Annual report shows increase in U.S. Muslims' complaints about intolerance

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Muslims registered 366 public complaints of religious intolerance during 2000, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to an annual survey.

Half the complaints dealt with workplace problems, with the largest number of those from women reporting discrimination for wearing hijab, modest attire that usually includes a head covering.

Public schools were the second-ranking venue for problems. The report said districts vary widely in willingness to accommodate students' religious requirements.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has compiled the annual survey since 1996, said the increase may reflect Muslims' greater willingness to report such problems, though many incidents still go unreported.


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