Author Archives: Mark Walia

Islam and Terrorism

Does Islam permit terrorism? When faced with this momentous question, most analysts reply with either an emphatic “No!, terrorism violates Islamic principles,” or a resounding “Yes it does!,” pointing to the bloody deeds performed by groups like al-Qaeda, Hamas, and … Continue reading

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Over the past decade Americans have been looking for the answer to a puzzling question: “If Islam is truly a religion of peace, then why do Muslims carry out so many bloody deeds on behalf of their faith?” That question … Continue reading

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“Islam, the West, and Rape: Can We Agree?”

No topic more highlights the differences between Muslims and Westerners than their markedly different perceptions of an issue vital to women—rape.  We can appreciate the vast gulf by turning, first of all, to theUnited States. Only forty years ago, American men … Continue reading

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Islam, Adultery, and Death by Stoning

In July 2010 Iran ignited a firestorm of controversy by announcing that a 43-year-old woman, Sakineh Muhammadi Ashtiani would soon be stoned to death for adultery. Westerners responded to the proposed execution with a mixture of outrage and disbelief. UK … Continue reading

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Islam, the West and Gay Marriage

On 24 June 2011, New York became the sixth (and largest) American state to legalize same-sex marriage. Proponents of this development heralded their victory as a triumph for basic human dignity and tolerance. Typifying that sentiment ‘80s pop icon Cyndi … Continue reading

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Bin Laden, Pornography, and the Temptation of Islam

Following his bloody demise on May 1, 2011, media outlets announced that “a large collection of pornography was found in Osama Bin Laden’s house by the US Navy Seals who killed him. The material was described by officials as ‘modern, … Continue reading

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Burning the Qur ‘an: Why Does it Make Muslims Mad?

On March 20, 2011, Terry Jones’ ultra-conservative Dove Outreach Church held a mock trial of the Qur’ an. After finding Islam’s holy book “guilty,” members of the tiny Gainesville, Florida, congregation watched as pastor Wayne Sapp burned a copy. Western … Continue reading

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