TRANSCRIPT – Trump’s Speech to Muslim Leaders: This is a “Battle Between Good and Evil”

President Trump made his first speech on foreign soil today in Saudi Arabia, in which he proposed a “coalition of nations” to stamp out extremism, acknowledged the vast number of Muslims who have been the victims of terrorism, called out Iran, and charged Muslim leaders with expelling extremism and terrorism from their nations. This, against the backdrop of months of anti-Muslim rhetoric in his campaign and administration resulting in a documented rise in violence against American (and global) Muslims as well as other groups and one of the largest arms deals signed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia (a country engaged in a targeted military campaign in Yemen.) [Read more…]

In Trump’s America, are Islamic Schools a Better Choice then Public Schools?

Whether to send a child to public or private school is an important decision that is usually driven by the views of parents regarding the type of education they want to provide their children, and the extent to which they can financially support private schools. In the age of Trump, however, there are many more things to consider in assessing whether Islamic schools may be a better option for some families. [Read more…]

How do Honor Killings and Women’s Rights Factor into the #MuslimBan 2.0?

On March 6th, Trump replaced the original ban with a new one that not only excludes immigrants from six Muslim majority countries but also requires the government to collect data surrounding the frequency of “honor killings” in the U.S. Again, this Administration employs a stereotype to further marginalize an already marginalized minority. Still, this Women’s History Month, Trump’s concern with Muslim women’s experiences confronting bigotry, hatred and violence is a welcome opportunity to educate and dialogue. [Read more…]

UPDATE: CAIR Challenges Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Order; Attorney General tells Justice Department to Stand Down

In response to the executive orders, the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today that it will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C.Monday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of 20 or more individuals challenging the”Muslim ban” executive order. [Read more…]