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Trump’s Muslim Ban

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The media went on overdrive when Donald Trump, immediately after inauguration, followed through on his promise for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims”. The New York Times reported: 

“The president’s order… suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.”

When The Express Tribune asked if I wanted to write a blog on the Muslim ban…more

Written by Caleb Powell

February 27, 2017 at 6:23 am

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How Do Americans View Eidul Azha?

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This year, a controversy surrounded the arrival of Eidul Azha, the second most important holiday in Islam, involving the holiday’s date, as the Express Tribune reported: American Muslims on edge as Eidul Azha looks set to fall on September 11th.

Muslims abroad, especially in the United States, faced the prospect that celebration would coincide with a day of mourning of those killed at the World Trade Centres. As a result, some Muslim leaders prepared for tension between their community and anti-Muslim bigots. In the New York Times, Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, said…(continue)

 

Written by Caleb Powell

September 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

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Saving Baby Asha

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And thousands among billions may seem like very few, but the great expansive power of the focus on the individual stories in individual lives is that now all souls seem important, worth our compassion and understanding.” – Patrick Madden, Sublime Physick

My take, at the Express Tribune, on an individual story: “To morph a cliché attributed to Joseph Stalin – individual tragedy moves us; millions of tragedies become statistics. This signifies either that humanity cares nothing about humanity, or that we cannot process mass atrocity…more

 

 

Written by Caleb Powell

March 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

Why the US should welcome Syrian refugees without prejudice

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Syrian Refugees

I wrote about Syrian refugees at The Express Tribune Blogs. Friends who are/were refugees/immigrants, like Ali A. Rizvi & Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, support secularism and diversity. Their voices add to the cultures of Canada and the United States. To assume that 10,000 Syrians are unable to criticize religion, and will blindly follow fundamentalist ideology, is ridiculous. Most will take advantage of their new freedoms.

Here’s my take, Why the US should welcome Syrian refugees without prejudice:

“A meme circulating the internet these days goes,

“Before you condemn Syrian refugees, make sure you never said ‘All Lives Matter’.”

The irony is clear. The fate of Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been put in limbo in the aftermath of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, as seen by an increase in the US of anti-refugee rhetoric…(more)”

Also, other blogs at ET worth reading by and :
Why Muslims should empathise with Islamophobia
#ParisAttacks: Blaming the refugees for the attacks on France is like blaming the victim for escaping the abuser

 

 

 

 

Written by Caleb Powell

November 27, 2015 at 3:23 am

Tahera Ahmad: Drama Queen or Victim?

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Drama Queen?  From the dust up over Ms. Tahera Ahmad and the Diet Coke, there’s a compelling case that she overreacted and may be more drama queen than victim. And she will lose all credibility if she pursues a lawsuit. But does that matter or excuse bigotry? I write at the Express Tribune:

“If you have been following the ‘Tahera Ahmad and the Diet Coke’ saga, you know that a United Airlines flight attendant refused to serve a Muslim Chaplain, Ms Ahmad, on the grounds that the can could be used as a weapon, a disagreement followed, and a fellow passenger made profane comments aimed at her religious identity… more here”

Related:
Tahera Ahmad and the curious case of Islamophobia – The Nation PK
It’s just a can of soda – Dawn
My name is Tahera and I need Coke! – The Nation PK

Written by Caleb Powell

June 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

Posted in Express Tribune, Islam