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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Why was this radical Saudi anti-female cleric invited to the US?

His name is "Sheikh Ayed Al-Qarni" He was invited here and sponsored by Islamic Relief USA whose director, Belkacem Nahi lamented the thousands of dollars lost on hotel rooms for the various events he had been scheduled to speak at in this article in Arabic (Run it through Language Tools for simple translation) .

He says Belkacem Nahi Coordinator Development of the Organization of your Islam reliving in an interview for "Elaph": "" We feel regret bitterly to prevent Sheikh Ayed Al-Qarni of attendance for charity ceremony which will be held in the states of Washington, DC and California and New Jersey, Chicago, and all the sons of the Muslim community spread in the United States was a great longing to meet him. "

The organization spent your Islam reliving tens of thousands of dollars to rent rooms in plush hotels U.S. where he planned Qarni delivering his speeches in front of the crowd.

According Belkacem Nahi that "his organization has invited to the sons of the Muslim community in America because they know the weight of the volume of Sheikh Al-Qarni Islamic as an advocate large and unpopular massive, has been renting rooms within months hotels U.S. and room for five thousand people in the lecture" one, adding that being Muslim Reliving has lost all financial and insurance developed in order to book those halls after the ban.

Al-Qarni was denied entry by Homeland Security. Islamic Relief's attorneys failed to successfully intervene on his behalf. CAIR's Nihad Awad also stated that CAIR was willing to offer their legal services on Al-Qarni's behalf should he request.
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No doubt Al-Qarni was not denied entry due to his stance on women driving, However Islamic Relief and   MSA-ICNA both had this "sheikh" scheduled to speak at their events that stated the following in regards to why the women of Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to drive:

“One: I do not see women driving cars in our country because of the consequences that would spring from it such as the spread of corruption, women uncovering their hair and faces, mingling between the sexes, men being alone with women and the destruction of the family and society in whole.

“Two: Sadd Al-Dharaie principle (the closing of doors which could lead to corruption or sinful actions) is one of the values in our religion. Women driving cars is a sinful thing. It is used by those who want to wage a war against purity and hijab.

“Three: One of the principles of our religion is protecting honor and moral values. Women driving cars would threaten these principles because of the dire consequences resulting from it.

“Four: Such public issues must be brought up with the certified religious institution who have the say in such matters as I have said many times before.”

*source of above quotes

On the website for the MSA-ICNA event Al-Qarni's "bio" was posted without one word regarding his stance on women. LINK.

When his visit was denied they posted THIS announcement. Again, without a word regarding his "sheik's" stance on women driving in Saudi Arabia where it is these very clerics who speak such words about women.

"Sheikh" Al-Qarni was also scheduled to speak at THIS Islamic Relief event Jan. 30

My open question to the above entities is very simple, why would a Saudi cleric who has this stance on women be invited as a guest to the United States to speak at several events, thousands of dollars spent on him?

Is this something that any of the above entities wish their interfaith partners (which are many) to know? Why on God's green Earth would this man who is an integral member of the very apparatus that oppresses Saudi women be sponsored by Islamic Relief, invited to speak by MSA-ICNA and defended by CAIR simply because he is Muslim?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Facebook Activism per Urban Dictionary

From Urban Dictionary:

Facebook Activism413 up, 15 down
The illusion of dedication to a cause through no-commitment awareness groups. Specifically in reference to Facebook groups centered around political issues.
Dave: Man, this genocide in Darfur is terrible. I sure wish I could make a difference.

Jenna: Well, I made a facebook group about it. We have almost one million members!

Dave: That's great! Are you all going to donate money to refugees or something?

Jenna: No, but now those murderers will really know how sad we are!

Dave: Sounds like you're really into your Facebook activism!

^^^^^^^ Question: Are you really an activist in real life? Who are you friending on Facebook ? Are you able to verify your "friend" on Facebook is real and is an activist for REAL?

Stupid question of the day. If the answer to the above question does not fit within the peramerters of REAL LIFE activism and REAL LIFE precautions any sane person would take, what the hell are you doing on Facebook?

Enquiring minds would like to know......

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How to become a "Palestinian" activist on Facebook

1. Come up with a decent enough sounding name.

2. If you are on Timeline, put up a nice banner.  Using the Palestinian flag as your profile picture comes in handy.

3. Post some articles on your wall about Palestine.  This may take a little while, actually not long at all, if you have pro-Palestinian articles on your wall, you must be pro-Palestinian. Everyone with any brains knows that right?

4. To gain credibility choose some high profile activists to send friend requests to. These folks have thousands on their lists, certainly all those folks must be real right?  You know this because you have heard of them other places OR they also have outward appearances of being pro-Palestinian.  This is KEY to getting your foot in the door due to ........... #5

5. The key is "mutuals". You know how that one goes. If you have a whole lot of "mutuals" with someone, especially high profile Palestinian activists, then BINGO this person sending you a friend request must be legitimate. (hint hint, that high profile activist has no time for this sort of baloney, it's "only facebook" and they're so busy with all their real stuff they don't have time to check anyone out, if they want to be their friend then that is really REALLY "nice")

6. Once you get your foot in the door, the sky's the limit.  The more friends you make, the more friends you are able to make because gee whiz, if someone has that many friends they must be real!

7. Now what can you do once you are "in" as a pro-"Palestinian" FACEBOOK  "activist", gee whiz, I can't think of anything at all harmful can you?

Now that you know the basics of "How to become a pro-"Palestinian" activist on Facebook, HAVE FUN. There's a whole world out there for you to meander through. On any given day you can make more "friends", join Facebook groups, hell you might even get made an administrator on some of these groups and then you are REALLY "in".  This last part is just a perk that may or may not occur.  This may take some patience on your part but ya know that saying, who won the race, the tortoise or the hare?

Stay low, enjoy all your new friends just like they are enjoying you when they don't even know who the hell you are! But you have Facebook friends and a whole lot of them too so you must really be somebody. Oh, one thing, make sure you at least try to continue to appear pro-Palestinian. Any cracks in your appearance and some of these "activists" may notice, but hey, not necessarily cuz to each their own who they friend on Facebook.

Thus is the land of Facebook activism.  It's "only Facebook" right?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Why oh why did I ever stop blogging?  I miss it here.  I need some inspiration.............. The entire format of blogger has changed since I was last here. I used to write, I really did.  I didn't think I could get back in here.  Now..... let's see. Can't come up with anything at the moment. I miss my old blogging friends!