Disturbing anti-Islamic note rattles Des Moines community

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI-TV) — A handwritten letter calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy” was delivered to a mailbox at the Islamic Center of Des Moines this weekend, shaking the Muslim community.

A handwritten letter calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy” was delivered to a mailbox at the Islamic Center of Des Moines Sunday, March 19, 2017. (KCCI-TV)

The letter was not contained inside an envelope and it was only signed “Americans for a Better Way.”

The note appears to have written by someone who claims to support President Donald Trump, saying Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews,” and that it “would be wise to pack your bags” and leave.

While it isn’t the first incident of anti-Islamic sentiment at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, spokesperson Esam Boraey said it is one of the most terrifying, pairing it with national rhetoric that is impacting Muslims’ daily lives.

Read more at KCCI-TV.

Read the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) response to the letter.