News and Analysis (12/30/15)

“While 82 percent of Americans say that it’s extremely or very important that Christians be allowed to freely practice their religion in the United States, just 61 percent say the same for Muslims. [72%] say religious freedom is important for Jews, and … 63 percent say it’s important to protect the freedoms of people with no religion”:

“How many civilians will die in unlawful airstrikes in Yemen before the coalition and its US ally investigate what went wrong and who is responsible. Their disregard for the safety of civilians is appalling” – Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director, Human Rights Watch:

The view that “the Holy Quran itself calls for logical thought[, and i]t is not prohibited for any person to discuss the scholars’ opinions” doesn’t sit well with Egypt’s dictator who insists that “state institutions, including Al-Azhar, are to lead any reforms in religious teaching”:

“Before the fire, I used to think 99 percent of Grand Forks people were good people. Now, maybe 96 percent. I don’t know if that’s the way things always were. Or if people are just pissed. Or confused,” said one of Grand Fork’s “Ne Americans,” while anther says, “It’s like the country needs a bogeyman, and it has become us”:

“[I]t would be a mistake to invest too much hope in the Saudi-led anti-terrorism coalition. First of all, the irony that the country most responsible for creating the jihadi monster now wants to lead the fight against it isn’t going to be lost on the Muslim world”:

“Some community leaders said the recent growth of the demographic has its roots in a shared experience of immigration and the negative political rhetoric that advocates have deemed as anti-Muslim”:

“Critics said the regulations are meant to stifle dovish organizations critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government policies toward the Palestinians… In contrast, pro-government and nationalistic nonprofit groups tend to rely on wealthy private donors, who are exempt from the measures under the bill”:

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