DEARBORN (WWJ) – Dearborn police are investigating a threatening voicemail left at a mosque.
Chief Ronald Hadad says the message was left Sunday at the American Muslim Society on Vernor, on Dearborn’s south end.
On the call, played for reporters Thursday, an unidentified man makes disparaging comments about Islam and Muslims in general, saying they are “agents of Satan” and that they “will be eradicated.”
The man also states that “Mohammad was a pedophile,” adding that, while Muslims may think they have a “stronghold in Deaborn,” things will be different under President Donald Trump.
“You think you’re going to have the same position in America that you do now? No, you’re not. Everything is gonna change. And all the Muslim children that you have now, you should worry for their future.”
Hadad said investigators were working to identify the caller.
“I find this, this threat that was leveled against the mosque to be totally unacceptable and totally malicious,” he said. “And we’re going to use everything we can to make sure that we keep our community safe.”
Hadad said threats like this are a sign of the times in America.
“We can all agree that we’re in a real angry time in our history,” the chief said. “People are just angry, there’s a lot of fear, there’s a lot of race-bating, if you will, and it’s all counter-productive.”
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has called on the FBI to join the investigation.
The Detroit area, with a concentration in Dearborn, is home to one the nation’s largest Arab-American and Muslim communities. The Islamic Center of America — North America’s largest mosque — is also located in Dearborn, on Ford Road.