Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: November 10, 2017

Imagine2050 Staff • Nov 10, 2017

There Goes the Neighborhood is a weekly series from Imagine 2050 staff highlighting upcoming nativist events.

This week, anti-Muslim events in California and Arizona.

On Tuesday, November 14 anti-Muslim writer Robert Spencer in Stanford, California. Spencer will give a presentation titled, “Jihad and the Dangers of Radical Islam: An Honest Discussion.” His campus appearance is hosted by the Stanford College Republicans, who are promoting it as “our flagship event of the year.” The student group has also described Spencer as a “religious scholar.” He isn’t.

As The Stanford Daily highlighted yesterday, Spencer lacks a degree in Islamic studies. He has also not published any peer-reviewed academic papers. Despite this, Spencer has been able to present himself as an expert on Islam. He has led seminars for government officials and continues to publish books riddled with conspiracy theories. In September, he visited California to promote his latest book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Students representing over 20 campus groups have also signed an open letter citing Spencer’s lack of credibility and history of anti-Muslim bigotry as grounds for the event being cancelled and/or boycotted.

And on Wednesday, November 15, the Tucson/Marana chapter of the anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America will hold a meeting in Tuscon, Arizona. The group is scheduled to view and discuss the 2016 film The Promise. It appears ACT members will seek to use the film’s historical premise to promote their anti-Muslim agenda. The group is advertising it as a “great example of how modern-day Muslim Turks sought out genocide of the Christian-Believing Armenians in order to establish their new country.” The ACT chapter regularly meets at the Nanini Library.

Additional information on these events and others can be found in the map below. A red star indicates events scheduled for next week.

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