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Rob L. Wagner

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Why govt text messaging guardians is important to me

My Saudi wife has warned me on more than one occasion not to tell her brothers in Madinah that she can do anything she pleases and go anywhere she wants.

November 26, 2012

Boasting of bloody triumphs trivializes war

Back in the old days it used to be that military commanders kept their mouths shut about their objectives in war.

November 19, 2012

If Bush got a second chance, why not Obama?

IN 2004, naïve little me firmly believed that John Kerry would be elected president of the United States. I had such confidence that Americans would turn out a US president responsible for a two-front war that yielded little results, particularly failing to find weapons of mass destruction.

November 05, 2012

The assassination of Malala’s character

Well, the Malala Yousufzai backlash took all of … five minutes.

October 22, 2012

The hijacking of the ‘true face’ of Islam

"It’s a clear command of Shariah that any female that by any means plays (a) role in war against mujahideen (holy warriors) should be killed.

October 15, 2012

HSBC’s dropping of Amanah could impact loyal customers

HERE'S some good news: HSBC bank will focus its Islamic financing operations in Saudi Arabia. Here’s the bad news: It’s dropping its Islamic banking operations in seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, and has already divested its assets in nearly 30 other countries.

October 08, 2012

Fine line between activist and nuisance

There is a fine line between an activist and a donkey’s hindquarters, and that line got thinner when I viewed a video clip of an American Muslim activist exercising her right of self-expression.

October 01, 2012

Toothless hate speech laws fail all religions

Three years ago, French law authorities arrested and later convicted famed fashion designer John Galliano for making anti-Semitic remarks to a couple at a Paris café.

September 24, 2012

Anti-Islam film an exception to free speech protection

THE anti-Muslim film produced by Christian extremists may have sparked the violence that spread across the Middle East and South Asia this week.

September 17, 2012

American religious education’s shortcomings

CALIFORNIA'S governor signed legislation this week that prevents businesses from segregating from the public employees wearing obvious symbols of their religion.

September 10, 2012