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Ramadan 26, 1432/September 6, 2010 # 35
Verses of the Week
"And among them are men who slander thee in the matter of
(the distribution of) the alms. If they are given part
thereof, they are pleased, but if not, Behold! they are
If only they had been content with what Allah and His
Messenger gave them, and had said, "Sufficient unto us is
Allah! Allah and His messenger will soon give us of His
bounty: To Allah do we turn our hopes!" (that would have
been the right course)." - Holy Qur'an 9:58-59
Submitted by Sis. Abigail
Africa: Next 4 items.
Latest News: Somalia: 22,000 Displaced.
September 3, 2010. The US-backed group in Mogadishu,
supported by tank forces from Uganda [Israel backed] have
been launching artillery barrages at al-Shabab Islamic
forces. Most of these hit the civilian population where
there are no al-Shabab. At least 22,000 civilians have been
displaced in the last 12 days. Another 365,00 are camped in
miserable conditions on the west side of Mogadishu. [UN
Uganda: Scores of Muslims Arrested.
Sept. 4: Sis. Rehema reports to New Trend from Kampala.
Random arrests have been carried out to intimidate local
Muslims after al-Shabab attacked drinking houses in revenge
for Ugandan military atrocities in Somalia. Muslims are
facing the situation well.
Ethiopia: New US-Backed Invasion of Somalia to take off
August 29: A large Ethiopian tank column entered Somalia at
the Hirar border in an attempt to take al-Shabab's pressure
off the enclave in Mogadishu which is backed by western
It's a large region and no clashes are reported as yet.
Rwanda: UN Discovers 600 Acts of Mass Murder Against
Sept.3: Once again New Trend was way ahead of the curve. We
had written that the story of the Rwanda "genocide" against
the tiny Tutsi minority was misleading. How could a 7%
minority be slaughtered and still be ruling the country
while the majority Hutus have become refugees.
In the meantime, the Zionists made a movie called HOTEL
RWANDA to make the "genocide" a part of African American
thinking on Africa. It is taken as fact by many.
Now it turns out that a UN documents, which took 5 years to
compile, reveals genocide AGAINST THE HUTU MAJORITY. At
least 600 acts of MASS MURDER of Hutus have been documented
in the UN report. Rwanda's Tutsi regime [backed by Israel]
has reacted strongly and is threatening to withdraw its
"peace keeping" force from Darfur if the UN report is
published. [Israel has been hard at work, using Africans to
Jamaat al-Muslimeen (News) [4 items only]
Baltimore, MD 21234
Press Release from Jamaat al-Muslimeen:
Florida Church could do Serious Damage to America's Future
in the Muslim World: Qur'an Burning is a Thoughtless act of
A church in Gainesville, Florida led by Pastor Terry Jones
has announced that it will commemorate the 9.11 attacks this
year by burning the Qur'an.
The plan to burn the Qur'an seems to be the result of a
total misunderstanding of the 9.11 attacks. They were not
aimed at Christianity or at Christian churches.
Mr. Jones should ask himself: What would Jesus, pbuh, say of
his Qur'an burning plan? Did Jesus leave any example or
teaching of such acts?
Burning the Qur'an in a church would send the wrong signal
to the Muslim world. Globally people would not pay attention
to the fact that this is only one church in Gainesville,
Florida, hitherto unknown. This would be incorrectly seen as
an American act. America gives freedom of religion and Mr.
Jones' act would be a violation of a fundamental American
The Qur'an cannot be damaged by burning or by other acts of
desecration such as were carried out in Guantanamo Bay. It
has been memorized by millions of people around the world
and has been translated into the languages of humanity.
President Obama should exercise his political acumen to
isolate Mr. Jones' act of bigotry. Silence would give the
Pro-government Muslim groups want to distribute the Qur'an
to make up for the 9.11 Qur'an burning. Here again we have a
misunderstanding that the Qur'an will be burned. The issue
is the CONTENT of the Qur'an. It does teach jihad under
certain circumstances. It does give roles to women which are
in contravention to western ideals. Mere distribution of the
Qur'an can trivialize the Qur'an. It should only be given to
those who want to learn.
