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How Kal Got Alienated From Religion

This short stream of candid Twitter messages allows his readers a glimpse if the inner person of Kal, blogmaster as The Moor Next Door. Read More
Kal @themoornextdoor

This guy contributed to my alienation from religion as a student

11/11/2011 05:03:06 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni1: a nutty imam who could barely read Arabic/had like a 1/3 of the Qur'an memorized

11/11/2011 05:06:57 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni2: punk ass religious kids who thought they were policemen, ideologically boneheaded

11/11/2011 05:07:56 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni3: administrators who were simultaneously in love w & afraid of the nutty imam & ignored complaints

11/11/2011 05:09:38 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni4: guest spkrs were often insane w medieval formulae ab sin sending you X feet into hell; y not meters?

11/11/2011 05:10:57 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni5: 0 intellectual curiosity among student religious leaders on campus/area, obsessive communalism

11/11/2011 05:12:27 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Terrible religious experience in uni6: every casual reference 'kufar' by someone paid by the admin of a nonsectarian university

11/11/2011 05:15:09 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Looking back if I could have given myself advice as a student, Id have said: do not go 2 events w religious themes, even if the food is free

11/11/2011 05:16:27 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Have some Mormon friends who make really good cookies RT @DZCalling: Hare Krishna food is free and they seem OK.

11/11/2011 05:18:32 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

@monaeltahawy I mean: maybe worth it to learn to tell the hyenas & nutter butters apart from the balanced people in the community

11/11/2011 05:20:33 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

@monaeltahawy as in: I got a better idea of where people stood, how diff communities relate in the city; but had to pay for it in migraines

11/11/2011 05:21:54 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

@monaeltahawy really surprising the amount of fanaticism people let run around on campuses & how passive ppl are ab it

11/11/2011 05:22:49 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Met some smart people via student Islamic org; but most of them disengaged over time like I did bc intellectual climate wasn't favorable

11/11/2011 05:26:40 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Think it was made worse bc there was no interesting outlet for political activity, debate on campus either except for Palestine/Israel ...

11/11/2011 05:31:18 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

…Nobody wanted to debate anything else. Couldn't debate religion as such bc of PC climate; CollegeDem/Rep debates were badly attended, lame

11/11/2011 05:33:18 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

I remember emotional debates in the Arab Student Assoc: We should only do cultural events vs we should do political events

11/11/2011 05:34:13 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Esp if u worked w Arab assocs from other campuses it was like the 'Arab American community' in microcosm, no agreement expt on palestine

11/11/2011 05:36:15 WIB
Kal @themoornextdoor

Eventually you say: F'k it, let's just invite the Angry Arab; idea rejected; which leads to conspiracy and a coup in the organization

11/11/2011 05:37:25 WIB


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