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Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

Post-9/11 Muslim Registry May Return Under Trump

Adviser Kris Kobach, who helped write it for President Bush, floats idea

(Newser) - How might Donald Trump translate his calls for restrictions on Muslim immigration into policy? One possibility is the reinstatement of a national registry of visitors from high-risk countries. The revelation comes from a Reuters interview of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is known for his anti-immigration views within... More »

Why Food Vendors in Malaysia Have to Rename Hot Dogs

Government tells Auntie Anne's that 'dog' can't be in product name if it wants halal certification

(Newser) - What's in a name? In Malaysia, a heck of a lot when it comes to hot dogs. Per the BBC , the country's Islamic Development Department has told food vendors in the mostly Muslim nation that if they want a halal designation (meaning food items have been given the... More »

French High Court Rules on Town's Burkini Ban

Council of State says women on resort's beaches can wear full-body swimsuit if they want

(Newser) - France's tussle with the burkini was just dealt a strong blow by the country's top administrative court, which on Friday overturned one resort town's ban against the full-body beachwear, the AP reports. The ruling from the Council of State comes during a summer of high-profile cases along... More »

Police Forces in 2 Countries Embrace the Hijab

Mounties, Scottish police want more Muslim women to join up

(Newser) - While cops in France crack down on burkinis , police forces in two other countries have decided to embrace the hijab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided to allow female officers to wear a hijab while on duty in a bid to encourage diversity among the Mounties, the Independent reports.... More »

Burkini Inventor: Who's Worse, Taliban or French Politicians?

Aheda Zanetti says she invented the burkini to give women freedom

(Newser) - The inventor of the burkini believes France and others who want to ban it have fundamentally "misunderstood" what the garment is all about. Aheda Zanetti, writing in the Guardian , says she invented the burkini in 2004 after watching her niece try to play netball in a makeshift skin-covering athletic... More »

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits

Some had to buy 'Islam for Dummies' before joining: AP

(Newser) - The Islamic State isn't exactly choosy about who gets to enter its ranks, based on an examination by the AP of thousands of leaked ISIS documents that show recruits often had very little, if any, religious knowledge to back up their desire to join—with a couple of British... More »

Mayor Bans 'Burkinis' From Cannes' Beaches

Says they're a 'symbol of Islamic extremism'

(Newser) - Many would consider a full-body swimsuit less offensive than a skimpy bikini. Not the mayor of Cannes, apparently. David Lisnard says "burkinis"—modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women—are a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and aren't allowed on the French city's beaches. Should a... More »

Muslim Woman Sues Over 'Nightmare' With Chicago Cops

Surveillance video shows Itemid Al-Matar forced to the ground

(Newser) - A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six police officers claiming they assaulted her at a train station. Itemid "Angel" Al-Matar's lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims officers grabbed her as she climbed the stairs of the downtown CTA State/Lake stop on July 4, 2015, then slammed... More »

Fencer in Hijab Makes History for Team USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to inspire change

(Newser) - At age 12, Ibtihaj Muhammad chose to learn fencing because she considered it the easiest sport in which she could compete while wearing a hijab. Eighteen years later, she's made history as Team USA's first hijab-wearing Olympian, reports the BBC . The 30-year-old former world champion, ranked eighth in... More »

In Wake of Priest's Murder, French Muslims Go to Mass

Local clerics refuse to bury the body of one murderer

(Newser) - In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims have attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across the country and beyond, reports the AP . Television footage showed dozens of Muslims gathering at France's towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, only a few kilometers from... More »

Dad of Slain US Muslim Soldier Offers Trump His Constitution

Khizr Khan says GOP nominee routinely smears Muslims

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim American soldier who was killed fighting in Iraq got a rousing ovation Thursday at the Democratic convention when he invoked his son's memory—and pulled a copy of the Constitution from his pocket for Donald Trump. "I will gladly lend you my copy,... More »

Gingrich Calls for Testing, Expulsion of US Muslims

He wants them to be checked for 'belief in Sharia'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich managed to out-Trump Donald Trump in the wake of Thursday night's horrific attack in Nice , calling for nothing less than the ideological testing of all Muslims in the US and the expulsion of those who don't pass muster. "Let me be as blunt and direct... More »

$5K Fine for Students Who Won't Shake Teacher's Hand

Swiss authorities say handshake tradition outweighs freedom of religion

(Newser) - Swiss authorities ruled Wednesday that any student who refuses to shake a teacher's hand could earn their parents a stiff $5,000 fine, USA Today reports. Last month, two teenage Muslim students at a Swiss middle school refused to shake hands with female teachers, citing an interpretation of the... More »

On Deathbed, GOP Senator Apologizes for Trump

Bob Bennett had a message for Muslims

(Newser) - "Are there any Muslims in the hospital?" former GOP senator Bob Bennett asked as he lay dying in Washington in April, reports the Daily Beast . He wasn't delusional. In fact, he was "sharp as a tack," his son tells NBC News . "I'd love to... More »

Military College: Leave Your Hijab at Home

Student considering legal options, says CAIR rep

(Newser) - One of the nation's oldest military colleges has denied a Muslim student's request to wear a hijab over concerns about a lack of "uniformity." The president of the Citadel in South Carolina says "the standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions, and privileges is... More »

London's Muslim Mayor Rejects Trump's 'Ignorant View'

After Trump says he'd make an exception to his travel ban

(Newser) - If he becomes president, Donald Trump suggests he'd make an exception to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US for London's new Muslim mayor . Trump tells the New York Times that Sadiq Khan's election is "a very good thing," and "if he does... More »

Student Booted From Flight Over Phone Call

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi calls it anti-Muslim bias

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines recently removed a college student from a flight after he was heard speaking Arabic on his cellphone, the New York Times reports. The student, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi—who had emigrated to the US from Iraq with his family in 2010—says he was only talking about a dinner he... More »

Obama Attacks Cruz Over Post-Brussels Comments

'Wrong and un-American'

(Newser) - Obama may have been touring Cuba at the time, but Ted Cruz's comments about Cruz's desire to have police "patrol and secure" Muslim neighborhoods didn't go unnoticed by the president. "I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which, by... More »

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