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Religious rebirth A 9/11 convert, one student's spiritual path leads to Islam
The Campus Press ^ | 9/23/07 | Alyssa Shapiro

Posted on 09/23/2007 1:19:00 PM PDT by Baladas

The Muslim Student Association at CU finds itself in a progressive state with a woman as president.

Kelly Brewer, MSA's president, stands out not only in her leadership role, but also as a convert to Islam.

Raised in a Catholic-Christian household, Brewer began learning about Islam as a 9th grader. The Sept. 11 media coverage at the time portrayed Muslims in Islam's "malpracticed" state, and Brewer became interested in Islam's "true form." While delving into Islamic culture, Brewer was "impressed by the conduct of Muslims" in their kindness.

Brewer, who converted after Sept. 11, said that "now a lot of the political atmosphere has cleared away. A lot of people's response to Islam after Sept. 11 had nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with politics. So now that we're no longer in that political environment, people can say Islam is this, and Islam is not this."

Surprised at first by her choice to convert, Brewer's family is more accepting now that they see how she "can be a college student, a Muslim, wear a headscarf, have the same friends and be the same girl," Brewer said.

"I've always been interested in spirituality, and what is truth and what my purpose is as a person," Brewer said.

Now that she has converted, Brewer said that once you believe something, you want to put that belief into practice. A very important part of Islam is how you practice, such as fasting during Ramadan and praying five times per day.

Brewer follows the five daily prayer rituals. She said that praying five times per day is highly valuable to practicing Muslims in college, since students are constantly trying to balance their time.

"When you pray five times a day you're always aware of time … you try to be the best person you can be between prayers," Brewer said.

Contrary to widespread ideas, Brewer believes that women do hold leadership positions within the Muslim community. The President of the Islamic Society of North America is currently a woman.

"Islam gives different roles to men and women, but they are equal roles," Brewer said.

Many men and women in the United States see a headscarf, traditionally known as a Hijab, as a symbol of oppression. But Brewer chooses to wear it. Brewer believes that the Hijab demands respect for women because it ensures that the person who is talking to a woman in a Hijab is valuing her based on her intellectual qualities, rather than her body.

"If I am a beautiful girl in a mini skirt and have long blonde hair, maybe he's thinking about what I am saying but maybe he's thinking about how beautiful I am," Brewer said.

For Brewer, it's all about both men and women dressing modestly "so you can get to know someone based on their heart."

While some may pay her more intellectual respect for covering up, Brewer knows that the Hijab arouses intrigue for her reasons.

"They listen more carefully to what I say because here's this different girl, 'I can't see her hair!' So people will want to hear what I have to say."

Six years after Sept. 11, a time which brought heavy negative attention to the Muslim community, Brewer believes that Muslims on the CU campus are not only perceived in a good way but they are welcomed. Last year the Muslim Student Association was voted Student Group of the year by the UCSU Diversity Commission.

"...we (the MSA) have been welcoming to the campus … it is a reciprocal relationship," said Brewer


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: academia; boulder; brewer; convert; cu; dhimmi; dhimmitude; idiots; indoctrination; islam; kellybrewer; korananimals; msa; muhammadsminions; muslimstudents; muslimwomen; sharia; sixthanniversary; stopislamization; stupidity; waronislamism
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Will somebody PLEASE tell this misguided child that wearing a headscarf isn't supposed to equalize her to Muslim men?
1 posted on 09/23/2007 1:19:03 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

How to put this gently...........

Kelly has always had trouble finding a boyfriend.


2 posted on 09/23/2007 1:22:52 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Baladas

“They listen more carefully to what I say because here’s this different girl, ‘I can’t see her hair!’ So people will want to hear what I have to say.”

Not necessarily.


3 posted on 09/23/2007 1:23:36 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Baladas

She’s succomed to self-oppression. Pretty sad. If she were not in America she would probably be stoned. Well, she probably is stoned.


4 posted on 09/23/2007 1:25:30 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Conservative 1st, republican sometime)
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To: Baladas

I’d stop paying for college and disown her.


