Is It Racist, Xenophobic, and Imperialist to Criticize Islam?

“You may not criticize Islam. You do not speak Arabic. You don’t come from a Muslim society. You are a white supremacist, imperialist xenophobe and you don’t like foreign, brown people.” So Islam’s apologists insist.

Brooklyn activist Linda Sarsour epitomizes this strategy for suppressing critique of Islam. “My hijab is my hoodie,” she insisted, in a 2012 CNN op-ed. With the “hoodie” reference, Sarsour explicitly linked herself with Trayvon Martin, a young black male who scuffled with, and was shot by George Zimmerman in February, 2012. Sarsour’s implication is that white supremacy motivated Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin. By extension, Sarsour insists that white supremacists want to hurt her because she wears hijab. Sarsour also linked herself to Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi-American who was beaten to death in her own home in March, 2012. Sarsour insisted that Alawadi’s murder was a hate crime committed by white supremacists who don’t like foreign, brown people.

Sarsour knows that Americans feel guilty and sad about slavery and Jim Crow, and that they tiptoe to avoid any racist comment. She knows that Americans fear being called “racist.” A parasite of unearned pity, Sarsour lifts the mantle of protection cast over speech about African Americans, and worms her way beneath it. Rachel Dolezal can only weep with envy at this Caucasian woman’s success at positioning herself as a victim of white racism. That Sarsour parades as the same kind of victim as the descendants of slaves is an extraordinary coup, given the outsize historical role of Arab Muslims in the enslavement of not just of Africans, but of Europeans and Americans as well, and given Arab racism against blacks, whom they label “abid,” or slave.

Sarsour’s rebranding of her hijab as a feminist symbol is also a fabulous marketing coup, one that really should be taught in business schools. In many Muslim-majority countries, women can be harassed, tortured, raped or murdered for not wearing hijab.

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Indonesia: For Eid, Catholics change Mass timetable to leave carparks free for Muslim “brothers”

This is a beautiful gesture, but if it is intended to show good will and build good relationships with the local Muslims, it will not work. Islamic supremacists see gestures of good will as signs of weakness, and they only make them regard the giver with contempt. Nor will this gesture be reciprocated; we see Christians all over the world making good will gestures to Muslims, but we never see them returned in kind.

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The Telegraph – Brexit Bulletin

Good evening.

A year ago Britain voted to leave the European Union. Nigel Farage called it Britain’s “independence day”. Around half of voters support Brexit – according to YouGov – and want it to happen, so may well be tempted to join him in celebrating this anniversary today. Others will be less keen. David Cameron resigned soon after the vote last June, reportedly telling allies that he didn’t want to do the “ hard s***” needed, so that task has been taken on by his successor Theresa May. She has been away in Brussels for the second day of a summit with her fellow EU leaders, where she has been trying to win them around with her “fair and serious offer” of giving Europeans who arrived in Britain before the triggering of Article 50 the right to stay permanently post-Brexit.

Her fellow EU leaders have been lukewarm in their response. Donald Tusk, declared that it was “below our expectations and risks worsening the situation of citizens.” Jean-Claude Juncker thought it was not up to the EU’s standard, adding: “this step is not sufficient.” Danish premier Mark Rutte thought there were “thousands of questions to ask”. Peter Foster has identified five (not thousands) areas where questions remain, such as when the “cut-off” date would be for this offer. This pledge depends on the EU side making a similar offer to British expats in Europe, and it will be set out in greater detail on Monday in a formal paper.

The Prime Minister also had to deny claims made by George Osborne in his Evening Standard newspaper that she had – as Home Secretary – blocked an attempt by David Cameron to guarantee EU citizens rights following the Brexit vote. “That is certainly not my recollection,” she said. Tom Harris feels her pledge was “ better late than never”, although Leo McKinstry worries that she “ has revealed her willingness to give the EU much of what it wants”.

Further clashes are inevitable, as Mrs May rejected EU demands that that the European Court of Justice should continue to oversee the rights of European migrants after Brexit. Fraser Nelson suggests in today’s paper that if the Prime Minister really wants to make a “success” of Brexit, she should remember why people voted for it. “It was about retrieving sovereignty while managing immigration better, disengaging from the European Union while finding better ways to be good Europeans,” he writes. “This is not about a hard Brexit or soft Brexit – neither of which mean anything – but an open Brexit, one that lets Britain better engage with the rest of the world. A rather compelling agenda, and one that’s still there for the taking.”

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Girl, 9, writes scathing letter to killjoy housing chiefs

Abigail sent a letter to bosses at Crofton Place Estate, criticising them for stopping her from playing.

She wrote: ‘My name is Abigail and I am 9 years old. I play out with my friends nearly every day. You said children were not allowed to climb trees anymore. I would like to point out a few facts.

‘1. I play really nicely and use the trees as a camp. I don’t tear off branches or leaves.

‘2. Sometimes I play hide and seek in the trees.

‘3. My mum said it’s right not to play ball games as we may smash a window so I never play ball games.

‘However, I am part of a lovely and respectful bunch of kids and who love climbing trees because we love our friends and exercise.’

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