Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The first armband!

Well, I did wear the armband to Fenway.  Many thanks to my wife, without whom this would not actually have happened.

Somewhat the worse for wear at the end of the day, but you get the idea.

There was a long line for blood donations, so I was there for about two hours.  No one said a word to me about it.  But I'm guessing some people did notice it, and thought about it.

I heard a chunk of Tom Ashbrook's On Point today, which was a show on Islam in America.  It included a good discussion on the diversity of opinions and beliefs among muslims in the US and around the world.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Does the 9/11 Qur'an-burning make you sick? Here's something we can DO!

7pm Thurs 9/9 update: So the media are reporting that the Qur'an burnings are off (this may link to the Times article, or not, due to some "issues" at nytimes.com), though the pastor in question has made a questionable claim that he obtained an agreement to move the mosque.  I'm still planning to wear my armband, and I hope other folks will, too.  This is a lot bigger than one guy in Florida.
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So despite Gen. Petraeus's pleas, the Florida "pastor" says he will go ahead with his planned burning of the Qur'an on September 11th.  But somehow allowing a moderate Muslim to erect a community center near ground zero is a "desecration"?  I never expected that Michael Bloomberg would show up on my list of American heros, but I'm glad someone is showing up.