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Islamophobia Network in the US Funded with $119 Million 2008 to 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Islamophobia Network Funded with $119 Million 2008 to 2011
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/13) -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today released a report, "Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States," which reveals that anti-Islam groups received more than $119 million in funding between 2008 and 2011.
The new report by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also identifies 37 organizations dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice in America. CAIR's second report on the subject more fully identifies the "Islamophobia network" in the United States and exposes its funding.
[NOTE: CAIR today also distributed an ISLAM-OPED commentary, "The Reality of Islamophobia in America," which states that, "Like racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and other issues, Islamophobia exists." That commentary is available upon request for publication by media outlets nationwide.]
"This report sheds light on the groups promoting
Islamophobia in our society and 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," said
Corey Saylor, who directs CAIR's department to monitor and combat
CAIR's report also notes that anti-Muslim trainers serving law enforcement and military personnel were dealt a significant blow in late 2011 and that Islamophobic rhetoric remains socially acceptable.
In 2011, after significant pressure from CAIR and other organizations that included crucial reporting by Wired.com's Spencer Ackerman, federal authorities initiated steps to remove biased and inaccurate material about Islam from law enforcement training materials. Studies and a lack of consequences for most candidates for public office who engage in anti-Muslim rhetoric reveal an unfortunate societal tolerance for prejudicial speech directed at Muslim.
CAIR names individuals, institutions and groups that were at the center of promoting Islamophobia in America during the period covered by the report.
The "worst" list includes:
CAIR also names individuals, institutions and groups that deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobia in 2011 and 2012.
The "best" list includes:
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 U.S. throughout its history.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org
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