Islamophobia & Civil Freedoms

  • Yes, the media do underreport some terrorist attacks. Just not the ones most people think of.

    Source: The Washington Post. In a recent study, we found that the news media do not cover all terrorist attacks the same way. Rather, they give drastically more coverage to attacks by Muslims, particularly foreign-born Muslims — even though those are far less common than other kinds of terrorist attacks.

     
  • Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump

    Source: The Washington Post. At least four Muslim nonprofit groups have rejected more than $2 million in federal funding to fight violent extremism, citing President Trump’s rhetoric against Muslim Americans and Islam and the new administration’s policies as their reasons. In early February, Reuters reported that the Trump administration wanted to rename the Countering Violent Extremism program to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” removing the focus on domestic groups like white supremacists. The reported shift was met with alarm by Muslim groups that had already been wary of the program.

     
  • Threat of Muslim Brotherhood ban leaves community in fear

    Source: Middle East Eye. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers last month that Washington should prioritise defeating Islamic State militants to then focus on “radical” groups, including al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The subtle reference lumping al-Qaeda, the militant organisation behind the 9/11 attacks, with a popular political movement that reaches across the Middle East and North Africa, is telling of a broader animosity toward the Muslim Brotherhood in the Trump administration, observers say. While such a designation may harm Washington’s already rocky relations with Muslims across the world, rights groups warn that it may have disastrous domestic effects – that it would enable the government to further scapegoat and crack down on Muslim American groups and individuals.

     
  • Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources

    Source: Reuters. The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

     
  • ‘Witch hunt’ fears as US may outlaw Muslim Brotherhood

    Source: Aljazeera. US civil liberties groups have slammed plans by members of Congress to proscribe the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the legislation, tabled by Republican senators Ted Cruz and Mario Diaz-Balart and supported by the Trump administration, could lead to a “witch hunt”. The bill, titled the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, was submitted in January shortly before President Donald Trump took power. It accuses the group of plotting a “grand jihad” to destroy Western civilisation from within.

     
  • 6 Rules of Islamophobia in America

    Source: The Huffington Post. After the 2015 terror attack in Paris, when Donald Trump and other GOP presidential candidates were ratcheting up their anti-Muslim political speech, we started a running list of Islamophobic acts. Sadly, in less than two months, the list became so long the webpage often wouldn’t load. This made us recognize the very real surge in anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the nation — a surge many wanted to deny was happening at all. (Think Fox News host Eric Bolling saying he “hadn’t heard of any” anti-Muslim hate crimes.) So we developed The Islamophobia Project, and committed to tracking anti-Muslim violence, vandalism, discrimination, public policy and political speech throughout 2016.

     
  • Anti-Muslim bills based on conspiracy theories have been introduced in two states

    Source: BuzzFeed News. In the past 11 days, Republican lawmakers in Indiana and Oregon have proposed bills aimed at preventing Islamic law from being used in court cases, an unfounded conspiracy theory that lives on despite a lack of evidence supporting the claim that Muslims in America are trying to subvert the US Constitution.

     
  • Donald Trump’s administration has seven people who have expressed Islamophobic sentiment

    Source: Independent. KT McFarland, the Fox News analyst and Donald Trump’s incoming deputy national security adviser, is just one of six people who have been appointed to run the government come January 2017 – excluding the president-elect himself – who have openly expressed prejudiced views about Muslims. Political correctness, Ms McFarland added, of not discriminating against Muslims “is getting us killed”. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has compiled a list of racist quotations expressed by everyone from the incoming head of the justice department, Jeff Sessions, to the new national security advisor Michael Flynn.

     
  • She became the nation’s first Somali American lawmaker. A month later, she was harassed in a D.C. cab for being Muslim.

    Source; The Washington Post. Ilhan Omar made history— winning a Minnesota statehouse race to become the nation’s first Somali American lawmaker. But as she visited the nation’s capital for policy training at the White House, her historic role didn’t stop a cab driver from targeting her for her religion. Riding in a taxi en route to her hotel Tuesday, after having spent the afternoon at the White House, she “became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats” she had ever experienced, she wrote in a post on social media.

     
  • NCPCF Legal Director Responds to Islamophobes

    NCPCF Legal Director Responds to Islamophobes. An article in the Washington Post about the NCPCF Family Conference elicited comments from a number of Islamophobes. This is the response by Kathy Manley, Legal Director of NCPCF: “I am the legal director of the group that organized the retreat mentioned here: the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. To the commenters attacking these family members: how can you judge these people you clearly know nothing about? (Relatedly, how can you judge an entire religion you also know nothing about?) I know them, and they are a pretty diverse group of mostly women, mostly Muslim, people who have suffered more than you can imagine because of what happened with their family members. And yes, believe it or not, many of their convicted loved ones did nothing wrong.”