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Tag: Islamophobia

Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Ben Carson: A Muslim Should Not Be President of the United States

After last week’s spate of Islamophobic remarks by Republican candidates, GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson has delivered another doozy.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

For Clock-Building Texas Teen, an Episode of Prejudice Winds Up in a White House Invitation

Texas freshman Ahmed Mohamed’s engineering project should have met with high marks and encouragement from his high school’s authorities, but instead the 14-year-old Muslim’s creation, a carefully wired clock housed in a pencil case, landed him in handcuffs earlier this week.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Pam Geller’s Islamification

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Militants Abduct More Than 70 Christians in Syria

Members of the Islamic State group launched a broad raid on several villages in Syria starting early Monday, and by Tuesday the militant group had kidnapped more than 70 Christians.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE

We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Muslim Students’ Murders Spark Criticism of Media Coverage

Three young Muslim students were shot and killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The circumstances around the shooting were bad enough; but in the eyes of critics around the world, how the story was—or wasn’t—covered only compounded the tragedy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia

The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE

Twitter Mirth Erupts After Fox’s Steve Emerson Reveals ‘No-Go’ Zone for Non-Muslims in U.K.

Steve Emerson, a major figure in the Islamophobic network, delivered himself of the most remarkable set of weird conspiracy theories on Fox Cable News in which he claimed there were extensive Muslim no-go zones in Europe that amounted to a stealth caliphate ruled by Shariah enforcers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

After Paris Attacks, Could Racist Parties Sweep to Power in Europe?

Anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were already raging through Europe before the Kouashi al-Qaida cell targeted the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

A Message From the Dispossessed

The Paris massacre, evil though it was, delivers a crucial communication from the Muslim world about the Western hubris and violence that fuel the rage of the powerless.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility

A student group has revoked an invitation for me to speak at a university because of my views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its action is part of the routine censorship carried out on campuses against those who will not read from the Israel lobby’s script.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE

The ‘Sean Hannity Show’ Canceled Russell Brand’s Appearance; Hilarity Ensued

Russell Brand isn’t really someone to take things lying down.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

Ben Affleck Confronts Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

The government campaign to imprison the few activist attorneys who defend those defined as America’s enemies is exemplified by the persecution of Stanley L. Cohen.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE

Ben Affleck Calls Out Bill Maher and Sam Harris on Their Islamaphobia: ‘It’s Gross and Racist’

Just days after religious scholar Reza Aslan criticized him on CNN for his views on Islam, comedian Bill Maher decided to defend them, this time with actor Ben Affleck.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Romney Voter Drive Dust-Up, GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Prostitution Link, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the real percentage of Americans who receive financial help from the federal government and the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren gets nasty.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE


Muslims Are No Different, or Why Bill Maher’s Blood Libel Is Bigotry

Comedian Bill Maher puts himself in the company of “9/11 liberals” who believe that Islam as a religion is different and decidedly worse than all other religions. He said Friday that “at least half of all Muslims believe it is all right to kill someone who insults the Prophet.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Book Oops, Chick-fil-A Protests, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Reid challenging Romney’s tax records and two Republican congressional candidates competing to see which one is more intolerant.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

A Top Conservative Think Tank Embraces Islamophobia

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research has long had its finger on the pulse of mainstream issues that have united the GOP. But recently it firmly planted its feet on the other side of the line that divides the sensible Republican Party from fringe extremists. Above, blogger and Islam critic Robert Spencer.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE

Ron Paul and Our Selective Definition of Bigotry

The Texan’s candidacy is showing that the conventional definition of intolerable bigotry is disturbingly narrow—and embarrassingly selective.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Brett Weinstein (CC-BY-SA)

Russell Simmons v. Lowe’s in ‘All-American Muslim’ Ad Battle

Hip-hop impresario and yogaphile Russell Simmons is publicly shaming Lowe’s with some help from his amassed fortune after the home-improvement megastore pulled its ads from the “All-American Muslim” reality show.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE

Sam Harris Responds to Chris Hedges’ ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ Column

On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE

The Influence Industry of Rage

The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Thierry Charlier

Norway’s Horror: Anti-Semitism Becomes Islamophobia

Europe’s right-wing parties, many of which once had explicitly anti-Jewish messages, have expanded their hatred to Arabs and Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / liquidnight (CC-BY-SA)

Extremely Unctuous

To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Evert Elzinga

Dutch MP Off the Hook in Hate Speech Case

Depending on how you see it, a Dutch court’s acquittal Thursday of controversial politician Geert Wilders is an instance of hate speech gone unpunished or, as Wilders himself put it, “a victory for freedom of expression in the Netherlands.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 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

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

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

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

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

Slow Burn

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Wrong Again, Bill Kristol

The New York Times’ conservative stalwart William Kristol should receive some kind of award for being wrong with such baffling consistency while still retaining his job. Not only has he been credited (if that’s the right word) with steering John McCain toward picking Sarah Palin and waving his proverbial pompoms for the Iraq invasion, but he has just let fly with another doozy in his latest column.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE

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