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Is the FBI hiding details about the Orlando shooter?

By: Lucas Grindley Source: The FBI still has provided no explanation for what led Omar Mateen to kill 49 people and wound 53 others in an attack on a gay nightclub on Latin Night. But someone at the FBI is anonymously telling multiple media outlets that Omar Mateen didn’t have a secret gay life. The witnesses who’ve come forward aren’t buying it, and some are striking back at the FBI for its failures leading up to the shooting. The FBI had interviewed Mateen a number of times before the shooting and removed him from a terrorist watchlist. Kevin West had first told the Los Angeles Times he talked with Mateen on the gay dating app, Jack’d, for a year. “It’s almost...

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Rabbi Maller: How fasting connects Islam and Judaism

By: Rabbi Allen S. Maller ( Source: MuslimVillage Although the Quran tells Muslims that they, like the Jews and Christians before them, are required to fast: “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint,” (Qur’an 2:183); in most Christian countries today, the only people who engage in community wide religious fasting are Jews and Muslims. Most people in western countries, even religious people, have largely forgotten the spiritual value of fasting for self restraint that is so important in the Jewish and Muslim tradition. That self restraint is realized every year by...

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Why hide and twist the facts about the Orlando Massacre?

By: Sarah Lazare Source: AlterNet Within hours of Sunday morning’s horrific massacre at the LGBTQ Pulse club’s Latin night, a chorus of voices erupted in support of retaliatory military escalation against ISIL and a hardline crackdown against Muslim-American communities. Major media outlets enabled the calls for stepped up military action by uncritically amplifying hawkish voices while failing to mention that there is no concrete evidence that the killer, Omar Mateen, had any material ties to ISIL or other militant Islamist groups beyond U.S. borders. The omissions overlooked FBI director James Comey’s statement to reporters Monday: “So far, we see no indication that this...

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