Report aims to map funding to anti-Islamist groups

Updated 7:13 p.m. The liberal Center for American Progress released a report Friday that it says maps the financial infrastructure … Continued

Updated 7:13 p.m.

The liberal Center for American Progress released a report Friday that it says maps the financial infrastructure for a group of writers and activists who have successfully raised concern about Islam in recent years.

The report argues that almost $43 million from seven charitable groups since 2001 has served as a main driver of campaigns that include: the opposition to the Islamic center near Ground Zero; proposed state laws banning judges from considering Islamic or foreign laws in U.S. courts; and more broadly, a rise in conservative politics and, in particular, of anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The report, titled “Fear, Inc.,” aims to “end Islamophobia,” said one of its authors, Faiz Shakir, who is also a CAP vice president.

“This isn’t playing games. We want to end Islamophobia. If we want to do that, we have to identify motivators of this hate industry, marginalize them and demand they be held accountable,” Shakir said.

It was too early Friday to tell what the report’s impact could be, but its authors warned that anti-Muslim rhetoric could grow with the presidential campaign revving up. Candidates Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachman have spoken publicly about what they see as a threat not from specific Muslims but from “sharia,” the Islamic system of justice that has no agreed-upon interpretation.

The subjects of the report immediately responded that it was misleading and did not address the dangers of radical Islam.

Among the subjects was author and Stanford University fellow Daniel Pipes, who said the report places too much blame for anti-Muslim prejudice on people like him and not enough on Muslim leaders who don’t sufficiently condemn Islamism, or the notion that Islam is inseparable from government.

“The report makes no distinction between those who are anti-Islamic and those (like me) who are anti-Islamist. I am not against the religion of Islam but am very much against the political ideology of Islamism, which I see as the third great totalitarian movement after fascism and communism. This lack of distinction points to the intellectually shoddy premise of the report,” Pipes said.

Robert Spencer, another subject of the report, said the financial picture it gives is misleading because it lumps together various organizations over time.

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  • Kingofkings1

    I don’t think this goes far enough – in terms of diluting the poisonous venom from Pipes, Spencer, Geller, et al as a threat to American values. I propose there should be a new facility right next to Guanatanamo where these hatemongers could be housed and maybe various enhanced techniques can be tried to attempt to re-integrate them into acceptable norms, so we can avoid the next Breivik. The learning curve would not be a challenge as a lot of techniques of enhanced interrogation can be transfered with intensive hand-on training

  • YEAL9

    The solution without spending a dime:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using “The 77 Branches of Islamic “faith” a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true “faith” (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings.” i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    “1. Belief in Allah”

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    “2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence.”

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the “Gi-b G-nab” (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the “akas” for Allah should be included if you continue to be a “crea-tionist”.

    “3. To believe in the existence of angels.”

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No “pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies” ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and “tin–ker be-lls”. Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    “4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore.”

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scr

  • YEAL9

    The last paragraph which was not included because of the 3000 word limitation:

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..