News and Analysis (5/29/15)

“Sunni Muslim Arab states have maintained an air bombing campaign against the Houthis, allied to archrival Shi’ite Iran, but the Houthis retain the upper hand in battles in the south” …

.. and the apparent military stalemate has provoked “mutterings around the Gulf states now that the Saudi leadership is impulsive and rash” compared to their cautious predecessors and comparisons to both Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel as arrogant and barbarous,” to the glee of Iran …

… which comes off as the moderate in the region:

Despite concerns over the fate of antiquities, the terrorist state in Iraq and Syria leaves the ruins at the Unesco World Heritage site unharmed, and instead executes “20 men in the amphitheatre, accusing them of being government supporters”:

“Usama Shami, president of the community center, knew about the protest from Phoenix police and the FBI and said he respected the bikers’ right to demonstrate, he told local station 12 News. ‘Everybody has a right to be a bigot. Everybody has a right to be a racist. Everybody has a right to be an idiot'”:

“Majida and Adly Abumayaleh were just driving across their suburban Minneapolis-area neighborhood on a Friday night to get their teen son from a party. Until a self-appointed watchwoman, Nancy Kay Knoble, decided they might be agents of international jihad and grabbed a rifle”:

“Classical Muslim theologians and jurists differed on many subjects…. They developed an etiquette of agreeing to disagree, including the explicit admission that one’s opinion was simply an opinion and that true knowledge lies with God. These principles and practices support plurality of thought and free speech.”:

The gay filmmaker responsible for “A Sinner In Mecca” accepts Islam while on pilgrimage, declaring that the difference between a true believer and a radical is faith” and “it is only the believers who will have the ability to transform the religion from within”:

Some “Muslims and other Londoners” were shocked by leading questions asking children as young as nine if they agreed with “hypothetical statements, such as ‘I believe my religion is the only correct one,’ ‘God has a purpose for me,’ and ‘I would mind if a family of a different race or religion moved next door'”:

“I have discussed my veil greatly with professors, and I believe it’s wrong to force anyone to wear it as well as to force anyone to remove it. You’re taking away an individual’s right to her religious freedom”:

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