A friend recently wrote to a list of Muslims, that we must vote against every incumbent because tey are all useless.
I share his frustration and anger (noted at the bottom), but not the proposed reaction of not voting for any of the incumbents. It is true, our representatives have failed to take note of our concerns and feelings when they sign on to legislation and when they speak out in public. Much as I would like to kick their selfish behinds, I have to admit that the fault is more ours, than it is theirs.
I am not sure whether Muslims are fearful, ignorant, indifferent or, too arrogant, to do what is best for our collective good, it may even be a combination of all these things. The current thinking among us Muslims seems to go along these lines:
The FBI is very concerned about “Radicalized” Somali youth leaving the US to join Al-Shabab in Somalia and fighting for them. Try visiting Somalia and you will be “interviewed” by the FBI before you even leave. If you do manage to visit Somalia, even if you visit a neighboring country and you are Somali and you WILL get the royal “interview” treatment by the FBI. IF you ever get back because the FBI will quite likely place you on their notorious “No-Fly” list which has added over 1.5 MILLION people to it in just the past five years. Continue reading
We are in the month of Ramadan when we must fast from sunrise to sunset. This does not simply mean that we should go on a glorified diet plan, it means we must also DO the things God as told us we must do, such as fight evil, oppression and injustice. We must also stand up for truth and we must sacrifice what is ours in order to help our fellow humans.
…and we must help our fellow Muslims when they face trouble.
So many of us lead lives full of all kinds of blessings, we have food, shelter protection, reasonably good health and many of us are blessed with a lot more money than we actually need. So many of us seem to believe all we need to do to fulfill our obligations to society and to God, is to give to charity, pay our taxes, pray and stay away from that Demon whose name comes after we spit; “Politics”.
When saw the news that three teens had been kidnapped in Israel, I felt sad for them and for their parents. I thought it may take the path of some exchanges of Palestinians for the boys and that would be that. I also felt fear for Palestinians because I knew Israelis would react with demonic fury, heedless of how many victims they claim.
I was partly right. Israeli military and paramilitary forces launched an all-out effort to find the boys and to find who did it, taking many prisoners who were sure to be tortured (Israeli courts have allowed the use of torture in their so-called, “ticking bomb” scenarios) and causing destruction in their path.
Today, when I heard that the bodies of the boys were found, I was very sad, especially for the parents. Surviving their children is surely the nightmare of all parents, no child deserves to be the victim of any battles between adults. Children are always innocents, their killing can never be justified, even when they may be found carrying guns. It is bad enough that people dismissively kill other innocents (non-combatants) but those who kill children must surely rank among the lowest forms of humanity, along with those who permit such killings.
Recently a man entered the Jewish Museum in Brussels and opened fire killing three and injuring one before he fled. He was later captured in Paris and discovered to be a French Muslim, he was carrying ammunition for a Kalashnikov “and a white cloth with Arabic writing on it“, among other things.
France jumped into action, arresting Muslims who planned to travel to Syria or to any country even close to Syria, believing that these people are looking to fight in Syria and if they survive, they would return to Europe and become trained mass killers…”Jihadis” is the convenient, if misleading term.
The main fact here, that fired the imaginations of most, if not every Westerner, is that the man is a Muslim. That fact alone informs the West and Jews especially, that Muslims are out to get them and Muslims will not rest as long as there are “Unbelievers” alive.
What a load of rubbish! Continue reading
This Washington DC bus ad could well become a self-fulfilling cycle that could tear apart any hopes of Muslim-Jew relationships.
Muslim groups could be lured into a retaliatory campaign which could then provoke a counter-attack, while Jewish groups maintain their silence because they do not wish to be seen as attacking fellow Jews. At some point, Muslims and Jews will forget the idiotic ads and will begin to deeply distrust each other, which is exactly what the hate-mongers want us to be doing.
I didn’t really want to go to the AJC event, I was pretty sure it would be another Muslim-bash session and who wants to go and get bashed in public?
- The Alarming Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe…by Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of AJC’s Transatlantic Institute, located in Brussels
Presented by the AJC at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.
Still, I told myself, it is unfair to judge the outcome of an event I haven’t even seen and isn’t it a bit on the biased side myself, to pre-judge negatively? Thus self-chastened, I decided I should go and see what the return of Anti-Semitism in Europe is all about.
April 30th, 2014
Director James B. Comey
935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Dear Director Comey,
It was with envy and more than a little dismay, that I read the text of your speech at the ADL National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.,
Envy because a minority group is so well-organized that people of all stripes and ranks visit them and talk at their meetings while heaping praise on the minority group’s works. As a Muslim, I am quite envious of the respect you gave to the ADL, because we haven’t even had the FBI give so much as the time of day to CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), the only effective Muslim organization that looks after our civil rights. Please note, I am not a member of CAIR, but it has my wholehearted support..
To be sure, there are back-door approaches between the FBI and CAIR but that is demeaning to us Muslims. Rather like the old days when Blacks were met at the back door, while Continue reading
On Sunday, the 14th of April 2014, the eve of Passover, a man went to two Jewish Centers and killed a total of three people
. Frazier Glenn Cross a.k.a. Frazier Glenn Miller is a known White Supremacist and a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan
; hatred…institutional hatred, clearly played the major role in his murders.Three lives snuffed out, just like that, with three blasts of a hate-filled man’s gun. the people who died, left behind friends and relatives, whose lives will forever have a void in them, they will be mourned by their communities and by those who lived close by and who now realize what happened in their greater neighborhood. Of course, Jews all over the country and probably all over the world, feel the twinge of fear, knowing there is so much hate being generated and cultivated against them simply for the fact that they are Jews; it is so incredibly difficult to fight such endemic hate!
How does this happen?
It is a thin line separating an ultra-Patriot from a Fascist, so thin in fact, that it can easily be invisible.
Consider that when America first went into the post-9/11 “War!” to bring the shining light of Democracy to the darkness of “Islamic Terrorism”, we watched, fascinated by our high-tech prowess that could render mountains into piles of rubble, without a single boot on the ground. Those of us who protested that we had no business being there in the first place were deemed traitors because we did not support the troops; our Administration had deftly turned the continuation of this “War! into supporting or betraying our men and women in uniform.