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Piers Morgan got burned on ‘Real Time’ then dragged by JK Rowling in real time

  • The burn ward has a new entrant: Piers Morgan.
  • While appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, hot mess journalist Piers Morgan tried to defend President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
  • After Morgan defended the ban by saying there was no ban, Australian comedian Jim Jeffries cut in and said, “Oh, fuck off! It’s a fucking Muslim ban!" 
  • Saturday morning, while Morgan was still in bed applying lotion to his burn, J.K. Rowling tweeted about how satisfying it was to see Morgan on the receiving end of Jeffries’ taunts. Read more. (2/11/17, 11:12 AM)
Reason not to kill yourself, grieve or worry: Allah is with you.

“Don’t fear, I am with you” [Qur'an 20:46]
“He is with you wherever you are” [Qur'an 57:4]
“But Allah is your protector and He is the best of helpers” [Qur'an 3:150]
“And do not despair in the Mercy of Allah” [Qur'an 12:87]
“Allah will love you and forgive you your sins” [Qur'an 3:31]
“Indeed what is to come will be better for you than what has gone by” [Qur'an 93:4]
“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you” [Qur'an 3:160]
“Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor does He hate you” [Qur'an 93:3]
“So trust Allah; surely you are on the clear path” [Qur'an 27:79]
“Do not grieve, Allah is with us" [Qur'an 9:40]


In widest-reaching decision yet, federal judge grants temporary block on Muslim travel ban

  • A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle has granted a temporary restraining order against Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
  • The Guardian reported that the block, effective nationwide, was issued by Seattle-based U.S. District Judge James Robart, who was acting in response to lawsuits brought by Washington state and Minnesota.
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit Monday, calling Trump’s order “illegal.” Read more

The debate over the legality of President Trump’s Executive Order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States continues in the courts. In the meantime,  many refugees are uncertain about their futures and many Americans are uncertain about their nation’s reputation for welcoming immigrants from all walks of life.  

Tumblr and the International Refugee Assistance Project have convened refugees, advocates and policy experts to discuss the potential impact of such laws and policies and test the assumptions on which they are based.

Ibrahim, aka Sham Hasan was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He served as a linguist and cultural adviser to the U.S. Army in Iraq. He arrived to the US through the Special Immigrant Visa program in 2014. Sham is a LGBTQ and refugee rights advocate.

Betsy Fisher is the Policy Director at the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center. An attorney and passionate Michigan fan (go blue!), she advocates for refugees and for individuals at risk who worked for the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bader is an LGBT refugee who fled from his home country and, after a long journey, now lives in Lebanon. Bader is an LGBTIQ activist and a human rights supporter, and also has a blog where he writes and sings songs inspired by his experience. For reasons of security and privacy he is not using his real name or photograph.

Jen Smyers serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, and has been with CWS for more than ten years.  A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy, Ms. Smyers has previously worked with Border Action Network in Tucson, Arizona and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

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I just want a moment where Alex helps tuck in a strand of Sam’s hair that slipped out since Magnus and the others can’t
(Even though official art Sam got her hair peeking out already)

Because as a muslim who went to school with the majority of it muslim, you’ll eventually experience the moment when your friend helps fix your hijab

Also, extra of Magnus and Amir getting overwhelmed by the sparkles

Hawaii is the first state to take Donald Trump to court over new Muslim ban

  • Hawaii is the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban.
  • On Wednesday, Hawaii’s state attorneys requested an emergency order from the federal court in Honolulu in an attempt to halt Trump’s new executive order on immigration before it takes effect on March 16. 
  • The executive order, signed on Monday, would ban all refugees for 120 days and ban new visas from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days.
  • State attorneys argued that the order is unconstitutional and asked the court to halt the ban nationwide, the Huffington Post reported.
  • According to the Independent, the lawsuit claims the discriminatory order will hurt Hawaii’s tourism industry, students and Muslim population. Read more (3/9/17 11:50 AM)

Trump’s new immigration executive order is still a Muslim ban and people are fighting back

  • On Monday, Trump signed a new executive order suspending refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and cutting its refugee admissions from Obama’s 110,000 to 50,000.
  • The order, which won’t take effect until March 16, also calls for a 90-day ban on any new visas from six majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq is no longer included.
  • The revised order comes after federal courts handed the Trump administration several defeats
  • Despite the order’s new language, however, Muslims and non-Muslims alike are speaking out. 
  • This order is still a Muslim ban and people are taking to Twitter to warn others about the consequences. Read more (3/6/17 1:44 PM)

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Twitter reacted swiftly to the news that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld an earlier ruling putting a stay on President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ruling pointed out that Department of Justice lawyers failed to prove “that any alien from any of the countries…has perpetrated a terrorist attack.”

And the internet went nuts.


Steve Bannon’s obsession with this racist novel is just the tip of the iceberg

  • Yes, Steve Bannon has repeatedly compared refugees from war-torn nations to the demonized depiction of immigrants in an obscure novel who eat their own poop and try to murder all white people.
  • Bannon has repeatedly cited a racist French novel in defense of Trump’s ban on entry from certain Muslim majority countries, the Huffington Post reported.
  • On at least four occasions, Bannon referenced Jean Raspail’s 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints to defend Trump’s immigration policies.
  • In interviews and speeches, Bannon referred to “Camp of the Saints-type invasion into Central and then Western and Northern Europe” as well as a broader “global Camp of the Saints” scenario.
  • When it comes to Bannon’s reading list, The Camp of the Saints is only the tip of the iceberg. Read more (3/6/17 8:18 PM)

Breaking: Trump signs revised executive order banning travel from six majority Muslim countries

  • Trump signed a revamped version of his botched travel ban on Monday, hoping that tweaks to the order will withstand the all-but-certain legal challenges the policy stands to face, according to NBC News.
  • The new travel ban is similar to the original order — gone, however, is the inclusion of Iraq as one of the nations whose citizens and refugees are temporarily banned from entering the United States.
  • The new ban also removes the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, holding them now to the same 120-day pause as refugees from other nations.
  • Trump and his administration contend that the new order will withstand legal scrutiny. Read more (3/6/17 11:22 AM)

Despite the Trump administration’s latest contestation, the travel ban on people from majority Muslim nations is still illegal according to the latest ruling

The Trump administration requested a stay on Judge Robart’s block of the travel ban on Saturday night. Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued against the temporary block claiming that Trump’s executive order is immune from judicial oversight. Buuuuut federal appeals court shut that down early on Sunday. Here’s what that means for Muslim travelers.

