Most Frequently-Cited Islamophobes

Four key organizations have named those they view as at the core of anti-Muslim intolerance in America. Those named on this sheet made 3 out of 4 of those lists.



Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)


Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)


Anti-Defamation League (ADL)




Brigitte Gabriel “ACT! for America”

“Views Islam in absolute terms as a monolithic threat to the United States, Israel and the West.” “…prone to sweeping generalizations and exaggerations as she describes a grand, sophisticated Muslim conspiracy bent on world domination.” (SPLC)

Pamela Geller Co-founder of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) and American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

“…prone to publicizing preposterous claims, such as President Obama being the “love child” of Malcolm X.” “…has mingled with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists and defended Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic.” (SPLC)

Robert Spencer Jihad Watch, Co-founder of SIOA and American Freedom Defense Initiative

“…believes that moderate Muslims exist, but to prove it, they’d have to fully denounce the portions of the Koran he finds objectionable.” “…has been known to fraternize with European racists and neo-fascists.” (SPLC)

Steven Emerson Founder and Executive Director of Investigative Project on Terrorism

“…specializes in advancing allegations linking Muslim groups in the U.S. to fundamentalist Islamic international terrorism.” (FAIR)

Daniel Pipes Director of the Middle East Forum

“The grandfather of Islamophobia in America. Pipes’ eminence is fading but his contributions to anti-Muslim intolerance in America cannot be overlooked.” (CAIR)

Newt Gingrich Former House Speaker

Newt Gingrich issued a statement on his Web site saying, “America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could. No mosque. No self deception. No surrender. The time to take a stand is now — at this site on this issue.” (ADL)


Robert Steinbeck. The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report (142), Summer 2011.

FAIR: Smearcasters, October 2008. Available online at:

ADL Backgrounder: Stop the Islamization of America, last updated: March 25, 2011. Available online at:

Council on American-Islamic Relations & University of California, Berkley. Same Hate, New Target: Islamophobia and Its Impact in the United States, 2010.

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