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September 9th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Harnessing Anti-Muslim Hate: Artist Works Against Religious Bias

Next week marks the ninth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy.  The F.B.I. reports in the months after it, attacks against Muslims or those thought to be Muslim rose from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001 – a jump of 1700%.  Chicago artist Anida Yoeu Ali took that number and created the 1700% Project, to combat anti-Muslim attitudes.  CNN's Tom Foreman spoke with Ali about her efforts.

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  1. Cleveland

    My question about the anti-muslim attitude in America is this. If these muslims that say they are for peace and they love America, why is it that when these extremists commit these acts of terror in the name of islam against America do they not step up and condemn their acts? Why do they not organize and rally against these organizations that are causing the division? When the pastor in florida stated he wanted to burn korans there were christian leaders, political leaders, and the Americans all over the country speaking out against it and are prepared to take steps from keeping it from happening. Where were all these muslims that are so concerned about the mosque when the extremists are doing there terror? You never hear from them then!!

    September 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  2. barry

    The question of a mosque at Ground zero, is more about the Muslim religion than your reporting. Look at all the Muslim nations around the world, you don't see freedom in any of them. Muslims say they are peace loving, but who hijacked the planes. You say terrorists, but I say it is an underlying desire of Muslim nations to take over the world and imposing their beliefs on the world. Once they are in control, kiss all the freedoms that we have in the West good bye. Kiss freedom of religion goodbye and freedom of expression goodbye. This is more than about a mosque, it is a threat on the way of life we hold dear. The Muslim Countries that do not have freedom read the same Koran that is read here. It just a matter of time.

    September 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  3. barry

    I would have no problem with a mosque at ground zero if the countries that practice Islam, also practiced the freedoms that we hold dear here in the West. In Muslim Countries, their religion dictates their politics. They don't have freedom. Sorry, but Islam is a threat to Western beliefs.

    September 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  4. charles

    do the american muslims think it is wrong to burn the christian bible, and why does it always seem like everybody wants to be an american, but would these same people put america first then there homeland second i dont think so

    September 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  5. Christian1

    Why are the loudest voices it seems uttering hate in this country is mostly coming from the right. There is always some group shouting out hateful rhetoric, that others are unamerican, don't belong here, ie....blacks, hispanics, muslims, you name them. It is really unfortunate. This is not the way our lives are suppose to be. So much hatred for others and our President. Let us all trust in God's words to treat others the way we would like to be treated. That would go along way towards healing our country.

    September 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm |