Tuesday, March 14, 2006

PMUists keep marching towards extreme right

As part of the PMUNA's march into the arms of the extreme right wing neo-cons (is anyone really surprised?), the Progressive Muslim Union North America's Executive Director, Ani Zonneveld, has enthusiastically endorsed the views of the anti-Muslim/Islam individual Wafa Sultan.

According to a Los Angeles Times article Zonneveld has put a link to an interview under the title "Wafa Sultan Rocks!"

See Dr. Maxtor's blog for more on this Sultan person.

6 comments:

Flanstein said...

She does rock - not surprised you jihadis don't like her...

AniZ said...

This is the first time I'm visiting this blog. It is clear slandering is the nature of this page. You are mispresenting me and I am responding with a statement I wrote. Besides that, you claim PMU is an extreme right wing...that's a joke. You and eveybody who believes it obviously hasn't gone to the website and read our mission statement. www.pmuna.org. Always go to the source people! I don't understand why anyone would use their time for a distructive purpose. Ani



When Dr. Wafa Sultan demanded respect from a Muslim cleric after being called a heretic, I cheered her on. When she criticized the Muslims who react violently in typical knee-jerk fashion, I was smiling with glee. And she nailed it when she said Muslims should learn from the example of the Jewish community who command world respect with their accomplishments despite decades of anti-Semitism and the decimation of the Holocaust. How could anyone disagree with that?

But when Dr. Sultan in her LA Times interview is quoted as saying Islam is beyond repair, riddled with teachings that exhort Muslims to kill non-Muslims, subjugate women, and disregard human rights; when she says “I don't believe you can reform Islam,” and that the only reason the vast majority of the world’s Muslim population is peaceful is because they can’t read Arabic and don’t know what the Quran teaches, that’s when I stop cheering.

I’m a practicing Muslim. I’m peaceful. I don’t have any intention of killing off non-Muslims, and I don’t believe my religion asks me to. In fact, Islam teaches me to value every life, and that murder – of Muslims or of non-Muslims – is wrong. And there are about 1.2 billion of us who agree with me.

What is it with people? Why can’t so-called intelligent people make the distinction between theology and human nature? Muslims throughout the world read the Quran and find a message of peace, of social justice, and of compassion and care for all people. They are inspired by verses regarding the equality of all human beings, and particularly the equality of men and women, to eradicate misogynist, racist, and classist discrimination. Is it Islam’s fault that human beings are cruel, sexist, or violent, or is it the fault of human beings, who all too often ignore the teachings of their religion?

Dr. Sultan says, “Islamic scriptures are riddled with violence, misogyny and other extremist ideas.” When she quotes snippets of Quranic verses dealing with warfare out of context and in isolation, then she is doing exactly what the militants who use the very same snippets to justify their actions do – distorting the message of the Quran. How is that going to reform anyone’s mind?

There are so many Muslims in America challenging unjust cultural traditions, confronting the established American Muslim institutions in religious practice, and calling for a humane implementation of Islam. The Progressive Muslim Union is one such organized entity. It is considered a pariah by some Muslim organizations because of its insistence that a woman’s spirituality is equal to that of a man, its advocacy for the human and civil rights for all, its unwavering commitment to the separation of church and state, and its promotion of freedom of conscience and religious practice.

Why are these progressive Muslims not on the front pages of American newspapers and news channels? Why aren’t non-Muslim organizations throwing money at progressive groups if change within Islam is what they claim to be advocating? What is it about Dr. Wafa Sultan that so intrigues the American media? Is it because she is an ex-Muslim “tattle-taleing” on her “people?” Is it because she has rejected a religion, which many in this country have branded as “the enemy?” Or is it simply because she’s a feisty, gutsy, woman? If it’s the latter, I can introduce you to many feisty, gutsy Muslim women who believe that reform is best achieved from within. We’re not that boring you know!

Zuriani ‘Ani’ Zonneveld
Executive Director
Progressive Muslim Union

Anonymous said...

"Aniz" by your own admission, you cheered on this Sultan character.

The only people who cheered on, at any time, ever, were the neo-con right wing extremists. No one else cheered on Sultan.

If you act like right wingers, be prepared to be called on your actions. Actions do speak louder than any words you might have on your "mission statement."

Anonymous said...

"Aniz" by your own admission, you cheered on this Sultan character.

The only people who cheered on, at any time, ever, were the neo-con right wing extremists. No one else cheered on Sultan.

If you act like right wingers, be prepared to be called on your actions. Actions do speak louder than any words you might have on your "mission statement."

DrMaxtor said...

"Aniz," regardless of what the PMNUA statement says, there is no doubt that you charlatans have strong links to neocons and those on the extreme right. WHy else would you pander to "Muslims for Bush" ? Cash, perhaps? Slanderous? Are you kidding me? The PMNUA has slandered virtually every Muslim civil rights group there is, who do you think you're fooling?
Why would you cheer Sultan knowing full well that the MEMRI propaganda clip is highly edited? You cant be that stupid. Or maybe you are but 1.2 billion Muslims certain are not, so dont act so pretencious. Nor are you courageous, gutsy or anything of the sort....if you were, FAUX news wouldnt roll out the red carpet for you shysters.

Living Tradition said...

//Why are these progressive Muslims not on the front pages of American newspapers and news channels? //

Because they attempt to get there by insulting the mainstream majority of Muslims and championing causes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims believe are not permissible and which have historically, been viewed unanimously, as beyond the boundaries of Islam. But hey, you guys get your faces on Fox News and in the NYT every now and then. Isn't that good enough?