Archive for July, 2010

News and Analysis (7/30/10)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

During the time of the prophet, women and men prayed side by side; today, with 66% of American mosques segregating men and women, Islamic feminists work to end institutionalized sexism in Islam …

… meanwhile, the appointment of two woman judges in Malaysia raises the question, “why can’t women judges deal with marriage and divorce cases?”

“‘How does this threaten Christians?’ asked Fatima Abeyd Anyanzwa, an anti-rape activist and mother of six”, as the groups spar over whether family law should be decentralized, or standard for all Kenyans irregardless of faith:

“[A}s a Mormon, I would be infuriated if a government prohibited my church from building a chapel because of a few violent, misguided Latter-day Saints,” says BYU student McKay Coppins …

… but by Newt “Gingrich’s logic, no mosques should be built anywhere in the United States;” if Saudis are un-American, should Americans follow suite?

News and Analysis (7/29/10)

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

“We have nothing to fear from peaceful Muslims who seek peace…. To ostracize them and tarnish their good works is nothing short of apostasy in the canon of American freedoms”:

NYPD signals potential increase in crimes against Muslims, as the debate over the Cordoba House, now called Park51:

Syria refusing teachers the freedom to wear a burqa and Indian students refusing teachers the freedom to not wear a burqa are equally as unjust:

Israeli bulldozers raze Bedouin village; say the semi-nomads couldn’t produce deeds:

Malaysia’s first Islamic reality show works to bring piety and knowledge of Islam in the style of “American Idol”:

News and Analysis (7/28/10)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Justin Raimondo notes that Ayn Rand’s “intellectual heir” seems to echo her villain Wesley Mouch in his contempt for the sanctity of the individual and property rights in declaring that “‘Rights are contextual,” and when it comes to Muslims, there is “no obligation to respect property rights.’ ‘Rights  are out’!”:

Newt Gingrich finds it offensive to be lectured about religious liberty “at a time when there are no churches or synagogues in Mecca,” “it is a kind of triumphalism that we should not tolerate” …

… “[Wayne] Root falls into the same anti-Muslim hole that Palin, Gingrich, and others have. All he’s really saying is that we can’t let them scary Muslims build what they want to in a building they own”:

U.S. nuns and 50 female aid workers intend to break through the Israeli blockade to the Gaza Stip:

“It’s their right to protest and we have the right to exercise freedom of religion too. It’s surprising to see something like this happen in 2010,” said Hadi Nael, chairman of the Temecula Islamic center:

News and Analysis (7/27/10)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

“[T]he story you haven’t read about the short life of Furkan Dogan, an American killed by Israeli forces in international waters on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara”:

Members of the Dove World Outreach Center honors the victims of 9/11 by burning copies of the Qur’an, and handing out “Islam Is Of The Devil” t-shirts. “That’s lovely stuff, eh?”:

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey plays the fool when he pretends to be “all about freedom of religion”, while arguing about Sharia law in Tennessee or about whether Islam is a religion or a cult …

… “More and more Americans are beginning to think of Islamic religion as something to be feared and rejected … Part of the problem comes from Muslim misrepresentation of the Shariah”:

Iranian entrepreneurs flex their muscles to protest a proposed 70% increase in direct income tax by the revenue-hungry Iranian regime:

NY Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino “talks the Tea Party talk of getting government out of Americans’ lives”, yet supports seizing “the property on Park Place through eminent domain to keep it out of Muslim hands”:

News and Analysis (7/26/10)

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The U.S. supports Pakistan while Pakistan’s ISI supports the Taliban. Whistle-blower Wikileaks releases thousands of leaked classified documents proving the connection; founder Julian Assange explains:

IDF Military Advocate General Avichai Mandelblit confirms Goldstone Report findings on war crimes; IDF back peddles “as though they were frightened by Goldstone”:

“[I]f there is harm in wearing the veil … it is permitted that she shows her face when need and necessity demand it,” says Islamic jurisprudent Mohamed al-Nujaimi:

“The jailing of [Sheikh Raed Salah] exposes the divide among Israeli Arabs and Jews. Arabs say it is further proof of Jewish discrimination; Jews say it shows how the nation’s Arabs exploit Israeli democracy”:

“Islamophobia is a mixture of racism, undiscriminating ignorance of the diversity and complexity within the Islamic world, and the hard reality of some truly dangerous, Western-hating Muslims (estimated by intel sources variously at 10-40,000 hardcore fanatics worldwide)”:

Designed to resolve a conflicted relationship many Muslims have with America, the young academics were “amazed at this opening and understanding and acceptance of everyone because that is what Islam preaches”:

