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Groups

ACT! for America

ACT! For America Education

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI)

American Freedom Law Center (AFLC)

American Public Policy Alliance (APPA)

Center for Security Policy (CSP)

Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI)

Christian Action Network (CAN)

Citizens for National Security

Clarion Project

David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC)

Eagle Forum (EF)

Tennessee Eagle Forum

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC)

Family Research Council

Family Security Matters (FSM)

Freedom X

The Intelligence Summit

Middle East Forum (MEF)

MILO, Inc.

RAIR Foundation USA

Sharia Awareness Action Network (SAAN)

Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE)

Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)

Sea Jay Foundation (SJF)

Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC)

The Religion of Peace (TROP)

Thomas More Law Centre

Understanding the Threat (UTT)

The United West (TUW)

Virginia Anti-Shariah Taskforce (VAST)


GROUPS

ACT! for America

Co-founder and President: Brigitte Gabriel
Co-founder: Jesse Petrilla

 

Originally founded as the United American Committee (UAC) in 2004, it was renamed ACT for America in 2007.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia-based ACT is a single-issue, grassroots national security campaigning organisation that campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law and the (perceived) Islamisation of America.

It supports the Coalition to Stop Shariah (CSS) and claims 750,000 members worldwide in over 1,000 local chapters across the United States and 11 in other countries.

ACT organizes an annual national conference to which leading activists and ideologues in the ‘counter-jihad’ movement are invited.

The UAC organised a national ‘Rally Against Islamofascism Day’ (RAID) at Ground Zero, New York, on 1 February 2006 and 31 March 2007. ACT for America also launched a Stop Shariah Now campaign in 2009 to increase public awareness of the ‘perceived threat’ of creeping Sharia law into the United States.

ACT has worked closely with the American Public Policy Alliance (APPA), the Center for Security Policy (CSP), Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Tea Party movement. ACT Founder and Chairman, Brigitte Gabriel, was a featured speaker at two special events on religious persecution hosted at the United Nations in October 2014 and April 2015.

On 15 July 2014, ACT announced plans to launch branches at university and college campuses across the USA, as a ‘counterweight’ to groups such as the Muslim Student Association.

On 28 June 2015, it also launched ‘refugee resettlement working groups’ to organize and oppose refugee resettlement program. This program works closely with Ann Corcoran and Texas Congressman Brian Babin, who in 2015 proposed legislation to halt refugee resettlement into the U.S.

Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor (until he was forced to resign) was hired as an adviser by ACT in June 2016. He was also a speaker at ActCon 2016 and wrote a post ‘Radical Islam Declares War on America” on ACT’s website in June 2016.

Walid Phares, an ACT board member, worked as Donald Trump’s Middle East advisor during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In February 2017 one of ACT’s chapter leaders, Roy White, was fired from ACT for organizing a meeting to teach people to “shut down” mosques.

Among its international leaders is Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who heads the Austrian chapter.

ACT for America/ACT in Europe have been participating at Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM) meetings in Europe for several years. In 2011 Bruce Lieske of the Orlando ACT for America branch attended alongside Sabaditsch-Wolff, who also attended alongside Dave Manville Petteys, ACT chapter leader from Colorado, in 2012. In 2013 Sabaditsch-Wolff, Petteys and Valerie Price, founder of ACT for Canada, all attended. In 2016 Debra Anderson, ACT For America Chapter leader in Minnesota, and Petteys attended along with Sabaditsch-Wolff in Warsaw. Anderson also represented ACT for America at the 2017 meeting.

On 25 August 2018 the organisation held a ‘Day of ACTion’.

In September 2018 HOPE not hate reported from inside ACT’s national conference in Washington D.C.. Amongst other things Brigitte Gabriel alleged to attendees that she was close to “65 to 70” members of Congress and that she has a standing meeting at the White House on a weekly basis.

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ACT! for America Education

Executive Director: Unknown (formerly Guy Rodger, former National Field Director, Christian Coalition)

ACT! for America Education runs ACT!’s ‘Textbook Project’, a web-based tool designed to expose supposed inaccuracies about Islam in major social studies textbooks. It claims these publishers are using textbooks to proselytise for Islam.

In February 2015, ACT! for America Education began distributing a youth guide titled Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam to address the alleged “falsehoods, errors and omissions about the history and doctrines of Islam” in public school curricula.

San Antonia ACT! chapter leader, Roy White, who also ran a ‘Truth In Textbooks’ project that was subsumed by ACT! in early 2016, was fired by the organisation in 2017.

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American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

Co-founder: Pat Robertson (televangelist; founder: Christian Broadcasting Network and the Christian Coalition, and former Baptist minister)
Co-founder and Chief Counsel: Jay A. Sekulow (lawyer, Messianic Jew and host, Jay Sekulow! Live radio talk-show, since 1995)
Former Senior Counsel: David French became a senior counsel and contributor to the ACLJ in May 2011 and served also as their Director of Digital Advocacy, before leaving in April 2015. French also addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition annual conference in June 2011 and the Tennessee Freedom Coalition ‘The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom conference in Nashville, Tennessee on 11 November 2011.

Founded in 1990 as a conservative Christian law firm to act as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Washington D.C.-based ACLJ is a grassroots campaigning organisation that began to campaign, in 2011, against the ‘encroachment’ of Sharia law into the US legal system and courts. It has pledged its support to U.S. states that need help in drafting ‘anti-Sharia’ legislation.

The ACLJ published the pamphlet ‘Shari’ah Law: Radical Islam’s Threat to the US Constitution’ (2011) and released the documentary video film The Export: Radical Islam’s Map to the End of Democracy (2011).

The ACLJ established a European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) in Strasbourg in 1997.

Sekulow addressed the Stop Islamization of America inaugural 9/11 Freedom Rally in New York on 11 September 2011 and the Tennessee Freedom Coalition conference ‘The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom’ conference in Nashville, Tennessee on 11 November 2011.

Sekulow joined President Donald Trump’s legal team during the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow in the summer of 2017 and is still involved at the time of writing, October 2018.

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Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT)

President, Treasurer and Clerk: Charles Jacobs
Director: Ahmed Subhy Mansour
Director: Dr. Dennis Hale

A Boston, Massachusetts-based non-profit organisation that promotes Islamophobic falsehoods and conspiracy theories.

APT received funding from the Middle East Forum in 2011 and 2012.

The paradoxically named APT is known for leading Islamophobic campaigns in the state of Massachusetts, specifically making unfounded claims and allegations against mosques and the Muslim community in the Boston area. In 2014, it sponsored an advertising campaign accusing a local school district of proselytizing for Islam.

In 2016 APT released a documentary on the BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement (a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to end what the BDS supporters believe are Israel’s violations of international law) called ‘Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus’. It also launched a website, ‘hatespaces’. The documentary was screened at the conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, 2017.

On 13 July 2018 Charles Jacobs of APT published an article on the Frontpage Magazine site entitled ‘Black Slaves, Muslim Masters’ which declared that “In five African nations […] blacks serve Arab/Muslim masters” and that “The people who need to hear [their stories] most are American blacks”.