Without open and honest discussion of the Qur'an, bigots
like Pastor Jones will successfully mislead the American
public and incite more hatred against Americans.
[For more info on the church planning the Qur'an burning,
contact Sis. Abigail at:
abi_anthony [at] yahoo [dot] com
Outreach from an activist sister: Unite Against Zionism
Record Breaking Distribution of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
September 3, 2010: At Dar al-Hijra mosque in Falls Church,
Virginia, literature was given to 225 Muslims after Juma'
prayers. The crowd was large owing to Ramadan and two
prayers were held. Each document given to the 225 contained
8 pages. Thus 1800 pages were distributed.
The documents included reports on US Muslim political
prisoners, Seifullah and Shifa, news of repression in
Kashmir and Bangladesh, Dr. Siddique's article on Abu
Huraira, r.a., and intro to various books including Dr.
Alam's book on Israeli Exceptionalism. The center piece was
two photos: One of General Kayani, butcher of Swat, getting
his orders from Hillary Clinton, as opposed to a picture of
top Islamic leader of Pakistan Syed Munawar Hasan using
peaceful means to mobilize Muslims in Chitral, a strategic
area of Pakistan.
Unite Against Zionism: US Muslims are Alive!
Yom al-Quds: Rally in Washington DC followed by Imam
al-'Asi's Superb Khutba
By Kaukab Siddique
September 3, 2010: Palestinian flags, photos of Israeli
atrocities, placards denouncing Zionism brought the message
of Islam to Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle. It was an
impressive gathering with powerful speakers. Here one got a
glimpse of authentic Islam in America which the media work
so hard to conceal by publicizing puppet groups.
Large numbers of Islamic women in full hijab participated.
Some of them have consistently expressed their faith through
words and actions for decades, among them Sis. Muneera and
The quality of speeches was really good, the most memorable
of them coming from Charles Carlson [from Colorado], Imam
Nahidian [from Manassas, Virginia] and al-Hajj Mauri
Saalakhan [Silver Spring, Maryland]. A number of very young
activists too spoke well.
From Dupont Circle, the crowd marched to the Islamic Center
on Massachusetts Avenue where Imam Muhammad al-'Asi leads
the prayers on the pavement OUTSIDE the mosque. It was hot
and humid with no shade but Imam al-'Asi's khutba was among
the best I have heard in my 35 years of Islamic work in
America. He is one of the very few imams in America who have
not sold out to the US power structure.
Imam Muhammad al-'Asi taught from the Qur'an as no one else
in America can. He highlighted the racist, genetic concepts
of Israel as highlighted in the Qur'an and the rise, the
arrogance and the fall of Jewish power. He admonished the
Muslim Ummah for marginalizing the central issue of
Palestine. With Palestine under occupation, colonialism
continues to flourish in the Muslim heartland. His analysis
of SHIRK, the only unforgivable sin in Islam, is that by
cooperating with and by assimilating into the contexts and
framework of Zionism and Imperialism, Muslims are committing
SHIRK [associating others with the power of Allah].
Imam Nahidian lamented the plan of a rogue church group in
Florida to burn the Qur'an on the anniversary of the 9.11
attacks. The church has not realized that the Qur'an
considers holy both Jesus and Moses, peace be on them, and
teaches the truth they brought. By burning the Qur'an, the
rogue church will be desecrating Jesus and Moses as
Charles Carlson provided a devastating analysis of Christian
Zionism and the attempts to use the Bible to justify support
for Israel. His eyewitness account of his visit to Gaza
should help the followers of Jesus, pbuh, to understand how
they have been supporting a power which is the enemy of
Jesus, pbuh. Mr. Carlson's DVD on Christian Zionism was
distributed after Juma'. It should be viewed by all readers
of New Trend and gifted to neighborhood churches.
El-Hajj Mauri Saalakhan in his speech on Palestine included
a poignant account of the suffering of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in
US prisons. This highly educated Pakistani woman, graduated
from the best American schools, was kidnapped by US special
forces and is said to have been tortured and humiliated in
US prisons, Br. Saalakhan said. The court is preparing to
sentence her for "terrorism" on September 23. [He spoke so
well about Dr. Aafia that I personally congratulated him
after the rally.]
