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In Speech To Saudi King And Muslim Leaders, Trump Discards Harsh Language About Islam

In the first major foreign policy speech of his presidency, Trump’s tone was notably softer than the harsh rhetoric about Islam that characterized his election campaign. Reading from prepared remarks, he spoke of the “peace and tolerance of all faiths” and praised the Middle East’s beauty and culture.

May 21, 2017
Trump, ISIS

How Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is Fueling ISIS

President Trump is sending a new message from the White House, one that reinforces the jihadi extremists’ propaganda and increases the likelihood that more Americans will die in attacks.

February 28, 2017
Trump refugee policies

Donald Trump’s Policies Present Us With A False Choice

It is human nature to want to find quick solutions to the problems that confront us, from poverty and unemployment to prejudice and terror. It follows that we would be tempted to believe those who assure us that simple remedies lie close by. Yet, the tragic reality is that it is precisely this instinct that leads to extremism.

February 10, 2017
Obamacare

Democratic Senators Denounce Plan To Focus Counter-Extremism Program On Islam

Restructuring the program to omit white supremacists and other non-Islamist groups “would severely damage our credibility with foreign allies and partners as an honest broker in the fight against violent extremism, and prove divisive in communities across our country,” Senators Cory Booker, Brian Schatz, and 10 others wrote in a letter addressed to cabinet secretaries.

February 10, 2017
Trump, Islam

Exclusive: Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely On Islam

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” Reuters sources confirmed, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

February 2, 2017
Trump's executive order, immigration ban, loss of democracy

Trump’s Immigration Ban And The Loss Of Our Democracy

There is a reason officers who know what they are talking about do not use the expression “radical Islam.” It tars an entire faith and it contributes to creating the religious war Trump fears. The Muslim ban will make us less safe; worse, it erodes our democracy and contributes to making us a fear-and-hate-filled, divided nation at war with the world and progressively ourselves.

January 30, 2017
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this March 27, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files

Pope: It’s Not Right To Equate Islam With Violence

“One thing is true. I believe that in almost all religions, there is always a small fundamentalist group. We have them, too,” said Francis. The pope added that people who chose to join extremist groups, such as ISIS, make such choices because they “have been left empty” of ideals, work and values.

August 1, 2016

#EndorseThis: Gingrich Calls To ‘Test Every Person Here Who Is Of A Muslim Background’

Would Gingrich use the same logic to prosecute visitors to white supremacist websites like StormFront, or anyone who uses the hashtag #whitegenocide? Right wing extremists commit terrorism, too — just as much as any radical cult. Does Gingrich want thought police?

July 15, 2016

O’Reilly Says Obama’s ‘Emotional Connection To The Muslim World’ Makes Him Weak On ISIS

“Barack Obama does not define the terror issue clearly. Here’s why.” So began a bizarre rant from Bill O’Reilly on his show last night, in which the Fox News anchor accused the president of not addressing ISIS because of his sympathies to the religion distorted by the Islamic State.

July 7, 2016
A banner stating "We Love You Mohammad" is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Muhammad Ali Feted By The Famous And Fans In Final Farewell

At an emotional memorial service at a Louisville sports arena, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, Ali’s wife Lonnie and leaders of many of the world’s religious traditions delivered powerful tributes to the man who Clinton called a “universal soldier for our common humanity.”

June 11, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump gestures outside his hotel at the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, Britain July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

‘Hi Donald, We’re Muslims!’ Scottish Offer To Teach Trump In Visit

“I would say: ‘Hi Donald, we’re Muslims, welcome to our mosque! Do you still see Muslims as a threat to Western civilizations?'” he said.

June 8, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Would A Muslim Judge Be Biased Against Trump? ‘It’s Possible,’ He Says

John Dickerson asked the real estate mogul, “Isn’t there sort of a tradition though in America that we don’t judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?” “I’m not talking about tradition,” Trump responded. “I’m talking about common sense, OK?”

June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali: ‘Greatest’ Boxer, Showman, Ambassador

Muhammed Ali, who called himself “The Greatest” — and many agreed — has died at age 74. An icon of the 20th Century, Ali’s boxing fame was amplified by his political activism, his commitment to Islam, his humanitarian work, and his charismatic persona.

June 5, 2016

Cartoon: London Elects A Muslim Mayor

The times are a changin’.

May 10, 2016
Airplane cabin seats

Speaking Arabic While Flying

Flying while Muslim is fraught with fear.

April 20, 2016

How To Become Terror-Torn Europe — And How Not To

The would-be presidents vying for the Republican nomination consistently serve as useful idiots, their declarations of hostility to Islam only alienating that faith’s billion followers here and abroad, while in no way advancing our security.

March 25, 2016
Mosque

Don’t Blame “Islamism” For Horrific Terror Attacks

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, political pundits around the world have engaged in yet another round of discussion about the compatibility of Islam and the Western world. One of the new terms out of this latest process is “Reform Muslim,” which, like the term “moderate Muslim,” is an invention, offensive to the vast majority of Muslims who are neither reactionary, conservative, nor incapable of living among others.

March 25, 2016
Republicans, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump

Trump’s Islam Comments Draw Fire From Rivals, But Civility Reigns

Trump defended his belief, as stated in television interviews, that followers of Islam “hate us.”

March 11, 2016
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CAIR Denounces Trump After A Big Night For Islamophobia

“We’re tired of all this extremist rhetoric about Islam being at war with the West and vice versa.”

March 10, 2016
Obama greets students after his remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, Maryland

In Mosque Visit, Obama Delivers A Clear Message Of Inclusion

Obama’s speech revealed a deeper understanding of the concerns of the American Muslim community.

February 3, 2016

Plan For Virginia Mosque Becomes Target Of Anti-Muslim Backlash

The zoning meeting, in a community room packed beyond capacity, was intended to focus on traffic, lighting and parking impacts from a proposed building. But the building in question was a new mosque — and the meeting occurred four days after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

December 5, 2015

Paris Terror: Why ISIS Needs The ‘Useful Idiots’ Who Demonize Muslims

Every imbecile who threatens Muslims is an unwitting agent of ISIS; in fact, it would be unsurprising to learn that ISIS itself is covertly promoting such messages in order to intensify enmity between the peoples of the Quran and the rest of the world.

November 16, 2015

Cartoon: Allahu AK

November 14, 2015

The Freedom Caucus’ Forebears: The Original Islamic Extremists

The lesson here: If the cause is made out to be holy and sacrosanct, then not even the most dedicated leaders are safe from the true believers.

October 16, 2015

Iran Denounces Saudi Arabia Over Haj And Demands Apology

Iran demanded an apology from Saudi Arabia on Sunday over the deaths of 769 people at the haj pilgrimage and accused it of trying to evade blame, while Riyadh in turn accused Tehran of playing politics with the disaster.

September 27, 2015