There are many words I can use to describe Mazen Asbahi’s fresh resignation from his position as the Obama campaign’s national liaison for Muslim American affairs, and the circumstances behind that decision. But I will suffice with one that I think says it best: “sad.”
Chicago – Barack Obama should be able to count on heavy support from US Muslims in the November election, if polls are correct, but he risks offending some members of that faith by having to explain he is not one himself.
From CNN’s Glenn Beck to Comedy Central’s Daily Show, and from The Weekly Standard to The Nation, America’s political pundits hold wildly varying opinions on almost everything. But when it comes to Islam and Muslims, both ends of the political spectrum are too often equally comfortable with simplistic two-dimensional treatments that end up reducing Islam’s more than one billion followers to caricatures and stereotypes.
The cartoon on the cover of the latest New Yorker magazine depicting Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, as militant radicals drew the ire of the presidential candidates Monday and posed the question of how satirical journalism affects voters during an election season.
Barack Obama’s campaign recently launched a new Web site called “Fight the Smears,” dedicated to dispelling damaging and inaccurate rumors about the Democratic presidential candidate.
One so-called “smear:” that he is a Muslim.
Maybe I’m hyper-jaded or have been in this business too long.
But when I learned some of Barack Obama’s volunteers kept Muslim women in “hijab” or the traditional Islamic head scarf from sitting behind the Democratic presidential candidate at a campaign rally last week, my irritation was laced with a yawn.
CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Reem Rahman discusses the recent discrimination against Muslims at an Obama Rally in Detroit. Media reports indicate the women were kept from the podium area because campaign volunteers did not want the candidate associated with the Muslim women’s head scarves, or hijabs. Campaign officials and Obama later apologized to the women.
Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito recently asked one of the most pertinent questions of our time: Who speaks for a billion Muslims? I won’t tell you the answer because I recommend that you read their book.
But I will give this away: the answer is not Edward Luttwak.
The end to Ani Zonneveld’s “jihad” on “jihad” came during an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when Lynette (Felicity Huffman) discovers she has cancer and throws a stone at a possum.
“Look at yourself,” replies her husband, Tom. “You’ve declared jihad on a possum.”
“At that point,” said Zonneveld, the co-director of the advocacy group Muslims for Progressive Values, “I think it is too late to redefine the true meaning of jihad.”
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab refutes Edward Luttwack’s recent New York Times op-ed claiming Obama is an apostate and may be rejected or targeted by parts of the Muslim world.
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