A weekly round-up of news about Muslims and Islam: 

Gay-friendly mosque anniversary…

Muslim gays protesting in London

Muslim gays protesting in London. By Anemoneprojectors

A gay-friendly Toronto mosque will celebrate its fourth anniversary this Saturday. To mark the occasion, the el-Tawhid Juma Circle Mosque, which draws gay and straight Muslims, as well as any non-Muslims, has brought in one of the most passionate and knowledgeable Muslims in Canada to speak, Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and member of the Order of Canada. The celebration will also feature three “amazing” spoken work artists, Banoo Zan, Samson Brown, and Timaj Garad.

Correction: An earlier version of this item stated that the el-Tawhid Juma Circle Mosque is sponsored by the Salaam Queer Muslim Community. The mosque draws some of its congregants from the SQMC, but the two groups are not formally linked.

Not listening in Kansas…


Mike Pompeo speaking.

Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo. By Gage Skidmore

Muslims and non-Muslims are calling on U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) to correct “false and irresponsible” remarks he made on the House floor Tuesday asserting that Muslim Americans had not condemned terrorism and that this silence makes them complicit in terrorism. Here’s the video.

In fact, Muslim Americans have overwhelmingly condemned terrorism on countless occasions and in countless places – just try a simple Google search, like “Muslims condemn terrorism.” Perhaps sequestration forced Rep. Pompeo to cancel Internet service? 

Manchester, Tenn. on the map…

Kay Campbell of the Birmingham News offered an insightful take on last week’s embarrassing display of hate put on by a group of Islamophobes protesting a government-sponsored forum on hate speech in Manchester, Tenn.

Manchester has joined the same league of Islamophobia as Katy, Texas. Remember Katy? That’s the Houston suburb where in 2007 some local residents held pig races next to the site where a mosque was going to be built. The Daily Show had the best Katy report.

Student slasher sentenced…

A 24-year-old film student was sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for slashing a Bangladeshi New York City cabby and father of four with a knife.

Cosby touts Muslims…

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Do you think it was all those years spent on the set of The Cosby Show, hanging out with Felicia Rashad, who was, after all, married to a Muslim for a while? Bill Cosby took some heat this week for a New York Post column in which he wrote that blacks should be more like Muslims.

“I’m a Christian,” Cosby said. “But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect.”

Allen West, the former one-term Republican congressman from Florida, was not amused.

Anti-Islam speaker cancelled…

Florida Republicans, at least some of them, were also angry that the Pinellas County Republican Party Executive Committee postponed a June 10 talk, “The Islamic Threat to America,” by Jonathan Matusitz, an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

But Chris Latvala, a GOP candidate for a Florida house seat, shows us that no group, Republicans included, are a monolith.

“I am a born-again Christian saved by grace alone, through Christ alone, but a local county Republican meeting should not be an avenue to bash a religion that is practiced by many in Pinellas County, including fellow Republicans,” he told the Tampa Bay Tribune in this story about the hubbub. 


No rest for those fighting in the American Shariah wars. While the dust may have settled in Missouri, Florida, and Oklahoma, forces are gathering in North Carolina, where the newest Shariah battle is taking shape. The North Carolina bill would forbid judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions. For all the states that have or are considering anti-Shariah legislation, check out the awesome record-keeping at Gavel-to-Gavel. 

Border suit moves forward…

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the FBI and U.S. border officials illegally detained and questioned Muslims returning to the United States from Canada. Here is Judge Avern Cohn’s ruling.


Brian Kilmeade, Fox News host and friend of the EDL

Brian Kilmeade, Fox News host and friend of the EDL. (By chascow).

Fox hearts thugs…

Given all the anti-Islamic punditry that comes out of Fox News, it’s not surprising that network host Brian Kilmeade is getting chummy with the English Defense League leader Tommy Robinson. “We got your back” and “it’s great what you’re doing,” Kilmeade said to the leader of the group, whose members have been responsible for many anti-immigrant attacks.

Interfaith meating…

Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughtering requirements are somewhat similar, so it’s no surprise, but still nice, to see Jews and Muslims working to build a shared slaughterhouse in Wisconsin.

U.S.-Islam Forum in Qatar…

Speaking of interfaith, the State of Qatar hosted the annual U.S. – Islamic World Forum, a meeting of some of the top policy and scholarly thinkers from America and the Islamic world.

Saudi Film…

On June 21 and 22, the L.A. Film Fest will screen “Wadjda,” the first film shot in Saudi Arabia by a Saudi woman. Wadjda is about a 10-year-old girl from suburban Riyadh trying to buy her first bicycle, against the warnings of her mother.


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