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Reza Aslan states that “there is a cancer in the Islamic world”

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Addressing the issue of extremismReza Aslan, the author and religious scholar who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, states that “there is a cancer in the Islamic world.”

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Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj ask Muslims to accept same-sex marriage

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Two high profile progressive American Muslims have written an open letter to the Muslim community in the United States explaining why they should also celebrate the US Supreme Court verdict that brought marriage equality to all 50 states.

Daily Show contributor Hasan Minhaj and ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ author Reza Aslan, the author and religious scholar who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, published their letter on the Religion Dispatches website – arguing the same protections in the US Constitution that protect Muslims from discrimination and allow them to practice their faith are the same that grant LGBTI people equal rights.

In their letter the pair note that 42% of American Muslims say they support marriage equality – as do both the Muslims that currently sit in the US Congress.

Iran nuclear talks: ‘Historic’ agreement struck

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World powers have reached a deal with Iran on limiting Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

Iran’s foreign minister called the agreement “historic”. The EU negotiator hailed it as “a sign of hope”.

The deal reportedly gives UN nuclear inspectors extensive but not automatic access to sites within Iran.

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – began in 2006.

The so-called P5+1 want Iran to scale back its sensitive nuclear activities to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

Iran, which wants crippling international sanctions lifted, has always insisted that its nuclear work is peaceful.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the deal was “a sign of hope for the entire world”.

“It is a decision that can open the way to a new chapter in international relations,” she said, ahead of a final meeting between negotiators in Vienna.

Iran Blames U.S. for Delays on Nuclear Deal

People attending demonstrations for Qds Day, or Jerusalem Day, in Tehran on Friday. Credit Newsha Tavakolian for The New York Times

People attending demonstrations for Qds Day, or Jerusalem Day, in Tehran on Friday. Credit Newsha Tavakolian for The New York Times

TEHRAN — As nuclear negotiations in Vienna grind on through deadline after deadline, Iranian officials have begun a public campaign to blame the United States in the event that the talks fail.

Iran’s public diplomacy has long been geared toward selling a possible deal to hard-liners at home. But as an interim agreement between Iran and the West was extended on Friday to give negotiators more time, the government seemed to recognize the need to prove to ordinary Iranians that it had done all it could to obtain a final agreement and the lifting of economic sanctions.

“Such people may ask those in charge of the negotiations, ‘Why have you not compromised more?’ ” said Farshad Ghorbanpour, an analyst who is close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani. “Many of them seem to want a deal and are much less interested in what Iran needs to compromise.”

That could explain why, after a flurry of Iranian statements in recent weeks promising that a deal was well within reach, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s lead negotiator, told Iranian reporters on Friday, “The most important issues are not resolved.”

Reza Aslan contends that “anti-Muslim fervor” is rising in the USA

Muslims pray inside the Washington National Cathedral

Muslims pray inside the Washington National Cathedral

Reza Aslan, the author and religious scholar who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, has said in an interview that he believes “anti-Muslim fervor” is rising in America due to media portrayals of the ongoing war on terror, but at the same time admitted that if ISIS calls itself Muslim, it should be taken seriously.

“I do think we need to resist saying ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, or that violence in the name of religion has nothing to do with religion,” Aslan told “The Daily Show‘s” Jon Stewart. “Well, of course it has to do with religion.”