By Katherine Burgess| Religion News Service
Groups with a mission to spread prejudice and hatred against Muslims are coordinated and well financed, according to a report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights group.
The report, titled "Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States," was released Thursday (Sept. 19), and it names 37 individuals and institutions that "were at the center of promoting Islamophobia in America" during 2011-2012.
The report, which found that incidents of hatred against Muslims had decreased slightly, includes a list of 32 other groups that promote Islamophobic themes as well as a "best list" of organizations that have sought to combat Islamophobia.
"American Muslims face discrimination every day," said Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR. "Islamophobia is a threat to the safety of American Muslims."
In 2012, CAIR rated Islamophobia as a 5.9 on a scale of one to 10, with one representing an America free of Islamophobia and 10 being the worst possible situation for Muslims. In 2010, CAIR rated the state of Islamophobia in America as a 6.4.
The nonprofit organizations whose purpose was to besmirch Islam made more than $119 million in revenue during 2011-2012, the report states.
Awad said these organizations have made "a lucrative profession out of targeting a religious community." Many of the institutions share founders and funding. (Read more)