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Rising support among Republicans for anti-Muslim
proposals floated by Cruz and Trump

The Atlantic: Donald Trump needs little encouragement to bluster, but he may just have got some anyway. A new survey from Morning Consult, conducted in the wake of the Brussels bombings, details voter sentiment on national-security policies, including support for Trump’s prohibition on Muslims entering the United States. Trump—a poll obsessive—may tout the percentage of voters backing his idea as proof he knows what the country needs. Read More

Ted Cruz appoints leading Islamophobes as foreign policy advisers

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven million-strong American Muslim community was disappointed by the Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz for appointing leading Islamophobes, Frank Gaffney Jr., and retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin as foreign his policy advisers. Read More

Where were they radicalized?
Here are six instances of Trump supporters getting violent

By Imraan Siddiqi: Here’s a question:  Are Trump supporters violent?  Yeah, of course we know that not all Trump supporters are violent – it would be ridiculous to generalize a huge group of people based on the actions of a few…oh wait.   Read More

Arab Americans a ‘swing constituency’ in US presidential election

 By James Rein: Arab Americans make up about one percent of the US population, but many live in the swing states that could decide the White House race…..No analysis of US balloting trends is complete without mentioning the country’s large ethnic voting blocs. Mindful presidential hopefuls know that black and Latino voters can swing states – and that swing states can win the White House. The smaller population of Arab Americans is often neglected in these counts. But the surprise win of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in last week’s Democratic primary election in Michigan – partly through his popularity among Arab Americans – is changing perceptions. Read More

Donald Trump’s rhetoric horrifies American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed at the mounting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican Presidential hopefuls, particularly leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. An unprecedented wave of Islamophobia is now sweeping the United States as the Republican Party has become the epicenter of Islamophobia this election season. In recent months, GOP presidential candidates vying for the nomination have repeatedly used anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric to seek support of their voters. Senator Marco Rubio has advocated for shutting down mosques while Ben Carson insists that a practicing Muslim should not be president. Frontrunner Donald Trump, who in December 2015 proposed a ban on all Muslim immigration into the United States, declared Wednesday that “Islam hates America.”  Read More

Super Tuesday poll shows Muslim voters support Hillary Clinton

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released on March 3, 2016 the results of a six-state “Super Tuesday” poll of almost 2000 Muslim voters indicating that almost half of those voters (46 percent) support Hillary Clinton, followed by Bernie Sanders at 25 percent and 11 percent support for Donald Trump. CAIR’s poll also showed that growing Islamophobia is the top issue for Muslim voters. Read More

Government Says: iSpy on American Muslims and Arabs

 By Nisreen Eadeh: Apple’s resistance to the FBI’s court order is shedding light on the unlawful domestic surveillance programs that are negatively affecting American lives. Even if the program would be used to crack the personal information of convicted criminals, asking any person or company to violate American values of liberty and privacy to assist the government should not be accepted in society. The government is already going too far to counter terrorism by violating the rights of Americans and permeating fear of prosecution or being falsely labeled as a terrorist. To let the government go any further into domestic surveillance would be irresponsible and make it that much easier for law enforcement and citizens to discriminate against Arab and Muslim Americans. Read More

Anti-Muslim hatred ratcheted up sharply after attacks in Paris. Then came San Bernardino and Donald Trump.

By Leah Nelson: Standing with President Francois Hollande of France 11 days after Islamic State terrorists slaughtered 130 people and injured more than 350 others in three coordinated attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama told Americans to refuse to give in to fear.  Obama took up the same theme on Dec. 6, three days after a married couple, inspired by Islamic State propaganda, murdered 14 in a terrorist attack at an office party in San Bernardino, Calif. “We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam,” he said. Despite the president’s words — and warnings from the Pentagon that alienating Muslims would endanger national security — there was an extraordinary flood of anti-Muslim attacks in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino massacres. Read More 

American Muslim Community one year after
the murder of three NC Muslim students

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The Muslim American community observed Wednesday (Feb. 10) the first death anniversary of three North Carolina University Muslim students amid rising anti-Muslim bigotry and hate crimes. On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha were brutally murdered simply because they were Muslim. A neighbor, who had expressed anti-Muslim animus in the past, fatally shot each of them in the home that newlyweds Deah and Yusor shared. Read More

President Obama’s visit to Mosque and Presidential Race

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The American Muslim community has welcomed the visit of President Barrack Obama to Maryland mosque where the President called on Americans to embrace their common humanity and reject the inexcusable political rhetoric emanating from the presidential campaign trail. Read More

