Saturday, September 18, 2010

Media Hype: Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Are Increasing. Statistics: No They Aren’t

Here's an analysis of the false reporting by the US media that American Muslims are suffering major discrimination harassment.  The media has become the willing propaganda arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

With a "free press" like this, we don't need enemies.


Media Hype: Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Are Increasing. Statistics: No They Aren’t

Media continues narrative that Muslims experience “blowback” of hate crimes after terrorist attacks.

by Alana Goodman, Culture and Media Institute

Just a few hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – when many Americans were still in a state of shock at the carnage and destruction flashing across their TV screens – the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent out an e-mail to the media warning that potential “backlash” from the attacks could harm Muslims.

“Those who wear Islamic attire should consider staying out of public areas for the immediate future,” read CAIR’s email, which also requested additional police patrols near mosques and a heightened vigilance for suspicious packages, people or vehicles near mosques.

And anti-Islamic violence did increase after the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for 27 percent of religious-based hate crimes – but even at this height, it was still overshadowed by anti-Jewish violence, which accounted for 56 percent of incidents the FBI classifies as hate crimes.

Since then, violence against Muslims has decreased sharply, even as warnings of “epidemics” of anti-Muslim hate-crimes and allegations that “Islamophobia” the “new anti-Semitism” have noticeably increased.

Media outlets like the Associated Press, the New York Times and ABC have all given Muslim activists a platform to promote this claim.

“I think we are deeply concerned because this is like a metastasized anti-Semitism,” Ground Zero mosque organizer Daisy Khan told Christiane Amanpour ABC’s This Week on the Aug. 22. “It's not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims.”

Other prominent Islamic leaders have echoed the idea that bigotry against Muslims is rising.

“You saw some anti-Muslim views after 9/11, but they were relegated to the fringes of society where they should be," Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for CAIR, told the Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 10. "Now anti-Muslim sentiment has really been mainstreamed.”

“The manufactured controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero in New York has resulted in an increase in hate crimes targeting Muslim institutions nationwide,” said CAIR-Ohio Director Jennifer Nimer.

Since 2001, hate crimes against Muslims have decreased significantly, according to FBI statistics. After 2002, hate crimes against Muslims have not risen above 13 percent of all anti-religious crimes, and the most recent data from 2008 calculates them at 7.8 percent.

Despite this evidence to the contrary, each year has brought claims by prominent Muslim leaders that anti-Islamic hate crimes are actually growing – with the allegations usually coming right after a terrorist attack or at a time when Muslim leaders are lobbying on political issues.

In 2007, after a group of radical Islamists were caught plotting to attack Fort Dix military base, New Jersey newspaper The Star Ledger reported that “since news broke of an alleged plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, Muslim activists and community leaders have been hyper-vigilant for signs of an anti-Muslim backlash.”

Radio host Bill Keller was also adding to anti-Muslim sentiment in 2007, claimed Muslim leaders. "It is our belief that anti-Islamic rhetoric like that used in 'Live Prayer with Bill Keller' is exactly the type of language that is likely to incite hate crimes against the American Muslim community," said a CAIR spokesperson on FOX’s Hannity and Colmes on August 27, 2007.

But the percentage of anti-Muslim hate crimes stood at 8.7 in 2007, down nearly 20 percentage points from 2001. By 2008, it had fallen to 7.8 percent.