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Misinformation, fear, fuels backlashes against Muslims after Paris attacks

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Following a string of violence directed at Muslims in North America, writer Tasbeeh Herwees new piece for GOOD magazine documents incidents ranging from arson to the rhetoric of presidential candidates and stereotypes of mosques as violent, hate-filled places. Her work, titled Let Me Tell You About My Mosque, is a first person history of her experiences in her mosque, a place that has provided her a refuge in a world in which she experiences discrimination and hatred.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows beard for Muslim prisoner in Arkansas

News outlets including The New York Times and CNN reported that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to allow a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas to grow a half-inch beard, and that the Department of Corrections’ policy on beard-growing violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which, according to Justice Samuel Alito,

prohibits a state or local government from taking any action that substantially burdens the religious exercise of an institutionalized person unless the government demonstrates that the action constitutes […]

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