By Myriam Francois-Cerrah
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy once said, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
Her words seem particularly apt this week in light of Bill Maher’s recent opening of the Islamophobic floodgates during his “Last Word” interview with Sam Harris and Ben Affleck. In the now infamous segment, Harris argues “Islam is the mother load of bad ideas” and that “We are misled to think the fundamentalists are the fringe.”
Muslim American academic Reza Aslan was subsequently called on by CNN to comment on Maher’s views, which he demurely dismissed, but what was most interesting was comparing the treatment of Aslan and Affleck, both voices arguing against anti-Muslim prejudice, by mainstream American TV anchors.
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Interview by: Elias Isquith
As I’d imagine anyone with an Internet connection and even a marginal interest in current events knows by now, HBO comedian and pundit Bill Maher has been engaged in an ongoing debate (through the media) over the nature of Islam. And while Maher’s not lacked for volunteers willing to criticize his arguments and question his level of knowledge about one of the world’s largest religions, Reza Aslan, the popular religious scholar and author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” has been Maher’s most prominent and scathing foil.
After noticing him tweet out our recent interview with Maher, Salon decided to give Aslan a call and chat about Maher, Islam, media ignorance and why it is that American society is so comfortable making sweeping generalizations about a faith that counts more than a billion human beings among its members. Our conversation is below, and has been lightly edited for clarity and length.
So I saw you tweet out my earlier conversation with Bill Maher. And I know you guys have tussled on this issue before —
I’ve actually been on the show four times. It’s funny, because a number of people have lambasted Bill Maher and said, “Why don’t you have Reza on your show!?” and I always tweet back saying, “I’ve done it four times now!” [Laughs]
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By Mohammed Abdullah
One of the things that scares me the Most is the knowledge the West has of our desire for the return of the Khilapha. If you look at the past 100 years of Imperial Western Rule in the Middle East, there is a two fold tactic that many Anti-Islamic organizations employ.
1.) Is to fund and empower the so-called Muslim Secularists who secretly hate Islam and tend to be extremely violent towards religious Muslims.
(This is generally because they are really Hypocrites who don’t fear God and so they have no problem killing thousands of Muslims.)
2.) Is to create oppressive and overtly extreme Religious groups that makes Islam seem completely irrational and inapplicable in Modern Day Society.
They do this in hopes to sway religious Muslims and possibly their offspring to develop a distaste for anything Islamic. And so they set up a system of Government which only applies Shariah Law at face value and partially in most cases. Essentially making the application of Islamic Law seem barbaric and unjust.
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By Mohammed Abdullah
In the National Review Online David Horowitz, a known Islamaphobe and Anti-Muslim activist wrote an article in which he described how the beheadings by ISIS have actually benefited them and their cause immensely. He went so for as to say that ISIS has helped them achieve in a few months what they couldn’t achieve in years. In his Article David Horowitz writes:
For more than a decade, a handful of conservatives, of whom I was one, tried to sound the alarm about the Islamist threat. For our efforts, we were ridiculed, smeared as bigots, and marginalized as Islamophobes.
And then came ISIS. The horrific images of the beheadings, the reports of mass slaughters, and the threats to the American homeland have accomplished what our small contingent of beleaguered conservatives could never have achieved by ourselves. They brought images of these Islamic fanatics and savages into the living rooms of the American public, and suddenly the acceptable language for describing the enemy began to change. “Savages” and “barbarians” began to roll off the tongues of evening-news anchors and commentators who never would have dreamed of crossing that line before, for fear of offending the politically correct.
So as I said for years now, these Terrorist Organizations and Right Wing Extremists are two sides of the same coin that work together interchangeably. This is why many Muslims believe that ISIS was created by Israel to drum up hatred for Muslims across the world. It wasn’t just a coincidence that right after Israel’s bombing of Gaza that sparked mass Anti-Israeli protests across Europe and the United states that ISIS choose to behead their first victim. There is a clear correlation between the two and the timing couldn’t have been better for Israel who at the time was feeling increasing pressure from the international community for their crimes against humanity.
Now thanks to ISIS, Israel, along with the many Anti-Muslim organizations, have now a Terrorist Group that they can spend hours upon hours talking about and justify their bigotry towards Muslims and anything Islamic. So thank you ISIS for helping the very people you supposedly are trying to fight against. Islamaphobia has now reached the worst levels in American History. Bravo.
If you head over to the Loonwatch website you’ll find an article there entitled: “Jews and Christians Way More Likely than Muslims to Justify Killing Civilians.” In it the writer presents the results of a Gallop Poll in the US which found that Muslim-Americans (21%) were far less likely than their fellow Jewish (52%) and Christian (58%) countrymen to think it is sometimes justifiable to target and kill civilians. (For the record, these numbers were 64% in Mormons and 43% in people with no religion/atheists/agnostics.)
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By Mohammed Abdullah
If having to deal with the effects of Chemo Therapy wasn’t bad enough, now women who have gone bald due to Cancer treatment are facing Islamaphobic Blow back for wearing the Head Scarf. The latest victim of this horrible trend is Julie Gale (picture above) who says that when she decided to accompany her daughter to the Melbourne Magistrates Court, she was surprised when the Security Guard at the door demanded her to remove her headscarf. She says:
“He pointed to my head and said: ‘Take if off’.
I said to him: ‘What, you want me to take this off? I’ve got a bald head underneath’
“He said: ‘Yes, take it off. You could be hiding something’.
I ripped it off my head and said: ‘Are you happy?’
Ms. Gale goes one to describe how she had just come out of Chemo Therapy and was feeling vulnerable.
“I felt so affronted by it, it was so insensitive and humiliating,”
In an email seen by the Herald Sun, G4S general manager Ron Bennett — no longer at the company — expressed regret over Ms Gale’s treatment and pledged a review of procedures to avoid a similar scenario “that may cause undue embarrassment”.
Sourch : Herald Sun
On August 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind.
The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.
This is, however, just the most recent of a series of cease-fire agreements reached after each of Israel’s periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza.
Since November 2005 the terms of these agreements have remained essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it—as Israel has conceded—until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality.
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I would just like to wish everyone a Happy Eid.
May Allah make your year full of good deeds and success.
Your Brother: Mohammed Abdullah
By Adam Horowitz
Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.”
Rabbi Lewis’s bio on the Etz Chaim website says his “religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present. Whether on the bima or in his office, he generates a caring warmth.” Yet, this is not his first foray into racist and inciteful rhetoric. Three years ago Rabbi Lewis gave a very similar sermon on Rosh Hashanah, again attacking Muslims and comparing them to Nazis. In fact he fashions this speech as a sequel to the earlier one:
The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul. Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.
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REUTERS – Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.
The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition.
“The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.
“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”
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