I'm going to get called every name in the book, no doubt the first response will say you are racist. Islam is not a race. The Mayors dinner to help us learn more Ramadan is very disturbing to me at a time when we are banning any and all things Christian from government influence. Why doesn't anyone cry for a separation of church and state for instances like this? My question to you Mr. Mayor is are you going to invite the cities Muslims, and there seem to be more and more everyday, to come to Christmas or Easter mass at any one of our three Catholic parishes so they might learn about our Christian culture as well?
Furthermore why has he never invited the public to a special Passover event so we can all learn about Jewish customs?
Religion of peace. Give peace a chance
Peace my ass
Islam is actually a violent religion dictated through Shariah Law. Ask the 157 people in Saudia Arabia beheaded in 2015...and Saudia Arabia is supposed to be the civilized country over there. 8 of them were woman for alleged adultery. Until Obama and the democrats see the enemy for what it is the problem won't start to get better.
These posts against Muslims are horrible, idiotic and yes, racist, post. Another example of Melrose's worst on display. People are more than just a religion, but you are nothing more than stupid for posting anti-muslim and anti-humanity crap like this. Hmm, the KKK rose out of Christianity. Since you are Christian, you must be a member of KKK. Is that the way you think when it is about your religion?
Get your head out of your ***/sand and go and learn something other than FAUX news and Trumpisms.
I have taken the time to read many books about Mohammed and Islam - and my opinion is that Islam in compatible with other religions and cultures in the world. And if given the chance to be honest - any Muslin would admit it.Islam is a political and religious way of life - there is not separation between them. That is why once their numbers are large enough in the US, and they begin to hold political power, they will attempt to change our laws and institutions to promote their religion and way of life - essentially Sharia. This is not only a fact - but a fact of history - go do the reading as I did - it is all there to be learned.
Shariah Law: The Five Things Every Non-Muslim (and Muslim) Should Know
By Qasim Rashid
1. What does Shariah mean?
Shariah is the law of the Qur’an and literally means “A path to life giving water.” In fact, the word Yarrah (i.e. the root of the Hebrew word Torah) means precisely the same thing. Therefore, Shariah is actually ingrained in Abrahamic tradition.
Shariah is comprised of five main branches: adab (behavior, morals and manners), ibadah (ritual worship), i’tiqadat (beliefs), mu’amalat (transactions and contracts) and ‘uqubat (punishments). These branches combine to create a society based on justice, pluralism and equity for every member of that society. Furthermore, Shariah forbids that it be imposed on any unwilling person. Islam’s founder, Prophet Muhammad, demonstrated that Shariah may only be applied if people willingly apply it to themselves—never through forced government implementation.
Additionally, the Qur’an does not promote any specific form of government, but requires that the form people choose must be based on adl or “absolute justice.” The Qur’an says, “Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency and manifest evil and transgression. He admonishes you that you may take heed” (16:91). Notice, religious preference is never mentioned. Therefore, in ruling with absolute justice, for example, the righteous Jewish King Solomon ruled as a just monarch based on this fundamental principle of Shariah Law—justice.
2. Do Muslims want Shariah to rule America?
No. Remember, the Qur’an teaches that religion must not be a matter of the state. Shariah is a personal relationship with God. Prophet Muhammad, even as the de facto ruler of Arabia, wrote the Charter of Medina in which Muslims were held to Shariah Law, and Jews to the Law of the Torah. Not a single non-Muslim was held to Shariah because Shariah itself forbids compulsion. The Qur’an clearly says, “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:257). Furthermore, Shariah obliges Muslims to be loyal to their nation of residence. Therefore, American Muslims must adhere to the US Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
3. If Muslims don’t want Shariah to rule America, then so what if it’s banned?
First, Shariah is a personal relationship between a Muslim and God. The First Amendment forbids Congress from passing laws that restrict the free exercise of religion—particularly private exercise. Second, if Shariah was banned, then American Muslims could not marry, inherit, write wills or choose to divorce per Islam’s guidelines. If similar restrictions were imposed for other faith groups, then no Minister could conduct a marriage ceremony, no Catholic Bishop could read the last rites and no Rabbi could perform circumcision on an infant male Jewish child—because these are all Judeo-Christian religious laws. Even within our current legal system, American Jews regularly resolve civil matters through rabbinical courts known as beit din. American Muslims simply want to enjoy their same constitutionally guaranteed right.
4. What does Shariah say about other religions?
Shariah law champions absolute freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. For example, the Qur’an goes as far as to oblige Muslims to fight on behalf of Jews, Christians and people of other faiths and to protect their churches, synagogues and temples from attack. (22:41) Furthermore, Shariah holds that to be a Muslim, a person must testify to the truth of all past prophets, including Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Krishna and Buddha—and must respect their adherents. When Prophet Muhammad peacefully became the ruler of Arabia, his primary condition for non-Muslims (and Muslims) to reside in Arabia was that they allow all people of all faiths—be they Jews, Christians, Muslims or idol worshipers—to worship in peace and without oppression.
5. What about countries that oppress people and claim they follow Shariah?
Such countries have ignored the fundamental tenet of justice inherent in Shariah Law, and have instead used Shariah as an excuse to gain power and sanction religious extremism. To be sure, not a single example of a “Shariah compliant” country exists. In fact, the most “Muslim country” in the world is likely America, because America guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought—all hallmarks of Shariah Law. Those nations that oppress in the name of Shariah are as justified in their claims, as the slave owners who claimed their right to slavery was based on the Bible.