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American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI)

Co-founder, President and Executive Director: Pamela Geller (President, Stop Islamization of the World and Executive Director, Stop Islamization of America)
Co-founder and Vice President: Robert Spencer (Vice President, Stop Islamization of Nations; Associate Director, Stop Islamization of America; Director, Jihad Watch)
Co-founder: John Joseph Jay (lawyer and board member, Stop Islamization of America)

The AFDI was founded in January 2010 as an umbrella counter-jihadist campaigning organisation which encompasses SIOA. The New York-based AFDI campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law and the supposed Islamization of the United States.

AFDI organised a ‘Jihad: The Political Third Rail – What They Aren’t Telling You’ meeting at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C. on 19 February 2010.

Since 2010 AFDI has co-organised an annual 9/11 Freedom Rally in New York on the anniversary of 9/11. It released the 87-minute documentary film ‘The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks’ in February 2011. It works closely with Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Atlas Shrugs (since renamed The Geller Report) and Jihad Watch blogs.

The AFDI is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It has run inflammatory Islamophobic advertisements on public transport vehicles across the country. The ads, which have been featured in major cities like Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, turn city buses and subway stations into politically-charged spaces.

Its crop of ads have equated Muslims with savages, conflated antisemitism with the Quran, and featured photos of the World Trade Center towers falling with cherry-picked verses of the Muslim holy book. Often municipal authorities refuse the ads, leading to lawsuits from the American Freedom Law Center, the AFDI’s legal counsel. Despite being hate speech, the ads usually run because courts find they are protected by the US Constitution‘s First Amendment.

In 2015, AFDI submitted an ad featuring the winning cartoon from its provocative Muhammad cartoon contest. Erring on the side of caution, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority refused the ad and banned all political ads for the remainder of 2015. After this, AFDI paid to feature the ad on 100 billboards in Missouri and Arkansas.

  • AFDI released an 18-point ‘Platform for Defending the West’ which (among other things) called for the unlawful surveillance of mosques and an “immediate halt of immigration by Muslims” into Western nations. Pamela Geller said the plan was drafted with the help and ‘consultation’ of the Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) President’s Council and colleagues, 24 April 2013
  • AFDI organised a protest in Manchester, Tennessee, during a community outreach event sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council that featured a US attorney and an FBI agent. During the event, local Islamophobic activists heckled the event’s speakers and cheered about a mention of an arson attack on a mosque, 4 June 2013
  • AFDI sponsored a 9/11 press conference at Ground Zero in New York City, 11 September 2013
  • AFDI organised a deceptively named ‘Support Israel and Persecuted Religious Minorities’ rally in New York City to stand in solidarity with those “threatened by the global jihad”, 17 August 2014
  • AFDI organised a protest in Garland, Texas, outside the ‘Stand with the Prophet’ conference. During the rally, Pamela Geller claimed the conference was enforcing “the Shariah”. Robert Spencer claimed the conference was the “soft side of the Charlie Hebdo massacre” and accused attendees of plotting to “stop people from insulting Islam and insulting Muhammad”. He later warned: “They’re [Muslims] not going to kill us in America…yet.” 17 January 2015
  • AFDI ran a series of ads on buses in Philadelphia and in New York. The ad in New York showed man with a scarf across his face next to the words: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” attributed to “Hamas MTV”, 2015
  • AFDI sponsored a ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon exhibit and contest in Garland, Texas, featuring Geert Wilders. It gained international attention after two armed Islamist extremists attacked the event and were shot and killed, 3 May 2015
  • AFDI placed hundreds of ads on buses in San Francisco showing real images of Palestinian youth in jihadi uniforms and violent poses, taken from Palestinian Authority media. The ads read: “The Palestinian Authority Teaches Children to Hate,” and “End All U.S. Aid to the P.A.” September 2016
  • AFDI partnered with the American Freedom Principles Project to host a panel at the 2018 CPAC conference.
  • On 28 September 2018 the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the AFDI in a case brought by the organisation after Seattle’s transit authority would not display advertisements on buses reading “Faces of Global Terrorism” featuring images of multiple terrorists who were reportedly all Muslim but one. In a statement regarding the ruling, the site wrote:

We are constantly being clubbed with the claim that “moderate Muslims” abhor and reject the acts of terrorism that are constantly committed in the name of their religion, so why would they object to a wanted poster featuring Islamic terrorists who supposedly have twisted and hijacked their peaceful religion? Why would “moderate Muslims” provide cover for jihad terror? Why, indeed.

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American Freedom Law Center (AFLC)

Co-founder and Senior Counsel: Robert J. Muise
Co-founder: David Yerushalmi (lawyer; President, Society of Americans for National Existence)

Advisory Board members:

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. (President, Center for Security Policy).
Andrew C. McCarthy (Senior Fellow, National Review Institute and Contributing Editor, National Review).
Michael B. Mukasey (former U.S. Attorney General and former New York district judge)
Gerard V. Bradley (Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame)
Joseph E. Schmitz (Former inspector general at the Department of Defense)
James Woolsey (Former director of the CIA)

Founded January 2011 as a conservative Judeo-Christian law firm, the Arizona-based AFLC campaigns for faith and freedom and against ‘civilization jihad’. It works closely with the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). It actively works against construction of mosques trough judicial means – recently in the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan in 2017.

In February 2018 the AFLC published an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of Trump’s “extreme vetting” policy.

In July 2018 the AFLC filed a supplemental brief as part of their defense of the Center for Security Policy, after the latter were sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) following their infiltration of CAIR.

Throughout 2018 the AFLC continued its legal efforts in support of a “Support Free Speech” advertisement to appear on Washington DC buses that showed the winning entry of a “Draw Mohammed Contest” organised by the AFDI in 2015.

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American Public Policy Alliance (APPA)

Board of Directors:

Stephen M. Gelé
Michelle R. Ghetti
Randy Simmons

Founded in 2009 as a conservative campaigning organisation, the Michigan-based APPA campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law into the United States. It is a coalition between Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT for America, Frank J. Gaffney Jr.’s Center for Security Policy (CSP), Dr Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum (MEF) and David Yerushalmi’s Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE).

It launched a state-level legislative initiative in 2010, known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC), which is based on model ‘anti-Sharia’ legislation drafted by David Yerushalmi to prevent the incursion of foreign laws, especially Sharia, into the US legal court system at federal, state and local level.

The ALAC Act has been enacted since 2010 in 12 states (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and introduced in many others.

The APPA website and social media have been inactive since 2013, however the ALAC legislation they introduced remains a literal model for many campaigners. In March 2016, for example, House Representative Eric Redman of the Idaho State House of Representatives shared information from the APPA site when introducing an ALAC bill, and the Southern Poverty Law Centre revealed in February 2018 that he had communicated with Stephen Gelé of the APPA board in February 2017 regarding Sharia law.

