Major Muslim group launches “Islamophobia” department

By Michelle Boorstein The country’s largest advocacy group for Muslims has launched a new “Islamophobia Department,” meant to track in … Continued

By Michelle Boorstein

The country’s largest advocacy group for Muslims has launched a new “Islamophobia Department,” meant to track in more detail what many see as a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

The Council on American Islamic Relations’ announcement this weekend will likely stir praise and criticism.

The science of measuring hate crimes is complex and flawed, due to the lack of people reporting such crimes and also the varied ways in which law enforcement officials decide what role religious hate (or some other kind of hate) played as a motivator. Since public discussion about Islam and mosque-building exploded this summer, there’s been a lot of debate – but little hard facts – to show if American sentiment toward Islam is really changing or if certain groups are just getting louder, or getting disproportionate media attention.

While CAIR, with representatives around the country, has long kept and publicized anecdotal reports about anti-Muslim incidents, it’s not been scientific, so this effort will be lauded by people looking for more data. However, CAIR has long faced critics who say some of its leaders have been too sympathetic to Islamic terrorism and these people will try and cut down CAIR’s new department.

As an aside, I thought it was interesting that CAIR embraced the term Islamophobia since the term does have some critics in the Muslim community. Some believe it conflates criticism of Islam with discrimination against Muslim and tamps debate within the community. Some say the term “phobia” makes it seem like anti-Islamic racism is a disease someone is helpless to have.

  • WmarkW

    “Some say the term “phobia” makes it seem like anti-Islamic racism is a disease someone is helpless to have.”FOUL! Islam is not a race.Racism would be fearing the olive-complected.Fearing the followers of a philosophy that marries girls at eight, throws acid on ones that go to school, and whose university-education, middle class members sometimes seek out terrorist training and philosophical justification is NOT “racism”.

  • AKafir

    CAIR is filled to the brim with Muslim Brotherhood followers. Anything they come out with should be taken with a huge huge grain of salt. The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the FBI to investigate this arson attack as a possible “hate crime.” CAIR’s Honest Ibe Hooper suggested it was caused by “anti-Muslim bigotry.” Naeem Baig, vice president of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Circle of North America, said that the arson attack was one of the “incidents of Islamophobia [that] are on the rise in our country.”But unfortunately for these lying charlatans, the arson attack was set by a Muslim, a member of the mosque, who was apparently trying to fabricate an anti-Muslim hate crime. Fake Hate Crimes: An Islamist WeaponExpect a lot of lies. After all it was Muhammad who said: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Khosrau will be ruined, and there will be no Khosrau after him, and Caesar will surely be ruined and there will be no Caesar after him, and you will spend their treasures in Allah’s Cause.” He called, “War is deceit’. Is Quoting the Hadiath Islamophobia?

  • lovelystill

    Former Palestinian terrorist Walid Shoebat wrote “Why I left Jihad”. He said: “The day when I hated Jews, I wanted to kill, blow them up, I was called a “freedom fighter” by the world and the press. The day when I turn around and say, you know what, I don’t hate Jews, I don’t hate blacks, I don’t hate anybody, I love everybody equally, that’s when I became a “racist”. Go figure!”

  • zer0lin

    “FOUL! Islam is not a race.”Yeah. Neither is Homosexuality.”Fake Hate Crimes: An Islamist Weapon”Indeed.American bigotry is hilarious.Homosexuals co-opted the African-American civil rights movement and, mysteriously, it worked out better for them. “Homophobia” is now vilified throughout the media as though it were actually a thing. It’s a social faux pas to dislike the notion of same-sex coupling.But racial bias against “Blacks” isn’t.And “Islamophobia” is laughable.African-Americans and Muslims should just come out of the closet as homosexuals. I think America might give half a damn then.

  • smacc1

    Yes, CAIR is a bunch of duplicitous jerks. They’ve ridden the “Islamophobia” train since the beginning, using it especially when anything controversial about Muslims comes up. Not sanguine about Muslims flying airplanes into tall buildings? You’re obviously an Islamophobe. Not sanguine about rioting and bombing embassies by Muslims? You’re obviously an Islamophobe. Suspicious your local mosque may be recruiting young people and turning them into jihadists in Somalia? You’re obviously an Islamophobe. Critical of Muslims who refuse to give you a ride in their taxi because your seeing eye dog offends them? You’re obviously an Islamophobe.

