A story of our times, with massive First Amendment issues embedded. Kill Jews A federal judge ruled that a group (more below, who they are makes this case even more complex) may put up posters on New York’s public buses and subways saying “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” The poster [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Sunday May 3, 2015 12:00 pm|
|By: CTuttle Thursday April 9, 2015 6:00 pm|
Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades By Nafeez Ahmed Last month, the Washington DC-based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS) released a landmark study concluding that [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday February 2, 2015 10:00 am|
And then there are those days that challenge even a First Amendment/Free Speech absolutist like me. Freedom Fighter and uneducated state legislator Molly White (could her last name be any more appropriate?), pictured, couldn’t be in Austin, Texas to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions (on her Facebook page!) for the staff [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday January 28, 2015 9:00 am|
The Dearborn, Michigan area is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States, so this can’t be blamed on some small-town cops ignorant of the law. Of course, since that “law” is actually the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantee of freedom of religion, even that is not much of [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday January 15, 2015 9:00 am|
Religion is not about hate. It is not about intolerance. It should never be used to harm innocents. Believers need to be very suspect of those who quote holy words to justify such things. Je suis Vanessa Collier. Hundreds of Vanessa Collier’s friends and family gathered Saturday at New Hope Ministries, sitting before an open [...]
|By: Brandon Jordan Thursday January 8, 2015 1:00 pm|
[Editor's Note: With the recent terrorist attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, once again there is debate about whether Islam is a violent religion. There is little to no evidence that Islam alone radicalizes people and transforms them into terrorists or religious fanatics. On November 7, I spoke with Arun Kundnani, a journalist and a [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday December 8, 2014 9:00 am|
Let’s see, got my Bible right here… a lot of stuff in this thing about tolerance, loving each other, specifically love they neighbor. Hmm. They must be using a different version in Georgia, where a small town has used some odd twists on traffic laws to violate the First Amendment’s right to practice one’s religion [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 10, 2014 9:25 am|
The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media, the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, can’t counter it.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday November 7, 2014 8:06 am|
The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, can’t counter it.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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?”