American Muslims are continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

By Nihad Award: As we honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must also remember that his message of unity and equality for all people is no less relevant or urgent now than it was during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. We declare without reservation that we will continue to engage in the struggle for true freedom that Dr. King articulated, one which is enshrined within the Declaration of Independence declaring that all people are created equal. Today, as we look back into our history, we see that the struggle for justice is not new, but neither is justice unattainable. And as we look with one glance back, we look with another ahead, envisioning a better future for all Americans. Read More

President Obama rejects Islamophobia in the political process

January 12, 2016, President Barrack Obama in his State of the Union address tonight rejected Islamophobia, particularly in the political process. In a direct slap at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, Obama said insulting Muslims hurt the United States and “betrayed” its identity. “When politicians insult Muslims, whether abroad or our fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. It betrays who we are as a country.” Read More

2015: The deadliest year on record for American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The year 2015 was perhaps the deadliest year on record for the seven-million strong American Muslim community, with  63 recorded attacks on mosques till the first week of December. Tellingly,17 of those attacks took place in November after the Paris terrorist attacks. At least six attacks and vandalism against the mosques were reported after the San Bernardino, CA terrorist attack on December 2nd when Syed Rizwan Farook killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a meeting of public health officials that doubled as a holiday party. Anti-Muslim fever goes viral  after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. To borrow Andrew O’hehir of Salon, Muslim fever has spread through our national bloodstream and replaced all thought. Many U.S. leaders have unleashed discriminatory rhetoric in the name of counterterrorism. Read More

A shame on America:
Hate attacks on U.S. Muslims are spiking  — and where’s the outrage?

By Ben Norton: There has been a relentless string of attacks on American Muslims in the past month — incidents that have been nothing short of extreme, and enormous in number. Media and leaders stay silent as attacks on U.S. Muslims increase at alarming rate. In just a few weeks, there have been dozens of attacks throughout the U.S., often several per day…. People look back at the rise of fascism in the early 20th century and ask how such systemic inhumanity could have possibly arisen. These same people are saying nothing today, when we see the very same signs…. The target of the neo-fascist’s hatred are Muslims. 21st-century Islamophobia just recycles the same myths of 20th-century anti-Semitism. Islamophobia is just the 21st-century repackaging of 20th-century anti-Semitism. They are two sides of the same racist, fascist coin. How long is the American public going to remain quiet about the escalation of hatred? And how long is the media going to exacerbate it? Read More

Anti-Muslim hate crimes have tripled in the U.S. since the Paris attacks

By Ben Norton: Hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques have tripled in the U.S. since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, according to new research by California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. These crimes include arsons, shootings, assaults, vandalism, and death threats. In the month since the Paris attacks, there have been at least 38 anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S. Before the November attacks, there was an average of 12.6 suspected hate crimes against Muslim Americans each month, according to the FBI. Read More

American Muslims fear demonization of Islam  after San Bernardino mass shooting

AMP Report: American Muslim groups have expressed fear that San Bernardino mass shooting on Wednesday would add fuel to the rising anti-Islamic feeling. The FBI announced on Friday (Dec. 4) that the mass killing is probed as an act of terrorism. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire on attendees at a holiday party for county workers, killing 14 and injuring 21. Read More

Hate crime: Muslim taxi driver shot on Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Pittsburgh police are investigating the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Muslim cab driver in Hazelwood that the victim and leaders of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh are describing as a hate crime, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday (Nov 29, 2015). The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Thanksgiving Day shooting of the  Muslim taxi driver in Pittsburgh, Penn., as a hate crime similar to a growing number of attacks targeting the nation’s Muslim community following the recent terror attacks in Paris. On November 24, 2015, CAIR released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation’s Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. Read More

Paris attacks foment anti-Muslim sentiments globally

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Paris terrorist attacks, which killed 130 people, have fomented anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiments (Islamophobia) in Australia, Europe and the United States. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an organization of 57 Muslim majority states, says that in the wake of attacks in Paris, hatred and Islamophobia had reached “alarming levels.”  An increase in hostility towards Muslims in the US following the terror attacks in Paris and amid the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis has created a climate worse than post-9/11. Read More

American Muslim groups denounce the Paris terrorist attacks

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: American Muslim civil advocacy and religious groups and organizations have denounced the horrific Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015  that killed about129 people and wounded more than 300 people. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, released a press statement condemning the acts of terror. The statement said: “USCMO stands consistent with its position against all forms of violence against innocent people anywhere in Turkey, Beirut, Syria, Paris, and on our soil irrespective of the perpetrators, targets, or reasons.” The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was deeply troubled that many American politicians have used the tragic terror attacks in Paris, France as a justification to promote xenophobia against Syrian refugees. Read More

 

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