Kaukab Siddique: [I was not listed as a speaker and I was
not sure I would make it to the rally but once there, I
decided to speak as a gesture of support for the gathering.]
My main points:
Zionism is racism, genocide and terrorism.
US Muslims must unite against Zionism regardless of
differences on other issues.
A Zionist is one who considers Israel a legitimate
entity. In that sense, we have Muslim Zionists who should be
exposed and discredited,
Once Muslims unite, Israel can be dismantled even by
peaceful means. We will send the Jews back to where they
came from. Like Salahuddin Ayyubi, we might even give them
funds to go back.
President Obama's silence on Israeli genocide in Gaza
and the Turkish flotilla is ominous. He was disturbed by the
death of 4 Israeli settlers yesterday but not by the
massacre of Palestinian children.
We Muslims must go back to the unity against
oppressors which Imam Khomeini wanted to bring about. He
wanted us to forget about sects, nationalities and race and
instead focus on Islam. We better remember his advice and
stop fighting each other.
Boycott all businesses which support or fund
[It was a beautiful gathering but I was turned off by the
conspiracy theories about 9.11 which some speakers insisted
A Meeting with Charles Carlson
On September 2, 2010. New Trend's representatives
interviewed Mr. Carlson in Baltimore for two hours. Sis.
Abigail conversed with him about the New Testament and the
authentic teachings of Jesus, peace be on him.
For years Mr. Carlson has striven to teach Christians that
war is not the path they were shown. He is particularly
concerned that some pastors and mega churches are supporting
Israel to the extent of preparing Americans to support
Israeli aggression against Gaza and Lebanon. Mr. Carlson
physically went to a series of mega churches to teach them
the message of peace. He was not permitted to speak but he
would not give up and stood outside the churches to protest
against pro-Israeli propaganda.
Mr. Carlson showed Sis. Abigail the Schofield bible in which
commentary had been strategically placed to give biblical
texts a pro-Israeli slant. Most of the comments scattered
throughout the Schofield bible are quite mundane, in fact
boring. Hence, the lay reader would find the pro-Israeli
comments as if they are regular parts of the bible promising
Palestine to the Jews.
Readers might remember Mr. Carlson's critique of the
atrocity stories which were meant to defame Sudan. Since
then he has developed his critique of Christian Zionism. He
personally went to Gaza and witnessed the daily long
distance Israeli rocket attacks and bombings meant to
terrorize the entire population.
A very humble man, soft spoken, one only gradually finds the
depth of his moral vision. Perhaps this is what the
followers of Jesus, pbuh, are supposed to be like.
New Trend can send you Mr. Carlson's DVD on Christian
Check out his web site: whtt [dot] org
Blundering American Empire succeeds
because Muslims are not Uniting on the Qur'an
by Sis. Sofia [New York city]
The Roman Republic conquered Africa, Asia and Europe and
ruled their vast Empire for over four hundred years and
beyond. It was the mightiest political power with an
unbeatable army of soldiers known for their physical
endurance and loyalty.
The United States of America has been on the world map for
over two hundred years. It too has an army consisting of the
latest weapons of mass destruction that has muscled its way
through several continents and is now aiming to fight
battles using robots instead of live soldiers.
The collapse of the Roman Empire was due to use of non-Roman
soldiers, that over time corroded loyalty to the Emperor,
and corruption. The rulers had to raise taxes on its
citizens in order to maintain its army of many wars.
The United States has had similar problems with a wars-tab
that runs in the trillions (currently the cost is 1 million
dollars per soldier per year), a public display of the top
army brass in the army displaying disloyalty towards their
political leaders, and its senseless wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan that have all but bankrupted the
All those who were considered as a threat to the Roman
Republic / Empire were treated as "traitors" and dealt with
accordingly. The Jews and the Christians were dealt with
savagely not for their religious beliefs but for their
refusal to acknowledge the power of the Roman State and its
Emperors (the Romans considered Judaism and Christianity
'cults' compared to their State religion of Roman gods and
their mythical lives which they considered superior, just as
many Americans today claim that the 1400+ years old religion
of Islam is "a cult," with a Christian priest in Florida
proclaiming Islam as a "religion of Satan/the Devil" and
asking Christians to burn printed copies of the Qur'an on
Today, the U.S. government claims that they have nothing
against Islam and Muslims but only against "the Muslim
terrorists" who are a threat to "civilization" namely,
western powers, that is, the United States and Europe.
