Muslims and Christians prayed together for those who died for freedom in Tahrir Sq.- Egypt

1919 Muslims and Copts protest against British

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OKLAHOMA SHARIAH REFERENDUM: Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf to a Brad Paisley concert and her cowboy boots to mosque. There are two things she says she never misses: Friday prayers and University of Oklahoma football games. But after seven in 10 Oklahoma voters on Tuesday (Nov. 2) approved State Question 755, …[MORE…]

SHARI’AH IS NOT THE LAW:  Before I became Muslim I read this book titled, Islam the Misunderstood Religion. That was almost four decades ago and this matter seems only to have gotten worse. For one thing, there is a lot of brouhaha about Islamic shari’ah. In both contexts of Muslim majority nation-states and minority in Europe and North America, concerns over shari’ah raise high emotions.  [Full commentary.]

Malaysia – gateway to Islamic finance: KUALA LUMPUR – Over the past decade or so, Malaysia has quietly become the leading international player in Islamic finance and its gateway. The government of Malaysia, through its two principal agencies, Bank Negara (the central bank) and the Security Commission, has actively promoted Islamic finance. More specifically, Islamic finance has been given formal prominence in the Financial Sector Master Plan (FSMP) and the Capital Market Master Plan (CMP), which were initiated in Malaysia in 2001.  [Full story…]

Ellison on Islamophobia

Restoring Sanity

Yusum Islam (Cat Stevens)

 

Colbert, who poses as an ultraconservative on his show, played the personification of fear at the rally. He arrived on stage in a capsule like a rescued Chilean miner, from a supposed underground bunker. He pretended to distrust all Muslims until one of his heroes, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is Muslim, came on the stage.

Jon Stewart: “There are terrorists, and racists, and Stalinists, and theocrats, but those are titles that must be earned! You must have the resume! Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Party-ers, or real bigots and Juan Williams or Rick Sanchez is an insult–not only to those people, but to the racists themselves, who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe, not more.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pics of Tony Bennett at Rally

Loyalty oath is not about Arabs, it’s about hatred of liberal values

Haaretz Newspaper: There is nothing left to say about how bad, harmful and useless the new citizenship law is: Labor Party Minister Isaac Herzog has warned that it is another step towards fascism; legal experts like Mordechai Kremnitzer have pointed out that it doesn’t serve any identifiable purpose except making Arabs feeling even less at home in Israel. Likud Ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor have pointed out how harmful the law is for the relation with Israeli Arabs and for Israel’s standing in the world. [Full blog….]

TEA PARTY FOUNDER HAS ‘REAL PROBLEM WITH ISLAM:’ Judson Phillips, founder of the Tea Party Nation, fortified a recent email encouraging Minnesotans in the 5th Congressional District to vote Rep. Keith Ellison (D) out — in part because he’s a Muslim — by stating that he, as well as most Tea Party members, had serious qualms with Islam. [Read about it …]

To Bigotry No Sanction

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From Geo Washington’s letter:

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens. {more…}

“It [Touro] is not only the oldest Synagogue in America but also one of the oldest symbols of liberty.  No better tradition exists than the history of Touro Synagogue’s great contribution to the goals of freedom and justice for all.” President John F. Kennedy, September 15, 1963

Karl Rove: “45 percent of NPR listeners were Saddam Hussein.”

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GOP strategist Karl Rove and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean discussed the merits of various media outlets Monday night, unsurprisingly finding themselves on polar opposites of the debate.  [Read more…

Islamophobia and Homophobia. The NY TIMES Opinionater has this: “As if we needed more evidence of America’s political polarization, last week Juan Williams gave the nation a Rorschach test. Williams said he gets scared when people in “Muslim garb” board a plane he’s on, and he promptly got (a) fired by NPR and (b) rewarded by Fox News with a big contract.” [Read it all…]

Java, Indonesia

Villagers prayed at the burial of a victim of the Mount Merapi eruption at Umbulhardjo village in Sleman, on the island of Java, on Wednesday.  [Story…]

“Three Cups of Tea”

Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org , founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com .  for one of his talks, good if you are lookign for hope) see this on BookTV.

Muslims caught in the middle of debate about them: Aziz H. Poonawalla writes in the Washington Post: I’m a regular listener of NPR. You might call me an NPR junkie, in fact. One of the few complaints I have ever regularly had about the network was the presence of Juan Williams. By now most readers have a pretty good sense of where I fall on the political spectrum!”  {for more….}

CATHOLIC BISHOPS DEMAND ISRAEL END OCCUPATION OF PALESTINIAN LAND: VATICAN CITY — Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned to Rome by the pope demanded Saturday that Israel accept U.N. resolutions calling for an end to its “occupation” of Arab lands.  In a final joint communique, the bishops also told Israel it shouldn’t use the Bible to justify “injustices” against the Palestinians. [For more ….]

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