December 12, 2007
The accompanying photo was attached to an e-mail, in general circulation, with this anonymous text referring to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president: "I know some of you are intrigued with this guy and he sure is bright and poised but there are definitely things about him that trouble me - not least of which is the Muslim connection. I can hear some groans now about the 'selective photo op' - can't verify it but read the caption. " The caption reads: "Remember, when a president is sworn in, he must put his hand on the Bible!
June 3, 2008 |
AT A Center City dinner party, an intelligent, educated woman insists that Barack Obama is a Muslim. My husband's tennis buddy thinks Obama is "a Muslim plant," a Manchurian candidate sent to secretly take over the country. Someone else believes that if elected, Obama plans to blow himself up in the White House. "Give Obama a ham sandwich and see what happens" is a comment posted online under the moniker "Ataxicabdriver. " Michelle Obama described her husband as a loving parent reading Harry Potter to his daughters at bedtime - and on a YouTube video, a man asks ominously, "Does Barack Obama oppose Harry Potter like most Christian parents?"
October 14, 2001 |
When it comes to Islam and the nations where it is practiced, Hollywood has essentially two takes. In one - think of Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik, Sabu as The Thief of Bagdad, the Egyptians in 1999's The Mummy - Muslims are exotics, a band of romantics, adventurers, and chanters of ancient curses. In the other, they're heartless and threatening - as in Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field as an American who accompanies her spouse to the land of Ayatollah Khomeini and sees her loving Dr. Jekyll turn into a frothing, fundamentalist Mr. Hyde.
June 10, 2001 |
Sister Kiniaya Awwal and Khadijah Muhammad giggled as they strolled hand in hand, recapturing a friendship that has lasted nearly 50 years. Once divided by religion, the Norristown natives were bonded by their faith yesterday at the annual Islamic Heritage Day Festival. Awwal began studying Islam about 22 years ago, eventually converting from Christianity and moving to Ghana in 1992. When she returned to the United States in 1999, Awwal saw Khadijah at the Islamic festival that year and learned that she, too, was now a Muslim.
November 16, 1992 |
It has been a long time since I have conformed to a militant 'fad'; probably since the mid-'70s. In case you haven't noticed, the latest trend is the 'X' hats, T-shirts, jackets, etc. I don't know exactly when this new fashion trend started, but I remember wondering, "What does the 'X' mean?" I was eventually informed that the 'X' refers to Malcolm X. My next question was, "Why the sudden interest in Malcolm X?" On several occasions I have confronted these 'X' wearing young adults (and I use adults loosely)
April 14, 2009
Attacking the pirates President Obama's approach to the standoff involving the pirates holding U.S. Capt. Richard Phillips hostage off the coast of Somalia was right on the mark, and, in the end, Phillips was rescued by U.S. Navy Seals. Previous administrations, and the do-nothing United Nations, have known about piracy on the high seas for many years, but chose to ignore it. Piracy against any ship should be considered an attack by the homeland that harbors it. Pirates are nothing more than terrorists who must be brought to justice.
August 31, 1986 |
A large number of books have been published recently about Arab-Jewish relations through history. Among them are: The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam by Bat Ye'or (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, $25). Ye'or, an Egyptian-born scholar who lives in Switzerland, argues that the dhimmi - non-Arab and non-Muslim communities subject to Muslim domination after conquest - have suffered more under Muslim rule than Western scholars have traditionally acknowledged. It's a controversial book among Arabists, since its claim that frequent massacres of the dhimmi took place clashes with the views of several respected scholars.
September 14, 2007 |
IN A campaign that may end for the first time with a leader of the free world who's either female or black, what are the odds for a first Muslim commander-in-chief? After carefully testing the waters, the newly declared candidate (that would be me), in homage to Dr. Seuss, is calling himself "the Prez-in-the-Fez. " And he's started pounding the pavement (mindful not to appear too violent, or too "anti-pavement"). According to reliable sources, turning swords into plowshares will be at the heart of his foreign policy.
April 22, 2007 |
In the 5 1/2 years since the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been through a crash course on terrorism and radical Islam at their bookstores. Soon they will have a literary first, though: a novel about post-9/11 America by a Muslim writer, Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The novel unfolds through the voice of Changez, a Pakistani man in a Lahore cafe, telling his life story to an offstage American, who may - or may not - be a CIA agent come to kill him. Over a series of short, monologuelike chapters, Changez describes traveling to America on a scholarship, performing well enough at Princeton to earn a coveted consulting job - only to have a sudden change of heart about his adopted home.