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Texas Muslim Capitol Day

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to know where to begin on this one.

Surely the organizers knew that the name itself — Texas Muslim Capitol Day — would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did).

What wasn’t foreseeable, however, was the astonishing response of Molly White, a Republican legislator from Belton, Texas, who not only planted an Israeli flag on her desk to greet visitors, but also gave “instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws”. (This message also was posted on Facebook, just in case you missed visiting her office.)

Comments questioned everything about the action, including the Israeli flag. Self-described Muslims, Jews and Christians called her out (typical response: “How dare you use an Israeli flag as a tool in your racist attack on Muslims?”).

Ms. White’s response was definitely unworthy of one sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

I will concede that perhaps the organizers erred in labeling the day (when’s Texas Mormon Capitol Day?), but the day’s been celebrated without such a bigoted response from a legislator since 2003.

You can read more about the whole kerfuffle at the Huffington Post, Texas Tribune, Yahoo News and Politico.

Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Associated Press reports:
“Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when an uncovered head results in news coverage.

The Day the Queen Drove the King

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web:

When Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour.

One of the stories (this one from PBS):

When Queen Elizabeth took King Abdullah for a drive in her Land Rover

It boggles the mind that women are being prosecuted for the crime of driving in Saudi Arabia — the only country in the world that prohibits distaff drivers.

What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia?

As The New York Times put it: “The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance.”

Some places to read about the transition:

“King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90″

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dead”

“Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a wily king who embraced limited reform, dies”

“King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies”

What do you think will be the trajectory of the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam in the 21st Century?

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Texas Muslim Capitol Day
It's hard to know where to begin on this one. Surely the organizers knew that the name itself -- Texas Muslim Capitol Day -- would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did). What wasn't foreseeable, however, was the astonishing response of Molly White, a Republican l

posted 1:27:46pm Jan. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia
The Associated Press reports: "Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf." It's a sad state of affairs when an uncovered head resu

posted 4:40:40am Jan. 28, 2015 | read full post »

The Day the Queen Drove the King
Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web: When Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour. One of the stories (this one from PBS): When Queen Elizabeth t

posted 7:37:08pm Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »

What's Next for Saudi Arabia?
King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia? As The New York Times put it: "The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance." Some places to read about the transit

posted 1:28:38pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

If It's Not Charlie Hebdo, It's Boko Haram
The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon's information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015). Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.

posted 1:56:17pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »


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