It’s a horrific throwback to the nightmarish days of Ku Klux Klan intimidation.
We’ve listened to the voicemail death threats recently made against an Augusta-area mosque, and they’re disgustingly reminiscent of the naked racism many African-Americans experienced in the bad old days.
The caller – in multiple messages left at an unspecified area mosque June 22 and 28, and July 7 and 8 – spews the most vile, profane and homicidal hatred we’ve heard in quite some time. In rambling, repetitive, expletive-laced rants, the caller threatens Muslims with death and demands they go back to their “own” countries.
Never mind that many Muslims were born here just like any other native-born American, or took an oath of citizenship, and that many others are here quite legally.
The incident was reported directly to the FBI, which has promised to take such things most seriously.
We hope so. This is terrorism, pure and simple. And there is absolutely no place for it in Augusta, in Georgia, in America or, indeed, anywhere else.
And while area Muslims must take it deadly serious – you sure would if this whack-job had targeted you – we also want them to know that such an unbridled jackass-come-terrorist doesn’t speak for anyone else. Just as Islamic jihadists don’t represent the vast majority of peaceful Muslims around the world.
It’s sad to think any American, much less any neighbor of ours, would expel such vomitous bile at another human being, much less a mass of them. But he should be given no quarter, either from the law or from any of us. He’s become what he purports to hate: a terrorist. Turn. Him. In.
This is terrorism, and cannot and will not be brooked in these parts.