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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Last Bastion of Acceptable Racism in the US, Islamophobia, MUST GO!

Racism in America, a touchy touchy subject these days. With our nation electing it's first African American president, it would be utterly foolish to say that it has not flared again. As the underlying and often outright tone of many of the attacks against Obama are noticeably racist (not legitimate debate on policy disagreements), it would also be undeniable to say that racism against African Americans has become totally unacceptable. Unacceptable because racism in ANY form is unacceptable.

Or is it? Unquestionably the last bastion of racism in the US which is acceptable to spout is racism against Muslims. Witness the wild flurry leading up to 911 this year concerning the Park51 project. Not racist you say? All one needs to do is watch the videos of the protest against Park51, the nature of the signage and the crazed rantings of so many of Park51's opponents to see that at best the opposition was thinly veiled racism and at worst full-blown racism against Muslims.

There it was for all to see, with FOX News leading the pack of commentators to
tell us all why a multi-faith cultural center built by Muslims which would contain
a Muslim prayer space should not be built anywhere near "hallowed ground"

911 came and went this year, "Pastor" Terry Jones of Florida backed down from burning the Koran and the news seemed to settle down a bit. Then came Juan
Williams, his statement on the Bill O'Reiley Show that he gets nervous boarding a
plane with people in "Muslim garb who first and foremost identify themselves as
Muslim". Would he be more comfortable boarding planes with Muslim travelers
who showed no outward sign of their religious identification? He wouldn't be able
to tell they were Muslim would he? Perhaps identifying themselves is a GOOD thing
for Mr. Williams so he can be aware he needs to be afraid.

Note: none of the 911 hijackers whose actions have been condemned soundly by statements and fatwas from Muslim organizations world wide were "dressed in "Muslim garb". Note also that the myth is still perpetuated that Muslims have not condemned these horrendous acts when this simply is NOT the case.

As we all know, Juan Williams was fired following his statement on FOX. Subsequently CAIR has been blamed erroneously for the firing when the only thing CAIR did was ask
NPR to address Juan Williams' statement. CAIR did NOT ask for him to be fired, it was NPR who terminated his contract with him. Immediately following and since his firing
CAIR has been under attack. By threatening emails sent to them and public reaction
the firing of Juan Williams and support of his right to make the statement he did has
far outweighed those who agree he should have been fired.

However, there is much more to this story than what is apparent on the surface. There
are also questions that need to be asked of Juan Williams himself. Today an article was published which does ask Juan Williams a pointed question:

"Were he to get pulled over by a cop who made him get out of his car and submit to a full body-search, would he say “That’s OK officer. I know you’re just expressing your honest feeling that most black people driving nice cars are criminals”?

Unfortunately Juan Williams himself perpetuated the idea in his own statement that he was fired by NPR BECAUSE he did not fit NPR's mold as a Black liberal.

Mold? What mold Juan?

You were already on notice from NPR for other infractions and this time as stated by NPR you were fired due to breach of your employer's ethics code. A reminder of what those codes are which Juan Williams agreed to follow in signing his contract with NPR:

Now, lets compare Juan Williams' statement about being frightened of getting on planes with people in "Muslim garb" to the point made by the author of this article, would Juan Williams have a problem being pulled over for driving while Black simply because the police officer had an "honest feeling that most black people driving nice cars are criminals"? Note, it doesn't have to be "nice cars", it can be any car can't it? The point being that this Black man is in the wrong neighborhood, he must be up to no good, he doesn't belong here, reason for suspicion.

While racism against African Americans has become RIGHTFULLY politically incorrect in this country to publicly espouse, it hasn't stopped die hard racists from continuing to flaunt their racism. Take the case of White Nationalism which exists here til this day. Leading the pack of US White Nationalists is David Duke. What is he up to these days besides announcing his potential run for the presidency in 2012? Well David Duke has glommed on to a recent news item about a cheerleader in Texas who was raped at a drunken party in 2008. Evidently the rapist was allowed to continue playing football while the girl was kicked off her cheer team for refusing to cheer him. The story is outrageous, but what aspect of the story did David Duke hone in on? The fact that the rapist was Black, and that these sort of things didn't occur in Silsbee, Texas until Blacks started moving in.
This is important, watch David Duke's video HERE: at 4:40 he states,
"There was a time when Silsbee High School was entirely European American, parents never had to worry about their teenage girl getting raped at school or at a school party, much less gang raped, during that time gang rapes of 16 year old girls was simply inconceivable"
Student while Black. Before these non-White Europeans moved in there was never anything to worry about at Silsbee High. Got that? White Europeans don't do such things, never in Silsbee. Silsbee was the perfect little White hamlet at one time wasn't it Mr. Duke?

