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Why Sochi Has No Mosques
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Posted in Mother Jones on 5 February 2014
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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.

GOP Senate Candidate Complained of Lack of Muslim Movie Villains
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Posted in Mother Jones on 14 January 2014
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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.

Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now
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Posted in Mother Jones on 29 July 2013
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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!

Fla. State Senator: We Need to “Vaccinate” Against Shariah
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Posted in Mother Jones on 31 March 2013
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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.

MotherJones: The GOP’s Anti-Muslim Wing Is In Retreat
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Posted in Mother Jones on 4 January 2013
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By Tim Murphy and Adam Serwer (MotherJones)

Over the last four years, a die-hard cadre of activists and their allies in Congress have dragged the Republican Party into a fever swamp of Islamophobia and barely-concealed anti-Muslim bigotry.

Anti-Islam Filmmaker Becomes a Martyr to the Right
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Posted in Mother Jones on 18 September 2012
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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who appears to be behind the amateurish anti-Islam film that sparked violent protests at Western embassies in Arab and Muslim countries around the world last week, doesn’t exactly have a family-friendly background.

House GOP to Hold Hearings on Its Hearings on Muslim Radicals in the US
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Posted in Mother Jones on 16 June 2012
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After spending the last year and a half holding hearings on “radicalization” within the American Muslim community, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) is preparing to hold hearings on his hearings.

Meet Larry Smith, Texas’ Wannabe Anti-Shariah Sheriff
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Posted in Mother Jones on 24 May 2012
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– By Adam Serwer

Muslim religious law isn’t coming to the Lone Star State. But one Republican is on the lookout anyway.

American Muslim Alleges FBI Had a Hand in His Torture
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Posted in Mother Jones on 18 April 2012
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Last June, while Yonas Fikre was visiting the United Arab Emirates, the Muslim American from Portland, Oregon was suddenly arrested and detained by Emirati security forces. For the next three months, Fikre claims, he was repeatedly interrogated and tortured.

MotherJones: I Was a Terrorist…Seriously!
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Posted in Mother Jones on 27 March 2012
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—By Tim Murphy

Ex-jihadist Kamal Saleem tells tales of palling around with Arafat, Qaddafi, and Saddam. But his story has some big holes in it.