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Islamophobia Erupting in the US
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 4, 2011
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 ADL 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.
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 Qur'an 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
CAIR identifies a number of individuals and groups who
have rallied against Islamophobia as well as a number who can be identified
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
Some individuals, institutions and groups were at the
centre of pushing Islamophobia in America during the period covered by the
“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 percent in November 2001 to 30 percent in August 2010
according to the Pew Research Centre. In late November 2010, the Public
Research Institute found that 45 percent 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
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.
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.