By Joan Walsh, MinnPost, 4/30/13
Progressives loved seeing Rep. Keith Ellison smack down his GOP congressional colleague Peter King on "Meet the Press" Sunday, insisting that profiling Muslims in the wake of the Boston bombing is not only wrong but "ineffective law enforcement."
By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, 4/29/13
BOSTON -- When Karen Hunt Ahmed and her Muslim husband divorced four years ago, many friends asked her, "Now you can stop this Islam stuff, right?"
What's needed now, loud and clear, are the counter voices of those with influence over would-be copycats. Some immigrant and Islamic religious figures have spoken out including the Council on Islamic-American Relations.
By C. Welton Gaddy, News Observer, 4/12/13
It is becoming increasingly clear that some members of the N.C. General Assembly are in critical need of a refresher course on the meaning of religious freedom.
When asked by a constituent whether she would support a Muslim offering a prayer before the state legislature, Rep. Michele Presnell responded by saying, “No, I do not condone terrorism.” She went on to justify her position by saying we “need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”
by Eric Wildstein, NorthwestOhio.com, 4/8/13
PERRYSBURG -- Class is back in session at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sunday, the first time since an arsonist torched the mosque in September.
By Christopher Robbins, Gothamist, 4/7/2013
Perhaps emboldened by The Man Upstairs, or the Cheneys and the Noonans that grace its Very Serious pages (or a recent dip in crime), NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an extremely candid interview to the Wall Street Journal. Kelly is asked how the department's surveillance methods have changed in the wake of a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative series and the revelation that the very same surveillance program has generated zero leads. His reply: "Nothing," which appears to be exactly what James Freeman, the assistant editor of the paper's editorial board, chooses for his followup question.
By Diala Shamas, New York Daily News, 4/1/2013
American Muslims: They're Democrats and Republicans, young and old, bodega owners, doctors, cabbies, bankers, lawyers, students and entrepreneurs.
But the Police Department seems to think they could all be potential terrorists.
Accordingly, the NYPD has decided Muslim communities should be spied on.