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Center for Security Policy (CSP)

Founder and President: Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Executive Vice President: Christopher C. Hull
Chief Financial Officer: Shaun Seifert
Vice President for Research and Analysis: Clare Lopez
Vice President for Outreach: Christopher Holton
Director for Special Projects: Tommy Waller
General Counsel: David Yerushalmi (Lawyer and Founder, Society of Americans for National Existence)
Vice President for Media Production: Adam Savit
Editor-in-Chief of The Americas Report: Nancy Menges
Director of the Threat information Office: Kyle Shideler
Research Analyst: Michael Bender

Board of Directors:

Miles Prentice III (Chairman)
Bruce J. Brotman
Nina Cunningham
Kenneth J. Dragotta
Frank J. Gaffney
Lt. Col. Marlin L. Hefti
Dr. Jack London
Andrew W. Miller
Ebrahim Moussazadeh
Augusta Henderson Petrone
Donald L. Woodsmall

Senior Fellows:

Daniel Pipes (Founder and President, Middle East Forum)
Stephen C. Coughlin
Nonie Darwish (founder, Arabs for Israel; and Director, Former Muslims United)
Michael J. Del Rosso
Paula A. DeSutter
Deborah Weiss, Esq. (contributor to FrontPage Magazine)
Kevin D. Freeman
Joseph E. Schmitz

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs: Caroline Glick, now serving as adjunct (Senior Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Post; Director of the Israel Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Board member, Endowment for Middle East Truth)

Founded in 1988 as a national security think tank, the Washington D.C.-based CSP campaigns against Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of the United States.

It has played a prominent role in recent years in the counter-jihadist movement in the United States. The CSP supports the Coalition to Stop Shariah (CSS).

  • The CSP has run the Shariah Awareness Project (since 2007)
  • Launched the Shariah Finance Watch project/blog
  • Co-ordinated the launch of a national grassroots Coalition to Stop Shariah in the United States (CSS), 6 November 2008
  • Founded and funded the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero’s Stop the 9/11 mosque at Ground Zero website, which opposed the planned Park51 Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York, 2010
  • Published the 172-page report, Shariah: The Threat to America – An Exercise in Competitive Analysis Report of Team B II, September 2010
  • Published Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases, May 2011
  • Sponsored National Security Action Summit (Uninvited II), an off-site panel during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), 2014
  • Sponsored Defeat Jihad Summit, 11 February 2015
  • Sponsored South Carolina National Security Action Summit, 14 March 2015
  • Sponsored Iowa National Security Action Summit, 16 May 2015
  • Sponsored New Hampshire National Security Action Summit, 25 July 2015
  • Co-sponsored Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal rally in Washington DC with Tea Party Patriots, 9 Sep 2015
  • Frank Gaffney was announced as one of Ted Cruz’s National Security Advisors, 16 March 2016
  • Convened two panels at the CPAC 2016 –
  1. ‘The Global Jihad Movement in America and the Counterjihad Campaign’ with Lars Hedegaard, Paul Weston and Jim Hanson.
  2. ‘Obama’s Dangerous National Security Legacy and How it Must Be Reversed’ with Frank Gaffney, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons and Clare Lopez
  • At 2017 CPAC CSP’s Clare Lopez discussed ‘Civilization Jihad’
  • Leader Frank Gaffney received a standing ovation at CPAC in February 2018. The CSP sponsored a CPAC panel titled ‘Save the Persecuted Christians’ at which conservative icon Ben Shapiro spoke. National Security Advisor John Bolton has been cited as pushing for Gaffney’s acceptance by CPAC officials. During the panel Gaffney stated that, “Some ninety Muslim candidates are campaigning this fall for various offices […] most, if not virtually all, of them are Sharia-supremacists – or, at a minimum, they’re currying support from those who are.”
  • Awarded its annual ‘Freedom Flame’ award to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on 14 June 2018
  • Frank Gaffney attended the U.S. State Department’s “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ event on 24-26 July, 2018
  • The CSP’s Clare Lopez spoke at the Values Voter Summit in September 2018
  • Multiple CSP-linked individuals were appointed to positions within the Trump administration in 2018: John Bolton appointed National Security Advisor in March 2018 (spoke at the CSP-sponsored ‘National Security Action Summit’ events in Nevada, December 2014; South Carolina, March 2015 and New Hampshire in July 2015); Mike Pompeo appointed Secretary of State in April 2018 (appeared on Secure Freedom Radio on at least 24 occasions); Fred Fleitz appointed Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council in May 2018 (Previously CSP Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs 2013-2018)

The CSP has funded research for books published by:

Paul David Gaubatz (who addressed the inaugural meeting of Stop Islamization of America in Washington DC on 25 September 2009 and co-authored, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, WorldNetDaily Books, 2009)

Paul Sperry (author, Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington, Thomas Nelson, 2005 and co-authored, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, WND Books, 2009)

Other relevant CSP publications include:

Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech—A First Amendment Guide to Reporting in an Age of Islamist Lawfare by Brooke Goldstein and Aaron Eitan Meyer (2011)
Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel (Fourth Edition), by David G. Littman (2011)
An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America (2013)
Agent of Influence: Grover Norquist and the Assault on the Right – Targeting the NRA (2014)
Guilty Knowledge: What the US Government Knows about the Vulnerability of the Electric Grid, But Refuses to Fix (2014)
Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law in the U.S. Legal System (follow up to Team II B Report) (2014)
The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement co-authored by The Tiger Team, a prominent group of Islamophobic activists (2015)
Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America by Ann Corcoran (2015)
Star Spangled Shariah: The Rise of America’s First Muslim Brotherhood Party (2015)
Offensive and Defensive Lawfare: Fighting Civilization Jihad in America’s Courts by Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi (2015)
The Gulen Movement: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and its Contributions to the Civilization Jihad (2015)
Obamabomb: A Dangerous and Growing National Security Fraud (2016)
Gateway to Jihad: Tablighi Jama’at (Terror Jihad Reader Series Book 2), by Ilana Freedman (2016)
C.A.I.R. is Hamas: How the Federal Government Proved that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is a Front for Terrorism (Archival Series Book 3) (2016)
Team Jihad: How Sharia-Supremacists Collaborate with Leftists to Destroy The United States (Civilization Jihad Reader Series Book 10), by Matthew Vadum (2017)
Hamas, CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood: The Plot to Destroy America (Civilization Jihad Reader Series Book 11), by Ilana Freedman (2017)
Modern Islamic Warfare: An Ancient Doctrine Marches On, by Harold Rhode (2017)
Ally No More: Erdogan’s New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West, by Clare Lopez, Harold Rhode, Christopher Hull, Daniel Pipes, David Goldman, Burak Bekdil, Uzay Bulut and Deborah Weiss (2018)
Islamist Influence in Hollywood (Civilization Jihad Reader Series Book 12), by Deborah Weiss (2018)
Burn This Book: What Keith Ellison Doesn’t Want You to Know: A Radical Marxist-Islamist, His Associations and Agenda, by Trevor London (2018)
Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam: Multicultural Canada: A Weak Link In the Battle Against Islamization, by Christine Douglass-Williams (2018)

Awards:

Keeper of the Flame: Inaugurated in 1990 in recognition of those who “devote their public careers to the propagation of democracy and the respect for individual rights throughout the world”.

Freedom Flame: In recognition of those “individuals who have exemplified the ideals of freedom, democracy, economic opportunity and international strength”.

Mightier Pen: Launched in 2001 in recognition of individuals “who have, through their published writings, contributed to the public’s appreciation of the need for robust U.S. national security policies and military strength as an indispensable ingredient in promoting international peace”.

Notable Mightier Pen award-winners are Mark Steyn who received the award in 2007 and Diana West in 2013.

