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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Exponential rise of Islamophobia in post 9/11 America

AMP Report – September 1, 2011

Recent years have witnesses an exponential rise in Islamophobia which should be understood as a potent political tool that is used to exploit fear to gain political mileage. According to the CAIR/UC Berkeley report [1] of June 2011, Muslim-bashing factored into the 2010 midterm elections and is already front and center in the upcoming presidential campaign. It says that Islamophobia has actually increased since the election of President Barack Obama, with right-wing Republicans feeding on anti-Muslim sentiments and fears over the so-called Sharia law. Erupting so many years after the September 11th trauma, this spasm of anti-Muslim bigotry might seem oddly timed and unexpectedly spontaneous, Max Blumenthal [2] says adding:

But think again: it’s the fruit of an organized, long-term campaign by a tight confederation of right-wing activists and operatives who first focused on Islamophobia soon after the September 11th attacks, but only attained critical mass during the Obama era. It was then that embittered conservative forces, voted out of power in 2008, sought with remarkable success to leverage cultural resentment into political and partisan gain.

This network is obsessively fixated on the supposed spread of Muslim influence in America. Its apparatus spans continents, extending from Tea Party activists here to the European far right. It brings together in common cause right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, and racist British soccer hooligans. It reflects an aggressively pro-Israel sensibility, with its key figures venerating the Jewish state as a Middle Eastern Fort Apache on the front lines of the Global War on Terror and urging the U.S. and various European powers to emulate its heavy-handed methods. [3]

Anti-Muslim extremists

The anti-Muslim sentiment in America is being generated by a cottage industry of Muslim bashers and Islamophobic groups. Some individuals, institutions and groups are at the center of pushing Islamophobia in America that include:

America’s leading Islamophobes are: Bill O’Reilly (Fox News), Brigitte Gabriel and Act! for America; David Horowitz and FrontPage Magazine, Daniel Pipes and the Middle East Forum, Dave Gaubatz (Director of Yerushalmi’s Mapping the Sharia project), David Yerushalmi founder of the Society of Americans for National Existence(SANE), Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy (CSP), Michael Savage and his radio show Savage Nation, Pat Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Pamela Geller Pamela Geller and Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), Sean Hannity (Fox News), Mark Steyn (writer), Steve Emerson and the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Michelle Malkin (Michelle Malkin.com), Glenn Beck (CNN) and Debbie Schlussel (writer and blogger).

Some of the harshest Muslim-bashing can be found in the right-wing blogosphere (Little Green Footballs, FrontPageMag.com, WorldNetDaily, Gates of Vienna, Michelle Malkin.com, Daniel Pipes.org) and on the websites that link to these blogs and generate their own anti-Muslim content (Middle East Forum, Campus Watch, Jihad Watch, Militant Islam Monitor), as well as on right-wing talk radio, where hosts like Michael Savage rabble-rouse with overtly bigoted commentary like (Savage Nation).

$42 million from 7 foundations helped fuel rise of Islamophobia

A recent report – The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America – by the Center for American Progress report reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the flames of anti-Muslim hate in America. The top seven contributors to promoting Islamophobia in the country:

Donors Capital Fund, Richard Mellon Scaife foundations, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust, Russell Berrie Foundation, Anchorage Charitable Fund and William Rosenwald Family Fund and Fairbrook Foundation

“Sometimes the money flowing from these foundations and their donors is clearly designed to promote Islamophobia, but more often the support provided is for general purpose use, which the think tanks and grassroots organizations then put to use on their primary purpose — spreading their messages of hate and fear as far and wide as they can,” the report says.

Not surprisingly, the self-proclaimed Islamic expert Steven Emerson has collected 3.39 million dollars for his for-profit company in 2008 for researching alleged ties between American Muslims and overseas terrorism. In an investigative report titled “Anti-Muslim crusaders make millions spreading fear,” Bob Smietana of The Tennessean pointed out that Emerson is a leading member of a multimillion-dollar industry of self-proclaimed experts who spread hate toward Muslims in books and movies, on websites and through speaking appearances. He went on to say: “Leaders of the so-called “anti-jihad” movement portray themselves as patriots, defending America against radical Islam. [4]