As for the “violent” verses from the Qur’an that are cited by both extremists and critics—honest legal interpretation abhors quoting an excerpt as a means to understand the full law. Unfortunately, both extremists and critics refuse to adhere to this basic principle. In sum, Shariah law guides a Muslim’s personal relationship with God, just as the Old and New Testaments guide Jews and Christians in their personal relationships with God. These paths to life-giving water are nothing to fear.
And if you believe all that which was quoted by the previous poster - then you are very gullible indeed! All you need to do to see what impact Islam has on current Muslim life - go look at the way they treat women, LGBT people, christians, and other non-Muslims in Muslim lands. They certainly interpret the Quran differently than what the poster has told us!
ship them all back[:)]
I Think Your Missing The Big Picture.They Are The Only Ones Killing People All Around The World. You Are A Idiot Liberal Who Have Ruined The Country We Real Americans Love.Why Dont You Go Hang With That Idiot And Looser Catherine Clark What A Embarisment To The City Of Melrose, She Is A Disgrace For What She Did Down In Washington Hope She Stays Down There With The Rest Of The Liberals.Time To take Our Country Back From These Morons....Lets Fight the Killers Arount The World With Peace And Love Like The Liberals Want You Idiots....Time To Smoke Them All And End This Crap So We Will Be Safe once A Again.......Out
I've learned quite enough about the "religion" founded by a pedophilic Meccan orphan, thank you very much. Maybe one of you lovers of the Musselmen can tell us exactly what the word "Islam" means? How about "jizya"? "Dhimmi"?
I find the vitriol directed at evangelical Christians by sneering Melrosians here interesting, especially when juxtaposed with the obvious warm and fuzzies directed at their evangelical Islamic counterparts. Brown trash you aren't familiar with "trumps" white trash you know, huh?
Ditto here! Trump will set things right: (1) build a wall to protect us from drugs, illegal immigrants, and terrorists,(2) lower taxes and bring back trillions to the US,(3) reduce regulations on small businesses, (4)substitute Obamacare with something that works for ALL people, (5) require the use of terms like radical Islam terrorists throughout our government so we will finally know our enemies,(6) Eliminate and nullify all Obama executive orders, (7) appoint only conservative supreme court justices - and with all this done and more - this country will once again be as great as we can.
Forgot one more thing - escort Hillary Clinton and her husband directly to jail!
Trump will get TROUNCED[:))][:))]
You may want to pen your rant before you start drinking...
Just another feature, not a bug, of Islam:
Just another question, not that anyone took a swing at my previous ones: does any country describing itself as Islamic have anything approaching freedom of religion? Are they that confident in their "faith" that they ban all others by law, upon pain of death, for apostasy?
Don't let these facts get in the way of giving peace a chance. What could go wrong with letting more and more of these peaceful people in our country? Just look at Europe. It's all good there. Those liberal moonbats gave peace a chance and now the seeds of terrorism have been planted. It is a slow process that will slowly reek havoc as time goes on.
Reek??? You invalidate your entire post with that one. If you don't know how to spell it, look it up.
I apologize (or apologise, whichever is correct smart @$$). I meant wreak but wasn't trying to pass the grammar quiz here, or hair, or hare. Go vote for that hag Hilary you freaking moon-bat.
Btw, How many people are voting for her just because we "need" to have the first woman President?
The first time I've ever considered not voting for the Democrat, and look what my option might be! Sorry, but as crazy as you might think I am, I'm not THAT wacky.
Hey, Willie - if this is the first time you have ever considered voting non-democrat - you have some other issues to deal with! Sure many people got sucked into the Obama charisma - but voting for him a second time based on his first term? Well - you are a lost cause so vote whoever you want - chances are - you will still probably vote for the criminal Hillary!
I hope you're having a great summer MFD.
Lowest mental and moral common denominator thrives in both political parties, especially in Melrose. The politicians pretending to reach out for this cynically calculated dinner, the open bigots like those posting here, the hypocritical "defenders of civil liberties" who suck up to administrators and officials who have openly given the finger to federal civil rights laws... Shame on all of you!
Later in the day, Hawking attempted to clarify his remark about the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, telling a reporter, “Trump bad man. Real bad man.”
Ah...freedom of speech - even if this freedom makes you look like a jerk or otherwise!
My guess is the dinners educational piece on Muslims left out the government sponsored practice in Muslim countries of beheading and executing its citizens to maintain law and order, sterilizing young woman and exporting terrorism. Only the true liberal panty waste believes that Islam is a peaceful religion. Its actually built on the premise that killing your enemy is completely legitimate.
I always thought a lot of the criticism of Dolan was unfounded and personal…This Ramadan dinner proves every negative thing said about this man. What a jack wagon.
Some of it is personal. That doesn't make it wrong. People tend to take it personally when they get screwed. The one thing it's not is unfounded.
Who paid for this dinner?
Was it Melrose Taxpayers via the City Budget allocation to MHRC ?
The Free Press had a big advertisement last week looking for new Human Rights Commission members.
Why are there so many openings?
What does the MHRC actually do?
The dinner was generously paid for by a private citizen.
There are openings on the HRC and Women's Commission because people keep resigning once they realize they are just tools of Robbie. Both groups were formed as bogus window-dressing to be used to prop up Rob's PC-ness, and to hide the fact that he couldn't care less about basic rights or women's issues, being a total misogynist and racist bully who routinely mocks anyone he deems "other" for his personal fun.
The HRC "actually" does zip.