A New Jersey town that rejected a plan by local Muslims to build a mosque by requiring it to have more parking spaces on its property than churches and synagogues is paying the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge $3.25 million in damages and legal fees after reaching a settlement.
More than a dozen “anti-Sharia” bills have been introduced in the states this year. The bills broadly claim that their intent is to prevent “foreign laws” from being enforced in the United States, but critics, including Americans United, say the bills promote anti-Muslim sentiment.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) vetoed one of these bills, but versions remained alive in Arkansas and North Dakota as this issue of Church & State went to press.
By Bruce Gourley
Hate crimes in America against Muslims have risen to levels not seen since 9/11. President Donald J. Trump inflamed and rode Islamophobia to the White House, drawing the overwhelming support of a key anti-Islam voting constituency – right-wing evangelical Christians. Upon taking office, Trump signed an executive order travel ban targeting immigrants from seven Muslim nations, and all refugees. Many of his evangelical Christian supporters cheered, but their joy was short lived as courts quickly blocked the president’s unconstitutional action.
When a pair of Muslim Yemeni parents were granted asylum in the United States, they faced obstacles while attempting to get visas for two of their six children who are stranded overseas and facing the danger of possibly returning to war-torn Yemen.
It’s been more than 800 days since that family has seen their children, and they constantly worry about their safety.
Separated families, children in danger and the continuing threat of war and terrorism continue plaguing many fleeing families worldwide, especially within war-torn Muslim-majority countries like Yemen and Syria.
When Muslims in Bernards Township, N.J., sought to build a mosque, they found themselves subjected to a strange requirement that wasn’t imposed on other houses of worship: They’d have to build a “supersized” parking lot.
Officials in the township insisted that since Muslims gather for prayers on Friday afternoon, everyone who might come to the mosque should have a dedicated parking spot.
Texas state Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R) sent surveys to mosque leaders and Muslim student associations around the state in an attempt to poll their beliefs ahead of Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which took place on Jan. 31.
The letters, which were dated Jan. 11, asked Muslims to give their opinions about terrorism and reform efforts with Islam. Biedermann’s letters became a source of controversy when critics argued he was targeting and testing Muslims’ patriotism.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries will remain on hold.
President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should remain on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The day after Donald J. Trump was elected president, Alia Ali, a Muslim woman who lives in New York City, felt great unease.
“Half of America voted one way, and half of America voted the other, and you’re like, ‘Which half am I looking at?’” Ali, a secretary in the public school system, told the Associated Press. “You become almost like strangers to the people you’ve worked with. Is this person racist? Do they like me? Do they not like me? Because that’s what this election has done.”
A few days ago, a reporter asked President-elect Donald J. Trump about whether recent attacks in Berlin and Turkey had caused him to rethink or reevaluate his plans for a Muslim ban or Muslim registry. He responded, “You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right.”