Islamophobia – now in American Children’s books

As if the adult media’s vitriol wasn’t enough, the American Muslims are now being faced by the alarming publication of a series of ‘children’s books’, containing misleading and inflammatory rhetoric about the Islamic faith. The 10-book series – entitled the “World of Islam,” – is published by Mason Crest Publishing in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based pro-Israel and pro-war Foreign Policy Research Institute.[5]

Anti-Islamic sentiment pervades the entire series, portraying Muslims as inherently violent and deserving suspicion. It encourages young readers to believe Muslims are terrorists, who seek to undermine US society. For example:

The book “Muslims in America”, says that “some Muslims began immigrating to the United States in order to transform American society, sometimes through the use of terrorism.” The cover of Radical Islam features a machine gun and a Muslim head scarf, with what looks like bloodstains underneath the scarf and the title word Radical. The book is rife with incorrect information and fear mongering and ultimately seeks to paint a picture that Muslims in America are to be treated with suspicion and that they all have links to terrorism.

The text titled Islam, Law and Human Rights begins and ends with the same thing, that Muslim majority nations are the only ones that violate human rights laws set forth by the United Nations – for some reason China and North Korea are exceptions to that rule.

The History of Islam offers only a stunted glimpse of Islamic History and focuses primarily on extremism and contains an outrageous quote: “Today, the great majority of Muslims accept the idea that jihad means a struggle against non-Muslims to increase the area under the rule of Islam.”

Another book shows an image of two 7-year-old girls wearing head scarves under the heading “Security Threats.”

The books cited a well-known Islamophobe, Daniel Pipes, who received the “Guardian of Zion” award, in May 2006. The award is given annually to a prominent supporter of the state of Israel, from the Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Not surprisingly, Pipes circulated his own e-mail to defend the controversial series. The books also cite anti-Islam activists such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fan of Geert Wilders, an infamous Dutch lawmaker, renowned for being a rabid Islamophobe.

In the post-9/11 America, the Mason Crest-FPRI controversial Series on Islam are the latest episode in the reinforcement of Islamophobia which may be defined as “alienation, discrimination, harassment and violence rooted in misinformed and stereotyped representations of Islam and its adherents.” No doubt the new series on Islam reinforce Islamophobia through misleading and inflammatory rhetoric about the Islamic faith.

Americans’ attitudes about Islam and Muslims are fueled mainly by political statements and media reports that focus almost solely on the negative image of Islam and Muslims. The vilification of Islam and Muslims has been relentless among segments of the media and political classes since 9/11. Politicians, authors and media commentators are busy in demonizing Islam, Muslims and the Muslim world. In the post 9/11 America attacking Islam and Muslims became the fashionable sport for the radio, television and print media. While print and electronic media continues unabated campaign to smear Islam, radio talk show hosts are busy in spewing out venoms against Islam and Muslims. Surprisingly, even a higher court rules that a letter calling for killing Muslims is protected by the freedom of speech.

Coloring book demonizes Muslims and Islam

The latest attempt to demonize Muslims and Islam came in the shape of a children coloring book titled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom”

The 36-page “graphic novel coloring book” published recently by St. Louis, Mo. Publisher Wayne Bell virtually characterizes all Muslims as linked to extremism, terrorism and radicalism, which may lead children reading the book to believe that all Muslims are responsible for the tragedy of 9/11. It could give a message to children that followers of the Islamic faith are their enemies.

As ABC 7 reports, the book contains the phrase “radical Islamic Muslim extremists” at least 10 times. The publisher writes in the book that, “‘they’ also will never forget. Yes, they know of whom “they” are. Given the chance, ‘they’ would do it again” and in another passage, the books reads, “Some Muslim people believe the attacks were a conspiracy caused by Jews.”

The book could give a message to children that followers of the Islamic faith are their enemies since another section reads: “These attacks will change the way America deals with and views the Islamic and Muslim people around the world…”

Near the end of the narrative is an image of Osama bin Laden, hiding behind a woman as he’s confronted and killed by US Navy SEALs. Text under this picture reads: “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.”

