Local Muslims Brace For Backlash
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OSHKOSH-- As investigators learn the Boston bombing suspects have ties to extremist-Islam, those who support the religion in Northeast Wisconsin fear backlash world-wide in the wake of the attacks.
For local groups working for more than a decade to teach others about Islam, word that the bombing suspects had ties to that religion, made some worry the progress made since 9/11 could be stifled.
Ahmad Kahn of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Oshkosh says the attacks were unfortunate."They demonized their own faith and basically have radicalized something that is so peaceful and made it into something that's atrocious," Kahn said.
UWGB professor Hedi Sherman heads the Muslim Student Group on campus. She fears the incident in Boston will spark Islmaphobia. Sherman says she is happy about all of the progress made to promote Islam in recent years.