There is no denying that anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in America. Attacks on Muslims and their places of worship are becoming more frequent, particularly since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
The Los Angeles Times complied a list of a few of the known and most recent attacks across the country, including individual attacks and incidents like a severed pig's head and bullet-riddled Quran left at mosques. From the article:
Dec. 8: Officials at a mosque in Jersey City, N.J., reported receiving a letter calling Muslims “evil” and telling them to “go back to the desert,” one of a number of hateful messages in recent weeks. The letter referenced comments Donald Trump made about people in Jersey City celebrating after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Dec. 7: A caretaker at the Al Aqsa Islamic Society in northern Philadelphia found a severed pig’s head on the doorstep (especially offensive because many Muslims do not eat pork for religious reasons). Police and the FBI are searching for suspects.
Nov. 26: A 38-year-old Moroccan immigrant taxi driver in Pittsburgh was shot by a passenger who had asked him about Islamic State.
Nov. 17: A sheriff’s deputy had to intervene and halt a local government meeting to protect those proposing a mosque for the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, Va., after audience members became irate, exclaiming that, “Every Muslim is a terrorist” and “Nobody, nobody, nobody wants your evil cult.”
Nov. 14: Multiple shots were fired at the Baitul Aman mosque in Meriden, Conn., penetrating three walls and striking prayer areas.
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The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE opposes and stands against hate and bigotry toward all people. TAKE ON HATE is a multi-year, grassroots campaign that strives to address issues of bias and challenges the growing discrimination and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans, including refugees.
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