Browsing All posts tagged under »Islamophobia«

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

ABC News: One Man’s Fight Against Islamophobia.

April 22, 2010

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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 […]

Does Full Body Scanning Violate Islamic Religious Rulings?

February 16, 2010

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The Fiqh Council of North America (an association of Muslims who interpret Islamic law on the North American continent) issued a ruling (fatwa) earlier this week that says Muslims shouldn’t go through full body scanners since this violate Islamic rules on modesty. Nihad Awad heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and their purpose is to […]

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.

Shari’ah Law: A Matter of Belief

December 16, 2009

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Georgina Fuller, PersonnelToday.com With increasing numbers of Muslims employed in the UK is it time for employers to pay more than lip service to Islamic law? Georgina Fuller reports. The furore after Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the UK legal system might […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fault Lines – Religion and Evangelical Fundamentalism in the United States and Israeli Military

September 21, 2009

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Part 1 The United States is a deeply religious country, over 90% believe in god and 80% believe in miracles. For the US military, dealing with its own religious identity has become an internal battle. Growing evidence points towards a rising influence of evangelical Christianity, and with two wars still raging in Muslim countries with […]

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 […]

Attack on Muslim Business Probed as Hate Crime

August 24, 2009

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/09) A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group reported today that anti-Iranian graffiti was scrawled inside a Philadelphia store ransacked by vandals earlier this week. According to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the vandals also overturned counters, broke glass windows and doors and scattered food and other items around […]

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 […]

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 […]