It started most spectacularly with a severed pig’s head left outside a Philadelphia mosque and was followed by a series of miscalculated vandalized efforts.
People defaced a Sikh temple, which is an entirely different religion, and an Islamic center, mistaking them for mosques.
A man shoved a pregnant woman in the stomach in San Diego, because she was wearing a headscarf.
Hate crimes like this are misguided attempts to make a statement against terrorists and wrongly assume all Muslims are radical.
The mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., where a terrorist couple killed 14 and wounded 21 in a December 2nd attack, has sparked a dramatic increase in anti-Muslim hate crime cases.
Donald Trump is at the forefront of Republican candidates flaming the anti-Muslim rants, proposing a total ban on Muslims immigrating to the U.S.
Candidate Ben Carson said he believes that no Muslim should be president.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said:
“The spike began with the Paris attacks and has intensified with what happened in San Bernardino and now with what Donald Trump is proposing, I have never seen such fear and apprehension in the Muslim community, even after 9/11.”
Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Center on Extremism, said:
“We’re talking at least three dozen that we’re aware of, and I’m sure there are many more incidents that haven’t been reported.
“With legit terror attacks and the public discourse about them, it has created an atmosphere ripe for these types of stereotypes and incidents. People are exploiting them.”
Anti-Muslim acts spiked after the attacks on 9/11, and last year the FBI reported 154 cases against Muslims in 2014. Hooper said:
“The ground had been primed for this kind of harassment by the ongoing demonization of Islam.
“After 9/11 there were hate crimes on the edges of society, but now it’s in the mainstream with the leading Republican presidential candidate saying Muslims are not wanted in America.”
Former Representative and president and CEO of the Wilson Center, Jane Harmon, commented:
“We are safer now with the increased law enforcement effort.”
Now if we can all be safe from acts of stupidity.