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Summit for Islamic Reform

I just hope that the “reform” is reasonable and doesn’t itself take on a radical tone.
I am sad but not shocked not to see the inclusion of Imam M.D. Mohammed though. But this looks like it’s going to be an “immigrant”, Arab/Asian Muslim thing (not that that’s totally bad). I’ve often said that “they” should take the lead in the media after 9/11 since they’re going to bear more of the suspicion.
I wish them as best as I can and I hope it turns out well for us all.  - Cricket

The Free Muslims Coalition brings to your attention a Muslim reform summit that will
be
held in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 4-5.  This summit is open to all people and we
encourage you to attend the summit which will be covered by CNN’s Glenn Beck show and
other media personalities.

Muslim thinkers will be asking what went wrong? How did Middle Eastern cultures
transform from the openness and intellectual ferment of the medieval period to the
closed theocrat societies of today? Where are the secular voices of the Muslim world?
Now, bold critics of orthodoxy are calling for sweeping reforms from inside Muslim
societies. With the intent of catalyzing a global movement for reason, humanist values,
and freedom of conscience, delegates from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq,
Pakistan and Bangladesh will assemble March 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Florida for an
unprecedented Summit (see http://www.secularislam.org).

“This summit is proof positive that reform-minded Muslims are creating a movement. We
no
longer exist in isolation.” Said author Irshad Manji.

The historic Summit, to be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg, will set in motion the
generation of new practical strategies from the world’s leading thinkers and activists.
At issue will be secularist interpretations of Islam, the importance of expanding
criticism, the state of freedom of expression in Muslim societies, and education.

“The Secular Islam Summit hopes to encourage a new global movement for reason,
science,
and secular values within Islamic societies,” said Summit organizer Banafsheh
Zand-Bonazzi, an Iranian-American activist.

To reserve, call Austin Dacey at (212) 265-2877, ext. 11; (917) 664-3855; or e-mail
.


Posted by cricket on 02/23 at 11:02 PM in Religion / Sprituality

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