  • yasseryousufi

    As an aside, I thought it was interesting that CAIR embraced the term Islamophobia since the term does have some critics in the Muslim community. Some believe it conflates criticism of Islam with discrimination against Muslim and tamps debate within the community. Some say the term “phobia” makes it seem like anti-Islamic racism is a disease someone is helpless to have.—Michelle Boorstein********************************And who are these critics in the muslim community who say there’s no Islamophobia?? Nonie darweesh?? Wafa Sultan? Gimme a break! haven’t you heard Newt Gingrich spewing venom against muslims? and he could be President of America in a couple of years if Obama’s rating remain as they are. Do you believe comparing muslims to Nazis is legitimate comparison? If thats not hate mongering, I have no Idea what is. The sneering tone of this article against CAIR, the only umbrella group of muslim organizations that takes on Zionist and Neocon bigots, is so typical of the Islamophobes. Does the author really believes we should treat hatred for muslims differently from hatred for Jews?

  • Nabihah

    please check out

  • ThomasBaum

    Nabihah In the http site that you wanted people to check out, it says, “And that Islam means the beginning of a new world order of social justice, equality and true emancipation and liberty for all the children of Adam, not only in Europe but also in all other parts of the world?” and “That Islam, fully embraced and implemented, may take our world to a new height of health, wealth, glory, peace, joy and contentment. Not just for this or that group of people, but for everyone everywhere.”This site makes it perfectly clear that islam’s goal is world domination, is this not so?And it should also be clear that this “jihad” is being fought on many fronts: terroism, the ballot box, intimidation, etc.When we throw away our constitutional rights such as seperation of church and state and freedom of speech by intimidation such as the Washington Post did very recently concerning a cartoon then it should be very clear that PC is more important than people and their God-given rights.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • FarnazMansouri2

    Hi Thomas Baum,That’s the thing you see–separation of church and state. Without it we are doomed. People must be free to chose a religion or to choose no religion. The alternative is the enslavement of conscience. This the founders understood well.Farnaz

  • EddietheInfidel

    Perhaps if CAIR acted more proactively to prevent the type of crimes perpetrated by Muslims over the last 18 months, and created an “Anti-Radicalization Department”, I might be impressed. Rather than accept that some of their co-religionists justify their crimes by citing passages in the Quran, Haddith and Sunnah, and doing everything they can to prevent this sort of teaching in mosques, this Muslim Brotherhood front chooses to play the “victim card” and whine about bigotry and “islamophobia”. It isn’t a “phobia” to be rationally concerned about Islamic terrorism, and it’s not bigoted to be critical of a quasi-religious political ideology. It’s just fine that CAIR issued a press released applauding the sentencing of Faisal Shazhad; how about doing more to root out the concepts, teachings and interpretations of the core texts of Islam that resulted in his behavior in the first place.

  • scottpeck53

    I’m going to email CAIR and tell them to add me to their Islamaphobia list today. You too might be an Islmaphobic if you’re against the following. 8 year old child brides, suicide bombers, abusing women, abusing little boys, beheading people, Sharia, etc…Seems the only time CAIR comes out from under their rock is to sue a company because a Muslim woman wants to wear a veil.

  • Secular

    One of the foremost things CAIR needs to do is define the word Islamophobia. Without that then anything will go. Let us first have a debate on the term Islamophobia. From their definition we will know how serious they are or are they just trying to exploit and label people whose ideas and thoughts they do not like. Besides that if they are taking on the mantle of overseeing the American & Islamic Relations, then it is also incumbent upon them to also look at the Ameriphobia that pervades the whole of Islamic lands. Then for them to be taken seriously they should investigate the hate crimes committed against non-muslims in Islamic lands too. By the way what is teh composition of CAIR how many non-muslim Americans are there in CAIR, or is it entirely Muslim, as it may that some of them are Muslim Americans. Lastly the folks at CAIR should wonder why is it that there are no CABR, CAHR, or CAJR, etc, etc. Why do they think there should be one for Muslims? America does not have any relationships with any religion per se.

  • abrahamhab1

    “However, CAIR has long faced critics who say some of its leaders have been too sympathetic to Islamic terrorism …”While CAIR gets busy trying to fabricate and/or stage hate crimes as is reported by AKafir above. Let us recall the principal of taqqiya in Islam; it is halal (permissible) to lie in order to further the cause of their religion. Let us also remind ourselves of this group’s plan for the West in general and the USA in particular as stated by its founder.’ The process of settlement [of Islam in the United States] is a “Civilization-Jihadist” process with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that all their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” their miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who choose to slack.

