The contract of Juan Williams as a senior NPR news analyst was terminated following his comments about Muslims made Monday on Fox's 'The O’Reilly Factor.'
For American Muslims – already in the eye of a political storm over the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York – a Florida pastor's Koran burning threat is seen as a teachable moment crucial to how the US public views Muslims and Islam.
As public opposition to the proposed mosque near ground zero grows and Sept. 11 approaches, Muslims are preparing for anti-Islamic acts, encouraging adherents to participate in 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, and changing how they celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Franklin Graham had made remarks about Islam that Muslims and others said were insulting. The Pentagon rescinded his invitation to speak at a May 6 event.
The five US citizens arrested this week in Pakistan shed light on a growing trend: More US citizens appear to be joining global jihad. Pakistan is taking steps to clamp down.
The five American Muslims arrested came from middle-class homes and were educated and assimilated – unlike other Americans arrested on terrorist-related charges.
The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.