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National Review

The National Review is a prominent neoconservative magazine which features anti-Islam commentary from Islamophobes such as Daniel Pipes, as well as from former Assistant US Attorney Andrew McCarthy, and syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock.

In 2005, it was revealed that the publication distributed an Internet advertisement for a virulently Islamophobic book that, according to the magazine, is a “guide into the dark mind of [the Prophet] Mohammed” and the “world’s most violent religion.”

National Review’s analysis of the book stated: “[The author] explains why Mohammed couldn’t possibly be a true prophet, and reveals the true sources of his ‘revelations.'” It quotes the author as claiming: “Mohammed posed as the apostle of God…while his life is marked by innumerable marriages; and great licentiousness, deeds of rapine, warfare, conquests, unmerciful butcheries, all the time invoking God’s holy name to sanction his evil deeds.” According to the National Review, the book shows how “Mohammed again and again justified his rapine and licentiousness with new ‘divine revelations.'”

Key Individuals

Andrew McCarthy (Contributor)

McCarthy is a former Assistant US Attorney from the Southern District of New York. After resigning from the Justice Department in 2003, he joined the National Review staff. Since then, McCarthy has authored hundreds of columns, including a defense of water boarding in 2007, and a book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, which purportedly “offers a harrowing account of how the global Islamist movement’s jihad involves far more than terrorist attacks, and how it found the ideal partner in President Barack Obama, whose Islamist sympathies run deep.”

Deroy Murdock (Contributing Editor)

Murdock is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a contributing editor for the National Review. Murdock is perhaps most well known for his November 2007 commentary “Waterboarding Has Its Benefits,” in which he wrote that “waterboarding is something of which every American should be proud.” During the controversy surrounding the construction of the Park51 Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan, Murdock questioned whether the center should be built “anywhere in America” and authored sample apologetics on behalf of the Park51 project leader, Imam Rauf.

Daniel Pipes (Contributor)

Pipes is the founder and president of the Middle East Forum. For more on Pipes see: Middle East Forum.

Bare Naked Islam

Bare Naked Islam is an anti-Muslim Internet blog and online community that portrays Islam as “a totalitarian political cult-like ideology.” Bannered with the line “It isn’t Islamophobia / When they really are trying to kill you,” the blog Bare Naked Islam is run by New York-based ‘Bonni’ Benstock-Intall.

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Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy is a key anti-Muslim lobbying and propaganda group founded by Frank Gaffney. CSP seeks to advance anti-Muslim sentiment in both policy and society and predicates Islam as an existential threat to America. 

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Clare Lopez

Clare Lopez is an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist. The Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University asserts that Lopez “promotes falsified claims about Muslims in America, particularly the notion of a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration under President Obama.” 

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Clarion Project

The Clarion Project is a non-profit organization founded by Rapheal Shore that creates, funds, and disseminates anti-Muslim propaganda to influence American politics. Formerly known as the Clarion Fund, the organization purports that its films have been seen by 125 million people globally.  

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