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Vatican newspaper: American Muslims face discrimination in 9/11 aftermath

September 01, 2011

As Americans prepare to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Vatican newspaper has reported that in the aftermath of the attacks, Muslims living in the US are the victims of discrimination and hostility.

“Ten years later it is even more difficult to be Muslim in the United States,” L’Osservatore Romano writes. The report continues:

Since that fatal day of September 11th, which has been decisively carved into the recent history of the entire planet, every day tasks such as shopping, wandering through the streets and taking public transportation have become more complicated for followers of Islam on American soil. Often singled out for surveillance, Muslims risk constantly being checked on, looked at with suspicion and called offensive names.

As support for these claims, the Vatican newspaper cites the results of a Pew survey. In fact, the Pew Research Center reported a rather different result: “As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans.”

While a slender majority of American Muslims (55%) reported that their lives have become more difficult in the 10 years since the terrorist attacks, only 6% said that they had been attacked, and just 28% felt that they had been subjected to undue suspicion.

The Pew study found that most American Muslims reject violence, and find fault with Islamic leaders for not condemning terrorism.


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  • Posted by: John3822 - Sep. 06, 2011 1:53 AM ET USA

    "For Muslims in the United States, concerns about Islamic extremism coexist with the view that life for Muslim Americans in post-9/11 America is difficult in a number of ways. Significant numbers report being looked at with suspicion (28%), and being called offensive names (22%). And while 21% report being singled out by airport security, 13% say they have been singled out by other law enforcement. Overall, a 52% majority says that government anti-terrorism policies single out Muslims in the US"

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Sep. 04, 2011 11:51 PM ET USA

    It is so easy to dismiss a whole population as unworthy of respect. We Catholics have enough problems with our Church,whose leader is the Vicar of Christ. Imagine belonging to a religion where your holy book is individually interpreted,every man for himself, so to speak.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Sep. 03, 2011 12:57 AM ET USA

    I'm sorry, but after watching 3,000 of my countrymen die at the hands of Muslims whose murderous intent could have been thwarted by a little "discrimination" -- a bit of extra wariness at those security checkpoints, since Muslim-on-American violence had already established itself -- I'm going to go right on discriminating whenever I see anyone who has voluntarily adopted the most consistently violent religion known to human history.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2011 6:48 PM ET USA

    Well, this is worse than "rather different" --- it's a total distortion of the actual result of the survey. What is going on with L'Osservatore Romano? More knee-jerk anti-Americanism? Who writes this stuff?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2011 11:20 AM ET USA

    Of course, the US is the worst country in the world. Why else would so many millions want to live here?

  • Posted by: imanxufan9901 - Sep. 02, 2011 10:36 AM ET USA

    Lets have a pity party