The Arizona Republic is reporting that "Muslim Americans from across the Valley met at a workshop in Scottsdale on Saturday to mobilize their community against extremists trying to 'hijack' their religion."
In addition to discussing terrorism in the faith, the panelists also addressed the state of civil liberties in the war on terror. The director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council noted, "Muslims have learned from Japanese-Americans during World War II who were interned in camps. Like the Japanese-Americans then, Muslim Americans are the object of prejudice in the aftermath of a catastrophic event." (For more on the link between the internment and post-9/11 harassment, please view this link.)
The FBI and local police department also attended the meeting.
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