RELIGION 07/23/2018 05:35 pm ET People with "latent racial prejudices" are feeling emboldened to act on their views, according to a report from Tell MAMA. By Carol Kuruvilla A British hate-monitoring group said it received a record number of reports of offline Islamophobic incidents in 2017 ― suggesting that people who harbor anti-Muslim views are feeling emboldened to take their aggression from computer screens to the street. Tell MAMA, an organization that tracks anti-Muslim attacks in the U.K., documented a 30 percent rise in verified reports of what it called “street level” hate incidents — involving a person or property in real life, not online — in 2017 from the previous year. Most perpetrators were identified as young white men, and victims were commonly Asian women, the report said. Tell MAMA Director Iman Atta said the uptick in “aggressive street-based incidents” with younger perpetrators is another … [Read more...] about Report Documents Disturbing Rise In Anti-Muslim Street Incidents In The U.K.
The Arizona Republican Party has remained silent after a GOP congressman from Arizona rallied with members of the European far-right.Last weekend, Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar gave a speech at a London rally for Tommy Robinson, an anti-Muslim activist and founder of the far-right, extremist English Defence League.Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) is currently serving a 13-month sentence for contempt of court. At the same time that President Donald Trump was in the U.K., Gosar showed up at the "Free Tommy Robinson" rally in London on Saturday, July 14. In his address, Gosar vilified Muslims, portraying Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants as rapists and child abusers.So far, the Arizona Republican Party has said nothing.In an email to Phoenix New Times on Friday, state party spokesperson Ayshia Connors wrote, "We aren’t commenting on this matter." Connors would not address whether the state party stands behind Gosar in spite of his vocal support for the … [Read more...] about Arizona GOP Silent After Congressman Gosar Rallies With Anti-Muslim Activists
Updated 1:14 am CDT, Monday, July 23, 2018 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine House of Representatives has failed to ratify as expected a new autonomy deal that many hope will peacefully settle one of Asia's longest-raging Muslim separatist rebellions and help prevent a repeat of a disastrous Islamic State group-linked attack in the country's south. The Senate unanimously ratified on Monday the bill that aims to establish the new Bangsamoro autonomous region but House members adjourned early amid a reported leadership challenge without approving the crucial legislation. Both chambers need to ratify the autonomy bill for it to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, who is expected to highlight the peace deal with the largest Muslim rebel group in his annual state of the nation address before a joint session of Congress later Monday. The rebels didn't immediately react. … [Read more...] about Philippine Congress’ approval of Muslim peace deal delayed
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign into law on Monday an act that will create a self-governing region for a Muslim-majority swath of the south, fulfilling the government’s end of a peace agreement with one of Asia’s most durable separatist movements and paving the way for thousands of armed fighters to put down their weapons. Congress is in the final stages of approving the Bangsamoro Organic Law before Mr. Duterte is scheduled to sign it ahead of his annual State of the Nation Address later in the day.... … [Read more...] about Philippines Plans Self-Governing Muslim-Majority Region
In June, a Muslim family in Northeast Philadelphia filed a federal lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and St. Dominic Catholic School, alleging their son endured months of discrimination. Similarly last month, an 11-year-old girl had her khimar, an Islamic headscarf, abruptly removed by a classmate. And in a separate incident, a student alleged his teacher persistently harassed him because he was Muslim, according to Philadelphia’s Council on American-Islamic Relations. Officials at CAIR-Philadelphia said these acts represent a pattern of anti-Muslim bullying in schools that has been on the rise since 2014. Since August, the organization has received more than a dozen complaints of anti-Muslim bullying targeted at 15 to 20 students in 13 schools and colleges in the region, said Timothy Welbeck, the civil rights attorney for CAIR-Philadelphia. By comparison, there was one complaint of bullying for 2014, two for 2015, and nine for 2016. … [Read more...] about Data show cases of anti-Muslim bullying in schools on the rise