Omar wants government to monitor 'Islamophobic' people

Omar wants government to monitor 'Islamophobic' people
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Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois introduced legislation Thursday that would create an office to monitor "Islamophobic" U.S. citizens and anti-Muslim bigotry.

Omar hopes the office will help lawmakers understand the "interconnected, global problem of anti-Muslim bigotry."

"The bill requires the State Department to create a Special Envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia, and include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity in the Department's annual human rights reports," Omar's office said in a press release.

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"We are seeing a rise in Islamophobia in nearly every corner of the globe," Omar said. "In my home state of Minnesota, vandals spray-painted hate messages and a Nazi swastika on and near the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center."

In the past year, roughly 500 complaints of anti-Muslim hate and bias have been documented, according to the release.

This sentiment of discrimination and hatred toward the Islamic faith has reached "epidemic proportions," according to a March U.N. Human Rights Council declaration.

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"As part of our commitment to international religious freedom and human rights, we must recognize Islamophobia and do all we can to eradicate it," Omar said.

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Tags: News, Ilhan Omar, Islam, Jan Schakowsky, Minnesota

Original Author: Luke Gentile

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