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Rep. Justin Amash Slams “Disgusting” Rival

Amash slams ‘disgusting’ rival By Cameron Joseph (The Hill) Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) wasn’t ready to let bygones be bygones after winning his primary Tuesday night, blasting his opponent for running what he called a “disgusting, despicable smear campaign.” Amash, […]

Cruel déjà vu for Sikhs in US: a racial slur, followed by an attempt to murder an innocent man wearing a turban

Cruel déjà vu for Sikhs in US: a racial slur, followed by an attempt to murder an innocent man wearing a turban Another Sikh man has been targeted by ignorant hate-mongers. By Sujeet Rajan NEW YORK: As efforts to stem […]

Muslim residents sue U.S. over citizenship denials

Muslim residents sue U.S. over citizenship denials By Daina Beth Solomon | Reuters, Los Angeles Friday, 1 August 2014 Five long-time U.S. residents who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries sued the federal government on Thursday, saying the Department of […]

Virginia GOP Official Questions The Contributions Of Muslim Americans

Virginia GOP Official Questions The Contributions Of Muslim Americans Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the Virginia Republican Party, is coming under fire from local officials for some eyebrow-raising comments he made about Muslims on his Facebook page. FitzSimmonds said the following […]

Muslim Groups To Release Video Of Reported Brooklyn Mosque Harassment

Muslim Groups To Release Video Of Reported Brooklyn Mosque Harassment NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Muslim groups will gather at a Brooklyn mosque where they claim worshipers are being harassed. Witnesses said that on Sunday morning several men in a car circled […]

Human Rights Watch: US Counterterrorism Prosecutions Often an Allusion

Human Rights Watch: US Counterterrorism Prosecutions Often an Allusion (Washington, DC) –The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity, Human Rights Watch […]

Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller

Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller By Alex Kane (MondoWeiss) Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller was a speaker (see the video above) at a pro-Israel rally in New York City Sunday that also featured Eliot […]

Jewish and Muslim communities to break fast for peace

Jewish and Muslim communities to break fast for peace By Keldy Ortiz (New Haven Register) NEW HAVEN >> The violent actions on display between Israelis and Palestinians is a sight Rabbi Herbert Brockman doesn’t like viewing or listening to. But […]

Another White House Iftar, Another Ramadan Without My Brother

Another White House Iftar, Another Ramadan Without My Brother By Mariam Abu-Ali As many Muslims sit down tonight to break their Ramadan fast at the annual White House iftar, a tradition started by President Bill Clinton, I am thinking about […]

Nursing home refused to allow Muslim worker to wear hijab, government lawsuit alleges

Nursing home refused to allow Muslim worker to wear hijab, government lawsuit alleges An Alabama nursing home is being sued after it allegedly refused to allow a Muslim worker to wear a hijab on the job, according to a lawsuit […]

When Islam came to Australia

When Islam came to Australia (BBC News) Few Australians are aware that the country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had regular contact with foreign Muslims long before the arrival of Christian colonisers. And Islam continues to exercise an appeal […]

Georgia Cop Goes To Israel For “Counter-Terrorism” Training: Freaks Out When He Hears “Allahu Akbar” At Mosque

Georgia Cop Goes To Israel For “Counter-Terrorism” Training: Freaks Out When He Hears “Allahu Akbar” At Mosque Receiving counter-terrorism training in a country that illegally occupies, detains, tortures and collectively punishes Palestinians. Doubtful that during training he would learn any of […]

China bans Ramadan fasting in East Turkestan

China bans Ramadan fasting in East Turkestan World Bulletin / News Desk Authorities in China’s East Turkestan (Xinjiang) province have officially banned students and teachers from engaging in the Islamic Ramadan fast, in yet another curb on religious freedoms against […]

A Muslim American journalist explains how she became the story at a Texas GOP event

A Muslim American journalist explains how she became the story at a Texas GOP event The frustration kept me awake the first time I read the comment. It is difficult to understand how, in a land that each year honors […]

Le Pen and Wilders fail to form anti-EU bloc

Le Pen and Wilders fail to form anti-EU bloc France’s far-right National Front (FN) has failed to form an alliance with the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders, reducing both parties’ influence in the European Parliament. Pan-European party blocs […]

Buddhist Monks Who Are Speaking Out Against the Extremist Bodu Bala Sena Are Being Beaten

Buddhist Monks Who Are Speaking Out Against the Extremist Bodu Bala Sena Are Being Beaten The same Buddhist leader whose interfaith meeting with Muslims was violently disrupted by the BBS in April of this year has been attacked, beaten, stripped naked and […]

Police Called to Hate Event at Minnesota School After ‘Mob’ Harasses Muslim Woman

(via. Loonwatch) For more on Usama Dakdok, see our previous articles that detail just how violent and hateful this man, a pal of Robert Spencer and Geller is: Meet Robert Spencer’s Fellow Christian Extremist: “Usama Dakdok” Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer’s Ally […]

Georgia GOP candidate Jody Hice: Muslims not protected by the First Amendment

Georgia GOP candidate Jody Hice: Muslims not protected by the First Amendment A Republican candidate seeking to represent Georgia’s 10th U.S. House district believes that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty does not apply to followers of Islam. “Although […]

Judge approves BZA mosque cemetery

Judge approves BZA mosque cemetery By: SAM STOCKARD, Post Contributor A Davidson County judge Thursday upheld a decision by the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals allowing burials at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro site. Senior Judge Paul Summers, who […]

“Triumph of the Will”: Narendra Modi, the RSS and the “Big Lie” propaganda technique

“Triumph of the Will”: Narendra Modi, the RSS and the “Big Lie” propaganda technique Original guest article By Jai Singh Previous articles in this series: “Narendra Modi and the rise of India’s neo-fascist Far-Right”, and “Nazism and Narendra Modi: The […]

Hijab ban threatens basketball phenom

Hijab ban threatens basketball phenom MEMPHIS – A basketball phenomenon, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has always dreamed of a flourishing future as a professional basketball player who has reserved the title of the best player in the state during her high school […]

Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel

Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings to draw attention to the Benghazi controversy. But this one took an unexpected turn. What […]

Heritage Hosts Birthers, Islamophobes For Benghazi “Accountability” Panel

Heritage Hosts Birthers, Islamophobes For Benghazi “Accountability” Panel (Media Matters) A coalition of Islamophobes, birthers, and conspiracy theorists led by a prominent supporter of impeaching President Obama will assemble at the Heritage Foundation this afternoon to discuss the September 2012 […]

Why Does the Media Describe Dennis Ronald Marx As A “Shooter” And Not A “Homegrown Terrorist”?

Why Does the Media Describe Dennis Ronald Marx As A “Shooter” And Not A “Homegrown Terrorist”? By Mooneye In the US, mass shootings and violence are just a part of our culture and accepted as our daily, living reality. Stories […]

Md. faith groups to protest anti-Muslim Metro bus ads

Md. faith groups to protest anti-Muslim Metro bus ads ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – Members of Montgomery County faith groups plan to protest anti-Islamic Metro bus ads Monday in Rockville. The Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) – which includes […]

Man with sword stopped by stun gun outside Islamic centre

Police arrested a 47-year-old man early Tuesday morning who was caught trying to vandalizing a Rosemont Islamic community centre. It’s the fifth time since April that same mosque has been targeted.

Saudi Muslims Fine Bikini-Clad Italians $3500? Nope: It’s a Hoax

by Nathan Lean, NathanLean.com

One week ago, the Internet was abuzz over reports that Saudi Arabia fined three Italian tourists $3500 for wearing bikinis in the presence of Muslims.

Johanna Neumann, Holocaust Survivor, Tells Story Of Being Saved By A Muslim Family In Albania

Johanna Neumann was nine years old when her family escaped from Nazi Germany to seek refuge in Albania. They spent six years there and survived the war thanks to a number of Muslim families who sheltered them along the way.

State of Oklahoma owes $303,333 in plaintiffs’ legal fees over Sharia law case

by Rick Green

Oklahoma will have to pay $303,333 in legal fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys who brought lawsuit against Sharia law ballot measure.

Knowledge as Politics by Other Means: An Interview with Wael Hallaq (Part One)

An important interview series at Jadaliyya with one of the leading scholars in Islamic studies, Wael Hallaq. Discussions on the inability or lack of interest of Western and Islamic scholars to confront one another in dialogue and the uncritical adoption of hegemonic Western liberalist discourse.

US Colonel Donald Macgregor: “We bombed Iraq on a scale of the second World War, off and on for ten years”

The United States has still not confronted the imperialist mass murder and mayhem she caused and inflicted on the once prosperous nation of Iraq.

The New Face of India

In A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth writes with affection of a placid India‘s first general election in 1951, and the egalitarian spirit it momentarily bestowed on an electorate deeply riven by class and caste: “the great washed and unwashed public, sceptical and gullible”, but all “endowed with universal adult suffrage”.

National newspaper is prejudiced and skewing halal debate, says MP

MP Yasmin Qureshi has accused national newspapers of prejudice in the debate over the ethics of halal and kosher meat. The MP for Bolton South East spoke in parliament over the practice of slaughtering meat in line with Islamic law.

‘Stop the Islamization of America’ is disparaging and can’t be trademarked, Federal Circuit says

By Debra Cassens Weiss

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has refused a trademark for the phrase “Stop the Islamization of America” because it is disparaging to Muslims.

Washington DC: Geller is back with another anti-Islam Metro ad

In 2012, anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative funded ads throughout the Metro system with a quote from the Quran next to a photo of the burning Twin Towers. Ads that cost Metro $35,000 over a failed effort to block them.

Muslim mayor of Paris, Texas, calls it quits — for now

Paris is about to lose its first Muslim mayor. Dr. Arjumand Hashmi, a prominent cardiologist selected by his Paris City Council peers to be mayor in 2011, confirmed Wednesday that he won’t seek the mayor’s post next Monday.

Jewish, Muslim schools bridge faiths through learning

When she lived near Israel, in the predominantly Muslim country of Jordan, Katie Al-Akhras observed that much of the conflict between people of Islamic and Jewish faiths resulted from divisions “bred” into children of both faiths.

Race row erupts after Brent UKIP candidate slates Muslims in ranting email

Heino Vockrodt, who is standing for the Dudden Hill seat on May 22, accused Muslims of grooming sex slaves, compared a Willesden road to war torn Helmand Province and claimed Islam was an ideology not a religion.

Sniffing Out the Islamophobes in Pew Polling Data

By JustStoppingBy

By comparing results from two survey questions, we can get a much more refined view of the prevalence of Islamophobia in different demographic groups.

Call for ‘Muzzer blood’ to be spilled over plan to rebuild Farnworth mosque

Earlier this month Bolton Council’s planning committee unanimously approved plans by the Sughra Masjid to demolish their existing one-storey place of worship, which has occupied the site since 1987, and replace it with a three-storey building.

Ben White: Let’s Be Honest About Britain’s Islamophobia

It’s happening again. It never really goes away, but, for different reasons, it tends to come in periodic bursts.

What am I talking about? Britain’s latest frenzy of Islamophobic incitement.

5 Myths About Sharia Law

The problem with discussing Sharia law in the U.S is that very few people seem to know what they are talking about, as Dr. Sherman Jackson, one of the foremost experts on Islamic law in the U.S., points out. Myths about “creeping Sharia” and the take-over of Islamic law abound.

The random Muslim scare story generator: separating fact from fiction

The Niqab, by Nesrine Malik, TheGuardian

Halal meat is on every menu; sharia law is taking over; the niqab is undermining the nation. Ever noticed how often the same old stories keep appearing about Muslims in Britain? Here’s the truth about these and other media myths

Police investigate far-right ‘invasions’ of Bradford and Glasgow mosques

Helen Pidd, northern editor, and Declan Lloyd

Police in Bradford and Scotland have launched an investigation after a group of uniformed far-right activists visited mosques over the weekend.

5 things Bill Maher Got Wrong In Latest Islam Rant

Omar Baddar

As a liberal agnostic, I might better enjoy my time critiquing religion with fellow skeptics. But when skeptics single out a particular faith or group for unfair demonization, I do feel compelled to respond.

NYPD’s new spying outrage: Innocent Muslims treated worse than guilty bankers

MARCY WHEELER

When “Arabic-sounding” names are automatically suspicious — but financial crimes are ignored — here’s the result

‘No Trojan Horse extremism links’ Birmingham teachers hear

By Phil Mackie BBC News

But they have found “significant grievances” about governance and leadership, some on a large scale.Officials were secretly recorded at a meeting with governors and teachers on Wednesday and a copy sent to the BBC.

An Open Letter to Bill Maher From a Muslim American

By Rabia Chaudry (TIME)

Hey there, Bill. You hate religion. You particularly hate Islam. We get it. Your liberal bigotry against Muslims and Islam is no secret.

Settlers desecrate West Bank mosque

A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council on Sunday denounced the desecration of a West Bank mosque by scores of Jewish settlers. “Tens of settlers broke into the Mosque of Prophet Yunus in the town of Halhul in the south of the occupied West Bank in the early hours of Sunday and defiled it,” Mariam Saleh told Anadolu Agency.

Graffiti attack on Pont-de-Beauvoisin mosque

The Comité 15 Mars et Libertés reports that a mosque in Pont-de-Beauvois, in Isère in eastern France, has been targeted in a graffiti attack by fascists. Swastikas were sprayed on the wall, along with the slogans “Death to Algeria”, “Fuck the Arabs” and “Vive la France”.

Fascists desecrate Meximieux mosque

The Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France reports that the Islamic Cultural Centre at Meximieux in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France has been defaced by fascists. A swastika and a Celtic cross were sprayed on the front of the building.

Jordanian Man Killed His Daughter For Converting to Islam

Don’t expect to see this in an “Honor diaries” near you. May this woman and all victims of so-called “honor killings” rest in peace. If the father who crushed his daughter’s skull had been Muslim, you can be sure that this would all over US and Euro media outlets.

Prague: Hundreds of Muslims protest police mosque raid

About 300 men and several dozen women prayed, listened to speeches and made religious chants in a show of defiance against what a community leader described as an “entirely inappropriate” raid by officials.

New Mexico television interview with local Muslim captures passerby’s ‘Taliban’ insult

An Albuquerque Republican hoping to unseat a Democratic incumbent is unsettling many — but not all — potential voters with his anti-Islamic social media posts.

“Jews News” Spreads False Story About Lynched Mutilated Corpse

A certain Theodore Shoebat (Walid “fake ex-terrorist” Shoebat?), writing for “Jews News,” an Israeli website with over one million Facebook followers, has posted a false story that claims Muslim villagers in Dalga, Egypt tortured, lynched and mutilated a Christian man.

Tory activist: ‘Every single Muslim should be expelled’

Stephen Lees, a long-term Conservative activist, has tweeted that all Muslims should be expelled from Britain, and all mosques demolished. His Tweet came a few minutes after he tweeted a link to a Telegraph article entitled “Head teachers raise ‘serious concerns’ over Islamic school take-over”.

Report says Internet hate speech can lead to acts of violence

Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a report released Tuesday (May 6) by Muslim Advocates, a legal and advocacy group in San Francisco.

2014 GOP gov’s race getting uglier: Donnelly website charges Kashkari supports Shariah law

Tim Donnelly’s Facebook post highlights a story by an author who has been called “the anti-Muslim movement’s most paranoid propagandist” and claims Republican Neel Kashkari “supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code…”

Unless You Called Lord’s Resistance Army “Christianist” Stop Calling Boko Haram “Islamist”

The kidnappings by the shadowy group known as Boko Haram of 300 school girls in Nigeria has sparked outrage worldwide. In the plethora of global horrors that we are confronted with daily this register’s particularly close to home.

‘People grab our veils, call us terrorists and want us dead’: What it’s really like to be a Muslim woman in Britain

“It is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist I have heard it all,” Zab Mustefa, a British Muslim journalist, who specialises in women’s rights and culture, tells me.

Florida Senate OKs bill banning use of foreign law in family court cases

Will Florida join Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee in banning the use of foreign law? Alan Hays has pushed various versions but finally the senate has approved his polished proposal (SB-386). When will it be up for debate in the House is still not clear.

Farage dissociates himself from Harry Perry, but why no action against Magnus Nielsen?

It would appear that the UK Independence Party may be about to suspend Harry Perry, the party’s candidate for Stockport Council whose offensive tweets and support for the English Defence League were exposed last week.

5 Facts Islamophobia Deniers Just Don’t Get

by Qasim Rashid

In a recent piece, new atheist Ali Rizvi argues “The phobia of being called “Islamophobic” is on the rise — and it’s becoming much more rampant, powerful and dangerous than Islamophobia itself.”

“The True American”: The hate-crime victim who pleaded for his attacker’s life

On Sept. 21, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, was working in a gas station minimart in Dallas when a burly man with tattoo-covered arms walked up to the counter and pulled out a shotgun.

Army deployed in Assam after 31 Muslims killed

(Reuters) – India deployed troops in Assam on Saturday after 31 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by tribal militants who resent the presence of immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Neo-Nazis spark first church alarm since WWII

“We chose to ring the bells because we think it’s a threat to our open society when our streets play host to messages that do not respect every person’s value and dignity,” Swedish Church (Svenska Kyrkan) priest Fredrik Hollertz told The Local on Friday.

Norway Survey Looks At Attitudes Towards Minorities

A Norwegian survey commissioned by the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice was undertaken by the Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities.

Alabama’s chief justice: First Amendment only protects Christians

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

“You Might Get Hit by a Car”: On Secret Tape, FBI Threatens American Muslim Refusing To Be Informant

New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named named Naji Mansour who was living in Kenya.

Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs are targets of violence: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that even today a number of people from the South Asian origin — particularly those from Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities — are becoming victims of hate crimes in America.

James Inhofe Opines On How Obama ‘Suppresses Our Judeo-Christian Values’

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) all but accused President Barack Obama Wednesday of promoting Islam while “suppressing our Judeo-Christian values.” The senior senator from Oklahoma held forth on the Senate floor on the greatness of George Washington, marking the 225th anniversary of the first president’s inaugural address.

Israeli forces demolish West Bank mosque as peace talks deadline passes

BY ALI SAWAFTA

(Reuters) – Israeli forces demolished several structures, including a mosque, in a Palestinian village on Tuesday, the day a deadline for a deal in now-frozen peace talks expired.

Christian Zionist Baroness Cox Tells Israeli Audience, ‘Islam is using the freedoms of democracy to destroy it’

“You might wonder what Cox is doing in Israel. The answer is that she is a fervent proponent of Christian Zionism, and a member – along with Daniel Pipes – of the presidium of the Jerusalem Summit.”

UKIP candidate compares Islam to Nazism

Posted on April 27, 2014 by Bob Pitt

A UKIP candidate has defended tweets in which he said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and compared Islam to the Third Reich.

Edinburgh: Security guard ‘found bacon in mosque’

A security guard at the Central Mosque told a court he was left feeling “very bad” after finding bacon had been thrown into the building and placed on the main door handles. Usman Mahmood, 34, said it “hurt my feelings to have this meat in my sacred place” as he gave evidence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

House gives nod to Volusia-inspired textbook review bill

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House, essentially reacting to a months-old protest over the portrayal of Islam in Volusia County school textbooks, passed a bill Monday that would give local school boards, parents and protesters more power over classroom materials.

Florida Senate OKs bill banning use of foreign law in family court cases

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Foreign laws would be banned in Florida courts for certain family-related cases, under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Monday.

Californian Sikh & Muslim Groups to File Complaint Against Boomers! Amusement Park

The complaint alleges violations of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act based on Boomers! unwillingness to permit park attendees wearing religious headgear from riding Go-Karts.

Don a hijab at first ‘Walk with Modesty’ Walkathon

By Aysha Jamali, Press & Guide Newspapers

DEARBORN — Hijab, the religious head-covering worn by many Muslim women, is often seen as a strange, oppressive symbol by those unfamiliar with its significance.

Queens street renamed for Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Muslim police cadet who died helping victims at the World Trade Center on 9/11

Hamdani, born to Muslim parents from Pakistan, was initially the subject of leaks suggesting that he was a possible suspect in the attacks.

Pat Robertson Likens Islam To Nazism, Again

Submitted by Brian Tashman

Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson once again compared Islam to Nazism, telling a viewer that he shouldn’t “turn the other cheek” when it comes to the “rise of Islam.”

Plymouth Islamic education centre hit in £10,000 arson attack

People arrived at the Plymouth Islamic Education Trust centre (Piety) on April 19 to discover “raw sewerage pouring into the street” after a fire damaged the building’s exterior wall and sewage pipes.

BNP’s proposed election broadcast features vile anti-Muslim animation

Vile cartoons of Muslims swilling alcopops and chasing pre-pubescent girls, as well as graphic depictions of Lee Rigby’s murderer, could be broadcast on the BBC and ITV this week, submitted as the BNP’s official party election broadcast.

Fascists allowed to use ‘Remember Lee Rigby’ slogan on Euro-election ballot papers

The Electoral Commission has been forced to make an embarrassing apology after allowing an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Tulsa DA refiles hate crime case in December attack on woman

Tulsa County prosecutors have refiled a state hate-crime case that was dismissed two months ago pending a potential federal prosecution that hasn’t developed.

Nazism and Narendra Modi: The ideological influence on India’s next Prime Minister

Further to the previous detailed Loonwatch article about Narendra Modi and the rise of India’s neo-fascist Far-Right, some more facts have surfaced. Readers may be particularly interested in the following.

Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

By Gabe LaMonica

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she was an elected official.

The Catholic Church Rewrites History And Angers Muslims In Spain

Back in 1984, UNESCO included Spain’s Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba on its World Heritage list. Thirty years later, the site that tourist guides describe as one of Andalusia’s architectural masterpieces — a symbol of the golden age of the Umayyad civilization and of the “concord” between religions — now represents conflict.

Hattiesburg pastors attend services at Islamic Center in act of solidarity after shooting

Two Pine Belt pastors joined worship services at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg on Friday in an act of solidarity and to express condolences for a shooting that took place at the Center in March.

China Offers Rewards for Beard Informants in Muslim-Majority Area

Authorities in western China’s restive, Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are offering rewards to locals who inform on their neighbors for “wearing beards,” government-controlled media reported this week. Islamic liturgy recommends that Muslim men wear beards.

Halal in Havana: Turkey May Be Building Cuba’s First Mosque

For years, Cuba’s Muslims—estimated at just a few thousand—have been a bit, well, unorthodox. Most have favored a flexible version of Islam that’s adjusted to years of living in the pork-loving Communist state. Religious practices like avoiding booze, fasting on Ramadan and getting circumcised are often considered optional for Muslims on the island.

Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam

Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.

The hypocrisy of Tony Blair’s Middle East vision

Tony Blair’s speech this week at Bloomberg in London reveals a growing support for authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. A decade ago, Blair was justifying wars in the Middle East on the grounds that they would launch a democratic revolution and sweep away Arab despots.

Two Peas in A Pod: Tarek Fatah and Robert Spencer

In reply, the UK based journalist Sunny Hundal asked why Tarek Fatah was an “Islamophobia enabler.” A fair question for someone who may be unfamiliar with Fatah. I think however that support for the NYPD surveillance program, teaming up with Zuhdi Jasser and Rep. Peter Kingare evidence enough that Fatah supports Islamophobia.

Right-Wing Radio Host Says She Won’t Go In A Taxi With A Somali Driver

Conservative talk show host Lisa Benson warned on Sunday that Somali refugees control the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and insisted that she will not ride in taxis with Somali drivers out of fears for her safety.

Greece: Athens mosque blocked again by politics

by Furio Morroni) (ANSAmed) – ATHENS -

The saga of the Athens mosque, the realization of which has been delayed for years and seemed a settled issue last November, continues.

Jewish scholar lectures on ‘How Islam Saved the Jews,’ at UAB on April 24

David J. Wasserstein, a professor of Jewish History at Vanderbilt University, will lecture on “How Islam Saved the Jews” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Ergun Caner Loses ‘Fair Use’ Lawsuit In Failed Attempt To Silence Critics

Submitted by Brian Tashman,

Ergun Caner has lost his lawsuit against a blogger who criticized the Religious Right figure as a fraud, with a federal judge ruling last week that Caner’s case had no merit.

NYPD Abandons “Demographic Unit” That Astroturf Muslim Groups Advocated

The NYPD has decided to dump the “Demographic unit” which was responsible for mapping Muslim communities and spying on so-called “hot spots”; mosques and Muslim owned businesses such as restaurants and cafes.

TV Crew Filming Episode on Unsolved Elk Grove Double Murder

by Sam Cohen (Fox40)

An unsolved double murder in Elk Grove three years ago is getting some media attention this week. Parts of Stockton Boulevard near Power Inn Road will be closed to allow a TV show crew to film.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the dangerous anti-Islamic logic of the war on terror

t’s been over a week since students at Brandeis compelled their university to refuse Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree, and the blogosphere is still roiling with grievance. Kirsten Powers laments Islam’s preferential treatment in USA Today.

Shari’a Law event moved from Farragut High School to local church

A Shari’a Law event that some say discriminates against Muslims has been moved from its prior location to a local church. “Act for America” planned to hold that town hall at Farragut High School, but that stirred up some controversy between a UT Muslim group and organizers of the event.

Scholar Speaks on Influence of African American Muslims

Zaheer Ali ’94, scholar and former vice president of the Harvard Islamic Society and the Black Students Association, spoke about the increasing influence of African American Muslims on American culture at a talk at the Barker Center Thursday evening.

Running the Boston Marathon in a Hijab

Like many participants in the Boston Marathon on Monday, Leanne Scorzoni will be running to honor the victims of last year’s bombing. But Scorzoni will also be running in a hijab: she converted to Islam after the attack, and wants her participation to emphasize that Boston’s Muslim community was also hurt by the bombings.

Evict Muslims from Hindu areas: Pravin Togadia

(Times of India)

RAJKOT: wan’s (VHP) president Pravin Togadia sent temperatures soaring in Bhavnagar on Saturday evening with a hate speech that targeted Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.

Hate crime charge in NY attack on Sikh professor

By Associated Press, Published: April 19

NEW YORK — A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor “Osama” and a “terrorist” attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday.

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in C.African Republic

BODA Central African Republic (Reuters) – In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in Central African Republic.

Threat letter to French mosque praises far right

(The Local)

A mosque in the Paris suburbs said on Friday it had filed a complaint with police after slices of pork paté and a threatening letter were stuffed into its mailbox.

Allen West: ‘Radical’ Muslims waging ‘jihad’ in U.S. — by voting and obeying election laws

Former Republican Congressman Allen West (R-FL), who is currently employed as a Fox News contributor, on Thursday warned that Muslims were organizing to “destroy” the United States by exercising their legal right to vote.

Anti-Muslim suspicion in Britain has a whiff of McCarthyism about it

Allegations that 25 schools in Birmingham are at risk of an “Islamic takeover plot” reached new levels of hysteria recently. An announcement was made that a counter-terrorism expert has been drafted in to conduct yet another investigation.

Police nab man who allegedly threatened to kill Muslim teen

Police have arrested the man who allegedly called a 15-year-old Muslim girl “a terrorist” and threatened to kill her on an MTA bus going through Kew Gardens Hills, authorities said. Perry Germano, 50, allegedly blew a fuse when the teen’s bag brushed against him on board the crowded Q88 bus at about 9 a.m. April 7, cops said.

This is What the NYPD’s Failed Muslim Surveillance Program Actually Looked Like

On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York’s Muslim neighborhoods.

Police find no evidence of criminality by Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman, elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London, was accused by the BBC’s Panorama of more than doubling public funding to Bangladeshi and Somali groups from £1.5m to £3.6m in the face of recommendations from council officers. He denied the allegations, saying they had been motivated by racism and Islamophobia.

Latent and manifest Islamophobia: An inception of ideas

Has the Islamophobia industry used fear to lull our intellect to sleep and implant racist ideas about Muslims?

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 movie “Inception” engaged the world of dreams and the complexity around the sources and materials that produce feelings and experiences in the mind.

Q&A with Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito

Q: What made you interested in Islamic-Christian relations?

A: Obviously, I have a strong Christian background. I realized that if we are going to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition, then we should be talking about a Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition — that there is a connection.

Islamophobic Florida Republican Would Legalize Textbook Censorship

by Dean Obeidallah

A state senator who says Muslims threaten America and gays deserve to die of AIDS wants to give more control to local school boards after a hate group asked students to tear out one book’s chapter on Islam.

