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Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts To Manufacture Hate in America

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An 87 page follow up report/study to the original Fear, Inc. report that outed the funding of the Islamophobia network.

via.Center For American Progress

By Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, Ken Sofer

In 2011, the Center for American Progress published “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” in order to identify and expose the organizations, scholars, pundits, and activists comprising a tightly linked network that spread misinformation and hateful propaganda about American Muslims and Islam. The report found that seven charitable foundations spent $42.6 million between 2001 and 2009 to support the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric. The efforts of a small cadre of funders and misinformation experts were amplified by an echo chamber of the religious right, conservative media, grassroots organizations, and politicians who sought to introduce a fringe perspective on American Muslims into the public discourse.Watch this video to learn about the Fear, Inc. interactive websiteIn the three years since “Fear, Inc.” shined a light on the Islamophobia network and exposed the network’s key members, a number of them have been marginalized by the mainstream media and politicians. For example, the American Conservative Union publically reprimanded misinformation expert Frank Gaffney and made it clear that he is no longer welcome at their annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Conservative politicians from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney have pushed back against the “sinister accusations” of the Islamophobia network. And the anti-Muslim caucus in Congress took a huge hit by losing some of its loudest members, such as Reps. Allen West (R-FL) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Although the American public largely dismisses such prejudiced views, the Islamophobia network’s efforts to target American Muslim communities remain significant and continue to erode America’s core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, offers the Islamophobia network a new opportunity to leverage unrelated geopolitical events in order to create a caricature of Islam, foment public anxiety, and push discriminatory policies against American Muslims. The Islamophobia network’s new effort to equate mainstream American Muslims with the perverted brand of Islam promoted by ISIS is a reminder of the ongoing vigilance needed to push back against the anti-Muslim fringe.

This report examines several key elements of the Islamophobia network, including:

  • The civilization jihad narrative and theories of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government
  • The Islamophobia network’s influence among the religious right and faith groups combating anti-Muslim sentiment
  • The impact of the Islamophobia network on law-enforcement training
  • The response to the Boston Marathon bombing and the narrative of Islamic extremism
  • Politically motivated Islamophobia and pushback by mainstream conservatives

The first “Fear, Inc.” report sought to expose elements of the Islamophobia network by giving the mainstream public the information it needed to refute the claims and distortions made by the network’s misinformation experts. This report identifies the Islamophobia network’s ongoing efforts to promote policies that violate and contradict core American values and interests. The defense of these core values remains ongoing. As this report demonstrates, it only takes one individual with disproportionate influence to negatively affect the treatment of an entire group of American citizens.

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Full Fear, Inc. 2.0 report

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  • Bill

    “Russia did recognize Palestine in 1988”

    No, it didn’t.

    Not in this universe.

  • Bill

    “Not sure what your point is…”

    I know. It’s all becoming very Kafkaesque.

    Here’s my point – talk of “Zionist imposed sanctions on Russia” is nonsense. Israel and Russia are trading more than ever, including arms.

    It’s very entertaining to have all these little chats about how Russia hasn’t supported Israel in the UN quite as much as the Marshall Islands and, of course, about how Jews run every newspaper and government in the Western world but the thing is that talk of “Zionist imposed sanctions on Russia” is nonsense. Israel and Russia are trading more than ever, including arms.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    On the recognition of Palestinian statehood the countries voting “no” were Canada, the Czech Republic, Israel, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama and the United States of America.

    Which one of those countries in your mind is Russia?

    Russia recognized Palestinian statehood in 1988. Russia has diplomatic relations with Palestine. Recognition extended as the Soviet Union. On November 27, 2011, Russian President Medvedev sent Palestinian President Abbas an official letter of support for Palestinian statehood.

    Russia was harshly critical of the 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza Conflict and condemned Israeli actions.

    Perhaps you are confusing Russia with Nauru. I see no other logical reason as to why you don’t know what country Russia is.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    What’s the difference between being Zionist and supporting Zionism? Do you really believe people that have no interest in Zionism actually support it?

    Russia voted in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution on upgrading Palestine to non-member observer state status in the United Nations.

