imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Vilifying Muslims in America

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Aug. 08, 2011 at 4:40 AM


Vilifying Muslims in America - by Stephen Lendman

Judge nations by how they treat all people, whether equally, or advantaging some over others. Judge them harshly if they persecute some for political advantage.

In America, people of color and Muslims are fair game. It's longstanding policy based on prejudicial attitudes, stereotypes, deep-seated racism, and notions of corrupted Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.

Post-9/11, in fact, Muslims are perceived as barbaric, violent, uncivilized, gun-toting terrorists, easily targeted, accused, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned - not for wrongdoing, for their faith in American at the wrong time. As a result, it's no surprise that when suspects are named, media reports automatically convict them in the court of public opinion.

So do racist politicians for political advantage. Two notably among others stand out:

-- Senator Joe Lieberman (D/turned whatever-CT) last February wanting "a comprehensive national approach (developed) to (counter) homegrown radicalization to violent Islamist extremism; and

-- Rep. Peter King (R. NY), chairing House Committee on Homeland Security hearings, duplicitously claiming radicalized Muslims are increasing at an alarming rate, endangering US security.

In fact, notorious Islamophobes like him, Lieberman and many others in Congress threaten humanity worldwide by funding and supporting destructive global wars, as well as persecuting innocent victims at home, endangering everyone as a result.

No matter that Islamic tenets teach love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; tolerance, not terrorism; or that Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots. You'd never know it in today's climate of hate and fear at a time America wages global wars on Islam, including at home.

People For the American Way (PFAW) Takes Aim at Anti-Muslim Extremism

Its new report focuses on "The Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism," saying:

"Under the guise of defending freedom and American values, right-wing anti-Muslim activists....prevent Muslim-Americans from freely worshiping and practicing their religion, curtail their political rights," urge deportations for some and prosecutions of others.

Connected to overall racial and religious hatred, Muslims became a favored target of choice. As a result, politicians argue for close monitoring, investigating, and curtailing their freedoms to stop them, destroying core democratic values in the process.

Post-9/11, manufactured paranoia claims Muslim are a fifth column threat to US security, "working to bring about America's downfall." Vicious rhetoric and accusations vilify them, calling them a dangerous internal threat to be stopped.

According to David Yerushalmi, a leading anti-Muslim propagandist/general counsel for the far-right Center for Security Policy:

"Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization....The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies." The way to defeat them is to criminalize Islam, he believes, proposing:

-- 20 years imprisonment for knowingly supporting the furtherance of or adherence to Islam;

-- congressionally declaring war on Muslim nations;

-- declaring all non-US citizen Muslims alien enemies under Chapter 3, Title 50 of the US Code, subjecting them to immediate deportation; and

-- assuring no Muslims get entry visas to America.

Accordingly, Muslims are perceived to be violent. No moderate ones exist. According to University of North Carolina Professor Omid Safi:

"A common ploy by Islamophobes is to go to a predictable list of verses in the Koran and the words of Muhammad and to argue that (they) - with no context, no interpretation, and no alternative (ones) - represent the essence of Islam for all eternity, no matter what Muslims may say or why they may protest."

Notorious Islamophobe David Horowitz claims that "between 150 million and 750 million Muslims support a holy war against Christians, Jews and other Muslims," based solely on his racist anti-Islamic hate.

In addition, right-wing religious extremist Pat Robertson compares Muslims to Hitler, urging Americans to fight them the same way, and the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer calls Muslims "parasites" and a "toxic cancer....out to eliminate and destroy western civilization."

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he won't have Muslims in his administration if elected. Newt Gingrich defended his position in a Republican candidate debate, comparing them to Nazis. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R. NC) calls them terrorists responsible for 9/11 (an exposed lie), and Allen West (R. FL) claims Muslims are naturally "wild" because God cursed Ishmael and his Muslim descendants.

The Pat Robertson/Jay Sekulow-founded American Center for Law and Justice claims Islam compels its adherents to fight America and other countries, saying:

"Because Islam grew out of the belief in complete world domination, every Muslim is obligated to labor in his own way toward achieving that goal, no matter where he lives or what sovereign claims his allegiance."

Distorting Truth to Spread Lies

Fake research is used to attack the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As a result, Republican senators and congresspersons want the group investigated.

