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Lessons Learned from President Eisenhower’s Mosque Visit 59 Years Ago

Visits to American mosques by sitting U.S. Presidents are a big deal. Only three have ever done so. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to visit a mosque on June 28th, 1957. This week marks the 59th anniversary of that visit to the Islamic Center of Washington. President George W. Bush visited, incidentally, the [...]

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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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Presidential Candidates and Mosque Visits: A Powerful Gesture of Solidarity to American Muslims

It is critical to call out demagogues and bigots and to hold them accountable to their Islamophobic statements. It is equally critical to highlight the peacemakers and the bridge builders. The latter might sound a bit naïve in the context of this presidential election cycle, but for many American Muslim citizens and communities, public acts […]

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The Super Survey: Two Decades of Americans’ Views on Islam & Muslims

For the first time ever, two decades of major polling data on Americans’ views of Islam and Muslims has been analyzed to highlight trends and centralized in one study.

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In Arizona, Another Armed Protest Planned Outside Local Mosque

UPDATE (6/19): In light of increased conversation about the scheduled rally, organizer Dean Remington updated the Facebook event's description. He responded to criticism of the planned demonstration, and articulated his views on its purpose. "This is not a protest on the ICT [Islamic Center of Tucson] or Muslims," he wrote, adding that the event was [...]

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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 that "80 percent of American mosques teach the superiority of Sharia over Constitutional law, and the necessity ultimately to replace one with [...]

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