5 posted on 09/23/2007 1:25:53 PM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: Baladas

Campus newspaper drivel with a PC hysteric in full narcissistic lunatic bloom. My sympathies to her parents.


6 posted on 09/23/2007 1:26:25 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.)
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To: Baladas
For Brewer, it's all about both men and women dressing modestly "so you can get to know someone based on their heart."

Stupid girl. Its misogyny based on the premise that women are guilty of causing men to lust. Thus, best to cover up the source of temptation and to keep it hidden in the home as much as possible.

Also what does getting to know someone (opposite sex) come in when a woman is forbidden to talk to non-relatives and marriages are arranged (usually with first-cousins)?

7 posted on 09/23/2007 1:27:23 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: Baladas
...and Brewer became interested in Islam's "true form."

Has she scheduled her clitorectomy yet?

8 posted on 09/23/2007 1:28:48 PM PDT by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love)
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To: Baladas
who converted after Sept. 11

That phrase never ceases to baffle.

"I've always been interested in spirituality, and what is truth and what my purpose is as a person," Brewer said.

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion by Robert Spencer

Contrary to widespread ideas, Brewer believes that women do hold leadership positions within the Muslim community. The President of the Islamic Society of North America is currently a woman.

Don't ever leave America, honey.

9 posted on 09/23/2007 1:28:58 PM PDT by agrace
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

As would I , and gladly.


10 posted on 09/23/2007 1:29:28 PM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Baladas

http://www.colorado.edu/StudentGroups/msa/members.html


11 posted on 09/23/2007 1:30:35 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Conservative 1st, republican sometime)
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To: Baladas

Converted or chose sides?.


12 posted on 09/23/2007 1:31:01 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Baladas

Kelly.Brewer@colorado.edu


13 posted on 09/23/2007 1:31:15 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Conservative 1st, republican sometime)
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To: agrace

Moron alert!! :-)


14 posted on 09/23/2007 1:33:04 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: SampleMan
Tsk, tsk, you are bringing facts and reason into this. What is really important is feelings. At least, that is what the PC/Oprah culture says. I still fail to see how covering her head is supposed to make people instantly capable of "seeing her heart" and "paying attention to her." I wonder how she'll *feel* the first time that she is reminded by one of her "new friends" that she is little more than property?
15 posted on 09/23/2007 1:34:02 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SampleMan
Its misogyny based on the premise that women are guilty of causing men to lust. Thus, best to cover up the source of temptation and to keep it hidden in the home as much as possible.

BINGO. Our church had missionaries from Middle East Muslim countries in last year and it was emphatically explained that Arab Muslim men are taught from birth that outside sources perpetuate sinful behavior; therefore they are innocent of their own urges; therefore the fault lies with the "temptress." Therefore it is the fault of the woman if she is raped, therefore she dishonors the family thusly, and the men bear no responsibility.

17 posted on 09/23/2007 1:34:50 PM PDT by agrace
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To: Baladas
..and what is truth and what my purpose is as a person,"

your purpose has now become one of extreme importance, go find a speeding locomotive and head butt it

18 posted on 09/23/2007 1:35:28 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Baladas

‘After 9.11’ — May I add — “Due to the fact that the MSM could not bring themselves to blame Islamofascists for the Act of War AGAINST our country; due to that error being perpetrated by the liberal-leftie school teachers, who no doubt fed her curiosity about EVIL.” and etc.

I’d cut her off, too.


19 posted on 09/23/2007 1:37:59 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Baladas

Wait until her male Catholic relatives cut her throat in an honor killing for converting. < /s>


20 posted on 09/23/2007 1:39:12 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Baladas

“..Brewer was “impressed by the conduct of Muslims” in their kindness.”

Kindness!! Brewer should visit the ME or other Muslim countries and see who runs the charities - NOT the Muslims.

Brewer should also contact charities here in the US and find out who are usually the contributors - either Christian or Jewish organizations, but NOT the Muslims.