NYPD stops Muslim surveillance program

The NYPD has disbanded a special unit that was at the center of the controversy surrounding surveillance of the Muslim community and has reassigned its officers, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

‘Google Doodle’ marks 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes

Google is getting philosophical with its latest ‘Doodle’, which today marks the 888th birthday of the Muslim thinker Averroes. The search giant regularly transforms its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates, and on Monday chose a tribute to the philosopher Averroes, who was also known as Ibn Rushd.

Visiting professor discusses history of Islamic law in 15th century al-Andalus

Jocelyn Hendrickson, a history, classics and religious studies professor at the University of Alberta, said the history of the Spanish conquest of al-Andalus in the 15th century includes issues that are still very relevant to Muslims today.

KKK: We Aren’t Hatefilled Terrorists, We Are Peaceful Christians

Just last month the KKK (which has seen an increase in membership) was dropping off leaflets in Virginia on peoples lawns, claiming they aren’t hate-filled terrorists but peaceful Christians.

U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists

On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler” after he was taken into custody.

Neighbors To Fight Mosque Expansion Again

By Ashley Knight

The Islamic center on East Drive in Mobile is tattered and torn. Its president, Shafik Hammami has requested redevelopment, but was turned down last year by city council. And they aren’t the only ones with objections.

Islamic centre under second ‘hate’ attack

(SBS.com)

Operators of Australia’s biggest Islamic centre have appealed for better police protection, after an attack that has caused extensive damage.

Oral Traditions in Islam and Judaism

by JustStoppingBy

One of the sources of Islamophobia and Judeophobia is the selective quoting of religious passages that, either taken out of their literal context or without the context of how they have been interpreted, suggest that the adherents of Islam and Judaism repeat and harbor seemingly harsh views.

NASA’s Tahani Amer: Amazing Muslim American Woman

(NASA)

I have always strived to live by three simple principles: Please God and you will please all. Education is the key to opportunity. Serve others with compassion and kindness.

When Neo-Cons And Liberals Unite: The Case of Anti-Muslim Crusader Ayaan Hirsi Ali

By Garibaldi

For far too long Liberal and Neo-Con supporters of Ayaan Hirsi Ali have either ignored, evaded, denied or flat out refused to acknowledge the existence of her hateful beliefs and agenda.

Shia’ Cleric in Unprecedented Symbolic Gesture to Bahai’s: Calls For Co-existence And An End to Persecution

In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, announced today that he has gifted to the Baha’is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

CoE report confirms concerns about Islamophobia in Denmark

(Today’s Zaman)

The report, published March 24, is based on the examinations of Nils Muiznieks, commissioner for human rights of the CoE, during his visit to Denmark in November of last year.

No One Helped A Muslim Teen When A Man Spat On Her, Called Her A Terrorist: Reports

A man on board a New York City bus allegedly spat on a 15-year-old Muslim girl on Tuesday, pushed her, and called her a “terrorist.” DNAinfo reports police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Canada: Man Charged with Racial Assault on Muslim Teenage girl

What’s up with these violent old White males attacking Muslim female teenagers? Is this part of an effort to liberate them? A Hamilton man is charged with assault after he allegedly yelled racial slurs at a teenage Muslim girl and chased her out of her apartment building.

Police calls on Sri Lanka’s violent BBS but action unlikely

(W3lanka)

Sri Lanka police has summoned the general secretary of the Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero to appear in Slave Island police on April 12th to question him on the incident that took place at Hotel Nippon.

Bagram detainee haunted by ‘mental torture’

(Dawn)

Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence —and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.

Falls police say they are looking for suspects in serious graffiti incident

By Rick Pfeiffer rick.pfeiffer@niagara-gazette.comNiagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls police are investigating a possible hate crime that may be tied to skateboarders.

Brandeis Withdraws Honor for Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Brandeis University on Tuesday canceled its plan to award Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree after campus criticism of the selection of an advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam.

Montreal Islamic centre gets axe thrown through window

Montreal police are investigating a possible hate crime at an east-end Islamic community centre where an axe with an anti-Muslim message written on it was thrown through a window early Tuesday morning.

Morocco Approves UN Convention On Religious Freedom

The Kingdom of Morocco which has a history of religious tolerance has approved the UN Human Rights Council’s draft resolution on religious freedom. According to the below Italian periodical this brings an end to trials of apostasy.

KKK group targets Waynesboro, Staunton

A North Carolina branch of the KKK came to the Valley on Sunday night, recruiting new members. Valley residents woke up Monday morning to see pamphlets covering their vehicles and lining their driveways, calling for people to “Save Our Land [and] Join The Klan.”

The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror – review

By Robin Yassin-Kassab (The Guardian)

Arun Kundnani’s book, vastly more intelligent than the usual “war on terror” verbiage, focuses on the war’s domestic edge in Britain and America.

Pauline Marois loses riding then resigns, as Quebec Liberals hand Parti Québécois a stunning defeat

MONTREAL — She campaigned on a promise to rid the public sector of employees wearing hijabs, but in the end it was Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois who was shown the door by voters Monday — and with a slam.

This Week in the War On Terror: Muslim Lives Still Worth Less

We’ve learned what we all knew and suspected: that the use of torture by our government was far worse than previously revealed. If that is not enough, consider the BS we were expected to swallow by such CIA propagandized Hollywood films as, “Zero Dark Thirty,” that justified the use of torture as leading to “actionable intelligence.”

Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

By Kurt Streeter

Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s laws.

U.S. Islamophobes stand by Wilders as his own party members defect

(Imagine 2050)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders has once again become the subject of controversy after he led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant during a campaign rally last month.

Brandeis Awards Islamophobe Ayan Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree

By Richard Silverstein (Tikkun Olam)

It’s commencement time and universities are proudly announcing who they’ve snagged as honorary degree and commencement speakers.

‘Eat pork or go hungry’: France’s National Front leader tells school canteens to stop offering religious alternatives to Muslim children

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering non-pork alternatives to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France’s secular values.

Tell Fox News Enough is Enough

Tuesday night, Fox News smeared an important member of the Northern Virginia community. This year, I introduced a resolution to recognize the 30th Anniversary of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, which has worked to expand opportunity and help their neighbors build a better future. Fox doesn’t like that the resolution passed.

There’s No Difference Between Bill Maher And Fox News When It Comes To Islam And Muslims

Bill Maher, a self-proclaimed “9/11 Liberal” has a history of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism, claiming falsely that Islam and Muslims are: uniquely more violent than practitioners of other faiths, the Bible is less violent than the Qur’an, there are “too many Mohammads…

The Agenda Behind Honor Diaries

by Roqayah Chamseddine

When reviewing films like Honor Diaries it is imperative we know the figures behind their creation and distribution — from producers and writers to the organizations which sponsored and helped in the shaping of the films.

After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov’t no-fly list

by Joe Silver (arsTechnia)

A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list.

Narendra Modi and the rise of India’s neo-fascist Far-Right: The facts

India’s General Election starts in April, with the results in May. Narendra Modi, the man holding a machete in the picture at the top of this article, is currently predicted to become India’s next Prime Minister.

Airport security tried to yank off Swedish Muslim’s hijab

A Swedish woman wearing a Muslim headscarf claims security staff at a small northern airport tugged on her hijab in public rather than take up her offer to take it off away from prying eyes.

FBI smashes alleged radical-right terror plot in Texas – US media show little interest

FBI agents in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly was plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to kill police officers, rob banks and armored cars, and blow up government buildings and mosques, authorities announced today.

Victoria Jackson says she is fighting for the ‘soul of America’

When a Muslim, Daoud Abudiab, moved in near Victoria Jackson’s suburban neighborhood, she responded with a post on her website titled, “Civilization Jihad, Hits Home (my back yard, literally).”

FoxNews Gins Up ‘Honor Diaries’ Controversy

by RICHARD SILVERSTEIN

The University of Michigan-Dearborn initially agreed to screen the Clarion Project‘s new faux-feminist film, Honor Diaries.

Republican conference objects to anti-Islam label

Heidi Hall, hhall@tennessean.com

There are lots of threats to America and ways to destroy the U.S., and it’s not just one particular kind of enemy who might do it, members of the Tennessee Republican Assembly were told Saturday.

Few Safe Places for Central African Republic’s Muslims

BODA, Central African Republic — There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out were killed, their throats slit or their cars showered with gunfire.

Myanmar 1st census in decades bars minority Muslims from identifying themselves as ‘Rohingya’

YANGON, MYANMAR – Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday for a census that has been widely criticized for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as “Rohingya.”

Robert James Talbot: Texas Patriot Terrorist Said it Was the Will of God to Bomb Federal Buildings

I wonder why we haven’t heard more about this guy and isn’t it curious that he isn’t described as a terrorist? He believed that “stopping the regime with action by bloodshed,” was the “will of God.”

Police Faked Evidence in Shaima Alawadi’s Alleged “Honor Killing”

During a pretrial motion hearing March 25, El Cajon police detective Darren Forster made a startling admission. He testified that he doctored a photograph so it would appear that Kassim Alhimidi was nearby when his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, was brutally murdered in their home on March 21 of 2012.

No NSA reform can fix the American Islamophobic surveillance complex

Better oversight of the sprawling American national security apparatus may finally be coming: President Obama and the House Intelligence Committee unveiled plans this week to reduce bulk collection of telephone records.

‘Jesus is a Muslim’ Billboards Stir Local Minister to Action

COLUMBUS (Rob E. Wells) — A group of billboards set throughout Central Ohio so offended one local minister that he says he’s taking his message to the streets this weekend. Dave Daubenmire, of Pass the Salt Ministries, says he plans to organize a rally.

ACLU claims LA jails violating Muslim inmates’ worship rights

by Rina Palta

Civil liberties advocates are renewing their complaints against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office for what they say are years of discriminating against inmates of Muslim faith.

Fascist group entering mosques and handing out inflammatory literature

A group purporting to be on a ‘Muslim anti-grooming campaign’ are entering mosques and handing out inflammatory literature. In the latest video posted on the Britain First website members of the group can be seen standing inside a mosque in Bolton.

Creeping Sharia law Through the Law Society? No, Just Bad Journalism

By Steven Rose (TellMAMA)

The Telegraph’s alarmist reporting once again puts Sharia law in the spotlight. An utterance of this phrase guarantees a level of indignation in some corners. But in this context, is such indignation justified?

On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (III)

It is obvious that a wind of change has blown across the Arab world, for the good: the toppling of tyrants, the drafting of a new constitution in Tunisia, the emergence of civil society, not always powerful, but which cannot be ignored.

Helsinki clothing store bosses fined over headscarf sacking

Helsinki District court has fined managers at a Helsinki clothing retailer for discriminating against an employee on the basis of religion. They received 20 day-fines for sacking a Muslim worker who was told she should not wear a headscarf.

The return of ‘puppy jihad’

You may remember from last year the laughable story about the Muslim Brotherhood using puppies as weapons by dousing them in petrol, setting them on fire and then throwing them at the Egyptian army. Both Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller reduced themselves to objects of ridicule by taking that nonsense seriously.

Authorities describe killing of man outside Home Depot on Florin Road as racially motivated

Hassan Alawsi’s assailant stalked him in the Home Depot parking lot for about eight minutes – cutting up and down aisles as he followed his victim to his car – before felling him with two gunshots in a racially motivated killing, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives.

Neo-Nazi who plotted to blow up Mersey mosques branded ‘evil’ by judge

Terror suspect Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, planned to explode home-made devices packed with nails and ball-bearings. He downloaded pictures of two mosques near his home and labelled them “targets” before making a string of YouTube posts threatening to “blow them up”.

French airforce sergeant who planned to shoot Muslims has case dismissed

The Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France draws our attention to reports that Christophe Lavigne, a sergeant in the French airforce with far-right links, will not now be prosecuted.

‘Split’ in Geert Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party following racist chant outrage

A speech made by the leader of the Holland’s far-right Freedom Party has caused a rift among its members, according to Dutch media reports. Earlier in the week, Geert Wilders encouraged followers to chant racist slogans against Moroccans.

Bleeding Africa: A Half Century of the Françafrique

by Ilisha

Africa is rich with abundant, untapped natural resources. Yet decades after achieving formal independence from colonial rule, most African countries remain poor and unstable.

Shot Fired During Morning Prayer Service at South Suburban Mosque

The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation after the single shot was discharged through the dome of mosque around 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release on the website.

Anti-Shariah bill returns to the Capitol

James L. Rosica (@jlrosicaTBO) in Tallahassee

It’s back. Lawmakers this year will again review a proposal to ban state judges from considering Shariah law and other foreign legal codes in their decisions. And again, there’s no evidence that judges are using foreign law against Floridians.

MYSTERY MONDAY: Fox News Host Mistakes Jackson Museum Satire for Reality

WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

The President. A Mississippi museum. A satirical article and more news coverage to bring them together.

Murfreesboro mosque hearing gets heated in courthouse hallway

The battle over a cemetery being planned at a Murfreesboro mosque didn’t end when Monday’s hearing did. Afterwards, a heated confrontation erupted in a courthouse hallway involving supporters and opponents.

Texas Lt. Governor Candidates Will Support Anti-Islam Legislation Crafted by Islamophobes

The zingers started flying early. During introductory remarks, Patrick made a quick jab at how Dewhurst travels with a security detail and then introduced the crowd to what he called his own.

Racist slurs scrawled in Arab Jerusalem area

Israeli police have said that vandals have slashed car tyres and sprayed a bus with hate graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighbourhood in Jerusalem, the latest in a series of similar incidents.

ABC cancels controversial pilot Alice of Arabia following backlash

by Rebecca Nicholson, theguardian.com, Monday 24 March 2014 10.33 EDT

Script, about an American girl kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family, had been condemned by Council on American-Islamic Relations

France: Anti-Muslim Vandal Given Suspended Sentence, Fine

The desecration took place in May 2013 in Alsace, Illzach, a town of 15,000 in the suburbs of Mulhouse. Racist tags and a swastika were found on one of the facades of the mosque construction.

Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”

One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.”

Shots fired into Islamic Center of Hattiesburg

Written by, Haskel Burns, American Staff Writer

Hattiesburg police are investigating a Tuesday incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg.

ABC’s ‘Alice in Arabia’ Is Racist

American Muslims have lost control of their narratives both online and in the media. While violent Islamic extremists have grown increasingly adept at using social media to craft their messages – as have anti-Muslim activists – more normative voices from Muslims have been drowned out.

On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (p.II)

Disconnected commentators tend to associate all the problems in the Arab world with Islam, whether in order to explain the lack of democracy, overall poor economic performance, or even the complex status of women’s rights, always promptly manipulated by Islamophobes.

Lawyer: Oregon man fears return after FBI actions

An attorney for an American man who claims he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates at the behest of the U.S. government said Friday that his client is too afraid to try to travel back home.

BBS To Rescue Anti-Muslim Unqualified Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya Principal

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnananasara yesterday defended the actions of Nayana Thakshila Perera who earlier forced two Muslim students to remove their attire which was in accordance with Education Ministry Circulars and Supreme Court orders, and ordered them to worship her.

Rome Mosque Vandalized, Qur’an Burnt

CAIRO – Italian officials have expressed solidarity with the Muslim community after a mosque in the Italian city of Rieti in the Lazio region was damaged by vandals who stormed the mosque, destroyed its properties and burnt the Noble Qur’an.

Fake ex-terrorist is ‘keynote speaker’ at Holocaust March of Remembrance event

Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion reports that a recent luncheon in Houston, which was held to raise awareness of the Third Annual Holocaust March of Remembrance next month and drew over 200 Christian leaders, featured as its keynote speaker none other than Kamal Saleem

Public prosecutor challenged to act on Wilders’ Moroccan comments

Moroccan organisations in the Netherlands said they will make a formal complaint against the public prosecution department if it does not take action over Geert Wilders’s latest anti-Moroccan statements.

New London School Calendar to Recognize Muslim Holidays

An advocacy group is welcoming New London’s recognition of Muslim school holidays in its calendar for the next school year. The calendar lists certain Muslim and Jewish holidays as days when observing students can be excused for absences. It also asks teachers not to schedule tests on those dates.

Viewpoint: Trip to mosque builds bridges, links campus and Kalamazoo Islamic Center community

Farhan Iqbal, Kalamazoo

Islam is the world’s second largest religion and has shown a significant increase over the last decade in many countries, including the United States.

Maajid Nawaz declares that Muslims find respect and tolerance for others reprehensible

Maajid Nawaz sparked heated exchanges with audience members at his first public appearance as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn.

German princess appears in court accused of threatening to kill Muslims and attacking fellow revellers at a posh Scots party

A German princess appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill Muslims and calling police officers paedophiles at a posh Scots bash.

Imran Awan: Why Muslims in Birmingham Feel Like a ‘Suspect’ Community

They also remind me of past incidents which has led to a ‘breakdown’ of relationship between the police and the Muslim community in Birmingham.

Let the fate of Richard Dawkins be a lesson to you all – Twitter brings out the worst in humankind

This time, Dawkins, who prior to becoming a jester of the Twittersphere was apparently a well respected author, used the opportunity of International Women’s Day to blast the “loathsome religion” of Islam.

Swedish Defence League leader jailed

The anti-fascist publication Expo has reported that Kamil Ryba, head of the EDL’s sister organisation the Swedish Defence League, has been sentenced to six months in prison for threatening the staff at GT, the Göteborg edition of the Swedish daily Expressen.

Anti-Muslim bigots freak out when Texas TV station warns of oncoming haboob

By Travis Gettys (RawStory)

Texas television station KCBD kicked up a cloud of anti-Muslim bigotry Tuesday night by sharing an alert from the National Weather Service on its Facebook page.

Crimea, Ukraine: Serbian Chetnik Militias Arrive to Aide Russia

“These chetnicks are still hoping they can start a war with Bosnian Muslims. The fact that they will fight against Tatar Muslims in Ukraine if necessary is an indirect message to Bosnian Muslims. The western media is silent about this terrorist organization. What if Bosnian Muslims went to defend Tatar Muslims? They would be called terrorists.”

PQ candidate steps down after posting anti-Islamic photos

Jean Carriere, who was the PQ candidate for the Montreal riding of Lafontaine, created a social media storm on Wednesday when a Liberal party supporter digging through his Facebook page found a picture of a half-naked woman saying “Fuck Islam.”

15 Important Muslim Women in History

(Ballandalus: Dum vita est spes est)

In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought it would be interesting to introduce people to several names of important Muslim women in history that they may not have encountered before.

Northeastern University SJP chapter suspended as members are subjected to police interrogation

On March 7, members of Northeastern University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) were informed by the school’s Center for Student Involvement that their chapter had been suspended for at least a year.

On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (I)

More than three years ago the Arab world was plunged into turmoil by Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation. The flames from Bouazizi’s act of despair set the region ablaze in revolt; a signal for Tunisians and Arabs in general to take to the streets and let their voices be heard.

Islamophobic hoax exposed

The fact that it has been taken seriously in the news media is a worrying reflection of the extent to which anti-Muslim prejudice in the UK today has destroyed journalists’ capacity for critical thinking when it comes to evaluating spurious Islamophobic propaganda.

Montreal rally unites faiths against ‘secularism’ charter

Speaking to nearly 500 people at the synagogue in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Dowd said he purposely wore his most ostentatious outfit to the multi-faith rally against the Parti Québécois government’s proposed secular charter.

Small Muslim community struggles with ‘terrorist’ rumors

by Andrew Horansky

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas — A small community in Brazoria County has been causing a big stir over rumors that it serves as an Islamic terrorist training camp.

FIU’s Muslim Students Say They Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University’s Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used daily at the Graham Center, the student union on the school’s Modesto Maidique Campus.

Milton Keynes mosque arson: Man charged

A 30-year-old man has been charged with arson and a “racially aggravated” offence after a fire at a mosque in Milton Keynes.Thames Valley Police said a fire was started at the back of the mosque on Manor Road, Bletchley, at about 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Max Blumenthal and Sa’ed Atshan Debate Zionist Islamophobes

Over the years, I have experienced a barrage of attacks from a virtual who’s who of pro-Israel activists and intellectuals. Yet none of my assailants have ever accepted an invitation to engage with me in a public conversation.

Fox News: “The Five” Should Just Put On Their KKK Hoodies Already

This is the Fox News show called “The Five,” known for its racism and hatemongering of various groups. Usually, only Islam and Muslims bring this kind of unified hatred out of the fake, token liberals and conservatives.

From Moses to Moses: Traversing two Maimonides Quotes on Muslims

March 30 marks the birthday of Moses Maimonides. As such, it seemed to be a good time to discuss two of his quotes that have been used in discussions of Islam and Islamophobia in part due to the range of views that seem to be expressed in them by the same author.

Six arrested after firework thrown at Whitley Bay Islamic Centre

A firework has been thrown at an Islamic centre in Tyneside. Around eight people were inside the Whitley Bay Islamic Cultural Centre, on Hillheads Road, and were praying at the time of the attack just before 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

U.N. says west of Central African Republic ‘cleansed’ of Muslims

(Reuters) – Most Muslims have been driven out of the western half of conflict-torn Central African Republic, where thousands of civilians risk of being killed “right before our eyes,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Thursday.

Vile Britain First group visits Lancashire mosque

In the video members of the Britain First group, can be seen driving through a predominantly Asian area of Blackburn in what it states is a “new direct action campaign against the scourge of Muslim paedophile grooming gangs”.

Call for ‘solidarity’ after Stevenage mosque attack

(The Comet)

Salman Lone, from the Stevenage Muslim Community Centre, spoke at a meeting with the police on Friday – three days after a flammable liquid was poured inside the mosque in Vardon Road and set alight.

Der Spiegel Covers Germany’s “Islamophobia Boom”

By Garibaldi

Der Spiegel, a prominent weekly German news magazine has covered the boom in Islamophobia in Germany (h/t: Stürzenbergers “Freiheit” stoppen).

Muslim groups say ERAU guest spews hatred

By Annie Martin, The Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH — A professor known for his controversial views about Islam and terrorism will field questions at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this week.

Islamic Center of Bothell Target of Anti-Muslim Messages

After an escalation of targeted anti-Muslim incidents at the Islamic Center of Bothell (ICOB), located on the second floor of a building on East Riverside Drive, the Bothell Police Department and the FBI have begun an investigation to determine if the events were bias-motivated.

Sikhs, Muslims, Christians meet at Franklin mosque to educate, understand

Written by, Vicki Travis

FRANKLIN — Three groups of three Sikhs, three Muslims and three Christians met Sunday to share their faith and then, like any good gathering, share a meal.

Marine Le Pen calls for strict application of secularism … to defend France’s ‘Christian roots’

Marine Le Pen, whose party is riding a wave of anti-immigration and anti-Muslim voter sentiment around Europe, says it will cut public funds to religious groups in towns where it wins municipal elections this month.

Wilders helps to launch anti-Islam party in Australia

An anti-Islam party based on the hardline views of Dutch politician Geert Wilders plans to field candidates at the next federal election, raising fears among moderate Muslims of a rise in extremism.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents a honest view of Muslim culture

by Zehra Abbas

In keeping with UH’s much-appreciated diversity, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is making an effort to gain a better understanding of Muslim culture.

Civil Rights Groups Protest Closures Of Muslims’ Bank Accts.

By Katie Rucke

A Minneapolis-based bank has been closing the accounts of its customers in the Islamic community for years, but nobody can figure out why.

Anti-Defamation League exploits fear of Muslims to undermine anti-gay bill

by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) can’t quit pushing anti-Muslim bigotry. The latest instance emerged in a peculiar fashion: in opposition to an anti-gay bill in Arizona pushed by religious conservatives.

Crimean Tatars feel pressure from all sides

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ali Aliev was a 9-year-old when German troops occupied Crimea during World War II, and he still remembers the day he and others in his village in the southeastern Sudak region of the peninsula gathered in a schoolyard to wait for their liberators, the returning Soviets.

Conspiracy Theorist Trains Police On ‘Counterterrorism’

By Michael Allen, (Opposing Views)

Culpeper County, Va. deputies and staff members recently received a three-day “counterterrorism” training course from John Guandolo, a former FBI agent.

London Mayor’s Awkward Moment: Remove children from “Islamist radicals”

To his credit, London Mayor Boris Johnson prefaced his anti-Muslim diatribe with a qualifier in an article published by the Telegraph. Johnson said he was glad it was the last time the public would have to hear the perpetrators “pervert the religion of Islam.”

How Stephen Harper divides and conquers our many minorities: Siddiqui

Stephen Harper governs not so much for Canada as for his Conservative party. He used to do it by stealth. Now he does it openly, like the Republicans in Washington who, in fact, are beginning to pull back from their partisan brinkmanship just as he is bulldozing ahead with greater arrogance.

Legoland Cancels “Muslim Family Fun Day” After Threats From Violent Anti-Muslim Groups

The hysteria over “Muslim Family Fun Day” in the UK (h/t: Farhan) sounds very familiar, as a similar anxiety and hysteria was witnessed here in the USA last year when some Muslim groups organized a Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Great America…

New Anti-Sharia Legislation Introduced in Several States

The 2014 legislative year has already seen legislation proposed that would ban the application of Sharia law in state courts. There are currently nine states that have introduced some variation of a bill aiming to block Islamic law.

ADL Traffics in Crude Stereotyping of Muslims

Yesterday, William Saletan of Slate.com published an article (The Muslim Taxi Driver) on how to kill legislation that favors Christian religion and it has to do with prejudice and paranoia against Muslims…

Jewish, Muslim schools unite for random act of kindness

CBC

Two faith-based Richmond schools put cultural differences aside and came together for an annual display of goodwill.

Rohingya Muslim Girl Gang-Raped By Police

RAKHINE – Shocking reports have surfaced about a 16-year-old Rohingya Muslim girl who was gang-raped after being arrested by police after a deadly crackdown on a remote village in Rakhine state which left dozens dead.

Shoebat: America Embracing ‘The Spirit Of Antichrist’ By Ensuring Rights For Gays, Muslims

Walid Shoebat, one of the conservative media’s favorite anti-Muslim commentators, yesterday posted a six-part series arguing that Turkey will emerge during the End Times as an “Antichrist nation” and may soon invade Egypt.

America Is the Land of the Free – Unless You’re Muslim

To most Americans, Thursday was perfectly mundane. The Olympics were drawing to a close, people were still discussing House of Cards, and things were gearing up for the weekend. All of those were things I should have been mulling over, but none of them were.

A Jewish Voice For Philadelphia’s Muslims

Four months after Jacob Bender, a Jewish filmmaker from Manhattan, was appointed to a symbolically landmark position with an American Muslim organization, he says he is serving as an example of interfaith tolerance.

The Jews Are Helping Muslims Take Over The West

By Garibaldi

One often hears Islamophobes in the “counterjihad” movement claiming to be defenders of the “Judeo-Christian” West against the spread of Islam and the enfranchisement of Muslims in Western democracies.

How Mars Became Haram: A Guide to Freaky Fatwa News

An excellent article that discusses the media fascination with fake and often freaky Muslim/fatwa news stories with the recent example of the hoopla over the “Mars fatwa.” (h/t: Mustafa)

Knesset passes bill distinguishing between Muslim and Christian Arabs

The Knesset on Monday approved a controversial law, whose ultimate aim, according to its sponsor, is to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens and to heighten involvement of Christians in Israeli society.

Virginia Police Academy Nixes ‘Advanced Counterterrorism Training’ Taught By Anti-Muslim Activist

BY IAN MILLHISER

On Saturday, the Roanoke Times reported that Sheriff Jenkins plans to move forward with the training regardless of concerns over Guandolo.

Denmark: OK to Rape Animals But Not OK to Have Halal and Kosher Meat

Sheep shagging and other assorted bestiality is legal in Denmark, a country that has recently been marred by controversy over its ban on Halal and Kosher meat slaughter, which is considered “inhumane” by opponents.

A Judge Just Ruled the NYPD Can Legally Monitor Muslims and Infiltrate Mosques

By Jess Remington

In a disturbing ruling Thursday, a federal judge said that it is constitutionally sound to treat Muslim mosques, businesses and student associations as terrorist organizations.

Police arrest man for threatening to stab two Muslim teens

Albuquerque police have arrested a man accused of threatening to stab a couple of teenagers playing basketball, simply because he hated Muslims.

Nilsson Wood is accused of threatening a 15-year-old and his friend with a knife.

Muslim-American Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shares endeavors that preceded his election

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shared his hardships and experiences in his journey to become the first Muslim-American judge in the state of California as part of a presentation hosted by Associated Students Inc. Lobby Corps Monday.