There's just one problem with Mr. Duke's statement (besides the point that it is utter RACISM), while unable to find evidence of past gang rapes in Silsbee which I am SURE have occurred since gang rape in this country crosses all socio-economic and racial boundaries and does not stop at any municiple border, I was able to find the list of registered sex offenders for the town of Silsbee, and surprise surprise NOT, there are White registered sex offenders a plenty in this priorly perfect little hamlet. Note: the term "aggravated sexual assault"=rape.

Now back to Juan Willliams being frightened of those in "Muslim garb". Just as David Dukes utter racism paints Blacks as the criminal element bringing "this sort of thing" to what used to be the perfect little White hamlet of Silsbee, Texas, so is Juan Williams statement that he is fearful of those in "Muslim garb" RACIST. To collectively hang the tag of criminal on ANY group of people is RACIST. Juan Williams would NOT accept being pulled over for "driving while black" any more than he would accept David Duke's assertion that Silsbee, Texas was just a wonderful place to live before the undesirables (Blacks) moved into town.

Just as David Duke's racism is unacceptable, so was Juan Williams' statement and those supporting his right to have this "feeling" are both unacceptable.

Fear of those in "Muslim garb" or Muslims in general=fear of those "driving while Black"/fear of "undesirables" (African Americans) in the neighborhood.

While it is RIGHTFULLY politically incorrect and WRONG to harbor racist sentiments against African Americans in this country, it must ALSO become unacceptable to harbor racist sentiments towards Muslims.

NO TO RACISM no matter what form it takes.

NO TO RACISM against Muslims, it is time to bury the acceptance of this vile sentiment.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Queridos mineros chilenos, por favor no acepten la invitación de Israel!

The letter I wrote to the Chilean miners (in English)concerning the all-expense paid offered to them by Israel to visit the Christian holy sites at Christmas, the two most important of which (Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Bethlehem) are in occupied Palestine, has been translated and published on the website for the Palestinian Foundation of Chile. Shukran khatier:

Queridos sobrevivientes de la mina chilena:
Ustedes no saben de mí. Yo sólo soy un bloggero/actvista por la paz estadounidense que ha seguido sus esfuerzos heroicos por sobrevivir a los 69 días de prueba y los esfuerzos heroicos por salvarlos. Con asombro he visto cómo los subían uno a uno hacia la libertad desde ese infierno bajo tierra, donde por tanto tiempo no se sabía si iban a vivir o morir. De hecho, el mundo entero vio cuando fueron rescatados entre la alegría estruendosa de sus seres queridos reunidos y sentados en vigilia por ustedes durante tanto tiempo, insistiendo en que estaban vivos, insistiendo en que siguienran los esfuerzos de rescate, orando juntos por su seguridad. El mundo entero se regocija por su retorno a salvo hacia la superficie junto a sus seres queridos.

Ahora es vuestro tiempo para que se recuperen de su terrible experiencia, para el reajuste en la superficie viviendo con todos los aspectos físicos que esto implica, así como también con los emocionales. Sin embargo, hay personas que desean adherirse de alguna manera a su rescate y lo que ellos ven es un estatus de celebridad para realizando invitaciones públicas para ir a visitarlos.

Cuidado con los regalos de caballo de Troya. Las invitaciones de viajes con todos los gastos pagados se emiten con su propia imagen e intereses en el corazón.

Hoy he leído que han recibido una invitación del Ministerio de Turismo israelí para visitar la Tierra Santa, donde empezó el cristianismo, donde está ubicado el más sagrado de los sitios cristianos. Ellos les han ofrecido pagar por la totalidad de su viaje allí, para que ustedes puedan visitar "Israel". Le están ofreciendo este viaje en Navidad como un "regalo para ti"

Les pido que por favor no acepten esta invitación. Ustedes no están siendo solo invitados a visitar "Israel," se le está pidiendo ir a visitar los lugares santos que han estado bajo la ocupación israelí de Palestina durante 42 años, sitios a los que habitualmente se les niega el acceso a los palestinos cristianos por parte de su ocupante.

En junio, el Vaticano ha emitido un documento que deplora la negación del acceso a los cristianos a los lugares sagrados bajo la ocupación, deniminando como "injusta" la ocupación.

