Author Archives: Grayson Slover

Korean Muslims are Quietly Thriving

Itaewon, the district of Seoul most popular with international expats and tourists, feels more like South Boston than South Korea. Enough pizza shops and fast food joints line the main street to rival most American city districts. And just outside, curbside vendors compete with each other to sell their fake Supreme t-shirts, knock-off NBA jerseys,

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The ChristChurch Call will do more harm than good

Last week, governments and leading tech companies got together to produce a collective response to the horrific ChristChurch terrorist attack. The agreement they came up with, dubbed the “ChristChurch Call”, lays out the steps they will take to better prevent the spread of violent extremist and terrorist content online of the kind that motivated the

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Left wing smears feed right-wing extremism

The practice of hijacking a salient, emotional issue for political purposes has been a staple in American politics for years. U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy used fear in relation to the real threat of Communism to smear his various political adversaries as traitors. Presidential First Lady and future Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton referred to inner-city gang

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Sri Lanka attack shows how we must view Islamist terrorism

The mass murder of Sri Lankan Christians this past Easter Sunday has shaken the world. There are still many questions that remain, but here is what we know now: Beginning at 8:45 AM Easter morning, bombs were detonated at three major Churches throughout Sri Lanka, four more went off at luxury hotels, and another at

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Outrage Culture and the Severity of Hate Crime Hoaxes

Most everyone can agree on the gravity of hate crimes. To hear that a hate crime has taken place in your neighborhood elicits a palpably stronger emotional reaction than other forms of unlawful acts. Indeed, we created this special category of crime because of the general understanding that when a criminal act is committed based on

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How should we oppose extremism?

The term “Extremism” has always been somewhat vacuous. Its use is so widespread, and its deployment by some so dubious, that it often seems it has no serious substance at all. But while there are far too many instances in which ignorant or politically motivated individuals degrade the term’s integrity, there also have always been

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Over-Moralization of Immigration Is Bad for All Parties

Immigration is shaping up to be the defining issue of this decade. After the refugee crisis following the Arab Spring uprisings in the early 2010s, native resentment of generous immigration policies in the West are now front-and-center in our discourse. Research and polls suggest that this sentiment is the single largest contributor to the populist

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The Hijab Must be Permitted in Congress

Democrats, now having secured a majority in the House of Representatives, plan to propose several rule changes next year when the new Members take their seats. Among these changes will be a lift on the 181-year-old ban of headwear on the House floor – a move primarily motivated by the incoming Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi

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Don Lemon’s comments on American extremist violence: accurate but divisive

Over the course of the past two weeks, a slew of terrorist attacks has shaken the country to its core. There was the Trump-obsessed stripper DJ Cesar Sayoc who sent a dozen pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and left-wing celebrities. There was the shooting of two black customers at a Kentucky Kroger by Gregory Bush.

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What is Happening in Portland?

When most people hear about the city of Portland, Oregon, they typically think of rainy weather, quirky tv shows, or basketball superstar Damian Lillard. Historically, it has been a safe and vibrant west-coast city with a welcoming reputation. But over the past several years, and especially in the last month, it has undergone several shocking,

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