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Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI)

Founder and President: Bill French (AKA Bill Warner)

The CSPI group is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and functions to disseminate French’s books which analyze “political Islam” and its “ramifications for Western civilization”. The group consists of French’s personal ‘Political Islam’ site, CSPI Publishing which publishes Warner’s books and CSPI International, a “non-profit educational and teaching organization based in the Czech Republic with affiliate countries around the globe”.

French has authored numerous books through CSPI, including Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, The Islamic Doctrine of Women and The Doctrine of Slavery.

  • He addressed the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) ‘A warning to America’ conference in Nashville, Tennessee, 12 May 2011
  • He also addressed the TFC ‘The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom’ conference in Nashville, on 11 November 2011
  • He also led opposition to the proposed construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2014
  • He spoke at the ‘Defend the Constitution’ Rally in Waynesboro, Tennessee, an event sponsored by the TFC in 2014
  • French worked with Freedom X to sue the Knox County School district in Tennessee after a high school cancelled his speaking engagement, sponsored by a local ACT for America branch, in 2014
  • French spoke as part of what the Lacrosse Tribune described as the “Anti-Muslim speaking circuit [that] runs through rural Minnesota”, in August and September 2017.
  • The CSPI has hosted a lecture in Poland on 19 April 2016 and multiple lectures, on occasion with French himself speaking, in the Czech Republic since 2014 and continues to do so in 2018.

Author:

A Two-Hour Koran (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
The Sira: The Life of Mohammed (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
The Hadith: The Sunna of Mohammed (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
Sharia Law for Non-Muslims (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
Lectures on the Foundations of Islam (CSPI, LLC, 2016)
The Doctrine of Slavery: An Islamic Institution (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
The Islamic Doctrine of Women (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
The Islamic Doctrine of Christians and Jews (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
Factual Persuasion: Changing the Minds of Islam’s Supporters (CSPI, LLC, 2014)
The Life of Mohammed (CSPI, LLC, 2010)
An Abridged Koran: The Reconstructed Historical Islam (CSPI, LLC, 2006)
Mohammed and the Unbelievers: A Political Life (CSPI, LLC, 2006)
The Political Traditions of Mohammed (CSPI, LLC, 2006)
A Simple Koran: Readable and Understandable The Political Traditions of Mohammed (CSPI, LLC, 2006)
Thirteen Lessons on Political Islam: Islam 101 (CSPI, LLC, 2008)
The Submission of Women and Slaves: Islamic Duality (CSPI, LLC, 2007)
The Political Traditions of Mohammed: The Hadith for the Unbelievers (CSPI, LLC, 2006)

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Christian Action Network (CAN)

Founder and President: Martin Mawyer
Director of Clerical Services: Bonnie Mawyer
Chairman and General Counsel: David Carroll
Administrative Manager: Amber Mosher
Audio/Visual Services: Michael Mawyer
National Security Analyst: Ryan Mauro (Clarion Project)
International Political Analyst: George Lombardi
Staff Writer: Martin Fisher

The Christian Action Network was founded in 1990 as a conservative, Christian-right, national grassroots campaign.

The Forest, Virginia-based, CAN claims to campaign against radical Islam in the West and says it has over 250,000 members.

Mawyer organised a meeting at Canary Wharf, London, with counter-jihadist activists from Britain and the United States and which included interviews with three representatives of the English Defence League (EDL) for a CAN documentary on the supposed Islamisation of Europe, August 2009.

CAN hosted an early screening of its film Europe’s Last Stand: America’s Final warning in Rome, 2014.

Mawyer threatened to sue the US Department of Education for “funding pro-Islamic propaganda”, March 2017.

In September 2018 CAN announced it was launching an “aggressive campaign to end any public school celebration of World Hijab Day this coming February of 2019”.

CAN has produced several Islamophobic documentary DVDs:

Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the US (2009)
Islam Rising: Geert Wilders’ Warning to the West (2010)
Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque (2010)
Sleeping Giant: Islam Behind Bars (2014)
America’s Islamic Threat (2014)
Europe’s Last Stand: America’s Final Warning (2015)
Islam in the Schools: A Quick Look (2017)

Books by Mawyer:

Twilight in America (2012)
The United States: A Christian Nation (Reprint of David Brewers’ 1905 book)

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Citizens for National Security

Chairman: Kenneth Abramowitz
Founder and Chairman Emeritus: Dr. William A. Saxton
Vice Chairman: S. Peter Lebowitz

Advisory Board:

Dr. Walid Phares (Advisor to the Trump presidential campaign, 2016)
Dr. Daniel Pipes (President, Middle East Forum)
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser (Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy)

Citizens for National Security (CFNS) was founded in 2008 as a research and advocacy organisation to educate citizens about the alleged “threats currently confronting our nation” from Muslims.

The Boca Raton, Florida-based, CFNS uses its network of members to form ‘Task Forces’ to document the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. It claims the Muslim group is making inroads into the US by indoctrinating students via the public school curriculum.

CFNS launched a campaign to end the use of so-called “Islam-biased textbooks” in primary and secondary education. In 2011, it published the document Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Muslim Brotherhood’s Deliberate, Premeditated Plan Now Reaching Maturity.

It co-sponsored a bill (H.R: 5194) in 2013-14 to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). CFNS now runs IkhwanSearchUS.net, a database of alleged members or individuals with ties to Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations. It claimed to have filed more than 5,594 names as of 25 June 2018. The database can be used by “law enforcement officials, members of the intelligence community, the military, federal and state prosecutors, and lawmakers.”

The CFNS has been less active recently, though it hosted then-advisor to Donald Trump, and later member of his White House administration, Sebastian Gorka, in 2016.

The group continues to hold seminar events in Boca Raton, Florida.

Books:

Council on American-Islamic Relations: Its Use of Lawfare and Intimidation (2013)

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Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund and RadicalIslam.org)

Executive Director: Richard Green
Founder: Raphael Shore
National Security Analyst: Ryan Mauro

Advisory Board:

Dr M. Zuhdi Jasser (President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy and narrator, ‘The Third Jihad’ DVD)
Raheel Raza (President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow)

Former members:

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. (President, Council for Security Policy)
Clare Lopez (Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy and Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)
Dr Daniel Pipes (Founder and President, Middle East Forum)
Dr Walid Phares (Terrorism expert)
Sarah N. Stern (President, Endowment for Middle East Truth)
Nina Cunningham (CEO/President, Quidlibet Research, board member, Center for Security Policy and David Horowitz Freedom Center)

The Clarion Project was founded in 2006 to educate Americans on issues of national security, in particular radical Islam. Claims to deliver “news, expert analysis, videos, and unique perspectives about radical Islam, while giving a platform to moderate Muslims and human rights activists to speak out against extremism”.

In collaboration with the Jerusalem-based Honest Reporting media watchdog, it has produced numerous films including:

‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West’ (2005)

‘The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America’ (2008)

‘Honor Diaries’ (2013)

‘Iranium’ (2011)

‘Faithkeepers’ (2017)

A staggering 28 million copies of the ‘Obsession’ DVD were distributed across 28 swing states ahead of the US Presidential elections in 2008. ‘Obsession’ was cited in the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik’s manifesto posted online on 22 July 2011.

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David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) 

Co-founder, Chief Executive: David Horowitz
Co-founder, Vice President of Programs: Peter Collier
President, Chief Operating Officer: Michael Finch

Founded in 1988 originally as the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), it was renamed the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) in July 2006.

