Filmmaker Nakuola Basseley Nakoula arrested

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who produced the inflammatory anti-Islam film trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” has been arrested in California. U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal ordered the arrest because in her opinion, his penchant for deceiving authorities made him a clear flight risk. He has been accused of eight counts of violating … Continue reading Filmmaker Nakuola Basseley Nakoula arrested

Let’s hope Rep. King doesn’t channel Joe McCarthy

Many American Muslims are fearful about today’s hearing with Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY) presiding. But New York Times op/ed contributor Akbar Akmed, in “Fair to Muslims?, feels the hearings are a great opportunity to educate Americans about his community’s diversity and faith. We all can hope fervently that Akmed’s vision comes about. But there … Continue reading Let’s hope Rep. King doesn’t channel Joe McCarthy

Back off, TSA

In the wake of public outrage over its security measures at US airports, the Transportation Security Administration has come out with all sorts of defensive statements about how thoroughly its screeners are vetted and trained. As if that were the issue. The outrage is over intrusive pat-downs of women’s breasts and everyone’s inner thighs (supposedly … Continue reading Back off, TSA

More on the mosque

As the media-stoked controversy over the so-called “Mosque at Ground Zero” in New York City rages on, I can’t help thinking about a similar situation: Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was a Catholic. Yet no one demanded the removal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which stands directly across the street … Continue reading More on the mosque