A religion that is in desperate need of a Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment. Islam is a religion that shares the same beliefs and core foundations of Judaism and Christianity, but affirms that Muhammad is the final Prophet of God. Muslims are not bad people, but Islam never had a renaissance (similar to the Protestant Reformation in Christianity) and Muslims need to rethink about the way they deal with the rest of Humanity. Muslims are overall nice and kind people and many muslims are now changing the way they approach Islam. Many muslims (myself included) realize that all religions are personal faiths and that ISLAM NEEDS TO BE TREATED AS A PERSONAL FAITH AND NOT A POLITICAL DOCTRINE. Peace at home and Peace in the world!
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free and the unfree.more...
We affirm the inviolable freedom of the individual conscience. We believe in the equality of all human persons.
We insist upon the separation of religion from state and the observance of universal human rights.
We find traditions of liberty, rationality, and tolerance in the rich histories of pre-Islamic and Islamic societies. These values do not belong to the West or the East; they are the common moral heritage of humankind.
We see no colonialism, racism, or so-called “Islamaphobia” in submitting Islamic practices to criticism or condemnation when they violate human reason or rights.
We call on the governments of the world to
reject Sharia law, fatwa courts, clerical rule, and state-sanctioned religion in all their forms; oppose all penalties for blasphemy and apostacy, in accordance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights;
eliminate practices, such as female circumcision, honor killing, forced veiling, and forced marriage, that further the oppression of women; protect sexual and gender minorities from persecution and violence;
reform sectarian education that teaches intolerance and bigotry towards non-Muslims;
and foster an open public sphere in which all matters may be discussed without coercion or intimidation....
The dictionary defines Zionism as "Jewish Nationalism." The dictionary defines Nazism as a form of "Race-based Nationalism." The fact of the matter is that the British subjugated the Palestinian people, basically kicked them out of their homes, gave up the land to the Israelis and expected everything to be happy. Believe it or not, the Palestinians simply don't like being replaced like that. Moreover, they didn't take too kindly to the overt Israeli suppression and violence against them beginning in 1949 with the Irgun Gang and all of that. In the late 1960s, the violence really crested with the Arab-Israeli War over what was essentially Israeli apartheid against the Palestinians. The end of that war led to Yassir Arafat, who, in 1971, made a historic speech to the UN General Assembly, thusly thrusting Palestinian plight onto the international stage for the first time ever really. Throughout the 1970s both sides trade atrocities, although Israel's violence is state violence, backed by the U.S., that is aimed directly at suppressing the Palestinian people, civilian, terrorist, or whatever. Then there was that whole episode in Lebanon in the 1980s, the 1982 Israeli massacre of roughly 3 thousand Palestinian refugees at Shatila and Sabra - presided over by then-Israeli General Ariel Sharon. In the early 1990s, things are looking pretty good with Oslo and the Peace Accords... Arafat and then-Israeli PM Yitzkah Rabin winning the Nobel Peace Prize, things seemed good. Then, in 1...more...
The use of rhythmic beats and words used to convey ones circumstances, experiences, or dreams past, present, or future. Rap is a form of poetry just as country, rock/punk, or any other form of music.They all make you subconsciously or consciously move to the music. They sway you.more...
The only reason why it's so bad is because of the way it has been displayed. Rap, in the mainstream, has been portrayed as misogynal, corrupt, violent, impetuous, demeaning, and ignorant. Basically it's secular. Rap has been tainted as it entered the mainstream. Gangsta rap is not real. It's only a bunch of igonorant fools who make fun of themselves and their race and they basicall make black people look ignorant. Now not all rap is fake or garbage. The truth of the matter is that there is an equal amount of MC's tryin to reverse the course of rap. It's just that they can't make it onto the radio stations without sounding ghetto or ignorant. Idiots like 50 cent, Snoop, and all the new gangsta rappers who only get onto the mainstream by putting a lil in front of their names are fake. They only talk about guns, bitches, hoes, money,cars, akohol, and drugs. Rappers like Common, Kanye, Lupe, Rhyme Fest, Mos, and Talib try to liberate ignorant minds but people love ignorance. I'm tired of people saying that they must change the industry. Before you change the industry, change yourself. Black people listen to crap music. Then whenever someone outside of the race says something like nigger or hoe we ...
Born and Raised in New York City, Solomon Starr is a gifted Gospel Hip-Hop Minister. Solomon began rapping at age nine during the height of a Crack Epidemic. The intensity of crime in his neighborhood presented Solomon with threatening obstacles that challenged his development into mature adulthood. Witnessing robberies and murders in the hallways of his apartment building forced him to transform his confusion and anxiety into lyrics. Although writing helped ease the agony of adolescence, much of the comfort he received came from the spiritual direction he gained through active involvement in church. Solomon diligently sought to have a relationship with God at a young age and came to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior following a powerful conversion experience at the age of fifteen. This experience increased his desire to share the message of Christ with his peers. However, as leader of his church’s Youth Group, Solomon realized the difficulty of sharing the Gospel with teens who faced the hardships of an urban environment. Confronted with this bitter reality, Solomon abandoned the Church after graduating High School in order to seek understanding in other places. His journey snatched him from the chaotic streets of Washington Heights and introduced him to the peaceful neighborh...more...