In this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, an Iranian Jewish man, prays at the tomb of biblical prophet Daniel, in the city of Susa, some 450 miles ( 750 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. All but lost amid the heated talk about a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s suspect nuclear program are the thousands of Jews who live in the Islamic Republic and could be caught in the middle.
Aside from Israel, Iran is home to the largest population of Jews in the Middle East, with over 25,000 Jews residing in the country.
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Obama has been consistent in his refusal to confront the racism unleashed by his his candidacy and subsequent election that came atop post-9/11 Muslim-bashing and dehumanization of people of color inherent in warmongering abroad. […] In 2010, when he traveled to India, Obama refused to visit the main shrine of Sikhism, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, because he did not want to be photographed wearing a Sikh headcovering and be confused for a Muslim by illiterate Americans back home. […] His reponse to accusations that he’s Muslim is never ‘so what if I were?’ but always along the lines of “No, no I’m a Christian like you.
One of the dead, Prakash Singh, was a priest who recently immigrated to the United States with his wife and two young children, said Justice Singh Khalsa, a temple member since the 1990s.
Relatives of Kaleka, the president of the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, said Monday that he was killed fighting the attacker.
“From what we understand, he basically fought to the very end and suffered gunshot wounds while trying to take down the gunman,” said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, his nephew.
“He was a protector of his own people, just an incredible individual who showed his love and passion for our people, our faith, to the end,” the nephew said, near tears. “He was definitely one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever seen, one of the happiest people in the world.
#I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE SIKH MEN AND WOMAN WHOSE LIVES WERE STOLEN FROM THEM #I WANT THEIR NAMES TO BE EVERYWHERE #NOT THE GUNMAN’S #I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE GUNMAN’S COLLEGE DEGREE OR HIS BACKGROUND OR HIS GIRLFRIEND TROUBLES #THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE FOCUS HERE
In Alabama, a church sees its Latino brethren vanish: Since the state passed its tough immigration law, many are moving elsewhere. At one Southern Baptist church, white members struggle to reconcile their support for the measure with compassion for their fellow Christians.
In an hour, the sanctuary would fill with the church’s white members, nearly all of them conservatives and most supporters of Republican Gov. Robert J. Bentley, the Southern Baptist deacon who championed the law as the nation’s toughest after signing it in September.
For more than a decade, however, the white Southern Baptists in this small country church have opened their doors, wallets and hearts to a group of Latino strangers who appeared among them suddenly one Sunday, desperate for a place to pray.
They hired a bilingual pastor, launched a countywide “Hispanic mission,” and let their children play side by side with the newcomers’ kids on field trips and in summer camps. They knew or suspected that many of them were here illegally.
This is fascinating.
Photo: Pastor Randy Billingsley sits with children for a short story as part of the English service at Riverside Heights Baptist Church in Tallassee, Ala. Latino families attend a Spanish-language service in another room. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
Professional Torah restorer Mehrdad Sassany works on the restoration of a 100 to 120-year-old Torah, first hand written in Baghdad on cow leather, at Iran’s Jewish Association in Tehran, March 1, 2012. Iran’s 25,000 strong Jewish community is represented by one member of parliament as guaranteed by the constitution. The country’s parliamentary elections will take place on Friday. (Reuters)
and if so, is that why people were so mean to him?
FIFA has barred the Iranian woman’s soccer team from an Olympic qualifying match. The Reason? Wearing the hijab.
The World interviewed Elham Seyed, creator of ResportOn, a garment that is both athletic and respectful of Islamic dress code. It’s currently being used by Women’s teams in Canada and Europe.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) had a rule similar to FIFA’s, citing safety concerns about loose clothing. Elham’s design proved to be the answer, when in 2009 the WTF allowed woman wearing the hijab to compete.
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The Hijab Gets a Makeover (Story of Vela Scarves)
The veil, or Hijab, with which some Muslim women cover themselves, has been a matter of controversy in the West. Two sisters in Orange County, California are trying to change that. They see it as a fashion accessory. Marwa Atik and Tasneem Sabri are the heads of this small, but growing company Vela Scarves.
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