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Calls For The Resignation of Official Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

Loon Watch - 3 June, 2014 - 17:53

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Jo Lyn Haussmann is “sorry” for her anti-Muslim rant because she might have to resign. CAIR-Texas has called for Haussmann’s resignation.:

“The Keller community deserves a trustee that is committed to diversity and sound judgment regardless of race, religion, or national origin,” stated Alia Salem, Executive Director of CAIR-NTX. “An apology in this case is insufficient. These comments are not the first of its kind from Mrs. Haussmann, as she has made similar negative comments in the past regarding Islam and Muslims. This indicates a deeply held belief that cannot be washed away with a mere apology. We hope that other trustees and local leaders will work with the community on this issue by taking a zero-tolerance policy on racist and discriminatory statements”

In 2012, she wrote online: “RIGHT! That’s what I said, ‘MORMONS DO ‘NOT’ SUPPORT ABORTION OR SAME SEX MARRIAGE!” If Muslims aren’t for it, then why is Obama and all of his muslim followers supporting it? Why is HE not decapitated!?!”

Tackling racism in Northern Ireland must start with the first minister | Anna Lo

The Guardian World news: Islam - 3 June, 2014 - 09:00
For his slurs about Muslims Peter Robinson must apologise in public or resign. It's the least the decent majority deserve

Following last week's interview with the Guardian in which I announced my plans to stand down in disillusionment at Northern Ireland's politics and the level of racism in some quarters some of it very personal I have received thousands of messages of goodwill and support. So many bouquets were delivered to my office that by Friday afternoon it resembled a florist shop. This is the true face of Northern Ireland. However, I will still not be seeking re-election in 2016 as I believe it is time to pass the baton on to the next generation.

Four thousand people attended an anti-racism rally in Belfast on Saturday, and thousands more will march with Amnesty International this weekend in support of local ethnic and religious minority communities. There is undoubtedly a small minority of bigots and racists, but a very large majority of the people in Northern Ireland are decent, warm and welcoming.

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Allen West Pretty Sure Bowe Bergdahl’s Dad Made The White House A Mosque

Loon Watch - 2 June, 2014 - 20:10

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Allen West Pretty Sure Bowe Bergdahl’s Dad Made The White House A Mosque

 

By Doktor Zoom (Wonkette)

OMG you guys! Disgraced former torturer Allen West, super-patriot and Muslim-Hunter extraordinaire, has been tipped off to some earth-shattering proof of Muslim perfidy and scary creeping — or galloping! — sharia law! After spending the weekend calling Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “deserter” and hinting that there’s something “nefarious” about his release from the Taliban, and about Bergdahl’s father, Bob Bergdahl (who apparently doesn’t hate Muslims enough at all), West has revealed a “bombshell”: Bob Bergdahl spoke Arabic at the White House! Not only that, but he pretty much made the White House a holy Muslim shrine by doing that, according to a very smart person who emailed Allen West.

West says that he got an email from Clare Lopez, a “former CIA operations officer” who knows all sorts of stuff about Islam and the Middle East, and who is a personal friend of one Allen West. Lopez completely blows the lid off a huge cover-up, he says!

She emailed me this morning a very poignant analysis that only someone knowing language and Islam could ascertain. She wrote:

“What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these are the opening words of every chapter of the Qur’an except one (the chapter of the sword – the 9th) – by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this.”

Folks, there is a lot to this whole episode — like Benghazi — that we may never know. And this is not conspiracy theory, it is truth based upon Arabic and Islamic dogma and tradition.

Is America going to continue to let Barack Hussein Obama invite parents of rescued POWs to the White House and claim it for Islam? This is not a conspiracy theory, this is genuine honest-to-god disloyalty to America. Or maybe — and we’re going to go out on a limb here — it’s a routine phrase in Muslim Prayer that doesn’t actually have any magical power whatsoever, except perhaps the power to freak out wingnuts.

Get ready for a lot more of this idiocy, folks; somehow, the fact that Bowe Bergdahl’s dad is sympathetic to Muslims has also been Very Big with the Stupidest Man on the Internet. Here’s how terrifying Bob Bergdahl is: He said a phrase in Arabic, and then OBAMA HUGGED HIM! That just doesn’t wash off, you know.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And while you’re at it, maybe you should buy some more guns.

