I haven't heard this story. But there is this myth of Islamaphobia here in the United States. Yes, there is a small segment of the population who hates Muslims just as there is a segment that hates Jews and Atheists. What Americans are tired of is hearing about Islamic terrorism day in and day out ever since 9/11. That's what they are fed up with and that's why there is paranoia. Not because people hate the average Muslim walking down the street corner.
If there's anyone to blame for the paranoia, it's the media blowing terrorism way out of proportion (for ratings) and the people engaging in the acts of terror. There are also people on the opposite extreme pretending there is no threat of Islamic radicalization in the west. These people are delusional. I find myself more in the middle on most political issues these days because our spectrum is polarized and all about narrative over facts.