The Islamist organisation – Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has recently claimed that discrimination against Muslims in the United States increased by nine per cent in 2021.
In a recently released report titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia”, the controversial Islamist body Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has said that there has been a rise in discrimination against Muslims living in the United States.
CAIR identifies itself as a Muslim civil rights organisation in the United States that claims to protect ‘civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims’.
The CAIR, which has links with the Islamic terrorist organisation Hamas, in its report claimed that it had received 6,720 complaints nationwide last year involving a range of issues, including immigration, travel discrimination, law enforcement, government overreach, hate and bias incidents, custody rights, school incidents, and free speech incidents.
“This represents the highest number of cases reported to CAIR in 27 years. This milestone is alarming,” said CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Islamophobia is structural and deep in our society, added Awad, saying, “Islamophobia has become mainstream in America. It made its way into the government institutions and public sphere through laws, policies, political rhetoric, and other manifestations”.
The CAIR had claimed that the government discrimination and bias continue to have a disproportionate effect on American Muslims and further demonstrate that our communities continue to be viewed with suspicion. The report also listed the impacts of severe structural and interpersonal Islamophobia in the United States.
Ironically, CAIR, which is now crying over alleged Islamophobia in the US, has been vehemently pushing Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu propaganda in India. Recently CAIR had extended support for the extremely Hinduphobic ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva‘ conference.
Though either the Islamist organisation CAIR or its reports have no credibility, however, the discrimination claim against Muslims, especially in the United States, comes at a time when various entities in the US pontificate other countries on religious discrimination against minorities.
CAIR reports come amidst US pontification at India
This report comes at a time when several influential bodies associated with the United States government have been interfering with the domestic politics of democracies such as India to fear-monger that there has been a considerable worsening of religious freedom in India and attacks have increased against Muslims in the country.
Recently, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) had claimed that the state of religious freedom in India is “significantly worsened” and had called for “targeted sanctions” against the country over alleged abuses. The US panel had accused India of “engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom”.
“The government continued to systemise its ideological vision of a Hindu state at both the national and state levels through the use of both existing and new laws and structural changes hostile to the country’s religious minorities,” the USCIRF had said in its purported report.
Well, this is not the first time that the USCIRF has indulged in fanning baseless rumours and leftist propaganda against India. The controversial body, which had hired sexual offenders, paedophiles as its commissioners, had also ranted against India and its laws in the past by claiming that minorities will face threats in the country.
Ironically, the USCIRF, which claims to be standing for religious freedom and rights, resorted to peddling false propaganda against the Indian government on CAA, a law which was implemented to guarantee rights in the country by granting Indian citizenship.
It is not just the US government bodies that often ‘advise’ India on how to treat minorities. The far-left lawmakers, politicians, and media in the US, which often assumes that they are morally-intellectually superior to other countries, pontificate India on religious tolerance, especially in favour of Muslims.
However, if believed to be accurate, the latest report by CAIR only shows the faultlines that exist in the US. The United States, the fountainhead of ‘democracy’, is now accused of showing intolerance towards minorities and being Islamophobic by Islamist groups.