  • ThomasBaum

    yasseryousufiYou wrote, “Met Jesus recently?”As I have previously mentioned, it was the Holy Spirit Who revealed to me that the Catholic Eucharist is Jesus, so it is only in the Eucharist that I have really met Jesus.I have learned about Jesus in the bible and from other people and as you should know the Jesus mentioned in the bible and what He taught and what happened to Him does not correspond to what is written about Jesus in the koran.You then wrote, “Jesus was never a hatemonger like you.”It does not matter one way or the other what you or anyone else thinks of me, I speak and write about what God has done for us (humanity) and that God becoming One of us is part of God’s Plan.And that the GOOD NEWS of God’s Plan is that, ultimately, All will be in God’s Kingdom.Jesus said, according to the bible, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life no one comes to the Father except thru Me”, did He not?Jesus said, according to the bible, “I and the Father are One”, did He not?Jesus said, according to the bible, “I will send you the Holy Spirit to guide you…”, did He not?Is this in opposition or in conformity to what is written about Jesus in the koran?Sounds like Jesus spoke of the Trinity not only in these statements but in many other statements that He stated.Isn’t there also something in the koran in opposition to Jesus’s crucifixion and death?You then wrote, “Its Christian Bigots like you who have an agenda to dominate the world not us muslims.”As I have said many times, I believe that the founding fathers of the US were divinely inspired when they inserted the seperation of church and state in the founding documents and that they were in accord with Jesus when He said, “Give to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar’s”, whether they consciously realized this or not.Also Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world”, pretty straight forward, don’t you think?You then wrote, “We’re just fighting back to throw you occupying christians out of our country.”Just what country are you speaking of?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • ThomasBaum

    FarnazMansouri2 You wrote, “That’s the thing you see–separation of church and state. Without it we are doomed. People must be free to chose a religion or to choose no religion. The alternative is the enslavement of conscience. This the founders understood well.”Not only did the founders have at their disposal what happened in other countries but also what happened in colonial America.We also have at our disposal what has happened when the freedom to believe has been suppressed.Just as there are theists who wish to cram their beliefs down other people’s throats there are also atheists, at least some of whom seem to be more anti-theist than atheist, who seem to be their mirror image.I think that you have seen some of their postings on these sites, have you not?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • yasseryousufi

    smacc1,You obviously get your info on CAIR from from your Evangelical preachers and fox news. None of the examples you cite have ever been raised by CAIR as examples Islamophobia. Instead they have aired legitimate concerns of American muslims with regards to denial of their constitutional right to freely practice of their religion in several cities in US. They also counter the canard spread by Right Wing Republican bigots like Paladino, Angle and Gingrich who say muslims are gonna take over America and other similar predictable hate mongering tools. Find me one stance CAIR has taken on which they have been proven to be wrong.

  • yasseryousufi

    ThomasBaum,What are you up to hallucinating these days old man? Met Jesus recently? Give it up whatever you’re smoking. Jesus was never a hatemonger like you. Its Christian Bigots like you who have an agenda to dominate the world not us muslims. We’re just fighting back to throw you occupying christians out of our country.

  • yasseryousufi

    Jesus said, according to the bible, “I and the Father are One”, did He not?—ThomasBaum**************************************Of course not! That was Constantine I polluting the Bible and minds of Romans. Jesus never said he’s God or Son of God.

  • ThomasBaum

    yasseryousufiI wrote, “Jesus said, according to the bible, “I and the Father are One”, did He not?” You replied, “Of course not! That was Constantine I polluting the Bible and minds of Romans. Jesus never said he’s God or Son of God.”Who was it that was “polluting the Bible”, as you put it, when Jesus said the other things that I asked you about which you have not replied to?I suppose that you have to say someone was “polluting the Bible” since the Jesus referred to in the Bible bears little if no resemblance to the Jesus referred to in the koran except by Name.Jesus referred to Himself in many ways and one of the ways that He used many times was as the “Son of Man” to get it thru to us that He was Human but if He were only Human and not truly Man and truly God, God-Incarnate, then Jesus was One of the most if not THE MOST arrogant human beings that ever lived.Jesus asked the question then and it is just as relevant today, “Who do you say that I AM”?That is the thing about the bible and God, God wants us to think and to freely decide whether or not to follow Him and also to freely answer His question, “Who do you say that I AM?”.My answer is that Jesus is God-Incarnate and the Brother of ALL HUMANITY.As it says, “Faith is a gift, that no man should boast”, so it should be apparent that since not all have faith that not all have this gift.Didn’t Thomas the Apostle finally answer it with, “My Lord and My God”?Is it true, that in the koran, it is denied that Jesus was even crucified and that He died on the cross?It is written in the bible, “When Jesus finished all these words, He said to his disciples, “You know that in two days’ time it will be Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”Who is this “Son of Man”, is this not Jesus?Jesus was not only crucified but He told His disciples about it ahead of time, did He not? At least according to the bible Jesus did.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

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