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.

 

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.

2017 anti-Muslim hate groups

View all groups by state and by ideology.
*Asterisk denotes headquarters.

ACT for America (Austin, Texas)
ACT for America (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
ACT for America (Bear, Delaware)
ACT for America (Calabasas, California)
ACT for America (Cheshire, Connecticut)
ACT for America (Cincinnati, Ohio)
ACT for America (Cleveland, Ohio)
ACT for America (Columbus, Ohio)
ACT for America (Corona, California)
ACT for America (Denver, Colorado)
ACT for America (Des Moines, Iowa)
ACT for America (Des Plaines, Illinois)
ACT for America (Evansville, Indiana)
ACT for America (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
ACT for America (Heathrow, Florida)
ACT for America (Houston, Texas)
ACT for America (Jacksonville, Florida)
ACT for America (Jonesboro, Arkansas)
ACT for America (Kalispell, Montana)
ACT for America (Kansas City, Missouri)
ACT for America (Knoxville, Tennessee)
ACT for America (Lafayette, Indiana)
ACT for America (Laguna Woods, California)
ACT for America (Lewisville, Texas)
ACT for America (Los Angeles, California)
ACT for America (Memphis, Tennessee)
ACT for America (Meridian, Idaho)
ACT for America (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
ACT for America (Mission Viejo, California)
ACT for America (Nashua, New Hampshire)
ACT for America (Rapid City, South Dakota)
ACT for America (Santa Clarita, California)
ACT for America (Silverton, Oregon)
ACT for America (Spokane Valley, Washington)
ACT for America (St. Louis, Missouri)
ACT for America (Statewide, Florida)
ACT for America (Statewide, Montana)
ACT for America (Statewide, New York)
ACT for America (Statewide, Oklahoma)
ACT for America (Statewide, Washington)
ACT for America (Terre Haute, Indiana)
ACT for America (Tucson, Arizona)
ACT for America (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
ACT for America (Whitehall, Montana)
ACT for America* (Boston, Massachusetts)
ACT for America* (Leesburg, Virginia)
ACT for America* (Washington, District of Columbia)
American Freedom Alliance* (Los Angeles, California)
American Freedom Defense Initiative* (New York, New York)
American Freedom Law Center* (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
American Public Policy Alliance (Washington, District of Columbia)
American Security Rally of Montana* (Statewide, Montana)
Americans for America (Englewood, Colorado)
Bomb Islam (Phoenix, Arizona)
Bureau on American Islamic Relations* (Irving, Texas)
Center for Security Policy* (Washington, District of Columbia)
Christian Action Network* (Forest, Virginia)
Christians and Jews United for Israel (Hillsborough, New Hampshire)
Citizens for National Security* (Boca Raton, Florida)
Citizens for the St. Croix Valley (Hudson, Wisconsin)
Citizens' Action Group of South Florida* (Hollywood, Florida)
Clarion Project* (Washington, District of Columbia)
Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center (Buhl, Idaho)
Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley (Cupertino, California)
Counter Jihad Coalition* (Santa Monica, California)
Counter Terrorism Cell (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Cultures In Context Incorporated/Turning Point Project (Immokalee, Florida)
Cumberland Conservatives (Statewide, North Carolina)
David Horowitz Freedom Center (Los Angeles, California)
Faith Leaders for America (Washington, District of Columbia)
Family Security Matters* (Washington, District of Columbia)
Florida Family Association* (Tampa, Florida)
Fortress of Faith (Bellingham, Washington)
Foundation for Advocating Christian Truth (Bronx, New York)
G416 Patriots (Boerne, Texas)
Global Faith Institute (Omaha, Nebraska)
Jihad Watch* (Sherman Oaks, California)
Keep South Dakota Safe PAC (Aberdeen, South Dakota)
Lincoln County Citizen Action Network * (Fayetteville, Tennessee)
North Carolina Pastors Network (Morganton, North Carolina)
Pig Blood Bullets (Priest River, Idaho)
Political Islam* (Nashville, Tennessee)
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (Franklin, Tennessee)
Radio Jihad/Global Patriot Radio* (Statewide, New York)
Refugee Resettlement Watch* (Fairplay, Maryland)
Religious Freedom Coalition* (Washington, District of Columbia)
Secure Michigan (New Baltimore, Michigan)
Security Studies Group (Washington, District of Columbia)
Silver Bullet Gun Oil* (Courtland, Virginia)
Soldiers of Odin (Denver, Colorado)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, Illinois)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, Ohio)
Soldiers of Odin (Beaumont, Texas)
Soldiers of Odin (East Texas, Texas)
Soldiers of Odin (Flagstaff, Arizona)
Soldiers of Odin (Houston, Texas)
Soldiers of Odin (Los Angeles/Ventura County, California)
Soldiers of Odin (River Region, Texas)
Soldiers of Odin (San Antonio, Texas)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, Indiana)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, North Carolina)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, Tennessee)
Soldiers of Odin (Statewide, Texas)
Southeast Michigan Tea Party (Utica, Michigan)
Sunshine on Government (SONG) Alliance* (Statewide, Georgia)
Tennessee Eagle Forum (Nashville, Tennessee)
The Shoebat Foundation* (Newtown, Pennsylvania)
The Straight Way and More (Venice, Florida)
The United West* (Lake Worth, Florida)
Truth in Love Project* (Chattaroy, Washington)
Truth in Textbooks (Boerne, Texas)
Unconstrained Analytics (Washington, District of Columbia)
Understanding the Threat* (Dallas, Texas)
Virginia Christian Alliance (Statewide, Maryland)