WASHINGTON — President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world….MORE: NYTIMES.COM
“This moment provides a call to live the ideals of a faith that has sustained so many for centuries and allowed them to find God daily through their desire to create a more just community for all.
Actually, there is perhaps no better time to be a Muslim in America.”…MOREE: www.washingtonpost
THERE’S BEEN LOTS of attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue to support it.What surprises me about the poll results isn’t that …MORE: theintercept
Months before they became two of President Trump’s top advisers, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, engaged in a winding conversation about Islam on Bannon’s talk-radio show.
“The dirty little secret, Steve, that nobody wants to tell you, (is) what the bad guys do — what al-Qaeda does or what ISIS is doing right now — is not fundamentally un-Islamic,” said Gorka, who at the time of the April 2016 show was a Breitbart writer, but today is a deputy assistant to the president.
The recordings of Bannon’s Breitbart News Daily radio show shed light on how a cadre of top Trump administration officials view immigration and, more specifically, Muslims.more:….USATODAY.COM
“Let’s be honest, I can’t stand Muslims,” said Larry Pickering, cartoonist and VIP guest at the Q Society fundraising dinner held in Sydney on Thursday night.”If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking.”
Inside the far-right Q Society’s explosive dinner, where Muslims are fair game….more: SMH.COM.AU|BY JACQUELINE MALEY
U.S. Senators denounce Trump plan to focus counter-extremism program on Islam
A dozen Democratic senators on Thursday urged the Trump administration to reconsider overhauling and renaming a U.S. government program so it would focus solely on countering Islamist extremism, saying it could jeopardize security and may be illegal…more:REUTERS.COM
Joseph Schreiber, dressed in a burnt orange jumpsuit, his wrists and ankles shackled, pleaded no contest during Monday’s hearing before Circuit Judge Steven Levin. A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea. Schreiber answered Levin’s questions in a clear, unwavering voice before sentencing. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution although damages exceeded $100,000. Because he was declared a habitual offender, he could have received a life sentence…more: usnews