I don’t understand why the Pakistanis don’t receive more help. Sure, the regime is corrupt, but we mobilized for various earth quake victims in the recent years, so let’s make it also happen for the Pakistanis. Donate something any thing - and if you want to make sure the money doesn’t go to the corrupt government of Pakistan, give to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Frontiers… you know these guys will be able to help. Or even better, just click on the link on the bottom of this post to know how to give. Beyond the humanitarian crisis, this is also a political and an ideological one. The Taliban and extremist Islamists are helping the victims. A lot. Who do you think the victims are going to turn to once this is all over? And who do you think they are going to turn AGAINST when this is all over? Finally, help help needs to be sustained over time and ensure education and independence to the victims, male or female. It’s not just a one time thing - it’s more long term. So let’s make it happen!
Pakistan has suffered from desperately poor moral leadership, but punishing the helpless and homeless millions of the 2010 floods is the worst possible way to express our rejection of the Pakistani elite and their duplicity and corruption. The poor, hungry, and homeless are not an ISI conspiracy to bilk you of your cash. They are a test of your humanity. Do not follow in the footsteps of the Pakistani elite by failing them. That would be immoral and inhumane. This is a time to ask only one question. And that question is: “How can I help?”
“In Saudi Arabia you cannot build a church, yes, that’s the difference between Saudi Arabia and America. It’s plain and simple. If you like a mosque or don’t like a mosque, you don’t have to go. There’s already a mosque down there within four blocks of the World Trade Center, there’s porno places, there’s fast food places, it’s a vibrant community, it’s New York.”—
I am a “bad” Muslim - I don’t pray, I don’t know anything about when the religious celebrations are or even WHAT they are, and I don’t do the Ramezan among many other things I don’t do for this religion. Hell, I don’t even believe in organized religion! I was born Muslim by default, being from Iranian descent; but I share Leila’s outrage and feel personally attacked and vilified by this controversy. It’s an attack on our dignity and integrity.
So, here’s a little-known fact about me: I’m a quarter Muslim. This isn’t something I talk about much because I have very little connection to the religion: I was raised exclusively Judeo-Christian and the only time I’ve been to a mosque was my grandfather’s funeral last summer. I have my Jewish dad’s last name and, much to my consternation, I don’t look Egyptian at all, so it’s not something that generally comes up or, to be perfectly frank, crosses my mind that often. Until now.
I’ve been completely shocked by how personally upset I feel about the whole Park51 controversy. It’s been impossible for me to ignore the fact that when people suggest that mosques (and, apparently, Muslim community centers) are places of malevolence and destruction, they’re talking about my family. When a man enters a cab and, allegedly, stabs the driver for being Muslim, he could have stabbed my Uncle Ephet or, for that matter, my grandpa.
Here’s what I know about Muslims, based on personal experience with my family: like the Jewish side of my family tree, they are fond of meddling, discussing bowel movements, and saving money on electricity bills. Little Muslim boys can be rambunctious during services. They are disdainful of store-bought pitas. In short, they’re normal people. But more than that - when my grandpa died and we went to the mosque, we were welcomed, despite being strangers. (In addition to the standard funeral service, a Muslim funeral involves a special prayer service with the whole congregation.) No one batted an eye at my grandma and step-grandma, both of whom are blond corn-fed ladies. Everyone was lovely and sympathetic, and when we went to the cemetery, everyone came along and helped with the burial. I was genuinely astounded by the kindness of everyone I met.
So fuck you, Glenn Beck. Fuck you, American Family Association director Bryan Fischer, who recently said we shouldn’t build mosques anywhere in America because “each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.” Fuck you, Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer. A big fuck you to everyone who feels the need to weigh in on what is a goddamn municipal matter. Get the fuck out of my city and shut the fuck up about my family.
A girl’s supposed to be cute and sexy and all… but I can’t help it - I’m a nerd! Science gets me excited, I watch Star Trek and Back to the Future and the Goonies and get excited about it… and I do improv. This is the thought of the day with severe jet lag, and lots of work today.
Let’s make sure that in the future, palliative care is administered to ALL cancer patients, to help them through the pain. It is unacceptable that people have to go through this type of pain in this day and age.
“Our doors are open to everyone – everyone with a dream and a willingness to work hard and play by the rules. New York City was built by immigrants, and it is sustained by immigrants – by people from more than a hundred different countries speaking more than two hundred different languages and professing every faith. And whether your parents were born here, or you came yesterday, you are a New Yorker.”—
Not only because New York is the one place I have always felt truly welcome, whole and accepted, but because today I felt the world inch one small step closer to the kind of place I want to raise my daughter in. I hope she will never know a time where people were accused of terrorism because of their religion or forbidden from being married due to sexual orientation. I hope natural selection takes over and rids the world of all these idiots who preach ignorance and hatred as a way of life.
I also hope that by the time she’s old enough to understand curse words, the name Sarah Palin is synonymous with c*nt.
I was born in a so-called Muslim country. I am saying so-called because when I was a kid, Iran was not an Islamic “Republic.” It was a secular country that happened to have a majority of Muslims. As a matter of facts, my family was not practicing at all and as far as I know, my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and most of descendants are either not religious, not practicing, or flat out atheists. I personally don’t believe in any organized religion, and still need proof that there’s a god somewhere that watches over us. One thing I believe in though is democracy and freedom of expression. I believe that every action will generate a reaction. If Muslims are denied the right to pray and open a cultural center, then where are we going next? Are they going to be parked in camps? Will they have to be identified and refused the right to eat in the same restaurants and attend the same schools as everybody else? Does this remind you of something?
Some of my friends are this couple Chris describes, Gay, baby, remodeling the apt. and chef and lawyer and all… They live in NYC, so they’re not married. Why would people deny them the same rights as the ones others have??? I’m not one for marriage, as a matter of cats, I am 44, not married by choice. But hell, if people want toge t married, let them! Don’t my friends live in the same society, pay the same taxes? If anything, they are AMAZING friends and need, no DESERVE equal rights! They are citizens like everybody else, so I am still bewildered…
Much like the fact that later today I will be watching “Big Brother” and eating pizza by the slice in my underwear, the eventual legalization of gay marriage is a foregone conclusion.
Social conservatives and proponents of “the sanctity of traditional marriage” constantly worry about the national…