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When Conservatives Engage in Islamophobia and Homophobia, and Then Evoke Nazi Analogies, Hitler Smiles Gleefully In Hell

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The political goal of making a different group become the enemy and "the other" is what every Hitler analogy should revolve around, not the vapid uses of quotes from Nazis that could apply to all politicians.

Why Christians Should Worry About Hobby Lobby's 'Victory'

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

I can speak little to the practical legal implications of this decision, but as an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, I can think of several reasons Christians should be bothered by Hobby Lobby's victory.

American Muslim Agenda: A New Beginning for Muslim Americans This July 4

Mike Ghouse | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Let it be known that Americans Muslims have placed their trust in American Justice system and will continue to seek justice though it as every American does, and the law of the land is our law. There is no substitute for it.

Fighting Islamophobia With 'Political Correctness'

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It takes courage to tell truths about our Muslim neighbors and to stand in solidarity with them when they are unjustly singled out for hostility and discrimination. It takes courage to be "politically correct." And thanks to Saba Ahmed, we have a clear example of what this courage looks like in action.

Imagine If Bill O'Reilly Said Robert Bergdahl 'Looked Like a Jew'

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The reason it's "totally inappropriate" to look Muslim or speak Pastho (ironically, we've been in Afghanistan for over a decade helping people who speak Pashto) is because such sentiments pander to the prejudice and biases possessed by certain viewers of Fox, as well as certain Republican voters.

Conservative Group Representatives Taunt Muslim Woman At Benghazi Panel

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings ...

Here's Why You Should Take Religion (Especially Muslim) Off Your Resume

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly ...

Robert Bergdahl's Beard Is Not the Threat

Jasjit Singh | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Jasjit Singh

As a Sikh American, I am dumbfounded by the irresponsible Islamophobic discourse that took place on two recent Fox News national broadcasts, The O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, in which Robert Bergdahl was criticized for his appearance, namely his beard.

Quran-Burning Pastor Plans Rally In Front Of Mosque

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

Terry Jones, the Florida pastor known for burning Qurans, is planning a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, outside one of America's largest mosques. The eve...

A Tale of Boko Haram, Political Correctness, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the situation confronting kidnapped women in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, the need for international solidarity has never been greater. The 276 teenage women, who were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist group Boko Haram, have been held captive for more than a month.

An Antidote for Islamophobia

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

The antidote to bad, ill-advised free speech is good, healthy free speech. Judaism teaches that we should begin with righteous rebuke, and then go from there.

A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim Walk Into a Bar

Salvador Litvak | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, a joke?" Actually, it's a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjoo...

A Quantum Leap Toward Universal Spirituality

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

Universal spirituality does not nullify the teachings of any religion, nor does it denigrate any faith or creed. It incorporates the morals derived from religions into shared consciousness. It respects the practices of each creed.

Anti-Muslim Ad Campaign Hits D.C.

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

A new ad campaign hit Washington D.C. on Monday with a strong anti-Muslim message. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), spearheaded by P...

Boko Haram and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

As smart and witty as Bill Maher is, he has a blind spot about religion in general and Islam in particular.

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Professor Zareena Grewal on Islam is a Foreign Country

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

This month, the Diffused Congruence team speaks with Professor Zareena Grewal about her new book, Islam is a Foreign Country, and her c...

A Call to the National September 11 Memorial Museum: Don't Promote Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Donna Nevel

As Jews, we know all too well from our own history the power of language and imagery that stereotype, scapegoat and dehumanize people. We are angry and saddened to learn that the National September 11 Memorial Museum is airing a video that does just that.

Court Rules Against Offensive Trademarks

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision to refuse to allow the owners of a website titled "Stop! Islamization of America" to tra...

Conchita Wurst Rises Like a Phoenix!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Atamian

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst's epic victory in this year's Eurovision competition sent a clear and powerful message to all the homophobes, and anti-LGBT factions in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Report Says Internet Hate Speech Can Lead To Acts Of Violence

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a r...

5 Facts Islamophobia Deniers Just Don't Get

Qasim Rashid | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

While I hope not, it is likely that some Islamophobia deniers will continue to demonize Muslims who claim they've been discriminated against. Such demonizing is a slanted narrative devoid of common sense. Don't fall for it.

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If "Islamist" means one's admiration for the values of an Islamic system of governance, it would make the founder of Islam and his companions Islamists of the highest order. So how will visitors walk away without associating Islam with extremism?

Hirsi Ali: Telling a Critic From an Islamophobe

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

There is a difference between critiquing Islam and spreading irrational fear of Muslims. There is a difference between intellectually commenting on a religion and inciting hatred of its adherents.

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.