Discrimination of Muslims

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Introduction Discrimination is defined as the unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice. One of the most infamous topics on discrimination in our world today is that of ethnicity. Due to recent tragic events, such as the September 11 attacks, most Americans have unfairly stereotyped Muslims and the religion of Islam. People fear what they do not understand; therefore, it is important to educate citizens about the views and beliefs of Muslims. Islam is a religious culture that is torn and divided, at one end radical Islamic extremists struggle to fight what they consider a "holy war" by corrupting Muslim followers into believing that westerner globalization will stand in the way of the purity of Islam. These views…show more content…
Infringement on an Officer's Civil Rights Human Rights Watch, a non-profit organization, released a report in August of 2002 documenting confinement of 1,200 detainees in the United States (CAIR 9). Individual detainees reported problems with obtaining prompt access to legal counsel, poor conditions of confinement, and verbal and physical mistreatment. Such is the case for Captain James Yee. Captain Yee was a chaplain stationed at an Army base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The United States Army assigned the chaplain to be a spiritual consultant for Islamic detainees. The commissioned officer was arrested and initially charged with espionage, spying, aiding the enemy, mutiny, and disobeying an order. If convicted in a military court, Captain Yee would have faced the death penalty. The government suspected he was stealing classified names of detained terrorists and sketches of the military prison in Cuba. The federal government incarcerated Captain Yee on a bogus lead, keeping him in solitary confinement for 76 days without charging him of a crime (CAIR 17). Prior to being given the right to legal representation, the story leaked to the media while the officer was still in confinement, subsequently destroying the chaplain's reputation and career. After serving a two and half month sentence in a military prison, the commissioned U.S. Army officer's status was reduced to low
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