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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - Bullying, discrimination and bomb threats. That's what some Muslims say they are feeling across the country.

Just one month ago, there was a bomb threat at Lexington's Masjid Bilal on Russell Cave Road.

In November 2015, there was an email threatening violence at the city's Islamic Center.

But Dr. Ihsan Bagby says poor treatment, even hatred, of Muslims is seen in different ways day-to-day on social media, in newspaper comments and at schools.

"There have been civil rights cases of people who have been fired, not hired because of being Muslim," said Bagby.

"We have to stand up and say we want America to be what she is supposed to be, and what's going on right now in our country is not right, and we're going to take steps to make our country better," said Imam Dawud Walid.

That's why a Lexington chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is forming.

Board members say this will help Muslims who are being discriminated against in civil rights cases, and serving as a public relations arm for the religion.

"There is a need to have Muslims help other Kentuckians understand what Islam is," said Bagby.

An understanding they say they hope will lead to a closer community.

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