Religion

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened

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This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Anna North The New York Times On the day the threat arrived, the congregation of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah had planned a potluck dinner. Earlier that afternoon… What It Feels… Read More »

‘Which is the good one?’ You can’t tell a good Muslim from a bad one: Hanson

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has continued her attack against Muslims and Islam during an interview on commercial television. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Muslims have “no respect” for Australia and there is no way to tell which Muslim is “a good Muslim” in an interview on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. The One Nation…. ‘Which is the… Read More »

The Travel Ban: An Assault on Islam?

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To the Editor: Vipan Chandra The New York Times Re “Trump’s New Ban Halts Travelers From 6 Nations” (front page, March 7): The Trump administration… The Travel Ban… Read More »

How Muslim Ban incites vigilante Islamophobic violence

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Trump’s state-sponsored Islamophobia will expose more than merely Muslims to xenophobic violence and vigilantism. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News On Monday, March 6, in Washington, DC, Donald Trump issued another executive order restricting the entry of Muslims. The second rendition… How Muslim Ban… Read More »

Trump’s ‘Islamic’ headache

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The term of “radical Islamic terrorism” has been repeated so often that now it almost has a place in the Western lexicon. Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Despite the fact that George W Bush, Margeret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Barack Obama and many other Western leaders warned against its use, there is a war of words over “Islamic terrorism.” Muslim leaders and… Trump’s ‘Islamic’… Read More »

Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth

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(CNN) – Timothy Freke was flipping through an old academic book when he came across a religious image that some would call obscene. John Blake CNN It was a drawing of a third-century amulet depicting a naked man nailed to a cross. The man was… Decoding Jesus: Separating… Read More »

Is the church’s culture of shame increasing abortions?

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I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years. Michael Paget ABC Before that I was on staff for another eight. In all that… Is the church’s… Read More »

What Happens When A Country Tries To ‘Deradicalize’ Islamists?

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So France thought it smart to try and deradicalize the estimated 8,250 hardcore Islamic fundamentalists within its borders. Caleb Stephen The Daily Caller And guess what? It didn’t work… What Happens When… Read More »

‘I spent the night at my Muslim friends”: Christians flee Islamic State in Sinai

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Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them… Omar Medhat and Laura King WAtoday Los Angeles Times For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians – one of Egypt’s most vulnerable minorities – sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and… ‘I spent the… Read More »

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Bigotry and fear is the new norm, says Muslim Greens candidate in WA

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A Muslim vice principal is throwing her hat in the political ring to counter what she says is a rise in the ‘politics of division’ in Australia. Ryan Emery SBS An Australian Muslim convert is contesting a Liberal-held lower house seat in the Western Australian election to “stick up for the underdog”. Toni Pikos-Sallie said… Bigotry and fear… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

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Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »

Friends or foes? Art’s long, complicated relationship with religion

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(CNN) – When you enter the world of art, you are, like it or not, entering the realm of religion. Consider some of the world’s most famous works of art — the Parthenon Marbles, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Last Supper, the Blue Mosque — and it becomes clear just how deeply the history of art has been colored by the history of religion. Aaron Rosen CNN But these are all examples from earlier epochs. What about more… Friends or foes… Read More »

Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As Donations Pour In To Repair Vandalized St. Louis Jewish Cemetery

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Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the repair of a St. Louis Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend — and the… Shira Hanau Forward The campaign, which aimed to raise $20,000, exceeded its target in three hours — and had drawn more than $55… Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »