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.

Curses, foiled again

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 1:30 am

Oh that First Amendment — this story from Tennessee embarrassing both Church AND State since at least 1925.

Backlash Against NYPD’s Covert Surveillance of Muslim Students

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:11 am

Student associations at schools in the northeastern United States have demanded the attorney general probe the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) “secret surveillance” of students in their associations. The demand comes after investigative reporting published by the Associated Press revealed the NYPD conducted surveillance of Muslim students at Rutgers University, Yale, Columbia, New York University (NYU), University of Buffalo and other schools.

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