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Oops: State's Biggest Paper Publishes Full-Page Anti-Islam Ad

'Tennessean' investigating how ad got through approval process

(Newser) - Somehow, a full-page ad claiming "Islam" would be detonating a bomb in Nashville appeared in the Tennessean newspaper Sunday. The paper, Tennessee's largest , is now apologizing, and saying it will probe how the ad came to be published, the New York Times reports. "Clearly there was a...

Iran Fails to Launch Rocket, Warns of 'Fake News'

Iran couldn't put the Zafar 1 communications satellite into orbit

(Newser) - An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program, the AP reports. The launch happened at 7:15pm local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan...

Lawmaker Brings Back Contest That Angers Many Muslims

Geert Wilders revives the Mohammed cartoon competition

(Newser) - Nothing like a good contest caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad—if you're a firebrand politician, that is. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said Saturday he was reviving a contest for Mohammad cartoons after he had dropped such a plan last year amid fear of attacks, Reuters reports. "Freedom of...

Guns Used in Massacre Had Reference to 11-Year-Old Girl

She was killed in 2017 terror attack, and her father is angry gunman cited her

(Newser) - Stories are filtering in about what took place Friday during the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed at least 49, and by all accounts they're terrifying. ABC News reports on worshippers diving under benches and leaping over fences to get away from the gunfire,...

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe...

Sinead O'Connor Has New Name, New Religion

She declares conversion to Islam

(Newser) - Another major life change for Sinead O'Connor: The Irish singer, who legally changed her name to Magda Davitt last year, now has another new name—and a new religion. "This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim," she tweeted last week. "...

Egypt's Goalkeeper Won't Take Budweiser Award

Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons

(Newser) - An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons, per the AP. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told...

Austria Plans to Close Mosques, Expel Imams

Chancellor announces crackdown on 'political Islam'

(Newser) - Austria's government said Friday that it's closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of religious groups. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says the government is shutting a hard-line Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the...

Suit: While in Custody, Deputies Ripped Off My Hijab

Jennifer Hyatt says Ventura County officers yanked off her hijab while she was in custody

(Newser) - What started out as a husband-wife incident has led to a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office in California's Ventura County after the wife says deputies forcibly removed her head scarf while in custody. The Los Angeles Times reports on the case of nurse Jennifer Hyatt, 44, who...

Trump Shares Far-Right Group's Anti-Muslim Videos

They came from Jayda Fransen, ultranationalist figure in Britain

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy morning on Twitter Wednesday, and his decision to retweet three anti-Muslim videos is making headlines not only in the US but in the UK. That's because the videos originated with an ultranationalist political figure in Britain named Jayda Fransen. The videos, here , here , and...

Crown Prince to Open Saudi Arabia 'to the World'

He says move to 'moderate Islam' will better the country

(Newser) - Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to Saudi Arabia's throne, wants to move the hardline kingdom toward "a moderate Islam open to the world and all religions." In an interview with the Guardian , Prince Mohammed says past leaders instituted strict rules on behavior and dress in response to...

Man Jailed for Bringing Guns to Anti-Islam Event

'Be scared,' he said in Facebook video

(Newser) - A South Dakota man who carried guns into an anti-Islam speaking event and livestreamed a Facebook video from outside afterward has been sentenced. Ehab Jaber, of Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty in July to a federal firearms charge. On Monday, US District Judge Lawrence Piersol sentenced the 46-year-old to seven months...

From Viking Clothing Fragments, a 'Staggering' Find

The word 'Allah' opens the possibility that some Vikings were Muslim

(Newser) - Is it possible some Vikings were Muslim? That's a question the National Post is asking following the discovery of Viking funeral garb embroidered with ancient Arabic characters spelling "Allah." Annika Larsson of Uppsala University tells the BBC she was examining fragments of clothing discovered in 1,000-year-old...

3 Words Can't Get Men an Instant Divorce Anymore: Court

India outlaws 'triple talaq'

(Newser) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced...

Tillerson Breaks With Tradition on Ramadan

Secretary of state declines to host event

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has done things a bit differently from the start, and Reuters reports on his latest break from tradition: Though Tillerson issued a statement Friday to mark the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, officials tell Reuters he declined a request from the State...

In Speech on Islam, Trump Skips a Favorite Phrase

He does not refer to 'radical Islamic terrorism'

(Newser) - President Trump is making headlines not only for what he did say in Saudi Arabia, but for what he didn't say. Specifically, he did not utter the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when addressing Muslim leaders from around the world. That's a departure for Trump, who used the...

Indian Top Court to Rule on Muslim Divorce With 3 Words

Men have to say 'talaq' 3 times and they're officially free; women say that's discriminatory

(Newser) - Although the Koran spells out how a Muslim couple's divorce should be handled—Islamic experts say it's to be spread out over three months so the couple can gauge if it's really the best decision—a more modern-day divorce tactic is now being examined by India's...

Teen's Texts With Dad About Hijab Go Viral

Young Muslim woman shuts down critic

(Newser) - An exchange between a Muslim teenager in Pennsylvania and her father in Saudi Arabia has gone viral after it opened up an intimate window into the hijab debate. The teen, Lamyaa, was debating politics in a chat group when she was told by one stranger: "B---- shut up. You...

In Radio Show, Steve Bannon Sounded Out Populist Vision

'USA Today,' 'Washington Post' look back at his populist themes

(Newser) - Top Trump strategist Steve Bannon disdains the media , but he had plenty to say publicly while hosting a daily radio show for Breitbart News before joining Donald Trump's team. USA Today has listened to dozens of hours of recordings from 2015-16, and the Washington Post did a similar deep...

NJ Town Officials Accused of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Justice Department says they rejected mosque for religious reasons

(Newser) - The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge had its mailbox trampled and its name on the box replaced with "ISIS" while seeking permission to build a 4,400-square-foot mosque in Bernards Township, NJ. Then its 70 members feared it was all for naught when, after 39 public hearings, the township'...

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