Man Charged With Hate Crime After Threats Sent To Vt. Democrats’ Muslim Chairman

Source: Vermont’s NPR News Source


Just four months into his tenure as the nation’s first-ever Muslim chairperson of a state political party, Faisal Gill has become the target of an alleged hate crime.

Gill, who took over as chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party in March, received three threatening emails within a seven-day period in May.

The emails, allegedly sent by Christopher Hayden, 48, of Burlington, are peppered with racial and religious epithets, and call Gill an “agent for creeping sharia law” who should “get out [of Vermont] or we will make you wish you did.”

“I want to terminate my registration as a Democrat,” Hayden allegedly wrote on May 24. “You make me sick. I want you out of my state you freak.”

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