More neocon-symp stuff from the ‘Forward’

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Jack Ross was disturbed by this piece on Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born Muslim intellectual, that appeared in the Forward, which again exhibits its sympathy to the neocon worldview– categorizing Tariq Ramadan as an "Islamofascist" without demurral. Ross:

The Forward runs this bigoted and hypocritical attack on Tariq Ramadan by Allan Nadler, holding him to a standard of religious liberalism that would be a stretch for most mainline Protestants, to say nothing of Orthodox and even many Conservative Jews. Parenthetically, after Paul Berman got half an issue of TNR to attack Ramadan, he was given a very friendly interview by Michael Lerner in Tikkun. Here author Nadler attacks Ramadan for maintaining the divine origin of the Quran with no regard for Orthodox Jewish belief about the Torah, and more so still when he attacks the Hadith, as it is analogous to the Talmud.

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  1. Chaos4700
    November 16, 2009, 11:50 pm

    So when do you suppose they’re going to start making people like Ramadan wear yellow Crescents? For “security” and “self defence,” mind you.

  2. VR
    November 17, 2009, 12:16 am

    It would seem that the only thing necessary for Ramadan to do is insist on a bifurcation between Western aggression of Muslim countries, and as an example, their feigned care for the women. To say that you care for Muslim women and than to bomb their countries, set up puppet governments, and contribute to the general commiseration of the people in the name of “democracy and liberation” is a contradiction in terms. This especially in the light of the fact that the condition of women worsens with the “violent democratic intervention.” This will result in the liberation of no women (as has repeatedly been seen in war, and their becoming the defenseless targets), the only thing the Euro-American alliance will succeed in is writing the tenets of “liberation” on their tombstones.

  3. johd
    November 17, 2009, 4:00 am

    Islam ist vorbotten!!!

    The issue is not that this is an attack on Ramadan. The goal is to discourage the idea that anyone would proudly proclaim themseleves to be a Muslim, and by implication a believer in the Quran, Muhammed or Shariah.

    The idea is to challenge any such public proclaimations.

    As perverse as it sounds, it is this persecution that will be the undoing of the Islamophobes.

  4. Richard Witty
    November 17, 2009, 4:53 am

    The important concern on both literatures is in the present.

    Are they living traditions, oriented to retaining a purpose and vision that they bring from the present forward.

    Physical forms change, but the nut of any religion is its life-way. Both orthodoxies conflict with individualism, in that both do seek to discipline and define to a large extent how people conduct their lives individually and within their tribe.

    The defensiveness of each (and then offensiveness), results from the fear that the other will seek to dissemble the social glue and codes that “we” adopt.

    The left is a threat in the same regard, but the religious tend to think of leftist anonymous values as thin and passing in the degree that they shift individuals to anonymous or meaningless roles.

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