Pluto author Nathan Lean, (The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims; Pluto, 2012) has written for CNN blogs on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
We have reproduced an extract of the article below. For the full thing, go to the CNN Belief Blog, here.
From the Oval Office that Tuesday evening 12 years ago, President George W. Bush addressed the stricken nation with a message of hope.
“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America,” he said. “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace.”
Sadly, though, out of that dark hour came more darkness.
Throughout the past 12 years, government agencies and local law enforcement have often turned inward, eroding the liberties of ordinary, law-abiding citizens.
In the name of defending national security, they’ve fractured relationships with American Muslim communities and undermined the foundations of freedom on which this land was built.
Anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States has not only manifested itself through mosque arsons, assaults, murders and invariably hostile rhetoric from society’s extreme fringes. It has also become a permanent fixture of the very institutions that should provide safeguards against those things.
A long view of the response to terrorism since 9/11 suggests that Islamophobia — an irrational fear or suspicion of all Muslims and Islam based on the actions of a few — is increasingly legislated and enforced.
The most recent example of this comes from the city that bore the brunt of the 9/11 attacks.
To read the rest of this article, go to the CNN Belief Blog, by clicking here.
You can also listen to Nathan giving an interview about the Islamophobia Industry on greedforilm.com. It was recorded and broadcast originally on 25th August.