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A matter of rape…

Rape, what a horrible thing to happen to anyone and how awful it is that it happens as often as it does. Whenever we hear about rape, the reactions are inevitably mixed and depend on where it happens, to whom and whose “side” we are on at the time, as if rape is made better or worse because of which “side” to victim or the perpetrator may be on.
Generally, when we think of “Rape”, we think of a man, sexually attacking a woman and usually, this is how it happens. But rape takes many forms, some such that it is easy to hide behind excuses, but when one looks at the facts, it become clear that it was indeed, rape. The difficult part is not that rape happened, the difficult part is often that society refuses to acknowledge rape happened.
Rape can happen when a child is made to have sex with an adult, it is called statutory rape in the US. Rape can also happen when the man is in a powerful position and the woman is or, feels that she is, in a helpless position and dependent on the man. until recently, Washington state allowed “consensual sex” between prison guards and female prisoners, completely ignoring the fact that if a prisoner refused to have sex with the guard, her life in prison, would become more of a Hell than she could ever imagine; it was rape, but excused and allowed, as “consensual sex” by the guards and by the authorities who were predisposed to support their uniformed brother.
The names in the following story are fictional, but the details are tragically, not. Sadly, the following story is all-too true for people from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

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March 26, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

ALL Terrorists are Muslim…I Know Why!!!

By now, I’ll bet every Muslim has heard the bigotry-loaded term, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslim“, it just dawned on me that this saying is absolutely RIGHT!!!
When the only “terrorists” one wishes to recognize, are Muslim, then of course, all terrorists are going to be Muslim; QED.
The story below was forwarded to me by a friend, it shows how an act of violence or a threat by a non-Muslim is waved off as “stupid”, “deranged” or even “an isolated incident” and essentially, “Unrelated to terrorist groups”, while the same act, committed by  Muslim brings to trial, said Muslim, his family, his friends, his Mosque and his faith, as one, broad conspiracy, driven by the Quran and the prophet Mohammed. Naturally, since the perpetrator below, is not Muslim, he is automatically not a “terrorist”, but off his rocker. Every week, I get “The TSA Blog“, a weekly report that details all the firearms and explosives that people try to get through an airport…the ones who get caught! Did anyone in Seattle know there were two incidents in February, where people got caught at Sea-Tac airport, one with a 9 mm gun and one with a .45? No, I didn’t either. Who’s betting they were Muslim? you’d lose.
Now for my never-ending chant: These attitudes against Islam and Muslims are ONLY possible because we Muslims cannot get past our parochial and sectarian, (Takfiri) differences and because even the best of us cannot be bothered enough to work together and use our massive political clout. we like to work “behind the scenes” with “calm discussion”, to “engage”, politicians and law enforcement. We don’t like to appear to be “aggressive” or “Controversial”.
I am sharply reminded of this because just yesterday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his visit to the US, THANKED US service men and women, for their “sacrifices”. No mention at all, of how it was the US, that completely destroyed Afghanistan, slaughtered possibly hundreds of thousands of Afghanis, maimed probably forty-fifty times more and is now marching out of the country, leaving it in total, violent, anarchy. The same, by the way, has been done to Iraq.
No doubt, Ashraf Ghani was working behind the scenes, engaging the US and not appearing aggressive. It should be worth a few million dollars in his private bank accounts in Europe and the US. In the US however, our fellow Muslims do not get their millions, not even tens, of dollars, they just like to be seen in the same photographs as the overlords in Politics and law enforcement; God can take care of the Muslims, if He wants to.
Life continues, we keep on expecting things to change, without working for the change ourselves.

Lo! God does not change the condition of a people until they first change that which is in their hearts… (13:11)

Surprise! Another Christian Terrorist

Did you hear about the man who entered New Orleans’ airport with explosives and a machete? No? Well, you would have if he’d been Muslim.

A Muslim American man carrying a duffel bag that holds six homemade explosives, a machete, and poison spray travels to a major U.S. airport. The man enters the airport, approaches the TSA security checkpoint, and then sprays two TSA officers with the poison. He then grabs his machete and chases another TSA officer with it.

This Muslim man is then shot and killed by the police. After the incident, a search of the attacker’s car by the police reveals it contained acetylene and oxygen tanks, two substances that, when mixed together, will yield a powerful explosive.

If this scenario occurred, there’s zero doubt that this would be called a terrorist attack. Zero. It would make headlines across the country and world, and we would see wall-to-wall cable news coverage for days. And, of course, certain right-wing media outlets, many conservative politicians, and Bill Maher would use this event as another excuse to stoke the flames of hate toward Muslims.

Well, last Friday night, this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport—that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend.

