The Huffington Post reports, “Signs posted at a Spring Branch, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for ‘No Muslim parking’ shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque.”
Read all about it here: ‘No Muslim Parking’ Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas
With Syria’s population struggling just to stay alive, the education system has fallen apart. Mac William Bishop of the New York Times visits volunteers who run unofficial schools for Syrian refugees.
Here’s a video about the fight for Syrian schools.
In Muslim majority countries, Ramadan causes havoc with the work schedule — business just shut down or are open limited hours (often after sunset).
What about in North America? How do you handle Ramadan in the workplace — especially when most of your co-workers are not Muslim?
(See: How to Conduct Business in the Middle East).
Interesting discussion by Kenan Malik of Pandaemonium on the “how’s” of creating a successful multicultural society.
An excerpt: “The starting point of multicultural policy is the acceptance of societies as diverse. Yet, on the multicultural map, that diversity seems magically to vanish at the edges of minority communities. Multiculturalists tend to treat minority communities as if each was a distinct, singular, homogeneous, authentic whole, each composed of people all speaking with a single voice, each defined primarily by a singular view of culture and faith. In so doing, multiculturalists all too often ignore conflicts within those communities. And they take the most conservative, reactionary figures as the authentic voices of those communities, precisely because they are reactionary and therefore must be authentic.”
What do you think? As a Muslim of a particular ethnic heritage, are you put into a “box” that’s distinct, singular and homogenous?
Or, as Malik writes, “If we want the pleasures of pluralism, we have to accept the pain of being offended.”
Check out the entire article: “The Pleasures of Pluralism, the Pain of Offense”