Inside the lucrative ‘anti-jihad’ industry
Once you fill a niche political market of fringers then it can become your livelihood, and then it becomes self perpetuating. Salon details some of the tax free funding and how it works.
One of the under-examined aspects of the recent bloom in anti-Muslim sentiment is the role of professional “anti-jihad” activists. These are people like the blogger Pamela Geller, the author Robert Spencer, the investigator Steven Emerson, and the think tank denizen Frank Gaffney. They have made careers out of writing reports on sharia law, testifying against the construction of mosques around the country, and appearing on cable to talk up the threat from Muslims.
The Tennessean newspaper, which has been covering fierce opposition to construction of a mosque in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, published an investigation of the “anti-jihad” industry on Sunday. Among its most notable findings: Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, appears to be operating a pair of organizations under a highly unusual — and, experts told the newspaper, dubious — tax setup.