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'SNL' Mocks GOP Fears With Ad For Gay Weddings At Downtown 'Mosque' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

"Saturday Night Live" didn't shy away from controversial political topics on last night's season premiere, taking down Christine O'Donnell in the cold...

Religious Land Use Protection and Mosques: No Reason to Celebrate This Anniversary

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

The trend to discourage the construction of mosques and Islamic centers remains real. The public's understanding of Islam is riddled with misperceptions that endanger our ideals. We're better than this.

Why Are Conservatives Targeting Muslims? And Why Now?

Sara Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Robinson

Conservatives can do without a god, but they can't get through the day without a devil. Their entire model of reality revolves around the existence of an existential enemy who's out to annihilate them.

PHOTOS: 30 Days In Muslim America

Boing Boing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Our Ramadan road trip this year drew much interest from big media, thanks to the "Ground Zero Mosque controversy" and Terry Jones' Quran-burning fiasc...

The Myth of American Religious Tolerance

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

In the Oct. 2010 issue of Smithsonian, I delve into the real history of America's attitudes about religion, and it is a far different picture from the tidy tableau and storybook version of tolerance that we tell our children.

Imam Ordered To PAY For Security Officer

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A judge says an imam who plans to build a mosque near ground zero must reimburse a New Jersey city that stationed a police o...

Renee Ellmers, GOP Congressional Candidate, Links Opponent To Park51 'Victory Mosque'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

North Carolina GOP Congressional candidate Renee Ellmers has released a new attack ad against her opponent, Rep. Bob Etheridge, that attempts to link ...

The Mosque, the Nazis and Martin Luther King

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The dispute over the mosque is a lot like a hypothetical German-American march. Just as it would be wrong to treat all German-Americans as if they are Nazis, so too is it wrong to treat all Muslims as if they support terrorism.

Mosque Hysteria: Brining Us Closer to Another 9/11?

Yitz Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yitz Jordan

Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich may have brought us closer to "another 9/11" than any Cordoba House ever could.

Have Riches and Privilege Made Americans Un-Christian?

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

What ails me to the bone and marrow is that most of my fellow citizens would wear a Jesus cross proudly beneath their flag lapel pin. They boisterously call for our return to being a "Christian nation."

Who Is Funding the Funders?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

All this talk about how the Cordoba project will be funded begs a bigger question: shouldn't we be trying to find an energy alternative to oil so that we don't have to continue to send our dollars to hostile nations and entities?

Gingrich: 'No Mosque'

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday announced his opposition to a planned mosque near ground zero, becoming the late...

Bill Clinton On Park51 Center: 'They Ought To Be Able To Do It' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton said recently that he believes an Islamic cultural center proposed to be built near Ground Zero in New York City is an a...

Ignoring YouTube: Imam Feisal's Flawed Approach to 21st Century "Media"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Rosen

Interestingly, the Imam and YouTube Diplomacy have something in common: they have both been valuable inroads for the Obama Administration's engagement with the Muslim World.

Muslim Summit Planned Over NYC Islamic Center

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A proposed Islamic center near ground zero is slowly being embraced by some Muslims who initially were indifferent about the plan, pa...

The Mosque Next Door: What Americans Can Learn From Boston's Experience

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Phillip Martin

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center -the official name of the largest mosque and Muslim gathering place in New England--was twenty years in ...

Not From Around Here: The Right's Campaign to Redefine Obama

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

When Gingrich and his allies build a myth about a foreign con artist president, they imply that all those who fall outside the narrowly defined "real America" are to be viewed with distrust.

Sir Salman Rushdie on the So-Called-Mosque Debate: "This Stuff Is Stupid"

Michael Ames | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Ames

"I am not a fan of burning books, and I have some experience in this," he said. "We cannot burn books, no matter how much you dislike the book. I would not, for instance, burn the books of Dan Brown."

Michael Moore's Fundraising Campaign for the "Ground Zero" Mosque

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Michael, while doing important, good works, misses no opportunity to promote himself, yet occasionally he misses the mark in his documentaries or when he appears on TV promoting his films.

How to Kill America

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Last week, elected leaders and political figures came together in a portrait of unprecedented unity to stop International Burn the Koran Day. The sec...

The End of the Iraq War or the Continuation?

Kandie Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kandie Stroud

I'd say in Iraq that we're getting while the getting's good, before civil war and all hell breaks loose between Sunnis and Shiites and we're hightailing it home because 65% of Americans have had it with this war.

Woody Allen: Build The Mosque

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Woody Allen is very clearly in favor of the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. At the premiere of his new film "You Will Meet a Tall ...

Twitter and the Cowardice of Sarah Palin

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

For a medium designed to increase communication between people, Sarah Palin's use of these social networks has been remarkably one sided.

Ground Zero Mosque: A Double-Edged Sword for Republicans

Jerry Kremer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Kremer

Now that the mosque controversy has ballooned into an international issue, it is worth taking a look to see whether the Republicans were correct in attempting to turn the fight into a November talking point.

Shadow Generation

Valarie Kaur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valarie Kaur

What's missing in the national firestorm over Park51? The voices of young people. Here's how young people can speak out against Islamophobia without creating new enemies, starting on today.