Survey: 44 Percent of Americans Would Curtail Muslim Civil Rights; CAIR Says Officials Need to Address Rising Level of Islamophobia

Dec 17, 2004, 00:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A prominent national Islamic civil
 rights and advocacy group today called on elected representatives and
 government officials to address the rising level of Islamophobia in America.
     The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued
 that call following today's release of a survey by the Media and Society
 Research Group in Cornell University's Department of Communication indicating
 that 44 percent of Americans believe the government should curtail the civil
 rights of American Muslims in some manner.
     A Cornell University news release on the report states:
     "About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be
 required to register their location with the federal government, and 26
 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law
 enforcement agencies ... About 22 percent said the federal government should
 profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact that they are Muslim
 or have Middle Eastern heritage.  In all, about 44 percent said they believe
 that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans."
     SEE: "44 Percent of Americans Queried in Cornell National Poll Favor
 Curtailing Some Liberties for Muslim Americans"
     "Elected representatives, government officials and other opinion leaders
 must finally recognize that Islamophobia is a growing phenomenon in American
 society that must be urgently addressed," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad
 Awad.  "Our nation and its values are diminished whenever any faith or ethnic
 group is viewed with such suspicion and hostility."
     Awad said the Cornell study confirms the results of a CAIR survey released
 in October indicating that 1-in-4 Americans believes anti-Muslim stereotypes.
     SEE: "Poll: 1-in-4 Americans Holds Anti-Muslim Views"
     CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C., and has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
 Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect
 civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote
 justice and mutual understanding.
     CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
     NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to
 the American Muslim community. To SUBSCRIBE to ISLAM-INFONET, go to:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations