John Esposito, the Saudi-funded director of Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, is on a mission to convince the world that "Islamophobia has metastasized" as a "social cancer in America" one academic conference at a time. Speaking alongside his protégé, Dalia Mogahed, Bridge Initiative Senior Fellow Engy Abdelkader, and others at the September 22 "Islamophobia in Focus: Muslims and the Media" conference in Washington, DC, the notorious Islamism apologist pitched this message to an audience of about 130.
Much of the discussion revolved around the well-worn canard that media distortion inflates concerns about Islamist terrorism. "While studies show that a greater security risk emanates from white supremacists, rightwing extremists, and ultra-separatist groups, both here in the United States as well as in Europe," Abdelkader told the attendees, "when we hear about terrorism in the news, it tends to be in the context of Muslims and Islam."
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