Anti-Muslim

Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, with many appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Beginning in 2010, anti-Muslim legislation increased and opposition to the development of an Islamic Center in lower Manhattan made headlines.

 

Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, with many appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Beginning in 2010, anti-Muslim legislation increased and opposition to the development of an Islamic Center in lower Manhattan made headlines. Few of the anti-Muslim groups in operation before 2001 still exist, but those that do are key players in the movement today.

All anti-Muslim hate groups exhibit extreme hostility toward Muslims. The organizations portray those who worship Islam as fundamentally alien and attribute to its followers an inherent set of negative traits. Muslims are depicted as irrational, intolerant and violent, and their faith is frequently depicted as sanctioning pedophilia, coupled with intolerance for homosexuals and women.

These groups also typically hold conspiratorial views regarding the inherent danger to America posed by its Muslim-American community. Muslims are viewed as a fifth column intent on undermining and eventually replacing American democracy and Western civilization with Islamic despotism, a conspiracy theory known as “civilization jihad.” Anti-Muslim hate groups allege that Muslims are trying to subvert the rule of law by imposing on Americans their own Islamic legal system, Shariah law. The threat of the Muslim Brotherhood is also cited, with anti-Muslim groups constantly attacking Muslim civil rights groups and American Muslim leaders for their supposed connections to the Brotherhood. Many of these groups have pushed for the Brotherhood to be designated a foreign terrorist organization.

Anti-Muslim hate groups also broadly defame Islam, which they tend to treat as a monolithic and evil religion. These groups generally hold that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.

In recent years, the most influential groups — namely ACT for America and the think tank Center for Security Policy (CSP) — have sought to develop closer relationships with elected officials both at the state and local level. A shift in targets has also taken place recently with the Syrian refugee crisis, as anti-Muslim groups have increasingly directed their ire toward the American refugee program. Refugees are commonly depicted as potential terrorist infiltrators by these organizations. Small anti-refugee groups have popped up across the country and fought the relocation of refugees at the hyper-local level. 

Active Anti-Muslim Hate Groups in 2016:

III% Security Force

Henry County, GA

ACT for America

Virginia Beach, VA*

Jonesboro, AR

Tucson, AZ

Corona, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Mission Viejo, CA

Colorado

Cheshire, CT

Connecticut

Bear, DE

Brevard County, FL

Heathrow, FL

Jacksonville, FL

Palm Beach, FL

Des Moines, IA

Meridian, ID

Twin Falls, ID

Des Plaines, IL

Baton Rouge, LA

Boston, MA

Detroit, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

Minneapolis, MN

Ste. Genevieve, MO

St. Louis, MO

Lake County, MT

Kalispell, MT

Stillwater County, MT

Whitehall, MT

Fayetteville, NC

Nashua, NH

Brooklyn, NY

Long Island, NY

Cleveland, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Rapid City, SD

Knoxville, TN

Memphis, TN

Dallas, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

Leesburg, VA

Pierce County, WA

Spokane Valley, WA

Altra Firearms

Jackson Center, PA

American Constitution Center

Nashville, TN

American Freedom Alliance

Los Angeles, CA

American Freedom Defense Initiative

New York, NY

American Freedom
Law Center

Ann Arbor, MI

American Security Rally
of Montana

Helena, MT

Bare Naked Islam

Marina del Rey, CA

Bomb Islam

Phoenix, AZ

Bosch Fawstin

New York, NY

Bureau on American Islamic Relations

Irving, TX

Center for Security Policy

Washington, DC

Christian Action Network

Forest, VA

Citizens for National Security

Boca Raton, FL

Citizen Warrior

Nashville, TN

Clarion Project

Washington, DC

Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center

Buhl, ID

Counter Jihadist Coalition of Southern California

Santa Monica, CA

Crusaders, The

Garden City, KS

David Horowitz Freedom Center

Los Angeles, CA

Faith Freedom

Bellevue, WA

Family Security Matters

Washington, DC

Fortress of Faith

Bellingham, WA

Foundation for Advancing Christian Truth

Bronx, NY

Islamthreat.com

Pleasant Hill, CA

Jihad Watch

Sherman Oaks, CA

Keep South Dakota Safe PAC

Aberdeen, SC

Lincoln County Citizen Action Network

Fayetteville, TN

Pig Blood Bullets

Priest River, ID

Political Islam

Nashville, TN

Radio Jihad/Global
Patriot Radio

New York

Refugee Resettlement Watch

Fairplay, MD

Religious Awareness Network

Washington, DC

Secure Michigan

New Baltimore, MI

Shoebat Foundation, The

Newtown, PA

Silver Bullet Gun Oil

Courtland, VA

Soldiers of Odin

Flagstaff, AZ

California

Colorado

Illinois

Indiana

New Hampshire

North Carolina

Cleveland, OH

Ohio

Tennessee

Texas

Stop the Islamization
of the World

Houston, TX

Straight Way and More, The

Venice, FL

Sultan Knish a blog
by Daniel Greenfield

New York, NY

Team America Political Action Committee

Littleton, CO

Treasure Valley
Refugee Watch

Meridian, ID

Truth in Love Project

Chattaroy, WA

Understanding the Threat

Vienna, VA

United West, The

Lake Worth, FL

Virginia Christian Alliance

Henrico, VA