Source: Huffington Post
Islamophobia is real.
And it’s not going anywhere.
After last year’s terror attacks in Paris and mass shooting in San Bernardino, California — and amidst a surge in anti-Muslim rhetoric from U.S. politicians — reports about Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent. Many Muslims say Islamophobia is worse now than it’s ever been — even worse than it was after 9/11.
It might be impossible to create a comprehensive list of discriminatory acts against American Muslims might be impossible, but The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts.The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SAYS ISLAM HAS ‘APOCALYPTIC VISION,’ IS NOT A RELIGION
WHERE: The University of Iowa in Iowa City
WHEN: Jan. 29, 2016
WHO: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson
Carson implored Iowans during a campaign speech to read up on Islam and learn about how the Prophet Muhammad “put together his armies, and they began to massacre anybody who didn’t believe the same way they did.” When pressed after the speech as to why he was giving voters a reading assignment, Carson further conflated Islam with terrorism. “I think [voters] don’t understand all the aspects of it, including Sharia, how that plays in,” he said. “I don’t think most people actually understand what jihad is. They don’t understand the whole apocalyptic vision that they have. When you understand that, you understand what drives an organization like ISIS.” When asked if his critique referenced the whole religion of Islam or just ISIS, Carson replied, “It doesn’t encapsulate everything. It’s really not, once you read it, you won’t call it a religion, you’ll call it a life organization system.
MEGYN KELLY WONDERS IF SEEING MUSLIMS JUSTIFIES A CALL TO POLICE
WHERE: A Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa
WHEN: Jan. 28, 2016
WHO: Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly
Kelly pressed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on whether neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters should have called the police, therefore preventing the terror attack. “They saw packages being delivered [to the shooters’ house],” Kelly said. “They saw Muslims, and they did not think that was enough to call the cops. Do you?” Fox News has a troubling history of putting Islamophobic rhetoric on the air.
Source: Talking Points Memo,HuffPost
Source: Mother Jones
Categories: America, Islamophobia, The Muslim Times, USA
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