News and Analysis (7/23/10)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Two weeks after France banned the wearing of burqa, two Muslim women in full body swim suit are denied access to pool; the pool owners say it was for hygiene and sanitary reasons …

… “On what grounds can a government or institution require that they not wear it, and isn’t such a requirement the equivalent of requiring someone who does not want to wear it to do so?”:

Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Feisal Rauf, argues that the Cordoba Center “will serve the larger community to become an institution for learning, collaborating, and sharing knowledge across faiths and cultures” …

… meanwhile on Staten Island, a Catholic Church formally rejected a controversial proposal to sell a vacant convent to a the Muslim American Society in response to protests that the mosque might become a front for terrorism:

“[I]t doesn’t matter if most of us practice our religion in private or not. People feel trapped because [politicians] project this false identity onto Muslims, and we then have to apologize for that”:

MI5 knew Saddam Hussein had no links to Al Qaeda, that Iraq posed little threat to the security of the free world, and that a generation of British Muslims would be radicalized by the war; the CIA didn’t listen:

News and Analysis (7/22/10)

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The “myth that al Qaeda is 100 feet tall has fed dramatic government growth since 9/11,” but Cato Institute VP Gene Healy says, “We’ve given al Qaeda power over us they don’t deserve” …

… Case in point, after being placed on the no-fly list, Zachary A. Chesser, also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, tries twice to travel to Somalia, once with his infant son “so to look less suspicious”:

“Given the fast development of China’s economy, and as its political status rises, I think Chinese Islam will become more important in the Islamic world,” says female imam at one of China’s female-only mosques:

Council on American-Islamic Relations calls on Electrolux to “engages with its Muslim workers to devise a solution that meets the legitimate needs and requirements of all parties”:

Would there “be the same reaction if a Baptist congregation wanted to build a ‘monstrous’ church near the site of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. After all, Timothy McVeigh was a Christian”:

“Technology changes the way people relate to each other, but it doesn’t really change the way that people relate to God. That sort of remains constant”:

News and Analysis (7/21/10)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Gideon Levy asks “What if this guy had been a Jew who pretended to be a Muslim and had sex with a Muslim woman? Would he have been convicted of rape? The answer is: of course not”:

MFI welcomes 26-year-old Yahya Wehelie back to the U.S., after being stranded nearly two-months in Egypt on the no-fly-list:

A 16-year-old girl defies tradition and potential the risk of IDF snipers to fish for her family:

Confronted with “Prophet Muhammad’s prohibitions against killing civilians, Bin Laden” replied, “We treat others like they treat us. Those who kill our women and our innocent, we will kill their women and innocent, until they stop doing so”:

Christian charity workers faced charges of proselytism, following rumors that they had converted three Muslims to Christianity:

Israel “declared the area a live fire zone and posted eviction orders for 10 families in tents on June 27”:

News and Analysis (7/20/10)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

With $150 million earmarked for the Yemen to combat Al-Qaida earlier this year,  al-Awlaki mocks U.S. foreign policy, stating that U.S. military presence has “accomplished for (Al-Qaida) the work of years”:

“[I]t is not the business of a secular state to back one or other interpretation of Islam … Governments should only enforce the law of the land and promote tolerance and dialogue”:

“If Muslims want to stand for peace, they must stand patiently. We must respond to fear, intolerance and even hatred with peace, education and patience. That is our true Jihad”:

Despite government efforts to push Israelis and Palestinians apart, a small group of Israeli women are working to bring them together, at the beach:

“Today, it is essential for us Muslims to understand the true meaning of the Quran and Islam for ourselves, and to wrest this right from the ‘policemen’ of religion, the mullahs and maulvis”:

Extremists anonymous hot-line? Unlike deradicalization programs in “Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Singapore” Germany’s program tries to get radicals or their families to call in before they commit a crime”:

News and Analysis (7/19/10)

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs will now have to swear a pledge of allegiance to a “Jewish democratic state” if they wish to live on their spouses’ land:

With the wearing of a niqab now a criminal act, the French national motto libertéégalitéfraternité becomes even less appropriate …

… meanwhile, the Syrian regime takes a similar step in prohibiting teachers who wear the niqab from teaching at public schools — “the politicisation of what should be a personal issue”:

The obstacle to Muslim integration in America is not the Muslim-American community, but the prejudices of Americans of other faiths:

The complex story of the hip media mogul Saad Mohseni, “the Rupert Murdoch of Afghanistan,” backed by USAID funding to change Afghani culture:

“The man in the video betrays himself in his own words as a con artist, and now he is again prime minister of Israel”: