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After 30 Days 
26th-Jan-2007 08:57 am
Here is an interview conducted with Morgan Spurlock about his show '30 Days as a Muslim' in America. This was conducted at the MPAC media awards 2005. For the full episode, see this post from yesterday.

After 30 Days as a Muslim
26th-Jan-2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this..I watched it all and found it fascinating
26th-Jan-2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing the episode when it first aired (not this but the episode in question). Will have to dig up what I wrote about it and post it...
26th-Jan-2007 05:27 pm (UTC) - Saalam Aleichem, Shalom Aleichem!
I watched the whole episode. This was good. It does not quench my thirst for answer to the question of why we do not hear more Muslims publicly condemning the actions of the terrorists, but I understand their point of view; why should they associate themselves with it in any way? On a much lighter scale, do I have to speak out against every single movie or show that comes out, depicting Sicilians or Sicilian-Americans as hoods and murderers? It's not me, why should I associate myself with it in any way? The other hand, of course, is that many Americans equate Islam with terrorism, and maybe hearing from some Islamic leaders in this country would educate and allay some fears and judgments.

It's also a clear illustration of how little many Christians know about their religion, its antecedents, etc., and how the three major religions all stem from the same root. They are the tribes of Abraham. I recall having the bible in my hand during lessons as a grade school kid, learning about Communion, and I kept wondering why we were ignoring the first half of this book, and paying attention to this short bit here at the end of it.

Thanks for posting this, Jude!
26th-Jan-2007 07:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Saalam Aleichem, Shalom Aleichem!
Muslims in Westernized, non-Muslim countries speak out all the time, but it doesn't make a damn bit of difference because (a) they're not speaking to the people most likely to fall under the sway of fundamentalist Islam and (b) said people would likely take such statements less than seriously, because "real" Muslims would live in Muslim nations. (It's akin to the flap earlier this week about whether or not Obama is really "black.")

People in the heart of, say, Saudi Arabia, where such messages need to be heard, risk violent reprisal from the psychopaths whose interpretation of Islam they're threatening. So you won't hear it from there.

In the conservative suburban Muslim enclaves of America--one of which I grew up in--such statements don't happen because of social ostracization. Condemn your Muslim brothers and sisters too enthusiastically, and soon you won't even be welcome at your local mosque, and everybody will talk abusively about you and your whole family, including your venerated parents and beloved children.

It's a cultural issue, and it's going to take a very long time to fix it.
26th-Jan-2007 08:38 pm (UTC) - Re: Saalam Aleichem, Shalom Aleichem!
Hmmm.. I had a feeling it might have something to do with fear of reprisal and fear of a dangerous element, but the "social pariah" issue I did not think of.

You have a unique perspective on this and I am grateful you responded. We know so little, but I'll be damned if I am going to create an opinion about Muslims out of the fear some Americans spout. It's the same as fearing all Japanese during WWII, or fear of blacks, fear of gay marriage, etc.

When 9/11 happened, and everyone was damning the "Crazy Muslims," I kept saying, this can't be right; what about Rumi and the Sufis? They imbibe a beautiful spirituality. It's not Islam that is a terrorist religion; it's crazy to think that way. It's certain folks within the religion (just like the Fundamentalist Christians who give a bad name to other loving Christians who do not damn others or condemn them to the fiery pits of hell). As far as terrorism goes, I am not convinced it is a religious issue, but a serious political issue swathed in religious clothing.

Thanks again for responding.
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