Challenges 2004-2005: 'Islamophobia' Spreading Far and Wide


UNITED NATIONS - A renowned Islamic scholar of Egyptian origin is barred
from taking up a post in one of the most prestigious institutions in the
United States -- the University of Notre Dame -- after the U.S. State
Department invokes an anti-terrorism law to keep him out of the country.

A nationwide survey discovers that nearly one-half of all Americans believe
the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of
Muslim-Americans.

The growing new phenomenon labelled ”Islamophobia” -- the paranoid fear of
Muslims -- is fast spreading, both in the United States and in Western
Europe, warn academics, Middle East experts and senior U.N. officials.

Alarmed at the rising racial and religious intolerance, the United Nations
is expressing ''deep concern'' over the increase in anti-Semitism,
Christianophobia and Islamophobia worldwide.

A resolution adopted by the 191-member U.N. General Assembly this week
calls upon all states to cooperate with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights
to eliminate the growing new trends in racial and religious discrimination.

For the first time, the United Nations earlier this month hosted a seminar
zeroing in on the subject of Islamophobia, symbolising the gravity of the
situation…

Last week, Cornell University released the results of a survey it conducted
in September revealing U.S. citizens' willingness to restrict the civil
liberties of Muslim-Americans. The Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has previously accused U.S. law
enforcement agencies of racial profiling of Muslims living in the United
States

 


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