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Colorado Springs: The War at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

If we insist on requiring Muslims to disavow Islamist violence, it's fair also to ask conservative Americans to be honest and self-critical about the connections between our country's poisonous environment and domestic extremist violence.

I Hate Fundamentalism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Fundamentalism is an idea so extreme that its adherents will do anything to see it succeed. Anything. Fundamentalism is an idea that cancels out any competing concerns, any other values or commitments. To a fundamentalist, the end justifies the means, no matter what.

To Fight Extremism Abroad Americans Must Deploy Weapons of Democracy Here at Home

Cynthia Dill | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

What's in a name? That which we call Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh by any other name would be as evil. Radical extremism is the enemy, and those eager to fight it abroad must name and confront it here at home.

The Paris Attacks Are a Reminder We Should All Listen to the London-Based Khalifa (Caliph) of Islam

Atif Rashid | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Atif Rashid

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been leading the peaceful revival of the true Islam for 126 years now and constantly warns the world of the dire consequences of turning away from Godliness and good morals.

Ahmadi Mosque Attacked In Pakistan After Blasphemy Rumor

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.21.2015 | World

LAHORE/ KARACHI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Angry protesters attacked and occupied a mosque belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in northeastern Pakistan on...

Dear New Atheists, Islam Does Not Need Reform

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

We must understand that the only way to defeat the ISIS narrative is by providing a reformist counter-narrative that is based on intellectual honesty and truth. Such a narrative exists. Let us support it, not fight it.

Why We Must Stop Radicalization

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

Terrorists are not born: they are created, fueled and radicalized, they are taught to hate and kill in cold blood. We need to disarm the process of radicalization, to undo the mechanisms of influence that can place young people on the path to violent extremism. We must teach peace.

Light Upon Light

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

In the moments before I first learned of the darkness unfolding in Paris on Friday, I was sitting in a circle of light. Some fellow seekers and I were seated as we often are on Friday evening, pondering on the path of those yearning for closeness and presence with God.

Why Distancing Ourselves Won't Help

Merve Gül | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Merve Gül

We are not part of them, but unfortunately, these brutes are part of us. They are part of society. Our society. They don't come from Mars. They have been among us. Always. It is our problem and we as a society are responsible for solving this problem.

I Am an Out-and-Proud Happy Face Carved Into an Open, Pussy Sore

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

The 'open sores' wedding imagery was supplied by pastor Kevin Swanson, the organizer of last week's National Religious Liberties Conference, which was attended by the three GOP presidential hopefuls.

With Friends Like This Who Needs Enemies? What Obama Should Say to Netanyahu Regarding the Current Palestinian Uprising.

Sultan Barakat | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Sultan Barakat

By now, President Obama recognizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bullish, self-centered, and two-faced approach to politics; however, as they meet next week in Washington, can the U.S. really afford to turn a blind eye to his latest attempts to win support among right-wing voters?

Kill the Brand First

Cameron Kamran | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Cameron Kamran

The extremist version of Islamic history rests on a hollow edifice. It has conveniently sanitized the authentic history of the Muslim and Mediterranean worlds and their deep connection to one another.

The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

This spring, Sikh soldiers serving in the U.S. military marched in New York City at the annual Sikh Parade. The regiment offered an important introspective for Pentagon leadership, and an opportunity to sharpen its strategy against extremism with the power of American ideals.

Publisher And Two Secular Writers Hacked To Death In Bangladesh

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.04.2015 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A publisher of secular books was hacked to death and three other people were wounded in two separate attacks Sa...

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Muslims Criticize David Cameron's Plan To Combat UK Extremism

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is to unveil new plans to combat extremism Monday, expanding the government's power to seiz...

The 5 Ways American Muslims Can Respond to Anti-Muslim Protests

Qasim Rashid | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

This October, anti-Islam extremists are planning roughly 20 anti-Muslim protests in front of mosques in America. With this context, here are five important ways my fellow American Muslims can, and should, respond to these anti-Muslim protests in America.

A Different Kind of Dot Com Boom

Julie Shain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Julie Shain

In a world where marketing and messaging has moved online, we cannot afford extremist groups the legitimacy and recruitment possibilities attached to a formal web address. When what lies behind these digital storefronts are violent extremist groups, we have a responsibility to stand up and say no.

Fighting Extremism Requires More Than a Good Communication's Strategy

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When King Abdullah, in the first of the seven points, calls for the return to basics, it must be emphasized that the basics here should not be limited to "deep values of love peace, justice and compassion." It should also include the basic rights of individuals and the needs for serious political and socioeconomic reforms.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world.

Little Boys and Big Shots

Jack Rothman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Jack Rothman

McNamara, Santorum, and Murdoch have all clutched tightly their battered truths, same as Dan did--reality checks be damned. In the end, there's a remarkable similarity in the foibles of renowned big shots and innocent little boys.

ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.

Women Can Help Fight Terrorism In Tunisia

Boutheina Ben Yaghlane | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Boutheina Ben Yaghlane

We face exceptional threats against our nation but, as evident from the president's declaration of the state of emergency, Tunisians are determined not to give in. As a group less likely to commit terrorist acts but disproportionately affected by terrorism, women must play a critical role in countering violent extremism.

Israel's Extremist Settlers Latest Front In Terrorism Struggle

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

AHIYA, West Bank — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages...