Islamophobic Organizations

CAIR categorizes U.S. Islamophobia network groups using one of two key tags:

Inner Core: Groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims and whose work regularly demonstrates Islamophobic themes.

Outer Core: Groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes.

Abstraction Fund

The Abstraction Fund is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network. In 2012, 82 percent of the Abstraction Fund's total $1,982,930 of contributions and grants went to groups known for promoting Islamophobia in the United States.


ACT! for America

According to an exposé of the group published in 2011, “ACT members see themselves as warriors in a clash between Western civilization and Islam.” ACT! for America is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Allegheny Foundation

The Allegheny Foundation is one of a group of grantors known collectively as the Scaife Foundations. Another foundation in the group, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, has also offered significant financial support to groups dedicated to fostering Islamophobia.


American Center for Law and Justice

The American Center for Law and Justice is a conservative legal foundation that espouses concerning viewpoints against Muslims and other minority groups. The ACLJ is part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's outer core.


American Family Association

Founded in 1977 by pastor Donald E. Wildmon, the American Family Association claims to be "on the frontlines of America's culture war." AFA President Tim Wildmon and Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer are two of the organization’s most visible figures promoting anti-Islam prejudice. The American Family Association is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

According to the group’s web site, they act "against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, the ever-encroaching and unconstitutional power of the federal government, and the rapidly moving attempts to impose socialism and Marxism upon the American people.” The American Freedom Defense Initiative is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


American Freedom Law Center

The AFLC describes itself as a "public interest law firm" aiming to "defend our Nation's Judeo-Christian heritage in courts". Its co-founder, David Yerushalmi, often acts as the U.S. Islamophobia network’s legal counsel. His American Laws for American Courts legislation, which is intended to vilify Islam, has been introduced in state legislatures across the country. AFLC is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


American Islamic Forum for Democracy

According to AIFD's website, the group's mission is to "advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution". However, the AIFD has allied itself with individuals that attempt to limit Muslims' access to enumerated freedoms in the Bill of Rights. The group is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


American Islamic Leadership Coalition

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition is a vehicle group for Zuhdi Jasser's organization, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. AILC is mostly inactive, but Jasser's primary organization continues to dump money into it. AILC is part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's outer core.


American Public Policy Alliance

The American Public Policy Alliance (APPA) is a 501(c)(4) organization that has aggressively pursued the passage of a series of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures across the country. APPA is part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's inner core.


Americans for Peace and Tolerance

While purporting dedication to “promoting peaceful coexistence in an ethnically diverse America by educating the American public about the need for a moderate political leadership that supports tolerance and core American values in communities across the nation,” the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) is a hate group dedicated to undermining mainstream Muslim institutions and promoting Islamophobia within the media. 


Atlas Shrugs

Atlas Shrugs is the blog of Pamela Geller, who has been described as a “caustic mouthpiece” for the Islamophobia movement. The Atlas Shrugs blog is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Bare Naked Islam

Bare Naked Islam attempts to rebrand the Islamophobia movement as an exercise in political correctness. According to their website, "The 'religion of peace' is a concept the West is eager to embrace – all in the name of political correctness" and that Islam is protected by a "shelter of religious freedom." The site regularly features discussions promoting violence against Muslims. Bare Naked Islam is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Center for Security Policy

CSP, a think tank based out of Washington D.C., states that ts mission is "to identify challenges and opportunities likely to affect American security..." CSP Founder Frank Gaffney is a key propagandist and conspiracy theorist for the Islamophobia movement. CSP is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Clarion Project

The Clarion Project (formerly the Clarion Fund) is a shadowy nonprofit group distributing anti-Muslim propaganda films such as Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West and The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America. The Clarion Project is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network. Clarion Project is a member of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Concerned American Citizens (Calif.)

Concerned American Citizens, based out of California, claims to seek a dialogue between moderate Muslims and others. On its website, the group asserts, “The real source of the devastating 9/11 attack is the Islamic Ideology as prescribed in Quran." Concerned American Citizens are part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Concerned Women for America

Concerned Women for America describes itself as “the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 30-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.”The group has involved itself in anti-Islam legislative efforts in at least Florida and North Carolina, where it drew praise from the bill’s sponsor. Concerned Women for America is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Counter Terrorism Operations Center (Fla.)

The Counter Terrorism Operations Center asserts that founder Sam Kharoba “has trained over 20,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers.” Kharoba has no formal academic degrees in Islamic studies and no experience in law enforcement. According to an article in Washington Monthly’s March/April 2011 edition, Kharoba tells audiences, “Anyone who says that Islam is a religion of peace is either ignorant or flat out lying.” The Counter Terrorism Operations Center is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


David Horowitz Freedom Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks hate movements in the United States, labels Horowitz “the godfather of the modern anti-Muslim movement.” The David Horowitz Freedom Center is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Donors Capital Fund

Based in Virginia, Donors Capital Fund provides a service to donors who wish to "[fund] sensitive or controversial issues" anonymously. The Fund has been linked to numerous donations to Islamophobic groups, designating them as part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's outer core.


Eagle Forum

The Eagle Forum is a neoconservative advocacy organization that focuses on traditional family and education policy, though their Islamophobia rhetoric shows up often. The Eagle Forum is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Family Security Matters

Family Security Matters is a conservative news source sponsored by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy.


