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Some Muslims, fearing backlash, worry about intent of Census forms

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Tara Bahrampour:

The millions of blue forms being mailed this month in the first census count since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, do not ask about religion. But the idea of answering any questions posed by the government makes some Muslims uneasy, so community leaders are worried that many may avoid the Census altogether.

"A lot of people, they have the concern," said Raja Mahmood, 50, a Manassas taxi driver who moved to the United States from Pakistan 25 years ago. "The majority of Muslims, they don't want to draw attention."

Although he plans to fill out the census form -- and the Falls Church mosque he attends, Dar Al-Hijrah, has encouraged it -- Mahmood said many Muslims he knows are wary about why the government, which treated them with suspicion in the years after the terrorist strike, wants to collect information about them.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | March 9, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Census  
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