Liberty And Justice For All, That Is Unless You Are A Sikh

09 January 2015 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. January 9, 2015 "Freedom and liberty for all."  That phrase, which closely follows the words from our own nation's pledge of allegiance, is one of the basic tenets of Sikhism. However, as one young Sikh man found out, the United States Army apparently doesn't think that freedom and liberty applies to Sikhs. Iknoor Singh is a college student who has been repeatedly refused admission to the US Army’s Reserve Officer Training…

When Will World Finally Notice The Murder of Ahmadi Muslims?

30 December 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir December 30, 2014 What happens when an influential broadcaster incites hatred against a minority group in a country where minorities have very few rights to begin with? Innocent people get murdered. What happens to the person who incited the violence? Sadly, nothing. Aamir Liaquat, the host of a religious talk show on Pakistan’s largest news broadcasting organization, recently invited so-called Islamic clerics to promote his own agenda of prejudice. These clerics vehemently…

Why Muslims Love Jesus Too

27 December 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 23, 2014 It’s beginning to look a lot like a Muslim Christmas, everywhere you go. That’s right, we are seeing an increasing number of Muslim Americans celebrating Christmas. In fact, when I posed a question on Facebook asking whether any of my Muslim friends celebrate Christmas, I was blown away by the response. I was instantly inundated with literally hundreds of posts by American Muslims—and even some in Muslim countries—detailing how…

12 Days of Christmas Gifts For The Lawyer in Your Life

22 December 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. December 22, 2014 Happy Holidays! I bet you need some help picking out a gift for that Type A control freak attorney in your life. Here’s one for every day of Christmas! On the First Day of Christmas…..A PARALEGAL. Every lawyer needs one. From doing legal research and filing motions, to making that perfect cup of black coffee and enduring misplaced anger in the form of verbal abuse. We all need…

Saving Our Humanity In The Face Of Peshawar Tragedy

20 December 2014 Written by David Peduto
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By David Peduto  December 20, 2014 My thoughts remain fixated on the terrible attack at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The killing of 145 people, most of whom were but children, is a hard thing to shake. Coming in the wake of a terrible hostage taking in Sydney and amidst the ongoing wave of evil and subjugation propagated by ISIS, the attack has left many asking what has happened to humanity. If people in…

Taliban versus Education: Who Will Win?

18 December 2014 Written by Yahya Bedair
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By Yahya Bedair  December 18, 2014 In an act of utter cowardice, Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar and murdered 145 people. The shocking news is even harder to swallow when one learns that out of the 145 people killed, 132 of them were children. Aged 12-16, these educated children had the potential to make a great impact on their country in the future. But does Taliban want a better Pakistan? The excruciating news of…

Thomas Friedman Is What's Still Wrong In America

16 December 2014 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud December 16, 2014 Thomas Friedman is at it again, displaying all of what is wrong in America. Upon this week’s release of the CIA Torture report, a report that should make us comprehensively rethink our policies in the Muslim world, Friedman turned the crises into yet another opportunity to lull us into a complacency. The report reveals the waste and lies that have perturbed American politics for ten years. But American pundits,…

My Colorado Contact High

08 December 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. December 8, 2014 From the minute I stepped off the plane at Denver International I looked at every single person like they were stoned. I don’t know what I was expecting, for everyone to be high as kites? Duh…ya. Even the old guy with the cowboy hat in the wheelchair got my sideways glance (please, you know that dude was). As we near Colorado’s one-year anniversary of legalizing the recreational use…

Oklahoma’s Muslim Problem

06 December 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir December 6, 2014 54 percent of Oklahoma residents see Islam in an unfavorable light, according to a new poll by SoonerPoll.com. As a Muslim-American, I hear this news with sadness, but not shock. The recent rise of ISIS and misdeeds of other extremist groups, have tarnished the image of Islam worldwide.  Plus we disturbingly see elected officials demonizing Muslims for political gain, such as Oklahoma State Representative John Bennett (R) who recently stated…

The Ferguson-Palestine Connection Grows

30 November 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah November 30, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri is over 6,000 miles from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet increasingly people are seeing similarities between the two. For example, shortly after the grand jury decision was announced Monday that the police officer who killed Michael Brown would not be indicted, the NFL’s Reggie Bush posted a photo on Instagram of a Palestinian man holding up a sign that read: “The Palestinian people know what mean to be…

Why Cosby Accusers Did Not Cry Rape Sooner

25 November 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. November 26, 2014 Why did it take many of those accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault so long to come forward? This is a question I have heard from various people, even some in the media. It is clear to me that the people asking that question have no idea about what happens in the real world with these types of cases, as opposed to what they may see on "Law…

Changing Alliances in the Middle East

24 November 2014 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud November 24, 2014 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made headlines recently by listing The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Relief and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as ‘terrorist’ groups. All of these groups share several things in common: They all unequivocally and officially condemn terrorism, they provide humanitarian aid, charity or advocacy to parts of the Muslim world and they maintain pro-Palestinian positions. The UAE’s recent designation of these groups…

No, Islam is Not at War with The West

22 November 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir November 22, 2014 In response to the horrific attack on Jewish worshippers in Jerusalem by two Palestinians, right wing political commentator Ben Shapiro claims that Islam is at war with the west. Shapiro, in his recent article published in Brietbart News, alleges that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is a religious war between Jews and Muslims, ignoring the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Chirstians who have suffered in this conflict based on the…