Anti-Muslim incidents at mosques in the United States surged last year, according to a new report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley.
The report, titled “Confronting Fear,” blames the trend on backlash from terrorist attacks and the rhetoric of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
There were nearly 80 incidents — including vandalism, property damage, harassment, and intimidation — recorded at mosques nationwide in 2015, according to the report.
That was about four times higher than in 2014, when 20 such incidents were recorded, the report said. It was the highest total since 2009, when the two organizations began tracking the incidents.
There were 17 incidents recorded in both November and December 2015, which were the highest single-month totals ever recorded. A Trump campaign spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday afternoon. Cases cited by the new report included a fire at a California mosque that authorities believed was intentionally set, and an incident in which a bloody severed pig’s head was found outside the door to a Philadelphia mosque.
See the report here.