What it’s like to be gay and Muslim in America

  • metta

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    Jul 09, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    What it’s like to be gay and Muslim in America


    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/07/what-its-like-to-be-gay-and-muslim-in-america/








    http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/7/3/coming-out-gay-andmusliminamerica.html
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    Jul 09, 2014 5:58 PM GMT
    Gay + Muslim = Oxymoron. Or just a moron.
  • metta

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    Jul 10, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    The side of terrorism that doesn't make headlines


  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 13, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    metta8 saidThe side of terrorism that doesn't make headlines




    Fascinating talk, especially the part about simplistic and self-serving western media reports about muslims and terrorism.

    Her point about telling stories of muslims struggling against fundamentalism and terrorism and coercion is well made, since so often we her how muslims don`t do enough in this regard. How many westerners, in our comfortable lives, realize the effort it takes to do this, the level of the risks in Third World countries?

    The speaker`s definiton of fundamentalism is interesting, as I`m not sure all fundamentalists are politically organized, and lobbying(or even fighting) for change in that sense. I doubt many think that way. More likely, they seem to adopt a peaceful but isolated, exclusivist lifestyle and community. Their main aim seems to be to minimize any contact with any one who doesn`t share their views.

    On the other side, I think many of the radical/militant groups aren`t really that interested in religion. It has no value to them in itself, only an instrument to manipulate people. They see it as a means to an end, at best, which is political, and gives them a moral veneer of social status. I believe about three hundred muslims died in 9/11, which is as about anti-Islamic as it gets! The welfare of other muslims is a high priority of the religion. This is a sign of where their priorities lie, and its not otherworldy.
  • metta

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    Aug 03, 2014 12:21 AM GMT
    Growing number of American Muslims challenging once-taboo causes

    "Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

    Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world.

    They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith – and they point to Quran passages to back them up."

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/08/growing-number-of-american-muslims-challenging-once-taboo-causes/
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    Aug 05, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    Its not easy that's for sure. The video summed up to what does to people.
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    Aug 05, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    Interesting topic. But that TED. Oy!

    For the first part of that, she sounded so authentic, really beautiful speaking. And then--and I could go back and pick out at what second she turned--she fell into that TED formulaic speech.

    I stop listening when extemporaneously speaking reverts to stenciling. They use it as a platform but it is just a sponge sucking the creativity of individuality.