Posted by on March 03, 2011 in Blog
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Deepa Iyer, SAALT and Matthew Duss, Center for American Progress; Maya Berry, AAI; Suhail Khan, Center for Global Engagement; Max Blumenthal, Journalist and Author; Alejandro Beutel, MPAC
Yesterday, ahead of Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) March 10th hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community, AAI and MPAC co-sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill. More than 70 Hill staffers, organization leaders, and community members attended the panel, entitled Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism. Panelists provided an in-depth look into the industry of Islamophobia, a "cottage industry of hate," citing key players in what is proving to be a very profitable enterprise.
The briefing also looked at the presence of Islamophobia in government and law enforcement, naming media and political figures, elected officials, members of Congress who are engaging in rhetoric that scapegoats an entire community -- including their Arab American and American Muslim constituents -- and perpetuates a fear of Islam.
AAI Press Release: King Hearings Prompt Hill Briefing on Islamophobia
Religion and Ethics, PBS, Congressional Hearings on American Muslims
Ryan J Reilly, Talking Points Memo, March 2, 2011. American Muslims Decry 'Cottage Industry Of Hate' Ahead Of Pete King Hearings
Dan Gilgof, CNN Religion Blog, March 7, 2011. Muslims anxious, active ahead of radicalization hearings