Frosty Wooldridge, a Colorado-based anti-immigrant activist and radio show host, wrote an article for the right-wing news site, News With Views, that contained a number of vehemently anti-Muslim comments. The article, “Islamic Butchery Manifests in America with Muslim Immigrants,” which appeared on the site on February 22, 2013, attacked and distorted multiculturalism, promoted anti-Muslim stereotypes and featured other bigoted remarks.
Wooldridge began the article by criticizing multiculturalism and focusing on a number of stereotypes of Muslims by asserting, “Americans must ask themselves if Muslim-style ‘multiculturalism’ fits into the United States of America. Can our country tolerate beheadings, be-handings, female genital mutilation, arranged marriages of 12 year old girls and murders of gays?” Wooldridge went on to claim that Muslim immigrants “advocate for Sharia Law within America” and “as their numbers grow, they will implement it with the power of the vote.”
Wooldridge continued his diatribe by focusing on the city of Detroit, declaring, “Detroit, Michigan harbors massive Islamic cover-up of Muslim rituals. It’s become so isolated that no American law can be adjudicated. Detroit has become an Islamic country within our country.” Wooldridge followed this by voicing a conspiracy theory often reserved for Jews but in this case directed towards Muslims, claiming, “Wherever their numbers grow, Muslims slowly and methodically overwhelm the host nation.”
Wooldridge also voiced his fears about increases in population, something that attracted him to the anti-immigrant movement. Wooldridge, like John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, and others see immigration as the biggest cause of population growth. Wooldridge asserted that “smaller countries like Belgium and Holland suffer complete displacement of their cultures, languages and people because Muslims out-breed them at an astounding rate of speed.”
In 2011, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), one of the largest and most established anti-immigrant groups in the country, appointed Wooldridge to its advisory board. Today he sits on that board along with John Tanton, FAIR’s founder. Another group Tanton helped found, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), circulated Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rant in its weekly roundup of immigration opinion pieces.
Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is just the latest example of groups and individuals within the anti-immigrant movement targeting Muslims. Wooldridge’s position on FAIR’s advisory board and CIS’s promotion of his racist diatribe further demonstrate that the anti-immigrant movement routinely accepts bigots into its ranks.