New report identifies organisational nexus of Islamophobia
Fri Sep 2, 2011 2:15AM
Marjan Asi, Press TV, Washington
Like most other campaigns, the push for Islamophobia in the U.S. costs money, and in the past decade seven foundations have given over $42 million toward it, according to a new Center for American Progress report.
The report, entitled “Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network In America” describes seven extreme right and Jewish family foundations contributing to organizations known for their Islamophobic propaganda such as the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Middle East Forum, the Center for Security Policy and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
The report identifies so-called experts who make up the core of Islamophobic rhetoric. They are Frank Gaffney, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson and David Yerushalmi. According to Muslim Public Affairs Council Analyst Alejandro Beutel, these individuals and their organizations are damaging to American Muslims and the American public.
These groups have contributed to recent Islamophobic campaigns such as the move to ban Shari'ah law in several states, the Park 51 mosque controversy, and increased Islamophobic rhetoric by well known politicians like Republican presidential candidates Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich.
When Press TV contacted some of the major contributors listed on the report, they did not respond or had no comment.
Fears about the growing industry of Islamophobia come at a particularly sensitive time, with the political climate in Washington, and the upcoming presidential elections, making the possibility of its use much more likely.