Browsing All Posts filed under »Discrimination«

To profile Muslims or Not?

December 30, 2009

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Ibrahim Hooper on the O’Reilly Show CAIR-LA Comments on Airport Profiling Questions Raised on Airport Profiling The director of the Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Zahra Billoo, tells ABC7 when airport screeners focus on anyone who looks Middle Eastern or Muslim, the screeners may miss more important indicators. “If someone […]

U.S. Right Wing Calls for Profiling of Muslims or Anyone with the Name “Abdul”

December 28, 2009

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Dr. Rafik Beekun Here we go again.  Al the right wingers are out of the closet again. Source: Think Progress The right wing’s predictable policy prescription in the aftermath of any terror incident is to impose greater ethnic profiling of Muslims. For instance, following the Ft. Hood shooting, Sarah Palin said, “profile away.” After six […]

ABC Primetime: Is there Discrimination Against American Muslims?

December 16, 2009

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Rafik Beekun While some may discriminate against Muslims, many day-to-day Americans are just and decent folks, and will also stand up for and defend Muslims’ rights to practice their faith. This sense of balance and fairness among my American countrymen is what makes America such a great and welcoming country.

Christian Registrar Loses Religious Discrimination Appeal

December 16, 2009

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Kat Baker, PersonelToday.com Lillian Ladele, a Christian registrar who claimed she faced religious discrimination after she refused to conduct civil partnership ceremonies, has lost her appeal. Ladele, a registrar of births, deaths and marriages for the London Borough of Islington, refused to conduct civil partnership ceremonies when they were introduced in 2005, as she believed […]

Muslim Customer Allegedly Harassed at CitiBank for Wearing Hijab

December 9, 2009

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CAIR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAIR-Chicago Asks Citibank to Apologize for Hijab Incident Muslim customer allegedly harassed by bank guard because of Islamic scarf (CHICAGO, IL, 12/8/09) — The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today called on Citibank to apologize to a Muslim woman who was allegedly verbally abused by a security […]

Switzerland Ban on Minarets Condemned

December 1, 2009

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“[The ban] raises concerns as to whether fundamental rights of individuals, protected by international treaties, should be subject to popular votes.” , Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of Council of Europe. Al Jazeera Switzerland is facing international criticism and charges of intolerance following a shock referendum vote backing a constitutional ban on the construction of new minarets. […]

Corruption and Bribery in Bangladesh: Bribing for Healthcare

November 17, 2009

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According to Transparency International, Bangladesh rates as the one of the most corrupt country on earth The Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh treats more than two million patients a year. It claims to offer free medical treatment to the poor, but using a hidden camera, Al Jazeera has discovered that some patients have to […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 34–”Going Muslim” vs. “Going Postal”

November 14, 2009

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Tunku Varadarajan, a clinical professor (akin to a lecturer hired because of professional, not academic experience) at NYU’s Stern Business School and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, is executive editor for opinions at Forbes. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree. He writes a weekly column for Forbes Forbes.com Tunku Varadarajan, 11.09.09, 12:00 AM ET  “Going […]

Islamophobia on the Rise After the Massacre at Fort Hood

November 14, 2009

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Robert Spencer on the Savage Nation Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Says The Problem Is Islam Source: CAIR “It is the proper role of national religious and political leaders to challenge those who promote hatred and intolerance,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Extremists who seek to exploit the Fort Hood tragedy are doing a […]

CAIR Director Discusses Fort Hood Shootings on Hardball with Chris Matthews

November 10, 2009

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Videos: U.S. Muslims Condemn Cowardly Fort Hood Attack

November 9, 2009

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Oklahoma Muslims Condemn Unequivocally Fort Hood Attack Fort Hood (Texas) Muslims Condemn The Deadly Rampage Rachel Maddow says Right-Wing Wrong on Fort Hood Attack Muslims Condemn Shootings, Urge Calm and Unity Cair Rep Discusses Fort Hood Attack on PBS ‘Newshour’ South Florida Muslims Pray Fr Peace Muslims Worry About Backlash N. Texas Muslims Fear Fort […]

Swiss Muslims open mosque doors

November 7, 2009

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BBC News Muslims in many parts of Switzerland have invited the public into mosques – three weeks before a vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets. Muslim organisations say they hope their open day will counter what they say are fears and prejudices. The conservative group that initiated the vote – the largest […]

Duke University News Tip: Muslim-American Values Not Reflected in Fort Hood Shooting

November 6, 2009

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——————————————- DUKE UNIVERSITY NEWS Duke University Office of News & Communications http://www.dukenews.duke.edu ——————————————- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 CONTACT: Camille Jackson (919) 681-8052 camille.jackson@duke.edu NEWS TIP: MUSLIM-AMERICAN VALUES NOT REFLECTED IN FORT HOOD SHOOTING, DUKE EXPERT SAYS Note to editors: Jen’nan Read can be reached for additional comment until 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Islamophobia: Muslim Interns Infiltrating Congress?

