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California Leads Nation in Anti-Muslim Civil Rights Complaints

Southern California InFocus, Posted: Oct 20, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. California has earned the dubious distinction as the top state in the nation for anti-Muslim civil rights violations, writes Southern California InFocus. According to a recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, there were 2,653 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, harassment and discrimination in 2007. Workplace discrimination led with 384 cases in 2007, an increase of 18 percent from the year before. The economic decline has also made employers more discriminatory. Flying on airplanes has proved to be a challenge for Muslims, who reported 141 incidents of passenger profiling in 2007, a 340 percent increase from 2006. The good news was the decline in anti-Muslim hate crimes, down 19 percent from the year before. Incidents at schools also declined by 31 percent and incidents involving the police were down 42 percent, between 2006 and 2007.

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