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French Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

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A high-level French Court has struck down the ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ adopted by many towns along the French Riviera.

French ‘Burkini’ Ban Provokes Backlash

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For largely irrational reasons, French police are arresting women on the beach for wearing swimsuits that are compatible with their faith.

A Gold Star Father Rebukes Donald Trump

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More than any politician that spoke last night, it was the father of a fallen solider who stole the night.

Donald Trump Insinuates President Obama Identifies With Terrorists

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Donald Trump has insinuated that President Obama is not fighting the War On Terror aggressively because he somehow identifies with terrorists.

Donald Trump Renews Call For Ban On Muslim Immigration

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Donald Trump responded to the attack on the Pulse nightclub by renewing his call to ban members of an entire religion from coming to the United States.

Donald Trump Says His Muslim Travel Ban Is ‘Just A Suggestion’

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The walk backs begin.

A Reminder about the US Muslim Population


Via Pew Research: Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate that that share will double by 2050. […] According […]

Two-Thirds Of New Hampshire Republicans Support Donald Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

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As if to further demonstrate just how fair off the rails the GOP has gotten, Donald Trump’s unconstitutional, wrong-headed, racist notions are supported by wide majorities in the party that still claims to the by the “Party of Lincoln.”

War on Christmas, Brunei Style


Via the Sydney Morning Herald:  Brunei bans Christmas celebrations in public, including wearing Santa hats. Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats. Muslims seen celebrating Christmas and non-Muslims found to be organising celebrations could face up to five years jail. However the country’s non-Muslims, […]

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Kudos to Senator Flake


A Mormon Republican Senator visits an Arizona mosque.

Majority Opposes Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban, But It’s A Different Story With Republicans


Polling shows that most Americans oppose Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslim’s from immigrating to the United States, but Republicans are far more receptive to the idea.

New Poll Appears To Show Majority GOP Support For Trump’s ‘Ban Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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A new poll appears to show that a majority of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

Trump’s Plan To Bar Muslim Immigration Widely Condemned, But It’s Unlikely To Hurt Him


Donald Trump’s plan to bar all Muslim immigration to the United States is being widely condemned by his fellow Republicans and others, but the proposal probably won’t hurt him politically in a Republican Party that is deeply bigoted against Muslims in general.

Donald Trump Calls For Ban On All Muslim Immigration

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Donald J. Trump continues to turn the dial higher and higher on his fascist demagoguery.

Paris, San Bernardino, And The Dangers Of An Anti-Muslim Backlash


As we deal with the fall out from the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we need remember the years after September 11th, 2001 and avoid holding an entire religion responsible for the actions of fanatics.

John Kasich Wants To Create A Government Agency To Spread Religious Propaganda

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John Kasich wants the United States Government to create an agency to spread ‘so-called ‘Judeo-Christian values.’

Donald Trump: I’d Be Okay With Closing Mosques And Requiring Muslims To Carry Special Identification

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Donald Trump’s demagoguery and disdain for individual liberty enters a new phase.

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

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Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Conviction Of Blogger For “Insulting Islam”

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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a blogger sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam”: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites […]

D.C. Metro Bans All Political Ads Rather Than Run Mohammed Cartoon Poster


The agency that runs Washington D.C.’s mass transit has banned all political ads after Pamela Gellar attempted to run an advertisement featuring a drawing of Mohammed.

ISIS is What it Says it Is


The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

Pope Francis: One Cannot Make Fun of Faith


Pope Francis has earned a reputation as a liberal in comparison to recent predecessors but he’s no liberal.

Next Charlie Hebdo Cover Has Muhammad Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’


Their editor and nine colleagues dead, their offices destroyed, the newspaper is not missing a beat.

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs


The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Terror Attack Kills 11 at French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo


At least 11 are dead and 10 wounded in an attack on free expression.

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video


American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

Lawyers For Gitmo Detainees Using Hobby Lobby To Argue For Expanded Religious Freedoms

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Political irony, perhaps, but probably less than meets the eye.

Islam And World War One

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The First World War played an intriguing role in the birth of the radical Islam we are dealing with today.

ISIS Declares Caliphate, Renames Itself ‘Islamic State’


Is ISIS’s reach about to exceed its grasp?