Muslim women’s attire under attack in Sri Lanka

Hate groups in Sri Lanka have made the attire of Muslim women a key target in their onslaught against Muslims. They have used security and the need for uniformity as reasons to attack Muslim female attire such as the hijab, the punjabi attire and the niqab.

Islamophobic Attack On A Veiled Mother in Moselle

The incident occurred in the evening of Tuesday, February 18 around 18:15.The victim, a young mother with her toddler, was violently attacked while returning slowly towards his home after shopping.

Meet Fox’s New Anti-Muslim “National Security Analyst”

The Zionist Clarion Project is funded by Aisha HaTorah, a pro-Occupation, pro-Settler colonization organization that seeks to foment anti-Muslim Islamophobic sentiment against Muslims in the West. They are known for such anti-Muslim screeds as Obsession, Third Jihadand Iranium. (h/t: JD)

Fake Picture of Syrian Girl Being Stoned By Rebels For Having Facebook Account

Another casualty of the Syrian Civil War has been honest and accurate reporting. Much of what is relayed from the civil war torn nation is overt propaganda and evidently biased depending on which side the reporter or news agency is supporting.

Discrimination Olympics: Meddling with Muslims in Sochi

Sochi’s more than 20,000 Muslims helped build the infrastructure and stages for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where Muslim athletes from a range of participating nations will compete within these multi-million-dollar stadia, slopes, and structures, vying for gold and the glory that comes with Olympic victory.

Proposed mosque fuels debate

POCATELLO — A Pocatello hearing officer is expected to make a decision by Tuesday regarding the Islamic Society of Southeastern Idaho’s request for a conditional use permit to establish a mosque on South Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, a public debate on the proposal has been going on for days.

Circassians: Sochi Olympians ‘are skiing on the bones of our ancestors’

“They tried to forget us, as if we never even lived there,” says Circassian architect Abdullah Makhmudovic Berisov. Now 67 years old, Berisov speaks about the pain he feels when thinking of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and how the opening ceremony failed to mention the history of the Circassian people who once called Sochi their capital.

GOP congressman silent while racist Tea Partyer calls for Obama assassination

Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was at a Tea Party event with constituents a few weeks ago when a woman went off about how President Obama needed to be killed.

Virginia county sheriff hosting anti-Muslim training by disgraced conspiracy theorist

The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia is planning to host a three-day training by John Guandolo, a notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist who resigned from the FBI before he could be investigated for misconduct, according to promotional materials.

US religious freedom rep funded by Islamophobes

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the US’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, repeated its request to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to investigate one of its own members, this time for being funded by the same group that backs a notorious Islamophobe.

Quebec halal butchers vandalised and shot at

A halal shop owner in Quebec’s Eastern Townships is blaming the provincial government’s secularism charter for acts of vandalism and violence, including air-rifle shots fired at his window.

Anti-Islamic mob of ‘football fans’ smashes windows of Plovdiv mosque

Hurling paving stones, rocks and fireworks, a large mob of protesters – many of them from football fan clubs – smashed windows of Plovdiv’s historic Dzhumaya Mosque in the centre of Bulgaria’s second city.

French firm bans Muslim headscarves at work

A privately-owned French company claims to have become the first in the country to ban the wearing of Muslim headscarves and other prominent religious symbols at work. But critics say the move, which had the backing of employees, is against the law.

Swiss voters back limit on immigration

Voters in Switzerland narrowly backed a proposal to limit immigration Sunday, in a blow for the government after it had warned that the measure could harm the Swiss economy and relations with the European Union. The decision follows a successful last-minute campaign by nationalist groups that stoked fears of overpopulation and rising numbers of Muslims in the Alpine nation.

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence.

The Fruits of Tunisia’s Uprising: An Extraordinary Constitution

Before the Arab Uprisings a narrative almost as well known as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was indoctrinated into the minds of many US and European citizens; the claim that Arabs and Muslims were inclined to tyranny and dictatorship.

Blois, France: Sunna Mosque Desecrated

Islamophobia . Sunna mosque in the city of Blois (41) was desecrated in the night from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday, February 12. An acronym for the mysterious hour, was tagged on the door of the mosque: “MLE France.”

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

Red Cross doctor in Austria rejects blood donations from Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

A doctor working for the Red Cross in the Austrian city of Linz has caused outrage by criticizing a blood donation campaign by an Islamic charity, claiming that Muslims who come from Muslim countries have bad blood.

How Chiberia Changed Perceptions For A Muslim Woman

By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Leena Suleiman did something we all did this winter: she dressed in layers, including a knit hat and scarf.

Rep. Keith Ellison: Being a Muslim in Congress Has Gotten Better

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was the first Muslim elected to Congress and it’s not always been an easy ride. Monday, on book tour duty for his new tome, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” he spoke at the Center for American Progress about being a member of a religion that’s often treated as the “scapegoat du jour.”

‘I’ll be last Muslim in CAR’

A government minister in the Central African Republic, Gaston Makouzemba, has warned there is a risk of a genocide as communities fight each other on religious and ethnic lines. All communities have been affected by the violence and now many Muslims are fleeing the country, afraid for their lives.

Sikhs Against Sharia (SAS) – Sareeta Webra & Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Sikhs Against Sharia (SAS) are somewhat of an anomaly. They are an informal organisation that largely exists on Facebook, where most members are white nationalists and non-Sikh.

How Muslims helped Ireland during the great famine

by Mehedi Islam

160 years ago, during the Great Famine in Ireland, the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,052,000 today) and 3 shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.

New York Mayor announces academic holidays on Muslim festivals

NEW YORK: The New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has announced plans to implement a policy allowing public schools to be closed for holidays on biggest Muslim festivals including Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr.

When the Quran spoke English

The first Muslim member of Congress assumed office in January 2007. For his swearing-in ceremony, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., chose to pledge on the Quran. The copy he used, specially loaned by the Library of Congress for the occasion, had once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

Another non-terrorist non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use. (I’m not picking on AP– all the other articles on this subject are like this one in this regard.)

Muslims Flee Central African Republic’s Capital

When conflict first broke out in C.A.R. last March, many, especially Islamophobes characterized the Seleka rebels as motivated by religion, when in fact their grievances and motivations were political and economic.

Lega Nord denounces plan for Islamic museum in Venice

The vaunted city of Venice has a rich history of interaction with Muslims and Islam, among its distinctions is the fact that it is home to the first ever printed Quran. Now that Venice wants to possibly build an “Islamic Museum,” the Far-Right Lega Norda is going ballistic, complaining that it is a way to “spread Islam.”

Florida girl attacked after wearing hijab to school

A Florida girl said she has been verbally and physically assaulted because she wears a hijab, or head scarf, to school. Zahrah Habibulla, 14, said she didn’t have problems at school with other children until she started wearing her hijab on Dec. 14. The Polk County teen said she wears the hijab for religious reasons.

Victoria Jackson Files To Run For Tennessee County Commission Seat

I couldn’t pass up on this story. Good ole’ Victoria Jackson is continuing her life-long parody of all things right-wing by being uber-right and confusing all of us as to whether she actually believes in the wacky things she says.

Why Sochi Has No Mosques

The Winter Olympics city has 20,000 Muslim residents. Now they just need a place to worship.

Russian president Vladimir Putin calls Sochi, site of February’s Winter Olympics, “the biggest construction site on the planet,” and for good reason.

Muslim who says she was fired for refusing flu shot sues Children’s Hospital Boston

Eric Convey

A former Children’s Hospital Boston employee who said she was fired because her Islamic beliefs prohibited her from getting a mandatory flu shot sued the hospital today.

Manteca Mosque Vandalized with Graffiti, Raw Bacon

MANTECA-

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the FBI to investigate a recent vandalism at a Manteca mosque as a hate crime.

Ukip MEP says British Muslims should sign charter rejecting violence

(The Guardian)

A Ukip MEP believes that British Muslims should sign a special code of conduct and warns that it was a big mistake for Europe to allow “an explosion of mosques across their land”.

Hamza Yusuf Leads Bay Area Prayer Service for Rain

BY AUDREY WONG

Bay Area Muslims prayed for rain to relieve the drought affecting California on Saturday, at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

Coca-Cola’s multilingual Super Bowl ad is driving Twitter xenophobes crazy

by ELIAS ISQUITH

Coca-Cola’s big Super Bowl ad this year featured a rendition of “America the Beautiful” sung in multiple languages, alongside sweeping images of America’s landscape and its people.

Anti-islamic group moves to stop mosque

Restore Australia, which describes Islam on its website as a “aggressive totalitarian political ideology”, plans to letterbox people in Ballarat to “mobilise people to write to the council” to oppose the building of a mosque at 116 Elsworth Street East in Ballarat.

Film series in Utah explores world of Islamic faith, history and art

By Peggy Fletcher Stack| The Salt Lake Tribune

Despite the fact that Utah is home to a dozen or so mosques and more than 30,000 Muslims, residents of the Beehive State often know little more about Islam than what they see in Hollywood films.

Hijab wearer: ‘I am not oppressed and I am not stupid’

MONTREAL — As a young Muslim woman, Nadia Naqvi wears a traditional head scarf every day. “I made the decision to put this on after the Christmas break when I turned 15,” Naqvi said. “I’m 32 now and I have been wearing a hijab more than half of my life.”

Dr Hatem Bazian: On constitutions, Sharia and Muslim political thought

by Hatem Bazian, AlJazeera

Islam’s calling is an ethical and moral one – not a search for codifying permanent power for Muslims. In the Arab Spring’s aftermath, and the catastrophic divisions and violence in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia…

Judge Orders NYPD To Begin Turning Over Muslim Spying Documents

A federal judge has ordered New York City to begin a process to hand over investigative documents from the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims as part of a long-running lawsuit.

Nathan Lean: Answering Dave Agema’s questions about Muslims

By Nathan Lean, Detroit Free Press guest writer

It has been said that ignorance and prejudice go hand in hand. If anyone can prove that statement true, it’s Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema.

Jennifer Zobair: Muslim American Women Are the New Normal

Most insults aimed at Muslims are far from subtle.

It is easy to recognize the affront, for example, when someone says she is tired of people saying Islam is a religion of peace, or sponsors ads in subway stations implying Muslims are “savages.”

Huntsville seminar: Christian, Hindu, Muslim leaders on ways to pass faith wisdom to children

A Christian, a Muslim and a Hindu walk into a university together. And what happens next, according to community leaders, is no joke – walking together can build a more harmonious, more creative, more inspiring place to live.

Kevin Carroll backs leader of violent racist campaign against Rohingya Muslims

With “Tommy” now safely locked up, beginning an 18-month prison sentence for his part in a £162,000 mortgage fraud, it is perhaps time to turn our attention to Carroll – who, just like Lennon, was presented by Quilliam as a man that had renounced his far-right, anti-Muslim past.

The Week in Death: The First Muslim Female Olympian Snubbed Adolf Hitler

Halet Çambel, who has died aged 97, was an Olympic fencer and the first Muslim woman to compete in the Games; while she failed to take home a medal from the Berlin Olympics in 1936 she won international acclaim by refusing to meet Hitler. Post-war, she became a renowned archaeologist.

Former Navy Seal Ben Smith: Obama Is A Muslim, Drops Quran to the Ground

There’s no doubt former Navy Seal Ben Smith is a loon, his new line of work as a spokesman for the Right-wing propaganda machine, (pays very well) has him traveling the US ranting to Tea Party members with the well-worn shtick: the US is under attack by Communists, Islam, Muslim Brotherhood and AlQaeda.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Muslim Cemetery In Tennessee

By Michael Allen (Opposing Views)

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) recently expressed his “deep” concern about a proposed cemetery for Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Moscow Muslims condemn warning about terrorists in mosques

A group of Moscow muftis is demanding city authorities officially retract a warning about potential suicide bombers’ unusual behavior in mosques and the description of prayer sites as terrorist meeting places.

Fox Fears That Ensuring Religious Freedom In The Military Degrades Core Values

On January 22, the Department of Defense released new instructions on accommodations for religious expression — instructions which they believe will reduce discrimination ”toward those whose religious expressions are less familiar to the command.”

Douglas Murray Dreams of Hook-Nosed Muslims Killing Each Other

Divide and rule has always been a successful strategy, and from the perspective of those who wish to destroy Islam and weaken Muslim-majority states, what could be better than a full-blown sectarian war between Muslims?

Judge tosses suit against Muslim group over speech

ALLEGAN, Mich. — A federal judge has dismissed a conservative Christian advocacy group’s lawsuit against a Muslim rights organization over the cancellation of a speech by an anti-Muslim speaker at a southwestern Michigan school.

U.N.: Dozens of Muslims massacred by Buddhists in Burma

The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Burma, a massacre that has been the vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago.

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson jailed for 18 months for fraud

The English Defence League’s founder and former leader, Tommy Robinson, has been convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison for mortgage fraud, reports the BBC.

Some Jewish Reasons Why Inviting Pamela Geller To Speak Is Not Kosher

Loonwatchers are encouraged to send copies of or links to this letter, or to compose a polite but informative message of their own, when they hear of Geller planning to speak at a synagogue or Jewish organization.

Feds indict Klansman trying to build an anti-Muslim X-ray cannon

Federal prosecutors moved forward with a terrorism case against a purported Klansman who had been soliciting money from Jewish businessmen to build a bizarre — but technologically feasible — X-ray cannon intended to secretly kill Muslims.

Fascists target mosque in Croydon

Among the alliance of far-right groups who organised an anti-mosque protest in Lincoln last Saturday, during which protestors marched through the city chanting “burn the poppy we will burn the mosque”, was the English Volunteer Force.

‘Mad Dog’ the cannibal pictured eating SECOND Muslim in as many weeks

Daily Mail

Shocking photographs have emerged of a cannibal by the name of Mad Dog eating the flesh of a lynched Muslim man for the second time in as many weeks.

Birmingham conservative group not giving up fight against alleged pro-Islamic textbooks

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The Alabama State Board of Education dismissed last week allegations from conservative groups that 11 textbooks on the state’s new list for social studies material are pro-Islamic and diminish Christianity.

MLK’s dream and American legacy adopted by American Muslims

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the nation, and here in North Texas, Americans from all walks of life have taken advantage of the holiday to display their interpretation of the American civil religion, the one of a kind. It is a day of service as well as of commemoration of America’s history in the struggle for establishing justice and human rights.

Possibility of Islamic Cemetery in Danville Causes Controversy

Danville, VA – The possible creation of an Islamic cemetery in Danville is creating a lot of controversy. The Danville Masjid and Islamic Center wants to form a cemetery at the end of Kingoff Drive, next to the Danville Expressway. But some folks are not happy.

Muslim American Communities Lobby For Equal Financial Aid

Immigrant rights groups are trying to convince Washington state Senators to make undocumented students eligible for financial aid.The so-called DREAM Act failed last year in Olympia. Monday, more than 500 members of Washington’s Muslim American community marched at the capitol. It was the fifth annual Muslim Lobby Day.

Charter of Values: Genevieve Caron Scarred For Life By Seeing Muslims Pray in Morocco Mosque

MONTREAL – Genevieve Caron does not believe that the Quebec government is going far enough with its proposed charter of values. She and her husband, Claude Pinault, testified in a personal capacity at the province’s public hearings into the charter on Thursday.

Gunmen attack Muslims fleeing CAR, kill 22, 3 kids

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Attackers armed with machetes and clubs ambushed a convoy of Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Central African Republic, killing 22 people, an aid group said Sunday as the country in a state of bloody anarchy awaits a new interim president.

Yes, Richard Dawkins, a Muslim baby is a Muslim baby. Because that’s just how it works

A few days ago, Richard Dawkins wrote to the Times to complain that they had referred to “Muslim babies”. Because, in his view, a baby isn’t a fully developed human being so it can’t possibly be conscious of being a Muslim.

Ariel “The Butcher of Beirut” Sharon Was A War Criminal

Sharon will go down as one of history’s villains, akin to the likes of Slobadan Milosevic. It was nauseating watching and reading Western mainstream media and political leaders whitewashing former Israeli Prime Minister/war criminal Ariel Sharon’s legacy.

Disturbing YouTube video of Russian thugs burning Quran, beating up Muslims sparks police investigation

(Al-Bawaba)

Moscow police said they are investigating a YouTube video showing football fans burning a Quran and forcing a beaten man to renounce Allah.

Palestinian mosque set on fire in suspected hate crime

Vandals set fire to a mosque early Wednesday morning in the Palestinian village Deir Istiya in the northern West Bank, in a suspected hate crime by Jewish vandals. Light damage was caused to the door of the mosque as the fire did not spread.

Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King to Muslims: “Leave Israel”

The last time we met Aryeh King he was running for Jerusalem city council under the banner ofJudaizing Jerusalem and blatant racism. He is trying to follow up on his promises by telling Muslims to leave Israel.

Jefferson Was the First President Defamed for Mentioning Islam

Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself,” wrote Thomas Jefferson the year before his death. Who did he include among his neighbors in the blueprint for the nation he loved so much?

GOP Senate Candidate Complained of Lack of Muslim Movie Villains

Political correctness is keeping Hollywood from properly stigmatizing Muslims—so said Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel. He issued this complaint during a 2006 episode of Right Side Radio, a syndicated show McDaniel hosted for three years before being elected to the state Senate in 2007.

Jews and Muslims in Charlotte begin a dialogue for understanding

By Erin Ryan, Correspondent

While most of the world focuses on the differences between Islam and Judaism, some people in Charlotte are discussing how the religions are alike.

Church Dialogue on Islam

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – While world events play out around the globe, it can be hard to fully grasp the role that religion plays. One local church is helping people better understand the world around them, but not exclusively through Christianity.

Quebecers campaign against Charter of Values

A Montreal-based group is calling on all Canadians to join them on January 12th and 13th to protest against the Quebec government’s proposed Charter of Values for the province, urging Canadians to join them by wearing a hijab, turban, kippa or crucifix for a day.

AP Covers Militant Sri Lankan Buddhists

International media’s attention has largely been on Myanmar‘s extremist Buddhist movement but Sri Lanka has an equally chauvinistic and extremist movement (Bodu Bela Sena) which has escalated activities over the past several years.

Study: Muslim Bias Still Strong in Calif. Classrooms

New America Media, News Report, Semany Gashaw, Posted: Jan 10, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Pearl Abdo, a mother of seven children in San Jose, lived one of her worst fears: the bullying of her children in school for being Muslim.

Aitazaz Hasan Bangash: Sacrificed His Life to Save the Lives of Others

Aitazaz Hasan Bangash shouldn’t have had to lay down his life for his fellow students as he went to school but he did not flinch when the fateful moment arrived. His courage and strength which would have been of great benefit to his people and nation preserved the lives and limbs of hundreds.

EDL supporter Darren Clifft jailed over Ku Klux Klan video

by Bob Pitt

A racist who admitted posting a video online showing someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume hanging a life-size golliwog doll was this afternoon jailed for one year.

Islamophobia Increases in UK Schools

“There’s so much more of a focus in the news at the moment about immigrants… it’s a real discussion topic and children aren’t immune to the conversations that happen around them,” Sue Minto, head of ChildLine, told The Independent on Wednesday, December 8.

Sweden Dems slammed for ‘Muslim rape’ jab

A top Sweden Democrat defending a racism-accused colleague has claimed the Koran states that “rape is a Muslim form of punishment”. The prime minister quickly joined a choir of critics and said it illustrated the minority party’s us-versus-them rhetoric.

Coalition Whip Legislation to Favor Israeli Christians over Muslims

“They’re not really Arab, let’s turn them into our allies.”

This should go down well with our Christian readers: Coalition Whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) is initiating a series of bills, as well as political maneuvering, to favor Israeli Christian citizens over Muslims.

Steven Emerson Promotes Racism and Islamophobia On His Investigative Project on Terrorism

My question for Steven Emerson: “Are you going to publically renounce Berko’s Islamophobia, anti-Arab prejudice, and blatant inaccuracies?”

Video: Phil Robertson Explains What Will ‘Do the Muslims In’… and ‘The Chinese’

Like his other controversial statements, this is nothing new for Robertson, who explained to an Arkansas congregation, in 2008, what would “do in the Muslims,” as well as “the Chinese,” and that Muslims are “famous for murder.

Man accused of religious hate crime against woman he believes is Muslim

By Rick Couri (News Talk Radio KRMG.com)

The woman was headed to a sandwich shop when the incident began. She pulled in next to Stuart Manning but he became upset when he thought she parked too close to his car.

How Tarek Mehanna Went to Prison for a Thought Crime

African Americans in the heart of Michigan’s auto industry built the mosque I attended as a child. In the tide and tumult of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad inspired them first to join the Nation of Islam, and later Sunni Islam.

Swastikas spray painted on Sweden mosque entrance

World Bulletin / News Desk

An investigation has begun after Nazi Swastika symbols were spray painted on to the entrance of a mosque in Sweden’s capital Stockholm on Thursday.

Christian mob destroys third mosque in Bangu

An angry mob on Friday destroyed a third mosque near Bangui, the violence-wracked capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The destroyed mosque had served a modest Muslim community of about 100 members in Bassekotto, located 7km from Bangui.

Reza Aslan, a Typo, and the Petty Vindictiveness of Robert Spencer

by Ilisha

As we’ve noted before, Robert Spencer seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Reza Aslan. Sadly for Spencer, his interest is not reciprocated.

Nigel Farage has said Britain should offer asylum to Syrians fleeing the bloody civil war in their country – as long as they are Christian

Speaking on BBC Radio 2 on Monday, the Ukip leader appeared to amend his earlier position on allowing in refugees by suggesting it should not apply to Muslims.

Bomb threat to Vancouver mosque

Mounties evacuated gatherers at a North Vancouver mosque Monday evening after police received a call there was a bomb in the building.Officers and a police dog searched the building in the 300-block of Lynn Avenue into the night but have not yet found any trace of explosives, said North Vancouver RCMP Spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong.

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’

By Daniel Howden, (The Guardian)

When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world’s youngest country, one of the first voices to speak out, before the US president or the head of the United Nations, was that of the Hollywood actor George Clooney.

Vendôme: Turkish community targeted with racist and fascist graffiti

Des Dômes Et Des Minarets reports that on Sunday night a number of Muslim-owned buildings in the town of Vendôme, in the Loir-et-Cher department in central France, suffered graffiti attacks.

Yusef Lateef dies at 93; Grammy winner blended jazz, world music

Yusef Lateef, a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who brought the sounds of world music to jazz and became one of the first jazz musicians to convert to the teachings of Islam, has died. He was 93.

Michigan Jews, Muslims volunteering on Christmas

About 1,000 Jewish volunteers from several congregations are expected to join local Muslims Wednesday for Mitzvah Day, the largest single day of volunteering by the local Jewish community. The Michigan Muslim Community Council is coordinating volunteers from its communities.

DF says no to more Danish Muslims

by Peter Stanners

Dansk Folkeparti (DF) will vote against the bi-annual citizenship law that will grant Danish citizenship to around 1,600 individuals later this week because the list contains the names of too many Muslim immigrants.

Nearly Half of Muslim Students in California Schools Have Been Bullied in Some Way: Report

By Matt Coker

Nearly half of California’s Muslim students say they have been subjected to some form of bias-based bullying, according to a first-ever report released Thursday.

Meet the American Hedge Fund Billionaire Who Could Start a ‘Holy War’ in the Middle East

Rising Islamophobia is not merely a spontaneous outgrowth of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An astonishing assortment of billionaires have channeled their resources into spreading fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims. It’s no coincidence that many of the key players are also fanatical Zionists.

Trent Frank Agrees That Obama Is Either A Secret Muslim Or Acting Just Like One

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared at a David Horowitz Freedom Center function last month where he agreed with a co-panelist who said Obama may be a secret Muslim, or is at least acting like one.

EXPOSED: Quilliam leadership directly involved with neocon Douglas Murray’s Henry Jackson Society

By Jai Singh

“STUDENT RIGHTS” AND THE NEOCONSERVATIVE “HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY”

Geert Wilders Embraces Lega Nord, Rambles On About “Inferior Cultures”

The supremacist anti-Muslim ideologue, Geert Wilders, was recently in the news for creating a sticker that mocks the Saudi Arabian flag with the words, “Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a criminal. The Koran is poison.” The fact that Wilders would create this sticker is not exactly news and his target is as usual, European Muslims.

Bradford synagogue saved by city’s Muslims

The roof of the Grade II-listed Moorish building was leaking; there was serious damage to the eastern wall, where the ark held the Torah scrolls; and there was no way the modest subscriptions paid annually by the temple’s 45 members could cover the cost.

Israeli soccer fans burn Qur’an, insult Islam

Al-Aqsa Mosque Director Sheikh Najeh Bakirat has denounced the burning of the holy Quran and insults to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad by Israeli football fans in the northern Israeli city of Sakhnin on Wednesday.

Mercer County Islamic Center targeted by vandals

A local Islamic center has been targeted by vandals. Explicit language, derogatory symbols, and lines have been spray-painted on two exterior walls and the entrance sign of the center, located in Green Valley near U.S. Route 460.

The Attack on Studying History in the South

Islamophobic groups, motivated by a hatred for Islam and a sort of twisted “Judeo-Christian” supremacist belief are targeting social studies programs and the historical approach to studying Islam as a world religion in public schools.

Middlesbrough fans in anti-racism march after allegations supporters ripped up Qu’ran during Birmingham match

Police are investigating claims a minority of away Boro fans ripped up copies of the Qu’ran – the holy text of Islam – during the team’s 2-2 draw at St Andrew’s last week.

Ironically Named ‘Student Rights’ Group Exposed by Actual Students

As Channel 4 reported last week the sudden furore over gender segregation in universities, which eventually saw the Prime Minister call for segregation to be banned even when it is voluntary, was sparked by a report produced by an organisation called ‘Student Rights’.

Robert Spencer Lies About Praising Angola’s “Ban on Islam”

Omar Sacirbey, a journalist for the Religion News Service has a blog post summarizing Islamophobia and Muslim news over the past week in which he gives us a very nice commendation.

Jewish, Muslim volunteers come together to help others

by Roberta Gutwein and Zubaida Ibrahim

Shortly before Christmas 2010, a small group of Jewish and Muslim families made plans to work together to help the needy on Christmas Day.

Alabama Delays Approval of History Texts After Anti-Muslim Groups Complain They Promote Jihad

Alabama’s state board of education delayed an approval vote on 12 middle school history textbooks last week after the anti-Muslim groups Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT! For America claimed that the books promoted Islam over Christianity.

“The Muslim Advisory Council” Thought it Was A Good Idea to Give Ray Kelly an Award

While some groups are giving Ray Kelly this kind of reception at his lectures, the “Muslim Advisory Council” thought it was a good idea to reward the former NYPD chief spy. Many Muslims are appalled by the group’s action with CAIR-NY describing it as a “cheap political stunt.”

Why are Christian Militias never “Christian Extremists”?

The dramatic events in the Central African Republic no doubt seem distant and complex for a North American audience. CAR is geographically as large as France, but with a population of only 4.5 million (similar to Lebanon or Costa Rica). It consists roughly of 25% Muslim, 25% Protestant Christian, 25% Catholic Christian, and 25% adherents of African faiths.

Filipino Muslims Rebuild Church

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) To the surprise of Christian residents in Zamboanga city in Santa Catalina district, their Muslim neighbors have been championing efforts to rebuild a catholic church, carrying carpenters tools, sawing lumber and driving in nails to rebuild the chapel.

Viral post claims Barack Obama has begun a ‘nationwide Muslim outreach program’ for schoolkids

Several readers recently asked us to check a claim that’s been spreading widely through chain emails and on social media — that the Obama administration is pursuing a “nationwide Muslim outreach program for children” in grades K through 12.

Greeks Protest Against Planned Mosque in Athens

By NewsWeekPakistan

Some 700 members and supporters of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn protested in Athens on Saturday against the construction of the capital’s first official mosque.

Saudi top cleric calls suicide bombers ‘criminals’

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti branded suicide bombers as “criminals” who will go to “hell,” Al-Hayat daily reported Thursday. Suicide bombings are “great crimes” and bombers are “criminals who rush themselves to hell by their actions,” Sheikh said during a lecture in Riyadh a few days ago, according to Al-Hayat.

Orit Arfa: Islamophobic Zionist Settler Makes Twerk Video Celebrating Occupation

The last time we ran into Orit Arfa, she and her pal Jessica Felber, were giving an award to anti-Muslim Islamophobic duo Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

U.S Drone Strike on Yemeni Wedding Party Kills 17

By Zaid Ali and Laura King (LA Times)

SANA, Yemen — Anger over the American drone campaign against militants in Yemen swelled Friday with word that most of those killed in a strike a day earlier were civilians in a wedding party.

