Manar Milbes Wow, that video is POWERFUL. Definitely a good reminder. It's easy to forget when you're living in a happy bubble and your life isn't being threatened. Well, this video just killed my day.
Manar Milbes Great article, Brian. Myth 6 resonates with me the most. In fact, I've fought with many individuals (several of them family members and friends) about this idea that homeless people "choose that life." I'm tried of hearing people say "don't give them money...they buy drugs/alcohol with it. They chose to be homeless." It's extremely unfortunate to think that if enough people cared and shared their resources, I'm confident we wouldn't have any homeless people.
Manar Milbes I don't know why but whenever I read about the disgusting "beauty" industry and the pressures it puts on women (and men for that matter) to fit an unrealistic, over-sexualized, and fake appearance it makes me that much more proud and happy to wear the hijab. No, I'm not saying that hijab is the solution. But it just reminds me that although I don't fit that industries "beauty" standards, at the end of the day I don't give an eff what people think about my looks and the way I choose to present myself. I define beauty the way I want (and it is a definition that would never include any of these products). Thanks for writing this, Michelle. It's an important topic.
Manar Milbes I just noticed this. I apologize for the late reply. To address your statement, YES I absolutely support freedom of speech even if involves hateful speech toward Muslim religious figures. And since your comment is some what of a challenge "We'll see if in those situations, you'll be supportive of "freedom of speech" as you are now" I'm happy to report that I've already won ;) Proof: an article I wrote about that movie depicting prophet Mohammed in a bad way and I called it protected free speech. Here is the link to the newspaper (BTW, this was written Nov 2012..page 5) http://issuu.com/breekpublishing/docs/mv_nov_12_issuu
Manar Milbes Any individual who refuses to obey the law and uses their religion as en excuse (not matter what the religion is) should be persecuted and sent to jail for their crime or law violation. I hate when people use religion to justify their agenda. Wont work and it shouldn't work.
Manar Milbes You're right, Gina. The Constitution does prohibit using other doctrines to justify religion. Unfortunately banning shair'a law and banning judges from using it is somewhat mixed up like in the example of marriage I gave. I've actually met women who were married oversees but live in the US and going through divorce while their douche bag X- husbands refuse to pay child support and are trying to convince the court they were not married. Since a judge wouldn't be able to acknowledge a marriage like that the husbands can possibly win.
Manar Milbes This is very relevant to my article. I have a few Jewish friends who have told me about the similarities between halacha and shari'a but this article does a good job of outlining it. Thank you so much for sharing this, Alex.
Manar Milbes Clearly you haven't read the sources I used in the article that said they were not engaged in any violence but IDF shot and killed them. You can be in denial somewhere else. Agree to disagree. I'm done.
Manar Milbes I wasn't aware of this...and I would never support it either. I hate when people try to make excuses for their actions. Islamic law is very clear on this topic. As a Muslim I'm obligated to follow the law of the country I live in.
Manar Milbes I'm not asking for special laws and like I mentioned Muslims MUST abide by the laws of the land they live in. But this is about religious practices like getting married and if you get a divorce being able to get support.
Manar Milbes Hey Jane, thanks for the comment. You are not alone in those thoughts. Most people have misconceptions about Shari'a law but remember that in Islam NOTHING can be forced. So while in some countries women are subject to that type of treatment you mention, this is not representative of Islam. Thanks for at least trying to learn more ;)
Manar Milbes Fred, Are you comparing the United States to countries that allow religious persecution? Just because intolerant countries who may not allow churches/synagogues doesn't mean the U.S (land of the free) should do the same.
Manar Milbes Yeah, you're right Robert. It is VERY tricky. But any Muslim who doesn't follow U.S laws and tries to use religion as an excuse will NEVER be supported by me (or most other Muslims for that matter). The gov't does find itself in a difficult position especially in the example of child support issues I gave in the article.
Manar Milbes Hey John, I would NEVER support someone who did that. Which is why i mention that someone cannot commit a crime and then blame their religion (that's against Islam). Islamic law requires that they follow the laws of the land Muslims live in. However, it becomes problematic in the example i gave about child support.