May 20, 2009 |
A mediocre book on an important topic always is disappointing. When the treatment also is shallow and vulgarly argued -- as is the case with Bruce Bawer's "Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom" -- this reader is inclined to get up with a sour sense of resentment over time wasted, the sort of feeling that comes from being seated next to a garrulous bore at a dinner party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1992
The unfortunate choice of wording in the headline of your article ("U.S. Struggles to Deal With Global Islamic Resurgence," Jan. 26) does injustice to the balanced and perceptive treatment of the subject by the writer. While it presses the panic button of those who cannot abandon the medieval mentality of the Crusades, it ruffles the feathers of those who cannot understand how a secular country, like the United States, can turn the Islamic inclination of sovereign peoples and governments into a foreign policy dilemma.
February 20, 2012 |
In trying to clarify recent comments from Rick Santorum about President Obama's "phony theology," the candidate's new national press secretary made a gaffe of her own, saying Obama had pursued "radical Islamic policies" (see video below). Alice Stewart, who had worked for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign before signing on with Santorum earlier this month, made the slip during an appearance Monday afternoon on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports. " The segment focused on the former Pennsylvania senator's line of attack on Obama for his environmental policies, which were guided, Santorum said in Ohio this weekend, by "some phony ideal.
November 11, 2010 |
They are, to be sure, ideas that go unexplored in the Koran: Is it a sin to slam dance? Can a person wear his hair in a mohawk, smoke weed like Snoop Dogg and still call himself a devout Muslim under the eyes of God? The micro-budgeted feature "The Taqwacores" ? which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, opened in New York last week and reaches theaters in Los Angeles on Friday ? tackles such issues head-on. FOR THE RECORD: "Taqwacores" review: The Nov. 11 Calendar section review of the film "The Taqwacores" said a character in the film, Yusef, was an Arab American.
September 17, 2012 |
“Muslim rage” is the headline, and it's brought the country full circle. To recap: Americans made a grotesque video about Islam, violent protests ensued, and now other Americans have condemned Muslims for reacting poorly. On Monday, Tina Brown's Newsweek released a cover once again intended to provoke, outrage, create buzz and sell copies of the magazine: "MUSLIM RAGE," the new cover reads in bold font, "HOW I SURVIVED IT, HOW WE CAN END IT. " The text straddles a highly unflattering picture of screaming Muslim men in Morocco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 |
At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. "Yesterday we watched the best of seven.... Unfortunately we forget the big final; it's like that show 'One Life to Live,' " Imam Suhaib Webb says as sleepy boys and young men come to attention in the back rows. "There's no overtime, bro. " The sermon is typical of Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young.