UK: Islamophobes Manufacture “Gender Segregation” Controversy

by Ilisha

An Islamic society wants to host a university event where–gasp!–men and women are seated separately. Suddenly this minor event is major news in the UK.

The Influence of the Qur’an on Western
 Literature

Robert Irwin is a widely-published author of both fiction and non-fiction works on the Arab world. He taught Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews and also lectured on Arabic and Middle Eastern History at the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford.

Hanukkah 2013 Epilogue: Los Angeles Festival of Lights with Iraqi Muslims

LOS ANGELES, December 9, 2013—Hanukkah 2013 is now in the history books as America shifted its focus to Pearl Harbor Day, the Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Before leaving Hanukkah behind, it is worth commemorating a very special occurrence that made this Hanukkah like no other.

‘Kill him, he’s a f–king Muslim!’

By Josh Saul

A man acquitted of attempted murder after shooting four members of a Borough Park community-watch group in self-defense says his attackers were yelling, “Kill him, he’s a f–king Muslim!”

Edmonton police approve hijab headscarf design for female officers

By Stephanie Dubois

Edmonton police have approved a design for a hijab headscarf for female officers of Muslim faith. The hijab design covers the head and neck, but not the face, according to a press release issued Friday.

Violent assault on imam of Hull Mosque

Details of the assault on Imam Hafiz Salih, 60, have only just emerged. His son Ateeq Salih said his father was driving home last Saturday evening from his daughter’s house next to the Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre when two men and a woman tried to stop his car.

Wilders lectures Pope on Islam

Dutch anti-Muslim racist Geert Wilders has published an open letter to the Pope…Wilders urges, Pope Francis should “defend the West’s Judeo-Christian and humanistic civilization” and “speak the truth about Islam – the largest threat to mankind in this present age”.

Geller: Oppose Resolution Condemning Ethnic Cleansing In Burma

Pamela Geller is telling her fellow anti-Muslim activists to convince Congress to reject a resolution “urging the Government of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and respect internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma.”

Islamophobes Publish Fake Image of “Muslims Throwing Christian Girl From Window”

The image above was posted on the right-wing website, FreePatriot.org, in an article titled “Muslim Mob Justice–15 year old girl thrown from Third Floor window.”

Is Russia Turning Muslim?

by Mark Adomanis (Forbes)

Earlier this week Daniel Pipes had a piece in the Washington Times about Russia’s rapid transformation into a Muslim-dominated society. The piece makes a number of arguments, but its central thesis is the following.

Pamela Geller Indicts Islamophobia Today “Smear Machine” for Ban from UK

The British government tried to cover its tracks. But a new cache of documents Robert Spencer and I have received in our battle to overturn our being banned from Britain reveal that a chief reason why we were banned from the country was because we strongly support Israel…

‘Fox And Friends’ Warns Of YMCA Swim Class For Muslim Girls

A YMCA in St. Paul, Minnesota recently teamed up with the St. Paul Police Department to offer a swim class for Somali-American girls. The class respects the girls’ religious beliefs, and Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported on the need for the program and its success.

‘It’s A Myth That Muslim Rulers Destroyed Thousands Of Temples’

Richard Eaton is the Wikipedia, the Google and, many would argue, the last word on medieval and Islamic history in India. His bibliography is too vast to list, but the vast repertoire includes Islamic History As Global History, The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204 -1760 and Social History of the Deccan, 1300 -1761: Eight Indian Lives.

Thugs bash Muslim schoolgirl wearing hijab in Wantirna South

TEENAGE thugs bashed a young Muslim girl wearing a hijab in what has been described as a racial attack in Wantirna South. The high school student was walking home from Westfield Knox along Stud Rd when she was set upon by a group of teenagers, according to Knox councillor Joe Cossari, who said it was a racial attack.

The Curious Case of “Sheikh” Abdul Palazzi: The Muslim Zionist Hindu Islamophobe

Last November, we posted what turned out to be a very popular article about Abdul Hadi Palazzi’s apparent conversion to Hinduism. For years he enjoyed notoriety for his novel stance on Zionism. Palazzi claimed to be a Muslim and an Islamic scholar.

Ireland: Threatening Hate Letters Sent to Mosques

Notice the messages seem to assume Muslims are not native to Ireland, suggesting they should “go back” to where they came from. Although it is true many Muslims are immigrants, this attitude seems to trace back to the notion Islam is alien–and frightening.

Why the West Fears Islam

Simply dismissing people’s fears and concerns as bigotry is not going to solve the problem. Suppressing expression of these concerns only drives them deeper, and in some cases, fuels anger, hatred, and even violence. Muslims who are on the receiving end of growing resentment also have legitimate concerns.

Swedish Archbishop Abused for Her Tolerance of Islam

She will take up the post next year but has already been the target of abuse by users on xenophobic online forums and Twitter who have slammed Jackelén for her beliefs and even her hairstyle.

Swiss Minaret Ban Politician Embraces Islam

Daniel Streich was a member of then Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in Switzerland. A well-known politician, Streich led the calls for a ban on minarets across Switzerland. He was active in building anti-Muslim sentiments throughout Switzerland. This sustained campaign led to him being given a high ranking position in the Swiss Army.

5-year Anniversary: The Most Successful Christian-Muslim interfaith initiative

Five years ago, A Common Word between Us and You began as an interfaith initiative to strengthen ties between Muslims and Christians. Since that time, more than a hundred scholars and faith leaders have signed the initial letter.

Moscow mayor: No more mosques in my city

MOSCOW — No more mosques will be built in Moscow, despite the huge crowds that swamp the city’s four public mosques on Muslim holidays, because they are mainly used by temporary workers, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has decided.

Golden Dawn, government clash over mosque

Speaking in Parliament Thursday, Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros said that plans to build a place of worship for Greece’s Muslim community were a “provocation” for Greeks, saying that the project should be put to a national referendum.

Robertson: Muslim Neighbor Invited Demonic Presence Into Your Home

Submitted by Brian Tashman on Wednesday

On today’s 700 Club, Pat Robertson defended a viewer who told him that she asked a neighbor who was staying with her to leave her house after finding out he was a Muslim.

Anti-Islam activist Pam Geller says Pope Francis ‘sanctions savagery’

By Eric W. Dolan

Anti-Islam activist and blogger Pamela Geller lashed out at Pope Francis on Tuesday, claiming he condoned violence against Christians.

Islamophobe David Gaubatz ‘Retires,’ But the Lies Remain

By Hesham Hassaballa, Patheos

The infamous Islamophobe David Gaubatz, in announcing his retirement via email to his supporters, admitted what most have suspected: That the majority of anti-Islam groups simply exist to make money.

Study: Muslim job candidates may face discrimination in Republican states

BY NEHA SAHGAL, PEW Research Center

A new study by Carnegie Mellon University found that in the most Republican states in the country, employers may be less likely to interview job candidates whose social networking profiles indicate that the applicants are Muslim.

Firefighters to sue city over anti-Hispanic, anti-Muslim discrimination

Two of the city’s Bravest, Anthony Harper and Rolando Romero, say they were subjected to harsh treatment that included exclusion, slurs and physical assault. They both have filed notices of claim informing the city of their intent to sue for at least $5 million each.

Maajid Nawaz: Bill Maher’s Kind of Muslim

In a previous article I noted that the so-called “counterjihad” is really a confederacy of covetous and ideologically opposed individuals and groups with inflated egos loosely united by hate for, and an irrational fear of, Islam and Muslims.

Gap ad featuring Sikh jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia is vandalized with anti-Muslim slurs

The graffiti also includes a line that reads, ‘Stop driving taxis!’ The vandalized ad was originally found and captured by New York photographer Robert Gerhardt on the downtown platform of the Buhre Avenue 6 train stop in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.

Greenwald: Groups who question his ties to CAIR are helping government erode freedom

Glenn Greenwald, the civil rights attorney and journalist who helped reveal evidence that the U.S. was spying on its citizens and allies, said it’s crucial to safeguard the civil liberties of American Muslims to ensure the rights of all Americans.

Israeli Occupation Forces Set to Destroy West Bank Mosque

Israeli occupation forces have been busy lately in the West Bank city of Nablus. Last week, they demolished a water reservoir serving the Kherbit al-Taweel, southeast of Nablus. Demolition orders have also been issued for a several structures in a park in the village of Burqa.

Mosques defilement angers Belgians

“Despite the shocking nature of the crimes committed, the EMB enjoins Muslims not to respond to the provocation, unless by peaceful and legal means, in accordance with what Islam advocates,” Semsettin Ugurlu, the chairman of the Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB), said in a statement cited by Saphir News.

NYPD Forced To Produce Muslim Surveillance Records

A federal judge ruled on Friday that targets of the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims can probe the department’s files. Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen’s order comes at an early phase of a lawsuit against the NYPD, one of three such ongoing legal efforts.

Muslim benefactor will match contributions to Mormon church’s typhoon relief

An anonymous donor in Utah’s Islamic community will match donations up to $100,000 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

Robert Spencer backs ban on Islam

Spencer’s usual claim is that he is opposed to Islam and those it inspires to violence, not to Muslims as such, and on occasion he will even say that he welcomes attempts by Muslim reformers to reframe their faith in non-violent terms.

Christian militia calls for Obama’s assassination on Facebook

The Christian American Patriots Militia is openly calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama on their Facebook page. The Christian militia calls Obama a “dictator,” and claims the “authority to kill Obama comes from the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution.”

Reports Say Angola Outlawed Islam

“The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice,” Rosa Cruz e Silva, the Angolan Minister of Culture, was quoted by Agence Ecofin on Friday, November 22.

Breaking: Iran, P5+1 Reach Deal on Nuclear Program

A deal at last. An interim deal that still has to be finalized, but nevertheless, this is another setback for warmongers in both Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as hawks who have long occupied Western capitals. The anticipated easing of sanctions which have strangled Iran for far too long is another huge dividend of this agreement.

Loving and Hating Pope Francis

Pop Francis is winning high praise from many Muslims these days: Muslim leader says Pope Francis ‘resonates with the Muslim world’. The president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland offered high praise for Pope Francis, saying the Catholic leader “resonates with the Muslim world,” much like the saint from whom he takes his name.

Syria: The Revolution that Never Was

Even those who are most eager to see the Assad regime deposed are highly skeptical of Western intervention. As we’ve seen many times before, so-called “humanitarian intervention” may very well ensnare Syria in yet another sinister plot cooked up by the imperial powers.

Israel’s Siege of Gaza Is Sadistic and Illegal, Yet US Support Continues

srael’s blockade of Gaza has long been known for it’s cruel results in strangling the population. But two recent happenings – namely Egypt’s destruction of Gaza’s smuggling tunnels and Israel’s decision ratchet up the blockade by blocking construction materials – have made Gaza virtually “uninhabitable,” according to the UN.

Breaking News: Rohingyas’ Shops at Maungdaw Municipal Market on Fire

The resolution called for the government to provide equal access to citizenship, to free political prisoners, and to crackdown on Buddhist violence against the Rohingya and other Muslims in the southeast Asian country.

Muslim passenger shot in face in terrifying Russia subway attack

Warning: some viewers may find the video quite disturbing. Shocking video footage has emerged of a suspected racist or Islamophobic shooting on the Moscow metro as two men armed with handguns attacked another passenger.

English Defence League members jailed over mosque attack

Two men who set fire to a Gloucester mosque were former members of the EDL, a court heard. Clive Michael Ceronne, 37, from Gloucester, and Ashley Henry Juggins, 21, from Cheltenham, had both been on the controversial group’s marches prior to starting the blaze at the Masjid-E-Noor in the city’s Ryecroft Street.

British Muslims should stand up and say it: there is nothing Islamic about child marriage

When I pointed out the prevalence of anti-Semitism and homophobia within British Muslim communities earlier this year, I was accused by some of my co-religionists of “selling out”, of “fuelling Islamophobia”.

Bal Thackeray’s Politics of Hate Haven’t Died With Him

Delhi–The Hindu Hriday Samrat (“Emperor of Hindu Hearts”) of the Shiva Sena has surely perishedbut the divisive politics of regional and religious chauvinism which he bred and propounded for decades will undoubtedly be carried forth by the Shiv Sainiks for years to come.

France: Anti-Muslim Vandalism Again

L’Alsace reports that on Sunday morning graffiti attacking Muslims and French president François Hollande was discovered on the wall of a disused service station on the road between Hirtzbach and Carspach in Haut-Rhin, having been sprayed on the previous night.

Islamophobia comes to Tahiti

We have already covered the backlash against a plan to establish Tahiti’s first mosque, resulting in its closure shortly after opening and death threats directed against its imam, Hishan el-Barkani. Des Dômes Et Des Minarets draws our attention to a 400-strong anti-mosque demonstration that took place last weekend in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia.

Racist Graffiti Found On Islamic Tombstones, Nearby Structures, In Jerusalem

Israeli sources reported Sunday [November 17, 2013] that a number of extremist Israeli youths invaded an Islamic graveyard in occupied Jerusalem, broke tombstones and wrote racist graffiti on tombstones and buildings adjacent to the graveyard.

Hamid Dabashi: Consenting Muslims in America

The scholar recounts his brief detention and interrogation at JFK airport. On the evening of November 13, I flew back from Gwangju, South Korea – where I was invited to participate in Gwangju Biennale – to JFK airport in New York.

VIDEO: Muslims and Jews Vow to Stand Up for Each Other, Build Global Movement of Reconciliation

by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons for Huffpo

There is a widely accepted belief that Muslims and Jews are enemies and will always remain so. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Largest U.S. Muslim Organization Supports LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

In a historic advancement for the LGBT rights movement, the Senate on Thursday approved ENDA, a bill that protects against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tariq Ramadan Gave the George Orwell Lecture

The only “liberals who have lost touch with what the ideas they positively stand for” as Alan Johnson put it are the so-called “9/11 liberals,” including individuals he cited, such as Paul Berman.

EDL ex-leader finally admits real reasons for involvement with Quilliam

It is worth noting that Yaxley-Lennon himself is already on record as giving an interview to the Norwegian media in which he publicly praised Anders Breivik, promoted Breivik’s manifesto, and claimed Breivik’s mass-murdering terrorist attack would have been “easier to justify” if the people killed had been Muslims.

Is it True That Muslims Are Killing 100,000 Christians Every Year?

The discrimination and in some cases persecution of any religious group is no doubt an affront to Islam but many Christian websites and Islamophobic groups are guilty of ratcheting up hostility and fears of Islam and Muslims with dubious stats that not only don’t tell the whole story but skew reality.

Jewish Sufi Dervishes 1922

“Because of its specific association with Sufism and its ensuing identification with Islam, dervishhood is an order comprised almost exclusively of Muslim practitioners. The two Jewish dervishes pictured here in this rare photograph are among the very few who had successfully been integrated into the order without converting to Islam.

Muslim Artists Perform to Break Stereotypes

by Elizabeth Lee

LOS ANGELES — For decades, Arab actors have been successful in Hollywood. Among the most successful are Omar Sharif, Tony Shalhoub, and F. Murray Abraham; the latter won an Academy Award for his role in Mozart.

Critic of Islam accuses partner organizations of financial motives

Dave Gaubatz, author of the book Muslim Mafia, reportedly sent an email to his supporters on Saturday announcing his retirement from his fight “to expose Pure Islam” and explaining his reasons for quitting.

Anti-Muslim License Plate Battle Back In Court

Iraqi War vet, Sean Bujno, who is suing to use the license plates “ICUHAJI,” had his case dismissed for a second time by a circuit court judge. The license plate is deemed offensive and racist towards certain groups, such as Arabs and Muslims. Bujno’s attorney say it a First Amendment issue.

Muslim Employees Fired From DHL For Praying

The total is now up to 24 the number of complaints filed by Muslim employees against DHL Global Mail allegedly for praying at work. Mohamed Maow, fired from DHL Global Mail in Hebron, Kentucky, is the latest person to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Exclusive: The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

by Jacob Hausner

The US military’s “Islam problem” captured news headlines even before Wired.com ‘s 2012 breaking story about a military course teaching soldiers that the USA was at “war with Islam.”

Recent Attack Frets Bulgaria Muslims

SOFIA – In an effort to protect the religious minority, Bulgaria’s police forces have stepped up security in streets nearby Sofia’s Banya Bashi mosque, after a young Muslim was brutally attacked near the landmark mosque. The decision came after anonymous men attacked a 28-year-old man of Turkish origin, beating him up in Sofia on Saturday.

Outsourcing Torture: US Special Forces Watch Afghan Police Brutally Beat Detainee

By Matthieu Aikins (Rolling Stone)

The video was floating around on Afghan social media pages, but has since apparently been removed. The Americans are visible around the one-minute mark.

Muslim Woman Covers the Yellow Star of Her Jewish Neighbor with Her Veil on the Streets of Sarajevo in 1941

The above photo was taken in Sarajevo in 1941, showing a Muslim woman walking with her Jewish neighbor and covering her yellow star with her veil. “The Jewish family was actually staying with the Muslim family after their home was destroyed.

Le Pen to visit Wilders Tuesday, hold joint press conference

The leader of France’s nationalist Front National is meeting Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-Islam party PVV, on Tuesday and the two will hold a joint press conference about their plans for the European elections.

Quebec’s divisive secular charter draws the pushback it deserves

Has it come to this? Municipal employees in upscale Hampstead, in Montreal, have never been known to wear their religious beliefs on their sleeves. But Mayor William Steinberg tells the Montreal Gazette that some want to start sporting banned religious symbols if Bill 60, Quebec’s odious charter of “state secularism,” becomes law.

Dawkins, Bin Laden, and the Little Honey Pot

In the summer of 2011, Rebecca Watson found herself alone in an elevator with a man at an atheist convention. The man propositioned her, and the encounter made her uncomfortable. She decided to use the incident as an example of how not to behave at a public event, where she believed women were entitled to feel safe and comfortable.

Where is the “Muslim World”?

We devote a great deal of our resources to countering the shrill voices of the looniverse. It’s been more than a decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the opportunists who seized upon the horrors of that day in 2001 have arguably reached their zenith and begun their inevitable decline.

Complaint to God and His Reply

Today is Muhammad Iqbal’s 136th birthday, which was celebrated with much revelry and reverence. We are swimming in a very different historical moment. We live in a time when, sadly, “Muslim thinker” will strike many as an oxymoron. Yet Muhammad Iqbal was arguably one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

CNN VIDEO: “Columnist Arsalan Iftikhar Says LAX Airport Shooter is a Terrorist”

Via CNN

Arsalan Iftikhar (senior editor for The Islamic Monthly) speaks with CNN anchor Carol Costello about why LAX airport shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia should be considered a “terrorist”.

Marine Le Pen: France’s Palin Has Been Watching Too Much “Homeland”

The Front National has been enjoying a surge in popularity with a poll suggesting 24% of the French populace backs the fascist party. That may change however after the leader of the FN, Marine Le Pen, remarked that a group of freed French hostages have “astonishing beards” and could have “Stockholm syndrome,” i.e. they may be secret Muslims.

Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City.

Florida Parents Protest Textbook With Chapter About Islam

By Chris Joseph

Parents upset about a history textbook that they say emphasizes Islam more than other religions protested outside Volusia County school district headquarters.

Racist vandals graffiti Queensland mosque

A mosque in Cairns in far north Queensland has been targeted by vandals. The front of the Cairns North mosque was sprayed with large red letters early yesterday, calling for the worshippers to “integrate” or return to their “homelands”.

Thousands join nationalist rally in Moscow

The protest took place on Unity Day, a national holiday established in 2005 to replace commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution. Many demonstrators carried Russian imperial flags. One group displayed a banner reading “Young People Against Tolerance.”

“Homeland” has a Muslim problem

“Homeland” has, or more precisely, has had, a lot to recommend it. The show’s depiction of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and his conflicted feelings about America and its role in the world — and the actions he took against America in the show’s early going — were among the most realistic depictions of the contemporary state of villainy available on TV.

Islamic Center tackles hunger with more than 30,000 meals

By ASHLEY JOST

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri celebrated its 30-year anniversary by challenging members and others in the community to help prepackage 30,000 meals to send to children in need overseas.

CIA, DoD had doctors torture detainees after 9/11

In a new report that makes contextualizes the torturous force-feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers, it has been revealed that under CIA and DoD orders, doctors tortured terror suspects to gain intel after 9/11.

Boris Johnson: I’m the First London Mayor of Muslim Extraction

By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor

Boris Johnson has boasted of being the first Mayor of London of ‘Muslim extraction’ as he sought to attract billions of pounds of Arab money for the capital.

EDL’s Tommy Robinson, Robert Spencer, Quilliam and the BBC

Regular readers will be aware that the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary has banned the American anti-Muslim propagandists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from entering the UK. Spencer and Geller had intended to speak at the English Defence League’s demonstration in London on 29 June 2013.

Céline Dion: Not Only Can’t She Sing But She Also Is A Bigot

Dion says she does so because “foreigners” (all Muslims are by default “foreigners“) need to adapt to “our country” (If you’re a Muslim born in Canada you still aren’t Canadian) that has been so “hospitable” to them.

Saudis Challenge the Driving Ban…Again

The un-elected regime in Saudi Arabia has no authority over the global Muslim community. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the global Muslim community isn’t widely judged by the behavior of the Saudi regime. In fact, the misdeeds of the regime are often trotted out as an indictment of Muslims and Islam as a whole.

10-Year Old Booted From Bus For Speaking Arabic

A new lawsuit filed Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court charges that a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy was called a “terrorist” and banned from boarding a bus when he recited a Muslim prayer in Arabic after losing his MetroCard.

Terrorist Supporter Geller Dreams of Putting “Muslims” to AFDI Inquisition

While I appreciate this article from Imagine2050 exposing Geller and her ilk, my one slight critique would be that they seem to unintentionally buy into the whole narrative of “moderate Muslim” (i.e. good Muslims) vs. bad Muslims.

Turkey breaks another taboo with headscarved deputies in Parliament

Four AK Party deputies, Sevde Bayazıt Kaçar, Gönül Bekin Şahkulubey, Nurcan Dalbudak and Gülay Samancı, announced that they had decided to cover their heads in line with their religious beliefs after performing hajj in Mecca in October.

Propaganda & Ignorance in Reporting on Iran

Critical to the success of ISIS’s efforts and the endless self-promotion of its president, David Albright, are the dutiful stenographers in the media who eagerly promote to large audiences their claims as unchallenged fact, without even a shred of skepticism or hint of journalistic integrity.

Asad Q. Ahmed: Islam’s invented Golden Age

Prof. Asad Q. Ahmed follows his debate with an article in which he further explains his historical analysis and thesis regarding the origin of the “decline narrative” and the reasons for the present state of rational sciences in Muslim majority countries.

Secularists and Christians hold anti-mosque protest in Metz

Following Génération Identitaire’s anti-Muslim stunt in the Lorraine capital of Metz, two other Islamophobic groups held an anti-mosque protest in the city last Saturday. Thankfully, as you can see from the photo, it didn’t attract much of a turnout.

Police release CCTV of man wanted in connection with attempted arson attack on Al-Hira Centre

by Bob Pitt

Footage of a man wanted in connection with an attempted arson attack at a mosque has been released by the police.

Génération Identitaire stages anti-Islam stunt in Lorraine

Des Dômes Et Des Minarets reports on the latest anti-Muslim initiative from the French far-right group Génération Identitaire, who were responsible for a widely publicised occupation of a mosquein Poitiers last year (and presumably also for the anti-Islam banner hung from the same building earlier this month).

Hamza Kashgari Cheats Death by Tweet

Last March, we cross posted the story from Wajahat Ali’s blog: Goat Milk: Death by tweet? How Hamza Kashgari’s fate will shape the face of Islam today. Arrested in February of last year, he spent 20 months in jail facing charges of apostasy and a possible death sentence for an “offensive” Tweet.

The Dangers of Mainstream Islamophobia

By BAYLY WINDER

Several weeks ago, my political science professor asked the class, “What is the biggest problem the U.S. government has with Indonesia?” One student replied, “The Muslim majority.”

Why Did America Kill My Mother? Pakistani Drone Victim Comes To Congress For Answer

WASHINGTON — He thought little of the U.S. drone buzzing over his family’s house one day last year, its incessant sound just one more addition to the rhythm of daily life in northwest Pakistan.

Gold Dinar: An Offa You Can’t Refuse

Barely a century after the life of Muhammad, a gold coin was minted in Anglo-Saxon England, bearing the inscription ‘there is no God but Allah alone’. This series tells the rich, under-told and often surprising story of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, beginning with King Offa of Mercia and this enigmatic gold coin.

Dallas County Sheriff Allows Special Meals For Muslim Inmates

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)

A decision by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to allow Muslim inmates in the Dallas County Jail to receive special meals during Ramadan has sparked controversy.

After vandalism at Islamic Center, prayers carry message of peace

(Delaware Online)

Hours after vandalism was discovered at the Islamic Center of Delaware, the afternoon prayers by religious leaders there carried a message of peace.

Bristol Muslims ‘facing job discrimination’

BBC News

Two undercover white reporters, one a Muslim in traditional dress, traveled across the city to inquire about 40 jobs being advertised in shop windows.

Daily Beast provides anti-Muslim ammunition for former EDL leader

We have already noted the Times‘ misleading report of the assault on US student Francesco Hounye, which tried to link the attack to earlier incidents involving the so-called Muslim patrol, in the absence of any evidence whatsoever to indicate such a connection.

Ted Cruz: Christian Dominionism’s Manchurian Candidate

When Keith Ellison ran for Congress he was incessantly attacked by the Islamophobia industry. For years he was assaulted by hostile Conservative organizations and lobbyists as a “stealth Jihadist.”His victories were viewed as a sign of “creeping Islamization.”

CCIF takes on L’Express

The Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France points out that it was just the latest in a series of shock covers about Islam, and not only inl’Express. It shows a shop window with mannequins with headscarves, accompanied by the headline “Islam, the danger of communalism”, which as the CCIF points out suggests that the mere act of wearing the hijab represents a threat to social cohesion.

GOP Mega Donor Sheldon Adelson Wants To Nuke Iran

TIME

The biggest donor to Republican Party political groups said Tuesday that the United States should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran to spur the country to end its own nuclear program.

Former Anti-Islam Film-Maker, Arnoud Van Doorn, Peforms Hajj After Becoming Muslim

A Dutch politician who once helped produce a film depicting Islam as evil and extreme has performed the Hajj after declaring his conversion to the religion earlier this year.

Jedediah Stout confesses to Arson Attack on Missouri Mosque and Attacks on Planned Parenthood Clinics

When Jedediah Stout, 29, was charged Friday with two arson attempts at the Joplin, Missouri, clinic on October 3 and 4, authorities made no mention of his suspected involvement in an August 6, 2012, blaze that gutted the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque.

Crumbling “Counterjihad”? EDL, SION, SIOA and the Transatlantic Kerfuffle

By Garibaldi

We have noted the unstable nature of the “counter-jihad” fascist movement since the day Loonwatch began. Cracks and fissures between various groups and websites were apparent from the start.

Drone Strikes Killing More Civilians than U.S. Admits, Human Rights Groups Say

Two influential human rights groups say they have freshly documented dozens of civilian deaths in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, contradicting assertions by the Obama administration that such casualties are rare.

BBS – Back On The Road With Anti-Halal Campaign Again

However despite the group’s grand relaunching of its anti-Halal agitation, the campaign is unlikely to make waves until CHOGM is concluded in Colombo in mid November, sources told Colombo Telegraph.

Mohammed Saleem stabbing: Man admits murder and mosque blasts

BBC

Mohammed Saleem was stabbed by Pavlo Lapshyn in Small Heath on 29 April, less than a week after Lapshyn had arrived in the UK.

Muslim students help stock food pantry at Episcopal church

BY ZACHARY REID Richmond Times-Dispatch

Nameera Perwez picked up on her lesson fast, and she was eager to put it in action.

CAIR taps Jewish filmmaker to lead Philadelphia chapter

RNS () — The Council on American-Islamic Relations has hired a Jewish filmmaker and interfaith activist as executive director of the advocacy group’s Philadelphia office. Jacob Bender is the highest ranking non-Muslim in the Washington-based organization, and the first to lead one of its chapters.

