People living in London, Yorkshire and the Midlands were recently sent a disturbing letter calling for hate crimes to be committed against Muslims. The letter, titled Punish a Muslim Day, lays out a point system where hideous violations earn the perpetrator points. The crimes range from "pulling a Muslim woman’s headscarf, to acid attacks, murder and bombings.
Whoever sent out the letters is attempting to push fear into people with things such as:
They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer. They have caused you pain and heartache. What are you going to do about it?”
The case has been turned over to the U.K.’s Counter Terrorism Policing North East. Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden says that anyone with any information should contact their local police department.
“Punish A Muslim Day” letters are being sent to families in East London. The letter details a point system for each action & a reward. For example pulling a Muslim women’s hijab is 25 points, throwing acid is 50 points and burning or bombing a mosque is a whole 1,000 points. pic.twitter.com/6kmCrDrXt0— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) March 9, 2018
Of course people had a strong reaction.
Absolute scum bags, and shame on those in positions of power who have fed this.— Ayden Callaghan (@AydenCallaghan) March 10, 2018
OMG!!! This is so disgusting. I don't even know how to respond. I am sad and angry over this. My neighbors were Muslim and lovely people. People the world is so small. We will not survive if we hate each other like this. We must work together as one & forget our differences.— RKYMTMOM (@RKYMTMOM) March 11, 2018
This is horrible. So sorry to read that there are people doing things like this.— Diana Schaffter (@dianaschaffter) March 10, 2018
It’s just so unbelievably sad - human beings who’ve lost touch with their own humanity.— IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) March 10, 2018
Pardon my language but what the f*** is wrong with people.— Al Zimmerman (@GallantGooner) March 10, 2018
There was one beacon of hope in the form of another letter that encourages smiles and coffee.
Now this was a day people could get behind.
A lovely way to deal with bigotry!#LoveAMuslimDay— Robin Welsh (@Robin__Silver) March 12, 2018
I smile in the face of hate
I spread love where I like
I'll leave the rest to fate
Racists take a hike
No time for those that divide
As we're all on the same side
Come together n beat the state
They're the ones who make you hate https://t.co/B9tbO4Tpog
We must do better.
H/T: Huffington Post