Islam

Life Among the Barbarians

Featured image Phyllis Chesler is a psychologist and academic whose writings we have quoted from time to time over the years. Ms. Chesler has always had a rather skeptical attitude toward Islam, in particular with regard to its treatment of women. Now we know why: Chesler has published a new book titled An American Bride In Kabul. You can read an excerpt from An American Bride in the New York Post. Chesler’s »

Uzbekistan For the Uzbekistanis!

Featured image I am boycotting this year’s Miss World pageant because the organizers, in a pre-emptive surrender to Sharia, have canceled the swimsuit contest. However, I can’t resist making an exception for the curious case of Rakhima Ganieva, Miss Uzbekistan. Miss Ganieva seems like a pretty typical pageant contestant. This is how the Miss World site describes her: 18 year old Rakhima loves to play the piano. Born and Raised in the »

Secular Syria?

Featured image I had to smile during yesterday’s hearing on Syria when John Kerry talked about Syria’s secular tradition. Kerry did so in arguing that, if Assad falls, a takeover by Islamist extremists is unlikely. I smiled because advocates of the invasion of Iraq made the same kind of argument in the run-up to that war. I didn’t check the Power Line archives, but wouldn’t be surprised if I talked about Iraq’s »

“Miss World Go To Hell” [Updated]

Featured image The Miss World pageant is being held in Bali, Indonesia, this year. In deference to anticipated protests by Muslim extremists, the pageant’s organizers announced some time ago that there would be no swimsuit competition. Instead, they substituted a sarong round. In my view, such pre-emptive capitulation is a terrible precedent, so I am not covering this year’s Miss World contest. Still, the latest news is worth noting: Indonesian Muslim hard-liners »

CRB: Arab winter

Featured image “When we heard Mohammed Morsi chanting ‘The sharia, then the sharia, and finally, the sharia,’ we should have been worried.” Hope springs eternal, but anyone familiar with the work of a couple of Andrews — C. McCarthy and G. Bostom — would surely know enough to temper youthful exuberance with some old-fashioned prudence when it came to the much ballyhooed Arab Spring. Or one could simply listen to the words »

Is Islam a religion of peace?

Featured image Lee Rigby was brutally murdered by crazed Islamists in the streets of London this past May 22. In a feat of timing, the Oxford Union Society held a previously scheduled debate the following day on the motion this House believes that Islam is a religion of peace. The motion carried 286 to 168. The Oxford Union has posted videos of each of the six participants’ debate presentations here. You can »

What’s Going On In the Muslim World?

Featured image Beats me. But Michael Ledeen thinks he knows, and he’s a pretty astute observer, so let’s turn the floor over to him for a while. First, Michael says, we need to stop looking at events country by country and recognize that a global war is in progress: The war is easily described: there is a global alliance of radical leftists and radical Islamists, supported by a group of countries that »

Obama’s Allies Attack Egypt’s Christians

Featured image President Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, have come down firmly on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood, repeatedly condemning Egypt’s military for trying to restore order to that country, and stop its slide toward Islamic totalitarianism. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood has gone on a rampage, murdering Christians and burning their churches to the ground. Whether Obama and Kerry consider this a bug or a feature has not yet »

Egypt’s Agony and America’s Cluelessness

Featured image Here’s a historical counter-factual thought experiment for you: suppose the German military, in the spring of 1933, decided that the ascension of Hitler and his Nazis was bad news for Germany, moved to remove Hitler by a coup, outlawed the Nazi party, and in ruling henceforth by military decree thereby ended more than a decade of democratic weakness that was the Weimar Republic.  What judgment would you cast?  (Turns out »

A Particularly Cruel Islamic Attack? [Updated]

Featured image What does is say about a religion when, if two innocent teenage girls walking down the street are doused with acid by men on motorbikes, everyone assumes the attackers must be Muslims? We let a great many outrages go unremarked, but this one really should be noted. The victims are two British girls, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, who were spending their “gap year” between high school and »

“I Did It” Major Hasan Proclaims: So, What Took Four Years?

Featured image On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood and wounded more than 30 others. How could one man–a psychologist of sorts, amazingly enough, not a combat professional–inflict such damage on an Army base? Simple: the base is a gun-free zone. That’s just one of many facts that must make Major Hasan think we are even crazier than he is. Frustrated by being labeled a »

Major Hasan Explains

Featured image How frustrating it must be for Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood mass murderer, a self-described Soldier of Allah, to have his mighty act of religious defiance classified as “workplace violence” by the Obama administration! Yesterday Major Hasan sent several documents to Fox News, in which he explained himself as a jihadist. While much briefer, they can reasonably be compared to Mein Kampf, which Hitler, like Hasan, wrote while incarcerated. »

El Baradei is Egypt’s new prime minister, unless he isn’t

Featured image Earlier today, Egyptian state media announced that Mohamed ElBaradei, a former chief of the U.N. nuclear agency, had been appointed Egypt’s interim prime minister. But later, according to the Washington Post, the announcement was “rolled back” after Islamists who joined in the coalition against ousted president Morsi threatened to withdraw their support if ElBaradei is installed. El Baradei, who may yet be selected, is seen as a secularist and is »

Now They’re Messing with Miss World [Updated With Comment By John]

Featured image I knew John would be first in line to cover the congressional campaign of Erika Harold, but there’s another beauty pageant story breaking today that Power Line will need to un-cover fully: the Miss World pageant, to be held this year in Indonesia, has decided to ban bikinis to—wait for it—avoid Muslim threats: BIKINIS have been banned from this year’s Miss World contest – to ward off Islamic hardliners in »

How Chairman Jim turned the NEH into a tool of the Obama administration  

Featured image We’ve had a lot of fun here in the past few years with the buffoonery of former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach, whose recently concluded tenure at the NEH offered a near-daily target-rich environment of pompous windbaggery and pseudo-learned posturing, while betraying not a speck of knowledge about or interest in the humanities themselves. Leach’s speeches will stand for years to come as monuments of educated illiteracy, »

The Real Islamophobia

Featured image “Homophobia” is a misnomer. There are people who are repelled by homosexuals, but I don’t know anyone who is afraid of them. “Islamophobia,” however, is not a misnomer. A great many people are afraid of Muslims, and understandably so. The words “Allahu Akbar!” have become associated, through repetition, with acts of carnage and murder. This explains why so many people around the world cave in to demands that Islam be »

Anti-Muslim Backlash in the U.K.? Not So Much

Featured image After two Muslims stabbed an off-duty soldier to death and attempted to behead him, in broad daylight on a busy London street, it was widely reported that a dangerous, anti-Muslim backlash was in progress. British authorities arrested several individuals for making anti-Muslim comments on Facebook or Twitter, hoping, apparently, to stem the tide of anti-Muslim violence. But did the widely-anticipated, and even widely-reported, epidemic of anti-Muslim violence materialize? No, it »