Sam Harris slurs Malala: Famed atheist wrongly co-opts teenager’s views

In an era of narcissistic self-obsession, there’s something to be said for the value of self-awareness. This week, atheist philosopher Sam Harris leapt forward to claim Malala Yousafzai as another trophy in his one-man jihad against Muslims and the weak-kneed “Muslim-apologists” he perceives on the left.

NYC schools could close to observe Muslim holidays

After a new mayor takes office in New York City next year, schoolchildren could very well have an additional two days off in observance of Muslim holidays. Both mayoral candidates, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, say they support the idea.

Video: Post reporter sees Christopher Lucki’s hate crime against anti-discrimination official

(Denver Westword Blog)

Christopher Lucki’s moniker definitely doesn’t apply to his current problems with the law.

Moscow’s Large Muslim Community Faces Violence, Suppression

MOSCOW — Moscow is now home to 2 million Muslims – more than any other city in Europe. So when the faithful gathered Tuesday for the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday, tens of thousands of men unrolled their prayer mats on the asphalt of Moscow’s streets. Last year, they prayed outside in rain and snow.

Attacks on Crimean Tatars Are Frequent

Representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars and the Crimean Muftiate (the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea) are shocked by recent attacks on mosques in Crimea and are demanding that the law enforcement agencies take decisive measures to uncover these crimes.

Arson attack on Gdansk Mosque follows halal slaughter Row

The Muslim community in Poland decided to refrain from the Eid Al-Adha tradition this year due to a new law that Muslim and Jewish groups are describing as a violation of their Constitutional rights.

Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

by Assed Baig, Huffpo UK

When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world.

Sahar Aziz: Rural America Would Benefit From More Muslim Families

Days before the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, 40 members of the San Angelo, Texas Tea Party gathered to discuss the purported threat of Muslims in America.

Fox News gaffe helps Muslim cultural museum

A round of applause for “Fox & Friends” host Anna Kooiman. Two weekends ago, she committed the inexcusable error of taking seriously a “story” on the Web site of the National Reporter saying that President Obama had dug into his own pocket to fund the International Museum of Muslim Cultures.

Course Conniption: Ala. Residents Throw Fit Over Arabic Language Classes In Local High School

(Americans United)

One Alabama high school decided this year to offer an Arabic language class in place of a French course, and that has a number of local residents crying: “Sacre bleu!”

In push for Muslim school holiday, some Montgomery students will stay home

On other holidays, the choice has been difficult: Education or faith? But this year, with the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, the Shraim family decided against school. Their teenagers might fall behind in their classes. They might feel torn. But they will stay home to celebrate.

Rallier tells Obama to ‘put the Quran down’

Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus

Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and home-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to scriptural characters and storylines.

Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drones are ‘fueling terrorism’

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls.

Police arrest three men in suspected anti-Muslim hate crime in Kingston

by JILL MAHONEY

Police have arrested three men and are searching for a fourth after several Muslim students in Kingston, Ont., were attacked in what investigators are calling a hate crime.

Turkey Lifts 90 Year-old Ban on Hijab for Public Officials

In a recent reform package that aims at greater democratization in Turkey the headscarf has been legalized for public officials and civil servants. This was a long battle of over 20 years that has seen the extreme secularists lose to the mainstream of Turkish society; hopefully France can become more democratic and follow Turkey’s example.

Crazed EDL supporter jailed after air rifle incident at Muslim home

A crazed English Defence League supporter from Rowley Regis has been jailed for brandishing an air rifle as he shouted racial abuse at a Muslim family’s home. Neighbours of the Muslim family were terrified after seeing Shaun Havelin, aged 28, screaming and shouting racial taunts with the gun whilst wearing an EDL sweater.

Bachmann: Obama Is Supporting Al Qaeda, Proving That We Are In The End Times

Bachmann let her inner-Dominionist go all out in an interview with the extremist radio show Understanding the Times: Obama is an enemy of the USA who supports Al Qaeda. We are in the End Times. Not to worry though…Jesus is coming back because the “fig leaf is on the tree.”

‘Sex Jihad’ and Other Lies: Assad’s Elaborate Disinformation Campaign

Sex sells. And al-Qaida is eager to grab attention. But the combination of the two — sex jihad — is simply irresistible. Scores of young women are reportedly offering themselves to jihadists, according to one of the latest horror news stories coming out of Syria.

Islam, Science and the “Decline” Narrative

How ironic to witness Richard Dawkins pseudo-scientifically prattle on about Muslims and Nobel prizes: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge” he said, undoubtedly with his nose turned up high in the air and a snobbish English accent.

Melona Clark, Hampton University Student, Carries Papers To Prove She Can Wear Hijab

She’s not a tourist visiting a foreign country, but Melona Clark carries her papers with her at all times — to prove she has permission to wear a hijab.

Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths.

Fox Falls For Fake Story About Obama Personally Funding Muslim Museum During Shutdown

Fox & Friends Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally pay for a “museum of Muslim culture” during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.

Salon.com: Our Founding Fathers included Islam

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776


Did Friday’s staff trick Muslim into eating bacon?

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

The popular TGI Friday’s restaurant chain has been accused by a Muslim woman of intentionally putting pieces of bacon in her tea.

Woman Fined For Punching Somali Wearing Burka

(Voice)

A WOMAN has been ordered to pay a total of £355 after being found guilty of punching and racially abusing a Somali woman wearing a burka.

Canadian anti-Muslim sentiment is rising, disturbing new poll reveals

by John Geddes

In the early evening of Sept. 17, before dark, a 17-year-old girl strolled from the Al-Noor Mosque in St. Catharines, Ont., to the plaza across the street.

Surveillance video released in mosque shoe theft

A man was captured on surveillance video stealing a pair of shoes outside a South Florida mosque. The footage shows the man riding his bicycle and practically going shopping for a pair of shoes during Tuesday night’s prayer service at the Pembroke Pines Islamic Center.

Islamic Center: Trespasser makes ‘religiously bigoted’ statements

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A worship center in the Grand Strand filed a trespassing complaint after a man drove into their parking lot and made several insulting statements.

Quebec Muslims facing more abuse since charter proposal, women’s groups say

Women’s groups are reporting a spike in verbal and physical assaults against veiled Muslim women in Quebec since the introduction of the province’s Charter of Values, evidence that the Parti Québécois’s bid to curb religious symbols in some workplaces is inflaming social tensions.

Festival booth sparks outrage in Bartlett

BARTLETT, TN -(WMC-TV) – A booth at a festival for family fun is sparking outrage in Bartlett. Action News 5 received calls about a booth covered with anti-Muslim displays. One caller was too afraid to go on camera, but stated she found the display inappropriate and offensive.

Smashed windows, arson attacks and anti-Muslim threats in Weston-super-Mare

Smashed windows, arson attacks and anti-Muslim threats have left town centre businessmen claiming Weston has a “very big racist problem” and that they are being targeted because of their nationality.

Myanmar Muslims hide amid deadly sectarian clashes

BY KHIN MAUNG WIN

THANDWE, Myanmar (AP) — Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new round of deadly sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region.

Anti-Islam Freedom Party gets over a fifth of the vote in Austrian elections

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party gained over one-fifth of the votes in Sunday’s general election, while the ruling two-party centrist coalition got its worst-ever result. The swing comes amid a Europe-wide surge in support for the far right.

NYPD Muslim spying under new scrutiny in federal court

BY NATASHA LENNARD

Along with the development of the NYPD’s “mini-CIA” after 9/11 came the shift towards constitution-defying preemptive policing.

Row after four MPs wear badges in Dutch parliament featuring neo-Nazi insignia

A row has broken out over four MPs of Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party who wore badges in the Dutch parliament this week featuring a well-known neo-Nazi insignia which has links to the country’s infamous national socialist party of the 1930s.

Pig’s head placed outside mosque in Oslo

It was around 04 o’clock Friday night that a passersby found the pig head outside Central Jamaat-E Ahl-E Sunnat mosque in Oslo. When TV 2 came to the place in the night saw the pig head lying in a trashcan at the mosque, but traces of blood were evident on the stairs at ingangsdøren.

Catholic campus houses Suffolk’s first Islamic school

By BART JONES bart.jones@newsday.com

In classrooms where Catholic girls once studied the Bible and prayed the Our Father, young Muslims now study the Quran and pray in Arabic.

Chicago-Based Racist & Anti-Semite Organizes “Freedom of Speech” Event for Anti-Muslim ACT! For America

Encouraging supporters across the country to “educate” their fellow Americans by entertaining conspiracies about the supposed threat Muslims in America pose to freedom of speech, tomorrow’s events are likely to appeal to extremists of many stripes.

Revealed: American family rescued by hero of attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall

(Telegraph)

Faced with a long afternoon trapped in the house with her five children last Saturday, Katherine Walton decided on a quick excursion – a trip to Nairobi’s popular Westgate Mall.

Hate Crime: 3 Teens Assault Muslim Girl Leaving Mosque

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — A teenage girl roughed up by a trio of girls while walking from the mosque said she always felt safe in the community until now. The 17-year-old received a bump on her head, scrapes and minor injuries to her hands and nose during the confrontation.

Three Terrifying Moments in the History of ‘Allahu Akbar’

John McCain and Lindsey Graham have finally found something they disagree about. Two weeks ago, McCain insisted to Fox & Friends derp-machine Brian Kilmeade that, no, “Allahu Akbar” is not something only terrorists say.

Officials Claim Tunisian Women are Waging a ‘Sexual Jihad’ in Syria, But What’s the Real Story?

By now you have probably already heard of the harem of Tunisian sex-warrior slaves heading to Syria in order to give up their young bodies to the appetites of deprived rebels to fulfill ‘jihad al-Nikkah’ — “Sexual Jihad” — and are coming back to the country with bellies full of Jihadi babies.

Bob Beckel: No New Mosques Until Muslims ‘Denounce ‘ Kenya Mall Attack

HuffingtonPost

Bob Beckel made more anti-Muslim comments on Tuesday’s “The Five” in the wake of the deadly attack on a mall in Kenya.

No, Jesus WASN’T a Pacifist: The Problem with the Muhammad vs. Jesus Comparisons

Throughout his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), professional Islamophobe Robert Spencer misleads the reader by selectively comparing Muhammad to Jesus.

If you haven’t been Detained, you’ve been Deported

The Islamophobia that is alive in this country – from the anti-Muslim legislation to the illegal spying by the NYPD – casts a wide net on Muslims, citizens and non-citizens, similarly to the way it is casted on immigrants.

Dalai Lama to Burmese Monks: ‘Enough Anti-Muslim Violence’

Yangon ( AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Dalai Lama has appealed to Burmese Buddhist Monks asking them to act according to the principles of the Buddha, avoiding violence or targeted attacks against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

Prabhjot Singh, Sikh Columbia Professor, Attacked In Possible Hate Crime

According to a New York Police Department source, Dr. Prabhjot Singh, who is Sikh and wears a turban and a beard, was attacked at 8:15 p.m. while walking along 110th Street near Lennox Avenue in upper Manhattan.

The Menace of Anders Breivik Continues

The menace that is Anders Breivik has not ended with his imprisonment in an IKEA furnished Norwegian jail. The ideology that he embraced, “Counter-Jihad,” continues to inspire misfits, including John Roddy and Tobias Ruth who fancied themselves “Knights Templar” Crusaders.

Norway: PM demands Progress apology for ‘sneak-Islam’

Outgoing Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has challenged Siv Jensen, leader of the anti-immigration Progress Party, to publicly apologise for using the term “sneak-islamization”.

Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States

(Via CAIR National)

CAIR’s report “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States” is now available. The report’s key findings are the following…

Islamic group sues Des Plaines for rejecting planned mosque

The lawsuit filed Monday against Des Plaines and five of its aldermen is the latest to take on a “knee-jerk reaction to something Islamic or Muslim,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago.

Conservative attorney to Obama: ‘Put the Quran down, get up off your knees and come out with your hands up!’

By Travis Gettys, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman has again called for an Egyptian-style coup to remove President Barack Obama from office.

Anti-Muslim Rant On Montreal Bus Suggests Religious Tensions Flaring (VIDEO)

Religious tension in Quebec seems to have boiled over in this video captured on a Montreal city bus.The exclusive clip, obtained by Huffington Post Quebec, was taken Aug. 28. In it, a male passenger angrily tells a woman in a hijab to go back to her own country.

Aaron Alexis: Navy Yard Terrorist

When the criminal is non-Muslim, in this case Alexis was a practicing Buddhist (you know they never commit violence), there is never an assumption or discussion on whether he or she is a “terrorist,” such explanations are reserved for Muslims. Alexis killed as many people as Nidal Hassan.

Miss America 2014 Win Prompts Racist Twitter Backlash, Followed By (Some) Twitter Apologies

by Wells Fargo

Anyone who was watching Twitter as they watched the Miss America 2014 pageant saw a pretty ugly sight as the winner was announced.

Quebec Muslim Badia Senouci told: ‘change your religion’

Woman alleges she and family were verbally assaulted and spit on while shopping. A Muslim woman says she and her family were verbally assaulted, her son was spit on and they were told to “change your religion” while on a recent trip at a Quebec City shopping centre.

Pam Geller Converts Routine FBI Bulletin Into Warning That Scary Muslims Will Blow Up All Our Oil

Paranoid anti-Muslim savior of western civilization Pam Geller must go through a lot of undies, considering her ability to soil them at the slightest hint of MUSLIM JIHAD TERROR.

Nashville rabbi offers Murfreesboro mosque trip invite on Yom Kippur

The rabbi of Nashville’s largest and longest-practicing synagogue used the most holy night of the Jewish year to invite his congregation on an unusual trip.Going to the beleaguered mosque in Murfreesboro, he told them Friday, is part of Yom Kippur’s call to introspection.

Jon Stewart Dumbstruck by Bachmann Egypt Trip: ‘Please Be a Jimmy Kimmel Prank…’

Jon Stewart has seen some crazy political stunts, but Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Louis Gohmert holding a joint press conference in Egypt was just too much for him. Stewart sighed, facepalmed, and begged to the comedy gods, “Please be a Jimmy Kimmel prank…”

Stunned by loss of building, Islamic Center members welcomed to Central Lutheran

By Tesla Rodriquez l tesla.rodriquez@winonadailynews.com

Winona Islamic Center founder Ahmed El-Afandi sat at a table Friday at Central Lutheran Church in Winona, exhausted but not without his voice, which he used to pass praise as far and wide as he could.

Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer Toronto Talk Flagged By Canadian Muslim Leaders

TORONTO – A Canadian Muslim organization is calling on Ottawa to spell out how it decides whether to allow controversial foreign speakers into the country ahead of a planned appearance by two conservative American bloggers.

Pastor Who Claimed He Raped Teenage Boys to Keep Them “Sexually Pure” Will Not Serve Jail Time

I’m always surprised at hypocritical Islamophobes who will not fail to report on whether a Muslim picks his nose but have no time for injustices carried out in the name of their own faith.

Burned pages from Quran found outside Tampa office of CAIR

(WMNF.org) The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa, Hassan Shibly, told WMNF he found burnt pages from the Quran outside the CAIR Tampa office Thursday morning. He later posted a photo of the charred remains on […]

O’Reilly Factor: Jesse “Dirty” Watters vs. Muslims

One of the more ridiculous outcomes of Watters’ jaunt into Muslimville, USA was the conversation O’Reilly and Watters had afterwards in which they claimed that all terrorists (or most) today are Muslims and Christians never commit acts of terror.

Norway’s disturbing lurch to the right

By Alf Gunvald Nilsen (The Guardian)

The results from today’s Norwegian elections are more or less clear: with some 26.8% of the vote, the Conservative party (Høyre) is poised to head Norway’s next coalition government.

Venice speakers denounce Islam at 9/11 ceremony

VENICE – What was billed as a 9/11 memorial service took on elements of an anti-Islamic rally Wednesday, including a lengthy speech by the leader of what has been labeled an anti-Muslim hate group.

Hindutva Inspired Anti-Muslim Violence Rocks Indian State

The anti-Muslim violence that erupted in Uttar Pradesh the past few days was instigated by Hindutva activists who forwarded a video they claimed showed Muslims lynching two Hindu men, in fact the video was from Pakistan and had nothing to do with Hindus. T

Is The NYPD Using Youth Sports To Monitor Muslims And South Asians?

Youth sports, As part of its widespread surveillance of Muslims and Arabs, the New York Police Department has classified entire mosques as terror cells to monitor them, paid informants to “bait” Muslims into crimes, and spied on Muslim student associations at area universities.

Captain America in a turban

I settled on a rock in Central Park, the New York skyline behind me. A glassy new skyscraper neared completion in its stretch toward the skies. I was striking a few poses in my superhero costume when a young boy perched higher on a rock chimed in.

Nathan Lean: Since 9/11, U.S. policy enforces Islamophobia

Opinion by Nathan Lean, special to CNN

(CNN) – The attacks of September 11, 2001, were unthinkable, and are rightfully memorialized with the somber reflection that marks other tragedies of our nation’s past.

No Sign of Morning Glory For Rise Up Australia

According to figures from the Australian Electoral Commission, the party received 38,856 first preference votes, representing 0.37% of the electorate. Of course, the real point of such parties is to gain publicity and to nudge the mainstream parties in a particular direction rather than to win lots of votes…

Headscarf photo ‘ruins job interview chances’, study of German firms shows

In a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies.

Shaker Aamer: Held in a Gulag for Over 11-years

Shaker Aamer left the comfort of England to do charity work in Afghanistan. He went there to help build schools for girls, which should be applauded by Western governments, especially given their incessant harping on the lack of educational opportunities for women and girls in the region.

Burmese Muslims building new mosque in Fort Wayne

By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel

There is a new mosque going up on the south side of Fort Wayne. It’s the first time since the mid-1970s, either inside or outside of Burma that a new Burmese Muslim mosque is being built.

World Net Daily Discovers Foot Jihad – Another “Secret” Muslim Code

by Sheila Musaji

Just when you think that the Islamophobia echo chamber must have run out of possible nonsensical Muslim jihad plots to discover, they come up with something else.

Hani Khan, Ex-Abercrombie Employee, Scores Legal Win After Being Fired For Wearing Hijab

Hani Khan, a former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. who was fired for refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf, listens to a question during a news conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 27, 2011.

Unity Walk celebrates all faiths in remembrance of 9/11

A microphone reverberated with the deep and sonorous Muslim call to prayer shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. “Allaaaaaah — uh — Akbar!” An entire congregation bowed its head in prayer — a Jewish synagogue filled with Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, Mormons, Pentecostals, Greek Orthodox, Baha’i and others.

Anti-Muslim Facebook post has local Wal-Mart employee fired

The screenshot of Wal-Mart employees Facebook post. Photo courtesy of Council on American-Islamic Relations. After a photo was posted with anti-Muslim comments, an employee of the Wal-Mart Supercenter located on Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg was terminated from his position as assistant manager.

Local Muslim Group Finds A Home

Posted by Kaitlin Glanzer

A group of Muslims from West Hartford and the Farmington Valley will take over use of an empty Episcopal Church building in Avon, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

Islamophobe Politicians in Egypt: Praise Egyptian Military’s Crackdown

On July 1st, two days before the coup that deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Juan Cole wrote an article titled, How Egypt’s Michele Bachmann Became President and Plunged the Country Into Chaos. The article detailed the major errors that Morsi made in his one year in office and also drew parallels between his movement and the Tea Party…

Mosque and Church to Co-Host Peace Service

by Ethan Rothstein

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ and the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center of Falls Church will co-host a “Day for World Peace” service this Sunday.

UK: ‘Tory Taliban’ burqa ban bill to be debated in parliament

The Afghan Taliban forced women to wear burqas, and the Tory Taliban wants to force them not to. It seems peculiar to take away women’s freedom to choose their own clothing in the name of granting women greater freedom.

Working Women and Islam

Recently, Aminata Toure became Senegal’s second female Prime Minister, it is unfortunately news that is bound not to make a ripple in the broader media. She is a widely popular figure in Senegal who is best known for her successful anti-corruption campaigns and efficiency.

Catsimatidis: Campaign Commercial Star’s Anti-Muslim Rants ‘Wrong’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — John Catsimatidis says the anti-Muslim rants that reportedly appear on the Facebook page of a retired Port Authority cop featured in one of his TV commercials are wrong, but the Republican mayoral candidate is standing behind the ad’s message.

RUAP candidate warns that Muslims will take over Australia

The controversial Rise Up Australia Party, known for headline-making, anti-Islam and anti-multiculturalism policies, has endorsed Dale Edwards as their candidate for Leichhardt.

Who Will Hold The USA Accountable For Its Use of Modern Napalm in Iraq?

In light of the impending strike on Syria, a blast from the not-so-distant past.

Does anyone remember when the USA lied about using Mark 77 incendiary bombs on Iraq, successors to the napalm used in Vietnam?

Bat Ye’or: Theorist of the ‘counterjihad’ movement

As the author of the Muslim-conspiracy “Eurabia” thesis, Littman has served as a major source of ideological inspiration to the “counterjihad” movement, not least to the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.

Local mosque to open food pantry

The Zubaida Foundation will host the grand opening of its food pantry Saturday in Lower Makefield, organizers said. “The pantry aims to serve the working poor and others who may be homeless,” said Lee Phillips, a spokeswoman for the mosque. “This is part of the mission of Zubaida Foundation to create opportunities for its membership to do hasanaat (good deeds) for the community.”

McCain Slams Fox News: Muslims Thank Allah Like Christians Thank God (VIDEO)

by TOM KLUDT, TPM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pushed back hard Tuesday against a Fox News host who raised concerns over a Syrian rebel’s use of a ubiquitous Islamic phrase.

Vandals splatter mosque in Quebec’s Saguenay, region with possible pig blood

The Canadian Press

CHICOUTIMI, Que. – Police in Quebec’s Saguenay region have been called in after a local mosque was vandalized over the weekend — splattered with what could be pig blood.

Film tackles Islamophobia with humor

Two comedians are tackling the sensitive topic of Islamophobia in the way they know best: laughter. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah are the co-directors of “The Muslims Are Coming!” which tracks a group of Muslim-American stand-ups as they perform across the country and tackle people’s stereotypes.

The Muslims Are Coming: Pamela Geller Discovers Comedy Jihad

by Sheila Musaji

In 2009, Dean Obeidallah wrote The Muslims Are Coming! in which he talked about an early Muslims Are Coming efforts:

Being Arab or Muslim is not probable cause for NYPD spying

by Linda Sarsour

I learned a few days ago that the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division labeled my non-profit organization a “Terrorism Enterprise.”

‘What me, an Islamophobe?’ Stephen Fry replies to critics

Under the headline “Stephen Fry hits back at accusations of Islamophobia”, the Independent on Sunday reported yesterday on the controversy over Stephen Fry’sendorsement of Nick Cohen’s “superb” defence of their fellow atheist Richard Dawkins and his position on Islam.

Anti-Muslim Activist: Republicans Can’t Attack Obama Because ‘The Color Of His Skin Is Black’

At a conservative conference this weekend that drew several GOP presidential hopefuls, one of the speakers told the crowd that Republicans have been too nervous to criticize Obama “because the color of his skin is black.”

Obama is all about ‘universal rights’ – except for Muslims

by Uzma Kolsy (The Guardian)

I was watching President Obama employ his devilish charisma, in routine fashion, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in early August.

NYPD Pulls Headscarves of Muslim Girls at ‘Stop and Frisk’

The Daily News reports that the two Muslim teenage sisters say the NYPD ripped off their hijabs and shoved them to the ground after they were ordered to leave a Bronx park Monday night, at the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven.

The USA-NATO Get Miley Syria(ous) on Bashar al-Assad

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke successfully created a buzz and a backlash by invading our conscience with their bizarre and racialized twerkin’ sketch at the VMA’s. Hoping to once and for all bury her Disney fashioned Hannah Montana persona, Cyrus thought this was a good idea.

NYS Assemblyman Wants New Channel Dropped From Cable Packages

Subscribers to various cable TV packages may have noticed a new channel recently, but a New York State assemblyman wants it removed — and is threatening to boycott the provider.

Islamic Center of Burlington sign vandalized

Burlington residents driving down Lexington Street this morning were faced with an upsetting and unsettling sight. It appears someone vandalized the Islamic Center of Burlington’s sign (that is placed at the mosque’s entrance) overnight with white spray paint.

French girl attempts suicide after ‘veil attack’

(France 24)

A 16-year-old girl, who filed charges against a pair of skinheads for what she said was an Islamophobic attack on August 12, attempted to commit suicide on Monday by jumping from a window in her apartment block.

The right’s bigoted crusade against Al Jazeera America

BY DAVID SIROTA

“The Muslims are coming!” That is the tongue-in-cheek name of a new documentary by Muslim comedians. But it is also the deadly serious shriek echoing through the American right in response to the launch of Al Jazeera America.

North Carolina governor allows anti-Sharia bill to become law

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law.

NYPD Secretly Designated Entire Mosques As Terrorism Organizations

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist mob burns Muslim homes and shops

Fresh sectarian violence struck north-western Burma yesterday when a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob burned down dozens of Muslim homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man, the police said.

At The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston-Area Muslims Reflect On The Quran

NPR Boston

The Bible has inspired countless works of art: paintings, sculptures and murals that transform the text of Christianity into images.

‘Counterjihad’ supporter who launched smoke grenade into mosque is jailed

A man launched a smoke grenade into a mosque and threatened to kill Muslims after he “snapped” following his brother’s death. Geoffrey Ryan, 44, approached the Al-Falah Braintree Islamic Centre, in Silks Way, Braintree, armed with two knives on the evening of May 22.

This Is the NYPD’s Secret Spy Cab

In Enemies Within, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD’s indiscriminate and probably illegal spying program, reference is briefly made to a “real yellow cab, complete with an authentic taxi medallion registered under a fake name” used by the department’s intelligence division to conduct surveillance operations.

Nazi Hardcore Porn DVD Sent to Mosques in Fresh Islamophobic Attack [VIDEO]

By DOMINIC GOVER

Terror police are investigating a DVD featuring Nazi propaganda and hardcore pornography which was sent to mosques and Muslim centres in London and around the UK.

Oklahoma Lawmaker Resorts To Race-Baiting To Defend His Bigoted Law

Last week, federal Judge Vicki Miles LaGrange issued a permanent order striking down an anti-Islamic amendment to the Oklahoma constitution. Moreover, this order followed asimilar decision by a bipartisan panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upholding a temporary block on the same amendment.

Queensland parliamentary candidate in call to ‘eradicate mosques’

Ipswich Muslims have defended their faith in the wake of Rise Up Australia Party candidate Anthony Mackin’s calls to eradicate mosques and ban the burka. Mr Mackin, a bible teacher, is the Blair candidate for a party that has banning the burka as one of its key policies.

ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship

A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday.

Tunisia’s Amina quits Femen, citing Islamophobia

Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist who was detained for nearly three months, said on Tuesday she had left the radical women’s protest group Femen, accusing it of Islamophobia. “I do not want my name to be associated with an Islamophobic organisation,” she told the Maghreb edition of the Huffington Post.

Law used to detain David Miranda frequently targets Muslims

BY IMRAN AWAN

As has been reported, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow airport this weekend, in London under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Terror task-force trainer’s class canceled after group calls him ‘bigot’

A state law-enforcement board and Lombard officials canceled plans for anti-terrorism trainer Sam Kharoba to teach a class Monday after a Muslim advocacy group labeled him a “Muslim bigot” and claimed he would be “promoting hate.”

Swedes don headscarves to support Muslim victim

STOCKHOLM — Scores of Swedish women from various faiths have posted pictures of themselves online wearing hijabs, or traditional Muslim headscarves, to show solidarity with a Muslim woman who was attacked in a Stockholm suburb for wearing one.

The Hindutva Sangh Parivar Groups Inspired Buddhist Boda Bela Sena

“Since the 1980’s, a shadow has darkened India’s polity and threatened the fundamentals of its social and political existence. This is the Hindutva movement, organized, led and driven by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its front organizations – the Sangh Parivar.”

Rios and Gaffney Approve Egypt Massacre, Oppose First Amendment Rights for Muslims

In discussions on Egypt, Rios and Gaffney proudly supported the massacre against Cairo anti-Coup sit-ins (predominantly Muslim Brotherhood) in terms that are downright bloody-thirsty, gleeful and exuberant.

Resurgent Danish People’s Party to Target Muslims

ISLAM and immigration have slipped out of Denmark’s political discourse since the centre-left government led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt came to power two years ago and dismantled the ministry for refugees and immigrants. Now they are back in the news, because the country’s first big purpose-built mosque is soon to open its doors.

