Texas mosque protesters publish Muslim names, addresses...
UPDATE to the original story from The Dallas Morning News: The list of Muslim names and addresses has been removed from the armed group’s page, and BAIR spokesman David Wright’s personal Facebook page is either down or blocked. It’s unclear whether that was voluntary or the result of complaints about the list to Facebook (from the Huffington Post, among others.)
It’s a bit late, anyway. Since we first reported the list’s existence 24 hours ago, it has made headlines from the Drudge Report to MSNBC—where host Chris Hayes spent several minutes last night detailing Irving’s intersections with an anti-Muslim fringe.
Turns out, there’s no lack of what BAIR calls “Muslim sympathizers” in the country. RSVPs for a pro-Muslim rally have more than doubled in the last day, with nearly 250 people now committing to brave Saturday’s chilly rain to support Irving’s mosque.
The imam of that mosque Facebooked an email from an “old lady school teacher” who offered to guard the building—one of hundreds of goodwill messages the imam said have poured in since a dozen BAIR members brought guns to the worship site last weekend.
Meanwhile, a page set up specifically to troll BAIR has in a few days gained nearly as many likes as the anti-Muslim group itself.
Group spokesman David Wright got into a running argument with the leader of the troll page yesterday—even as news of his list spread across the country—before finally becoming exasperated and signing off.
On another Facebook page that still hosts the list and appears to belong to Wright (I can’t be 100% sure given all the trolling and the fact that he won’t answer messages), a post complains: “I am being attacked and smeared by the liberal media for legally exercising my 1st and 2nd Amendment rights and for using public data to defend my credibility when they make accusations against me. …
“If we had a hit list and wanted to run down that list, you would have already seen it on the news.”