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“Despite what you see on TV, Arab men today want equality for their daughters, love in their marriages, and, yes, condoms.”

So says Marcia C. Inhorn in “I Am With the Uprising of Arab Women” .

“Arab men in the new millennium do not want to be viewed—nor do they view themselves—as uncaring, unfeeling, polygamous patriarchs,” she writes.

“Many Arab men today are attempting to unseat patriarchy in their own marriages and family lives, just as they have attempted to unseat inhumane, dictatorial rulers.

Agree? Disagree?

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CSCOPE, a Texas curriculum development firm, was accused of “pro-Islamic bias” by a chain email — so, of course, an investigation was launched.

The result? A “72-page report — compiled by a former social studies teacher described by CSCOPE’s director as a “very socially and fiscally conservative” woman who “watches Glenn Beck on a regular basis” — found quite the opposite of any Islamic bias: If anything, Irving schools have a Christian bias.”

Read more about the non-controversy here: “Irving Schools ‘Muslim Bias’ Investigation Instead Finds Christian Bias In Texas District’s Curriculum“, and here: “Chain email prompts 35-minute report to school board on Islam in the classroom“.

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Alber Saber Convicted Of Blasphemy By Egyptian Court; Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison.

“The case of Alber Saber is one of several seen by rights advocates as a campaign led by Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. Many of those targeted in the campaign are Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 85 million.

“Saber was arrested Sept. 13, after neighbors complained he had shared on Facebook the amateur film made in the United States that sparked protests across the Muslim world. His arrest came during a wave of public outrage over the film, produced by an Egyptian-American Copt.”

So much for “freedom of speech” in Egypt! Can any 21st century nation survive with such repressive policies? What can American Muslims do about the intolerance of their cousins? Blasphemy is a religious, not a civil, offense.

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Here’s Thomas L. Friedman’s take on the current turmoil in Egypt: “What has brought hundreds of thousands of Egyptians back into the streets, many of them first-time protesters, is the fear that autocracy is returning to Egypt under the guise of Islam. The real fight here is about freedom, not religion.”

(Read the New York Times opinion piece here.)

Do you agree? Has Egypt “replaced one autocracy, led by Hosni Mubarak, with another, led by the Muslim Brotherhood”?

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