Marriage Equality is now upheld by the Supreme Court and while there have been some pretty bad Supreme Court decisions in the past…and some superb ones, this one is high on the list of the court’s better ones. Lots of people object to same-gender marriage on religious grounds and as far as anyone is concerned, their objections can stay in place. This decision allows those people who wish to share their lives with another (currently unconventional) person, to move on with their lives in peace. Religion’s place remains protected and indeed Churches and other places of worship can freely carry on with their faith-practices, but the State has been separated from religion in the area of marriage. Continue reading
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is gay and married to his partner. That’s not a problem with me except that he seems to be using the veil of his homosexuality to cover for his support for bigotry.
As My friend Richard Silverstein points out in his blog Tikun Olam
, the mayor accepted in invitation to visit Israel (he is already there), paid for by the Israeli Foreign Ministry…which is paid for by the USA…which is paid for by YOUR tax dollars and mine. The Israelis paid for the trip to Israel AND subsidized a pre-visit holiday for the mayor and his spouse and we get to pay for the $36,000 bill for Seattle Police for his protection while he is out there.
Why do I say he is supporting anti-Palestinian bigotry?
It does not take anyone with intelligence greater than a nit, to see what Israel is doing and has done to the Palestinians (paid for by our tax dollars), the humiliations, the brutality and the genocide of the Palestinians is beyond imagination. For Ed Murray and his spouse to accept the trip is not a lot different than accepting a trip to Serbia during the Serb genocide of the Bosnians or, visiting Hitler before War II, but this IS a free trip and it IS burnishing his political re-election campaign that is coming up next year.
To use supporting the Gay movement as an excuse for supporting Israel is as insulting to the Gay people, as supporting a Black African cultural festival in White South Africa would be insulting to Blacks all over the world.
Mayor Ed Murray is also on the board of the Holocaust Center of Seattle
, an organization I fully supported until the day it honored a director of the strongly anti-Muslim Simon Wiesenthal Center, as a keynote speaker. The Holocaust center ignored all of our pleas to not invite the man, they even rejected our request for the Center to at least reject the anti-Muslim movies produced by the SWC. Instead, they labeled us as “Anti-Semites” and continued with their program to honor Islam-bashing.
I strongly supported Mayor Mike McGinn for re-election, but there were too many Muslim organizations that were, as usual, divided in their support and went with Murray instead. McGinn was one of the few politicians who wrote a strong letter to the FBI, condemning their use of the Muslim-bashing ads on the Bus where they put sixteen Muslim faces on buses and titled them “The Faces of Global Terrorism
“, his was the letter that helped get the FBI to cancel their ad program. McGinn is a man of character but it appears that we favor self-serving, shallow people as our leaders
We got what we deserved.
With the month of Ramadan coming in the next few days, I wonder how many Muslim organizations will invite and thus, honor Mayor Ed Murray for an Iftar (breaking of the fast) celebration? That will inform him that we Muslims don’t mind the fact that he suports the extinction of the Palestinians from Israel and the bashing of Islam and Muslims. Then we will wonder why things are getting worse for Muslims in the US and in the West
First Published August 24, 2008
This year, the Muslim month of Ramadan in the year 1436, begin on Thursday June 18th, 2015. The Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during this, the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, making it one of the holiest months for Muslims. This is the month for not only physical, but even more importantly, spiritual cleansing for Muslims.
The Muslim calendar is about 10 days shorter than the Common Era (Gregorian) calendar, thus, Ramadan begins about ten days earlier each C.E. Year, cycling through every season, over a period of about thirty-three years…including Summer! For those living in mild climates like the North-West United States, summer fasting is not a problem. However, in the heat of the Middle-East, Africa or Asia, fasting is a major test of endurance as well!
Observed with great ceremony, Muslims may not eat or drink from dawn to dusk each day, but there are exemptions. Under-age children, the infirm, the elderly and the ill, are exempt from the requirements of fasting while those who are traveling and menstruating women, may make up afterwards. Some schools of thought allow for medications that do not provide nutrition, such as insulin, heart medications etc., while other schools believe nothing may be ingested during the fasting period. Continue reading
(Action call at the end)
Life has not been easy for under-15-year old Milad who is a nice, normal, intelligent young man studying at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way; being Muslim has been a problem for him. While he was at Ilahee Middle School, he was harassed by kids, taunted by being called variously, “Usama” and “Mohamed”. In December of 2013, one student set up a couple of explosives in his family’s garage but fortunately nobody was injured and the fellow was expelled from school.
On April 3rd, a fellow student at Todd Beamer HS, sent an e-mail to the school with Milad’s name as sender, threatening to bomb the school. Naturally, the school went into emergency mode, they pulled Milad from his class while everyone else was evacuated and then they interrogated him for over two hours, without ever informing his parents about what was going on. Probably in their excitement that they had caught themselves a “Muzlem” who had made a bomb threat, the Federal Way Police took this crying and panic as admission of the crime and pushed him pretty hard, to try and get a confession out of him. Finally, after over two hours, they decided to call the school where his mother worked and instead of speaking with her, they left a message for her to come and get her son.
I received some responses to my last post (“45 slaughtered in Pakistan bus“), two in particular were such that I had to respond to them. I will combine the two as one below and then reproduce my response to them further down.
I appreciate all the time & effort you put in sharing your thoughts. But, I take issue with this statement of yours, “I am not sure if it is shocking that there is little reaction in Pakistan, on the murders of so many people.” This is not the first time I’ve noticed you making statement about a country you have not visited in eons. It appears that your views on Pakistan & it’s peoples’ reaction to this tragedy are not based on any facts or reality on the ground.
I am currently in Pakistan and am witnessing the impact of this tragedy on this nation first hand. The whole country is reeling from this incident because of the special place Ismaeli community holds for this country in terms of providing public services to rest of the nation.
I wish you would give a second thought before making such blanket statements about a nation that leads the world in food donation and its culture is renowned for its hospitality & generosity.
The deteriorating situation in Pakistan is so complex that in reality no one knows who is behind all this killing. Forgive my ignorance but I’m lost how such Posts can bring +ve change in Pakistan….. I respect Jafar for spending so much of his time on writing emails and Blogs. MaShaAllah he is very knowledgeable and he knows our Prophet (saw) was always humble, polite, and used Hikmah in his conversations. We all should do the same.
Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on this message of mine.
It has happened again, mindless fanatics have slaughtered 45 people in Pakistan…in the name of Islam and in the name of God.
I am not sure if it is shocking that there is little reaction in Pakistan, on the murders of so many people. One can understand that the country has become rather numbed to news of yet another butchery.
There are people being killed/murdered/butchered at the hands of fanatics almost every day in Pakistan. Fanatics come in different colors and different fanaticisms, some accepted and some tolerated but few are rejected.
The first line of fanatics is the government, its Police and Military which regularly disappears and kills civilians in the name of “protecting the nation”. These agencies are so fanatical about “protecting the nation” that any number of murders is acceptable and actually, a duty. The government is also so interested in keeping the fanatics under some reasonable (from their point of view) control, that they take little or no action when some fanatic kills a person because of “Blasphemy”, “insult to the prophet Mohammed” or another similarly idiotic excuse.
The next line of fanatics are the United States and its “Coalition of the Willing”. These folks have hyped the fear of being destroyed by a diminutive number of ill-equipped people so much, that they now have unlimited supplies of highly-murderous weaponry to direct at the faceless people the “Coalition” has identified as “Terrorists” and “Suspects”. Hundreds and thousands of people, almost every one innocent, have been slaughtered every year, by the US and its ready-to-kill allies.
The last and most continuous line of fanatics are the ultra-religious Muslims for whom, anyone who does not toe their precise line of thinking about Islam, is a “Kafir” (Unbeliever or Apostate). As such they believe, these “Kuffar” (Plural) are more dangerous to Islam than the other enemies, because these “Kuffar” will dilute and dissipate Islam and before you know it, Islam turns into a corrupted version of its ideal and is gone.
Freedom of Speech!
I hear this and I cringe because I know it is a not-too-coded code to take a bash at Islam and Muslims. Just as when I hear the word “Democracy”, I know someone’s freedom is about to be crushed as we have done so frequently in the past and even today.
We support Israel in the name of “Democracy” but Israel is farther away from democracy than even White South Africa was in its heyday. Palestinians are as animals, to be humiliated, dispossessed, killed, exploited and starved, all in the name of protecting Israel, the only democracy in the Mid-East. One might laugh if it were not so tragic.
Yet nobody in the US, seems to make it a matter of concern that we pour well over ten BILLION dollars into that rat-hole every year, just so they can practice newer ways to kill and to oppress millions of people. We, the United States of America, supposedly the greatest democracy in the world, have a knack of supporting the worst examples of oppression over man, all over the world. Even in this country today, we have made it a mark of true patriotism that some of our leaders should target Islam and Muslims as the greatest threat to the US and to the West, while the rest of our leaders remain steadfastly silent in case their future political aspirations should be endangered.
That’s it, isn’t it? WE allow evil to be done in our names because we say nothing against it; Democracy, War, Freedom of Speech, what is the difference? They are all fig-leaves of convenience to disguise the real pupose…Greed and self-interest.
