Brian Levin: Better understanding urged to combat ‘misinformation and bigotry’ aimed at Muslim Americans

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Voice of America — Brian Levin, a professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, commented in an article about a coalition of Muslim leaders announcing a national campaign to reach out to other American faith groups to try to get them to commit to a program of anti-radicalization of Muslim youth.

Levin said in the wake of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino attack, the Muslim community in California has contributed to local charities and taken part in unity rallies to show their opposition to such terrorism. He added, however, that it would take a better understanding on the part of Americans to understand the heterogeneity of the Muslim community and its aversion to groups like the Islamic State to neutralize what he called the “current pool of misinformation and bigotry.”

The coalition, which also aims to register 1 million Muslim voters ahead of next year’s national election, met near Washington over the weekend to discuss Islamophobia and efforts to counter violent extremism just weeks after a Muslim couple, influenced by the Islamic State terror group, killed 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino.

The article was published Dec. 22, 2015.

Read the complete article at “US Muslim leaders invite faith groups to join youth outreach program.”

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