Tuesday, January 13, 2015

(Related Update 3): This Really is Extraordinary

Related update 3: Blogger extraordinaire Glenn Reynolds's latest USA Today column addresses the "tarnished brand" that Islam has become as a result of Islamic leaders' failure to distance, and denounce, the activities of radical Islam terrorists such as those that perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo mass murder attack last week.  Here's Reynolds:

So it is not merely Western critics who believe that Islamic fundamentalism is damaging and endangering the place of Islam in the world, but the Muslim leader of the most populous Arab nation. Al-Sisi underscored his words by visiting a Coptic Christmas mass, something that no other Egyptian president has ever done.
At a time when some Muslim spokespeople — like radical cleric Anjem Choudary — choose confrontation and threats, an actual leader is pursuing peace and reconciliation. Some have even suggested that al-Sisi should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, though it is perhaps a bit early for that kind of talk.
Click here to read the rest of this worthwhile article.

Related update 2, 1/9/15: OLS hero blogger Peter Cresswell has a powerful post today covering issues related to those below and the horrific Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.  His most recent NotPC blogpost contains several graphic illustrations of relevance as well as numerous links to valuable analysis and commentary.  And along the way, he offers some of his own pithy observations.  If you're following this story or are interested in learning more, this is an excellent resource.

Related update 1/8/15:  The timing on the original post below is scary given the horrific Islamic terror attack in Paris yesterday.  Simon has been all over this topic of late and, in light of this terrible event, his comments should be viewed as both prescient and important.  In this OLS post, I offer you excerpts from two articles by Simon written against the backdrop of the Je Suis Charlie reaction to the terrorist murders.  In the first, Simon hopes that another victim of the shootings is Islamophobia:
Meanwhile, one of the terms that should have been shot dead with these is murders as well is “Islamophobia.”  From Hamas to ISIS to the Paris psychopaths, anyone who does not fear Islam is irrational, not the other way around.  I fear Islam because I criticize it frequently.  Some religious nutcase could run through my door and shoot me and my family at any time. It’s the simple truth.  The folks at Charlie Hebdo are my brothers and sisters and I grieve for them.
And in the second essay, Simon suggests that Egypt President al -Sisi should be awarded the Nobel Peace prize:
Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize virtually for no more than being elected president — and then made a hash of everything.  El-Sisi came into power by something of a coup over the Islamofascist Morsi — and then has worked hard to make peace, rein in and seal off Hamas, turn Qatar from the Islamist camp, etc., etc. — far more Nobel-worthy than anything Obama ever even dreamed of.
Original post 1/6/15:  Roger Simon, a Jew and the founder of PJ Media, reports on an amazing speech given recently by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.  Here's Simon's brief summary:
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an extraordinary speech on New Year’s Day to Cairo’s Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry calling for a long overdue virtual ecclesiastical revolution in Islam.  This is something no Western leader has the had the courage to do, certainly not Barack Obama, despite his Muslim education.
Accusing the umma (world Islamic population) of encouraging the hostility of the entire world, al-Sisi’s speech is so dramatic and essentially revolutionary it brings to mind Khrushchev’s famous speech exposing Stalin. Many have called for a reformation of Islam, but for the leader of the largest Arab nation to do so has world-changing implications.
To read excerpts from the actual speech -- and they are truly dramatic and extraordinary, given we're talking about a major Muslim leader -- click here.  Hopefully this is the beginning of a groundswell encouraging the growth of truly moderate Islam and a concomitant decline in radical Islam.