Florida Family Association

The Florida Family Association, founded in 1987 by David Caton, has pressured companies and courts to adhere to anti-Muslim practices. Despite operating only in Florida, FFA has garnered national attention. FFA is part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's inner core.


 

F.M. Kirby Foundation

The F.M. Kirby Foundation was established in 1931 by one of the founders of the F.W. Woolworth Company. The foundation has made routine payments to an inner core Islamophobic organization.


 

Former Muslims United

Former Muslims United is a group of alleged Muslim converts that have used fake titles and personas to spread biases of Islam. The group is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Forum for Middle East Understanding

FFMU, founder Walid Shoebat, suggests Islam is the fake religion of the ‘anti-Christ’ and implies that Muslims bear the “Mark of the Beast.” In 2011, CNN researchers “found no evidence” to support Shoebat’s trademark claim of being a “former PLO terrorist.” The FFMU is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel, created by media moguls Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in 1996, is a conservative news network that provides a forum for prejudice targeting the Muslim community. Fox News Channel is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Investigative Project on Terrorism

The Investigative Project on Terrorism, founded and operated by Steve Emerson, claims to investigate the activities and finances of radical terrorist groups, but makes all of Islam culpable. The IPT is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Jihad Watch

Jihad Watch is the primary internet vehicle for Robert Spencer. Spencer has referred to Islam's Prophet Muhammad as a "con man. Someone who is knowing [sic] that what he is saying is false, but is fooling his followers." In the same video he asserts, “From a historical stand point, it is not even clear that Muhammad existed.” The site is funded by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which lists Spencer as an employee. Jihad Watch is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation

The Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation was founded in 1985.  It is a part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network. Donald Rumsfeld served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2001 until 2006.


Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

The Bradley Foundation was founded after the deaths of Lynde and Harry Bradley, a pair of philanthropist brothers.Groups the foundation helps fund indulge in broad-brush smears of the entire Islamic faith tradition. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Middle East Forum

According to its website, the Middle East Forum “works to define and promote American interests in the Middle East and protect Western values from Middle Eastern threats.” The group’s founder and director is Daniel Pipes, also known as the grandfather of Islamophobia in the United States. The Middle East Forum is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Middle East Media Research Institute

On its website, MEMRI claims to "bridge the language gap between the West and the Middle East" by translating Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and other languages into English. Their translations have been widely criticized for inaccuracy and inflammatory misrepresentation. MEMRI is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


National Christian Foundation

The National Christian Foundation (NCF) is a tax-exempt private foundation established in 1982. It is a part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


National Review

Featuring reports demonizing all of Islam, the National Review is a neoconservative publication. It is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Oak Initiative

According to its web site, “The Oak Initiative is a grassroots movement to Unite, Mobilize, Equip, and Activate Christians to be the salt and light they are called to be by engaging in the great issues of our time from a sound biblical worldview.”  Organization President Rick Joyner believes that the Quran “enslaves”’ Muslims which is why "we have more slaves in the world today than before the Civil War here in America.” Organization Board Member Fmr. Lieutenant General William G. Boykin asserts that "[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment," that there should be "no mosques in America," that Islam is a “totalitarian way of life,” and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians.The Oak Initiative is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


 

Randolph Foundation

The New York-based Randolph Foundation was originally a trust of the Smith Richardson Foundation but became its own distinct entity around 1993. The foundation has granted money to a number of organizations in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Russell Berrie Foundation

The Russell Berrie Foundation is a New Jersey-based nonprofit that funds groups that indulge in broad brush smears of Islam and Muslims. The Russell Berrie Foundation is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Sarah Scaife Foundation

The Sarah Scaife Foundation is a major donor to many conservative organizations, including a history for funding groups that advance Islamophobia. The Foundation is part of the U.S. Islamophobia Network's outer core.


Stop Islamization of Nations

SION works internationally to promote Islamophobia, using speakers from diverse racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to create an illusion of tolerance. SION is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.


Straight Way of Grace Ministry

According to the group’s website, “The goal of The Straight Way of Grace Ministry is two fold. The first is to expose Islam for what it is, and yes it is worse than a cancer, and this can be shown clearly in the reading of the Qur'an and the Hadith.” Founder Usama Dakdok believes, “The day will come and Muslim in America will have the upper hand, and they will kill your children for not eating what is liked. For not eating the lawful foods.” The Straight Way of Grace Ministry is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Understanding the Threat

Understanding the Threat is a consultation and training group founded by former FBI agent John Guandolo. Guandolo claims that CIA Director Brennan is a secret Muslim agent for a foreign power. In his training materials, Guandolo refers to America's mosques and Islamic centers as "barracks" and falsely claims "it is a permanent command in Islam for Muslims to hate and despise Jews and Christians." Understanding the Threat is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


United West

The United West's stated goal is to unite Western countries against Islam. The organization's goals are unabashedly, openly anti-Muslim. The United West is in the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Virginia Anti-Shariah Taskforce (Va.)

The Virginia Anti Sharia Taskforce is a Virginia-based group run by James Lafferty. In a February 2012, Lafferty expressed pride in “…pictures of some mosque somewhere, and it was usually in the South I’m proud to say where a guy would drive a pickup truck right into the mosque…” The Virginia Anti Sharia Taskforce is part of the inner core of the U.S. Islamophobia network.


Washington Times

The Washington Times is a conservative newspaper circulated in the D.C. Metro area. Their columnists have continually propagated anti-Muslim sentiments, and the organization is part of the outer core of the U.S. Islamophobia Network.