Posts tagged "9/11"

Disguising Islamophobia

This photo was taken yesterday by Jeremy Walton, assistant professor at NYU's Religious Studies Program, in downtown Manhattan where various groups gathered to protest a proposed community center or to march in support of it.

Ground Zero and The Founders’ Civility

Akbar Ahmed is getting some praise for his piece at Salon that works to portray both Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as men "adding fuel to the fire," both exhibiting an insensitivity to a "civil" society that's decided to make them media headlines. Jones, you know by now, planned to burn...

What Makes Ground Zero Holy?

We've been wondering what makes the site of the 9/11 attacks "holy ground."  Michael Daly takes this saccharine stab at it in today's New York Daily News by asserting that tragedy (or seeing shells from foxholes) makes all of us pray in the same way:
Ground Zero is a mosque.  It is also a church...

Expunging the Quran

An event was held in downtown Manhattan yesterday to protest the proposed building of a mosque on the World Trade Center site. Richard Bartholomew gives us a run-down of the event and surrounding commentary at his site, Bartholomew's Notes. He quotes Pamela Geller, executive director of "Stop the Islamization of America" and...

Muslim Women’s Voice

Rhonda Roumani at The Scoop asks why controversial atheist and denouncer of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is allowed by the American media to speak for all Muslim women. She writes, "She has slowly become the public face of 'Muslim women,' often to the exclusion of others who have compelling narratives of their own...

Rodney Stark, Crusading

Were the Crusades all that bad that Bill Clinton had to apologize for them in the wake of 9/11? Is there a difference between crusading for spoils and crusading for souls? Nathan Schneider at Killing the Buddha points us to an interview with Rodney Stark at Patheos about his...

An American Imam in Yemen

Elissa Lerner: Since when do we authorize killing American citizens? The Obama Administration has approved a targeted killing, of radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a spiritual leader to two of the 9/11 suspected hijackers, Maj. Nidal Hasan of the November Fort Hood shootings, and Umar Abdulmutallab, the would-be Detroit airplane bomber in December. Al-Awlaki, despite his current...

Daily Links December 06 2004

“When the holy mother sizzle is the only sound you hear” Golden Palace, the casino that bought the “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich” for $28,000, is capitalizing on its purchase with a “Make Your Own Sandwich” option (“Your Face Here”), and a signature song (to the tune of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”), “It’s Virgin...