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Ramadan F-Words: Friends, Family, Fasting, Forgiveness & Female Problems

Ramadan 2011 is underway, with Muslims around the world fasting and praying accordingly.

As promised, I met up with Aman Ali (in hat) and Bassam Tariq, the “30 Mosques in 30 States” guys, when they stopped in Seattle during Day 2 of their 30-day Ramadan roadtrip. (Not counting flights to Alaska and Hawaii — it would be hard to drive there, even on a full stomach!) Aman and I briefly overlapped as reporters at The Journal News, a daily newspaper outside New York City, so I got a kick out of seeing the reporter become the reported. Here’s the link to my interview with them.


Speaking of friendship, a new poll reports that U.S. Muslims are the “most loyal American religious group” (in terms of supporting the country and president), strongly against al Qaeda and share common values with Jewish Americans.

At the same time, there’s been another uptick in stories about Shariah, partly fueled by a New York Times story about David Yerushalmi, a Hasidic Jew behind the scenes of the anti-Shariah movement. (The story is written by Andrea Elliott, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her series on an Egyptian imam in America.) As I noted over at GetReligion, I’d love to see more reporting on how the Christians and Jews who object to Shariah, which is Muslim law, reconcile this with defending their own religious legal systems in America — Jewish bet din and “get” divorces, Catholic canon law, etc. It’s a slippery slope, which is presumably why “Yerushalmi’s legislation has drawn opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union as well as from Catholic bishops and Jewish groups.”


Here are some other interesting stories about Ramadan, Muslims and Islam from the past few days:

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posted August 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

Never having been a woman maybe I should wisely shut up, but as a person I’d object to the idea that the occurrence of a natural process would make me ineligible for anything I was physically capable of doing and wanted to do.

Of course as an atheist I might be grateful for some time off from the nonsense.

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posted August 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

Now about the meat here: I’m entirely in favor of keeping any religious law out of our courts, including of course Shariah law.

But it’s clear the campaign against Shariah law is really a campaign against Muslims in America so as to keep them politically weak. I suspect the Israeli lobby or some offshoot is involved because they would not want American Muslims, many of whom are more knowledgeable about the Middle East than most Americans, to be able to stop our enabling of Israel’s ongoing land thefts.

I followed your link to “GetReligion” and I find Bobby’s complaints about lack of attribution in this particular NYT article akin to objecting to one bad pea in a bushel of many bad peas. I think the article is an important one and unusually revealing of one of the dark parts of the US politico/religious system.

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