Why ISIS Must Love Trump

Why ISIS Must Love Trump

As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together. Iftar, the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of faith and family. But the mood that Sunday was solemn: That morning, news...
A Racist Wake-Up Call

A Racist Wake-Up Call

I worked proudly with Muslim CIA officers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. I used to think most Americans understood that Muslim Americans are patriots, too. Ahmed Mohamed’s recent ordeal proved how wrong I was. He’s the 14-year-old who was recently interrogated,...
Authorities Too Quick To Rule Out Terrorism in Chapel Hill Shooting

Authorities Too Quick To Rule Out Terrorism in Chapel Hill Shooting

Three beautiful young Americans in North Carolina, smart, funny, two of them thrilled with their new marriage, all of them looking ahead to new schools, new careers. Just the age of the young Kayla Mueller, held hostage by ISIS and killed before or by a Jordanian...
A Watchbird Is Watching You

A Watchbird Is Watching You

Careful when You text your friend; Spooks are reading What you send. The FBI now employs 36,000 people and focuses ever more on dissenters. The CIA, supposedly prohibited from spying domestically, now stations agents in local police departments. Homeland Security may...
9/11 is No Excuse for Bashing Muslims

9/11 is No Excuse for Bashing Muslims

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we’ll be transfixed once more by images of the planes ramming into the World Trade Center and people, caught in the flames, leaping to their deaths. We’ll see pictures of the burning Pentagon and hear stories of the heroic...

Islamophobia is Un-American

Earlier this year, hundreds of people turned out in Yorba Linda, California to protest the appearance of two highly controversial Muslim speakers at a dinner held to benefit local charitable projects. The scene outside the social hall quickly turned ugly, even...
House Hearings Shouldn’t Demonize the Muslim-American Community

House Hearings Shouldn’t Demonize the Muslim-American Community

In March, the House of Representatives will begin hearings on preventing domestic terrorist attacks. Rep. Peter King, the lawmaker leading the hearings, unfortunately has made it clear he intends to use his post to stoke fear and suspicion about American Muslims...
What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

The repercussions of the attempted assassination in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in which six people were murdered and 13 wounded, continue to resonate. The discussion–and discussions about the discussion–continues. Meanwhile, we’re failing to...
Religious Freedom isn’t just for Christians

Religious Freedom isn’t just for Christians

It seems that the quickest path to popularity these days is to say terrible things about Islam. If it’s not some sleazy politician vacuuming votes by opposing a mosque near Ground Zero, it’s a tinhorn evangelist in Florida threatening to start a bonfire...

Setting the Record Straight

Increasingly we live in a world–alas–of deliberate misrepresentation and mischaracterization. Or you could call them lies. Thank God for mainstream, fair-minded journalists like myself, who care for little but truth, justice, and setting the record...