November 12, 2011 |
The letters TLC, regarding the cable network of that name, originally stood for the Learning Channel but now seem to represent, or seem to want to be seen to represent, something closer to the old Tender Loving Care. The network has made something of a specialty of series that focus on unusual families — that is to say, different from the families of most of the people who watch TLC. Maybe there are more wives than usual; often there are many more children. Little people, big people: The message is that we're all the same, but different, but the same.
December 24, 2004
Re "My Fight Against American Phantoms," Commentary, Dec. 21: Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim scholar with outstanding academic credentials, should understand America's predicament that many Muslim scholars have not rejected the 7th century ideologues of jihad, holy war and martyrdom. He claims that he believes in pluralism and equality, but he has failed to condemn the sayings of the holy text that there is no god but Allah, women are half of men, and friendship with non-Muslims is forbidden.
April 24, 2004
Mansoor Ijaz (Commentary, April 20) argues that we need to get Muslims in Western Europe and the U.S. on our side in the war on terrorism by reaching out to them and including them in Neighborhood Watch programs, improving community outreach and appointing them to "sensitive defense, intelligence and foreign affairs postings." They aren't with us because they don't feel "included." Pobrecitos! Sounds decent and humane, but under the circumstances, when virtually all the terror in our world is being perpetrated by radical Muslims of various nationalities, isn't that like putting the cart before the horse?
August 14, 2011 |
The Good Muslim A Novel Tahmima Anam Harper: 297 pp., $25.99 Maya Haque is one of the century's most interesting characters: prickly, passionate, tender, selfless, headstrong, devoted, belligerent, idealistic, naive, wise. "The Good Muslim" is Maya's story, rooted in her devotion to nation and family and particularly to her brother, the tormented Sohail Haque. What is it about Bengali anthropologists? First we have feted novelist Amitav Ghosh from West Bengal and now Tahmima Anam from East Bengal.
July 27, 2012 |
Forget voter ID laws. What this country needs are laws to keep stupid people from voting. Now, I'm not talking about folks who can't recite the preamble to the Constitution, or who can't tell you what the 1st Amendment covers, or how many Supreme Court justices there are. I'll even exempt those poor souls who don't know who the first president was, or can't name the two houses of Congress, or don't know the name of their representative. But, if you were to show up at the polls in November, and the poll worker were to ask you “Is President Obama a Muslim or a Christian?
March 12, 2012 |
After years of battling false claims and viral e-mails alleging that he is a Muslim, President Obama hasn't gotten far among Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi - about half still believe he is Muslim and about one in four believe his parents' interracial marriage should have been illegal, a new poll shows. The automated survey by Public Policy Polling, conducted over the weekend in advance of Tuesday's GOP primaries in both states, showed Republicans Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich locked in a fierce, three-way battle for votes.