Thursday, February 7, 2008

Muslim Women Plan Attack on Movie Theater

The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC]
7 February 2008

False rumor puts Triangle Muslims on edge

Lorenzo Perez, Staff Writer

RALEIGH - It apparently began with a Raleigh couple's decision to catch a matinee showing of the film "Atonement" last month.

It became an e-mail warning of a possible terrorist attack, forwarded among friends and friends of friends. Even after Raleigh police investigated and ruled out the tale of cloaked Muslim women mysteriously fanning out across a multiplex with briefcases and text-message phones, it continues to multiply. [...]

[The sighting of one woman "in Middle Eastern attire" enjoying a movie triggered a rumor that "cloaked" women had been seen behaving suspiciously in many of the theater's screening rooms. One foolish Raleigh resident forwarded the e-mail to a dozen friends because, she said, "It rang true....We just wanted to do our part to protect the community. It's important to keep your eyes open."]