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Debunking the “80 Percent of Mosques in America” Myth

Debunking the “80 Percent of Mosques in America” Myth

On Tuesday night, American blogger Robert Spencer, who leads the anti-Muslim hate group AFDI, appeared on Fox News to discuss Sharia law with host Sean Hannity. During the segment, he advanced the oft-recited statistic...

What Anderson Cooper Should Have Asked the Organizer of the Anti-Muslim Rally in Phoenix

What Anderson Cooper Should Have Asked the Organizer of the Anti-Muslim Rally in Phoenix

Last night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Jon Ritzheimer, a former Marine and father of two, who is organizing an armed rally outside a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona. As Muslim worshippers gather at the mosque...

In Arizona, Bikers Plan Armed Protest Outside of Mosque

In Arizona, Bikers Plan Armed Protest Outside of Mosque

On Friday, May 29, 2015, a group of bikers in Arizona plan to host an anti-Muslim demonstration outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Dubbed as “Freedom of Speech Rally Round 2,” a...

In UK, False Stories About Muslims Fuel Hate Crimes & Prejudice

In UK, False Stories About Muslims Fuel Hate Crimes & Prejudice

In the past week, three pieces about Islamophobia in the UK caught our attention. They underscore the depth of anti-Muslim prejudice in British society, and point to some of the reasons behind it. On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that a...

A Tennessee Man Planned to Slaughter Muslims in New York. The Media Was Silent.

A Tennessee Man Planned to Slaughter Muslims in New York. The Media Was Silent.

Islamberg is a rural village in Hancock, New York founded in the late 1980s by American Muslims. Robert Doggart, a Tennessee man and failed Congressional candidate, wanted to burn the town to the...

Muslims Use Creative Campaigns to Denounce ISIS

Muslims Use Creative Campaigns to Denounce ISIS

One of the narratives that often contributes to Islamophobia is this one: Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism and violence committed in the name of Islam. As we and others have written, Muslims actually do...

Allen West Goes to Wal-Mart and Finds Sharia in the Check-Out Aisle

Allen West Goes to Wal-Mart and Finds Sharia in the Check-Out Aisle

On Monday, former Congressman Allen West took to his website to write about an experience he and his daughter had at a Wal-Mart in Texas. In a post originally titled “Sharia Law Comes...

SNL Plays Pictionary and (Doesn’t) Draw Muhammad

SNL Plays Pictionary and (Doesn’t) Draw Muhammad

Last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” sketch, Picture Perfect, received a lot of attention for its (lack of) portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. In the segment, which features actress Reese Witherspoon alongside SNL’s usual cast,...

Europe: Muslim Women Most At Risk for Violent, Racially Motivated Attacks

Europe: Muslim Women Most At Risk for Violent, Racially Motivated Attacks

Of the nearly 50,000 racially motivated crimes in Europe in 2013, Muslim women were among those targeted most often. Today, they remain the group that is most at risk for such attacks. The attacks are...

NY Times Editorial Board: Muhammad Cartoon Event was “Motivated by Hate”

NY Times Editorial Board: Muhammad Cartoon Event was “Motivated by Hate”

On Wednesday, Mary 6, 2015, the New York Times editorial board responded to the Muhammad cartoon controversy drummed up by anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller. They criticized her claim that the event — which resulted...

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