Harassing Letters Target Controversial Norman City Council Meeting, Mosque

Wednesday, November 10th 2010, 2:00 pm
By: News 9


NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Norman Police detectives said they have been investigating a series of harassing letting sent to several people in the community, including City Council members, citizens and a local mosque.

Police said the letters sent to council members and citizens referred to a controversial City Council meeting on September 28 where the city council voted 7 to 1 to recognize October as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

Read the letter sent to Norman City Council members

Several citizens who spoke during that City Council meeting told police they received an envelope containing the obituary of a gay teen, Zach Harrington. Harrington's family said he committed suicide following the heated Norman City Council meeting. At the bottom of at least one of the obituaries sent to a citizen, a hand written note stated, "His Blood is on Your Hands!"

Read the obituary sent to several Norman citizens

The letters sent to council members claimed to have been sent from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is based in Plainfield, Indiana, but ISNA officials denied sending or having knowledge of the letters.

The letter sent to a local mosque claimed to be from a group called the Islamic Sharia Law Review, according to a Norman Police press release. One page of the letter was titled "The Future of Islam in America! For Understanding of the Ultimate Destruction of Islam Read Ezekial 38-39 & Isaiah 17." Another page stated, "Where is Dracula When You Need Him the Most?"

Read the letter sent to the Norman mosque

Investigators said all the letters appear to be connected based on similarities in the font and style and were all postmarked in the Oklahoma City area. Police said none of the letters were sent from where the return address on the envelopes indicated.

Investigators said no crime has been committed by sending the letters, and they do not believe the letters suggest that a credible threat exists to any of those who received the letters.