Federal judge throws out Oklahoma’s ban on Sharia law

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would bar the state’s courts from considering or using Sharia law was ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a federal judge in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Rudd challenger for Griffith, Sherrilyn Church, proudly opposes Islam and wants mosques banned

A CANDIDATE for the Prime Minister’s seat of Griffith has put outlawing the Islamic faith front and centre of her election campaign, branding it a “religion from hell” and claiming that building mosques in Australia is “high treason”.

I Was Attacked For Wearing A Muslim Veil

Aissetou

This shocking piece was written by a 16 year old girl who lives in the western Parisian suburb of Trappes. It first appeared on HuffPost France. Warning, strong language

Allen West: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Infiltrated’ Obama Administration

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) claimed individuals tied to the Muslim Brotherhood have “infiltrated” President Barack Obama’s administration. “[W]e do have Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups and individuals infiltrated into this current Obama administration,” West wrote on his Facebook page. “This is serious.”

‘Salat Man’ is symbol of resistance for Muslims in Ethiopia

The appeal of non-violence as a means of social transformation is almost universal. Few deny its awesome power when unleashed with discipline. However, in the face of an impeding danger, especially one known to be as brutal as they come, it takes a lot of courage to remain nonviolent.

Ron Johnson Accuses Group Fighting Climate Change Of ‘Environmental Jihad’

By Sabrina Siddiqui

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) coined a new term to describe the push for climate change action: “environmental jihad.”

GOP’s rodeo of racism blows up

Anti-Obama ugliness resurges as birther-in-chief Donald Trump joins top Republicans in Iowa. Coincidence? It’s been quite a week for anti-Obama racism. At the Missouri State Fair Sunday, rodeo fans cheered to see a “clown” in an Obama mask get run down by a bull.

Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque

Buddhists and Muslims clashed after the attack, and police imposed a curfew in the area.

Last month, a group of Buddhist monks had protested near the mosque, demanding it be relocated.

Richard Dawkins Takes Up Islamophobic Narrative about Muslims and Nobel Prizes

Richard Dawkins recently ignited a minor furor by pointing out that “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge”. His defenders rushed to point out that his statement was merely a fact and as such there was nothing bigoted about it whatsoever.

Missouri fair bans clown wearing Obama mask

The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of US President Barack Obama has been widely criticised as disrespectful. In a statement on Monday, fair officials said that the rodeo clown has been barred from ever performing at the fair again.

‘The glass ceiling is incredibly low for Muslim women’

Muneera and Nour went to the Urban Muslim Woman Show, an annual networking event that took place earlier this summer, in order to meet new contacts who might guide them in their careers. Like many Muslim women, they fear their professional identity may be distorted by the hijab and the presumptions people have about it.

Fox News guest: Keith Ellison’s transactional tax could be ‘Sharia creep’

Fox News guest Jonathan Hoenig suggested today that Keith Ellison’s ‘Wall Street transactions tax’ idea could be seen as ‘Sharia creep’ given that Ellison is a practicing Muslim and that, as Hoenig says, Sharia law prohibits trading of derivatives and speculation of any kind.

Mysterious ‘No Muslim Parking’ Signs Appear at Texas Shopping Center

Placards that read, “No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center” were recently posted outside of a local mall. In addition to issuing the faith-based crack-down, the text also pledged to tow anyone who violates the stated rule. The mysterious messages have since been removed.

Pro-Islamic bias? Brevard School Board to discuss textbook

One Brevard School Board member believes a textbook used in many ninth-grade classrooms has a pro-Islamic bias, but the board chair said the book was properly vetted before Brevard Schools adopted it. A third board member wants more information.

France may ban Muslim veil in universities amid ‘escalating tensions’

Momentum is growing in France for a ban on wearing religious symbols in the country’s universities. A new report recommends prohibiting students from wearing religious symbols, such as Christian crucifixes, Jewish Kippah skullcaps and Muslim headscarves.

Mike Huckabee: Muslims Depart Mosques Like ‘Uncorked Animals,’ Throwing Rocks, Burning Cars

Mike Huckabee tore into Islam earlier this week, using a recent terror threat that put United States embassies on high alert to suggest that the Muslims were “uncorked animals,” encouraged to be violent by the religion itself.

When a Jewish Extremist Talks Like a Nazi

File this away under “What if this were a Muslim…?” Shimon Gapso, mayor of the Israeli city of Upper Nazareth, has recently published an article for Ha’aretz in which he lays bare his racist and extremist religious ideology. Gapso implicitly endorses a policy of ethnic cleansing, and defends his statements calling for the “Judaization” of his city.

Lady Gaga Has a Burqa Problem

The Italian-American singer/conceptual fashion embryo has been trying to make “burqa swag” happen for a while by traipsing around in burqa-like garments; now, a track that’s allegedly leaked from her forthcoming album ARTPOP indicates that she’s planning on unleashing her cultural appropriation on the innocent ears of America.

Muslamic Ray Gun Meet “Islam as a Country” Stephanie Banister

Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old mother of two, is facing criminal charges after allegedly placing anti-Muslim stickers, like “Halal food funds terrorism”, on Nestle products in a supermarket. Never mind that though. Ms Banister has bigger problems.

Obama Protesters Sing ‘Bye Bye Black Sheep,’ Rail Against ‘Half-White Muslim’ In Arizona

A raucous crowd of supporters and protesters from both ends of the political spectrum showed up outside President Barack Obama’s appearance in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday, with some of his detractors turning to racially charged attacks to express their opposition.

Muslim family serves as guardians of old Madaba church

A Muslim family from Khirbat Al Mukhayyat near Madaba has been the guardians of the Church of Sts Lot and Procopius for over 80 years after an ancient mosaic was found under their kitchen floor, eldest son Abdullah told The Jordan Times.

America and Pakistan: A Love Story

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the president of Pakistan was warmly greeted by the US president, the first lady, and throngs of ordinary Americans, lined up in the streets to catch a glimpse and celebrate his arrival. It’s hard to imagine the Pakistani president being greeted with ticker tape parades in New York City, and standing ovations in Congress.

Former Gitmo guard meets with ex-inmates to apologize

Guilt after time working at Camp X-Ray prompted ex-soldier to reach out to former inmates. Brandon Neely, 29, was a guard at Camp X-Ray when hundreds of detainees were held in grueling conditions in the open-air cages when the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay naval base opened.

A French Town Bridges the Gap Between Muslims and Non-Muslims

ROUBAIX, France — Wearing head scarves and long skirts, the women glide along the faded back streets of this poor French town as they make their way to the mosque to hear the last prayer of the evening.

Meet the Burka Avenger, a fighter for female education

A new cartoon series in Pakistan is turning stereotypes on their head. It’s centered around a woman who doesn’t wear a burqa in the daytime but puts one on to transform into the “Burka Avenger” – and what’s more, she’s fighting for female education.

On the Marriage of Aisha

The so-called ‘scandal of the marriage of Aisha to the Prophet Muhammad’ is a favorite topic for Islamophobes and anti-Islam polemicists alike. It is a distorted topic that they luridly present, attempting to create the narrative that Islam allows men to have sex with prepubescent girls and that the Prophet Muhammad was a “pedophile.”

Michael Savage: Terror alert is ‘Muslim president’ trying to ‘justify spying’

Erstwhile television host and right-wing shock jock Michael Savage — whose real name is Michael Weiner — expressed skepticism on Saturday about the weekend’s Middle East terrorism alert, which has closed U.S. embassies throughout the region.

The Hamas Smear: How Islamophobes Use Six Degrees of Separation to Smear Muslims

Lauren Green’s interview of Reza Aslan backfired on Fox News. Green’s obvious bias generated sympathy for Aslan. Many Americans were horrified at her blatant display of Islamophobia.

First Skokie mosque proposed at old Holocaust Museum site

The Skokie Plan Commission on Aug. 1 unanimously recommended a special use permit to the Kaleemiah Foundation, which would use the building at 4255 Main St. as a mosque – a Muslim place of worship – and not as a community center.

Muslim woman asked to remove headscarf during bar exam in Springfield

The note, written in capitalized block letters read, “Headwear may not be worn during the examination without prior written approval. We have no record of you being given prior written approval. Please remove your headwear and place it under your seat for the afternoon session.”

Pope Sends Message of Respect for Muslims

In a demonstration of what the Vatican spokesman called Pope Francis’ “particular attention to relations with the Muslim world,” the pope on Friday personally signed the Holy See message for Muslims at the end of Ramadan, calling for “mutual respect through education” between Christianity and Islam.

Horrific Attack on 55-year-old Muslim Woman

In the early hours of Monday morning, as a 55-year-old woman returned home after Suhur (closing fast) at a friends, she was brutally attacked in London’s exclusive Mayfair area in the UK. A man grabbed her from behind and repeatedly punched her in the back of the head.

Iran: A Setback for Warmongers

For years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a key propaganda asset for warmongers pushing for the US to invade Iran. Ahmadinejad could be counted on to make incendiary remarks that sparked widespread outrage in the West, and when what he actually said wasn’t radical or ridiculous enough, it could always be embellished, distorted, and amplified…

“Henry Jackson Society” Associate Director Douglas Murray & “Daily Mail” journalist Melanie Phillips exposed: The facts

Regular readers will be aware that the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary recently banned the American anti-Muslim propagandists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from the UK (details here,here, here, here, and here).

Afghanistan’s College Students Are Just Like Ours: Dumb and Angry

Today his article in the Gawker inspired comments that ranged from thoughtful to outright hateful, with some clearly suggesting that Islam discourages education for women–a misconception that has been widely reinforced by the media blitz surrounding the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan.

Poison by PowerPoint: Reading between the lines of Islamophobic emails

The hateful emails that circulate about Muslims should be renamed ‘I’m frightened. Can we talk?’ since they stem from the universal pain and anxiety that arises from fear and uncertainty.

Rami Nashashibi: Iftar at the White House- Navigating Power, Privilege & Justice in Ramadan

Last week, I was among several dozen Muslims who attended an iftar at the White House with President Obama. This has now become an annual tradition where the President extends greetings to the Muslim community and occasionally chooses to speak to other relevant issues.

Murfreesboro mosque leader says enough’s enough

MURFREESBORO — An Islamic Center of Murfreesboro leader Tuesday questioned why plaintiffs opposed to government approval of mosque construction continue to appeal their case.

Dr. Oz Thinks Anti-Muslims Sugar-Daddy Sheldon Adelson is “Not So Bad”

An increasing number of individuals have lent their support to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, including icons such as the physicist Stephen Hawking. The growing strength of the BDS campaign highlights the controversial nature of visiting Israel as it continues to brutally violate human rights through its occupation of Palestine.

Robert Spencer: “I have exactly the same credentials as [Reza] Aslan”; Oh, Really?

Fox News and its right-wing supporters were cast into shame after Fox News’s interview with Reza Aslan went viral on the internet. Embarrassed and reeling from this intellectual beat-down by Reza Aslan, the right-wing responded by questioning Aslan’s credentials.

Anti-Muslim violence: A wakeup call for European governments

A police check of a Muslim woman wearing the full-face veil recently sparked riots in a Paris suburb, and has reignited a debate about the controversial ban of full-face veils in public spaces from 2011.

The J Word: Jihad, Between Hype and Reality

The book focuses on refuting the fundamental premise of Islamophobia–that Islam is somehow the most violent religion on earth. Sadly, more white Americans than not believe this to be true, which is why it’s extremely important that a book of this type is written.

Raw Pork Was Thrown Into The Mahiyangana Mosque

Colombo Telegraph

As crimes continue with impunity, attacks against mosques around the country have become more obscene and portentously fatal.

Fox Panel Unearths ‘Real’ Anthony Weiner Story: A Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy

A Fox News panel on Friday managed to expose the real story that the rest of the media has managed to miss in the New York City mayoral race: the deep Muslim Brotherhood ties that Huma Abedin supposedly possesses.

Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now

Anti-Shariah activists have a new target in their sights: Crayola. Late last week the Pickens County (Ga.) Republican party posted a call to action on its website about a new promotion from the world’s leading crayon manufacturer, which had begun offering free Islamic-themed coloring pages in honor of Ramadan. Zut alors!

Reza Aslan’s “Zealot” Has Islamophobes/Fox News Outraged

Reza Aslan is one of my favorite authors and religion scholars. There aren’t many who are as capable as Aslan of igniting religious debate and dialogue within our broader culture today. Aslan’s most recent book, Zealot, is a look at Jesus in light of the historical context in which he lived.

Who is the man with the mosque bomb tattoo? ‘EDL member’ poses brazenly with inking depicting explosion at Muslim place of worship

Grinning brazenly as he lifts up his shirt to reveal an inflammatory image of a mosque being blown up, this man was pictured openly with his offending tattoo at a far-right rally.

One Nation Candidate ‘Behind Anti-Muslim Campaign’

Paula Doneman, Yahoo!7

FIRST ON 7: An alleged food contamination scare involving one of Australia’s favourite foods has exposed a One Nation candidate’s anti-Muslim campaign.

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

It is said, in Los Angeles, that Abdulwahab Benyoucef’s call to prayer is so lovely and so clarion that Muslims come to the mosque just to hear him. About three times a week, the Algerian actor — who has shortened his name to Ben Youcef — comes here in his traditional tunic to stand before the men kneeling toward Mecca.

Muslims Rank as Most Generous Donor Group in British Survey

A U.K. poll found that Muslims in that nation donate more on average to charity than other religious groups, NBC News reports. Adherents of Islam gave an average of $567 to charity in 2012, according to the survey of 4,036 U.K. residents by ICM Research. Jews gave $412, Protestants $308, Roman Catholics $272, and atheists $177.

Kelly’s creative writing: Stop-and-frisk and Muslim surveillance are wonderful!

BY ALEX PAREENE

A paragraph-by-paragraph rebuttal to NYPD Commissioner and would-be Homeland Security Chief Ray Kelly’s WSJ op-ed.

RIP Helen Thomas: Trailblazing Reporter

By Garibaldi

It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Helen Thomas, who is being remembered in various media outlets for her amazing coverage of the White House as a trailblazing reporter who asked the tough questions.

Arzu Kaya Uranli: Where Is Islamophobia Heading in the U.S.?

Army veteran Wade Michael Page killed six people and then himself one Sunday morning at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Wis., as number of people gathered there for services last August. The attack is being treated as a hate crime and is considered by the FBI to be domestic terrorism.

EDL Recycles Antisemitic Propaganda

By Bob Pitt (Islamophobia-Watch)

For those who question the links between the English Defence League and fascism, or indeed the clear parallels between Islamophobia and antisemitism, this is a cartoon recently posted on the EDL London Division’s Facebook page.

Islamic Center shares religion, culture with community

Aimed at offering the community a chance to understand the month of daily fasting that breaks at sundown each day, the open house at Islamic Center in Jacksonville hit the limit early, said Fawad Mansoori, a member of the board of directors.

NC Senate passes ‘Sharia law’ bill

By Annalise Frank — afrank@newsobserver.com

RALEIGH — The state Senate on Friday passed a bill that would keep courts from recognizing Sharia law.While proponents of the legislation said it would keep people safe from foreign laws, critics derided the bill as sending a message of intolerance and bigotry to followers of Islam.

Rep. Peter King weighing run for the White House in 2016

They said the party needs a candidate with a strong background in national security — a credential that two of the GOP’s potential 2016 candidates, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, do not have. King has chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Midlands Mosque Bombs ‘were anti-Muslim terrorist campaign bid’

If it was reported that police believed Muslims were behind such a campaign of terrorism and bomb attacks you can be assured that this would be front page news across media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. However when it is reported as an ‘anti-Muslim terror campaign’ there is considerably less attention.

Jennifer Zobair: When Bigotry Came to My Book Reading: A Muslim Feminist’s Love Letter to Cambridge

It happened. A heckler. At my first solo book reading.

I was promoting my debut novel, Painted Hands, at Cambridge’s Porter Square Books. Though I was an attorney in a past life, I was ridiculously nervous.

Catholic Support for Robert Spencer

By Richard Bartholomew (Barth’s Notes)

Richard Bartholomew notes Rev. Deacon Spencer’s associations with radical extremist organizations some of whom have the ear of Conservative politicos in the Republican establishment.

Nominee for Calif. student regent draws rare ire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California’s governing board plans to vote Wednesday on a new student member who would be the first practicing Muslim to hold the post and whose nomination is being vigorously opposed by some Jewish groups.

Man Yells “Terrorist Rats” in Mosque: Imam

(NBC San Diego)

San Diego police arrested a man after he entered a mosque during early-morning prayer, yelled “terrorist rats” and made death threats.

Feds: Dearborn Heights’ Crestwood Schools discriminated against Arab Americans in hiring, recruiting

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found the Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights violated the federal Civil Rights Act by failing to hire Arab-American and minority teachers, discriminating against Arab Americans in its hiring and recruiting practices…

‘Neo-Nazi’ musician Vikernes in French terror arrest

A Norwegian musician with links to mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in France on “suspicion he was preparing a major terrorist act”.

The French interior ministry said Kristian “Varg” Vikernes constituted “a potential threat to society”.

Racist Debbie Schlussel Smears Arab Environmentalist Known as the “Green Sheikh”

A reader has informed us that one of the most discredited and increasingly obscure Islamophobes on the internet today, Debbie Schlussel, has smeared a prominent Arab Muslim environmentalist, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Nuaimi.

Three separate attacks on hijab-wearing Muslim women in Reims

The prosecutor told AFP that a preliminary investigation had been opened after a veiled young woman was assaulted on Friday while crossing a park in the centre of Reims by a man who was “probably drunk”.

Muslims, benefits and teenage pregnancies: the perils of perception

It’s perfectly understandable that we don’t having a precise image of who lives here and the extent of key social issues – but the scale of our collective error is startling, as highlighted in a new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London.

Pig carcass dumped at Islamic burial site in Rockingham

The dumped animals were found at the Rockingham Regional Memorial Park by cemetery staff on Monday morning. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board said the carcasses were removed as “a matter of urgency” and the local council and WA Police were notified.

Department of Defense celebrates Iftar meal at the Pentagon

The Department of Defense celebrated its 15th Iftar meal, July 12, at the Pentagon. Attending the event were senior defense leaders, White House and congressional staffers, foreign dignitaries, defense attachés, imams, Gold Star families, and Muslims who work in the defense community.

David Aaronovitch Reply to Douglas Murray on Islamophobia

I am not generally a fan of David Aaronovitch and I couldn’t disagree more with him that Douglas Murray combines “intellectual and street-fighting skills” but other than that his following article, originally published in the Jewish Chronicle, is spot-on and hits a number of points we have made in the past as well.

Pamela Geller exploits another tragedy to promote pathological anti-Muslim hatred

by Sheila Musaji

Pamela Geller has posted Muslim “Youth” looting the dead at French Rail Crash.

Muslim group excluded from July 4 parade

Austin Community Newspapers Staff

Spectators who lined the July 4 route through downtown were treated to a wide variety of sights and sounds, among the approximately 110 entrants in Round Rock Sertoma Club’s annual Independence Day parade.

A Mosque in Reykjavík Threatens Icelandic Culture

Former mayor of Reykjavík claims a mosque will threaten Iceland’s culture and safety. Ólafur F. Magnússon, who was mayor for little less than 7 months in 2008, is highly pessimistic about plans of a mosque being built in the open space of in the eastern part of Reykjavík, Eyjan reports.

New York Jets’ Oday Aboushi Faces anti-Palestinian Smears

Football player Oday Aboushi, recently drafted to the New York Jets NFL team, is the target of an escalating media smear campaign to associate him with terrorism and extremism, apparently for no other reason than his Palestinian ancestry.

‘Blast’ near Tipton mosque treated as ‘terrorist incident’

A number of roads around Binfield Street in Tipton have been cordoned off after residents reported hearing a loud bang before finding nails and debris.

There are no reports of any injuries, West Midlands Police said, but streets were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Kirkcaldy muslim centre targeted in hate crime

(FifeToday)

EXTRA police patrols are being sent out around a Muslim family centre in Kirkcaldy after it was targeted in a sickening hate crime.

Bosnians Rebury Srebrenica Genocide Victims

via. AlJazeera English

Tens of thousands have gathered in Bosnia for the funeral of 409 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide on the 18th anniversary of the atrocity in which about 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered.

Local Muslims hope Ramadan events will build bridges with non-Muslims

By JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch

Muslims in central Ohio are inviting their non-Muslim neighbors to learn more about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan by partaking in one of the evening fast-breaking meals that mark the observance.

Massacre Of Muslims In Myanmar Ignored

By TODD PITMAN Associated Press

MEIKHTILA, Myanmar — Their bones are scattered in blackened patches of earth across a hillside overlooking the wrecked Islamic boarding school they once called home.

Bob Beckel: “I Would Not Have Another Mosque Built In This Country Until We Got It Worked Out Who Is Not A Terrorist”

Ever since Bob Beckel has gotten a pay check from Fox News he’s jumped on the bandwagon of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim animus.

Cambridge University Study Finds that Attitudes Toward “Honour Killings” in Jordan Unconnected to Religious Belief

(AlJazeera English)

The belief that so-called “honour killings” are justified continues to be common among Jordanian teenagers, a new Cambridge University study says.

Barack Obama urged to halt Ramadan force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay

Lawyers for four inmates have also filed petitions with the US government to stop this procedure during the religious festival. Islamic community leaders are asking Barack Obama to stop the practice of force-feeding Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay who are on hunger strike during Ramadan.

$1,000 reward offered for info on swastika sprayed on Islamic Center

ROCKAWAY — Morris County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever sprayed a swastika on the Islamic Center of Morris County. The symbol was sprayed on a glass door outside the building sometime between June 21 and 23, said Dr. Aref Assef, one of the center’s directors.

Kolbe Academy, Robert Spencer and religious liberty

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento acted wisely in canceling Robert Spencer’s speaking engagement on church property. Kolbe Academy Home School should now consider canceling his speech entirely at their conference in Sacramento later this month.

TSA to Travelers: Don’t Fear Muslim Practices During Ramadan

The Transportation Security Administration is advising travelers that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins Tuesday, and that devout Muslims may be seen washing in airport bathrooms, praying aboard planes and constantly whispering prayers to themselves.

Pamela Geller: Defender of Radovan Karadzic

Pamela Geller is once again attempting to defend herself against those who find her efforts to be bigoted, anti-Muslim hate speech. This time she is upset about an article in The Times of LondonDon’t Bar the Demagogue.

On Sheep and Infidels

The overwhelming and predictably jaundiced view from Western media has often resorted to a cartoonish black and white commentary on the competing political power centers in Egypt with some commentators even devolving into Eugenicist analysis, describing Egyptians as incapable of democracy because they lack the basic “mental ingredients.”

Len Levitt: A Brooklyn Mosque: Ground Zero for Spying

When it comes to the threat of terrorism versus the NYPD’s pervasive spying on Muslims, the At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn is where the rubber meets the road. The mosque is one of six plaintiffs, charging in a lawsuit filed last month by the American and New York and Civil Liberties Unions, that the NYPD has unlawfully and unconstitutionally engaged in “religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers.”

David Brooks: Egyptians Too Stupid, Incompetent to Govern Themselves

Inspired by the overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, Brooks put his racist, colonial mentality on full display, suggesting Egyptians are too stupid, and “Islamists” (Muslims?) too inept, to govern themselves.

Anti-Muslim Acts Rising in France, Rights Group Says

(Reuters) – Anti-Muslim attacks and insults have risen steadily in France in recent years as some politicians and media increasingly present Islam as a problem for French society, a Muslim rights group said on Wednesday.

North Carolina GOP Is Using An Anti-Sharia Bill To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions

By Katie McDonough, Salon.com

The antiabortion additions to the measure were announced unexpectedly during a committee meeting late Tuesday.

Mohammad Assaf: Son of Palestine

by Ilisha

Mohammad Assaf received a hero’s welcome upon his recent return to Gaza, after winning the Arab Idol talent show in Beirut, Lebanon. His victory was celebrated throughout Palestine with chants, fireworks, and tears of joy.

The Sun Runs Disgraceful Cover on Muslim Prayer Call Story

“Observing the adhan on Channel 4 will act as a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate ‘provocation’ to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word.” Lee said that the “vast majority of people in Britain” would not be aware of the “mass act of personal sacrifice and worship” about to commence.

The American Thinker’s Step-by-Step Guide to Smiting Muslims

We recently reported the bizarre story of two extremists arrested in New York City for plotting to smite the “enemies of Israel” with a homemade death ray gun. Muslims, referred to by the plotters as “medical waste,” were their primary targets.

Ray Kelly: Things Falling Apart

How did this happen? How did the wheels fall off Ray Kelly’s NYPD?

How did Kelly’s policies manage to alienate the City Council, groups of Muslim-Americans and African-Americans, the New York Times, the FBI and even the Obama administration?

Guantanamo Prisoners Ask Judge To Stop Force-Feeding So They Can Observe Ramadan

Lawyers for four hunger-striking Guantanamo prisoners filed a motion Sunday in federal court in Washington, DC, asking a judge to intervene and stop prison officials from force-feeding the men and administering medications associated with the procedure without their consent.

Police seek racists who left pig heads in Bradford Muslim family garden

A FAMILY has condemned the suspected racists who left pig heads in their garden in Bradford. Members of the Ditta family were sickened to discover the pig heads on their front and back doorstop at their home in the Bolton area of the city.

Georgia Newspaper Column Calls On U.S. To Send Muslims ‘Back To Their Native Land’

A local newspaper in Georgia recently published a column ostensibly about U.S. Middle East policy but took a hard right turn into birtherism and racism, highlighting the Islamophobia problem at the local-level.

Muslim graves at Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, desecrated by racist vandals

MUSLIM graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti.The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.

Forest Hills man charged in mosque stabbing: Police

A Forest Hills man was charged with using anti-Muslim slurs while repeatedly stabbing a man who was unlocking a Kew Gardens Hills mosque for morning prayers last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday.

Special Report: Myanmar gives official blessing to anti-Muslim monks

Now Reuters has filed a special report detailing the “official blessing” bestowed on anti-Muslim monks by state authorities. It is a must read and I am afraid that the tide of religious chauvinism and hatred is not far from reaching a crescendo that will witness a horrific genocide.

Hate Group Leader Cited By Terrorist to Headline Catholic Homeschool Conference

During the last weekend in July, The Kolbe Academy, a Catholic homeschool program located in Napa, California will host a conference in Sacramento where educators and home school instructors will gather to discuss how they can “engage the culture in a year of faith.”

Half of Britain’s Mosques Have Been Attacked Since 9/11

Around half of mosques and Muslim centres in Britain have been subjected to Islamophobic attacks since 9/11, academics have warned as the far-right English Defence League prepares to march to the south-London scene of Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder.

FBI’s bus ads taken down over Muslim/terrorist stereotyping

(Seattle Times)

After a wave of criticism from politicians, advocacy groups and the public, 46 bus ads featuring photos of wanted terrorists will be taken down within the next few weeks, officials said Tuesday.

More Overreach by the N.Y.P.D.

The revelation in 2011 that the New York City Police Department was spying on law-abiding Muslims rightly attracted scrutiny from the Justice Department, which announced last year that it intended to review the program.

EDL Anti-Muslim Speakers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Banned from Britain by Theresa May

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been prevented by Home Secretary Theresa May from entering the UK to speak at rally of the English Defence League in Woolwich, close to where a British soldier was killed by alleged Muslim militants in May.

Bias against Muslims rampant in “liberal” California

by Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada

Khaled Gareb, a Muslim American living in San Francisco, did not need to read a sociological study to learn that his community has suffered from increasing hostility since11 September 2001.

Here He Goes Again: Sam Harris’s Falsehoods

Sam Harris posted a recent blog about my views on Jihadis that is unbecoming of serious intellectual debate, if not ugly. He claims that I told him following a “preening and delusional lecture” that “no one [connected with suicide bombing] believes in paradise.”

Muslim demographics, rabid Islamophobia and The Commentator

by Bob Pitt, Islamophobia-Watch.com

The Islamophobic myth that Muslims are engaged in the gradual but inexorable conquest of the West takes different forms, depending on where you live.

KKK Member Designed Muslim-Killing Death Ray (Video)

By Dan Amira, NYmag.com

We know. You’re already lost. Why would a KKK member want to help Israel? What is a Death Ray? These are fair questions.

