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SPLC: Number of Anti-Muslim Groups ‘Tripled’ in 2011

My guess is there are even more anti-Muslim hate groups then reported:

SPLC reports growth of US hate groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center has published the Spring 2012 issue of its Intelligence Report, on “The Year in Hate and Extremism 2011”, which identifies a continued growth in the number of hate groups operating in the United States.

In “The ‘Patriot’ Movement Explodes” Mark Potok states: “The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years.” Potok writes:

The number of anti-Muslim groups tripled in 2011, jumping from 10 groups in 2010 to 30 last year. That rapid growth in Islamophobia, marked by the vilification of Muslims by opportunistic politicians and anti-Muslim activists, began in August 2010, when controversy over a planned Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan reached a fever pitch. Things got worse later in the year, when Oklahoma residents voted to amend the state constitution to forbid the use of Islamic Shariah law in state courts – a completely unnecessary change, given that the U.S. Constitution rules that out. The overheated atmosphere generated by these events also helped spur a 50% jump in the FBI’s count of anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2010. Then, in March 2011, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) held hearings on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims that seemed meant to demonize them. At the same time, there was a swelling of truly vicious propaganda like this remarkable Jan. 14, 2011, comment from columnist Debbie Schlussel: “They are animals, yes, but a lower form than the dog, as they won’t learn to change their behavior for a carrot or a reward.”

In connection with anti-gay groups Potok points out:

In another development, most of the religious right groups that started out opposing abortion but moved on to attacking LGBT people have recently begun to adopt anti-Muslim propaganda en masse. The gay-bashing Traditional Values Coalition, for instance, last year redesigned its website to emphasize a new section entitled “Islam vs. the Constitution,” published a report on Shariah law, and joined anti-Shariah conferences.

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  • Hatethehaterz

    @howard cox: Hate speech and incitement is not considered “free speech” by many jurisdictions throughout the world, not only Muslim countries. Countries throughout Europe, South American countries such as Brazil and Chile, Australia, even India; all have laws against hate speech. Many of which include hate or incitement based on religious beleifs. Are all these non-Muslim countries also “fascist” in your mind then? Or is your outrage (predictably) selective to only include Muslim countries?

    Since you’re all about free speech, I guess you opposed the drone strikes and military assassinations against Anwar Awlaki and other Muslim clerics who condoned violence against the U.S. and its western allies, right? I mean they didn’t actually physically DO anything themselves, they just spoke about these beliefs. Didn’t they have a right to free speech? No? What about the anti-Muslim witch hunt aimed to marginalize and persecute Muslims in government. I’m willing to bet you’re ok that. So basically you only believe in free speech for anyone who agrees with you and your anti-Muslim agenda and views. So free speech for you and none for us or anyone who disagrees with your hateful rhetoric. Got it – double standard – check!

  • Hatethehaterz

    @jykelly: Your taqiyya garbage has already been refuted right here on Loonwatch (as well as Spencerwatch):

    It is infact bigots like you who are engaging in deceit and dishonesty (whether willful or out of ignorance) when you write about taqiyya. The vast majority of Muslims, like myself would have never even heard of that term were it not for the likes of hateful Islam-bashers.

    And get your facts straight, we are not “Mohammadens.” We do not worship the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a diety the way Christians worship Jesus (PBUH). To us, both Muhammad (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) are honored Prophets of Allah (God); but they are/were men. Not divine beings. There is only ONE God in Islam, and that is Allah. No sons, mothers, trinities, or divine spirits. Only one Creator.

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