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Who Fosters Fear of Muslims in America?

August 29, 2011

An investigative research project conducted by the Center for American Progress reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the flames of anti-Muslim hate in America. The authors worked to expose the Islamophobia network in depth, name the major players, connect the dots, and trace the genesis of anti-Muslim propaganda.

The report, titled “Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America”, lifts the veil behind the hate, follows the money, and identifies the names of foundations who have given money, how much they have given, and who they have given to.

The money has flowed into the hands of five key “experts” and “scholars” who comprise the central nervous system of anti-Muslim propaganda: Frank Gaffney, David Yerushalmi, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, and Steven Emerson.

These five “scholars” are assisted in their propaganda efforts by Brigitte Gabriel (founder, ACT! for America), Pamela Geller (co-founder, Stop Islamization of America), and David Horowitz (supporter of Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch).

As the report details, information is then disseminated through conservative organizations like the Eagle Forum, the religious right, Fox News, and politicians such as Allen West and Newt Gingrich.

Sources and Recommended Reading:

"Report: $42 Million from Seven Foundations Helped Fuel the Rise of Islamophobia In America", Crescent and Cross, 29 August 2011

"Fear, Inc. - The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America", by Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir, Center for American Progress
August 2011 

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