A New Honor Roll

I’m starting a list.

We all have them. Shopping lists. Top Ten lists. To DO lists. To NOT do lists. New Years resolution lists. Diet lists.

And then, of course, we list – to the Left or to the Right.

So, a list. Another one.

This one is a list of Arabs and Muslims who have the courage to stand up and say, “Can we be sensible here?”

This is NOT a list of those who love Israel. In fact quite a few, I’m sure, HATE Israel. You might think of THOSE members of the list as the honorable enemy. (And you know what? I PREFER an honorable enemy to a DIS-honorable friend.)

The list is getting longer every day, and it includes people like Walid Shoebat, Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish, Brigitte Gabriel, Prof. Salim Mansur, Prof. Khaleel Mohammed, Tashbih Sayyed and Khaled Abu Toameh.

(Hmmm… It seems like I have a list.)

I add to that list: Sand Monkey.

You heard me. Sand Monkey.

He’s a blogger living in Cairo Egypt and has a funny, tongue-in-cheek style of writing that is both human and engaging – if a bit crude.
He wrote a very funny, satirical piece on his blog here:

http://www.sandmonkey.org/2006/08/13/jumping-on-the-bandwagon

If you have the time, read what they write. If you have a speakers budget, have them come and say something. If you are an editor, sign them up with a book deal. If you are a journalist, go and give them an interview.

Whatever you do, make sure that what they have to say is heard.

4 thoughts on “A New Honor Roll

  1. thanks john…i have most of these people on my list too but will be more than happy to go check out the rest…these arabs who are speaking out are very brave…i nod my head in their direction…thanks for the info…as always you are sooooooooo good…stay safe…smooches

  2. I don’t think he is funny.
    When are you going to quote the Bible? The Holy Bible. Not some twisted, warped bible.

  3. Anne Sweetie here’s Psalms 27 Of David.

    1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
    The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

    2 When evil men advance against me
    to devour my flesh, [a]
    when my enemies and my foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.

    3 Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
    though war break out against me,
    even then will I be confident.

    4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
    this is what I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
    and to seek him in his temple.

    5 For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
    and set me high upon a rock.

    6 Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
    at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the LORD.

    7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
    be merciful to me and answer me.

    8 My heart says of you, “Seek his [b] face!”
    Your face, LORD, I will seek.

    9 Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
    Do not reject me or forsake me,
    O God my Savior.

    10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the LORD will receive me.

    11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.

    12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    breathing out violence.

    13 I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the LORD
    in the land of the living.

    14 Wait for the LORD;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the LORD.

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