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openlyawesome:

Why Doesn’t the Media Care About Dead Palestinians?

The US media as stenographers for the government! SO MUCH FOR FREE JOURNALISM!

— 2 weeks ago with 12 notes

#usa  #politics  #media  #palestine  #gaza  #zionism  #zionist entity  #israel  #state sponsored terrorism  #terrorism  #murder 
Vultures over Iran: The Human Rights Campaign follows the money →

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— 3 weeks ago with 8 notes

#scott long  #iran  #usa  #politics  #hrc  #queer  #gay  #lgbt 
brassmanticore:

themindislimitless:

gaywrites:

How do each of the major religions approach same-sex marriage? It can be hard to keep track of. Luckily, the Pew Research Center has put together a handy guide to the status of same-sex marriage in a number of the world’s largest religions. Read the full article about the Presbyterian Church’s approaching acceptance of marriage equality here. 

Many scholars and interpreters would actually say Islam has no clear position on queer marriage since in the Quraan itself homosexuality isn’t spoken of at all. One of the major ~condemnations~ is of the story of Lut and many scholars establish that is actually about rape/ childhood sexual assault, to be consistent with condemnations of those two things as repeated in the Quraan, and since queer existence is noted historically in that era and after, it’s not like they ~didn’t know about it~ simply that it was likely irrelevant.

There is reportedly an imam in my country (Oman) who marries gay men.  Many Muslim scholars don’t support gay marriage but that doesn’t mean the religion doesn’t.  Come on Pew Research Center, think it through and do the research.

Look at the nuances that Christianity and Judaism get. They are not lumped into one category like Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are. They are not seen as a monolithic caricature. They are divided in an attempt to add complexity and reflect how … not ‘black and white’ their picture is (they do a bad job at that as well, but regardless…). 
Even in Ramaḍān I am not allowed a reprieve on how US media portrays Islam as ‘The Other’.

brassmanticore:

themindislimitless:

gaywrites:

How do each of the major religions approach same-sex marriage? It can be hard to keep track of. Luckily, the Pew Research Center has put together a handy guide to the status of same-sex marriage in a number of the world’s largest religions. Read the full article about the Presbyterian Church’s approaching acceptance of marriage equality here

Many scholars and interpreters would actually say Islam has no clear position on queer marriage since in the Quraan itself homosexuality isn’t spoken of at all. One of the major ~condemnations~ is of the story of Lut and many scholars establish that is actually about rape/ childhood sexual assault, to be consistent with condemnations of those two things as repeated in the Quraan, and since queer existence is noted historically in that era and after, it’s not like they ~didn’t know about it~ simply that it was likely irrelevant.

There is reportedly an imam in my country (Oman) who marries gay men.  Many Muslim scholars don’t support gay marriage but that doesn’t mean the religion doesn’t.  Come on Pew Research Center, think it through and do the research.

Look at the nuances that Christianity and Judaism get. They are not lumped into one category like Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are. They are not seen as a monolithic caricature. They are divided in an attempt to add complexity and reflect how … not ‘black and white’ their picture is (they do a bad job at that as well, but regardless…). 

Even in Ramaḍān I am not allowed a reprieve on how US media portrays Islam as ‘The Other’.

— 3 weeks ago with 713 notes

#media  #USA  #pews research  #religion  #sexuality  #religion and sexuality  #boxes 
The independent: Oklahoma Tea Party candidate claims: ‘Stoning gays was a law that came direct from God’ →

A Tea Party candidate running for office in Oklahoma has appeared to endorse the practice of stoning gay people to death.

وا هيلارياه! النجدة يا أمريكا - أوقفوا المعونات إلى… آه نسيت

— 1 month ago with 2 notes

#pot calling kettle  #USA  #politics  #Scott Esk  #homophobia  #Tea Party 
Scott Long: ISIS in Iraq: Real atrocities and easy fantasies →

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Political pornography — and that’s what this is – reduces our thinking, our ability to respond, in many subtle and unsubtle ways. But one is this: it acclimates us to accepting that only visible abuses are real. The only violations that count are what our eyes can consume; our hungry seeing is the sole criterion for believing.

— 1 month ago with 6 notes

#Iraq  #ISIS  #ISIL  #Syria  #gender  #women  #Islam  #islamophobia  #USA  #England  #colonialism  #power  #politics  #media  #news  #visual media  #broken telephone  #scott long 
Satellites Are Now Cleared to Take Photos at Mailbox-Level Detail →
— 1 month ago with 4 notes

#USA  #satellite  #surveillance  #big brother  #politics  #privacy  #security 
The Real Story Behind Brunei's Sharia Laws Isn't the One That Gay Rights Groups Are Telling You →

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— 2 months ago with 11 notes

#scott long  #Brunei  #LGBT*  #gay  #queer  #politics  #USA  #gay international  #Shariah 
Too brown to be heard: The Brunei brouhaha →

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Might I suggest you read the whole thing.

— 2 months ago with 13 notes

#lgbt  #lgbtq  #gay  #homo  #queer  #politics  #brunei  #homonationalism  #scott long  #beverly hills hotel  #USA  #shariah  #islam  #islamophobia  #gay international 
mapsontheweb:

Predominant language other than English or Spanish, mainland US
atrubetskoy:


Alaska and Hawaii are not included in this map. The second most prevalent language (after English) in Hawaii is Tagalog, while Native American languages are prevalent in Alaska.
Details and updates here.

mapsontheweb:

Predominant language other than English or Spanish, mainland US

atrubetskoy:

Alaska and Hawaii are not included in this map. The second most prevalent language (after English) in Hawaii is Tagalog, while Native American languages are prevalent in Alaska.

