March 20, 2008

Church Bulletin Bonus: Omid Safi and the Progressive Muslim Union (PMU)

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:36 pm

In my Monday post relating to the weekly church bulletins of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, I mentioned that a person named Omid Safi had authored an item included in the July 8, 2007 bulletin on “Progressive Muslims.”

I originally only included a picture of the Rev. Wright’s introduction at that post.

Since then, members of the jihad-watching community recognized Safi’s name, and his organization, the Progressive Muslim Union (PMU).

There seems to be more than a little reason to doubt that the PMU is as “progressive” as it claims. Doubters with evidence include Daniel Pipes (here and here ["Omid Safi's Closed Classroom"]) and Jillosophy (warning; there is profanity in the Jillosophy comments). There are probably others who have linked over and weighed in that I have not yet detected.

Accordingly, I have uploaded all of Pages 9 and 10 from the July 8 bulletin to my host, and it can be viewed here. It contains the Reverend’s intro and Safi’s entire column.

My two cents, based on looking over what Pipes’s work, is that there are too many associations with CAIR for comfort.

But, I’ve linked, so you can decide.



  1. Wow, Tom, what are we to make of this? After bashing Obama for staying too long in a Christian church, are we back to the “Barack is a Muslim” smear? Oy!

    Seriously, I know nothing about Safi, Pipes, “Jill” or the PMU, so I followed your links. The PMU link leads to a list of principles that sound about right to me.

    The two Daniel Pipes’ links lead to little evidence, other than Pipes’ say-so. It is obvious, however, that Pipes does not like being called out personally.

    The Jillosophy link is beneath your readers, if not you. Any post that begins, “We are finally getting to fill in the blanks about Mubarak Mohammed Hussein Obama…” is not to be taken seriously. I blame Limbaugh for starting it, but conservatives really need to stop the name-calling. And Tom, we don’t expect to read profanity here, so a warning, when you choose to link to it, is always appreciated.

    The pages from the bulletin show nothing more than Christian minister choosing to expose his congregation to the thoughts and beliefs of a Muslim. That does not offend me.

    Comment by Tony B. — March 20, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  2. #1 –

    The pages from the bulletin show nothing more than Christian minister choosing to expose his congregation to the thoughts and beliefs of a Muslim. That does not offend me.

    That’s why I said “I’ve linked so you can decide.” You’ve decided. Fine. The post’s purpose was to note that others have seen even more in the original content than I thought was there.

    I wasn’t aware of the profanity in the Jillosophy comments, and have added a warning as to their existence. Thanks for the heads-up. Pipes says that he screen his comments, and appears to.

    Nothing in my post relates to Obama being Muslim, and you know it.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 20, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  3. I am just so sick of these ridiculous nit picking slammings against Obama and his minister. Tony B is absolutely right and said it all. *sigh* The more I hear and read the hatred I see spewed, the more it makes me go ‘towards’ the other side. There is nothing like the ‘mirror reflected back’ metaphor… and who’s face is really in that mirror that’s talking?

    A quote I saw said it perfectly:
    “It is a fundamental characteristic of the demagogue to accuse others of the very characteristics they themselves possess.”

    I have never have trusted a person for instance who is so vociferous in saying “I hate all liars” for that exact reason and it usually comes to be that they themselves are the most deceptive. What you spout against or hate the most in others is usually buried deep inside yourself. Look at the preachers, priests, or religious clergy who spout against whatever sin with hellfire and damnation and go out and commit the same thing ‘secretly’. Be wary of any one who is that adamant and vitriolic against something, a real tell tale sign.

    Comment by Dee — March 22, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

  4. #3, Throwing someone’s words back at them is not hatred. You’re making it up out of whole cloth, and wasting your time in the process.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 23, 2008 @ 12:35 am

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