American Future Fund Attacks Rep. Braley In Anti-Mosque, Anti-Muslim Ad

August 25, 2010 3:11 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Yesterday, the Iowa-based American Future Fund (AFF) released a new ad attacking Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) for supporting the construction of an Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan.  The ad wrongly states that the center would be located "at Ground Zero" and attempts to paint the moderate imam leading the project as a terrorist sympathizer. 

In addition, AFF argues that building the Islamic center "is like the Japanese building at Pearl Harbor," and it's worth pointing out why that oft-repeated comparison is so wrongheaded.  Japan is a foreign country that declared war on the United States; Islam is a religion whose followers include many patriotic Americans.  The Pearl Harbor analogy is predicated on the idea that the United States is at war with Islam, which it is not, and the implication that all Muslims, including Americans, bear collective responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

Watch the ad below and read our full fact check HERE.