Details and updates here.

— 2 months ago with 335 notes

#USA  #language  #map 
The issue behind Brunei

This whole issue around the reaction to Brunei’s adopting (a version of) Sharīʿa law troubles me for the following reasons, to name a few:

  • The biggest issue on the larger US and UK based LGBT* news portals and blogs seems to be the “stoning of the homosexuals”, this despite the fact that I have yet to see an article that discusses how the new laws will deal with the issue of same-sex intercourse (which is very different from homosexuality or other sex and gender-based political identities). They just assume it is so. That doesn’t mean it’s not there, or that the new law won’t deal with same sex-intercourse problematically, it’s just to say the assumption and the focus is interesting (what, no white voices concerned about saving Muslim women, anymore? and why was there no focus on religion when, for example, India revered its ruling forbidding same-sex with a person of the same gender?)
  • You cannot take the power dynamics of colonialism and empire out of the equation. Especially with the recent push to include sexual identity politics as gauges for how civilized a people are. The old Euro-American colonial trope of : “they” are not civilized like “us” because “they” don’t do/observe X like we do. It is embedded in this. So much so that it dismisses how certain laws have come to be in the first place. This is exemplified by Fareed Zakariyya’s comment on CNN saying something about “abandoning the BRITISH-based legal system currently in force.”
  • In addition, Islamophobia is used as a basis for this attack. How many times will I hear/see quotes about “going back to the stone ages”? (see here for example.) Islam is backwards. Sharīʿa is backwards. “We” are enlightened and inclusive and the future, while Islamic practices and rituals are historical, misguided, and dangerous.
  • As part of the above, there is a COMPLETE disregard to the fact that the majority of the World’s legal system and the UN’s charters are based on Christian-European legal systems! How can you claim secularism when the laws you have on your books are, if not outrightly claimed as such, are inherently based on a European Christian interpretations of law. “Civil” or “secular” law didn’t just show up, they are firmly based on a European-Christian history and locality. Thus making it neither “better” than, nor “more neutral” than other systems. It is equal in its strengths and weaknesses.
  • All of the above is placed within the following context: where the small in numbers, yet powerful enforce their hegemonic version of a world that conforms and obeys to what they are comfortable with upon everyone and sells it as both “universal” and “without bias”… neither of which are true. This ends up doing very real violence. 
  • The dominant North Atlantic sexual minorities are part and parcel of Empire and Colonialsim. One could say this type of rhetoric does to the colonized what they accuse heteronormativity does to them. It does so because it is backed by laws and sanctions that do more than simply target the problem.
  • They also focus on one thing: sexuality, compartmentalizing it and emphasizing it while ignoring other serious issues such as: wealth distribution, health issues, education, standards of living, environmental question, etc. That myopic look already reflects a North Atlantic bias to how the world is viewed: individualism. There are a plethora of other ways of interacting with the world, and singling one aspect without looking at the whole could be interpreted akin to trying to rid the arm of the flu while the rest of the body is still ill.

Hence the rhetoric is seeped in biases that re-enact and reenforce hegemonic Imperial colonial forces.

والله أعلم
أ.م.

— 2 months ago with 52 notes

#lgbt  #gay  #homo  #queer  #politics  #homocolonialism  #homonationalism  #colonialism  #Neo-Colonialism  #USA  #Europe  #north atlantic  #hegemony  #power  #Islam  #islamophobia  #Brunei  #shari'a  #empire 
Lawsuit seeks to overturn NC same-sex marriage ban →

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— 3 months ago with 2 notes

#marriage  #USA  #politics  #lgbt*  #queer  #gay  #religion  #sexuality  #religion and sexuality  #Xianity  #Christianity  #North Carolina 
US Catholics more liberal on gay issues than white evangelical Protestants →

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— 3 months ago with 3 notes

#religion  #USA  #sexuality  #religion and sexuality  #homosexuality  #queer  #gay  #lgbt*  #marriage  #politics  #catholics  #evangelicals  #protestants  #christianity 
"And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Sharia law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize sharia law."

The Reverend Franklin Graham, the overseer of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse.

By that same logic of “going back”, Christianity is also an implant and should go back to where it started. I swear when I read shit like this I agree with Jewish scholar Gil Andijar in that European Christianities are complacent in the colonial project and have fucked things up for everyone.

(Source: catholic.org)

— 3 months ago with 6 notes

#Islamophobia  #US  #USA  #politics  #Franklin Graham  #shari'a  #Islam  #power  #xenophobia  #gross 
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These stories, about gays murdered in Iran, waken questions. The stories are recurrent and they all resemble one another, without enough detail to individuate them. They’re all unsourced — usually there’s a newspaper article the writer never actually read. They have their own life and appear in locust cycles, not so much out of design as from a summer swelter of fear and xenophobia, whenever a crisis between the US (or Israel) and Iran is imminent, or wanted. I’ve seen them many times before. The repression of LGBT people in Iran is real. These stories have little or nothing to do with it.

Instead, these rumors seize the lives of distant human beings, hollow them out, and use the husks. The victims become both mannequins and messages, static and imperative like propaganda posters. They also distort the reality of death as it’s actually dealt out to prisoners in Iran. Look at the gays, they say, the ”innocent” ones like us, twisting our attention away from the scope of atrocities and the other dead who aren’t assimilable or attractive.

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— 4 months ago with 80 notes

#Iran  #homonationalism  #LGBT*  #queer  #gay  #politics  #homocolonialism  #homosexuality  #USA  #colonialism  #media