Islamophobia Monitor

The Washington Times is a conservative newspaper circulated in the DC metro area. The Times has been described as having a “rabidly anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, and pro-Israel” editorial policy. 

In May 2010, the Washington Times editorial board bizarrely attacked Rima Fakih, who had just been crowned Miss USA. Using unsubstantiated claims promoted by Islamophobe Debbie Schlussel, the editorial board claimed that Fakih had “extensive family connections to Hezbollah.”

In January 2012, the editorial board authored “Shariah In America’s Courts,” in response to Oklahoma’s anti-Islam legislation being blocked in a federal appeals court. The editorial claimed that “Koranic law” is “coming to a city near you.”

Key Individuals

Frank Gaffney (Columnist)

On January 23, 2012, Gaffney wrote a column for the Times claiming that, for Muslims “the preferred way of achieving [Shariah law] is, as Muhammad taught, through violence.” In the same column he referred to CAIR as a “Muslim Brotherhood front group.”

For more on Frank Gaffney, see Center for Security Policy.

Robert Knight (Columnist)

On March 18, 2011, Knight wrote a column for the Times mocking opponents of Rep. King's Islamophobic “radicalization” hearings. Knight wrote of Rep. Speier (D-CA) “[she] was in rare form along with other Democrats on March 10 at Rep. Peter King's Homeland Security Committee's hearing on radicalization of U.S. Muslims. She rebuked the committee for focusing on Islamic terror instead of expanding it to ‘Christian’ terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan or the violent anti-abortion group Army of God, and she assailed some witnesses.”

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