For me, religion certainly is a ritualized confession of ignorance. If faith were knowledge, we wouldn’t really need faith, we would simply make do with our knowledge. But knowledge is always incomplete.
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Jack Miles, Religion Scholar and Editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions 

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Freshman (Texas) state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is not in Austin today to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions for the staff in her Capitol office on how to handle visitors who are, including asking them to declare allegiance to the United States.

"I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws," she posted on Facebook. "We will see how long they stay in my office."

Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which began in 2003, is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and brings members of Muslim communities in Houston, Dallas and other areas of the state to the Capitol to learn about the political process and meet state lawmakers. Texas has the eighth-largest Muslim population in the United States, with more than 420,000 Muslims residing in the state, according to estimates from the Texas State Historical Association.

Even before participants in Thursday’s event — about 100 Muslims, mostly children — could get to lawmakers’ offices, they encountered opposition from a group of about 25 protesters outside the Capitol holding signs. One said, “Radical Islam is the New Nazi.” Another said, “Go Home & Take Obama With You.”

The Muslim group held a press conference on the South steps of the Capitol, where one of the protesters yanked the microphone from an event organizer, shouting, “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God, it will never dominate Texas.”

As the group of Muslims continued the event by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the interruptions persisted, with the protesters yelling, “Islam is a lie!” and “No Sharia here!”

Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Houston chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, called the behavior “very frustrating.” Carroll said this was the first year protesters showed up since Muslim Capitol Day began.

"I’m more concerned with state leaders and what they say than I am about anybody else because they are the lawmakers," he said.

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The Texas Tribune, "Rep. to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance."

Intolerance and ignorance and hate, pure and simple.

[TW: Islamophobia]

Okay so I just found this poster here on tumblr with well over 200k notes, and subsequently lost my shit a little. I mean, I agree that no idea should be beyond criticism. What I don’t understand is why this poster is picking on Islam to make a general statement about human rights, ideas, and freedom of speech. Like wtf is this shit?

I’d like to point out as well how SNEAKY this poster is too bc the focus on Islam and Islamophobia is in the fucking tiny script at the bottom. If you don’t bother to read that and you buy into this general statement and reblog it, you are GOING to be reblogging something specifically Islamophobic. Bc this appears to be an attempt to get permission to be Islamophobic by arguing “there is no such thing bc ideas don’t have rights”, whatever the fuck that actually means…

The reality is that Islamophobia is alive and well and it lives in (among other places) this poster. See, no one is saying you cannot criticize Islam. We’re just saying be respectful of Muslim people and their human rights when you do so, like you’re supposed to do in ALL your dealings with other human fucking beings. This is why people who want permission to be Islamophobic are really just saying they want permission to treat Muslim people like sub-human garbage. Well, you do not have MY permission, that’s for fucking sure.

i m sorry but i think these people go entirely TOO far with the culture appropriation accusations.

the way i look at is if you’re practicing, wearing or speaking something in a respectable manner, then it should be okay. as long as you aren’t MOCKING the culture, i think it would be okay. cultures were meant to be respected, yes, but they were also meant to be BLENDED. 

the sjw of tumblr are so busy categorizing every race & culture into categories only to have them lumped into TWO HUGE CATEGORIES: POC or WHITE SCUM. the day you stop dividing and drawing lines will be the day that maybe we can all embrace each other a bit more.

some person was telling me that i can’t practice yoga because it isn’t my culture and i am not indian. i think that is extremely unfair because just because it isn’t my culture means i can’t participate or show an interest? i could understand if i was being disrespectful towards it, but i use it as a way to relax and help my bad back…