There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Sign Kutibh’s Petition
Started by: Kutibh, Burlington, Vermont
For a family to be denied service and be forcibly locked out of a restaurant in the 21st century because of their faith is not only unacceptable, but harmful to the fabric of our society and a flagrant hate-crime.
“Mohammad Husain and his wife were looking for a bite to eat and a nice place to relax when they stopped in last month at a Shreveport, La. Subway owned by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA). But that visit soon turned turbulent, Husain told TPM recently, when he found himself locked out of the Subway franchise and his wife locked inside with an employee telling them they were not welcome there because they were Muslim.” - TPM
It is unacceptable to see this type of discrimination committed against two innocent Americans trying to have a typical family meal at a Subway. Even more inexcusable is Subway’s unwillingness to investigate the hate-crime. The Shreveport Police Department also has yet to return calls to investigate the situation even after Mohammad Husain had called 911 after his wife was locked inside the restaurant. Instead, he was patted down and searched by the officer as if he was a suspected terrorist. We demand that both Subway and the Shreveport Police Department as well as Rep. John Fleming who own’s this Subway franchise investigate the incident and issue respective reprimands to the employees involved.
1. Please sign the petition to send a message that this is unacceptable behavior from their employees, and to demand that an investigation be started
2. File a Complaint with Subway by calling 800-888-4848
3. Demand the Shreveport Police Department begin an investigation by calling (318) 673-7300
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In which a reporter travels to “Muslim Bosnia” (said for dramatic effect).
Has a guide named “Elvis,” discovers a bunch of totally average white teenagers who drink, party, listen to rock and roll and attend prayers one day on the weekend. A few religious extremists in the rural north who suffer from paranoia.
Just like America.
Rinse and repeat.
Muslims are terrorists? No fuck you.
The real terrorists don’t hide in caves, hate American “freedoms”, or shout Allah Akbar as they fly planes into buildings. No, the real terrorists wear $5000 suits, control the media, the government, the school systems, command the military, and kill millions of citizens every year in the name of resources and profit.
But yes, this.
I love you.
Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
Treatment of Cowpox
3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)
Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.
- Mariner’s Compass
- Soft drinks
- Plastic surgery
- Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.
It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.
It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.
It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.
It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.
It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.
It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey
It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.
It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.
The list goes on………..
Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!
Suddenly humanity seems much more beautiful right now.
TW for racism, harassment. Racist policemen doing the harassment.
Walking around Covent Garden last Tuesday, I found myself nearly knocked over by a speeding police car with no sirens or lights down a small street. I thought it was strange: such hurry and no warning system.
As I reached Tesco in Covent Garden, I saw six heavily armed police officers surrounding some-one. I walked past and saw a small, middle aged, Indian man. He was holding a white charity bucket in one hand. Two police officers were standing behind him telling him not to move and to spread his legs; they were going to search him. Another two officers were taking all his belongings out of his small beige rucksack and reading every piece of paper and asking him about its contents. At the same time another officer was asking him who he was, what his name was and why he was behaving suspiciously. Someone else was going through his wallet. The man spoke broken English and he did not seem to quite understand what was going on. He kept saying he was collecting money for charity and you could see from his body language and the way he was looking at them that he was stunned and very scared.
These men were tall, heavily built, all Caucasian, talking loudly, moving him around physically, going through his things and saying he had been reported for suspicious behaviour. Someone, they said, had seen him collecting money for charity outside Covent Garden station and had called the police saying they had seen a terrorist. You could feel the adrenalin rising in these men as they went through his bag and I remembered the terrible outcome with Jean Charles de Menezes six years ago.
If a Caucasian man or woman had been standing outside Covent Garden station with a charity bucket and a rucksack would someone have rung the police reporting a ‘possible terrorist’? Do people go around calling the police every time they see a Big Issue seller? Or one of those chuggers? They look more threatening half the time than this small framed middle-aged man. But then, Jean Charles had no padded jacket on and did not jump over any tube barriers, as was first alleged. He was not even carrying the dreaded rucksack. But he was the wrong colour. The colour of a terrorist.
They spotted me watching and I felt myself get worked up. I wanted to cause a scene. To let people know what was going on here. I said ‘Racists’ out loud. They heard me and none of the armed men could look at me in the eye. But an Asian bobby who had turned up couldn’t stop eyeballing me. I stared right back.
After reading all his personal papers, and telling him they thought he could be a terrorist, they had to admit they had found nothing. They formed a ring around him. They could see me watching, so they blocked my view. The biggest of them was laughing and asking where he should go next? ‘To the next brown man’, I suggested. He ignored me. People walked by but no one could see what was happening because they had ringed him in. It was clear now that he was not carrying a bomb- so now they formed a tighter ring around him- to hide what? The fact that they had been searching a man based on the colour of his skin, perhaps?
After half an hour the armed police officers left. Two plain clothes were left taking his details and the Asian bobby kept eye balling me. I had nothing to hide. I eyeballed him back. Eventually they walked away and the man was left crouching in the street putting his things away. I went up to him and put my hand on his shoulder. Asked him if he was fine. I did not want to scare him. I told him I had seen what had happened. He seemed wary and said yes he was fine. I said I would have been scared, I was scared because of how many men there were. And his eyes started to fill with tears and he said yes he was scared but he was okay. He asked me my name and where I was from. He said he did not understand why he had been stopped. I told him it was because he was carrying a rucksack, he did not understand what that word meant, and because he was brown. He understood that with resignation.
Just as I was asking him if he needed anything the Asian bobby turned up again. They had been sitting in the police car watching me. He looked down at where I was crouched with the man and asked me if I was okay. I said ‘yes thank you fine’. He would not move. He looked at my brown paper bag from the teashop in Neal Street. There was a terracotta tea pot in there and some jasmine tea. I told him I did not have a bomb and would he like to arrest me for being brown too. He said nothing. I said I am having a private conversation please would you go away. He said I heard you called us ‘racists’ and I wanted to explain that we are not and I am Asian as well. Good for you, I said. You stopped this man because of the colour of his skin. He started to say no and get quite pushy. Provocative, I would call it. I was not going to be riled. I told him I was exercising my human right to have a private conversation, he was disturbing this, he had no legal right to stop me from speaking to someone and to go away. He would not go away. He said he wanted to explain to me why they had stopped this man. Perhaps he thought I was from the press. Perhaps he thought this would go further. I turned my back on the bobby and finished my conversation with the man. I wandered dazed and upset into Tesco to get away from the meddling bobby, who would not even let me extend some generosity to the man they had just harassed.
After aimlessly moving through chillier cabinets and food aisles, I went to leave and there he was, resilient, by the entrance, with his white charity bucket. He was not making any noise. Just silently standing there with his bucket collecting for charity. We spoke some more. He seemed stunned but he thanked me for being kind to him.
This incident is a sharp reminder of what the so-called ‘war on terror’ has done to us. Take this incident and change a few variables. The man had a beard and was wearing Muslim dress. The man was younger, resented being stopped, and resisted the police. The man had no papers to prove who he was. The man didn’t speak any English. The man had a Koran on him and anti-war literature. The man knew people who wanted to teach him a lesson for annoying his neighbours, and who reported on him. All these and you are one step closer, perhaps, to cases like those of Baber Ahmad and Shaker Aamer, who is still languishing in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Wrong place, wrong time, and most definitely the wrong colour.
Really worthwhile read.
Muslims Plan 9/11 Memorial Protest
Muslim groups are planning on disrupting the moment of silence outside the US Embassy in London on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.
Okay, let’s start correcting you right here.
It’s “group”, not groups.
The main stream media won’t tell you or show you that. Since Islam is a religion of peace, right? That is the message that’s been brainwashed into Americans. I never bought it and I am pretty sure the non-liberal Americans never bought it either. Everyone is just too Politically Correct to say anything. Wouldn’t want to insult your liberal friends now, would you? Too afraid of offending the Muslim people?
There are a “lot” of people who agree with you.
They tend to speak against “all” muslims, regardless of who they are as individuals.
You see, the media makes it seem like it’s bad to be a conservative and that conservatives are in the minority.
In theory, being conservative isn’t bad, if you’re striving to conserve good things… but that’s not always the case.
They attempt to paint Christianity as a moronic cult.
Actually, a lot of Christians do seem like mindless cultists in their following of the word of groups like focus on the family and other “hate” groups.
Also, how are you not doing what you accuse them of??
Want to be judged as a human being and an individual for “your” actions and not be presumed to be, well, just like the Norwegian, white, Christian terrorist? How ‘bout you extend the same curtsy to others around you, regardless of their colour or creed.
They attempt to make white conservatives look like racists.
Maybe, but you know what, all the racists I’ve ran into in my lifetime were white, Christian and conservative.
‘Course,… that’s hardly science, but… There is a trend.
When in actuality, all conservatives want is to protect our country, freedom and constitution.
Two words: Patriot act.
I was going to say, lets see these groups come protest in NYC on 9/11…but sadly, I don’t think anyone would have the courage to stand up to them.
And, you know what…
This is an “extremist” group.
With very few members.
That those muslims that I know and have commented on their existence tends to go “ugh” in response.
I mean, you yelling ‘bout them and using them to judge all muslims is a little bit like if I were to yell about Westboro Baptist Church and start judging all of christianity for the actions of Westboro Baptist Church.
“After a Harlem street rally, one of these downtown ‘leaders’ and I were talking when we were approached by a Harlem hustler. To my knowledge I’d never seen this hustler before; he said to me, approximately: ‘Hey, baby! I dig you holding this all-originals scene at the track…I’m going to lay a vine under the Jew’s balls for a dime—got to give you a play…Got the shorts out here trying to scuffle up on some bread…Well, my man, I’ll get one, got to go peck a little, and cop me some z’s—’ And the hustler went up on Seventh Avenue.
I would have given it another thought, except that this downtown ‘leader’ was standing staring after that hustler, looking as if he’d just heard Sanskrit. He asked me what had been said, and I told him. The hustler had said he was aware that the Muslims were holding an all-black bazaar at Rockland Palace, which is primarily a dancehall. The hustler intended to pawn a suit for ten dollars to attend and patronize the bazaar. He had very little money but he was trying hard to make some. He was going to eat, then he would get some sleep.
The point that I am making is that, as a ‘leader,’ I could talk over the ABC, CBS, or NBC microphones, at Harvard or at Tuskegee; I could talk with the so-called ‘middle class’ Negro and with the ghetto blacks (whom all the other leaders just talked about). And because I had been a hustler, I knew better than all whites knew, and better than nearly all of the black ‘leaders’ knew, that actually the most dangerous black man in America was the ghetto hustler.”
-The Autobiography of Malcolm X