A report released yesterday suggests that harassment and violence against Muslims are on the rise in the US, fueled by pro-war attitudes, religion-based anti-Muslim rhetoric and lingering fears from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received reports of 1,019 anti-Muslim incidents during 2003 — a nearly 70 percent increase from the previous year and the highest number of civil-rights complaints from those of the Islamic faith in the nine years the group has been tracking them.
According to the report, titled “Unpatriotic Acts,” hate crimes against Muslims jumped 121 percent that same year.
So, where are the world leaders on this issue?
Too busy fighting anti-semitism?
Or is it ok to hate Muslims these days?