Majority Muslims

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I just want a moment where Alex helps tuck in a strand of Sam’s hair that slipped out since Magnus and the others can’t
(Even though official art Sam got her hair peeking out already)

Because as a muslim who went to school with the majority of it muslim, you’ll eventually experience the moment when your friend helps fix your hijab

Also, extra of Magnus and Amir getting overwhelmed by the sparkles

The debate over the legality of President Trump’s Executive Order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States continues in the courts. In the meantime,  many refugees are uncertain about their futures and many Americans are uncertain about their nation’s reputation for welcoming immigrants from all walks of life.  

Tumblr and the International Refugee Assistance Project have convened refugees, advocates and policy experts to discuss the potential impact of such laws and policies and test the assumptions on which they are based.

Ibrahim, aka Sham Hasan was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He served as a linguist and cultural adviser to the U.S. Army in Iraq. He arrived to the US through the Special Immigrant Visa program in 2014. Sham is a LGBTQ and refugee rights advocate.

Betsy Fisher is the Policy Director at the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center. An attorney and passionate Michigan fan (go blue!), she advocates for refugees and for individuals at risk who worked for the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bader is an LGBT refugee who fled from his home country and, after a long journey, now lives in Lebanon. Bader is an LGBTIQ activist and a human rights supporter, and also has a blog where he writes and sings songs inspired by his experience. For reasons of security and privacy he is not using his real name or photograph.

Jen Smyers serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, and has been with CWS for more than ten years.  A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy, Ms. Smyers has previously worked with Border Action Network in Tucson, Arizona and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Trump’s Muslim Ban Realized

Today on 1/27/17 Trump closed America’s doors to refugees indefinitely, banned immigrants from several countries, suspended the Visa Interview Waiver program, and effectively left untold numbers of people stranded–including those with Green Cards and especially those with no where else to turn who had already been approved to come here.


It is not a ban purely on Muslims, just on people born in specific (majority Muslim) countries, so there’s a chance it could hold up in court.

He signed this executive order on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Even if he didn’t understand the significance of that, I have no doubt Bannon and the other nazis on his staff did. 

This is monstrous.

javdux  asked:

Anitfa is attacking the wrong enemy. There are fascist out there but you're supporting them. Please learn what sharia law is. People are enforcing it on others. Because of this gays are being, thrown off rooftops, there's an increase in female discrimination, an increase of RAPE, an increase of violence against women, an increase of RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION, and a 550% terrorist attacks. All this is happening in Europe, Sweden, etc. And it's all linked to refugees and immigration you are for.

Hold my beer.

Wow.  Incredible.  How can one person fuck up so badly in seven sentences?  If there was a gold medal in bullshit “logic,” our money would be on you to win it.

You get things off to a merry start by equating the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world with the maybe 32,000 fascist shitstains that are in Daesh (aka ISIS, aka ISIL).  You’re taking the behaviour of .0017% of Muslims and claiming that all Muslims are like that.  It would be literally more accurate to claim that all Americans are in or sympathize with the KKK, since KKK members account for about .0025% of the U.S. population.  Not only do the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject Daesh’s ideology as being distinctly unIslamicMuslims are overwhemingly the victims of Daesh’s fascist terror campaign.

You also fucked up with the sharia law dogwhistle, didn’t you?  Yeah, we know what sharia law is, but it’s obvious that you don’t and you’re the one that should do some learning.  We think you should start with this or ask the imam at your nearest mosque to school you.

Don’t you think it’s weird that in places like Dearborn, Michigan (Muslim population 30%) or Birmingham, UK (Muslim population 22%) “sharia law” (or whatever the fuck your misinformed ass thinks it is) isn’t being “forced on other people?”  Because when we go to those places we see Muslims going about their lives and minding their own business and not trying to implement sharia law or forcibly convert people.

Isn’t it strange how countries with significant or majority Muslim populations like Azerbaijan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Northern Cyprus, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan haven’t adopted sharia law?  So maybe you shouldn’t sweat it too much, partner.

Was there a horrific increase in violent hate crime in areas controlled by Daesh?  Of course there was; Daesh is a fascist organization and wherever you find fascists, you find discrimination and violence (more on that in a second!).    That’s why anti-fascists from all over the world have travelled to the area to fight Daesh and defend the Rojava revolution.

