Posts tagged Islam
Posts tagged Islam
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the 9/11 attacks during a press conference in Egypt on Saturday. “We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” Bachmann said. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”
Well, apparently Bachmann’s forgotten who committed 9/11 — the majority of the hijackers were Saudis, from Saudi Arabia, acting under the direction of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Also, the Muslim Brotherhood is not BFFs with al-Qaeda. Their leadership has criticized and publicly feuded with the leadership of al-Qaeda, accusing the organization of damaging the cause of Islam. While the Muslim Brotherhood has condoned acts of political violence, they did condemn 9/11 and are not responsible for it. Further, they aren’t affiliated with al-Qaeda — though some factions of the Syrian rebel groups were considering backing with Tomahawks from afar and weapons on the ground, courtesy of Uncle Sam. In the shadow of 9/11, we’re considering siding with al-Qaeda affiliated forces. Bachmann should think about that for a few moments before shooting her mouth off.
Bachmann is in Egypt with Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Steve King (R-Iowa). Essentially, the Three Stooges of Islamophobia are giving press statements in a region they don’t even attempt to understand, on events they know nothing about, and denouncing billions of people based on the actions of radicals. So business as usual…
So, no group supports abortion clinic bombings ideologically?
Ever heard of an organization named Army of God? Click the last two photos in the set to view the pages listing Scott Roeder as an “American Hero” and murderers, arsonists, and bombers as “Heroes of the Faith.”
Really, stop trying to bend over backwards to exclude anti-choice terrorists as TERRORISTS. What do you call a man like Clay Waagner, who mailed over 200+ threatening letters, supposedly containing anthrax, to Planned Parenthood clinic? What, is he just a prankster?
This lone wolf bullshit needs to stop. Christians bombing abortion clinics in the name of God are terrorists. Muslims who commit bombing in the name of Allah — same thing. The biggest difference is that every time an incident of terrorism motivated by extremist anti-choice ideology takes place, Christian pro-life groups aren’t forced to launch a media blitz to clarify that the terrorist does not represent Christians.
Muslims do not get the same courtesy in the U.S. If an act of terrorism is even speculated to be committed by a Muslim, the media immediately demands Muslim-Americans roundly condemn the attacks and explain how that person is not a Muslim — this, of course, operates under the Islamophobic notion that EVERY MUSLIM EVERYWHERE supports the terrorist acts of the very, very few.
Scott Roeder, Army of God? Eh, lone wolf, not a real Christian, etc.
Just stop. This is not a hypothesis you can defend and still be a decent goddamn human being.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the “lone wolf” hypothesis personified.
Just let me point out the cognitive gymnastics Kirsten Powers is performing here: A Muslim man is not necessarily a terrorist, but could be; however, an abortion clinic bomber is never a terrorist because that person is crazy and is totally and 100% not representative of the pro-life movement.
So… just like the miniscule minority of Muslims who commit terrorism are not representative of the overwhelming peaceful majority who follow the teachings of Islam?
Just so we’re clear, domestic terrorism motivated by radical anti-choice ideology is just that — terrorism.
I just can’t…
This link was submitted to me several weeks ago by Chris K., who wrote, “There’s just so much wrong here that I don’t know where to start.”
Well, neither do I, except to say that someone’s race or ethnicity isn’t your goddamn social experiment, white people. You don’t get to try it on like Tyra Banks and her fat suit, and then come away saying, “Gosh, I learned something. Life is just SO UNFAIR to those people.”
As the author wrote in her reasoning for doing this:
"At first I wanted to keep this story between me and a few close friends, but in light of what has just recently happened at the Islamic Center of America, I feel that I have to share this story. This is no longer an issue on religion. This is outright discrimination and intolerance. If my story can inspire others, or at least affect someone on a personal level, then I’ve done all that I can do."
How about you actually ask Muslim women what it’s like to wear the hijab? Let their stories inspire people. Or ask an American Indian about their culture versus donning a headdress and discussing how spiritual it makes you feel? And for fuck’s sake, blackface and afro wigs are never okay.
A few excerpts of this piece that made my blood boil:
"[A]n idea occurred to me when I was driving home from the mosque. Back in high school, I wanted to do a social experiment for my Sociology class. My sister gave me the idea to wear a hijab out in public to see how people treated me. Back then, I didn’t know where to find a hijab. Now that I had one, I thought I would give that experiment another shot. So I put on my new hijab and set out to three public places: a bookstore, the mall, and a restaurant."
Oh, and this:
"I wrote this in my status on Facebook: Muslims put up with some of the worst customer service. I am not exaggerating when I say this."
If that doesn’t sound the WORST DAY EVER for a privileged white person…
"I want it noted that when I stepped into the mall, I was not wearing a burqa (Muslim clothing that covers all of the body and the face), a chador (Iranian clothing that covers the entire body) or a niqab (a veil that covers the hair and face which reveals only the eyes). In post-September 11th America, the clothing listed would understandably be considered suspicious in case of a burglary or a bomb threat. The clothing makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a clear identification in case of those threats. Had I been wearing those, I would understand the neglectful salespeople and the security guard trailing me, but all I wore was a hijab. All I was covering was my hair."
Get that, Muslim women? If you’re in any traditional clothing but a hijab in post-9/11 America, it’s okay that you’re discriminated against because security.
I just don’t know what else to say here, other than you’re doing it wrong.
ETA: As it was pointed out to me, there are Muslims of every skin color. I may not have been clear, but I’m referring to non-Muslim white people.
Romney refused to condemn Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans who have alleged that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is part of a Muslim Brotherhood campaign to infiltrate the American government. During an event in Reno, Nevada Romney dodged a question about the allegations, saying simply, “I’m not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign.” A growing number of Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have condemned Bachmann.
Of course he refused to answer the question. That would require taking a stance.
Newt Gingrich, explaining to a South Carolina crowd whether or not he would vote for a Muslim for president.
So much fail… He would oppose any kind of “effort to impose” Islamic beliefs on others, yet he and his fellow candidates want to do the same thing with Christianity. But that doesn’t matter, folks, because it’s “our religion”. Love his insinuation that a belief in the tenets of Islam is not something a “truly modern person” would do. Not everyone can be as cosmopolitan and “with it” as Newt, what with his desire for an open marriage and abolishing or disobeying federal courts that displease him.
At least this sentiment earned him the endorsement of professional Islamophobe Pamela Geller, and unfortunately, that may carry some weight in today’s GOP.
Lowe’s Home Improvement store attempts to weasel around pulling ads from All-American Muslim after succumbing to pressure from a
"family values" Islamophobic organization. It’s okay, because they “strongly support” the rights of their customers and employees. </sarcasm>
Meanwhile, Florida Family Association has doubled down on their claims about the show, releasing this statement:
Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.
It does victimize them. It perpetuated the idea that a handful of extremists represents all. Don’t make me define Christians by Fred Phelps, Timothy McVeigh, and Anders Behring Breivik because it makes my brain hurt. You know why? Because I know that’s not true.
But how come you all aren’t there protesting the acts of radical Christians every single day, and denouncing their actions on national television? I won’t be happy until I see moderate Christians out there all the time doing all of these things. It’s not enough for them to live their lives and accept American values - they must continuously denounce those in their religion who don’t.
Oh, and now Florida Family Association’s website is mostly down. They claim it’s because “of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims. Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late.” And then they appeal for your money.
Have you seen All-American Muslim? Here’s the description:
All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan - home to the largest mosque in the United States - through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.
It’s actually quite a good show. As for the families in the show, they play football, are police officers, raising children, planning weddings, etc. - y’know, doing things just like us, OMG! </sarcasm> In other words, the families in these shows do not fit the stereotypes many Americans hold about Muslims. So where’s the problem?
Well, apparently it’s just that: The Florida Family Association was outraged TLC would portray Muslims in a positive light. They launched an email boycott, supported by other groups, and targeted advertisers on the show. At least one (FFA is claiming nearly sixty) succumbed to the pressure from FFA. In an email, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. In an email to the FFA, Lowe’s said:
"While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe’s will no longer be advertising on that program.
If I (Andrew) can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-900-4650, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact us by mailing your correspondence to Lowe’s Companies, Mail Code CON8, 1605 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697.”
Well, I suppose I won’t be shopping at Lowe’s because they don’t meet my standards for not supporting bigotry. What do they suggest - we judge Christianity by Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the massacre in Norway? Should we pull shows about families like the Duggars because terrorists have been motivated by Christianity?
I didn’t hesitate to email Lowe’s. I suggest you do the same. Use the graph above from Osborn Ink - pictures help.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum, endorsing racial profiling in tonight’s debate. He was also very concerned about radical socialists and militant Islamists joining forces.
Warning about the link above: There’s a graphic photo of a man attacked by Lord’s Resistance Army displayed within the article.
