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“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 a paid speaking gig from a group indiscreetly called ‘Friends of Hamas’.”

Read more: “A new low for Breitbart”

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 more than 110.

You can read more here: Bullitt board rejects plan for Islamic cemetery

“[Some residents] expressed concern about environmental issues associated with Islamic burial traditions, which typically involve no caskets or vaults. Some feared vandalism from those opposed to Islam.”

What can Muslims do to counter such opposition to what should be an easy approval?

Hagel Confirmation Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some opponents of the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense allege that he has shadowy Hamas ties — yet the group they pinpoint apparently does not exist.

See: “Friends of Hamas”: The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn’t Actually Exist.

Have you been following the Senate hearings?

Students: Want a Summer Internship?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is accepting applications from students for its summer internship program in Los Angeles or Washington, DC.

The MPAC internship program helps young leaders who are committed to making Muslims a vital and contributing component in American society, as well as helping them to develop their research, leadership and communication skills.

Interns take part in weekly leadership classes on professional development and networking, along with hands-on experience in government, media, community engagement, interfaith relations and Hollywood outreach.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 8, 2013. For more information, contact Marium Mohiuddin by telephone (323-258-6722) or email (marium@mpac.org).

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posted 12:51:09am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Russia vs. Islam?
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posted 2:33:30am Mar. 11, 2014 | read full post »

"Innocence of Muslims"
"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," reports Howard Mintz of the San Jose (California) Mercury Ne

posted 10:35:30pm Feb. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Gender Segregation
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 not talking about gender segregation i

posted 2:34:21am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe
"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 in view of the grandiose claims advanced by some Muslims for the

posted 9:00:04pm Dec. 09, 2013 | read full post »


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