Ustedes serán llevados a la Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro en Jerusalén oriental ocupada que diariamente le niega el acceso a los palestinos cristianos. Ustedes también visitarán Belén, el lugar donde nació Cristo, que ha estado bajo la ocupación israelí durante 42 años. Muy cerca se encuentra la casa de la tienda Daoud Nassar de las Naciones Unidas que está continuamente bajo la amenaza de demolición por parte de Israel.

Los palestinos cristianos sufren las mismas desgracias que sus compatriotas musulmanes bajo la ocupación israelí.

Por esta razón la Declaración de el Cairo pide el fin a la ocupación de Palestina tras 42 largos años de violación directa al derecho internacional.


Nosotros, un grupo de palestinos cristianos, después de la oración, la reflexión y el intercambio de opiniones, clamamos desde el sufrimiento en nuestro país, bajo la ocupación israelí, con un grito de esperanza en la ausencia de toda esperanza, un grito lleno de oración la fe en Dios y el siempre vigilante, en la providencia divina de Dios para todos los habitantes de esta tierra. Inspirado por el misterioso amor de Dios hacia todos, el misterio de la presencia divina de Dios en la historia de todos los pueblos y, de una manera particular, en la historia de nuestro país, proclamamos nuestra palabra sobre la base de nuestra fe cristiana y nuestro sentido de Palestina Perteneciente - la palabra de fe, esperanza y amor.

¿Por qué ahora? Porque hemos llegado hoy a un punto muerto en la tragedia del pueblo palestino. Los responsables en la toma de decisiones en las gestiones de la crisis se contentan en lugar de comprometerse en la tarea de encontrar una manera de resolverlo. Los corazones de los fieles están llenos de dolor y preguntándose: ¿Qué está haciendo la comunidad internacional? ¿Que están haciendo los líderes políticos en Palestina, en Israel y en el mundo árabe? ¿Qué hace la Iglesia? El problema no es sólo de carácter político. Es la política en que los seres humanos son destruidos, y esto debe ser motivo de preocupación para la Iglesia.

Nos dirigimos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas, miembros de nuestras iglesias en esta tierra. Hacemos un llamado a los cristianos y a los palestinos, a los líderes religiosos y políticos, a nuestra sociedad palestina y a la sociedad israelí, a la comunidad internacional, y a nuestros hermanos y hermanas de las Iglesias de todo el mundo.

Todos los días equipos cristianos por la paz trabajan en los Territorios Ocupados para proteger a los palestinos de la ocupación militar y de los ataques rutinarios de los colonos.

La Teología de la Liberación en América Latina ha desempeñado un papel importante en la provisión de apoyo y consuelo a los oprimidos. Palestina también tiene una organización, Teología de la Liberación de Palestina (Saabel), que aboga por la libertad de los oprimidos bajo la ocupación israelí y la política del gobierno. Estos son tus hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, en la humanidad.

Las conversaciones de paz en el levantamiento de la ocupación de Palestina no han llegado a ninguna parte en 42 años, Israel ha continuado violando el derecho internacional al continuar construyendo asentamientos en los territorios ocupados. Israel se ha negado a extender la congelación de diez meses en la construcción, siendo una violación directa al dereho internacional.

Ahora el Ministerio de Turismo de Israel le ha cursado una invitación con todos los gastos pagados para visitar los "lugares sagrados" en "Israel". La Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, el más sagrado de los santuarios cristianos, se encuentra en la Jerusalén oriental ocupada. Belén, el lugar de nacimiento de Cristo, se encuentra en la Cisjordania ocupada. Estos son sólo dos lugares santos cristianos que Israel desea tomar y sacar provecho de su celebridad para su propio beneficio.

Yo mismo como cristiano, le ruego no aceptar esta invitación, no hasta que Israel se retire luego de 42 largos años de ocupación ilegal de Palestina. La Navidad es nuestro tiempo para celebrar el nacimiento de Cristo, no sólo en desmedro de los que viven bajo ocupación en su ciudad natal, al aceptar un regalo de su ocupante.

Queridos mineros, quizás ustedes nunca puedan llegar a leer esta carta, pero de alguna manera debe llegar, porque fue escrita desde mi corazón, al corazón de ustedes, los hombres valientes que sobrevivieron, por la gracia de Dios, que todavía están con nosotros.