Not for wrongdoing. For encouraging young Muslim-Americans to become congressional interns to learn more about politics. Nonetheless, CAIR and other Islamic groups are vilified. During Rep. Peter King's first hearings, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R. MN) called CAIR a "terrorist organization."

Moreover, King and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R. TX) want its leaders prosecuted for being "an enemy organization operating within our midst," operating "as a front for terrorist organizations inside America."

Islamophobe Steve Emerson, a self-styled terrorist expert (aka hatemonger), notoriously uses fake research to maliciously vilify Muslim political groups by linking them to terrorist organizations.

During his witch-hunt congressional hearings, Peter King also used falsified information to claim over eight of ten American mosques advocate radical Islam, threatening US security.

Super-hawk racist Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy also repeats the same lies in his campaign to prevent US mosque construction, and Islamophobe Gary Bauer claims unnamed "experts" support his allegation that individuals disseminating "radical Wahhabist ideology" fund 80% of American mosques.

In fact, a 2010 Duke/University of North Carolina Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security study showed Muslim American communities use mosques and affiliated community groups to fight against violent extremism.

Nonetheless, vicious hatemongering persists. Other examples include:

-- ACT! for America claims public schools secretly convert students to Islam, "literally brainwashing (them) to prepare them to turn against our own soldiers and our own military and government by basically feeding them the talking points of al-Qaeda;"

-- The Oak Initiative's Rick Joyner tells parents that public school texts are replacing Founding Fathers with Muslims;

-- the American Family Association claims Mattel's Little Mommy Cuddle 'n Coo dolls tell children "Islam is the light;"

-- in 2010, numerous Islamophobes attacked the Miss USA pageant after it chose a Muslim America the winner; and

-- other right-wing hatemongers claim US judges must follow Sharia law, and Muslims want Sharia courts created.

Right-Wing Ideologues Want Freedoms Defended by Denying Them to Muslims

Gaffney claims "radical Muslims have proved adept at using (freedoms) to thwart legitimate surveillance and other countermeasures by law enforcement."

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R. TX) wants Muslims born in America denied citizenship.

Stop the Islamization of America's Pamela Geller claims if Muslims have the same rights as other Americans, they'll "impose Islamic supremacism" on the country.

Oklahoma legislator Rex Duncan wants the state Constitution to ban Sharia law because "America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and we're unapologetically grateful that God has blessed America and blessed Oklahoma."

ACT! for America Kansas head Lisa Ritchie claims:

"The law that (Muslims) really do live under is completely different opposite from our law, so they can't live side by side. So one's got to go....We live in a free United States and I want to keep it like that."

Other Islamophobic groups also disseminate spurious accusations about Islamic jihad threatening America's security and culture.

Moreover, anti-Muslim extremists claim Islam is a dangerous political ideology, not a religion. Rep. Allen West (R. FL) calls it a "theo-political belief system and construct" that must be destroyed. The Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty insists "Islam is a geo-political military system wrapped in a cloak of religious belief."

Former Muslims United's Nonie Darwish claims "mosque(s aren't) for worship. (They're) where war is started, where commandments to do jihad start, where incitements against non-Muslims occur. (They're) place(s) where ammunition is stored."

Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber calls Islam "Satanic, (something) not of God and of Christ, (so) what it is of is the Enemy."

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer says "there is no spirit of God in Islam. It is the spirit of Satan." Pat Robertson also claims Islam's not a religion, "but a political system bent on world domination."

Islamophobic groups also argue that Muslim Americans deserve no First Amendment religious protections because Islam's not a religion. As a result, they claim, US legal freedoms will let them impose "totalitarian" ideologies. According to Gaffney:

"Our enemies are using our tolerance of religion to create an infrastructure of mosques here that incubate the Islamic holy war called jihad (as part of a) stealthy 'civilization jihad' in this country."

Others want mosques banned for this and other intolerant reasons. Lt. Gen. William Boykin (ret.), former Bush administration Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, claims Muslims have no constitutional rights, saying:

"We need to realize that Islam itself is not just a religion - it is a totalitarian way of life....It should not be protected under the First Amendment, particularly given that those following the dictates of the Koran are under an obligation to destroy our Constitution and replace it with Sharia law."

The American Family Association's Fischer also believes "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, (nor the) right to build mosques in America." At the same time, AFA claims to defend "the rights of conscience and religious liberty from infringement by government."

