First Covenant Church of Sacramento, which has helped resettle several hundred Muslim refugees, received a big thank you Wednesday night from the SALAM Islamic Center.
At its annual interfaith Iftar, the SALAM center gave First Covenant its Distinguished Award for Exceptional Interfaith and Community Service.
More than 200 guests, including local, state and federal officials, stood to applaud First Covenant Executive Pastor Mark Shetler for promoting friendships between Christians and Muslims and offering material and spiritual support to refugees fleeing violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.
They certainly lay bare all her hate and fear mongering. While I knew of her hatred for Islam and Muslims, I had no idea she loathed President Obama. Although it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that she considers him both a Muslim and anti-semetic.
Conservative blogger and activist Pamela Geller organized the Muhammad Art Exhibit And Cartoon Contest In Texas, which was attacked by two gunmen on Sunday.Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), held the contest in the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland where a conference denouncing Islamophobia had previously been held.
According to Geller, the contest and exhibit were in defense of free speech after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Some critics of the event called it an attack on muslims, and many have criticized Geller and her organization overall as being anti-Islamic.
I realize that freedom of speech is a revered right, and I’m certainly not pro censorship. After all, I’m a writer. But I’m getting awfully tired of people using it to cloak their sheer viciousness. Muslims are already a minority under threat. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Geller is coming perilously close to incitement of violence against them. After all, if their existence is the threat to the US and the West that she paints them as, attacking them amounts to a patriotic act. There’s a reason the AFDI has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Importing Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilder to give the keynote speech certainly makes it clear why.
A trio of notorious anti-Muslim extremists were behind the provocative “Muhammad art exhibit and cartoon contest” where two gunmen opened fire Sunday in Garland, Texas.
The event, which featured Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders as its keynote speaker, was sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an organization with the stated objective of combating “capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism” amid all levels of government and the mainstream media. The AFDI is led by president Pamela Geller and vice president Robert Spencer, who’ve been at the forefront of the anti-Islamic fringe for years, and the group has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Anti-Defamation League also noted that Geller and Spencer’s secondary anti-Islam group, Stop Islamization of America, seeks to “rouse public fears about a vast Islamic conspiracy to destroy American values.”
Meanwhile Josh Marshall makes the case that getting shot at doesn’t make you a hero.
When George Lincoln Rockwell, the American Nazi Party leader, was shot and killed in 1967 it was wrong. Same with George Wallace (who was gravely wounded and paralyzed, not killed) in 1972 or with Meir Kahane in 1990 - precisely because as a society we value free speech and we also don’t allow civilians to kill people they don’t like. But just as with these other worthies, we should prosecute the offenders (perhaps difficult in this case since at least the two on the scene are dead) without valorizing people who run hate groups. It’s really that simple. There is zero contradiction between the two judgments. Pam Geller is a cancerous presence in the US political conversation; same with her pal Geert Wilders, the flamboyant and parodic far-right, racist Dutch parliamentarian she brought for her Muhammed cartoon event down in Texas. Political violence is the greatest corrosive of free and ordered societies. But a hate group is a hate group the day after someone takes a shot at them just like it was the day before.
All around great dude - enjoy!
(maybe he did not get the memo on toning it down a bit?)
@marchaig Its because most Feminists are ugly.
@MarshallFSmith not my town, and don't call me cupcake. ma'am will do just fine - i certainly earned it.
So,obama is rushing to let his friends out of Gitmo. We need to put obama inside Gitmo. Damn Bastard Traitor.
obama is a walking Compost. Happy #EarthDay2015
on ‘bagheads’ oops sorry - we call them Muslims….
@DrMartyFox Dead Whitey does not matter to the Left.
on not understanding the difference between climate and weather….
and he really likes guns….
but as long as they don’t cost too much - it’s a rough economic world for bigots these days….
but really - he just likes guns….
@heavyhokie Money is tight so I'm going with a Bersa Thunder .380 or a Kel Tec PF9,both less than 300 bucks.
and moar guns!!….
on nonsense conspiracy theories….
retweeting super racist - Pat Dollard…..
@PatDollard obama once again using BigGov. as his Personal Louisville Slugger.
on Valerie Jarrett….
And that is just the last five days…. peruse on your own. (at your own risk, obviously, it may be catching)
I have reached out to Hampton Roads Tea Party for comment, but as of publication, none has been proffered,
As usual, the extremists on both sides agree: Heaven forfend there should be any inter-faith peace and tolerance or positive role models for Muslim kids. Naturally, Daesh also hates it and has called for the murder of its creator.
Added emphasis is mine:
Launched in 2006 - first in Kuwait after the approval of the state’s Ministry of Information, then in America and the rest of the world - The 99 was hailed as an exemplary model of inter-faith peace and tolerance by Barack Obama, and Dr Mutawa was invited to give two TED talks. He has since been featured in Forbes magazine, won prizes in the Gulf region and gained the approval of the Saudi state.
However, for some he is a defender not of peace but of profanity: ironically, he has hardline detractors in both America and the Arab world, though they hate him for opposing reasons. To US conservatives, he is a terrorist and a pawn of hardline Islam; to Islamist Arabs, he is a heretic and a pawn of the liberal West.
Both camps have, in the past decade, warned of the dangers of his creation and called for it to be banned. America’s God-squad even created enough moral panic about “radicalising children” to halt a Hollywood adaptation of The 99 - produced by Endemol and scripted by the teams behind Star Wars, X-Men and Spider-Man - from being shown in US cinemas or on its network television. (This leads Al-Mutawa to joke: “I have a fatwa from Fox News!”)