First, what Limbaugh said:
"Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, "to help regional forces remove from the battlefield," meaning capture or kill. […] Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. "To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people." … The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology."
Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.
As ThinkProgress writer Matthew Yglesias says (and I agree):
"I think reasonable people can disagree as to whether or not chasing a relatively small band of depraved mass murderers around central africa is a reasonable thing for American military personnel to be doing. But let’s make no mistake—these are depraved mass murderers. And yet Rush Limbaugh is pleased to welcome them as fellow Christian allies."
The LRA is on the terrorist exclusion list drawn up by the United States. The TEL means known associates of the group are banned from the U.S., plus U.S. citizens and aliens within the U.S. alike are banned from providing any kind of support to that group. The LRA has committed several terrorist acts, including kidnapping children to be sex slaves and child soldiers (after murdering their parents); using clubs to attack a bus full of people, causing 22 fatalities; engaging in systematic rape as a weapon of war; bombing nightclubs; and murdering World Food Group volunteers.
At this point, I have to wonder: Is Limbaugh just testing his audience to see if they’re actually paying attention? I can picture someone taking up a collection plate at church for this “Christian” group, Googling to found out where to send the funds, and being absolutely horrified. Better yet, someone calls into Limbaugh’s show to ask where to send the cash. Either way, sending them cash could be a crime.
I think what the LRA is doing is horrible and I can’t picture the person who would endorse them. Oh, wait:
And the winner of the “Worst Constitutional Argument of the Week” Award is… KEVIN A. LEHMANN for his argument that Muslims in America have no First Amendment rights. And yes, he cites European multiculturalism and professional hatemonger Geert Wilders. Lehmann might as well cite Anders Behring Brevik’s manifesto. I wish I were joking.
America faces a grave threat from Islam. Muslims are infiltrating our country in droves and they’re doing it under the guise of “Constitutional Protection.” And like England, if we don’t stand our ground now, it will be too late. Muslims are cunning, crafty and clever. They’re using our ignorance of the understanding of our own Constitution against us, and they are clandestinely and methodically spreading their tentacles in a quiet and unassuming manner.
Federal, state, and local governments on the other hand won’t acknowledge the imminent threat. They incorrectly claim that Muslims have “Constitutional Rights” to come here, proselytize people, build mosques, and implement shariah in their communities and in the public square. They’re dead wrong! And by and large, Islam is getting away with it just like they have in Europe. Only unlike Europe, and in Great Britain in particular, it’s not too late to stem the tide, but we have to act now. Time is not on our side. In fact, this may come as a shock, but there are more mosques being built on American soil than Christian churches. We are already well under way to being Islamized.
To understand Islam is to understand sharia. The religion of Islam is nothing short of a totalitarian political, economic, military, social and legal system that’s camouflaged in religious garb. Their mandate (not objective) is to incorporate our country into a global Islamic caliphate.
Sadly, they are making serious inroads towards their tyrannical mandate because America is not resisting. We are all that stands between freedom and a worldwide Islamic caliphate. The United States of America is the world’s last bastion of hope.
And that’s not the worst of it. The rest of the article is quite similar to the Know-Nothing Party’s platform. This Islamophobia is not unique in that it was Jews, Catholics, Jesuits, Masons, etc. at various points in history.
In fact, in the excerpt, replace references to Muslims with Catholics. Congratulations - you’ve successfully joined the Know-Nothings!
Abraham Lincoln wrote:
"I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be take pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic].” - Letter to Joshua F. Speed August 24, 1855
Don’t believe me? Check out their party platform.
Posting nearly in full:
"But now it turns out that the alleged perpetrator wasn’t from an international Muslim extremist group at all, but was rather a right-wing Norwegian nationalist with a history of anti-Muslim commentary and an affection for Muslim-hating blogs such as Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, Daniel Pipes, and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch. Despite that,The New York Times is still working hard to pin some form of blame, even ultimate blame, on Muslim radicals (h/t sysprog):
Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.
"If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations,it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.
Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn’t, even when it’s allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist. Of course, before Al Qaeda, nobody ever thought to detonate bombs ingovernment buildings or go on indiscriminate, politically motivatedshooting rampages. The NYT speculates that amonium nitrate fertilizer may have been used to make the bomb because the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, owned a farming-related business and thus could have access to that material; of course nobody would have ever thought of using that substance to make a massive bomb had it not been for Al Qaeda. So all this proves once again what a menacing threat radical Islam is.
Then there’s this extraordinarily revealing passage from the NYT — first noticed by Richard Silverstein - explaining why the paper originally reported what it did:
Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.