(above, members of Tabûra Enteransyonalin Rojava)

You do know about Rojava, right?  The revolution which is replacing fascist rule with an egalitarian, explicitly feminist form of anarchism called democratic confederalism?  That’s being built and defended by people who are mostly Muslims?  And it’s working?  Here, find a grownup to read this to you.

BTW, special mention to you for using the murders of LGBTQ+ people by Daesh as a screen to hide your Islamophobia.  That’s real fucking classy.  We would bet a million Euros you have sweet FA to say about Russia’s anti-gay law or the murders of LGBTQ+ people throughout Europe when it’s non-Muslims that are the perpetrators.  Fuck.  Right.  Off.

But before you do, let’s delve into the increase in religious discrimination in Europe that you’re so worried about, because we are too:

Seems like the most-discriminated religious group in Europe are Muslims, javdux; so maybe your perpetuation of racist, Islamophobic bullshite isn’t helping any.

But it’s really terrorism you’re worried about?  So are antifa.  That’s why we’re fighting against the people that are 5x more likely to kill Europeans in terror attacks - those people being neo-nazis.  

It’s funny that you single out Sweden as a place that is under seige from a discriminatory horde of violent Muslim terrorists.  Sweden has taken in a higher number of refugees per-capita than any other European country - 163,000 in 2015 alone. And it did experience three terrorist attacks this year.  One was by a Muslim asylum seeker that had been rejected by Sweden and was to be deported but no motive has been established.  But the two before that were by neo-nazis in the “Nordic Resistance Movement” who bombed two refugee shelters 

There’s been zero correlation between sexual assault numbers and refugee intake numbers in Sweden or in Germany - the country with the largest number of refugees overall.  Refugees are correlated with a drop in crime rates in the UK and in the US.   

Do you know what else happened in Sweden after it took in so many refugees?  It experienced its largest economic boom in five years, thanks to the newcomers 

So basically, javdux, you’re correct that Daesh = fascists but you’re dead wrong that Muslims = fascists (at least any more than any other religion).  You have no idea what sharia law is.  Your concern about discriminatory violence in Daesh-controlled areas is contradicted by your lack of support for the antifascist volunteers who are fighting Daesh in the YPG,YPJIFBTabûra Enteransyonal, and other antifa units.  And your alleged concerns about rapes, crime, terrorism, and religious discrimination are either terribly ill-informed or pointed in the exact opposite direction of where they should be.  

You really need to get your shit together in short fucking order of STFU.

Please Spread This Around, Nazi Defender in the Pokemon Community

I genuinely don’t like spreading this stuff, but I haven’t seen ANYONE else talk about this and I need to get it out there before younger people in the Pokemon community think its okay.

Recently due to the events of Charlottesville, a popular Pokemon Youtuber by the name of Verlisify has been discovered to be defending Nazis and White supremacists on Twitter.

In this video, ( https://youtu.be/pWnAzeiD_Vo ) made by DuncanKneeDeep, you can see evidence of Verlisify defending Nazis and the like on his Twitter, stating how people defend the “not all Muslims” statement in reference to how the majority of Muslims are NOT terrorists, to how people attack the “not all Nazis” statement, basically claiming not all Nazis are extremists, but they are. Nazis ARE extremists, they want a 100% white country and with that the ERADICATION of every other race, sexuality, religion, and gender identity that does not fit their criteria.

I am here to spread the video and warn people about what this man has said and agrees with.

Please, if you are subbed to this man, unsub to him, unfollow his Twitter, BLOCK it need be.
Make sure your younger siblings and cousins and anybody impressionable are not subbed or following this man. We do not need more people agreeing with these ideals.

And I BEG OF YOU, spread this around, reblog it, spread the video link above EVERYWHERE.
We need to protect the younger children and ourselves from these horrible, disgraceful ideals.

I’m making this post because he is a huge Youtuber in the POKEMON community, which is a MASSIVE community comprised of mostly children. I do not want children who only came to see Pokemon develop the thoughts that it’s okay to kill everyone that is different from you.

I’m not making this to doxx him or witch hunt him, that is not the intention of this post.
It’s to bring awareness to this and protect everyone from a Nazi defender.

Please spread this, please. Even if you don’t like Pokemon. Think about the children who do and might watch this man.

