Group Reports More Anti-Muslim Bias, Fewer Hate Crimes

December 5, 2009

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: NewsOK


Muslim Americans faced more anti-Muslim bias but fewer physical assaults in 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations

"In 2008, Muslims continued to face barriers to their full and equal participation in American society. Certain individuals and institutions persisted in profiting by smearing Islam,” the report said. "American Muslims continued to fear profiling, surveillance and undue scrutiny by law enforcement and other authorities.”

The study said CAIR recorded 2,728 incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination or bias in 2008, a 3 percent increase from 2007. So-called hate crimes (acts involving threats or physical violence) fell 14 percent, from 135 to 116.