Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, has slammed the apparent offer by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to free her husband in exchange for releasing Iranian prisoners being held in the United States. Naghmeh argued that her husband is not "collateral" to be treated as such.
"My husband is not collateral. He is a father and a man who broke no law. Yet Iran is treating him like a pawn in a game of chess. President Rouhani's demand that America release 19 criminals in exchange for his consideration of releasing individuals like my husband, imprisoned solely for his faith, demonstrates that the Iran of today is no different than the Iran who took Americans hostage during the Iranian revolution," Naghmeh Abedini said.
"The environment is ripe for Iran to demonstrate it is ready to re-enter the global market and international scene of diplomats; it is time to show its good will, to change its image from one of a pariah to a member of the global society who will protect fundamental rights," she added. more >>
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama addressed the "poisonous theology" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that "affects too many of our young people," in a far-reaching address during the Opening Session of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. He also took issue with atrocities carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom he called a "dictator."
Obama stated that the Islamic State, also called ISIS, "depends on perpetual war to survive" but also "gains adherence because of a poisonous ideology."
So "our job is to reject extremism that affects too many of our young people," the president added. He specifically called on Muslims to reject teachings that promote violence, and on non-Muslims to "reject ignorance that equates Islam with terrorism." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was once again asked to explain his earlier comment that he wouldn't want a Muslim in charge of the nation. He responded by suggesting that Islam has an intrinsic problem, referring to Shariah, the Quran, hadith and fatwas.
ABC News "This Week" guest host Martha Raddatz asked Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, if he still stands by his last week's comment: "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation."
Carson pointed out to her that she didn't take into account what he said just before making that comment. more >>
Major sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, has left at least 24 people dead and over 100 wounded over the weekend.
"The events of [Saturday] and [Sunday] are very serious. We count many crimes against property and persons," Security Minister Dominique Said Paguindji said in an interview, according to Foreign Policy. "We will deal with this situation diplomatically to avoid civilian casualties that would add to the death toll."
The Telegraph reported that the violence broke out after a Muslim taxi driver was found murdered wth his body dumped near an airport. The local Muslim population blamed Christian militiamen known as the Anti-Balaka for kidnapping the driver, and decided to attack the nearby Christian neighborhood of Miskine with automatic weapons, machetes and grenades, leading to a major clash. more >>
Donald Trump has been under constant fire since the Sept. 17 town hall meeting when he failed to address some problematic statements raised in the first audience question. As he tweeted out over the weekend, "This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something."
Actually, it's what he did say that troubles me.
The questioner stated this: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American. But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That's my question. When can we get rid of 'em?" more >>
Dr. Ben Carson has ignited a big media controversy by proclaiming he would not support a Muslim as President. Dr. Carson has since amplified his comments to explain that he would oppose an Islamist, someone who wanted to impose Sharia law on the United States.
As I, and others have noted, for Sharia law to be imposed anywhere in America, at the local, state, or federal level, one would have to rescind Article VI of the Constitution, which bans any religious test for office. You would also have to rescind at least the First Amendment (which guarantees no government establishment of religion, which Sharia law would require), as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law, which Sharia law would not grant to women and non-Muslims.
However, followers of Islam are not monolithic. It must always be remembered that so far, at least 90% of the victims of Islamist terrorism have been other Muslims who refuse to acquiesce to the sectarian cultic interpretation of Islamist jihad as the only legitimate understanding of Islam. more >>