The wave of Islamophobia sweeping over our country has been inspired and strengthened by US government policies, practices and rhetoric.
In order to justify its War on Terror policies, both at home and abroad, the U.S. government has often resorted to explanations that demonize Muslims in general. This oftentimes creates a self-perpetuating cycle–Muslims are demonized to justify a repressive policy, said repressive policy targets Muslims, and when the public learns that Muslims have been singled out for repression new Islamophobic norms are created.
Defending Rights & Dissent works to counter Islamophobia, particularly as manifested in government policies and practices:
- Law enforcement and intelligence agency profiling based on religion, ethnic background or country of origin
- Countering Violent Extremism and Strong Cities program which targets communities “at risk” based on religious or political beliefs, rather than any evidence of criminal activity.
- Law enforcement sting operations targeted at vulnerable members of the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities.
- Anti-Sharia laws or legislation designed to prevent courts from applying Islamic or “Sharia” law, as well as “foreign” or “international law.”
Defending Rights & Dissent, working with the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, has created a workshop to help communities name and overcome Islamophobia and develop a plan of action to confront government programs that target Muslims and inspire Islamophobia.
The program is already underway in North Carolina, and will be launched soon in Boston, Los Angeles. We are accepting applications from organizations in other cities interested in the project. If you would like to get involved please email [email protected]
Witness Against Torture has launched a campaign dedicated to renewing calls to close Guantanamo prison as well as uplifting the stories of the 41 men who remained imprisoned behind its walls. Read how you can participate.
Experts address institutional and cultural Islamophobia and chart a course for challenging Islamophobia nationally, and in Maryland and Montgomery County.
The Obama Administration’s CVE program focused on ideology and identified lawful activities that could be signs of a budding terrorist (with no evidence thereof). The Trump Administration wants to make the program even worse.
Trump Cites Fake FBI Terror Plots to Justify Muslim Ban or, How State-Sponsored Islamophobia Breeds More State-Sponsored Islamophobia
Trump’s use of phony FBI terror plots to to make the case for suspending the refugee program should be cause for concern. These plots are not just rooted Islamophobia, but foster it as well. The FBI concocted these phony plots, now Trump points to them to justify his own Muslim Ban, illustrating how state-sponsored Islamophobia breeds more state-sponsored Islamophobia.
This EO, like the previous one, is motivated by bigotry and prejudice and is simply a Muslim Ban designed to promote a narrative that stigmatizes Muslims in the US and across the globe.