AmericanMuslimIncidents of Islamophobia increased significantly last year and the American perspective of Muslims worsened amid heavily publicized controversies like the Islamic center near Ground Zero and a pastor’s planned Quran-burning, according to a report released Thursday, combining data collected by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and University of California, Berkeley’s Center on Race and Gender.

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The report, called “Same Hate, New Target,” also applauded political leaders like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and news satirists like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for their commentary on Islamophobia, which the report defines as close-minded prejudice against Muslims. They criticized the Jihad Watch, Newt Gingrich and others for promoting Islamophobia.

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