In this article entitled "Backlash Against Australian Muslims Worsens," what stereotypes might be demonstrated about a group or groups of people? How might it demonstrate hostile or negative feeling toward a distinguishable group of people, based solely on their membership in that group? And how might it demonstrate or lead to actions (or behavior) towards one group of people purely based on their group membership?

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This article reports on events that represent very stereotypical views by some Australians toward Muslims. This attitude assumes all Muslims are evil because of the actions of a small segment of the Muslim population. It basically assumes all Muslims are terrorists and evil people.  It is assumes that anybody dressed like a Muslim or who follows Muslim customs is a terrorist and a bad person.  Therefore, looks and customs determine if a person is good or not. As a result, these stereotypical attitudes are leading to negative actions against all Muslims. People who belong to the Muslim community centers, who pray at mosques, or who wear traditional Muslim clothing are being threatened and abused.  This could lead to (and appears to be leading to) actions that make it seem that some Australians don’t want Muslims to live in their country. These actions have included vandalizing Muslim property and threats towards Muslim people. If these actions go unchecked by the authorities, they could escalate into more serious actions. This could include burning homes, physically harming Muslim citizens, discriminating against Muslims in job interviews or promotion opportunities, and the killing of Muslims. Unfortunately, throughout the history of the world, we have seen similar events towards different religious, political, ethnic, and racial groups.  Unless this is dealt with swiftly and harshly, history teaches us this will continue and probably worsen in the future.  Intolerance is very difficult to overcome once it gets established.

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