60 percent of Muslims in US report religious discrimination in past year

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Muslims living in the United States have often found themselves at the center of national debate. But their voices are seldom heard.

A new study from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a social science research institute in The United States of America, offers the public an accurate depiction of Muslim life in Trump's America.

The study, released on Tuesday, found that a total of 60 percent of Muslims living in the U.S. have experienced some form of religious discrimination in 2016. The study also found that Muslim women (68 percent) are more likely than Muslim men (55 percent) to report religious discrimination in the last year. Also, the report found Muslims are more than twice as likely as Jewish, Catholics, and Protestants to be stopped at the U.S. border for additional screening.

ISPU's study also found that Muslims expressed fear that the result of the 2016 presidential elections emboldened white extremists: About 38 percent of Muslims expressed concern over their family's and own personal safety from white supremacist groups.

Beyond the political environment, Islamophobic attacks are the highest they have been since 9/11. Since the beginning of the election cycle, the country has seen an exponential spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. Six days after election night, the FBI announced that it recorded a 67 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2015. Just a month ago we saw a string of arson attacks on mosques and death threats sent to Islamic community centers across the country.



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