The man who commited this attack was Richard White, a 63-year-old formerArmy serviceman who has long been retired and living on Social Security and disability checks. He was reportedly a devout Jehovah’s Witness.

Given the facts that a man armed with explosives and weapons traveled to an airport and only attacked federal officers, you would think that the word “terrorism” would at least come up as a possibility, right?  But it’s not even mentioned.

Instead, law enforcement was quick to chalk this incident up to the attacker’s alleged “mental health issues.” That was pretty amazing police work considering this conclusion came within hours of the attack. There was no mention by police that they had even explored whether White had issues with the federal government stemming from his military service, if there was any evidence he held anti-government views, etc.

Perhaps Mr. White truly was mentally ill. Interviews with his neighbors, however, don’t even give us a hint that he had mental problems. Rather theydescribed White as a “meek” and “kind” man who a few had spoken to just days before the incident and everything seemed fine. You would think these neighbors would at least note that White had a history of mental illness if it was so apparent.

Now I’m not saying definitively that I believe Mr. White was a terrorist. My point is twofold. One is that if White had been a Muslim, the investigation into his motivation by the media and maybe even the police would have essentially been over once his faith had been ascertained. If a Muslim does anything wrong, it’s assumed to be terrorism. (Apparently we Muslims can’t be mentally ill.)

In contrast, when a non-Muslim engages in a violent attack, even on federal government employees, law enforcement and the media immediately look to the person’s mental history, not possible terrorist motivations.

No wonder so many parrot the line, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” When the press uses the word terrorism only in connection with the actions of Muslims, the average person would assume that’s the case. However, as I have written about before, in recent years overwhelmingly the terrorist attacks in United States and Europe have been committed by non-Muslims.

My second point is that this could have in fact been act of terrorism. White clearly targeted only the TSA officers. He didn’t assault others in the airport, such as the passengers waiting on line at the security checkpoint. And for those unfamiliar, there has been a great deal of animus directed at the TSA by some conservatives and libertarians. Simply Google the words “stop the TSA” and you will see pages of articles denouncing the TSA as an organization hell bent on depriving Americans of our liberty.

For example, Alex Jones’ Infowars website is filled with anti-TSA articles claiming that the TSA’s goal is not to prevent terrorism but to “harass” travelers and get into “our pants.” Glen Beck warned in the past that the TSA was potentially becoming President Obama’s“private army” with the goal being to take away our liberties.

And in 2012, Senator Rand Paul lashed out against the TSA for what he viewed as the agency’s improper treatment of him. In fact after the incident, Paul penned an op-ed denouncing the TSA, writing that “it is infuriating that this agency feels entitled to revoke our civil liberties while doing little to keep us safe.”

Even more alarmingly, the attacks on the TSA have not been limited to words. In October 2012, Paul Ciancia traveled to LAX, where he took out a rifle from his bag and shot two TSA officers, killing one. Ciancia had written anti-government tracts in the past and was—to little media fanfare—actually charged months later with an act of terrorism.

Given this climate, how can the police not even mention that they investigated the possibility of terrorism and ruled it out? I spoke with Colonel John Fortunato, the spokesperson for Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, which is the agency in charge of the investigation. Fortunato explained that due to state law, they couldn’t release any additional information regarding White’s mental illness or reveal information regarding any treatment he may or may not have undergone.

When I asked Fortunato if they had investigated White’s digital footprint to ascertain whether he had visited any anti-government websites or had searched his residence to see if he possessed an anti-government literature or made or written anti-government statements, he gave me what sounded like a boiler plate response that the investigation has revealed no affiliation to any outside groups. Fortunato expressed his confidence that White had acted alone and that no ties to any terror groups. But he added that we will never truly know what motivated White given he died before being questioned.

But part of me actually believes that there are some in the media and law enforcement who prefer to use the term terrorism only when it applies to a Muslim.

Why? Because it’s easy to do. Muslims are viewed by many as the “other,” not as fellow Americans. But discussing domestic terrorism carried out by fellow Americans is at best, uncomfortable, and at worst, undermines the narrative that some in our country have a vested interest in advancing.

I’m not sure what will change this mindset, but if we want to truly keep Americans safe, law enforcement and the media need to understand that terrorism is not just a Muslim thing.

