The mosque built by Muslim residents in the town of Unitas was recently vandalized. Derogatory remarks were spray painted on the front of the mosque, such as “Go home, al-Qaeda.” The police have made it a priority to find the vandals and will most likely prosecute the issue as a hate crime. The Muslim community is understandably outraged, and the mayor would like to make a public statement to address their concerns and show support for their community.
Discuss the following issues:
What types of issues have Muslims in the United States faced, especially since September 11? Be sure to give specific examples.
Research how communities and leaders have addressed anti-Muslim sentiment or actions to present some specific suggestions regarding actions that the town can take to reassure the Muslim community in Unitas and promote religious tolerance.
What are hate crime statutes, and what are the goals of hate crime statutes?
What would be gained by prosecuting this crime as a hate crime? Use research and examples to support your opinion.