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September 13, 2012
1:31 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2012
The pollsters, by asking the question, and news outlets, by gleefully publicizing the results, are playing into this vicious cycle.
The Atlantic’s David Graham • Scoring a solid point regarding Public Policy Polling’s recent Obama religion question, which showed that (in Alabama and Mississippi) many think Obama is a Muslim. “Besides, there’s a difference between asking whether respondents believe in interracial marriage (which PPP also did) and asking whether they believe the president is a Muslim or Kenyan,” Graham continues. “The first is a matter of opinion; the second is objectively either true or false (as it happens, both are false).” He notes that most politicians have moved on from this question, except for a few that use it to score cheap political points. We’re with him. Let’s take Obama religion polling questions off the table for good.
10:21 // 2 years ago
February 21, 2012
All I know is under Obama, President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries. Islam sees him as a son of Islam… I can’t say categorically that (the president is not Muslim) because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama.
The Rev. Franklin Graham • Speaking on “Morning Joe” this morning about Obama’s faith. Hey, next time you feel like making a statement like this, Franklin, CALL YOUR DAD. He will lead you in a better direction that this sort of dividing fearmongering.
21:15 // 2 years ago
10:29 // 2 years ago
September 16, 2011
There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology. The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.
A FBI training presentation • Suggesting that mainstream — not just radicalized — Muslims are dangerous. The training materials, leaked to Wired by FBI whistleblowers, seem to suggest that normal religious behavior protected by the Constitution is a tell sign of terror ties. The training documents, some of which were produced solely by William Gawthrop, seem to support fairly controversial views he’s previously pushed forward on such sites as WorldNetDaily. The FBI responded to Wired’s article today, saying that the presentation was only given one time, was the work of one person (presumably Gawthorp), and doesn’t reflect FBI policy as a whole. “As of August 2011, the individual who delivered the presentation no longer provides training on behalf of the FBI,” their response states. “These corrective measures were made before recent media attention was given to this topic.” The real question: How did this guy get in a position where he could make such a presentation in the first place? This is a huge black eye for the FBI. (thanks kateoplissource (viafollow)
18:06 // 2 years ago
August 10, 2011

Whole Foods learns that Ramadan promotions are headache-inducing

  • claim After the company faced weeks of criticism from right-wing blogs who perhaps equate Muslims with terrorism too quickly, Houston Press claimed that Whole Foods backed away from a Ramadan promotion, which was meant as groundbreaking but instead created a bunch of headaches for the company. Fail.
  • rebuttal However, Whole Foods claims that they never ended the promotion. “We never sent a communication from our headquarters requesting stores take down signs or remove parts from this promotion,” the company tweeted. Instead, they say one regional branch decided to back away from the promotion (which led to the criticism). source

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10:07 // 2 years ago
July 12, 2011

Libya update: Possible NATO ceasefire, Gaddafi may leave

  • ceasefire?NATO forces are considering a ceasefire in Libya for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Aug. 1. Critics of the plan are worried it could backfire, while NATO leaders are afraid that a continued bombing campaign could lead to backlash from the Muslim community.
  • withdrawal?Meanwhile, the French are saying that Gaddafi is ready to leave power — so that ceasefire might not be necessary. Negotiations between the French and Gaddafi have been difficult, but now it seems that the dictator is thinking about leaving. That would probably be best for all involved. source

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12:54 // 2 years ago
May 7, 2011

Back in vogue: Unfounded fears of Muslims flying on planes

  • what Two Memphis-based Muslim scholars — who passed a security check and were already on the plane, by the way — were barred from flying yesterday. Ironically, they were headed to a conference on American fears of Islam.
  • why Apparently, the pilot was to blame — he apparently forced them to go through additional security procedures, and after they passed those wouldn’t fly with the two men on board. All in all, a great day for religious tolerance. source
15:40 // 2 years ago
March 10, 2011
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Keith Ellison on Twitter after speaking at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing. Read the full transcript here.

We also have an updated version of the clip up (via Soup and @irincarmon)

minnpost:

Keith Ellison on Twitter after speaking at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing. Read the full transcript here.

We also have an updated version of the clip up (via Soup and @irincarmon)

11:25 // 3 years ago