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.
September 11, 2011
By Robert J. Dobie Of what use is philosophy? This is a question that I, as a philosophy professor, often hear. Yet, with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 upon us, and as I look at events occurring in the Middle East and Western Europe, I cannot help but ask, what else could be of more use? For the crises that confront us are, in large part, philosophical crises. I say "in large part" because economic, political, and cultural factors are also extremely important. But at the root of these is often the failure of the intellectual elites of a civilization to think through adequately certain philosophical problems that are important to ordinary people.
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!
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?"
October 14, 2001 |
When it comes to Islam and the nations where it is practiced, Hollywood has essentially two takes. In one - think of Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik, Sabu as The Thief of Bagdad, the Egyptians in 1999's The Mummy - Muslims are exotics, a band of romantics, adventurers, and chanters of ancient curses. In the other, they're heartless and threatening - as in Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field as an American who accompanies her spouse to the land of Ayatollah Khomeini and sees her loving Dr. Jekyll turn into a frothing, fundamentalist Mr. Hyde.
June 10, 2001 |
Sister Kiniaya Awwal and Khadijah Muhammad giggled as they strolled hand in hand, recapturing a friendship that has lasted nearly 50 years. Once divided by religion, the Norristown natives were bonded by their faith yesterday at the annual Islamic Heritage Day Festival. Awwal began studying Islam about 22 years ago, eventually converting from Christianity and moving to Ghana in 1992. When she returned to the United States in 1999, Awwal saw Khadijah at the Islamic festival that year and learned that she, too, was now a Muslim.