Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now

crayola-coloring-bookBy Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

Anti-Shariah activists have a new target in their sights: Crayola. Late last week the Pickens County (Ga.) Republican party posted a call to action on its website about a new promotion from the world's leading crayon manufacturer, which had begun offering free Islamic-themed coloring pages in honor of Ramadan.

Muslim Converts in Mexico Make Up a Diverse, Fast-Growing Community

Mexican-convertsBy Bernd Debusmann, Fox News Latino MEXICO CITY -- When Moroccan national Said Louahabi arrived in Mexico City in 1994, he and fellow Muslims had to attend religious services at the Pakistani embassy because there were no mosques or Islamic centers.

Fox News to Scholar: Why Would a Muslim Write a Book About Jesus?

Reza-Aslan-Fox-interviewBy Daniel Politi,

It's got plenty of competition but this may just be the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview on Fox News. At least in recent memory. Fox News anchor Lauren Green had religious scholar Reza Aslan on her show Friday to talk about Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, his book that has been stirring up some online controversy recently.

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives the Call to Prayer

Benyoucefby John Burnett, NPR

It is said, in Los Angeles, that Abdulwahab Benyoucef's call to prayer is so lovely and so clarion that Muslims come to the mosque just to hear him. About three times a week, the Algerian actor -- who has shortened his name to Ben Youcef -- comes here in his traditional tunic to stand before the men kneeling toward Mecca.

He closes his eyes, holds one hand over his ear, leans into a microphone and sings out the Arabic words in extended phrases.

Potential DHS Nominee Ray Kelly's Dalliance with the Islamophobic Fringes

Kellyby Ali Gharib, The Daily Beast

President Obama's suggestion that he'd consider New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly as a replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano was sure to raise hackles on the left.

Nominee for Calif. Student Regent Draws Rare Ire from Some Jews

Sadia-SaifuddinUC Berkeley senior Sadia Saifuddin would become the first practicing Muslim to hold the post if she is confirmed.

By Lisa Fernandez and Lisa Leff, AP and NBC Bay Area

The University of California's governing board is poised to vote Wednesday on a new student member who would be the first practicing Muslim to hold the post and whose nomination is being vigorously opposed by some Jewish groups.

Imagine if Christian conservatives were treated the way Muslims are in the US

girl-holding-signWhy Violent Right-Wing Extremism Doesn't Scare Americans
Imagine if religious conservatives were treated the way Muslims are in the US.

By Matthew Harwood, Mother Jones

The evangelical Christians of Greenville County, South Carolina, are afraid.

There has been talk of informants and undercover agents luring young, conservative evangelicals across the South into sham terrorist plots. The feds and the area's police want to eliminate a particularly extreme strain of evangelical Christianity opposed to abortion, homosexuality, and secularism, whose adherents sometimes use violent imagery and speech. They fear such extreme talk could convince lone wolves or small groups of Christian extremists to target abortion clinics, gay bars, or shopping malls for attack. As a result, law enforcement has flooded these communities with informants meant to provide an early warning system for any signs of such "radicalization."

Kolbe Academy, Robert Spencer and religious liberty

Napa-Valley-RegisterLawrence Swaim, Napa Valley Register

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento acted wisely in canceling Robert Spencer's speaking engagement on church property. Kolbe Academy Home School should now consider canceling his speech entirely at their conference in Sacramento later this month.

Minister: Ramadan fast has beauty, importance

datesBy Rev. Nathan Wilson,

Ramadan, which will begin this year on July 9, is an especially important month in the Islamic calendar because it is believed to be the month when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, thus bestowing the revelations of God on humanity.

Ray Kelly: Things Falling Apart

Ray-KellyLen Levitt, Huffington Post

How did this happen?

How did the wheels fall off Ray Kelly's NYPD?

How did Kelly's policies manage to alienate the City Council, groups of Muslim-Americans and African-Americans, the New York Times, the FBI and even the Obama administration?