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December 2014 Archives

Earlier this week, the Administrative Court of Alexandria, Egypt, banned a festival held each year for decades in honor of a Moroccan rabbi. According to the report in WorldPost, “local residents…objected to the mingling of men and women and the […]

It’s going to be a recurrent problem: older members of a mosque in conflict with younger members. It’s a situation that has been repeated in religious institutions in the United States since Colonial days (think of the immigrant Pilgrims’ conflicts […]

Muslim-majority countries need to get a grip. First Turkey jails a 16-year-old boy for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then Mauritania sentences a journalist to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Really? In the 21st Century? We […]

Pakistan is a mystery to me. How can it continue to act in such self-defeating ways? I’ll let the New York Times‘ Editorial Board summarize: “Despite the grief and rage that followed the massacre of 148 students and their teachers […]

Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians. It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes […]

“What if there were a group of Muslim open carry advocates who called themselves ‘Sword of the Prophet’ and whose avowed mission was to bring Sharia law to the U.S., and they took to showing up armed and in large […]

“Taliban” translates quite literally as “students”, yet (as this latest atrocity confirms) the undeniably evil men who call themselves the Taliban are anything but seekers of knowledge. Murdering more than a hundred school kids in Pakistan? Really? “Their sole purpose, […]

As an American, it’s painful to read the recently released Torture Report (United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques). The only U.S. Senator who was tortured — that would be John McCain — […]

Here we go again. Two women have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for the crime of driving. Seriously? Yeah: only in Saudi Arabia. But, why? We all know Saudi women (and girls) who have driven cars in the kingdom — […]

It has always seemed strange to me that many in the Muslim world continue to relegate half the population to the shadows. Yes, I’m talking about the role of women — and that’s especially true in places such as Saudi […]