Walsall Mosque: Package Was Explosive Device

A suspicious package found near a mosque in Walsall was a small home-made explosive device, West Midlands Police said tonight.

Almost 40 homes close to the mosque in Rutter Street, Walsall, were evacuated after bomb disposal experts were called to the scene

How Pamela Geller incites race hate in the UK

by Bob Pitt

Over at Exposing the English Defence League, Julie Blackadder draws our attention to a recent post at Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs blog, headlined “UK teen brutally beaten by 15 Muslims”.

Bonnie Greer: Don’t Ban Pam Geller and Robert Spencer – We Need All Laughs We Can Get Right Now

It’s quite a wonder to behold, how ‘Tommy Robinson’ is fast becoming the Hugh Grant of far right nationalism. While poor old Nick Griffin, a fading light, does everything he can to capture our attention, his younger rival is racing rapidly up the Hate Hit Parade.

Israeli Jew Killed by Guard Near Western Wall

Deep seated Israeli paranoia and Islamophobia has backfired. A Jewish man who said “Allahu Akbar” was assumed to be Muslim by a security guard (who has obviously watched way too much “Homeland”) and killed because the obvious conclusion was that he must be a “terrorist.”

TIME: “The Face of Buddhist Terror”

Having seen the type of headlines about Islam and Muslims that have proliferated over the decades I recoil at the association of a religion, Buddhism, with “terror” and violence. This kind of sensationalist treatment is unnecessary and when it becomes a cultural meme can have near irreversible consequences.

Fox Business guest uses ‘spanking for Jesus’ to attack Muslims

Bernard McGuirk, the executive producer of the radio program Imus in the Morning, on Thursday used the movement known as Christian Domestic Discipline to launch an attack on Muslims.

South Florida Freakout Over “Jihad” Tag

by Emperor

I know one place that needs a #MyJihad campaign: Florida. Some Southern Florida citizens went into freakout mode when they saw the word ‘Jihad’ tagged on the side of I-95 North near Delray Beach, not too far from Miami.

First a Synagogue then a Church Now a Mosque

(NBC Philadelphia)

First it was a synagogue, then a church and now the property at 7401 Limekiln Pike will be transformed into a mosque.

Theresa May urged to ban “anti-Islam” campaigners entering UK to speak at EDL rally

Homes Secretary Theresa May was today urged to ban two US “anti-Islam” campaigners from entering Britain to speak at an English Defence League rally. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are due to join the march next Saturday in ­Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.

The Tragic Tale of Guantanamo Detainee #684

By Lauren Carasik (AlJazeera English)

Yet Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan has been caught up in a vortex of politics beyond his control. June 19 marks the somber 11th anniversary of Mattan’s detention in the inhumane confines of Guantanamo Bay.

Florida professor’s terrorism class: Muslims taught to hate ‘from the cradle’

By David Edwards (The Raw Story)

A Florida professor who teaches a class on terrorism is facing a formal complaint after he claimed that Muslims are taught to hate “from the cradle.”

Terrorism radiation plot uncovered in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. — An industrial mechanic with General Electric Co., who is also allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan, designed a deadly mobile radiation device that he intended to sell to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan, according to a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Albany.

Man arrested after Gloucester mosque arson attack

Gloucestershire Police said lit petrol was poured around the door of the Masjid-E-Noor mosque on Ryecroft Street about 01:00 BST. A spokesman said a man left the scene at speed at about 01:00 BST in a dark-coloured car being driven by an accomplice.

Abercrombie Struggling To Prove Fired Woman’s Hijab Hurt Sales: Report

Abercrombie & Fitch is having a hard time proving in court that the Muslim headscarf worn by an employee who was fired in 2010 hurt the clothing company’s sales, Law360 reports.

Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying

Civil rights lawyers will urge a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department’s widespread spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any records in police files.

Islamophobes exploit tragic stabbing incident at mosque in Britain

by Sheila Musaji (The American Muslim)

A man who might be a Somali, and who was not known to any of the regular worshipers in attendance at the mosque in Britain, came into the mosque, became agitated and and attacked worshipers with a knife.

Muslim woman loses baby after veil attack

A pregnant Muslim woman who was allegedly attacked in the suburbs of Paris by two ‘skinheads’ for wearing an Islamic face veil has suffered a miscarriage, it was reported on Tuesday.

Pamela Geller Connects the NSA-Sekrit Muslim Dots: “Do They Attend the 911 Mosque?”

Pamela Geller puts on her hate goggles and makes the connections between NSA spying and the SEKRIT MOSLEM CONSPIRACY: OBAMA ADMIN IS LISTENING IN ON YOUR PHONECALLS “SIMPLY BASED ON AN ANALYST DECIDING THAT” – Atlas Shrugs

Jihawg Ammo – Classic Islamophobic Fail

by Sheila Musaji

Now we are asked to believe that Jihawg Ammo is only meant as a deterrent to “radical Muslims”, or as Sheik Yer’Mami called it, a culturally-sensitive solution to dealing with sudden jihad syndrome…”.

Muslim, Arab-American Groups Say Banks Closing Accounts Without Explanation

Two groups are seeking answers to what they say is a growing practice of Muslim and Arab-American groups having their bank accounts closed without cause or explanation.

In a sense, right-wingers who mock Allah are mocking God

by Pat Cunningham, rrstar.com

Sarah Palin, political guru to the brainless, said this the other day in arguing against American military intervention in Syria: “Let Allah sort it out.”

Sarah Palin on U.S. Decision on Syria: ‘Let Allah Sort It Out’

WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the Obama administration’s decision to supply weapons to the rebels in the civil war in Syria today, arguing that the U.S. should “Let Allah sort it out” until there is a stronger leader in the White House.

Yitzhak Pundak: 100 Year Old Israeli General “Proud” of his Role in Nakba, Razing Villages

From the “most moral army in the world”: Mr. Pundak believes it wasn’t “unnecessarily cruel” to raze Palestinian villages but he drew the line with Ariel Sharon on “killing enemy fighters” in exchange for “a glass of champagne.”

‘Banned’ Ramadan for Uighur Muslims

It’s not exactly breaking news that China has serious issues with freedom of religion and as an officially Atheist state is often very repressive against those observing religious rites. China has once again leveled restrictions on the persecuted Uighurs when it comes to practicing Ramadan.

Taylor Chapman: Racist Trash of the Week

27 year old Taylor-trash Chapman essentially ruined her life by posting a hate filled rant against two Dunkin’ Donuts employees, bizarrely threatening them with “nuking from Mars” and hurling the word “sandnigger” at one of them.

Student pleads guilty in NYC cabbie attack

NEW YORK (AP) – A film student has pleaded guilty to hate-crime charges in what authorities called an anti-Muslim attack on a New York City cab driver in 2010. Michael Enright entered the plea Tuesday in state court in Manhattan. He is expected to be sentenced to 9 ½ years in prison.

GOP Congressman: American Muslim Leaders Are ‘Potentially Complicit’ In Terrorist Acts

A Republican congressman claimed on the House floor on Tuesday that members of Muslim communities in the United States have not condemned acts of Islamic extremist terrorism against the U.S. and therefore are complicit in those and any future attacks.

“We Got Your Back”: Fox Host Kilmeade Endorses Tommy Robinson, Leader Of Violent Anti-Muslim Hate Group

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade told the leader of a violent nationalist hate group that targets British Muslims, “We got your back” and “it’s great what you’re doing.”

Allen West: Muslims Are All ‘Honor Killings, Beheadings, Suicide Bombings’

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) boiled down the entire religion of Islam to “honor killings, beheadings [and] suicide bombings” in a message tweeted Monday night in response to a column by comedian Bill Cosby.

Myanmar Minister Backs Two-Child Policy for Rohingya Minority

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s Immigration Minister has expressed support for a controversial two-child limit on a Muslim minority group that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the United Nations call discriminatory and a violation of human rights.

Anti-Islamic graffiti scrawled outside Chater Infants School, in West Watford

Watford’s MP has written to the Home office after anti-Muslim graffiti appeared outside a West Watford infant school.

The words “Quran is rubbish” have been scrawled on the pavement near Chater School, in Harwoods Road.

Bill Cosby: We should all be more like Muslims

This past weekend, Cosby penned an op-ed for The New York Post in which he detailed some of the flaws in modern society. He also suggested we should take a page out of the Koran if we want to have healthier families, less crime and more productive people.

Edward Snowden: Ex-CIA Worker and NSA Whistleblower’s Other Revelation

Mr. Snowden, a native of North Carolina, told The Guardian that he signed up in 2003 for an Army Special Forces training program because he wanted to fight in Iraq. “I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression,” he said.

Muslim group says Coffee County meeting was ‘hijacked’

Middle Tennessee got socked by outside instigators who “hijacked” a public meeting last week, turning what was meant to be a step toward harmony into something more akin to a KKK rally, according to a member of the Muslim panel that sponsored the event.

U.S. Muslims guilty until proven innocent

Via Salon.com

Support of any kind for a group on the State Department’s list is now grounds for a trial on charges of terrorism

UK: Islamic School, Shop Targeted in Hate Attacks

An Islamic boarding school was set alight by ‘intruders’ in a suspected arson attack, just days after an Islamic centre was burnt to the ground in London. About 130 children and staff were evacuated from Darul Uloom, a Muslim madrassa or religious school, in Chislehurst, Kent, just before midnight on Saturday.

Bill O’Reilly Gives Voice to Fanatic EDL

It is redundant to point out that Fox News has essentially adopted Islamophobia as a cornerstone theme that it seeks to widely disseminate into mainstream American culture. What is different is that the propagandizing of Islamophobia has only accelerated since the Boston Bombings and has reached levels that are reminiscent to the worst of post-9/11 coverage on Islam.

Merseyside Police treating Anfield newsagent fire attack as a ‘hate crime’

By Helen Hunt, Liverpool Echo

Shopkeeper was verbally abused and is now in hospital after trying to put the fire out himself

Freedom of speech under attack by Islamophobes in Tennessee

I’ve noted before that Pamela Geller Does Not Understand Freedom of Speech when she found fault with American Muslims and others for denouncing her hate ads. This she called an attempt to “impose blasphemy restrictions on free speech”.

Afghan Governor: US Drone Strike Kills Three Children

(Via antiwar.com)

The governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province has reported a US drone strike against the Manogi District has killed at least three civilians, all children, and wounding seven others.

Former drone operator says he’s haunted by his part in more than 1,600 deaths

By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

A former Air Force drone operator who says he participated in missions that killed more than 1,600 people remembers watching one of the first victims bleed to death.

‘Bag Men’ Sue New York Post Over Boston Marathon Bombing Cover

Days after bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, the New York Post splashed a photograph of 16-year-old Salaheddin Barhoum and 24-year old Yassine Zaimi across its cover under the headline “BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.”

Rumsfeld: “I can’t tell” if Obama has switched sides in “War on Terror”

Rumsfeld was invited to speak at an event hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. David Horowitz of course is the kooky, conspiracy theorist, racist, anti-Muslim bigot who uses money from wealthy donors to perpetuate the Islamophobia network.

Islamophobia: Vandals desecrate Muslim graves

(The Local)

Some 20 graves were found vandalized on Sunday morning in the Muslim part of a cemetery at Vitry-sur-Seine, 7.5km southeast of the French capital.

How Come It’s Not Terrorism When a White Guy from the South Does It?

In late May, a threatening letter laced with the deadly chemical ricin was sent from Shreveport, Louisiana, to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a response to the mayor’s outspoken support for stricter gun control laws.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian greeted by hostile crowd at Manchester, Tenn., free speech event

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — U.S. Attorney Bill Killian was greeted with shouts of “traitor,” “serpent,” and calls to “resign” or “go home” Tuesday night at an event aimed at improving relations between local residents and their Muslim neighbors.

Turkey’s Protests: A Watershed Moment?

Aside from the faulty attempt to imply that the fall of dictatorships in Arab countries was a result of “Islamists,” describing the protests in Turkey as a “Turkish spring” is nothing more than an exercise in useless rhetoric.

After a McKinney Mosque Is Shot Up With Paintballs, Calls for a Hate Crime Probe

By Eric Nicholson

It may have been just a random prank: two dozen paintballs fired behind the Sonic in a McKinney strip center in the middle of Saturday night.

FBI Sued for Torturing Yonas Fikre

“Our nation’s leaders must be held accountable if they use foreign proxies to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens,” Gadeir Abbas, Staff Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who is co-counsel in the lawsuit, said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.

Muslim college carves niche in USA

Abass Darab closes his eyes, unwraps the prayer beads from around his wrist and clutches them in his lap. A half-minute or so later, he opens his eyes. He is ready, he says, “to help people know what my school stands for.” Often, that means explaining what Zaytuna College, a liberal arts college founded by American Muslims, does not stand for.

Kooky Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum Says Grover Norquist’s Beard Proves He’s a Muslim

(Via Loonwatch.com)

Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum fearmongers about the stealthy Mooslim Grover Norquist.

Mosque and Muslim Orphanage Burned Down in Most Recent Myanmar Violence

In the eastern state of Shan a Buddhist mob went on a rampage after allegations that a Muslim attempted to set fire to a Shan Buddhist after the two had an altercation at a petrol station.

Did the FBI Execute Ibragim Todashev?

The FBI’s track record with the Muslim American community has been less than stellar to say the least. They have used former criminals such as Craig Monteilh as spies to infiltrate US mosques as “undercover/fake (one might say ‘stealth’) Muslims” who are tasked with finding, at times, even inducing incriminating “intelligence.”

Racist graffiti daubed on Muslim cemetery prayer building

Racist graffiti has been daubed at Muslim cemetery section.

Pictures of the racist graffiti was sent in by a reader. It shows anti-Islamic and racist grafitti written on the Muslim building used for funeral at Pleasington cemetery, Blackburn.

Vandals target Islamic mosque in Alpharetta

Vandals sprayed the words “London Justice” and some other similar phrases on the building. Police are investigating if the damage is in response to the Islamic radical attack on a British soldier last week in London.

Was the London killing of a British soldier ‘terrorism’? by Glenn Greenwald

by Glenn Greenwald

Two men yesterday engaged in a horrific act of violence on the streets of London by using what appeared to be a meat cleaver to hack to death a British soldier.

York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football

A York mosque dealt with a potentially volatile situation after reports that it was going to be the focus of a demonstration organised by a far-right street protest movement – by inviting those taking part in the protest in for tea and biscuits.

One Region in Myanmar Limits Births of Muslims

The local authorities in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing during earlier sectarian violence.

Grimsby Islamic Centre Set Ablaze by Suspected Arsonists

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

Fears were growing in Britain on Monday of a surge in Islamophobia in the wake of the knifing death of a British soldier last week that his suspected attackers claimed was revenge for the deaths of Muslims worldwide.

Islamic School of San Diego threatened: Authorities investigate threatening messages

Among other hostile statements, the anonymous caller said, “I’m going to throw a bomb in your (expletive) school,” according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which reported the incident to the FBI and the San Diego Police Department.

Civil Rights Groups Slam Amendment Targeting Muslim Immigrants

Civil rights leaders slammed an amendment added to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill that would subject immigrants from Muslim countries for extra scrutiny.

US Muslims Aid Tornado Victims

WASHINGTON – While Muslim teams have been deployed to help those in need, US Muslim leaders have appealed to the sizable minority to join efforts to aid victims of a devastating tornado in Oklahoma that wiped whole blocks of homes and killed scores.

Arab International Festival in Dearborn is canceled in wake of religious tensions

After growing religious tensions between some Christian missionaries and local Muslims, the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn has been canceled for this year, organizers said Friday.

Greek neo-Nazis threaten to mobilize against mosque

AFP, Athens -

Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has threatened to mobilize 100,000 people against plans to build a mosque in Athens, state television reported on Monday.

Stakelbeck Condemns Obama for Defending Right to Build Mosques; Fears Muslim ‘Infiltration’ of the Bible Belt

Next time Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent Erick Stakelbeck talks about religious liberty, just remember that he doesn’t seem to extend that freedom to Muslims.

Pam Gellar-Linked Group Puts Out New Anti-Muslim Ad In DC Metro

Yet another Islamophobic ad from a group linked to Pamela Geller has appeared in the Washington, DC Metrorail system, this one lamenting what it claims to be “apartheid” against non-Muslims and calling for the U.S. to cut off all funding to “Islamic” states.

Mehdi Hasan: As a Muslim, I Struggle With the Idea Of Homosexuality – But I Oppose Homophobia

The Cambridge University theologian Dr Tim Winter, one of the UK’s leading Islamic scholars, apologised on 2 May after footage emerged showing him calling homosexuality the “ultimate inversion” and an “inexplicable aberration”.

Gene Simmons calls Muslims ‘vile’

Legendary rock legend Gene Simmons sparked outrage in Australia earlier this month when he made anti-Muslim comments on a Melbourne radio station. “This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it’s willing to just live in the sands of God’s armpit, you’ve got another thing coming,” the Israeli-born musician said on Melbourne’s 3AW radio.

Iraqi Birth Defects Worse Than Hiroshima

Several commenters pointed out to us that the site we linked the previous story to has indulged in bizarre conspiracy theories. We instead link you directly to the research conducted by the Cancer & Birth Defects Foundation that concluded that genetic damage in Falluja, Iraq was worse than Hiroshima.)

Fox News Channel Signs Former U.S. Representative Allen West to Contributor Role

FOX News Channel (FNC) has hired former U.S. Representative Allen West (R-FL) as a contributor, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network.

Islamophobes discover ludicrous “hospital jihad” plot

A Muslim doctor has applied for permits to open a hospital in an area of Chicago with a large Muslim population. The hospital would be for the entire community, no matter what their religion, but would accommodate Muslim religious and cultural customs to make Muslim patients more comfortable.

North Carolina: Politicians Who Wanted to Make Christianity the State Religion Want to Ban “Shariah”

Talk about irony, in the same state in which politicians wanted to make Christianity the state religion you have a move to ban the non-existent threat of ‘Shariah,’ if they had their way they would probably really like to ban Islam altogether (their real intent).

Bayern Munich Build Mosque for Muslims

Helping their players to fulfil their religious duties, German football giants Bayern Munich have decided to build a mosque to help Muslim footballers to perform their prayers. The German football club agreed to a request to build a mosque in the Allianz Arena stadium to serve its Muslim players and fans.

Rick Scott Says Allen West Would Make ‘Great’ Lieutenant Governor

(Via Huffingtonpost)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) opened the door to a comeback for former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) Friday, saying he’d be a “great” pick for his second in command.

Oslo Freedom Forum founder’s ties to Islamophobes who inspired mass killer Anders Breivik

An Electronic Intifada investigation uncovers evidence that Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, receives significant funding from the same financiers who support the Islamophobes who inspired anti-Muslim Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

Toronto Board of Rabbis Denounce Pamela Geller

One small issue I have is with describing Geller’s activities as “criticism.” Criticism is not the right word but understandably the more accurate “batsh** crazy rants” to describe Geller’s activities wouldn’t fit the professional language required of an official press release.

Saudi Arabian Student With Pressure Cooker Allegedly Questioned By FBI

By Cavan Sieczkowski

A Saudi Arabian student living in Michigan says he was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after neighbors saw him with a pressure cooker and alerted authorities.

Muslim teen helps Vet give up prejudice

by Rondrell Moore

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A military man’s beliefs have been changed for the better, thanks to a new addition to his family.

UKIP councillor who said ‘Islam is a cancer which needs to be cured with radiation’ on racist Facebook page ‘to step down’ after just 12 days

A UKIP councillor has announced he will probably have to step down after less than two weeks because he posted a series of offensive messages about Jews and Muslims online.

Myanmar Muslims live in constant fear

AlJazeera

Are we witnessing a slow genocide?

Will the genocide be accelerated if powerful nationalist groups get elected? The humanitarian crisis continues in Myanmar.

In life and words, Muslim leader bridges cultures

By Lisa Wangsness (Boston Globe)

On a rainy afternoon in early April at Boston’s largest mosque, the sheikh in the seersucker suit was in his office, offering comfort and advice.

Bill Maher Gets Owned by Glenn Greenwald

This nine minute exchange between Bill Maher and his guests: Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian,Joy Reid of the Miami Herald and Charles Cooke of the National Review Online is very telling.

82nd Airborne Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan says Muslim sounding name drew harrassment

RALEIGH – Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan is not a Muslim – she’s a Catholic. But her name sounded Islamic to fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and they would taunt her, calling her “Sgt. Hussein” and asking what God she prayed to.

Dalai Lama Decries Buddhist Attacks On Muslims In Myanmar

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 7 (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday decried Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Myanmar, saying killing in the name of religion was “unthinkable.”

Sikh man beaten with steel pipe in Fresno hate crime

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno police say they’re disturbed by the brutal attack on an 81-year-old Sikh man. They upgraded the charges against 29-year-old Gilbert Garcia. He now faces attempted murder and will likely be charged with hate crime and elder abuse.

Link Between Islam And Violence Rejected By Many Americans After Boston Bombings: Pew Survey

After the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were revealed to be Muslims who investigators said were motivated in part by radical Islam, American Muslims were quick to condemn the bombings and plea for Americans to not retaliate against the peaceful majority.

Muslim Terrorist Doll: Card Painting Hijab-Wearing Girl As Suicide Bomber Angers Civil Rights Group

A member of a Chicago-area civil rights group made a disturbing discovering when she found a neighborhood card and novelty shop selling a card that depicted a young hijab-wearing Muslim girl — as a terrorist.

Epic fail: The neocon attempt to destroy the anti-Iran war movement

Inside Washington, the battle line is between a small coalition of peace and security, non-proliferation and religious groups opposing war and favouring a peaceful solution to the standoff with Iran, and a well-funded war machine comprising of neoconservative organisations who believe war with Iran should have started years ago.

Muslims being targeted, advocacy group charges

An Algerian-American from Cambridge was attacked outside a Back Bay restaurant Saturday night, say police and a Muslim advocacy group,the latest of several assaults on Muslims since the Boston Marathon bombings three weeks ago.

Weddady’s Free Arabs, American Islamic Congress and the pro-Israel funders who helped them rise

On 18 April, three days after a bombing killed three and left many more wounded at the Boston marathon, a figure unknown to most Americans stepped suddenly into the national spotlight.

Iowa Town Named for Muslim Hero Extols Tolerance

ELKADER, Iowa — Amid an expanse of undulating farmland, deep in the steep valley carved by the Turkey River, the town of Elkader sits most of the year in remote obscurity. Population 1,200 and gradually shrinking, it is the seat of a county without a single traffic light.

Farea al-Muslimi: Drones Are Terrorizing Yemenis

Farea al-Muslimi, stated that he came to the USA as an ambassador for Yemen to America and that he left the USA as an ambassador for America to Yemen. Below Muslimi speaks passionately at a Senate subcommittee hearing on so-called “targeted drone strikes” which are in fact terrorizing Yemenis.

Toronto: Pamela Geller Lies About York Regional Police

While York Regional Police supports Ms. Geller’s right to free speech, there is an expectation of all members of our organization to act in accordance with our values and the expectations of our community.

Suu Kyi spokesman: “There is no Rohingya”

As advocates condemn “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, officials say no such group exists. YANGON, Myanmar — From the depths of obscurity, Myanmar’s highly beleaguered Muslim Rohingya ethnicity has become something of a global cause célèbre.

Richard Dawkins, ‘Islamophobia’ and the atheist movement

by Martin Robbins (Guardian)

Sam Harris is about as consistent as Glenn Greenwald is concise, which made their exchange of multi-thousand word cowpats last month particularly grueling reading.

Muslim Cabdriver, an Army Reservist and Iraqi veteran,assaulted for being Muslim

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.

Tenn. lawmaker’s Facebook post frightens Muslims

“This may just be a picture to him, but for us it is very threatening,” said Kokoye, an Antioch resident who has lived in Tennessee for 17 years. “Muslims in Coffee County should not feel safe to walk outside their homes.”

Burma: Buddhist Mob Attacks Muslim Properties and Mosques in Oakkan Town

There have been several stories over the past month of violence directed at Muslims that we have not covered but suffice it to say the perpetuation of hate and violence continues in Burma.

Obama: Gitmo A ‘No Man’s Land,’ Situation Is ‘Going To Get Worse’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he still wants to close the military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that he’s renewing efforts to work with Congress to shut it down.

Abe Foxman Rationalizes Blanket Spying On American Muslims

The Anti-Defamation League turned 100 this week. Renowned for its early anti-racism efforts, the group can, and should, boast of its role in American Jewry’s unabashed and unqualified rise into the nation’s establishment.

Former Fox News pundit: ‘Fox waging a campaign’ to link ‘radical’ and ‘Islam’

Former Fox News contributor Jane Hall says that her ex-colleagues at the conservative network have been “waging a campaign” to link the words “radical” and “Islam” following the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this month.

FBI searching for Mosque vandals in possible hate crime

The FBI said it is hoping surveillance video will help lead them to a pair of vandals who targeted an Oklahoma City mosque last weekend. The American Muslim Association on the 3200 block of N.W. 48th St. was damaged when the suspects spray painted racial slurs and other graffiti on the walls.

Fox News host: Denouncing violence against Muslims ‘could be perceived’ as offensive

Though the vast majority of his speech focused on the ADL’s importance in fighting hate crimes, some conservatives have become outraged that Holder denounced “misguided acts of retaliation” against Muslims. Kelly addressed the issue during a segment on Monday.

TheOnion: Jihadist Woman Wishes Her Sons Could Be More Like Those Tsarnaev Boys

Weeks after bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s alleged attack on the Boston Marathon that left three dead, local Yemeni woman and fervent jihadist Adila Nasser told reporters Monday that she wished her sons could be as dedicated…

Fox News Seizes On Boston Bombing To Suggest Obama Is A Secret Muslim

By Hayes Brown on Apr 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Fox News is sounding the alarm about Muslim extremists in the aftermath of the Boston bombings and is using the tragedy to argue that President Obama is too weak or afraid to confront the threat.

GOP Congressman Says Islam Will ‘Motivate People To Murder Children’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) during a hearing on Friday said that he believes that Islam as a whole is a threat to the United States, labeling it as a religion that will “motivate people to murder children.”

Zionism and Islamophobia: Initial Encounters with Islam and Muslims

Introduction

This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss the relationship between Zionism and Islamophobia. The impetus for this series is what many have already observed:

(UPDATED) W[t]F? WorldFest Founder/CEO Hunter Todd Searches Fest Attendee’s Bag “Because She Is a Muslim.”

Update: We just received a statement from Hunter Todd about the event in which he confirms that he did search the backpack of a woman because she was wearing a hijab and says he had to do it to protect his audience.

Jersey City man charged with having explosives on train 8 days before Marathon bombings: cop

More than a week before three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, a Jersey City man carried two homemade explosives on an NJ Transit train, authorities say.

A Muslim-Jewish Love Story: Bassem Youssef and Jon Stewart

It is heart-warming and inspiring to see the evidently deep friendship between satirists Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef, two popular comedians in their respective nations who have a finger on the pulse, not only of their own culture but global culture.

Fox News Attacks Muslims Relentlessly In Wake Of Boston Bombing

In the days following the Boston Marathon bombings, Fox News has become a haven for talk about the extreme threats posed to the United States by Muslims. Day after day, the network’s hosts and pundits have warned about an Islamic menace which is poised to take down the country.

Bomber Motivated by Religion?: Media Regurgitates Government Propaganda

After the September 11th attacks, many Americans wondered, “why do they hate us?” President George Bush gave his now famous explanation: “They hate our freedoms.” Radical Islam, we are told, is to blame.

Juan Cole: Terrorism and the other Religions

by Juan Cole (Informed Comment)

Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.

Qasim Rashid: Do You Even Hear Muslims When We Condemn Violence?

So let me start with the standard roll call: As an American Muslim, I condemn all violence in the name of religion. Terrorism has no religion and Islam is no exception. If the Tsarnaev brothers are guilty of the Boston bombings, then I hope they are brought to justice.

Pat Robertson, Islamophobic Televangelist, Compares ‘Evil’ Islam To Nazism (VIDEO)

Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson is known for many things, especially for building a lucrative Christian media organization and leading a cohort of conservative evangelists.

Coulter: Boston suspect’s widow ‘ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab’

Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.”

Fischer’s Simple Immigration Policy: Ban Anyone Who Believes in the Quran

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer renewed his call for a ban on immigration from majority Muslim nations, claiming that our immigration policy should simply consist of the question “do you believe that the Quran is the holy book of God”?

