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Groundbreaking Report Exposes Anti-Muslim Hate Online

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Muslim Advocates “Click Here to End Hate” Report Empowers Social Media Users

(Oakland, CA — May 6, 2014) In a groundbreaking report, “Click Here to End Hate: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online & How to Take Action,” Muslim Advocates exposes the breadth of anti-Muslim bigotry online, explains the law and corporate policies that regulate content on the Internet, and empowers individuals with the tools necessary to effectively respond to hate online.

“Online bigotry towards American Muslims continues to be a serious issue, particularly in the last few years where we’ve seen hate groups, anti-Muslim proponents, and public officials use various social media platforms to spread hate,” said Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates staff attorney and lead author of the report.  “Their voices are amplified on the Internet and help create a space for the American public to echo these sentiments of hate and engage in acts of violence against an entire group or community.  People often think that there is nothing they can do to respond, but the reality is that their voices can be a powerful antidote to hate speech.”

Many use the Internet to organize online and rapidly gather supporters for their agendas.  For example, Pamela Gellar, a well-known anti-Muslim proponent and blogger had about 19 thousand followers on Facebook in June 2013.  Today, less than a year later, she has over 78 thousand.  Click Here to End Hate not only gives examples of offensive online content, but also sheds light on the legal considerations surrounding hate speech and what social media companies are doing about it.   The report also serves as a guide for individuals who want to push back with reporting mechanisms built into social media platforms and by engaging in counterspeech.

Muslim Advocates has a dedicated program to counter anti-Muslim hate, and works with a broad coalition of faith, civic, and civil rights organizations to challenge bigotry against religious minorities.  Through this work, Muslim Advocates monitors hate crimes targeting American Muslims, bigotry by public officials, anti-Sharia legislation bills that have been proposed or passed in various states, and opposition to mosque construction projects affecting communities throughout the country.

The report is available online at http://www.muslimadvocates.org/click-here-to-end-hate-pdf.

 

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Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization working on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Through high-impact lawsuits, policy advocacy, and community education, Muslim Advocates serves as a resource to empower communities and ensures that the American Muslim community is heard by the courts and leaders at the highest level of government.  Visit Muslim Advocates at www.muslimadvocates.org and follow @muslimadvocates.



  • dave gaubatz

    http://www.examiner.com/article/muslim-mafia-author-muslims-working-with-facebook-to-silence-critics-of-islam I request an interview with an Executive of Muslim Advocates, Primary interview question will be: “Are Muslims who will not allow or do not want a Christian Church or Synagogue” built in Saudi Arabia Bigots, haters, racists, etc..? Your organization labels many Americans as haters and bigots simply because they do not desire a mosque near their home, or for a mosque to expand. I would like for my upcoming article an explanation of the difference. Respectfully, Dave Gaubatz, Author: Muslim Mafia davegaubatz@gmail.com

  • Modres

    It is interesting how people can simply present truths about Islam and be labeled haters by your organization. Yet, I’ve had Muslims tell me that “truth is truth” when it was something they believed in.

    I also wonder what Muslim Advocates do to condemn radical Islam? I didn’t see anything on your site that speaks to that. Women are stoned to death for adultery, gays are executed, and other atrocities occur as well. Where is the condemnation of these things?

    Why do you classify Pamela Gellar as “anti-Muslim”? She is opposed to radical Islam. Shouldn’t you be as well? Instead, you take the time to defend yourselves and Islam.

    • Marg

      These people are haters themselves and nothing you say will change their 7th Century Barbarian beliefs! They are not opposed to Radical Islam!

    • elephantine

      Yes, Pamela Gellar is an ignorant and vile bigot. Why aren’t you spending your time defending bigots and fundamentalist Christians? Shouldn’t you be opposed to them as well?

  • مباركمسلم كانغ

    Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters, I found someone that keeps saying bad things and very misleading videos are posted against our Prophet Muhammad saw and Allah SWT and Islam it self. We need to move and counter act, cause this will give a bad name to all of us here is the link of the person and the videos he is posting continually, we need to stop him.https://plus.google.com/118028499214998681650/about

    • Marg

      HaHa! That would be about everyone in this country and you found one?? What a laugh! How do you think you are going to stop him?? Just like you can’t stop anyone from burning every Koran they can find! You need to either go back to your Muslim countries where they dictate what people can say and give out the death sentence for saying anything bad about the Prophet Muhammad, or get used to it! This is a country where it is not against the law for people to hate you and to insult you! So get used it or get out! Personally, we think your Prophet Muhammad was a child rapist and a Pedophile! That is not hate, that is the truth! Get used to it and quit whining!

      • elephantine

        Sorry, don’t try to pretend everyone is such an ignorant bigot just because you are. You’re pathetic and a complete idiot, Marg.

      • MuslimByNature

        Hey Marg, that’s an interesting comment. Firstly, just want to let you know that you can burn all the Quran in the world, and yet it will be wriiten as the first one because it is preserved by being installed in the hearts of billions. All word for word in order. This is a miracle as there is not one book that people can memorise word for word without error. And secondly, it seems your lack understanding of Islam. I am guessing you have not read the Quran and so not realise that it is not a new religion but rather a continuation of what Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus believed – so, why not read and increaseyour kknowledge by visiting http://www.OneReason.org

      • Mujaahida Rasheedah

        yes yes Marg and the US has in God we trust on its money, not jesus the son of God is our saviour. Your a very funny person, hope that humor carries you threw what is likely to be a refusal to engage with others, because of your Xenophobic belief structures….

  • dirtybird

    Guess what…

    …in the United States of America, hate speech is FREE SPEECH.

    Don’t like it?

    Too bad, deal with it.