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Archive for 'Religion'

Nervous Days

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.

Islamic Parties Aren’t All That Popular

“Do Muslims automatically vote Islamic? … Given the choice, voters tend to go with secular parties, not religious ones.”

Islamism and Democracy 2

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.

Islamism and Democracy 1

“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.”

Thinking for Yourself

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.

Hound of Heaven

“The Special Forces guys, they hunt men, basically. We do the same thing as Christians. We hunt people for Jesus. We hunt ’em down. Get the Hound of Heaven after ’em.”

Not So Cool

“Of course Israel is a racist state. And you’re right, that’s not something we usually say out loud.”

Sarah Palin, Religious Extremist

“Like all religious fundamentalists—Christian, Jewish, Muslim—she is a dualist. They view life as an ongoing struggle to the finish between good and evil. […] The real disturbing thing about Sarah is her mind-set.”

Breaking the Circle

“This is the form or spiritual style that makes tolerable any misery that may occur in a city such as Fez…. If this form should ever be destroyed…all that would be left in the alleyways and streets of the old city would be the misery and ugliness of the masses struggling for their daily bread.”

Citizen of the Blogosphere

I was interviewed last spring by blogger Reb (Rebecca Robinson) for her graduate school project, and I got an award from Homeyra, who blogs about culture and politics from Tehran.