Saturday, March 19, 2005

Dying to Fit In By Mohamed Elmasry

I found another gem. This one called "Dying to Fit In" by Mohamed Elmasry.

Here's the clincher...

"Growing instances of Muslims dying to fit in, and losing so much in the effort, are deeply connected to ways in which North American Muslims have been steadily losing their civil liberties since 9/11.

"In fact, they are replacing Blacks as the ethno-cultural group most targeted by racial profiling through police and other civil authorities; and sadly, they are replacing Jews as the group most singled out by hate-crime perpetrators. In today's sad reality, not a single place of worship in Canada or the U.S is spied on more than mosques.

"In another example, a Canada Muslim Liberal senator has called for the legalization of prostitution. Why, brother, is this such an important issue for you? What about child poverty, homelessness, security certificate detentions, the injustices of our anti-terrorism law, etc. etc.? Are all these issues less important?

"During the recent public debate in Ontario on whether to use Islamic (Sharia) law in family arbitration cases, a number of Canadian Muslims expressed shame over the word Sharia, others defended the usage of the word but felt it had significant shortcomings, and others rejected it totally. Are these people also caught up in the phenomenon of dying to fit in and thereby losing some basic principles of faith?

"In another unsettling development, some Muslim women in Canada recently organized a beauty pageant. To justify her participation, one of the young participants said she wants to show “we’re not terrorists, we don’t bomb people.” What else is she showing about wanting so badly to fit in?

"Last week, Spanish Muslim leaders issued a fatwa (religious ruling) declaring Osama bin Laden an infidel. Hello?? Almost full four years after 9/11? This all-but-redundant fatwa says much more about their desire for social approval that it could ever say, at this late date, about condemning extremism!

"Instead of dying to fit in, Canadian Muslims can contribute tremendously to our multicultural society by speaking out against discrimination and deprivation wherever they occur -- among our First Nations people, refugees, the poor, the needy, children, the sick and the elderly."


Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Who's this idiot Canadian Muslim lawmaker who supports prostitution ?

1:36 AM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Dude, I have no idea but the same thing happened in the Netherlands a few years back. It's quite shameful.

1:36 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Oh, wait, I take that back. It was New Zealand.

1:37 PM  

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