What a trip the past two weeks have been? The last week of December as well as the first week of January is usually dead without much going on in the socio-political world I work in. In fact I looked forward to two weeks of unwinding time from the stresses of convention-filled December, reading and reviewing my New Year’s resolutions for 2008. Last week I found myself being called into the office for a TV interview playing the role of “Terrorism Expert” to break down what the Bhutto assassination meant for American Counter-Terrorism efforts in ‘08, and this week in my hometown we had a father “seemingly” lose his mind over his daughters’ social behavior and decided to murder them. No rest for the weary I guess.
I’ve been going back and forth the past two months trying to decide how to approach my first blog posting on MuslimMatters.org, but in the end a voicemail (Lovely Voicemail left at F&J about Islam and Honor Killings) I heard yesterday made that decision for me. While at the first
Now in my line of work, I’ve received everything over the years up to death threats and never really take this kind of stuff seriously because from my perspective there are talkers and there are doers. If someone’s going to do something retarded, they don’t really talk about it – simple as that. Plus most of the grassroots anger with Muslim community activism is culturally or politically driven from the bottom up anyhow. What I really found interesting in this voicemail was the guy’s professionalism in calling us as Muslims out for not speaking publicly to condemn “honor killing” and calling for the “reform of Islam” as he put it. In closing he nicely asked us to leave his country if we didn’t agree with him.
Ooh poor “Average White Guy” and ooh poor “