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Islam In America

Islam In America

30% of Republicans Think Obama is a Muslim

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“If you wonder why a desperate Mitt Romney rushed to lie about President Obama’s handling of crises in Cairo and Benghazi and make the ugly claim that Obama’s first response was ‘to sympathize with those who waged the attacks’, the latest poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life helps fill in the blanks.

“Unbelievably, the poll finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe that Barack Obama is Muslim, not Christian, has doubled since October, 2008.”

There are two questions that come to mind when reading this post on Salon.com by Joan Walsh.

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First: Why do so many Republicans think that President Obama is a Muslim when all of his religious affiliations have been Christian?

Second: What’s so bad about being an American Muslim that it’s considered a slur?

These are questions — especially the second — that we must address.

“It’s impossible to ignore the way that Romney’s accusation not-so-subtly plays into that pervasive GOP belief that the president shares a religion with our enemies.” Walsh writes.

What’s your response to this dilemma?

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The Whole Thing May Just Be a Hoax

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“[Sam] Bacile, the producer of the film, is not Israeli, and most likely not Jewish, as has been reported, and that the name is, in fact, a pseudonym.”

There’s more from The Atlantic on the search for the folks behind the anti-Muslim film trailer here: “Muhammad-Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ Is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name”.

UPDATE [13 September 2012]: “The AP Solves the Mystery of the Man Behind Innocence of Muslims.
“That man is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Coptic Christian with a criminal past who lives in California.”

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U.S. Ambassador Killed in Libya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The United States ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding prophet, the White House and Libyan officials said on Wednesday,” writes David D. Kirkpatrick in the New York Times today [12 September 2012].

What can American Muslims do to prevent such senseless violence that makes Islam seem medieval?

Those of us living in the U.S. are understandably uncomfortable with such expressions of free speech, but we also understand that they must be permitted or democracy is a sham.

Can we do more than just speak up, as CAIR has done? (Nihad Awad, executive director, said in a press release yesterday, “The only proper response to intentional provocations such as this film is to redouble efforts to promote mutual understanding between faiths and to marginalize extremists of all stripes.”

Read more about the troubles in Libya and Egypt here: U.S. Envoy to Libya Is Killed in Attack.

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Sometimes Words are Insufficient

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What do you think about this suggestion from televangelist Pat Robertson?

“Become Muslim So [You] Can Beat [Your] Wife”.

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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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