Failed 3rd congressional district candidate/Louisville Tea Party board member Marilyn Parker has a Facebook page and, wouldn’t you know it, she’s using it to berate Muslims at the expense of Hurricane Katrina victims.
While we’re sure that Parker doesn’t read, we’d nonetheless like to bring to her attention the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian American with an obviously Muslim name who voluntarily stayed in New Orleans amid the post-Katrina chaos to rescue his neighbors only to be accused of being a terrorist by people like Parker. But if you’re still unconvinced that a Muslim is capable of emotions like “empathy” or “America-love,” then try to set aside your latent election season-induced xenophobia and consider the following pesky facts:
Twins Jamila and Lena Sareini, and American Islamic Academy (AIA) 8th graders Hassan Hachem and Hussein Ramadan, stood in front of the AIA parking lot for hours inviting cars to come to the car wash. And from noon until about 4:30 p.m., the cars came rolling in.
Catherine Marie Sareini, the administrative assistant in AIA’s accounting department, felt that something needed to be done to lend a helping hand to those who had suffered such heavy losses. “The images of the victims on television right after the hurricane had subsided were difficult for me to watch,” she said. “I saw families who were all of a sudden homeless, facing desperation, hunger and even death.”
…Also this, from another Glenn Beck-free zone:
CHICAGO, IL, Sept. 4, 2005 – A coalition of major American Islamic groups meeting at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago today announced a pledge to raise $10 million in humanitarian relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The coalition also announced the formation of a Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (MHRTF) to coordinate the aid effort. MHRTF members include (in alphabetical order) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Islamic Relief, ISNA, Kind Hearts, Life for Relief and Development, Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and Muslim Ummah of North American (MUNA).
Other groups who agree to the task force’s guidelines will be added as the relief efforts develop. MHRTF guidelines for collection and distribution of funds will focus on financial transparency and accountability as set forth in relevant government regulations and standards. No proselytizing of hurricane victims will be allowed by any member of the task force.
“It is a national and Islamic obligation to assist one’s neighbors when they are in need,” said ISNA Secretary General Sayyid Syeed. “The American Muslim community pledges to do its part in helping those Americans, of all faiths, who suffered such great losses in lives and property.
Oh, you needed more facts to shatter your provincial understanding of reality? Why, here you go — it’s even in bulleted format, so your brain can process the information easier:
In the U.S. many Islamic Centers and mosques and other groups are now collecting funds and soliciting other aid (for Katrina survivors):
- the The Muslim Comedy Tour is donating the proceeds from a performance in Texas;
- Hundreds of Muslims are training with members of other faiths to help in Houston.
- 1,200 Muslims have volunteered to feed evacuees at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston in four shifts on 9/11.
- The Islamic Center of Tampa raised $50,000 for the Red Cross.
- The Islamic Center of Milwaukee has dispatched a team of volunteers, including physicians. The mosque collected $30,000 during Friday prayers and plans to contribute $25,000 worth of medical supplies.
- The Islamic Center of Cincinnati is a donation collection site.
- The Islamic Center of Des Plaines, IL collected $2,000 for the Red Cross.
- Friday (Sept. 2nd) was “Hurricane Relief Day” at mosques around the country. At the Islamic Center of Irving, TX, an 18-wheeler truck was set up in the parking lot to collect donations for hurricane victims. The same group that led a tsunami relief effort in Sri Lanka — Baitulmal — is helping this effort by gathering and distributing millions of dollars in aid.
- The Organization of North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities is collecting donations.
- The Islamic Center of Central Louisiana is operating as a Red Cross designated shelter.
- Islamic Relief has pledged $2 million, and other Muslim charities are collecting money for relief efforts; and Muslim organizations are appealing for generous donations.
- Local mosues in Miami are working along with other organizations to collect food and donations.
- The Muslim Youth Center of Bridgeview, IL will collect non-perishable food for the needy. The center’s food pantry has been emptied due to demand for hurricane victims. A fund set up by the Mosque Foundation during prayer services has so far collected $57,000 for victims of Katrina. The funds will be distributed through the Red Cross and Islamic relief organizations.
- Islamic Relief has allocated $2 million for hurricane relief.
- Islamic Foundation of St. Louis raised $40,000 at a fund raising dinner, and the MSA at St. Louis University in conjunction with the Black Student Alliance, Asian Students in Action, Indian Asian Student Association, Cross Cultural Center, International Student Federation, and the Washington University MAS, hosted an Emergency Relief Dinner sponsored by Islamic Relief Worldwide and raised $25,000.
Of course, we are LEO Weekly, and to someone like Parker, we’re just not to be trusted with information or sexy ads or empirical reality. In a hideously formatted and largely incoherent screed aimed at Kentucky 3rd district Congressman (and LEO founder) John Yarmuth, Parker calls our publication “a voice box for liberal socialists, whose classified advertises every kind of sex advertisement known to man.” [sic]
Sorry to disappoint. But I guess when you partake in the pleasures of the secular flesh, things like “knowing what in the fuck you’re talking about” come a little easier.