Another domestic terror plot foiled. It’s likely that the informers who tipped off the FBI were fellow muslims from his mosque, as usual.
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“As Muslim leaders, we have witnessed the physical, psychological, and emotional torment that victims of domestic violence endure, and we are taking this opportunity to speak out against this vicious crime. The victims of domestic violence are not at fault for the abuse imparted upon them and the perpetrator has not been given “divine” permission to inflict pain on others. There is absolutely no basis for domestic violence in Islam and Islam is unequivocally against all forms of abuse.”http://www.marwaaly.com/2011/10/muslim-chaplains-against-domestic-violence/
How welcoming will our mosques be of LGBT?
My Best Friend is Muslim – this is a really heartwarming project and I think the photos are full of warmth and sincere emotion. It’s easy to be cynical about this stuff, but I heartily endorse it.
Reading the (excellent) NYT profile on Yasir Qadhi linked earlier, I wonder if American muslim extremism is fundamentally rooted in guilt?
The appeal of extremists like Awlaki to disaffected, educated political muslim youth might fundamentally be a combination of self-hatred (perception of themselves as cowardly, soft) and remorse at having “won the lottery” of living in a free and luxurious society.
Take it further, and you see that democracy fundamentally is the power of accountability of the People over their government, which implies collective responsibility of every citizen for their governments’ actions.
I reject that hypothesis and guilt, btw, because America and teh West are not truly democratic – they are Republics. The power of the people is not as great for accountability – it is not reactive, but proactive,. People vote for how they want things to be, not to punish the rulers for how things are. Elections look forward, not backwards.
And, fundamentally, foreign policy simply does not register on the scale of issues the way jobs, economy, social issues, etc do – so even if muslims were united politically here in voting against politicians who they felt would promote policies abroad that might hurt muslims, they’d be relegated to voting for irrelevant third parties and thus neutering their own political impact.
This gets into the argument that muslims shoudl be apolitical and not vote, another argument I disagree with. If you believe in that collective responsibility, then abstaining from the political process doesn’t absolve you. The only rational outcome is to leave the society entirely – either leave the country or retreat like the Amish so that you do not benefit from the pervasive fruits of your participation in society.
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As you all know, the brave people of Egypt are standing and asking for one thing: their basic freedom and right to live under the shade of justice. Sadly, there are those in the Middle East, as well as Washington, who are irresponsible enough to question such a right. How can we be satisfied with exporting everything from iPhones to MTV, but fail to share in exporting the foundations of our own country? Foundations we claim to hold as dear?
As a global community, we can all relate to the cry of the Egyptian people. It is a cry for justice. A cry for fairness. A cry for democracy, and a just system of rule. This call rings even louder since it has corresponded with Black History Month. I witnessed the two Million Man March yesterday. I have not felt such love for humanity captured in the mass movement of people, save for the day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his important “I Have a Dream” speech.
Imam Suhaib is encouraging American Muslims to fast tomorrow and make du’a for the people of Egypt.
The founder of “Muslims for Bush” has quit the GOP and has joined the Democratic Party.
It’s amazing to me that for him the turning point was not his treatment at the GOP convention when he ran for Colorado state treasurer, but rather the utterly meaningless Park 51 debate. But hey, ok man, whatever – as long as you’ve finally seen the light.
Great diary on this at DailyKos also worth a read.
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