The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Sunday called on US leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia in American society following an attack on a Muslim man in Florida. According to police, the alleged attacker stabbed the Muslim victim in the neck during a Friday night discussion of religion. The stabbing reportedly occurred after the victim said he is Muslim. A police report of the incident quotes the alleged assailant, who was charged with aggravated assault, as saying that "Muslims are the root of the problem." "Elected officials in Florida and nationwide must begin to address the rising level of Islamophobia in our society that can lead to violent incidents or acts of discrimination targeting ordinary Muslims," CAIR's Communications Director in Tampa, Florida, Ramzy Kili, said in a statement. He noted that a California man faces terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to set off explosives last month at a Michigan mosque. Kili added that CAIR has recently called for hate crime probes of incidents such as vandalism at a Missouri mosque and that CAIR's San Antonio, Texas, chapter is challenging the refusal of a private school association in that state to admit an Islamic school. A number of states are currently seeking to enact legislation that would stigmatize Islam and marginalize American Muslims.