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Islamophobia

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.27.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Switzerland Highights Europe's Huge Immigration Problem

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Milton Ezrati

Not too long ago, the Swiss voted in a referendum to limit immigration and make it easier to expel foreign-born residents. The specifics of the vote matter less than the sentiment it reflects, in Switzerland and Europe generally, feelings exemplified in an otherwise insignificant incident in the small Swiss city of Nyon.

Why Won't Major Media Report on Muslims Combatting Terrorism?

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

There exist two scenarios where no one can hear you scream. The first is of course, in space because there's no oxygen. And the second is on Earth, but only if you're a global Muslim leader condemning ISIS and promoting universal religious freedom.

What Muslim Hashtag Activism Actually Accomplishes

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) ISIS terrorist rampages, waves of anti-Muslim hate speech and fear-mongering Islamophobia are inspiring an outburst of online activism in the fo...

A House of Prayer for All (as in 'All') People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Due to the marvels of modern technology, this morning I was able to sit in my living room in Southern California and watch the livestream of the service of Muslim Friday Prayers (Jumu'ah) from that very National Cathedral in a service that emphasized the "all" in "all people."

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

How to Fight for 'Your' Islam

Aanya Niaz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Aanya Niaz

There is no longer any need for making empty arguments about how Islam is not a religion of hate. Enough. It is time to take responsibility as citizens of a religion to research, read and then re-inform the globe of how it truly is a religion of peace.

Islamophobia as a Muslim Problem

Ali Hashem | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Ali Hashem

Islamophobia has been for years the main complaint by Muslims around the world; the feeling of being discriminated for what you believe, practice or look like prompted many Muslims in Europe and America to raise the voice and seek changing the image by drawing a clear line between Islam and extremism.

The Conservative Media's Assault on Religious Academia

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

There are several 'news' sources that claim to be conservative that berate scholars. The majority of these verbal assaults are directed at ones that are involved in the field of religious studies.

Educating Bill Maher

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Orbach

Maher is right that we should stand up for liberal principles everywhere, but it does no justice to our principles if our arguments are stacked on a foundation of stereotypes.

WATCH: Muslim Students Defend Petition To Revoke Bill Maher's Campus Invite

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

The campus petition to revoke Bill Maher's invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley's December commencement has been debated as a...

The 'Stop Bill Maher' UC Berkeley Petition Is How Islamists, Not Liberals, Promote Free Speech

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
H. A. Goodman

The day liberals confuse real talk and passionate debate with bigotry is the day Bill O'Reilly and Fox news shape the narrative of our nation.

Americans Think The Country's Muslim Population Is Much Bigger Than It Really Is

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

This type of ignorance isn’t bliss. Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States -- and at least 13 ...

The Logic of the 'Moderate' Mindset

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

In gauging the responses to my writing, I have a personal rule: don't just look at what is being written, but why it is being written.

Watch Canadians Punch Racism In The Face

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

There are many recent "social experiment" videos showing average citizens' candid responses to public injustice -- but they rarely end with one of the...

Muslim American or American Muslim. Does It Matter?

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

We all have a story. My story is that I was born in Chicago to a Muslim father and Christian mother. I was born to parents that came to America to flee persecution and war and to strive for the American dream. My story isn't that much different than other American Muslims. I

"You ARE Home" -- How a Small Canadian Town Shamed Bigots Everywhere

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Every cowardly bigot, in the US, Canada or anywhere, is put to shame by the people of Cold Lake. And there are plenty who should be ashamed -- Murrieta isn't a rare example.

This Town Won't Put Up With Vandalism On Its Local Mosque

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

Mahmoud Elkabri arrived at Cold Lake Mosque for morning prayers on Friday and found an unsettling message. Scrawled in red spray paint across the exte...

Of Free Speech, Islamophobia and New Atheism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Evangelical anti-theism, much like militant theism by extremist clerics in the theist world, detaches one from the important values of objectivity and fairness.

Muslim Woman Asks Local Wisconsin Official About Buses, Gets Grilled About Sharia Law

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

For one city alderman in Wisconsin, it's perfectly appropriate to respond to a constituent question about city transit on Election Day by asking the c...

Muslim Vloggers Come Clean About Staged Stop-And-Frisk Video (UPDATE)

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Video producers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar admitted Tuesday that their viral video purporting to show Islamophobia on New York’s street...

It's Amazing What Hummus Can Do To Promote Peace

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) A small band of Jews and Muslims marched through one of the city’s busiest squares Tuesday (Oct. 14) shouting “Spread Hummus! Not...

Is CNN America's Most Islamophobic Network?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

If the answer to this question is "no," a case can still be made that the cable news network is on track to rival Fox News in promoting the worst Islamophobic stereotypes. The latest controversy involving an interview with Reza Aslan raises serious concerns about CNN's willingness to tap into and reinforce widespread prejudices against Islam in order to generate ratings.

At War With Islam?

Nida Khan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

As the fight against ISIS/ISIL continues, and so do our campaigns to fight terrorism around the world, we are bound to be reminded that we are not in a war against Islam. But why is it that when I turn on the news, listen to people discuss Islam or look at images of Muslims in popular culture, it damn sure feels like we are.

The Geopolitics of Oil Promotes Islamic Fundamentalism. Ben Affleck's Political Correctness Doesn't. Tell Sam Harris.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It feels good for many people to look at Islam without looking at the bigger picture of geopolitics and foreign policy, but doing so allows us to repeat the same mistakes, while focusing intently on only part of the problem.