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The top five groups when discussing Muslims and Islam - Where do you sit?

Muslim Conservatives 

Muslim Conservatives believe that Islam is perfect and that the Hadith and the Quran as a whole contain no errors. They view liberalism as a Western invention incompatible with their interpretation of the faith. They believe there is a cosmic war going on between the Muslim world and the West. They won’t blow you up any time soon but whether they be Salafist or Wahhabi, they often tend to support violent jihad against the West, including violence against civilians. Few in this group engage with Western media; they are far more active in Arab and Urdu media such as Aqra Channel, Al Jazeera Arabic and the like.

Muslim Moderates

Muslim Moderates also consider Islam to be perfect and the Quran and the Hadith to be inerrant. They like Conservative Muslims still believe punishment is necessary for anyone who questions Muhammad or the Quran, Canada’s a perfect example of moderate Muslims still being advocates for blasphemy law and Sharia law. However, they don’t as often follow the Quran that advocate violent jihad and they try to deny that any link exists between jihad and Islam. They are frequently seen in Western media, especially television, stating that Islam is a religion of peace, that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, and that terrorist groups are un-Islamic. Their views on human rights cover a broad spectrum, from advocating public killing of gays to welcoming gays as equal citizens and from defending women’s right to wear head scarves to requiring them by law. Many have been educated enough to understand the West is not their enemy, but some justify jihad as a way of addressing grievances against Western imperialism and the West’s support for Israel. In the main, Muslim Moderates argue that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry. Some Muslim Moderate organizations have high profiles in Western media, often acting as public-relations firms and lobby groups for Muslim communities. Examples include the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and CAGE in the United Kingdom. Prominent Muslim Moderates often seen on television include Linda Sarsour, Dean Obeidallah, Murtaza Hussain and Mahdi Hassan.

Muslim Reformers

Muslim Reformers either don’t consider the Quran to be perfect and the literal word of Allah or concede that some of its commandments are not applicable in the twenty-first century. They try to rally against extremist interpretations and to create new ones more in keeping with modern liberal values. They accept that there is a link between radical interpretations of Islam and terrorism. Many of them advocate for liberal government and separation of religion and state. Prominent individual Muslim Reformers include Maajid Nawaz, Asra Nomani, and Irshad Manji.

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists 

Pseudo-Liberal Apologists are mainly non-Muslim white liberals, they suck up and agree with Moderate Muslims argument that terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram have nothing to do with Islam and are either a result or a creation of Western imperialism. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to agree that Islam is a peaceful religion and that those who speak out against it are motivated by racism, hatred of minorities or bigotry, or hold a neoconservative imperialist agenda and desire to kill all Muslims and steal resources from Muslim-majority countries… They tend to think that the greatest enemy of world peace is Western capitalism, a view they share with many Moderate and Conservative Muslims. Pseudo-Liberal Apologists tend to receive a lot of media attention; in U.S media, members of this group receive the most attention of any of the six groups. Examples include Glenn Greenwald, Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman. 

Genuine Critics of Islam 

Genuine Critics of Islam are mainly progressives, some of them atheists, who think that there is a connection between some interpretations of the religion and bad or violent behavior. They share many agreements with Muslim Reformers. Some tend to think that Islam in the twenty-first century represents a special case, and some do not. They are acutely aware of extremist groups in the Muslim world and around the globe and see a clear link between violence and some interpretations of the fundamentals of Islam. They view Islam itself as a major reason human rights are poorly upheld in most majority-Muslim countries. Most are also very critical of Christianity but are likely to argue that the Enlightenment has had a “buffering” effect on Christianity that Islam has yet to undergo, leaving Islam in need of enlightenment or reformation. They tend to differentiate between Islam as a set of ideas and interpretations and Muslims as people. Often, they mostly rely on statistics to resist making generalizations about Muslims as a whole. Prominent examples include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Salman Rushdie, Ali A. Rizvi, Aki Muthali, Sarah Haider and many others. 

