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First of all I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the past several weeks. I know for our regular readers and supporters this has been a disappointment. Writers here haven’t had as much time, especially since we are all volunteer but the hope is to move away from that soon and have a consistent staff. So expect changes and more consistent content.

In the meantime here is an important video that gets to the root of tackling bigotry and hate. An excellent lecture by Prof. Laith Saud.:

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  • Bahubali

    The reason I equate the following word “Hindutva” with “Hinduism” is that, it was the Hindus who first propagated the assimilation of cultures whether they are Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Jain or any other who flourished in India as belonging to the Indian ethos. If you want to divide “Hindutva” as something else, then it is your wish, not mine.
    The assimilation aspect is necessary to inculcate peace and brotherhood amongst all, not create unnecessary friction. Merely throwing the concept of “Hindutva” as fascist is just ignoring the good points of it. If some Hinduphobe is trying to mock it as such, then I have to intervene. However, I’m not the site moderator, you are the Boss. If you wanna permit such behavior in the name of fighting against Islamophobes then so be it, good luck for your fatal wish.

  • Bahubali

    Thank you Hinduphobe, you’re indeed a perfect example of good Muslim. Everyone is seeing your behaviour and spitting at you even at your graves.

  • 1DrM

    Wrong again, filth. I know about Hindutva very well, and you are engaged in typical hindutva behavior : LYING and DENIAL. Where is your indignation at Hindutva fecal fascists trolling this site? You’re all about doing damage control for the bastards. A handful of “Muslims” aka generic Khans in Bollywood and that settles it eh? I should be jumping for joy then because Obama’s middle name is “Hussein,” then? Lets ignore your mass murdering PM too then. If you weren’t so shallow and stupid, you’d be considering a bad joke. You’re not fooling anyone.
    Get back to watching retarded Bollywood movies and squatting on the side walk and leave the discussion to the adults, dirt bag.

  • 1DrM

    Shut your trap, lying hypocrite. Replying to a filthy Hindutva degenerate is NOT “attacking Hinduism.” You’re proved that you’re a typical Hindutva troll doing damage control for your cause while playing victim. Your tactics are transparent and weak. If you had any credibility you would have taken the Hindutva troll to task for his hatred, instead of whining about my reaction to his provocation.
    Your two faced hypocrisy will not be entertained.

  • Bahubali

    So, you proved that you are good Muslim by propagating hate and phobia against other religions especially Hinduism in the name of fighting against Islamophobia. Congratulations for your excellent tactics, may Allah bless you for your noble cause.

  • Bahubali

    You again show hatephobia for Hindus in general and doesn’t provide me with definition of Hindutva that you resent. If some Hindu also resort to Islamophobia then would you be fair with him as part of your fair justice or you have convinced yourself that you will be doing good for Islam if you continue to hate others all your life?
    Again I request that stop calling other religions as nuts if you believe in fair justice for Muslims and Islam as well.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I’ve known too few to predict them. It appears, however, that those who consider themselves fortunately born congratulate themselves for it overmuch… a vice of which certain Americans are not free.

  • Reynardine

    This is not an atheist. This is a proctotheist.

  • Reynardine

    He’d have to have any to mind, first.

  • Reynardine

    Have one.

  • Reynardine

    And I’m not doing it.

  • adc714

    i guarantee that if we were face to face, you wouldn’t have to shit to say to me!

  • adc714

    go fuck yourself

  • 1DrM

    Trolling is part of the failed atheist religion. This clown is a hindutva fecal fascist playing atheist.

  • 1DrM

    Mind your manners, hindutva scab.

  • Jekyll

    Why are you atheists always trolling muslims?

  • Jekyll

    Mind your damn business punk.

  • adc714

    nobody asked you to do a fucking thing

  • Reynardine

    Emmm… Nur Muhammad Tursun; Aygul Ulkenbayeva… there are quite a few; forgive me if I don’t do research for you at 1:00 A.M.

  • adc714

    glad to hear that, i always thought that was a very strange thing to ban on religious terms

  • adc714

    well, many muslims have said so on various forums that I’ve visited…quit trying to suck up to people of loonwatch, you’re a good boy and everyone here already knows it

  • Mehdi

    Not my interpretation at all. Some Muslim salafis would think so and fine for them to think so as long as they let others enjoy their music. But it just takes a bit of travelling within the Muslim world to find out that music is everywhere. Eiryab, oum kalthoum, Muhammad abd el wahab, nusrat fateh Ali Khan and so many others and so many styles are there to proof so.

  • Reynardine

    This was terrific!

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Happy this could resonate with you Mehdi. I found it to be a refreshing talk, well worth the time of our audience.

  • Mehdi

    “If you feel uninspired, be inspiring”, it’s an understatement to call these “words of wisdom”, thank you!!
    Really great discourse, fighting bigotry is not about lecturing or moaning, it’s about building relationships, it’s about inspiring, it’s about giving people a reason to want to connect with Muslims, and yes it can start with good moments, food, music, a positive discussion, an inspiring travel, attending a nice wedding party, etc.
    Furthermore, fighting bigotry when you’re the target is easy and the natural thing to feel like doing, doing it when it hits others is a different matter. Fighting all bigotries is the only way to go, otherwise it’s not fighting bigotry.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this.

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