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REPORT: $42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia In America

26 August 2011 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Faiz Shakir on Aug 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

Following a six-month long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report today which 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 authors — Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matt Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and myself — worked to expose the Islamophobia network in depth, name the major players, connect the dots, and trace the genesis of anti-Muslim propaganda.

The report, titled “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America,” lifts the veil behind the hate, follows the money, and identifies the names of foundations who have given money, how much they have given, and who they have given to:

The money has flowed into the hands of five key “experts” and “scholars” who comprise the central nervous system of anti-Muslim propaganda:

FRANK GAFFNEY, Center for Security Policy – “A mosque that is used to promote a seditious program, which is what Sharia is…that is not a protected religious practice, that is in fact sedition.” [Source]

DAVID YERUSHALMI, Society of Americans for National Existence: “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…the Muslim peoples,those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.” [Source]

DANIEL PIPES, Middle East Forum: “All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.” [Source]

ROBERT SPENCER, Jihad Watch: “Of course, as I have pointed out many times,traditional Islam itself is not moderate or peaceful. It is the only major world religion with a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers.” [Source]

STEVEN EMERSON, Investigative Project on Terrorism: “One of the world’s great religions — which has more than 1.4 billion adherents — somehowsanctions genocide, planned genocide, as part of its religious doctrine.” [Source]

These five “scholars” are assisted in their outreach efforts by Brigitte Gabriel (founder, ACT! for America), Pamela Geller (co-founder, Stop Islamization of America), and David Horowitz (supporter of Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch). As the report details, information is then disseminated through conservative organizations like the Eagle Forum, the religious right, Fox News, and politicians such as Allen West and Newt Gingrich.

Over the past few years, the Islamophobia network (the funders, scholars, grassroots activists, media amplifiers, and political validators) have worked hard to push narratives that Obama might be a Muslim, that mosques are incubators of radicalization, and that “radical Islam” has infiltrated all aspects of American society — including the conservative movement.

To explain how the Islamophobia network operates, we’ve produced this video to show just one example of how they have mainstreamed the baseless and unfounded fear that Sharia may soon replace American laws:

Click here to read the full report.

Original post: REPORT: $42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia In America


  1. And – people like Gaffney and Horowitz have also been funding Geert Wilders and his political party, as well as his legal fund for against hate speech charges. The funding of Geert Wilders by especially Gaffney and Horowitz has been documented in the Dutch media.

    The reality is that these two especially are funding hate in the Netherlands, and in tern export Dutch Islamophobia to the US through “speaking engagements” for Geert Wilders in North America.

    Documented here. I am working on a Dutch translation.

  2. What a BS. The five named people are not afraid of islam. They are just warning the people based on FACTS!

    There is no islamophobia. This misleading term is invented to put people with brains apart from the rest as being ‘sick’.

    The whole term islamophobia is so hateful that anyone who uses it is the real hate-promotor!

    I’ve studied islam, read articles from both sides and people like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are publishing articles based on facts which anyone can check for themselves. Too bad that most people are to lazy to get up and do some investigating for themselves!

  3. @eslaporte:
    Only problem is that Wilders isn’t spreading hate. He has been on trial for that and was judged ‘not guilty’.

    So if you don’t have any faith in the legal system, that’s fine. But by condemning an innocent man, you are spreading hate against him for something that was proven wrong! Otherwise he would have been judged ‘guilty’!

  4. Wow, the Islamic propaganda here is amazing.

  5. John:

    Geert Wilders was found not guilty of the charges against him. But so was O.J. …. At no time did the court there even imply that he was innocent. Apparently, it’s not a crime to be Islamaphobic and propagate lies against Islam any more than it is being antiSemitic and propagating lies against the Jews.


    There is no Islamic propaganda being spread here. That’s just your imagination or your ignorance of Islam. How quick are you to call out those spreading anti-Islamic propaganda? Your hands would be full, considering the number of the liars against Islam that exist that spew their garbage on the Net.

  6. Islam means Peace! Wish I had a few millions to spread Islamic Divine Love in America… Americans need to see a positive side of Islam, We ruled the Ottomon Empire for a thousand years on love and humility before Allah… May God help us help America by reviving the essence of Islam. Ameen!

  7. //john Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller studied and publishing articles based on facts? as robert spencer wrote, :Islam is the only major world religion with a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers

    well what do you know. no wonder that all the major war and genocides have been going on especially 20th century have been done by islamic terrorists like Hitler Germany,USA, britain, russians etc. wow, i guess we must kill all these 2 billions terrorists then. lets bomb,invade and destroy all muslim countries then and show them how christians love peace. jesus must be happy then, just like when US drop those atomic bombs on those unbelievers ‘terrorist’ japanese civilians. got the point?

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