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Churches and mosques are beefing up security across the U.S.A.

2015 has been a frightening year for religious congregations of all kinds, between the recent vandalism and threats toward mosques to the June massacre in a historically black church.  Before the holidays bring the highest number of attendees into the nation’s Christian churches, leaders are seeking to hire police officers, require pat downs, or hold security training sessions.  FEMA has held a webinar on how to protect congregations from armed violence, while the Anti-Defamation League, known for its work protecting Jewish sites, is working with all faiths to plan for their safety.  Meanwhile, fear among American Muslim groups is at an all-time high.  CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has found 29 acts of vandalism, threats or harassment since November 13th of this year.  Mosque leaders are teaming up with local law enforcement for support, while Sikhs, who are often mistaken for Muslims by Americans, have also been requesting aid in their protection.

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