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! doesContinue 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 competeContinue reading “Must watch vid and a birthday wish”

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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 theContinue reading “A bit disappointed; Jon’s brilliance; and our Sufi allies”

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Two clips: Fareed Zakaria and Jon Stewart

Fareed Zakaria expresses his views on the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic center in Manhattan, and he proposes that Mayor Bloomberg’s speech defending the center should be required reading for all American students (as I would.) Jon Stewart interviews Akbar Ahmed, a professor at American University, about his year-long study of Islam in America.

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“Mayor Bloomberg stands up for mosque”

Today, the New York Landmark Preservation Committee voted unanimously to not grant landmark status to a Manhattan building, the site at which an Islamic and interfaith community center is to be built.  If landmark status had been given to the obscure building, the plans to build the Cordoba House would have been put to aContinue reading ““Mayor Bloomberg stands up for mosque””

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