Growing tension (and violence) between Sunni and Shi'a in the U.S.?

Also in the news:

The Detroit News reported that a spate of vandalism over the weekend involving stores owned by local Iraqis could stem from brewing sectarian Islamic tension in the United States.

While Shi'a and Sunni Muslims are fighting in Iraq, the two groups generally get along in Metro Detroit and the United States. But Muslim and Arab leaders say the recent hanging of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, spurred hard feelings.

They say the vandalized property was owned or operated by people of Iraqi descent who are Shi'a.

(The two major branches of Islam are split over governance of the faith. The Sunnis believe that because the prophet Muhammad designated no successor, the leader should be chosen or elected from the most knowledgeable Muslims. The Shi'a believe the leaders should be drawn from the bloodline of the prophet, from his daughter Fatima and her husband, Ali, who also was Muhammad's cousin.)

"People are scared to come here. It's very dangerous, this place," said Inaam Alkhafaji, referring to her Detroit business, Dana Media, whose windows were broken.

"It's a war with the Iraqi people. Maybe next time they kill us."

Next door, the window of the Al-Akhasi restaurant was boarded up - it, too, had been smashed.

The incidents follow similar acts of vandalism at stores along Seven Mile near Woodward, local Muslim leaders say.

FBI report details more interrogation techniques at Gitmo

Anyone else see this? The Washington Post reported on an FBI report on the mistreatment of Muslim detainees at Gitmo:

A Marine captain pretended to urinate on a copy of the Koran during questioning of a Muslim detainee.

Interrogators wrapped a bearded prisoner's head in duct tape "because he would not stop quoting the Koran."

One interrogator bragged to an FBI agent that he had forced a prisoner to listen to "Satanic black metal music for hours," then dressed as a Catholic priest before "baptizing" him.

One agent reported being told that while questioning male captives, female interrogators would sometimes wet their hands and touch detainees' faces in order to interrupt their prayers. Such actions would make some Muslims consider themselves unclean and unable to continue praying.

Other tactics included wrapping a prisoner in an Israeli flag, subjecting others to extreme heat and cold, and sleep deprivation.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said all the information from the survey has been turned over to the Defense Department's inspector general.
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Fanfiction, we have fanfiction

And baby, it is soooooooooooo good!

The yuletide fic exchange is targeted to small fandoms. Well. I went small with my request, and I got "Sleeper Cell" fic. *is still happy-dancing*

There is no God but God is short, but a very intensive look at Gayle, Darwyn and Farik as they each try coming to terms with what God wants of them, what they believe and who they really are.

It's one of the best short stories I've read all year, and I say that as an author who got three anthologies as trib copies.

(typo apology, my husband's computer font is tiny and I am not at my best before caffeine)
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Sorry if this has already been asked before but im new to the community & live in the U.K. I loved Sleepers Cell and it was one of the best shows ever!
I;ve been re watching some of the episodes on DVD & so happy to discover that there is a sleeper cell community!I was just wondering are there any muslims who watch this? And what is their opinion on the way Islam is portrayed in it?
I have 1 or 2 muslim friends who think the director did a great job.But one of my online Muslim friends said he found it offensive, how they showed a sex scene with Darwyn & Gayle with the "Azaan" playing in the background, she also said she thought it was hippocritical how they're making Darwyn seem like the "good" Muslim when he has committed fornication (sex before marriage)

any thoughts?