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The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: “While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, there is […]

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No-Fly List Dispute

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Four Muslim men who have accused FBI agents of putting them on a no-fly list because they refused to become informants want to pursue damages against the agents even though the travel ban has been lifted, the men’s lawyers told […]

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The Hijab Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Every time I walk into the room, the first thought is, ‘There’s a Muslim,’ ” said Ms. [Zahra] Cheema, 25, the American-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, describing that moment when she meets with a potential employer or argues a case […]

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United in the Crosshairs

posted by Suzy Shuraym

United Airlines has a firestorm on its hands courtesy of a short-tempered flight attendant. You all know the story by now: a woman in hijab was refused an unopened can of Diet Coke because, she was told, she could use […]

Did ISIS Really Do It?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

ISIS has claimed “responsibility” for the two gunmen shot down in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. One wonders why, since the pair failed miserably in their attempt to kill some of the crowd at the event. Why crow about abject failure? […]

What Actually Happened in Garland?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed […]

Use of Sharia Law in the U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“According to Islamic law specialist Abed Awad, bans on sharia law are actually unconstitutional. Sharia law, like any foreign law or other religious law, is to be used as ‘parol evidence’ or ‘extrinsic evidence’ and provide cultural context for a […]

Texas Muslim Capitol Day

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to know where to begin on this one. Surely the organizers knew that the name itself — Texas Muslim Capitol Day — would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did). What wasn’t foreseeable, however, […]

What Can Muslims Do….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“What can Muslims do to reclaim their ‘Beautiful Religion’?” asks the headline for a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s (11 January 2015) New York Times. The ad, from the Gatestone Institute, points to “behadings and savagery by ISIS, female genital mutilations […]

What If….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“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 […]

The Torture Report

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 — […]

Putting “Muslim” on Job Applications

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to an article by Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service, “Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job opportunities.” RNS reports, […]

NYPD Stops Routine Surveillance of Muslims

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s about time! The New York Police Department has shut down its controversial Muslim surveillance program. As reported on The Huffington Post, the decision “comes amidst two federal lawsuits against the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit, and is the first major […]

“Innocence of Muslims”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Google must take down a controversial anti-Muslim video on YouTube that sparked protests across the Muslim world because keeping it on the website violates the rights of an actress who sued after she was duped into appearing in the film,” […]

Gender Segregation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Religious Freedom, Secular Forum, penned by Kenan Malik and printed in The New York Times discusses a topic that has come up many times in non-Muslim-majority countries: “Should gender segregation be allowed in Muslim public meetings.” Please note that we’re […]

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The fact [Richard] Dawkins presents – that so few Muslims have won Nobel Prizes — does raise legitimate questions that Dawkins himself addresses in a blog post about the controversy he stirred up by his tweet. He points out that […]

A & F Wrong to Fire Hijab-Wearing Salesclerk

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center have announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker […]

Buddhists Burn Homes of Muslims in Burma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Burma following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by […]

A Boycott is In Order

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post reports, “Signs posted at a Spring Branch, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for ‘No Muslim parking’ shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque.” Read all about it here: ‘No Muslim […]

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce […]

Is Glenn Beck Right?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Glenn Beck has a theory about why Michele Bachmann is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, and it’s not because her 2012 presidential campaign allegedly committed campaign finance violations: It’s because the U.S. has been ‘infiltrated’ by ‘radical […]

Why Are Tennessee Lawmakers Upset by a Mop Sink?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

They were afraid Muslim men would use it to wash their feet! Read it all here: “Tennessee lawmakers upset by mop sink that could be for Muslim foot washing”

In San Francisco?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Over the past year in San Francisco, the war over the popular conception of Islam has been continuously fought on the unlikeliest of battlefields–the sides of the city’s buses. “Purchased by the pro-Israeli American Freedom Defense Initiative, the most recent […]

Islamophobia still has its place at CPAC

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Though, for the most part, the fringiest conservatives were shut out of [the Conservative Political Action Conference] CPAC this year, one unofficial panel hosted by Breitbart.com did not disappoint, bringing out “The Uninvited” anti-Islam activists for a panel on national […]

“Friends of Hamas” and the “Junior League of Hezbollah”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two of the groups allegedly linked with Chuck Hagel, who’s facing a Senate confirmation fight for Secretary of Defense, are bogus. As Salon.com reports, “None of the charges were more ridiculous on their face than the allegation that Hagel took […]

Controversy Over a Cemetery?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After residents voiced strong opposition to a proposed Muslim cemetery in a rural part of unincorporated Bullitt County in Kentucky last week, the county’s Board of Adjustments voted 4-1 to deny the request to loud applause from the crowd of […]

What Does “Islamist” Mean?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.” Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language. He points out that there is […]

Muslim Prisoners vs. US Justice System

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Muslims have refused to abide by rules of justice in this country that apply to all others and have been successful in being awarded special rights,” writes Gary R. Welsh in AdvanceIndiana.blogspot.com. Read the entire article here. What do you […]

Michele Bachmann Reappointed to Intelligence Committee

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“While [Minnesota Republican] Rep. [Michelle] Bachmann’s Islamophobic fear mongering is a hit in conspiratorial right-wing circles, it’s beneath the level of discourse Americans should expect from members of Congress,” Ben Betz of People for the American Way, said in an […]

Top Five Islam-Bashing Republicans

posted by Suzy Shuraym

You have to read this to believe it. How can one of America’s two major political parties get away with this nonsense? It’s got to stop!

Previous Posts

The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
There's a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: "While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior. Here's what one Muslima has to say: "Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim" "I ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Stories of Resilience
Theme for the 52nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is "Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative". The confab takes place September 4 through 7, 2015, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention ...

posted 1:40:40pm Jun. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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