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Really, let’s #bringbackourgirls

April 15 marked the kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, but May 1 marked the world’s late attention to the issue. While major media outlets focused on Donald Sterling and the horrifying incident of the South Korean ferry, the missing girls were reportedly being raped, abused and sold for marriage for $12. Boko Haram aims to overthrow the government... 

Perry’s video only for shock value

Pop stars have some of the biggest egos in the world. Some even think that they are equivalent to a God, as we found out last year with Kanye West’s album “Yeezus.” But the one thing that is worse than when fame inflates an artist’s ego to the size of a God, is when they think they can make a mockery of one. In this case, Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse” does just that. More... 

Get it right the first time

In times of terror, such as last week when the Boston Marathon bombings erupted into random attacks of violence by two unidentified suspects, citizens drew conclusions from past events to assume the cultural background of criminals and the reason for their attacks. When it was confirmed that the bombings were in fact a terror attack, the automatic reaction from some Americans was to assume that Muslims... 

Muslims defend their jihad

Since the World Trade Center towers fell in 2001, almost anything having to do with Islam or the Muslim culture has become an automatic “go-to” for blame. Nervous Americans have turned terms used by Muslims into synonyms for “terrorism.” The question that has to be asked is how is the Muslim community reacting to these anti-Islamic extremists? Last year a campaign known as MyJihad was launched... 

Clubs work together to celebrate Eid-al-Adha

Katie Madden Staff Writer Several multicultural and religious clubs on campus assembled to host an event for the Islamic holiday Eid-al-Adha. Clubs, students and members of the community gathered to celebrate and learn with games, movies, activities and information booths at Sneaky Park on Wednesday. Eid-al-Adha is the celebration of the Prophet Abraham’s obedience to Allah. Allah told Abraham to... 

Video tests free speech

While some Muslims around the world violently protest against “Innocence of Muslims” – a 14-minute video posted on YouTube that goes out of its way to offend Muslims and the prophet Muhammad – the question of censorship arises. Despite calls from some around the world for YouTube to remove the inflammatory video, doing so would create a troubling precedent for the role of free speech... 

Panel discusses Islamic politics

Panel discusses Islamic politics
President of the Saudi Students Association Sami Aldejwi, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Hussam Ayloush, and Professor of Political Science Jason Neidleman, speak at the Muslim Student Association’s “Political Islam” event May 3 on the past, present and future of the political and religious aspects of the Middle East. / photo by Cassandra Egan Alex Forbess Staff... 

Lecture addresses the politics of fear

Lecture addresses the politics of fear
Jason Neidleman, professor of political science, explains the idea of security using a poster produced by the British Ministry of Information during World War II in his lecture on Tuesday. In the lecture “The Politics of Fear: Balancing Liberty and Security at Home and Abroad” Neidleman spoke of American suspicion toward Muslim communities but also expressed optimism about the place of the United... 

Interfaith issues emphasized at roundtable

Interfaith issues emphasized at roundtable
Nawal Atoura talked about the possibility of multiple faiths coming together for a single cause at the Interfaith Student Roundtable for Hope and Peace last week in the Campus Center. University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner, right, organized the event for the University of La Verne community to talk about their vision for peace among religions. At the end of the event, the group discussed participating... 

Muslim Student Association provides introduction to Islam

Amanda Nieto Associate News Editor The Campus Center Ballroom was open to all students and faculty looking to have a better understanding of Islam during the Muslim Students Association’s first official event of the spring semester, titled “Islam 101.” About 19 people, including club members, attended the lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Traditional Arabic food was served before the start of the... 
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