The Christmas Season in the Middle East

I always like to do a visual post every year to show how Christmas is celebrated in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the region’s Christians have suffered a terrible year, with Syria’s Christians and Iraq’s Christian population forced to flee their respective countries due to the Syrian Civil War and the emergence of the Islamic State. Fun … More The Christmas Season in the Middle East

Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

 Michael Sinan-a.k.a. Mr Gay Denmark-should be considered one of Islam’s modern heroes.  Mr. Sinan’s life and message would be considered radical-probably even blasphemous-among Conservative Muslims, but I feel that they should be broadcast to the world. While many people, whether straight Americans or fanatic Muslims, would laugh at Mr. Sinan and deride him for his … More Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

In the Tale of ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ neither Party is Innocent

If the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH, as they say) was alive today, I feel that even he might be disgusted by the shame that has happened “in his honor” this past week. Even if the violent quotes that are attributed to him are true. Angry protests in Yemen where vehicles were burned and the US Embassy … More In the Tale of ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ neither Party is Innocent

Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included

 America seems to be run by a faith in dollar signs and a “me-me-me” culture. As I recently mentioned in my post on Eid al-Fitr, what were previously Christian religious holidays have turned into mere caricatures where piety, holiness and gratitude seem far from everyone’s minds. However, in light of some recent articles I have … More Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included

The Qu’ran is “More like Guidelines” than Actual Rulebook

Islamic fundamentalism is not a new concept. Those who are hardline devotees to the Qu’ran and hadiths and who interpret it literally exist throughout the Arab world and now, it appears, Asia as well. Although the West is well familiar with examples of Arab-Islamic fundamentalism (read: Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Saudi Wahhabism) several Asian countries … More The Qu’ran is “More like Guidelines” than Actual Rulebook