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Islamophobia on the rise in USA

Long overdue has been the more honest label “Islamophobia” for those who wrongly vilify Islam and Muslims.

 

by Paul J Balles


Islamophobia is growing and spreading prejudice against Muslims in the US, a fact that is underlined by a recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has collected and relayed the facts and identified both vilifiers and supporters of Islam and Muslims.

In an earlier article I noted that evangelic preacher Pat Robertson, David Gaubatz, Paul Sperry and Daniel Pipes are Islamophobic cult leaders who take every opportunity they can to vilify Islam and Muslims.

They were all particularly vindictive following the shooting at Fort Hood by the psychopath Nidal Malik Hassan who also happened to be Muslim.

The fact that he was Muslim had nothing to do with his maniacal action. It was no more related to the teachings of Islam than the paedophilia of a few priests is connected with Catholicism or the acts committed by Rabbi Meir Kahane of the Anti-Defamation League were related to Judaism.

Reports of a number of incidents in the past year or so strongly reveal a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

In May 2010, for instance, a bomb exploded at an Islamic centre in Jacksonville, Florida. In August, a man slashed the neck and face of a New York taxi driver after finding out he was Muslim.

Four days later, someone set fire to construction equipment at the future site of an Islamic centre in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This March, a radical Christian pastor burned a Quran in Gainesville, Florida, leading to deadly riots in Afghanistan that left at least 20 people dead.

A few days ago, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) published a benchmark report on Islamophobia in America.

Islamophobia is close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. An Islamophobe is an individual who holds a closed-minded view of Islam and promotes prejudice against or hatred of Muslims.

CAIR identifies a number of individuals and groups who have rallied against Islamophobia as well as a number who can be identified as Islamophobes.

Those who CAIR says

deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends during the period include: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Loonwatch.com; Congressional Tri-Caucus; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Jon Stewart, Aasif Mandvi and “The Daily Show”; Keith Olbermann and Countdown; Stephen Colbert and “The Colbert Report”; Media Matters for America; interfaith leaders; and Rachel Maddow and “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Many are available on TV in Bahrain.

Some individuals, institutions and groups were at the centre of pushing Islamophobia in America during the period covered by the report:

Pamela Geller and Stop the Islamization of America; Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch; Brigitte Gabriel and Act! for America; Frank Gaffney and the Centre for Security Policy; Steven Emerson and the Investigative Project on Terrorism; Newt Gingrich; the four members of Congress who called for an investigation of Muslim Capitol Hill interns; Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and other violent extremists; and Daniel Pipes.

According to those interviewed for the CAIR report, on a scale from 1 (best situation for Muslims) to 10 (worst possible situation for Muslims) Islamophobia in America stands at 6.4. Interviews were conducted in September and October of 2010.

The public’s favourable rating of Islam sank from 40 per cent in November 2001 to 30 per cent in August 2010, according to the Pew Research Centre. In late November 2010, the Public Research Institute found that 45 per cent of Americans agree that Islam is at odds with American values.

“Sources of Islamophobia are those individuals and institutions that produce and package materials, ideas or rhetoric about Islam in order to promote a skewed view of the faith and to induce fear, hate or prejudice in those who receive the materials,” says CAIR.

Islamophobic behaviour is being repeated in Europe and elsewhere. The much-needed CAIR report details its nature. The report can be  accessed and downloaded from the internet.

CAIR’s work on Islamophobia has been a long time coming; too long, as the disease grows and spreads. Zionists scream “anti-Semitism” to silence critics of Israel. Long overdue has been the more honest label “Islamophobia” for those who wrongly vilify Islam and Muslims.

 

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15 Responses to "Islamophobia on the rise in USA"

  1. Joe Jussac, Jr. (Yusuf bin Jussac)  July 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Shalom/Salaam/Peace!

    I uploaded some urls re same issues to my Page here: http://www.scribd.com/Tjoaginsing

    and I know of the risks, which among others, will anger the ADL/AIPAC and the like in the Zion-Controlled USA. Expect my Page will, eventually, be spiked by the “Z:…. who cares, they DO NOT SCARE ME!

    One Upright Person in the Company of One and Only TRUE G’d — Allah — is Invincible, and Fearless.

