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15 Jun, 2016

Growing Islamophobia will only make America more unsafe – DAWN.COM

THE horror of the recent Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub that left almost 50 dead and dozens injured has shaken the United States. It is the biggest act of terrorism on American soil since the 9/11 tragedy. There has been across-the-board sympathy and a show of solidarity with the victims of the mindless and brutal killing. But the dreadful incident has also heightened the politics of hate and fearmongering that may cause greater damage to American democratic values. The provocative statements made by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for US president, in the aftermath and some irresponsible media reporting are terrifying. What is more worrisome is that growing Islamophobia could actually boomerang to provide terrorists and extremist Islamist groups with an effective propaganda tool.

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