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Pow! Zap! Marvel Comics to present teenage, female Muslim superhero

 

A new Marvel Comics cover shows Ms Marvel as Kamala Khan (2nd L), the 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants, in this undated handout provided by Marvel Comics. (Reuters)

Move over Black Widow and step aside She-Hulk: Marvel Comics is introducing a new superhero – a 16-year-old Muslim-American girl named Kamala Khan, to reflect the growing diversity of its readers.

The character, who will be the new Ms. Marvel, lives with her conservative Pakistani parents and brother in New Jersey. She will make her debut in January and appear in a monthly series starting on February 6.

“It is so important that we tell stories that reflect the ever-changing world that we live in and being a Muslim-American is so much a part of that,” said Sana Amanat, the series editor, who also worked on Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men comic books.

Although the inspiration for the new series came from a desire to explore the Muslim-American experience, she said it isn’t about what it means to be a Muslim, Pakistani or American.

“It is about a young girl who is figuring out who she is and what happens when these really extraordinary things happen to her,” she added in an interview.

Khan is a big comic book fan and after she discovers her superhuman power – being a polymorph and able to lengthen her arms and legs and change her shape – she takes on the name of Ms. Marvel. The title had previously belonged to Carol Danvers, a character Khan had always had admired.

“It pays homage to the legacy character,” said Amanat.

Positive response

The idea for the new superhero stemmed from a casual conversation Amanat had with her senior editor, Steve Wacker, about her own experiences growing up as a Muslim-American.

“He was interested in the dilemma I faced as a young girl and the next day he came in and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have a superhero that was for all the little girls that grew up just like you, and who are growing up just like you are today, and to create a character they can be inspired by,’” Amanat said.

Writer G. Willow Wilson, a convert to Islam, and artist Adrian Alphona are the team working on the project, which started about 18 months ago.

Wilson said she wrote the character as a true-to-life person so that people, particularly young women, can relate to her.

Khan experiences the usual teenage angst, feelings of confusion and being an outsider, dealing with the expectations of her parents and problems at high school.

“It’s for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who’s ever looked at life on the fringe,” Wilson said in a statement.

Kahn is not the first Muslim-American character in the superhero world, which has been largely dominated by white males, but Amanat said she is being pushed to the forefront of the Marvel universe.

“People have been mostly positive about it,” she said, adding that the real test will come early next year when the series begins.

Amanat believes the options for the new character, and others like her, are limitless.

“We are always trying to upend expectations to an extent but our point is to always reflect the world outside our window, and we are looking through a lot more windows right now,” she said.

FBI Pulls Faces of Global Terrorism Ad Because It Features Too Many Muslims

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Why couldn’t we catch the Boston Marathon bombers? Here’s Exhibit 1.

Not only can’t we catch Muslim terrorists, we can’t even talk about them. I guess we’ll just have to wait around until the Buddhists or the Amish fly two planes into the World Trade Center and then the FBI can put the ad back up with their faces on it.

Until then…

The FBI says it’s pulling some advertisements off buses in the Seattle area, after some people complained that they stereotyped Muslims.

The ads, which began running this month in connection with a State Department program, features pictures of 16 men wanted around the globe for terrorist activities below the words: “Faces of Global Terrorism.”

Among those criticizing the ads was U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, who suggested they gave the impression that “terrorism only comes from one religion or one color of people,” and said the ads might increase the risk of hate crimes against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Americans.

And ignoring and covering up Muslim terror increases the risk of Muslim hate crimes like the Boston Marathon massacre and September 11. But that doesn’t matter. It’s only Americans getting killed in Muslim terrorist attacks. Not people who really matter.

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Hamas-linked CAIR forces Michigan Schools board member to take down a Facebook poster it finds offensive

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Hamas-linked CAIR forces Michigan Schools board member to take down a Facebook poster it finds offensive

That’s why I am posting it here and may give it a permanent place in my sidebar. The poster (below), from a Roseville Community Schools board member, depicted the three dead victims killed by Muslims in the Boston Marathon bombings:

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Candg News  Board Vice President Alfredo Francesconi, who reposted the poster from a friend’s wall, said, “I just saw it and reposted it,” said Francesconi April 22, a few days after the poster went up on his wall. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I didn’t think anything of it and it doesn’t mean anything to me if someone said they were offended by it.”

However, after learning that the post had offended, he immediately took it down but he maintained there was some truth behind the words.

Not everyone felt the same. On April 22, the Eastsider received an email regarding the post, saying that the photo insinuates all Muslims are terrorists and that posting it was inappropriate, especially from a school board member in a district where Muslim children attend school.

Representatives from CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) felt the same way about the post. “We are firm believers in free speech (BIG FAT LIE), even if it is anti-Muslim bigoted speech, but when you are in a public position, you should be aware of the image you create by re-posting something like this,” said Ibrahim Hooper (photo below) , the national communications director at CAIR.

IBRAHIM 'Uncle Dougie' HOOPER OF CAIR

IBRAHIM ‘Uncle Dougie’ HOOPER OF CAIR

“Particularly someone associated with an educational institution should be especially careful of the image they create, as it creates an atmosphere where Muslim students feel besieged.” (That’s the idea!)

Dawud Walid (phot0 below), the executive director of CAIR Michigan, said even though the state hosts the largest, and still growing, population of Muslim-Americans, anti-Muslim sentiment still exists in some areas (and growing larger by the day).

DAWUD WALID, notorious Jew-hater

DAWUD WALID, notorious Jew-hater

“We’ve seen similar posts before, but they’re not usually from that part of the state,” Walid said. “I know for a fact there are Muslim children in Roseville and such reckless comments, although unjustifiable, could be understood if the person lived in a rural area where there was no Muslims, but it’s mind-boggling that a public official, especially in metro Detroit, would post that.”

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Francesconi said that he didn’t mean to indicate that all Muslims were involved in terrorist activity and, as soon as he learned the post had been viewed as offensive, he removed it from his wall. “No, I don’t think all Muslims kill Americans,” he said. “It’s not Muslims. It’s Muslim extremists. I’m not racist and I’d take it down if it offended anyone, but I don’t care what people think of me. I’m not racist and I did not mean it in a racist way.” (What ‘race’ is Islam?)

Walid was happy to hear the post had already been removed by the time he heard about it, but said if children saw the post, it could lead to increased instances of bullying, especially following the Boston Marathon bombing. “We have had increased complaints of bullying in a number of schools, primarily in Oakland County,” he said.

School Board President Theresa Genest did not return contact attempts at press time.

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