UPDATED STORY: Apologies pour in for Va. Muslims after bigoted outburst
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fear and hatred of Muslims was on public display in Spotsylvania County at a meeting concerning the building of a new mosque.
At least two men went on bigoted rants, shouting down the speaker and calling all Muslims terrorists.
The local Islamic community has outgrown the building and is proposing to build a mosque nearby on property they own. But at Tuesday night's presentations, things turned ugly fast.
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It was level of hostility that Samer Shalaby did not expect at the community meeting.
"It just kept getting worse and worse. People were pointing fingers and waiving arms," said Shalaby.
Shalaby is a civil engineer and business owner. He was making the presentation about a new mosque on behalf of his religious organization when he was shouted down and called a terrorist.
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Some of the people in the meeting were concerned the Mosque would take in refugees from Syria.
The main instigator at the meeting continued to shout at Shalaby.
A Sheriffs deputy broke up the meeting, after it was clear, the insults were not going to stop.
Shalaby is a trustee of the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, an organization which has been there for nearly 30 years. He said parents are now afraid to send their children to Sunday school at the center because of the threats made at Tuesday night's meeting.
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