Islam Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:30:32 -0500 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:06:13 -0500 Fox News' Top Five Islamophobic Smears <p>Sean Hannity last night was clearly upset that Rep. Keith Ellison <a href="">exposed him</a> for what he is &mdash; a partisan hack &mdash; and he is now <a href=""> launching attacks on the congressman </a> by recycling statements Ellison made in the 1990s about the Nation of Islam, a group that the congressman later vociferously denounced. He even <a href="">wondered</a> if &ldquo;we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent of one side of what the Klan is?&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="248" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="" width="320"></iframe></p> <p>Hannity has <a href="">attacked Ellison</a> over his faith in the past, arguing that Ellison&rsquo;s use of Thomas Jefferson&rsquo;s copy of the Quran during his symbolic swearing-in ceremony &ldquo;will embolden Islamic extremists&rdquo; and is no different from a congressman using &ldquo;Hitler&rsquo;s Mein Kampf, which is the Nazi bible.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the use of inflammatory language and false claims is <a href="">nothing new for Sean Hannity</a>, we decided to use the segment as an opportunity to highlight the five Islamophobic smears regularly found on Fox News.</p> <p><strong>1. </strong> <strong>Obama is a Secret Muslim</strong>:</p> <p>Fox News host Eric Bolling <a href="">claimed</a> that Obama &ldquo;answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second&rdquo; and Hannity himself <a href="">alleged</a> that Obama &ldquo;went to a Muslim school.&rdquo; Regular contributors like <a href=",2933,525126,00.html">Charles Krauthammer</a> and <a href="">Donald Trump</a> have also floated the claim that Obama was raised as a Muslim and back in 2007, Fox News <a href="">ran with</a> the <a href="">discredited story</a> that Obama was a student an Islamic &ldquo;madrassa&rdquo; in Indonesia.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Park 51 Will be used for Terrorism</strong>:</p> <p>Dick Morris, who just recently was booted from the network following his hilariously bad election predictions, said that the Park 51 Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero is planning to &ldquo;<a href="">train the same kind of terrorists</a>&rdquo; that attacked the U.S. on 9/11, warning the building will be a &ldquo;<a href="">command center for terrorism</a>.&rdquo; Bolling <a href="">alleged</a> that Park 51 is being built to represent &ldquo;the people who flew planes&rdquo; into the Twin Towers and Bill O&rsquo;Reilly <a href="">warned</a> the project is housing &ldquo;condos for Al Qaeda.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>3. </strong> <strong>Al Jazeera Conspiracies</strong>:</p> <p>Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari <a href="">warned</a> that Al Jazeera&rsquo;s acquisition of Current TV will activate terrorist &ldquo;sleeper cells&rdquo; in Detroit and regular Fox guest Michelle Malkin <a href="">called</a> the channel &ldquo;a cheerleader for terror&rdquo; and &ldquo;a Trojan Horse for terror TV.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>4. </strong> <strong>Sharia law a-comin&rsquo;</strong>:</p> <p>Regular Fox News viewers may be under the impression that&nbsp;<a href="">President Obama</a>, <a href="">public schools</a> and <a href="">NASA</a> seek to impose&nbsp;<a href="">Sharia law</a>. The network also recently <a href=",0,6217947.story">hired</a> Herman Cain as a contributor, who insisted that Muslims should be <a href="">prohibited</a> from serving in high levels of government and that localities have a right to <a href=""> ban mosques </a> because Muslims seek to introduce Sharia law, warnings Hannity <a href="">readily endorsed</a>.</p> <p><strong>5. </strong> <strong>&lsquo;All Terrorists are Muslims&rsquo;</strong>:</p> <p>Brian Kilmeade of <em>Fox & Friends</em> <a href="">claimed</a> that &ldquo;not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims&rdquo; and Bill O&rsquo;Reilly has implied that&nbsp;<a href="">all Muslims</a> were&nbsp;<a href="">responsible for 9/11</a>. Fox News regularly <a href="">hosts</a> anti-Muslim guests such as Brigitte Gabriel, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. In fact, Fox News host&nbsp;<a href="">Laura Ingraham</a> and contributor <a href="">John Bolton</a> prematurely blamed the far-right terrorist attack in Norway on government offices and a left-wing party youth summit on Muslims.</p> Brian Tashman Anti-Muslim C4 Islam Keith Ellison Sean Hannity fox news Fox News Channel Fighting the Right 42341 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:30:32 -0400 Islam