Dating muslims america
I have a sense that something has changed in the progressive left but I am not one of these people who is going to leave the left and not be progressive anymore. What this means is that I have to get involved, I have to change hearts and minds, I have to talk to people. There's a reason we need people to be courageous in social discourse.It's so easy to fall into political tribes and tribal thinking.She was devout, and even though her parents didn’t make her, she voluntarily wore the hijab for a time.She tried to convince her Christian friends in Texas that Islam was the only true faith and that their religion couldn’t possibly be based on fact. She would get into arguments with friends who were atheist, and the more they probed into her religion, the less she believed.When I first started this back in 2013, 2014, when we were first launching as an organization, I started to get pushback in a few different ways. This is not real." They cringed at the idea that we would even want to call ourselves ex-Muslims. And some of those same people were hesitant to do that with Islam. I was surprised that some of the people who wouldn't have hesitated to do that in regard to Western religions were hesitating when it came to Islam.I got it from secularist and atheists who were concerned that we were taking too harsh an approach towards religion. In the broader left outside of the secular, atheist context, things are so much worse in that it's assumed right from the beginning that I must be a bigot, I must be right-wing, I must have some kind of war-mongering, imperialist agenda. It's gotten to the point that I take for granted that I'm not going to be accepted by the broader progressive left.Now I see my role has to be to educate people on the left on what's going on here and how we need to get back on course.What do you want Western liberals to understand about Islam?
Like the vast majority of Pakistanis, the family was Muslim, and Haider describes her parents as liberal by Muslim standards but conservative by Western standards.If we were talking about Christian conservative practices, we would not be having this conversation. I feel sure that if a fundamentalist Mormon woman was saying that she is empowered in her long skirt and bonnet or whatever, you would view that with some level of suspicion, especially people who are of the left and who are feminist. But when hijabis do the same, the response is totally different. I'm baffled by the idea that it's an “erasure” of culture.It reveals a lot about our political climate and the ideological emptiness of the left and the degree to which it is very superficial. When Muslim women talk about modesty, it's seen as this immutable characteristic, like their superstitions are a deep part of them in a way that we don't see in the West. Why is my culture defined by how horribly women are treated?It's not that I think Western liberals need to play a massive role when it comes to the conversation about Islam.It's just that I think the role they are playing now is counterproductive, at best. It's making progress in this religious communities more difficult and adding onto these harms that people in the Muslim world already go through.