News and Analysis (5/31/15)

A man in a “profanity-laced shirt, accepted an invitation to join the evening prayer inside the mosque, and said the experience changed him” and another “who had earlier said he didn’t care if his t-shirt was offensive, assured a small crowd of Muslims at the end of the rally that he wouldn’t wear it again” …

… “‘[W]e do not match wrongness with wrongness, but with grace and mercy and goodness,’ Usama Shami, president of the Islamic center, said Friday during prayers at the mosque”:

“It was never the team’s intention to exclude female participation, which was reflected in the offer to forfeit. The team sincerely regrets if any team members or participants were hurt or felt discriminated based on their gender due to the accommodation made by the opposing team”:

After the man next to her got an unopened can of beer, the flight attended told her, “We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people, because they may use it as a WEAPON on the plane”. United has apologized but its partner Republic Airways, operator of the shuttle, has not commented:

“It’s not sufficient to say: ‘How to help these people?’ This is not sufficient. There’s something wrong with humanity’s way of thinking. Ultimately we are lacking concern for others’ lives, others’ wellbeing”:

“Erdogan appeals to conservative Muslim Turks who feel they were treated as second-class citizens during decades of rule by secular parties. He has spoken with scorn of the old secular elite. ‘They drink their whisky on the Bosphorus … and hold the rest of the people in contempt,’ he once said”:

“Online, images of a lion and lioness are shared frequently to symbolize this union. This is symbolic of finding a brave and strong husband, but also propagandises the notion that supporting a jihadist husband and taking on the ISIS ideology is [an] empowering role for females”:

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