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POLITICS OF "ISLAMOPHOBIA"

The term “Islamophobia” was invented and promoted in the early 1990s by the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood. Former IIIT member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad -- who was with that organization when the word was formally created, and who has since rejected IIIT's ideology -- now reveals the original intent behind the concept of Islamophobia: “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.” In short, in its very origins, “Islamophobia” was a term designed as a weapon to advance a totalitarian cause by stigmatizing critics and silencing them.

This plan was an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood's "General Strategic Goal for North America," by which the organization aimed to wage "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." To implement this plan, the Brotherhood enlisted the help of 29 likeminded "organizations of our friends" (one of which was IIIT), whose task would be to depict themselves as civil-rights groups speaking out on behalf of a Muslim American population that was allegedly besieged by outsiders who harbored an illogical, unfounded fear of them -- i.e., by a society replete with "Islamophobia."

Although the term was coined in the early 1990s, “Islamophobia” did not become the focus of an active Brotherhood campaign until after 9/11. Since that time, Islamist lobby organizations (including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR) and Muslim civil-rights activists have regularly accused the American people, American institutions, law-enforcement authorities, and the U.S. government of harboring a deep and potentially violent prejudice against Muslims. The accusers charge that as a result of this "Islamophobia," Muslims are disproportionately targeted by perpetrators of hate crimes and acts of discrimination.

But FBI data on hate crimes show that the foregoing accusers are wholly incorrect. The incidence of anti-Muslim abuses nationwide has actually declined since September 2001. 
 
Moreover, anti-Islamic hate crimes are but a fraction of overall religious hate crimes. In fact, the overwhelming majority of such crimes target Jews. In 2006, for instance, fully 66 percent of religiously motivated attacks in the U.S. were against Jews, while just 11 percent targeted Muslims, even though the Jewish and Muslim populations in the United States are similar in size. In 2006, a total of 156 anti-Islamic hate crimes were committed nationwide -- a 68 percent drop from 2001. 
 
The FBI report discredits CAIR’s alarmist narrative of “Islamophobic” lynch mobs marching on mosques across America. It shows that in reality, Americans have been remarkably, and admirably, tolerant and respectful of Muslims and their institutions since 9/11. 
 
Each year, CAIR, which claims to be the “Muslim NAACP,” releases a report citing thousands of alleged civil-rights and physical abuses against Muslims, which largely are based on anecdotal reporting from members of its organization. Despite CAIR’s obvious bias (and proven record of dissembling), the mainstream media often report its numbers unfiltered and without question. 
 
But a careful analysis of the numbers shows that the incidents reported by CAIR are mostly victimless crimes. For instance, in its 2006 report CAIR listed as “hate crimes” such occurrences as:

  • someone placing a copy of the Quran in a toilet at the library of Pace University in New York

  • someone trampling on a “flower bed” at a mosque in Texas.

Even in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was virtually no vigilantism or violent backlash against Muslims in the United States. In November and December 2001, Zogby polled American Muslims and found that only 6 percent had suffered “physical abuse or assault.”

In October 2010, CAIR announced that it was forming a new “Islamophobia” department that would produce an annual report tracking “trends in rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims and ... offer accurate and balanced information to be used in the struggle for tolerance and mutual understanding.”

A Nexis search suggests that the term "Islamophobia" was first used in the media around 1990, when a Soviet Academy of Sciences academic told an Uzbekistan-based newspaper that Soviet leaders' “Islamophobia” might trigger an “Islamic explosion.” In 1995, Jordan’s Prince Hassan used the word in an address at the UN General Assembly, asserting that many people were using "inflammatory rhetoric" to "ta[r] all Moslems with the brush of fanatical extremism." In 1996 the British think tank Runnymede Trust established a Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia, which later produced a report entitled “Islamophobia: A challenge for us all.” In the late 1990s, Iranian diplomats used the term with increasing frequency at the (now-defunct) UN Commission on Human Rights, characterizing the phenomenon as “the perception of Islam and its followers as threats to the West.” Today, references to "Islamophobia" appear regularly in UN documents.


Much of this summary is adapted from: "Hyping Hate Crimes vs. Muslims," by Investor's Business Daily, December 7, 2007).

RESOURCES:

Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future
By David Horowitz and Robert Spencer
2011

How the Term "Islamophobia" Got Shoved Down Your Throat
By Claire Berlinski
November 24, 2010

Ben Affleck: Portrait of Islam’s Clueless Apologetics
By Raymond Ibrahim
October 10, 2014

Smear, Inc.: Silencing the Critics of Islamic Supremacism
By Mark Tapson
September 14, 2011

The Soros-Supported Center for American Progress Blames Rich Jews for Stoking Islamophobia
Ed Lasky
August 27, 2011

Silencing Critics of Islamic Extremism
By Daniel Greenfield
August 29, 2011

The Only Thing We Have to Fear (Is Islamophobia Itself)
By Robert Spencer and David Horowitz
October 3, 2011

What Is an "Islamophobe"?
By Brigitte Gabriel
September 26, 2008

Why "Islamophobia" Is a Brilliant Term
By Dennis Prager
July 31, 2007

Six Sure Signs Someone You Know Is an Islamophobe
By Eric Allen Bell
October 12, 2012


ISLAMOPHOBIA AND "HATE CRIMES":

New FBI Hate Crime Stats: Another Blow to Islamist Fictions
By David Rusin
December 15, 2014

Religious Bias Crimes 2000-2009: Muslim, Jewish and Christian Victims – Debunking the Myth of a Growing Trend of Muslim Victimization
By The Center for Security Policy
2011

More Muslim "Hate Crime" Myths
By Daniel Pipes
December 24, 2010

Fake Hate Crimes: An Islamist Weapon
By Ryan Mauro
August 24, 2010

Hyping Hate Crimes vs. Muslims
By Investor's Business Daily
December 7, 2007

CAIR's Hate Crimes Nonsense
By Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha
May 18, 2005

Hate Crimes: Where's the "Islamophobia"?
By David Rusin
December 3, 2010


RESOLUTIONS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA:

* To view various "Resolutions Against Islamophobia," click here.


PUBLICATIONS CHARGING THAT ISLAMOPHOBIA IS RAMPANT:


* To view publications charging that Islamophobia pervades American and Western culture, click here.


ANTI-ISLAMOPHOBIA EVENTS:

* UC Berkeley and the "Islamophobia" Lobby
By Cinnamon Stillwell
May 25, 2012


SEE ALSO:

* "Flying Imams" Controversy

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