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A poor weapon

Islam | Islamic terrorists must be stopped, but crude satire isn’t the way to do it
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

If I were to suggest that most of the residents of an inner city neighborhood were poor, partly at least because they were unmarried high-school dropouts with lots of kids who either got by on welfare or worked only long enough to pay this month’s rent, someone within hearing would accuse me of blaming the victim.

If I observed that a victim of rape acted unwisely when she wore short shorts and a halter top to a pool hall frequented by drunken deadbeats after midnight, I would be pounced upon with cries of Blaming the Victim.

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'By our own hands'

Islam | Egypt’s president makes a historic call for Islamic leaders to launch a ‘religious revolution’ aimed at ending radical jihadism in their midst
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Jan. 6, it wasn’t the first time the former military official surprised religious leaders.

Many Christians cheered and snapped photos during al-Sisi’s historic visit to the church, but the mood was far more subdued when the president addressed a group of prominent Muslim leaders at Al-Azhar University five days earlier.

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Connecting the plots

Islam | The Paris gunmen have terror ties extending back to 9/11
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

Saïd and Chérif Kouachi claimed to work for al-Qaeda in Yemen, while Amedy Coulibaly said he belonged to the Islamic State. But the network of terrorist ties of the three killers behind January attacks in Paris—pointing all the way back to 9/11—have much to say about the tangled web of militant Islamic jihadism. 

And while terrorist groups are allegedly splintering into opposing factions, the Paris attack shows how multiple allegiances can lead to one deadly killing spree.

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