ihatethismess: U.S. Sen. Al Franken gave a quip-filled speech at the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association breakfast Wednesday, attacking Republicans for opposing the building of a mosque blocks from Ground Zero in New York City. […] Franken said conservative opposition to the mosque is “one of the most disgraceful things that I’ve heard.” “I don’t know how many of you have been to New...
For all their noble intentions, the individuals behind the proposed community...– Guest Voices: Mosque near Ground Zero? “It’s about the community, stupid” - On Faith at washingtonpost.com [by Abed Bhuyan, rockstar extraordinaire. -y] (via sweepthesunshine)
In Pakistan, your primary loyalty is to your biraderi, an untranslatable word,...– Op-Ed Contributor - In Pakistan, Watching Lifetimes Get Washed Away - NYTimes.com [oh, motherland, you break my heart every day. thankyou to Taha for sharing this article. -y] (via sweepthesunshine)
Since time immemorial, the Black Hills in South Dakota have been a holy place...– Simon Moya-Smith, “Monuments & Mosques: The Debate Over What’s Sacred (an American Indian’s perspective)” (via tart-tart) Christians obviously feel they have the constitutional right to build what they want, where they want, when they want. I find it most hypocritical that the same Christians...
Keep a photo of yourself as a child in your workspace. Look into those eyes and...– Jennifer V Bourgoyne with Czela Bellies CesareanWear
SOF Observed: Revealing Ramadan: 30 Days, 30... →
sweepthesunshine: by Trent Gilliss, senior editor Image by aamran Yes, tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan in North America. For the next 30 days Muslims will be fasting, praying, meeting with friends, and celebrating. But, Ramadan is as much an inner journey as a set of rituals. It’s a chance for a Muslim to explore the deepest recesses of oneself and one’s relationship with God. So,...
The Trouble With Chick Flicks - Dorothy Pomerantz... →
Film pundits often complain about the plight of women in Hollywood. There aren’t enough female directors. There aren’t enough good female roles and there aren’t enough films aimed at women. Why ignore women when they are half the population and can make a film like Mamma Mia blow up ($610 million at the global box office on an estimated budget of $50 million)? A recent poll from Fandango explains...
How to Become a Network Marketing Maven -... →
I attribute my quick success to a few factors. 1. I treat my business like a business. I do not treat it as a hobby. The discipline of the corporate life and demanding schedules instilled good work habits in me. I keep a calendar, set up meetings and attend networking events almost daily. Every encounter with others is an opportunity to grow my business, and theirs as well. 2. Knowledge of the...
I can’t help but think, is this happening because of the pressures of...– When Did Being Nice or Being Yourself Become Overrated? - WomenEntrepreneur.com
BBC News - 'Exorcisms' performed on Chechen stolen... →
Muslims: An Untapped Advertising Resource -... →
Club announces ban on "fat girls" - Broadsheet -... →
This news item had me all sorts of outraged, until I started chatting with Broadsheet pal, and co-author of “Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere,” Kate Harding. She wrote me in an e-mail: Frankly, I find it refreshing to see a ‘no fatties’ policy made explicit — at least now no fat girl will ever have to deal with well-meaning friends trying to convince her she’s...
BBC News - Fast Track - Halal holidays in the sun →
If you see a veiled Muslim woman sitting on a beach watching her husband and children splashing in the waves, don’t assume it’s her religion that keeps her from joining in the fun. Muslim women can often be seen swimming while veiled - though they may not want to on beaches where most women are wearing bikinis. The problem also occurs in some resorts in Muslim countries with an...
Islam’s Answer to MTV - NYTimes.com →
As the brains behind 4Shbab, the world’s first Islamic version of MTV, Abu Haiba is the consummate man in the middle — situated between the dictates of Islam and those of the pop-music business. Introduced in the spring of last year, 4Shbab, which means “for youth” in Arabic, broadcasts music videos, variety shows (including Abu Haiba’s own), news and even a reality program called “Your Voice Is...
For GOP, Islamophobia is the new anti-Communism -... →
But let’s be honest: The difference between Bush’s GOP and Newt’s is one of window dressing only. The Republican Party of the Bush years had the same magnetic allure to Islamophobes as today’s does, even if it didn’t use quite the same inflammatory rhetoric. It was Bush, after all, who filled his inner circle with committed neoconservatives who believed that Islam itself imperiled Western values...
The Female Factor - What the Head Scarf Means,... →
“When you reach a new normal, people begin to distinguish themselves differently,” said Hania Shalaani, an expert in gender studies at the Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo. “Because the veil is no longer a sign of religiosity or respectability, it is expected to see this polarization.”
Organizers of Muslim Center Underestimated Its... →
For American Muslims, the stakes have become painfully high. “It has repercussions for the entire community,” said Robina Niaz, who runs Turning Point, a group that fights domestic violence among Muslims. “What it has done is suddenly made it legitimate for everybody else out there to lash out at Muslims. It has brought us together. But it also shows how much work we have to do.”
BBC News - Pregnant women told not to fast during... →
Eboo Patel: This Ramadan, America Needs Its... →
Fasting inspires focus. So often we forget that we come from God, so frequently we neglect to maintain mercy. God guides Muslims to fast so that we may remember, and so that we may return. We fast for our souls, but as the Ayah of the Qur’an above suggests, we fast for our surroundings as well. Ramadan in all its fullness inspires a renewed focus on our neighbors, especially the needy....
Iranian Woman Facing Stoning 'Confesses' On TV :... →
A lawyer for an Iranian woman who had faced death by stoning on an adultery conviction said Thursday he suspects she was tortured into confessing that she was an unwitting accomplice to her husband’s murder. Iranian state television broadcast the purported confession of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, on Wednesday night in an apparent attempt to deflect criticism of her case by the U.S.,...
Dr. Laura Apologizes for Saying N-Word on the Air... →
LOS ANGELES – Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has issued an apology for saying the N-word several times in an on-air conversation with a caller that she said was “hypersensitive” to racism. Schlessinger said on her website Wednesday that she was wrong in using the word for what she called an attempt to make a philosophical point. “I articulated the N-word all the way out — more than one...
Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Nicole Kidman →
ihatethismess: blackenedbutterfly: jonathan-cunningham: littlelightx: 110pages: Nicole Kidman goes to Haiti to talk about sexual assault against women. Women & Hollywood - http://womenandhollywood.com/ There’s this scene in Reno 911 where one of the moron sherriffs says “look to your left, then look to your right. One of the people next to you will be raped.” It’s supposed to be...
Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!: Just... →
Just thought I’d draw your attention to this podcast from Creative Screenwriting Magazine in which Jeff Goldsmith talks to a bunch of TV writers/producers about genre writing for television. Among the panelists are Steven Kriozere (NCIS, Castle), Jose Molina (Castle, Without A Trace, Law &…