The Daily Demarche
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Greetings all. I've been away a few days at a conference, no chance to post. Today I finished some changes to the look of the blog, I am trying to make it a little easier to read- any comments or suggestions highly appreciated.

I expect to have a longer piece or two up tomorrow on the Foreign Affairs Council Task Force Report- Secretary Colin Powell's State Department: An Independant Assesment (November 2004) and some other reports and accountings of the Secretary's tenure. The Task Force Report is about 25 pages long if anyone is interested in perusing it before the posting.

I am also reading The Trouble with Islam : A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith by Irshad Manji, if you have a chance it is worth the read. Manji is a Canadian journalist who is a Muslim, and openly gay. That alone caught my attention. She calls for the silent majority of Muslims that we are repeatedly assured are not jihadists to answer the question "why are you still silent?". To quote:

I hear from a Saudi friend that his country's religious police arrest women for wearing red on Valentines Day, and I think, Since when does a merciful God outlaw joy—or fun? I read about victims of rape being stoned for "adultery" and I wonder how a critical mass of us can stay stone silent.

Good question, and that is just the tip of the iceburg.

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dé·marche 1) A course of action; a maneuver. 2) A diplomatic representation or protest 3) A statement or protest addressed by citizens to public authorities.


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