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March 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tattoo of Violence on Muslims

I have been most distressed by the mayhem being perpetrated in our name by our brothers.
It also bothers me that the West continues to say how much they would like to stop ISIS and other extremist thinking (among Muslims, of course!). The US held a national “CVE” (Countering Violent Extremism) summit in which the President makes a great show of distinguishing between “good” Muslims and violent ones…but Muslims, nevertheless. The concern is always about how to stop Muslim kids from going the violent way, never about Christians or Jews who also go the violent way.
The US and the West continues to ignore and even to support, the greatest promoters and supporters of Muslim intolerance; Arabia and Qatar. I suppose, it is easier and panders more to the electorate, when Muslims are targeted right here, “irregardless” of their guilt or innocence; usually their innocence!
Three young Muslims got shot execution style (through the head) by a man who obviously hates Muslims and the Police is bending over backwards to say it was “an incident over parking”. Caitlin Durkovic, Assistant Secretary at Homeland Security, sent a general letter to Muslims about the murders, but she could only squeeze out the term “a senseless act of violence”.
One of our own local Muslim woman was harassed at a QFC parking lot, her car was spat on and sausage was smeared over her can and the responding Police officers could only say it was a “suspicious circumstances” incident.
Bomb-threat to local Muslim center? FBI and the Lynnwood Police say he didn’t mean it. Apart from asking the man whether he meant to bomb the center, they did not even bother to investigate further when he said “uh, nooooo”.
Among all this violence I was MOST  impressed by India.
An Indian fellow was visiting his son in Alabama (where else?) and was taking a walk when the Police stopped him. Not understanding what they wanted, he continued walking at which point, one of the officers grabbed him and threw him to the ground so violently that it broke his spine and he is paralyzed.
India took it on as their own cause and within a couple of days the Chief of Police made a public apology to India, to the victim and to his family and the officer has been arrested.
Earlier, an Indian diplomat was arrested by the New York Police and strip-searched while in jail. The resulting reaction from India forced an apology by the US.
I don’t know of any Muslim-majority country that would have the guts to take a stand on behalf of their citizen, in fact these countries actually arrest, torture and even kill, their own citizens at the suggestion from the US.
I suppose, Muslim-majority countries should not be blamed because we Muslims take no note of such events, whether they are in a Muslim-majority country or, right here in the US. The tragic fact the we Muslims continue to ignore, remains, that unless we care enough to work together and make our leaders take note, such excesses against Muslims will continue and get worse.
We Muslims have a long way to go…

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February 21, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

What ISIS really wants. March ATLANTIC

If the author of The Atlantic Monthly article,” What ISIS Really Wants“, wanted to smear Islam and Muslims, he could not have done a better job. Picking a self-promoting Islamophobe like Bernard Haykel (“the foremost secular authority on the Islamic State’s ideology“) as his source of information helps to make naive readers believe in what Wood and Haykel wanted to promote; a deep suspicion of Islam and Muslims and that Muslims are only doing in ISIS, what they are rooted to do in faith.

If The Atlantic Monthly had done even a few basic fact-checks of this “article”, they would have found enough holes in it, to make a sieve proud. I guess the usual budget cuts, must have done away with their fact-checking department as well.

To: The Editors of The Atlantic Monthly.
Re: “What ISIS Really Wants” in their March 2015 issue.

Dear Editor,

What ISIS Really Wants”  (Graeme Wood. Atlantic, March 2015) might have been a most interesting article, but the author appears to have gotten carried away by his own theories, did anyone do fact-checks on the article? Continue reading

February 18, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 7 Comments

ALLAH AKBAR, BABY!

Dear editors of USA Today,
I only saw your “ALLAH AKBAR, BABY!” “Cartoon” this evening and immediately felt compelled to write…even though I am pretty sure the reactions will be a chorus of derisive guffaws as you plan your next “Target Islam” move.

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February 6, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

When Islam is left to the scholars

In every field of study, scholars serve a vital function, they help us understand the problems and how to resolve questions, they help us learn about the subject with help of their deep knowledge and they help lead us to higher levels of understanding.

 

But scholars can be wrong; they often have been and many, still are. There was a time when scholars said the speed of sound was the ultimate barrier; one could not go any faster. Before that, there were teams of scholars who said the Earth was flat, there were scholars who said the Earth was the center around which the universe revolved and it was not so long ago, when scholars said the limits of computing had been reached. The Genocide of the American Indian, the Aborigines of Australia and the White rules in Southern Africa, were all justified as Divine Mandate emanating from the Bible. Jews, Hindus, Shinto, no faith is immune from intolerant, extremist, religious scholars who promote and sanctify violence against “the other”.

 

In Islam too, as in all other faiths, there have been many scholars who insisted that theirs was the only valid point and anyone who disagreed, was not only wrong, but served the devil because he was spreading doubt about Islam. Continue reading

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 8 Comments

9-11 and Charlie Hebdo Tragicomedy

It was George W. Bush who started off with the rhetorical question, “Why do they hate us?” and then answered his own question by the now oft-repeated patter, “They hate us for our Freedoms”. “They” of course, meaning Muslims even though the word “Muslim” was disguised behind perfixes like “Radical” and suffixes like “Fundamentalists”. Both, the “Freedom”-loving West and the targeted Muslims, knew of course, that the West was and is, taking on the task of making sure Muslim countries remain in the Dark Ages and dependent on the West; imperialism was simply taking on a new persona.

