To Counter Islam’s Critics, Imam Says Muslims Need To Relearn Faith

12/30/2015 - 11:41

ISTANBUL (RNS) In the bustling conservative Fatih district, Fadel Solimon looks at the floor and nods as a young woman asks him for advice on how to respond to criticism of Islam on Twitter. 

Fadel Solimon conducts a workshop with students in Istanbul. Courtesy of Center for Cross-Cultural Communication

'My God Is Better Than Your God'

Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz want to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating several cabinet departments, although neither could remember just which ones he wanted to deep six.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to go the other way and create a new agency of government, one that will be totally useless, an utter waste of taxpayer money and further antagonize people around the world who think America is already too arrogant and domineering.

The ‘Splainer: Why Does Islam Ban Images Of The Prophet Muhammad?

05/04/2015 - 20:00

On Sunday (May 3) in Garland, Texas,, two gunmen opened fire at a “draw the Prophet Muhammad” contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, listed as an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Police shot and killed the two gunmen. A security guard was injured. Most Muslims consider images of the prophet highly offensive, as Islam prohibits them. The attack comes almost four months to the day that four cartoonists at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists offended at the magazine’s satirical depictions of the prophet.

Hirsi Ali Still Defiant Against Islam; Is Judaism In Her Future?

03/17/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a supporter of atheism who rejected her Muslim faith as anti-women and anti-tolerance, told a group of guests at the home of Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni last Thursday evening, “One day I hope to convert to Judaism.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Getty Images

How Did They Find Out? ISIS Is Zionist Plot

I'll bet you didn't know that ISIS was a Zionist conspiracy created to discredit Islam.  In fact, I'll bet even ISIS didn't know it.

But Yasmina Halfi, who worked in the Dutch government's Cyper Security Center, says that's just what happened.  On Wednesday she posted on Twitter, "ISIS has nothing to do with Islam.  It's part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam's name."

Finding Religion Online

Ever since the old AmericaOnline, people have used the Internet as a way to learn more about religion and to engage with likeminded co-religionists. The Senior Religion Editor of Huffington Post, Paul Raushenbush, published an interesting article about the search for religion on the Web. He writes that "Religion is one of the hottest areas of the Internet because religion is one of the most intense and contested arenas of human relations and ideas." He's right.

The Web is the first place many people look to learn more about religion

Muslim and Jewish Women: Sisters in Tzniut?

Muslim And Jewish Women: Sisters In Tzniut?

At first blush, religious Muslim and Jewish women may not seem to have
much in common given the power of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to
dominate conversation and sour relations between the two groups.

But an article in today’s New York Times about a new Turkish magazine

From Jewish Westchester To Radical Islam

Deborah Baker charts the complicated, often disturbing transformation of Margaret Marcus into Maryam Jameelah.
06/06/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The strangeness of Maryam Jameelah’s path to fundamentalist Islam is a major reason why many of her Muslim readers find her so attractive.

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Must-read story on the sharia scare: Jewish law could be next

In the “must read” category, check out Ron Kampeas' story headlined “Anti-Sharia Laws Stir Concerns that Halachah Could Be Next.”

Ron looks at the still-growing movement in states across the country to ban sharia, or Islamic law, a movement that the ADL's Abe Foxman called "camouflaged bigotry.”

Proponents of such legislation play on absurd fears of an Islamic plan to take over the legal system of the United States.

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