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October 29, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
As a college student in Mexico, Marta Khadija Ramirez was so influenced by Marxist and existentialist writers that she stopped believing in God. That changed during a semester at a British school, where she was a visiting student and three Muslim classmates introduced her to Islam. She decided to convert. But imagine the difficulty of a Latina steeped in Roman Catholic tradition trying to explain Islam to her family in 1983. And imagine that one of her sisters is a Catholic nun.
April 5, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.
February 25, 1993
In reference to your editorial "Muslim Encounter," Feb. 12: It is about time that the press addresses the issue of the stereotyping of Muslims. Throughout the world and especially in the United States, Muslims are characterized as "terrorists." It is very ironic that throughout the world Muslims are the ones being killed and persecuted, and their murderers are not labeled "terrorists" or "fundamentalists." A second Holocaust is occurring in Europe and the press just labels the aggressors as "Serbian irregulars."
March 10, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
An attorney representing a group of Muslim students found guilty of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador said she will appeal the case, which she said tests whether “peaceful, measured student protests” should be a crime. "We are confident that a higher court will overturn the convictions and protect this important right for every individual," said Jacqueline Goodman, who represents some members of a group of students who became known as the “Irvine 11.” Ten of the 11 students were convicted in 2011 of disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UC Irvine on American-Israeli relations.
August 14, 2012
Re "Sending a sinister message," Opinion, Aug. 10 It was not "CNN and other news media" that sent the sinister message that Sikhs are not Muslims; it was Scott Alexander, author of the article, who dubiously inferred that the media did so and then blamed them for the "insidious subtext" that it's OK to kill Muslims. Well, hidden subtexts are in the eye of the interpreter. Rather, the news reports, including one in The Times, were trying to explain why the alleged white supremacist might have killed the Sikhs by mistake - a mistake as far as he was concerned.
September 14, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Bill Donohue, the scourge of anti-Catholicism real and mostly imagined, has weighed in on the controversy over a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo about the vile anti-Muslim film "Innocence of Muslims. " Not surprisingly, Donohue, the head of the Catholic League (not an arm of the church), took a line similar to Mitt Romney's. Donohue  wrote: "It is hardly surprising to learn that many young Muslim men in the Middle East react like barbarians when insulted by a movie, but it is rather incredible to learn of the way the Obama administration initially reacted to the release of the anti-Muslim film.
January 26, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Islamic clothing is getting a bit more hip in Southern California. Home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the nation, the Southland has become fertile ground for a new generation of designers crafting clothes for women who are limited by faith and conviction from flashing too much skin. Although Muslim women have been dressing fashionably for years, many in the U.S. say they still face tricky challenges when getting dressed - and especially dressed up. "We are Muslim and we can still express ourselves, be fashionable, as long as we do it in a halal way" or in keeping with Islamic law, said LaTanya Maassarani, 30, a postal carrier from Long Beach.
September 15, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Allen J. Schaben
Just after midnight, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Arab world. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies escorted a man believed to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula to a waiting car. The man declined to answer questions on his way out and wore a hat and a towel over his face. He kept his hands in the pocket of a winter coat.  Sheriff's officials could not be reached by The Times, but department spokesman Steve Whitmore told NBC4 that deputies assisting the federal probation department took Nakoula to the sheriff's substation in Cerritos for interviewing.
September 14, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
NEW YORK--Mitt Romney denounced an anti-Muslim film that is stirring unrest in the Middle East, even as he stood by his condemnation of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for its implied denunciation of the film.   Speaking to George Stephanopoulous of ABC's “Good Morning America,” Romney said he still believed it was "inappropriate" for the embassy to put out the statement, issued as anger rose in Egypt on Tuesday over a film that ridiculed the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He said the embassy should have taken it down after protesters breached the embassy grounds.
April 17, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Shereef Elnahal is a native of Virginia, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a first-year internal medicine resident who helped triage explosion victims with ruptured eardrums and major limb injuries on Monday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. “Most of the traumas were triaged quickly, thankfully, so from a medical standpoint the hysteria didn't last terribly long,” Elnahal said Wednesday after his night shift. He is shocked and saddened by the tragedy.
March 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has made substantial progress in the last few years, moving from military rule toward democracy, releasing political prisoners and freeing from house arrest Nobel Prize-winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the government has relentlessly continued its appalling treatment of the Rohingya population that lives in Rakhine state in western Myanmar. A Muslim minority in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, the Rohingya are effectively denied citizenship unless they can meet onerous requirements, such as tracing their lineage back decades.
March 1, 2014 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated. While Hollywood executives and film stars chatter about who's going to win Oscars, the buzz in geekier circles is focused on a low-budget film that, despite being at the other end of the quality scale from "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave," could set a worrisome legal precedent. The 13-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," a crude piece of anti-Islamic agit-prop, is best known for triggering outraged protests across the Middle East and northern Africa.
February 28, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Katy Perry's “Dark Horse” video has been reedited to remove a quick scene that has generated outcry among some in the Muslim community. The scene in dispute showed a suitor being disintegrated, along with a pendant he was wearing that spelled out “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”). A petition posted by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, lobbied for YouTube to remove the video. But it was reedited to digitally remove the Allah medallion, and that version is now posted on YouTube and Vevo.
February 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.
February 26, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that a dissenting judge called "unprecedented," a federal appeals court ordered Google Inc. on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim video that an actress said forced her to leave her home because of death threats. Google said it would appeal the ruling, but removed the video, "Innocence of Muslims," from YouTube and other platforms. The video has incited violent Muslim protests and has been banned by several Muslim countries. The 2 to 1 decision by the 9 t h U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the actress who appeared in the film never consented to being in it and her performance may be protected by copyright law. "While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa ," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the majority.
February 26, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered Google to remove from the Internet all copies of an anti-Muslim film that forced an actress from her home because of threats on her life. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a trial judge erred when he refused to grant an injunction ordering the removal of the film, “Innnocence of Muslims,” from YouTube, which is owned by Google. The film sparked worldwide violent protests. "While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa,” 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote.
August 24, 2010
It's easy to sympathize with President Obama over the drumbeat of misrepresentations of his religion, place of birth and even the validity of his Social Security number. But in protesting too much that he is a Christian — and one, moreover, who prays daily — the White House may be encouraging the impression that there is a religious test for the presidency and that a Muslim would fail it. Such defensiveness is unedifying in the context of a religiously pluralist society.
February 5, 1991
It is indeed a great pleasure to see The Times leading the way toward the factual rather than the fabled dissemination of information on Islam and Muslims. It is my sincere hope that your articles illustrate to all our co-Americans that Muslims are and will be contributing and integral partners in the realm of American pluralism. AQUEELA S. JAFFER, Covina
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.
January 25, 2014 | By Simon Roughneen
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's government is continuing to push back against calls for an investigation into the reported massacre of more than 40 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state, saying that militants had infiltrated the restive region close to the Bangladesh border. Myanmar's foreign ministry claimed that an Islamic militant group was behind the disappearance and presumed killing of a police officer Jan. 13 in the village of Du Chee Yar Tan, and warned foreign countries against reaching “unjustified conclusions drawing from unverified information.” “The attackers include those who took part in the arms training course run by so-called Rohingya Solidarity Organization,” read the foreign ministry statement, referring to a group that analysts in the past have called the main militant Islamist organization in the Myanmar-Bangladesh border area.
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