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News and Analysis (4/22/17)

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Some research suggests that Islamic schools may actually promote more free thinking among Muslim-American youth than public schools can”:

Unconvinced after two hours of oral arguments, the judge said the word ‘executive’ must mean something in “executive orders,” so the words of Mr. Trump and Mr. Miller matter”:

One founder recalls her university adviser’s dismissive comment that her decision to write her thesis on Muslim feminists was “nonsense…. Either you’re a feminist or you’re a Muslim”:

The textbook would expose sixth-graders about all major world religions except Islam:

The cleric-dominated Guardian Council “has never allowed a woman to run for president and routinely rejects political dissidents and others calling for dramatic reform”:

French Muslims don’t choose for whom to vote based on religion, but they will not vote for Islamophobes:

From Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt “until the late 20th   century, … cultural struggles between modernity and tradition … [reveal] constant and contested transformation”:

News and Analysis (4/19/17)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

As if to demonstrate contempt for Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) covenant for Muslims to protect St. Catherine’s monastery, ISIS boasts of its attack on policemen near the Christian holy site:

NU Leader Said Aqil Siradj says that the Indonesian “form of Islam, called Islam Nusantara, … matches better with Indonesian traditions and culture than more austere Arabic forms of the religion” …

… yet a Muslim won the election in part because many Muslim voters felt the verse translatable as  “Do not take the Jews and Christians as your guardians” prohibits voting for a Christian for governor:

“As a Christian in the United States, I had Sundays off from school. My winter and spring breaks usually freed me up for Christmas and Easter (… and at one point we even got Good Friday off too)”:

“When I saw how sweet my dad’s response was I felt that this proved something; it proved that misconceptions are often made about people who end up being the exact opposite”:

Among the plaintiffs are brides trying to bring parents for their weddings and LGBT refugees. “Most are using pseudonyms in court … because they fear retaliation from the U.S. government if identified”:

“A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: people letting people be people”:

“[My] family did force me not to show my photo on TV. But they do not have a problem with my face being on a poster,” one candidate said, but that her family had no objection her serving in parliament:

News and Analysis (4/16/17)

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THE MINARET OF FREEDOM INSTITUTE’S 24TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER ON APRIL 21, 2017 AT THE MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN IN BETHESDA. FEATURED SPEAKER WILL BE MUSTAFA AKYOL ON ISLAM, JESUS, AND THE GOSPEL OF LIBERTY.

Although “the first female Muslim judge,” kept her first husband’s last name, was once in the Nation of Islam, and did not object to being called Muslim, it unknown whether believed in the Muslim faith:

“A lot of our Arab brothers and sisters didn’t really care about being brothers and sisters until this point when they started having problems”:

Egypt’s “Christian minority has faced Muslim mob violence before, but not a full-scale sectarian campaign”: …

… but “the country’s faith leaders are already ahead in grass-roots reconciliation”:

The Sultan said that “empowering women is one of the positive base to a better, secured and productive society” at a graduation ceremony for “2000 women were [schooled] to live above the poverty line”:

“Uncontrolled power results in disaster…. If someone who represents 80 million people makes a mistake, then 80 million people pay the price” — Opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu:

A journalist found no evidence of extremism, but reported that a third of the schools cut off or isolated “children from mainstream society … [and] voiced concerns about … the level of German spoken”:

News and Analysis (4/13/17)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

“Egyptian men and women rushed to mosques in Tanta to donate blood” in response to a call that came as blood “stocks at the hospitals were beginning to run out” …

… but for the Egypt’s dictator the attack means even more power:

A fellow protester “said the picture of Birmingham painted by the EDL and others as ‘the Jihadi capital of Britain’ was completely wrong. ‘Everybody lives alongside each other in complete harmony'”:

The Feds closed their investigation after the town agreed to allow the Muslims to build a smaller cemetery:

A former chief judge of the state Court of Appeals calls her “a superb jurist and an even more superb human being … a very gentile, lovely lady … [about whom] people would say only … wonderful things”:

