A presentation on plans for a new mosque near Fredericksburg, VA ended with a volley of racist rants made by members of the public.
According to WUSA 9, speaker Samer Shalaby was presenting plans for a new mosque the local Muslim community intended to build on property it already owned. The current Islamic Center is too small, as the community has grown steadily in recent years.
That’s when two men in attendance at the public meeting shouted down Shalaby with claims that all Muslims were “evil” and “terrorists.” The speaker said he didn’t expect such hostility.
“It just kept getting worse and worse,” Shalaby said. “People were pointing fingers and waiving arms.”
The first man to make a scene called what Shalaby and local Muslims were doing “evil,” which attracted some positive attention from the crowd. That’s when the second man came forward.
“I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen. We don’t want it because you are terrorists. Every one of you are terrorists. I don’t care what you say,” he said. “You can smile at me. You can say whatever you want, but every Muslim is a terrorist.”
In addition, several community members in attendance expressed concern at the possibility the mosque might take in Syrian refugees (even though the topic never came up).
When the main instigator refused to back down at let the meeting continue, a local sheriff’s deputy broke up the public gather over public safety concerns.
Check out the clip above, via WUSA 9.
[h/t WUSA 9]
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