Islam now state religion across Iraq

Freedom New Mexico One of the more unfortunate consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the virtual decimation of the already-small Christian community in Iraq. Christians were hardly immune from persecution under Saddam Hussein, but since they constituted less than 3 percent of the population and were not a threat to the regime, […]

Offensive art denounces religious beliefs

Freedom New Mexico Christians have rights and they had best assert them regarding a government- funded exhibit, at a Colorado museum, that depicts Jesus receiving oral sex from a man. No way should Christians have to tolerate this, any more than Muslims should have to tolerate a government-sponsored burning of the Koran. Nobody, but nobody […]

Ramadan time for deepening Muslim faith

Freedom New Mexico More than 1 billion Muslims around the world have begun the observance of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is believed that during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the Angel Gabriel began delivering the Quran, which was later transcribed into writing, to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan observant Muslims […]

Soldier’s affiliations of importance

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times ran an editorial Nov. 7 tutoring its readers in how they ought to ignore the background of the accused killer of the soldiers in Texas. All that matters is what he did, not what groups he joined in the past, the paper claimed. So, […]

Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Knee-jerk cries of discrimination insulting

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Six imams got on a plane in Minneapolis. Accounts vary, but it seems they were speaking in Arabic before boarding of their disgust with the U.S. war in Iraq and with American policy in general. One was heard to declare he would do whatever was necessary to fulfill his obligations […]

At 300 million strong, U.S. keeps going

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The other morning my family and I ogled a beautiful one-day-old infant girl featured on Fox News as the 300 millionth American. She was so cute we were prompted to dig out pictures of our own kids as babies. But, shhh, can you keep a secret? There is no actual […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

Violence not best way to obtain power

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist I’m probably going to have to apologize for this column, so let’s get that out of the way: I’m sorry. I did not intend to offend Islam or its followers. I respect Islam and, indeed, all the ways humanity worships and seeks its Maker. With that taken care of, let […]

Supreme Court being cautious on controversy

Freedom Newspapers Sometimes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to review tells as much about the high court’s mood as those cases it decides to hear. That’s the situation this week as the high court continued to proceed with a caution that is becoming familiar in the weeks since a new member […]

Self-censorship threatening Europe

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist As Danish embassies and European Union offices smolder in Beirut, Damascus, Gaza and Tehran — the result of a junior varsity jihad — the time could not be more apt for Bruce Bawer’s “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within,” due out at the end […]

Can Europe maintain its identity?

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist LONDON — They are so obliging, the Brits. On nearly every crosswalk, painted alerts on the streets warn visitors to “look left” or “look right” depending upon whether you’ve come to a one-way or two-way street. Even with these cautions, we’ve had a couple of close shaves with cars making […]

Radical Muslims prone to violence

By Mona Charen In the wake of mass rioting and death in Afghanistan and other Islamic nations ignited by a fallacious Newsweek story, furious finger-pointing has ensued. The White House, the departments of State and Defense, and most conservative radio talk show hosts are blaming Newsweek for carelessness and irresponsibility. Newsweek, while apologizing for the […]

Dutch develop healthy survival instinct

by Mona Charen As Americans were reaffirming the war on terror by re-electing George W. Bush, Europe was slapped hard across the face by the murder of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker and outspoken critic of Islam. Van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was shot while riding his bicycle to work in Amsterdam. […]

Muslim message falling on deaf ears

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You could tell he’d had enough. I’m talking about Ibrahim Hooper. If the name is familiar, it’s because Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, has become the news media’s go-to guy on issues related to Islam and terrorism. This particular morning, he was being interviewed on an […]

Attacking Najaf may be necessary but not beneficial

Freedom Editorial Iraqi and American forces have begun a major offensive in the city of Najaf against militants in the Mahdi Army militia loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. At a military level, even though urban warfare can be bloody and dangerous for those seeking to oust fighters familiar with the territory, U.S. […]

Questioning Islam

By Darrell Todd Maurina When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist Church of Texico that he’d be available to speak, the church jumped at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam to the community. On Sunday, David Witt of the Voice of the Martyrs organization, a ministry […]

Different goals could unravel democratic Iraq

Freedom Newspapers T he recent rallies held by Shiite Muslims led by Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani could presage the most serious problems yet for the troubled U.S. occupation of Iraq. If the situation is not handled deftly, the nightmare everybody fears but would rather not talk about — full-scale civil war — could become a […]

Suicide bombings belittle meaning of religious day

Freedom Newspapers It is perhaps a sign of degradation in our times that the coming of almost any religious holiday brings warnings of death and destruction — not from any supernatural being but from misguided humans who claim to be doing the will of the deity. Thus the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia felt compelled […]