Muslims: So Hot Right Now

Eight years to the day after the 9/11 attacks, things have not gotten much better for our Muslim friends and neighbors.

Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a new report with some interesting revelations:

* Americans see Muslims as facing more discrimination inside the U.S. than other major religious groups, with nearly six-in-10 adults saying that Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination, far more than the poll results for Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons.

* Of all the groups asked about, only gays and lesbians are perceived as facing more discrimination than Muslims.

* Nearly 40 percent of Americans believe Islam is more likely to encourage violence.

The findings fall in line with the research of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), according to spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, who blames a "vocal minority" in the U.S. for fanning anti-Muslim bias with increasingly harsh rhetoric since 9/11.

"Unfortunately, people have focused on that tiny, tiny minority of Muslims who have carried out violent acts, and claim to act in the name of Islam," he said. "Ninety-nine point nine, nine percent of all Muslims will live and die without coming near an act of violence."


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