First there was this, Federal Reserve Bank bomb suspect ‘in US on student visa’ which detailed an imminent threat that was to be carried out by one Bengali student Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis here in America. The release of information about threats that are designed to both frighten the American public as well as boost a sagging Presidential candidate’s ratings in a close election is nothing new; it was a tactic used effectively by the Bush Administration during its two terms and Obama seems willing to employ the same strategy in 2012. We won’t talk about all the legal problems inherent in this type of operation, it has worked rather well for both administrations. However, shortly after the headline of a thwarted plot from a Bengali national came this news about another person of Bangladeshi descent: Informant: NYPD Paid Me to ‘Bait’ Muslims which details how a 19 year old of Bangladeshi descent claims he was used to entrap or bait New York city area Muslims into incriminating statements or actions that could lead to “create and capture….creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD.” The informant, one Shamiur Rahman who is about the same age as the terrorist suspect of our first story, Ahsan Nafis, 21 was engaged in activity that should guarantee their paths would cross during the time they were together in the Big Apple. In the light of these two stories, that’s a question a good reporter should ask….if they’re not too busy posing on table tops!
…..don’t worry, he’s still persecuting American Muslims or otherwise making their lives miserable. Here’s the latest victim of Obama’s Islamization of America. An American citizen with an unusual name like so many of us here in America, born and raised, Samir Suljovic was denied entry/return to America after visiting family in Montenegro and given no reason why, nor was he given any recourse to due process. Consequently he was stranded in an airport in Germany and received no assistance from the US Embassy in that country, in effect proclaiming him persona non grata and according to some accounts confiscating his personal effects and searching them without his permission. In essence the Muslim Obama administration has denied this real Muslim American his rights and protections guaranteed him by no less than the Constitution an act that would otherwise make GW Bush and all his neo-con advisors who began this trend of abrogation, proud. Anyone who is concerned about Obama’s bona fides as an imperialist vis-a-vis American Muslims, need look no further than this Administration’s continuation of the no-fly list. Suljovic was finally allowed to return home, without any explanation why he was delayed or who was responsible for him being allowed to return after three weeks.
It’s not that this is a picture of a woman with her leg(s) flung in the air as she reclines on a table looking back at her male counterpart (client?) who sits a little less provocatively, staring mirthfully into the camera, or that the editors of Vanity Fair, some I hope to God are women, chose to put what others might categorize a sexist photo that questionably demeans or objectifies the image of women in society in their publication ….what’s troublesome about the above picture is Mika Brzezinski has made it easier for politicians to NOT take her and other members of her profession seriously and keep up their steady stream of lies and prevarications which they are counting on members of an obsequious press, to which Brzezinski is a member to give credence too because they are too busy posing like her. At a time when politicians are making outrageous claims about women and women’s health which border on 18th and 19th century logic, during a campaign season we have the likes of the picture above to remind us that some people including some women see them as objects and not as people whose worth extends far beyond their sexuality. If Brezinsky really believes in workplace equality, does she really think the photo above is an example of that vital and necessary element of today’s America? Does she really?
Eid Mubarak to the Muslim readers of Miscellany101.
It’s awe inspiring to see the oldest religious tradition known to man exert the universal principle that began with that tradition that we must love and honor one another. That’s the message of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America which they have delivered juxtaposed with the hate spewed message of the Islamophobes that has recently graced New York City billboards. I salute such people of faith and courage who are taking a clear stand against the trends of today’s America where hate filled drenched intolerance for people different from the norm has become the order of the day. It’s encouraging to see faith still matters to enough of us to speak out, and that there are people who are compelled by their faith into positive action for all of humanity. To the Rabbis for Human Rights – North America, kudos!
At least those of them who are rioting, pillaging and violently reacting to imagined acts of dishonor towards the Prophet Muhammad. For the longest time, Muslim countries have too often been ruled by street mobs instead of the Book and the Prophet they claim to follow, in which neither condone nor suggest the reaction of today’s Muslims to acts of disrespect shown Prophet Muhammad are justifiable. I have finally found a voice that says that rather clearly and cogently and it needs to be heard.
I don’t think it will make that much difference to the throngs of people who want Islam to rule from the street, but perhaps it will make a difference to those sitting on the sideline who are confused and or wondering where does this rage come from. Although I can’t answer that question in the affirmative Yusuf definitely makes the case it doesn’t, it can’t come from the example of the Prophet nor from the Book revealed to him.