36%? I Can Live With That.

Let’s talk a bit about Irshad Manji‘s over-hyped book, The Trouble With Islam:

“Manji calls her new book on Islam, ‘a wake-up call for honesty and change.’ She talks about bulletproof windows on her house and her ‘burly’ bodyguard, as well as her own ‘integrity,’ as she awaits reaction from, presumably, Islamists. The book, though, seems aimed mainly at non-Muslims, reassuring them that what they thought about Islam is true: ‘What’s with the stubborn streak of anti-Semitism? . . . What’s our excuse for taking the Koran literally? . . .’ It reduces the multiplicity of a vast faith to a unity — we . . . our . . . then stereotypes that unity and proceeds to rebut the stereotype. It’s a good example of what the late Edward Said called Orientalism. I’d say true courageous dissent is usually not marked by self-advertisement. ”
Rick Salutin


Salutin pretty much says all that needs to be said. But if you need more, this article is pretty comprehensive.

Speaking of silly Islam stories, it seems a US judge has refused to let a Muslim woman swear on the Koran before giving testimony. Apparently he feels that truth can only flow through the Christian bible, even if the person swearing on it doesn’t adhere to those beliefs. Methinks this judge misses the point entirely: the swearing ceremony is meant to ensure that the witness feels compelled to tell the truth. It’s not meant to enforce one’s own religious beliefs. It seems the neo-con’s much desired clash of civilizations is inching closer to becoming a reality.

Have you heard about “Douchebad for liberty” Bob Novak storming off the CNN set? Makes me warm inside. Here’s a graphic of what was going on inside Bob’s head, courtesy of this guy:

Want to be both enticed and depressed? Here’s a slideshow of the worst foods you could possible eat. Want to feel better? Look at these photos, courtesy of Brother Hrab.

I leave you with this pointless quiz. How American Are You? Interestingly, I’m 36% American! Aieee!


You Are 36% American
America: You don’t love it or want to leave it.
But you wouldn’t mind giving it an extreme make over. On the 4th of July, you’ll fly a freak flag instead… And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!