There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible.
In other words, now that we know the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim, we know - by definition - that Terrorists are not responsible; conversely, when we thought Muslims were responsible, that meant — also by definition — that it was an act of Terrorism. As Silverstein put it:
How’s that again? Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim? If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and mowing down scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause? If even a liberal newspaper like the Times can’t call this guy a terrorist, what does that say about the mindset of the western world?
That Terrorism means nothing more than violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes has been proven repeatedly. When an airplane was flown into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, it was immediately proclaimed to be Terrorism, until it was revealed that the attacker was a white, non-Muslim, American anti-tax advocate with a series of domestic political grievances. The U.S. and its allies can, by definition, never commit Terrorism even when it is beyond question that the purpose of their violence is to terrorize civilian populations into submission. Conversely, Muslims who attack purely military targets - even if the target is an invading army in their own countries - are, by definition, Terrorists. That is why, as NYU’s Remi Brulin has extensively documented, Terrorism is the most meaningless, and therefore the most manipulated, word in the English language. Yesterday provided yet another sterling example.
One last question: if, as preliminary evidence suggests, it turns out that Breivik was “inspired” by the extremist hatemongering rantings of Geller, Pipes and friends, will their groups be deemed Terrorist organizations such that any involvement with them could constitute the criminal offense of material support to Terrorism? Will those extremist polemicists inspiring Terrorist violence receive the Anwar Awlaki treatment of being put on an assassination hit list without due process? Will tall, blond, Nordic-looking males now receive extra scrutiny at airports and other locales, and will those having any involvement with those right-wing, Muslim-hating groups be secretly placed on no-fly lists? Or are those oppressive, extremist, lawless measures - like the word Terrorism - also reserved exclusively for Muslims?”
Syeeda Hussaini has suffered from neck pain the past few years, to the extent that it’s difficult for her to drive and get a good night’s rest.
So on a recent weekend, she, her husband, and their three kids loaded up the car and drove less than a mile to Mattress Firm. Her husband, Mohammad, encouraged her to lie on different beds to see which one felt best.
She said the store manager approached, but oddly didn’t want to help. He told the family that he wouldn’t sell them a mattress for security reasons, she said.
Hussaini, 27, who is Muslim, covers all but her hands, feet and eyes in public to show respect for femininity and her religion. She said the manager told her she needed to show her face for service.
Hussaini wrote a letter to a regional representative of the company after the March 12 visit to the store. An official at Mattress Firm headquarters in Houston said the company “has a zero tolerance policy on racial and religious profiling.” Spokeswoman Sunni Goodman confirmed the encounter happened. “As soon as we were informed of the incident, we took appropriate action to address the situation,” she said. The manager no longer works for Mattress Firm.
Discrimination of all kinds is deplorable, but particularly disgusting in the form of pseudo-patriotism.
The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today released a video of a rally organized by anti-Muslim bigots to protest a February fundraising event held by an American Muslim relief group for relief work and charity in the U.S.
A few hundred protesters showed up to the rally, which was sponsored by groups such as: “We Surround Them OC 912” (a local Tea Party group), Rabbi David Eliezrie of Chabad - Yorba Linda, North Orange County Conservative Coalition, ACT! for America, and Pamela Geller (whose group “Stop the Islamization of America” has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center).
Elected officials Congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly also attended and spoke at the protest rally.
The event — held at Yorba Linda Community Center, a facility that has been frequented by Muslim families and businesses over the years — first became a target of anti-Muslim bigots over two of the fundraiser’s speakers, who were to speak on the importance of charity in Islam. Initial attempts of some groups to have the Yorba Linda Community Center and the Yorba Linda City Council cancel the fundraising event failed, followed by the protest.
This IS bigotry, plain and simple.
The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.”
In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida “is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States — homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.”
The Long Island Republican said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that the Muslim community “does not cooperate with law enforcement to anywhere near the extent that they should.”
A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said he fears King’s hearings will become an anti-Muslim witch hunt.
"We’re concerned that it’ll become a new McCarthy-type hearing," said the spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper.
King, 66, is in line to chair the Homeland Security Committee with the Republican takeover of the House.
He vowed do all he can “to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization.”
This is a very, very dangerous road for this country to take if we want to believe we’re a country that believes in religious freedom. Fact: From 1980 to 2005, only 6% of terroristic acts in the United States were committed by Islamic extremists. Jewish extremists accounted for 7%. Is King going to call for a hearing on the Jewish community?