On September 17, 2001, President George W. Bush gave his "Islam is peace" speech from the Islamic Center of Washington DC, tucked into a leafy stretch of embassy row. He urged the country to embrace "fellow Americans" who are Muslim as well as Islam itself "with respect," explaining to a country full of "anger and emotion" that the jihadists who'd struck a few days earlier were insane outliers and not representative of the religion.
Since then, there has been a tension in how Islam is discussed in American media, and especially in its most populist and popular form, television. Americans typically follow Bush's advice, but sometimes they struggle, particularly when violent extremist groups are in the news. In recent weeks, that strain of Islamophobia in the US has risen along with media attention to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reaching crisis levels —particularly on American TV news.Read more
Blogger pulls anti-Islam MTA ads depicting James Foley before his beheading after criticism from Foley's parents
"Controversial firebrand blogger Pamela Geller has pulled an anti-Islam ad featuring American journalist James Foley on his knees just prior to his beheading."
Original source: NY Daily NEWS, Sep. 28, 2014Read more
"Pam Geller is fomenting a climate of fear and hate"
Original source: NY Daily NEWS, Sep. 25, 2014Read more
"We review every viewpoint ad under the standards, but a series of court rulings have made clear that our hands are largely tied."
Original source: Newsweek, Sep. 24, 2014Read more
“We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001.”
Original source: TPM, Sep. 24, 2014
Calling them "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong," Mayor de Blasio on Friday blasted an incendiary new ad campaign that bashes aspects of Islam.
Original source: NY Daily News, Sep. 19, 2014Read more
A few weeks ago, Bennett posted on Facebook using his account "State Representative John Bennett" that Christians should be "wary" of Muslim Americans: "The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed. Arab is the ethnicity, not Muslim or Islam. Be wary of the individuals who claim to be 'Muslim American.' Be especially wary if you are Christian."
Original source: CNN, Sep. 19, 2014Read more
Series of Fliers with Swastikas Found in Brooklyn
Original source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sep. 17, 2014Read more
“Is there a difference between moderate and radical Islam?” he asked, before answering, “I say, ‘No.’”
Original source: Rawstory, Sep. 17, 2014Read more
"For Latinos and Asian- and Arab-Americans, Ferguson is our fight too."
Original source: The Nation, Aug. 20, 2014Read more