The Sherman Oaks, California-based DHFC campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of the United States. It also funds the activities of Jihad Watch, run by Robert Spencer and publishes the online FrontPage Magazine (FPM).

The DHFC launched the Terrorism Awareness Project (TAP) in 2008, which organised an annual ‘Islamo-Fascism Awareness’ week across hundreds of college campuses around the US.

TAP in turn produced The Islamic Mein Kampf video in 2008. This is no longer active.

It launched Discover The Networks (DTN): A Guide to the Political Left in 2003.

Other projects include the media watchdog website, Truth Revolt, launched in 2014.

In 2015, DHFC launched Jew Hatred on Campus Week, to serve as a “counterweight” to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. It funds Caroline Glick’s Israel Security Project.

The DHFC also organizes several annual events, including David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend, West Coast Retreat and Texas Weekend that bring together various Islamophobic figures, far-right pundits, and Republican legislators.

On 14 July, 2017 the David Horowitz Freedom Center hosted a book launch for Yiannopoulos’ book Dangerous. At the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles Yiannopoulos was introduced by Horowitz himself who stated: “Milo was put on this planet to teach conservatives that fear is the enemy of freedom, and that mockery and flippancy are Kryptonite to the left.”

The group’s ‘Restoration Weekend’ in November 2017 was addressed by Charlie Kirk, Congressman Ron DeSantis, John McIntosh, Douglas Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Andrew Torba, Tammy Bruce, Mark Steyn, Clinton Romesha, J. Christian Adams, Khaled Abu Toameh, Nick Adams, Ami Horowitz, Devin Nunes, James Damore, Katie Hopkins, Stephen Bannon and Patrick Caddell.

It was revealed in 2017 that the DHFC has donated roughly $150,000 over two years to Geert Wilders´ Party for Freedom. Wilders addressed the group’s Restoration Weekend in 2014.

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Eagle Forum (EF)

Founder: Phyllis Schlafly
President: Eunie Smith
Chairman: Anne Schlafly Cori

Founded in 1972 as a grassroots conservative, religious-right organisation, the Illinois-based EF includes campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of the United States.

It works closely with ACT for America, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) and the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC). The EF publishes the monthly Phyllis Schlafly Report.

It claims 80,000 members in state-based branches and runs several small but active Facebook pages for its branches.

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Tennessee Eagle Forum

President: Bobbie Patray

Works closely with Tennessee Freedom Coalition and local ACT for America branches, also with Tennessee Republican state legislators Senator Bill Ketron and Judd Matheny.

In 2011, Ketron and Matheny introduced an extreme anti-Sharia bill on behalf of the Tennessee Eagle Forum. Originally authored by David Yerushalmi (AFLC), the bill would have made practicing Sharia law a felony. A less harsh bill was passed banning foreign law (Sharia) from state courts.

The group sponsors the bi-yearly ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ conference featuring figures such as Bill French, Kamal Saleem, and Ann Corcoran.

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Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Founder and President: Sarah N. Stern (Board member, Voice of the Copts; former national policy coordinator, Zionist Organization of America, 1998-2004)

Advisory Board includes:

Caroline B. Glick (Deputy Managing Editor, The Jerusalem Post and Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Center for Security Policy)
Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld (Founder and President, American Center for Democracy and Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)
Frank J. Gaffney (President, Center for Security Policy)
Dr Daniel Pipes (Founder and President, Middle East Forum)
Dr Meyrav Wurmser (former Executive Director, Middle East Media Research Institute)

Founded 2006 as a neo-conservative think tank, the organization’s acronym means ‘truth’ in Hebrew.

The Washington DC-based EMET seeks to inspire an “intellectual revolution’ and educate the political class in the US about the alleged dangers of radical Islam.

It supports the Coalition to Stop Shariah (CSS) and in 2008 EMET co-operated with the Clarion Fund to distribute the 80-minute DVD ‘Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West’.

It bestows annual Speaker of the Truth Awards to those who speak out against ‘radical Islam’. EMET also works closely with the Center for Security Policy (CSP).

In 2014, it sponsored ‘The Israeli Solution: An Evening with on 19 May and co- sponsored, with the Center for Security Policy, the symposium ‘What are Iran’s True Intentions?’ featuring Walid Phares, Clare Lopez and Andrew Bostom on 8 January 2014.

In 2015, EMET honored Erick Stakelbeck and Congressman Louie Gohmert at a ‘Rays of Light in the Darkness’ dinner. It also hosted a seminar, ‘The Rise of Jihadist Attacks and the Fallacy of the ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist’, with Patrick Poole on 21 January 2015.

In 2017 EMET hosted the mid-Atlantic movie premier of ‘Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus’.

The group also hosts an annual ‘Rays of Light in the Darkness’ dinner in Washington DC.

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Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC)

Founder and Chairman: Ralph Reed (Chairman and Chief Executive, Century Strategies; former

Executive Director, Christian Coalition, 1989-1997; and protégé of Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson)

Executive Director: Timothy Head

Founded 2009 as a Christian conservative/religious-right grassroots organisation, the Georgia-based FFC aims to unite and mobilize evangelical and Tea Party voters to form a powerful Christian conservative voting bloc.

It attempts to influence legislation and public policy at every level of government. The FFC claims to have reached 1,000,000 members in 2014, across 125 local chapters.

In June 2017 President Donald Trump spoke at the FFC’s ‘Road to Majority’ Conference. In June 2018, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the group’s conference.

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Family Research Council

President: Tony Perkins (Former Louisiana congressman, 1996-2004)

Executive Vice President: William G. ‘Jerry’ Boykin

Founded in 1983 as a far-right evangelical lobbying organisation, the Washington D.C.-based group campaigns to promote supposed “family values”, while maligning other faith groups.

The FRC organizes an annual Values Voter Summit (VVS) that regularly features Islamophobic speakers. Past speakers have included Frank Gaffney, Nonie Darwish, Clare Lopez, and Brigitte Gabriel.

In June 2016 it held a seminar with Sebastian Gorka, who would be deputy assistant to President Donald Trump from January to August 2017, on ‘Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War’.

The group’s executive vice president has advocated for “no mosques in America.”

The October 2017 VVS was addressed by President Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, Tony Perkins, William ‘Jerry’ Boykin Jr., Frank Gaffney Jr, Brigitte Gabriel, Roy Moore, Gary Bauer, and Peter Sprigg.

Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America spoke at the 2018 VVS, railing against “indoctrination of Islamic propaganda” inside US classrooms. Other speakers included Boykin and Clara Lopez of the Center for Security Policy.

