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Posted on May 25 at 8:45 a.m.

This, from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama:

"Compassion is equally important in Islam — and recognizing that has become crucial in the years since Sept. 11, especially in answering those who paint Islam as a militant faith. On the first anniversary of 9/11, I spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, pleading that we not blindly follow the lead of some in the news media and let the violent acts of a few individuals define an entire religion.

Let me tell you about the Islam I know. Tibet has had an Islamic community for around 400 years, although my richest contacts with Islam have been in India, which has the world’s second-largest Muslim population. An imam in Ladakh once told me that a true Muslim should love and respect all of Allah’s creatures. And in my understanding, Islam enshrines compassion as a core spiritual principle, reflected in the very name of God, the “Compassionate and Merciful,” that appears at the beginning of virtually each chapter of the Koran."

Quoted in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/opi...

On A Mosque Grows in Goleta

Posted on May 23 at 12:16 p.m.

"commandertastyface" wrote:

"Then again, it's always unfortunate when uninformed people (e.g. FightWoo) demonstrate ignorance and prejudice by employing the very practices that they claim to abhor. It's sad, really. This is a very pleasant article about a group of people who are working together to benefit their community, offering food and a safe place to practice their shared faith. The author recognized this, and did a great job conveying the unifying message of togetherness and love which all religions seek to enjoy. Good for them, they're apparently doing something right."

Amen!

On A Mosque Grows in Goleta

Posted on May 23 at 9:52 a.m.

Matt, an excellent article, and long overdue. I’m sure you realized that its publication would bring out the worst in our community, but I have not read anything that offers any facts to challenge your article, only opinions.

Regarding diversity, yes, the Santa Barbara area has a large number of Latinos (Mexican-Americans, if you will). But do we have the Asian-American population that one sees in Northern California? Or the African-American population one sees in the South? Absolutely not. Are we diverse in Santa Barbara? Absolutely not.

I welcome the emergence of the Muslim religion in the Santa Barbara area. Perhaps by outreach to others who do not understand Islam, or would like to learn more about it, true communication and friendship can be established. Perhaps by speaking out against misperceptions and Islamophobia, our Muslim neighbors can help bridge the gaps of misunderstanding and fear that seem to be showing themselves in the comments here. Perhaps by exposing some Santa Barbara residents to the facts, and to our Muslim neighbors themselves, we can hope that some of us will say “I may have been wrong.”

Peace, Salaam and Shalom.

On A Mosque Grows in Goleta

Posted on March 6 at 11:01 a.m.

Thanks for the link, pn2865. I'm in favor, and I am writing!

Someone suggested the old Mel Clayton showroom, which indeed is bigger (more sales tax revenue?) and has more parking. I suspect BevMo tried for that one, but it didn't work, for whatever reason (perhaps the city hopes for another car dealership?).

On City to Consider BevMo! Project

Posted on January 18 at 9:38 a.m.

I voted for Firestone before. Should he enter the race, I will not do so again. He needs to retire to his ranch outside our district.

On Brooks vs. Lois?

Posted on January 3 at 3:39 p.m.

During several visits to Mexico in the last couple of years, I have found that the general feeling of Mexican citizens is relief that current president Calderon is finally getting serious about breaking up the drug cartels. There is also speculation (unproven) that Fox's son is the beneficiary of some unusually generous land deals.

On Former Mexican President to Speak in S.B.

Posted on May 1 at 10:07 p.m.

I don't know Carol. I have never heard of her till this article. But I am concerned that a Board that is partly absentee (Google the name of the Board's chair!) is allowing 40% of the payroll of this esteemed institution to go to three people. And that they did not take steps to stem the 60% decline in endowment. Can you say "asleep at the switch"?

On Dirt Flies at Botanic Garden

Posted on May 1 at 10:59 a.m.

Any board that is so oblivious (or chooses to ignore) the concerns of their volunteer "foot soldiers" should be ashamed of themselves AND replaced. To have more than 50 volunteers walk out (after more than a year of repeated attempts to meet with the Garden's board) is inexcuseable and tragic.

On Dirt Flies at Botanic Garden

Posted on April 3 at 9:05 a.m.

Boy, we have a lot of experts here! With so many experts, and so much expertise, why is it that we still have a growing problem with gangs, crime, and drugs?

Let's face it, simple solutions don't work in today's complex society. Sure, good parenting helps - but what of the homes that have only one parent, or those where one or both parents have one or more full time jobs to try to make ends meet? What about the influence of immigrants from LA or Mexico who bring a different culture? What about jobs for kids for the summer? Where do they turn to for guidance, for fun, for good role models?

I have seen the results of programs like these, Putting it simply, they work! There are just not enough of them! Rather than complaining about the "good old days" ("when I was their age, I walked ten miles a day to school in the snow - and both ways were uphill!") - I suggest you get off your soapbox, and get involved!

On Police Get $400,000 Grant for Anti-Gang Efforts

Posted on December 31 at 1:15 p.m.

Remember when Tom Storke wanted to rent a wheelchair and couldn't? He started the free Loan Closet at the Visiting Nurse Association, and the News-Press continued its support of the Loan Closet for years via its Christmas Fund. The New York Times continued the tradition, too, during its ownership.

Since Wendy's taken over, the Loan Closet support is no more, and the Christmas Fund (which now goes partly to Wendy's animal charities) collection is way down.

Any guesses who was at or near the top of Wendy's donor list this year? Barry Cappello, at $7000. Perhaps he wants to stay in her good graces?

On Jerry Roberts Beating Wendy McCaw

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