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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neither a Critic of Islam, Nor a Champion of Women's Rights

(21) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:12 PM

The controversy over Brandeis University's decision to withdraw its honorary degree invitation to Somali-born American activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is puzzling. Not because it wasn't the right decision -- it was -- but because of two specific ways that the school, major media organizations, and Hirsi Ali's supporters and detractors...

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Hate Group Leader Cited By Terrorist to Headline Catholic Homeschool Conference

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 10:46 AM

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."

Ordinarily, such a program...

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Tony Blair Is Wrong About Islam

(33) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 5:51 PM

There is something crudely colonial about the words of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who responded to the killing of military drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich by writing in Sunday's Daily Mail that there is a "problem within Islam" and it's high time that governments around the...

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Crowdfunding Hate: Indiegogo Profits From Anti-Muslim Campaign

(30) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Indiegogo may sound like the name of a 1970s funk band, but it's actually one of the fastest growing crowd-funding sites on the Internet. Founded in 2002 by a former Wall Street analyst, the funding platform allows inspired individuals to grow projects or personal campaigns by pooling money from donors....

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Wall Street Journal Denies Existence of Islamophobia

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Unless you've been asleep for the past 10 years (or write book reviews for the Wall Street Journal), you may have noticed that anti-Muslim sentiment in the past decade has recently spilled out into some of this country's nastiest displays of hate.

In August, a Sikh temple...

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11 Lies The Right Spreads About Muslims

(400) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Nathan Lean is the author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto Press, $17.00)

Muslims are everywhere. They're hiding out in schools, churches, and Washington's halls of power (not to mention in our closets and beneath our beds), waiting for the next opportunity...

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Yes, Virginia, Islamophobia Is Racism

(136) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Back in 2007, before Mitt Romney's dreams for clinching the 2008 GOP presidential nomination sputtered to a dismal end, he spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the makeup of his hypothetical cabinet. "Based on the numbers of African Americans [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot...

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Monster Mosques and Muslim Madness

(182) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

At 41,000 square feet, the recently completed Old Apostolic Lutheran worship center in Woodland, Wash., surely classifies as a "mega church." The two-story edifice includes two lobbies, a large sanctuary, two multipurpose rooms, an extensive nursery, a massive dining hall, and lower level and balcony seating. Its congregation has swelled...

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The Islamophobia Industry Strikes in Kansas

(377) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 3:21 PM

Just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Republican Governor Sam Brownback had a feeling he was not in Kansas anymore. At least not the Kansas that he once knew. His Sunflower State was teeming with unfamiliar creatures and though not tin-men or scarecrows or wicked witches, they were nonetheless...

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