According to an anti-American report released today by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, 33 Islamophobic groups had access to at least $205 million in total revenue (mainly from major corporate and individual benefactors) between 2008-2013.
Hey, CAIR, if you could tell me where to collect my share of that $205 million, I would appreciate it very much. –BNI
The report documents the growing influence of so-called ‘Islamophobia’ in America, including:
Anti-Sharia bills became law in 10 states.
At least two states, Florida and Tennessee, have passed laws revising the way they approve textbooks for classroom use as a direct result of anti-Islam campaigns.
In 2015, there were 78 recorded incidents in which mosques were targeted. In both November and December of 2015, there were 17 mosque incidents reported during each of these months, numbers almost equivalent to an entire year’s worth of reports from the previous two years.
Two recent phenomenon – “Muslim-free” businesses and armed anti-Islam demonstrations – raise deep concerns.
The report examines Islamophobia in the United States and offers the following key findings:
Key Finding 1: Seventy-four (up from sixty-nine in 2013) groups are identified as comprising the U.S. Islamophobia network.
Key Finding 2: The U.S.-based Islamophobia network’s inner core is currently comprised of at least thirty-three groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims.
Key Finding 3: Between 2008 and 2013, inner-core organizations had access to at least $205,838,077 in total revenue.
Key Finding 4: An additional forty-one groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims, but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes, make up the network’s outer core.
Key Finding 5: As of the writing of this report, anti-Islam bills are law in ten states. is is one-fifth of the nation. To date, however, none of these laws have been invoked in legal proceedings.
Key Finding 6: At least two states, Florida and Tennessee, have passed laws revising the way they approve textbooks for classroom use as a direct result of anti-Islam campaigns. In many instances, teachers simply informing students of the tenets of Islam’s central belief system generated backlash and allegations of attempts to indoctrinate students to become Muslims.
Key Finding 7: In 2015, there were 78 recorded incidents in which mosques were targeted; more incidents than ever reported in a single year since we began tracking these reports in 2009. Incidents in 2015 have more than tripled compared to the past two years in which there were only 22 mosque incidents reported in 2013 and 20 incidents in 2014. In fact, in both November and December of 2015, there were 17 mosque incidents reported during each of these months, numbers almost equivalent to an entire year’s worth of reports from the previous two years. Additionally, 2015 saw the largest number of cases in both the Damage/Destruction/Vandalism catego- ry as well as the Intimidation category.
Key Finding 8: Progress has been observed in the reduction in frequency and shrinking acceptability of anti-Islam law-enforcement trainings (thanks to CAIR’s intimidation tactics)
Key Finding 9: Two new phenomenon—Muslim-free businesses and armed anti-Islam demonstrations—raise deep concerns.
The U.S. Islamophobia Network
U.S. Islamophobia network groups in this report are categorized using one of two key tags:
Inner Core: Groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims and whose work regularly demonstrates Islamophobic themes.
Outer Core: Groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims, but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes.
Summary of the U.S. Islamophobia Network in 2015
Seventy-four (up from sixty-nine in 2013) groups are identi ed as comprising the U.S. Islamophobia network.
The U.S.-based Islamophobia network’s inner core is currently comprised of at least thirty-three (down from thirty-seven in 2013) groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. Six new groups were identi ed and added to the inner core this year. Ten groups were removed from the inner core since 2013: nine of them appear to be inactive or closed, and another was downgraded to the outer core.
An additional forty-one (up from thirty-two in 2013) groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims, but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes, make up the network’s outer core.
Groups in the Islamophobia Network’s Inner Core
(Groups listed with a state abbreviation tend to operate only in that state)
■ Abstraction Fund*
■ ACT! For America
■ American Freedom Defense Initiative
■ American Freedom Law Center
■ American Islamic Forum for Democracy
■ American Public Policy Alliance
■ Americans for Peace and Tolerance* (MA)
■ Bare Naked Islam
■ Center for Security Policy
■ Center for the Study of Political Islam
■ Citizens For National Security (FL)
■ Clarion Project
■ Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting* ■ Dailyrollcall.com*
■ David Horowitz Freedom Center
■ Debbieschlussel.com (MI)
■ Florida Family Association (FL)
■ Former Muslims United
■ Forum for Middle East Understanding
■ Gates of Vienna
■ Investigative Project on Terrorism
■ Jihad Watch
■ Middle East Forum
■ Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
■ Militant Islam Monitor
■ Pamelageller.com (formerly Atlas Shrugs)
■ Straight Way of Grace Ministry*
■ Shoebat Foundation
■ Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) ■ Stop Islamization of Nations
■ Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TN)
■ Understanding the reat*
■ United West (FL)
Groups in the Islamophobia Network’s Outer Core
■ Adelson Family Foundation*
■ Allegheny Foundation*
■ American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) ■ American Family Association
■ American Islamic Leadership Coalition
■ Bible Believers*
■ Cherna Moskowitz Foundation*
■ Christian Action Network**
■ Christian Broadcasting Network
■ Concerned Women for America*
■ Donors Capital Fund
■ Eagle Forum
■ Endowment for Middle East Truth
■ Family Security Matters
■ F.M. Kirby Foundation*
■ Fox News Channel
■ FrontPage Magazine*
■ Glenn Beck Program*
■ Government is Not God PAC*
■ HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher*
■ Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation*
■ Klarman Family Foundation*
■ Liberty Counsel
■ Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
■ Mark Levin Show
■ National Christian Foundation*
■ National Review
■ Newton D. and Rochelle F. Becker Foundation ■ Oak Initiative
■ Randolf Foundation*
■ Really Big Coloring Books, Inc*
■ Reclaiming America for Christ*
■ Rush Limbaugh Show
■ Russell Berrie Foundation
■ Sarah Scaife Foundation*
■ Savage Nation
■ Security Solutions International
■ Traditional Values Coalition
■ Truth in Love Project*
■ Washington Times
Other sections in the report include:
01 A National Strategy to Confront Islamophobia 1 The Context of the Strategy
02 The U S Islamophobia Network 11 Classifying the Network
03 Anti-Islam Legislation
04 Targeting Students and Education
05 Targeting Mosques
06 Hate Crimes and Discrimination
07 Islamophobic Media
08 Islamophobic Politics
09 Armed Anti-Islam Demonstrations
10 Muslim-Free Businesses
11 Anti-Muslim Law Enforcement Trainings
Appendix 1: Brief Descriptions of Inner and Outer Core Groups
Bare Naked Islam [Inner Core]
Bare Naked Islam attempts to rebrand the Islamophobia movement as an exercise in political correctness. The site regularly features discussions promoting violence against Muslims.