Yes, I had a mother

… and so no doubt did/have Irfan Yusuf and Waleed Aly.

Waleed Aly and Susan Carland

This is a response to my mate Kevin from Louisiana again.

…I think it’s sad that you equivocate islam’s systematic murdering of homosexuals with some goofy family from Kansas who talk shit about gays and call themselves Christians, yet never actually harm anyone. It’s even worse that you imply that those non-killing scuzzballs are typical Christians. But it’s pretty much what I’ve come to expect from you. You don’t solve issues. Instead you say, “sure that’s bad, but what about this other guy!” It’s a weak-minded attitude that I find disgusting.

I also find it alarming that you gloss over the way islam treats women. Don’t/didn’t you have a mother? Did you think those photos were photoshopped or something? They’re real, and it’s happening right now, while you’re worrying about a dozen parts per million of carbon dioxide in the air.

Wake up, Neil.

I do not gloss over abuses wherever they might come from, but I also give more credit to Muslims who don’t gloss over such abuses as well. There is a sense in which they, rather than we, own this problem, and the best we can do is to draw attention to those who work within Islam to address it. For example:

Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria.

Muslimah Media Watch and a comment on that post I agree with totally:

NancyH says: June 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

i don’t know why people can’t understand that, just as there are many kinds of Christians or Jews of various races who follow different rules and even hold different values, there are various kinds of Muslims also. for some of them religion is more a family background than an everyday influence. the take away from the “shocking” Muslim Miss America, is that it’s wrong of us to try to understand people by putting them in stereotypical boxes.

Muslim Women’s National Network Australia.
Media Guide from the Victorian Muslim Women’s organisation mentioned above. (PDF)