ACT! for America urged UCLA to ban the school's Muslim Student Association, saying:

"We demand that they be removed from campus on the grounds that their purpose is to conduct a stealth jihad against America through the indoctrination of our youth on college campuses."

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told a national TV audience that Americans can and should prevent mosque construction in their communities.

Republican ideologues also link Islamic hate to Obama, claiming he's a stealth Muslim when, of course, he's Christian. Yet former Arkansas governor/Fox News contributor/presidential candidate Mike Huckabee claims:

"We may have a president who has some fundamentally anti-American ideas that may be rooted in a childhood" much different from most Americans, because "our communities (have) Rotary Clubs, not madrassas."

Rep. Gohmert claimed on the House floor that a verbal Obama slip exposed his secret loyalty to Islam, saying:

"And I know the president made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I'm well aware there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states of the world."

Other right-wing extremists make similar outlandish claims, including Obama wanting to "appease his Islamic overlords."

Muslims are also linked to other targeted right-wing groups, including progressives. For example, Islamophobe David Horowitz argues that there's "only a couple of degrees of separation between anybody on the left and the terrorists - and that includes people in the Democratic Party."

In his book titled, "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the Radical Left," he claims Muslims and progressives abhor America and American values.

Christian Broadcasting's Erick Stakelbeck said "the left sees Islam as an ally and western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition (as an) enemy. They have a shared hatred for this country."

Glenn Beck claims left-wing groups work with radical Muslims to build an Islamic caliphate in America, united against capitalism, Judaism and stability.

Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber claims "radical Islam and radical progressivism" cooperate because of their shared hatred of God, saying together they'll "try to destroy Christian principles and Christian expression in this country and abroad."

Others link immigrants with Islamic terrorists, including claims that Iran is smuggling them into US cities. As a result, AFA's Bryan Fischer insists immigrants "must convert to Christianity" or be prohibited from coming to America.

Frank Turek (fired by Cisco Systems for his anti-gay writings) told American Family Radio that "the homosexual community and Muslim community (are) joining together (because they) both hate western civilization" and the Constitution.

Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann collaborator Bradlee Dean targeted Rep. Keith Ellison (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party - MN) for his Islamic faith and support for LGBT equality.

Former House Speaker/Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told members of a Texas Church that secular humanists in league with Muslims want to destroy America as we know it, saying:

"I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time (my grandchildren are) my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American."

A Final Comment

Republican and Democrat Party right-wing extremism is a cancer destroying America. In 2012, one of their own may become president, bringing ideological hate to the White House if elected.

On June 14, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Executive Director Nihad Awad expressed concern about anti-Islamic sentiment aired by Republican presidential candidates at a June 13 New Hampshire debate, saying:

"When the candidates were asked: 'Are American Muslims as a group less committed to the Constitution than, say, Christians or Jews?' not one spoke up (for) religious tolerance. While most remained silent, Herman Cain reiterated his position that he would treat Muslims differently than members of other faiths. (He) and (Gingrich) echoed the far-right manufactured controvery about Sharia replacing the Constitution."

In fact, "Muslim groups are currently at the forefront defending the Constitution against attempts by many states to pass anti-Muslim legislation that clearly violates the Bill of Rights."

Moreover, it's "unconscionable" that political aspirants like Gingrich, Cain, and many others equate Muslims with fifth column threats to America.

In fact, many do and say so. Others also but mute their comments or stay silent. At issue is what's threatened all Muslim Americans post-9/11 - persecuting them maliciously for political advantage, making it unsafe for anyone practicing Islam by equating it to terrorism.

America's First Amendment states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Those serving in it and the White House are mandated to enforce all constitutional provisions and statute laws. However, it hasn't prevented them from violating them, especially against vulnerable Muslim Americans.

As a result, anyone may be at risk in a nation targeting its own for political advantage. It's everyone's obligation to stop it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
It wasn't Islam that did the 9-11 Attacks, 2001 Anthrax Attacks, or Crashed The Economy Masterminds of 9-11 Attacks (The CIA) Monday, Aug. 08, 2011 at 11:42 PM
"Shipping High Paying Jobs Overseas to make Working People Poor" Trans-Pacific Partnership Tuesday, Aug. 09, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy