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The Pope: Violence in the Name of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

pope-francisAccording to a report by Reuters, Pope Francis (the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics) said yesterday (November 30, 2014) that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

During a trip to Turkey, the pope also opined that the Islamic State was committing a “profoundly grave sin against God” with its actions in Syria and Iraq.

(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion

posted by Suzy Shuraym

An article by Vanessa Friedman in this week’s New York Times discusses the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Such events have always puzzled me. If the objective of the “cover your hair” dictate for women is to promote modesty, how in the world can purposefully drawing attention to oneself carry out that directive?

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André Carson

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post‘s Paul Vale has penned an extensive interview with one of two Muslim congressmen, André Carson. He covered a wide range of topics, including the interplay between the Christian and Muslim communities in the United States.

A Democrat, Carson represents Indiana’s Seventh District. One of his thoughtful comments: “Muslims should be mindful that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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Here We Go Again: Somalia/Kenya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

flag_al-shababIt’s hard for Westerners of whatever religion to fathom, but some self-described Islamic extremist rebels from Somalia (who go by the sobriquet al-Shabab) are at it again.

They attacked a bus in northern Kenya Saturday (22 November 2014) and shot 28 non-Muslims. Reports say they killed those who could not recite the Shahada.

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There are a few problems with this news report, not the least of which is how 28 non-Muslims could be unaware of the wording of the Shahada — but it seems to fit the pattern.

Kenya raids mosques in search of extremists. In retaliation, Al-Shabab rebels kill bus passengers in Kenya. In retaliation, Kenya raids the Somali camps and kills rebels….. And the beat goes on.

(Image of the flag of Al-Shabab is in the public domain)

Previous Posts

Women and Sharia
"No group is more harmed by sharia than Muslim women -- a reflection in part of the patriarchal tribal culture out of which Islamic law emerged." Admittedly, the writer is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial figure in Islam. However, she does have a point: men and women are treated differently

posted 2:44:26pm Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Erasing History?
"The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world," writes Ann Marlowe in The Daily

posted 1:23:41pm Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan....
The idiots have targeted and killed Christians on their way to church yesterday (and a couple of Paki police in the bargain) -- idiots because they're suicide bombers and idiots because killing people who have different beliefs than yours is a mug's game. Here's one place to read more about this

posted 1:32:45am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Islam and Middle School in NYC
Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student's tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom from the seventh century really

posted 1:24:48pm Mar. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Why is ISIS Afraid of History?
ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they're uneducated. History is humanity's backstory, and tearing down the past does not erase it.

posted 1:22:38pm Mar. 09, 2015 | read full post »

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