Bendiciones a ustedes en paz,

Global Research

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dear Chilean miners, please do not accept Israel's invitation

Dear Survivors of the Chilean Mine Trap,

You do not know me. I am just an American blogger/peace actvist who has followed your heroic efforts to survive your 69 day ordeal and the heroic efforts to save you. With wonder I watched as you were brought up one by one to freedom from your underground hell, where for so long you did not know if you would live or die. Indeed the whole world watched as you were rescued in thunderous joy that you would be reunited with your loved ones who had sat vigil for you for so long, insisting you were alive, insisting the rescue effort keep on, praying together for your safety. The entire world rejoices in your safe return above ground to your loved ones.

Now it is your time to recover from your ordeal, to readjust to above ground living with all the physical aspects that entails as well as the emotional ones. Yet people who wish to somehow attach themselves to your rescue and what they see as your celebrity status are now issuing public invitations for you to visit them.

Beware the Trojan horse bearing gifts. For their all-expense paid trip invitations are being issued with their own interest and image at heart.

Today I read that you have received an invitation from the Israeli Tourist Ministry to visit the Holy Land where Christianity began, where the holiest of Christian sites are located. They have offered to pay for your entire trip there, for you to visit "Israel". They are offering you this trip at Christmas time as a "gift to you"

I am asking you please to not accept this invitation. You are not just being invited to visit "Israel", you are being asked to visit holy sites which have been under the Israeli occupation of Palestine for 42 years, sites that Palestinian Christians are routinely denied access to by their occupier.

In June the Vatican issued a paper deploring the denial of access to Christians to the holy sites under occupation, calling the occupation "unjust".

You would be taken to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied East Jerusalem which Israel routinely denies access to for Christian Palestinians. You would also be taken to Bethlehem, the birth place of Christ, which has been under Israeli occupation for 42 years. Nearby is the home of Daoud Nassar's Tent of Nations which is continually under threat of demolition by Israel.

Christian Palestinians suffer just as horrifically under the occupation as do their fellow Muslim Palestinians.

For this reason the Kairos Declaration was issued which calls for an end to the 42 year long occupation of Palestine which is in direct violation of international law.


We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God's love for all, the mystery of God’s divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.

Why now? Because today we have reached a dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people. The decision-makers content themselves with managing the crisis rather than committing themselves to the serious task of finding a way to resolve it. The hearts of the faithful are filled with pain and with questioning: What is the international community doing? What are the political leaders in Palestine, in Israel and in the Arab world doing? What is the Church doing? The problem is not just a political one. It is a policy in which human beings are destroyed, and this must be of concern to the Church.

We address ourselves to our brothers and sisters, members of our Churches in this land. We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our religious and political leaders, to our Palestinian society and to the Israeli society, to the international community, and to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Churches around the world.

Read the entire Kairos Declaration HERE

Every day Christian Peacemaker Teams in the Occupied Territory work to protect Palestinians from their military occupation and settlers who routinely assault them.

In Latin America liberation theology has played a large role in providing solace and support to the oppressed. Palestine also has an organization, Sabeel-Palestine Liberation Theology, which calls for the freedom of the oppressed under Israeli occupation and government policy. These are your brothers and sisters in Christ, in humanity.

As peace talks in lifting the occupation of Palestine have not gotten anywhere in 42 years, Israel has continued to violate international law by continuing to build settlements in the occupied territories. Israel has refused to extend their ten month freeze on building which is in direct contravention of international law.

Now the Ministry of Tourism of Israel has issued you an invitation for an all-expense paid trip to visit the "holy sites" in "ISRAEL". The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest of Christian shrines, is located in occupied East Jerusalem. Bethlehem, the birth place of Christ, is located in the occupied West Bank. These are only two Christian holy sites that Israel wishes to take you to and to somehow capitalize on your celebrity by their offer.

As a Christian myself, I beg you not to accept this invitation, not while Israel refuses to withdraw from their 42 year long illegal occupation of Palestine. Christmas is our time to celebrate the birth of Christ, not to do so to the detriment of those living under occupation in his birthplace by accepting a gift from their occupier.

Dear miners, you may never read this letter to you, but should it somehow reach you, it was written to you from my heart, to the hearts of you brave men who survived, by the grace of God, you are still with us.

Blessings to you in peace,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What it means to be an American - Have You Forgotten?

The footage is old, the concepts are older, but they've never been more applicable than they are today.

Never forget what it is that makes America great especially as our cultural dialogue focuses and polarizes around race, religion and cultural identity.

SB 1070? 9/11 Mosques? Is Obama a Muslim? Socialism? Muslim?