Top Democrat Slams GOP’s Islamophobia After Boston Bombing

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) smacked down Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) attempt to link Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Islamic extremists based in the American Muslim community with no evidence, an allegation that emerged as part of a theme among House Republicans on Sunday morning.

The right’s new Boston conspiracy theory

Were you one of the pundits or newspapers who too quickly jumped on the Saudi “person of interest” story, only to have some egg on your face when authorities later cleared him of wrongdoing? Well, thankfully, Fox News’ favorite “terrorism expert”Steve Emerson has found an escape clause.

Boston Marathon Bombings in Perspective: Is Dzhokhar the Joker All Al-Qaeda Has Left?

Predictably, the Boston Marathon bombings have spawned a renewed interest in “jihadist” (why is this in quotes?) terrorist activity. We are once again reminded of the “looming threat of radical Islam.” We are told that this is the existential struggle of our generation.

Americans who distrust Muslims are likelier to back the war on terror

Muslim, Muslim-Americans, Tamerlan, Dzhokhar Tsarnev, Nevertheless, stereotypes of Muslims appear to be an important ingredient in how Americans think about policies targeted at terrorism. The Boston marathon bombing is likely only to reinforce this.

Eldest Boston bomber was thrown out of his mosque for ‘raged filled rant’ against Martin Luther King three months ago

Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of his local mosque for ‘crazy’ behavior after getting involved a ‘shouting match’ with his imam according to one member of the congregation.

“Please don’t let it be a Muslim”

by Wajahat Ali

The twin bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, which killed two and injured at least 176, inspired divergent responses to a sudden, senseless tragedy.

After Boston, we should put Muslims under surveillance, says Rep. King

Aliyah Frumin (MSNBC)

President Obama cautioned the nation not to rush to judgment about the Boston Marathon bombers. But that’s not stopping Republican Rep. Peter King.

Gohmert: Radical Muslims ‘being trained to come in and act like Hispanics’

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) on Wednesday connected the Monday bombings in Boston to the immigration debate and warned that “radical Islamists” were “being trained to come in and act like Hispanics.”

Report: French rail firm banned Muslims from working during Peres visit

France’s national railway company banned its black and North African employees from working during President Shimon Peres’ visit last month over fears they “might be Muslim,” newspapers in Britain reported overnight Monday.

Referring to the Boston Bombing, Pat Robertson Declares: “Don’t Talk To Me About ‘Religion Of Peace,’ No Way”

Right-wing Christian evangelist and famed Skeletor impersonator Pat Robertson is at it again, implying that the Boston Bombings were committed by Muslim terrorists. To be clear for the hundredth time, no one knows who committed this horrible act, or why.

Nigerian Christian group threatens retaliation over Islamist attacks

Guardian

Nigeria could face a battle between rival terrorist groups after Christian militants threatened to attack Muslim targets in response to bombings carried out by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Racist graffiti targets future Paris-region mosque

The building site of a future mosque in the city of Coulommiers, east of Paris, was defaced with racist graffiti – including Nazi swastikas – over the weekend. “A pig’s head and Nazi tags were found inside the site,” Abdallah Zekri, president of France’s Observatory of Islamophobia told the AFP news agency.

Knifeman ordered Bristol women to take off hijabs

A MAN racially abused a Muslim woman and demanded she took off her hijab before putting a kitchen knife to her throat.

David Norris, 39, approached Farduja Jama who was with her eight-year-old son in Morton Street, Barton Hill at 9am.

Police: Man Menaced After Leaving Queens Mosque

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who allegedly menaced a man as he left a Queens mosque. The incident occurred after the victim left a mosque on Kissena Boulevard around 8 p.m. last Friday.

“Indisputable” that U.S. practiced torture after 9/11

BY NATASHA LENNARD

A lengthy independent review found that the country’s highest officials and president condoned torture

When “Standing Up for Jesus Christ” is un-Christian

Sen. Alan Hays, sponsor of an anti-Sharia bill, told constituents that supporting the bill meant they were standing up for Jesus Christ. Doesn’t that imply that Christians hate Muslims?

Nathan Lean: Crowdfunding Hate: Indiegogo Profits From Anti-Muslim Campaign

In an essay at Salon, Chris Stedman, an interfaith leader, assistant chaplain at Harvard, and author of the memoir “Faitheist,” urged the company to reconsider its support for provocative AFDI ads that pitted Muslims and gays against each other.

American Muslims Condemn Boston Marathon Bombings

By Townsquare News Network

American Muslim organizations are condemning the Boston Marathon bombings and urging Americans of all faiths to join them in praying for the victims and their families.

Fox regular jokes about killing all the Muslims

BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD

Going beyond even Pamela Geller, Fox News regular Erik Rush responded to the Boston Marathon bombing today by suggesting that we round up Saudis and then kill them — but don’t worry, he was mostly joking.

Worst reactions to the Boston explosions

BY JILLIAN RAYFIELD

As information continues to unfold about the attacks, pundits continue to react badly [UPDATED]

Imam tries to set the record straight on Islam

Calls from some legislators to ban American Muslims from following Islamic law are born of a “bogeyman fear” that Muslims will try to impose their way of life on others of different faiths, an imam and author of books on Islam said Sunday at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees.

Gitmo Is Killing Me

By SAMIR NAJI al HASAN MOQBEL

ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.

Sex, Women and Racism in Myanmar: How Irrational They are

Recently, a friend forwarded me a link to a web blog. The link points to a 400-page document, titled “Islam Virus”, which is a collection of misinformation about Islam – how cruel, inhumane and scary Muslims are.

The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam

It is an adage of war that if you want to emerge victorious, you must ‘know your enemy,’ but Akbar Ahmed’s The Thistle and The Drone proposes that the Western combatants of the ‘war on terror’ have completely failed to understand who they’ve been fighting for the last decade.

Islamophobe With Militarist Name Attacks Muslims For Militarist Names

As names can be an indicator of how a civilization views itself and the outside world, names parents choose to give their children are at least something of a guide to what they hold in high regard and what they wish for their children. And as Muslims often choose names related to war and violence, could those possibly be indicative of their values?

Richard Dawkins’ anti-Islam/anti-Muslim propaganda exposed: The facts

by Jai Singh

There is currently increasing journalistic scrutiny of the atheist British scientist Richard Dawkins and his ally Sam Harris’ statements about Islam and Muslims.

‘Rabbis for Romney’ Founder Extends Invite to Pamela Geller

(via LGF)

The founder of Rabbis for Romney says he won’t divulge the names of its members because he fears they will be criticized for breaking with the majority of Jews who support President Barack Obama.

L.I. Synagogue Cancels Controversial Pamela Geller Speech

A Long Island synagogue has canceled a controversial speech by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller. Geller was set to speak Sunday at the Great Neck Synagogue. She had been invited by the men’s club at the synagogue to give a speech on Sharia, the religious and moral code of Islam.

Drone strikes linked to “unprecedented” psychological trauma in Pakistan

“They are always apprehensive about the drones, about their lives,” said Pehshawar psychiatrist. A report from the AFP this week finds that the psychological trauma suffered by Pakistanis living under the threat of U.S. drone strikes and Taliban fighting is “unprecedented.”

Muslim Fraternity Confronts Negative Stereotypes

Members of Alif Laam Meem held signs that said “Muslims Say No to Domestic Violence” and “Muslims Say Yes to Women’s Rights” at the Men’s Rally Against Domestic Violence in Dallas on March 24 to protest the abuse of women and to put a positive face on a religion they say is often misunderstood.

TAM: The Islamophobes Latest Fantasy Rape Fatwa

Are there some extremist Muslim scholars, and some who have issued fatwas that require a response from mainstream Muslim scholars. Absolutely! Are mainstream Muslim scholars attempting to counter these extremists with clarifying fatwas and statements? Absolutely!

How many states, besides Oklahoma, ban Islamic law?

The Oklahoma legislature passed a bill Monday to prevent the use of religious or foreign law in state courts. Between 2010 and 2012, lawmakers in 32 states introduced similar bills, and six states – Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota and Tennessee – enacted such bills into law.

Muslim Women Reject FEMEN’s Attempt to “Liberate” Them

FEMEN “International Topless Jihad” protests seemed to have been a good way for Eurocentric feminists to ignore Muslim feminists while at the same time gaining significant media attention.

Dutch Nationalists Cheer Mosque Arson in Enkhuizen

A police spokesman Sunday said that it is almost certain that the fire Saturday morning in a mosque in Enkhuizen was lit. How the arson was carried out, the police did not disclose. It is not yet clear in which way the perpetrators must be sought.

Burmese Muslims Skeptical of Mosque Fire That Killed 13 Children

It’s important to highlight that there are conflicting reports on what caused this tragic fire and that it is not established that it was the result of arsonists. The persecution that Muslims have faced in Myanmar has been on a horrific scale and does not engender trust in the authorities.

Afghanistan: NATO Air Strike Kills 11 Children

KABUL, Afghanistan — A fierce battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan left nearly 20 people dead, including 11 Afghan children killed in an airstrike and an American civilian adviser, officials said Sunday.

West Bank mosque vandalized in retaliatory ‘price tag’ attack

A mosque was vandalized in a Palestinian village south of Bethlehem in an apparent “price tag” attack retaliating for the serious injury of an Israeli girl. Graffiti spray-painted Sunday on the mosque read “revenge for Adele Biton,” “regards from Adele” and “price tag.” The tires of a car parked nearby also were slashed.

Ray Kelly Changed “Nothing” About How NYPD Spies On Muslims

New York City,Kelly is asked how the department’s surveillance methods have changed in the wake of a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative series and the revelation that the very same surveillance program has generated zero leads. His reply: “Nothing…”

Faith Focus: Youth of 3 faiths meet for peace

by Clint Cooper

On Friday, about 75 young people — Muslims, Christians and Jews — will gather at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn., and talk about all that supposedly weird stuff they do in their particular faith.

Muslim mosque opens its doors to public

A month ago vandals spray-painted racial slurs onto the exterior walls of the Guelph Muslim Society Community Centre. Police labelled it a hate crime. “We’d never felt any sort of hate crime so to see that happen was kind of a shock”, says Muslim Society member Noorie Nash.

Topless Jihad vs. Muslimah Pride

Western feminists seem to have a love-hate relationship with Muslim women. On the one hand, they want to “save” them from what they perceive as their cultural and religious bondage. On the other hand, they seem rather quick to stereotype and dismiss them as brainwashed idiots.

Family Research Council’s Boykin: Bachmann and Gohmert on mission from God to hunt Muslims

The Family Research Council’s President Jerry Boykin said this week that U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX) are “standing on the word of God” in their mission to find and punish Muslims and Muslim supporters in the U.S. government.

U.S. Jewish groups call on synagogue to cancel anti-Muslim speaker

Leftist Jewish groups are calling on a Long Island synagogue to cancel a speech by an outspoken Jewish blogger known for her anti-Muslim views — raising questions about a double standard on free expression.

Serbian Orthodox Priest raped and forcefully baptized 16 year old Bosnian Muslim girl

Revelations on the sexual abuses by the Tuzla bishop – Karadžić and Mladić’s spiritual guide – have dragged the Serbian Orthodox church through one of the major scandals of the latest years.

Stop trying to split gays and Muslims

BY CHRIS STEDMAN

Anti-Islam crusader Pam Geller’s effort to foment hate between the two groups is based on lies and doomed to fail. I have an earnest and sincere question for the LGBT community: Do you support Pamela Geller?

Tennessee May Deliberately Exclude Muslim Schools From New Voucher Program

By Adam Peck

Tennessee is not the first state to try and carve out exemptions to education funding that target only Muslims.

Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn goes global with political ambitions

Buoyed by its meteoric domestic success, the far right party is planning to expand ‘wherever there are Greeks’ Emboldened by its meteoric rise in Greece, the far-right Golden Dawn party is spreading its tentacles abroad, amid fears it is acting on its pledge to “create cells in every corner of the world”.

Sam Harris and ‘New Atheists’ Upset that their Anti-Muslim Animus is Being Scrutinized

Two columns have been published in the past week harshly criticizing the so-called “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens: this one by Nathan Lean in Salon, and this one by Murtaza Hussain in Al Jazeera.

Jewish-Muslim Passover Seder Commemoration

ACCORDING TO BARRON, the first Jewish-Arab Seder in D.C. was held 25 years ago, bringing people together to work toward peace in the Middle East. “We are still working,” said Barron, “but look how far we’ve come and how many friendships we have built together.”

NJ man pleads guilty in hate crime assault

A reputed member of a white supremacist group has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges in the beating of 2 Middle Eastern men in New Jersey. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says 28-year-old Michal Gunar pleaded guilty Tuesday to hate crime conspiracy and assault charges. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced.

Daniel Pipes: Support Assad & Allow Bloodshed to Continue For as Long as Possible

Remember Daniel Pipes, the guy who former President George W. Bush nominated to lead the “US Institute of Peace,” and who was supported in that endeavor by the AJC, ADL and Neo-Con outfits such as his buddy Johnathan Schanzer‘s Foundation for the Defense of Democracies?

The message sent by America’s invisible victims

by Glenn Greenwald

As two more Afghan children are liberated (from their lives) by NATO this weekend, a new film examines the effects of endless US aggression

Religious leaders come together in Frankfort

By Janice Neumann, Special to the Tribune

Christianity, Islam and Judaism may seem like totally different religions, but participants at an interfaith forum in Frankfort learned they all share some basic principles.

Engy Abdelkader: Muslims Redefining Community

Sometimes expressions of community manifest at unexpected yet necessary moments. Illustrative is the American response to the recent proliferation of anti-Muslim hate advertisements on government owned public transit systems in cities around the country.

Question, answer session clears misconceptions about women’s rights in Islam

Self-identified as Muslim by religion, Arab by race and American by culture, an OU alumna cleared misconceptions about Islamic women’s rights at a question and answer session Monday.

HRW: 882 Homes Torched in Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma

RANGOON—Satellite images released by Human Rights Watch on Monday revealed that during the recent unrest between Buddhists and the Muslim minority in Meikhtila town, mobs burned down three neighborhoods covering 60.5 acres and containing at least 828 homes.

“Don’t die a virgin” sign stops traffic at gas station

A Madison, Wis., gas station sign board known for its quirky messages is causing a stir for its latest posting. As CBS affiliate WISC-TV reports, a sign posted outside of the BP in the Willy Street neighborhood Thursday morning read: “DONT DIE A VIRGIN TERRORISTS ARE UP THERE WAITING FOR YOU.”

Fla. State Senator: We Need to “Vaccinate” Against Shariah

As I reported in a piece for the print magazine last summer, Florida has emerged as sort of the Thunderdome of the anti-Shariah movement, with a host of lawmakers at the municipal, state, and federal level working hand-in-hand with a dedicated group of activists to combat the invisble spectre of Islamic law.

Belen Fernandez: How to Write about Muslim Americans

The Western press and social media often seem to exercise two options for dealing with the Muslim population of the world: overt, unabashed Islamophobia or slightly subtler Islamophobia.

Pope extends hand of friendship to “Muslim brothers and sisters” during Good Friday rite

ROME – Pope Francis reached out in friendship to “so many Muslim brothers and sisters” during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East.

Pamela Geller Wrong About “Sexual Jihad” Fatwa

Pamela Geller has published Islamic ruling encouraging “Sexual Jihad”: Prostitution for the holiest in which she introduces an article from Al Monitor Tunisians Raise Alarm on Possible Fatwa Encouraging ‘Sexual Jihad’

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

BY NATHAN LEAN

How the New Atheists’ anti-Muslim hate advances their belief that God does not exist is not exactly clear. In this climate of increased anti-Muslim sentiment, it’s a convenient digression, though.

Dear Rightwing Catholic Islamophobes: Pope Francis just washed the feet of a Poor Muslim

by Juan Cole

The pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 inmates, two of them women and two of them Muslim (one of the women was Muslim).

Tarja Cronberg: Islamophobia Had Been Fueled by the Response of the West to 9/11

Hatef Mokhtar of The Oslo Times had a very interesting interview on a wide range of subjects with Tarja Cronberg, a member of the European Parliament, the whole interview is well worth the read if you are interested in European issues that effect the whole world.

Fox News Stokes Islamophobia with Misleading Story

Christians face discrimination in many places in the Muslim world, including in Egypt, however it certainly doesn’t help when Fox News, a bastion of Right-Wing fundamentalism (of both the political and religious variety) pushes misleading stories.

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

JERUSALEM — Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was erected in 325, over the site where it is believed Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead.

South Bend mosque holds blood drive

Muslims are trying to do their part to help others. The Islamic Society of Michiana held a blood drive Friday organized by the South Bend Medical Foundation.The drive was open to the public and held immediately after the Friday prayer service which over 250 people attend.

Russia police force three Muslim men to trim their beards at gunpoint

Police officers in Russia forced three men in a Muslim cafe to cut their beards at gunpoint, it has been claimed. During an inspection of a Muslim cafe in the Russian city of Surgut police officers apparently threatened some visitors with automatic weapons and with a lighter.

Muslim Women Encouraged to Explore STEM

The Nubian Benevolence Association was the official sponsor for the Muslim Women in (STEM) presentation at the Lorton Community Library on Saturday, March 23, but there was little doubt that Hajjar Ahmed, daughter of the organization’s co-Founder Hossam Ahmed, was the driving force behind the event.

The hardline Buddhists targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslims

After a series of attacks on mosques, wild rumours about animal slaughter and an attempt to outlaw the halal system of classification, the BBC’s Charles Haviland investigates how Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is being targeted by hardline Buddhists.

Islam: 80% of French public favor tougher anti-veil laws

Intellectuals sign online petition after Supreme Court ruling

(ANSAmed) – PARIS, MARCH 25 – The Islamic veil is still very much a national controversy, data from a front-page BVA survey in Le Parisien newspaper showed on Monday.

Glenn Beck: Michele Bachmann Under Investigation Because She’s Against Radical Islam

Glenn Beck suggested Tuesday that the ethics investigation into the erstwhile presidential campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is retribution for the congresswoman’s outspoken crusade against what she has called the threat of radical Islam.

Commentary: Pope Francis’ ties with Jews, Muslims could strengthen Vatican

The most interesting thing about Argentine Pope Francis may be not just that he’s the first Latin American to head the Vatican, but also that he may become the Church’s biggest champion of interfaith dialogue ever.

Colbert Report: Sharia Mops

(Via Comedy Central)

Despite Tennessee lawmakers’ best efforts, Sharia law manages to work its way into the state building’s men’s room.

ADVANCE EXCERPT: Upcoming Ailes Biography Reveals Fox’s Islamophobia Goes Straight To The Top

In an upcoming biography of Fox News president Roger Ailes, author Zev Chafets reports that Ailes hasn’t donated to any Muslim charities, and connects that decision to comments tying all Muslim charities to terrorism.

Pregnant woman attacked by jogger apparently because she was wearing hijab

Toronto police say a male suspect allegedly hit and harassed a pregnant woman on the street because she was wearing a hijab. Police allege a jogger went out of his way to strike the woman in two separate incidents during the last month on Yonge Street near Eglington Avenue.

Scary Sink Terrorizes Tennessee State Legislature

Oh noes, it appears the wily stealth Mooslims installed a terrorist sink in the Tennessee state legislature! Or so thought a couple of Tennessee House and Senate members, namely Republican Sen. Bill Kreton and Rep. Judd Matheny.

Swedes Counter Anti-Muslim Rally

Rejecting of their hate message against Muslims, many Swedes have showed up in the southern city of Malmo to protest against a far-right group, leading to abort the anti-Muslim rally. “There were angry skirmishes after the anti-racists marched from Möllevångstorget square to the Stortorget square around noon, a lot of people seemed ready for a fight,” said The Local’s Patrick Reilly from the scene.

James Holmes and “Retrospective Jihad”

One does not even have to wonder whether the media or Islamophobes would react in a similar manner if Holmes converted to Judaism or Christianity and proclaimed to justify his actions through those religions!

Big Data, Big Brother: Hadoop for Spooks?

The man who introduced the CIA’s Chief Technology Officer, Ira “Gus” Hunt, at yesterday’s GigaOM Structure:Data conference in New York City thought it would be funny to quip, “If you don’t give a big round of applause for our next speaker, he’s gonna find out and it’s gonna go on your permanent record.”

Anti-Islam Rightists Target German Youth

Seeking a bigger support among German youth, a rightist group is using Facebook, YouTube and other social media websites to spread its racist, anti-Islam message. “They are clearly racist,” Alexander Häusler, an expert on right-wing extremism at University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, told Deutsche Welle.

Sri Lanka: Anti-Muslim Campaign Continues

(Via LoonWatch.com)

Anti-Islam vandalism increases in Kandy Sri Lanka. In order to hurt the Muslims in Kandy, filthy English wording has been written on the iron doors of a closed shop.

Deadly clashes in Burma between Buddhists and Muslims

(Guardian)

Burma‘s president has declared a state of emergency after two days of sectarian violence in a central town that has killed at least 20 people.

German spies accused of racism, Islamophobia

(The Local)

Germany’s security service the Verfassungsschutz is a hornet’s nest of conflict, envy, jealousy and inappropriate insults, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing inside sources.

Frenchman convicted of veil assault

Agence France-Presse

A Frenchman who ripped a Muslim woman’s veil off her face as she strolled in a fairground was Wednesday given a five-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to compensate his victim.

Georgian nationalists protest against new mosque

This was the main slogan of a protest rally organized by a group of Georgian nationalists outside the government’s house. Members of the non-governmental organization named “National Front” staged the protest against construction of a new mosque in the sea-side city of Batumi near the Turkish border.

Pork-filled Envelopes Sent to mosques

Islamophobic acts, jokes in bad taste or overtly racist provocations? In the past few days, mosques in several regions of France, received by mail envelopes containing pork. Some mosques, such as the one in Mulhouse, decided to lodge a complaint.

Aberdeen church opens doors to Muslims

A Scottish reverend has invited Muslims to pray alongside Christians in an Aberdeen church because the nearby mosque is so small that some worshippers were forced to pray outside.

Local Russian Hijab Ban Puts Muslims in a Squeeze

When local school officials in the sparsely populated far east of the Stavropol region announced that girls in hijabs, the Islamic head covering, would no longer be allowed in government schools, the Salikhovs had to make changes.

The FBI’s anticipatory prosecution of Muslims to criminalize speech

by Glenn Greenwald

US-born Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 45 years in prison for allegedly attending a terrorist training camp when he was 19.

The Invasion and Destruction of Iraq in Retrospect

The mainstream media is a bit more reflective, realizing it rubber stamped government propaganda and fed into the hysteria of invasion with patriotic fervor. Questions regarding blowback, repercussions, ramifications from this war however have not really been analyzed in-depth.

Pope Francis’ run-in with Benedict XVI over the Prophet Mohammed

In 2005, then Pope Benedict quoted from an obscure medieval text which declared that the Prophet Mohammed, founder of the Islamic faith, was “evil and inhuman”, enraging the Muslim population and causing attacks on churches throughout the world before an apology was issued.

Stop saying targeted killings protect Muslim women

BY EMAAN MAJED

A justification for targeted killings in the middle east was to shield women from violence. They’ve made it worse.

Church offers prayer space for Muslim community

While the University considers itself a diverse community, some students have felt left out of the equation — until now. The Second Reformed Church, located at 100 College Ave., will now offer a place for practicing Muslims to go for their Friday worship, Pastor Doug Shepler said.

Atheists Shocked to Find Some Orthodox Muslims Voluntarily Segregate by Sex

Lawrence Krauss was under the impression that attendees of the debate were being forced to sit in segregated seating when clearly the troubles began when a few atheist men demanded to sit in-between Muslim women who had voluntarily chose to sit apart from men.

Bill would stop Sharia Law

by Kevin McDermott (StL.Today)

JEFFERSON CITY • In what has become a regular ritual here, a state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would prevent Sharia Law from taking over Missouri.

Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer Thinks Garibaldi is Nathan Lean

Hate group leader, Far-right Catholic fanatic and anti-Muslim Crusader/terrorist-inspirer, Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer of Our Lady of the Cedars Church, a full-time paid shill for racist David Horowitz has been pretty sore that I exposed the fact he is an ordained deacon.

RollingStone: Police Spying on American Muslims Is a Pointless National Shame

(Via RollingStone.com)

New report details the damaging effects of the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance regime.

Hate Crime: James Parrish Charged With Arson Attack on Sikh Owned Business

A 53-year-old man is charged with a hate crime, accused of setting fire to a Green Bay convenience store owned by a Sikh American – seven months after the most deadly U.S. attack on Sikhs in recent memory at an Oak Creek temple.

#MyJihad: San Francisco Tells Hate Group Leaders Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer To Hit The Road

We covered the #MyJihad ad campaign back in December, a campaign that seeks to reclaim the term Jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.

Anti-Islam writer “infiltrates” Muslim conference, finds it “innocuous”

FrontPage Magazine is edited by David Horowitz, a conservative activist who once gave money to Islamophobic Dutch politician Geert Wilders. But Mark Tapson says that it’s all part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s plot to win “the hearts and minds of the young.

Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem faces silent destruction

Jerusalem’s Mamilla, or Maman Allah, cemetery has been a Muslim burial ground since the 7th century. It is said to hold the remains of companions of the Prophet Muhammad, soldiers and officials from the rule of Saladin in the 12th century, as well as generations of Jerusalem’s most important families.

British Muslims Save Jewish Synagogue

BRADFORD – Extending their hands to their Jewish neighbors to save their worship place, Muslims in the northern British city of Bradford are rallying efforts to raise funds for preserving the last remaining synagogue in the city.

Muslim discrimination ‘too common’ in Sweden

Swedish Muslims have slammed the government for failing to combat discrimination, submitting a report to the UN with a list of proposed measures, such as setting up an inquiry into the abuse of Somali migrants in the tiny town of Forserum.

Drones, Dearborn and the Killing of Muslims

by Garibaldi

John Brennan‘s appointment to head the CIA reached the senate floor in a final phase that was supposed to witness a quick “stamp of approval” but in a stunning move Sen. Rand Paul announced that he would filibuster the appointment…

Afghan Student Details Capture, Torture by CIA ‘Strike Force’

An engineering student at Kandahar University, Abdul Qayum was at the center of a major incident over the weekend, when he was detained by a CIA “strike force” that attacked his university and tortured in detention before President Karzai secured his release.

Report: NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslims ‘Harmful’

The New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community has had harmful consequences, according to a report being released Monday from the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and its partners.

If Muslims Stop Drinking Will They Become Violent?

If the Washington Post’s deceptively titled article, ‘Rise of a Bosnian Mayor With Headscarf Challenging Assumptions about Islam,’ is the best our major media can do, then perhaps it’s good they’re dying. The title’s half the length of a tweet and it happens to do everything but challenge assumptions about Islam.

Muslim helpline reveals majority of faith attacks on women

(Guardian)

The majority of Muslims physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith are women, according to the first results from the UK’s official helpline for victims of Islamophobia.

Alexandra Minter: Tufts Daily Advertisement On Islam Provides Forum For Discussion On Islamophobia

I headed to the dining hall and opened the Tufts Daily, only to see an advertisement (scroll down to see the ad) with the boldfaced words “FACES OF ISLAMIC APARTHEID” with pictures of individuals behind photo-shopped crosshairs within the advertisement…

Group aims to limit Muslim development of former Catholic school in rural Howard County, Md.

WESTMINSTER, Md. — A citizens group aims to limit new construction at a former Catholic school complex in rural Howard County that an Islamic community is considering buying.

Florida advances Sharia ban

BY JILLIAN RAYFIELD

Florida is once again mulling a ban on sharia law, this time passing a bill out of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee that would prevent courts from considering “foreign law” when handing down legal decisions.

‘Tablet’ publishes Vilkomerson saying lobby promotes Islamophobia, and ‘power over justice’

Tablet has a roundtable about the Israel lobby. All the voices are Jewish. The best commenter is Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace, though Noah Pollak of the Emergency Committee for Israel lets his guard down in a remarkable manner.

Pamela Geller: CPAC is “enforcing the Shariah”

“What are they doing at CPAC? Essentially, they are enforcing the Shariah,” said anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. “Under the Shariah, the blasphemy laws, you cannot say, you cannot offend, you cannot criticize and you cannot insult Islam. That is effectively what they’re doing, they are enforcing the Shariah.”

Hateful graffiti discovered on Guelph mosque

Guelph police are investigating after racial graffiti was discovered on a mosque. Police say “numerous” spray-painted graffiti markings were discovered on the outside of the Guelph Muslim Society’s mosque at 286 Water Street early Tuesday.