Daniel Pipes, who holds his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, founded the Middle East Forum in 1990 with the mission to "define and promote American interests in the Middle East." The forum publishes the Middle East Quarterly and sponsors Islamist Watch, Campus Watch, the Legal Project, and the Washington Project.
Pipes, with his prestigious degrees, has moved from the academic realm to promoting an anti-Islam agenda through his books, articles, and many of his blog posts, for example stating in his 2003 book Militant Islam Reaches America that "all immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most." He also has repeatedly put forth the false claim on his website that President Obama is a former Muslim. And, in 2008, he advocated for increased racial profiling of Muslims and Arabs due to an increased threat of radical Islam in the United States.
Like other Islamophobes, Pipes also puts forth the rhetoric that there is threat of "creeping sharia" in the U.S. And, in line with anti-Islam rhetoric, Pipes wrote that the Park51 center in New York City would "spread Islamist ideology." Pipes also expressed support in a January 2010 National Review article for controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is best known for calling Prophet Muhammad a "devil" and saying that if Muslims wish to stay in Netherlands, they must "tear out half of the Koran." Pipes said Wilders was a "charismatic . . . principled leader" and that a hate-speech lawsuit against Wilders was ludicrous.
Pipes was nominated to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace by President George W. Bush in 2003, but the nomination was retracted due to strong opposition. And, when it came time for his re-nomination in 2004, the White House backed off, with Bush's spokesman saying that the president didn't agree with Pipe's views about Islam.