Impromptu Interfaith Solidarity Readathing
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i'm all for an Interfaith Solidarity ReadaThing! i think it is perfectly timed. thanks for the great idea gocubsgo. now i just need to figure out which moving box my religious texts are packed in....
In other words, I'm in.
or this one:
I've lent or given away all of my books on Islam... need to find more... as if I need more books.
If I could find a book on Islam that is like the first book here on Jewish Spirituality & Practices I'd be in good shape!
This seems like a good spot to plug another book-related event happening in response to this absurd bonfire: Saturday is also "International Buy A Qu'ran Day" - http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=150688798285997
(As an aside, where I come from, Terry Jones is a name associated with Monty Python. Ironic, then, that the latest Terry Jones is the leader of a faith community - now that's what I really call a joke!)
I particularly liked the video posted at the FB International Read a Book Day page:
Still trying to decide what I will read . . .
A friend has recommended Mother of the Believers: A Novel of the Birth of Islam by Kamran Pasha. If I can find that one by Saturday, I may start it then.
Also just remembered that I recently bought a copy of Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi . . . that seems pretty appropriate as well.
Finally, I notice that I'm straying a bit from my original "read about religion" theme . . . so I would encourage others to follow the spirit of the event rather than my original lame attempt to describe what we might read . . .
I'm of two minds about responding to this jerk. We'd all have been better off ignoring him in the first place. This is a nation of 300 million people--someone's trying to get people to notice something hateful they're doing every minute of the day. (This topic came up before on LT when the "God Hates Fags" people threatened to protest at my son's school.) Still, ignoring is no longer an option, and I understand why people want to respond in an affirmative way.
tried to ignore it as long as I could . . .
then decided I do believe in fighting evil with good :)
but will definitely make every effort to ignore all media coverage of the event
I'm hoping* the media glommed on to this blip of a protest to help us learn a lesson on how to react/mourn/demonstrate our feelings for next year's 10th anniversary, when I'm sure we'll be thinking about the 2001 date more than some previous years.
*I'm an optimist, and also sarcastic. It's a good combo.
I'm going over to the local library & get a better book than my choice here. I'm going to grab (& check out) a book on Islam & read publicly someplace...
I'll report back here... as we usually do when we have a ReadaThing Readathon.
edited to add: we don't have to state that this is a protest, but just that it is just what the title of this thread is... an Impromptu Interfaith Solidarity Readathon for 9/11!
A year or two ago, we had a similar debate in the UK when Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party (a very far-right political party, which supports the deportation of all non-whites "back to where they came from") was invited to appear on a primetime political panel TV show; he did appear, and was made to look a complete fool. Job done. Nobody could claim that he spoke coherently, or that his arguments were at all compelling. Of course, the lunatic fringe thought he was wonderful, but the general consensus was that the BBC had been right to bring him into the public arena, just so that a few of his more mainstream colleagues could destroy his arguments. Since then, he's been banned from a Buckingham Palace garden party and his party fared pretty badly in the recent elections, thank goodness.
Have to go to the public library tonight and will look there for something interesting and failing that, I shall dig through my personal library for some fiction where a real-world religion plays a part - like The Nine Billion Names of God, or A Case of Conscience, or Good Omens. Or a book that has been blacklisted by some religion - fairly sure I have a few of those.
Love the idea of doing this reading in public, but given the week I've had will probably hide in my house instead.
And yes, let's all post here what/when/where we actually read on Saturday . . . unless someone else wants to set up a Wiki (I'm hopeless with Wikis :)
Glad to see ALL the nuts aren't in Florida. I tend to get a bit embarrassed about my poor state being held up for ridicule so often, sigh.
it is nice, however, to see small efforts like this one crop up in reaction to the negativity. i'm so glad to be a part of this community!
tardis 29, i wish i could find a book about Islam that was as charming as The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow.
as a Religious Studies student, i really loved The Word of Islam when i read it. anything by John Esposito should be good- a lot of my religion textbooks were written or edited by him (try What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam for a good quick reference).
i'm probably going to read a bit of various things: a little from the Qu'ran, a little bit of hadith, a little from the Upanisads...
Report here what you are reading & any of the following; where you read, how long you read, what you think about what you read, and anything else you feel is appropriate.
and the greeting for Eid al-fitr is
(I forgot which one it was, so it was easier to say Happy Eid! than say something wrong.)
Couldn't have put it better myself . . .
Also finally found a local event to cap the day . . . one of our local churches will be reading from the Qur'an at 5pm with some instruction from a teacher of world religions . . .
So thanks in advance to my virtual and real communities for helping me find positive ways to deal with disturbing realities.
When I was a kid my mother belonged to a Muslim-Christian dialog group. They met monthly in somone from teh group's home and discussed the similarities, diffrences, and just religion in the world today. It was nice to have that in the home as I was growing up. I find it nice to see initatives like that and this readathing, showes most people of all faithes (or no faiths) are accepting and interested in other religions.
Happy reading to everyone participating. I'll check in tommorrow.
ETA: My saturday reading was good. I read the sections on Hinduism on Saturday. The author is frank about his own point of view and presents lots of interesting information about Hinduism. I look forward to the rest of the book.
A few of his analogies are a bit strange, but most are helpful.
Also, their Book of the Month for September 2010 is:
Toward a true kinship of faiths by the Dalai Lama which sounds like an appropriate possibility if you can find it . . .
ETA I had more to say about it but the words just wouldn't come out right. Suffice to say, I thought the book inspiring.
Peace be unto you all. You don't need an invisible friend in the sky to do it. We're all the same and we're all there is.
It's a joke, Matt! Matt! Down Matt! Sit! Good boy.
Although, I did learn that this text was seen as canonical by several early Christian communities (and by Clement of Alexandria for instance).
>45 justjim:: Since they've had to reconstruct this book from one Greek and one Ethiopian copy (apparently), I guess it mostly did get burned in late antiquity.
p.s.: will probably read some more later today.
"The Prophet said, "Allah has accepted my invocation to forgive what whispers in the hearts of my followers, unless they put it to action or utter it." (See Hadith No. 657 Vol. 8)"
So far I've read sections in:
Abraham by Bruce Feiler
Inviting God In by Rabbi David Aaron
What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism by Robert Schoen
I definitely recommend the first two, but didn't get much out of the third.
Now on to Islam and Ramadan . . .
good book. good explanations...
now I have some questions for my Muslim friends... clarification, etc.
Just the way a small book on Christianity doesn't describe all Christian beliefs, I'm sure this doesn't cover all Islamic beliefs.
I couldn't have participated in the Impromptu Interfaith Solidarity Readathing anyway. We were having a pool party on Saturday. I left out The 9/11 Report: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States which people browsed through.