21 posted on 09/23/2007 1:40:06 PM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the people.)
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To: Baladas

“If I am a beautiful girl in a mini skirt and have long blonde hair, maybe he’s thinking about what I am saying but maybe he’s thinking about how beautiful I am,” Brewer said.

Sounds like something Paris Hilton would say.


22 posted on 09/23/2007 1:44:26 PM PDT by FReepapalooza
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To: Baladas

“They listen more carefully to what I say because here’s this different girl, ‘I can’t see her hair!’ So people will want to hear what I have to say.”


I’ve only read her words and have no idea what she looks like so I feel that her desire to be ‘heard’ rather than only ‘seen’ has been met. Unfortunately for her, it no longer matters what she looks like...she is an IDIOT. There is no excuse for this. I would equate it with a decision to start smoking for the health benefit.

Wait till she wakes up and decides she doesn’t want to be a Muslim anymore. Walking away from Islam is not something people are just allowed to do there sweetheart.


23 posted on 09/23/2007 1:45:25 PM PDT by mad puppy (I'd rather live a day on my feet than a year on my knees)
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To: All

I absolutely agree with what you’ve all written, but what I fail to see is why this absurdity was important enough to gain media attention. She’s clearly not the brightest card in the deck, and the fact that her parents are “accepting” of this nonsense is appalling. As she speaks about her reasons, she sounds ridiculous. But the bigger question, of course, is does she realize that wearing a head scarf is only secondary in importance to putting a bomb under her shirt and blowing up Americans?


24 posted on 09/23/2007 1:48:10 PM PDT by awakened (Remember -- There are no dead atheists.)
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To: FReepapalooza
“If I am a beautiful girl in a mini skirt and have long blonde hair, maybe he’s thinking about what I am saying but maybe he’s thinking about how beautiful I am,” Brewer said.

I'd bet she's not.

25 posted on 09/23/2007 1:48:46 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Baladas
Brewer was "impressed by the conduct of Muslims"

So, she was impressed that the hijackers killed thousands of innocents????

26 posted on 09/23/2007 1:49:23 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and get the U.N. out of the U.S.)
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To: Baladas
Contrary to widespread ideas, Brewer believes that women do hold leadership positions within the Muslim community

yeah, right.

27 posted on 09/23/2007 1:50:14 PM PDT by wildwood
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To: Baladas
Great. She converted, and now she's basically a terrorist's green card waiting to happen.

Silly, naive twunts like this will be the death of us.

28 posted on 09/23/2007 1:53:59 PM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: neodad

I don’t know but check out the picture of her in the link @ Post #11.


29 posted on 09/23/2007 1:55:35 PM PDT by FReepapalooza
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“impressed by the conduct of Muslims” in their kindness”

Yes, I’ve always been singularly impressed with the “kind” way they lop off the heads of infidels to save them from future sinning.

30 posted on 09/23/2007 1:56:22 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Army Air Corps
stupidness, wait till she travels some....say Saudi Arabia.
She might wind up being stoned.
31 posted on 09/23/2007 1:56:29 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Baladas

32 posted on 09/23/2007 1:57:30 PM PDT by Gritty (It’s a curious paradox: airports on permanent Orange Alert, citizenry on “Gaily Insouciant”-Mk Steyn)
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"Islam gives different roles to men and women, but they are equal roles," Brewer said.

If you belive that then you have the IQ of a door knob

33 posted on 09/23/2007 1:58:04 PM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: rickmichaels; All

“Has she had her clitorectomy yet?”

I just finished reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, “Infidel”. She describes in detail this barbaric operation that she was subjected to as a young child, without anesthesia, by her grandmother. The grandmother had this done to her and her younger sister while the more modern parents were away. The sister committed suicide in her early adulthood.

She now works at a conservative think tank in the US, because too many death threats were being made in the Netherlands where, as member of parliament, she promoted measures protecting muslim women from their men. She lived in Muslim communities of her native Somolia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya before escaping her marriage by going to Europe. She also describes how she slowly but surely lost her faith, so as to become an Infidel.


