Browsing All Posts filed under »Islamophobia«

Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

May 7, 2016

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Catherine Rampell, Washington Post On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse. Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought. The curly-haired man tried to keep to […]

Don’t collectively punish Muslims

December 16, 2015

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Sahar Aziz on CNN.COm (CNN)When news broke Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 21 wounded in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Americans were rightfully outraged. After all, it was yet another in a string of mass shootings in the United States. And Americans are also justified in wanting to know the motives […]

Muslim Americans more likely to reject violence and intolerance than other Americans

December 15, 2015

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David Bier and Matthew La Corte from Huffington Blog Donald Trump has proposed profiling Muslim Americans and shutting down mosques. He claims that Muslim “hatred is beyond comprehension.” But the truth is that Muslim Americans are not only integrating into U.S. society, but are actuallymore opposed to violence and more tolerant in many ways than […]

Thank you Senator Reid and General Powell for standing against Islamophobia from US Presidential Candidates

September 21, 2015

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Recently, several presidential candidates have come out on the offensive against Islam (such as Dr. Carson) or have allowed bigoted comments against Islam and Muslims to stand (such as Donald Trump). Here are two video clips one from a Republican (General Powell) and the other from a Democrat (Senator Harry Reid) who have made it […]

Far right Islamophobia in France: Marine Le Pen in her own words

April 5, 2014

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Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot. Al Jazeera sat down with far right french politician Marine Le Pen to talk about Islam and immigration […]

Deplorable Swedish Airport Islamophobic Behavior: Yanking the scarf off a Muslim woman’s head.

April 3, 2014

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A Swedish woman wearing a Muslim headscarf claims security staff at a small northern airport tugged on her hijab in public rather than take up her offer to take it off away from prying eyes. “The female guard asked me ‘What’s on your head’,” recalled state employee Saama Sarsour, who told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) […]

The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

November 14, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The US Military is supposed to to be upholding our Constitution where the “inalienable rights” of each man and woman in the USA are guaranteed, where freedoms such as freedom or religion are guaranteed. Unfortunately, some extremists within the military are forgetting why they wear the uniform of our great country. […]

9/11 Muslim First Responder’s Mother Still Waiting for Son’s Ultimate Sacrifice to be Recognized.

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey   (RNS) It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. “It’s all over the Internet,” she said.  Show caption (August 26, 2001) Salman Hamdani, an NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed on […]

Discrimination against hijab-wearing Muslim woman at Abercrombie and Fitch

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey (RNS) A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious headscarf, or hijab, for work. Abercrombie asserted that as part of its business plan, it not only employed sales-floor personnel, […]

“Flying while looking like a Muslim” may cause you to be refused boarding

August 24, 2013

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It is no longer a question of whether you are “flying while Muslim”; it is now whether you are “flying while looking like a Muslim.” Either way, you run the risk of being profiled, harassed, monitored closely, and possibly refused to board your flight. Hindu Man Mistaken for Muslim Refused Service by JetBlue Source: Neetzan […]

Not Qualified: Exposing the Deception Behind America’s Top 25 Pseudo Experts on Islam

December 2, 2012

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Muslim Public Affairs Council, USA Executive Summary Based on the tracking of media coverage on American Muslims, anti-Muslim sentiment seems to be at an all-time high. The negative sentiment appears in many venues, from state legislatures debating anti-Sharia bills to opposition over construction of new Islamic centers. At the same time, media coverage has begun to […]

Human Rights Organizations’ Concerns on Employment of Muslims in Europe

September 27, 2012

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  Amnesty International, 2012 “Muslims are subject to a variety of forms of racism and intolerance, as described in several sections of this report. In particular, some factions of public opinion make no distinction between terrorists, religious extremists and the Muslim population as a whole. In some cases, it is claimed that these prejudices lead […]

Discrimination in France against Muslims

September 27, 2012

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It is truly sad to see the country which proclaims “Liberty, equality and brotherhood” for all systematically discriminate against Muslims. In this first video, a woman who is wearing a head scarf is discriminated against because she is wearing a headscarf: Muslim Women Discriminated in the Workplace for Wearing Headscarf French Muslims face job discrimination […]

A Jewish Rabbi’s Brave Stand Against Islamophobic Ad

September 26, 2012

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  CNN, Rachel Kahn-Troster Subway ads: A right to hate speech, a duty to condemn My daily trek to work is the last place I would expect to encounter a hateful message. But anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is determined to make that happen to me and my fellow commuters. This week, at 10 subway stations […]

Differing views of Democrats and Republicans Towards Muslim Americans

August 23, 2012

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Wait for about 30 seconds until the data loads completely. Then use the scroll bar below to view the surprising divide between Republicans and Democrats in the manner they regard Muslim Americans as compared to Americans from other faith-based communities. This divide has worrisome implications for Muslim Americans either in the workforce or about to […]

At least 13 U.S. Mosques Victims of Arson or Bombings Since 2003. Muslim Owned Businesses May Be At Risk Too.

