An immigration lawyer claims he is under suspicion

A Somali immigrant-turned-Missouri-immigration lawyer suspects he was put on a federal watch list after he represented a Muslim university student who was being investigated by the FBI. Ever since accepting the assignment, which was referred to him by the Missouri ACLU, Abdul Kadir Mohamed has been pulled from airport lines for extensive questioning, causing him to miss flights and endure other inconveniences.

“The only explanation I have,” Mohamed told the local Riverfront Times, “is that it is based on your name and national origin.”

Judge orders NYPD to turn over spying records

In what could be a embarrassing decision for the NYPD, a federal judge has ruled that the department must turn over records related to a controversial program targeting New York City Muslims. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by Hamid Hassan Raza, an imam at a Brooklyn mosque. The imam sued the NYPD to see if it spied on him because of his religion. There are two other lawsuits against the NYPD for its Muslim spying program.

NYPD officers watch a parade

NYPD officers watching a parade in New York (2010). Photo courtesy Pim Stouten via Flickr

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Anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller photo courtesy Pamela Geller via Wikimedia Commons

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Geller says Pope condones Muslim savagery

Who says Pope Francis can’t make enemies? Anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller lashed out at Pope Francis this week, criticizing him for what she said was giving Muslims a green light to kill Christians.

“At a time when Christianity worldwide is under siege by Islamic jihadists, the leader of the Catholic Church claims that the quran (sic) teaches non-violence,” Geller wrote in her blog, according to The Raw Story. “As Christians across the Muslim world live in abject terror and fear kidnapping, rape and slaughter to the bloodcurdling cries of ‘Allahu akbar,’ the pope gives papal sanction to the savage.”

Pope Francis

Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass in the piazza outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4. The pontiff was making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

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Study says Muslims face Red State job discrimination

A new study from Carnegie Mellon University found that, in Republican-leaning states, employers were less likely to grant an interview or hire a candidate if he or she identified as Muslim on  social networking sites.

Safeway apologizes to Muslim worker

Safeway has given a job back to a Muslim woman who was told she couldn’t wear her Islamic headscarf while at work at its El Dorado Hills, Calif., service station. Rosemary Hassan was originally told by a manager she could wear the scarf, but an assistant manager didn’t get the memo, and told Hassan to remove the scarf or quit. Hassan quit. But after learning of the incident, Safeway leaders said the company’s policies allow headscarves, and offered Hassan her job back.

A similar situation took place when managers at Abercrombie & Fitch told a Muslim woman her headscarf was OK, only to be overruled by district managers. The woman successfully sued the fashion retailer.

Anti-Muslim graffiti condemned

Photographer Robert Gerhardt of New York City has photographed Muslims for years, but his recent photograph of a defaced Gap poster at a New York subway station featuring a female model and a man wearing a Sikh turban is receiving unprecedented attention. The ad reads “Make Love” but the vandals replaced “Love” with “Bombs” and added “Stop driving taxis.” Gerhardt posted his photo, which prompted a public outcry and statement from Gap stating its commitment to inclusiveness.

Chapel for the Oklahoma state house

A group of Oklahoma state legislators wants to build a chapel inside the state legislature to celebrate its Judeo-Christian heritage. Some Muslims hope that, if it is built, they’ll be able to hold their regular Friday prayers there. That seems unlikely given Oklahoma’ s efforts to ban Shariah law and, more recently, a CAIR official from a public law enforcement training session. Oklahoma’s Republican House Speaker T.W. Lawton told the AP: “My focus would be to commemorate the history of the faith community in Oklahoma, and as far as I know, that was a Judeo-Christian heritage,” Lawton said.

I wonder if Native Americans in Oklahoma would agree.

Islamophobe retires, but his lies do not

While Muslims and their allies welcomed news that Islamophobe David Gaubatz was retiring, blogger Hesham Hassaballa reminds us that it will take no small effort to undo the damage Gaubatz’s lies have spawned.

Greenwald defends CAIR appearance

Lawyer and journalist Glen Greenwald, who has written extensively about U.S. government spying on Americans and its allies, defended a recent speech he made, via video link, to the Council of American-Islamic Relations’ annual Faith in Freedom banquet in Los Angeles. While CAIR has been broadly accepted by many mainstream organizations, some critics say it has has radical sympathies, and criticized Greenwald for giving the group legitimacy. Greenwald, speaking to The Raw Story, countered that the criticism demonstrates the existence of Islamophobia in America.

Muslims at Harvard

If you’re going to be in Boston Dec. 5 or 6, you may want to check out a very worthwhile conference, “Perceptions of Muslims in the West: Discourses after the Boston Bombings and the Woolwich Murder,” which will be sponsored by Harvard’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.



  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    The question is what strategy will help Catholics and other Christians, survive Islamic bloody bigotry?
    For every time a pope has recently said anything Islamic terrorists haven’t liked Christian churches have been destroyed, Catholic bishops, priests, deacons, nuns have been butchered.
    The best strategy, some believe, is for the popes to agitate for religious freedom and liberty for all in the hopes that a bit of our First Amendment philosophy of religious freedom will catch on. (which the Church endorsed at Vatican II).

  2. Earold Gunter

    The answer isn’t religious freedom and liberty for all, it is liberty from religion for all. Then and only then will humans stop killing each other for beliefs that are founded on unprovable superstitious myths. Until then, thier is no way to stop the killing when some have beliefs that dictate they kill those who don’t believe the same as them. Religion is a disease.

    • Ronald Sevenster

      Secularism is the worst religion of all, since it doesn’t recognize itself as one, while it truly is. In fact, it is the consummate Replacement Theology, and thus betrays its Christian roots. Classic Christian Replacement Theology declared Judaism to be obsolete and to be replaced by Catholicism. Secularism declares all traditional religions to be obsolete and to be replaced by Secular Humanism.

      Both ‘Replacements’ are deeply religious moves of thought. Modern Secularism is founded a religious absolutizing of natural science, but there is nothing scientific in this absolutization. It is philosophically flawed and dangerous for maintaining societal peace. One can hardly expect a movement which criminalizes the traditional religions because of their presumed lack of peacefulness, to be peaceful itself. Aggressive Secularism has a similar mindset of religious persecution as was found in Catholicism in its worst days.

      • Daniel Berry

        Mr Sevenster, what proof can you offer that “(a)ggressive Secularism has a similar mindset of religious persecution as was found in Catholicism in its worst days”?

        I’m not aware of any secularist movement advocating–or even suggesting–violence against those who decline to be identified as secularists. But the history of the Christian church is loaded with violence and slaughter against those of the “wrong religion” or even the “wrong” christian sect.

        Now please explain how secularism is worse than this.

      • Attacking secularism is essentially saying you are against the free exercise of all religions and welcome sectarian discrimination by government.

        You don’t seem to understand what secularism is. Secularism is not atheism. It is not attacking religion, it is just not showing favorites to a given faith or sect. Whenever a government is entangled with a given religion it always becomes sectarian discrimination.

        Secularism began as a RELIGIOUS idea and was a guiding principle of our 1st Amendment religious rights. It predates the Revolution by over a century. Without it as a guiding idea for government action, we cannot protect the religious freedom of anyone in this nation.

    • How do you explain Jehovah’s Witnesses then? They refuse to join the military in every country, worldwide. Also, when given a choice of joining Hitler’s forces or going to the death camps, they chose the camps and many died as a result. So, not ALL religions are “a disease”… only the “false religions” fall into that catagory. Any religion that doesn’t worship the “True God” with spirit and “TRUTH” will be destroyed eventually by God himself and not by men.

      • JW’s don’t exactly act with clean hands. Their rhetoric is fairly harsh and intolerant. They are just civil enough not to display it in public. They frequently engage in the dangerously ignorant attacks on the use of blood transfusions for the general public. They are known for being particularly clannish when it comes to dealing with dissent among their ranks, using ostracism as a tool for enforcing belief.

        ” Any religion that doesn’t worship the “True God” with spirit and “TRUTH” will be destroyed eventually by God himself and not by men.”

        Do you think such rhetoric shows respect or tolerance of other faiths?
        Do you think anything beneficial will come from such ideas when dealing with other people?

  3. Daniel Berry, NYC

    Ms Geller’s photo posted here tells the whole tragic story, right down to the irony of the “LOVE” necklace she wears. She typifies those in every religious tradition (and none) who are unable to tolerate the very idea of tolerance, much less, embrace of those with a perspective different from their own. Like many such individuals, Ms Geller doesn’t shy away from employing a narrowly contextualized and focused casuistry to make her points, liberally flavored with baiting, venomous rhetoric.

    The history of every religion I know of includes extensive chapters of hideous hatreds and inhumanity acted out against those of a – or any – different religion–or even against those of a different brand of the same religion. Human history provides ample testimony to how poorly this technique works. One might pray that Ms Geller and those like her representing other traditions and hatreds could be brought to see this also.

  4. Ms. Geller is simply addressing what is happening NOW. In fact, it has been a trend since the unprovoked invasion of Spain in about 711 after the founding in 622. This Pope keeps talking about “poverty.” He needs to address the “poverty” of the lack of religious freedom under which Christians and other religious minorities merely exist in, in Islamic lands. That is the problem Ms. Geller seeks to address, what is happening right NOW under our noses. This Pope does not speak out. He is all about photo ops and the promulgation of his humility.

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