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Promoting Fear and Hate in America - by Stephen Lendman

Persecuting Muslims for political advantage.

Numerous previous articles explained how fear is used in America, notably against Muslims for political advantage.

They're described as fundamentalists, extremists, terrorists, and fanatics. They're identified with violence, when, in fact, Islam has common roots with Christianity and Judaism. Their tenets are based on love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not exploitation; and a just, fair society for people of all faiths.

However, you'd never know it from Islamophobic media reports and professional hatemongers, profiting by proliferating lies.

The Runnymede Trust identifies eight Islamophobic components, characterizing Islam as:

-- monolithic, static, and unresponsive to change;

-- having differing values from other cultures and religions;

-- being inferior to Western societies;

-- barbaric, irrational, primitive, sexist, violent, aggressive, threatening, supporting terrorism, and clashing with Western civilization;

-- an ideology used for political or military advantage;

-- irrationally criticizing Western values;

-- warranting discriminatory practices that exclude Muslims from mainstream society; and

-- believing anti-Muslim hostility is natural and normal.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says "Islamophobia refers to unfounded fear of and hostility towards Islam. (It) leads to discrimination against Muslims, exclu(ding them) from mainstream political or social process, stereotyping, the presumption of guilt by association, and finally hate crimes."

A new Center for American Progress study titled, "Fear, Inc." analyzed "the roots of the Islamophobia Network in America."

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