Muslim Civil Rights Cases Jump
Complaints of anti-Muslim bias increased 25 percent from 2005 to 2006, with citizenship delays being the major issue, said a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) report released on June 14.
This report, the only annual study of its kind, revealed 2,467 incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination, and harassment in 2006. This is the highest number of civil rights cases ever recorded in its report. (Hundreds of anti-Muslim incidents reported immediately after 9/11 were detailed in a separate report.)
According to the study, called "Presumption of Guilt (www.cair.com/pdf/2007-Civil-Rights-Report.pdf)," this is a 25.1 percent increase over 2005's total of 1,972 cases. One of the most significant increases occurred in the category dealing with government agencies: from 19.22 percent (2005) to 36.32 percent (2006). This is due primarily to such immigration-related issues as citizenship and naturalization delays. C AIR also received 167 reports of anti-Muslim hate crime complaints, a 9.2 percent increase from the 153 complaints received in 2005.
Nine states and the District of Columbia accounted for almost 81 percent of all civil rights complaints to CAIR in 2006: California (29%), Illinois (13%), the District of Columbia (7%), Florida (7%), Texas (6%), New York (5%), Virginia (4%), Michigan (3%), New Jersey (3%), and Ohio (3%). There were also a few decreases, in both real and proportional terms, in certain categories. …