News and Analysis (1/13/15)

Were the terrorists who murderously attacked Charlie Hebdo stoking French-Muslim anger as the “French army officers called the Organisation de l’armée secrète (O.A.S.) in favor of French rule in Algeria killed innocent Muslims in a last-ditch effort—a mutiny of sorts—to thwart independence”?

Steven Emerson apologized for his absurd Islamophobic attacks on Birmingham, claiming he “relied on sources he had used in the past” …

… but Emerson’s career is based on absurd statements from unreliable sources …

… but ACT! for America’s president and founder Brigitte Gabriel‘s claim that “180 million to 300 million [Muslims are] dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization” deserves a disinformation award of its own:

“Central to free speech activism has always been the distinction between defending the right to disseminate Idea X and agreeing with Idea X, one which only the most simple-minded among us are incapable of comprehending.” There is no need to embrace repugnant speech:

“The cover shows [a caricature of an Arab man] shedding a tear and holding up a sign reading ‘Je suis Charlie’ in sympathy with the dead journalists. The headline says ‘all is forgiven'”:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him said the true Muslim is the one from whose hands people are safe from harm, and the Qur’an says taking a life is like taking the life of an entire people and saving a life is like saving the life of an entire people:

“Among the 54 anti-Muslim incidents, there have been 21 reports of shootings and grenade throwing at Islamic buildings, as well as 33 cases of threats and insults, said Abdallah Zekri, president of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France…. The figures were provided by the Interior Ministry”:

“[A]n Iraq war veteran, university students, a coalition of mosques, and the head of a religious school for girls. All are united by their Muslim faith, their residency in New Jersey and the fact they were targeted by the New York Police Department in a mass surveillance program”:

“Egypt’s high court on Tuesday overturned the only remaining conviction against former president Hosni Mubarak, opening the way for his possible release four years after the revolution that toppled him”:

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