    Salaam to all of u..

    Joe Jussac, Jr.

  2. Never Again  July 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Islamophobia is propagated by the media who are Zionist. Their goal is to demonize Islam and Muslims so that the public accepts the wars for oil. In reality the Americans, Arabs, Muslims and Christians died for the Jews.
    They die for Rockefeller.
    The truth is always disturbing is why they hate Islam.

    Islam is peace

    • Derek  July 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      I concur. Thing is it will backfire on them eventually. They have used these tactics all their history and it has always gone back to haunt them.

  3. Ross  July 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Here in Australia the Murdoch press are constantly demonising Muslims about the berka or violence within their groups.It has a persistant theme now ,seemingly to justiy the invasion of Muslim lands for their oil/gas.

    • Sally  July 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Same in the UK- there are problems for sure I won’t lie- but certain sections make matters far worse- example Bernard Lewis anyone not knowing that he’s a Jew with an agenda- would become concerned with his ” Clash of Civilisation” rants

      Prof. Bernard Lewis: Muslims “about to take over Europe”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTDrLkeOSrs

      muslims leave remarks like- you’ve had your turn now it’s ours.

      Prof. Bernard Lewis – Radical Islam, Israel and the West

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KePJz28_GY

      Lewis is a dangerous man- he makes bombs for others to throw- while he sits back in his very comfy abode!
      He’d love to cause the clash- it’s getting hard work, trying to warn English dickheads not to take the bait.
      When Christmas comes around- the ban on any Christmas decorations etc kicks in- Radio phone ins and the press daily get calls always blaming muslims- when infact it’s Jews- but they do it so slyly.

      England is very over-crowded- we didn’t need any Immigrants- we certainly didn’t need warring tribes from the Middle East.
      Lewis keeps stirring trible feelings- he forgets that he too is an Immigrant in the eyes of English guys- the more they realise jews are behind Europes influx of immigrants- the angrier they’ll become- Sweden isn’t happy now toward jews- the office is there- that promotes Multiculturalism for Europe an Israeli based company.
      Reminds me of the Douglas Reed book The Controvercy of Zion- when he states – that when in Germany pre WW2- The Jews were filled with glee that a war was coming – but they’d not be there on the front line.
      We need someone akin to Mr Reed today- with the backbone to speak out.

  4. tahDeetz  July 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Your first problem is relying upon CAIR for information.

    Other than that, pure, insipid bilge.

    tD

    • Gray  July 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      You mean like relying on the Marketing Division of THE Holocaust® Inc, its Crassly Enriched “Priesthood” and CEOs for honest information of just ONE example of “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”?

      OR is the significance of a Tragedy reliant on the Ethnicity of its Victims?

      OR….maybe a Bigot is simply a Bigot!

    • Rick  July 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Good for you, Gray. The first step to rehibilitation is to admit and recognize your problem. Now that you realize you’re a bigot, you can work on changing that.

    • Gray  July 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      I see that your U.S. Funded, Megaphone Software is up and Running…..aren’t you going to thank the American Taxpayers who pay for it and your salary (Through Israel Foreign Ministry’s Hasbara/Propaganda/P.R. Budget)

      “Israel’s ‘Internet Megaphone’ Psychological war propaganda machine….”

      http://notmytribe.com/2009/israels-internet-megaphone-psychological-war-propaganda-machine-is-now-being-used-against-notmytribe-86129.htmlthe
      “The Megaphone desktop tool, built by Giyus, which means “mobilization”, sends desktop alerts on key articles on Israel and surveys, online polls where activists could click on the button to support Israel and click alerts to easily voice pro-Israel opinions.”CONTINUED

      But was THAT “message” on your:
      “………..prepared list of messages that the Foreign Ministry developed.”