    In fact, Russia was one of the countries that voted in 1998 to give Palestine more rights at the UN despite the opposition by both Israel and the United States.

    Putin said that Russia does not consider Hamas a terrorist organization. Moreover, he declared that Russia would invite Hamas representatives to come to Moscow for talks in the future.

    Putin said that Hamas had come to power in democratic, legitimate elections and that the choice of the Palestinian people must be respected.

    Go ahead and claim, “but israel sends walnuts by the ton to Russia” as your defense of Russia being as pro-zionist as Canada or the US.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    And what should the new word be for people who aren’t Israelis nor Jews but Zionists such as Rupert Murdoch. What would you like to call them so our discussion will become easier for you to understand?

  • Bill

    “Why do you keep insisting only the Israelis are Zionists?”

    Shall we invent a new word, you and me, to describe people who believe that there should be a nation-state built by, of and for Jewish people on the territory of Palestine? We can call them “Bionists” or “Cionists” or “Dionists” – something to distinguish them from people who side with the current Kiev government in its dispute with the current Moscow government?

    To describe a policy or attitude or even a vague sentiment as being “Zionist” either means that the State of Israel is a part of that policy, attitude or sentiment – or else that the speaker didn’t Google any news websites before flinging the accusation “Zionist inspired” at something they happen to dislike.

    That’s what I’m insisting, and it’s the plainest common sense,

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Why do you keep insisting only the Israelis are Zionists?

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    You do understand that not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews. You do understand that don’t you?

    George Bush, Barack Obama, Tony Blair, David Cameron are all Zionists and so is Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner none of whom are Jewish.

    The only conspiracy is certain people insisting that every single Zionist is Jewish and every Jew is a Zionist.

    This will obviously come as shock to you but the most of the strongest critics of Zionism and Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians are Jewish.

    Now do you have some White Supremacist theory that every Jew is a Zionist that you would like to share?

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    “What “Zionist imposed sanctions on Russia and Iran” are these?”

    Surely you jest. Are you not aware of the sanctions imposed on Russia and Iran. Are you even aware there are sanctions on North Korea and Syria?

    Who do you think controls the EU and US Congress.

  • Lithium2006

    “Could it be that ‘Islamophobia’ as a trend is result of these core values being non-existend within the Islamic world !?”

    No, you’re just an idiot.

  • Reynardine

    ……

  • HSkol

    True – that doesn’t point to the inevitable White-Apocalypse to which you refer, however.

  • 786
    Salaams to all,
    I’ll say this for the KKK, they stand up for their own.

    Hopefully inshallah the donations won’t amount to much. What worries me is first, that she was elected in the first place; second, what does she plan to do with the funds she’s raising?
    I fear no good will come of it–or of her–unless and until she repents.
    And God (swt) is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

  • mindy1

    Aww now these are the stories I like to hear 😀 I wish more people were like this :)))

  • mindy1

    They make squishy cells 😀

  • JD

    Local mosques receive threatening phone calls .

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/02/19/threats-against-mosques.html

    Two Columbus mosques received profanity-laced threatening phone calls this week in which the caller referred to Islam as a “fairy-tale religion,” called Muslims “garbage” and “scum,” and said they will be “vaporized.”

    The calls, made on Tuesday, originated from the same Columbus phone number, said Romin Iqbal, staff attorney at the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    The agency released audio of two calls made to the Omar Ibn El-Khattab Mosque on the Northwest Side. The caller, at times unintelligible, repeatedly swore and used racial slurs.

    Members of the second mosque that was threatened asked that its name not be released, Iqbal said.

    “Naturally, the threat is worrying, not just due to the content but also the timing,” said Basil Mohamed Gohar, president of the board of directors at the Omar mosque, where about 500 people worship on Fridays.

    “In light of the many incidents of violence against Muslims, and even those that people think are Muslims … we no longer have the liberty to just brush these off as ramblings or idle threats.”

