23 August 2010

frenzy - Islamophobia

can't help but be disappointed and chagrined watching bigots and fanatics hogging the airwaves ~ and getting ~ attention to publicize their own massive levels of ignorance and stupidity while prattling on about the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" which will be neither at the former World Trade Towers site nor a mosque.

Inspired, in part, by a growing anti-Muslim sentiments in Europe, the loosely aligned 21st-Century know-nothing Tea Party "movement" has also spawned its own versions of fanatical vitupertates, such as extremists like Pamela Geller.
The ideological flames then fanned by corporate media giants who think they stand to gain by war profiteering [GE owned NBC] or megalomaniacal egotism [Rupert Murdoch's FOX].

I am not Muslim, but I was fortunate enough to learn about Islam as a teenager; first from a Catholic School chum who, taught by some pretty strict nuns, became enamored with Islam. He introduced me to the Meaning of the Glorious Koran penned by British scholar Mohammad Marmaduke Pickthall. Later, I came across what I thought to be a more lyrical English transliteration ~ The Koran Interpreted, by A.J. Arberry, a renowned Orientalist and Professor of Arabic. Both translations have their shortcomings with regard to mistakes of omission and mistranslation, but these two were invaluable in helping me first to be exposed to Islam, and, later, to be more appreciative and understanding of the beliefs of literally billions of people on the planet.

No comments:

Post a Comment