Facebook bans ‘dangerous individuals’ cited for hate speech
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists.
Egypt fights Islamic extremism by allowing women leaders at mosques
CAIRO (RNS) — The move to introduce women preachers – wa’ezzat in Arabic – marks the first time females have formally addressed worshippers in these spaces as officially sanctioned clergy.
3 men convicted in Kansas plot to bomb Somali refugees
(AP) — A federal jury found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Kansas.
Chief inspector: English schools need to address extremist elements
(RNS) — Some head teachers who run inner-city schools with predominantly Muslim student bodies have taken issue with conservative Muslim parents who want their children to express their religiosity in school, and in turn accuse the teachers of thwarting religious expression.
Morocco goes digital to counter radical Islam online
(RNS) — The Mohammadia League of Islamic Scholars, a government research institute leading Morocco’s extensive campaign against violent Muslim extremism, is producing videos and reaching out on Facebook and YouTube to those in their teens and 20s.
Bahrain and Jewish rights group lead effort to call out extremist clergy
(RNS) — ‘We declare that when extremist clergy preach hatred, violence and seek to sow the seeds of discord, that they are inciting the desecration of the name of God,’ reads the Bahrain Declaration.
Italy uses imams in prisons to deter extremism among inmates
(AP) — Italy has relied mostly on arresting and deporting suspected extremists to try to keep the country safe from terrorism. But the Italian government has come to embrace prevention, too, especially in the prisons it doesn’t want to become training grounds for potential extremists.
Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia intensifies and targets children
(RNS) For weeks the Jehovah’s Witnesses had not felt the full force of the ban on the group. Now more authorities are invoking it to halt worship and harass even the youngest Witnesses.
Russian court to consider ban on ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses HQ
(Reuters) The religious organization is known for its foreign ministries as well as its door-to-door campaigns, but has had problems for years with Russian authorities, who view it as a pernicious cult, an allegation it denies.
Faith leaders pray Trump will label Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist’
(RNS) A Muslim critic counters that the group is “smelling blood” with the election of President-elect Donald Trump.
U.S. government cancels 9/11-era registry for foreigners
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. government is canceling an inactive registry program for visitors from countries where extremist groups are operating, a plan similar to aMuslim registry considered by President-elect Donald Trump.