[Allen West / Gateway Pundit]

Follow Doktor Zoom on Twitter. He only hugs people who say certain phrases in French. Like, “Royale With Cheese.”

Meriam Ibrahim death sentence draws formal complaint against Sudan

The Guardian World news: Islam - 2 June, 2014 - 17:03
Four African rights organisations step up pressure on Khartoum to release woman convicted of apostasy

Pressure on the Sudanese government to release Meriam Ibrahim stepped up on Monday with a formal complaint against authorities in Khartoum brought by four African organisations alleging multiple violations of fundamental rights.

The death sentence imposed on the Sudanese mother, who has been in prison since February, should be suspended, and she and her two children immediately released, they say.

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Belfast pastor who criticised Islam denounces racist attack on Muslims

The Guardian World news: Islam - 2 June, 2014 - 16:10
James McConnell meets two men who were injured and abused in attack on Sunday and offers to pay for repairs to their home

A born-again Christian pastor who denounced Islam as "the spawn of the devil" has met two Pakistani victims of a racist attack on their Belfast home.

Pastor James McConnell, who last month sparked controversy with a sermon at his Metropolitan Tabernacle church on Belfast's Lough Shore, said on Monday he told the two injured men, aged 24 and 38, there was "no justification for such an attack on any individual or their home whatever their religion".

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What the Meriam Ibrahim case can tell us about the state of Islam | Hassan bin Talal

The Guardian World news: Islam - 2 June, 2014 - 14:00
The death sentence for apostasy in Sudan shows the plurality that has sustained and nourished the Islamic world is eroding

The tragic story of Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Khartoum, where she is being held with her 20-month-old son, has shocked and saddened millions of rational, moral and empathic people around the world. Along with other leaders from the international community, I have written personally to the president of Sudan seeking Ibrahim's release and am very hopeful she will soon be reunited with her family.

As is frequently the case with our media working to the demands of a frenzied 24-hour news cycle, there have been a lot of loud opinions expressed in even louder voices. These have only served to obscure the facts, a close discernment of which would give any rational person hope that we will soon see an end to this senseless tragedy.

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For Me is My Religion: Tales of Conversion part 2

Muslim Matters - 2 June, 2014 - 07:09

An imām stands in front of a crowded Jumu'ah congregation and gives a speech on coming together as a Muslim community. He talks about the Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and how he would accept everyone, no matter their past, their color, or their social standing. After the imām is done talking, it is time to stand for prayer. One man stands next to another, looks him up and down, taking in his skin color and dress, and making assumptions about who he might be. After this assessment the man decides that it is better not to stand next to this other man, after all… he does not quite look like he belongs.

There are a group of Middle Eastern men standing around talking after a prayer one day; they are all laughing and enjoying themselves. A man approaches the group to answer a question that he was emailed earlier in the day by one of the members of this group. Upon his approach, one of the group members looks him over…again, taking in his skin color and his dress, and making assumptions about who he might be. After his assessment, the man decides to make a very serious face, ignore any salams that are offered, and walk away.

A woman sits in her office diligently working, as always. A few coworkers approach her office and ask if she would want to attend a happy hour event with other team members. Sheepishly, she declines, and is then flooded with questions about why she never attends when her team goes to a bar?

An American female convert makes the decision that she is going to start wearing a hijab. Immediately, she is bombarded with questions about why Muslims do this. Do you really not eat for a whole month? There was an Iranian man on the news last night talking about some social issues in Iran, what did he mean by his statements?

A married couple, one Arab the other an American convert, go to the mall. While they are shopping, they get looks of wonder and disgust from non-Muslims, which is far better than the Muslim women that boldly walk over to inspect the woman's ring finger.

Two lifelong friends, both Muslim converts, sit together in a public area. The woman wears a hijab, while the man looks like any other American male in the area. They are approached by a Muslim who, in Arabic, begins to ask the woman what part of Alexandria, Egypt she is from. When the man offers his salams he is ignored.

