Robert Spencer's scheduled appearance casts a negative light on what should be a positive event. Is this the type of person with whom the Kolbe Academy and Catholic homeschoolers in California want to be associated?
Among those partaking in Indiegogo's services is the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. They are using the platform to raise money for another batch of anti-Muslim ads.
Today in religion news: Robert Spencer gets rejected by a Catholic diocese, a win and a lose against the contraception mandate, the debacle over the fetus-is-not-a-person argument by a Catholic hospital and Mormon activism.
Her claims are so bizarre that one struggles to understand whether they are worthy of a response. Yet, hidden beneath lie tangible attacks against the very teachings of Islam, and it is imperative to address these.
Ralph Nader is right to have encouraged a debate on anti-Semitism against Arab Americans compared with the response to anti-Semitism against Jewish Americans. There is a shameful double standard and it must end.
Just how much did the constant validation of Islamophobic ideas by the likes of Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, and Robert Spencer play a role in Breivik's ultimate decision to actually carry out his terrorist attacks?
For those following the idiotic allegations that Sharia is creeping into American society and wonder who speaks for Islam, I think the answer is obvious. Western extremists are now the new hijackers of Islam.
A scary number of the Republican rank-and-file seem to be functioning under the impression that every Muslim in America is a "stealth jihadist" waiting to flip the switch from "good" to "evil" like the Clone Troopers in Star Wars.
The case of Rifqa Bary has set the stage for the ideological bankrupt neocons and right wing evangelicals to pursue another desperate attempt to resuscitate their all but defunct "clash of civilization" scare.
Obama's ability to identify ethnically and emotionally with the Islamic world, along with his ability to articulate American tolerance that goes back to the founding fathers, means that we're on our way.