CAIRO - Twin bombings that rocked an international marathon in Boston have given ammunition to Islamophobes and hate mongers to accelerate their campaigns against Muslims and their religion.
Boston bombings had brought out the usual hate-mongers on the Internet who exploit these kinds of incidents to further their anti-Islamic agendas, Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the umbrella Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Philadelphia Inquirer.But I believe we as a nation have matured [since the 9/11 attacks] past the point where most people react reflexively to these kinds of incidents.
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At least three people were killed and scores injured when two explosions rocked near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 14.
Immediately after the attacks, fear mongers took to social networks to heap blame and criticism on the Muslim minority, even before the perpetrators were identified.
The first attack came from Fox News contributor Erik Rush, who tweeted that all Muslims should be killed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon! #bostonmarathon, Erik Rush tweeted on Monday.
When a responder tweeted, Are you ALREADY BLAMING MUSLIMS?? Rush responded: Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all.
Rush's tweet was the spark that alerted other fear-mongers to accelerate their campaigns against Muslims.
Media and right-wing pundits began inflaming passions against Muslims again, beginning a new round of Islamophobia.
Some, like Republican Representatives Steve King and Louie Gohmert, even used the attacks to call for halting plans to reform immigration policies on claims of fighting terrorism.
They justified their calls that radical Muslims were training in Mexico to learn how to do Hispanic things and sneak across the border and kill Americans.
Another Republican Peter King has also called for putting the whole Muslim community under surveillance.
We can't be bound by political correctness Policeâ¦have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there; where the threat is coming from, he told Fox news on Sunday.
Media outlets have also done a big role in profiling the American Muslim community after the Boston attacks.
Following the attacks, several outlets as Fox News, New York Post and CBS News reported that a Saudi injured in the marathon bombing was a person of interest.
The rumor persisted long even despite the denial by the FBI, local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security as pure fiction.
Despite condemnations from the Muslim community, fear-mongering against Muslims led to attacks on innocent Muslims in New York and Massachusetts.
In Malden, Massachusetts, a mother of Middle Eastern heritage wearing hijab was assaulted on Wednesday morning by a white male shouting anti-Muslim slurs.
A Bangladeshi man was also beaten by white Americans at New York City Applebee's because of the color of his skin.
Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.
An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, many Muslims have complained of facing discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires or identities.A recent report by the umbrella Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has found that Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net