Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Bit of Spontaneous Activism for Repealing the American Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

And the senator responds: Know hope.

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International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day: How Did It Go?

Ten days ago, in a blog response to the “International Burn a Quran Day” Florida pastor, I suggested, as a non-Muslim, an alternative day: “International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day,” and I set it for Friday, September 17th, 2010. Based … Continue reading

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Love’s Labours Scorned: Robert Wright on the Quran

A careful student of religious texts, Robert Wright, in the New York Times this week, offers his considered judgment on the what the Quran is: [I]f you’re curious as to the reason for the Koran’s seeming ambivalence toward Christians and Jews: … Continue reading

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Palin and Paliner

In Delaware, the Sarah model multiplies (but must never, ever masturbate): Well, maybe not coming. Why are human religious and political movements so often energized by sexual regulation? I’m asking a serious question. For example, what makes a young conservative woman in America … Continue reading

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Muslims and Non-Muslims Breaking Silence and Bread: James Fallows on Individual Idiosyncracies and Large Group Traits

At the Atlantic’s website this week, James Fallows cautions against making hasty generalizations about Muslims: It is just as possible to say what typifies “Muslims” as it is to say what typifies all Indians, or all Chinese, or all of the world’s … Continue reading

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Shrill and Shriller: Barack Obama is Still the Scary Black Man (to key GOP constituents)

The New York Times today had an interesting piece on how Republican Party hacks continue to demonize Barack Obama as the alien “other” in the White House, and do so in ways that are designed to keep in high alarm mode the party’s … Continue reading

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Your WTF is not necessarily your neighbor’s WTF

A little life reminder that the messages we send, and the messages we think we send, may not be the same: There is an image circulating on the Internet (but that I can’t seem to embed here) of a megachurch promoting … Continue reading

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Is Muslim/Non-Muslim Dialogue Valuable?: Juanita, a Christian, Shares Her Opinion with Santi, an Agnostic, on a Balmy Sunday in Lancaster, Ca.

And Joseph, a Muslim, was behind the video camara:

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Why I’m Trying to Get to Know the Muslims in My Community (And Why I Hope You’ll Consider Trying to Do the Same)

Friday, September 17th, 2010 is International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day. Won’t you consider participating? Find a Muslim in your community and say, “Hey, would you like to take a walk, have coffee, or share a bite to … Continue reading

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Muslims in England Burn the U.S. Constitution

The below video represents Herderian politics in action: underground men, as if stepping out of the shadows of a Dostoevsky or Conrad novel, possessed of a collectivist ideology that has made them mad, eat bitterness together. It is a protest in Britain initiated by … Continue reading

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Abdullah Antepli: An American Imam to Watch

His name is Abdullah Antepli, and he’s a Duke University chaplain. You can watch him discuss, with another American Muslim, the Quran burning uproar here. And here he is giving a prayer in the House of Representatives: I don’t like … Continue reading

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An American Muslim Walks into a Bakery . . .

How do people respond when an American Muslim is denied service in a bakery? ABC News did a little experiment:

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An Agnostic’s Take on Deism v. Atheism

In terms of deism v. atheism, as an agnostic I’d say that deism is the more appealing position. If atheism is true, afterall, then the universe doesn’t, in any ultimate sense, really cohere, and that’s a sad thought (to think … Continue reading

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George Packer: Have Reason and Dialogue Completely Lost Their Holds on Our Times?

George Packer, a staff writer at the New Yorker, in a blog post that nails our historical moment with perfect pitch, is something that should be read in its entirety. It can be found here. Below are two quotes from it. The … Continue reading

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The First YouTube for International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day (September 17, 2010)

Yesterday, Joseph, a Muslim, and I, an agnostic, sat down outside a restaurant on Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster, California and laid out our game plan for International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day. We’ll be having coffee, and perhaps a bite … Continue reading

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Saudi Woman Links to International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day (Sept 17, 2010)

At her Twitter feed, the brave Saudi feminist, Eman Al Nafjan, who blogs at SaudiWoman, linked to International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day, which I take as an endorsement. And I’ve also been informed that an imam in Baltimore … Continue reading

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A Song for International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day (September 17, 2010)

A song for International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day:

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September 17th, 2010: International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day

In response to the Florida pastor who recently called people to an “International Burn a Koran Day,” I thought I’d set my own International event, a siren call, not to hate, but to love and dialogue: September 17, 2010: International Have … Continue reading

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The Two Trees: Darwin’s and that Mesopotamian One

Visually echoing Charles Darwin’s famous description of life as a great interconnected tree, below is the image of a trunk and branches in which an artist has carved animals. And beside it is a more traditional depiction of the Tree of Life, … Continue reading

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Instead of “Burn a Quran Day,” how about an “International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day”?

In response to the “Burn the Quran Day” Florida pastor, I’ve decided to promote a counter day: The First International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day Or coffee. Initiate dialogues, not bonfires. And so The First International Have a Meal with a Muslim … Continue reading

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