The Roman Empire disintegrated and collapsed as have many
other "mighty" powers in world history. The Romans caused
enslavement of peoples who were not Romans, misery and
destruction wherever they ruled.
From the beginning of its history to the present, the
Americans have been ignorant bunglers and destroyers of
ancient civilizations that they had trouble finding on the
map even as they went about destroying them. They have done
more harm than good to humanity--period. In spite of high
opinions of themselves as decent, religious and well-meaning
people, History will label them as ignorant bunglers that
wrecked havoc on one and all who were a "threat to their
power" -- people whose only crime was that "they were not
like us" namely, White/Anglo Saxon/European Christians.
These Westerners are still standing because their
"enemies"--that is, the Muslims are fragmented
geographically and divided socially and politically. If
Muslims called themselves "Muslims" as Lord Almighty has
labeled them in the Qur'an instead of the many sectarian
labels that they have given themselves, then they would be
able to dig themselves out of the many indignities and
miseries that they have suffered for centuries at the hands
Muslims listen up! Submission to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala,
Lord Almighty, and violation of the Qur'an cannot
The writer teaches English in New York.
The Israeli Lobby: Declassified Documents Expose Its
.. .. America's top publications paid off to go along, now
revealed by a secret document subpoenaed by the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) investigation into the
American Zionist Council (AZC), AIPAC's parent lobbying arm
.. .. Bribing major US publications and their writers helped
do it, including at the Reader's Digest, Atlantic Monthly,
Look, Holiday, Parade, Saturday Review, the New York Times
Magazine, and various women's and business ones. Today, the
entire US major media serve as Israel's PR arm, its
mouthpiece, the fruition of efforts begun 50 years ago.
War News: Iraq: Daily Fighting
During August 2010, the US-installed regime in Baghdad lost
77 police and 54 soldiers killed and claimed to have killed
98 "insurgents." Three US soldiers were also killed.
War News: Afghanistan: NATO facing deadly daily-nightly
Heavy fighting is reported from Afghanistan. In August 80
elite NATO troops were killed by the Taliban. [US sources.]
Taliban are using home made explosives to attack American
and other NATO forces. US Defense secretary Gates says
serious losses have also been inflicted on the Taliban but
is unable to allow any neutral reporting or situation
reports by US media itself.
In Takhar province on Sept 2, a US air strike killed 12
Uzbek civilians who were trying to prepare an election
campaign in support of Karzai. The candidate himself and his
relatives were injured. The US said those killed were
War News: Pakistan: Heavy Civilian Islamic losses.
August 23: North Waziristan. A US drone struck a Pakistani
village killing 7 civilians including 4 women, injuring
On August 31 and September 2, Pakistani air strikes killed
60 civilians in the Khyber area. Pakistani air command says
they were "militants" but in one incident alone, an
eyewitness saw the bodies of 20 women and children killed in
the bombing of a village.
September 3: US drones bombed two villages in North
Waziristan, killing 6 "militants" in one attack and 4
"foreign" Islamic fighters in another.
September 4: US drones bombed Pakistani villages in North
Waziristan killing 5 civilians who were supporters of the
["Militants" is a term used to conceal the killing of
civilians. All Muslims who support the resistance are called
"militants" by the US and secular Pakistanis.]
Pakistan # 1
Whose work are the Attacks on Shi'ite Processions?
[New Trend analysis.] [Our analysis is usually correct.]
Recent attacks on Shi'ite processions in Lahore and Quetta
have caused heavy civilian casualties. New Trend's analysis
of the attacks indicates that anti-Taliban forces are behind
these attacks. Here are the clues to understanding these
[Even the police chief is not sure: "CCPO Quetta Ghulam
Shabbir Sheikh said that still nature of the explosion was
yet to be ascertained whether it was a suicide attack or
some explosive device was attached to a motorcycle, which
entered the rally." Pak Tribune.]
