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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.

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