News and Analysis (12/24/15)

“[A] three-year study, based on in-depth interviews with civically or politically active Muslim citizens in Australia and Europe” finds the majority “highlighted that their Islamic faith has been a key motivator for their civic engagement, both within and beyond Muslim community”:

The impersonal free market provides. “Muslim prayers are recited before flights, there is no alcohol or pork served on board and the Muslim women flight attendants adhere to a modest dress code … [but] the founders of the airline are … a Hindu Indian couple”:

A new inquisition? “At the time she was placed on administrative leave, Hawkins said, she was asked to deliver a theological statement as part of her review…. ‘I was told that my statement was sufficient … and if that’s the case, then what do we have to discuss?'”:

Having fallen in “love with the idea of a deity who communicates with people through words, who sends his worshippers a text and leaves them free to interpret it”, a writer asks why Republican Presidential candidates are above offering her the same courtesy:

“USA has the right to issue and revoke visa – I fully understand that. However not forwarding any reasons infuriates ordinary people. It does not win the hearts and minds of people…. I am amazed how irrational these processes are but does USA care about what you and I think?” …

… definitely not says the TSA:

“The Egyptian cleric, who is also known as Abu Omar, said he was tortured during the seven months he was held captive, something Lady has denied. Mattarrella decided to move ahead with the partial pardon because … Obama had halted the ‘extraordinary rendition’ program”:

While Muslims split over the celebration of Christmas …

… “In Manger Square, local activists placed an olive tree they said was uprooted by the Israeli army in a nearby village, and surrounded it with barbed wire and decorated it with spent tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops and photographs of Palestinians [recently] killed or arrested”:

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