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Report Unveils US Islamophobia Makers

Published: 01/10/2013 12:22:43 PM GMT
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CAIRO - Uncovering a complete network of Islamophobia makers in the US, a leading American Muslim civil rights group has released a new report which reveals that anti-Islam groups received more than $119 million in funding be (more)

CAIRO - Uncovering a complete network of Islamophobia makers in the US, a leading American Muslim civil rights group has released a new report which reveals that anti-Islam groups received more than $119 million in funding between 2008 and 2011.

"This report sheds light on the groups promoting Islamophobia in our society," Corey Saylor, who directs a department to monitor and combat Islamophobia in the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a press release obtained by OnIslam.net.

“[It] reveals to the reader the impact those groups have on our nation's discourse about Islam, pluralism and the future of the protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution,” he added.

Report Warns of Growing US Islamophobia

Titled, Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States, the new report was released on Thursday, September 19.

It names 37 organizations that “were at the center of promoting Islamophobia in America” during 2011-2012 which formed US-based Islamophobia network's "inner core”.

An additional 32 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."

During the report's two-year period, 78 bills “designed to vilify Islamic religious practices” were introduced in 29 states and Congress.

Of these bills, 62 contained language from legislation created by David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center, one of the institutions listed as part of the “inner core.”

This is CAIR's second report on Islamophobia in the United States.

The first, "Same Hate, New Target," was published in 2010 and argued that anti-Islam sentiment is a manifestation of problems minorities have faced in the US throughout its history.

Islamophobia Machines

Revealing the worrying trend of Islamophobia in the US, CAIR officials criticized its “devastating effect” on American Muslims' lives.

“American Muslims face discrimination every day,” Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, told Washington Post.

“Islamophobia is a threat to the safety of American Muslims.”

Awad said the Islamophobia makers have a bad effect on how Muslims are viewed in the United States, resulting in the increase of Islamophobic rhetoric and behavior.

“We will continue to be attacked by these individuals and institutions,” Awad said.

“Our purpose in publishing this information is to empower the people who are concerned about Islamophobia.”

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, many Muslims have complained of facing discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires or identities.

A recent report by the umbrella Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has found that Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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