Footage dates back to a 1947 documentary entitled Don't Be A Sucker produced by the US Government. I've added the comment at the end and shot the color footage.

Remember, your duty to your country is constant. It's a fundamental duty to fight for equality - both for yourself and your fellow human.

Stand up for what is right. Stand up for America!

Original footage by the US War Department, 1947 Available at

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Al Wasat Interview with Imam Abdul Rauf of the "Ground Zero Mosque"

With today's explosive hate filled protest of the Cordoba Initiative/Park51 project and Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Rauf appearing in the US Media, the imam himself who rarely gives interviews did just that today in Bahrain while on a US State Department trip promoting relations between the US and Muslim nations. Al-Wasat has the ability to translate into English, so here it is

Abdul Rauf: Aim for rooting the positive role of Muslims in their communities

Center - Mansour Jamri

«Center» dialogue Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Photo:
Mohamed Almkrq)

Prime «Cordoba Initiative» Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who oversees the plan for the construction of a mosque in New York near the site subjected to attacks of 11 September 2001 (Ground Zero), that the constitutional rights granted to the Muslims in the United States and a broad and more in line with the principles of Islamic law restrictions imposed by some Islamic countries. He added that the civil and religious freedoms set forth in the Constitution reflect the essence of Islamic values. This came in an interview «center» with Abdul Rauf, the day of his visit to Bahrain, and will also take him to Qatar and the UAE in his tour in the region to discuss efforts to combat extremism and spread the concepts of dialogue and tolerance among followers of religions, as well as spreading the idea put forward by «Initiative Cordoba »aims to keep the letter to the American Muslim is consistent with being Muslim, as well as U.S. citizens they are to other duties and to them as to other rights.

«Center» Prime dialogue mosque construction project «Ground Zero» in New York ...

Abdul Rauf: Aim for rooting the positive role of Muslims in their communities

Center - Mansour Jamri

Prime «Cordoba Initiative» Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who oversees the plan for the construction of a mosque in New York near the site subjected to attacks of 11 September 2001 (Ground Zero), that the constitutional rights granted to the Muslims in the United States and a broad and more in line with the principles of Islamic law restrictions imposed by some Islamic countries. He added that the civil and religious freedoms set forth in the Constitution reflect the essence of Islamic values. This came in an interview «center» with Abdul Rauf, the day of his visit to Bahrain, and will also take him to Qatar and the UAE in his tour in the region to discuss efforts to combat extremism and spread the concepts of dialogue and tolerance among followers of religions, as well as spreading the idea put forward by «Initiative Cordoba »aims to keep the letter to the American Muslim is consistent with being Muslim, as well as U.S. citizens they are to other duties and to them as to other rights, as is the text dialogue.

How do you know yourself?

- I see myself as a student of Islam try to understand the basic motivations of the Qur'an and Sunnah, and on that basis, see also the historical aspects, the objective circumstances surrounding the jurisprudence and Islamic thought, and then look at the issues facing our Muslim communities, and I think that every religious society faces the challenges of everlasting which is how examination of the core values of religion, commitment, and how we express those values in the movement of life that Iezaretha community in the time and place. If you look to the history of Islam, and how it is when started from the Hijaz and went to the vast areas stretching from Morocco to Indonesia, we find that the teachings of Islam in terms of worship remained the same, but the understanding of the practical application of religion in the life varied from place to place, and even Imam Shafi'i is Rulings when he moved from Kufa to Egypt to harmony with the environment where Muslims live. Scholars of the city were called Ahl al-Hadeeth, and scholars of Kufa were so-called opinion leaders, because they contain Kufa on the diversity of a larger community than it was in the city, and therefore the need to view the urgency of the Msameen time in that region.

You bring a project is talking about moderation in Islam, and the harmonization of the Islamic religion with the Muslim environment, and Ballenbsp you, this means that the U.S. can win the Muslim religion Muslim and his citizenship to America ... What is the idea exactly? And where to meet with the idea that she was talking about the Islamization of science and Islamization of life, an idea launched by the founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought in the late Ismail Faruqi in America in the Eighties the past?