“I practice Sharia when I live a life in keeping with the guidance of the Quran … treating everyone with dignity and respect, being honest, kind and trustworthy and being a good citizen of the land I live in”:

New Atheists need “look no further than the most recent slaughters of civilians in Yemen and Mosul for the replenishment of the already manifold reasons” behind Muslim militancy:

“President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive U.S. actions against Syria were not permissible and violated international law” …

… and now although Khamenei urged “Ahmadinejad to stand down[,] … many hard-liners in Iran seek a tough-talking candidate to rally around who can stand up to US President Trump”:

News and Analysis (4/8/17)

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

“Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels [to blame]. It wouldn’t be the first time”:

“We are asking for an impartial international fact-finding body to be set up … to find out where these chemical weapons came from”:

“With lyrics like ‘Not your exotic vacation / I’m bored with your fascination,’ what underlies Haydar’s pop anthem is a powerful political messages of personal freedom and solidarity”:

She told supporters of an “Islamic school for women … amid a nationwide [LGBT] crackdown[,] ‘All people have the right to worship God, not just some people. That’s the truth in Islam'”:

Organizers insist that the Englishman, who has apologized saying, “It was never my intention to cause offence,”  had no idea that anyone would find his remix offensive:

News and Analysis (4/5/17)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The U.S. appears once again to be positioning itself to ignore reports that someone (we wonder who?) has supplied the rebels with chemical weapons:

Police said the victims share in the blame because “[i]t is illegal to transport cows, but people ignore it and cow protectors are trying to stop such people from trafficking them”:

“[I]n an interview with the Breitbart website last year [Trump said that e]ven Muslim children shouldn’t be admitted … because of the possibility that they might one day become extremist”:

Seeking to discuss U.S. “founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths,” one participant soon saw engagement is ineffective with one not committed to being “president for all Americans”:

It “appears to mark a victory by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who [has been quoted saying] … he felt he was in a battle to the death with Mr. Bannon and others on the White House staff”:

“Unlike the Women’s Mosque of America, which hosts women’s-only Friday prayers, Qal’bu Maryam will welcome both men and women to worship. But … services will be led entirely by women”:

The Penny Appeal hopes scholars will refute the erroneous belief “that adoption is a sin … [so] more Muslims will consider applying to adopt a child who desperately needs a safe and loving home”:

[R]eligious-based discrimination and surveillance, … Trump’s backdoor Muslim ban and his resounding silence about attacks on mosques, the bullying of Muslim kids,” are unmentioned in the ad:

News and Analysis (4/2/17)

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

“Even in death, we’re being denied our place as human beings. Don’t do that, please” — Boufeldja Benabdallah, long-time Quebec City resident:

“American residents were more likely to be murdered last year because they were Muslims than they were to die at the hands of extremist Muslims”:

Restrictions imposed Saturday add prohibitions on long beards, face veils, and home-schooling to rules already on the books such as “the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars”:

Some complain “that while the video was “empowering and catchy… hijab is all about modesty and humbleness in attitude, and this video represents the complete opposite”:

“Turkey insists that its own non-Kurdish Syrian proxy force tackle Raqqa, and accuses both the US and Russia of backing a ‘terrorist’ group that is determined to create a Kurdish mini-state”:

News and Analysis (3/30/17)

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Rejecting the government’s request he lift or narrow the order, the judge  made it a preliminary injunction so parts of the ban “can’t be enforced until the case makes its way through the court system”; …

… “every jihadist who conducted a lethal attack inside the United States since 9/11 was a citizen or legal resident”; …

… The fiction that “the causes of terrorism are embedded in the Qur’an and hadith” is the pretext for “a grossly illiberal and violent programme … in a … long tradition of nationalism and supremacism”:

As Turkey fires “reform-minded imams” in Germany while those “loyal to Erdogan … [are] caught red-handed submitting lists of suspected Gulen supporters to Turkish authorities” …

