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.
January 23, 2016 |
As Philadelphia City Council returned Thursday for its first meeting of the new term, bills were offered that would add teeth to minority hiring, look hard at how schools have been hurt by years of budget cuts, and shed light on the businesses that receive big tax subsidies. But the meeting's most compelling moment came when a nonbinding resolution was offered suggesting that two Muslim holidays become official city and School District holidays. Speaking before a chamber packed with men wearing Muslim prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said an acquaintance had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he was acting on behalf of Islam and the tension surrounding calls for Muslims to be banned from entry to the United States.
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.
June 13, 2013
Jellyfish sting ends Fla. swim HAVANA - Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish Wednesday night. It was the fifth failure involving three women who have tried to make the marathon swim since 2011. Jellyfish stings and strong currents have been the main impediments. Her support team released a statement saying McCardel stopped her effort to become the first person to swim across the Straits of Florida nonstop without a shark cage "due to a severe debilitating jellyfish sting.
January 3, 2005
A golden opportunity for the U.S. THE TSUNAMI tragedy has given the U.S. a great opportunity to strike a blow in the war on terror. More than 100,000 people have died, thousands are still missing and more than a million are homeless. Most of these people are Muslim. Now is the time for the U.S. to use its military might. Every naval hospital ship available should be sent immediately to the affected areas, along with an entire aircraft carrier fleet. The ships could search for survivors, marines should storm the beaches with food and medicine and make sure it gets to where it is needed.
December 12, 2007
The accompanying photo was attached to an e-mail, in general circulation, with this anonymous text referring to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president: "I know some of you are intrigued with this guy and he sure is bright and poised but there are definitely things about him that trouble me - not least of which is the Muslim connection. I can hear some groans now about the 'selective photo op' - can't verify it but read the caption. " The caption reads: "Remember, when a president is sworn in, he must put his hand on the Bible!
September 20, 2013 |
HALAL trucks can be found all over our city these days. For most of us, these are a delicious foray into foods from Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries. For Muslims in Philadelphia, halal signifies that animals used in the dishes were sacrificed according to Islamic law. When Sieedah Abdellah converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, halal meat wasn't as accessible as it is today. "At first, I had a long drive to find it, but now, because of the growing population, even supermarkets are offering meat that is certified halal," Abdellah, who lives in Overbrook Farms, said.
June 3, 2008 |
AT A Center City dinner party, an intelligent, educated woman insists that Barack Obama is a Muslim. My husband's tennis buddy thinks Obama is "a Muslim plant," a Manchurian candidate sent to secretly take over the country. Someone else believes that if elected, Obama plans to blow himself up in the White House. "Give Obama a ham sandwich and see what happens" is a comment posted online under the moniker "Ataxicabdriver. " Michelle Obama described her husband as a loving parent reading Harry Potter to his daughters at bedtime - and on a YouTube video, a man asks ominously, "Does Barack Obama oppose Harry Potter like most Christian parents?"