PATRIOT Act Up Aaron E. Smith Instructor Telaireus Herrin Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility Ashford University September 24, 2012 Just thirteen days ago we celebrated the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 attacks of the United States. To call it a celebration is a bit of an overstatement. It is more like a remembrance of the fallen heroes and people that died during these attacks. Since these attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 occurred, American society has changed significantly. National security has demanded a closer guard on foreign and domestic threats by placing further investigation and laws that many say weaken the rights to privacy we Americans take for granted.
Since September 11th, 2001 Arab Americans have been the target of discrimination. This has created an environment of tension among the American population and Arab Americans They have suffered serious hate crimes and labor discrimination by demotion leading to higher unemployment rates. Many Mosques and Muslim-owned business have been vandalized. . The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported a 1600% increase in hate crimes against the Arab American population in the year after the events of September 11th.
Since the end of the Cold War, much media attention has focused on Islam as a disruption in the global order. Although Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West, the West has many stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam that are due to the media, prejudice, and ignorance. Islam is often looked upon as a "extremist", "terrorist", or "fundamental" religion. In contrast to what many Westerners think of Islam, Islam is a peaceful religion, which does not promote any forms of uncalled violence or "terrorist" actions. My research will concentrate of the numerous issues Muslims living in America have to deal with and also which misunderstandings and misperceptions Muslims encounter in general .