  • JD

    Revere police investigate threatening, anti-Muslim notes

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/18/revere-police-investigate-after-discovery-threatening-anti-muslim-notes/QRMrZnXurvQItKXmNAhFhP/story.html#comments

    Police are investigating a series of threatening, anti-Muslim notes found near the Revere Beach MBTA station Tuesday morning.

    Multiple
    messages were found in a snowbank close to the corner of Beach Street
    and North Shore Road in Revere, said Lieutenant Amy O’Hara, a Revere
    police spokeswoman.

    “The matter is under investigation and we take it seriously,” O’Hara said in an e-mail.

    On
    Twitter, local residents posted photos of the messages, which appeared
    to be photocopies of at least two different threats, handwritten in a
    scrawl mixing capital and lowercase letters.

    One read, “We must
    kill all Muslims in America Destroy + burn all Koran books.” “All
    Muslims will be killed in America + Europe,” read part of another.

    Mayor Daniel Rizzo said Wednesday that the incident was “disturbing”
    because Revere is a diverse city where leaders and residents work to
    make people from all backgrounds feel at home.

  • JD

    MELISSA MELENDEZ: Reaction to assemblywoman’s Islam tweet fuels fundraiser letter

    http://www.pe.com/articles/assemblywoman-760566-melendez-melissa.html

    Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is using the backlash against
    her comments about Islam to raise money from conservative donors.

    In a mass email with the subject line “#standupagainstislam,”
    Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, urges supporters to give $15, $25, $50 or
    more.

    “Join me in the fight today so we can continue getting our message
    out to the public that we are not going to apologize for having the guts
    to save America,” she wrote.

    Melendez was harshly criticized last week for a tweet decrying the
    death of Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker taken hostage by the
    Islamic State.

    Mueller was “murdered by Islamic savages,” Melendez tweeted. “There MUST be consequences.”
    She ended the tweet with the hashtag “Stand Up Against Islam.”
    Hashtags are labels using the pound sign or hash mark to make it easier
    to find Twitter posts about a particular topic or thought

  • JD

    Man Accused Of Torching Islamic Center Allegedly Said ‘They Got What They Deserved’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/islamic-center-arson_n_6705682.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

    A homeless Texas man accused of setting fire to an Islamic center in Houston may have done so because he “hated Muslims.”

    At
    a probable cause hearing on Tuesday for Darryl Ferguson, 55,
    prosecutors rejected the suspect’s claim that he lit the Quba Islamic
    Institute on fire in an effort to keep warm, KPRC 2 reports.

    “He
    told a nearby convenience store clerk that he hated Muslims, they got
    what they deserved, and things happen for a reason,” Harris County
    District Attorney Devon Anderson said at the hearing.

    Ferguson has been charged with arson in the Friday morning fire that destroyed one of three buildings at the Islamic center, just days after a North Carolina man was accused of killing three Muslim college students. There were no injuries in the fire.

  • JD

    Muslim Group To Form Human Shield Around Oslo Synagogue

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/muslim-group-oslo-synagoge_n_6708702.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

    On Feb. 21, a week after a shooting
    outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, left two people dead and
    five injured, a Muslim group in Norway plans to take measures to help
    ensure the safety of Jewish worshipers in that country.

    The group of Norwegian Muslims will form a human “peace ring” around a synagogue in Oslo, according to a Facebook page for the event.

    “We
    think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect
    time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews
    that is happening,” 17-year-old organizer Hajrad Arshad told the
    Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in an interview cited by The Local Norway.

    The Washington Post included a translation of the event’s Facebook page:

    Islam
    is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which
    religion they belong to. Islam is about rising above hate and never
    sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each
    other. Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred
    of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create
    a human ring around the synagogue on Saturday 21 February. Encourage
    everyone to come!

    Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community, said he welcomed the group’s initiative.

    “What they are communicating is that if anyone wants to do anything
    against Jews in Norway, ‘they have to go through us first,’ and I think that is very positive,” Kohn said, according to The Local.

  • Laila Muhammad

    election yr coming….gop and conservatives in pentagon/state/cia need a foreign fear factor to go along with smaller govt and tax decrease platform ..islam is it for next 100yrs according to Rumsfeld 2002

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