Arab News reports that a group of Muslim scholars will visit Auschwitz soon. In light of the persistent Holocaust denial of the Iranian regime, and a common idea in the Muslim world that Palestinians are paying for the European crime of the holocaust, and the narrative of the holocaust being so important to the formation of Israel–this is a highly significant event in Muslim-Jewish relations.
A Saudi preacher is among 14 Muslim scholars from across the globe who will visit the former Nazi Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland next week as part of a Holocaust awareness and anti-genocide program, organizers said yesterday.
“This is an opportunity for imams who are influential in their communities to look at the Holocaust first hand and to go to Auschwitz, to see what that kind of hatred led to,” Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich told AFP yesterday.
“It’s to make sure that civilization doesn’t fail again.”
Christianity Today has an excellent article on the situation of the Boko Haram attacking Christians in Nigeria. While the government is considering amnesty as a way to neutralize the terrorist organization, many Christians are skeptical. The government has declared a state of emergency.
Boko Haram primarily operates in the Northern part of Nigeria. Nigeria is evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. Most of the Muslims are in the North and most of the Christians are in the South. Continue reading →
It’s always fun to watch Glenn Greenwald and Bill Maher discuss Islam, imperialism, the Arab Spring, and democracy. Between the four panelists, this is a very interesting mixture of perspectives that you rarely see.
In the wake of the scandal of the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, Muslims are asking why it’s only a scandal when non-Muslims are targeted.
Reports that the Internal revenue Service has been targeting Tea Party-affiliated nonprofit organizations has grabbed headlines, but should come as no surprise. In part because of ten years of expanding government powers, much of it under the guise of national security, selective enforcement of the law has increasingly become a norm rather than an aberration.
But some in the Muslim community might have a question – why are conservatives so surprised (and outraged) by this news when Muslim nonprofits and their leaders have been under intense scrutiny for over a decade? And when so many Muslim groups and individuals have faced scrutiny simply for the religion they follow?
It’s good to know that the government of Turkey is taking threats against religious minorities seriously.
(Reuters) – Turkey is investigating an alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and has stepped up security around the patriarchate in Istanbul, his spokesman said on Friday.
Spokesman Dositheos Anagnostopoulos said the patriarch had not received any direct threats but had learned of the alleged plot from Turkish media, which was later confirmed to the patriarchate by Turkish police.
“Later in the day, police informed the patriarchate of a possible threat and dispatched additional police officers,” Anagnostopoulos said.
While Glenn Beck often accuses anyone that disagrees with him of being a ”relativist” or “subjectivist”, the irony is that in Glenn Beck’s confusing world of conspiracy theories, facts don’t seem to matter. The Boston Marathon bombers were Chechen nationals, not Saudi, but even after the identity of the bombers was discovered, that didn’t stop Glenn Beck from pinning the bombing on a Saudi national. The Saudi national, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was himself a victim of the bombing, which makes the accusation even more pernicious. Glenn Beck has never apologized to Alharbi for falsely accusing him of being a terrorist, despite the debunking of his theory.
Now, in an effort to trash the Obama administration, Glenn Beck is claiming that the Saudi government tried to warn the U.S. about the Tsarnaev brothers, the actual bombers, even though his own website has reported that the Saudis have denied the claim.
First, the Saudis were behind the attacks. Now, the Saudis tried to stop it.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka, City of Ottawa’s Wayne Sprague and I were on a TV panel following the desecration of mosques in Gatineau, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Charlottetown and vandalism in Jewish synagogues and cemeteries. We agreed that Canada is a great country and that Canadians are tolerant and fair. But we also felt that there are racists and bigots in Canada – among politicians, academics, members of the media and others – who promote hatred of Jews and Muslims through anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Many Muslim countries and Israel deserve criticism for their policies, I think. But to condemn a religious faith, distort its teachings and blame an entire community for the wrongs of a few is wrong, hateful and in some cases malicious.
The three of us agreed that hate and cruelty violate the principles of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and those of Canada too. Continue reading →