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Okla. Gun Range Challenged On Muslim Ban

The owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in Oktaha, Okla., are facing a lawsuit over refusing to serve a Muslim customer. Chad and Niki Neal posted a sign in their business’ front window announcing it was a “Muslim-free establishment.”

Raja’ee Fatihah, a U.S. Army reservist and an investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, says the owners cited this policy when they turned him away from the business.

Intolerant Of Tolerance?: Critics Question Obama’s Call For Inclusion

President Barack Obama last month made a goodwill visit to a mosque in Baltimore. It was the first time Obama had visited an Islamic center on U.S. soil.

During remarks at the mosque, Obama reminded Americans of the importance of religious freedom. He noted that Muslims have been living in America from the beginnings of the country and spoke against hateful rhetoric directed against Muslims today.

Just In From The X Files: Secular Humanism Is (Still) Coming To Get Your Mom!

Back in the 1980s, Religious Right groups frequently spread conspiracy theories about “secular humanism.” Members of this secretive, worldwide cabal, we were told, had seized control of educational institutions, the media and the government in the United States.

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Case Challenging Surveillance Of Muslims

A federal appeals court has given new life to a lawsuit brought by New Jersey Muslims who alleged that they were unconstitutionally targeted for surveillance by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

In the aftermath of 9/11, NYPD stepped up its surveillance of Muslim communities in the New York City area, sending plainclothes detectives to gather information on mosques and Muslim student groups in the region, The New York Times reported.

Freedom vs. Fear: Restricting Religious Liberty Isn't The Answer To Terrorism

Last week, a community meeting was held in Spotsylvania County, Va., to discuss plans by a group of Muslims who want to relocate and expand an Islamic center where they have been worshipping for 15 years.

What should have been a routine matter of zoning turned ugly when two men in the audience began hurling insults.

A Long Con: Extremist Encourages Police To Profile Muslims

A self-proclaimed “former terrorist” with strong ties to the Religious Right recently provided a training session to Ocean County, N. J., police academy. According to the Asbury Park Press, Palestinian-American Walid Shoebat openly encouraged his audience to single out Muslims for special scrutiny. He also told aspiring officers to beware of Muslims taking martial arts classes as this was evidence they were preparing for jihad.

Carson Says Muslims Are Not Fit To Be President Of United States

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president, apparently believes Americans should not elect a Muslim to the presidency because, he says, Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said, in an interview with The Hill in September. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

Americans United Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In Headscarf Discrimination Case

The High Court Correctly Ruled In Favor Of Job Applicant Who Was Denied Employment Based On Her Religious Practice, Church-State Watchdog Says

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the freedom of religion by allowing a lawsuit challenging retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s company policy that banned religious headgear for employees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Texas Rep. Asks Muslims To Take Loyalty Oath

American Muslims visiting the office of Texas state Rep. Mol­ly White (R-Belton) were asked to confirm their loyalty to the United States by staffers, according to The Texas Tribune.

White, who was not present in her office for Texas Muslim Capitol Day, an annual citizen lobbying event, left an Israeli flag on her desk along with instructions for Muslim visitors to publicly renounce terrorism and announce their respect for American law.

House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) condemned White’s actions in a statement.

Ga. Town Council Reverses Stand On Zoning Exemption For Muslims

Facing a lawsuit, a Georgia city council reversed its vote rejecting a zoning variance for an Islamic prayer center.

The Kennesaw City Council originally voted 4-1 last month to deny the Suffa Dawat congregation a permit for a storefront worship space. Council members cited concerns about traffic, but congregants argued that the space would have simply acted as a temporary home during the construction of a permanent mosque.

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