They asked what part of Afghanistan my family was originally from and I said my father’s family was from Kabul's Karte Seh district and before that Bagh-e-Nawab and my mother’s family was from Kabul's Shash Darak district. They introduced themselves as “Altashayow,” which is the Afghan way of saying Shi’a and said they were from Kabul's Afshar district.
The son had just gotten out of Islamic studies but was more exited to talk with his mother about his desire to go to Law School and dreamed about becoming a Senator. His mother insisted he was confused and that Allah wanted her to be a schoolteacher and that politics was for dirty people. When I said we should allow our children to pursue their passions, she said, "He is too young and will change his mind when he grows up." When I said some politicians stand for good in the world and that King Amanullah was a noble Afghan figure, she repulsively said, "Amanullah Khan encouraged the unveiling of women, he was sinful man."
I told her that Amanullah Khan wanted to unite Sunni, Shi'a, apostate, and infidel Afghans under a secular system and that armed jihad and sharia law is far worse than women showing their face and hair. The woman said I was confused and that Shia Islam was the perfect Islam. When I told her about the horrors against women and minorities in the Shi'a state of Iran emphasizing the killing of homosexuals, she said that was all propaganda. I told her I was against stoning for pre-marital sex and the beheading of apostates. The mother went on a rant about Shia traditions. As my eyes glazed over and the bus arrived, I looked at them and said, “Prophet Muhammad is not a good role model. Do you know Aisha was married at age 6 or 7 and raped at age 9? Do you know that Islam permits pedophilia but kills gays and atheists and treats women and girls as inferior?”
The son chimed in, and protected the image of Islam, by saying, “Aisha was 25 when she got married.”
As we left the bench and boarded the bus, the mother looked back at me and said, “You need to educate yourself" even though I explained to her my sources. During the bus ride, I noticed the mother glance at me a few times. When they got off at their stop the son didn’t even look at me. I said farewell to the mother and she reciprocated in kind and wished me a good day.
I felt so saddened for my fellow compatriots and humans. They were both so brainwashed. I wanted to give them both a hug and tell them the truth that we humans descended from monkeys, and probably fish before that, and if we're alive long enough, we'll see the day our species evolve to self-programming computers or full-fledged cyborgs.
Nonetheless, I’m glad I intervened. Maybe someday, they will open their mind to reason and ditch the revelation. Real freedom is beautiful. Feel the sensation.
This case is not unusual since one of the biggest fronts to public misconduct in the United States is when Republicans who’ve blocked each every effort by LGBTI Americans to be treated equally under the law, have been in the forefront of promoting anti-gay legislation to discriminate LGBTI persons.
The corruption, crime, and hypocrisy of Republicans is best exemplified when the very same right-wing politicians like Bob Allen, Bruce Barclay, Larry Craig, Richard Curtis, Jim Fowley, David Dreier, Troy King, Glenn Murphy Jr., Edward Schrock, Troy King, Steve Wiles and so many others publically preached about family values and Jesus Christ and condemned homosexuality but were themselves caught in private having sex with underage boys, soliciting sex with boys and men on Craig’s List, Grindr or in public bathrooms, partying at gay nightclubs, hiring male prostitutes and/or secretly dating/living with gay men.
Thanks to the generational efforts of investigative journalists and law enforcement exposing these crimes and the tenacity of LGBTI activists and gay-friendly Democratic politicians, the majority of Americans now support LGBTI rights and gay marriage. Yet, the very same Republicans who've blocked LGBTI rights all along here in the United States, now complain why LGBT organizations, like the (HRC) Human Rights Campaign, [now considered one of the country’s most power lobbying groups on par with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the NRA (National Rifle Association)], is not doing enough about LGBT rights in the Muslim World. This to me is one of the greatest deceits and dishonesties of Republicans when they continue to deny civil liberties of LGBTI Americans but cry about the denial of human rights of LGBTI people in the Muslim World. The fact of the matter is that the HRC and other LGBTI partner organizations are doing a lot more about LGBTI rights internationally while the Republicans, even the Log Cabins (the clique group of gay Republicans) have nothing good to show for in advancing LGBTI equality anywhere in the planet.
Once the HRC and other LGBTI groups achieve full economic, political, social, and personal rights for LGBTI Americans, I bet you money they will work towards empowering LGBTI people everywhere in their struggle to become free and equal.
In the meantime Republicans will continue to do nothing about human rights or civil liberties. I’m glad Republicans, their cruel God, and their homophobia is becoming an endangered species. There is no room for bigotry in America. Now, that the tide has turned and LGBTI Americans and our heterosexual allies have won the cultural war over gay politics, I hope that the Republicans will apologize for all the grief they have caused and will cease and desist their hostility by fully supporting the dignity of all people regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. If not, you will recede in history as an outcast for lumping yourself with Islamists and Jihadis in your continued persecution of LGBTI people.
#BrownLivesMatter #AtheistRights #LGBTRights #WomensRights
#SoyColombiano #GayIsGood #LGBTIRights #LoveWins
Since Hillary Clinton only needs 490 delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination and half of the remaining 1692 delegates are in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland—all diverse states with sizable minorities favoring Clinton—I trust she will go on and compete against Donald Trump in the general election.
For those who are undecided let me break it down for you. Would you rather have a bleeding-heart liberal (a children's advocate, staunch feminist, and gay icon who always talks about lifting everyone up), a first-rate Senator and Statesman, and a pro-science backer or a hobgoblin (supported mainly by Bible thumpers and Tea Partyers) whose spiteful rhetoric marginalizes the working class and underclass, arouses violence at rallies, and helps ISIS and other terrorist organizations gain new recruits?
Based on empiricism and judgment, I know who I'm voting for. #ImWithHer
In this wedge issue, I support Israel for logical reasons. Israel is the bulwark nation in the fight against Islam(ism) and the gates of western civilization begins in Jerusalem. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East that has freedom of belief, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech; where Jews, Bahai’s, Christians, Druze, Muslims, atheists, gays, women, and other minorities have refuge and are equally protected under the law and where over a million Arab Israelis live better off than their counterparts across the Arab World. Science and secularism are things that are cherished in Israel but do not exist in Gaza and the West Bank and can never be implemented in territories governed by sharia.
So I can’t tell you how perturbed by Bernie Sanders ignorance and naiveté about the dynamics at play in this regional conflict between Zionism vs. Islam.
In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Sanders arguably made the most defamatory factual error when he called Israel’s actions during the 2014 war in Gaza “disproportionate,” and inaccurately said that more than 10,000 innocent people were killed when, in fact, 2,100 Gazans were killed in the Gaza war, half of which were terrorist and the other half civilians women and children used by Hamas as human shields or other Gazans who ignored Israeli military’s warnings to evacuate battlegrounds.
How does Sanders think he can wave his magic wand and bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians when Iran and Israel’s Arab neighbors:
-Refuse to normalize relations with Israel
-Transfer arms to Palestinians to use in their attacks on Israel
-Radicalize Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank
-Use Palestinians as pawns in a proxy war against Israel.
How is Sanders going to get Hamas, the democratically elected leaders of Gaza, (which have openly declared in their charter that they wish to Israel and kill Jews everywhere) to negotiate a peace deal with Israel?
I’m sorry to inform all of the BernieBros and other vocal Sanders supporters who’ve aligned themselves with the #FreePalestine and the #BDS (Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel) campaigns. Free Palestine is a code word for death to Israel and the focus on the BDS campaign (which hurts the economy of the West Bank so dependent on trade with Israel) and the complete ignoring of sharia violence and jihadi terrorism across the Muslim World that breeds anti-Semitism, makes it’s obvious Sanders is wrong both intellectually and morally even if his intentions are well-meaning.
Most Americans, democrat and republican, sympathize with Israel. Numbers wise there are more Zionists in the United States than in Israel or any other country in the world. So even if a fraction of Judenrat Jews betray Israel and surrender to the will of Marxist Islamists, we have plenty of Christian Zionists, Log Cabin Zionists, Neocon Zionists and the up-and-coming Ex-Muslim Zionists, (East) Indian Zionists, New Atheist Zionists and Stonewall Zionists to not only make up for the loss but actually grow America’s unshakeable commitment with the State of Israel.
There can and should be peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors. I believe Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic approach is more realistic and viable. This is yet another reason why #ImWithHer.
In his posts, Samad promoted women's rights, was critical of the intolerance by radical Islamists, and just the day before his death he complained about the growing lawlessness in the country caused by the militancy of Islam.
The terrorist group Ansarullah Bangla Team and other Al Qaeda affiliates have made a hit list of 84 people some of whom are now murdered. Samad was apparently not on this particular list. Despite all this bigotry and violence towards atheists/secularists in the Muslim world, moderate Muslim apologists and their Regressive Left allies in the West defend sharia and have nothing to say about the worst human rights violations of our time. How can moderate Muslims complain about growing Islamophobia in the West when mob violence and terrorism driven by anti-Semitism, atheistphobia, homophobia, infidelphobia, and misogyny that is justified by Islam is the reason for Islamophobia in the first place?
If Muslims want people to tolerate the faith they worship then they have to speak against the violent political ideology within Islam and promote secular liberalism so Muslims, ex-Muslims, and non-Muslims can live in harmony. Otherwise you are treacherous and have no standing when you complain about Islamophobia.
Over the last few centuries, atheists, gays, Jews, women and people of color fought for civil liberties in Christiandom by promoting secular liberalism with non-violent protest and the power of their words. Islamdom, however, refuses to live and let live. Across the Muslim World, followers of Prophet Muhammad use violence to demonstrate their faith and when women and minorities speak up to claim their human right, they are routinely tortured and killed. This is why sharia has no place in our world.
- American University of AfghanistanProfessor of Political Science, 2012 - 2013Taught courses in International Relations, International Political Economy, and History of Afghanistna
- American Broadcasting CompanyProduction Assistant, 2011 - 2011Worked on Nightline Show. Assisted producers and anchors with production needs
- CNNProduction Intern, 2010 - 2010Worked on the Fareed Zakaria Show. Assisted producers with logging and video research and monitored website content.
- United Nations ChronicleEditorial Intern, 2009 - 2009
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