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Family Security Matters (FSM)

Founder and President: Carol A. Taber
Contributing Editor: Adrian Morgan (Oslo-based, British writer), since 2010

FSM’s Contributing Editors include:

Daniel L. Adams (co-founder, Stop Islamization of America)
Andrew G. Bostom (Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)
Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld (Director, American Center for democracy and Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)
Steven A. Emerson (Executive Director, Investigative Project on Terrorism)
Brigitte Gabriel (President: ACT! for America and ACT! for America Education)
Frank J. Gaffney Jr. (President, Center for Security Policy)
Caroline B. Glick (Deputy Managing Editor, The Jerusalem Post)
Dr M. Zuhdi Jasser (President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy)
Cliff Kincaid (Editor, Accuracy in Media and Advisory Board member, Stop Islamization of Nations)
Clare M. Lopez (Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy)
Andrew C. McCarthy (Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)
Dr Daniel Pipes (Founder and President of Middle East Forum, Advisory Board member: Clarion Fund, Endowment for Middle East Truth and the International Free Press Society)
Nidra Poller (Paris Editor, Pajamas Media, Contributing Editor at New English Review, Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society
Diana west (Co-Vice President, International Free Press Society)

Additional Contributors:

Jerry Boykin, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) (Vice-President, Family Research Council)
Dave Gaubatz (author, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America)
Daniel Greenfield (Fellow, David Horowitz Freedom Center)
David Horowitz (Founder, David Horowitz Freedom Center)
Raymond Ibrahim (Fellow, David Horowitz Freedom Center)
Robert Spencer (Director, Jihad Watch, Vice-President, Stop Islamization of Nations; Associate Director, Stop Islamization of America)
Erick Stakelbeck (Christian Broadcast Network)
Pamela Geller (President, Stop Islamization of the World; Executive Director, Stop Islamization of America)
Patrick Poole (PJ Media)
Douglas Murray (Henry Jackson Society)

Founded in 2004 as a project of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) think tank, the Washington D.C.-based FSM is a “national security resource for American families”.

It launched the Eurabia Watch Blog on 8 November 2010, though this has been inactive since April 2011.

The FSM supports the Coalition to Stop Shariah (CSS).

As of 2018 FSM remains active.

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Freedom X

Board of Directors:

President / CEO / General Counsel: William J. Becker, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer: Georgeann ‘Gigi’ Becker
Michael Finch (President and Chief Operating Officer, David Horowitz Freedom Center)
Mark Tapson (Shillman Journalism Fellow, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Editor, TruthRevolt.com)
Paul Austin Hoffman
John L. Hancock (Vice President, American Freedom Alliance)

Founded in 2013 as a conservative Christian/religious-right law firm, the Los Angeles, California-based Freedom X litigates on behalf of “preserving Judeo-Christian culture” and to halt “creeping sharia”.

In 2014, it represented Bill French and a local Knoxville, Tennessee ACT for America chapter leader, when they sued a Tennessee school district after one of its schools cancelled an event featuring French and his associate, forcing the district to pay $17,500 in legal fees.

As of 2018 Freedom X remains active.

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The Intelligence Summit (Inactive)

Founder and President: John J. Loftus
Executive Director: Dr. Robert Katz

Vice-President: Clare M. Lopez (Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy and Advisory Board member, Clarion Fund)

Advisory Council members:

Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld (Director, American Center for Democracy and Advisory Board member, International Free Press Society)

Brigitte Gabriel (President: ACT! for America and ACT! for America Education)

Dr Tawfik Hamid (President, Global Movement Against Radical Islam and former Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorist)

Robert B. Spencer (Vice-President, Stop Islamization of Nations; Associate Director: American Freedom Defence Initiative and Stop Islamization of America; and Director, Jihad Watch)

Nonie Darwish (Founder, Arabs for Israel; and Director, Former Muslims United)

Founded in 2006, this Washington D.C.-based organisation hosts an annual intelligence summit on national security, terrorism and jihadist-related issues, for professionals from the network of private intelligence agencies in the United States and abroad. Funded by Loftus organisation Intelligence and Homeland Security Educational Center (IHEC).

Conferences held in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and a co-sponsor of the 2009 IntelNexus alongside Gerard Group International, The Homeland Security Defense Coalition and The Strategic Security Alliance.

The Intelligence Summit site has been dormant since 2010.

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Middle East Forum (MEF)

Board of Governors:

Founder and President: Daniel Pipes (Advisory Board member, Endowment for Middle East Truth and the International Free Press Society)
Chairman: Steven Levy
Vice Chairman: Joshua Katzen
Treasurer: Lawrence Hollin
Secretary: Gregg Roman

Founded 1990 as a neo-conservative think tank on Middle Eastern affairs, the Philadelphia-based MEF campaigns against Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of the United States.

It launched the Islamist Watch website on 21 April 2006 and the Legal Project (LP) in June 2007, which raises and distributes funds for ‘anti-Islamist’ authors, activists and publishers who face defamation lawsuits brought by aggrieved Muslim organizations. The Legal Project also acts as a source of information on “Islamist lawfare”. The MEF established a legal defense fund for Geert Wilders in 2009.

In 2014 the MEF funded an appeal in France which overturned the criminal conviction of Christine Tasin, a retired school teacher who had been fined and sentenced to jail after she attacked Islam and criticized some Islamic practices.

MEF publishes the Middle East Quarterly (MEQ) (2004- ) journal. Another of its projects is Islamist Watch (IW), which was founded 21 April 2006. IW monitors and campaigns against supposed Islamist organizations in the United States and the Western world. Its director is Marc J. Fink and its former director was Dr Paul Belien (Co-Vice President, International Free Press Society), 2006-2012.

The MEF Education Fund claims to distribute about $2 million annually to groups or individuals who are working to promote MEFs goals. Noteworthy recipients include Danish Free Press Society, Dispatch International, and Center for Security Policy and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

MEF maintains the Jihad Identifiers Database, offered as a tool for law enforcement authorities and the general public. The last update visible on the database is dated January 2018.

The group has come out in support of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) after he was jailed in May 2018 after pleading guilty for contempt of court. The group claimed to be pressurizing the UK government and supplying Lennon with legal funds via its Legal Project.

MEF claimed to have held an “organizing and funding” role in a June protest in Whitehall, London, which was attended by roughly 10,000 and saw speakers such as Geert Wilders, The For Britain Movement’s Anne Marie Waters, former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam, co-founder of the English Defence League (EDL) Kevin Carroll and UKIP leader Gerard Batten. The event was marred by violence from sections of the attendees, with police chased and attacked near Trafalgar Square.

MEF also funded and helped organize another London event in July 2018, which heard speeches from Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, Debbie Robinson of Q Society of Australia, Australian YouTuber Avi Yemini, Vlaams Belang’s Filip de Winter, Sweden Democrats’ Kent Ekeroth, Jerome Riviere from Rassemblement National (formerly the Front National) and video addresses from UKIP’s Lord Malcolm Pearson and Geert Wilders of Party for Freedom.

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MILO, Inc.

CEO: Milo Yiannopoulos

MILO, Inc. is the “talent factory and management company” of Milo Yiannopoulos, aimed at “the destruction of political correctness and the progressive left”.

While Yiannopoulos’ targets are wider than just Islam, he and MILO, Inc. focus still on “big picture issues” such as “the evils of Islam, and the defense of Western values”. The venture was announced in May 2017, following Yiannopoulos’ hiatus from the limelight after he was forced to resign from Breitbart News Network due to comments appearing to defend pederasty.

MILO, Inc. manages Yiannopoulos’ media career and scouts for rising online media figures “who hate political correctness”. The company organised Yiannopoulos’ failed ‘Free Speech Week’ at the University of California’s Berkeley campus in autumn 2017 and his ‘Troll Academy’ tour of Australia in Winter 2017.

