Last week, the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) published a highly fabricated report that incorporates ALL the same talking points used ad naseum by terrorist front group CAIR, and attempts to detail what CAP calls the network of anti-Muslim experts who relentlessly promote
Islamophobia the truth about Islam in America.
Think Progress The report, “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” states, “Around the world, there are people killing people in the name of Islam.”
One of those featured in the report, Steve Emerson, Emerson said on Fox that he felt “somewhat complimented because they’re attributing to me and four other people the ability to control the minds of 300 million Americans for 15 years.” In fact, the report features a dozen “main players who research and disseminate valuable information about American Muslims and Islam,”
Emerson goes on to say that anti-Islam sentiment is justified because “65 to 70 percent of all international terrorist attacks are carried out by Muslims, so there’s a fear based on that.” He accused CAP of quoting “terrorist organizations” and CAIR, “a front group for Hamas” in its report, dismissing CAP as a “$38 million-a-year organization that looks like the Democratic Party in exile.”
The response from the right, many of whom are targeted in this report, is scathing, and rightfully so:
1.) Townhall.com columnist Karen Lugo concludes that the report’s authors are “the real cowards” and claims “it was the authors of this 138-page report that demonstrated a real phobia when they evaded the urgent question: Does America have a reason to fear Muslims?”
2.) Writing on David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag, Daniel Greenfield says the report blames Jews for Islamophobia. He writes, “Any report on Islamophobia that scapegoats Jews is not a report on bigotry, it is an act of bigotry.”
3.) Ed Lasky, writing on The American Thinker, claims that the report pins blame on Jews, arguing, “…this ‘report’ relies on the conspiracy and age-old anti-Semitic trope that Jews fan prejudice towards others and promotes divisions for their own nefarious purposes. This mindset is straight out of Mein Kampf.”
3.) Adrian Morgan, editor of Family Security Matters, takes issue with report author Wajahat Ali, writing, “Ali is said to be a ‘humorist’ but there is pitiably little that appears in his blog ‘Goatmilk’ that displays this purported sense of humor.”
4.) Middle East Forum’s Daniel Pipes told The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein that, “I am not against the religion of Islam but am very much against the political ideology of Islamism, which I see as the third great totalitarian movement after fascism and communism. This lack of distinction points to the intellectually shoddy premise of the report.”
6.) Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer wrote on Human Events that the report’s authors are assisting jihadists because “Fear, Inc.”, “ignores jihad activity altogether, portraying Muslims as victims and demonizing all who stand in the way of the misogynistic and unjust agenda of the Islamic jihad, whether advanced by violent or nonviolent means. It thus reveals itself to be just another tool of those same jihadists.”
7.) Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney describes the report as CAP’s “…latest ‘copy and paste’ effort [duplicating] large sections of five nearly identical ‘investigations’ just this year, complaining that millions of concerned Americans are Islamophobes.” Gaffney noted that ‘The ‘Shariah Defense Lobby’ is in a race against time to hide the grim reality of Shariah law as it is actually enforced…’”
9.) Blogger Pamela Geller calls the report “a predictable misfired missile by Islamic supremacists and leftist useful idiots” and “a pile of dung masquerading as research” that “reads more like a Mein Kampf treatise.” She encourages her readers to “watch [the authors] choke on their own vomit” and concludes “they will never defeat me.”
10.) Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling, attributed an outlandishly anti-Semitic quote to the report, saying, “I’m reading directly from this report: ‘The Obama-allied Center for American Progress has released a report that blames Islamophobia in America on a small group of Jews and Israel supporters in America.