New Zealand mosque slaughter latest in growing trend of mass violence in houses of worship

Reports of shootings, multiple fatalities at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand They were gathered in their place of worship – surrounded by familiar faces, sounds, symbols of faith and the uplifting and comforting words of their pastor, their rabbi, their imam. Then came the angry, deafening sound of gunfire and screams and terror, turning into a killing field the […]

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Italy's League blocks Muslims from buying and converting chapel

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s far-right League party intervened on Sunday to block efforts by a Muslim association to turn a former hospital chapel into a mosque. The Muslim group last week made the highest offer for the chapel in the northern city of Bergamo at an auction organized by a local hospital, outbidding the Romanian Orthodox Church which had been […]

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Chinese Muslims protest against plan to demolish mosque

BEIJING (Reuters) – Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in recent years officials nervous about the possibility of radicalization […]

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American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. By Arnold R. Isaacs Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a “post-truth era” and putting out “alternative facts” long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network […]

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