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.
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.”
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.