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Mosque Madness: Islam Is Not the Enemy

Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 16:59:18 in Religion

“I'm a progressive, a monthly contributer to, a registered democrat, and a woman. Tell me why I should accept and respect a religion that demands their women covered from head to toe because men aren't expected to control their sexual urges. Tell me about a religion that, when it controls the government, incorporates 16th century "justice" and Sharia law. Where will the women fit in this Islamic center? Please, before you brand me as xenophic or bigoted, check further into why countries like Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, and Denmark feel that Islam is a threat to their very way of life. And, don't ever feel justified in comparing Hitler and Jews to any part of distrust for Islam. It's not only apples and oranges, it's horribly disrespectful to Jews and a deep insult to the Jewish religion.”

Michael II on Aug 20, 2010 at 03:50:32

“"Tell me why I should accept and respect a religion that demands their women covered from head to toe because men aren't expected to control their sexual urges." I can't reply for Muslims as I am not one, but this seems to be very far from the case. Or if it's true, most Muslim women don't pay a blind bit of attention to it. It's true that modesty is perceived as a virtue in Muslim society, but I recommend a visit to Morocco or Turkey (or simply watch some of their TV programmes) to see how ordinary people and notably the women live their lives. The use of the burqa is very, very marginal. Turkey and I think Algeria even bans the headscarf in universities.

It's odd that you claim to be a progressive yet think European countries consider Islam to be "a threat to their very way of life". What is happening is that Europe and the Islamic religion are trying to find their respective limits. Different countries are coming to different conclusions, concerning head scarves in schools, burqas, the Ramadan and mosques (which is only an issue in one part of Switzerland if I'm not mistaken). But your portrayal borders on hysteria.”

derived on Aug 16, 2010 at 19:02:23

“I'm a disabled veteran, an anthropology student, and a woman. I'm also a Muslim. Tell me why do you demand that I give up my religious practices just because some Muslims commit atrocities?

You don't know how women fit into an Islamic Center because you've never been to one. Come to one and spend some time with us. You'll find that most of us cover ourselves because we want to, and those of us who do not cover ourselves by the stereotypical definition do so because they don't want to.

If you can't see past stereotypes and help Muslim women free themselves from oppression, then you're not helping. Change has to come from within a group. Making us all feel like the enemy in our own countries is not going to further your agenda.

As salam alaikum.”
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International Responsibility for the Flotilla Raid

Commented Jun 4, 2010 at 14:52:46 in World

“Wow--atrocities, massacres, arrogance--you really know how to use all the catch words. But you're choosing your history very carefully. The Palestinians and the Moslem countries that surround them want Israel to cease to exist. They want to push them into the sea. They've started wars to try to destroy Israel. They attack them on an almost daily basis. Israel does allow humanitarian aid as well as sending their own help, but that's another inconvenient fact. Have you forgotten that these same Palestinians were dancing in the streets to celebrate September 11th? Israel has a right to set up a blockade, just as we did during the Cuban missile crisis. The Soviets backed down because they didn't want an international incident. The flotilla tried to push through because that's just what they wanted to precipitate. I'm not Jewish and I'm not a Republican, God forbid, but right is right and the Israelis have a right to defend their country.”

naytowl on Jun 5, 2010 at 16:14:02

“Israel government doesn't have a right to eliminate Gazan people. And doen't have a right to kill people with elite commandos in international waters.

Intention mistake? Planning mistake? It is a mistake. Current Israel government should admit it to have the right to talk what is behind it.”

procrustes13 on Jun 5, 2010 at 14:14:56

“"cease to exist", "push into the sea" - as South Africa was in 1994.”
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Sarah Palin: McCain's Insult to Women

Commented Aug 30, 2008 at 17:12:54 in Politics

“McCain's choice of Palin as a running mate is so cynical, transparent, and misogynistic that I can't believe that some women are taken in by it. What he's saying is one woman is just like another, we're interchangeable, just pick the one who's prettier. Come on, Hillary supporters, don't you see that you've been thoroughly insulted and demeaned? Do you really think that Palin is the woman that Hillary is? Do you really share her values and policies? Do YOU believe that women are nothing more than accessories to a man? Shirt and matching socks--check, shined shoes--check, nice tie--check, attractive woman--check. I'm a feminist, but I'm an American first and Republicans have destroyed our country. Please vote for our country. Vote Obama.”