What’s Sauce For The Goose…

A few weeks back an organization called the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (Tapps) told Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish school, that its team could either play its state semi-final game on Shabbat or it could forfeit.

Despite pleas from the mayor of Houston and NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy – coupled with a willingness by other teams to re-schedule – Tapps stood firm.  Only under threat of a lawsuit did it rescind the decision. Continue reading

Sharia Hysteria And Unintended Consequences

In their continuing effort to make false distinctions among fundamentalist Islam, Christianity and Judaism, lawmakers here in Florida have crafted a law intended to block the rapid (imaginary) spread of Sharia law in America.  Unfortunately for them, it will also affect the application of Jewish halakha in certain cases (from the Forward): Continue reading

Some Thoughts About Islam (And The Israeli-Arab Conflict)

These days, it seems that most critiques of the Islamic world come from American and European wingnuts.  Pamela Geller literally makes my skin crawl with her imbecilic bombast about a Sharia takeover of the U.S. and the dangers of a mosque near Ground Zero.  David Horowitz hypocritically names his anti-Islamic organization “The Freedom Center” while he endorses a U.S. constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.  And don’t get me started on the fundamentalist Christian right and their ongoing religious war with Islam.  Up until now it is these folks and their knuckle-dragging followers who have shouted the loudest about the problems with Islam. Continue reading

And They’re Off! The Race To Bait American Muslims

The only thing more pathetic than listening to the Republican candidates try to top each other on who’s more Christian is listening to them talk about Islam.

I didn’t watch the debate the other night because I’d rather drink a gallon of Drano than spend two seconds with these people on my television set.  I did hear some of the lowlights.  Take for example Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain (via CNN’s site): Continue reading