Op-Ed

Muslim Lives Matter, Too

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist     Within days of the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., a crazed gunman shot several people in Copenhagen, allegedly targeting an illustrator who caricaturized the Prophet Muhammad. One could not have contrasted the media’s response more Read More

World

Europe Seeks Role in Postwar Gaza

JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power. The European Read More

World

Israel Pulls Troops Out of Gaza

  (BBC) – Israel has withdrawn its troops from the Gaza Strip to “defensive positions” outside the Palestinian territory. It says the main aim of its offensive – to destroy militants’ tunnels – has been achieved. A 72-hour truce – brokered by Egyptian mediators late Read More

Religion

Church a Haven for Muslims in Gaza

The Associated Press Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church. St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians, some of the more than 140,000 Read More

Religion

Study: Muslims Hate Terrorism, Too

(The Washington Post) – In a new study released Tuesday, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that “concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations.” This comes at a particularly fraught moment in the Middle East: the jihadist militant group Islamic State of Read More

Religion

The Protection of the Church

[Slate] An intensely moving AP story from Carnot, a city in the Central African Republic: The Christian militiamen know hundreds of Muslims are hiding here on the grounds of the Catholic church … The priests here in Carnot have given away all their money to try and keep Read More

Religion

State Rulers Have No Right to Dictate Religion to Non-Muslims, Says Constitutional Expert

[The Malaysian Insider] State rulers in Malaysia have no power to suspend or deny the rights of non-Muslims to refer to God as Allah or their rights to religious freedom, which are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, says constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari. Read More