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In class this week we presented our skits that we worked so diligently on.  At first I was a little apprehensive about doing this project, but looking back on it now, I think it was a great idea and really enjoyed being able to pick who we were able to work with.  I think this group project was a good “hands-on” way of showing you knew the reading (besides the “drugs” group, they had a little character confusion a few times).  Overall, I thought everyone did a fantastic job!  It’s hard going in front of a group of people and acting in front of them, so congratulations to everyone on fantastic performances!

In response to daisysimple, I think that is absolutely ridiculous.  There should be no such word as Islamophobia or Judeophobia.  Phobias are situations where you are inclined to be scared of something due to ancestry.  For example: spiders, sharks, and snakes.  They all have phobic terms because they caused great danger to our ancestors.  On the other hand, the religion of Islam and Judaism didn’t cause fear to someone.  Yes, maybe there have been wars and many deaths caused by a certain religion, but the fact there is a word to show the hatred for another religion just baffles my mind.

I couldn’t make class today, so I thought I may as well do my blog for tuesday now before I forget! I just finished writing an extra credit paper on the movie “The Interrupters” that we watched a few weeks ago. The assignment was to write about how religion has effected the people in the movie. For some reason, I had a really hard time explaining how religion influenced the people in the movie. I think it’s hard to identify how something can be helpful for someone else when it does the opposite for me.

On another note, I learned a new word today when searching for interesting topics to write about. Islamophobia. It means hatred or irrational fear of Muslims. This discovery encouraged me to look up if there are other words for phobias toward certain religions. There is Judeophobia, Indophobia, and others. However, there is no word for phobia of Christianity. I find this to be incredibly interesting. It raises questions about who created these terms. Anyway, I think these words are ridiculous. These things should not even exist. Fear is born through ignorance. Maybe if people opened up their minds to learn about other cultures than their own, they wouldn’t have all of these “phobias”

The JetBlue pilot freakout has been all over the news recently. I was interested to see if any radical religious ideas were behind the incident, because, in a post 9/11 world, any incident on an airplane must be related to religion, right? Especially Islam.  So I googled it, as any knowledge hungry student should.  The article I read said that the captain on the JetBlue flight did mention Al-qaeda and told passengers to pray.  The artlce also mentioned six other instances in the last year or so where flight disturbances were related to the perpetrators Islamic faith or Arab descent.  Captain Osbon, however, has no known ties to Islam or any terrorist organization.  I’m almost embarrassed that I assumed/wondered if he did.  His mental breakdown or whatever it was could have simply been that. Womp.

In response to classmates discussing the hate crime in California.. Urgh the world sucks. People hate other people for so many absurd reasons, making the term “hate crime” applicable to almost any crime.  Mostly… the world sucks. That is my response.

Last week in class we finished the Interrupters which I really enjoyed. It was amazing seeing people making a proactive effort to help others and I think that this movie definitely could serve as an inspiration for change. The scene that really moved me was when the kid who was convicted for armed robbery went back to the place he had held at gunpoint to apologize, what made it even better was that the victims did not refuse his apology and were not bitter instead the woman hugged and forgave him and I thought that was probably the best scene in the entire documentary.

So, I don’t know what the new format for the blogs is; I was going over a couple of other blogs and there really isn’t a consistency is any of them, at least not one I noticed except for perhaps how no one is writing about the weeks reading. So seeing as I only read the Rumi reading and not the other one and as I’ve already pretty much bashed his work in my previous 2 blogs I’m going to refrain from saying once again that I didn’t really enjoy Rumi’s poems.

I recently started reading a book called I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan and it’s basically a book about God presenting the devil with a chance of redemption by living a somewhat sinless life in a human body and the devil instead of taking this as a chance of redemption takes it as a month’s holiday. I was reading the novel on the way to work today on the green line and I was getting constant weird looks from this older lady sitting across from me. Initially I pretended not to notice until I finally looked at her and smiled. She then asked in a staged whisper “I thought you were Muzlim” and I looked at her and said I am and so she goes “I didn’t know Muzlims were satan worshippers.” I just thought that was really funny and when I went on to explain to her that I was just doing some recreational reading she gave me an extremely cynical look and said I’m sure and got off the next stop. This just goes to show some people have no idea what Islam really is and still they choose to judge those who follow its beliefs.

In response to shibli6 I don’t think that giving the benefits of wearing the hijab and the commandment of God are two mutually exclusive arguments. When explaining to people why I wear the hijab it isn’t enough to say “Oh God told me to” because they always end up asking why and so counting of its benefits is in fact a good way of explaining thw whys and hows of hijab.

Today, I read an article on CNN.com titled How religion has been used to promote slavery.  It talks about how Christianity, Judaism, and Islam allowed slavery and often promoted it.  It mentions that between the three prophets Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, none spoke out unambiguously against slavery.  Specifically relating to Islam, a Harvard professor mentions how Egyptian Muslim rules trained educated slaves that eventually overthrew the kingdom and established their own dynasty.  In the article it mentions how Muhammad never explicitly condemned slavery and even owned some slaves.  Although it was a completely different time it is interesting to see how many get their morals from these prophets that at one time did not follow them themselves.

In response to almtek, that is a terrible thing.  Looking back obviously they should have alerted someone that could do something as a result of the notes.  But it is awful to see these explicit hate crimes over something like religion that should unite people and not separate them.

Blog 10

Posted on: March 28, 2012

Recently, I came upon the story of the Iraqi women who was brutally murdered in her house. There had been a note left that basically told the women to go back to her country. It was reported that there had been several notes left for them previously but were ignored because it was assumed to be the behavior of kids. But last week, it appears that someone had broken into her house and beat her to death with a tire iron. She was later discovered by her 17 year old daughter in a pool of blood. This has raised another outcry in which Muslims are shown to be the victims of a hate crime.

In response to thedarklord, it would definitely be something amazing to see the president of Syria to finally give into the demands of his people and the world and end this thing he has had going on. But personally, I dont think that he will keep word of anything he has said and this may as well be a stalling technique for something bigger that he is planning from himself or leading the world elsewhere. All we can do is pray for the best and hopefully something good will come to Syria after all this.

Posted on: March 28, 2012

Today I read a story in the Wall Street Journal about protesters battling over whether or not to ban products imported from Israel at a cooperative grocery store in Brooklyn.  The boycott actually came to a close last night, as people that opposed to boycott outnumbered the protesters in votes 1005 to 653.  The push to boycott Israeli products, which account for just a handful of items sold at the coop, attracted international attention and responses from most local politicians, nearly all of whom in recent days were quick to express their support of Israel and opposition to the proposed ban.  I just find it ridiculous that this protest even occurred.  The amount of food that was imported was not even a full aisle of the grocery store.

In response to thedarklord, I read the same article I believe.  I for one am very excited to see the violence end.  The fact that so many innocent lives have been taken, for what I find to be an unjust cause, is incredible. President Assad has been standing by as his people kill each other off.  I only hope he made this decision for the right reasons, and not to keep hold of his position.