Democracy Now!’s Islamic center roundtable

My former professor John Esposito, Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison-D, Rabbi Irwin Kula, and Talat Hamdani, mother of a 9/11 victim, discuss the Park 51 project, the plan to build an Islamic center in Manhattan. Their voices and views have been--I believe--intentionally ignored in the mainstream media's coverage of this issue. This is what Democracy Now! does … Continue reading Democracy Now!’s Islamic center roundtable

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Must watch vid and a birthday wish

Please take the time to watch this video, despite its length. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpT2Muxoo0&feature=player_embedded. I tend to be a bit of a broken record--posting things related to the rising Islamophobia in our country, especially with this Islamic center issues--but the massive amount of fear-mongering needs to be countered with something, even if my tiny blog can't compete … Continue reading Must watch vid and a birthday wish

A bit disappointed; Jon’s brilliance; and our Sufi allies

A bit disappointed with Brian, Harry, and Barack A segment on tonight's NBC Nightly News urked me a little bit.  The segment was about Obama's statements regarding the construction of the Cordoba House in Lower Manhattan, and how Muslims have the same religious rights as anyone else.  When introducing the story, Brian Williams describes the … Continue reading A bit disappointed; Jon’s brilliance; and our Sufi allies

“Revealing Ramadan” & “Choosing to be Catholic” preview

To accompany Ramadan, the holiest month is Islam which started this week, Speaking of Faith re-released their program, Revealing Ramadan. While I'm not Muslim, I see Ramadan as a time to learn more about Islam and how it is practiced in the U.S. and around the world.  I listened to this program last year during … Continue reading “Revealing Ramadan” & “Choosing to be Catholic” preview