Category Archives: Islamaphobia

Reading The Veil and The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam, by Fatima Mernissi

On and off over the past year or so, I have gotten into some pretty heated discussions here about Islam. In August of 2014, I wrote a two-part post called “Trying to Be an Ally: Thinking About Hejab, Muslim Invisibility, … Continue reading

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Trying To Be an Ally: Thinking About Hejab, Muslim Invisibility, and the Casual Hatred that is Cultural Appropriation (2)

I was inspired to write this series of posts–part 1 is here–after reading The Hijabinist’s post, “Here’s what’s wrong with hijab tourism and your cutesy ‘modesty experiments.’” The post takes note of and criticizes a pattern that the author traces … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Sheri Tepper’s 2008 Interview with Strange Horizons

So, someone asked me what was so offensive about Tepper’s interview. After reading her comments, I’m convinced that it might actually be helpful to some people if I did a deconstruction. I don’t usually fisk things because it’s a format … Continue reading

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This is Hatred–Shameful, Disgraceful, Unnerving, Frightening, Racist, Xenophobic, Islamophobic Hatred

Apologies for posting twice in such quick succession, but I saw this video on Facebook and I just had to post it. It speaks for itself, though I especially appreciated the woman who calls out, “One nation under God, not … Continue reading

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Muslims Filed 803 Employment Discrimination Claims in 2009

According to an article by Steven Greenhouse in The New York Times, that’s around 25% of the 3,386 religious discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the year ending September 30, 2009–an awful lot considering that … Continue reading

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I'm Really Beginning to Think We Need an Islamophobia 101 Post and I Wish I Were the One to Write It

I have been increasingly frustrated by the direction in which Phil, Sebastian and maybe one or two others are taking the comments in my post on the Dove World Outreach Center’s burn-a-Quran day. Instead of focusing on the obvious Islamophobia … Continue reading

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The Controversy Over Park51 (Cordoba House) Was Manufactured by Fox

Or at least that’s what Frank Rich, citing Salon’s Justin Elliott, wrote in his August 22 op-ed column, “How Fox Betrayed Petraeus.” (You can find links if you click through to the whole column.) We owe thanks to Justin Elliott … Continue reading

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Church in Florida to Host "International Burn the Quran Day" to Commemorate the September 11 Attacks

The poet Kazim Ali posted this to his Facebook page, saying that he thought it “had to be a myth,” and that is what it sounds like at first, but the Dove World Outreach Center is indeed inviting people to … Continue reading

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It's Good To Remember Our History

From an August 11th article by Jonathan D. Sarna published on The Jewish Daily Forward’s website: When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood on Governors Island, in sight of the Statue of Liberty, and forcefully defended the right of Muslims … Continue reading

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The Anti-Defamation League Should Be Ashamed of Itself

I first read about the ADL’s statement supporting those who would stop the building of Cordoba House, a Muslim community center modeled on the YM/YWHA’s and CA’s you can find all over New York City over at The Debate Link. … Continue reading

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