WOODBURY - Anti-Muslim sentiment and anti-mosque activities are on the rise across New York State, according to a report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).
The group points to nine mosques in the state, including three on Long Island, which have experienced pushback from their respective communities.
The NYCLU says it blames the increase in hostility, bias crimes and harassment on politicians, including Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), for raising suspicions during hearings on the alleged radicalization of Muslims in the United States.
The report recommends that political leaders, school officials and police departments make a concerted effort to build religious tolerance.
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