Wednesday, August 20, 2008

California State Fair: Why Islam indeed.

Cindy Cassidy of Cool, left, welcomes the chance to learn about Muslim practices from Salihah Bustamam, right, of Elk Grove at the "WhyIslam" booth at the California State Fair as Mohamed Elsayed of Sacramento listens. At top, the booth's displays on Islamic culture include an ornate tea setting.

The Islamic Circle of North America is the sponsor. And we know all about them, don't we?

Officially, it's called "WhyIslam." Unofficially, it could be called "Ask a Muslim." The booth, which has been set up in Exhibit Hall B, is sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which focuses on outreach and education of the faith. Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions, pass out brochures and give away Qurans.

Since the fair opened Friday, fairgoers have asked about everything from terrorism to what Muslims believe about Jesus.

Riddle me this, possums. Do you think there's a WhyJesus booth at the King's Camel Races in Riyadh this year?

I don't think so, either.

Let's review (and this is just a 3o second google search):

Yemen: 9 Muslims detained for converting to Christianity.

Indonesia: Muslim mob storms church. Police refuse to intervene.

Iraq: Mosque used as torture chamber.

Phillippines: When Muslims attack - Christians.