Omar Sacirbey is a Boston-based correspondent for Religion News Service and other publications.
Federal judge: Let passengers challenge no-fly list designation
(RNS) Many Muslim Americans believe they are disproportionately targeted by the no-fly list, which has been found to include the names of many Americans with names similar to those of real terrorist suspects.
Muslim group sues Canadian prime minister for defamation
(RNS) The row began when the prime minister’s spokesman said, “We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization.”
REPORT: Internet hate speech can lead to acts of violence
(RNS) The Muslim Advocates report contains examples of hate speech and how it can lead to violence, as well as how victims of online hate speech can report it and counter it.
Site of proposed Ground Zero mosque may become a museum
(RNS) If developer Sharif El-Gamal has his way, the site of the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero may become a museum of Islamic culture.
Despite suspicions, Muslims determined to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon
(RNS) While Boston’s Muslims acknowledge that many people still associate their religion with terrorism, they also believe that by being involved in events like the Boston Marathon, they are breaking that link.
Muslims welcome shuttering of NYPD spying unit
(RNS) Muslims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where the spying took place, said the program intimidated Muslims from attending mosques, speaking in public and making charitable contributions to Muslim charities.
Supernatural thriller ‘Jinn’ features creatures from Muslim folklore
(RNS) Mercurial beings that, according to the Quran and other Eastern traditions, were created by God inhabit Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s latest horror movie.
Brandeis University reneges on honorary degree for Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali
BOSTON (RNS) Many Muslim and Jewish leaders welcomed the decision by Brandeis to renege on awarding Ali an honorary degree, calling it a victory against hate speech.
Why some Muslim countries won’t screen ‘Noah’
(RNS) Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia are among the countries that banned the movie “Noah.” But aside from Muhammad, the prohibition on portraying other prophets is neither in the Quran nor the hadith.
Civil rights groups appeal ruling allowing NYPD to spy on Muslims
(RNS) Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights appealed a federal judge’s ruling that affirmed the right of the New York City Police Department to spy on Muslims.
At Naw-Ruz, Iranian-Americans see hope for U.S.-Iranian thaw
(RNS) This year, Naw-Ruz holds special meaning for Iranian-Americans, who in recent months have witnessed a historic, if slow, thaw in relations between their native and adopted countries.
Anti-Muslim speakers still popular in law enforcement training
(RNS) The Culpeper (Va.) controversy is the latest law-enforcement training course to draw harsh criticism from Muslim groups who say agencies hire purported experts in Islam or counterterrorism who in fact have other agendas.
New documentary recounts story of heroic Muslim spy
(RNS) The filmmakers knew they wanted to tell a story about a Muslim who did something heroic during World War II, because so few stories are known. Noor Inayat Khan’s story was the most alluring because of her deep spirituality.
Is new Katy Perry video blasphemous? Some think so
(RNS) Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that YouTube take down a Katy Perry video they say is blasphemous and offensive to Muslims. Others say the flap is much ado about nothing.