“All of a sudden, this guy came and started shouting at us, ‘Are you Muslim? Are you Muslim?'”— Rabie Ayoub
I don’t think it does, and believe it’s important to provide some historical context for this kind of violence. Indeed, it’s increasingly crucial that we find answers to these questions, not only so we can try to politically address the problem of “radical Islam” in a way that makes sense, but because American Muslims are paying a very tangible price….more: .vice.com
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) was an infant in 1942 when he and his family were forcibly removed from their home and put into Amache, a so-called internment camp in Colorado. There, they lived for three years behind barbed wire fences and under the watch of armed guards….“The symptoms for [Japanese-Americans] were racial bigotry, war hysteria and the failure of political leadership,” Honda told The Huffington Post recently.
American Muslims have, in recent months, had plenty of reason to feel ill at ease. Amid heightened and vitriolic anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and from politicians after the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have tripled….more: .huffingtonpost
There is a fine line between stoic resilience and irresponsible passivity. Muslims in America face a growing threat. It is up to everyone in this country to speak and act to fight the hatred and fear-mongering before it spirals out of control. Because to see words like those on the wall of my hometown mosque, at a time of accelerating anti-Muslim hatred, feels like someone, somewhere, is sharpening a knife…MORE: nytimes.com
“Our religion means peace,” rising British pop star Harris J said in the video. “Islam comes from the word peace in Arabic. So a religion that means peace obviously wants to portray peace.” Many of the video’s subjects also spoke…
Thirteen of Albany’s fifteen Common Council members are listed as co-sponsors. And while these specific edicts don’t have the ability to strengthen laws or empower law enforcement differently, they do both decalre that fear is divisive.more…http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s4005443.shtml
“I had people coming up to me in school, this week and last week, telling me that because I’m Muslim I’m a terrorist,” she says. “And this is something I go through every day of my life.” It only gets worse, Mohammed explains, listing off some of the recent hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims.
“Terrorism has no religion, and terrorism is not the face of Islam,” she said. “My name is Isra Mohammed. I am Muslim, and I am not a terrorist.” more: mic.com/
An upstate New York man who admitted helping build what hethought was a mobile X-ray device to kill Muslims has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Fifty-seven-year-old Eric Feight, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in 2014 to providing material support to terrorists. He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Albany.