'Stop the mosque,' the protesters chanted. 9:40 AM, Aug 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ground Zero, New York City
A little rain was not enough of a deterrent to keep thousands of protesters of the Ground Zero mosque off of the streets Sunday. The protesters turned out en masse to voice their objections to the proposed construction of an Islamic cultural center, which would include a mosque, at this site of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
4:37 PM, Aug 19, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Lee Smith considers the concept and implications of sharia in his latest column for Tablet:
With a recent CNN poll showing that 68 percent of Americans oppose the plan to build a mosque in lower Manhattan, close to Ground Zero, it is difficult not to conclude that Americans have begun to take a referendum, not necessarily on their Muslim neighbors, but more generally on what they see as the problems posed by Islam to U.S. liberal democracy. In Washington, Newt Gingrich put a name to it in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute when he identified the problem as “sharia,” or what is commonly translated as Islamic law.
Snowe, McCain, and Isakson call the mosque "insensitive."12:00 AM, Aug 6, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the Capitol on Thursday, three United States senators weighed in on the decision to build an Islamic cultural center mere blocks from the site of worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. When questioned about the proposal by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Senators Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.), Olympia Snowe (R., Maine), and John McCain (R., Ariz.) all called the Ground Zero mosque “insensitive.”
The worst textbook ever when it comes to teaching about Islam.Aug 9, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 44 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
The state of California, a major player in the American textbook market, introduces its students to Islam in the seventh grade. For this purpose, the California State Board of Education has recommended the use of, among others, a world history textbook entitled History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, issued by the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute of Palo Alto.
11:45 AM, Jul 29, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
60 Minutes had a fascinating report last week on what it calls "The Narrative," which "says that the United States is out to destroy Islam," and a man who devotes his life to combating this absurd meme. The man is Maajid Nawaz, who himself was once a radical fundamentalist. It's worth viewing in full:
The dubious financing of ‘Cordoba House’ deserves scrutiny. Jul 26, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 42 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Since a proposal to construct a 15-story mosque and community center two blocks from Ground Zero was announced last year, the project has been a focus of widening protests. To be named Cordoba House, the project would require demolition of two buildings at 45-47 Park Place and Broadway that were damaged on 9/11. They would be replaced by a glass and steel 100,000-square-foot structure with a new address, 45-51 Park Place.
Cracking Down on Islamic Extremists12:00 PM, Mar 10, 2010 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Last week, the Albanian Muslims of Kosovo, who have demonstrated their aversion to radical Islam in a series of recent clashes with extremist infiltrators, took another significant step toward ridding their new republic of Muslim fanatics. A self-proclaimed imam, Xhemajl Duka, who had come to Kosovo from his native Albania, was deported back there. The mosque he had erected in the village of Marina, near the central Kosovar city of Skenderaj, was closed by local authorities.
The German magazine interviews Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell about Muslims in Europe.2:00 PM, Jan 9, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
On a few occasions and much to its credit, Der Spiegel has gone out in search of that odd species (to most Germans, at least) known as the conservative—and in particular, conservative intellectuals who make powerful arguments. (Some Germans with whom I've spoken could not admit to being persuaded by the likes of, say, Robert Kagan. What they normally say is, "He is provocative.") Last October the magazine interviewed Weekly Standard contributing editor Charles Krauthammer who must have surely left readers mystified by his opinions. When asked about President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Krauthammer replied, "It is so comical. Absurd. Any prize that goes to Kellogg and Briand, Le Duc Tho and Arafat, and Rigoberta Menchú, and ends up with Obama, tells you all you need to know. For Obama it's not very good because it reaffirms the stereotypes about him as the empty celebrity." Wahnsinn!
And just last month my colleague Christopher Caldwell was interviewed about Europe's efforts to integrate the Muslim population.
Jihad has Islamic, and non-Islamic, roots.Jan 26, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 18 • By RAYMOND IBRAHIM
The Mind of Jihad
by Laurent Murawiec
Cambridge, 350 pp., $80
For some time now there has been a raging debate regarding what fuels Islamic terrorism--whether grievances against the West have caused frustrated Muslims to articulate their rage through an Islamist paradigm, or whether (all grievances aside) Islam itself leads to aggression toward non-Muslims, or "infidels."
Khaled Abou El Fadl's mysterious Egyptian interview.Dec 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 15 • By KATHERINE MANGU-WARD
DR. KHALED ABOU EL FADL'S reputation as a moderate Muslim thinker earned him a seat on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom last May. He is an accomplished legal scholar and an expert on Islamic jurisprudence. Born in Kuwait and bred in Egypt, Abou El Fadl is a professor at UCLA Law School with degrees from Yale, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, remarks made in an unguarded moment--and subsequently distorted by the Egyptian press--have just landed him in trouble.
From the November 3, 2003 issue: Meet Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, a voice for human rights in the Muslim world.Nov 3, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 08 • By AMIR TAHERI
Editor's Note: The Nobel Committee's decision to name Iranian human-rights lawyer and activist Shirin Ebadi the 2003 peace laureate has turned her into a household name throughout Iran and the Muslim world.
Moreover, the 56-year-old Ebadi has become an alternative source of moral authority in Iran--and a rare figure of consensus in that fractious society. With the exception of the hardline Khomeinists who have branded her "an enemy of Islam," Ebadi has won praise from virtually all Iranians--from left to right.