October 28, 2009

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The above video is referring to the attack by four Republican Congressional Representatives on Muslim interns in Congress and on CAIR. Please click here to read about the unjustified attack by these lawmakers. Rep. Ellison Speaks Out Against Muslim ‘Intern Spy’ Hunt [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STSqmcs-Y_U]

Double Standards for Freedom of Expression At Columbia University

October 21, 2009

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Al Jazeera Blog When President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke to students at Columbia University in September 2007, the students, the faculty and the media were all given front row seats to condemn and to vilify. Even the President of the University, Lee Bollinger, took the opportunty to get a dig in, telling Ahmadinejad: ““Mr. President, […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 33–Muslim Interns “Spying” on Congress

October 18, 2009

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Rachel Maddow Exposes Anti-Muslim Extremists in Congress Media Matters and CAIR The Council of American-Islamic Relations has recently come under attack from four Congressional Republicans who accuse the group of attempting to plant spies in key Congressional offices in order to affect policy. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 32– Frank Gaffney calls Islam A Virus More Deadly than Swine Flu

October 1, 2009

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Frank Gaffney demonstates his ignorance of and his bias towards Islam. He says that according to the Shariah, “Allah’s Will says that you need to force others to submit to Islam”. Clearly, he has never read the Qur’an. Here are two verses and a chapter from the Qur’an that contradict Frank Gaffney and expose his […]

U.S. attorney targeted N. Miss. store owners

September 29, 2009

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Clarion Ledger Jerry Mitchell jmitchell@clarionledger.com The U.S. attorney’s office in Oxford targeted convenience store operators in north Mississippi, many of Middle Eastern descent, despite a lack of any connection to terrorism, according to documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger. The Convenience Store Initiative arose from meetings with local law enforcement officers in the years following 9-11 […]

Americans See Muslims As Facing More Discrimination

September 12, 2009

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Pew Forum Eight years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans see Muslims as facing more discrimination inside the U.S. than other major religious groups. Nearly six-in-ten adults (58%) say that Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination, far more than say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons. In fact, of […]

Pew Forum Poll: Only A Minority of Americans Hold Favorable Views of Muslims

September 10, 2009

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Time/ CNN Eight years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Muslim Americans — particularly Muslim-American women — continue to face battles in their struggle for acceptance and the right to wear religious garb in public settings. A new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Americans see Muslims as encountering […]

US Airline frisks former ex-president of India, Abdul Kalam

August 6, 2009

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Anger as Indian ex-leader frisked Tuesday, 21 July 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8160698.stm India’s parliament has been in uproar after it emerged that former president APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked before boarding a flight to the US. Several MPs have condemned reports that Mr Kalam was made to wait, take off his shoes and undergo a body frisk […]

Cleveland Cab Drivers Prohibited from Praying while in Taxi Queue

March 19, 2009

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CAIR A recently-issued policy directive from the City of Cleveland, USA, prohibits Muslim cab drivers from praying at Hopkins International Airport while waiting for fares in the taxi queue. Other policy directives ban the drivers from using airport restrooms to make ritual ablutions (wudu) and from praying in the airport chapel while on the job. […]

Attack on Freedom of Religion: Bill Would Ban Hijab On Driver’s License Photos

March 7, 2009

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Other Challenges to Muslim Women Wearing Religiously-Mandated Hijab 1. Georgia Muslim Woman Arrested Over Hijab 2. Denied Job at Abercrombie & Fitch

FBI Using Fake Muslim Converts or Missionaries to Entrap Muslims

March 3, 2009

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By Teresa Watanabe and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2009 The Islamic Center of Irvine is a beige stucco building that blends into the rows of office buildings surrounding it. But last week, it became the most publicized mosque in California with disclosures that the FBI sent an informant there to spy and […]

The Heights of Hysteria in Britain: Anti-terror code ‘would alienate most Muslims’

February 16, 2009

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• Draft strategy brands thousands as extremists  • Ministers ponder plan to be unveiled next month ·         Vikram Dodd ·         The Guardian, Tuesday 17 February 2009   The government is considering plans that would lead to thousands more British Muslims being branded as extremists, the Guardian has learned. The proposals are in a counterterrorism strategy which […]

