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.

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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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Council on American-Islamic Relations offers reward in mosque fire

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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is preemptively offering a reward for information, should a fire at a Pittsfield Township mosque be ruled arson.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fire, reported at 4:59 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at a mosque at 5909 W. Michigan Ave. The address appears to be the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which also serves as a mosque, and Pittsfield Township detectives and fire investigators are assisting in the investigation.

Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason said Sunday there was no clear indication either way of whether the fire had a suspicious cause. Given the building’s use as a mosque, the department called ATF.

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Islamophobia on the rise

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The best way to break stigmas is education. Accordingly, Santa Rosa Junior College hosted a seminar March 8 on the growing issue of fear towards Islam in the United States.

The seminar, titled “Islamophobia: Islam in the American Imagination” and led by author May Kosba, came in response to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and the rise of hate crimes against Muslims in this country. In 2015, the FBI reported a 67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims than the previous year.

“Now seems like a great time to have a discussion. I think it increases the amount of information there is for people to use to understand what Islam is all about,” said Jaime Wright, SRJC sociology instructor and organizer of the event. “With the current administration it has just reached a fever pitch, and Islamophobia is driving so much of our policy in our national conversation.”

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Man Breaks Into Mosque, Rips Up Copies Of Quran

Another day, another mosque vandalized in America.

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An unidentified man broke into an Arizona mosque early Monday morning and ripped up copies of the Quran.
The Islamic Center of Tucson wrote in a Facebook post that the man, seen in surveillance footage wearing a University of Arizona T-shirt, entered the mosque at about 3:30 a.m. Monday.
“He ripped copies of the Qur’an and threw them around the prayer room before leaving the building,” the center wrote. “Thankfully no one was hurt.”

“The camera footage leads us to believe the sole intent of this individual was to damage the center’s religious property,” the center wrote in another post. “The Tucson Police Department responded quickly. As always, they were kind, courteous, and thorough with their investigation.”
The department’s Sgt. Kim Bay told Tucson News Now that police were searching for the man seen in surveillance footage.

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Arsonist Claims He Wanted to Run Muslims Out of America

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A Florida man is in custody on arson charges, accused of setting a fire at a convenience store he believed was owned by Muslims who he “wanted to run out of America.”
As frequently occurs in such hate-motivated crimes, authorities confirmed the business was not owned by Muslims, but U.S. citizens of Indian-descent.

Richard Leslie Lloyd, 64, of Fort Pierce, Fla., was arrested outside the Met Mart on Prima Vista Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where a Dumpster had been pushed in front of the store’s doorway and set on fire, authorities said.

St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies, responding to a report of a “suspicious person,” approached the suspect who immediately put his hands behind his back and said “take me away.” He later confessed to deputies his anti-Muslim views motivated him to attempt to burn the business down.

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Suspect in Texas Mosque Fire Feared Muslims, Investigator Says

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A man suspected of burning down a Texas mosque believed its worshippers were terrorists and may have been looking for other mosques to target, authorities alleged during a hearing pertaining to an unrelated case against the man.

Marq Vincent Perez, 25, hasn’t been charged in the Jan. 28 fire that destroyed the Islamic center in his hometown of Victoria, a community about 125 miles southwest of Houston.

Perez was arrested last week on a charge alleging he tried to set fire to a former friend’s car earlier in January, and during a hearing on March 9, prosecutors presented evidence that Perez was suspected in the fire and an earlier burglary of the mosque in arguing that he be denied bond.

Although prosecutors have repeatedly declined to describe the burning of the mosque as a hate crime, U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington cited testimony about Perez’s “involvement in a hate crime presently being investigated” as a reason for denying him bond.

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‘Get Out of America’: Middle Eastern Restaurant Attacked in Potential Hate Crime

A man in Salem, Oregon, allegedly spewed epithets while beating an employee of Al Aqsa Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine with a pipe.

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Until Tuesday afternoon, Al Aqsa Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine had scarcely received a negative Yelp review, let alone comparisons of its staff to Saddam Hussein. That was, until an area man allegedly burst into the beloved Salem, Washington, restaurant and began striking an employee with a pipe while spewing racial epithets.

Salem police have arrested Jason Kendall, 52, in what they describe as a potential hate crime. Kendall was not a customer at the time of the attack, but allegedly charged the restaurant when he spotted an employee who appeared to be Middle Eastern in the window. After allegedly hurling an “evil totem” at the employee, Kendall accused him of having a weapon and beat him in the head with a pipe while calling the employee a terrorist, police say.

Al Aqsa is a small, family-run restaurant on a tree-lined street near the city center. But when Kendall walked by the restaurant on what he described as a “warrior’s path,” he saw malice behind its windows, a probable cause affidavit obtained by Salem’s Statesman Journal alleges.

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