I could go on and on with these scenarios, but I want to stop and ask, do any of them sound familiar? Have you been on either end of these situations?

They are all part of what I like to call the, “You ain't from around here” syndrome.

As you know by now I am a Muslim convert, and if you didn't know then go back and check out part 1 of this tale, “For Me is My Religion Part 1.” If you did read that post you know that my conversion was a bit of a social struggle. But now I have said la ilāha illa Allāh and everything is fine, no more struggles! Right? Isn't that how this works?

As you can clearly see that is not what happened. I found out quickly that there were a whole new set of issues that I was going to have to face.

I get it. I am a Caucasian American. I am a U.S. Military Veteran. And, up until now, I didn't spend my time around mosques or halal food establishments trying to figure out which one had the best kofta (which, for the record, is made by my mother-in-law). I am the new kid on the block and, thanks to TV shows like “Homeland” and government agencies planting FBI and CIA agents in mosques; I have to try harder than normal to fit in. But, when is enough enough?

I have been going to Jumu'ah prayer with the same group of people now for many years. I am kind of a quiet person, so I go to Jumu'ah and I go about my business. If I were a government agent wouldn't I be forcing myself into conversations? Wouldn't I be demanding that we “hang-out”? Since I am not engaging in that kind of behavior, can we all agree there is a large possibility that I am not trying to infiltrate this Jumu'ah prayer?

So what about others that look at my skin tone, my eye color, or the way I talk, and judge me because I am not from the same geographic region as them?

Now is the moment where you can defend yourself by saying, “But that doesn't happen!” I mean, after all, didn't the Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) say in his last sermon:

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.”

So there it is, “Every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim,”and that is how we all act all of the time, right?

Sadly, this judgmental behavior goes on every day. Not only is it (in my understanding) haram, but it is hurtful and it drives a wedge into our communities. It pushes converts like me away. At first I thought this was a unique issue to converts, but it turns out that it affects American Muslims as well.  When I use the term American Muslims, I mean born, not converted, Muslims who were brought here at a young age or born here. Because their family wanted them to have more opportunities and a shot at the “American Dream,” they were raised here in the American culture. Now some of them are being turned on because they are too “American.”

When I started reaching out to people to see if I was the only one being treated this way, I found out that I was not. I heard people voicing their issues about trying to work in an American office and finding it hard to pray (I spoke to one convert that lost his job because of his conversion), about not being able to marry who they wanted to because the other person was from the wrong country, and about feeling tired of being the spokesperson for all of Islam and all Muslims. The list went on and on.

I felt their pain; I had been there. In fact, I experienced it again last week! The spokesperson issue did speak the loudest to me. I am very active on social media; in fact I make my living by managing other people's websites and social media profiles. But, when I converted, every day I would get hit with the same questions over and over again. Finally, out of exhaustion, I wrote a list of the questions I was being asked most often, and answered them in the form of a podcast. That way I had one central place to point to and say here are all your answers. To this day, that podcast gets downloads. In fact, you can click here and have a listen for yourself.

I stopped recording that podcast for personal reasons, but as I talked to people about these issues of exclusion, I felt moved to try and start my podcast again. Maybe I can be the voice that is needed to try and bring people together, maybe I can be the one to help people understand that these issues they are struggling with are not unique; and more importantly, they are not alone.

So as a start I would like to say…

To the Muslim Converts…you are not alone. We all feel like outsiders, we are all treated differently; we all get looked at by our friends, co-workers, and family. We all feel like we are some kind of spokesperson for Muslims worldwide.

To the American Muslims…you are not alone. We all get looks; we all struggle to pray in the workplace; we are all tired of feeling like spokespeople for a religion that has been demonized through propaganda.

We are Muslims…and we all have the same struggles; we all have the same needs; but mostly, we are all proud to say and believe la ilāha illa Allāh

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As part of trying to bring my podcast back, I want to make sure I cover issues that are important to my audience. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below, it is only 10 questions so it won't take you too long. I am willing to carry on with my podcast and do what is right. I want this free online radio show to be made by those that are reading this and for those that are reading this, so they know they are not alone.

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