anonymous asked:

give me some sam + josh headcanons pls

1. sam falls in love first
2. but josh proposes
3. sam has to do the grocery shopping because if he doesn’t then josh only brings back the food that a freshman in college would eat
4. sometimes, when they come home at 2 am and it’s been a hard day they get a little drunk and slow dance in the kitchen and maybe it’s possible that josh sings all the words to the old slow songs in sam’s ear even though he can barely carry a tune in a bucket
5. at their wedding, toby is sam’s best man and donna is josh’s maid of honor and the president gives a toast that may as well have been about a son and it makes everyone cry
6. a lot (~80%) of their fights end with them both just giving up and falling into laughter (since they tend to argue for the sake of arguing) and then kissing
7. it’s also a common occurrence that one of them will try to act seductive and then end up with a black eye because they’re both so clumsy
8. after they come out sam is so excited to be able to call josh “my boyfriend”
9. on their first date josh takes sam to the restaurant where jfk used to take jackie kennedy and it’s nice for a little while (to be there being fancy with each other) until sam points out that hey maybe the kennedy’s aren’t really the best relationship model and josh agrees like immediately and they go get pizza and beer and sit on a bench along the potomac until 2 am just talking
10. they hooked up way way back, years before they started working for bartlet, and sam had mostly lost hope on it, but ever since josh showed up soaking wet from the rain in the lobby of the firm he’d felt deep down that it could still happen. he was right.

ahhh that got so long!!! i hope you enjoy haha

By Chance (Part 4)

Summary: Modern-Day AU. You find a random phone number written on the wall of a gas station’s bathroom, not knowing how much it would change your life.

Word Count: 639

Warnings: None.

“By Chance” Masterlist

Bucky looked up from his phone as the elevator opened to the lobby of the law firm he co-owned. Steve was in the middle of walking to the break room and he smirked at Bucky’s expression.

“Been texting that girl?”

“Huh?” Bucky asked, shoving the phone into his pocket. “Oh! No. Just—”

“You don’t have to lie to us, man,” piped up Sam, leafing through the contents of a file, half-distracted.

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Michael Flynn's Russia payment likely broke disclosure laws, lawmakers say
It appeared Trump’s ex-national security adviser didn’t receive permission for or properly report foreign funds and that White House refused to provide files
By Ben Jacobs

Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, likely violated the law when he failed to disclose payments he had received from Russia and Turkey, the leading Republican and Democrat on the House oversight committee said on Tuesday.

Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, and ranking member Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, said it appeared Flynn had not received permission for or properly reported the funds he received from a 2015 speech in Russia and lobbying work his firm did for Turkey.

The two lawmakers also said the White House had refused to provide them with documents requested by the committee related to Flynn’s security clearance and payments from an organization with ties to foreign governments. The House oversight committee requested the documents last month.

The congressmen spoke to reporters after a classified meeting at which members reviewed documents provided by the Pentagon related to Flynn’s application for security clearance, which Cummings described as “extremely troubling”.

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The closer any information gets to Trump, the more obstructive the White House will be on ANY cooperation with the investigations.  AND, as long as McConnell and Ryan are getting what they want, they’ll stay out of it!


Obsessive Pyschopath Sam Winchester

Based on Soulless!Sam, but still set in an AU. Sam’s a raging psychopath and sets his sights on you. Sam is like crazy obsessed guys. This will not be everyone’s cup of tea
Written in Sam’s POV
Word count: ~4450
Pairing: One-sided!Sam X Reader
Warnings!! Reader is kidnapped, stalked, and has her house broken into. Non-con touching/kissing that could easily be construed as sexual. Sam is coocoo for Cocoa Puffs, guys, srzly. Mentions of Sam being a murderer, and possible murder of reader. (Let me know if I missed something. It’s so long I’ve forgotten a lot of stuff that I put in it)

There were very few interesting people. Well, that wasn’t entirely true, technically all people were interesting to someone, but there were very few people who Sam Winchester found interesting.

Unfortunately most of them didn’t last very long.

Well, that was the nature of the game, he supposed. He was like a child that way, everytime he got a new toy, he broke it.

You were different though. You refused him, when no one else did, and… It was interesting. He was perfectly aware that he was attractive, fit, intelligent, he was anyone’s type, but… Not yours. And you weren’t being coy about it either, not playing hard to get, you simply weren’t interested and that was interesting.

Sam Winchester decided, when you turned him down when he offered to buy you a coffee, that he was going to have you, one way or another.

He started going to the same cafe every day, forming a habit. Though he’d never speak to you, that would be too obvious, he always watched you out of the corner of his eyes. Wondering if you’d notice him today, maybe even catch him looking, but you never did. He watched for signs of relationships, perhaps another boyfriend, or girlfriend, but there was never anyone there, you were always alone in the middle of the afternoon, always doing something. It was interesting.

