I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
Yes, the hate page is back on Facebook after
being banished for a while, but it's funny how they'd rather lie about what
really happened than admit the simple truth.
Here is the big fat lie:
Well, I just tried to recover a one of my Facebook
pages, which I had deleted recently and found that there is no way you can recover
a page on Facebook after deletion. So unless there is some super secret way to
do so or these people have some mad skills nobody else has, they are
just a bunch of liars and everybody who takes them serious and joins their
petulant games, are a bunch of fools themselves, besides being utterly indecent.
I'm glad the page is back though, because it
serves as a true testament on how it really doesn't take much to intentionally
malign and marginalize certain segments of the population and how ridiculously
easy it is to fool the ignorant masses with a horde mentality.
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I'm not sure yet, but I may start a new one just to keep in touch and share pics with **real life**friends and family only. Some of my online friends I consider really close good friends, so I definitely count them as being part my **real life** as well.
I deleted my entire blogroll.
Going forward I will only add the blogs I like and actually have time to read on my Google Reader.
I also asked for the Myrtus blog to be removed from the Moroccan blogosphere aggregators, because frankly my dear I'm fed up with the constant misunderstandings and widespread prejudice. And I'm tired of the angry SOBs who frequent those aggregators just looking for trouble and target this blog just to spew their hatred and ignorant assumptions.
I'm fed up with the constant negative attitude and the way everything has to be politicized. I don't need people who make everything too holy to discuss so there is nothing left to talk about. I'm tired of religious and political censorship and people telling me what to do!
This post is in response to the following statement that someone made on the survey: "J'ai le sentiment que la these et pour les barbus." (Sorry, if I wrote this wrong...Loosely translated it means "I have the feeling that this thesis is for the bearded [Islamists].")
I am not a spy. Although, most likely I would not tell you if I were :) If you would like to verify that I am actually doing this for my education through an institution of higher learning, you can email me at email@example.com. I understand people have reasons for being suspicious.
Je ne suis pas un espion:) Si vous voulez vérifier que je suis effectivement une eleve faisant des études social vous pouvez m'envoyer un email à firstname.lastname@example.org. Je comprends les gens ont raisons d'être suspicieux.
Some of the respondents have asked why I ask demographic and personal questions (for example, about religion and politics). I am not just being nosy :) When doing studies on groups of people, it is important to know about the population you are investigating not only so other researchers can improve on the information you gather but also so you know if the information garnered from your research can be applied to other groups or if your study is representative of the larger population to which it belongs. I hope this makes sense. Also, these surveys are completely anonymous and, other than the information provided on the first page, I have no idea who is responding to the other parts of the survey. I hope this eases your concerns a little.
Certains répondants ont demandé pourquoi je demande à la démographie et les questions personnelles (par exemple, au sujet de la religion et politique). Je ne suis pas juste être curieux:) En faisant des études sur des groupes de personnes, il est important de connaître la population que vous êtes d'enquêter non seulement pour d'autres chercheurs peuvent améliorer les informations sur vous recueillir mais aussi pour vous pour savoir si l'information recueillie à partir de votre la recherche peut être appliquée à d'autres groupes ou si votre étude est représentative de l'ensemble de la population à laquelle il appartient. J'espère que cela fait sens. En outre, ces enquêtes sont totalement anonymes et, autres que les renseignements fournis sur la première page, je n'ai aucune idée de qui est de répondre aux autres parties de l'enquête. J'espère que cela facilite vos préoccupations un peu.
Najia has graciously invited me to her blog to promote my research project on the Blogoma and to invite you all to take my survey. My research question is the following: How do Moroccan bloggers and people that blog about Morocco discuss Islam in their blogs, particularly as it relates to politics? The purpose of my research is to demonstrate that Islam is not the monolithic ideology that it is presented by the state and media in many non-Muslim countries. I am not Muslim but I try to avoid stereotyping a religion that stretches over several continents and that over a billion of people identify with and/or practice and I try to avoid the biases with which the American people are constantly inundated. The survey is offered in both English and French. I apologize for not being able to offer it in Arabic as well but I could not afford the translation software; however, I have a colleague that can read Arabic so if you would prefer to answer the questions in Arabic please feel free to do so. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and opinions, please follow these links:
Najia m'a gracieusement invité à son blog pour promouvoir mon projet de recherche sur la Blogoma et de vous inviter tous à prendre mon questionnaire. Ma question de recherche est la suivante: Comment les blogueurs marocains et les personnes qui bloguent au sujet du maroc discutent de l'islam dans leurs blogs, en particulier en ce qui a trait à la politique? Le but de ma recherche est de démontrer que l'islam n'est pas l'idéologie monolithique qui est présenté par l'État et les médias dans de nombreux pays non musulmans. Je ne suis pas musulmane, mais je cherche à éviter les stéréotypes d'une religion qui s'étend sur plusieurs continents et que plus d'un milliard de personnes s'identifient et/ou pratiquent et je tente d'éviter les préjugés avec lesquels le peuple américain est constamment inondées. Le questionnaire est offerte en français et en anglais. Je m'excuse de ne pas être en mesure de l'offrir en arabe aussi bien mais je ne pouvais pas payer les logiciels de traduction, mais j'ai une collègue qui peut lire l'arabe si vous préférez répondre aux questions en arabe allez y. Si vous êtes intéressé à partager vos connaissances et vos opinions, s'il vous plaît suivez ces liens:
"Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, I don’t see the blogma as an integrated force of opinion."
I don't know about that, Ahmed, it might just be your impression. Has anyone in the Blogma or anywhere else made such a claim?
The beginnings of the Blogma started out about four years ago with a handful of people visiting each other's blogs back and forth pretty much having fun socializing, discussing various issues of daily life, and thanks to Adel's Blogma aggregator it soon became of sort like a network. The way I see it today is that it hasn't changed much since then, except for a few individuals here and there standing out more as social activists.
Why make it out to be as anything but a social network? Socializing as a basic human need requires freedom of expression. To my knowledge the only times the Blogma came together as a unit (more or less in self-defense) is when that basic human need became endangered. If I remember correctly, the first time that happened was in January last year with the Nichane case, when the editor of Nichane got slapped with a jail sentence for making jokes about religion. The second time it happened was when Morocco blocked YouTube in may last year and then the Fouad Mourtada case recently and now Mohamed Erraji's case.
The value of the Blogma in my view, lies within each individual as a member of the world community with a touch of that famous Moroccan pluralism along with an outgoing personality.....and that includes non-Moroccans as well.
I think for the most part your observations are correct, but I don't agree with the fear factor you bring into the equation. The blogma will never be a unified front on politics, so there is nothing to fear because Moroccans generally prefer minding their own business unless their own personal basic human needs are threatened.
Blog access has been more down than up for several days now. I've been having problems with my computer, so I thought it was just me having trouble getting in, but at least one other person confirmed having the same problem. I noticed a big drop in visitor traffic on sitemeter as well. I have no idea why this is happening. I keep getting kicked off, so I haven't had a chance to inquire.