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  • ‘Faithkeepers’ film is a not-so-subtle attack on Islam

    Source: RNS. The lineup of individuals and organizations behind “Faithkeepers” reads like a “who’s who” collection of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of Islamophobic “hate groups.” The film itself is a product of the Clarion Project, which has been involved in the production, direction and distribution of other films, including “Obsession” and “The Third Jihad” — both of which have been discredited as works of notorious anti-Muslim propaganda. Clarion’s funding also comes from the same sources that have funded anti-Muslim campaigners like Pamela Geller, David Horowitz, Robert Spencer and Brigitte Gabriel.

     
  • Todd Green accuses Robert Spencer of “professional Islamophobia” in speech to campus community

    Source: The Gettysburgian. Dr. Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College, presented on professional Islamophobia Sunday evening to a packed Mara Auditorium at Gettysburg College. The lecture, sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and the Peace and Justice Studies program, was arranged to develop the idea of Professional Islamophobia before the presentation on “The Political Ramifications of Islamic Fundamentalism” by Robert Spencer on Wednesday. Green defined professional Islamophobia as “a cadre of extremist bloggers, authors, some politicians, [and] pundits, who make a living and a career off of dehumanizing and demonizing Muslims.”

     
  • Rasmea Odeh accepts a plea agreement with no prison time

    Families & Victims March 23, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Rasmea Odeh, the 69-year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured and sexually assaulted by the Israeli military in 1969, is bringing to a close her battle to win justice from the U.S. legal system. Under this current, racist political climate, and facing 18 months or more of imprisonment, as well as the possibility of indefinite detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Rasmea has made the difficult decision to accept a plea agreement. She will plead guilty to Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, lose her U.S. citizenship, and be forced to leave the country, but will exit the U.S. without having to serve any more time in prison or ICE detention, a victory, considering that the government had earlier fought for a sentence of 5-7 years.

     
  • Will America’s oldest Muslim community survive President Trump?

    Featured Stories February 22, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Rolling Stone (2/22): Will America’s Oldest Muslim Community Survive President Trump?
    In 1885, a group of Muslim immigrants settled in Iowa to worship free from persecution – now, once again, they have to prove they’re American. The first immigrant Muslims came to Cedar Rapids in 1885, the same year that a young German businessman named Friedrich Trump emigrated to Queens, and a year before the Iowa state’s capitol building erected a gold dome, a recognizable local symbol to this day. They were there for the most American of reasons, fleeing persecution from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, in what is now Libya and Syria. They traveled the East Coast working in grocery stores before setting off across the prairie as migrant peddlers selling needles, threads and laces when they were poor, linens and prints when they’d had some success. Native Americans were some of their most reliable customers. When they encountered prejudice, they accepted it as the price of immigration. Between the Irish the Asians and every other group, everyone ate a little bigotry.

     
  • Conservative pundit Sebastian Gorka brings ‘Global Jihadist Movement’ theory into White House

    Source: The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gorka is part of the new White House Strategic Initiatives Group. He said he reports to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s adviser and son-in-law; Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff; and Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. In Mr. Gorka’s worldview, critics say, violence is a feature of Islam, not a bug. And his insistence that U.S. policy address terrorism primarily as a religious problem, rather than as the result of overlapping factors such as poverty, social immobility, or lack of education, will reinforce the notion that the U.S. is at war with Islam, an idea that two previous presidential administrations strove to combat, his critics say.

     
  • Jeff Sessions and the Islamophobia industry

    Source: Jacobin. Much has been written about the Alabama senator’s racist history, including his hostility to the Voting Rights Act. Less is known about Sessions’s close ties to the well-funded bloc of extremist anti-Muslim activists that author Nathan Lean has called the “Islamophobia industry.” These aren’t your run-of-the-mill anti-Islam bigots. This is a network of zealous, far-right astroturf organizers, the worst of the Islamophobes, who seek to foment a war on Muslims.

     
  • NCPCF Portraits of Injustice – January 17, 2017

    Families & Victims January 17, 2017 at 0 comments

    NCPCF Portraits of Injustice –Because President Obama has only a few days to act, this special issue calls attention to the huge number of preemptive prosecutions of young Muslims in America, and the politically-driven, unwarranted prosecutions of other Muslims, such as Dr. Sami Al-Arian and the Holy Land 5 post 9/11 by the Bush and Obama administrations. These politically-driven prosecutions have frequently involved excessively brutal sentences, such as that of Masoud Khan who received a life sentence for what could best be characterized as a thought crime.

     
  • If President Obama doesn’t commute her sentence, Chelsea Manning won’t survive

    Families & Victims January 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Reports suggest that imprisoned transparency advocate Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “shortlist” for a possible commutation.If President Obama fails to act now, he is condemning Chelsea to a gruesome fate, and his legacy as an advocate for LGBTQ rights will be forever tarnished. Chelsea Manning is a transgender woman who has already served 7 years of a 35 year sentence in an all-male military facility. Her crime? Releasing documents that revealed the impacts of war on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste

    Families & Victims December 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste. The last of the Liberty City Seven, Narseal Batiste, is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2018. The Liberty City Seven was an early entrapment project by the FBI in which two highly paid FBI informants created a plot and offered these seven men $250,000 to participate. According to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, they were preparing to fight a “full ground war against the United States.” The jury did not buy this story, and refused to convict any of the defendants. On the third trial they were finally able to get convictions of five of the men. Narseal Batiste was considered to be the leader of the group, and so he got the longest sentence – 13 years.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Mohamed Alessa

    Families & Victims December 6, 2016 at 0 comments

    Mohamed Alessa was under surveillance by the FBI since 2006, when he was 16 years old. He was befriended by an older man, known as Bassem, who was actually an undercover officer from the New York Police Department. His new “friend” talked to him about killing nonbelievers overseas, and secretly recorded their conversations. After four years of friendship with undercover agents directing and recording the conversations, Mohamed was arrested at the airport as he attempted to fly to Egypt.