Posts tagged "islamophobia"

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,...

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....