Posts tagged "islamophobia"

If It Looks Muslim…

A case of mistaken identity! An Arizona congregation of 800 has been saving for years to build a new house of worship. Now that the architectural structure is under way, they're under attack from local residents because, well, it's got a dome.  And domes are Muslim, right?  And Muslims are bad and dangerous,...

The Roots of Racism

Rachel Sladja at Talking Points Memo has a good piece up about the roots of all the recent Shar'iah-is-coming-for-your-freedom hysteria.  It's worth a read for the research TPM did to trace the anti-Muslim commentary in the media over the past decade.  But I can't help but wonder if Islam (and Shari'ah) doesn't just conveniently...

Shari’ah: The New Communism

An "expose" on how Shari'ah is threatening America is now out from The Center for Security Policy, a neocon think tank founded by in 1988 by one of Reagan's Defense team, Frank Gaffney, Jr.  Gaffney's hard to take seriously, particularly when he pens stuff like, "Will Obama Enforce Sharia Blasphemy Laws," (CSP site,...

Why Don’t We Hear More from the Religious Left?

By Daniel Schultz It's a question I get asked a lot, and am sure to be asked more, now that The Book (Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century), is out. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer. In fact, there isn’t even one answer. Instead, many...

Disguising Islamophobia

This photo was taken yesterday by Jeremy Walton, assistant professor at NYU's Religious Studies Program, in downtown Manhattan where various groups gathered to protest a proposed community center or to march in support of it.

Ground Zero and The Founders’ Civility

Akbar Ahmed is getting some praise for his piece at Salon that works to portray both Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as men "adding fuel to the fire," both exhibiting an insensitivity to a "civil" society that's decided to make them media headlines. Jones, you know by now, planned to burn...

The Perversion of the Shari’ah and
the Limits of Tolerance

By Tariq al-Jamil

This article is part of an ongoing series that examines what Shari'ah is, how the media often get it wrong, and how it’s being used to create fear of Islam and Muslims and to justify continued military defense of “American values.”

There are multiple levels of historical misinformation that fuel the manifold...

Apologizing in Advance

Yesterday several hundred Afghans gathered to protest the planned 9/11 burning of the "Koran" at Dove World Outreach Center in Florida. Reports Reuters:
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said the "United States government in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts...

Sharia Creeps in England

More than 700 protesters gathered and clashed with riot police in Bradford, England today, the home of a large Pakistani community.  Members of the English Defense League organized the rally to protest "the spread of Islam, Sharia law and Islamic extremism."  You can check out the EDL's American counterpart at their 9-11 photo-clad...

Religion Stories for the Week with Jeff Sharlet and Amy Sullivan

Today Bloggingheads.tv has posted a conversation on religion and the media between Jeff Sharlet, founder and contributing editor to The Revealer and author of the forthcoming C Street and Amy Sullivan, contributing writer with Time magazine.  The topics that they cover are:  the killing of 10 health workers/missionaries in Afghanistan; gay marriage; the "Ground...

What is Sacred Ground?

Never ones to let a potential controversy get past them (today's cover headline reads, "Scarlett [Johanson] may be getting a new 'tattoo'"), The New York Daily News has helped to make the "Ground Zero Mosque" a noisy conversation with emphatic sides.  Today I happened to pick up a copy of the paper while waiting...

Islamophobia:
Stoking Fears about an American Community

by Joshua M. Z. Stanton When John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960, fear-mongers raised the specter of his dual loyalty. Would he really serve American interests or merely be a pawn for the Vatican? After all, he was a Catholic. Church doctrine, it was whispered, could co-opt the person designated to uphold America’s...