The president of the College Republicans group at San Diego State University said he received violent threats after sending a letter to the college's Muslim Student Association asking its members to condemn the recent terror attack in Barcelona, Spains.
In an Aug. 17 letter to the MSA, the same day as the attack in Barcelona, College Republicans President Brandon Jones said his group was "saddened" by the "tragedy" and offered thoughts and prayers to the victims and the families of those who were murdered.
At least 14 people died in the attacks in Barcelona, and more than a hundred others were injured. At least one American, 42-year-old Jared Tucker of Walnut Creek, California, was among those killed in the attack.
"Attacks of this nature are becoming increasingly common in European countries and other parts of the world and each time the Islamic State (ISIS) takes credit for the attacks," Jones wrote in the letter to the MSA, adding that such attacks "must not only be stopped, but disavowed by Muslim leaders on our campus and in our community."
Jones' letter served as a "formal request" to leaders of the SDSU MSA to condemn the Barcelona terror attack. The College Republicans president said that until campus Muslim leaders disavow the horrific act, "we cannot move forward in creating an inclusive environment for all students."
"We ask the president of your organization to publicly condemn this morning's act of radical Islamic terrorism in Spain and those acts similar in nature," Jones wrote. "If this request is not made, we ask that the president of the Muslim Student Association and any remaining Executive Officers not in compliance, resign immediately."
The College Republicans president stated that the MSA mission statement describes the group as "an organization dedicated to creating a sense of community and an inclusive environment for ALL students on campus."
However, as Fox News pointed out, the MSA's mission statement, according to its own website, is to "serve the best interests of the Muslim students of San Diego State University, within the framework of Islam in deriving guidance and values from the Quran and Sunnah."
But while you might not think that condemning a violent terror attack in a major international city would be controversial, apparently, it is.
Jones told Fox News that since sending the letter to the MSA, he's received violent threats through text messages and email.
“I hope you rot in he’ll. We’re coming for you this week ... Watch ur back every step u take. SDSU campus will be the war zone against u inhuman rats," one text message read, according to Jones. He said he also received an email asking him to take his own life.
“You are obviously not fit to serve for requesting any such actions from the muslim community, please resign immediately. You sir are a racist, so please when convenient kill yourself," the email allegedly read.
San Diego State University officials have since offered campus resources to Jones for his personal protection.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Muslim Student Association called Jones' Aug. 17 letter "distasteful" and thanked "all the individuals and organizations who have expressed their support for us in the past few days."
"Your kind words and willingness to stand against injustice has showed our members and Muslim students from other universities around the country that we are not alone. Despite hundreds of attempts to stifle our voice and activism, the MSA continues to be a uniting force on campus," the group told its supporters.
The post went on to state the group's support for victims of "white supremacy, nationalism, and terrorism," but it did not specifically mention the attack in Barcelona.
SDSU's Young Democratic Socialists group also criticized the College Republicans organization, calling Jones' letter a “bigoted attack."
"In our current political climate, Muslim students already feel threatened in their own country. By insinuating that MSA members will be considered terrorist sympathizers unless they condemn an attack they had nothing to do with, your organization is making Muslim students feel even more unsafe on their own campus," an Aug. 18 Facebook post by the SDSU Young Democratic Socialists said.