Leader recommends that officials condemn anti-Muslim bias
Oct 21, 2008
Anti-Muslim discrimination reached an all-time high in 2007, according to a report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The District of Columbia and just nine states account for 80 percent of the civil rights complaints. California leads with one in five of the complaints, followed by Washington, D.C., and Illinois. The prime reasons for discrimination are an individual’s ethnicity, religion or “Muslim name,” according to the report.
The report said incidents of due-process issues, physical violence, denials of service or access, and verbal harassment decreased last year, but passenger profiling reports increased by 340 percent. Claims of workplace discrimination increased by 18 percent, the report said.