Do You Really Believe in Freedom of Religion?

John ArmstrongIslam

A 24-year old Assyrian Christian woman, who is a citizen of Iran, was recently rejected for a job as a flight attendant with Air Iran, the state-run airline. What was the reason for her rejection? She had not read the Koran. Her comment about her rejection underscores a major point that I believe is true with regard to all religion … Read More

Victor Davis Hanson on Jihadism

John ArmstrongIslam

There are several public thinkers who do serious research and also write for the wider culture. One such writer, who almost universally stirs me to think beyond my box is classicist and military historian, Victor Davis Hanson. If you do not know Victor Davis Hanson I would strongly urge you to read some of his work and absorb his basic … Read More

The Former Archbishop Speaks About the Current Archbishop

John ArmstrongIslam

It is quite rare that a former Archbishop of Canterbury will speak about the comments and practices of his successor. But the words of Archbishop Rowan Williams about sharia law brought a very thoughtful and weighty response from his predecessor, Lord George Carey, in the Sunday edition of The Telegraph, a British newspaper. Carey, an evangelical, understands the serious danger … Read More

Rowan Williams Answers His Critics

John ArmstrongIslam

Archbishop Rowan Williams has expressed real dismay that his comments made yesterday about Britain legally supporting certain aspects of Sharia Law has already created a considerable storm of protest both in the UK and abroad. While the British Muslim Council has praised him a number of Christians, as well as UK politicians, have expressed profound concern, even calling for him … Read More

What on Earth Does the Archbishop Mean?

John ArmstrongIslam

In a startling interview yesterday, on BBC Radio 4, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said, "There is a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law as we already do with aspects of other kinds of religious law." Williams went on to state that the adoption of Islamic Sharia Law was inevitable in … Read More

The Brave Story of a Child of Islamic Martyrs

John ArmstrongIslam

Now They Call me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on TerrorNonie Darwish. Sentinel, Penguin Books (2006)Cloth, 258 pages, $23.95 A Book Review by Shirley W. Madany From my first encounter with Nonie Darwish, through her articles and web site, I felt that she was someone special. I was attracted by her open and obvious … Read More

Lincoln, Tom Brokaw and Radical Islam

John ArmstrongIslam

Tom Brokaw gave the Remembrance Day address at the Gettysburg Cemetery last Sunday, November 19. I was pleased to hear him in person. He is truly a master speaker and quite frankly a very real presence. He is a tall man, handsome still, and genuinely gracious to all who approached him personally, offering thanks much like a minister at the … Read More

Radical Islamic Violence Erupts in Lebanon

John ArmstrongIslam

Pope Benedict XVI, in his general audience today, condemned the assassination of Lebanon’s industry minister, Pierre Gemayel, a Maronite Christian and member of the Phalange party. (Pierre Gemayel’s father, Amine, was president of Lebanon from 1982-1988.) Benedict warned citizens of Lebanon that there were "dark forces who are trying to destroy the country." The pope firmly condemned "this brutal attack" … Read More

Signs of Reform in Islam?

John ArmstrongIslam

Can Islam reform itself? One has to believe that it is possible, or at least hope that it is possible. Whether it is likely or not is an entirely different question. I think history bears out the fact that reform has happened within Islam and could happen again. Even USA Today admitted in yesterday’s edition (November 20) that efforts to … Read More

How Do You Explain Osama bin Laden?

John ArmstrongIslam

Osama Bin Laden is not nearly as mysterious a person as many would have us believe. And his background does provide several lessons that reveal an intellectual and spiritual development which can be reasonably analyzed. To do so removes the idea that he is just an “evil” monster, thus somehow a non-human who is not like the rest of us … Read More