Counter-Islamophobia Project

U.S. Islamophobia Network

Islamophobic Organizations

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Overview

The Bradley Foundation provides financial support to groups known to employ conspiracy theories, false information, and stereotyping to promote Islamophobia.

Asked about the foundation’s funding of Islamophobic groups then “Bradley Foundation President Michael Grebe acknowledged that it funds some organizations that are critical of radical Islam.” While criticism of violent extremists who claim Islam as their motivation is encouraged, groups the foundation helps fund indulge in broad-brush smears of the entire Islamic faith tradition.

The Bradley Foundation has granted at least $310,000 to the Middle East Forum. Middle East Forum head Daniel Pipes once asserted: "Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. … All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most." Pipes also thinks Islam “has nothing functional to offer.” He has also supported the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

The Bradley Foundation has granted at least $2,065,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center. In Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the Radical Left, Freedom Center founder David Horowitz alleged that both Muslims and progressives “abhor America and American values.”

Between 2009-20313 the Bradley Foundation granted at least $330,000 to the Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported that in 2013 the Foundation decided to “shut off the flow of funds” to the Center for Security Policy which the Sentinel labeled an “anti-Islam think tank." Gaffney has advanced a conspiracy theory that a crescent, sometimes seen as a symbol of Islam, in a U.S. military badge was a sign of an impending Muslim takeover of the United States. “Team Obama’s anti-anti-missile initiative are not simply acts of unilateral disarmament of the sort to be expected from an Alinsky acolyte," Gaffney wrote. “They seem to fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah. What could be code-breaking evidence of the latter explanation is to be found in the newly-disclosed redesign of the Missile Defense Agency Logo.” Gaffney has also advocated renewing the House Un-American Activities Committee, a discredited McCarthy-era congressional committee that President Truman once described as "the most un-American thing in the country today." In an interview with the Washington Times dealing with alleged Muslim infiltration of the U.S. Government, Gaffney said “What is needed is a new select committee modeled after the much-vilified, but ultimately vindicated, House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).”

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