From NBC News:
“On Sunday and Monday, when Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan, even many who are less observant the rest of the year will be at mosques to pray. But many worshippers will celebrate amid heightened security after a recent spike in attacks on mosques and other places of worship.”
According to the Huffington Post, “Pamela Geller…has posted a new, large billboard on the Metro-North train platform in Hartsdale. ’19,250 DEADLY ISLAMIC ATTACKS SINCE 9/11/2001,’ the sign reads. ]IT’S NOT ISLAMOPHOBIA. IT’S ISLAMOREALISM.’”
Have you seen this billboard? What’s your response?
A detailed examination of the topic (read it all here) by Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald explains just how “common group identity and career interest” is used by a group of “terrorism experts” to sustain “the myth of the Grave Threat of Islamic Terror in order to justify their fear-based careers”.
Truthfully, the “menace of Islamic terrorism…is wildly exaggerated…, [and] is sustained by ugly sentiments of Islamophobic bigotry”.
But we already knew this, right?
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“The burqa can be seen as a tool to increase mobility and security, a nuance often missed in the outside world’s image of the garment. Assuming that a burqa-clad woman is not empowered and in need of liberation is a naïve construct.”
So says the Lonely Planet guidebook on Afghanistan.
Have you ever worn a burqa?