More Violence Targeted at Muslims

As much as we’d like to think the actions of Terry Jones in Florida represent an isolated and extreme form of anti-Muslim sentiment in this country there’s evidence to suggest otherwise.  The Justice Department is investigating a series of incidents in at least four states where Muslims were the crime targets simply for being Muslim.  The apparent hate crimes include the stabbing a Muslim cab driver in New York City and mosque vandalism and desecration in Arlington, Texas; Murfressboror, Tennessee; Madera, California; and Waterport, New York.

The volume of crimes targeting Muslims or their places of worship is significant enough that Attorney General Eric Holder met with Muslim and other religious leaders to discuss ways to stem this rising tide of hate.

The incidents have only escalated following the uproar over the Muslim community center project known as Park51.  Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress called out the opposition to the project as driven by Obama birthers and “proponents of religious bigotry” in an interview with the BBC.

Ellison went on to connect that opposition to these other anti-Muslim incidents but noted, with a degree of optimism, that racial and religious tensions have bubbled up in this country’s history and that the target of that fear–whether it be the Japanese, Irish or Catholics have all gone on to become fully engaged members of the American community.

Which, if you read The New York Times op-ed by Park51 project coordinator Feisal Abdul Rauf, is all the project seeks.  The project is designed as a multifaith approach to cultivate religious and cultural understanding as a way to specifically counter radical ideology, which places the vocal and at times violent opposition to the project in a much clearer light.

photo courtesy seir + seir via Flickr


William C
William C1 months ago

Terrible, thanks for the information.

W. C
W. C1 months ago

Thank you for caring.

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Live and let live.
Remember the golden rule.

bob m.
bob m6 years ago

Well there ya go Bora; jist goes ta show ya that ya can't rollerskate in a Buffalo herd ...brilliant.
But if you want a real stampede; just try shining some light under the moon.

Allan Y.
.7 years ago

How many temples are spray painted with Nazi symbols, and anti Jewish messages. We are not the tolerant country we would like to think of ourselves as.

Corey Mondello
Corey Mondello7 years ago


Gwendolyn K.
Gwendolyn Krupa7 years ago

None are free until all are free!

Mark G.
Mark Grantham7 years ago

I had the pleasure of living in a predominantly muslim country, I was in the minority, I am an un-programmed Quaker. If this country is based on other faiths, why are we showing so much hatred toward "others"? Have we learned nothing from the past? This country was started with the intent to allow religious freedom, to worship as we saw fit! It does not matter what a person's Higher Power is, what matters is, that there is one! A person can pray to Mecca, worship a tree or a God, please show a little love and tolerance toward others!

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Bora S.
Bora Salama7 years ago

If the Muslims of America could do it then why can't the non-Muslims do it.

When the publicity-seeking Christian pastor started and hyped up his outrageous campaign American Muslims responded with wisdom, dignity and magnanimity. They did not let the outrageous campaign drive a wedge between them and the Christians. They did not apportion any blame on the main body of Christians and sought no apologies from them..

The non-Muslims on the other hand, despite nine years of pleading, asking them not to blame the main body of Muslims for the outrage of 9/11, are still refusing to show any magnanimity or dignity. They continue to regard the main body of Muslims as the perpetrators of 9/11 rather than as fellow victims desreving of their sympathy and support.