As long as this is a work of a weird and marginal pastor and his community, I would not mind much. There are always cases like this. Some Muslims are not respectful to other religions’ sacred things, too. I suppose Terry Jones’ act itself is not that significant but many people are anxious because of the rising Islamophobia and this is a tiny reflection of that…
The leader of a Gainesville, Florida church announced yesterday that the church had cancelled its plan to burn copies of the Qur’an on Saturday, but later stated that he had reconsidered his decision. Earlier yesterday, Pastor Terry Jones said that the Dove World Outreach Center would cancel the burning of the Islamic holy book, stating that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, had agreed to relocate Park51, a mosque and community center to be located a few hundred meters away from the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
QURAN BURNING cartoons by all the top cartoonists!
It turns out the Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who plans to host an “International Burn a Koran Day” event at his chuch on Sept. 11, has an interesting history in Europe as well. From Der Spiegel:
The self-appointed pastor of a small religious community in Florida wants to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The US government, the Pope, the EU and numerous heads of state have strongly condemned the plan. But such condemnation only focuses too much attention on this fanatic, writes the press.
The “Koran Burning” event is a interesting example of some global guerrilla themes.
An unexpected global event occurs. What caused it? The event was produced by an individual, relatively powerless by traditional standards.
You know an issue is really sensitive when there is an argument about the most basics terms used.
To its opponents, it is the planned “Mosque at Ground Zero”.
Others say it is not a mosque, it is an Islamic cultural centre, and it is not located where the planes crashed into the Twin Towers.
Only fifteen months after his historic Cairo speech, there are alarming signs that President Obama?s new engagement policy with the middle east may soon find its place in history?s dustbin. The Obama administration?s withdrawal announcement of US ?combat? troops from Iraq by the end of August is nothing more than a PR campaign to rename the occupation. Similarly, the newly announced direct peace talks between the Netanyahu government and the Palestinian Authority seem little more than a tactical move for political gains in the current conjuncture, aimed at securing the Jewish vote in the mid-term elections in November and easing the Netanyahu government?s unprecedented isolation before the international community. To make matters worse, the war drums echoing between Israel and both Hezbollah and Iran raise fears that the region may be plunged into a greater chaos, which would mean a disaster for all actors involved, including the United States.
In his address to the nation on Tuesday evening US President Barack Obama declared an end to its combat operations in Iraq. The US was poorly prepared for the war and leaves the country rife with bloody conflicts, commentators write.
Tens of thousands of supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement demonstrated in Washington on Saturday in the name of “Restoring Honor”. The press labels the protest cheap propaganda against US President Barack Obama and finds this populism worrying.
Sex, secularism, and religious influence in U.S. politics, Janet R. Jakobsen and Elizabeth Bernstein
Since at least 1980, the United States has been dominated by a political coalition in which conservative evangelical Protestants have played an important role. This coalition has typically operated within the framework of the Republican Party and has led to a pronounced conservatism in U.S. policy on issues of both gender and sexuality. As a result, much of the attention of progressive political critiques is devoted to the influence of the Christian Right on American politics. As we argue below, however, American secular politics includes gender and sexual conservatism that, while better than the intense conservatism promoted by the Christian Right, has also combined with neoliberal imperatives in support of policies that are punitive toward women and that undercut possibilities for true gender equality. Even for those proponents of neoliberalism who would not recognize themselves as religious and who would support an idea of the market as an amoral mechanism of economic distribution, U.S. secular politics carries with it a set of Protestant assumptions, including assumptions about gender and sexuality, that are shared by actors across the political spectrum.
About the Author: Farah Pandith is the Special Representative to Muslim Communities.
Last night, the Secretary hosted the State Department’s annual Iftar to commemorate the breaking of the day’s fast. The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast from sun up to sun down, and it is period of deep reflection and prayer but also a time to do more than usual for your community.
Part 1: Those Cockeyed Optimists
By Patricia Lee Sharpe
What is ?soft power?? Ultimately it?s the power of example, the power of leading by doing, the power of confidently inviting emulation, the power, where necessary, of persuasion. It is, more briefly, the realm of public diplomacy.
Gary Kremen is enthusiastic about his business past and present, if a little gloomy about the state of the economy and the economy of his state. He tells me he has made his fortune by “creating love around the planet”. His first online business, dating agency Match.com, was a huge success, and he sold it for millions. In a very Californian way he moved on to the next success, making more money buying up a collection of website names including housing.com and sex.com.