But this site has an interesting new twist - it seems that they are looking for a new look and a new package.
Lets look at the Old Wine first:
In typical Omid Safi good cop style, the site states:
Our intent is simply to provide the technical means and a hospitable environment for the expression of ideas in an open and civil manner.And, then, in typical PMU sensationalist style they proceed to hurl insults:
If the Prophet wouldn’t have liked it, then in 2005 the Prophet is wrong, s*!@ on him.The site includes familiar faces - the former PMU board member Knight, insulting the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him).
The secular "muslim" Harvardist, Ginan Rauf (board member of PMUNA, and "beer for ramadan" fame - do a google search to learn more...).
Someone calling herself (and thereby insulting) Harriet Tubman - this one is under the delusion that the pro-regressive types like her are some kind of civil rights "leaders."
(Coopting African American struggles for their own ends is a PMU tactic - Asra Nomani likes to fashion herself as some kind of a Rosa Parks, along with casting herself as a latter day Martin Luther).
Here is how she supports Knight (and insult converts).
Now, lets look at the New Bottle:
Sure, Mike’s stuff is often upsetting to many Muslims, not just because of its style and content, but because he refuses the usual role allotted to white male converts: that of (cheer)leader.
The site has no links to the PMU media outlet Muslim Wake Up - instead, they link to Shahed Amanullah's web site, Alt.Muslim. Could be that MWU has become a bit too much of a liablity? So have they found someone new to carry their mission forward? hmmm....
The site also includes a coming soon blog "The Hina Azam Blog" named after Dr. Hina Azam (Amanullah is her husband) who had critiqued the Amina Wadud event.
UPDATE 8/25/05: The "Hina Azam Blog" is gone and so are the front page links to AltMuslim
UPDATE: Following is a comment by Shahed Amanullah
"Hina did agree to have a blog at this site, but she will most likely be repulsed (as am I) by being hosted next to Mr. Knight's infamous blog entry. So I'm not sure it will happen, but I leave that up to her.
And about their links to altmuslim.com - they asked to link to and/or reprint content, I gave permission.
There's no relationship other than that. Judge me by the content of my site (well, except for some of the comments), not by those who link to me."
The site also states:
.. an online space, created for Muslims of all theological orientations to gather and engage in creative, thoughtful and intelligent discussion and debate.Now, this is an interesting statement - there are PMUists who have no theological orientation at all - they are atheists, or secularists. Is there such a thing as an "atheist theology"?!
Well - in the bizarro world of Progressive Muslim Union - anything is possible! After all, if they can "tolerate" and believe that a Muslim has the "freedom" to insult the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) - then why not have an atheist theology?