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September 11, 2010

Ten ways the 9/11 attack broke Islamic law

From Michigander and Wolverine, Juan Cole. Top Ways 9/11 Broke Islamic Law | Informed Comment
1. It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. The Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion. The right way has become distinct from error.” (-The Cow, 2:256). Note that this verse was revealed in Medina and was never abrogated by any other verse of the Quran. Islam’s holy book forbids coercing people into adopting any religion. They have to willingly choose it. 2. Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. The Quran says, “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” (8:61) The Quran chapter “The Cow, 2:190, says, “Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors.” 3. In Islamic war, not just any civil engineer can declare or launch a war. It is the prerogative of the duly constituted leader of the Muslim community that engages in the war. Nowadays that would be the president or prime minister of the state. 4. The killing of innocent non-combatants is forbidden. According to Sunni tradition, ‘Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, the first Caliph, gave these instructions to his armies: “I instruct you in ten matters: Do not kill women, children, the old, or the infirm; do not cut down fruit-bearing trees; do not destroy any town . . . ” (Malik’s Muwatta’, “Kitab al-Jihad.”) . . .

September 09, 2010

A Rosh Hashanah gift from the Quran-burning FLA Christians

Pastor Terry Jones Calls Off Koran Burning, Ground Zero Mosque...

September 08, 2010

Americans can't spell "Mosque"

Openbook - Connect and share whether you want to or not OpenBook lets you search across all of Facebook, or at least all of Facebook that hasn't changed their privacy settings. Searching the word "Mosk" across OpenBook reveals worlds of naked anger and ignorance. And a few kind souls who see that building a community center devoted to tolerance might make the world a little bit safer and little bit better and would be better for the neighborhood than an abandoned discount coat store.

"In any decent world, these assholes would be prevented by other Christians from doing this asshole thing."

(The title is quoted from author Nick Harkaway, and has...

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Imam Rauf finally speaks about the Cordoba House (aka the not Ground Zero not Mosque)

This whole time the mosque controversy has been raging, I've been wondering where the hell Rauf was. Why had no one talked to him? Where was he? And what no one in the media mentioned in any of the dozens of stories is that he was out of the country on a goodwill tour of the Middle East for America, for the State Department. Op-Ed Contributor - Building on Faith in Lower Manhattan - NYTimes.com
AS my flight approached America last weekend, my mind circled back to the furor that has broken out over plans to build Cordoba House, a community center in Lower Manhattan.I have been away from home for two months, speaking abroad about cooperation among people from different religions. Every day, including the past two weeks spent representing my country on a State Department tour in the Middle East, I have been struck by how the controversy has riveted the attention of Americans, as well as nearly everyone I met in my travels. We have all been awed by how inflamed and emotional the issue of the proposed community center has become. The level of attention reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate: recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship. Many people wondered why I did not speak out more, and sooner, about this project. I felt that it would not be right to comment from abroad. It would be better if I addressed these issues once I returned home to America, and after I could confer with leaders of other faiths who have been deliberating with us over this project. My life’s work has been focused on building bridges between religious groups and never has that been as important as it is now. We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons.

August 31, 2010

Obama is a Radical Christian Muslim

1:20-ish is the moneyshot. Look At This Fucking Teabagger - tytnation: Glenn Beck Rally Attendee Exposed

August 30, 2010

PZ Myers -- Speaking Truth to Absurdity

onegoodmove: P.Z. Myers - Speaking Truth to Absurdity