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‘Obsession,’ The Radical Right’s War On Islam

“Obsession” is not an honest critique of violent radicalism. Instead, it is a propaganda piece that seeks to cast a wide net of suspicion against Muslims by blurring the line between violent radicalism and mainstream Islam. As such, it does not call on credible experts and reputable scholars but resorts to shady characters like “former-terrorist” Walid Shoebat, who has made such outlandish statements as: “Islam is not the religion of God Islam is the devil.” Continue reading

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The Islamophobe Who Cried Islamist

Daniel Pipes is as much a scholar on Islam and Muslims as David Duke is a scholar on Judaism and Jews. He does not seem to know where scholarship ends and where political advocacy begins. He does not initiate his research by asking questions for which he seeks answers, but by providing answers for which he cherry-picks evidence. Continue reading

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Steven Emerson’s Disturbing Track Record

Can Steven Emerson and his ilk be trusted as credible sources of information on Islam and Muslims? Who is Steven Emerson? A self-anointed “terrorism expert” whose rhetoric is characterized by charged terminology and a dislike for open debate, Emerson harbors a longstanding track record of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry. Continue reading

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Dennis Prager’s Rant Exposes Raw Hate

It is not Ellison who threatens to “undermine American civilization.” It is, in fact, Prager who is uneasy with our secular democratic politics and our religiously pluralistic society and is demanding that we revert to the standards of some medieval vessel of Christendom. Continue reading

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Radical Conservative Actively Misguides Readers

Criticizing the problematic elements within the Muslim world is fair game. I personally do it all the time as do many forward-looking Muslim leaders. However, looking at the worst possible case scenarios within the Muslim world in order to insinuate a general point about all Muslims or about Islam itself is as scholastically disingenuous as it is disrespectful to readers. It also constitutes classic Islamophobia. Continue reading

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Understanding Aminah Wadud & the PMU

Wadud will lead the prayer. She will be hailed by her usual supporters, and condemned by her usual critics; lauded by those who are on an ideological cloud of optimism, and heckled by those who are enraged by her perceived apostasy. It will be business as usual for the “shock Imam”. It will be a media field day. For the rest of us, it will be a chance to read and write about something different, but it will never be anything more. Continue reading

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9/11: A Double-Edged Tragedy For American Muslims

In commemorating the third anniversary of 9/11, our grief as American-Muslims is twofold. On one hand we deplore the attack on our country. On the other hand, we realize with great regret that on that date our religion was hijacked along with those four planes. Continue reading

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Revisiting The Berlusconi Affair

Mr. Silvio Berlusconi, perhaps in naive anticipation of applause from his German hosts, claimed during a press conference in Berlin that the Western civilization was superior to the Islamic one. Berlusconi was quoted as saying , “We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization,… in contrast with Islamic countries.” Continue reading

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Classic Anti-Islamania

In his article, “Either You Are a Believer or an Infidel” (Washington Post, 10/21/2001), Skube is disgruntled at everyone “from President Bush to imams at American mosques” for taking issue only with the terrorists who act in Islam’s name, rather than with Islam itself and all its adherents. Continue reading

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