Islamophobia & Civil Freedoms

  • Anti-Muslim bills based on conspiracy theories have been introduced in two states

    Source: BuzzFeed News. In the past 11 days, Republican lawmakers in Indiana and Oregon have proposed bills aimed at preventing Islamic law from being used in court cases, an unfounded conspiracy theory that lives on despite a lack of evidence supporting the claim that Muslims in America are trying to subvert the US Constitution.

  • Donald Trump’s administration has seven people who have expressed Islamophobic sentiment

    Source: Independent. KT McFarland, the Fox News analyst and Donald Trump’s incoming deputy national security adviser, is just one of six people who have been appointed to run the government come January 2017 – excluding the president-elect himself – who have openly expressed prejudiced views about Muslims. Political correctness, Ms McFarland added, of not discriminating against Muslims “is getting us killed”. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has compiled a list of racist quotations expressed by everyone from the incoming head of the justice department, Jeff Sessions, to the new national security advisor Michael Flynn.

  • She became the nation’s first Somali American lawmaker. A month later, she was harassed in a D.C. cab for being Muslim.

    Source; The Washington Post. Ilhan Omar made history— winning a Minnesota statehouse race to become the nation’s first Somali American lawmaker. But as she visited the nation’s capital for policy training at the White House, her historic role didn’t stop a cab driver from targeting her for her religion. Riding in a taxi en route to her hotel Tuesday, after having spent the afternoon at the White House, she “became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats” she had ever experienced, she wrote in a post on social media.

  • NCPCF Legal Director Responds to Islamophobes

    NCPCF Legal Director Responds to Islamophobes. An article in the Washington Post about the NCPCF Family Conference elicited comments from a number of Islamophobes. This is the response by Kathy Manley, Legal Director of NCPCF: “I am the legal director of the group that organized the retreat mentioned here: the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. To the commenters attacking these family members: how can you judge these people you clearly know nothing about? (Relatedly, how can you judge an entire religion you also know nothing about?) I know them, and they are a pretty diverse group of mostly women, mostly Muslim, people who have suffered more than you can imagine because of what happened with their family members. And yes, believe it or not, many of their convicted loved ones did nothing wrong.”

  • Over 400 reports of hateful harassment and intimidation post-election, SPLC says

    Source: ABC News. There have been more than 400 reports of hate-based intimidation and harassment since Election Day, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The civil rights organization tallied 437 incidents nationwide through Monday evening, based on direct submissions and reports on social media and in the news. The number has more than doubled since the group’s initial analysis on Friday. However, the majority of reports came immediately after the election. “It’s way outside of the norm,” SPLC spokesperson Heidi Beirich told ABC News, noting that such a quantity of incidents usually occur over several months. According to the organization’s analysis, anti-immigrant, anti-black and anti-LGBTQ incidents were the most common. Harassment targeting women and the Muslim community as well as incidents involving Nazi symbolism were also highly reported.

  • Tennessee removed an entire curriculum on Islamic history after “public input”

    Source: Buzz Feed News (9/28): Tennessee Removed An Entire Curriculum On Islamic History After “Public Input”
    An entire section on Islamic history for most 7th graders currently taught in Tennessee middle schools has been removed from the proposed draft of a new social studies curriculum. After a summer-long revision process, a section entitled “Islamic World, 400 A.D./C.E. – 1500s,” was removed. Michael Hughes, a Sullivan County Board of Education Chairman in north-east Tennessee, told the paper that the changes may have been because of concerned parents. For years, parents and residents in Tennessee — in addition to other states in the US — have been at odds with Islam being taught in public school curriculums, with residents often claiming that Islamic indoctrination or conversion was afoot.

  • Artist Marie-Shirine Yener made a comic for bystanders who witness anti-Muslim harassment

    Source: Mic (9/1): Artist Marie-Shirine Yener made a comic for bystanders who witness anti-Muslim harassment
    If you see something, say something. That’s usually the message blasted over intercoms in airports and train stations, but it’s often not practiced when harassment is taking place. This can be especially true when Muslims are harassed in public, and illustration artist Marie-Shirine Yener (under the pseudonym Maeril), made a comic strip with step-by-step instructions for bystanders to challenge it.

  • Muslim group spotlights Islamophobia, distributes ‘blind intolerance’ medicine at RNC

    Source: NBC News. A Muslim civil rights organization kicked off the first day of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland with a news conference Monday morning, criticizing GOP officials and presumptive nominee Donald Trump for what it says are their anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim stances. “We’re trying to raise awareness about the rising tide of Islamophobia in America, and unfortunately Islamophobia has been flourishing within the GOP platform,” Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a nonprofit group, told NBC News. In a satirical move, CAIR also handed out packets of “Islamophobin” — a mock medicine (actually chewing gum) to cure Islamophobia. The packaging says Islamophobin treats “blind intolerance” and “unthinking bigotry” and advises patients to “take two and call a Muslim in the morning.”

  • Muslim group on helping San Bernardino shooters’ family: No one should suffer for the sins of others

    Source: Los Angeles Times. The call about the missing man — and the massacre — came in the early afternoon to the front desk of the office in Anaheim. Farhan Khan told Hussam Ayloush, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ executive director in Los Angeles, that his brother-in-law, Syed Rizwan Farook, could not be accounted for after someone barged into a meeting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino and opened fire, killing and wounding scores of people. Khan feared that his wife’s brother was among the dead. Less than an hour later, after Ayloush had urged him to remain calm, Khan called back. Farook was not a victim of the mass shooting, but the suspected author of it, Khan said. Later that day, Ayloush and CAIR took a step the group had never taken before: It would advise the family of a suspected mass shooter and terrorist. “This is not a media center; this is a family that actually has been unable to conduct their normal life.” — Hussam Ayloush, CAIR executive director in Los Angeles

  • Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

    Source: The Washington Post. A quick-thinking traveler had Seen Something, and so she had Said Something. That Something she’d seen had been her seatmate’s cryptic notes, scrawled in a script she didn’t recognize. The curly-haired man [her seatmate] was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism. The curly-haired man laughed. He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or some special terrorist code. They were math.