Thursday, May 05, 2005

How Refreshing!

On Saturday, May 14, 2005 there will be a first: The "Muslim March Against Terror" in Washington D.C.
"Muslims and Middle Easterners of all backgrounds will converge on our nation's Capital for a rally against terrorism and to support freedom and democracy in the Middle East and the Muslim world. This will be the first rally of its kind in Washington, D.C., that is led by Muslims and Middle Easterners.

Join us in sending a message to radical Muslims and supporters of terrorism that we reject them and that we will do all we can to defeat them.

We also want to send a message of hope to the people of the Muslim world and the Middle East who seek freedom, democracy and who reject radical Islam that we are with them and that we will do all we can to support them. " (source)

There is a List of groups that are endorsing the march, but the organizers report that as of yesterday the larger Arab/Muslim groups (CAIR) had yet to stand behind the principles of the march.

The organizers of the march, at FreeMuslims.org, have one of the most refreshing websites that I have read in a long time. Their positions are stated (from views on the role of modern Islam to 'the Jews') and their site makes it clear that there are Muslims that clearly recognize the current threat --not only to the world, but to thier own religion.

This is thier Mission Statement:
"Taking our religion back one Muslim at a time

We believe in the re-interpretation of Islam for the 21st century where terrorism is not justified under any circumstances.

We believe in the separation of religion and state.

We believe that democracy is the best form of government.

We believe in the promotion of secularism in all forms of political activity.

We believe that equality for women is an inalienable right.

We believe that religion is a personal relationship between the individual and his or her God and is not to be forced on anyone." (source)

The President of FreeMuslims.org, Kamal Nawash, has spoken about this subject and it is currently being streamed on RIGHTALK radio (which is online and free) on "The Free Muslim Hour".
(Also, make sure to stay tuned in today at 3pm to hear Jeff of Protein Wisdom fame and Bill from INDC Journal co-hosting thier show "Citizen Journalist Report" at 3 pm on RIGHTALK).

Islam-Related Question...
If part of the alledged abuse at Abu Gharib Prison was the humiliation caused to the Muslim men, by making them adorn women's panties (due to tenents of their religion) --can someone please explain why it is being said that Abu Farraj al-Libbi (top UBL aid) was apprehended in a Burqa...full women's attire of his own free will...?

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