Thursday Apr 28, 201104:39 PM GMT
Despite own poor record, US faults Egypt on religious freedom
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:40PM
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In its annual report published on Thursday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has for the first time recommended that Egypt be designated as a "country of particular concern."

 

This is while the United States has repeatedly been criticized by various religious and human rights organizations for discriminating against Muslims both at home and abroad.

 

USCIRF says attacks on Coptic Christians and other minorities have worsened despite political changes.

 

This designation by the advisory board can lead to the imposition of economic sanctions unless governments address the U.S. concerns.

 

In March, Democratic Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin called a senate hearing to address the issue.

 

He said a "backlash" which began after the attacks of September 11, 2001, continues against "innocent Muslims, Arabs, south Asians and Sikhs."

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

In the United States, 73 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 say Muslims are the most discriminated against. Washington Times

 

Although Muslims make up around 2 percent of the U.S. population, they account for about one-quarter of the 3,386 religious discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010. Star Tribune

 

Forty-six U.S. states do not ban racial profiling based on religion or religious appearance. Amnesty USA

 

According to Islamic groups in the U.S., tensions in the workplace are increasing against Muslims in areas all over the U.S., even in historically diverse and accepting parts of the country. justjobs.com

 

Muslim professionals are complaining about discrimination in the workplace in what Islamic groups believe may be record numbers in 2010. Islamic workers say they have been subjected to taunts such as Osama or being called a terrorist. justjobs.com

 

In 2009 there were a record number of 803 claims of discrimination against Muslims in the U.S. Those claims were up 20% from the previous year, and up almost 60% from 2005. NY Times

 

In fall of 2010, opponents of a mosque planned for Murfreesboro, Tenn., tried unsuccessfully in court to claim Islam is not a religion entitled to constitutional protections. USA Today

 

Approximately 90% of the population of Egypt are Muslim and 10% are Christian (9% Coptic, 1% other Christian). CIA World Factbook

 

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