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Video: U.S. Muslims Challenging Anti-Sharia Bills (CAIR)

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Uploaded on Jun 22, 2011

Earlier this month when Republican candidates took part in the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate, American Muslims were dismayed at the anti-Muslim sentiment.

Islamophobia is not only heating up, with the 2012 elections right around the corner, some state legislators are proposing anti Sharia laws.

Civil liberties groups are fighting the proposed bans in courts and calling on state legislators to abandon such bills saying they would deprive Muslims equal access to the law. For example, a butcher would no longer be able to enforce his contract for halal meat.

Opponents say even promoting the bans perpetuates a negative stereotype about Muslims and can have a chilling effect on entire Muslim communities.

Multiple polls confirm a new spike in anti-Muslim views. Most troubling, tallies of hate crimes collected by nongovernmental organizations show the same trend.

Many expect the rise in Islamophobia to continue as the US moves closer to the 2012 elections.

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