Posts tagged "islamophobia"

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,...

No Dating, No Context

Zain Shauk writes: In describing a Muslim father’s concerns about his daughters’ virtue, Robert King of the Indianapolis Star writes, “the Abdur-Rahmans have not hesitated to apply some of the more restrictive aspects of Muslim life to their kids: No dating. No interactions with the opposite gender unless closely supervised by an adult.” What an alien idea. So conservative Muslims...

No Dating, No Contest

Zain Shauk writes: In describing a Muslim father’s concerns about his daughters’ virtue, Robert King of the Indianapolis Star writes, “the Abdur-Rahmans have not hesitated to apply some of the more restrictive aspects of Muslim life to their kids: No dating. No interactions with the opposite gender unless closely supervised by an adult.” What an...

His Dark Widow’s Peak

Moktada al-Sadr‘s “beard reaches up his cheeks and a dark widow’s peak points down from beneath his own black turban. He glowers, projecting mistrust, even when he briefly smiles.” That’s an interesting description, appropriately wicked and uncommonly revealing for an article about politics. It’s also one we’ll almost never see applied by The New York...

The Menstrual Technique

The Washington Post follows AP’s lead a week late in reporting on sexual interrogation tactics used at Guantanomo to religiously humiliate Muslim prisoners. What explains the time lag? The Pentagon has issued a report confirming that the “techniques” — including the smearing of fake menstrual blood to stop prisoners from praying — were, in fact, employed....

Welcome to the Patriot Act

An Islamic civil rights group has accused the U.S. border patrol of religious profilingafter American Muslims returning from a religious conference were stopped, searched, photographed and fingerprinted becase, as a spokeswoman for Homeland Security explained, the department had information that such conferences could be used by terrorists to promote their cause. Silly border patrol: who needs...

22 September 2004 Daily Links

Deal Hudson has announced that he will resign as publisher of Crisis magazine at year’s end as a result of the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his position as religion advisor to President Bush last month. In an email to supporters, Hudson said his next project will be “‘a book on how Catholics can get involved in...

20 September 2004 Daily Links

The first round of stories about the Smithsonian’s new museum of the American Indian is over, and The Revealer awards first prize to The Washington Post‘s Libby Copeland for “Guiding Spirit” — which reveals that “spirit” is relative when it comes to museum-craft. “What’s sacred?” writes Copeland. “Words get slippery here…” Indeed. Copeland starts with a noble savage premise — a real...

16 September 2004 Daily Links

Forget about Bob Jones University. Republicans know what’s best for Catholics. Are Bush’s religious beliefs “‘as American as apple pie,'” as Father Richard John Neuhaus, arch-conservative editor of the Catholic journal First Things told The Washington Post’s Alan Cooperman? You may never know, as Cooperman seems to have found out, and explains in his impressively thorough article on not figuring out the specifics...

03 September 2004 Daily Links

Got a privilege to be hostile, a Revealer favorite, points us to this overlooked AlterNet story: Swiss citizen Tariq Ramadan, one of the world’s most important Muslim scholars, was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame but the U.S. government revoked his work visa on the grounds that he is a terrorist threat. Ramadan’s work argues for...

10 August 2004 Daily Links

Veli-Matti Karkkainen, a Finnish theologian who has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, the United States’ largest interdenominational seminary, since 2000, was forced to leave the country at the end of July. Chris Herlinger, writing for Ecumenical News International, reports on how the rules governing visas for religious professionals, academics and journalists have changed since September 11th. Karkkainen,...

Party’s Over, Fellas

Some people just don’t know when to leave. Evangelical jihadi and U.S. Lt. General William G. Boykin soldiers on, despite the outrage of nearly the entire Muslim world over his comments comparing Allah to Satan. And word has it that Cardinal Bernard F. Law is interviewing for a new job. The Revealer wishes outted crusaders and disgraced religious figures would learn a lesson from Tammy Faye....