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.
September 24, 2015
INTOLERANCE is ugly. It has no place in our society. And yet it persists, in virulent strains that refuse to die and become a pox on all of us. The anti-Muslim sentiment festering in this country is one such strain. And it has burst into the open, infecting the 2016 presidential race, thanks to Republican candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump. First, Trump declined to correct or condemn a supporter who asserted at a New Hampshire campaign rally that Muslims are a "problem," that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are being trained in camps to kill "us. " Trump's pathetic response was that he is "going to look at that.
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.
December 15, 2015
ISSUE | MOSQUE ATTACK Sisters and brothers It was with profound sorrow that I read of the desecration of the sacred mosque of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society by a cowardly and ignorant person last week ("Pig's head left at N. Phila. mosque," Tuesday). I have attended interfaith worship services and been joyfully received as a guest at the breaking of the Ramadan fast there. I have personally experienced these folks to be among the best of humankind. Our world and city would be diminished were they not among us. It is our duty and our obligation to protect them and their sisters and brothers in the Muslim community.
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.