From a Western perspective, it’s a bad bit of PR.
ISIS — which purports to fight for a world where an Islamic Caliphate is dominant — has released a video purportedly showing that it has beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American citizen.
This Muslim convert was known as Peter Kassig before he headed to Syria to work in civilian relief efforts.
Have cooler heads (if that term can even be applied to ISIS leadership) lost control of their troops? What possible reason could there be for an Islamic State to kill a Muslim convert? Isn’t one of their tenets that all people should be (or become) Muslim?
Have you been following the “feud” between Bill Maher and his critics over Islam? He contends that references to violence in the Qu’ran are a literal “call to arms”.
Here’s a nuanced discussion of the dispute. Key take-away: “people often seek to blame an outside influence for violent and destructive actions of individuals.”
In this case, Heather Digby Parton of Salon. com argues that it’s not the Qu’ran doing the influencing, but radical imams (and the FBI). Yeah: not kidding.
Read the whole thing here.
Some people have way too much time on their hands. Object to a commemoration of Muslims who lost their lives in war? How can that possibly be a bad thing — especially when it’s in a particularly Muslim way.
Yes: I’m talking about the controversy in Britain over the poppy print scarf: “a Muslim head scarf with the iconic poppy print, launched by the Islamic Society of Britain, and sold online by British Future, with the money going to the Poppy Appeal“.
Methinks it’s a beautiful way to remind the world that Muslims, too, have died for their country. After all, it was a century ago now that Sepoy Khudadad Khan, of the 129th Baluchis regiment, became the first Muslim to receive Britain’s Victoria Cross for bravery.
As British Future puts it: “It is hoped that the garment will serve as a symbol of Britain’s diverse and shared history and the coming together of people from all backgrounds to remember in this centenary year.” Only a fanatic would disagree.
(Photo of Royal British Legion’s Paper Poppy by Philip Stevens courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)
According to an article by Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service, “Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job opportunities.”
RNS reports, “Muslims faced the sharpest discrimination [in the South] with 38 percent fewer emails and 54 percent fewer phone calls to the voice mailboxes set up by the researchers.”
What has been the job hunting experience for you and/or your children? Do you identify as “Muslim” on your résumé if it’s not relevant to the job opening?