York County, Pennsylvania recorded 28 complaints of employment discrimination based on religion over the last 10 years. In no year were there more than 2 such complaints from Muslims. This has changed drastically in the last year, with the The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission reporting 12 complaints based upon religion — all by by Muslims — between July 2011 and February 2012.
The York Daily Record of March 31, 2012 noted that “Some observers trace prejudiced opinions toward Muslims to 9/11. Others blame the Republican presidential primary for ramping up the rhetoric.”
On the newspaper’s web site as of 5 pm today, we noted that 3 out of the 4 posted comments expressed decidedly anti-Muslim bias.
Nationwide, charges of religious discrimination jumped by 9.5 percent during the 2011 fiscal year, the largest increase of any category, reported the EEOC.