Monday, December 07, 2015

Reading the right wing blogosphere, and guess what?

lots of Islamophobia on FreeRepublic. But then there is a lot of Anti catholic stuff there, at least until the Catholics started posting back.

But not quite true on all right wing blogs: then there is this:

When Muslims say they condemn the radicals within their faith, a common retort is, “If that is so, then why don’t you hold anti-terrorism marches?” Well, one was held yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest Arab-American population in the Untied States. The peace rally was organized by Imam Husham Al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Center, the cultural hub of the Detroit
what is missing in the story: This guy is an Iraqi Shia, and his mosque is a Shiite center.

Similarly, an anti new age blogger who lives in Detroit noted:
We have many Moslems in the Detroit metropolitan area and so far the relations between Jews, Christians, and Moslems has been mostly peaceful.  While there have been arguments over Christian presence at Moslem street festivals, there is also peaceful business interaction and even social friendships.  From SE Michigan's large Arabic community, there are large groups of both Christians and Moslems.   

and she notes this:

Now, the interesting part from my observation -- not of the shooters -- but of the planned "dialogue and reconciliation".  A pleasant appearing fellow appeared on CNN's morning programming within the past half hour of my writing.  He said that he represented the Ahmahdiyya Mosque and they were holding a large prayer service at their San Bernadino mosque this evening (Thursday, December 3, 2015).  He urged everybody to come and pray with them. 

 so who are the Ahmadiyya?

 Ahmadiyya adherents believe that Ahmad appeared in the likeness ofJesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace. They believe that upon divine guidance he divested Islam of fanatical and innovative beliefs and practices by championing what is, in their view, Islam’s true and essential teachings as practised by Muhammad and the early Islamic community

translation: The US has 3000 Christian churches, but the medial still sees Muslims as a monolith (and equates Muslim with Arab, even though many people from the Middle East are Christian and many Iranians in the US are Jewish).

Yet Islam is not a monolith, and one hopes that someone out there will notice.

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