Two separate armed right-wing militias have threatened violence against Muslims in small towns in Georgia and Kansas, respectively, as xenophobic rhetoric fuels Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump\u0026#039;s campaign.\u0022We ask our nation\u0026#039;s political leaders, and particularly political candidates, to reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation.\u0022—Nihad Awad, CAIRIn Kansas, three men claiming to be members of a right-wing militia called the Crusaders were arrested and charged\u0026nbsp;on Friday for allegedly plotting to plant bombs in a Garden City, Kansas, apartment complex that is home to over 100 Somali immigrants.\u0026nbsp;The bombing was scheduled for November 9 so as not to impact the presidential election, officials told the\u0026nbsp;Wichita Eagle, which also reported that one apartment in the complex served as a mosque.\u0022It is very concerning and very disheartening,\u0022 Hussam Madi, spokesman for the Islamic Society of Wichita,\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;of the planned attack to the\u0026nbsp;Wichita Eagle.\u0026nbsp;\u0022I thank God that they were able to be caught before anything can happen. We don\u0026#039;t need such actions here within our community and within our country.\u0022Another armed militia has also terrorized a rural community in Georgia, the\u0026nbsp;Guardian\u0026nbsp;reported Thursday, with repeated threats of violence that have derailed efforts to construct a mosque in Newtown County, Georgia.Newtown County is \u0022solid Trump country,\u0022 the newspaper notes.The militia\u0026#039;s members call themselves the \u0022Three Percenters\u0022 (claiming that only three percent of American colonists fought against the British in the Revolutionary War; the real proportion is far higher, according to the\u0026nbsp;Guardian).\u0022They are training to fight both the U.S. government and enemies of the U.S. government,\u0022 the Guardian\u0026nbsp;writes, \u0022they wave both the American flag and the southern Confederate battle flag; they say they support the U.S. constitution but not the right of Muslims to express religious freedom.\u0022In a now-removed video posted online, militia members posed with guns across the street from the site of the proposed mosque and claimed the congregation \u0022had ties to Isis training, the September 11 attacks, the Boston marathon bombing, the Fort Hood shooting and more. Its members, [a militia leader] said, followed the antichrist. Another man hung an American flag on what appeared to be the mosque’s future site, an act which would have required trespassing.\u0022Other video footage posted to a local Facebook group called \u0022Stop the Mosque\u0022 reportedly showed armed and masked men detonating explosives and shooting guns in the woods.County officials have temporarily banned construction of any mosque or church in response to the threats, and the local sheriff told the\u0026nbsp;Guardian\u0026nbsp;that he is investigating the group.Additionally, on Friday two other instances of Islamophobic threats were reported: a woman allegedly\u0026nbsp;threatened\u0026nbsp;to bomb a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, and anti-Muslim graffiti\u0026nbsp;appeared\u0026nbsp;on a mosque in Bayonne, New Jersery.\u0026nbsp;The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has reported that 2016 is \u0022on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents.\u0022\u0022The majority of the 2016 incidents have been violent in tone, characterized by intimidation, physical assault and property damage, destruction or vandalism,\u0022 the organization wrote.\u0026nbsp;In the group\u0026#039;s recent survey of Muslim voters, \u002286 percent of respondents believe that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has increased in the past year,\u0022 CAIR noted. \u0022Moreover, 30 percent of respondents say they have experienced discrimination or profiling in the past year.\u0022\u0022Given this alleged plan to attack a Kansas mosque, the two other hate incidents reported today against Islamic institutions in Michigan and New Jersey, and the overall spike in anti-mosque incidents nationwide, state and federal authorities should offer stepped-up protection to local communities,\u0022 said CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad on Friday.\u0022We ask our nation\u0026#039;s political leaders, and particularly political candidates, to reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation,\u0022 Awad added.