By:  Joe Newby

In a puff piece posted last Thursday, ABC News fretted that the current wave of fake hate crimes reported by Muslims might diminish the community as a whole.  Buried in the report is a statement by Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who said that Muslims are “under great psychological stress and tension right now, and that that in itself can cause mental health issues that lead to these types of incidents.”

ABC reported:

After two reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes were determined to be fake by authorities this month, the Muslim community is concerned that these “few false reports” are going to “unfairly discredit and delegitimize the dozens of real anti-Muslim hate crimes and instances Islamophobia out there,” according to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

“The way our community is treated in the media is unfortunately very monolithic,” MPAC spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed told ABC News today. “When one person acts out — whether it’s making a false report or some other type of bad behavior — it’s often looked upon as if the whole community is responsible for it, and it’s saddening.”

One recent false report was made in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where a woman fabricated a hate crime incident in November, city police announced on Wednesday.

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