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Targeting Religious Minorities

After 9/11, many Americans feared terrorists were hiding in local Muslim communities. Then and now, minorities have been in the cross-hairs of the debate on protecting individual rights and ensuring public safety.

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Duration
60-90 minutes
Topic(s)
  • National Security
  • Politics
  • Religious Liberty
Grade(s)
  • 9-12
  • College/University

You're Exploring Freedom of Belief

Are all religions treated equally?

HISTORICAL ORIGINS
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1837: Using Religion to Block Catholic Participation

To protect the government from a perceived threat of foreign powers, Protestant New Yorkers petition to delay citizenship and voting rights for Roman Catholic immigrants.

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CONTEMPORARY CONSIDERATIONS

2011: Religious Profiling for Public Safety

A controversial New York Police Department program monitors Muslims and mosques after 9/11, although there is no evidence of illegal activity.

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