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September 28, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
It's about time. After a week of anti-American violence in the Muslim world over a video that offends Islam, President Obama finally made a rousing defense of free speech, even if it insults religion. Following the outburst of outrage in Libya and Egypt, American officials repeatedly deplored the video. There should have been more U.S. outrage over a campaign of violence orchestrated by Islamists and abetted by some Muslim leaders. In his annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama went a good ways toward setting the record straight.
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September 25, 2012 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed Monday to Muslims to show "dignity" and not resort to violence as they protest an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. Speaking at her husband's Clinton Global Initiative before meeting the presidents of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly, Clinton said the United States would always champion the rights to peaceful protest and free expression even if it deplored the content of the speech.
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September 24, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
You don't have to be an Islamophobe to say, "Enough already. " It's time for U.S. officials to stop apologizing for the YouTube video that supposedly sparked recent riots in Islamic countries. The video is merely a convenient pretext for religious radicals and irresponsible politicians to stir up anti-Western anger. They would have found another excuse if it hadn't surfaced. In an effort to avoid violence in Pakistan, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad broadcast ads on local TV showing American leaders denouncing the brief film.
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September 22, 2012 | By Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's "Day of Love for the Prophet" turned into a deadly day of gunfire, tear gas, and arson. Thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in several Pakistani cities Friday in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to declare a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Muhammad. The film, which was produced in the United States and denigrates the prophet, has outraged many in the Muslim world in the 10 days since it attracted attention on the Internet, and there were new, mostly peaceful protest marches in a half-dozen countries from Asia to the Middle East.
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September 19, 2012 | By Patrick Quinn and Christopher Torchia, Associated Press
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.
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September 16, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
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.
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September 14, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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September 13, 2012 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 6, 2012 | By Samantha Henry, Associated Press
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.
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August 31, 2012 | By Brian Palmer, SLATE
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.
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