Military ousts Morsi in Egypt…

 

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

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Some Muslim Americans who didn’t like the version of Islam pushed by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cheered his ouster. They were also critical of his efforts to accumulate power, as well as the increasing marginalization and violence directed against Coptic Christian and Shiite Muslim minorities in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood’s hardline supporters. But other observers said that Morsi’s removal by the military was a blow to democracy in the Islamic world.

The military shut down media outlets that it called sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, including Al Jazeera, whose station crew was arrested in mid-broadcast, according to this story and video at rt.com.

Analysts at Stratfor remind us that the new interim government will face the same problems: vulnerability to currency markets, food shortages, and poverty.    

Human Rights Watch in New York urged the military and interim government not to take away the political rights of the Muslim Brotherhood, as such a move would set-back democracy in Egypt.

“One test of whether Egypt can return to a path of democratic development will rest on whether the Freedom and Justice Party can operate without political reprisals against its members,” said Joe Story, HRW’s deputy director for Middle East affairs.

The protests in Tahrir Square, disturbingly, have also been the scene of rampant sexual abuse, according to Egyptian anti-sexual violence groups who spoke with Human Rights Watch. According to these groups, there were 91 cases of sexual abuse, including several rapes, between June 30 and July 1.   

Jewish students in Muslim countries…

Following the deadly stabbing of Andrew Driscoll Pochter, a Jewish student from Kenyon College in Ohio, The Jewish Daily Froward had a fascinating piece about the many young Jewish Americans studying or working in Muslim countries, partly to build bridges and partly to learn.  

“But there is an inherent dilemma faced by Jewish students fascinated by the Middle East and its culture and language: they must grapple with their Jewish identity, often keeping it hidden once they arrive in their host countries. For their parents, the desire to see their children take the lead in understanding the countries in Israel’s neighborhood clashes with the ultimate realization that they aren’t completely comfortable with it.”

California spying…

The NYPD isn’t the only law enforcement agency that illegally spies on Muslims. The Orange County Weekly reminded us this week that the FBI in California has been doing the same, and also had the nerve to lie about it to a federal judge. In a lawsuit filed two years ago, FBI agents told the court they had turned over all documents related to the case when in fact they didn’t. The FBI is now trying to weasel its way out of the fine imposed by the judge. 

Attempted murder charge in Flushing mosque attack…

Queens, (N.Y.) resident Bernhard Laufer, 55, was charged with attempted murder and assault this week for knifing Bashir Ahmad, 57, as he opened the doors to his local mosque, Masjid Al-Saaliheen. “I’ll kill you, Muslim (expletive), Laufer allegedly yelled as he stabbed Ahmad. 

American Muslims condemn misogynistic Saudi writer, homophobic Egyptian sheikh…

Muslims for Progressive Values, an educational and advocacy group with chapters in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto and several other cities in the U.S. and abroad, called on the Saudi Arabian government to arrest a popular Saudi writer for inciting violence against women. Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood, who has more than 97,000 Twitter followers, used Twitter to urge Saudis to sexually harass women who had been hired as cashiers. A new law in the kingdom  penalizes sexual harassment in mixed-gender environments. Dawood sees sexual harassment as a legitimate tool for keeping women indoors or in female-only environments.

The group also condemned Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the head of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, perhaps the most famous school of Islamic learning in the world, after he condemned gay marriage as “haram,” or forbidden.

“There was sexual diversity during the time of our Holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and no one was punished for expressing it,” the statement said. “We urge Sheikh Al-Tayeb and our sisters and brothers at Al-Azhar University and all Muslims to determine their own interpretation of our scriptures based on compassion and understanding.”

Islamophobes appeal their U.K.-ban…

Anti-Muslim bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are challenging a June decision by British Home Secretary Theresa May to prohibit them from entering the U.K. They have set up a website to raise money for a legal team, and have raised nearly $9,000, while at another website, some 2,000 people have signed a petition to overturn the ban.

Anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller

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Matt Duss at The Daily Beast wrote that while he initially got some satisfaction from seeing “the Sonny and Cher of anti-Muslim ‘creeping sharia’ activism” get banned, he also questioned the wisdom of the move.

“Better than banning these characters, which grants them far more importance than they deserve and enables them to imagine themselves free-speech martyrs, their views should be highlighted and repudiated,” Duss wrote. “The answer to bad speech is more speech.”

Anti-Muslim writer Robert Spencer

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Report: Half of UK mosques have been attacked…

A report by Professor Nigel Copsey of Teeside University in England says that roughly half of some 700 mosques in the United Kingdom have been attacked since 9/11, while reports by Muslims of physical or verbal abuse since the May 22 killing of British soldier by two Muslim extremists, have jumped from about 1.5 per day to between six or seven per day.

British broadcaster to air Muslim call to prayer…

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, starts July 9 this year. The British broadcaster Channel 4 announced it would televise the Islamic call to prayer every day during the month-long fast. The “adhan,” as the call to prayer is known, will be broadcast before “Fajr,” the early morning prayer and the first of five prayers Muslims perform daily. Fajr takes place at around 3 a.m. A Channel 4 official told the BBC that the move was made to provoke people who associate Islam with terrorism, and that viewers would be more interested in Ramadan coverage than blanket royal coverage.  Channel 4’s decision was also hotly debated on “Nihal,” a radio talk show on the BBC Asian Network.

Wrong Kind of Muslim…

 

Ahmadiyya leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad

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That same broadcast of Nihal also featured an interview with Qasim Rashid, an Ahmadi Muslim and author of “The Wrong Kind of Muslim.”Ahmadi Muslims are severely persecuted in Pakistan, where Rashid was born. The book is a collection of stories by Rashid, who is now studying for his J.D. at the University of Richmond Law School, and documents the discrimination he’s had to deal with as a Muslim in America, and as an Ahmadi in Pakistan. Rashid offers a taste of his suspenseful book at The Atlantic.

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  1. Muslim brotherhood and Mursi threatened Egyptian before with lots of blood shed if they came out in June 30th. Egyptians were brave enough to go out in millions in a unprecedented demonstration to get back their freedom from the fascist islamist. Now muslim brotherhood doing their threatening; attacking churches, military, police, and anti Mursi protesters. Try to listen to pro Mursi protest and you will hear all hatred and threatening of civil war and blood. May the Lord protect Egypt from these hatred filled hearts.

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