ISLAM-OPED: American Muslims May Decide Who Becomes President

ISLAM-OPED is a syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please consider the following commentary for […]

FBI Entrapment Harms Vulnerable Muslims

By Rachel Roberts As details emerge about Matthew Aaron Llenaza, the San Jose man arrested for plotting terrorism at the behest of an undercover FBI agent, we have learned that Mr. Llenaza had a history of bipolar disorder and psychosis. This newly publicized information about Mr. Llenaza casts doubt on the portrait the FBI has […]

CAIR ISLAM-OPED: Jesus and Muhammad are Brothers

CAIR ISLAM-OPED: Jesus and Muhammad are Brothers ISLAM-OPED is a syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served […]

Travelling Beyond Law Enforcement Roadblocks

As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for. In the hustle of everyday life, we might take for granted the little things that we have grown accustomed to, such as the ability to speak freely and defend our own rights, or the ability to travel freely whether on business, for leisure, or visiting loved […]

American Muslims Go To Washington, But More Can Be Done In Our Back Yards

Several weeks ago I participated in the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy day at the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by CAIR, the three-day event brought representatives from the American Muslim community and over 20 CAIR chapters to Washington, D.C., where we met with a third of the House of Representatives and a quarter of the Senate. In […]

Good News: Associated Press Takes Positive Step On Use Of ‘Islamist’

Recently, The Associated Press (AP) emailed an update to its online Stylebook subscribers about revisions to the recommended use of the term “Islamist” by media professionals. (The AP Stylebook is perhaps the most influential publication of its type and impacts coverage worldwide.) Late last year, CAIR had approached AP about modifying the reference, which read […]

The Trouble With Drones

As the drone silently glides across the horizon, hundreds of civilians and militants alike are stalked. It surveils homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools, and reports its findings to officials safely installed in military compounds hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the dangers of war. A drone is not affected by human emotions, and […]

The Senate Should Confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary

This week, the Senate will take up another vote to move forward on Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense. I believe he should be confirmed. His confirmation would send the signal that President Obama’s second term will be more diplomacy-oriented and less hawkish in its relations with the Muslim world. Sen. Hagel has a depth […]