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In the public imagination, September 11, 2001 marked the arrival of Islam in this country, bound to narratives of destruction and terror.

Church

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. Worry.

A man prays in Norway

Europeans are not threatened by a Muslim minority. It's the other way round.

Fear and Loathing of Islam

In the US today, the very ordinariness of Muslim-American life has become grounds for suspicion.

From Arab bandits to TV terrorists, the history of Islamophobia in US popular culture is long and ugly.

Deploying Informants, the FBI Stings Muslims

Behind nearly every “foiled terror plot” lurks a government informant sent to entrap hapless young Muslim men.

Mosque in Dearborn, Michigan

Assailed by the right as a fiction, anti-Muslim bias is all too real for those who live with it.

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts

Sharia is as unthreatening to the US legal system as the ideas in the Old Testament. Yet bigoted hysteria is fueling legislation that actually undermines our courts.

The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program

Before the War on Terror and Ray Kelly's spies, the War on Crime helped transform the NYPD into a small army.

Philanthropist Nina Rosenwald has used her millions to cement the alliance between the pro-Israel lobby and the Islamophobic fringe.

Blogs

The state's Republicans are limited early voting hours in pro-Obama counties while expanding them in GOP strongholds.

August 8, 2012

Even after the massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, gun laws are likely to remain lax. 

August 6, 2012

Now is the time for President Obama to affirm the Jeffersonian ideal that no American “should suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief.”

August 6, 2012

Every week, Nation interns try to look beyond the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention.

August 2, 2012

Yesterday, members of America's Christian majority let the world know that they are under attack—and fighting back.

August 2, 2012

A company that supports hate runs the risk of being told that it’s not welcome.

July 31, 2012

Republicans are supposedly trying to win over Jewish voters. They know that won’t happen. It’s all about evangelicals, and Florida. 

July 31, 2012

 The conservative push against people who notice racism.

July 27, 2012

Rational marijuana policy isn’t about getting to smoke joints. It’s about civil rights.

July 27, 2012

A growing body of evidence suggests that, at least mentally, the line between James Holmes and a Muslim jihadist may not be too thick.

July 25, 2012