Anti-jihadi advert preaching ‘love not terror’ goes viral in Middle East

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This is what is needed to stop terror in the name of Islam. There is some controversy because it uses victims of attacks and is a commercial for a telecom company however a cultural change, which videos like this help with,  is one of the key solutions to Islamic extremism.

What do you think?

 

And the FULL VIDEO

 

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Renza Aslan dismantles anti-Muslim hate.

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Last year Reza Aslan managed to debunk all of the anti-Muslim hate we are seeing everyday in under ten minutes. We need this message now more than ever.

Some key responses:

“…the problem of female genital mutilation is a perfect example. It’s not an Islamic problem, it’s an African problem”

“Eritrea has almost 90% female genital mutilation, it’s a Christian country. Ethiopia has almost 75% female genital mutilation, it’s a Christian country”

“Did you know that seven Muslim majority countries have has women as heads of state? How many women have we had as head of state?”

“In the months everyone has been talking about ISIS and their terrible action Saudi Arabia, our closest ally, has beheaded 19 people and nobody seems to care”

“We are using two or three examples to justify a generalization. That’s actually the definition of bigotry”
His point in the first part of the interview is that while a few countries with a Muslim majority are practicing in some terrible things  by painting them all with the same brush we are being bigots.

Then they play a clip of Benjamin Netenyahu discussing militant Islam.

“He is absolutely incorrect in saying that ISIS equals Islam, that’s just ridiculous.’

“These kinds of over-simplifications, I think, only cause more danger”

“But it doesn’t actually help us to deal with them (Hamas, Al-Qaeda…etc) when instead of talking about rational criticisms of a particular religion when instead we so easily slip into bigotry by painting them all with the same brush”

He set Kayleigh McEnany straight earlier this year as well. Going to go and pick up his book Beyond Fundamentalism this week. So far this blog really appreciates what he is saying.

 

 

 

2017 is Here And We Have a Lot of Work To Do

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With all the celebrity deaths, a Trump presidential victory and the usual chaos and turmoil in the world and our personal lives many people are talking about how bad 2016 was. Last year was, as usual, full of the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s worth reflecting on so we know what’s important going forward.

  1. Human Rights:
    1. libertyData from the CIVICUS Monitor  3.2 billion people live where freedoms are badly repressed or nonexistent.
    2. The radical alt-right will soon control the most powerful country in the world.
    3. The U.N has turned into powerless money pit.
  2. Politics:
    1. Even in thriving democracies governments continue to repress freedoms .
    2. Millions still live below the poverty line.
    3. War wages in Syria. In fact, there are least 10 different armed conflicts ongoing into 2017.
  3. bokoReligion: There are still close 6 billion people who identify as a specific religion worldwide. Different religions still wage war like the Shia and Shiite Muslims always have always have or the Burma conflict or The Boko Haram in Nigeria. This is a list of religion based violence five pages long and that’s just for 2016.

Clearly work to be done and there is always hope. This blog won’t allow the mass media and the naysayers to destroy that. Humanity, despite all of the problems, continues to push forward. Here are some examples from 2016:

Human Rights

Michael Jordan donated two million to try and help bridge the connection between police and the community.

Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

In February, Ontario announced a $100 million initiative to curb violence against indigenous women.

Female Genital Mutliation in Africa won a major battle 

Germany took on rape culture.

The gender gap between girls and boys in school narrowed in 2016 too.

transDenmark  no longer defines transgender as a mental illness, and Canada announced a ban on transgender discrimination.

Following the end of conflict in Colombia in 2016, all of the war in the world is now limited to an arc that contains less than a sixth of the world’s population.

Politics

Homelessness in the United States declined by 35% since 2007, and Los Angeles committed to $1.2 billion to help get more people off the street.

Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage.

victoryOpponents of female genital mutilation scored a major victory when the Pan African Parliament endorsed a continent-wide ban. 

Standing Rock Sioux stopped the pipeline construction that threatened their water supply.

Science

Gene editing became a reality

Sri Lanka is now malaria-free . Global malaria deaths have declined by 60% since the year 2000

New medicine has been shown to increase melanoma survival rate to 40%

Religion

The Anglican church now performs same sex unions.

The Rabbinical Assembly issued a resolution affirming the rights of transgender and non-conforming individuals.

ISIS started falling apart and even Muslims clerics declared a fatwa against them

Religion is still on the decline and affluence is on the rise

A few other great lists
99 reasons was 2016 was a good year.

2016: It Was A Very Good Year, Despite What The Pundits Say

People Really Love This List Of Good Things That Have Happened In 2016 Inspired by a really great Reddit thread

It was a good year but going forward we must all keep on fighting the good fight against hate, violence and suppression of democracy and our human rights that happens even right here at home. This blog sure as hell will and so should you.

Nigeria Plunging into religious war

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Courtesy of globeandmail.com

Islam is the religion of peace? This Christmas day in Nigeria the religion of peace demonstrated that it carries this line of reasoning:

1. Sharia law would be good for our country,
2. Sharia law has not yet be implemented so therefore,
3. We must commence killing and terrorizing to demonstrate just how peaceful our religion makes us.

In total 27 people were killed and dozens more injured as a series of bombs aimed the ‘enemies’ of the religion of peace were detonated across the mostly Christian regions of Nigeria (link). One of the explosions did manage to show that Islam treats everyone equally detonating as a crowd of men, women and children left a Christian church following a holiday mass.

Christian leaders in the country are starting to call for other Christians to defend themselves stating that they will soon be left with no choice but plunge Nigeria into an all out civil war between the mostly Christian north and mostly Muslim south. It wasn’t enough that Nigeria was already riddled with poverty, crime and other kinds of violence the followers of religion of peace decided that their religion is so superior that they would incite an all out war in order to make their country a better place (more perfectly sound logic).

So let’s review the reasoning:

  1. Sharia law will make our country better and is not being implemented in our country,
  2. Murdering and terrorizing will win sympathizers or scare everyone into implementing Sharia law. So therefore,
  3. We must instigate a civil war

Some Muslim leaders have tried desperately to separate themselves from their peace loving brethren but their not fooling anyone because once again this Christmas the world saw just how peaceful Islam makes its followers.

Murdering and terrorizing and warfare, thanks again Islam for being the religion of peace.

Only in a Theocracy Could Driving be Associated with Promiscuity

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I am tempted to create a humor page because I just see this kind laughable logic pretty near every single day coming from the mouths of theists of all kinds. This time it’s Saudi clerics who claim that if women are allowed to drive it would “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.”  Brave women have been fighting for the right to drive “in the only country in the world where women are not allowed to take the wheel.” (Ghanem 2011). This is also a country where women can face public lashings for not covering their entire body including their “tempting eyes”. Now their brave fight to be allowed to drive is bringing claims that it would lead to “no more virgins”. These poor women face a daunting uphill battle. In fact they have very few rights at all in Saudi Arabia:

Women must have a male guardian: Typically a father or brother. Women in Saudi Arabia must gain permission from their male guardian for everything from employment and school to daily life tasks such as getting food and tending to the children, they often need permission to even speak.

They face widespread sexual harassment and abuse: Women are virtually powerless to stop it. If they do speak up their chances of justice are slim, they may even take the blame and the subsequent punishments.

Some more details can be found here

So it comes as no surprise that that in Saudi Arabia you would find logic as absurd as the idea that allowing women to drive will lead to widespread promiscuity. Well laughable at least things like this serve as fair warning as to what happens with religion is allowed to rule a country.