- No, what I put is different from what he put (the late) Ismail Faruqi, and he was my friend, but I disagree with him about the idea of Islamization. You can not Twslm Science, Physics, chemistry, mathematics and philosophy can not be Twslmha, it is aware of all, even the Islamic banks can be released by the banks but of usury, but to give it the name of Islam and if you failed, you say that Islam is a failure. Can not convert to Islam to the brand companies, and can not say that Islam says this or that, Yes, you can say that a Muslim in this opinion, he says, another Muslim opinion of the other, but Islam is not a brand for the company, for example, for instance the groups reporting to the Muslims, this in my opinion, «Islamization» of the work of Christian missionaries in the Muslim world.Before the colonization of Muslim movements were not there and emailed an Islamic missionary, but a reaction to the missionary movements have emerged groups counter.

The concept of Islamisation is now a problem to have, and now we see that there Osalmat to aspects of various reactions, and we have Islamic terrorism, the Islamization of terrorism, and we in our determination to shape many of the issues in the title of Islam, we see this call on everything, eating the Islamic Islamic art, Islamic Party, the Islamic state, even though we are talking about the limits of nationalism give it a title Islamic, and the nation state is essentially a Western idea, even if we go back to history we find that the talk was about the ruler and the ruled and the caliphate and the issues and things are completely different than what has been proposed concept of the State Islamic now.

If we look at the Koran does not find that God says, «O Muslims», but talking about the faithful, and faith means believing in the existence of a group under different circumstances, and not in the presence of an Islamic state in the sense before now.

I shall say that the title «Islam» has become like a title company, or brand, and hear some people ask «What does Islam say such and such?», And this language is wrong in structural terms, which is incompatible with the legacy of Islamic thought available to us. We read in our old asks «What is the opinion of the public?» Rather than «What is the opinion of Islam ?»... Thus, the answer is «God said in Surat, and the verse as well as well as» ... This Mtarhat Muslims in the heart of Islam.

But the Islamic movements in control of the squares of the Islamic derives its strength from the ideas of characters is very impressive, for example, Maulana Abul Ala Maududi and Syed Qutb, Imam Khomeini, and others, and those posed thought was tough on several issues concerning the relationship with the West, for example, and these continued to cast him (such as the concept of governance has some Sunni scholars, the concept of clerical rule in some Shiite scholars) through the writings and interpretations of the Koran and the modern ... How you will be able to put forward an alternative system of thought be able to reach the minds and hearts of religious scholars and youth activists scattered all over the world?

- I do not confine myself in the terminology, but what concerns me is the understanding of the subject before stuck to the window and the term, we must look to what the Muslim thinkers and look to the nature of the circumstances in which they went through and how it influenced their interpretation of the data of religion for political realities they experienced and been affected by it, and this is natural if we understand the circumstances and, therefore, with the understanding of the changed circumstances changed, but the core concepts and values of the Islamic remains. Figures are written and considered not done so in a vacuum but were in the process of political clashes that often affects the nature of the theory and the understanding that threw him.

Therefore, our young people today when they read the books of Sayyid Qutb Ibn Taymiyyah or may not know the political circumstances surrounding them, and we must be aware of all the historical circumstances in order to understand why they said what they said ... If the political circumstances are different, I think that the IPO will be different without a doubt.

Do not you see that you put forward ideas of renewal and modernization of Islamic thought have remained trapped in academic circles small you can not move to the public Muslim students scattered in universities or to Muslim scholars who are leading the Friday prayers and the congregation in the mosque, and thus end of such proposals to folders only books .. . How will emerge from this impasse?

- The hope that I am driving through the Cordoba Initiative, is to establish an Islamic approach raises harmonization and understanding among all religions and other ideas, and that this depends on the read-conscious and committed to the values and motivations Koran. For example, the Koran presents «There is no compulsion in religion», and this clear guidance, if you look to the verses of the Koran you will see that they blame on those who do not believe in faith, but the verses also protects the rights of human beings to believe in Islam and engage in rituals, or do not do so. And if you look to the practices of Muslims in history you will find the Jews and the Christians and Muslims live in harmony, and even Egypt has been for a long time after the entry of Islam to the majority non-Muslim, because Islam does not impose by force, but persuasion.

I am currently trying to communicate with Muslim scholars in a number of different areas in order to get to the «quantum critical» critical number sense consists of a consensus among a number of Muslim scholars who Etwavqon about offering the Islamic push for mainstreaming the role of Muslims in their communities on the basis that they are part of those communities, They have full citizenship preserve their rights and play their role in the political process and development of the countries where they live, I'd very well that Muslims in America to do so, if we look at the American Declaration of Independence will see that it speaks of principles approved by our religion, we have the materials in the U.S. Constitution protects our rights What exists in our American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution is much better than what is found in many Islamic countries.