Dubai Pardons Rape Victim


Yes, you read that headline right: A Norwegian woman at the centre of a Dubai rape case dispute has been pardoned and is free to leave Dubai, she has said. Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, was on a business trip in Dubai when she says she was raped in March. She reported the attack […]

Egyptian Christians Targeted By Muslims In Retribution For Morsi Ouster


The aftermath of the removal of Mohammed Morsi from power is taking ominous turns: CAIRO — The military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist elected leader, according to rights […]

Tea Party Speaker: Grover Norquist Is A Secret Muslim Because He Has A Beard


Ladies and gentleman, a little insanity to close out your week: Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, made questionable remarks about anti-tax activist Grover Norquist during a recent speech on “Radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood.” In a video posted by the Far North Dallas Tea […]

Muslim D.C. Cabdriver Assaulted By Passenger Yelling About Boston Bombing Attack

So, this happened: An Army reservist and Iraq veteran who works as a cabdriver says a passenger he picked up early Friday at a Northern Virginia country club accused him of being a terrorist because he is Muslim, then fractured his jaw in an attack being described by Islamic activists as a hate crime. Mohamed […]

Boston Mosque Reportedly Refusing To Bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev


An Aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bombing suspect killed amid a shootout nearly a week ago, says that a local mosque is refusing to conduct a Muslim funeral for the accused bomber: American authorities have told the family that they can have Tsarnaev’s body, and an uncle approached the mosque to request a […]

Tip From Imam Led To Break Up Of Canadian Terror Plot


The Canadian terror plot that Dave Schuler took note of yesterday was apparently broken up thanks largely to a tip to police from an Imam: A tip from a Toronto imam sparked an investigation that culminated in the arrests of two men who allegedly plotted to derail a Via passenger train. The imam alerted authorities […]

NYC Woman Arrested For Pushing Man In Front Of Subway Train, Claims It Was “An Act Against Muslims”

For the second time in less than a month, a man died after being pushed in front of an oncoming New York City subway train, only this time there’s a twist: A 31-year-old woman was being held by the police on Saturday, authorities said, in connection with the death of a man who was pushed […]

Freedom Of Speech, Blasphemy, And International Relations


Sacrificing our principles in the face of mob violence is never a good idea.

Obama’s Timidity In The Face Of Extremism

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The Obama Administration’s response to the protests in the Muslim world has been entirely wrongheaded.

Obama Administration Abandons Freedom Of Speech In Wake Of Embassy Riots


Capitulating to a mob is never a good idea.

Filmmaker Behind “Innocence Of Muslims” Questioned By Federal Officers


The man behind the film that has set off sometimes violent protests across the Muslim world was questioned for several hours yesterday by Federal law enforcement officials, but apparently not for the reason you might think: LOS ANGELES — A Southern California filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie inflaming protests across the Middle East was […]

Protests At Western Embassies Spread Across Muslim World

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For the fourth day, American and other embassies became the focus of mass protests in many Muslim nations.

Under the Bus


The career of Larry Schwartz, who is the Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo, is over.

Freedom of Speech and Religion Collide


My latest for The National Interest, “Freedom of Speech and Religion in Egypt and Libya,” has posted.

GOP Platform Addresses The Non-Existent Sharia Law Problem


Not surprisingly, the Republican platform includes a toss to the Islamaphobe caucus with a plank concerning the largely non-existent threat of Sharia law: While leaders like Speaker Boehner and Sen. John McCain were rightly praised for taking a strong stand against Rep. Michele Bachmann’s witch hunt against Muslims in the U.S. government, don’t give the party […]

Chris Christie Lambastes Anti-Muslim Bigots In The GOP

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Once again, Chris Christie makes one wish there were more Republicans like him.

Will China Have a Muslim Problem?


Walter Russell Mead picks up on a Financial Times story about increased Chinese oppression of the Muslims in far-western province of Xinjiang; (link behind FT’s paywall, sadly) Last year, the authorities started forcing low-income families to agree to abandon some Muslim traditions in exchange for social security payments. Forms posted on the internet show that some […]

Eric Cantor Defends Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyism


Unlike Speaker John Boehner, who quickly joined John McCain in denouncing Michele Bachmann’s slanderous allegations against Huma Abedin, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn’t seem at all concerned by Bachmann’s behavior: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Friday defended Rep. Michele Bachmann’s questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aide’s loyalty to the United States, saying […]

Did Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyism Inspire Death Threats Against Huma Abedin?


Mere days after the absurd allegations made against her by a group of Members of Congress led by Michele Bachmann, State Department aide Huma Abedin is receiving police protection due to threats of an unspecified, but obviously dangerous, nature: Police and federal officials have placed security around ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, after a […]

Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyite Crusade Against Huma Abedin And Other Muslims


Michele Bachmann and several other Members of Congress are engaging in the despicable tactics of Joe McCarthy.

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