Month: July 2015

  • News and Analysis (7/29/15)

    Shutting down Muslims’ bank accounts over dubious accusations of terrorist links encourage extremism by “sending the message to law-abiding Muslims that they are excluded from simple privileges”: Why Did HSBC Shut Down Bank Accounts? (Huffington Post) As central Asian countries are trying to crack down on Islamist extremists, they continue to violate people’s rights regarding religious freedom:…

  • News and Analysis (7/28/15)

    It’s bad enough when an “expert” witness on terrorism doesn’t know his subject; how much worse when his biases are withheld from the record: Doogie Huckster: A Terrorism Expert’s Secret Relationship with the FBI (Intercept) These Muslim-American siblings write Islamic children’s books, because they want “young Muslims to see themselves in the books they read”: Brothers Hope…

  • Overlooked Consequences of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    On July 14th, Iran and the US reached a historic deal concerning Iran’s nuclear proliferation. Essentially, what the deal means is that the US and five other countries will stop enforcing sanctions on Iranian products, while “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will [they] seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons” (look here for the…

  • News and Analysis (7/27/15)

    In an effort to debunk Islamophobia and radicalization, a group of Muslims are releasing educational videos online to show what Islam really teaches: Moderate Muslims Counter ISIS Propaganda With Their Own Strategy (NPR) The complexity of why young women are radicalized to join ISIS is addressed as a perfect storm between seeking identity and freedom, trying to follow…

  • News and Analysis (7/26/15)

    A Muslim woman tells her would-be male atheist savoir: “I have the agency to tell you that Islam is a feminist religion and informs my role and positions on women’s rights issues. I am a feminist because I am Muslim”: Prominent Atheist Richard Dawkins Says Islam Needs A ‘Feminist Revolution’ (Huffington Post) Nasrallah said freezing U.S.…

  • News and Analysis (7/23/15)

    While the holy Qur’an has been interpreted by patriarchal scholars and resulted in misogynist policies, there is nothing inherently misogynic in Islam, as modern feminist scholars are now working to show: No, Islam is Not Inherently Misogynistic. Here’s Why (Huffington Post) The Lebanese Muslim Association accuses the government’s new plan to prevent radicalization for being just…

  • News and Analysis (7/22/15)

    Alaa Murabit argues that “[t]hose who used religion to justify discrimination against women were using cultural standards, not scriptural standards” and calls for women to reclaim the religion … Alaa Murabit is Making Sure People Know What Islam Really Says About Women (Huffington Post/TedTalk) …but French feminists are abandoning the cause of empowering women by buying…

  • News and Analysis (7/21/15)

    Nathan Robinson points out the absurdity of the call to treat Muslim-Americans as the US treated Japanese-American during World War II, calling it a “racist disgrace that … left traumatic scars that last to this day”: Frightening Proposal to Intern Muslim Citizens (Al-Jazeera) His Muslim missionary and theologian father taught him the hadith, “Loyalty to your…

  • Religious Freedom: Rising Threats to a Fundamental Human Right

    “Religious Freedom: Rising Threats to a Fundamental Human Right” At a conference held on July 16, 2015 at Georgetown University sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Baylor University, and the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities: Committee on Religious Freedom, the Keynote Conversation featured Rep.…

  • News and Analysis (7/20/15)

    The Iran deal is not perfect, but critics need to remember that the alternative to a deal would most likely be worse: Israel’s Netanyahu is Pushing Hard Against Iran Nuclear Deal. But Others Are Pushing Back (Christian Science Monitor) And therefore, the EU will back the deal, hoping it will push the US Congress to do…

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