5 – CAIR OFFERS PIONEERING RESEARCH ON AMERICAN MUSLIMS
Over the past decade, CAIR’s research and civil rights departments published studies of the American Muslim community not found elsewhere. Public officials, researchers, students and journalists all rely on CAIR reports as an important resource for their own work.
This year was no different.
CAIR’s 2006 annual report on the status of Muslim civil rights, titled “The Struggle for Equality,” is a one-of-a-kind publication that chronicles bias and discrimination against Muslims. This year’s report showed an almost 30 percent increase in complaints from the previous year.
CAIR also received 153 reports of anti-Muslim hate crime complaints, an 8.6 percent increase from the 141 complaints received in 2004. CAIR officials said factors contributing to the sharp increase in reported incidents included the lingering impact of post-9/11 fears, increased awareness of civil rights issues in the Muslim community and a general increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society.
SEE: Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents Jump 29 Percent
In March, CAIR released the results of its second poll on American attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. The survey confirmed the findings of a similar CAIR poll taken in 2004 indicating that about one-fourth of Americans consistently believe such stereotypes as: “Muslims value life less than other people,” and “The Muslim religion teaches violence and hatred.” Many also admitted they knew very little of Islam.
SEE: Two New Polls Show Negative Image Of Islam In U.S.