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debate tonight: muslims for McCain vs muslims for Obama

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

via Muslim Matters:

Join us in a live debate featuring Obama supporter Zeba Khan, Founder and Director of Muslims for Obama, and McCain supporter, Mohamed Elibiary, President and Chief Executive of the Freedom and Justice Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Dallas, and one of MM’s specialist.

When?

Thursday, Oct 30th 2008 @ 10 PM EST

How does it work?

The debate will take place on MuslimMatters.org. Format will be chat-box.

Can the audience ask questions?

You can ask questions by placing them as comments on this post (preferred) or e-mailing them to live@muslimmatters.org (deadline for questions: Oct. 29th midnight PST). Only topic-related “respectful” questions for Mohamed or Zeba or the moderator, or other comments about debate format, etc. are permitted in this post. Other tangents (such as permissibility of voting, personal attacks, the need for the debate itself, etc.) will be removed without notice. In other words, the comments are specifically to engage in the debate, not to question it. The best questions will be chosen at moderator’s discretion to be asked of the debaters.

That should be really interesting!

Barack Obama’s failure

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I support Obama for President, and I believe that given the Republican Party’s war on muslims in the public and political sphere (Mazen Asbahi, Rima Sinclair, now Rashid Khalidi just the latest examples), his Presidency will do much to mitigate the tide of Islamophobia washing our political shores. But Obama is still a failure for not facing the muslim smear head-on, with the same political courage he demonstrated in the wake of the Reverend Wright affair and his now-historic speech on race. Did that speech erase racial prejudice? No, but it estalished the framework for a post-racial politics. If Obama had shown similar courage, and applied his considerable rhetorical and leadership skills, towards the muslim smear, he might have laid a smilar groundwork for a post-religious politics, which would not only beefit muslims but also Jews and other minorities, and increased America’s leverage and moral leadership abroad as we seek to promote liberalism and human rights abroad, which is a fundamental strategic objective for own national security).

This failure of Obama to confront religious prejudice is directly responsible for the durability of the muslim smear: 23% of all Texans and 28% of Kentucky Republicans still believe Obama to be muslim (and higher percentages remain unsure if he is Christian or not). Nationwide, it’s 12%, and more likely to sway Democrats against Obama than Republicans for obvious reasons.

Related: good summary and overview of Arab and muslim stereotypes and the complicity of our presidential candidates in perpetuating them, by Jack Shaheen.

VIDEO – Obama’s 30-minute infomercial

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I missed this as a live broadcast, but fortunately the Obama campaign just put the full video up on YouTube. Here it is:

in which I agree with Sarah Palin

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Hey, this is good stuff from Palin:

“In the worst cases, some of the world’s most oil-rich nations are also
the most oppressive societies. And whether we like it or not, the money
we pay for their oil only makes them more powerful and more oppressive.
Oil wealth allows undemocratic governments to crush dissent and to
subjugate women. Other regimes use it to finance terrorists around the
world and criminal syndicates in our own hemisphere.”

Right on. However, the truth of the above has absolutely nothing to do with drilling in Alaska and everything to do with weaning ourselves from fossil fuels. Which is why Obama’s energy plan makes more sense to me:

  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela
    combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150
    miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make
    sure are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by
    2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

The full plan is detailed here (PDF)  and it’s a lot more detailed and  comprehensive than McCain’s plan – the latter puts a lot of emphasis on market-oriented solutions as expected, which are not convincing to me at all. The primary incentive of any corporation will always be profit, so to get the energy sector to do the needful, we have to force them rather than entice them.

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