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Imams denounce terrorism . . . with caveats

That many imams and Islamic leaders around the world embrace terrorism is not news. Dog bites man. That some imams around the world denounce terrorism is news. Man bites dog. The good news sometimes comes unvarnished, and sometimes with caveats. For some, it’s just too hard, still too difficult, to see the murder of innocents as unqualifiedly evil.

We scan the world around us. Zoom in on Chicago. On Jan. 14, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue, Jews gathered to commemorate the victims of terror in France. Among the speakers were lay leaders, rabbis, priests, ministers — and Imam Hazim Fazlic of the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago and a professor at Lake Forest College.

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No such thing as universal values

‘We, the people . . . ’? Which people? Freedom of expression is not a universal value. When Thomas Jefferson penned the opening verse of the Declaration of Independence, it was no coincidence that he chose the pronoun “We.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” We, the people in the Continental Congress who are choosing to embark on a war for freedom. We, the spiritual descendants of those original freedom fighters. We, Americans and other proponents of these “self-evide...
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Get real about radical Islam

If it wasn’t the ‘real Islam’ at work ?in last week’s murders in France, there is no real Muslim, no real Jew, no real Christian. Funny how the world of oversimplifications turns on its head. A half century ago, the old saw was this: Nothing was responsible for the deaths of more innocent people throughout history than religion. Today’s it’s just the opposite. Religion is not responsible for the death of a single innocent person.
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Truth is their worst enemy

Islamic terrorists strike at journalists because the terrorists fear the pen. They know it is mightier than the sword. As the IJN prepared to go to press this week, details of the terrorist attack on Wednesday against a French satirical magazine remained mostly unfocused. Speculation was rife as to whether the perpetrators were native French citizens, whether they actually belong to al-Qaida, whether the cold-blooded murder of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff members and police officers represents a ne...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:51 )

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Turkey, meet Japan

It is now the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In 1915 and for a few years afterwards, Ottoman Turks mercilessly cut down Armenians with the intent to annihilate the race; and from 1915 until today, a full century later, the Ottoman Turks and after them the leaders of modern Turkey have tried to deny this genocide. The Ottoman Turks murdered some one-and-a-half million human beings, but not then, and not now, have they owned up to it. To the extent that contemporary Turks deny the ge...
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Senate unanimously passes budget amendment to impose Iran sanctions

Marcy Oster The amendment calls for immediately reimposing waived sanctions and imposing new ones if Iran violates the interim nuclear deal or a final agreement. ... [Link]

New Shmuley Boteach N.Y. Times ad urges Obama not to appease Iran

Marcy Oster The full-page ad uses a reproduction of a 1938 article detailing the signing of the agreement that allowed the Nazis to annex portions of Czechoslovakia. ... [Link]

Alleged Kansas City JCC shooter pleads not guilty

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Miller will go on trial on Aug. 17 in the murder of three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

Russia’s Putin pledges support for Palestinian state

Marcy Oster Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Arab League that his country will support efforts to build a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Will Netanyahu join partners’ push for the poor?

Ben Sales The prime minister of Israel may have solidified his ruling right-wing coalition, but several of his new partners have competing views on how best to help the nation’s poor and middle class. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Iran deal ‘confirms all of our concerns’

Marcy Oster The Israeli leader said he expressed to Senate leaders “deep concerns” over the agreement being formulated. ... [Link]

Hungarian rockers keeping Israel date despite profane objections

Cnaan Liphshiz The bass player for Tankcsapdara said the Tel Aviv show in June will go on, citing past performances by Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and Metallica. ... [Link]

Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

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