Study says attacks on US mosques at 5-year high

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Study Says Attacks On US Mosques At 5-Year High


There's been a wave of attacks on religious buildings across the U.S.

According to a study from the Council on Islamic-American Relations, there were more attacks on U.S. mosques in 2015 than there had been in the previous five years.

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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morrocco

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Dome of the Rock  in Jerusalem, Israel 

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Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia 

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque in United Arab Emirates , Abu Dhabi

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The Great Mosque in Kano, Nigeria

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Masjid Sultan in Singapore 

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Imam Khomeini Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

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Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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The Grand Mosque of Paris, France

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Jalil Khayat Mosque in Erbil, Iraq

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Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia

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Malacca Straits Mosque in Melacca, Malaysia

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Agha Bozog Mosque in Kashan, Iraq

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

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Masjid Zahir Mosque in Alor Setar, Malaysia

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Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Taj-Ul Mosque in Bhopal, India

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Badshani Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

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 Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria

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 La Mezquita of Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain

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QolSarif Mosque, Kazan, Russia

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Bursa Grand Mosque in Bursa, Turkey.

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Crystal Mosque in Terengganu, Malaysia 

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Great Mosque of Xi'an in  Shaanxi, China

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Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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That's 71 mosque incidents for 2015 ... up from a previous high of 53 in 2010. The council began its study in 2009.



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Police tape marks off the burned front lobby of the Islamic Center of Palm Springs in Coachella, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Flames were reported just after noon on Friday. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. (AP Photo/David Martin)
A security guard sits in a car outside the burned front lobby of the Islamic Center of Palm Springs in Coachella, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Flames were reported just after noon on Friday. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. (AP Photo/David Martin)
Police tape marks off the burned front lobby of the Islamic Center of Palm Springs in Coachella, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Flames were reported just after noon on Friday. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. (AP Photo/David Martin)
In this image made from video provided by KMIR-TV, firefighters battle flames at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs, a mosque in Coachella, Calif., just east of Palm Springs, early Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. Its cause is under investigation. (KMIR-TV via AP) TV OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT
This Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 law enforcement booking photo provided by the Riverside County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Carl James Dial Jr. Dial, 23, of Palm Desert Calif., was arrested Friday on suspicion of starting a fire earlier in the day at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs, a mosque in Coachella, Calif. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department via AP)
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And it's not just mosques. There were five Hindu temple attacks in the first half of 2015, despite a growing Indian population in the U.S.

And at least 10 black churches were targeted. Of those 10, nine were cases of arson, which is historically a problem for black churches.

A law signed in 1996 made it easier to prosecute perpetrators who commit crimes against black churches.

Going back a few years, there's been a spread of attacks against various places of worship, like the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012.

There were also four synagogue attacks, all within the first two weeks of that same year.

Perception about religion likely plays a part in some of these attacks. In 2014, a study from Pew Research Center found that overall, Americans tend to feel most positive about Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians and least positive about Mormons, atheists and Muslims.

That study also shows the average rating given to these groups could have something to do with familiarity. For example, only 38 percent of participants said they knew a Muslim. More participants were familiar with Catholics, evangelical Christians and Jews.

So is there a solution? Some hope the introduction of a recent resolution into the House will help, at least. Aimed at combating Islamophobic rhetoric and violence, the resolution "urges local and Federal law enforcement authorities to work to prevent hate crimes; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those perpetrators of hate crimes."

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