Shame on AirTran for poor treatment of Muslim Family Passengers

January 2, 2009

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Air Tran refused to rebook a Muslim family after some overly suspicious passengers misinterpreted comments made by a couple of family members leading to their being removed from the flight, and to their being immediately cleared by the FBI.  Several members of one family were detained and surrounded in the pre-boarding […]

Ridiculing the Prophet of Islam Again: An Interview with Muhammad

December 17, 2008

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After submission, obsession and fitna, there is now a third film from Holland ridiculing Islam. “An interview with Muhammad” is made by Ehsan Jami, ex-chairman of the Committee for ex-Muslims: http://www.blip.tv/file/1555936 Answering the Attacks on Prophet Muhammad (s) In answering the above attacks on Islam, someone who calls himself “Moslem” wrote the following: Some Facts […]

Headscarf Lands Muslim Woman in Jail

December 17, 2008

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CNN Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – updated: 10:04 am EST December 17, 2008 DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A head scarf landed a Muslim woman in jail Tuesday after she refused to remove it during a hearing at the Douglasville Municipal Court.  Lisa Valentine, also known by her Islamic name, Miedah, 40, was arrested for ‘violating a […]

GA Muslims Barred from Court Because of Hijab

December 16, 2008

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www.cair.com (WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/16/08) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a series of incidents in which Muslim women in Georgia were prevented from entering courtrooms because they were wearing Islamic headscarves, or hijabs. In the most recent incident, a Muslim woman was jailed today following […]

Former Marine outlines secret dossiers on Muslims and Arabs in Southern California

November 17, 2008

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By Rick Rogers STAFF WRITER, San Diego Union-Tribune November 17, 2008 OCEANSIDE – Two years after his arrest, a former Marine gunnery sergeant is talking about the FBI, CIA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement files he stole from Camp Pendleton for a civilian agency. Gary Maziarz, a former Marine intelligence specialist, gave secret government […]

Young Muslims and Muslimas on “Islam and the U.S. Presidential Elections”

November 16, 2008

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Please click here to watch this interesting exchange of views on “Islam and the Elections” from young Muslims and Muslimahs. In a forum at New York University, Muslim students consider how Islam was used by the McCain and Obama campaigns.

Signs of Hate now demonstrate Islamophobia

November 11, 2008

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Rafik Beekun Previous Signs of Hate and Discrimination Whites Only No Dogs And Chinese Allowed No Irish Need Apply Jews Not Allowed Christians Only, Jews Not Current Signs of Hate and Discrimination Muslims Nearby Caution: Muslim Employees Ahead Islam = Nazism Kill Muslims

Moved by a Crescent

October 22, 2008

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Very few commentators of an international stature like Maureen Dowd have examined at length Powell’s statement about the Islamophobic statements made by many in the Republican party over the past year. My wife is a Navy veteran. My son is now serving in the Navy. My father-in-law served in the Army. […]

Islamophobic article from Republican Official in Alamogordo, New Mexico

October 21, 2008

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Why I’m a Republican Alamogordo Daily News Article Launched: 10/21/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT   I read in today’s paper what a woman wrote explaining why she’s a Democrat. Let me tell you why I’m not. I’m a Republican because: I believe in a sovereign God who sometimes gives us what we deserve. I believe Muslims are […]

Kareem R. Khan, American Muslim Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice

October 19, 2008

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On “Meet the Press” today, Colin L. Powell concluded his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama by referring to the death of a Muslim soldier, Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan of Manahawkin, N.J., who was killed in Iraq on Aug. 6, 2007, and whose remains were buried in Arlington. He and three other soldiers, including a corporal […]

Repression of Muslims in China

October 18, 2008

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Edward Wong, New York Times KHOTAN, China — The grand mosque that draws thousands of Muslims each week in this oasis town has all the usual trappings of piety: dusty wool carpets on which to kneel in prayer, a row of turbans and skullcaps for men without headwear, a wall niche facing the holy city […]

Good Samaritan 101: Rabbi Steven Jacobs Confronts Clarion Fund’s Gregory Ross

October 16, 2008

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After a press conference against the “Obsession” movie held by the Coalition for Renewing American Democracy, the Communications Director of the Clarion Fund confronted the coalition members. Here, Rabbi Steven Jacobs is shown talking to the Communications Director. Interfaith leaders call ‘Obsession’ DVD hateful Detroit News Critics say film instills fear of Muslims with misleading […]

Campbell Brown Commentary: So what if Obama was a Muslim or an Arab?

