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August 04, 2010

On the Imam behind the "Ground Zero Mosque"

I don't think he could be more liberal even if he was gay-married to Garrison Keillor. Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam Behind the 'Ground Zero Mosque' - TIME
The Kuwaiti-born Rauf, 52, is the imam of a mosque in New York City's Tribeca district, has written extensively on Islam and its place in modern society and often argues that American democracy is the embodiment of Islam's ideal society. (One of his books is titled What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America.) He is a contributor to the Washington Post's On Faith blog, and the stated aim of his organization, the Cordoba Initiative, is "to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition and respect and away from heightened tensions." His Indian-born wife is an architect and a recipient of the Interfaith Center Award for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Understanding. Since 9/11, Western "experts" have said repeatedly that Muslim leaders who fit Rauf's description should be sought out and empowered to fight the rising tide of extremism. In truth, such figures abound in Muslim lands, even if their work goes unnoticed by armchair pundits elsewhere. Their cause is not helped when someone like Rauf finds himself being excoriated for some perceived reluctance to condemn Hamas and accused of being an extremist himself. If anything, this browbeating of a moderate Muslim empowers the narrative promoted by al-Qaeda: that the West loathes everything about Islam and will stop at nothing to destroy it.

August 03, 2010

Plans for "Ground Zero Mosque" get the go ahead

Except of course that it isn't a mosque, it's a community center run by liberal Muslims. And it isn't on Ground Zero, it's about seven blocks away in a sketchy area. Mosque near Ground Zero site gets go-ahead | Richard Adams | World news | guardian.co.uk
Plans to build an Islamic cultural centre in lower Manhattan, near the site of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre, today received approval for the first step in its construction process. The Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York City voted unanimously to allow demolition of the derelict building currently standing on the site in Park Place. Oz Sultan, a spokesman for the Park51 group behind the cultural centre, said in a statement after the result: "We are eager to begin working with our partners, supporters, neighbors and communities, to build a community center for everyone." Opponents of the plan to build what has been dubbed "the Ground Zero mosque" hoped to stop the project by having the existing building protected as an historic landmark – arguing it should be protected because debris from one of the hijacked planes hit the building on 9/11.

July 22, 2010

Geekdom hands Fred Phelps his ass

godhatesjedi.jpgSuper Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church - ComicsAlliance | Comics culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews
Furries, /b/asement dwellers, gamers, cosplayers and other fringe elements kick Fred Phelps' ass at the Comi-Con. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and...kittens? Unbeknownst to the dastardly fanatics of the Westboro Baptist Church, the good folks of San Diego's Comic-Con were prepared for their arrival with their own special brand of superhuman counter protesting chanting "WHAT DO WE WANT" "GAY SEX" "WHEN DO WE WANT IT" "NOW!" while brandishing ironic (and some sincere) signs. Simply stated: The eclectic assembly of nerdom's finest stood and delivered. As you can see below, the fantastic fanboys delivered the the church a humorous dose of sweet fan justice.
Many pictures, click through.

July 16, 2010

"Kill the Ground Zero Mosque" ad is 100% wrong

The holyman behind this project--which is actually several blocks away from ground zero--is a liberal Muslim who preaches tolerance, understanding, and peace and who has condemned the attacks on 9/11 as well as pretty much every other attack ever. If you had to have one guy build a Mosque in your neighborhood, basically you'd pray to Allah that it would be this dude. Kill the Ground Zero Mosque TV Ad

July 06, 2010

DEVO - Gates of Steel

YouTube - Devo - "Gates of Steel" (Live - 1980) MVDvisual Devo's humanist anthem was the climax of tonight's show at the Power Center, Ann Arbor. I only just stopped grinning. I am grateful. Now twist away, now twist and shout The Earth it moves too slow But the Earth is all we know We pay to play the human way So twist away the gates of steel