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Twitter reacted swiftly to the news that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld an earlier ruling putting a stay on President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ruling pointed out that Department of Justice lawyers failed to prove “that any alien from any of the countries…has perpetrated a terrorist attack.”

And the internet went nuts.

Listen… The statement “not all Muslims are terrorists” is dumb and ugly. 1 because this implies a good majority of Muslims ARE terrorists and that there a few odd good ones. And 2 because terrorists are NOT Muslims. No matter what they claim. They do NOT follow Islam if they’re out there doing what they do. Thanks

Saddam Hussein’s campaign to kill Shia Muslims, ban Shia practices and literally execute/detain Shias which violated those bans was only years ago. Today, an army called ISIS seeking to “cleanse” Shias from the muslim world exists in the same country carrying out massive attacks against shia shrines–there are literal shia muslim families pretending to be sunni in order to remain alive. In Bahrain, Shia Muslims do not have the same rights as their sunni counterparts; they cannot join the police force, army, are refused immigration on the basis of their (notably shia) names, cannot work/live in certain areas, and despite making up 70% of the population, only comprise <18% of the government. In Malaysia being Shia is illegal. depending where you are, Shia muslims are actually rounded up and thrown in jails should they violate those laws/preach shiism/declare their Shiism. Shia villages in indonesia were burned down shias were literally burned alive just in 2012. In Pakistan, several anti-shia terrorist outfits–many enabled by the government–are proudly “expunging shias” from the country via literal assassination and mass attacks in Shia neighbourhoods, mosques and shrines etc. Hazaras have been extensively, inhumanely persecuted and face death not only at the hands of extremists, but at the hands of the state which seeks to revoke their rightful citizenship and place them in harm’s way. In Nigeria, Shia muslims are persecuted by government forces and hundreds were shot and killed in 2015 alone. 

In Saudi Arabia, the school-system itself preaches death to Shia Muslims with Shias being thrown in jail, or executed regularly. Saudi arabia, an ally to all major Western countries, muslim countries, exports this ideology abroad and funds terrorists who carry out what can only be called shia genocide. 

if after all this you cannot realize anti-shiism is a widespread, state-funded phenomenon in the muslim world, you are no longer just “ignorant” of these crimes. 

In cities around America, thousands of construction companies, restaurants, and other businesses are bracing for “A Day Without Immigrants,” a combination boycott/strike that highlights the contributions of immigrants to U.S. business and culture.

The movement is a response to President Trump’s immigration agenda, which includes a pledge to seal the U.S. border with Mexico, and a travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries (which is now on hold).

Some businesses are closing for the day; others are staying open and pledging to contribute a share of the day’s proceeds to non-profits that aid Latino communities. In a number of cases, business owners are abiding by their staffs’ wishes, after holding votes to decide whether to open.

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Promises A National Strike Thursday

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Despite the Trump administration’s latest contestation, the travel ban on people from majority Muslim nations is still illegal according to the latest ruling

The Trump administration requested a stay on Judge Robart’s block of the travel ban on Saturday night. Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued against the temporary block claiming that Trump’s executive order is immune from judicial oversight. Buuuuut federal appeals court shut that down early on Sunday. Here’s what that means for Muslim travelers.

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VANAKKAM gosh I totally forgot I haven’t posted this here!!! It’s the lineup for my character design class about three biker superhero girls who fight crime, their really flashy and annoying rival, and the villain who is the spoiled son of a rich government leader. The setting is a semi-futuristic Muslim-majority country somewhere in Asia, and when I start doing visdev for that (hopefully over the winter break??? the summer ???) I wanna incorporate lots of South, SE, East, and West Asian culture into the world building! 

guarantee you everyone flipping their lid about how paris is, like, a majority muslim controlled city have literally never been to france

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  • Judge Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, issued a freeze on President Donald Trump’s executive order before it froze visa issuance and suspended refugee acceptance from six Muslim-majority countries. Watson declared that “the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.” 
  • In response, Trump supporters are spreading the hashtag #BoycottHawaii.
  • Of course, it backfired. 
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Islam isn’t a violent religion any more than Christianity is.
(Twitter: MuslimIQ)

This was directed at a white supremacist, but it’s a good response for the Bill Maher Liberals in your life too, especially the atheists.  The Angry White Man brand of Liberal Atheist Absolutism is probably one of my least favorite factions among people I generally agree with, because it always comes with a condescending air of I’m Right And You’re Wrong.  Things are this or they are that, and because I am an educated white man, I am smart, and I don’t have to listen to your rebuttals to whatever I just said.  One of their hot button issues is religion, wherein all religions are stupid and terrible, but Islam is the worst because it makes people violent.