Freedom of Speech!
What is it really? Bigots say it is their God-given RIGHT to say as vile a thought as comes to their minds and if they hate Islam and Muslims, they should be free to say so. Of course they are right because how do we stop the free expression of thought, without curtailing people’s freedoms?
It has become so predictable that anti-Muslim hate-mongers can literally, take it to the bank.
Place ads against Islam and the prophet Mohammed and outraged Muslims will throw a fit, burn their own buildings thousands of miles away, kill their own people also thousands of miles away all in the name of Islam. In the meantime, the instigators of the insults to the prophet Mohammed, rake in greater donations. All in the name of “Freedom of Speech”.
Such activities only serve the anti-Muslim fear-mongers because it instills the conviction among those non-Muslims who do not know better, that Islam and Muslims are inherently violent and unjust.
When Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten commissioned and published their anti-Islam cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, Muslims rioted in Muslim-majority countries.They destroyed properties belonging to other Muslims and pretty much shut down a number of countries for days. Danes and other Europeans remained unimpressed and life continued in the West as non-Muslims wondered if indeed, Muslims and Islam were as violent as the hate-propagandists portrayed them to be.
Charlie Hebdo ran anti-Muslim cartoons and shortly thereafter, a couple of Muslims killed a dozen people in Paris. Since then Charlie Hebdo has skyrocketed from being a satirical magazine of local note, to one of international recognition. Awards for courage are being lavished on the paper for their efforts to defend “Freedom of Speech”, regardless of the fact that earlier, when a cartoonist published an anti Jewish cartoon in the same paper, he was fired. One member of an organization giving an award for courage to Charlie Hebdo, said the award was not for the fact that Charlie Hebdo was attacked Islam, but for the principle of their action. If this is valid, them Hitler should also be honored, not for the millions of deaths he and the German nation were responsible for, but for the principle of making Germany great again. Would that Principles could so easily be separated from complex matters! These same defenders of principle, fail to note that France is so set against the expression of faith by Muslims (in particular) that people wearing hijab can be fined or imprisoned and recently a Muslim schoolgirl was kicked out of her school because she wore a skirt that was not high enough and thus, was deemed to be practicing Islam in a subversive manner.
A few days ago, the rabidly anti-Muslim blogger Pam Geller, launched a contest in bigotry;the person who would submit the winning cartoon of the prophet Mohammed, would “win” $10,000. Predictably, a couple of Muslims drove by and shot at a security guard, injuring him and then got shot to death, by a cop. All they achieved in their wasted deaths, was an even more firmly imbedded impression among non-Muslims, that Islam and Muslims were indeed mindless, merciless and violent.
How does all this violence come about? Continue reading
The House of Saud has co-opted a number of countries into giving support for its destruction of Houthis, who practice Zaidi school of Shia Islam and who are rejected by the Saudis as heretics. The House of Saud is appearing to bring back the corrupted and ineffective Yemeni (Sunni) leader, who escaped to Arabia after he faced being deposed by the Houthis.
The House of Saud’s “Coalition of the Willing” includes the Gulf states, (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE), it also includes Jordan and Egypt and efforts are being made to bring in Pakistan as well; Already, Pakistan’s highly trained vets (mercenaries) form the backbones of the militaries of Jordan and all the Gulf countries. Other unadvertised allies of the Saudis, fighting actively against the Houthis, are Al-Qaeda (AQAP) and ISIS (both sworn to destroy America), the latter already taking control of several towns in Aden.
This, against the total estimate of about 100,000 Houthi fighters, spread all over Yemen.
In some ways, ISIS should be admired. They have clear goals, they want to take over all the M-E and then go for the rest of the world. They want to destroy everything that does not comport with their version of Islam and they want to kill everyone who is not a part of their misguided faith and that particularly includes America.
We can all agree ISIS are vile, despicable examples of humanity, but we also have to admire their clarity of thought.
American on the other hand, says so many things from so many sides of its collective mouth, that no clear policy can ever come out of DC. America hates Al-Qaeda and its further-to-the-right off-shoot, Al-Nusra and will do everything to destroy them. The US is also completely against ISIS and wants to destroy them. The US wants to be trusted by its Muslim citizens who should feel considered and protected, by its agencies.
That’s the America P-R, the American reality is quite different and beyond comprehension of any but the invisible puppet-masters who direct US policy. As anyone can figure, the policies are driven by the moneyed folk because even our Supreme Court has allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money for political campaigns…so who is the politician going to listen to?
The latest story of the American snake eating its own tail is located in the Arabia Peninsula.