The Problem With CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 5:08 pm

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is not simply asking questions and no one is learning anything. And the network is framing segments around questions that are driven by uninformed and bigoted attitudes toward Muslims.

On September 29, writer and scholar on religions, Reza Aslan, appeared as a guest to talk about what CNN referred to as “a complicated question that many people are asking. Are Muslim countries more violent than others?”

 

Parenting Without God

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 7:00 pm

When asked if the world would be better off without God, Dan Arel, the author of Parenting Without God does not pull punches. “The world would be better off without the idea of God,’ Arel clarifies “the world is already without God.”

Late Night: Rock ‘n’ Roll Fail in Dubai, Scorpion Drummer Jailed

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Heavy metal band band the Scorpions got a stinger of a lesson: Don’t get drunk on a plane and drop trou when you land, especially if your point of arrival is Dubai.

Onward, Christian Soldiers!

By: Monday November 25, 2013 11:45 am

The Trijicon company has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army, all inscribed with references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ. The sights were used by our brave crusaders in Iraq and continue to bring Jesus’ message of love thy neighbor to Afghanistan.

Angola Reportedly Bans Islam, Dismantles Mosques

By: Monday November 25, 2013 9:47 am

The nation of Angola has reportedly banned the religion of Islam from the country and begun a demolition program of mosques and other Islamic sites. Islam has existed within the country for a number of years though the overwhelming majority of citizens are Christian. The Minister for Culture in Angola, Rosa Cruz, is quoted as having claimed Islam has yet to be “legalized.”

Video: Bill Maher’s Anti-Muslim Evolution

By: Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00 pm

This is one of the many things, of late, that gives me hope that we will leave our children a more peaceful world than we inherited. Spread the word, Peace. It appears to have worked on Maher.

Matthew Harwood, Counterterrorism in the Twilight Zone

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 7:00 pm

Since 9/11, American law enforcement has taken a disproportionate interest in American Muslims across the country, seeing a whole community as a national security threat, particularly in California and New York City. But here’s the thing: the facts that have been piling up ever since that date don’t support such suspicion. Not at all.

FDL Movie Night: Black Tulip

By: Monday January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Based on a true story, The Black Tulip takes us to Kabul in 2001 after the Taliban has been routed, as the hope of freedom returns. Written, directed, and produced by our guest Sonia Nassery Cole, who stars as Farishta Mansouri, The Black Tulip follows Faishta and her family as they open a restaurant in Kabul in the building where her father had his bookstore, Poet’s Corner. As children, Farishta and her sister witnessed Taliban troops kidnapping her father and burning his shop. Now despite the worries of her mother, and concerns of her husband, Farishta hopes to honor his memory with poetry readings and hospitality. Poet’s Corner restaurant grows in popularity, becoming a place where both the military and those opposed to them can enjoy traditional food, music, and an open microphone.

Anti-Gay Christianity Sure Looks Like Anti-Gay Islam

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 7:40 am

Not much daylight between that witch hunt in Malaysia and this one in the United States.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes John Feffer, Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam

By: Saturday August 4, 2012 1:59 pm

Less than a week after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, then-President Bush infamously called the resulting “war on terror” a “crusade…[that] is going to take awhile.” The use of the phrase brought about global rebukes, ranging from French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine, who said that we “have to avoid a clash of civilizations at all costs” to Soheib Bensheik, the Grand Mufti of the mosque in Marseille, France, who warned that the use of the phrase was “most unfortunate.”

Bush’s trip-up was seen largely as a gaffe that U.S. public affairs officials sought to avoid in the future. But in John Feffer’s Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam, we are shown that the current conflicts the United States is involved in with the Muslim world — both at home through Islamophobic protests of mosque construction and abroad in hot conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere — in a way do resemble a renewed Crusade.

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