Repost: Islamophobia on the Rise   Leave a comment


Content Note: Islamophobia, Vandalism, Hate Crimes

Remember how I talked about Islamophobia last week? It was apparently a very relevant week to talk about Islamophobia. Read the whole article here.

For the first time in a long time Muslims in America are actually worried about being attacked during ‘Eid prayers due to a rise of anti-Muslim violence this Ramadan. Last week Muslim graves were desecrated in Chicago, pig legs were thrown at a mosque in Cali, paintballs and acid were thrown at mosques in Oklahoma, and a mosque was destroyed by arson in Missouri. All happened in the span of ONE WEEK. And this isn’t a comprehensive list.

Update:

I found another article about Islamophobia here. I wonder if the people committing these hate crimes realize that attacking during Ramadan is akin to (though not the same as) spoiling Christmas. Muslim adults shouldn’t have to put up with this, much less Muslim children.

In a press release, the director of CAIR’s New York chapter, Muneer Awad, said: “These incidents are not a coincidence. We believe the recent surge in acts of bigotry and hatred is directly linked to the words of elected officials and those running for office who have used anti-Muslim bigotry as a campaign strategy.”

Specifically, CAIR singled out “New York State Senator David Storobin and Assembly candidate Ben Askelrod” for fomenting anti-Muslim hatred. Storobin, who created some buzz after being photographed wearing an Israeli army uniform, has raised baseless allegations against a planned mosque in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (asMondoweiss reported).

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Posted 08/21/2012 by reluctantliberal in Repost

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