Anti-Muslim violence seems to be on the rise, with the new know-nothings committing at least seven acts of violence this month alone:
In Hayward, California on Friday, August 3, four teenagers threw lemons at a local mosque, striking one congregant.
In North Smithfield, Rhode Island on Sunday, August 5, a suspect was filmed tearing a piece off a mosque sign after head-butting it.
In Joplin, Missouri on Monday, August 6, one month after a previous arson attempt, a local mosque was burned to the ground.
In Ontario, California on Tuesday, Aughust 7, two women were seen throwing three pig legs onto the parking lot of a proposed Islamic center.
In Morton Grove, Illinois on Friday, August 10, two air rifle shots were fired at the on-duty security guard of the local mosque.
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Sunday, August 12, paint balls were fired at a local mosque.
In Lombard, Illinois on Sunday, August 12, a 7-Up bottle filled with acid was thrown at a mosque where schoolchildren were attending Ramadan prayers.
The list comes via Maryam Monalisa Gharavi of the New Inquiry . It does not include (at least not yet) the shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 5, which left six dead and which very likely was motivated by a belief that the victims were Muslim. Some have vigorously denied this possibility despite widespread anti-Sikh violence motivated by misdirected hatred of Muslims ( nor are Sikhs the only ones who have faced such violence).
For American Muslims, August has been a long month.