Islamic Center of Charlotte answers critics, claims threats

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Islamic Center of Charlotte is firing back against the feds and our WBTV On Your Side Investigation.

Back in February, our report tied the Center to the largest terrorism financing case in the U.S.

The Islamic Center's property is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) -- an un-indicted co-conspirator in the federal terror case.

When we first asked the head of the Islamic Center, Jibril Hough, about all this in February, he said yes, NAIT owns their property, but he said he did not know the Feds had flagged the organization.

Hough said he was concerned enough to take it to his board.

Today, he announced he did that, and they decided not to dissociate.

"They're not guilty of anything so it's not something that we should immediately move on to separate yourself from," Hough says.

What the Islamic Center is moving on is this: "Our government's shameless public identification of the un-indicted co-conspirator list," says Izzat Saymeh, outreach coordinator at The Center.

"It's a label used to fear and smear and discredit you," says Hough.

The center says the government slapped the label on NAIT in a McCarthyistic move.

Saymeh says he doesn't know if NAIT is a co-conspirator, but "I highly doubt that they are. If they are, the federal government would have brought them to trial, and if they haven't, either they don't have evidence, or they're not doing their job," he says.

Regardless, the center says its association to an organization tarnished by the U-S government is causing trouble for them.

"Two days ago we had an attempted break-in here," Hough says, adding that they've also received threatening emails. The center supplied the text of two emails it claimed it received and felt were threatening. (Content below.) "A lot of it is saying they'll be watching us. If FBI and law enforcement is not watching us, they'll be watching us," Hough explained.

He says he's worried about the safety of his members.

"We're living in very volatile and emotional times. There's a great number of people in our country that think they're losing our country based on having Barack Obama our president or based on healthcare legislation. And these are people who bring guns to their rallies," Hough says. "These are the same kind of people that would call us up and leave these kinds of messages."

Below is the content of the emails received by the Islamic Center that it leaders regard as threatening:

"Isn't it wonderful that you have now been exposed as a supporter of terrorism?
And KNOWLEDGE about what Islam really stands for continues to grow in this country.  And those of us who truly know what Islam is will NEVER submit to your hatred and barbarism!
I just hope and pray that America wakes up to the evil and dishonesty of Islam before it is too late.
Muhammed was NEVER a prophet.  He was a liar, an evil man and a pedophile.  Deal with it.
NEVER A Dhimmi"

""...The North American Islamic Trust holds the deed to ICC,<> an 800-member Sunni mosque located on five acres at 1700 Progress Lane in Charlotte . The U.S. Justice Department recently blacklisted its owner NAIT as an unindicted co-conspirator<> in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history. The government also identified NAIT as a front for Hamas and the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America . "

----I recently discovered the above information. If true, this means that for quite awhile an institution dedicated to the destruction of the separation of church and state in a more radical manner than any of the Christian Right Wing Churches I have waged a war of words with for 20 years has been virtually in my backyard.

There are many of us; we will say NO to ALL religions and will not tolerate the co-mingling of religion on American soil; soil dedicated to freedom of religion, but more importantly, FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.

We want no part of this and if you are indeed an arm of Islamic fascism, then you and the Christian right wing can war with one-another elsewhere, for here you are NOT WELCOME here, just as they are not.

You are being watched. It is not the weak bellied FBI or Homeland Security fools that will bring you down. It's the people all around you in the most armed country on earth."