As soon as an attack takes place, the government
immediately announces that it was a "suicide bombing." As
any student of Pakistan knows, Pakistani intelligence cannot
possibly investigate an attack within a day. Till now even
the murder of President Zia has not been pin pointed, let
alone that of Liaqat Ali Khan.
Within a day or two, someone calls the media on
behalf of the "Taliban" and claims responsibility. Of
course, there is no way of ascertaining whether the caller
was from the Taliban. Numerous fake "Taliban" groups have
been created by the regime.
The losses in the attacks are very high in numbers
indicating the use of large bombs or explosives. Actual
martyrdom operations by the Taliban, individuals strapped
with explosives, cause minor losses.
What do the Taliban gain from such attacks?
Nothing. In fact public opinion turns against them.
Previously Pakistani Taliban have categorically
rejected claims that they attack civilians.
The Pakistani military, backed by the US and
Israel, is very keen to turn the public against the Taliban.
Massive bombs cause numerous deaths and result in irrational
behavior by the families of the victims.
During General Musharraf's regime, there used to be
chronological attacks on Shi'a and Sunni places of worship
and no one would ever be arrested. Now, under General
Kayani, it appears to be happening on a bigger scale.
No government agenda for flood affectees' rehabilitation
300% Price rise to pay World Bank and IMF By Shamsuddin
LAHORE, Sep. 2: Jamaat e Islami Secretary General, Liaquat
Baloch, said on Thursday the government had not given a
clear agenda for the return of the flood affectees to their
homes and for their rehabilitation.
He said Prime Minister Gilani had estimated flood losses at
43 billion dollars, but arranging such a huge amount was an
uphill task especially because of the world community's
distrust in the Pakistani rulers. There is a big gap
between the government and the world donor agencies.
He said the country was already under heavy debt of the IMF
and World Bank and the entire debt burden had been passed on
to the masses in the form of repeated price raise. During
the PPP rule, the prices of essential goods has risen three
hundred times, he said. .
He said the flood affected masses were cursing the rulers
who never visited them in distress while the feudal lords
had breached protective barriers to save their lands and
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Lord of Mercy
ZAKAT-UL-FITR IS WAJIB
by Imam Ali Siddiqui
It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:
"Remember! Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib (strongly recommended,
just short of obligatory) on every Muslim, man or woman,
free or in servitude, adult or child." (Hadith: Tirmidhi's
Literal meaning of Zakat (or Zakah) is the process of
purification. Fitr is from the word Fitrah and its literal
meaning is (one's) nature or natural state. Hence the
meaning of Zakat-ul-Fitr is to purify one's nature.
Ibn Abbas (ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) made the
Zakat-ul-Fitr obligatory for the purpose of: purifying our
fasting from vain talk and shameful mistakes, to make
arrangements for the poor and the needy for food and
clothing (for the festival of Eid). (Hadith: Abu Dawud, Ibn
WHO SHOULD PAY?
Every adult Muslim, with sufficient food for the family for
a day, should pay Zakat-ul-Fitr for himself/herself and all
his/her dependents. Even those who did not fast should pay
it. Zakat-ul-Fitr should also be paid for the child born or
the person died before the Fajr (dawn) on the day of
HOW MUCH SHOULD BE PAID?
At the time of the Prophet (saw), payment of Zakat-ul-Fitr
was made in terms of weight of grain. It is one Sa for each
person. One Sa approximately equals to 3.15 kg or 6.94 lbs.
The Muslim jurists agree that Zakat-ul-Fitr can also be paid
in cash equivalent to the cost of 3.15kg/6.94 lb. of grain
including rice, wheat, lentils, corn, and dry cheese.
WHEN TO PAY?
Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said, "Whoever paid it
(Zakat-ul-Fitr) before Salatul Eid, it is acceptable Zakat
before Al'lah. Whoever paid it after Salat-ul-Eid, it is
just a charity." The companion of the Prophet (ra) used to
pay it a few days earlier. (Hadith: Bukhari)
Imam Shafi'i held the opinion that Zakat-ul-Fitr can be paid
as early as the beginning of Ramadan. I suggest that
Zakat-ul-Fitr should be paid early enough so it will reach
the needy and the poor before the Eid day. It will enable
them to use it for food and clothes and give them the
opportunity to enjoy the happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr.
