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?
Ramadan is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities around the world. Here’s one author’s round-up.
Do you do something differently? How do you observe Ramadan where you live?