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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."

What Do Pastor Jones and His Critics Have in Common? Deep Fear of Muslims

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

About a month ago, before there was any conversation in the American news media about the insignificant Florida pastor, Terry Jones, and his plan to b...

Burned Quran Found Outside Chicago Mosque On Sept. 12

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A burned copy of Islam's holy book was found in front of a Muslim center in Chicago last weekend. The charred Quran was discovered outside of the Mus...

Kashmir Protests Leave 15 Dead, 45 Wounded

AP | AIJAZ HUSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SRINAGAR, India — Indian forces fought Kashmiri demonstrators in street battles that killed 15 people – including one police officer &ndas...

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.

Reverend Terry Jones: A Case of 'Somebody' Envy

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Feeling like "nobody" when you've felt like "somebody" can push you to desperate actions. That may explain why Reverend Terry Jones may fulfill his mission and will not be talked out of it.

Forget the Pastor: Let's Talk About the Extremists to Worry About

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

This debate -- ostensibly about the rights of American Muslims to build a community center a few blocks from Ground Zero -- is really about the rights of Muslim Americans to be just that: both Muslim and American.

Bonfire of Insanity -- Pastor Terry Jones' Burning Love for Jesus

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dylan Brody


Pastor Jones, the Clanging Cymbal

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

I attended a wedding this past weekend that included a reading from 1 Corinthians 13. No surprise there, since that seems to be the favored selected r...

'Burn A Quran Day' Gets A NSFW Commercial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

No event works without a little promotion. And despite the media's best efforts to turn "International Burn A Quran Day" into a big deal, somebody dec...

Quran Burning Canceled

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11. Pastor...

Thank You, Koran Burners

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sally Kohn

Now when someone insists Islam is the only religion with fringe whack jobs, we can all reply, "Not true! Look at those Christian whack jobs burning K...

WATCH: Yosemite Sam On Burning Korans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

Yosemite Sam talks about his relation to the Reverend Terry Jones and International Burn A Koran Day, as well as being inspired by Glenn Beck's restor...

The Really Good Thing About Book Burning

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The reason the proposed Quran book burning by a Gainesville church is good is that there is finally an issue again that will bring Americans together. Right?

Iran Stoning Sentence Stirs Internal Debate Of Koranic Interpretation, Foreign Policy Issues

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran's hard-line government holds fast to the belief that relenting under international pressure is a great blunder because, ultimately, it just invit...

P is for Pastor. (Also for Poison)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We will shine a light on what is false, until the world sees what we see. And if it falls to us to be known forever after as the spark for that bonfire, it is as the Lord has written: Any publicity is good publicity.

10 Reasons Not to Burn a Quran -- and How to Fight Bigotry

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

Human Rights First has compiled our own list -- we asked our supporters to submit reasons NOT to burn a Koran. We received over 5,000 responses.

Jones' Bonfire Lights an American Debate

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yoav Sivan

This conflict -- between tolerating the intolerant action and the government's responsibility to curb its damage -- is an American dilemma.

Burning Scriptures -- An Opportunity for Peace

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Some might say that Pastor Jones would never agree to a dialogue. Until he is approached, we will never know. The job of the peacemaker is to show the parties that talking to each other is politically and emotionally safe.

Burning the Quran, Endangering America

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Free expression is a deeply American right, but Americans should be outraged by this deeply anti-American expression of hatred. The rest of the world will certainly be watching, and taking notes.

Who Is Terry Jones?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

The American media seem spellbound by Terry Jones (who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11) as a stuntmaster. The only thing it doesn't seem fascinated by is Terry Jones the person.

Minister: 'Burn A Quran Day' To Go As Planned On September 11

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The government turned up the pressure Tuesday on the head of a small Florida church who plans to burn copies of the Quran on...

Freedom of Speech or Islamophobia?

Maher Arar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maher Arar

We can't judge all Muslims based on the actions of few. If we were to accept this simplistic view we would have to admit that Muslims have the right to accuse all Americans of being murderers for the crimes committed abroad.

White House: Koran Burning Endangers Troops

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday called a Florida church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book to mar...

Americans Don't Burn Books

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

Enough of Progressives and Democrats who engage in these debates rather than attack these bigoted racist hypocrites. Enough of the hate-mongers getting all the attention and press.