He started to notice your little tics, the way you played with your hair, tapped your chin with your finger, wiggled your foot. You were never still, but you weren’t antsy either. The motions were repetitive and entrancing and if he wasn’t careful he’d get lost in them, in watching you, and forget to move forward in line, but you never looked up, never noticed him.

It was interesting.

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Updates from SWOP-PDX

(Basically this was for the national list but you guys can use the update too probably. Please do not forget to come to the panel on the 24th: I will be there, as will trggr-wrnng , pmariejust, ilikethatnoise, sarahxgreenmore, someone with no tumblr, and some other people without tumblrs.
And please do not forget to submit your art to the art show!)

Hi everyone!

It was recently pointed out to me that I should update this list on what’s been going on here because spring has sprung and it’s exciting!

So I don’t know if you all know about the attempt to make some protections for strippers through legislation that happened, as the NASW hired a lobbying firm to try and push some legislation through. The lobbyists weren’t the most awesome t ethical or even invested, I’ll be real honest with you, but it looks like a bill which would mandate a poster in every club outlining workers rights will pass, and that same bill includes a provision for an anonymous hotline staffed by advocates and potentially former dancers who can track complaints about abuses in clubs.

There’s some debate about what rights the poster will include; initially they were just going to list the rights of contractors, which is silly because A) contractors only have the rights given them in their contracts and especially in Portland where most clubs don’t even HAVE contrast, that really screws over workers and most importantly B) because dancers pass the BOLI employee test. One of the lobbyists was quite cagey about this but did finally admit off the record that he knows strippers are employees and so he may be willing to advocate for the inclusion of employee rights on the poster. In Portland that includes paid sick leave! It’s a pretty nightmarish Gordian knot of a situation, but we’re still hopeful!

We’re doing a panel on the intersection of stigma and marginalisation with sexual assault and sex work on April 24th at the PSU graduate school of social work, moderated by Stéphanie Wahab.

We’re also having an art show showcasing sex worker art and activist history this June! The opening party is June 4th but th show will go all month.
******We welcome sex worker art from all over the country, just email a description of the piece to workingitinportland@gmail.com and tell me how you’ll be getting it here but I would really love more submissions from around the country, especially if you can make it to the art show! ******

The art show will also be the local Portland book release for the $PREAD anthology which is extra exciting!

I think that’s it for updates from SWOP-PDX! If you can make it to Portland for June fourth we would love to see you there!


This is a smear campaign pursued with all the obsession of a small child or a serial killer - yet it’s influential enough that Congress launched a full investigation into the claims. When one of the most powerful political bodies in the world can be swayed by a group with so little credibility, how can anyone take it seriously? Jaded politicos might interject at this point to say that no one does.
But of course, this was never really about ‘dead babies’. It’s about vilifying an organisation that provides affordable healthcare to women – contraception, cervical cancer screenings, breast exams and, yes, abortions.
Abortions, which take up just 3% of Planned Parenthood spending, none of which is federal. But presidential hopeful Rand Paul vowed to use ”all legislative vehicles at his disposal“ to force a vote, while Ted Cruz pledged to “eliminate” its state funding.
This is just one in a long line of assaults on women’s reproductive rights – from the Texas bill so famously filibustered by Wendy Davis to the attempt to limit abortions to six weeks in North Dakota. Meanwhile, thanks to the Hobby Lobby ruling, private firms can opt not to offer contraception in workers’ health plans under Obamacare on religious grounds.
This explains why so many senators seem able to overlook the screaming irony that family planning services prevent abortions, and that more restrictive abortion policy laws aren’t associated with lower abortion rates.
But when has evidence mattered? Not in the past, and as the latest vote shows, not now.
It was only ever about ideology. It’s about restricting women’s right to choose what to do with their bodies, and it’s about winning presidential primaries. And with the election circus in sight, there’s more of this to come.
Firms Paid Bill Clinton Millions As They Lobbied Hillary Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton accepted more than $2.5 million in speaking fees from 13 major corporations and trade associations that lobbied the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, an International Business Times investigation has found. The fees were paid directly to the former president, and not directed to his philanthropic foundation.

Many of the companies that paid Bill Clinton for these speeches – a roster of global giants that includes Microsoft, Oracle and Dell – engaged him within the same three-month period in which they were also lobbying the State Department in pursuit of their policy aims, federal disclosure documents show. Several companies received millions of dollars in State Department contracts while Hillary Clinton led the institution.

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