Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency, Hate Group
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2002, The Religion of Peace (TROP) is a website that reports on the negative aspect of Islam. According to The Religion of Peace about page they are “a pluralistic, non-partisan site concerned with Islam’s political and religious teachings according to its own texts. The purpose is to counter whitewashing and explain the threat that Islam truly poses to human dignity and freedom, as well as the violence and dysfunction that ensues as a direct consequence of this religion’s supremacist ideology.” The editor of TROP is Glen Roberts. We cannot find much information on Glen Roberts and suspect this may be a pseudonym.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not clearly disclose ownership. Revenue is generated through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Religion of Peace promotes anti-Muslim propaganda through only posting negative information about Islam, such as crimes that may not be related to ones religion, such as this where they link to a Mixed factual source. On the homepage they keep a running count of terror attacks as well as people killed by Muslims in what they call the Jihad Report. Along the right side of the page they publish curated news from a variety of sources. Some of these sources are on our questionable or conspiracy list such as Breitbart, Daily Mail, and MEMRI. However, for the most part most of the news links to credible right and left leaning sources such as the BBC and local newspapers, with the common theme of reporting negative news regarding Muslims. The Religion of Peace also sources Robert Spencer in articles, who is on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate list.
Overall, we rate The Religion of Peace as Questionable for having an extreme right wing bias, promotion of conspiracy/propaganda, lack of transparency and hate group tendencies. (D. Van Zandt 9/15/2017) Updated (6/8/2019)