October 13, 2008

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Kudos to Campbell Brown for stating the obvious. I have always admired her ability to speak her mind when she was at NBC. Now at CNN, she exhibits the same level of professional ethics that we have to expect from her in America. Editor’s note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN’s “Campbell Brown: […]

Making Islamophobia Mainstream: How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry

October 9, 2008

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www.fair.org A remarkable thing happened at the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) nominations in February 2007: The normally highbrow and tolerant group nominated for best book in the field of criticism a book widely viewed as denigrating an entire religious group. The nomination of Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the […]

Election 08: Senator Obama, American Muslims and Islamophobia

October 7, 2008

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Daniel Varisco, Tabsir.net Statement of Concerned Scholars about Islamophobia in the 2008 U. S. Election Campaign Not since the election of John Kennedy in 1960 has the religious faith of a U.S. presidential candidate generated so much distortion as the false claims generated by extremist critics that Senator Barack Obama, the candidate of the Democratic […]

Chemical Irritant Sprayed in Mosque Full of Children 4 days After Mass Mailing of Obsession DVD

October 6, 2008

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crooksandliars.com There’s no more key battleground state in America than Ohio — and sure enough thousands were delivered there on Monday in a number of newspapers, including the Dayton Daily News, which is in a hotly contested corner of the Buckeye State.  Four days after  [the mass mailing of the Obsession DVD], this chemical attack happened […]

U.S. Newspapers get complaints against Obsession DVD ad on Muslims

October 3, 2008

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By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Business Writer Newspapers that carried an advertising supplement in recent weeks containing a DVD critical of radical Muslims have faced complaints from readers and questions about whether newspapers should offer a platform to everyone willing to pay for distribution. Although a few papers refused to carry the DVD, about 70 including […]

Organize A Letter-writing Campaign to Protest Mailing of Anti-Muslim Film, “Obsession”

September 27, 2008

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The shadowy characters associated with the production and dissemination of the Anti-Muslim film, “Obsession”, are at it again. They are organizing from their website a letter writing campaign to the editors of the newspapers which were paid to mail out the film’s DVD. Their campaign is trying to convince these editors that they did nothing […]

Obsessionwithhate.com–New website to answer anti-Muslim propaganda in “Obsession” film

September 26, 2008

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What is ‘Obsession’? Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West is a 2005 anti-Muslim propaganda film put together by controversial anti-Muslim figures to further the perceived divide between Western and Muslim audiences. 28 million copies of the DVD were recently distributed by a mysteriously-funded entity by the name of the Clarion Fund with the help […]

Muslim Group Reports Jump in Workplace Bias Complaints in 2007

September 24, 2008

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Reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes and violence decrease in 2007 (WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/24/2008) – A report released today by a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group shows an increase in American Muslim complaints of workplace bias in 2007. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) report, called “Without Fear of Discrimination,” outlines 2,652 incidents […]

Obsession DVD Distributor Refuses to Name Their Donors

September 17, 2008

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Just weeks before the election, there are questions about a controversial insert published in The Orlando Sentinel. The insert on radical Islam included a 60-minute DVD. Over 300,000 copies of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against The West” went out to Orlando residents as an insert in Sunday’s Sentinel. Twenty-eight million copies will go out in […]

9/11 Dirty Trick: Shame on Major U.S. Newspapers for Distributing the “Obsession” Movie

September 13, 2008

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Last Sunday, over 80 major national and/or local newspapers distributed the “Obsession” movie as part of their Sunday Supplement.  This was indeed a sad occasion: instead of taking a stance against a fear-mongering movie,  these newspapers chose to make money by sending out a movie that distorts what Muslims and Islam is about.   Please read […]

Ramadan Limits Imposed in China

September 8, 2008

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By EDWARD WONG, New York Times Published: September 8, 2008 BEIJING — Local governments in a Muslim desert region in western China have imposed strict limits on religious practices during the traditional Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, according to the Web sites of four of those governments. The rules include prohibiting […]

American Muslim Pilot and Veteran Placed on Terrorist Watch list

August 25, 2008

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CNN Please click here to watch how an American Muslim pilot, placed on a terrorist watch list, may now be unable to provide for his family and himself because he will not be able to fly planes. He is a war veteran who has placed his life on the line for our country.

The True Face of “Democratic” India: Cycles of Hate in Gujarat and Kashmir

August 12, 2008

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Injustice and Terrorism in Gujarat This video is about the opression of Inidan Muslims since 1947. Officially there are around 150 million muslims in India but some claim these figures are as high as 200 million. Still Muslims in India are poor, uneducated and live in very bad conditions. This is due to systematic social […]

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