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Obama Reaches Out to Muslims on Indonesian Trip

Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of Glenn Beck frothing at the mouth. What’s today’s reason? Well, on Tuesday, President Obama was in Indonesia(!), where he expressed the need to “build trust” with Muslim societies(!!).

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma Not OK With Shariah Law

Some people in Oklahoma are either able to predict the future or they’re just anti-Muslim bigots. A measure on the ballot next week in the state will ask voters whether they want to pass, no joke, a constitutional amendment outlawing Shariah, or Islamic law.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


NPR’s Juan Williams Sacked for Muslim Comment

Right about where NPR’s Juan Williams says, in this clip from Monday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” that he thinks Bill O’Reilly is “right,” offering the Fox News host his support after last week’s O’Reilly kerfuffle on “The View,” things take a fateful turn for Williams’ career. Coincidence?

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Clemens Bilan

Merkel: Multiculturalism Has Failed

Maybe she sipped a bit too much during Oktoberfest, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stumbled to the right after she claimed that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” stirring the proverbial cultural melting pot to suggest that immigrants have not effectively integrated into German society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


ThreatDown: Muslim Edition

Is Islam finding its way into our schools? Christmas carols? How about our soup? Stephen Colbert is on that case, just like everyone on Fox News, in this clip from Monday’s episode of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Post’s Peyser Slams ‘Muslim Superhero’ Show

New York Post scribe Andrea Peyser is very concerned about a series that’ll be counted among the new cartoon network The Hub’s lineup: It’s “The 99,” an animated show about 99 superheroes with special powers based on—gasp!—Muslim values.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

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Life Sentence for Times Square Bomb Plotter

The fate of Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square on May 1, was decided in a Manhattan court Tuesday. The 31-year-old Pakistani-American, who pleaded guilty to 10 charges in June, was sentenced to life in prison ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Bin Laden Feeling the Heat

He’s no Al Gore, but terror plotter Osama bin Laden is sounding a call for action on global warming. In a new audiotape, the head of al-Qaida also scolds Pakistan for what he sees as the inadequacy of its relief efforts in the wake of recent catastrophic floods.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Craig Fritz

Obama Reaffirms His Christianity

Hey everyone, let the record show that our president is “Christian by choice.” Just in time for the midterm election season, President Obama made a personal statement Tuesday at an event in Albuquerque, N.M., putting the kibosh on those pesky e-mail rumors about his chosen faith.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



Discovering Muslims and Christians of All Kinds

“This book really began around the kitchen table at the rectory with crock-pot stew.” Eliza Griswold—with a poet’s eye for the telling, homely image—is tracing the genesis of her new book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Newt Gingrich Is the Joe McCarthy of Muslim Bashing

Boy, one thing I really hate is when American judges try to impose harsh Islamic sharia law. You know, with all those grisly lashings, stonings and beheadings. What’s that you say? No such thing is happening, and you wonder where I got such a crazy idea? Why, Newt Gingrich told me.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Tensions Between the West and the Muslim World

With Islamophobia sweeping the states in all its stupidity and ignorance, it’s refreshing to hear this assembly of thinkers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, bring some intellect to bear on the subject.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Islamophobiapalooza

Several of Bill O’Reilly’s colleagues at Fox News clearly don’t subscribe to his patented “No Spin Zone” formula, as the spinnage happening on the Murdochian channel about the Islamic cultural center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero is enough to power a generously proportioned dynamo.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



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This Just In: Islamophobia

The evil side of America is on display in the form of a media-fueled Islamophobia that recalls some of the worst bigotry in the nation’s past. This is not what we hoped for in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, or the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Indian Police Kill 18 Civilians in Kashmir

An outbreak of violence, partially attributed to unrest over recent anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., occurred in the volatile Kashmir region Monday, and 18 civilians were confirmed killed by Indian police, according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Editor Apologizes for ‘Embarrassing’ Anti-Muslim Remark

Islamophobia alert: Martin Peretz, editor of The New Republic magazine, expressed something very unfortunate about Muslims recently (actually, he wrote more than one shameful something), and now he’s contrite about it, sort of.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


Park 51 Imam: ‘We Are Exploring All Options’ for Islamic Center

Now that the the debate over the planned Park 51 Islamic center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero has gone national, what does Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf have to say about the future of the project?

