Anti-Muslim threats on rise across United States

Published: April 14, 2016
Local authorities, community members to hold meetings addressing backlash against Muslims, Arab, Sikh and South Asians. PHOTO: REUTERS

Local authorities, community members to hold meetings addressing backlash against Muslims, Arab, Sikh and South Asians. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES: US Attorneys, the top prosecutors from 11 US states including California and Colorado, are increasingly concerned by more frequent anti-Muslim threats, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

The department said that local authorities and community members across the United States would hold town meeting-style discussions “to address backlash against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans following the tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino.”

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“There is no place for intolerance in our country,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

“In the weeks and months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work with local law enforcement partners and community leaders to defend the safety and the dignity of all our people.”

The incidents have included a man who pleaded guilty to opening fire outside a mosque in Connecticut, and another man who threatened to bomb two mosques and shoot worshipers, among many others.

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Since the September 11 attacks, the Justice Department has investigated more than 1,000 cases of threats or violence against people from or believed to be from certain communities.

“These events underscore our ongoing commitment to safeguard the civil rights of every American — including Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans, who are so often the targets of threats on the basis of their appearance or religion,” Lynch said.

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  • Asif Ali Khan
    Apr 14, 2016 - 12:22PM

    I believe tolerance is the main difference between the members of good society & bad society. Members of educated & civilised society should try not to react in the same bad way.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 14, 2016 - 2:26PM

    Ask a Muslim in public if he supports armed jihad. He would say NO.
    Ask a Muslim in private if he supports armed jihad. He vouch his life on it.
    There is a reason why the west has had enough BUT their laws are such that Muslims can keep living there for as long as they want and all they can do is cry and fret. Haha..poor westerners.Recommend

  • Pin2
    Apr 14, 2016 - 3:37PM

    “Anti-Muslim threats on rise across
    United States”

    In another news the centuries old affection, love and respect of Muslim world towards Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Confucianism etc is all time high. Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 14, 2016 - 6:34PM

    San Bernadino massacre unnerved many American’s (Muslims included) – the extremist made decent money and had no obvious reason to revert to terrorism. The first “backlash” was a public demand for better screening of immigrants – better screening might have identified the Pakistani women as a potential threat. Trump used that concern to demand a temporary halt on all Muslims – an over the top demand which likely lose him the Independent vote if he is selected as Republican candidate – Independents represent about 40 percent of all voters and often decide who the next President will be.Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Apr 16, 2016 - 4:00AM

    No sympathy…these people have no regard or sympathy for non-Muslims…they expect too much. Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Apr 16, 2016 - 4:02AM

    best comment I read so far.Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Apr 16, 2016 - 4:03AM

    A reaction against the secretly reactionary Muslims is building slowly.Recommend

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