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Rep. Bennie Thompson said at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday that the threat posed to the homeland by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has nothing to do with religion or culture. "Last month's arrest of Dan Morgan illustrates my long-standing view that we must reject specific ethnic or religious profiles of "would-be terrorists," Thompson, ranking member on the committee, said.
1 hr ago | Salon
Oklahoma Republican and state senator John Bennett - who seems nice, by the way - refused on Tuesday to apologize for telling his followers on Facebook to be "wary" of Muslim-Americans, opting instead to reassert them. He did so, he said, "because I'm right, and they know I'm right."
4 hrs ago | TurkishPress.com
A well-managed religious and ethical education is necessary to curb radicalism, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a press conference Wednesday after a briefing at the Ministry of Education in Turkey's capital Ankara on Wednesday. Following the European Council for Human Rights ruling on the need to reform Turkey's religious curriculum education in schools "to ensure respect for parents' convictions," Davutoglu said, "If accurate and sound religious education is not provided through our educational institutions, it will be impossible to supervise unregulated and unhealthy religious knowledge which is the source for radicalization trends in our environment."
9 hrs ago | CNN
A few months ago, I took my children to a nearby park. While the kids were playing, I found myself talking to a young American woman playing with her daughter.
Constitutional provisions on the Malays, the Malay rulers, Islam and the national language are not superior to those governing the rights of other citizens, several lawyers said in rebuttal to Umno's Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The legal experts reminded the home minister that while aspects of the "social contract" are embedded in the Federal Constitution, there exist other equally important elements in the country's highest law guaranteeing the rights of non-Muslim, non-Malay Malaysians, such as fundamental liberties and the guarantee of citizenship.
More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against the Islamic State to try to dissuade young Muslims from travelling to fight with radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq.
Members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK's Aldershot branch say they are united behind family of murdered Briton David Haines A video of Mr Haines being beheaded by an Islamic State militant with a British accent was posted online at the weekend and was described by prime minister David Cameron as the work of "monsters". Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK Aldershot branch this week voiced their horror at the actions, committed supposedly in the name of Islam, stating that they "categorically reject extremists".
A Muslim women's advocate critical of Islam has brought her message to Yale University where she was warmly greeted by her audience and by protests days earlier. The New Haven Register reports that Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke Monday night, invited by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program.
Since I served as a Christian pastor for more than fifteen years before reverting to Islam on February 10,, 2013, I often am asked why I did so. One of things I often said while serving as a Christian pastor is the more I got to know the Jesus in the Bible the more clear it was to me that he was not the Jesus presented in the church.
Saudi Arabia's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested 28 people for using a home as a church. The officials confiscated Bibles and musical instruments.
Some Limbaugh lies are worse than others. This one endangers American Muslims, against whom the FBI has already noted a high level of hate crimes.
The Sudanese woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to reject Christianity says she was under pressure to convert to Islam but kept her faith. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion.
The former Cat Stevens is back with an R&B-influenced album and will tour North America for the first time in more than 35 years, his label said on Monday. Cat Stevens - who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after becoming a Muslim in 1977 - wrote his own blues songs and covered classics for the album "Tell 'Em I'm Gone," to be released on October 27. The British singer, best known for his folk and pop, released a first track from the album, a largely faithful-to-the-original version of Edgar Winter's 1971 song "Dying to Live".
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
More than with any other jihadist group in the past, ISIS has focused on drawing in new recruits from Muslim communities around the globe -- including in Western cities. President Obama's war plan against ISIS now includes deploying an additional 475 U.S. military advisers to Iraq, bringing the total number there ... CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the new video that appear... While the Taliban in Asia and al Qaeda's various franchises across the Muslim world have concentrated on drawing in local and regional recruits, ISIS' much broader outreach has seemed to pay off.
Known for being a straight shooter, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu has called on the Islamists in the party to "reform" and "upgrade" so that the ulama leadership remains relevant. PAS must "walk the talk" and not let a 'Kamal Attaturk' to rise because the people are fed up with the rhetoric on Islam, as what happened in Turkey, Mohamad told Malaysiakini today.
It is not surprising that ideology makes young men dangerous, for it is in the nature of ideology to answer all the difficult questions of human existence while giving believers the illusion of special understanding and destiny not available to others. With the downfall of the Soviet Union, Marxism lost almost all of its appeal for hormonally disaffected young men of the West, leaving them bereft of significance and purpose.
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