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NYPD: Muslims are terrorists

Muslims demonstrating against NYPD surveillance
Muslims demonstrating against NYPD surveillance

For many years in the aftermath of the 9/11, we have been told that America is not at war with Islam or Muslims, but only with Muslim extremists/radicals/terrorists.

It seems that the New York Police Department has other ideas.

The NYPD has designated American mosques as potential terrorist organizations, which would then grant them the right to conduct surveillance on anyone praying inside.

So to be clear, it is as simple as this:  the NYPD has designed a policy of following an entire community not on the basis of any wrongdoing, but on the basis of their faith affiliation.   It is religious bigotry, plain and simple.  It is also an embarrassment that the police department which is designed to represent and protect all of us Americans has designated one group of Americans as potential terrorists not on the basis of anything they have done, but on the basis of their faith.  This prejudice is unbecoming of America, of our legal code, and of our men and women in the shield.

NYPD logo
NYPD logo via Flickr

The American organization Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has petitioned the Department of Justice to examine why and how the NYPD has designated mosques as terror organizations.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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