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Oklahoma Muslim group sees anxiety, hope following election
by Ben Felder
Leaders in Oklahoma's Muslim community said Wednesday tensions have risen since last week's election, but so have signs of support.
Members of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the election of Donald Trump as president and the re-election of state Rep. John Bennett were disappointing results because of the rhetoric both candidates have used against the Muslim faith.
"(The election) was definitely a disappointment and we have seen an increase in anti-Muslim discrimination and harassment, and even hate crimes in our own state," said Veronica Laizure, a civil rights director with CAIR. "But since last Tuesday, we have been getting dozens of positive messages and phone calls."
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