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Posts tagged ‘Islam’

 

The Use of Religious Pat-Down: Increased Security or Violation of Freedom of Religion?

The Statue of Liberty

June 5th, 2016

Other areas of the world have dealt with religion-based terrorist attacks on their soil long before the United States entered the stage begrudgingly in 2001. Since the attacks on New York, our country has been fighting terrorism around the globe in a constant struggle to keep our nation safe from the plots of zealots whose Read More


Islam: The “Other” Religion in American Politics

American flag waving in the wind

March 2nd, 2016

The United States has been considered a Christian country for most of its history. It was not until the 1960s, however, that religion and politics became almost inextricably entwined. When the country’s first Catholic president took his oath of office, he did so despite the extreme pressure from opponents during his run who ran smear Read More


Violence and Religion: Inextricably Entwined?

American flag waving in the wind

December 21st, 2015

With the recent tragedy in Oregon, Americans are reminded yet again of the dangerous power of religious conviction. News reports of the incident informed us that the shooter allegedly linked his killings to whether the victims were Christian. This and other incidents around the world lead many to believe that violence and religion are different Read More


What’s Love Got to do (with it)? The Love/Hate Relationship with the First Amendment

first amendment

September 28th, 2015

Recently, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a three-judge panel decision after reviewing the case en banc.  The case overturned a ban on a very controversial film that had been released on YouTube.  Without going into specifics of the film, other than to say that those who have viewed it have stated that it Read More


The Art of Freedom: Constitutionality of Depicting Muhammad

depicting muhammad

September 25th, 2015

What could have been used to open a dialogue over the unique balance of free speech and freedom of religion proffered by the United States Constitution turned violent this past February, when five men opened fire on security guards at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held in Garland, Texas.  Depicting Muhammad is often seen Read More


Judo Rules And Religion Give Conflicting Requirements For Saudi Olympian

Judo and religion clash at the Olympics

August 3rd, 2012

On Monday, Wojdan Shaherkani walked alongside her father through the Olympic judo venue. The sixteen-year old girl wore a light-pink scarf wrapped around her head. She moved with hesitation, hoping that she would come away from the Olympics as a pioneer and not a casualty of diplomacy. Her fears are not necessarily unfounded. Ms. Shaherkani Read More


Kansas governor approves measure blocking Islamic law

Muslim praying in Islamic fashion

June 20th, 2012

Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a bill on March 26, 2012 that will effectively prevent Kansas courts, agencies and tribunals from basing decisions on the legal codes of foreign countries and, more significantly, of foreign religious groups. The language of this law, which will come into effect on July 1 and was approved with bipartisan Read More