July 11, 2015 |
It wasn't Ralph who was Rotten at Rotten Ralph's, a popular bar and eatery in Old City. Instead, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was Rotten Ralph's general manager, Sharwin Coates, who fired a Muslim server in July 2013 for wearing a hair covering, saying employees couldn't wear "hoodies" at work. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Rotten Ralph's parent company, Half Shell Inn Inc., in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday, claiming that the company violated federal laws barring religious discrimination when it fired server Tia Rollins.
March 18, 2015 |
The Rev. Emanuel Nasir is a Christian living in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Shakila Rani, who is Muslim, lives in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Together, they are trying to improve the lives of Pakistani women who are being abused inside the home, are being denied educational and other opportunities, or have become the victims of violent attacks. Rani directs the Rehab Project, a provider of counseling and educational services, as well as legal and medical information, to about 50 women - most of whom are Muslim - annually.
January 15, 2015 |
Federal judges in Philadelphia raised questions Tuesday about a New York Police Department surveillance program that critics say unfairly targeted Muslim communities after 9/11. The 11 plaintiffs in the case - including an Army sergeant, a former schoolteacher, and an imam - have argued that the surveillance intimidated people from attending Muslim businesses and places of worship. Julio Fuentes, one of three appeals court judges hearing the appeal, said he would not want to attend a mosque if it was being watched, and compared the effect to a business losing money.
October 8, 2001 |
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Oman and other Muslim nations agreed to support the U.S.-led war against terrorism only after President Bush and his top aides assured them that the United States would not quit until Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist network were destroyed. Two senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that while Arab and Muslim leaders publicly warned of the dangers of U.S. attacks on another Islamic nation, privately they wanted assurances Bush would not stop the war the way his father ended the campaign against Iraq a decade ago - with the enemy still standing.
September 18, 2010 |
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Philadelphia security-services company, accusing it of discriminating against female Muslim employees by not allowing them to wear religious garments while working. The civil action, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against Imperial Security Inc., accused the firm of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it, in effect, fired Julie Holloway-Russell as a part-time guard for wearing a religious head covering called a khimar while on duty at the Convention Center on Dec. 26. That was her first day on the job. The khimar covered only her hair, ears, and neck, with the loose ends tucked under the collar of her shirt.
October 16, 2001 |
THE leadership of moderate Arab and non-Arab Muslim governments have for years denounced violence and killing that was perpetrated in the name of Islam. Since Sept. 11, they have been joined by a host of Islamic clerics, Christian leaders and peace groups who ask that we in the West not judge either the Muslim religion or its billion-plus worldwide members by the acts of a few fanatics. Americans are remarkably fair-minded and would unequivocally agree with this assessment.
November 15, 1995 |
Set in a colorful quarter of modern-day Tunis, where men swagger and women are swathed in veils, Halfaouine is the sensual and captivating story of Noura, a boy on the threshhold of manhood. The title is taken from the district depicted in the film. At the tender age of 12, Noura (Selim Boughedir) dwells mostly in the female realm. He even accompanies his lovely mother and lusty aunt to the Turkish baths, where they wash him as he quietly observes other neighborhood women sponging their voluptuous bodies.
January 9, 1998 |
Nostalgia for the rebellious uproar and free spirits of the '60s is a staple of movies and, for understandable reasons, filmmakers tend to use a rose-colored lens when they look back. Tunisian director Ferid Boughedir's A Summer in La Goulette, the third offering in this year's Jewish Film Festival, brims with fond memories but there's a telling reason that yields a charming and effective picture. What Boughedir misses most about the '60s is the ideal of tolerance that was in wide circulation at the time.
September 2, 2010
ONE TIME I was attacked by a gang of white guys who beat me because I was black. Should I hold all white people accountable for that? White pundits on TV are quick to state that they can't be held accountable for the bad behavior of other whites. Does this only apply to white people? How about Muslims? Blacks? Are some of those very same white people out protesting the mosque? James Morton It's troubling that the same folks who label welcoming, secular Western societies with Muslim populations as "Islamophobic" never seem able to acknowledge the social, political and economic flaws evident in the Islamic world.
January 18, 1991 |
A report by the FBI warns that "underground cells of Islamic extremists" sponsored by Iraq and Libya are located in major American cities, poised for terrorist attacks. Former diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vice President Quayle also single out "Islamic fundamentalism" as the new enemy of the West, succeeding communism and Nazism. Such distorted warnings could trigger an anti-Muslim backlash in the United States and Europe, and they reveal the extent of misinformation about Islam. Western perceptions are often shaped by the actions of dictators in Muslim nations.