A comment posted on ABC Chicago website exposes the real intention of the publisher: “It doesn’t take a genius to see the mask the publisher, Bell, is hiding behind. I am not Muslim, but a Christian, and I feel this coloring book is totally inappropriate for children, period! There is no need to depict a tragic incident such as 9/11 in a coloring book for kids. What other tragic events do you know of that are made into coloring books? Think about it.” [6]

How Islamophobes spread fear

Under the guise of defending freedom and American values, Right-Wing anti-Muslim extremists are campaigning to prevent Muslim-Americans from freely worshiping and practicing their religion, curtail their political rights, and even compel their deportation says a July 2011 report by People For the American Way (PFAW). [7]

The report – titled “The Right Wing playbook on anti-Muslim extremism” – enumerates the specific strategies used by the Right-Wing to stir up destructive fears, and as a result are putting our fundamental tradition of equality and justice at risk. The PFSW report identifies the scare tactics used by the Right Wing to conjure up anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and outlines some ways that concerned Americans can push back against anti-Muslim extremism.

“Right-wing activists, elected officials and even some presidential candidates have launched an overt assault on American Muslims, using a religious minority as a scapegoat for any number of national fears and frustrations,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way.

The report enumerates eight strategies employed by anti-Muslim activists to cast doubt on the validity of Islam as a religion and the integrity of American Muslims in order to justify prejudice and illegal discrimination:

Strategy One: Frame Muslim-Americans as dangerous to America

Strategy Two: Twist statistics and use fake research to “prove” the Muslim threat

Strategy Three: Invent the danger of “creeping Sharia”

Strategy Four: “Defend liberty” by taking freedoms away from Muslims

Strategy Five: Claim that Islam is not a religion

Strategy Six: Maintain that Muslims have no First Amendment rights under the Constitution

Strategy Seven: Link anti-Muslim prejudice to anti-Obama rhetoric

Strategy Eight: Claim an “unholy alliance” exists that includes Muslims and other groups targeted by the Right Wing

Oslo Massacre: Connections to US extremists Geller & Spencer

Tellingly, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, just happen to be among the heroes cited in the 1,500-page manifesto written by Andrew Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist whose anti-Muslim paranoia apparently drove him to kill 77 people, most of them kids, on July 22, 2011.

According to the New York Times, Breivik was deeply influenced by a small group of American bloggers lacing his manifesto with quotations from them, as well as copying multiple passages from the tract of the Unabomber. [8]

Not surprisingly, on that day, for hours Pamela Geller, Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, David Horowitz, CNN, Fox News and many others were touting the Oslo massacre as most likely an act of Muslim Jihadists.

Breivik is apparently an avid fan of U.S.-based anti-Muslim activists such as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Daniel Pipes. He lauds the Stop Islamization of America co-founded by Geller and Spencer. JihadWatch of Robert Spencer was cited 112 times. Breivik cited Robert Spencer 54 times in his manifesto. Pamela Geller, and her blog, Atlas Shrugs, was mentioned 12 times. Daniel Pipes is cited 11 times and his blog danielpipes.org 14 times.

According to former CIA officer and terrorism consultant Marc Sageman, just as religious extremism “is the infrastructure from which Al Qaeda emerged,” the writings of these anti-Muslim misinformation experts are “the infrastructure from which Breivik emerged.” Sageman adds that their rhetoric “is not cost-free.”

The nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing extremism was clearly on display during last summer’s “Ground Zero mosque” hysteria, which culminated in a rally where Geller and Wilders addressed a crowd that included members of the the English Defense League (EDL) waving Israeli flags. Breivik is also a fan of EDL.

Due in part to the relentless efforts of this small group of individuals and organizations, Islam is now the most negatively viewed religion in America. Only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Islam: the lowest favorability rating since 2001, according to a 2010 ABC News/Washington Post poll. According to a 2010 Time magazine poll, 28 percent of voters do not believe Muslims should be eligible to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, and nearly one-third of the country thinks followers of Islam should be barred from running for president.” [9]

References

[1] The CAIR/UC Berkeley report on Islamophobia, titled “Same Hate, New Target” – June 24, 2011

[2] The Great Islamophobic Crusade by Max Blumenthal – Dec 19, 2010]

[3] The Great Islamophobic Crusade by Max Blumenthal – Dec 19, 2010]

[4] The Tennessean, October 24, 2010.]

[5] Islamophobia – now in American children’s textbooks – American Muslim Perspective – April 12, 2010]

[6] Kids’ coloring book promotes intolerance ABC-Local Chicago – August 30, 2011]

[7] The Right Wing playbook on anti-Muslim extremism by People For the American Way (PFAW) – July 25, 2011]

[8] New York Times – July 24, 2011]

[9]Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America by the Center for American Progress – August 26, 2011]

Source: AMP

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