Browsing All posts tagged under »Discrimination«

Unlike France and Quebec, the US cherishes and supports diversity as Pentagon OKs religious beards and attire

January 23, 2014

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The U.S. military approved a new policy that loosens regulations on religious symbols worn by service members, the Pentagon announced Wednesday — a victory for some Sikhs, who have pushed for the move after being barred from serving for insisting on wearing turbans and beards in accordance with their faith. Pentagon spokesman Nathan Christensen said the new […]

5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam

December 28, 2010

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By Jacopo della Quercia Dec 20, 2010 1,565,015 views A conservative commentator recently made headlines by claiming 10 percent of all of the world’s Muslims are terrorists. An amazing claim, considering that equals 150 million terrorists and if each were to pull off an attack killing just 40 people, they could exterminate all non-Muslim life […]

Muslims Say They Face More Discrimination at Work

September 23, 2010

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By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York TImes At a time of growing tensions involving Muslims in the United States, a record number of Muslim workers are complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist” or “Osama” to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks. Such complaints were increasing even before frictions […]

More U.S. Muslims facing problems in return from travel abroad

May 14, 2010

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By Tara Bahrampour Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, April 2, 2010; A06 Muslim advocacy groups say an increasing number of Muslim and Arab U.S. citizens and permanent residents who travel abroad are facing new complications in returning to the United States because of heightened security. An attempted Christmas day bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane caused […]

Discrimination Against Black Iraqis

April 23, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Islam opposes all forms of discrimination, and in Islam the only thing that distinguishes one person from another is supposed to be his/her level of taqwa (piety). However, Iraqis of African ancestry seem to be bearing the brunt of discrimination in Iraq both in the workplace and other walks of life. Al Jazeera […]

Travelers with Muslim names find themselves fighting for U.S. visas

March 31, 2010

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By Edward Cody, washington post foreign service Thursday, April 1, 2010  LYON, FRANCE — The clean-cut young Frenchman seemed to have everything going for him. Graduate of an elite French engineering school, he had interned at the upper-crust Rothschild bank in Paris, handled wealth management for a while on Wall Street and was accepted for […]

Action: Contact Abercrombie & Fitch About Hijab Firing

February 24, 2010

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Calif. Muslim employee fired for refusing to remove scarf in public (SANTA CLARA, CA, 2/24/10) – The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) is calling on Abercrombie & Fitch customers who value diversity and inclusion to contact the company to express their concerns about a Muslim employee who was […]

In U.S., Religious Prejudice Strongest Against Muslims than Against Christians, Jews or Buddhists

January 22, 2010

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43% of Americans admit to feeling some prejudice toward followers of Islam Analysis by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 4 in 10 Americans (43%) admit to feeling at least “a little” prejudice toward Muslims — more than twice the number who say the same about Christians (18%), Jews (15%) […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 36–Mayor Koch: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Are Terrorists

January 8, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Amazing words from Mayor Koch who suddenly sounds like right wing extremists, Steve Emerson and Ann Coulter, labels “hundreds of millions” of Muslims as terrorists, and voices his support for profiling every Muslim who is flying. Should we profile every person of Jewish faith because of the past actions of the Jewish Defense […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 35–Screening Must Include Religion, Ethnicity

January 5, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Steve Emerson, the self-proclaimed terrorism expert (The Jerusalem Post (9/17/94) has noted that Emerson has “close ties to Israeli intelligence.”) is at it again in this opinion piece on CNN. Screening Must Include Religion, Ethnicity By Steven Emerson, Special to CNN January 5, 2010 http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/01/05/emerson.profiling.smart.screening/index.html Editor’s note: Steven Emerson is the executive director […]

Obama’s TSA Rules Amount to Profiling

January 4, 2010

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 CAIR (WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/4/2010) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today said new security measures announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amount to profiling of Muslims. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the new guidelines, under which anyone traveling from or through 13 Muslim-majority nations will be required […]

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. […]

