An American Muslim civil rights group is opening a nationwide
radio and TV campaign Wednesday highlighting Muslims' support for religious
diversity and service to the nation.
"We believe Islamophobic stereotyping and bias will decrease when ordinary
Americans of all faiths learn more about their American Muslim neighbors,"
Omar Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in
a statement announcing his group's campaign.
The "I am an American Muslim" campaign consists of 30- and 60-second public
service announcements showcasing diversity within the American Muslim
community, said council spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed.
The spots focus on American Muslims who have served their country,
including members of the U.S. military, she said. They feature Muslims of
European, African-American, Hispanic and Native American heritage.
The campaign was created in part to address the growing number of hate
crimes against American Muslims, said Ahmed. There was a 70 percent
increase in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide last year, according to the
council's latest annual report on the status of American Muslim civil rights.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is the largest Islamic civil
rights group in the United States, with 28 regional offices and chapters in
the United States and Canada.
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