Posted on February 28, 2011 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON - February 28, 2011 - Prompted by Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) proposed hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community, the Arab American Institute and the Muslim Public Affairs Council will convene a briefing for congressional staffers on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 entitled Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism. The briefing will examine the industry of Islamophobia and its impact on people, foreign and domestic policy.

Focusing on the active role Islamophobia plays in alienating and ostracizing the American Muslim community, the briefing will address how Islamophobia has not only become socially permissible but is also a used as a tool by politicians and media figures alike to promote fear of Muslims and Islam.

While Rep. Peter King has suggested that his hearings will bring about preventive solutions to combat radicalization and bigotry, these hearings will unjustly call into question the loyalties of American Muslims and will only promote division and suspicion.

  • "Little of recent American Islamophobia (with a strong emphasis on the "phobia") is sheer happenstance." - Max Blumenthal, Award Winning Journalist
  • "If King were truly concerned with understanding American Muslims, a sit-down dialogue with community leaders would be the place to start - not a provocative "show trial" from which no good will come." - James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute
  • "For those who suggest that Islam by definition is the breeding ground for contemporary terrorism, the notion that Muslims could become law-abiding American citizens or American patriots is a contradiction in terms." - Leon Hadar, Cato Institute

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What: Hill Briefing: Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism.

When: March 2, 2011 11AM - 12:30AM

Where: 2226 Rayburn HOB

To RSVP and for more information, please contact: Omar Tewfik, 202 652 4988