Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 18, 2010

Islamic Center developer won’t back down

Filed under: Islam — louisproyect @ 1:31 pm


  1. There is a short sweet little book I read during my free time at school entitled “Islam in a Nutshell”. It’s basically a crash course in the main beliefs of Islam as well as some descriptions of various sects and forms of Islamic law. It would do well for every American and Westerner in general to read this. It’s not long, either just under or over 100 pages, and should dispel any irrational fear of Muslims infecting the minds of otherwise rational people.
    As far as a Marxist stance on Islam, does it promote some backwardness, yes. Stances against homosexuality and hardline stances against women are a real problem for many who practice Islam. But it is our duty to stand up with the oppressed even if they aren’t perfect. Judaism and Christianity, apart from their reactionary fundamentalist wings have made great strides in recognizing the rights of women and gays, and Islam as well, has a long tradition of dissident and progressive tendencies which continue to this day. Ideally, the day will come when a vast majority will leave religion as we know it today behind and focus on more terrestrial problems. But billions of religious people can’t be expected to abandon their world views overnight. As Marxists are job in this regard is simply to espouse reason and oppose discrimination and hope that it catches on.

    Comment by Rob — August 18, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Can we get some things straight?

    First, it’s not a mosque, but a community center. Non-Muslims are not allowed in mosques, but they can enter community centers.

    Second, it’s not at Ground Zero, but two blocks away. Would the bigots be happy if it was five blocks away, ten blocks, etc? What’s the criteria.

    Third, whatever your views about religion, and Islam in particular, the group behind the “ground zero mosque” are moderates, not violent, fanatical jihadis the bigots make them out to be.

    Comment by niraj — August 18, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

  3. They can’t back down. If they did they would be pandering to the myth that Islam = terror. This is another form of backwardness that needs challenging just as much as religion. It is anti historic and materialist. It doesn’t stop to think why conflict takes place, other than with the most superficial prejudices.

    Comment by Steve — August 18, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  4. Good for them.

    Comment by John B. — August 19, 2010 @ 12:00 am

  5. as a Muslim Anarchist, I oppose Islam as an organized religion, but I support Muslims’ rights to build a mosque. It’s in the goddamned Constitution. I’m with Park 51 all the way.

    Comment by Jihad Punk 77 — August 27, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

  6. […] I missed this at the time as I was on holiday. Courtesy of Louis Proyect […]

    Pingback by SOCIALIST UNITY » THE CASE FOR PARK 51 COMMUNITY CENTRE - NO BACKING DOWN — August 29, 2010 @ 8:08 am

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