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Marines Urinating Video: Pamela Geller, Anti-Muslim Blogger, Says 'I DO Love These Marines'

Marines Urinating Video: Pamela Geller, Anti-Muslim Blogger, Says 'I DO Love These Marines'

Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 23:14:56 in Religion

“We blur out penises but not the faces of the dead. Heck of a culture.”
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The Peter King Hearings: Let's Get Serious About Radicalization

Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 06:14:00 in Religion

“... Have you heard Dr. Mattson before? Zaid Shakir, prior to the video linked in this article? Suhaib Webb? Hamza Yusuf? Sherman Jackson? Yasir Qadhi? And those are just the "big name" leaders that come off the top of my head -- there are countless other less prominent leaders who have resoundingly denounced aggressive violence as being justifiable or religiously legitimate and who have contributed to building an educated, strong community on a whole other path.

Have you read the public statements put out on the subject by Muslim organizations and leaders? Here's a starter list for you if you have not: http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_voices_against_extremism_and_terrorism_part_i_fatwas/0012209 Have you read the somewhat more academic treatments of the subject to emerge from within the community, for example Tim Winter's 'Bombing Without Moonlight'?

This media presence you speak of ... it is not what you think. Most things said and done? Most people who speak? No one is beaming that into your homes. If you want to know why, the proper people to ask are the ones bringing you the news. Believe me ... actually getting press coverage in the first place is another subject that has been heavy for a decade.”

Jan Allen McDaniel on Mar 16, 2011 at 15:36:34

“Shaykh Hamza Yusuf endorses--in this lecture by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah sponsored by the Zaytuna Institute--non-integration and non-assimilation of American Muslims while patiently growing Muslim political strength in America--the "abode of treaty":

"The issue of the abode is this: most people think that the world is divided into two abodes, the abode of peace and the abode of war. The abode of peace is the land of the Muslims, daar al-Islam, and the abode of war is everywhere else.
[...]
There are three abodes: there is the abode of peace, the abode of war, and then there is the abode of treaty where there is a contractual agreement between two abodes.

For instance, when I came into this country, they issued me a visa, and I signed something. In the issuance of the visa and my signing of it, a legally binding contract occurred which was a sulih. It was an agreement that when I came into this country, I would obey the laws and would follow the restrictions that this visa demanded that I follow. This was a contractual agreement that is legally binding according even to the divine laws. In looking at this, we have to understand that the relationship between the Muslims living in this land and the dominant authorities in this land is a relationship of peace and contractual agreement-of a treaty."

http://www.themodernreligion.com/world/muslims-living.html#nm

These Muslims are unwelcome colonists.”
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The Peter King Hearings: Let's Get Serious About Radicalization

Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 06:11:39 in Religion

“You realize there are estimated to be fewer than six million muslim people spread throughout the whole of the United States, right? The logistics of a huge, massive, singular demonstration are not even remotely realistic. What is realistic is what Dr. Mattson indicates above -- muslims working within their own communities and on outreach alike.

As for why you don't hear more like what is written here, ask yourself where you've been looking and to whom you've been listening. As a Muslim American myself I can say the whole of the past ten years of discourse I have witnessed within and coming out of the Muslim American community has been heavy with condemnation of terrorism as well as cultural and theological developments which provide a structured alternative.”
Courtney Love Tweets Nearly-Naked Picture (PHOTO)

Courtney Love Tweets Nearly-Naked Picture (PHOTO)

Commented Oct 4, 2010 at 20:24:37 in Entertainment

“Oh look. Relatively anonymous commentators on the internet layer a multitude of misogyny on top of whatever all it is Ms. Love has going on all on her own. How ... well, actually how not surprising at all.”

stilts on Oct 4, 2010 at 23:18:49

“Hey Gloria Steinham, loosen up baby! Don't be so uptight.”

RasputinsLiver on Oct 4, 2010 at 20:27:29

“Oh boy.