August 7, 2012

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The arson fire at the Islamic Center of Joplin in Missouri is not new. Since 2003, 13 mosques around the country have suffered arson or bombing attacks.  Please note that the cameras on top of the Joplin Mosque were burnt in the fire.  A video of an earlier attack on July 4, 2012 showed an […]

In Defense of American Muslims Working for the US Government

July 25, 2012

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Thank you US Senator McCain, US Congressman Keith Ellison for coming to the defense of patriotic American Muslims working for our government.  Thank you too Anderson Cooper for uncovering the truth. Thank you to the 42 interfaith groups who have rallied to the defense of American Muslims. Senator McCain Defends Huma Abedin Anderson Cooper Exposes […]

Bigotry on the Playing Field against Judaism and Islam

March 12, 2012

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Editorial, New York Times, March 11, 2012 Intolerance seems to be part of the message sent to student-athletes on the sporting fields of Texas. Only under legal pressure and public criticism did the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which organizes competitions for more than 200 schools, recently agree to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish […]

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick says devout Muslims should be removed from US military

November 12, 2011

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Source: blogs.tennessean.com State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, told a pair of liberal bloggers at today’s Shariah law conference that devout Muslims should be removed from the military. In a video posted Friday afternoon on ThinkProgress, Womick expressed doubt that any devout Muslim could be loyal to the U.S. military. “Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military,” he […]

Talking points around the Water Cooler: Terrorism and Islam are antithetical

September 12, 2011

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Muslims at work are often drawn into a conversation around the water cooler where they have to defend Islam and Muslims against the “Islam is a terroristic religion” or “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims” arguments. The following slideshare presentation should give you enough counterarguments both from historical facts and from […]

U.S. State Governor defends nomination of Sohail Mohammed as a Supreme Court Judge

August 7, 2011

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LittleGreenFootballs.com PATERSON—A lawyer who defended Muslims detained after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was sworn in as a New Jersey Superior Court judge on Tuesday, as Gov. Chris Christie called those who criticized his nomination ignorant. The appointment of Sohail Mohammed, 47 years old, angered some conservatives, who said they were concerned about the influence […]

EEOC claims on rise as Americans view Islam more and more negatively

April 29, 2011

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Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC […] A poll released l[in September 2010] by the Pew Research Center that shows that the public’s view of Islam has deteriorated, with only 30 percent of Americans expressing a favorable opinion of Islam, compared with 41 percent in 2005. “One can easily conclude that since the general situation is so unfavorable […]

Anti-religious stereotyping by any government body is dangerous.

March 11, 2011

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Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board, 3/10. 2011 King hearings on Muslim Americans: When government hits on one group The House hearings chaired by Rep. King focused almost solely on Muslim Americans. Such religious stereotyping by any government body is dangerous. When government makes assumptions about a whole group of people, it’s not the same as […]

Muslims in America are in need of help

January 4, 2011

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Karin Friedemann (LETTER FROM AMERICA) 1 January 2011 Khaleej Times Since 9/11 hundreds if not thousands of Muslims have faced “preemptive prosecution,” where Muslims who are deemed “dangerous” are prosecuted before they commit a crime. In these prosecutions, there are so many holes in the government’s theories that the case is nothing but a list […]

2010 in review: The year for Muslims in the U.S.

January 1, 2011

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NPR Please click here to listen to an interview of Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “How does feel to be a problem?” on NPR. He reviews 2010 with respect to American Muslims. Note from Rafik Beekun: My blog was hacked, and the above link to the interview was changed to refer to a link promoting a […]

Anti-Muslim and Anti-Islam trainers being hired to train law enforcement and public officials

December 28, 2010

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If you are wearing “Islamic garb”, you may be removed from the flight and interrogated by the FBI

October 27, 2010

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Thank you, Juan Williams. Your Islamophobic attitude has now spread like wild fire!! Video 1 Video 2

The real danger from NPR’s firing of Juan Williams

October 25, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com I’m still not quite over the most disgusting part of the Juan Williams spectacle yesterday:  watching the very same people (on the Right and in the media) who remained silent about or vocally cheered on the viewpoint-based firings of Octavia Nasr, Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Eason Jordan, Peter Arnett, Phil Donahue, Ashleigh Banfield, Bill Maher, […]

Anti-Muslim crusaders make $ millions spreading fear

October 24, 2010

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Tennessean.com First of Two Parts Steven Emerson has 3,390,000 reasons to fear Muslims. That’s how many dollars Emerson’s for-profit company — Washington-based SAE Productions — collected in 2008 for researching alleged ties between American Muslims and overseas terrorism. The payment came from the Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation, a nonprofit charity Emerson also founded, which […]

People stand by while American Muslim women are physically attacked in Seattle

October 22, 2010

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Islamophobia 101: Episode 38–Pamela Geller vs Halal Soup from Campbell Soup

October 18, 2010

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By Paul Farhi Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 18, 201 Andy Warhol found artistic inspiration in a can of Campbell’s tomato soup. These days, some activists are finding sinister Muslim connections in the same can. Campbell Soup Co., the Camden, N.J., food giant, has been fighting a grass-roots boycott of its products after its […]

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 […]

United States of Islamophobia?

