What Will We Do About Pompeo’s Islamophobia?

In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Mike Pompeo, then a congressman from Kansas, took to the House floor to offer a scathing rebuke of Muslim leaders:

“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of the faith. Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts.”Continue Reading

Three Kansas men convicted over mass ‘slaughter’ plot targeting Muslims

Militia members plotted to blow up mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in order to ‘wake people up’

Three members of a Kansas militia with a hatred of Muslim immigrants have been found guilty of plotting to blow up a mosque and apartment complex that housed Somali refugees in order to “wake people up”.Continue Reading

Ranchlands graffiti being investigated as possible hate crime

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Police are investigating whether anti-Semitic messages and phrases targeting Islam painted on telephone poles and buildings in the community of Ranchlands meets the threshold of being a hate crime.

“In order for graffiti to cross the line into criminal hate speech, it has to be targeted towards an identifiable group, must be somewhere public and must be likely to lead to harm against those individuals,” Calgary police said in a statement.

Residents say graffiti isn’t new to the area, but the hateful messages are.

“There’s been the odd … kid graffiti kind of stuff, I don’t even know what it says but then this is a whole other thing,” said Glen Tinckler, who has lived in the area for the last 20 years.

“It’s just disheartening in this day and age there’s still people that feel this way and take to expressing it in such an unsightly manner.”

The graffiti was found near the Al-Salam centre — a multi-purpose building for the Muslim community.

Shima Safwat thinks the graffiti could be linked to an open house they’ve been planning for the last three months.

“What’s wrong, what did you see bad from Muslims here to start this kind of hate signs?” she asked. “We have been very open to everybody and we are, you know, offering our friendship to to everyone, so why?”

The open house is scheduled for Saturday.

Teen accused of setting fire at Islamic Center of Ypsilanti; motive unclear

FBI, ATF say this was not a hate crime

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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 16-year-old Pittsfield Township boy is accused of intentionally setting two fires including one this past weekend at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti on Michigan Avenue.

The teen is expected to face arson charges, Pittsfield Township police said. However, the ATF and FBI said an investigation revealed the teen was not motivated by a “bias against any race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity and are therefore not hate crimes.”

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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US Islamophobia: Threats and acts of vandalism against mosques double so far in 2017

As of mid-March there were 32 incidents against mosques, compared to 16 last year

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Acts of vandalism, violence and aggression towards mosques around the US have doubled so far this year compared to the same period in 2016.

Numbers obtained from the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) show that there have been 32 reported anti-mosque incidents as of mid-March 2015, compared with 16 this time last year.

Of the 2017 number, 11 of those were either arson or vandalism and 19 were threats of violence.

Muslim leaders and advocacy groups have expressed strong concerns about a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric from political leaders and also in anti-Muslim violence, which has risen to post 9/11 levels.

One of the most recent alleged hate crimes was in Tucson, Arizona, where an intruder entered a mosque, ripped up copies of the Quran and scattered the pages around the place of worship.

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Study: US media give 4.5 times more coverage to terror attacks by Muslims

Terrorist attacks perpetrated by Muslims are given a disproportionately large amount of media coverage compared to those carried out by non-Muslims, research from Georgia State University has revealed.

Attendees listen as speakers from different faiths speak at an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, USA

Although Muslims commit far fewer acts of terrorism than non-Muslims, attacks by Muslims are written about 4.5 times more than other attacks.
“Whether intentional or not, US media outlets disproportionately emphasise the smaller number of terrorist attacks by Muslims, leading Americans to have an exaggerated sense of that threat,” the researchers wrote in the Washington Post.

“Since the 11 September 2001, attacks, when most people in the United States hear the word ‘terrorism,’ they think of Muslims. But terrorism comes in many forms”.

The Georgia State University research team of Erin M Kearns, Allison Betus and Anthony Lemieux examined all 89 terrorist attacks carried out in the United States between 2011 and 2015 as listed by the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).

They found that Muslims perpetrated only 12.4% of all those attacks.

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