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FBI Suggests Anti-Muslim Ideologue As Recommended Reading
Posted By Ryan Lenz On July 28, 2011 @ 11:29 am In Anti-Muslim | 9 Comments
A recently released FBI training manual lists books by Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-Muslim figure in America, as recommended reading for field agents hoping to further their understanding of Islam.
The revelation, first reported by Gawker , is particularly troubling considering Spencer’s positions on Islam have contributed significantly to the spread of anti-Muslim sentiment in America. Spencer co-founded the hate group Stop Islamization of America and was profiled  due to his anti-Mulsim beliefs in a recent issue of the Intelligence Report. But more recently, Spencer heavily influenced Anders Behrin Breivik , who killed scores of people with a fertilizer bomb in Oslo and a shooting spree on the nearby island of Utoya on July 22. Breivik repeatedly cited Spencer in his 1,500-page manuscript that argued Islam is destroying Western civilization.
Spencer has written a dozen books on the topics of Islam and the Koran. Specifically, the FBI recommended Spencer’s The Truth about Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam – both of which hinge on Spencer’s skewed interpretation of Islam as a violent religion inseparable from the actions of its radicalized adherents.
The PowerPoint presentation  was obtained by groups including American Civil Liberty Union in northern California and the Asian Law Caucus, a San Francisco-based civil rights group.
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URL to article: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/07/28/fbi-using-anti-muslim-ideologue-as-recommended-reading-for-agents-in-training/
URLs in this post:
 Gawker: http://gawker.com/5825427/fbis-islam-101-depicted-muslims-as-7th+century-simpletons
 profiled: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/summer/the-anti-muslim-inner-circle
 Anders Behrin Breivik: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/07/24/oslo-shooter-a-frightening-reminder-of-radical-right-terrorist-threat/
 presentation: http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/07/Cultural-Interviewing-Interrogation-PowerPoint1.pdf
 : http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes