ACT! for America, a grassroots anti-Muslim organization that describes Islam as a backward and seditious political ideology that poses a threat to America and its democracy, has launched a project designed to provide law enforcement with “the information, materials and training they need to effectively understand and fight Islamist terrorism.”
However, the Thin Blue Line Project (TBL), a web-portal launched in October 2013 that is accessible to current and past law enforcement officials, contains elements that are built on distorted and offensive claims about Muslims.
For example, a section titled “Pedophilia,” advises law enforcement of what to be aware of when investigating a Muslim household. It tells police that “they should be aware of any minors in the home who are not a part of the immediate family.”
“In some cultures,” the section continues, “as our military and others who have served extensively overseas can attest, having young males around the household who are used sexually by the men in the home, is common.”
The TBL also includes a section that advises police officers on how to identify a “jihadi” during routine traffic stops. Among the indicators, according to this section, are pamphlets from the Muslim Student Association, or taking note of the individual’s accent and “asking[ing] where they are from in a comfortable non-threatening tone.”
Recommendations such as these not only paint a distorted view of the Muslim community, but also promote bigotry and misinformation to law enforcement.