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How Mars Became Haram: A Guide to Freaky Fatwa News
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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)

Pamela Geller Wrong About “Sexual Jihad” Fatwa
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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’

Sixth Circuit: Michigan Can Ban Anti-Islam Ads from Buses
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By Joe Palazzolo

Does First Amendment protect our right to say what we want in advertisements on the side of a city bus?

Yes and no.

Egypt ‘necrophilia law’? Hooey, utter hooey.
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While you can likely find a fatwa for everything, when the recent story claiming that the “Egyptian parliament was considering passing a law that would allow husbands to have sex with their wives after death” went viral, the BS meter shot up pretty high for us.

Cucumber “Fatwa” Seems to Be Only Shoddy Reporting
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The article quotes an UNNAMED Islamic Cleric residing in Europe who “has banned women from touching bananas, cucumbers and other elongated fruit and vegetable due to their sexual resemblance” The Bikyamasr article refers to the source as “The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news”.

Geller celebrates judge’s ruling on Detroit bus ads, claims she is inspired by feelings of love
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A national group that wants to advertise its anti-Muslim messages on Metro Detroit buses has won the right to display their ads on the sides of local buses.

Frank Fredericks: Portland Bomber: How Must Muslim Americans Respond?
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While I have lived in New York now for over six years, I grew up just outside Portland in a small town called Battle Ground, and frequented downtown Portland most of my life, including for school and church.