… Germany’s “deputy finance minister, called for the training of imams, teachers of religion and counselors to be paid for with tax money”:

“[T]his is not just Muslims’ problem. Most people who rear sheep and goats are Hindus. I know so many Hindus who have come here from their villages to sell their animals and are now stuck”;

“[To] raise awareness about domestic violence, plus provide tangible aid for women and children at the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter, [t]hey said they wanted to combat hate with love and education”:

“[S]eeing how quickly and overwhelming people of all backgrounds have come together to show support has restored our faith in America and in humanity more than ever”:

“It’s time to hear from a community that’s often talked about but rarely given the chance to speak”:

It’s mainly due to but “23 percent of Muslim Americans identify themselves as converts … [including] an increasing number of whites and Latinos,” about 67% ex-Protestants and 10% ex-Catholics”:

Officer Sabet claims that instead of addressing his complaints, the department threatened “possible termination” for “dishonesty” if he denied allegations he made “discriminatory comments about Jews”:

“42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jewish and 20 percent of Protestant parents”:

News and Analysis (3/27/17)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“After witnessing the car-and-knife attack from his office window, Muddassar Ahmed launched a crowdfunding campaign” …

… Muslims will let neither the far-right nor Daesh “define the British values that we hold[,] … to misrepresent us … [or] to define us. Because we are defined by a shared value of love thy neighbour” …

… Muslim women demonstrate solidarity with the victims after Internet trolls falsely smear one visibly distraught Muslim woman at the scene of the attack as indifferent to the suffering:

This entrepreneur-philanthropist explains “35 per cent of the business in America, especially in the Silicon Valley, is from immigrants” who not only create wealth and also generate jobs for others”:

Refuting the Muslim Personal Law Board‘s support of triple-talaq, the Qur’an “sanctions divorce only after a period of reflection and attempted reconciliation, usually lasting three months”:

Modi was chief minister of Gujarat “at the time … of … one of the worst outbreaks of religious violence in independent India.” Now that he is PM, is it starting again? …

… but this time Modi’s appointment of Yogi Adityanath’s as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh puts Christians at risk as well as Muslims:

“The fledgling alliance … west, is not truly Muslim and … Shia countries are conspicuously missing from this decidedly Sunni alliance …viewed … as a move to counter growing Iranian influence”:

“For now, the Texas state attorney general’s office says it has no problems with the prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco, as long as it’s open to any student of any faith during non-class time”:

“The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights … said a week-long campaign of U.S-led strikes … had killed at least 90 civilians, a quarter of them children, while injuring dozens”:

News and Analysis (3/23/17)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

“The impact of this move will … fall on nine airlines, including Gulf-based carriers that U.S. airlines have been asking President Trump to punish since the day after his election“:

Trying to understand the source of gender “inequality … they decided to re-read the Qur’an.” They were surprised to find “Talk about  justice, about equality between men and women”:

“NYPD’s ‘Radicalization of the West report must be removed from city websites, and it must “realize the impact of their conduct on ‘lawful political or religious activity of individuals, groups, or organizations”:

“The timing makes it seem obvious — Hollywood power players, most of whom are vehemently anti-Trump, are pushing back against what they see as his exclusionary policies”:

“I did not realise the man had cancer. I don’t want him to go to prison. He did a bad thing in anger. It hurt and frightened me, but I don’t seek any kind of revenge”:

The government claims that the only travel plan provision not already blocked by the courts “have no practical effect on how the government issues visas.” The judge has deferred a ruling until a later date:

“[M]y Tennessee born daughter was denied entry back to her country,  … for no apparent reason other than border patrol would not clear her United States passport for entry…. Is this the new Great America?”

“As of Tuesday afternoon, the Trump administration had not confirmed Gabriel’s meeting, but she later posted photos of herself at the White House on Facebook”:

“Islam gives me my strength and hope. So, really, being a Muslim girl means everything to me. I now know that there is nothing wrong with me, and that I am just as American as that white boy”: