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What Do Terrorists and the Trump Administration Have In Common?

This article, by Bridge Initiative Director John L. Esposito, was originally published in Huffington Post. Fear of Islam has become the new normal in American and European popular culture. Islamophobia, prejudice towards or discrimination against Muslims, has grown exponentially as have hate crimes against Muslims and even Sikhs who are mistaken for Muslims and have been [...]

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Factsheet: President Donald Trump

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Factsheet: Steve Bannon

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Factsheet: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

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Factsheets: What You Need to Know About Islamophobia

In an era of fake news and contested claims, reliable information is hard to come by, especially about Islam, Muslims, and Islamophobia. Recognizing the need for dependable resources on these topics, the Bridge Initiative provides factsheets on a range of issues, individuals, and organizations that relate to our work on Islamophobia. We hope our growing [...]

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When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report highlights trends and patterns surrounding Islamophobia since the start of the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. It does so in the broader context of hatred, violence and social hostilities confronting Muslims as a minority faith group in contemporary America and with a particular focus on acts and threats of violence. Since 2015, [...]

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Bridge Initiative Hosts Panel Discussion on Race, Religion, and the 2016 Election

Against the backdrop of an election season characterized by unbridled anti-Muslim rhetoric, and a broader political landscape littered by hostile expressions towards refugees and minorities, Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative hosted an afternoon panel discussion that brought together celebrated experts to examine the nexus between race, religion, and presidential politics. The event came just as the [...]

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Is Trump Right on Torture?

In the wake of the Belgium terrorist attacks, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has double-downed on his position in favor of torture. In a recent telephone interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump argued “we have to change our law on the waterboarding thing,” that he would “go further” than waterboarding and that the primary suspect […]

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Trump Says “Islam” Hates America. Here’s Why That’s Not True.

In an interview with Donald Trump that aired on Wednesday on CNN, Anderson Cooper asked the Republican presidential frontrunner if he thought “Islam is at war with the West.” “I think Islam hates us,” Trump said, “There’s tremendous hatred there… We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of […]

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VIDEO: Donald Trump — Wrong About Muslims

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Mr. Trump, the kids can hear you (and other ways Muslim children are experiencing Islamophobia)

The recent execution-style murders of two reported American Muslim men – including a teenager – of Sudanese descent in Indiana comes with suspicion about possible motives.  With the execution-style murders of three American Muslim youth near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill barely one year behind us, many suspect foul play predicated on growing […]

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Islamophobia in 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful

Looking back at the last twelve months, it can initially appear that Islamophobia was pretty bad in 2015. And indeed it was. Attacks against Muslims in the United States and their institutions have occurred in rapid succession. Meanwhile, leading politicians and the voting public have expressed increasingly anti-Muslim views. Even though FBI hate crime statistics [...]

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Trump Calls for Ban on Muslims, Cites Deeply Flawed Poll

Update (December 7, 2015) In a press release today, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." His statement also cites a deeply flawed poll conducted by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a group with a [...]

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How American Muslims Are Countering Islamophobia and Getting It Right

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, many have noted an increase in Islamophobia in America. Presidential candidates have made troubling comments about American Muslims and refugees seeking to escape violence in the Middle East, while ordinary citizens have threatened mosques and targeted Muslim individuals in physical attacks. Writing in Cornerstone, a blog of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace […]

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The 10 Best and Worst Responses to the Paris Attacks

Shortly after the series of attacks in Paris that left over 100 people dead, people around the world were taking to the Internet to voice their reactions. The assault, which ISIS claims it carried out, elicited millions of messages of solidarity, including from Muslim leaders and regular people, around the world, with the French people, [...]

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Anti-Muslim “Global Rally for Humanity” Stands in Contrast to Events Promoting Coexistence

Against the backdrop of increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric, a coalition of online activists is calling on “patriots” to organize protests in front of mosques across the United States. Dubbed the “Global Rally for Humanity,” events are planned in at least 20 cities nationwide on October 9th and 10th. Claiming that “[h]umanity is attacked daily by radical [...]

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New Research on Dehumanization Sheds Light on Americans’ Views of Muslims

In recent days, the news cycle has been full of coverage of Ahmed the Clockmaker’s unfair arrest, Ben Carson’s opposition to a Muslim president, and Donald Trump’s lacking response to a supporter who stated: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims…we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s […]

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Islamophobia in the 2016 Elections

[This piece was originally published on April 25, 2015. The candidates statements are updated frequently, and the introduction was updated in January 2016.]

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