Islam

Are the Saudis Muslims?

Featured image I wrote here about the silliness of the commonly-expressed view that Islamic terrorists can’t be *real* Muslims, and shouldn’t be referred to as such, since Islam is a religion of peace. I don’t suppose anyone would deny, however, that the Saudis are real Muslims. Thus, this story from Saudi Arabia is illuminating, even though it is not about terrorism. Raif Badawi is a Saudi blogger who had a web site »

A Reminder from . . . Woody Allen?

Featured image It is not often that I turn to Woody Allen for practical wisdom—or any other kind of wisdom—but John Podhoretz brings to our attention a fragment of dialogue from Manhattan that fits the Charlie Hebdo aftermath just right: “Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey, you know? We should go there, get some guys together. Get some bricks and baseball bats and explain things to ’em.” »

Caldwell’s reflections

Featured image There are many excellent books on the European crisis reflected by the events in Paris this past week. Among them I would cite Bat Ye’or’s Eurabia, Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept, Melanie Phillips’s Londonistan, and Claire Berlinski’s Menace in Europe. If I had to pick one to recommend, I’m not sure which I would pick. I find myself returning frequently to one book that falls into this category: Christopher Caldwell’s »

Prophet-driven

Featured image At NRO, Ian Tuttle observes that it has become conventional to refer to “the Prophet Mohammed.” Tuttle asks why. I myself am careful not to refer to Muhammad (spelled however) as “the Prophet.” Fine if he’s yours, and no offense intended, but he’s not mine. Tuttle observes with considerable understatement: “There seems to be an implicit, unique measure of respect accorded to the religious leader of Islam that is passé »

School of Mock

Featured image Way back when Salman Rushie got his fatwa from the Ayatollah Khomeini for The Satanic Verses,* I wondered immediately: How come Richard Grenier (RIP) didn’t get a fatwa for the much more blasphemous novel, The Marrakesh One-Two? If you’ve never read this 1983 work of comic genius, go order it second-hand. The novel’s protagonist, Burt Nelson, is a filmmaker attempting to make a feature film of the life of Mohammed »

After Charlie Hebdo: Revisiting “The Tyranny of Silence”

Featured image This Saturday’s photo roundup will be be the Charlie Hebdo edition, and we’re currently collecting the most offensive Mohammed images for maximum effect.  In the meantime, it is worth taking note of Flemming Rose’s recent book, The Tyranny of Silence. Rose is the editor of the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, and he commissioned the series of cartoons about Mohammed in 2005 that ignited a firestorm of controversy, and his book reflects on »

Are Islamic Terrorists Muslims?

Featured image Howard Dean is one of many establishment political figures (President Obama is another) who insist that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. On MSNBC yesterday, Dean said: “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am,” he said. “I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. »

Paris Suspects Identified, One With Terrorist History [Updated]

Featured image One of the three terrorists believed to have carried out this morning’s attack on Charlie Hebdo has turned himself into the police, while authorities apparently are closing in on the other two, reportedly in Reims: The youngest suspect in today’s deadly attack at a satirical newspaper’s office in Paris has turned himself in, French police said, while the other two are “on the loose, armed and dangerous.” Officials identified the »

Twelve Dead, Magazine Silenced in Paris Terrorist Attack [Updated]

Featured image Two heavily-armed Muslims attacked the offices of the satirical Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning, killing twelve people, including the magazine’s two most famous cartoonists. The attackers were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar!” and “The Prophet is avenged!” CNN reports that the killers’ motives are still unknown. These are the murdered cartoonists: Here are the basic facts as reported so far: Paris is on high terrorism alert after shootings Wednesday »

Living In a World Gone Mad

Featured image HarperCollins has produced at atlas for use in English-speaking schools in the Middle East that features a conspicuous omission. There’s Gaza, and there’s the West Bank. Jordan and Lebanon are accounted for. But…where is Israel? I naively would have expected HarperCollins to say we weren’t looking hard enough, or attribute the omission to a lack of space. But no: Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specialises in maps, told »

In which Keith Ellison finds me of use

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison has blocked me on Twitter, so I am unable to follow him. Searching Twitter to take a look at his emissions, however, I found that Star Tribune political reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger has posted an Ellison fundraising letter that she received in which Ellison draws on my Star Tribune op-ed column “Rep. Keith Ellison remembers to forget.” Ellison’s letter responds to these two paragraphs of »

Long story short, Iowahawk edition

Featured image Iowahawk took to Twitter yesterday to comment on President Obama’s after-the-fact advice to Sony in the matter of The Interview. As is his wont, Obama affected the position of an innocent bystander. Even without the relevant history I found Obama’s pose somewhere beyond creepy. He thinks we’re really, really stupid, and he’s got the evidence to back it up. Iowahawk took a quote from Obama speaking about Sony at his »

Those revolting Swedes

Featured image If you read the Reuters headline — “Firebombs thrown at police in Stockholm riot” — experience will let you fill out the rest of the mysterious story without further effort. Reading the report is actually not much more informative. Some translation is required. Nevertheless, we can do it: Police were attacked with firebombs and rocks in a poor suburb in Sweden’s capital late on Saturday, leading to the arrest of »

Those damn Minnesotans

Featured image When you read that men from Minnesota have been indicted for aiding the Islamic State — as in the Hill headline “Two Minnesota men charged with aiding ISIS,” or in the Star Tribune headline “2 Minneapolis men charged with attempting to aid terrorists,” or in the local FOX News affiliate headline “2 Minnesota men charged with ISIS support” — you can be pretty sure that we’re talking about first or »

Another al-Shabab Massacre In Kenya

Featured image Twenty terrorists from al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic group, ambushed a bus near Mandera, Kenya, with 60 passengers on board. They segregated those who didn’t look Somali and–since al-Shabab has nothing to do with Islam, as President Obama likes to assure us–demanded that they recite the Shahada. The 28 who couldn’t do so were lined up on the ground and shot. Warning: graphic photo. The dead included nine women and 17 »

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Murders

Featured image This morning, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and murdered four rabbis during their morning prayers, wounding a number of others. The rabbis reportedly included three Americans and a Briton. The murderers were armed with a gun, knives and axes or meat cleavers. Most of us wouldn’t regard this as something to celebrate: But then, most of us haven’t been raised from birth to hate. Muslims in both Gaza »

Erdogan and Harvard: Muslims Discovered America!

Featured image You likely have seen that Turkish President Recep Erdogan told a gathering of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul that America was discovered by Muslim sailors: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, »