Prison Islam: Conversion to Islam While Incarcerated Often Inspires Rehabilitation, Not Radicalization

By: Bria Burgamy Islam is not only the fastest-growing religion in the world, but also the fastest-growing religion in United States prisons, with tens of thousands of converts in U.S. prisons each year. According to Al Jazeera, ten to fifteen percent of prisoners nationwide practice Islam, compared to just one percent of the total U.S. … Continue reading Prison Islam: Conversion to Islam While Incarcerated Often Inspires Rehabilitation, Not Radicalization

Feminism for Hijabis: A Critique of Laws that Prohibit Islamic Veiling in Western Countries

By:  Bria Burgamy Feminism. Beyoncé sings about it. Gloria Steinem mobilizes for it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about it. Women around the world are being called to step into their power, demand equality, and shatter glass ceilings – and rightfully so. As feminist movements gain momentum, however, some women are being left behind. Veiled Muslim … Continue reading Feminism for Hijabis: A Critique of Laws that Prohibit Islamic Veiling in Western Countries

San Diego Unified School District Settles Case Following Backlash Against Anti-Islamophobia Initiative

By:  Bria Burgamy In July 2016, San Diego Unified School District (“the District”) began discussions with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) to create an anti-Islamophobia initiative (“the Initiative”) in its schools. According to a presentation given at a District board meeting, the Initiative intended to “provide resources and strategies to support students during…Ramadan”; “review … Continue reading San Diego Unified School District Settles Case Following Backlash Against Anti-Islamophobia Initiative

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Last week, we explored the double standard the Supreme Court created by its Masterpiece Cake and its decision to uphold Trump’s nation-based immigration ban (apparently not a Muslim ban, as he routinely stated).  In Masterpiece Cake, the Supreme Court held that a Commission’s animus toward a Christian baker was enough to find … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

By:  Ken Jensen In her dissent to the majority opinion upholding Trump’s travel ban, Justice Sotomayor identifies a compelling contradiction with the Court’s previous opinion regarding gay wedding cakes.  In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, the Court decided whether a baker could refuse to design or bake a cake for a same-sex … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.

By: Ken Jensen After reading the Court’s opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, 138 S. Ct. 1719 (2018), I am struck with how our society is still confused with respect to sexual orientation.  The Court struck down the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions to assess a cakeshop owner’s reasons for declining … Continue reading PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.