A Minnesota restaurant owner responded to a tragic stabbing at a shopping mall in St. Cloud in an unfortunate manner. After the revelations that the perpetrator was Muslim, he decided to put a “Muslims Get Out” sign outside of his restaurant Monday morning.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump addressed Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition this afternoon in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
This afternoon U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), along with more than 50 other members of the House of Representatives, introduced the Freedom of Religion Act (FOR).
This bill would push back against one of the most troubling proposals we’ve heard during this already long presidential campaign: banning Muslims from entering the United States. The proposed legislation, by contrast, would ensure that immigrants, refugees and international travelers will not be barred from entering the United States solely because of their religion.
The owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in Oktaha, Okla., are facing a lawsuit over refusing to serve a Muslim customer. Chad and Niki Neal posted a sign in their business’ front window announcing it was a “Muslim-free establishment.”
Raja’ee Fatihah, a U.S. Army reservist and an investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, says the owners cited this policy when they turned him away from the business.
President Barack Obama last month made a goodwill visit to a mosque in Baltimore. It was the first time Obama had visited an Islamic center on U.S. soil.
During remarks at the mosque, Obama reminded Americans of the importance of religious freedom. He noted that Muslims have been living in America from the beginnings of the country and spoke against hateful rhetoric directed against Muslims today.
Back in the 1980s, Religious Right groups frequently spread conspiracy theories about “secular humanism.” Members of this secretive, worldwide cabal, we were told, had seized control of educational institutions, the media and the government in the United States.
A federal appeals court has given new life to a lawsuit brought by New Jersey Muslims who alleged that they were unconstitutionally targeted for surveillance by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
In the aftermath of 9/11, NYPD stepped up its surveillance of Muslim communities in the New York City area, sending plainclothes detectives to gather information on mosques and Muslim student groups in the region, The New York Times reported.
Last week, a community meeting was held in Spotsylvania County, Va., to discuss plans by a group of Muslims who want to relocate and expand an Islamic center where they have been worshipping for 15 years.
What should have been a routine matter of zoning turned ugly when two men in the audience began hurling insults.
A self-proclaimed “former terrorist” with strong ties to the Religious Right recently provided a training session to Ocean County, N. J., police academy. According to the Asbury Park Press, Palestinian-American Walid Shoebat openly encouraged his audience to single out Muslims for special scrutiny. He also told aspiring officers to beware of Muslims taking martial arts classes as this was evidence they were preparing for jihad.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president, apparently believes Americans should not elect a Muslim to the presidency because, he says, Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said, in an interview with The Hill in September. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”