Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Why Muslims could thrive under President Trump

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

This feels like the worst of times for Muslims in America. While hatred for and visceral fear of Muslims began long before President Trump’s campaign hatched, his odious rhetoric and reckless decisions promise a potentially horrifying climax. Given Trump’s intentions for a “Muslim ban” and the fury his followers harbor for Islam, the backdrop for Read more

Holland’s far right speaks of Muslim scum

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Holland’s far right presidential candidate, Geert Wilders, wants to prevent the spread of Islam and Muslim “scum” from the Netherlands. Islam is an ideology that “poses an existential threat to core European values”, he says. Wilders wants to close all mosques, ban the Quran and seal the Dutch borders to asylum seekers and immigrants from Islamic countries. He Read more

Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam get-together

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Pope Francis and Sunni Muslim imam of Al-Azhar will begin talks again next year. The talks stopped five years ago. It is expected they will begin again in Rome next April. Officials from the Vatican’s office of inter-religious affairs are going to Cairo this weekend for a preparatory meeting. Their aim is to lay the Read more

Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist – religion’s not about murder

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Islamic terrorism doesn’t exist because religion is not about murder, President Barack Obama says. He is defending his refusal to speak about “Islamic terrorism”. He wants us to “make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world who are peaceful … responsible … fellow troops and police Read more

Islam awareness week – Muslim Kiwis show off their treasures

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Fijian-born Ibrar Sheikh hopes the Islam Open day in Aotea Square on the weekend has helped tackle misconceptions about his community and show that “Kiwi-Muslims are just like other New Zealanders.” The Open Day was one of the main activities of the Islam Awareness Week. Sheikh said it was a very unique opportunity for people Read more

Filipino Christians fear going to Mass due to threats from Islamist radicals

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Filipino Christians are afraid to go to Mass because of perceived threats from Islamist radicals. “Before, the Philippines was a dream place for inter religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims … but now people are frightened even to go to Mass”, said Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, an Italian missionary in Italian missionary living in Mindanao in Read more

Muslim women’s beach ‘burkini’ banned – but some say it’s better than briefer togs

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The burkini – modest swimwear designed for Muslim women – is causing controversy and outrage, with some wanting it banned and others claiming it’s better than togs that expose too much flesh. The ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit on some French beaches has triggered disdain in English-speaking countries, where outlawing religion-oriented clothing is seen Read more

Muslims go to Mass in France and Italy

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In a show of solidarity with their Catholic neighbours, Muslims all over France attended Mass on Sunday, five days after a murderous claimed attack on a Catholic priest in Normandy. France’s Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show “solidarity and compassion” over Father Jacques Hamel’s murder. “We are all Catholics of France,” said Anouar Read more

Australia ‘dealing’ with cultural difference?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again. Until then, that’s what a passport with a Northern Irish birthplace had got me – it Read more

Cardinal from US says Islam is not a religion but a form of government

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Islam is “fundamentally a form of government” rather than a religion because when a state finds itself with a majority population of Muslims they have a duty to submit the whole population to Sharia law, the  Raymond Burke, the controversial American cardinal, has said. Burke said individual Muslims “are lovely people” and can speak “in Read more