A father has been charged to assault after spitting in the face of a fellow Muslim and calling her an “ignorant Muslim” because she allowed a Christian sign to be placed in a multicultural community center.
Said Ahmed Latif, 36, admitted he became angry after seeing the sign, which read “Church of God”, inside the multi-cultural Salaam Community Center in Hartlepool, the MailOnline reports. The sign was reportedly erected after a Christian group began using the venue.
Prosecutor Holly Common told the court that Latif approached the manager outside and said, “I need to speak to you.”
“He crossed the road and said he could speak inside the center. When inside the office, Latif began shouting ‘Why are you letting them use the center?” Common said. “He said, ‘You are an ignorant Muslim, you aren’t listening to me’.”
Latif, a father of three, reportedly “continued with a tirade of abuse” before adding, “you shouldn’t be here, you’re upsetting us young Muslims’.”
First, Latif raised his fist as if he were about to hit the victim, but spat in her face instead, said Common.
In turn, the manager said: “I was really upset about what happened. In 15 years I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. He tried to bully me and certain members of staff to only let in certain members of the community.”
Latif, who represented himself, claimed he became upset after the manager called him an “extremist” for requesting the sign be taken down.
“We are a small ethnic community, they’ve put a church group sign up saying ‘Church of God’ right next to the door to the mosque. I said ‘can you move the sign to the other side?’” he said. “It’s a shame CCTV didn’t show who was shouting at who. She started shouting at me – she called me an extremist. I plead guilty, I did spit at her – I lost my temper.”
According to Breitbart, Latif admitted assault and was given 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £50 to the victim in compensation, as well as costs and charges.
Meanwhile, Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, a Muslim man who brandished a stockpile of guns on Facebook Live outside of a Christian conservative conference, will now face criminal charges.
Earlier this month, Jaber posted Facebook live videos of himself sitting in a car parked outside the Christian conference in Sioux Falls, which addressed the extreme dangers of Islamic teaching. In the video, he pulled out several weapons and repeatedly told the camera “be scared” and “be terrified.” He taunted believers in a speech laced with profanity.
Police officers later found guns and methamphetamine in his home, and the Minnehaha County state’s attorney is prosecuting Jaber for possessing meth.
The New York Daily News reports that the 45-year-old has been charged with one count of terrorist threats, a class five felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.