Can Muslims Ever Be Happy?

Chicago Muslims recently released their own HAPPY video. The critiques and reflections that followed pose a simple question, can Muslims ever be Happy? More »

Chicago Sun-Times Disables Reader Comments for now

Chicago Sun-Times recently announced that it has temporarily gotten rid of comments on their articles until it figures out how to deal with negativity, hatred, and racism. More »

Broad Coalition Stops Anti-Boycott Bill in Illinois

Human rights, civil rights, academics, and graduate student coalition stops anti-boycott bill. More »

Noor Tagouri Faces Islamophobia

Noor Tagouri was in for a surprise when she went to a mosque cemetery in Murfreesboro for a school assignment and was met with discrimination from Lou Ann Zelenik. More »

 

Pick Your Battles: The “Islamophobia” dillema

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By Hadeel Hejjahadeel_monitor

Wherever there is Islamophobia in the Western world, there is a stigma where every little display of supposed “hate” should be shut down with brute force. However, this method of attacking fire with fierce opposition is not very efficient in trying to stand ground, representing the American muslim community in a haphazard way. In recent news, there was a case in which a Muslim family is planning to sue the owners of the Empire State building with $5 million due to being racially discriminated on the building property, a highly unnecessary counter-attack on frivolous actions.

Can Muslims Ever be “Happy”?

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By Hesham A. HassaballaHesham_CM

There has been considerable controversy over the “Happy British Muslims” video set to the song, “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. Although most have responded positively to the effort by a group called the “Honesty Policy​”,​there ha​s​ been no shortage of those, especially on social media, who have denounced it as “haram,” or “forbidden.” ​

Chicago Sun-Times Disables Reader Comments For Now

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By Sabah Adil

Chicago Sun-Times recently announced that it has temporarily gotten rid of comments on their articles until it figures out how to deal with negativity, hatred, and racism.  Sun-Times managing editor Craig Newman said more about this move.

The Obamacare Coercion: Corporations and their Religious Freedom

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By Nick Burandt nickburandt_monitor

The Green family, owners and creators of Hobby Lobby Inc., believe that religious freedom extends beyond the individual and includes private corporations. On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, contraception mandate. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is a case set to decide whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)—the policy which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest—allows a private corporation to deny its employees’ health coverage based on religious beliefs.

From Tragedy Comes Solidarity: “It Could Happen to Me”

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa

It was a truly sad day in America. A long-time white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Miller, was arrested after allegedly opening fire and killing three people a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City on April 13, the eve of Passover. Unrepentant, he yelled “Heil Hitler” while in custody. My heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

Broad Coalition Stops Anti-Boycott Bill in Illinois

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By Bill Chambers

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) , the largest association of academics devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, passed a resolution to endorse the 2004 call from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel endorsed by the great majority of Palestinian civil society organizations. Since that vote, there has been a backlash of bills and resolutions introduced at the national and state level that condemn academic boycotts for “singling out Israel” for human rights abuses; suggest that boycott supporters are anti-Semitic; and in some cases threaten public universities with the loss of funds when their faculty support boycott activity of any kind. A broad coalition of human rights, civil rights, academics, and graduate student groups mobilized and stopped the bill and the resolution in Illinois.

Unmasking the Wonderful World of Disney

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By Bilal Hussain

After learning about the cancellation of the cable television series by ABC Family channel, Alice in Arabia, I found it interesting that a major network such as ABC would make it seem like they were trying to disempower Arabs and Muslims. With that in mind, I find it even more interesting that the Disney Company owns Marvel, the same company that releases the Ms. Marvel comic books. There is a connection between what is being promoted with Alice in Arabia and what is being promoted with Ms. Marvel. While Disney is reinforcing stereotypes of Muslims, Disney is also trying to shatter stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslims with the release of the Ms. Marvel comic book.

Noor Tagouri Faces Islamophobia

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By Chloe Bremerchloe-cm

Noor Tagouri was at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, speaking about combating bigotry and bullying.  On her way out of town, she stopped in Murfreesboro to cover the hearing for a mosque cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.  Tagouri found herself squarely in the line of fire, due to a heated debate that has been surrounding the cemetery for several months.  Former GOP congressional candidate, Lou Ann Zelenik, and community members subjected Tagouri to ignorant remarks and hateful comments regarding her faith and religion. 

Not a Terrorist?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa

I first learned about the incident through a tweet from Boston-based journalist Omar Sacirbey: “Did you hear we caught a terrorist last week?” And I said to myself: “Why, no, I did not.” In fact, most probably, much of the nation did not hear about the terrorist that was caught in the Houston area on March 27.

Colorado soccer team don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim teammate

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By Sabah Adil

On March 12, 2014, soccer player Samah Aidah was prohibited from wearing a headscarf during a school game. Samah, a young Muslim girl at Overland High School in Colorado, was asked by the referees to sit out because wearing the hijab in a game would have been “dangerous.” In response, the entire varsity soccer team, also known as Trailblazers, donned headscarves in solidarity with Samah.