In cities around America, thousands of construction companies, restaurants, and other businesses are bracing for “A Day Without Immigrants,” a combination boycott/strike that highlights the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.

The movement is a response to President Trump’s immigration agenda, which includes a pledge to seal the U.S. border with Mexico, and a travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries (which is now on hold).

Some businesses are closing for the day; others are staying open and pledging to contribute a share of the day’s proceeds to non-profits that aid Latino communities. In a number of cases, business owners are abiding by their staffs’ wishes, after holding votes to decide whether to open.

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Promises A National Strike Thursday

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Saddam Hussein’s campaign to kill Shia Muslims, ban Shia practices and literally execute/detain Shias which violated those bans was only years ago. Today, an army called ISIS seeking to “cleanse” Shias from the muslim world exists in the same country carrying out massive attacks against shia shrines–there are literal shia muslim families pretending to be sunni in order to remain alive. In Bahrain, Shia Muslims do not have the same rights as their sunni counterparts; they cannot join the police force, army, are refused immigration on the basis of their (notably shia) names, cannot work/live in certain areas, and despite making up 70% of the population, only comprise <18% of the government. In Malaysia being Shia is illegal. depending where you are, Shia muslims are actually rounded up and thrown in jails should they violate those laws/preach shiism/declare their Shiism. Shia villages in indonesia were burned down shias were literally burned alive just in 2012. In Pakistan, several anti-shia terrorist outfits–many enabled by the government–are proudly “expunging shias” from the country via literal assassination and mass attacks in Shia neighbourhoods, mosques and shrines etc. Hazaras have been extensively, inhumanely persecuted and face death not only at the hands of extremists, but at the hands of the state which seeks to revoke their rightful citizenship and place them in harm’s way. In Nigeria, Shia muslims are persecuted by government forces and hundreds were shot and killed in 2015 alone. 

In Saudi Arabia, the school-system itself preaches death to Shia Muslims with Shias being thrown in jail, or executed regularly. Saudi arabia, an ally to all major Western countries, muslim countries, exports this ideology abroad and funds terrorists who carry out what can only be called shia genocide. 

if after all this you cannot realize anti-shiism is a widespread, state-funded phenomenon in the muslim world, you are no longer just “ignorant” of these crimes. 


Afghan family with valid visas torn apart at LAX

  • At Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained a family with three children who are 7 years old, 6 years old and 8 months old.
  • The family, whose identities remain anonymous out of safety concerns, arrived in LAX with valid special immigration status visas, the New York Times reported. 
  • Afghanistan is also not on the list of the list of banned majority-Muslim countries from Trump’s executive order.
  • The family was also detained despite a federal judge’s stay on the order.
  • According to Fusion, the father was detained at LAX for two days before being sent to an immigration detention center in Orange County, CA.
  • His wife and three children were then sent to another detention center. 
  • The family was reportedly supposed to be sent to a family immigration detention center in Texas, but an emergency court order on Saturday blocked that from happening.
  • The family will have a hearing for their case on Monday afternoon. Read more (3/6/17 12:05 PM)

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BREAKING: A judge in Hawaii just blocked Donald Trump’s updated Muslim ban

  • On Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii granted a motion for a temporary restraining order blocking President Donald Trump’s revamped ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries.
  • The case in Hawaii was brought by a Honolulu imam named Ismail Elshikh, who said the ban prevents his mother-in-law from traveling to Hawaii from her native Syria to visit his family.The ban was set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Thursday. 
  • There were also legal challenges to the ban on Wednesday in both Washington state and Maryland. Read more. (3/15/2017 7:02 PM)
  • Judge Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, issued a freeze on President Donald Trump’s executive order before it froze visa issuance and suspended refugee acceptance from six Muslim-majority countries. Watson declared that “the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.” 
  • In response, Trump supporters are spreading the hashtag #BoycottHawaii.
  • Of course, it backfired. 

Pope Francis is basically subtweeting Trump at this point

  • Last week, the pontiff had some words for President Donald Trump, following Trump’s January executive order issuing a temporary ban on refugees and suspending visas from seven majority-Muslim countries. 
  • The pope didn’t mention Trump in his tweets, but his reminders that the Bible preaches acceptance for immigrants and foreigners were unmistakably inspired by recent events. Read more (2/22/17 10:21 AM)

Uber drivers want their CEO to step down from Trump’s advisory council

  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which means he will “frequently” share “specific experience and knowledge” with Trump as he shapes his economic agenda.
  • Following Trump’s executive order banning the entry of visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States, Uber drivers — nine out of 10 of whom are immigrants, according to the Independent Drivers Guild — have a message for Kalanick: Step down.
  • The IDG launched a petition urging Kalanick to exit Trump’s advisory council.  It also asked Uber to donate to nonprofit organizations that are fighting the ban, publicly declare it will not punish drivers protesting the ban and show its support by allowing users to tip through the app. Read more

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