The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has released a new report documenting the state of affairs for the anti-Islam network in the United States, Charlotte Silver writes for the Electronic Intifada blog today.
The report revealed the continued presence of a large, well-funded infrastructure of anti-Islam organisations and individuals, which continues to peddle Islamophobia in a bid to shape the public discourse.
The report rates the year 2012 as a 5.9 on a scale of one to ten — ten representing the worst possible situation for Muslims in the US. The year 2010 received a rating of 6.4; this is attributed to the storm of anti-Islam sentiment that was sparked by the building of the Park51 Muslim community center in lower Manhattan.
The report provides a useful and extensive index— a sort of “who’s who — of the US Islamophobia network, including politicians, pundits and other leaders. CAIR identifies 37 groups that comprise an “inner core” of groups that directly work to denigrate Islam.
And while signs suggest a softening of anti-Islamic sentiment among the general public in America, the Islamophobic industry that fear-baits the American public remains a lucrative one: CAIR estimates that the total revenue for these groups was $119.6 million between 2008 and 2011. The report is careful to distinguish revenue from funding. In 2011, the Center for American Progress published “Fear, Inc.,” an investigative report that isolated seven foundations that provided $42.6 million worth of funding to Islamophobia think tanks, including Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum and Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism.
You can read the full article on the Electronic Intifada website, by clicking here. For further reading about the subject, see Nathan Lean’s award winning The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto, 2012). This week, you can pick up a copy for just £8.05 including free UK P&P as part of our 40% off ‘back to uni’ sale. Click here to activate the site-wide discount, or on the cover image for more information about the book.
“This concise, accessible and illuminating book meets one of the most urgent needs of our time. Nathan Lean has provided us with a compelling counter-narrative that reveals the vested interests and highly-organized networks of those who preach the virulent Islamophobia that is not only endangering world peace but is also corroding the tolerance and egalitarian ethos that should characterize Western society. This book should be required reading.”
– Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God, Islam: A Short History and Muhammad