Yes, Obama Is A Muslim (by non-halachic standards and Lenny Bruce)

As an Orthodox Jew, I believe that membership in a religion is not casual but legal, something like American citizenship (if you support the good people of Arizona). You can't just cross the Rio Grande and vote in Phoenix. There is a rigerous citizenship process, a conversion process, or there is Judaism's singular qualification -- being born to a Jewish mother.

Minarets in the Sand, the "Ground Zero" mosque and religious freedom

I've stayed out of the ugly debate over the “ground zero mosque” that's not really at Ground Zero and not exactly a mosque, in part because I don't understand all the vast complexity of issue, in part because it's summer and I'm at the beach and not in the mood for all this indignation.

But one of the comments I keep hearing from opponents is driving me crazy.

There are actually several variants, but they all come down to the same thing:

Islam can "build the mosque when Saudi Arabia allows a shul in Mecca," they say.

The Mosque's Imam Is A "Moderate" But Abe Foxman Is A Bigot?

I trust the Imam and the Muslims at the new Ground Zero "Cordoba" mosque to tell me the truth of what they think about Israel and the United States. After 9/11, the Imam said America shared responsibility for the destruction of the World Trade Center. Now, that same imam refuses to condem Hamas.

Mosque Wars Hit New York Governor’s Race

07/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

 The controversy over construction of a cultural center that includes a mosque near Ground Zero has emerged as an attack point for GOP underdog Rick Lazio in his race for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

Is Rick Lazio, left, playing the Muslim card?

Going To Bat For Muslim-Jewish Ties

07/21/2009 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
As they explored common ground during a busy mission to New York this week, an international delegation of rabbis and imams found it easy to agree on one thing: They wanted to see the Yankees beat the Orioles Monday. And thanks to a walkoff homer by Hideki Matsui, they got their wish with a 2-1 Yankees victory.

Nation Of Islam Seeks Big Push In N.Y. Area

12/03/1997 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Minister Louis Farrakhan’s new point man in New York is calling for improved ties with the Jewish community as he works to strengthen the Nation of Islam’s base in the area. But Minister Benjamin Chavis Muhammad, like Farrakhan, refuses to repudiate — or even acknowledge — the black Muslim movement’s links to anti-Semitism, a task Jewish leaders say is a necessary first step to opening dialogue.

An Imam’s Dilemma

01/23/2003 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
Can America’s democratic values accomplish what our military actions and diplomatic efforts have not yet been able to — namely, tame militant Islam? That’s what Feisal Abdul Rauf, imam of the Al-Farah Mosque in Lower Manhattan, is counting on. Considered by many to be a key voice of reason among Muslim leaders here, Abdul Rauf, 54, is confident that American principles and ideals will have a moderating influence on Islam, a religion whose very name instills fear in so many Americans.

‘Islam Is Dominated By Radicals’

04/24/2008 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
By the end of a spirited and high-level debate held here last week, many in the audience of about 400 dramatically shifted their opinions and agreed with the proposition that “Islam is dominated by radicals.”
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