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President Obama addressed the anti-Mohammed hate video yesterday in his speech to the United Nations. I feel that he got the balance just about right.
In defending the right to make a film insulting Mohammed, are Americans merely sticking up for our principles? Or are we picking and choosing?
“This is a different season—this is the season of the Green Movement and the Arab Spring—do not be fooled by these zealotries of the fanatics who are trying to steal the revolution.”
Obama now faces a battle on two fronts: first, to calm things down in the Arab world before the protests spiral out of control; and second, to figure out how to deal with a virulent Islamophobic network at home that is doing all it can to stir up trouble.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, is dead today. Photos taken by the attackers themselves show not an image of hardened fighters but a group of youths, exulting at what they had done. This only adds to the tragedy in my mind. Did they know they were responsible for the death of a man who had been working for their own freedom just a year before?
If right-wingers ever connect the idea that Muslims are jihadis bent on destroying America with the idea that Obama is himself a secret Muslim occupying the White House, it would be a Christian patriot’s duty to remove Obama from power by any means necessary.
“Do Muslims automatically vote Islamic? … Given the choice, voters tend to go with secular parties, not religious ones.”
My friend is a secular leftist who cast his ballot for the PJD, because he sees it as the party most likely to bring democratic change to Morocco.
“Some people claim that to be against Islamism is to be with the Makhzen. Others claim that to be against the Makhzen is to be with the Islamists. But they’re both wrong. There is a third way.”
To question the validity of a single idea in the Qur’an or Sunna is like pulling on a thread that could unravel the whole social garment. As a result, while Islam is indeed a vast and rich system allowing for great diversity of expression, the risk of stepping outside it and finding oneself in revolt against all of society is very high.