After America's first ever Islamic tribunal was established in Irving, Texas earlier this year, the town's city council dealt the local Muslims a blow by passing a resolution in support of new state legislation that would forbid the implementation of any "foreign laws," including sharia.
Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne, has been thrust into the national spotlight after taking a hard stance against the imposition of sharia by a Sunni mosque that formed the Irving Islamic Tribunal in January in order to provide koranic counseling and mediation for social disputes in the Muslim community.
After the Irving city council passed the resolution last Thursday to support Texas House Bill 562, which would forbid the use of "foreign law" and would also codify the supremacy of U.S. and state law, Muslims in the town were disgusted with the city's resolution, saying that it deliberately targets Muslims and spreads "Islamophobia." more >>
The brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has recruited at least 400 children for use in combat roles since January, a leading Syrian monitoring group reported this week.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that as ISIS has opened up "Cubs of the Caliphate" recruiting offices and training camps in a number of its strongholds, at least 400 minors have joined the group from Jan.1 until March 23, but not necessarily by choice.
"I think to speak of children joining ISIS is not a good way to put it," Charlie Winter, researcher at the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, told SOHR. " Even if they have the perception of choice, it's not choice. If you're a minor and being indoctrinated from a very young age, you don't have the power to make a serious choice. I think that it's certainly worth considering more robustly that people are being groomed." more >>
The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites is just this group's latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric ISIS has blown up Shi'i mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums.
Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.
Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974), the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan (in 2001), the Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia (2002), an historic Hindu temple in Malaysia (2006), and the Assyrian antiquities ("idols") in Mosul (2015). On a personal level, a Saudi national smashed historic statues at the Senso-Ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo in 2014. Nor is this danger over: Islamic leaders have bruited plans to destroy Persepolis in Iran, St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. more >>
A Syrian Christian man, who was held hostage by the Islamic State for over five months before being freed, revealed recently that his captors forced him to call his family and a friend while he was being tortured, in hopes that his cries of pain and agony would inspire them to pay his $80,000 ransom.
In an interview with New York Magazine's Sulome Anderson, the anonymous Christian man explained how he was kidnapped in February 2013 by the Syrian rebel group called Muhajadeen Shura Council, which later absorbed into ISIS while he was still in captivity.
The man, who was originally from Syria but was living and working in Beirut, Lebanon, at the time, said he was on his way back to Syria to visit his family when he and another Christian man were both stopped at what he believed was a Syrian army checkpoint. more >>
A mass grave of about 70 to 100 corpses, with the majority of them having their throats slit, was discovered near the Nigerian town of Damasak last week, and is believed to be the brutal handiwork of the Islamic State's newest affiliate group, Boko Haram.
According to a witness who spoke with Reuters, soldiers from Niger and Chad, who were responsible for initially driving Boko Haram out of the town, found the mass grave left under a concrete bridge.
The bridge is believed to have been an execution site for the militant group, which has killed over 10,000 people in the last year and has seized a sizeable area of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state. more >>
If I were to ask you why Tom Cruise has a reputation for being a bit … eccentric, what would you say?
You'd probably say that it is because of his religion of choice: Scientology.
I would then say you are a racist. Yes, anyone who would say something like that is clearly bigoted against rich, white, Scientologist Hollywood action-hero types. Next think you'll be telling me that John Travolta is also a weirdo and … more >>