34 posted on 09/23/2007 2:00:44 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Baladas

Good grief. Strange World we live in.


35 posted on 09/23/2007 2:00:57 PM PDT by popdonnelly (No more no win wars.)
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To: Baladas

My how times have changed. When I was in college, the ugly girls went to grad school. Now the convert to Islam.


36 posted on 09/23/2007 2:01:37 PM PDT by magellan
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To: Ron in Acreage

Tara Delancey of the same group. Is she doing the Lynndie?


37 posted on 09/23/2007 2:02:13 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: neodad; mad puppy; FReepapalooza

Who is she to tell women what they should and shouldn’t desire? Attraction is a natural part of life, and something that many women hold dear and sacred.

Those who “can’t” are so embittered and feel the need to ruin others personal joy.


38 posted on 09/23/2007 2:03:34 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: awakened
She’s clearly not the brightest card in the deck,

That's true. We're probably piling on, but hey...

39 posted on 09/23/2007 2:06:01 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: agrace

Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head—it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil. For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man. (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 11:4-7)


40 posted on 09/23/2007 2:07:11 PM PDT by fish70
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To: Baladas

41 posted on 09/23/2007 2:07:17 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: rickmichaels
Has she scheduled her clitorectomy yet?

Now that is the question she needs to be publicly asked.

42 posted on 09/23/2007 2:08:04 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Baladas
>"Now that she has converted, Brewer said that once you believe something, you want to put that belief into practice."

SO ya declare WAR on the world do ya?

Ishaq:327 “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah/satan desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

"Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in satan." Sura 9:29

43 posted on 09/23/2007 2:10:11 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Should beating an unconscious and bleeding person reaaaallly be a crime??? Fire the Jena 6)
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To: SteveMcKing

Too bad if she ever decides to leave said religion...as punishment for that is death.


44 posted on 09/23/2007 2:11:14 PM PDT by Brakeman (Self delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Malacoda
twunts

:O)

45 posted on 09/23/2007 2:12:42 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Baladas

“in their kindness”
cutting heads off while singing religious ditties is not kindness.

“how you practice, such as fasting during Ramadan and praying five times per day”
religious practices such as these don’t count. What counts is how you treat other people.
Cutting heads off and flying planes into buildings are evil actions.


46 posted on 09/23/2007 2:13:54 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (expel all jihadis and leftists)
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To: Baladas
“So now that we’re no longer in that political environment, people can say Islam is this, and Islam is not this.”

People can say? LoL I seriously doubt that...

“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other.” - (Qur’an 4:34)

“Your women are a tilth for you to cultivate so go to your tilth as ye will” (2:223)

“Get two witnesses out of your own men and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282)

“If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with them, then only one, or a captive that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3)

“Allah thus directs you as regards your children’s inheritance: to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” (4:11)

“Good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them” (4:34)

So according to their holy book that comes directly from Allah, women are inferior to men, are to be used at will by men, are only half the witness of men, may have to put up with 3 other wives plus slave girls, are only allowed half the inheritance of men and can be beaten by their husbands.

How much more abuse could one possibly get away with against women in a society? I suspect none, because if it were possible it would be in the Qur’an.

47 posted on 09/23/2007 2:16:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: fish70
OK, I read it, and it does not say women should cover their head. What is your point mussie?
48 posted on 09/23/2007 2:19:45 PM PDT by gedeon3
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To: Baladas
I can't wait for Islamo-Moron Kelly to get a taste of sharia "justice"... Here in 2007 Iran a 16 year girl is bound, buried up to the neck, and then stoned to death... for being sexually active. Kelly, you go girl! Nice "religion" you got there.


49 posted on 09/23/2007 2:42:22 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.)
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To: Baladas

Ah yes, I’m sure we all have a lot to learn about “Islam’s “true form”.

We can learn Is-Lames true form of Stoning, beheading, making war on other religions, etc etc etc.

Yup. Got it.


50 posted on 09/23/2007 2:49:43 PM PDT by Carbonado
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