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.