Rape within the U.S. Military: 1 in 3 women service members sexually assaulted at least once

November 29, 2009

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By Ann Wright, New York Times OpEd News Journalists Pascale Bourgaux and Mercedes Gallego in their trips to Iraq as war correspondents were stunned to hear from military women in Iraq that they should be very careful working in military units due to sexual assault and rape. When they left Iraq they decided to investigate […]

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 […]

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 […]

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]

Sprint Employee Fired For Hanging Up On Hate Call

October 28, 2009

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma man complains about losing his job after allegedly receiving a hateful phone call at work. A former Sprint worker says he was let go from Oklahoma City’s call center after he hung up on a customer who told him he ‘could go to hell’ because he’s Muslim. The employee claims […]

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), […]

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 […]

Somali-American professors angered over repeated airport searches

August 24, 2009

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MPR News by Laura Yuen, Minnesota Public Radio August 24, 2009 Minneapolis — Two Somali-American scholars at the University of Minnesota say they’re outraged by what they consider invasive questioning and searches while traveling abroad this summer. Abdi Samatar chairs the U’s geography department. He’s married to Cawo Abdi, a sociology professor. Since June, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Does course on Islam give law enforcers wrong idea?

May 23, 2008

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By Janet I. Tu Seattle Times religion reporter Some local Muslim community members are upset about a training course for local law enforcement, saying it could promote stereotypes and ethnic and religious profiling. The program, called “The Threat of Islamic Jihadists to the World” and conducted by a Miami-based company, began Thursday and continues today […]

Demonization of Islam in France: Violation of Human Rights

May 7, 2008

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Islamophobia in France: The Law against Hijab Islamophobia in France: Double Standards for Muslims and Jews De Villiers: Submitting Islam to French Law In France, Islamophobia is viewed differently from Antisemitism Hijab ban in French schools PARIS — A French law banning hijab in state schools has deepened the Muslim isolation from the broader community, experts […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 25–High School Track Star Alleges Religious Discrimination

January 16, 2008

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — A DC track and field star says she’s been the victim of religious discrimination. Officials at the Montgomery Invitational track meet told Juashaunna Kelly she had to remove her Muslim head covering if she wanted to compete. It was a roller coaster weekend for the 17 year old star from Roosevelt […]

Muslim women pay an expensive price for wearing hijab in North America

January 12, 2008

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Case #1: Muslim Woman Sues For Being Forced to Remove Her Headscarf A Muslim woman arrested for riding a commuter train without a valid ticket has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States, claiming her religious freedom was violated when she was forced to remove her headscarf when she was taken to jail. The […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 24: Rudy Giulani Campaign Official-”Chase Muslims Back to their Caves”.

December 31, 2007

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By Greg Sargent – December 28, 2007, 2:36PM This has already gotten some attention, but it deserves a lot more. The Guardian of London is conducting video documentaries up in New Hampshire. And they did a segment on Rudy in which they got a very off-kilter quote about Muslims from a Rudy campaign official in […]

Being on the “No Drive” list: American Muslims berated at the borders

December 8, 2007

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CBS News The heightened security measures the government imposed after 9/11 mean American travelers may find their names not just on a “no-fly” list but also on a “no-drive” list. Cynthia Bowers reports Please click here to watch the CBS News Report of how American Muslims are being misidentified at the border and then mistreated.

Caring for People with Special Needs in Islam

June 14, 2007

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by Muhammad Mus`ad Yaqut The civilized world has recently paid attention to people with special needs. This started after it had cast aside corrupt, racist theories calling for neglecting them on the false grounds that people with special needs are not of any benefit to the society. A report issued by the United Nations International […]

Workplace Discrimination Against Muslims after 9/11

May 6, 2007

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[...] Hadji said that in late 2004, he reproached a customer for harassing a Tunisian waiter. Hadji said he asked the customer to leave after the diner said, “If you don’t like it, go back to your country,” and “I fought two wars to get rid of people like you.” The restaurant’s owners ordered Hadji […]

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