Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm disgusted with neoconservatives

Yeah I know, how many times are you not disgusted with neocons? They like to slander and discredit those that they often disagree with. Apparently they cannot by any means resort to agreeing to disagreeing in a civil manner and move on.

This case is no different, where a woman who is accused of supposedly harboring terrorist sympathies is anything but. Samuel Freedman does an excellent job of deconstructing the lies the far-right have enacted simply because she is a Muslim. The fact that she did the following:

For anyone who bothered to look for it, Ms. Almontaser left a clear, public record of interfaith activism and outreach across the boundaries of race, ethnicity and religion. Her efforts, especially after the Sept. 11 attacks, earned her honors, grants and fellowships. She has collaborated so often with Jewish organizations that an Arab-American newspaper, Aramica, castigated her earlier this summer for being too close to a “Zionist organization,” meaning the Anti-Defamation League.

Ms. Almontaser has twice been profiled on Voice of America as an accomplished Muslim American. Her son, Yousif, spent several months on rescue efforts at ground zero as a member of the Army National Guard. Four of her nephews and cousins have served in the United States military in Iraq.

mattered nothing to these Islamophobic bigots, not even the fact that her family members FUCKING SERVED IN IRAQ! They had more guts to fight a war than these armchair generals have done. Then again, they slandered John McCain and Senator John Kerry (politics withstanding, you should never slander those who had enough guts to serve their country). She has done more to promote tolerance and respect for all yet what do these anti-Islamic scumbags accomplish? Breeding more hate for the sake of generating more hits for their pathetic blogs in which they spread their malicious lies to impressionable Americans.

These so-called "defenders of democracy and freedom" are truly the scum of this country. They are the reason why this country is so fucking polarized that their patriotism is in question. Not even Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is is immune from this. It seems like the right seems to hold a monopoly on who is American and who isn't. It's okay to wish another 9/11 to "unite the country" according to these kooks.

To Sister Debbie, do not give up by any means, and to anyone reading this blog entry, spread the word to fight the misconceptions and the slander that these bigots are spreading to further their agenda.

By all means do not let this go unnoticed. An accomplished member of society is being tarnished for lies being concocted by the lowest of the scum.

H/T: Tariq Nelson and Umar Lee

Why I love Lebanon

For some reason, Lebanon seems to amaze me. It is a country the size of New Jersey that holds 3.2 million people, all holding 17 different religious beliefs. It is a country that has been destroyed countless times yet managed to rebuild itself over and over, be it the 2006 Israel/Lebanon war, the '75-'90 Lebanese Civil War, the '58 instability (where US President Dwight D Eisenhower sent Marines at the time), the social upheaval in the 1860s-1870s, and so forth. One of the few countries where you'll find the youth wearing a necklace like this:

Also a country where despite a war that is being fought against the Islamist Fatah al-Islam, the Lebanese people still manage to live life to its fullest and not live a life of fear.

Where, yes, girls like this (pictured below) tend to support Hezbollah (which throws the whole Islamic credential out of the water):

Where the women, even if they are gorgeous, are more politically active than women in America.

Where it holds itself as a testament to how an Arab country can succeed economically without the need to pick up arms and fight (excluding Hezbollah, of course)

Where despite religious differences, people can still manage to have a drink and relax (not that I condone drinking as a Muslim, but I tend to let people do their own thing and let God be the judge)

How I wish other countries in the region can follow suit. Despite the flaws Lebanon has, it's still a better country than others in the region.

Beautiful Lebanon, don't lose your unique character.

Long Hiatus

It's been a while since I last made a post, and of course so much has happened since then, such as Virginia Tech, Lal Masjid, Tom Tancredo's call to nuke Mecca and Medina, Obama's call to invade Pakistan, the stoning of a Kurdish girl by Yezidi fanatics, the thwarted bomb plots in England committed by stupid disaffected Muslims, etc.

The reason why I did not update this blog is purely out of laziness. I stopped giving a shit about blogging since I was too lazy to express my opinions on a blog that very few people bothered to read about.

Now I'm thinking about moving to WordPress, but due to the decision by the Turkish court to ban all WordPress blogs, I have to reconsider.

Even though school has started, I will try my best to update this blog as much as possible with relevant material. That means you will very rarely, if ever, find blog posts about my personal life since it is highly irrelevant to this blog and moreso about the events that affect us worldwide.

For those who have waited patiently for a blog post (I doubt there are but just in case), I would like to apologize for my inactivity spurred by my laziness and lack of drive.