Recently, Donald Trump received backlash for not correcting a questioner at a town hall meeting who said President Obama is a Muslim and born outside the U.S.
The questioner, who has not been identified, said, “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims.” He then said Obama was Muslim and asked how Trump intended to “get rid of” Muslim “training camps.”
Trump responded, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”
While many Republican candidates have stayed quiet about Trump’s most recent controversy, Chris Christie weighed in to say he would have handled the situation differently, according to Time magazine.
“I would just tell you that if somebody at one of my town hall meetings said something like that, I would correct them and say, now, the president’s a Christian and he was born in this country,” Christie said on NBC’s TODAY show Friday. “Those two things are self-evident.”
Republican candidate Senator Lindsey Graham also responded to Trump’s non-answer.
“Give me a break,” the South Carolina senator and Republican presidential candidate said in an interview on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “You had a chance here to show who you were.”
“At the end of the day, this is a defining moment for Mr. Trump,” said Graham. “The man in that audience needs to be put in his place by the person answering the question.”
The Dallas Morning News
A high school student in Texas named Ahmed Mohamed built a clock that authorities mistook for a bomb.
The Dallas Morning News writes:
The teacher kept the clock. When the principal and a police officer pulled Ahmed out of sixth period, he suspected he wouldn’t get it back.
They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”
Ahmed felt suddenly conscious of his brown skin and his name — one of the most common in the Muslim religion. But the police kept him busy with questions.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
USA Today writes that President Obama invited him to the White House.
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?,” @POTUS tweeted. “We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
Mohamed is a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving. He was suspended and Irving police handcuffed, questioned and detained him, then let him go, according to USA Today.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia have come up with an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad: they are aiding extremist rebel groups.
“The two countries — one a democracy, the other a conservative kingdom — have for years been at odds over how to deal with Assad, their common enemy. But mutual frustration with what they consider American indecision has brought the two together in a strategic alliance that is driving recent rebel gains in northern Syria, and has helped strengthen a new coalition of anti-Assad insurgents, Turkish officials say.
“That is provoking concern in the United States, which does not want rebel groups, including the al-Qaida linked Nusra Front, uniting to topple Assad. The Obama administration worries that the revived rebel alliance could potentially put a more dangerous radical Islamist regime in Assad’s place, just as the U.S. is focused on bringing down the Islamic State group. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issues, said the administration is concerned that the new alliance is helping Nusra gain territory in Syria.”
Bashar al-Assad – the current leader of Syria – is an Alawite Muslim – related to Shia Muslims (also called Shi’ite Muslims). He is aligned with Iran, a Shia-oriented nation.
Al-Assad, however, is considered a moderate. However some nations that are U.S. allies look at Assad as an enemy for political reasons.
So, is the situation in The Middle East becoming more of a train wreck? Should the U.S. take a stand against its own allies?
Sources state that Iran’s president said recently that a framework for a nuclear deal was just the first step toward building a new relationship with the world. Iranians greeted the announcement of the new peace accord with celebrations.
How did Israel and Sunni Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Jordan react?
Are all Muslims the same? Does religion play a role in the Middle East?
Is ISIS and Iran on the same side, or are they fighting each other?
Is Bashar Assad on the same side as ISIS?
The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Sunni Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.
Abercrombie & Fitch, purveyor of preppy teen wear, is fighting out its latest hijab-related controversy in the Supreme Court, where the clothing store is currently facing a religious bias case for alleged discrimination against a potential hire who wore a traditional Muslim headscarf (“hijab”) to an interview, according to Vice News. The case has dragged on since 2008, when Samantha Elauf, then 17, allegedly resisted the store’s infamous “look policy” — which dictates staff guidelines on clothing accessories, and even makeup . She wore a black headscarf to her interview in a Tulsa, Oklahoma branch of the kids store.
“I learned I was not hired by Abercrombie because I wear a head scarf, which is a symbol of modesty in my Muslim faith,” Elauf said after oral arguments had been presented to the court Wednesday.
Abercrombie claims in a court brief that Elauf’s scarf infringed on company policy because the company explicitly forbids its “models” — as sales staff are called — from wearing the color black or from sporting headwear in store, which is why she was not offered the job.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the suit on Elauf’s behalf, claims Abercrombie violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically aimed at stopping companies from refusing to employ someone based on race, color, sex, national origin, and religion, according to Vice.
Gunmen in southern Afghanistan kidnapped 30 men from the Hazara ethnic community, authorities said Tuesday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks on Shiites in the predominantly Sunni country.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack Monday afternoon, police and officials said, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The gunmen kidnapped the 30 people, all men, from two buses on a major road in Zabul province, provincial Gov. Mohammad Ashraf said. He said all women, children and non-Hazaras were left behind.
Abdul Khaliq Ayubi, a local government official, said the gunmen all wore black clothing and black masks. Others claimed they had “military clothes.”
“Their faces were covered and they were wearing military clothes,” said a witness, according to the BBC.
The Interior Ministry said the buses were driving from the southern city of Kandahar to Kabul when the kidnapping was done by “unknown armed individuals.”
Authorities were searching for the people who were kidnapped. It is unknown whether they are still alive. Some of whom may be government officials, Ashraf said.