Farah-founded Group Identifies ‘Terrorists’ in Obama Administration

The Western Center for Journalism, founded by Worldnutdaily owner Joseph Farah, is exactly as bad as that fact would lead one to assume. This article by Gerald Todd is a textbook example of yellow journalism, so bad that it might actually be legally actionable. He casually calls a group of Obama administration officials terrorists without a shred of evidence. … [Read more...]

OMG! Muslims Want Days Off for Holidays!

The Worldnutdaily has an article sure to spur much outrage in its readers, noting that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is petitioning a school in Maryland to add two Muslim holidays to its calendar of days off from school for teachers and students. … [Read more...]

Erik Rush’s Anecdotal Idiocy

Erik Rush is really quite ridiculous. After declaring in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that all Muslims should be killed, he now decides to play pretend and claim that he's being criticized merely for using the word Muslim. He says that now "publicly uttering 'Muslim' now brings accusations of bigotry." Uh, no. It doesn't. Saying they should be killed? That brings accusations of bigotry. But there's one passage in his column that caught my eye: … [Read more...]

The Battle Within Islam

Though many believe that reactionary Islam is at war with "Western" values of tolerance and human rights -- not without reason, of course -- it's also true that there is a serious battle going on within Islam between modernist, moderate Muslims and anti-modern, anti-human rights extremists. Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, eloquently explores that battle: … [Read more...]

Why Moderate Muslims Matter

William Saletan makes a point that I have been making for years, which is that in our fight to remain safe from the attacks of Muslim extremists, our most important allies are moderate Muslims (who are often at as much risk from such attacks as we are). … [Read more...]

Wingnuts: Turn In Al Qaeda School Board Members

John Guandolo is the former FBI agent who was fired for a sex scandal, now turned professional Islamophobe. This is the whacko who claimed that John Brennan had converted to Islam and is now a Muslim terrorist. He went on Rick Wiles' radio show and delivered an absolutely bizarre statement about wanting Americans to turn in members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in their local area, where apparently they're advising school boards or something. … [Read more...]

Fischer: Ban Muslims From Coming to America

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Bryan Fischer is once again beating the drum for banning all Muslims from entering the country. Because remember, the First Amendment only applies to Christians, who generously allow others to have their freedom but retain the right to stop doing so any time they please. … [Read more...]

Yes, Virginia, There Really Is Islamophobia

I've not waded into the recent back and forth between Glenn Greenwald, Sam Harris and a few others over accusations of Islamophobia. I haven't had the time to look up different statements used as evidence of Islamophobia on the part of Harris, Hitchens and Dawkins, and without doing that I don't think I have any basis for taking a position on it one way or the other. … [Read more...]

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Spencer vs CPAC

One of the things I find endlessly amusing is watching the really really far right attack the really far right as not being crazy enough. Robert Spencer and his pal Pam Geller do this whenever anyone on the right even suggests that maybe they've taken things a bit too far, accusing them of being tools of the global Islamic caliphate. Like CPAC, for instance, which Spencer declares is now "Sharia-compliant" because, for the first time in years, he and Geller didn't get invited to speak. … [Read more...]

Dawkins and the False Dichotomy

On Sunday, Richard Dawkins tweeted the following:Decent, nice, liberal people must stop being so terrified of being thought “Islamophobic” and stand up for decent, nice, liberal values. … [Read more...]

Gohmert: Guns Needed to Stop Sharia Takeover

Rep. Louis Gohmert, who really must be the dumbest man in Congress (sorry, Steve King; keep trying), went on a right wing talk show and offered up a novel argument against gun control -- it's needed to stop the impending Sharia takeover of the country. … [Read more...]

The Vanishing Threat of American Muslim Terrorism

And by vanishing, I don't mean that the threat is disappearing, I mean that the threat is vanishingly small and always has been. A new study finds that there is very, very little threat of terrorist attacks from American Muslims despite the efforts of overseas Muslim reactionaries to create it. My former colleague Spencer Ackerman has the details: … [Read more...]