"Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," from the Center for American Progress is just the latest in an ever-lengthening string of markedly similar "exposés" of so-called "Islamphobes." Each purports to show that the anti-Sharia movement in America is a sinister cabal of well-funded, dishonest hacks stirring up hate against innocent Muslims in order to profit from it. Each has been highly distorted and markedly unfair, twisting the facts and cooking the data in order not to enlighten but to manipulate, not to educate but to propagandize.
Just in recent months there have been two other reports, both almost identical in substance to "Fear, Inc.": the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center's "Jihad Against Islam" and the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations' "Same Hate, New Target: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States." Each of these is lavishly produced, printed on glossy paper and full of colorful illustrations. With the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the midst of a full-scale, years-long campaign at the United Nations to compel the West to criminalize any honest discussion of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to recruit and motivate terrorists, it would be useful to know who is funding these slickly produced reports; but, true to form, the mainstream media instead glosses over the radical and genuinely sinister ties of the organizations that produced them, and repeats their agitprop as if it were fact.
But it isn't. In what follows I must, for reasons of time, limit myself largely to responding to the report's attacks on me; however, the "Fear, Inc." attacks on my colleagues and others doing similar work are no more substantive or less manipulative and propagandistic.