 

After 9-11, America decided to rise to defend its “Freedom” by imprisoning over 14,000 Muslims within this country alone and to torture hundreds more and kill over a million more. This is how “Freedom” and “Democracy” are protected By America.

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January 14, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muslim Hero in Paris…And…Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism…

I would like everyone to take a brief break and read these two articles. The first one, about the Muslim hero, is barely-acceptable in today’s fashion where Muslims and Islam are best left open to condemnation by members of the so-called, “Judeo-Christian Civilization”. Unfortunately for the current populist narrative, Muslims are humans too. We are just as good and just as bad, as anyone else and yes, we ARE Americans in America, Canadians in Canada and Europeans in Europe; no different from other fellow-citizens.

 

Yes, our fellow Muslims did blow up buses in London and killed people in mainland Europe, but no, Muslims did not blow up trains in Spain or go on bombing sprees in Ireland or UK or, kill 70, 80 people, mostly children in Norway, inspired by Islamophobic “experts” from the USA. Those acts were committed by the so-called Judeo-Christian Civilization as evidence of the “Clash within Civilization” to borrow from other “experts” such as Samuel Huntington and Bernard Lewis.

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January 12, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did Charlie Hebdo support Islamophobia?

Did Charlie Hebdo support Islamophobia?
Some may wonder why such a question is being brought up in the light (or dark) of the Charlie Hebdo slaughters, but it is a valid question. It must be noted that even if Charlie Hebdo supported Islamophobia and lauded it as “Freedom of Speech”, that does NOT give license to fanatics to kill the supposed offenders. Still, it sheds light on the topic of “Freedom of Speech” which is always seen being trotted out when Islam and Muslims are bashed and carefully put away when other minorities are targeted.
Even as our hearts are wrenched at the news of the people killed by a couple of fanatical Muslims, a glance at Charlie Hebdo’s double standards of promoting Islamophobia but crushing similar jibes at other faiths, is a worthwhile endeavor. Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olam, dug up this 2009 news item about a time when a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist suggested in a column, that the French President Sarkozy’s son (a Jew) was marrying a Jewish heiress for her money. In the news report, Charlie Hebdo demanded that the cartoonist apologize and then fired him for refusing to do so.

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January 9, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Charlie Hebdo murders and the Muslim Connection

The anguish and the frustration over the murders at Charlie Hebdo, were felt by almost every Muslim who heard of the tragedy. We all feel the injury whenever some Muslim fanatic takes matters into his own intolerant hands and kills people for saying something disagreeable (to him) about Islam or the prophet Mohammed.
Our pain is compounded by the many folks who take the “Muslim Connection” and extrapolate it into a problem with Islam and Muslims in general…after the de rigueur disclaimers that “not all Muslims are terrorists”! The acts of the fanatics are laid at the feet of Islam and Muslims, while the acts of the victims are defended as exercises of the much-touted “Freedom of Speech”. The sad fact is that bigotry is only protected by “Freedom of Speech” when Muslims and Islam are being bashed. In 34 European countries, any doubts about the reality or magnitude of the Holocaust is punishable by up to two years in prison and in many of these same countries, insults to people’s religion that causes them pain, is also punishable by up to six months in prison. Nevertheless, any insults to Islam or its prophet, are encouraged and lauded as “Freedom of Speech”.
Even in the United States, “Freedom of Speech” is a fluid concept that is weighted against Muslims.
Muslims have been imprisoned for playing Paintball because they were accused of practicing in order to fight in Kashmir, while others, such as the Hutaree, who were planning to kill Police officers and then kill the ones who would come to the aid of the officers, were exonerated because they were said to be simply exercising their right to free speech. A young Muslim was sentenced to 17 years in jail for translating some passages of some Jihadi group, a translation he thought, would help Americans understand what the group was all about. On the other hand, a Christian who translated the entire Al-Qaeda Manifesto, is lauded as a hero. We cannot ignore the fact that when Major Hassan went on his killing spree at Fort Hood, all of Islam and all Muslims were put on trial, while Aaron Alexis’ killing spree in Washington DC Navy Yard was attributed to “a lone gunman” possibly, a disaffected one. The terms “Terror” and “Terrorism” too, seem to be used quite liberally, against Muslims and quite frugally, when the perpetrators are not Muslim.
The world would be a happier place and everyone would be less paranoid, if we only noted the crimes committed by people, instead of taking greater note of the perpetrators’ race or religion.

January 8, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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