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Herman Cain: Communities should be able to ban mosques

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that any community should be able to ban mosques because there is a big difference between Islam and “our other traditional religions.” Last week, Cain came out again a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the grounds that it was an “infringement and…

Radical Islam spreading in US prisons: lawmakers

WASHINGTON – US prisons are becoming a hotbed for indoctrinating inmates and turning them into radical Muslims, US lawmakers were told Wednesday in the second of a series of controversial hearings. “Despite appearances, prison walls are porous. Outside influences access those on the inside, and inmates reach from the inside…

Koran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP) – The US pastor, whose burning of a Koran sparked deadly violence in Afghanistan, has called for “immediate” US and UN action against its perpetrators, saying the whole religion of Islam must be held accountable. “Islam is not a religion of peace,” Dove World Outreach Center Pastor…

Blair sister-in-law wants him tried for Iraq crimes

Former prime minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth, a rights campaigner and Muslim convert, said on Wednesday that he should be tried for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq. Booth, the half-sister of Blair’s barrister wife Cherie, is in Malaysia for lectures organised by Viva Palestina, a British-based organisation…

Britain bans US pastor Jones for ‘the public good’

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday barred firebrand US pastor Terry Jones from the country, saying the controversial preacher who had threatened to burn the Koran was guilty of “unacceptable behavior.” “The government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded pastor Terry Jones from the UK,”…

Church rebuffs military concerns on Quran burning

Fla. church rebuffs top US general’s concern that Quran burning will endanger troops A Christian minister said Tuesday that he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran this weekend to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks despite a warning from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan…

Living in a bad satire

I’m beginning to think the whole “Ground Zero mosque” thing is a hoax being played on the American public to highlight all the worst tendencies in our political culture. I had to ban a couple of dingbats from the blog last night for vile hate speech and, weirdly, plagiarism (one…

Bush ducks media requests to comment on mosque furor

The Hill: “Bush’s silence on the plans could become deafening” and “an endorsement of the plans from the former president, who took pains to separate Islam and terror in the wake of 9/11, would no doubt complicate the current Republican offensive over the project.” As the SNL guy who imitated…

Pakistan to monitor websites for ‘anti-Islam content’

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s government ordered the monitoring of websites including Google, Yahoo and YouTube for “anti-Islam content” Friday, an official said, amid renewed tensions over the Internet. “The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received orders from the ministry of information technology to monitor these websites, which are being implemented,” a…

Malcolm X assassin walks free, 45 years later

The only man ever to admit involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X was freed on parole Tuesday, 45 years after he helped gun down the civil rights leader. Thomas Hagan was the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing, part of the skein of violence that wound…

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