Yiannopoulos announced he had received $12 million allowing him to hire Alexander Macris, previously of digital media company DEFY Media, and the company’s 30-person team based in Miami, Florida. BuzzFeed reported in July 2017 that leaked emails strongly suggest Robert Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund backer of Breitbart and Donald Trump, and his daughter Rebekah, an associate of Stephen Bannon, were bankrolling this new venture. This was confirmed when Robert Mercer announced he was pulling his funding of MILO, Inc. in November 2017.

MILO, Inc. was dealt a further blow after the death of cryptocurrency billionaire Matthew Mellon, who was expected to fund Yiannopoulos’ ventures, in April 2018. Media reports indicate that several of Yiannopoulos’ staffers had to be let go in the wake of the loss of funding. In a post to a roleplaying game forum in July 2018, Macris stated that he had “worked as CEO from May 1 2017 to April 30 2018” and “resigned when my one-year employment agreement ended”. He also stated that, as far as he understood, “Milo is not bankrupt”.

Yiannopoulos’ website, Dangerous.com, still continues to produce regular articles and video content behind a paywall.

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RAIR Foundation USA

Founders: Amy Mekelburg, Anni Cyrus
President: Chris Gaubatz

The RAIR Foundation USA was created in May 2016 by Amy Jane Mekelburg, a far-right internet troll who had gained notoriety as a prolific espouser of Islamophobic hatred on Twitter.

Mekelburg reached out to Anni Cyrus, a host on the Islamophobic ‘Glazov Gang’ YouTube channel, to assist in the creation of RAIR. Chris Gaubatz, former Vice President of the Islamophobic consultation group, Understanding the Threat (UTT), until April 2018, was revealed to be RAIR’s President following an advertisement for a “National Security Briefing” event on 4 June 2018 featuring him in Cincinnati, hosted by ACT for America’s Southwest Ohio chapter. Gaubatz is the son of Paul David Gaubatz, co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America (2009), which drew on Chris’s infiltration of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 2007.

As of October 2018 RAIR’s website has reverted to a page inviting visitors to sign-up, however, prior to this people could submit photos and contact information of those they believed were “accomplices” to jihadi terrorists.


Sharia Awareness Action Network (SAAN)

Steering Committee includes(/d):

William J. Murray (Religious Freedom Coalition)
Frank Gaffney (President, Center for Security Policy)
Andrea Lafferty (Traditional Values Coalition)
Elizabeth Farah (WorldNetDaily)
Pamela Geller (President, Stop Islamization of the World and Executive Director, Stop Islamization of America)
Lou Ann Zelenik (Co-Founder, Tennessee Freedom Coalition)
Scott Cooper (Tea Party activist)
Don Feder (Project Coordinator)

Founded May 2011 as a grassroots network of “anti-Islamist” individuals and organisations which campaign against Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of the United States.

SAAN sponsored the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom conference in Nashville on 11 November 2011.

SAAN’s sponsors include:

  • Center for Security Policy (CSP)
  • Religious Freedom Coalition (RFC)
  • Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC)
  • WorldNetDaily (WND)

SAAN is dormant since 2011, however, its Facebook pages is still active.

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Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE)

Founder and President: David Yerushalmi

Paul David Gaubatz (co-author, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, WorldNetDaily Books, 2009)

SANE was founded in January 2006 as a campaigning organisation and think tank. The Brooklyn, New York-based organisation has led the ‘anti-Sharia’ movement in the United States.

It has been listed as a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

SANE launched an anti-Sharia campaign in 2007 entitled ‘Mapping Shari’a in America: Knowing the Enemy’ which sought to determine exactly what type of Sharia law was practiced in every single mosque and Muslim religious institution throughout the United States. It also proposed legislation in 2007 to criminalise those who practice Sharia with a 20-year prison sentence.

In 2010 David Yerushalmi, its founder, drafted the model ‘anti-Sharia’ legislation, known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC), on behalf of the American Public Policy Alliance (APPA). Since 2010, 120 anti-Sharia bills have been introduced in the US and 15 enacted, including three in 2017.

Yerushalmi works closely with Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy (CSP), from which he has been funded.

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Sea Jay Foundation

Director: Dave Petteys (ACT! chapter leader from Colorado)

The Sea Jay Foundation (SJF) was launched in May 2017 to “make America aware of the existential threat to its existence by The Global Islamic Movement” and is registered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Its director is Dave Manville Petteys, leader of the Colorado chapter of ACT for America. The SJF website largely functions as a portal to other organizations in the Islamophobic movement as well as “Jihad/Terror Watch Dog Groups”, including Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch and books from the Center for Security Policy.

Petteys represented the SJF at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Warsaw, Poland on 14-15 September 2017 and September 17-20 2018.

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Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)

Co-founder: Daniel L. Adams (Historian and Contributor to Family Security Matters (now defunct), American Thinker and New English Review)
Co-founder: Kendra Adams (Managing Editor, New English Review, Graphic Designer, New English Review Press)
Executive Director: Pamela Geller (President, Stop Islamization of Nations and Co-founder, President and Executive Director of American Freedom Defense Initiative)
Associate Director: Robert B. Spencer (Vice President, Stop Islamization of Nations and Vice President and Co-founder of American Freedom Defense Initiative and Executive Director of Jihad Watch)

SIOA was founded on 25 September 2009 as a grassroots organisation to ‘oppose radical Islam, Sharia law and the Islamisation of the United States’. SIOA is the US affiliate of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION) but primarily operates as part of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).

SIOA also works closely with ACT for America, Faith Freedom International (FFI) and Jihad Watch.

SIOA has been described by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as promoting “a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fighting radical Islam”. It has been listed as a ‘hate group’ by the ADL and by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

SIOA coordinated protests in summer 2010 against the proposed construction of Park 51 Islamic community center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, New York. It launched ‘Campaign Offensive: Stop the 9/11 Mosque!’ on 7 May 2010. It also organised a ‘No 9/11 Mosque at Ground Zero’ rally in New York on 6 June 2010, which was supported by ACT for America, the AFDI and Faith Freedom International (FFI).

Between 2010 and 2014 SIOA co-organised an annual ‘anti-Islamist’ 9/11 Freedom Rally in New York on the anniversary of 9/11. It also sponsored inflammatory advertisements in July 2010 on public buses in three US cities – Detroit, Miami and New York – encouraging people to leave the Islamic faith and promoting a ‘Refuge from Islam’ website.

In 2011 SIOA released the film ‘The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 911 Attacks’ Directed and produced by Pamela Geller, it claimed to “expose government collusion and media bias” which “whitewash[es] the links to jihad terror”.

In addition, SIOA co-sponsored the SION International Freedom Defense Congress at the UN Millennium Plaza Hotel in New York City on 11 September 2012.

In early 2013, Geller’s AFDI organization escalated and intensified its Islamophobic ad campaign when it unveiled a series of confrontational “My Jihad” ads featuring quotes and statements by Muslim extremists advocating violence. Geller’s ads concluded with: “That’s His Jihad. What’s Yours?”

On 23 June 2013 SIOA sponsored ‘A Summer Night for Human Rights’ featuring Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Nonie Darwish, Ibn Warraq, and Walid Shoebat. Meanwhile, from 7-10 March 2014 it participated in the SION and Australian-based Q Society-sponsored 1st International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Melbourne, Australia.

