Muslims Worry About Intent of Census (Washington Post)


The millions of blue forms being mailed this month in the first census count since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, do not ask about religion. But the idea of answering any questions posed by the government makes some Muslims uneasy, so community leaders are worried that many may avoid the Census altogether...
Muslim leaders have been holding forums to explain the process. Last week, the Justice Department said that information-gathering and sharing provisions of the Patriot Act do not override federal confidentiality laws related to the Census, with stiff penalties for sharing information about an individual.
"That would go a long way toward calming fears," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. (More)

 


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