Islamophobia Monitor

This section features articles on a number of topics related to Islamophobia in the United States.

2017: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes. An update of anti-Muslim bias incidents reported to CAIR in the second quarter of 2017 documenting that the number of number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 has spiked 91 percent as compared to the same time period in 2016. The number of bias incidents in 2017 has also increased by 24 percent as compared to the first half of 2016.

2017: The Hate that ACT for America Wrought. ACT for America’s June 10, 2017, rallies included a flyer on their own letter head proclaiming “There has been a ban on Islam since 1952” that was distributed at a sanctioned rally in Calif. A rally speaker in Texas and a sign in New York suggested that Muslims commit bestiality. Rallies included Islamophobic rhetoric such as “Islam is the problem,” “I want the Quran burned” and “End all Islamic Immigration. Turnout was often bolstered by white supremacist and anti-government groups including: the Oath Keepers, Identity Evorpa and Vangaurd America.

2017: Profile: FBI Director Nominee Christopher A. Wray. A profile of  the nominated FBI Director, who oversaw the Justice Department’s Criminal Division as the former assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, and many of the Department of Justice’s operations immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

2017: Islamophobia 101. A short primer on what Islamohpobia is, how it manifests itself and strategies to counter it.

2017: Facts on FBI Director Candidates. Many of these candidates are highly regarded civil servants who have dedicated their careers to protecting the nation and promoting equality. However, some of them have a history of anti-Muslim sentiment and problematic civil and human rights records.

2017: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update. An update of anti-Muslim bias incidents reported to CAIR in the first quarter of 2017. In more than 50 percent of incidents, federal government agencies were identified as the instigator.

2017: Borderline Constitutional Disorder. A look at preliminary first quarter data which outlines the 1035 percent increase in incidents of profiling by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

2017: Islamophobia and the Trump Team. An examination of Islamophobia in the Trump administration.

2017: The Evolving Muslim Ban. An examination of President Trump's January Executive Order impacting immigration and refugees. The brief addresses push back against the order and the legal rulings that led to its demise. It also examines common Islamophpbia Network langague that found its way into the order. 

2017: The Islamophobia Network's Surrogates. How anti-Islam groups seeks to hide behind certain Muslims and former Muslims to promote their messaging.

2016: Post-Election Anti-Muslim Bias. CAIR tracked 111 anti-Islam incidents in the week following the 2016 Presidential election.

2016: Islamophobia in Politics: A 2016 review. In addition to current public officials, those individuals who are, or were, running for office in 2016 and ranking members of a political party are included in this brief. A key theme of anti-Muslim and anti-Islam discourse this year has been in regards to refugees, immigration and travel. Another theme in this year’s Islamophobic political rhetoric has been the demand to monitor and surveil Muslim communities. This brief does not cover Presidential candidates.

2016: Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Election. The words and deeds of Presidential contenders from major political parties on the subject of Islam and Muslims.

2015: A Muslim Parent's Guide to Talking to Children About Acts of Violent Extremism. A board certified psychiatrist in clinical practice offers brief but useful insights for parent's who struggle with explaining violent extremism and Islamophobia to their children.

2015: Recent Anti-Islam Incidents in Texas. A summary of incidents targeting Muslims and Islam in Texas.

2015: Toxic Hate: American Muslim Experiences of Violent Backlash Since Late August 2014. This brief serves to illustrate the experience of violence targeting American Muslims from late August 2014 to mid-July 2015. It is not intended to be an exhaustive listing. The brief focuses on acts of violence, violent intimidation and threats of physical violence against Americans of the Islamic faith. It does not include slanders, vandalism and other non-violent acts or threats.

2014: Islamophobia in the 2014 Election. Presents an overview of Islamophobic rhetoric employed on the campaign trail during the midterm elections.

2013: Anti-Islam Legislation in 2013. Gives details on the 36 bills or amendments designed to vilify Islamic religious practices were introduced in the legislatures of 16 states.

2012: Rep. Peter King’s Anti-Muslim Congressional Hearings. Finds that over the course over four congressional hearings, Rep. Peter King failed to substantiate his two main anti-Muslim allegations.

2012: Thirteen Days in Ramadan: A Preliminary Examination of Anti-Muslim Incidents Following the Oak Creek Massacre. After a shooter murdered Sikhs in their Wisconsin place place of worship, there was a sudden rise in incidents targeting mosques.

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2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

In its data update on anti-Muslim bias incidents for the second quarter of 2017, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has documented that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 has… Read More
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Profile: FBI Director Nominee Christopher A. Wray

In May, following President Trump's dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, over a dozen candidates under consideration for the vacant position had been… Read More
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The Hate that ACT for America Wrought

ACT for America has a prejudice problem. Founder Brigitte Gabriel believes that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She also argues that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim… Read More
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Islamophobia 101

Access a printable version of this document here. What Is It? Islamophobia is a closed-minded hatred, fear or prejudice toward Islam and Muslims that results in discrimination, marginalization and… Read More
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Facts on FBI Director Candidates

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Following President Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, over a dozen candidates under consideration for the vacant position have been mentioned by current and former government and… Read More
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Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

Just prior to President Trump’s first official travel to a Muslim-majority country, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy… Read More
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Civil Rights Report 2017: Appendix

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Appendix Definitions CBP: Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security entity tasked with securing U.S. borders. DOJ: U.S. Department of Justice DOT: U.S. Department of… Read More

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