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Dr. Shadee Elmasry
Whatever ppl think of Hamza Yusuf joining Trump's Human Rights panel, the real point is to remember that these councils are a waste of time. I just don't want us to drift so far into lala land that we think these things are effective.
Advocates warn the new panel, helmed by an abortion and gay rights opponent, is a threat to progressive reforms
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Dr. Shadee Elmasry Jul 8
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The easiest thing for an administration to do is put together a panel. They'll have a conference. Pics will be taken. Words will be put on paper. Everyone goes home.
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Dr. Shadee Elmasry Jul 9
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If anything, the real impact of these things is in the cocktail party before or after where networking is done, political positions are assessed, and personalities are evaluated for future use in political, utterly meaningless exercises of similar natures.
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Dr. Shadee Elmasry Jul 9
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Sorry for negative but reality checks are key
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musing misk Jul 9
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I call it, 'the art of misdirection'.
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Sayeeduddin-सईद Jul 9
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Sad situation When it Involves..
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Shavaiz Manzoor Jul 9
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They really are meaningless. I mean personally I wouldn’t do it, but as you said, this ends up being more like networking if anything. Probably less than it appears.
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Walyd Jul 9
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Begs the question why someone would want to join such a committee if they are so ineffective.
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Dr. Shadee Elmasry Jul 9
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Sh HY thinks they have value. He said if he could, he'd advise the Chinese government. The way I see the world, governments are moved by economic necessity or internal home-grown mass sentiment, not by moral teachings given externally.
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abu gangy Jul 9
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The risk is getting caught up in the game. Once you enter, it's hard to leave.
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Walyd Jul 9
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Well at least he's consistent
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Donny Hacker Jul 9
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I worked for the U.S. Capitol Police for a few years and it was commonplace for the various members of Congress to have parties, etc. inside the U.S. Capitol. We used to joke about it when all of the booze trucks came in the morning to unload all of the alcohol 🤣
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Donny Hacker Jul 9
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I would also add that it was not uncommon to see members of Congress in a state of inebriation walking the halls or coming in for votes, etc.
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Maiwand Jul 9
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The question is why would an intelligent person like HY join this? I am pretty sure he is smart enough to know what you just described yet he went and thought this would be a good idea. How many scholars in the past have warned against ulama’s proximity to power?
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Jibran Khan Jul 9
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There’s an overlooked aspect to this that’s worth noting. The administration’s Religious Freedom office under Brownback which is mostly in the background has been working nonstop for Uyghurs, Rohingya, and other oppressed Muslim groups. I can see this slotting into that strategy.
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Jennifer S. Bryson Jul 9
Commissions like these are NOT a waste of time (when handled well). This one is addressing an important topic and has serious minds involved, including .
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ayesha farooqi Jul 9
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😊very true! the whole world wants to live in 'lala land' is the real problem.😊
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