Tag Archives: Islamophobia

Noor Tagouri Faces Islamophobia


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?


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.

The Problem with ‘Experts on Islam’


By Hesham A. Hassaballa

It really defies logic that people with clear anti-Muslim bias purport themselves as being “experts on Islam” and teach courses to law enforcement agencies about counter-terrorism. The latest of these is John Guandolo, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist.”

Only Four Mosques for Moscow’s 2 Million Muslim Residents


By Alishba Malik

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin recently said he did not want any more mosques being built in his city, claiming it would attract more Muslims. Such open displays of Islamophobia have been echoed elsewhere in Russia and show a deep rooted problem in the city of Moscow, which currently has a Muslim population of two million residents.

Reza Aslan and “Zealot”: Six Months On


By Bill Chambers

Reza Aslan, Middle East Commentator for NPR, Muslim Affairs Analyst, and author of “No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” spoke at Elmhurst College on February 14 about his most recent book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. The lecture was six months after his book was published and after his infamous interview with Fox News anchor Lauren (“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”) Green.  His answer to her and to all the conservative pundits was “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.” So how has Aslan’s message changed after six months of interviews and lectures?

Generations of Racial Profiling


By Susy Palmer

January 30th is Fred Korematsu Day, which calls to mind a part of United States history that is too often forgotten. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which stripped Japanese-Americans of their $2.7 billion net income, their dignity, as well as their constitutional freedom in the United States by forcing them into internment camps. The forced internment of American citizens of Japanese descent was an act of fear, but Fred Korematsu is commended because he chose to act out of courage. He refused to be interned, and as a result, brought about one of the most important civil rights cases in United States history, Korematsu v. United States (1944). In this landmark case, the government deemed Executive Order 9066 constitutional, upholding the exclusion order. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has ranked Korematsu alongside Dred Scott, the 1857 decision that black slaves were property and not citizens, as among “the court’s most shameful blunders.”

Coca Cola Contoversy: super bowl ad sparks debate on American identity


By Alishba Malik

“America is a nation of nations, made up of people from every land, of every race and practicing every faith. Our diversity is not a source of weakness; it is a source of strength, it is a source of our success.” — U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

Coca-Cola aired a Super Bowl commercial on February 2 that sparked a rage on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The ad featured the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” in many different languages. The ad also presented actors from various ethnic backgrounds and religions.

Author Qasim Rashid on his book, “The Wrong Kind of Muslim”


By Agnieszka Karoluk 

Chicago Monitor Editor Agnieszka Karoluk interviewed Qasim Rashid about his 2013 book, “The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution and Perseverance”. The Wrong Kind of Muslim is the first book of its kind. It relates these untold accounts of persecution and torture, directly from those living and dying under Pakistan’s oppressive regimes. This book gives voice to their forced silence. A silence which, if broken, is punishable with arrest, fine, or death.

“The Muslims Are Coming!” and the better angels of our nature


By Chicago Monitor Editorial Team

The Muslims are Coming!, directed by Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad, is part mockumentary, part adventure story. The movie provides a compelling portrait of a roguish group of Muslim comedians who bring their stand up show to venues across the Southern United States and the reactions they receive from audiences and interactions on the street.

The movie includes interviews with star comedic geniuses: Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Aasif Mandvi and Lewis Black. The message is simple: Muslims are like you and me, they laugh and they cry and they can be pretty damn funny!

Encapuchados: Chilean extremists receive no attention


 By Nasir Almasri

Protests continue in Santiago, Chile, where hundreds of thousands of activists have taken to the streets to protest the Chilean government. Though the country has been economically prosperous and relatively stable for many years, demonstrations have continued to signal public dissatisfaction with certain government policies. Protesters in the capital are demanding that the government address their wide range of concerns, including education reform, environmental issues, gay rights, Monsanto, and the rights of indigenous populations.