David Wright III copied the details from an Irving city document that included the personal information of people who signed up to speak before the City Council to support a bill aimed at blocking Muslim influence.
“The name and address of every Muslim and Muslim sympathizer that stood up for Sharia tribunals in Irving, TX [is] listed below,” read the post title.
In a subsequent post, Wright also wrote that Americans “should stop being afraid to be who we are,” and people who “like to have guns designed to kill people that pose a threat in a very efficient manner.”
It is no secret that anti-Islamic sentiments have been running high since the devastating terror attacks killed more than 120 people in Paris. However, incidents like this could make the situation even more tense.
Not to mention, it is also a violation of one’s privacy and security.
“We have a right to disagree, but we do not have the right to target and cause … harm just because we differ in our beliefs,” said Anthony Bond, an Irving activist whose name ended up on the list. “That is the goal of this post: to put a bulls-eye on the back of all the people that stood up against the so-called anti-Shariah law bill.”
Although Bond claimed that he had reported his concerns to the police, Irving police spokesperson James McLellan told local media that he was unaware of any complaints about the list.