1. Progressive Islam's Smelly Kebabs
2. Making sense of the progressive Muslim agenda
The point these articles miss is that, at this time, the United States has a specific agenda regarding how it wishes to see Islam's face changed. And the Progressive Muslim Union NA also has an agenda that it wants to impose on the Muslim community.
This fact was best stated by Abdus Sattar Ghazzali in a recent article:
It may be recalled that the Progressive Muslim Union of North America (PMUNA) the main backer of Friday prayer circus tried to push the major American Muslim organizations into corner by demanding a position on this non-issue. Just before the stunt, one of PMUNA’s co-founders demanded that the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), KARAMAH, the American Sufi Muslim Association, Women in Islam and Azizah Magazine should take a position on this non-issue.The current political climate is such that the PMU NA has set itself up as the "good Muslims" (in the eyes of the United States media) and anyone that does not agree with them gets branded as "extremists" "backwards" "neo-salafis" "wahabbis" "mullah" and so on... Sometimes the media does this labeling, most other times the PMUNA officials hurl these epithets.
Furthermore there are PMUNA board members who are associated with organizations that want to support the US "war on terror." What does this mean?
A recent article in US news has pointed out that this "war on terror" includes "changing the face of Islam."
After repeated missteps since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government has embarked on a campaign of political warfare unmatched since the height of the Cold War. From military psychological-operations teams and CIA covert operatives to openly funded media and think tanks, Washington is plowing tens of millions of dollars into a campaign to influence not only Muslim societies but Islam itself.(See side bar for information on other PMU NA board members.)
An article suggests that the PMUNA supporters are lashing out, or maybe, like adolescents acting out.
If we are to use such analogies - then we should add that the PMUNA is playing with the neighborhood bully, and if you don't do as they say - the bully will attack you, and beat you up.
There are social problems within the Muslim community, however as Noam Chomsky has said regarding US interventions:
The right of humanitarian intervention, if it exists as a category in international law, is premised on the "good faith" of those intervening. That assumption of good faith is based not on their rhetoric but on their record, in particular their record of adherence to the principles of international law, World Court decisions, and so on. But if we look at the historical record, the United States does not qualify.