Islamophobia campaigns like Georgetown University’s can intimidate people to restrain their communications that might otherwise save lives. Proponents of Islamophobia campaigns must share some of the blame for the Islamic terror attacks that killed 49 people in Orlando and 14 people in San Bernardino. These campaigns can cause people not to report suspicious actions by Muslims because they fear being branded a racist or Islamophobe.
ABC News reported on December 13, 2005: “A Saudi prince has donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to advance Islamic studies and further understanding of the Muslim world. At Georgetown, the money will allow the university to expand its Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which will be renamed “The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.” The center describes itself as the only program of its kind “to build stronger bridges between the Muslim world and the West.”
The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding – Institute for Social Policy and Understanding held a conference on November 12, 2014 at Georgetown University Lohrfink Auditorium inside the Rafik B. Hariri Building to unite African-American, American Muslim, and Workers’ Rights communities in a political war against conservative, patriotic Americans using Sharia law and Islamophobia as their banner. The promotion for the event is posted in part below and online here:
Canaries in a Coal Mine: How Islamophobia Threatens Us All
On November 12, 2014 the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) co-hosted an event with the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) to discuss Islamophobia in the context of an increasingly diverse America. The event highlighted ISPU’s latest research on anti-Muslim prejudice and its connection to bigotry targeting other communities. The event featured four panelists who are experts and advocates on issues affecting African-American, American Muslim, and Workers’ Rights communities.
The Canaries in a Coal Mine panelists included:
- Saeed Khan, ISPU Fellow, Author of Sharia Law, Islamophobia and the U.S. Constitution: New Tectonic Plates of the Culture Wars, 12 U. Md. L.J. Race Relig. Gender & Class 123 (2012), Middle East History professor at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- Ajenai Clemmons, Policy Director at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
- Dr. Joe McCartin, Executive Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor; Board Member, Interfaith Worker Justice
- Madihha Ahussein, Staff Attorney at MuslimAdvocates.org
- Dalia Mogahed, ISPU Director of Research, Chairman and CEO of Mogahed Consulting which offers clients in-depth social analysis and consulting on the Middle East and Muslim communities around the world, Co-author of Who Speaks Islam?
It appears that the name Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is likely a misnomer since there are NO Christian representatives involved EXCEPT for the fact that “Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in the United States.”
The Georgetown University Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is an independent and nonpartisan research think tank, focusing on issues of US foreign policy, security, economics, and public health. Founded in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ISPU is also known for its extensive work and resources on American and European Muslims and Muslim communities. The organization seeks to educate journalists and policymakers about Muslim attitudes, institutions, and practices in order to assist in providing perspective and analysis. ISPU was awarded a grant by the Henry Luce Foundation in 2011 to fund a two-day policy roundtable and planning retreat.
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding has developed an online tool which categorizes legislators from all fifty states as an Islamophobe based upon certain criteria. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding describes their an online tool as follows:
This tool is important for two reasons.
First, it’s an important conversation starter with other communities and allies. Unfortunately, Islamophobia is too often thought of, by American Muslims and the broader society alike, as a unique problem directed at only one community – Muslims. ISPU’s research shows that Islamophobia is a threat to all.
Our map provides a “big picture” narrative, grounded in hard-data gathered from over 1200+ bills across all 50 U.S. states, which shows anti-Muslim bigotry is not an isolated phenomenon; it frequently overlaps with prejudices directed toward other communities. In other words, anti-Muslim prejudice isn’t a “Muslim” problem, it’s everyone’s problem. Or as Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Second, it’s a practical tool that provides you with the “value added” information for potential partners. Faced with a lawmaker who recently put out an anti-sharia bill and now your community is looking to build or strengthen partnerships with other communities? Moral arguments may be persuasive to some, but many others will only take notice if you can show how “your interests” and “their interests” are the same. Our data, made publicly available through this tool, shows how the same lawmakers that target Muslims also happen to often support laws that disproportionately harm other communities of color, national origin/ethnicity, civic association, gender, or sexual identity. It also contains legislative information on 850+ state lawmakers from 2011 to 2013 across six different issue areas, including anti-Sharia legislation.
Labeling people or groups as Islamophobes is intended to influence them to stop criticizing Islam. Suppression of free speech is antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution and impairs public safety. Suppressing criticism of Islam is honoring Sharia. Sharia is Islam and Islam is Sharia. Encyclopedia Britannica states: Sharia, the fundamental religious concept of Islam, namely its law,…
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to express concern to Georgetown University and Catholic officials about their open alliance with Sharia activists who want to kill the free speech of people who are critical of Islam.
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