Yesterday, among over 13,000 protesters congregating to protest the same legislation, Rashid Dar, President of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offered his own opinion of the situation. “I hesitate to tell people how to pick their politics, but in choosing our sides we would do well to consider who is working to bring the most overall benefit to society at large, and who is working to benefit a select, but influential, elite.”
I wish I was writing with typical accolades but unfortunately I’m sending a note about my disappointment in your Inside Islam series. I think it not only lacks objective reporting but, even worse, it whitewashes Islam leaving your listener less prepared to identify radical Islam’s threat to our freedom and culture. Perhaps most important, your program does not challenge Muslims to face the profound human rights issues their religion faces.
Human rights activist and advocate for early childhood education, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan joined Fareed Zakaria for an interview aired on CNN in October. You can watch the interview on YouTube or scroll down to see part one and two later in this post. The queen brings up a lot of interesting issues about Islam in the Arab world, but one of her most pointed arguments concerns the cultural aspects of extremism and conservatism that are often represented as part of the religion itself.