What's needed now, loud and clear, are the counter voices of those with influence over would-be copycats. Some immigrant and Islamic religious figures have spoken out including the Council on Islamic-American Relations.
By C. Welton Gaddy, News Observer, 4/12/13
It is becoming increasingly clear that some members of the N.C. General Assembly are in critical need of a refresher course on the meaning of religious freedom.
When asked by a constituent whether she would support a Muslim offering a prayer before the state legislature, Rep. Michele Presnell responded by saying, “No, I do not condone terrorism.” She went on to justify her position by saying we “need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”
By Christopher Robbins, Gothamist, 4/7/2013
Perhaps emboldened by The Man Upstairs, or the Cheneys and the Noonans that grace its Very Serious pages (or a recent dip in crime), NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an extremely candid interview to the Wall Street Journal. Kelly is asked how the department's surveillance methods have changed in the wake of a Pultizer Prize-winning investigative series and the revelation that the very same surveillance program has generated zero leads. His reply: "Nothing," which appears to be exactly what James Freeman, the assistant editor of the paper's editorial board, chooses for his followup question.
By Diala Shamas, New York Daily News, 4/1/2013
American Muslims: They're Democrats and Republicans, young and old, bodega owners, doctors, cabbies, bankers, lawyers, students and entrepreneurs.
But the Police Department seems to think they could all be potential terrorists.
Accordingly, the NYPD has decided Muslim communities should be spied on.
By Lorena Ruiz, MSNBC
This week's Melissa Harris-Perry Foot Soldier is Asma Hanif, an advanced practice nurse who has devoted her life to operating Al-Nissa Holistic Health Center, a free clinic for women who are homeless, uninsured, or victims of domestic abuse, and Muslimat Al-Nisaa, a shelter for Muslim women.
By Susan Seligson, BU Today, 3/29/2013
Dian Qu's boyfriend refused to walk with her. Sonia Perez Arias' friend giggled when he saw her and total strangers greeted her on Commonwealth Avenue with the word "Salaam." Anya Gonzales gained what she calls "a new-found respect" for Islam. For Richa Kaul, an initial sense of fear gave way to understanding and confidence.
By Andrea Worker, Connection Newspapers, 3/28/2013
The Nubian Benevolence Association was the official sponsor for the Muslim Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) presentation at the Lorton Community Library on Saturday, March 23, but there was little doubt that Hajjar Ahmed, daughter of the organization's co-Founder Hossam Ahmed, was the driving force behind the event.
By Thomas Mariadason and Maryam Said, AM New York
A secret agent follows students on a rafting trip and logs their conversations and prayer habits. A pole-mounted camera zeroes in on the entrance of a house of worship, reminding congregants that they'll be watched even in the most intimate settings. Patrons of local shops don't chat about the daily news, keeping to themselves to avoid drawing attention.
A new report describes the concrete ways a clandestine spying program has caused individuals and communities to suffer.
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
America's largest city, an ethnically diverse, politically liberal melting pot of more than 8 million people, routinely violates the civil liberties of its racial and ethnic minorities.
By Nathan Lean, special to the San Francisco Examiner
If not careful, you may be met eye to eye with the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, while waiting for one of San Francisco's Muni buses. The Muslim monster was not resurrected, but his face, along with an ominous quote of violence, is part of a citywide ad campaign taking aim at the term "jihad."
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Board Chair Omar Zaki are part of an American Muslim delegation to Morocco.
On Thursday they met with members of Morocco's parliament about the impact of the Arab Spring (left).