Report: List Of Islamophobic Groups At New High

A new report issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations says that a record number of Islamophobic groups have raised more than $200 million since 2008.

Titled "Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States," the report details 74 organizations which the study's creators consider anti-Muslim hate groups and their supporters, according to Religion News.

The study also showed that attacks on mosques reached an all-time high in 2015, NBC reports.

In the introduction of the report, Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive director Nihad Awad writes:

The last two months of 2015 saw 34 incidents in which mosques were targeted by vandals or those who want to intimidate worshippers. This is more incidents than we usually record in an entire year. This report makes a case that those who value constitutional ideals like equal protection, freedom of worship, or an absence of religious tests for those seeking public office no longer have the luxury of just opposing the U.S. Islamophobia network's biased messaging.

According to the report, there is a 'core' of 33 organizations which CAIR believes are actively promoting anti-Muslim propaganda including the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Jihad Watch, PamelaGeller.com, and the Forum for Middle East Understanding.

Then there are 41 more peripheral organizations which are described as supporting the core through "work that regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes," Religion News reports.

This list includes Fox News, The Washington Times, "Real Time With Bill Maher," and The National Review, among others.

CAIR said that it is not opposed to criticism of Islam and Muslims, but maintains that these 74 organizations comprise "the U.S. Islamophobia network."

Corey Saylor, the main author of the report, said the following:

"We believe in strong conversation in this country. But we want to see those who push Islamophobia on the fringes of society and not in the mainstream."

David Horowitz, whose organization made the list of 'core' organizations, defended his work.

"You cannot find one sentence I have ever uttered that can be called anti-Muslim. I have said countless times that most Muslims are law-abiding people who want to keep their children out of trouble. However, there is a large segment that wants Holy War."

Sources: NBC, Religion News / Photo credit: Dane Hillard/Wikimedia Commons

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