(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 5/6/2019) – The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), today released a one-of-its-kind report detailing a list of philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, which were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million between 2014 and 2016 to anti-Muslim hate groups.
SEE: “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network”
The report, produced by the CAIR National headquarters in Washington, D.C., documents how more than 1,000 foundations funneled almost $125 million to 39 anti-Muslim hate groups during that period, which saw a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
The money was used to support anti-Muslim legislation and policies, conduct anti-Muslim lobbying, distribute false and defamatory information to mainstream media and on social media, and run public campaigns promoting conspiracy theories tied to issues such as mosque construction.
“Our community is overwhelmingly generous with our charity,” said CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. “Because our charity shows our values, it’s important to be aware if your donation is funding hate and fear against others.”
“The robust tradition of American philanthropy helps support a vibrant democracy,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Islamophobia has now embedded itself in mainstream philanthropic institutions and threatens American democracy.”
“These anti-Muslim groups have more than a billion dollars in collective revenue that is used to advance an anti-Muslim agenda,” said CAIR National Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain. “They lobby legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws and policies, interfere in and falsify school curriculum, and promote prejudicial and biased media content.”
Other issues covered in the report include Islamophobia in national policy-making positions and the nationwide campaign to introduce anti-Islam bills in state legislatures.
CAIR National Research and Advocacy Director Dr. Abbas Barzegar said: “Anti-Muslim bigotry is now part of our mainstream public life. Not because average Americans are Islamophobic, but because special interest groups have abused tax-free charities, foundations and non-profit laws to further their hate-filled agenda.”
He noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.