September 1, 2010

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Arsalan Iftikar, CNN Editor’s note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and legal fellow for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington. (CNN) — Almost everybody has heard about the protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in […]

NY Muslim Firefighter Responded When Country Was Under Attack On 9/11

September 1, 2010

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No compromise on religious freedom

August 25, 2010

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By Richard Cohen, Washington Post Tuesday, August 24, 2010; A15 When it comes to the mosque that’s neither too close to Ground Zero for its proponents nor far enough away for its opponents, the disturbing word “compromise” is now being tossed around. It has been suggested by New York Gov. David Paterson, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and, […]

Time Magazine Upcoming Issue: Is America Islamophobic?

August 20, 2010

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The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims

August 17, 2010

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7:23 am August 17, 2010, by Cynthia Tucker What has happened to the leadership of the Republican Party? Are there no longer any statesmen/women in the GOP? Does the party have any leading figures who believe in the Bill of Rights? The GOP’s leadership has been taken over by a group of shrill demagogues who […]

How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began

August 16, 2010

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Justin Elliott, Salon.com A group of progressive Muslim-Americans plans to build an Islamic community center two and a half blocks from ground zero in lower Manhattan. They have had a mosque in the same neighborhood for many years. There’s another mosque two blocks away from the site. City officials support the project. Muslims have been […]

Thank you, New York Times, For Your Editorial: A Monument to Tolerance

August 14, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Thank you New York TImes.  You got it right in this editorial about the Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan. It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. […]

Correcting the Distorted Lens of Islamophobia

August 14, 2010

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Sally Steenland, Huffington Post Protesters have recently been rallying against a proposed Islamic educational center containing a mosque near Ground Zero, claiming that the proximity of anything Muslim to Ground Zero would contaminate a hallowed place. Protesters claim they aren’t anti-Muslim; they merely want the center and mosque to be built someplace else. But it […]

Is Islamophobia the new anti-communism for the GOP?

August 13, 2010

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Republicans in the USA are using Islamophobia to galvanize their political base for the upcoming elections.

Pamela Geller exposed as an Islamophobe: “Hitler inspired by Islam”

August 4, 2010

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Pamela Geller v/s Ron Reagan

CAIR Action: Ask NY Commission to Defend Religious Freedom

August 2, 2010

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Share Today at 12:52pm (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/2/10) — CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to ask that its members defend religious freedom and reject efforts by Islamophobes to block construction of an Islamic community center in that city. The commission will vote Tuesday […]

Good Samaritan 101: Thank you CBS and NBC for rejecting Islamophobic TV ad

July 15, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The ad below is one of the most Islamophobic ads I have ever seen.  It has been launched by the National Republican Trust Pac, and plays on the worst fears of my fellow countrymen in the US.  As the former President of the Northern Nevada Republican Men’s club,  I deplore this […]

U.S. Muslim Travelers Warned of Forced Exile

July 12, 2010

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CAIR is suggesting that all U.S. Muslim Travelers (US citizens included) obtain the cell phone of an attorney before traveling overseas just in case they are placed on the No-Fly list and they are prevented from returning to the US. U.S. Muslim Travelers Prevented From Returning to the U.S. FBI Prevents Virginia Muslims From Returning […]

Pipe Bomb Attack on Mosque in Jacksonville, Florida

May 12, 2010

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ABC News: One Man’s Fight Against Islamophobia.

April 22, 2010

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Tariq Ramadan on Democracy Now

April 17, 2010

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Once-Banned Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan on His First Visit to US in Six Years, President Obama and Why Muslims Should Make Their Voices Heard Democray Now speaks with leading Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was banned from entering the United States for six years. In 2004, Ramadan had accepted a job to become a tenured […]

Muslim American Soldier Fights Islamophobia On His U.S. Army Base

March 24, 2010

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By William Wan Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, March 24, 2010; A08 At 2 o’clock on a Monday morning, the sound of angry pounding sent Army Spec. Zachari Klawonn bolting out of bed. THUD. THUD. THUD. Someone was mule-kicking the door of his barracks room, leaving marks that weeks later — long after Army investigators […]

Possible Anti-Islam Bias in Military Training?

March 23, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAIR Seeks Probe of Anti-Islam Bias in Military Training Training film features Islamophobes, Islam compared to Nazism, ‘Hajji’ used as pejorative (WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/23/2010) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today said it has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to investigate a report of anti-Islam bias […]