Friday, September 17, 2010

My problem: MSAWest's missing pages

Here is my problem. I posted an article, “Divesting from Israel: extreme Islam, Presbyterians and Socialism all in California, on the 13th of September. I checked my links tonight because I wanted to write some more about the resources offered by The Muslim Student Association West who are a part of the campaign.. I found that all of my links are messed up. The one linking to a petition drive in California to divest from Israel doesn’t seem to stay connected to the endorsement list. But that is okay because readers can simply click on endorsements after going to the page on that link.

But the bigger problem is the links to the resources on the MSA West site. They have been wiped out. The news, which is a complaint against the FBI, is there. Their own links are still there. But all of their information about Islam, women’s rights, human rights, etc. is not there.
So although I have quotes from my original posting, I suppose I should have been a better reporter or researcher and copied out everything. But who would have guessed it would disappear that soon. And it would have been a huge amount of paper.

Now it is possible that something is wrong with their server. But then it is peculiar that just the dogmatic material is missing, including the material from Saudi Arabia? But then all of what I quoted is everywhere on the web and in at least one place attributed to MSA at USC. So this:

“Islam is the name of a way of life which the Creator wants us to follow. We avoid the word religion because in many non-Islamic societies, there is a separation of "religion and state." This separation is not recognized at all in Islam: the Creator is very much concerned with all that we do, including the political, social, economic, and other aspects of our society. Hence, Islam is a complete way of life.”

And this:

“From this verse, it is clear that the state's obligation of obedience to the Creator is as important as the obedience of the individual. Hence, the Islamic state must derive its law from the Qur'an and Sunnah. This principle excludes certain choices from the Islamic state's options for political and economic systems, such as a pure democracy, unrestricted capitalism, communism, socialism, etc. For example, a pure democracy places the people above the Qur'an and Sunnah, and this is disobedience to the Creator. However, the best alternative to a pure democracy is a democracy that implements and enforces the Shari'ah (Islamic Law).”

And all that goes with that part is still on the web.

Some manuals are still on the web; if the cached edition is clicked on one can see that the Action Manual began with ways that Muslim students could protect themselves right after 9-11 and that is a good idea. An important idea. But further on in the manual, which I cannot get to print, there is the process of forming the Muslim students into groups aligned with other ‘progressive groups’ and staging rallies that will promote the idea that it was the United States fault that we were attacked.

I would suggest that anyone interested read the cached manual as it will possibly be removed also.

Anyway, that is my problem. And maybe a lot of other peoples too. Or perhaps I am wrong and all of the links will work in the middle of the day.


Craig said...

Off topic I realize but good news nonetheless.

Craig said...


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Viola Larson said...

Thanks Craig,
That is good news.

Craig said...

Yes, especially for neutral principles states.