In a recent Cyber Fatwa - he has declared that Irshad Manji is not a Progressive Muslim!
I think to most of us it is obvious why Irshad is not a progressive Muslim.Well no, actually it is not obvious at all - since it was Omid Safi himself who wrote the Progressive Muslim Union Shahdah:
"We affirm that a Muslim is anyone who identifies herself or himself as "Muslim," including those whose identification is based on social commitments and cultural heritage."So, according to Omid Safi's definition of a Muslim - an athiest (they got a couple of those on the PMUNA board) can be a "Muslim" --- he has no limitations at all on who can identify her/himself as a Muslim.
(An expanded version of the PMUNA shahdah can viewed here).
HOWEVER, it now appears that Omid Safi does have some limitations on who can identify her/himself as a "Progressive."
Why? Well, because Omid Safi holds the word "Progressive" more sacred than he does "Muslim." If he were to be consistent in his views - he should welcome Irshad Manji to his fold - on the basis of:
"We affirm that a Progressive Muslim is anyone who identifies herself or himself as "Progressive Muslim."
And the fact is, they do have a lot more in common than meets the eye.
Omid Safi says in his cyber fatwa:
I am quite fed up with her, and frustrated by the way that she pitches herself to everyone from Fox News (which is quite infatuated with her) to very right wing Zionist organizations.
As usual, Safi exposes his double standards: he has no problems at all, and infact encourages the appearnces of his own people on FOX news, and right wing anti-Palestinian organizations.
Along with having a board member who has been strongly condemned by dozens of grass roots Palestinian organizations.
It is like this: if Omid Safi is doing it, that's all OK - but if someone else is doing the exact same crap, suddenly the person is no longer worthy of the title "Progressive Muslim."
Lets not forget that, with all of his rethoric about "Bush and empire" - Omid Safi has no problem cozying up, and inviting people such as Muslims for Bush to his board.
This is the "Progressive Muslims Union of North America."