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Muslim men grilled by U.S. customs agents about their faith sue feds

Muslim United States citizens are suing the federal government - with claims including violations of the First and Fifth Amendments and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - and accusing CBP officials of religious discrimination, a practice they say goes back to at least 2011.... Read more»

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U.S. House Dems pass anti-Islamophobia bill, condemn Boebert remarks

The U.S. House following a vitriolic debate passed a bill along party lines Tuesday night to create a State Department office that would counter Islamophobia worldwide. Democrats said a conflict much closer to home showed the need to confront anti-Muslim bigotry.... Read more»

For Arizona Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for 'small acts of kindness' and love

At the memorial Wednesday, Catholics, Muslims, Christians and more gathered to remember Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was shot and killed four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by a man incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge. ... Read more»

Religious, ethnic groups announce coalition to fight hate in Southern Az

A group of 52 religious and ethnic groups from Tucson and Southern Arizona announced the formation of a coalition against hate in response to recent hate crimes in Tucson. ... Read more»

Two takes: Tucson mosque debates whether beer-can throwing was hate crime

Mosque officials have been working with the Tucson Police Department on the beer-can incident and the department has assigned a detective to the case, who is looking at it for now as an issue between neighbors. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Rothschild on NZ attack: 'Hate can be defeated by truth, reason & love'

"50 are dead in this latest attack on peace, on religion, on innocence, on brotherhood, on civilization itself. Hate is a powerful emotion. But it can be defeated by societies that are committed to truth, reason, and love." — Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild... Read more»

Hate crimes in the U.S. are so commonplace they seem routine

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them. ... Read more»

Facebook’s secret censorship rules protect white men from hate speech, but not black kids

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression. ... Read more»1

Trump gets partial win from Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can proceed, for now, with a limited version of its restrictions on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a ban that critics called at thinly veiled Muslim ban.... Read more»

9th Circuit refuses to revive Trump travel ban

President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback on Monday as a second federal appeals court refused to revive his travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority nations in a dispute headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

GOP lawmakers say Trump should make good on campaign pledge on Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s first official trip overseas this week took him to the capital cities of Riyadh, Brussels, Vatican City and Tel Aviv – but some Arizona lawmakers think he went to the wrong capital city while in Israel.... Read more»

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for a U.S. Senate representing Arizona.... Read more»

Teen in Israel linked to bomb threats against Jewish community centers

An Israel-American teenager has been arrested by Israeli police after an investigation that linked him to the rash of bomb threats against nearly 150 Jewish community centers in the United States — which may include two threats that put the Jewish Community Center in Tucson on lockdown late February and early March. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»

Executive order: Complete text of Trump's new travel ban

The complete text of President Trump's new executive order: "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States."... Read more»

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