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Md. Democrats Want Congress to Speak Out on Backlashes Against Muslims
by Deepa Ramudamu
In response to incidents against American Muslims following recent terror attacks, six Maryland House Democrats are co-sponsoring a resolution condemning "violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric" against Muslims in the United States.
Between 1999 and 2014, the number of hate crime incidents against Muslims increased by over 381 percent, according to analysis of FBI Hate Crime data. Many Muslims have faced backlashes following the Paris attacks and San Bernardino shooting.
As of Feb. 23, 129 House Democrats have co-sponsored the resolution condemning retaliation against Muslims. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., is the chief sponsor. The resolution has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution and civil justice.
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