August 3, 2016 |
By Shuja Nawaz Khizr Khan fired a shot across the Trump campaign bow when he asked, from the Democratic National Convention stage, whether the Republican presidential nominee had even read the U.S. Constitution. But Donald Trump miscalculated by returning verbal fire. The backlash against this counterattack has forced Trump to walk back his response. He now calls the Khans' son - U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, killed in action in Iraq in 2004 - a "hero. " Yet Trump continues to paint all American Muslims with the brush of radical Islam.
June 18, 2016 |
If you see something, say something. It is a dictum for terrorizing times, and as the carnage mounts, law enforcement is more urgently pressing the public to turn tipster. But what, exactly, does something mean? That depends. "If I have a friend who all of a sudden starts going to the masjid [mosque] five times a day, is that a sign of radicalization - or of admirable devotion?" said Quasier Abdullah, assistant imam at Quba Institute, a school and mosque in West Philadelphia.
June 17, 2016 |
Donald the Demagogue has outdone himself in the wake of the Orlando outrage. With inflammatory rhetoric not heard since the McCarthy era, Trump has slurred all American Muslims for domestic terror attacks in California and Florida. "They knew" about the bad guys but "didn't turn them in," says Trump, with his customary lack of evidence. He wants to ban immigration from virtually all Muslim countries and has said he wouldn't give any visiting Muslims visas. Trump even hints that President Obama has a soft spot for jihadis and says the president should resign if he doesn't use the words radical Islam . Nothing so vividly illustrates the danger posed by a potential Trump presidency to the fight against terrorists than his obsession with these two magic words.
June 16, 2016 |
How long will it be before American Muslims are forced to wear yellow badges with the star and crescent? Donald Trump, the man Republicans will nominate to be president, has already said that, in addition to banning Muslim immigration, he would also look at closing mosques and forcing Muslims already in the country to register with the authorities. And now, exploiting the weekend's massacre in Orlando, Trump is claiming that "thousands" of American Muslims, protected and hidden by their coreligionists, are prepared to commit even greater carnage because of their hatred for the country in which they live.
June 9, 2016 |
Donald Trump needed validation. At a rally Friday, Trump was discussing racial violence at his events and the perception that nonwhite people are against him when he singled out a black man in the crowd. "Look at my African American over here," Trump said, pointing. "Look at him. Are you the greatest?" The gesture - reminiscent of Trump with a Cinco de Mayo taco bowl at Trump Tower tweeting "I love Hispanics!" - was as respectful as if he had just instructed the crowd to "look at my Irish setter over here.
March 24, 2016
Leave it to Donald Trump to express absolutely the wrong view on the terrorist attacks that left at least 30 people dead and more than 200 injured in Belgium Tuesday. "Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime. And now it's a disaster city. It's a total disaster," Trump said. "And we have to be very careful in the United States, we have to be very careful and very vigilant as to who we allow in the country. " The Republican presidential candidate seems intent on making America's open society as closed as the European nations that have become breeding grounds for the terrorist acts being committed by disconnected, disaffected immigrants.
January 13, 2016
THREE WEEKS AFTER two Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., a national Muslim organization held its previously scheduled annual convention there. After condemning the terrorism, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S.A. seized the opportunity to launch a campaign called "True Islam and the Extremists. " It is composed of online endorsements (at www.TrueIslam.com ), fliers, public meetings, open mosque events, and outreach to interfaith groups. Ahmadi Muslims have about 70 mosques and 20,000 adherents in the U.S., and are so devoted to nonviolence and accepting other religions that I think of them as the Quakers of Islam.
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
December 9, 2015
AS EXPECTED, terrorists have struck the American heartland. Anyone with a sense of reality knew it was coming. It had happened before. This time, even our reluctant commander-in-chief was incapable of finding a euphemism for terror, no truth-suffocating case of "workplace violence" by a man carrying a card identifying himself as a "soldier of Allah. " It took President Obama too long to acknowledge the grim reality because of his professorial and antiseptic views of those who hate us. We are at war, and the enemy can justly be called terrorists, jihadists, Islamofascists, Islamic extremists.
December 8, 2015 |
Almost three weeks after he and his cousin were temporarily barred from boarding a plane for speaking Arabic, Maher Khalil, 28, still is traumatized. "It's like a nightmare," said Khalil, of Northeast Philadelphia. "I feel I'm not free to speak my language. " The men's ordeal not only made headlines, it rang true for other Arab Americans and Muslims. In the weeks since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, U.S. Islamic organizations and news reports tell of increased episodes of bias, with local police seeing a rise in tips implicating men of Middle Eastern appearance.