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“Out of France, Jews!” That was late 19th Century and Now its Muslims!

“It is no accident that the rise of anti-Semitism in nineteenth-century Europe coincided with the rise of nationalism. Nationalism, you will recall, presupposes a measure of ethnic or cultural homogeneity within a nation-state—something to bind a population together under a single collective identity. But the Jews represented a conspicuously alien culture that, despite centuries of living and thriving in every corner of Europe, had, in the minds of many, yet to sufficiently assimilate into European society (at least not enough to have disappeared altogether). The secret trial and false conviction of Alfred Dreyfus was a human tragedy. But the affair also raised much broader issues of a national identity among the French. The right-wing newspaper editor Edouard Drumont captured the sentiment of many French nationalists when he declared that Dreyfus’s betrayal was the inexorable destiny of his race. The Jews were a nation within a nation; it was inconceivable to think that their loyalties would be to France.”

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Muslims see double standard in ‘Terrorist’ label

OMAR SACIRBEY- April 6, 2010 from NewsOK

 

Pict. Source: http://ccen-eg.com

(RNS) When 19 Muslim men crashed two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, it was widely labeled “Islamic terrorism,” even as many Muslims cringed at the term.

So when nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia, fueled by visions of the apocalypse, laid plans to gun down police officers, is it “Christian terrorism?”

Many Muslims, and others, think it should be.

”In cases of violence committed by Muslims, when it’s politically motivated, yes, call it Muslim terrorism. But when other faiths or ideologies commit violence, it has to be the same,” said Alejandro Buetel, the government liaison officer for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington.

”We’re calling for consistency.”

Recent charges filed against the Michigan-based Hutaree militia are just the latest indication that terrorism is not unique to Islam, they say, and that other religious and ideological groups can commit violence for their cause.

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The Eurabia Insanity

Below is a link to a fellow blogger from Canada who wrote this great article on rising Islamophobia and the Eurabia myth.

Its a good read.

D.I.D
http://did101.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/the-eurabia-insanity/

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Islam vs. Extremism by Dawud Walid at Washtenaw Community College

  

Washtenaw Community College’s Muslim Students Association Presents:

“Islam vs. Extremism”

Speaker: Dawud Walid
– The Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations- MI

Join WCC-MSA as Dawud Walid discusses the roots of extremism and the middle ground.

Tuesday February 23rd, 2010

6pm – 8pm

Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor Michigan,
Morris Lawrence Building, Room # 101.

Refreshments will be served.
Mark your calenders!

With the rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes, the spike in Islamophobia, and the ever so increasing ignorance and misunderstanding of Islam, it is essential to educate ourselves about Islam, the different types of extremism and the difference between Islam and extremism.

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Muslims Face More Prejudice Against Other Major Faiths in America

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new survey found. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have little or no knowledge of Islam. Still, a majority dislike the faith.

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Swiss Vote Betrays Enlightenment Ideals: Juan Cole

By Juan Cole

Minarets in Ardino

Swissinfo surveys the headlines in Switzerland Monday morning and finds that the press there universally condemned and expressed dismay at Sunday’s vote. Editors expressed consternation at the inevitable tarnishing of Switzerland’s image and worried about the consequences. Will there be boycotts? Sanctions? Appeals to the European Court of Human Rights? 

I can anticipate right now arguments to excuse this outbreak of bigotry in the Alps that will be advanced by our own fringe Right, of Neoconservatives and those who think, without daring saying it, that “white culture” is superior to all other world civilizations and deserves to dominate or wipe the others out. 

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No Terrorism Threat Now? Only Because he is not Ahmed or ibn qasim!

By Umer Sultan 

An idiot from Bethesda. Pict taken from Washington Post

I came to know about this today. Yes 5 days after this news was reported. That a 20 yrs old guy from Bethesda named Collin McKenzie-Gude was convicted for trying to assassinate President Obama back in 2008 when we was running for elections. 

The entire story can be read at Washington Post, Jan 20, 2010 issue

What, I remember when this Christian Preacher down south was preaching in his church and in an interview in a radio station that he hope Obama dies. This is also back then, when President Obama was running for President.  

So no fear of terrorism now! No mention what motivated him to try assassinate President Obama in 2008! 

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Study: Threat of Muslim-American Terrorism in U.S. exaggerated-CNN

(CNN) — The terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim- Americans has been exaggerated, according to a study released Wednesday by researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Public officials should attend events at mosques, as they do churches and synagogues, the study recommended

A small number of Muslim-Americans have undergone radicalization since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the study found. It compiled a list of 139 individuals it categorized as “Muslim-American terrorism offenders” who had become radicalized in the U.S. in that time — a rate of 17 per year.

That level is “small compared to other violent crime in America, but not insignificant,” according to the study, titled “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans.”

To be included on the list, an offender had to have been wanted, arrested, convicted or killed in connection with terrorism-related activities since 9/11 — and have lived in the United States, regardless of immigration status, for more than a year prior to arrest.

Of the 139 offenders, fewer than a third successfully executed a violent plan, according to a Duke University statement on the study, and most of those were overseas. Read the report:”Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans”

“Muslim-American organizations and the vast majority of individuals that we interviewed firmly reject the radical extremist ideology that justifies the use of violence to achieve political ends,” David Schanzer, an associate professor in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, said in the statement.

In the aftermath of 9/11, however, as well as terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world, the possible radicalization of Muslim-Americans is a “key counterterrorism concern” — magnified by heavy publicity that accompanies the arrests of Muslim-Americans, such as that seen in the wake of the November shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, a Muslim born in Virginia, is charged in connection with that incident.

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