The SIOA website remains down and though its Facebook page is still active, it mainly reposts articles by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. As of October 2018 the SIOA page has over 85,400 Likes.

In May 2017, Geller and the AFDI held a protest against Linda Sarsour’s speaking engagement at The City University of New York, at which Milo Yiannoupolos spoke.

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11 the AFDI had billboards in Times Square in New York advertising its new film, ‘Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech’.


Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) (Inactive)

Co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director: Andy W. Miller Jr. (who has endorsed the English Defence League and met its then-leader, Stephen Lennon, in London in July 2011)
Co-founder and former Executive Director: Lou Ann Zelenik (former Chairman, Republican Party and organiser, Tea Party movement, Rutherford County, Tennessee – 2011-2012)

The Tennessee Freedom Coalition was founded in March 2011 as a Tennessee-based, local Tea Party grassroots organisation.

It is anti-immigration and campaigns against the supposed Islamisation of the United States. It has organised two ‘anti-Islamist’ conferences in Nashville, Tennessee: ‘A Warning to America’ on 12 May 2011, where Geert Wilders spoke, and ‘The Constitution or Sharia: Preserving Freedom’ conference on 11 November 2011.

On 14 March 2013, it hosted a viewing of ‘Jihad in America: The Grand Deception’, a film produced by Steven Emerson‘s Investigative Project on Terrorism, followed by a Q&A session with John Guandolo.

It also hosted a Remembering 9/11 event featuring Erick Stakelbeck and Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron and sponsored the Defend the Constitution event between April 25-27 2014 featuring Bill French.

The TFC also sponsored a speaking engagement featuring Brigitte Gabriel at a Nashville, Tennessee church on 23 June 2014.

The TFC works closely with ACT! for America, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), the Eagle Forum (EF) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA).

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The Religion of Peace (TROP)

Editor: Glen Roberts

TROP runs The Myths of Muhammad page on its website and tracks the number of Islamic “deadly terror attacks since 9/11”. It also serves as an aggregator for anti-Muslim commentary and is regularly cited by Pamela Geller on her website.

Every year it publishes a ‘Ramadan Bombathon’ scorecard during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to frame Islam as a violent religion.

The site’s About page declares:

“Rather than great humanitarian accomplishment or true peace, Islam breeds arrogance and self-absorption: the collective petulance, narcissism and perpetual grievance that broadly characterizes Muslim populations.”

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Thomas More Law Center (TMLC)

President and Chief Counsel: Richard Thompson
Former Senior Trial Counsel: Robert J. Muise (Senior Counsel, American Freedom Law Center)
Director: Thomas S. Monaghan (Board Member, Ave Maria Foundation)
Director: Robert Bunting

Citizens Advisory Board:

Michele Bachmann (Former Republican member of House of Representatives, Minnesota)
Allen West (Former Republican member of House of Representatives, Florida)
Dale Shoemaker (Director, The Shoemaker Foundation)
Alan Keyes (Former U.S. Ambassador)
Richard Campbell (Managing Partner, Campbell Bohn Killin Brittan & Ray, LLC)

Founded 29 December 1998 as a Christian/religious-right law firm. The Michigan-based TMLC describes itself as “the Christian response to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)”.

It defends and promotes “traditional Judeo-Christian” heritage and values in the United States, taking its name from Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor in Elizabethan England in the 16th century.

It initiates and funds cases against what it claims is “stealth jihad” in America and states that since 2002, the “Thomas More Law Center has initiated and funded more cases challenging the Stealth Jihad being waged against America than any other law firm in the Nation”. In 2018, the TMLC filed a federal lawsuit which claimed that students at a school in New Jersey were “forced to watch a disturbing set of videos” which seek “to convert its viewers to Islam”. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the TMLC, stated in a June 2018 press release that “Because the explicitly stated goal of Muslim leaders and organizations is to dominate America by a ‘civilization jihad,’ these schools collude with them to jeopardize our national security.”

The TMLC remains active and maintains “Confronting the Threat of Radical Islam” as one of its “key issues”.

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Understanding the Threat

President and Founder: John Guandolo
Former Vice President: Chris Gaubatz

Founded in 2012, Understanding the Threat (UTT) consults and trains government officials and the private sector on the threats posed by the “Global Islamic Movement”.

The organization’s founder, John Guandolo, a former FBI agent now working full-time as a ‘counter-terrorism’ consultant, travels America giving training and seminars to law enforcement and civilians alike on the threat from jihad, radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. and “your neighborhood”.

His law enforcement training courses lack official accreditation and are often cancelled, partly because he argues that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything”.

Former UTT Vice President Chris Gaubatz is the son of Paul David Gaubatz, co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America (2009), which drew on Chris’s infiltration of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 2007. Chris joined UTT in May 2016 but resigned in April 2018. In the same month, after only one event in Des Moines, Iowa, the remaining four sessions on UTT’s training schedule in the Midwest were cancelled following the work of local activists.

UTT suffered further setbacks in July 2018 after its email marketing provider, Constant Contact, withdrew their services following complaints about UTT’s email campaigns.


The United West (TUW)

Founder and Executive Director: Tom A. Trento
Board Member: Clare Lopez (Vice President for Research and Analysis, Center for Security Policy)
Communications Director: J. Mark Campbell
Regional Coordinator and Videographer: Alan Kornman (Contributing Editor, Family Security Matters)
Regional Coordinator and Social Media Director: Mary Wierbicki
Regional Coordinator: Roger Gangitano
Researcher: Dr. Rich Swier
Researcher: Ann L. (ACT for America, Space Coast Chapter Lead)

Founded in 2007 originally as the Florida Security Council (FSC), it was renamed The United West (TUW) on 6 March 2011. Donald Trump was present at the 2011 relaunch.

TUW campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of North America. It coordinates the activities of counter-jihad organizations in the United States and Europe.

Under the moniker FSC it organised an inaugural Free Speech Summit in Delray Beach, Florida on 27 April 2009, where Geert Wilders was awarded the annual International Freedom of Speech award.

In 2014 TUW launched a new web series called ‘CenterVision’, which featured Geert Wilders and Clare Lopez. It also launched a mini-series – ‘Bad Guys, Government Lies and Muslim Spies’ – to expose anti-tax activist and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist’s alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an idea popularized by Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy).

In May 2017 Tom Trento organised a fact-finding expedition to Israel with Heritage study programs. The Heritage study has organised three previously, including a 2012 expedition with Daniel Pipes and the Middle East Forum.

The group held its “Truth Conference” on 21st October 2017 and another in 2018 on 29 September.

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Virginia Anti-Shariah Taskforce (VAST)

Founder and Chairman: James Lafferty (board member, Stop Islamization of America and former Chairman, Coalition for Religious Freedom)

Founded in June 2009, VAST campaigns against the introduction of Sharia law in Virginia and the United States. It has worked closely with Stop Islamization of America (SIOA).

In May 2013 James Lafferty held a press conference protesting the burial of the supposed Boston Bomber at a private cemetery in Caroline County, Virginia. He feared it would be the first step before building an “Islamic shrine” honouring the “jihadist movement”.

While VAST has been inactive for several years James Lafferty continues to be a prominent figure within the counter-jihadist movement.

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