Searchin' hard for junk that just ain't there.”
Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 14:37:24 in Media

“Bring a war onto American grounds, send your permit holder in to approach military watchmen with his weapon drawn, and you might have something with the comparison.”
Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 14:30:52 in Media

“The internet, and specifically the English language internet, and specifically the selection of people attracted to read this one site within the English language internet, is hardly "a reflection of the people of the world."”
Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Michael Ware, Former CNN War Correspondent, Speaks Out On Alleged War Crime CNN Refused To Air [UPDATED]

Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 14:27:44 in Media

“No one is necessarily lying. This isn't red coats versus blue coats. An armed person in a war zone can be either, or both.”
The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 14:03:58 in Politics

“The widow of suicide in me is frankly more offended by the notion of "pushing someone to suicide" than by anything else in this piece. And as a stalwart opponent of the war with Iraq from the start, that's saying something.”
Mayor Bloomberg: Quran Burning 'Distasteful' But Minister Has Rights

Mayor Bloomberg: Quran Burning 'Distasteful' But Minister Has Rights

Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 06:29:21 in New York

“The country is burning nothing. One private entity within the country is. The difference there is not minor at all.”
Mayor Bloomberg: Quran Burning 'Distasteful' But Minister Has Rights

Mayor Bloomberg: Quran Burning 'Distasteful' But Minister Has Rights

Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 06:24:17 in New York

“Equating burning a Quran to shouting "fire" in a crowded theater is frankly more insulting to myself, my family, and my community than burning Qurans.

And if there is one thing I can confidently say of Dove World Outreach, it's that they are not -- in scope, power, influence, or even potential -- equivalent to 1933 German Nazis.”
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Freedom of Speech or Islamophobia?

Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 23:19:28 in Politics

“"Invoking freedom of speech" is not a justification, it is a statement of fact. There is no either/or here ... it is not an anti-Muslim sentiment *or* freedom of expression. It happens to be both.”
Eid Al-Fitr Proximity To 9/11 Makes American Muslims Uneasy

Eid Al-Fitr Proximity To 9/11 Makes American Muslims Uneasy

Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 22:40:34 in Religion

“*shrug* I keep being told we are all cautious of the overlap, but I have yet to meet anyone who actually expresses such feelings, or to feel them myself. Perhaps me and mine are simply naive.”
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America's Imam and His Problematic Mosque: A Muslim Viewpoint

Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 06:40:37 in Politics

“I actually quite agree about the general undesirability of the proposed project itself, as in my experience a great many American Muslims do. But as for the project itself being responsible for tearing at the fabric of much of anything at all ... it's like blaming the building that sits atop a sinkhole for its own collapse.

The fact is supporters of the project in my experience, or at least Muslim supporters, are heavily not *supporters of the project.* Many of us don't care a bit about it. Some of us were no fans of Rauf and/or Khan to begin with either. But we've been drawn into this game of chicken in which supporting Park51 isn't about supporting Park51 the construction and is entirely about standing up to or backing down in the face of those who would (and do) harp on anything to do with Muslims representing the "Islamization" of America.

This project provided focus and momentum to something that was already there. The only thing it is doing to the fabric of the city, or the nation, is showing what a strained and threadbare fabric it is that we've been wearing as if they were king's clothes.”
Ramadan 2010 BEGINS Around The World (PHOTOS)

Ramadan 2010 BEGINS Around The World (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 02:39:22 in Religion

“Prayer clothes dude ... worn only to pray, comfy like pajamas. I'm not really clear on what's so disturbing about that.”
The Pluralist Next Door

The Pluralist Next Door

Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 10:16:11 in Healthy Living

“Here's a key question for the interfaith movement: how do we introduce the Omar Hammami's of the world to the Martin Luther King Jr. path before Osama bin Laden introduces them to the Al Qaeda path?"

Here is a better key question: How do you propose to engage in this dialog at all when you can not be bothered to present an "al Qaeda alternative" example which does not rely on the frankly rather tired implication that the only and best examples for Muslims would be to turn to icons of modern American Christianity for inspiration? Your job is not to introduce anyone to Martin Luther King, Jr., inspiring man though he may have been. Your job is to know and support the -- frankly ample -- examples already present in the Muslim community.”