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one major reason why trump’s muslim ban is going to fall pretty swiftly is that it reeks of poor management of imperialism. obama managed to keep muslims out of america pretty darn well, and liberals never complained (he even bombed thousands of them without a peep). “Pew Research Center said last October 38,901 Muslim refugees entered the United States in fiscal year 2016 from all countries - almost the same number of Christian refugees, 37,521.” the incoming syrian refugee total was 1% of lebanon’s, and again biased towards christians. the bush presidency actually built a database aimed at collecting as much biometric data on muslims as possible and subjecting them to numerous migration restrictions. obama kept it for 3 years and then suspended it because another biometric program pulled even more data and did so for everyone, not just muslims. none of this aroused any kind of anger or mass protests from liberals the way the current muslim ban is, and that was just how the american state apparatus preferred it. more than likely, this ban will fall in due time, and we’ll sit around crowing about how we defeated evil once again, while the previously mentioned issues will continue to plague muslims attempting to come to america.

I can’t explain how happy the success of Mahershala Ali and Asghar Farhadi at the Oscars makes me as they are both minority sect Muslims (Ali being Ahmadi & Farhafi being Shia). Mahershala Ali is first Muslim actor ever to win an Oscar and he is a minority sect Muslim, which gets persecuted and discriminated against by majority sect Muslims for being so. Asghar Farhadi winning his second Oscar, and boycotting the ceremony in solidarity with Iranian, Syrian, Yemeni, Somali, Libyan, Sudanese, and Iraqi immigrants.

So many majority sect Muslims don’t even consider Ahmadis and Shias to be Muslim, and here we have members of both of these sects making history at the Oscars. Allahumdullilah.

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In honour of the official end of the Harry Potter timeline
ft Professor Minhyuk’s animagus

slate.com
Michigan’s Chaldean Christians helped Trump win. Now they're at risk of deportation.

“The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently supporting the Republican Party with votes and donations, and they voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, helping him win Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence inspired many Chaldeans to show up at voting booths with unprecedented enthusiasm by promising to protect persecuted Christians in the Middle East. A Chaldean priest publicly blessed Trump while he was on the campaign trail, and conservative Christians praised Trump’s commitment to Christian minorities on Facebook. Few in the community expected that Trump’s immigration crackdown—touted in part as a means to protect the country from radical Islamists—would come to target them.

"But while at the gas station, Naoum received a call from a friend, a prominent Detroit-area attorney. ICE had detained some of his Chaldean clients.”

“It later turned out that the raids were the result of a quiet deal between the Trump administration and the Iraqi government. Trump had included Iraq on the original list of seven Muslim-majority countries in his January travel ban, to the consternation of national security officials who were counting on Iraq’s support in the ongoing fight against ISIS. But when the Trump administration issued a revised version of the travel ban in March, Iraq was removed from the list.”

During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it’s traditional to break the fast in mosques and homes. In fact, you’re supposed to be in congregation with others.

“It’s almost like the Christmas for Muslims,” jokes Omar Salha. “When you have on Christmas day everyone gathered with family members—it just doesn’t seem right that during Ramadan you’re breaking fast alone.”

When Salha was a graduate student in his native London, he felt especially bad for his classmates who were far from home, and left on their own during Ramadan. So with a handful of donated cookies and chips (or “biscuits” and “crisps” if you’re feeling British), Salha started what he called Open Iftar. Students from many different countries sat down in a park, and broke bread together.

While the event was initially started for students, many far from their homes in Muslim-majority countries, it quickly expanded — incorporating people of different faiths, or no faith at all, or those who just happened to be passing by. Since that first event in 2011, Salha has worked with groups launching Open Iftars around the world, hosting tens of thousands of people—from Turkey to Canada, the U.K. to Zambia. He has also extended it to a larger organization, the Ramadan Tent Project, which does charitable events throughout the year.

This Dinner Party Invites People Of All Faiths To Break Bread Together

Photo: Courtesy of Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) Open Iftar in Portland, Ore.