The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations says there has been a rash of attacks on Muslims leading up to and since the start of Ramadan. The most recent, a hate-motivated attack at the Oregon home of a Muslim family.
“We are concerned that the rising level of anti-Islam rhetoric in our society is contributing to this apparent spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Our nation’s leaders must speak out against the increasing use of anti-Islam hate speech on the Internet, on talk radio and in editorial pages.”
Yesterday, CAIR’s Michigan chapter called for state and federal hate crime charges against assailants who allegedly attacked a Muslim girl on a school bus in Ann Arbor. The FBI and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights are now looking into the case. The organization also cites the recent case of two men who allegedly called a California cab driver “Taliban” and “terrorist” as they attacked him. In late August, CAIR reported a bias-motivated attack on Muslims in New York. The FBI now says it is monitoring that case.