Sense momentarily prevails: Spencer panel canceled

A small victory for the Forces of Good:   The American Library Association canceled the round table on Muslim outreach to which notorious Muslim-basher Robert Spencer had been inexplicably invited to speak. On the "An Open Letter to ALA & the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable" blog that was created in protest against this ill advised move, I commented as follows:That’s good news. In a perfect world, Spencer would have been summarily disinvited, but … [Read more...]

Joke of the day: Robert Spencer as bridge-builder. (repost)

[This a re-post. Due to an unnoticed glitch in TypePad, the first version lost its first few paragraphs. Not sure what happened. ]A controversy is brewing in academia over the inscrutable decision by the American Library Association to invite Islamophobe-e-Azam Robert Spencer to address a forum dedicated to, I kid you not, improving Muslim/non-Muslim relations through more effective outreach.  You'd be forgiven for assuming this to be a wicked parody dreamt up by the folks at The Onion … [Read more...]

Joke of the day: Robert Spencer as bridge-builder.

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Imam Zaid Shakir’s critique of “Obsession” in Tikkun

Imam Zaid Shakir has an insightful piece in the current issue of the progressive Jewish magazine Tikkun refuting the Islamophobic hysteria and tendentious historical revisionism of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West", the 2005 pseudo-documentary that was widely distributed in America last year by shadowy neocon and hardline Jewish groups in an obvious attempt to stir up anti-Muslim prejudices and scare voters away from Barack Obama, whose father was a (nominal) … [Read more...]

Some thoughts on Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis and hijab

Thought I'd share this naughty but deeply inspired and profound quip from progressive evangelical pastor Tony Campolo, whose wonderful book Speaking My Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles The Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid To Face I'm reading at the moment.According to a profile on him in Christianity Today:"I have three things I'd like to say today," he famously began many speeches in the 1980s. "First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids … [Read more...]

Zbigniew Brzezinski on the GWOT idiocy

A snippet from a great op-ed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose name I need to learn to pronounce one of these days.Terrorized by 'War on Terror' - The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability … [Read more...]

Hank Hanegraaff on “Misconceptions about Muslims”

Came across some refreshingly evenhanded and principled comments on Islam from an evangelical Christian perspective  ("Misconceptions About Muslims -")  by noted American Christian apologist Hank Hanegraaff (a.k.a. the "Bible Answer Man"). While he doesn't name names, he implicitly repudiates the ignorance and hysteria  concerning Islam that have become practically de rigueur on the Christian Right today. Many (most?) of his  colleagues have … [Read more...]

If the FBI could conceal evidence in order to paint MLK as dangerous…

A few months ago I blogged about a disturbing case in the 1960s that has come to light of FBI officials conspiring to send somebody to jail for a crime they knew they hadn't committed. Here's more haunting food for thought from the witch hunts of a previous and far more geopolitically tense era about vague accusations of Islamic extremism. In the late 1960s, elements in the government (i.e., the FBI) deliberately withheld evidence that would have exonerated the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. … [Read more...]