Saturday, August 25, 2012

American terror

A renewed wave of Islamophobia sweeps the United States.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has been accompanied by an upswing in attacks on American mosques. Houses of worship across the United States have been vandalised or attacked in a string of incidents over the last two weeks. The attacks also come in the wake of a shooting at a Sikh temple by a man with links to white supremacist groups. 

Muslim activists blame right-wing political rhetoric for creating a climate of hate, but few politicians of any stripe seem willing to embrace the Muslim community or denounce their attackers. 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Suhail Khan (@Suhail_A_Khan), Chairman of the Conservative Inclusion Coalition and Naunihal Singh (@naunihalpublic), Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Members of The Stream community also join us in a Google+ hangout. 

What do you think? Why is Islamophobia in the United States on the rise? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream. 

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