Thursday, February 09, 2006

A good place to discuss the cartoon controversy

Want to read a moderate or reform-minded Muslim perspective on the Danish cartoon? Visit Muslim WakeUp! discussion forums. If you haven't heard of it Muslim WakeUp is a progressive online magazine, that is dedicated to discussing religious reform in Islam. Here is their mission statement:
Muslim WakeUp! seeks to bring together Muslims and non-Muslims in America and around the globe in efforts that celebrate cultural and spiritual diversity, tolerance, and understanding. Through online and offline media, events, and community activities, Muslim WakeUp! champions an interpretation of Islam that celebrates the Oneness of God and the Unity of God's creation through the encouragement of the human creative spirit and the free exchange of ideas, in an atmosphere that is filled with compassion and free of intimidation, authoritarianism, and dogmatism. In all its activities, Muslim WakeUp! attempts to reflect a deep belief in justice and against all forms of oppression, bigotry, sexism, and racism.

Anyone is welcome to join the discussion there- all you need to do is register and introduce yourself to the group. I just joined a couple of days ago and overall I've been pretty impressed with the openness and intelligence of most of the posters on the website. By the way, I'll be posting some thoughts on the cartoons and the reaction it's sparked in the next few days.


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