Anti-Muslim Crusaders Make Millions Spreading Fear

Anti-Muslim Crusaders Make Millions Spreading Fear

By Bob Smietana • THE TENNESSEAN • October 24, 2010

First of Two Parts

Steven Emerson has 3,390,000 reasons to fear Muslims.

That's how many dollars Emerson's for-profit company — Washington-based SAE Productions — collected in 2008 for researching alleged ties between American Muslims and overseas terrorism. The payment came from the Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation, a nonprofit charity Emerson also founded, which solicits money by telling donors they're in imminent danger from Muslims.

Emerson is a leading member of a multimillion-dollar industry of self-proclaimed experts who spread hate toward Muslims in books and movies, on websites and through speaking appearances.

Leaders of the so-called "anti-jihad" movement portray themselves as patriots, defending America against radical Islam. And they've found an eager audience in ultra-conservative Christians and mosque opponents in Middle Tennessee. One national consultant testified in an ongoing lawsuit aimed at stopping a new Murfreesboro mosque.

But beyond the rhetoric, Emerson's organization's tax-exempt status is facing questions at the same time he's accusing Muslim groups of tax improprieties.

"Basically, you have a nonprofit acting as a front organization, and all that money going to a for-profit," said Ken Berger, president of Charity Navigator, a nonprofit watchdog group. "It's wrong. This is off the charts."

But a spokesman for Emerson's company said the actions were legal and designed to protect workers there from death threats.

"It's all done for security reasons," said Ray Locker, a spokesman for SAE Productions.

Emerson made his name in the mid-1990s with his documentary film Jihad in America, which aired on PBS. Produced after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the film uncovered terrorists raising money in the United States.

He followed up with the books Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S. and American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us.

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Comments (204)

and this is why we need to pursue 9/11 truth.................

Muslims all over the world are suffering because of the lies of 9/11.
Their culture and religion are demonized, their towns bombed, young men imprisoned ............all needlessly and all because AMERICANS have told the world that Muslims are dangerous.

We need to fix it. Americans in the know, like us, need to tell the world that Muslims didn't attack us. We attacked ourselves, or at least agents of our culture attacked us.

Time is running out.

Here's a can't argue with this guy........

.............unless you realize 9/11 was an inside job. This guy says, YES, you can say that Muslims attacked us on 9/11. He says it is a fact. And, I guess if the official story is true, then he has a point.
But we know the official story is NOT true.
Here is the link and story by Stein:

Fallacious argument

When you narrow the issue down to two binary variables (Al Qaeda, USG) , you have four possible permutations. You are presenting a false dilemma, with unjustified mutual exclusion, a line of thinking which often leads to no hijacker/no plane crash/no passenger theories. Another way to describe it would be the fallacy of the single cause. The options you present are not collectively exhaustive.