Current Affairs Politics

Problems: Legal, Flying, Media

New understandings of the law: Not all Americans are equal. Sepia Mutiny has a two articles (1, 2) on how laws are being created ad hoc for Muslims, or how old laws are being re-read to apply in situations that they weren’t meant to. After London, flying has apparently become quite the ordeal. I have missed it so far, but travel season is coming up for me now. Al-Muhajabah Aziz at City of Brass Sepia Mutiny On a slightly lighter note, HijabMan has a wonderful post on how Muslim men do/don’t like a little naked Kate Moss with their prayers.

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Inter-faith Politics

Response from The Interfaith Alliance on Katherine Harris’s Comments

In light of US Senate candidate Katherine Harris’s comments on her bias against the constitutional provision of church-state separation and her support for the bogus claim that America was founded as a “Christian Nation,” The Interfaith Alliance offers the following to all reporters, editors, voters, candidates, and current elected officials: The Interfaith Alliance helps all Americans understand and appreciate the religious liberty clause of the Constitution. The founders of our nation believed that all Americans should have the right to worship according to their own beliefs, or not to worship at all. So strong was their commitment to religious freedom…

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Intra-faith Women

Deny the Prophet

Deny Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his teachings and his life. Such is the teaching of the Cult of Abd al-Wahhab. See Ali for more. I link to Ali because he ends so well. 1400 years of women’s presence, and a bunch of overly-hormoned men who are afraid of women wish to deny the existence of women, and take the name of Prophet Muhammad and Islam to do it. Haramzadeh ibn Shud-bewaqufi indeed. Technorati Tags: Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Women

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Intra-faith Religion

On Sufis

Here’s a wonderful piece on looking for Sufis in Central Asia. Go find some grapes. However, I think it’s important to note that Sufism is not the touchy-feely part of Islam – although it is often used to create a Good Muslim/Bad Muslim dichotomy – it is much more. Read about the politicization of a Sufi group in Iraq here. Technorati Tags: Iraq, Sufism

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Current Affairs

2 for the show

Two articles worth reading: Haroon Siddiqui has a fair and well-balanced article in the Ideas section of the Sunday, 20 August Toronto Star entitled The Muslim Malaise George Soros’ article in the Wall Street Journal entitled A Self-Defeating War is also worthwhile and is published at the TPM Cafe. Here are some excerpts: “The war on terror is a false metaphor that has led to counterproductive and self-defeating policies…Unfortunately, the “war on terror” metaphor was uncritically accepted by the American public as the obvious response to 9/11. It is now widely admitted that the invasion of Iraq was a blunder.…

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