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text 2014-09-10 07:55
Make Yourself a Little Less Ignorant
The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists - Khaled Abou El Fadl
Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism - Omid Safi
Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations - Michael A. Sells
Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad - William R. Polk

So, by now, some of you have heard about the whole fiasco with Christy "Huh, Huh, Goats Sound Just Like Muslims" Parks. 


Well, here are a few books to illuminate just how freaking ignorant Parks is--and to give you an even better understanding of Islam, especially if you want to speak out against her racist shit. 


The Great Theft by Khaled Abou El Fadl goes into great detail on how extremist Islam gained the power it did (hint: white western people were involved) and why it's so difficult to penetrate the erroneous narrative that all Muslims are violent. 


Progressive Muslims by Omid Safi et. al. is a wonderful collection of essays from various Muslims, male and female both, often from different sects and even from different countries. It covers a very wide range of topics and deals in things like LGBTQ+ and women's rights, and explains a bit about what the Qur'an really says on these matters (hint: just like the Bible, it doesn't say what some people think it says).


Approaching the Qur'an by Michael Sells is valuable for the non-Arabic speaking Westerner, as it gives some insights into the Qur'an and what it actually states. It's important to note that finding a trustworthy English translation of the Qur'an can be a tricky proposition, so always beware of Islamophobes who insist they've read it. 


Bonus! Understanding Iran by William R. Polk is a very useful book for expanding your understanding of the ways in which white Westerners have seriously fucked with Islam and countries that practice it. 

Caution: Do not read if you're simply unable to ever accept the idea that white people could ever do anything wrong. You're probably a lost cause anyway.

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text 2014-09-10 03:55
Author CL Parks (Christy Parks) Makes Racist Joke and Then Attack Critics
She Who Hunts - C.L. Parks
A Repeating Life - C.L. Parks

Author CL Parks posted a racist joke video on her Facebook account (Christy Parks) on September 7th. The video compares an Arab man to a goat. 



Blogger @has_bookpushers, of The Book Pushers blog (http://www.thebookpushers.com/), tweeted about the post today (Sept 9th) calling it out as racist. 



Parks responded with of tweets by the author claiming the video was a joke and not racist. To back up her claims she tweeted an image of journalist James Foley being beheaded. She also posted the video on her Twitter to demonstrate that @has_bookpushers claims it is racist were false. 





(Please note: This is the tweet where she includes the image of Foley's beheading. Clicking on the image of the tweet will take you to the tweet and the image.)


Parks also claimed that she was morning someone lost in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. 



Her husband and a few other accounts joined in the tweet attack against @has_bookpushers and her other supporters.



Parks also posted on her Facebook about being "attacked" on Twitter over the video and invited her followers to join the conversation.




For her antics, Parks has been blacklisted by @dearauthor. 

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