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Hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise in OK

OK (KSWO)- The Oklahoma Council on American-Islamic Relations says hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise in the state.

That's based on the council's 2016 civil rights report, which shows an increase in hate crime and vandalism complaints. It also shows bullying complaints against Muslims doubled in 2016.

It points to cases last year including the dumping of a dead pig outside an Islamic Center in Lawton and the murder of a Christian in Tulsa where his killer harassed him, believing he was a Muslim.

"When the rights of one community are threatened, the rights of all of us are threatened. So, it's up to us to respond to threats to our civil liberties," said Veronica Laizure, the CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director.

The civil rights director of CAIR in Oklahoma says she believes the 2016 presidential campaign may have contributed to the increase of hate crimes.

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