4/7/2008 | News | ED VITAGLIANO
In January 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Muslim radicals in Pakistan. A few days later, the 38-year-old journalist was beheaded. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in January 2008, Judea Pearl, a UCLA computer science professor and the father of Daniel, noted the implacable nature of such Muslim radicals. Pearl said, “The shocking element in Danny’s murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented – America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people.”
3/28/2008 | News | Hillel Stavis
Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman touched off a fierce debate when he recently wrote in The New York Times Magazine that Islamic Sharia law represents the highest state of “the rule of law.” But what many of Feldman’s critics did not recognize is that his argument has been building over several years. Just as an old photographic print slowly becomes visible when immersed in developing solution, Noah’s claims about the alleged virtues of Sharia first surfaced in his 2005 book, Divided by God written when he was still a professor at NYU. Three years later, Feldman, who helped draft the Iraqi constitution, has turned his argument into a new book, called The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State. The book marks Feldman’s emergence as a leading academic advocate for Sharia law.
3/27/2008 | News | Henri Astier - BBC News
Canada is often thought of as a land of bland consensus and multicultural harmony - the last place where you would expect to see a religious minority up in arms, and journalists accusing the state of gagging freedom of speech. Yet in recent months, these have become fixtures of the country's public debate.
3/27/2008 | News | BBC News
Don't stone women to death, burn them or circumcise them, immigrants wishing to live in the town of Herouxville in Quebec, Canada, have been told. The rules come in a new town council declaration on culture that Muslims have branded shocking and insulting. Quebec is in the midst of a huge debate on integrating immigrant cultures.
3/27/2008 | News | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
The New York Times marked a deplorable new milestone this weekend — a true nadir in collaborating with the enemy in the war of ideas. Its Sunday magazine featured an article by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman entitled "Why Shariah? Millions of Muslims think Shariah means the rule of law. Could they be right?" According to the Times' Mr. Feldman, the answer is a resounding "Yes."
3/25/2008 | News | Philip Pullella
A Muslim author and critic of Islamic fundamentalism who was baptized a Catholic by Pope Benedict said on Sunday Islam is "physiologically violent" and he is now in great danger because of his conversion.
3/25/2008 | News | Patrick Poole
In late February, a student government officer at Wright State posted an online poll on the student government website directed exclusively towards Muslims which asked: If you are of Islamic faith would you utilize a permanent prayer room? This in itself seems innocuous enough, but Kassem then began contacting Muslims all over the country – with no association or ties to Wright State University or its local community – to participate in this poll with the expressed intent to use the results of this poll to approach WSU Provost Steven Angle to pressure the university to establish a permanent private Islamic prayer room on the campus of this state university.
2/27/2008 | News | AlJazeera.net
Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, told a crowd of protesters that Danes will not be allowed to set foot in the country after Danish newspapers reprinted a satirical cartoon of Prophet Muhammad. Abdul Halim al-Mutaafi, the governor of Khartoum, said "We don't want them to come to our land nor will we like to go to their land."
2/27/2008 | News | Richard Kerbaj and Milanda Rout
MUSLIM university students in Australia want lectures to be rescheduled to fit in with prayer timetables. They also want to separate females for meals and recreation. International Muslim students, predominantly from Saudi Arabia, have asked universities in Melbourne to change class times so they can attend congregational prayers.
2/15/2008 | News | Kim McLaughlin
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Muslim preachers sought to soothe Muslim anger on Friday after newspapers reprinted a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad which caused outrage in Islamic countries two years ago. Danish papers republished one of the drawings of Mohammad on Wednesday in protest against what they said was a plot to murder the cartoonist who drew it. Mostafa Chendid, an imam at the Islamic Faith Community, said Danish media had confused freedom of expression with the freedom to insult others. But he called for all Muslims to "cool down" and "turn "the other cheek," rather than pursue a violence, saying this would harm Islam the same way the cartoons had. "We are trying to dampen the anger," he said at Friday prayers at a mosque in northern Copenhagen.