A group of Muslim students at UC Irvine who are seeking to wear green stoles bearing Quranic passages reading “And say, My Lord, advance me in knowledge,” and “There is no god but the One God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of the One God” during graduation have come under fire from the ADL and other Jewish organizations who are implying that the second quote, known as “the shahada” (the central statement of faith within Islam) is in turn a statement in support of “shihadis,” otherwise known as suicide bombers.
Muslim WakeUp! writes,
Over a billion Muslims in the world see this testimony of faith as the core statement of their faith. And now some irresponsible ignorant bigots in the Jewish community are trying to re-define it as a symbol of terror and suicide bombing.
Disingenuous right-wingers like the staff at World Net Daily, for example, are upholding this idiocy, neglecting in their reportage the fact that the word “shahada” does not appear on the sash, but rather a quote known as “the shahada.” They are thus perpetuating a lie in order to advance their anti-Islamic agenda, relying upon the hearsay of character’s like Frontpage contributor Arnold Steinberg who, without providing any evidence whatsoever, insists that at a recent on-campus event, these same students wore green armbands in solidarity with Hamas, and that, therefore, these sashes too are meant to be a show of solidarity with terrorists. Though the school refuses to ban the stoles on the grounds of freedom of speech, the implication, of course, makes Muslim students at UCI very nervous (bypass reg), and rightly so.
Contact the ADL and let ’em know where they can stick it. (c/o Laura)