Last week, France’s highest court suspended a coastal village’s ban on burqa-compliant swimwear, ruling that the ban “dealt a serious and clearly illegal blow to fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”
American Muslims have a strong message for Chicago drivers: a new billboard off of I-294 in Illinois proclaims, “Hey ISIS, you suck! From: #ActualMuslims.”
The billboard is part of a broader campaign by Muslim PR organization Sound Vision to present a counter-narrative about Islam. Including a quote from the Quran reading “Life is sacred,” the billboard is designed to demonstrate to non-Muslim Americans that ISIS does not represent most Muslims’ values and beliefs.
Tuesday morning, a sparsely-attended Catholic Mass in France turned deadly as two knife-wielding teenagers stormed the church, took the worshipers hostage, and slit the throat of the priest.
Only 5 people had been in attendance at the morning Mass in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Father Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest who lost his life in the attack, had been filling in for the regular parish priest, who was on vacation. Although an octogenarian parishioner was also severely injured in the attack, police shot and killed the two attackers before there were any Read more about Priest’s Murder Latest in Spate of Terror in France
In the week since Craig Hicks, an avowed anti-theist, took the lives of three Muslim students in North Carolina in what has been described as a conflict over a “parking dispute,” a complicated picture of both the crime and public response has emerged—and many continue to reflect on the state of equal treatment in journalism, if not the law.
In the wake of recent statements made by figures such as President Barack Obama and Nihad Awad, president of the Council on American Islamic Relations, that ISIS does not represent "true Islam" or is not "Islamic" at all, Atlantic contributor Graeme Wood has published a feature claiming that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant is "Islamic. Very Islamic." He writes: