Saturday, July 5, 2008

Shared Problems, Different Views: Are the East and West So Different?

"We speak different languages; We come from different cultures;We keep different traditions.
No matter who you are or where you are, You are not responsible for the past,
But you are responsible for the future."

In The Trouble with Islam Today, Irshad Manji notes that Muslim families bring up their children to believe Islam is the most beautiful way of life—morally, socially and spiritually.

Meanwhile, Joel Brinkley writes about how Saudi religious authorities directed the execution of two Saudi journalists for suggesting religions other than Islam are worthy of respect. Why? The Koran demands respect of all religions and prophets.

Chairman Mohamed Sini of the Trust for Islam and Citizenship says he respects freedom of speech, all the while slamming Ayaan Hirsi Ali for speaking in defense of Muslim women's rights and considers her motives to address such issues as 'pure provocation'.

While Muslim women desire equal treatment, they're not interested in complete adoption of Western values or morals. In "Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think" majorities in most countries surveyed believe men and women should have the same legal rights: Iran at 89 percent agreement; Egypt at 74 percent and Saudi Arabia at a high 73 percent.

For the rest of the story, click here. Your comments are invited, always.

WWF ad

This creative WWF print ad follows a previously featured global warming awareness campaign that used mutated humans as a warning of the dangers of global warming.

The ad, which was created by Germaine ad agency, similarly shows that we need to stop climate change before it changes us. A man is shown with a fish head as a sign of reverse evolution that might occur if the climate change and ice melting continue at the current alarming rate.

While the first campaign was kind of sexy (at least to me), this man with a fish head is totally creepy and should work as a motivation for us all to double our efforts to protect our planet.
The 2008 campaign was created by Germainead agency, Antwerp, Belgium.

Day Opening - June 5


Fado singer Debora Rodrigues