Due to my own increasing ambivalence about PMU/MWU in recent times and my conclusion that this exchange is ultimately unconstructive, I have decided to remove my previous postings on the topic.
I continue to feel that the wording and tenor of Muqtedar Khan’s resignation letter"–his scathing statement is already being disseminated on the Internet (e.g., LivingTradition, American Muslim Perspective)–were inappropriate and problematic coming from a scholar dedicated to reform and what he calls the "progressive agenda and I remain concerned about what I consider to be his at times inconsistent politics. Also, while I think the issues I raised about his role as a pundit and tendency to oversimplify important issues were legitimate concerns, I do not wish personalize things (even if I’m not sure how that can be avoided). So I’ve removed those postings, as well. Perhaps I’ll revisit the topic later, when I have the time to explore the issue in more depth.
On a tangent, this unfortunate episode also illustrates for me how much tension there is between some of the promising ideals that the Progressive Muslim Union aspires to (e.g., as found in Progressive Muslims) and the PMUs ambiguous profile. PMU is clearly a very "big tent", and I wonder sometimes whether that tent is spread so wide that a coherent platform and worldview is impossible. Only time will tell.