Posts tagged "islamophobia"

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...

Afghanistan: A Hit Close to Home

A more personal note: My sister writes this morning to tell me that her friend, Glen Lapp, a resident of our home county, Lancaster, and an aid worker for the Mennonite Central Committee, was killed in the Taliban ambush in Afghanistan last week.  Glen had been in Afghanistan for nearly two years and was...

Discrimination Pays

Got a strong hatred for a faith other than your own?  Forget finding tolerance; find a book agent!  Richard Bartholomew writes today that a new book, Islam is of the Devil, has hit the shelves.  Its opportunistic author, Terry Jones, is pastor of Dove World Outreach in Florida.  Yes, the same church that sponsored,...

New McCarthy Era?

Despite disastrous ratings declines, Glenn Beck continues to be hard to ignore.  Lately he's taken to "red-baiting" the president, as Media Matters and others report.  Since the rise of the Tea Party and Beck's history professorship -- but since the election really -- commentators have been asking what's behind the Right's demonization...

Expunging the Quran

An event was held in downtown Manhattan yesterday to protest the proposed building of a mosque on the World Trade Center site. Richard Bartholomew gives us a run-down of the event and surrounding commentary at his site, Bartholomew's Notes. He quotes Pamela Geller, executive director of "Stop the Islamization of America" and...

Attack their Ideology

Malcolm Nance tells Rachel Maddow that the best way to defeat Al-Qaeda is to spread understanding of their doctrine throughout the Muslim world. They're a cult, says Nance, determined to radicalize Islam, not support Muslim governments and law as they exist. "Break their Muslim support," he says, by ending their manipulation of...

Muslim Women’s Voice

Rhonda Roumani at The Scoop asks why controversial atheist and denouncer of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is allowed by the American media to speak for all Muslim women. She writes, "She has slowly become the public face of 'Muslim women,' often to the exclusion of others who have compelling narratives of their own...

It’s All Right Ma, They’re Only Mormons

A story that has been brewing in the pages of Rocky Mountain papers for weeks hits The Washington Times today, with Stephen Dinan’s report on a religious exemption provision to anti-immigration laws proposed by Utah Republican Senator Robert F. Bennett, and the counter-proposal made by Republican Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo, who denounced Bennett’s provision as...

Five Questions

Zain Shauk: In a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, radio host Dennis Prager posed five questions that he said non-Muslims would like to have answered. They included questions about why so many atrocities are committed in the name of Islam and why none of the Palestinian terrorists are Christian. He makes overwhelming generalizations about Muslims,...