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1:08 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

World Views: January 23, 2015

Joshua Landis discusses Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and President Obama’s proposal to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and Rebecca Cruise provides an update on anti-Islam protests in Leipzig, Germany.

Then Joshua and Suzette Grillot talk with University of Oklahoma sociologist Loretta Bass about first- and second-generation immigrant populations in France, and revisit issues of race and identity.

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World Views
12:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

German Anti-Islam Protests Not Just About French Attacks, But Larger Refugee Issues

Protesters in Germany, January 19, 2015
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Strong crowds showed up for anti-Islam rallies in the German cities of Dresden, Leipzig, and Duisburg throughout the month as part of weekly rallies organized by a group called Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA.

Protesters have been wearing black ribbons to show their solidarity with the victims last week's terror attacks in Paris.

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World Views
2:53 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

World Views: January 9, 2015

Rebecca Cruise discusses Wednesday's attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris, and Joshua Landis explains Saudi Arabia’s role in the ongoing fall of global oil prices.

Later, a conversation with Jan-Willem Rosenboom. He’s a senior program officer for water, sanitation and hygiene at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and he and Suzette Grillot talk about market solutions to the sanitation crisis in developing countries. 

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World Views
1:19 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'Charlie Hebdo' Attack Draws Parallels To North Korea, 'The Interview' Free Speech Issues

A memorial to the victims of Wednesday's attack at a French satirical newspaper.
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The free speech issues raised by Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has drawn comparisons to last year's outcry by North Korea over The Interview.

"It's an interesting comparison because in that film, Kim Jong-un is attacked," says Rebecca Cruise, a comparative politics expert and regular World Views contributor. "He, in North Korea, is considered a deity."

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World Views
3:05 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Charles Kimball On Violence And The Need For Religious Pluralism

The Jewish Star of David, Arab- Christian Cross and Crescent on the front of Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa.
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What makes religion turn violent?

That’s the question Charles Kimball is trying to answer.

An ordained Baptist minister with a Th.D. in comparative religion from Harvard, Kimball has studied the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for four decades. He’s made more than three dozen trips to the Middle East, worked closely with Congress, the White House, and the U.S. State Department as an analyst of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and of the intersection of religion and politics in the United States.

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World Views
2:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

World Views: December 19, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the announcement this week by President Obama that the United States would work to normalize relations with Cuba, and North Korea's hacking of Sony in response to the film The Interview.

Then Suzette talks with Charles Kimball, the director of the religious studies program at the University of Oklahoma. He's the author of the books When Religion Becomes Evil and When Religion Becomes Lethal.

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World Views
4:42 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Oklahoma City University Professors Hope for An Increase In Interfaith Understanding

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Today Imad Enchassi is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University and the founder and Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), but his childhood as a refugee compelled him to devote his life to helping other refugees and promoting understanding between people of different faiths.

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Oklahoma News
3:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Moore Beheading Suspect Has Assault Record

Alton Nolen's prison photograph
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Updated at 3:10 p.m.

A man police allege beheaded a woman at a Moore food distribution center late Thursday has a lengthy criminal record and a history of assault, according to court records.

At a press conference Friday morning, police spokesman Jeremy Lewis also said suspect Alton Nolen was in the process of being terminated. 

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Oklahoma News
8:39 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Muslim Group Wants Apology For Lawmaker's Facebook Post, State GOP Disagrees

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The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) to apologize for saying people should be wary of those who are “Muslim American” in a Facebook post.

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State Rep. John Bennett
3:23 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Muslim Advocacy Group Seeks Apology From Oklahoma Lawmaker

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

A Muslim advocacy group is seeking an apology from an Oklahoma lawmaker for saying people should be wary of those who are "Muslim American" in a Facebook post.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that it wants an apology from state Rep. John Bennett.

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