Month: August 2009

  • Guantanamo Bay Detainment Center

    Posed by Terri Friedman The Beacon, University of Tennessee Q. The Daily Beacon, Knoxville, Tennessee, would very much appreciate any comments from your organization, on the ongoing controversy at Guantanamo Bay detainment center. A. Concerned as all human beings must be over allegations regarding conditions at Guantanamo Bay detainment center, what should be of most […]

  • Sandra Day O’Connor’s Resignation

    Posed by Javier Méndez. El Mercurio, Santiago de Chile Q. Regarding the resignation of Sandra Day O’Connor, what are your comments on the political battle over the appointment of her successor? In particular, will Bush try to appoint a more conservative member and will the focus be on the death penalty and abortion?. A. We […]

  • Terrorist Attacks in Jordan

    Posed by Dan Karlini Q. The multiple bombings in Jordan leave me confused. Assuming you’re right, and the battle is between moderate and extremist Muslims, does this event represent an escalation driven by strength or increasing influence, or was it an act of desperation suggestive of decreasing influence? A. There is no doubt that this […]

  • Freedom House Allegations of Extremism in American Mosques

    Posed by John McAlister Q. I would love to get your take on the “Global Jihad” article on worldnetdaily based on a Freedom House report  ( A. A considerable number of Saudi (Wahabi) preachers hold the views described in the article “Global Jihad” and they do promote their ideas abroad, sometimes get support from the […]

  • Is Islam Balanced?

    Posed by Richard B. Boddie Q. Where is the “balance” in Islam (re: killing, etc. )? A. The balance is in the Qur’an: “To those against whom war is made permission is given (to fight) because they are wronged and verily God is Most powerful for their aid. (They are) those who have been expelled […]

  • Questions on Women

    Posed by Christina Tucholski Q. Does the U.S. or U.N. have the right to intervene internationally in countries where women’s rights are disregarded? A. No nation has a right to intervene into the internal affairs of other nations. The United States is no exception.  When nations join the United Nations they agree to adhere to […]

  • HAMAS’ Victory and Its Consequences

    Posed by Matías Bakit to Minaret of Freedom Institute president Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad El Mercurio newspaper, Santiago, Chile Q. What are the main reasons for HAMAS’s victory? A. The main reason for HAMAS’s victory was that voters sought an alternative to the corrupt, failing and fractious FATAH regime. The corruption of FATAH was well known, but […]

  • American Muslim “Silence” on Anti-Muslim “Cartoons”

    Posed by Gayath Nur Kashif on “A Place for Truth” listserve Q. [There has been]  growing  anger and calls for  economic boycotts by  Muslims states over the outrageous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] recently published in the Danish Press. Will  US Muslims follow in issuing a condemnation, and/or urging  US officials to […]

  • Are American Schools Forcing Children to Engage in Muslim Rituals?

    Posed by Marshall Fritz Q. Is there another side to the story about this 9th circuit court decision dismissing constitutionality concerns over a Byron Union School District, in Byron, Calif. program that required students to pretend that they are Muslims? A. In the past there have been numerous false allegations of government schools forcing children […]

  • News and Analysis (8/19/09)

    Torturing suspects during interrogations only “plays into the hands of al-Qa’ida”, showing US hypocrisy on human rights: Torture? It Probably Killed More Americans Than 9/11 (Independent) As women mobilize to secure equal rights and a greater role in government … Afghan Women on the Campaign Trail (Christian Science Monitor) … Pessimism and low expectations fuel […]

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