An American man has pleaded guilty after pulling off the hijab of a Muslim woman while on a plane ride. According to a report by Independent UK, the incident happened back in December last year during a flight with Southwest Airlines from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The suspect, identified as Gill Parker Payne from North Carolina, admitted on his own that he ripped off the hijab of the Muslim woman, who was identified in court by the letters KA, as per the court documents. He disclosed that when he saw the woman sitting a few rows in front of him, it crossed his mind that she should not be wearing the head garment in America. Thus, he went up to her to do something about it.
Without knowing who she is but knowing the hijab is of religious significance to Muslims, Payne shouted at the woman: "Take this off. This is America." He then pulled the hijab off K.A., exposing her concealed head. Carbonate.tv detailed that K.A. felt violated that she quickly put her hijab back on. more >>
Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming? That question was the focus of a lecture hosted by the highly regarded Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday.
According to an advertisement posted on MIT's website, the MIT Global Studies and Language Department's Ecology and Justice Forum hosted Ghassan Hage, a Lebanese-born future generation professor at the University of Melbourne, for a discussion on the connection between two major focuses for liberal social and environmental justice warriors — Islamophobia and global warming.
"This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis," the online advertisement states. more >>
The evangelical Hispanic vote is up for grabs, Samuel Rodriguez says, but Donald Trump would need to "heal the hurt" of his "inflammatory" statements to gain their support.
Trump, presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party, continues to make waves with social media provocations, one of the latest being a photo of himself about to eat a taco bowl with the following caption: "Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"
Seen as highly offensive by some and amusing by others, much is now being made of his ability to win over Hispanic votes in the general election. Will he be able to do so in light of not just this recent post but his past inflammatory statements on immigration and border security issues? more >>
Bayan Zehlif, a senior at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, said she was "hurt" when she saw the school's yearbook identified her in one photo as "Isis Phillips," a former student who has already transferred to another school.
Zehlif, who can be seen wearing a hijab in one the image above, has expressed fear of a backlash from her classmates and, as a result, will not be returning to school for now. She's also exploring possible legal remedies.
In a news conference as per CTV News, Zehlif revealed that she was "hurt" by her schoolmates' reactions to the issue. She said that some students attacked her on social media while others cheered when a sign expressing support was destroyed by some other students, according to Heavy. more >>
Many family members of the victims and survivors of the Emanuel AME Church massacre that left nine people dead last year are seething over a decision by the church to distribute $1.5 million of the donations they received after the tragedy while keeping over $1.8 million for the church.
The Post and Courier reported Friday that some family members were angered that the church kept more of the donations than it divided up among the nine families and five survivors.
Church leaders, according to the Post and Courier, said only about $280,000 of the donations sent to the church was earmarked for the family members. A vast majority of donations sent to the church didn't specify where the money should go, they said. The church subsequently decided to give family members and survivors more than $1 million in addition the approximately $280,000 donors specified for them. more >>
Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will lead a national conversation on racial unity next month at the denomination's annual meeting in Missouri.
"The sin of racism is a spiritual stronghold in this nation and now is the time this wall must come down," Floyd wrote on his website Monday, announcing the panel discussion titled "A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America" in St. Louis on June 14.
"As we repent of it personally, repent of it in our churches, and repent of it in our nation, we will perhaps see the next great spiritual awakening in our generation." more >>