WHO SHOULD BE PAID?
Zakat-ul-Fitr should be paid directly to the needy and the
poor. However, you can also pay it to an organization,
which would distribute it in accordance with the teaching of
Islam. Remember! It is still your responsibility. So, make
sure before paying that the organization will distribute it
according to the teaching of Islam and before
There is a new concern in collection and distribution of
Zakat-ul-Fitr and Zakat-ul-Maal in the Western countries.
Millions of dollars have been confiscated by the government
agencies. This requires additional care on our part to
select an organization carefully and rationally so that
Zakat is delivered to the rightful person. Best method is
still the personal contact.
Year after year, Zakat is sent to deserving persons in the
Muslim World by the Muslims living in the Western countries.
Let's try to spend some of it in our own communities
including Moaliful Qoloob, non-Muslims to turn their hearts
and minds as friends of our communities. This will require
knowing our own communities and friendly and deserving
non-Muslims. It may be difficult at first but it will be
better for us.
How to Calculate Zakat-ul-Fitr?
I heard many amounts over the years. It is a tendency to fix
a higher amount by many organizations so that they may
collect sufficient amount to distribute among the poor and
the needy. One year it even went up to $15 per person. When
specifying an amount it should be fixed at a minimum amount
in accordance with the teaching of Islam so that every one
can pay it with ease; however, we should encourage Muslims
to pay a higher amount according to their life style.
Minimum Zakat-ul-Fitr is one Sa in weight of grain. One Sa
is approximately equal to 3.15 kg or 6.94 lbs. Every person
should look at the price of grain where they shop. One
either pays Zakat-ul-Fitr a weight of 6.94 lbs. or 3.15 kg
in grain or its cash equivalent. Additional point, if in
your life style you eat top-of-the-line fancy rice, then pay
in its cash equivalent
May Allah accept your fasting, Zakat-ul-Fitr, Salatut
Taraweeh, recitation of Quran, Salat and your struggle for
the pleasure of Allah (mirdadi(A)llah! Ameen!
Imam Ali Siddiqui, 1982,
Revised August 28, 2010
Additional information can be acquired by contacting the
About the author:
Imam Ali Siddiqui with 37 years of service, is a Friday
Khatib, Islamic teacher, Muslim Chaplain, youth advisor,
family counselor, educator, poet and writer with a vision
who has been involved in the teaching Islam, history,
comparative religion, contemporary issues to Muslims and
non-Muslims. He is actively involved in the community
service including spiritual/educational development, service
to the sick and the incarcerated; and the interfaith work.
Imam Siddiqui's work has been successfully building bridges
between communities. He has been on speaking tours to the
Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, India,
Iran, Pakistan, and across the USA. He frequently presents
Islamic Prospective and Muslim Point of View on current
affairs to Non-Muslims and Muslims. He has been very active
in organizing seminars, workshops, conferences, and
teach-ins to promote Islamic awareness and inter-faith
understanding. He has received numerous commendations for
his work, service, and scholarship. Presently, Imam Siddiqui
is the President of California Muslim Institute & Center for
Interfaith Studies; Imam at the Islamic Center of Petaluma,
CA; an scholar with One Nation for All; associate member of
Milken Institute; and member of the Sonoma County Interfaith
Committee. Previously he has served as the Chair of Peace
with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley; President of
Corona-Norco Interfaith Association; member of the Board of
Directors of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice,
Los Angeles; and UNA of Southern California.
For additional information about author's involvement,
please Google: "Imam Ali Siddiqui"
Other publications by the author:
1431st Ramadan - the Month of Blessings and Peace
Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib
Zakat al-Maal - the right of the Poor
Lai-la-tul Qadr - The Night of Mercy and Peace
Eid al-Fitr - A True Thanksgiving
The Significance of Eid
Tony Blair Recognized as War Criminal by Irish Youths
AOL News. Sept. 4) - Tony Blair was pelted with eggs and
shoes by anti-war protesters this morning in Dublin, where
the former British prime minister held a book-signing event
to promote a new memoir in which he defends his decision to
help invade Iraq.
