It took me a while to get back to The Straight Path, my blog on the Houston Chronicle’s site, but I have recently written some posts, most recently this one. It is so different now because access is so indirect and commenters are required to sign up for a chron.com account. I posted that piece yesterday and still have gotten no comments. Basically it’s a good platform for me to post short articles. Way back when the site facilitated comments – comments which I controlled – it was a great way for having dialogue about issues related to Islam and Muslims. No more. Anyway, please read my commentary on the San Bernardino tragedy. Advertisements
I have gotten ZERO feedback on my most recent Straight Path post. That’s a first. In fact, after I posted it I was away from my computer for a few hours and was dreading reading what kind of comments I might battle when I got back online. There was nothing. There is no response on Twitter, either, even when I […]
Hooray! I have at last returned to The Straight Path, my blog on the Houston Chronicle’s website. On April 24, 2013 I wrote a post titled “Coming out of hiding” in which I wrote: I guess it’s a good time news-wise to talk about being an American Muslim, so I might as well start now. Stay tuned! But I didn’t. […]
Finally returned to my Houston Chronicle blog. I’ve said I was returning at least twice before, but this time I know I will stay with it. It will be part of my writing life, as I say in the post. Everything I write will be a different part of the mosaic of my new life. Friday is my last day at CAIR and I feel the new phase starting already.
(Trying to get warmed up to write.) Over the last few months a work-related issue has resulted in my once again becoming the target of the haters. I say once again because I got hated on throughout the time I regularly wrote my Chronicle blog. The very first post, in 2006, resulted in my being hated for being Muslim, but also for being religious. It frequently stung but it also became a routine part of blogging. At times I had tantrums and threatened to never blog again or never post comments again, but I got over it and carried on. Things are different now that I work for CAIR. There’s not that direct a line between my paycheck and my detractors, but it’s a lot harder to say no when I’m getting paid to do things some find provocative. I’m being kind of vague because I don’t want to give the incident more attention than it deserves. However, I recently saw on Facebook (damn that social media) that as part of the “campaign” against me (really, poor effort) someone has directed people to this website, my work email and my Twitter account. It feels weird to be specifically targeted again, even though this “campaign” has resulted in very little response. Words have power. When they’re whiny but trying to give off a sense of power they are much weaker. So I don’t dare my detractors to be smarter. I dare […]