American Groups Receive 206 Million to Incite Hatred Against Muslims

By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat – A report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender names 74 groups that they found contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the United States.The report, titled “Confronting Fear,” which was released Monday, also found that a core group—including the Abstraction Fund, Clarion Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Middle East Forum, American Freedom Law Center, Center for Security Policy, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jihad Watch and Act! for America—had access to $206 million in funding between 2008 and 2013, as reported by the Guardian. The Guardian also reported that of the 74 groups, 33 had the primary purpose of “promot[ing] prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims.”The report was intended to “represent a four-point strategy designed to achieve a shared American understanding of Islam… in which Islam has an equal place among the many faiths that together constitute America’s pluralistic society.”Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said “Confronting Fear” presents an opportunity to move anti-Muslim bias “back to the fringes of society where it belongs,” especially after a disruptive presidential election.“The 2016 presidential elections has mainstreamed Islamophobia and resulted in a number of un-constitutional proposals targeting Muslims,” said Saylor.On Monday, the headline on the David Horowitz Freedom Center website was “Muslim privilege killed 49 people in Orlando,” a reference to the mass shooting by a Muslim American in an Orlando LGBT nightclub.The same group along with another on the list—the Center for Security Policy—have given awards of recognition to Jeff Sessions, a US senator from Alabama who chairs Donald Trump’s national security advisory committee and is a possible vice-presidential pick, according to the Guardian.The CAIR-UCB report also documented the negative impact of Islamophobia in America, including 10 Anti-Islam bills that became law in 10 states. In addition, there were 78 recorded incidents in 2015 in which mosques were targeted.Saylor said this was the highest yearly number of attacks on mosques since CAIR started tracking in 2009, according to The Guardian.