      “ISRAEL HIRES INTERNET SOLDIERS”
      http://rinf.com/alt-news/contributions/israeli-hires-internet-soldiers/6148/
      “Straight out of Avigdor Lieberman’s Foreign Ministry: a new Internet Fighting Team! Israeli students and demobilized soldiers get paid to pretend they are just regular folks and leave pro-Israel comments on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites…….
      (excerpt continued)
      Will the responders who are hired for this also present themselves as “ordinary net-surfers”?
      “Of course,” says Shturman. “Our people will not say: ‘Hello, I am from the policy-explanation department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and I want to tell you the following.’ Nor will they necessarily identify themselves as Israelis. They will speak as net-surfers and as citizens, and will write responses that will look personal but will be based on a prepared list of messages that the Foreign Ministry developed.”
      (END OF EXCERPT)

      LOYAL, needy Americans and American Vet.s could certainly use the $Trillions that go to Israel’s Provocative & Criminal “Settlements”, Ethnic Cleansing, War Mongering and Betrayals of America.

      “Estes: U.S. aid to Israel has surpassed trillion-plus dollars since 1973”
      http://staugustine.com/opinions/2010-07-24/us-aid-israel-has-surpassed-trillion-plus-dollars-1973

      “The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion”
      http://www.wrmea.com/archives/june2003/0306020.html

      “Our economy cannot sustain AIPAC’s and Israel’s influence over us”
      http://www.opednews.com/articles/Our-economy-cannot-sustain-by-Mary-MacElveen-090224-394.html
      EXERPT “Well, it is about time that Americans see what these wars are costing us, not only in blood, but in treasure. For it seems that treasure is the most important item some focus in on. 
       
      Even for the most conservative of Americans, ask yourselves this primary question: have the loss of military lives even come up on your radar?” CONTINUED

      ….time for your NEXT simple minded & insulting, Fact Free quip!

    • Derek  July 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      ….time for your NEXT simple minded & insulting, Fact Free quip!

      Lol. So true.

    • Charlotte NC Bill  July 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      And you can admit that you’re a lieing Zionist punk who manipulates and hates everyone outside his tribe…once you admit that you can convert to Christianity and cleanse your soul of that hateful Talmudic crap….good luck brother..

  5. Project Humanbeingsfirst.org  July 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hello.

    Thank you for the the link to CAIR document. It will certainly come in handy one day if Muslims ever become like our Jewish brethren – the eternal victims. The Jews have perfected the art of seeking endless claims, as noted in the Press Release ( pressreleases-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2011/06/pr-compensation-jewish-era-jun272011.html ). But we shall surely “better that instruction” (Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice). Just kidding….

    But this PDF document of CAIR serves little other purpose other than being a Mighty Wurlitzer piece as a limited hangout. What else is the point of this documentation may I ask?

    Does it its colored and glossy 68 pages lend any insight whatsoever into the motivation, the WHY Islamophobia is on the rise in USA – what was the purpose to craftily seed it to begin with? It didn’t materialize overnight you know.

    Here is a passage from the late Harvard professor Samuel Huntington’s 1996 book, quoting professor emeritus of Princeton University, Bernard Lewis from his 1990 article in the Council on Foreign Relations rag, Foriegn Affairs, crafting “Muslim Rage” to define the framework for 9/11 a full decade before it:

    “In 1990 Bernard Lewis, a leading Western scholar of Islam, analyzed ‘The Roots of Muslim Rage,’ and concluded: ‘It should now be clear that we are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations – that perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both. It is crucially important that we on our side should not be provoked into an equally historic but also equally irrational reaction against our rival.’ ”

    Sadly, such motivations are neither disclosed nor deconstructed by the high-falutin glossy 68 page brochure of CAIR and their hoity-toity academics acknowledged on pages 8-9 of that document. Perhaps I just scanned it too fast – perhaps CAIR has addressed it elsewhere and wanted to keep this brochure for the claimants courts of the future….

    If interested, and tired of reading empire’s useful idiots who in order to ensure that imperial crumbs continue to fall on their academic plates, continually shy away from any bold and accurate articulation of truth (not that they don’t know it – most Muslims such as these learned souls surely must, but all are silenced by the expectation of rewards, continued employement, or loss of benefits if they speak up) by tellling half-stories and partial truths, read it here: ‘War on Terror’ is not about ‘Islamofascism’ – Please get with the real agenda you people!

    print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2009/03/war-on-terror-not-about-islamofascism.html

    That explains why Islamophobia was seeded in the USA and EU starting with Bernard Lewis’ “Muslim Rage”.

