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The odds of dying

As children across America greedily tore open presents on Christmas day, the Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani announced a grim statistic: 12,000 Iraqi policemen have died since the U.S.-led invasion began in 2003. With the total number of police numbering at approximately 190,000 officers, that means the odds of an Iraqi policeman dying are around 1 in 16.

Kill or covert

"It's an incredibly violent video game… Sure, there is no blood. (The dead just fade off the screen.) But you are mowing down your enemy with a gun. It pushes a message of religious intolerance. You can either play for the 'good side' by trying to convert nonbelievers to your side or join the Antichrist."

Gay in Egypt

"The American agenda is promoting the rights of homosexuals …"

Gay in Africa

To much fanfare and publicity, on November 14 South Africa became the first country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage.  While the future for same-sex couples in South Africa is bright, their prospects el…

The alliance of civilizations

Wherever communities believe they face persistent discrimination, humiliation, or  marginalization based on ethnic, religious, or other identity markers, they are likely to  assert the…

Executing Saddam

What difference is his execution going to make to chaos in Iraq?  I hate Saddam, but I can't blame him for the current situation — my country has become the most dangerous place on earth. Where…

Take off your veil

This could be the trigger for the grim spiral that produced riots in the north of England five years ago. Only this time the conflict would be much worse. We need to chill.— …

Freedom through conversion

“The [local] priest tells me if I was a good dalit in this life, then in my next life I can be born into a better part of society. [I say] why wait?”—…

Islam in Denmark

Muslims have noted with concern that the values of tolerance are eroding and there is now shrinking space for others’ religious, social and cultural values in the west… The running of the footage affected…

Hell house

Halloween season is conversion season for some Evangelical Christian churches, and seasonal shows that aim to very literally scare the hell out of unbelievers are being cobbled together in time to save the damned. The h…

Jihad and ‘Fatwa Fridays’

Lost beneath the din of accusations of Islamophobia and anger directed towards the Pope during the past week was one of the more curious and tasteless specimens of racism: Dennis Mitsubishi had planned (and has now with…

Sorry about that

I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims… These, in fact, were a…