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Burkas, Babies and Warplanes

February 7th, 2013, Comment & Analysis, News & Articles

By calling on parents to dress their female babies in burqas in a television interview that ran on Islamic al-Majd TV last year (but only recently began to receive international media attention), Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has garnered disgust and disdain from the civilized world. And by “civilized” here, I am referring to all sentient beings whose mental function exceeds that of sea anemone.

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The Great Iranian Threat, The Great Iranian Hope

April 9th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

So, who should be frightened by Iran?

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Hope for Iran’s youth

April 2nd, 2012, Comment & Analysis, Counterpoint

The vast majority of political power in Iran today lies in the hands of old bearded men in robes and turbans, plus the minor exception of a short cartoonish-looking man with a penchant for provocation and Members Only jackets.

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Go Back to Your Country

March 29th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

You never forget the first time you’re told to “go back to your country.” It’s like being punched in the heart and stomach simultaneously.

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Why Muslim States Must Support LGBT Rights

June 22nd, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Last week, in an historic and long-overdue move, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people around the world. With South Africa leading the charge, the U.N. Human Rights Council voted in favor of the resolution by a narrow margin of 23 to 19, with three abstentions. The new declaration holds that no one should be subject to discrimination or violence based on her or his sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Iran’s Greatest Spiritual Leader

May 16th, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Iran’s officially recognized “spiritual leader” today may be Ayatollah Khamenei, but for hundreds of years before the current establishment of mullahs and ayatollahs, Iranians of all creeds have looked to another spiritual leader: Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

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