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Washington Times

The Washington Times is a conservative newspaper circulated in the DC metro area. The Times has been described as having a “rabidly anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, and pro-Israel” editorial policy. 

In May 2010, the Washington Times editorial board bizarrely attacked Rima Fakih, who had just been crowned Miss USA. Using unsubstantiated claims promoted by Islamophobe Debbie Schlussel, the editorial board claimed that Fakih had “extensive family connections to Hezbollah.”

In January 2012, the editorial board authored “Shariah In America’s Courts,” in response to Oklahoma’s anti-Islam legislation being blocked in a federal appeals court. The editorial claimed that “Koranic law” is “coming to a city near you.”

Key Individuals

Frank Gaffney (Columnist)

On January 23, 2012, Gaffney wrote a column for the Times claiming that, for Muslims “the preferred way of achieving [Shariah law] is, as Muhammad taught, through violence.” In the same column he referred to CAIR as a “Muslim Brotherhood front group.”

For more on Frank Gaffney, see Center for Security Policy.

Robert Knight (Columnist)

On March 18, 2011, Knight wrote a column for the Times mocking opponents of Rep. King’s Islamophobic “radicalization” hearings. Knight wrote of Rep. Speier (D-CA) “[she] was in rare form along with other Democrats on March 10 at Rep. Peter King’s Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on radicalization of U.S. Muslims. She rebuked the committee for focusing on Islamic terror instead of expanding it to ‘Christian’ terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan or the violent anti-abortion group Army of God, and she assailed some witnesses.”

ACT For America

ACT for America is one of the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the U.S. ACT advances harmful conspiracy theories about Muslim Americans, supports anti-Muslim politicians, and advocates for anti-Muslim policies.

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Adelson Family Foundation

The Adelson Family Foundation is among the largest private donors to anti-Muslim groups, warding $5.85 million to anti-Muslim groups between 2014 and 2016, and then giving nearly $4 million to these groups between 2017-2019.

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American Center for Law and Justice

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is an anti-Muslim, constitutional law firm established by televangelist Pat Robertson and Jay Sekulow. This organization is known for disseminating anti-Muslim propaganda. 

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American Freedom Defense Initiative

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is an Islamophobic hate group led by Pamela Geller. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identifies the organization as an anti-Muslim hate group. At one time, SPLC considered Geller “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.”  

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American Freedom Law Center

The American Freedom Law Center, Inc. (AFLC) is an anti-Muslim law firm co-founded and co-led by David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise.   The center often acts as the Islamophobia Network’s legal counsel and has represented Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.  

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American Islamic Forum for Democracy

American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is an anti-Muslim lobby group founded by Zhudi Jasser. Under Jasser’s leadership, AIFD has allied itself with institutions and legislative efforts that attempt to limit Muslims’ access to enumerated freedoms in the Bill of Rights.

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Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) is a Boston-based lobby group founded by Charles Jacobs that proliferates misinformation and conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslim-Americans. It is dedicated to undermining mainstream Muslim institutions and promoting Islamophobia within the media. 

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