    We only see its backlash flourishing by the natural process of weed mulitplication in any fertile green lawn. The natural social dynamics of engineering consent are far better understood by the hectoring hegemons than the commonman can comprehend. Such processes, occassionally “tickled” by the odd Qur’an burning parties here and there which appear to be offically protected (by virtue of nothing ever happens to the Qur’an burners), keep the notion of Islamophobia alive for good measure. And useful idiots like CAIR document them for our benefit, without lending any insight into the matter. Wonderful….

    But the primary purpose has already been served by seeding the mantra of “Islamofascism” and “Muslim Rage”. Thus it is now fine for all the list of accolades for the “BEST” on page 13 onwards in the glossy CAIR brochure. Hegelian Dialectic requires both sides of the fabricated coin to be present. Both sides are fabricated, and patently false.

    In so far as it goes, CAIR is still the only Muslim organization that does whatever little it does. I am not sure if I should be thankful for its generosity of purpose, which it is, or pull my remaining hair out for its useful idiot’s role in America, which it also is.

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • Gray  July 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Please Note the following Realities:

      “There was not a single act of Arab terrorism against Americans before 1968, when the U.S. became the chief supplier of military equipment and economic aid to Israel.”

      “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”– John Sheehan, S.J. (a Jesuit priest)”

      I can’t imagine how CAIR or ANY Equality Focused Organization could undo Fifty Years of Damage done by the ongoing facts determined by a recently Declassified Senate Investigation:

      “Declassified Senate Investigation Files Reveal Clandestine Israeli PR Campaign in America”
      http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/declassified-senate-investigation-files-reveal-clandestine-israeli-pr-campaign-in-america-100976089.html
      EXCERPT “ Declassified files from a Senate investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and lobbying activity in the United States were released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010.

       The subpoenaed documents reveal Israel’s clandestine programs for “cultivation of editors,” the “stimulation and placement of suitable articles in the major consumer magazines” as well as U.S. reporting about sensitive subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility.

      ‘According to Grant F. Smith, director of IRmep, “It is frightening how easily some in the American news media surrendered to a foreign public relations campaign that spent the 2010 equivalent of $36 million over two years.

      Time has proven most of the planted content to be misleading, if not dangerous.  These historical documents hold many important lessons for Americans who have long needed—but rarely received—straight reporting on key Middle East issues.” CONTINUED

      As a result of this fifty year old “……. misleading, if not dangerous.” professional “Misinformation” program, it’s easy to see how 85% of Americans were so easily whipped into “Iraq War Fever” while only 2%-3% of Americans could find the Country and People they Gleefully watched Destroyed on a Map.

      Another Omnipotent U.S. Policy Maker was “Quietly” Omitted by U.S. Media:

      “QUIETLY LOBBYING CONGRESS TO APPROVE THE USE OF FORCE IN IRAQ WAS ONE OF AIPAC’S SUCCESSES OVER THE PAST YEAR.” AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr; N.Y. SUN JAN. ’03

      So, as I spend days at a time among Mangled, Burned and Traumatized young Veterans of THAT Lie-Based “Quiet Success” I see the REAL cost of a Professionally Misinformed American Public and the Unmentioned Powers behind our worsening, Bloodier and distant Imbroglio.

      (My Lie-Based war was much earlier) Thanks for your time,
      Gray

    • John Gilbert  July 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      What about the Barbary Pirates attack against U.S. ships and the Barbary Wars that the U.S. fought?

  6. Charlotte NC Bill  July 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The neo-cons who have a congenital hatred of all arabs ( Christian and Muslim ) are encouraging this….A couple of yrs ago we all got some anti-muslim DVD in our newspapers…free…incredible..Just look into who’s funding this crap..It’s the same people who have been protecting the actual perpetrators of 9-11 ( which was chiefly a Mossad job w/the assisstance of their assets in and out of the US govt and in NYC…as any reader of http://www.bollyn.com or http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk or Dr. Sabrosky’s columns…the comments of Italian Pres Cossiga-former…To Gen Hamid Gul of Pakistan..knows full well…I remember that impromptu celebration for the “killing of OBL ” ( yeah, right ) it looked like a bar mitzvah…Who organized it anyway?

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