September 19, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Islamic militants sought Tuesday to capitalize on anger over an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States, saying a suicide bombing that killed 12 people in Afghanistan was revenge for the film and calling for attacks on U.S. diplomats and facilities in North Africa. The attempt by extremists across the region to harness Muslim fury over a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad posed new concern for the United States, whose embassies and consulates have been targeted, and in some cases breached, during riots and protests over the past week.
September 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Mitt Romney on Friday denounced an anti-Muslim film that is stirring unrest in the Middle East, even as he stood by his condemnation of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for its implied denunciation of the film. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos of ABC's Good Morning America , Romney said he still believed it was "inappropriate" for the embassy to put out the statement, issued as anger rose in Egypt on Tuesday over a film that ridiculed the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He said the embassy should have taken the statement down after protesters breached the embassy grounds.
September 14, 2012 |
NOW THAT the inflammatory film "Innocence of Muslims" has led to rioting and death, the story of the man behind the film is becoming more twisted and sickening. Federal authorities have identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula , a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes, as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film, a U.S. law-enforcement official said Thursday. Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department officials had opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats killed during an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
September 13, 2012 |
Widely denounced as despicable and offensive, the anti-Muslim video linked to Tuesday's violence in the Middle East has "all the haters feeding off each other," said Marwan Kreidie, director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation. "The consequences, however unjustified, are that people get killed. " Kreidie's nonprofit group provides immigration, health-care, and language support for the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Arab Americans in Southeastern Pennsylvania, many of whom felt unique pressure to comment after the riots in Cairo and Benghazi.
September 6, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The state attorney general assured a group of Muslim leaders Wednesday that a New York City police unit that conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, religious leaders, and student groups was no longer operating in New Jersey. Jeffrey Chiesa made the remarks during the first meeting of an outreach committee he formed to repair relations between law enforcement and Muslims in the wake of revelations about the New York Police Department's surveillance tactics. Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the attorney general, confirmed that Chiesa said during the closed-door meeting that the NYPD's Demographics Unit was no longer working in New Jersey.
August 31, 2012 |
Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 people at a party in southern Afghanistan on Sunday night. The attack may have been part of a power struggle between rival factions, but one government official said it was intended to punish the attendees for listening to music and dancing. Are music and dance prohibited in Islam? The prophet Muhammad made seemingly contradictory statements about the performing arts, providing justification for people on either side of this doctrinal dispute. According to some accounts, Muhammad promised that Allah would turn musicians into "monkeys and pigs.
August 21, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD - A Christian girl has been sent to a Pakistani prison after being accused by furious Muslim neighbors of burning pages of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, in violation of the country's strict blasphemy laws. A police official said Monday that there was little evidence pages of the book had been burned, and that the case would likely be dropped. But hundreds of angry neighbors gathered outside the girl's home last week demanding action in a case raising new concerns about religious extremism in this conservative Muslim country.
August 19, 2012
This letter on pornography and business ethics - written by two public intellectuals, one a Christian, the other a Muslim - was sent to hotel industry executives last month and then released publicly at www.thePublicDiscourse.com . Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is cofounder and a member of the faculty of Zaytuna College in California We write to...
June 25, 2012 |
CAIRO - Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt's first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers. In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, joyous supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood wept and kneeled on the ground in prayer when they heard the announcement on live television.
June 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Muslim civil rights group that has worked closely with the Obama administration to build better relationships with American Muslims is suing the New York Police Department over its surveillance programs. Eight Muslims filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in New Jersey to force the NYPD to end its surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices that have targeted Muslims since the 9/11 attacks. The lawsuit alleged that the NYPD's activities were unconstitutional because they focused on people's religion, national origin and race.