To the Editor:
I understand from the disclaimer published in every issue of TMO that you donâ€™t actually read much of what you print here, but I would urge you to temporarily suspend that policy and glance through a column or two by the self-styled â€œElderâ€ George. Then you might ask yourself: why are we publishing pieces which are essentially advertising for a commentator whose views are thoroughly out of sync with the Muslim ethos upheld elsewhere in the newspaper? If you look at the manâ€™s websiteâ€”and every column that appears in TMO is simply a teaser for a longer piece thereâ€” you will find that his movementâ€™s tenets either directly contradict those of Islam (advocating a return to tribalism and the primacy of the male gender as â€œcontained in the Tao, the Bible, and in astrological and numerological sciencesâ€) or reiterate all that is worst in our communityâ€™s â€œculturalâ€ view of gender relations (â€œit is the masculine gender that sets standardsâ€¦ provides discipineâ€¦ pioneers and createsâ€; â€œfor a child, security isâ€¦ hearing Mom in the kitchenâ€). If all you want is to publish an anti-feminist columnist, I would think you could find a more respectable one. And since every other page of TMO teems with smart, pious, socially-engaged women (not a â€œtyrant motherâ€ among them), you might consider not carrying such a column at all!
Ann Arbor, MI