Muslim communities face discrimination for actions of ISIS
It has been thirteen years since the 9/11 attacks, but many Americans Muslims say they continue to face bias and prejudice as part of a backlash from those attacks. Now, many American Muslims say they are concerned about new discrimination they say their community has begun to experience as a result of the beheadings and other horrific acts being carried out by the group ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State. Muslims outside the U.S. have also seen an increase in attacks on their communities and several European countries are debating new pieces of legislation that address both ISIS and their own domestic Muslim groups. In Austria, for example, there is a bill under consideration that would ban any foreign funding of the country’s Muslim organizations. Critics of the bill call it Islamophobic. We’ll discuss the impact that ISIS has had on the Muslim community here in the U.S., in Illinois as well as in Europe with Lynette Kalsnes, WBEZ’s religion and culture reporter, Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations- Chicago and Farid Hafez, editor of Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and a professor of political science at the University of Salzburg.
(photo: Muslims attend a public Friday pray as part of a protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants and for religious tolerance in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber))