BBC United States of Hate Muslims Under Attack


'In December 2015,

'14 people were murdered in San Bernardino by home-grown Islamists.

'Life for American Muslims would never be the same again,

'as hate and violence was directed at them like never before.'

This religion teaches that women should be raped

for showing their face.

'And when America accepted thousands of Syrian refugees

'politicians joined in.'

Donald J Trump is calling for a total

and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.

'Trump's popularity exposed a country

'polarised by anti-Muslim hysteria.'

There are a lot of incidents that go unreported,

the man that starts beating a young Muslim man,

screaming out, "Trump, Trump, Trump!"

You can't give us any guarantee that your kid might someday

strap on a suicide vest.

You read the same Koran that Isis does!

'I'm going to find out how America has got to a point

'where it's become normal to label a whole community as terrorists.'

If you're 18 years old and your name's Jamal

and you've got the beard and the hat,

kind of goes without saying that you're not allowed.

'And where protesters come armed and ready for war.'

If they think they're going to come to Texas

and pull these jihad attacks like they do in France,

it's not going to happen.

'Are these fears justified? Is America really under attack?'

Do you believe in jihad?

The last year has seen a huge increase

in anti-Islamic hate groups.

Their purpose - to free America of Muslims.

And I'm in Phoenix, Arizona, to meet one of the most controversial.

How's it going?

Hi, I'm Robert. Nice to meet you, man. Follow me.

'Robert is the founder of protest group Bomb Islam

'and is keen to show me how he spends his Fridays.'

Tell us what you're doing here today.

What we're doing right now is we're going to do a little protest,

me and a few of my friends here,

that basically just lets these Muslims know

that they're not going to get comfortable here in my state.

Why specifically have you chosen this mosque?

One, it's the closest one where we can get right to where they enter

so it's easiest to antagonise them here.

Two, the guy that flew the plane into the Pentagon,

this was his mosque.

'Robert's group is a small collection of Army veterans

'determined to uphold American values.'

Do you feel like you need that today?

I think in general there's a chance of terrorist attack

anywhere and everywhere, at any point in time, especially today.

We just know the history of Islam.

Since 632 AD it's been nothing but terror around the world.

We don't want it here. This is America.

See, right here is where you can get all sorts of halal meat.

So if you're into animal torture, this is where you get the meat.

Are you real idiots? You have no clue of what you're living about.

- Oh, yeah?

- Yeah?

- We believe in all the prophets.

- From the first prophet to the last.

- Oh, yeah! Uh-huh?

- You also believe in Sharia law.

- Could you read that?

Yes, this is the most hateful, sexist, racist,

- homophobic book I've ever read.

- When you read the book...

- Can you read it?

- Yeah, absolutely. In fact I'm going to read it...

No, no, no, no, no,

- read from the beginning.

- ..and I'm going to rip it.

'Robert rips out a page of the Koran.

'Under UK law, these extreme protesters could be

'arrested for religious hatred,

'but the First Amendment protects Robert's freedom of speech.'

- You terrorist!


- Why are you doing that?

- Garbage is what this is, this is hate speech.

This is racist, sexist, homophobic,

advocates rape and paedophilia.

Has a Muslim ever done any harm to you?

Not to me personally, no, but they're doing harm to the country.

They want to normalise their religion,

they want people to think that they're peaceful,

that they have a place here in America,

when in reality they do not.

- You Muslim?

- Yes.

So what do you think about Muhammad having sex with a nine-year-old?

Do you think that's paedophilia or do you think it was justified?

Nothing you're saying is going to get me mad...

- Of course not.

- ..because you're ignorant.

Does Sharia law believe in equal rights for women? Yes or no.

- Yes, absolutely.

- Since when?

- OK, have you read it?

How come they got to wear a burka? And they can't show their face.

- That's not equal rights.

- Look... Look...

- Busted!

Careful, you might get acid thrown on your face,

get too close to these guys.

He said that he won't condemn Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood.

And he won't say the US Constitution.

What are you doing in America?

- Because I love here.

- 'The Big Satan' you consider it.

Why don't you go back to a Muslim country and take Obama with you?

You're a radicalist trying to destroy America.

- Get out.

- No, no, no.

- Yes, you are!

You can't give us any guarantee that your kid might someday

strap on a suicide vest. You read the same Koran that Isis does!

- You guys jealous of Islam.

- You guys suck.

- Jealous of Islam?!

Jealous of Islam, yes.

- Walk away cos you know you're wrong.

- Coward.

- Coward!

- Coward!

Is wrong. This is what cause hate.

I know America - it's a free country.

But you can't do that, you can't come to the mosque here

and cause more hate, that's not right.

'I thought Robert had finished his abuse for one day

'but I was wrong.'

See, we got one right here wearing a trash bag on her head.

You don't even know that woman, you haven't spoken to her,

you don't know anything about her. Why would you want to abuse her?

She's making a statement by wearing that trash bag, saying,

"I'm better than you, I'm a Muslim." You know.

An Islamic supremacist, basically.

They think that we're apes and pigs

and that she is so much better than us that we can't see her hair.

That's ridiculous.

No, it is a ridiculous religion.

'It's difficult for me to understand why Robert feels

'the way he does, but anti-Muslim feeling is racing across America.

'55% of Americans have expressed some kind of negative views

'towards Islam.'

I'm taking a two-hour flight to Dallas, Texas.

Muslims have been living here for over 50 years.

There are now 150,000 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,

one of the biggest populations in America.

But could this also be the most Islamophobic place in America?

Armed militia groups have been protesting outside the mosques.

The police arrested a 14-year-old Muslim schoolboy

because they thought his science project looked like a bomb.


And a man attacked a Muslim business,

killing one person and injuring others.

But today I'm here at the University of Texas,

where a memorial has been organised

to remember three American Muslim students

who were sought out and gunned down in their own apartment.

This event is called Balloons For Our Three Winners.

Each one of you has a balloon

and on the balloon you have a quote attached to it.

These quotes are from three victims

that were murdered for their religion.

The reason we're having this event is to honour their memory

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