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / John Angelillo

Sept. 11 Happened to Us All

Tensions are high in Tennessee, as they have been all over our nation, in anticipation of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversies abound. Mosque-building, book burning and threats of violence are making it increasingly difficult to separate what pastor/author Rick Warren is calling “church and hate.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Preacher Cancels Quran Burning Over ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Claims

The leader of a Florida church says he called off his planned bonfire of Islamic holy books because the imam of the community center to be built near Ground Zero “has agreed to move the location.” However, one of the developers of that project has reported: “We don’t know anything about it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Slams Florida Pastor’s Quran-Burning Plan

It’s amazing what one bigoted gesture can do in these, our volatile times. All you have to do is be a professional ignoramus masquerading as a Christian clergyman, such as Florida pastor Terry Jones, let your incredibly poor ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Florida Church Determined to Burn Qurans Despite Warnings

An extremist Florida church says it will go ahead with plans to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by setting copies of the Quran on fire, even though authorities have warned that such actions would endanger Americans fighting, serving and traveling abroad. (continued)

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Iranian Press Calls Mrs. Sarkozy a ‘Prostitute’

Here’s a riddle: What do you call a former supermodel, sometime recording artist and current French first lady when she opposes the stoning death of an Iranian woman accused of adultery?

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Swoan Parker

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Causing Harm, Consternation

Whipping up anti-Muslim sentiment seems to be a favorite pastime of certain practitioners of the art of punditry, particularly but not exclusively on the far right lately—but it carries some very real consequences, and not just the kind that make headlines.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Zalubowski

Ken Mehlman’s Scrambled Politics

So, the word got around this week that President Bush’s 2004 campaign manager and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman has come out of the closet. “It’s something I wish I had done years ago,” he said.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


Right-Wing Wusses

The faction that likes to portray itself as a bunch of John Waynes and “mama grizzlies,” it turns out, spends an awful lot of time cowering in the corner and complaining about how beastly everyone else is being.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


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This Ruckus Over a Mosque Only Hurts the U.S.

Did you know that she-pundit Laura Ingraham actually kind of gave her blessing to the project that has now become known, especially in her circles, as the “Ground Zero mosque,” and less than a year ago at that?

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Condemns ‘Hate and Islamaphobia’

The former presidential candidate says opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero “is all about hate and Islamaphobia” and that the “justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.” (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Mosque Mania Hits New York (Update)

Two rival rallies did a lot of shouting at each other in New York on Sunday, but otherwise kept things civil. Hey, this is America, where everyone has the right to express themselves, eat canned cheese and *gasp* worship as they please. Even Scientologists.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


Howard Dean Explains His ‘Mosque’ Views to Disappointed Glenn Greenwald

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald called Howard Dean’s suggestion that the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero be moved the “worst thing I’ve seen him do.” Here, Dean attempts to explain himself.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Courage and Lower Manhattan

Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Howard Dean Sounds Like a Conservative Blogger (Update: Dean Responds)

First Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went all coward on us, now liberal darling Gov. Howard Dean wants the two-blocks-from-Ground-Zero Muslim community center moved. The worst part is, he seems to be getting his facts from Sarah Palin. (continued)

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mark Lennihan

Ground Zero for Tolerance

The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


Mosque-Issippi Burning

Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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On Conservatives and the ‘Mosque’ Fracas

What’s the deal with the hubbub over the so-called Ground Zero mosque? Clearly, as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf notes, it has a lot to do with the popular culture-war-themed wedge issues that crop up right around now in each election cycle. 

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



reid.senate.gov

Harry Reid Opposes ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, under pressure from his tea party rival in Nevada’s Senate race, has released a statement saying he thinks “the mosque should be built someplace else.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


Jefferson Would be Ashamed of Republican Mosque Panderers

We have a Bill of Rights that protects our freedoms against the whims of public opinion. Thomas Jefferson understood this. A bunch of opportunistic politicians—who love to quote him—obviously do not.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans

President Obama has come out strongly in defense of controversial plans to erect a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. Muslims, the president said, have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 READ MORE


Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

There are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an “Islamification” of American politics and society.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson

No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. It is a senseless attack on one of America’s most sacred traditions.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mark Lennihan

Battle Over Ground Zero Intensifies

While many, including President George W. Bush, gave lip service to religious tolerance in the wake of 9/11, a backlash against Islam is mounting amid growing opposition to plans to include a mosque in the reconstruction around Ground Zero in New York City. And now, unexpectedly, the Anti-Defamation League has weighed in against the mosque.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE


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All the Rest Is Commentary

At the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan through July 30 is an exhibition called “All the Rest Is Commentary.” In it, Beth Grossman explores 12 Golden Rules from various world religions.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Banning the Burqa

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Spain is getting enshrined into law, with legislation banning the burqa being passed in villages across northeast Spain, legitimizing xenophobic views in the Catalan region where most communities have few if any Muslim inhabitants.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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