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Prominent Islamophobes Identified As ‘Heading Up The Radical Right’

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Prominent Islamophobes Identified As ‘Heading Up The Radical Right’

By Eli Clifton on May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

Increasing anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has shown enormous growth in the past two years, leading the Southern Poverty Law Center to mention three notorious Islamophobes on their list of “30 new activists heading up the radical right.” The SPLC finds that “[a]n anti-Muslim movement, almost entirely ginned up by political opportunists and hard-line Islamophobes, has grown enormously since taking off in 2010, when reported anti-Muslim hate crimes went up by 50%.”

The anti-Muslim activists, who all play a prominent role in the Center for American Progress’ report, “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America,” play pivotal roles as misinformation experts and online activists, stirring up Islamophobic fears across the country.

The SPLC’s list of “new activists heading up the radical right” include:

  • Frank Gaffney: Gaffney, the president and founder the Center for Security Policy, has argued that “Shariah-adherent Muslms” are engaged in “civilization jihad” by infiltrating “government, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, the military, penal institutions, media think tanks, political entities, academic institutions. And they are very aggressively targeting non-Muslim religious communities in the name of ecumenicalism.” The SPLC observes that:

    As recently as in 2002, a prominent British newspaper listed him with Iraq invasion cheerleaders Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle as one of the men “directing” then-President George W. Bush’s post 9/11 security doctrine.

    Sometime between then and now, Gaffney seems to have snapped.


  • Pamela Geller: Geller, who runs the prominent anti-Muslim blog AtlasShrugs and co-founded of Stop Islamization of America, has suggested that President Obama is the “love child” of Malcolm X, accused Obama of being “involved with a crack whore in his youth” and asserted that “that Islam is the most antisemitic, genocidal ideology in the world.” In 2007, she attended a conference hosted by Vlaams Belang, a Flemish nationalist party in Belgium whose party platform includes seeking amnesty for those who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. The SPLC writes:

    Geller has mingled comfortably with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists, defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps. She has taken a strong pro-Israel stance to the point of being sharply critical of Jewish liberals.

  • David Yerushalmi: Yerushalmi, founder of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), practices, what he calls, “lawfare” by writing and pushing anti-Shariah bills in state legislatures and filings lawsuits against alleged enemies of America’s “Judeo-Christian” heritage.The SPLC reports:

    Muslims aren’t the only group with whom he has a bone to pick. Yerushalmi, an Orthodox Jew, also rails against liberal Jews and the “progressive elites” he says they influence. He’s described blacks as “the most murderous of peoples” and reportedly once called for undocumented immigrants to be placed in “special criminal camps,” detained for three years, and then deported.

The prominent role given to Islamophobes in the SPLC’s list underscores the anti-Muslim sentiments which have emerged on right-wing media outlets, Washington think tanks like the Center for Security Policy and the “anti-Shariah” legislation which has swept across more than two-dozen states.


  1. The SPLC is the real hate group, for their hatred of Jews, Christians, and military veterans. Using leftist logic, one can call opponents of Pamela Geller Christianophobic and Judeophobic.

  2. It’s like a who’s who of idiots

  3. @Michael Asbury: that was a good one! X-D

  4. The best defense against this is simply more self-policing among Muslims–turn in the threats and extreme radicals. That keeps others from doing it for you and gains trust and respect.

  5. R/L,

    Friend, you confound me. If you call the SPLC a hate group, then you must call PG, Raw(Fart) Stenching Spencer, Dan eel Piles as hatemongers. Compare them with Taliban and al-Qaeda and you will find them also racist, supremacist and opportunist like the aforementioned. When Muslims ruled vast lands (which was a great sin), did people like these ever show up? No.

  6. I was thinking a who’s who of douchebaggers…but idiots suffices too.

  7. No Steven the best defense against right wing racists is a firm punch in the nose.

  8. I know right thank you for saying that zainab, Most people consider me to be rude when i respond to racist idiots on this page.Sometimes peace doesnt work on dogmatic nazi’s.

  9. Some muslims tried to make peace with that pig fucker pastor in gainsville..Did it work? Nooo! i went down there to confront him but he was protected by 200 cops

  10. In Dearborn?

  11. No prob. I’m Arab growing up in the Bible Belt so I had to coast through life on ole Lefty and Righty. Usually I saved them the trouble though and just used a chair or desk.

  12. //Rocky Lore,

    You wrote,
    The SPLC is the real hate group, for their hatred of Jews, Christians, and military veterans. Using leftist logic, one can call opponents of Pamela Geller Christianophobic and Judeophobic.

    I have a little challenge for you. Go to Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs and check the comments on about two dozen blog posts on both websites, picked at random of course, to be scientific, than head on over to the SPLC’s hate Watch blog and check the comments on about two dozen of their stories at random. Count the number of death threats, and calls for genocide.

    Also, where have any of the writers for the SPLC website, including Hate Watch, Teaching Tolerance and the intelligence report demonized Christians or Jews?

    Plus, why is the SPLC concerned with the issue of Holocaust denial if it is antisemitic?

    Intelligence Files Ideology:
    Holocaust Denial

    I also looked up the term antisemitism over there and look what came up.

    SPLC Intelligence Files Antisemitism search results

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