Skeptical Muslims weigh in on mosque debate

Skeptical Muslims weigh in on mosque debate

American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith — those who argue that the project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in the U.S. “For most Americans, 9/11 remains as […]

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Americans increasingly are convinced — incorrectly — that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion. Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. […]

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Add another election-year hurdle for Democrats: President Barack Obama‘s forceful defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site. His comments are giving Republicans a campaign-year cudgel and forcing Democrats to address a divisive issue within weeks of midterm contests that will decide the balance of power in […]

In a free nation, religious freedom is essential

In a free nation, religious freedom is essential

It’s ironic that a country founded, in large part, on the concept of religious freedom is now divided sharply over the practice of that freedom. The politically-manufactured controversy over announced plans to build a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center is so contrived that the truth is buried in hyperbole, misinformation […]

Obama supports ground zero mosque

Obama supports ground zero mosque

After skirting the controversy for weeks, President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it. “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama told […]

A Summer of Pain Sermon

“The increasing risks from climate change should be addressed now because they will almost certainly get worse if we delay.” US Department of Defense

Car bomb found in Times Square

Car bomb found in Times Square

Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after a T-shirt vendor alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, […]

The insanity of public paranoia

Public paranoia is at an all-time high, fueled by extremists, conspiracy-theory nutcases and the misinformation superhighway (AKA the Internet). Over the last few days, I’ve read too many paranoid fantasies on this web site, fueled by readers who seem to have left common sense at the door. I’ve made it clear for many years that […]

Pentagon shooter driven by hatred, conspiracy theories

Pentagon shooter driven by hatred, conspiracy theories

A bitter Californian consumed by hatred towards the U.S. government and conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorism attacks and other perceived government coverups opened fire on Pentagon police Thursday night, wounding two before officers cut him down in a fusillade of gunfire. John Patrick Bedell hated the government and the American military and was convinced […]