February 2, 2009
FOR SOME MUSLIMS, these words from President Obama hold deep significance: "I have Muslim members of my family," Obama said last Monday in an interview with an Arab cable network. "I have lived in a Muslim country . . . the largest one, Indonesia. " The words hold a deep significance in this country, too: Before he was elected, it's obvious, Barack Obama could not have spoken them without risking serious negative political consequences. His campaign was on guard to refute suggestions that Obama, a Christian, was a secret follower of Islam.
April 23, 1997
While fundamentalism is an expansive force within the Muslim world, it neither seeks a holy war with nor domination of the non-Muslim world. In this respect, it ought to matter no more to the non-Muslim world than Quebecois nationalism matters to Thailand. Islamic fundamentalism recognizes two realms: the community of believers - the umma - and the non-Islamic world.... Thus, the policies of the Iranian government toward Central Asia ... are not really "foreign" policies at all..
August 22, 1986 |
For a moment, Nathan Long said nothing. His large, watery eyes peered blankly over the metal-frame glasses that inched past the bridge of his nose. His hands lay in his lap - the right one partially paralyzed by a bullet wound, the other encircled at the wrist by a plastic, prison identification band. Inmate: 86-08594. "I'm not completely over the shock," Long said in his first interview since the June 5 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Gleason, with which he is charged.
June 20, 2008
WHY DOES the Daily News provide a forum for morons? Mr. Carchidi asked how we know that Obama isn't a "closet Muslim. " Also why Barack doesn't use his middle name. (Kenneth doesn't use his.) Obama isn't a closet anything. Neither is Mr. Carchidi - he's an open hate- monger. Bryan Flannery, Chalfont
August 24, 2010
MTV'S "JERSEY SHORE" is the runaway hit of the summer, and nearly a quarter of Americans actually believe that their president is a Muslim. Ugh. We're in trouble. I'm no doomsayer. I usually err on the side of optimism, but this makes me wonder about some of our - ahem - mental capacities. A new Time magazine poll shows that nearly a quarter of Americans believe the false accusation that President Obama is a Muslim. In another study, one by the Pew Research Center, 18 percent of Americans were found to believe the same thing.
June 10, 2008
RE KENNETH Carchidi's June 2 letter with questions about Barack Obama. Yes Mr. Carchidi, Barack Obama is a Muslim and when he becomes president all women, black and white, Asian, and Chinese will have to be completely covered in Muslim garb. That sounds as dumb as you still questioning his religion. He has told and showed the world his faith and people like you who are white will continue to use his religion as an excuse as to why you don't want him as a president. He might be "a candidate from nowhere," but since the primary, he has been everywhere and is now the Democratic nominee.
September 5, 2010 |
As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this week, Akbar Ahmed, a prominent Islamic scholar, is asking Iran's supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to show "Islamic compassion" by releasing three Americans arrested more than a year ago. They are accused of illegally entering Iran. Josh Fattal, 28, a 2000 graduate of Cheltenham High School; Shane Bauer, 28, of Minnesota; and Sarah Shourd, 31, of California, were hiking in a mountainous resort area of Iraqi Kurdistan and may have accidentally crossed Iran's unmarked border, their supporters say. They were arrested July 31, 2009, and are imprisoned in Tehran.
August 22, 1997 |
The U.S. State Department recently issued a report on Christian persecution, focusing on China and several Muslim countries. The report has initiated a debate on the issues of religious persecution, human rights and U.S. policy. As a member of the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, I have evaluated cases of human-rights violations, primarily in Muslim countries. One of the most recent examples involved a religious man from a Muslim country. He was visited by security forces at dawn, taken from his place of residence, beaten with cables, hung in contorted positions and stung with electrical prods.
July 15, 2005 |
ACROSS the pond, the BBC is taking some well-deserved lumps for whitewashing the terror attacks in London. Editors have reportedly expunged the word "terrorist" from the BBC Web site and substituted the sanitized "bomber" to describe the killers. Next: "Burglars" will be "takers. " "Child molesters" will be "ticklers. " "Rapists" will be "unwanted lovers. " High-minded BBC guidelines admonish employees against using words like "terrorist" that "carry emotional or value judgments.
October 20, 2009 |
A controversial Dutch politician with anti-Islamic views will be allowed to speak at Temple University this evening despite calls by Muslims that he be prevented from giving an address on campus. Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, has called for a halt to the immigration of Muslims to the Netherlands and a ban on the Quran. On Friday, he was allowed to visit Britain after a court ruled that a government prohibition against his presence was unjust. He called the court ruling "a victory for the freedom of speech.