But now there is a more serious threat from within his home country. While the Kuwaiti government has endorsed his work, not everyone agrees with its message. In the past year, a Twitter campaign has accused him of being a blasphemer who should be brought to trial; and a legal case has been launched against him - not by the state, but by a fellow Kuwaiti suing him for heresy. (If he loses - and he firmly believes he won’t - he could face a prison sentence.) […]
Here’s a clip from several years ago that explains how The 99 got their powers. You can judge for yourselves how horrible it is. //
The all-Islamic super-heroes: Muslim children love 'The 99' comics http://t.co/piCPqTE41L
Inayat Omarji vividly remembers the worried reaction when he first looked into renovating the abandoned church in his neighborhood: “There’s a bearded young Muslim chap involved in a church! Whoops! He’s gonna turn it into a mosque!”
At the time, Omarji was head of the local council of mosques, but there already were three or four in his neighborhood in Bolton, England.
“What it needed is a place where people could meet, people can come to, people can socialize,” he says.
Omarji and other local Muslims decided to turn the church into a community center for everyone. That was ten years ago. Now, amid stories about religious friction and ethnic tensions, the transformation of All Souls Church provides a story of harmony and integration in one culturally diverse community. […]
The headlines have been grim. Europe’s Jews face “rising anti-Semitism”; in some countries, many are leaving in “record numbers.” In separate incidents in recent months, gunmen have targeted Jews and Jewish institutions in Paris and Copenhagen. Even the Jewish dead have not been left in peace, with reports of graves being desecrated.
But the future of tolerance and multiculturalism in Europe is far from bleak. The bigotry on view has been carried out by a fringe minority, cast all the more in the shade by the huge peace marches and vigils that followed the deadly attacks. And some communities are trying to build solidarity in their home towns and cities.
One group of Muslims in Norway plans to form a “ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo on Saturday. On a Facebook page promoting the event, the group explained its motivations. Here’s a translated version of the invite:
Islam is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which religion they belong to. Islam is about rising above hate and never sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each other. Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create a human ring around the synagogue on Saturday 21 February. Encourage everyone to come!
Since I have a couple of minutes for Pages today, in addition to the story about the Muslim teen who was run down and killed in Kansas City, let me also call your attention to this story from a couple of days ago about an incident in Germany.
It’s unlikely to get much press here in the U.S. because I doubt that a Muslim doing the ultimate good deed—giving her life to protect others—is considered newsworthy. It doesn’t make good clickbait since, generally speaking, the narrative seems to be Muslims are scary and dangerous, people to be feared & reviled, not lauded as heroes for selfless acts. If she’d been a suicide bomber…
Okay, I’m gonna stop there because this stuff is making me cranky.
Large crowds in Germany have been paying their final respects to a young woman who was killed defending two girls from harassment.
Tugce Albayrak died on Friday after she was hit on the head and left in a coma outside a McDonald’s near Frankfurt.
Hundreds of mourners attended a service at a local mosque before she was due to be buried in her home town.
A man of 18 remains in custody over the 15 November attack, which shocked Germany. […]
A call to prayer rang out and a few flakes of snow fell as hundreds of mourners huddled together in front of Tugce’s coffin. It was a bleak scene. A funeral in the car park of a mosque on an industrial estate. A German and a Turkish flag stood out, colourful, against the grey sky.
Tugce, who was of Turkish descent, has become a national heroine in Germany. […]
My news aggregator found this fascinating blog post on students in a Masters level class in Medieval Studies, specifically one on ‘race and representation’.
Most interesting was the observation on how similar the way Wilson described Brown was to the way medieval authors described Muslims and other outsiders; infantilizing the protagonists of their work and demonizing ‘the other’. To me it shows how useful a good education is, and sadly, how little people have changed.
Muslims in Montgomery County asked the school district — the largest in the state with 140,000 students — to close schools on their two most important religious holidays, just as the district does for major Christian and Jewish holidays.
Instead, the school board voted 7-1 on Tuesday to strip all mention of religious holidays from the calendar, even though Christian and Jewish holidays remain official days off.
Next year, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha both happen to fall on vacation days. So all the school board would have had to do is add the holiday names to the calendar as a symbolic gesture…
The school board’s decision seems to have made everyone mad: Muslim leaders are furious that the board would get rid of religious holidays before acknowledging Muslim ones, while conservative media outlets are accusing the board of “banning” Jewish and Christian religious holidays in order to appease Muslims.
Fear, ignorance, xenophobia, racism and religious fanaticism combine to create a toxic stew of dumbassery.
Fearing that America would soon go the way of a Europe that he claimed is “hopelessly lost” to Muslim population growth, [Family Research Council vice president Jerry] Boykin insisted that “Americans” (among whom he evidently doesn’t include Muslim-Americans) must increase the average birth rate to supersede that of the country’s less-than-one-percent Muslim minority. “It is a very serious issue, which is why Americans need to have more babies and populate this country with red-blooded patriotic Americans,” he said.
Oh, where to start?
First off, Muslims make up less than 4% of the European population excluding Turkey. And even if you include Turkey, it’s still only about 6%. That might go as high as 8% by 2030, but still a minority. How is that ‘hopelessly lost”?
Then we have Boykin’s seeming belief that patriotism can be inherited.
But, of course, it isn’t hard to see the racist dog-whistles behind this rant. It’s another white guy worried that all those darkies will destroy the “purity” of “red-blooded” Americans. (Although, I don’t think red is the color he’s really worried about).