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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.

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Zahra Billoo on CAIR, Islamophobia, and the Challenges of Interfaith Work

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.31.2013 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

For the second episode of our all-new podcast examining the many fascinating conversations to be had within the American Muslim community, my co-ho...

Bloomberg's Veto Upsets Muslim Rights Group

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Muslim-American civil rights groups are criticizing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for vetoing a bill on Tuesday (July 23) that would hav...

Woman's 911 Call On 'Very Muslim' Cab Driver Sparks Legal Action

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 06.19.2013 | DC

McLEAN, Va. -- For the second time in as many months, a Muslim civil rights group is pursuing criminal charges on behalf of a taxicab driver who was s...

Civil Rights Probe Into Man Shot By FBI In Bombing Investigation

AP | Posted 07.29.2013 | Crime

ORLANDO, Fla. — An advocacy group is demanding a civil rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant who was shot to death by autho...

MyJihad: Just a Spiritual Journey?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amitai Etzioni

Those who seek for us to better understand Islam would do better if they acknowledged that jihad is open to both kinds of interpretations -- both those that legitimize violence and those that abhor it.

Will Wrigley

She Won't Leave D.C. Alone | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.15.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Ready for the next round of jihad-related Metro ads? The ongoing saga over anti-Islamic advertisements in the district will soon open...

Allen West Nemesis Gets The Last Laugh

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

Weeks after taking to eBay to auction off a bizarre letter it received from former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in 2011, the Florida chapter of the Counci...

Aaron Sankin

Why Are SF Buses Advertising Jihad? | Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.04.2013 | San Francisco

For the second time in recent months, billboards on side of San Francisco's fleet of buses have become the front lines in a fight over the place of Is...

WATCH: Broward Meeting On Muslim School Holidays Request Turns Ugly

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 11.02.2012 | Miami

A Broward School District Diversity Committee meeting got ugly Thursday night -- at one point, requiring police intervention -- when advocates present...

Huge Disappointment For SoCal Muslims

AP | Posted 10.14.2012 | Los Angeles

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed part of a lawsuit that alleged the FBI violated...

Joe Walsh: Muslims In America, Radical Islam 'A Threat' More Now Than After 9/11

Posted 08.10.2012 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) isn't known for holding his tongue. The outspoken politician's recent tirades against Rev. Jesse Jackson for "oppressing ...

American Muslim Alleges FBI Had A Hand In His Torture Overseas

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 04.17.2012 | Crime

Last June, while Yonas Fikre was visiting the United Arab Emirates, the Muslim American from Portland, Oregon was suddenly arrested and detained by E...

4 Muslims File Harassment Lawsuit Against FBI, Border Patrol

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 06.13.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Some Detroit-area Muslims have been held at gunpoint, handcuffed and repeatedly harassed about their religion when returning to the U.S. fr...

Jaweed Kaleem

Muslims Rally In Support Of NYPD Mosque Surveillance | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- As the imam at the Muhammadi Community Center, a mosque and Islamic center in Queens, Mohd Qayyoom has closely watched reports that the ci...

Jaweed Kaleem

What States Have The Most Mosques? Survey Shows Trends Among American Muslims | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion

In the decade since 9/11, American Muslims and mosques have come under a close lens, from congressional hearings on radicalization to campaigns agains...

Muslims in America 2012 - Who Will They Vote For?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

For the vast majority of the electorate, the economy trumps most other issues. Candidates who continue to raise anti-Muslim fears should be seen as irrelevant distractions from the real problems of the economy, jobs, civil rights, education and health care.

Presidential Ungratefulness

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

While America honors the legacy of civil rights color-bearer Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., it is ironic that President Obama betrays his memory. In...

Blogger Praises Corpse-Urinating Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 01.13.2012 | Religion

Pamela Geller, who has been referred to as the "queen of the Muslim bashers," is not doing anything to shed that title. Geller, the executive direc...

Michigan's Anti-Bullying Law Exemption Dropped By Senator

Posted 11.17.2011 | Gay Voices

Michigan-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups say they are relieved after an area senator agreed to drop a controversia...

School District Near Deal In Federal Somali Student Civil Rights Probe

AP | CHRIS WILLIAMS | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota school district must report to the federal government any future allegations of harassment against Somali students as ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Some Muslims Question Anwar Al-Awlaki's Death | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion

The U.S.-led killing in Yemen of al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. born imam who was known for his Internet videos preaching violent jihad and...

Is 9/11 Coloring Book Anti-Muslim?

Posted 11.01.2011 | Chicago

A 36-page "graphic novel coloring book" created by a St. Louis, Mo., publisher is attracting international attention -- and has reportedly sold out of...

Attorney General Invokes State Secret Rules After Muslims Sue FBI

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 10.02.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has invoked state secrets rules to prevent information from being released in a lawsuit filed by...

Woman 'Shocked' Over Abercrombie & Fitch Headscarf Firing

South San Francisco, CA Patch | Drew Himmelstein | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion

Hani Khan, 20, of Foster City said she had never faced discrimination before being fired from an Abercrombie & Fitch subsidiary at Hillsdale Mall....