About 200 activists clashed with Irish police trying to
defend a security barrier on Dublin's O'Connell Street,
where Blair arrived this morning to sign copies of his book,
"A Journey." Tram service in the area was suspended, and
roads closed around the Eason's bookstore.
"Hey, hey, Tony, hey! How many kids have you killed today?"
chanted dozens of protesters who also threw eggs, shoes and
other projectiles at Blair as he emerged from a car
surrounded by bodyguards. Members of his security team
shielded him with umbrellas at one point, and the eggs did
not hit him.
They also called him a war criminal and said the former
prime minister has "blood on his hands." Blair's book
chronicles his political career, and includes a passionate
defense of his policies, including the 2003 invasion of
Glenn Beck, What's the Point?
By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III
Depending on the source that is used, tens of thousands to
between 87,000 - 96,000 people attended conservative
commentator Glenn Becks "Restoring Honor" rally on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. Why were they there?
What was the point?
I went to Glenn Beck's web sitein an attempt to get a clear
understanding of the message of the rally, the objective;
the point. What I found was a poorly written collection of
thoughts that spoke to understanding who we are and how we
find heroes. "Tomorrow that's what this is about really,
reflection of who we are, where we are, where we're going,
what each of us have to do. How do we get our way out of
this? ...It's time we find heroes again. ...What is it we
trust? Who is it we believe in?"
Glenn Beck claimed that this rally would pay tribute to the
Rev. Dr. King and "...reclaim the civil rights movement. It
has been so distorted and so turned upside down. It is an
abomination." These are interesting words from a man who
continuously fans the flames of bigotry and hatred. He
recently said that President Obama has a, "...deep seated
hatred for White people, or the White culture. I don't know
what it is. This guy I believe is a raciest." Is Glenn Beck
inferring that President Obama hates his own mother and
maternal grandparents? Glenn Beck's hypocrisy and bigoted
diatribes are the abomination.
The "Restoring Honor" rally took place on the 47th
anniversary and at the site of the 1963 March on Washington
where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I
Have a Dream" speech. Unlike the vague and ambiguous
"Restoring Honor" rally the complete name of the 1963 march
was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is
estimated that close to 200,000 Americans of various
ethnicities and backgrounds came to Washington to demand
that the Kennedy administration pass Civil Rights
legislation, integrate schools, provide unemployment
assistance, and pass the Fair Employment Act. As a result
of this historic march, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was
passed and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed as well.
The 1963 march was based in the principles of the American
Dream and made America a better place.
Sarah Palin spoke at Beck's event stating, "We must not
fundamentally transform America, as some would want. We must
restore America and restore her honor." Restore America to
what and how? Has America's honor been damaged more by the
election of its first African American president or by
former President Bush 43' misleading America into war with
false claims of WMD's, former VP Cheney's "yellow cake
uranium" hoax, and the illegal release of the name of former
CIA operative Valerie Palme as an attempt to silence critics
of the Bush administration?
These words of restoring honor are spoken by the same woman
who recently came to the defense of Dr. Laura Schlessinger,
the talk radio host who used the N-word on the air 11 times
in 5 minutes. According to the Huffington Post Palin
Tweeted, "Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc
her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying
2silence"isn't American,not fair") ...Dr.Laura=even more
powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out
Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her
Be thankful for her voice America? I think the N-word on
air 11 times in 5 minutes is a bit much by almost any
standard except the Klan's. Also, some one should let Mrs.
Palin know that hate speech is not constitutionally
protected by the First Amendment.
In promoting this rally Glenn Beck stated "Great
achievements in history start with one great idea, one great
person." What was the great idea? Gather a group of people
together to play upon their fears; continue to disseminate
lies and misinformation, and drive a larger political wedge
between individuals based upon contrived ideological
foolishness? That does not a great person make.
On the 47th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom and the Rev. Dr. King's famous speech we
should pay him tribute. He was a true American hero. Glenn
Beck, Sarah Palin, and those such as Rep. Boehner (R-OH),
Senator McConnell (R-KY), and other Republicans who support
them with their silence should be judged not "by the color
of their skin but by the content of their character."
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally
broadcast call-in talk radio program "Inside the Issues with
Wilmer Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of
Political Science at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Go to www.wilmerleon.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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