Good afternoon everyone! It’s that time again, and this week, we’ve got the “jaw-dropping” edition of the roundup. If hate crimes, trashy hijab, and line dancing don’t do it for you, I don’t know what will.


1) Osman Daramy, an 11 year old boy, may be convicted of hate crimes for the harassment and assault of his Muslim classmate. Over the course of several weeks, Osman and a 13-year old female accomplice, verbally and physically assaulted a Muslim girl — by punching and kicking her and attempting to rip off her hijab.

Hate crime? Misguided tween? Product of his upbringing? Peer pressure? Born to a Muslim mother in a Sierra Leonean refugee camp, but raised in the States since 6 months old (points people are milking), Osman’s obviously distraught father asks, “How could a Muslim have another hate crime against a Muslim?”

How indeed. Or a human against another human.

2) Have you seen this poster?

Part of a campaign by a German human right’s group, Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (IGFM), the text translates as:

Oppressed women are easily overlooked. Please support us in the fight for their rights.

While I agree 100% with the words, the photo’s message couldn’t be more glaringly wrong, inappropriate, offensive, burning, ridiculous, and outrageous.

Serious hat-tip to the amazing Kawdess — whom if you aren’t following, you really should be.

3) Adam Serwer has a great blog post up on the Washington Post. Debunking the right’s crackpot sharia panic talks about the recent report released by the Centre of American Progress and written by Wajahat Ali and Matthew Duss (read it! Brilliant!). Serwer explains that the report was written to debunk an earlier report to Congress that:

…purported to outline the threat of sharia, which it defines as a “legal-political-military doctrine” that compels Muslims to seek to establish an Islamic state in the U.S. The report’s conclusion, than any Muslim adhering to sharia would be obligated to help overthrow the U.S., would necessitate that the American national security apparatus treat every religious Muslim as a potential national security threat.

Once people got wind of this, “sharia panic has hit the states, with Republicans in at least 15 states seeking bans on sharia.”

First it was “Sunday Salaams” in Disney. Then we got Cat Stevens and Dave Chappelle. Soon, all across America, students held Islamic Awareness Weeks, inviting women to try hijab for a day. And now you can get halal MacDonald’s and KFC. Oh, what’s that? You didn’t know you were eating halal? MUWAHAHAHAAH.

4) Music — okay. Dancing — okay. Standing in a line, hopping, turning, and stepping — haram.

Apparently, clerics in Malaysia want Muslims to avoid performing the “Poco-Poco” based on fears that the dance has Christian origins and that the choreographed steps make the ‘sign of the cross.’

Forget about creeping Sharia’. This is full-on creepin’ Christianity: