Islam

Remaining Iraqi Christians Expelled

By on 7.21.14 | 4:18PM

The most prominent Christian landmark in Iraq was emptied of its Christians on Sunday. Mar Behnam is a Syriac Catholic church that was built by a fourth-century Assyrian king. The church was his penance for killing his son, a Christian convert. It is now under the control of Islamic extremists from ISIS, and the monks having been sent away with nothing but the clothes on their backs, according to AFP. They walked for miles before Kurdish Peshmerga forces picked them up and took them to Qaraqosh. 

The monks were the last Christians to leave the plains of Iraq; a few still live in Baghdad, but the rest have fled to Kurdistan.

Sectarian War Across the Middle East: A Matter of Semantics

By on 6.26.14 | 4:01PM

There is something going on that I may not have told you about.

It is really a matter of semantics, but it has turned out to be rather significant. You may have noticed the multiplicity of English translations for ISIS, the extremist Sunni group that has been terrorizing Syria and especially Iraq in recent weeks. The varied translations exist because the Arabic name—الدولة الاسلامية في العراق و الشام—contains a word, "the Sham," that only roughly translates into English. It refers to a geographic area that has not existed since the Ottoman era, but which includes all the land we now call Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.

This helps to explain the worrying scope of ISIS's ambition. Evidence of this was reported by Reuters:

The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades had urged Lebanese Sunni Muslims to attack the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah a day before Wednesday's suicide bombing in central Beirut.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Right-Wing Extremist

By on 10.28.11 | 11:12PM

My friends at the Maryland Conservative Action Network were kind enough to invite me to speak on a panel about New Media at their "Turning the Tides" conference Saturday in Annapolis. Then on Friday, a friend sent me a link to a Huffington Post article calling for protests of the conference:

Anti-Islam Speaker Sparks Muslim Protests on Arkansas Campus

By on 10.14.11 | 12:48PM

Muslim students at Arkansas State University tried to prevent a critic of Islamic sharia law from speaking as part of a campus lecture series.

Nonie Darwish, Egyptian-born author of Now They Call Me Infidel, spoke Wednesday at the university in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but only after the chairman of the student Lecture-Concert Series read a protest statement by the president of the ASU Muslim Student Association (MSA). In the decade since the 9/11 terror attacks, Darwish has gained international prominence as an outspoken critic of Islamic culture. She is director of Former Muslims United.

More than 100 Musliim students attended Darwish's lecture, according to Emily Alexander of the ASU Herald, and walked out en masse midway through, following the example of MSA president Saddique Abobucker. 

A Muslim and a Gay Guy Walk Into a Bar

By on 8.10.10 | 12:08PM

"Red Eye"'s Greg Gutfeld announced this morning that he plans to open a gay bar that caters to Muslim men next to the mosque that is planned at the 9/11 Ground Zero site.

The Obama Watch

Don’t Ask, Then Tell

By 10.15.09

Obama listens to his political advisers, not soldiers or chaplains.

At Large

Insult to Injury

By 9.9.09

Speech laws are leaving European prosecutors tongue-tied.

The War on Terror Spectator

The Road From Ground Zero

By 7.1.09

Are we "winning the long war"? A conversation with ilan Berman.

Constitutional Opinions

A Religious Test

By and 6.26.09

On the sidewalks of Dearborn, Michigan, Christians need to be able to practice their faith too.

The Obama Watch

The Purple Prose of Cairo

By 6.5.09

Another blah-blah-blah Obama speech riddled with deceptions.

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