Merchants of menace: Making millions selling fear of Islam

According to an investigative report by The Tennessean’s Bob Smietana, anti-Muslim groups are making millions selling fear of Islam to ultra-conservative Christian audiences across the country. Smietana reports on the emergence of “a multimillion-dollar industry of self-proclaimed experts who spread hate toward Muslims in books and movies, on websites and through speaking appearances.”

The report focuses much of its attention on Washington D.C.-based SAE Productions, which according to tax documents collected nearly $4 million in revenue in 2008 for “researching alleged ties between American Muslims and overseas terrorism.”

The report includes tax documents on five other “anti-Jihad” organizations, including the Californi-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, which raised more than $1 million in 2008 from its “Terrorism Awareness Project” and its Web-based “Jihad Watch.”