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June 8, 2010
It's a drumbeat on the right: The Obama administration is in deliberate denial about the existence of "Islamic terrorism." A conservative columnist recently complained that two federal reports described terrorism and violent extremism but didn't mention "radical Islam as a motivator." Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from Connecticut, has chided the administration for failing to identify "violent Islamist extremism" as the enemy. There is some truth in this criticism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Another spring, another college commencement speaker contoversy . In 1990, students at Wellesley College objected to First Lady Barbara Bush , who they felt was not sufficiently feminist as she had dropped out of Smith College in 1944 to get married. In 2006, Muslim students at Nova Southeastern University in Florida objected to author Salman Rushdie because they found parts of his novel “The Satanic Verses” offensive - never mind that he had been tormented for almost a decade by an edict from the religious leader of Iran calling for his execution.
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OPINION
September 28, 2010
From the state that brought you the notion that Thomas Jefferson wasn't an important Founding Father, and that the interning of 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II had nothing to do with racism, comes another attempt to insert personal prejudice into public school textbooks. This time, the Texas Board of Education is trying to limit references to Islam. Textbooks nationwide have been twisted, dumbed down and flattened into such boring tomes that it's no wonder most students can't abide them.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
When the women's militia of an Al Qaeda splinter group recently raided a high school in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, it found a range of violations of its strict interpretation of Islam. Ten young women were deemed guilty of donning a face veil that was too transparent, having visible eyebrows or wearing a hair clip under her hijab , or head covering. Each student was whipped 30 times, said one opposition activist, who asked to remain unidentified because he is wanted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group that until recently was affiliated with Al Qaeda.
OPINION
April 4, 2009 | Jack Miles, Jack Miles is professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine and senior fellow for religion and international relations at the Pacific Council on International Policy.
"They say we are at war with Islam. This is the whispered line of the extremist who has nothing to offer in this battle of ideas but blame. ... We are not at war with Islam. But too often since 9/11, the extremists have defined us. ... When I am president, that will change." -- Barack Obama, August 2007 -- When President Obama addresses the Turkish parliament on Monday, he will have the chance to fulfill a campaign promise.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2010
Nomad From Islam to America Ayaan Hirsi Ali Free Press: 278 pp., $27
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992
Re "Bush Scenario: Oh, If Only Lee Were Here!" by Christopher Buckley, Opinion, Feb. 9: Buckley demonstrated his ignorance and insensitivity to Islam. He wrote ". . . and hang that sumbitch's ass from the tallest minaret." If he had written "the tallest building," I would not protest, but using the minaret, which is a clear inference to Islam, is a direct attack on my religion. Keep Islam out of your political fight. MAHMOUD ELSAYESS Westminster
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2001
Re "Islam and Democracy," editorial, Sept. 29: The issue between Islam and the West is not about values. Almost all religions profess the same values. The issue is how to organize society to achieve those values. Islam proposes a way of life wherein religion and politics are united; God is Caesar. In the West, religion and politics are separate; God is not Caesar nor is Caesar God. Islam in its pure form and Western civilization are incompatible and have been antagonists for 1,400 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1991
Attitudes regarding the Islamic faith and Muslims are in a process of change in America. More and more, people are showing an interest in learning the basic teachings of Islam. The Times (Dec. 13) presented two disparate answers to the question "what is Islam?" One a positive portrayal of a Muslim who is living his faith, the other a confused and bitter attack against the Islamic world view. First, there was the article ("Sermons on the Island: Muslim Chaplain Gives Guidance to All Faiths at Prison")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991
I have read the whole section about Islam in the textbook published by Houghton Mifflin that was mentioned in your article ("Making New Maps for the Labyrinth of Learning," Metro, Jan. 31). In this regard, I would like to say that there are more schools in the United States than any other country in the world; there are more libraries in the United States than any other country in the world; there are more books in the United States than any other country in the world, and yet there is more ignorance about Islam in the United States than any other country in the world.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Pascal Bruckner
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
SAN DIEGO - With an assured and intimate voice, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar's stories cleverly slide across religion, tradition, sexuality and the dangerous if sometimes comical predicaments endured by Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 world hardened by incendiary politics and "us" versus "them" prejudices. His work is intricately American, revealing the strains and joys of Muslims, many of them immigrants, trying to hold on to their ancestry while assimilating into a nation that celebrates diversity yet takes intense pride - and a degree of security - in counting the ways in which we're the same.
WORLD
February 17, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
GAZA CITY - Like many Palestinians, Marwan Hissi has closely followed reports of peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. An unemployed father of five living in a refugee community in the Gaza Strip, Hissi says he has a question for American negotiators leading the talks: "Where's Hamas?" The Islamic militant movement, which seized control of Gaza in 2007, has been excluded from the process as U.S. officials work out a preliminary agreement on key issues in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - He loves sushi, AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. He could be killed at any moment but vows to marry "a beautiful, righteous Muslim girl" as soon as he finds one. He proclaims a "love for justice" but defends beheadings, battlefield executions and sectarian killing. He scorns democracy and extols a fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. Welcome to the virtual world of Chechclearr, the Internet handle of a self-described Islamic militant who says he is fighting as an Islamist rebel in Syria but also has time to post a copious amount of pictures and comments on the Internet.
WORLD
February 3, 2014 | By Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT - The general command of Al Qaeda has disavowed one of its best-known and most successful affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is waging a brutal guerrilla war in both Middle Eastern nations. Apparently angered by the group's growing power and autonomy, Al Qaeda's Pakistani-based central command issued a blunt statement saying that the Islamic State is "not a branch of Al Qaeda," has no "organizational relationship" with Al Qaeda and its actions cannot be linked to Al Qaeda.
WORLD
January 24, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's loveliest but lesser-known museums was a casualty of a powerful bomb on Friday targeting a police headquarters directly across the street. The stately 19th century Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Cairo, filled with precious cultural objects such as manuscripts, astrolabes and ceramics, was badly damaged by the early-morning blast. The explosion, one of three blasts Friday that killed five people in the city, shattered windows, knocked off big chunks of masonry from the museum's ornate facade, and left a tangle of wires in the entryway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2000
Re "Can Fundamentalist Islam and Democracy Coexist in a Country?" Commentary, March 20: I find Ausaf Ali's assertion that Islam and democracy are incompatible to be an odd one. In the past year we have seen democracy sweep forth in two major Muslim countries--Iran and Indonesia--both leaders running on a platform of a balanced adherence to the faith (Mohammad Khatami in Iran and Abdurrahman Wahid in Indonesia). Their respective struggles have demonstrated how Islamic governance requires the same basic elements of democracy.
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan - Infighting among Islamist antigovernment groups in northern Syria continued for a third day Sunday, as more moderate rebel factions engaged in a large-scale rout of an extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The Mujahedin Army, a new coalition of ostensibly moderate Islamist groups, as well as factions affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, consolidated their gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in what activists hailed as a "second revolution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Most young Muslim students feel accepted on California junior high and high school campuses, although a significant number say they face bias from teachers and bullying from fellow students, according to a new report by a leading Islamic advocacy group. The report, issued Thursday and based on an extensive survey by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, offers a nuanced portrayal of the climate young Muslims face in California schools. Of the nearly 500 Muslim youth surveyed across the state, about 80% gave a positive rating to their overall educational experience - noting that they were comfortable speaking about their religion in the classroom and felt safe in school and respected by teachers.
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