May 14th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Sayeeda Warsi

The new British government not only has its youngest prime minister in almost 200 years and the first peacetime coalition Cabinet in 65 years, it has the first Muslim woman to be a full member of the Cabinet.

Warsi has been named minister without portfolio. It's not immediately clear what her responsibilities will be, a spokesman for the government said.

Not yet 40 years old, she's also just been appointed chairwoman of the Conservative Party. On her website, she names her proudest political achievement as securing the release of a British teacher from jail in Sudan when the woman was accused of insulting religion.

Gillian Gibbons had been accused of allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad." Warsi flew in to help negotiate her release. A trained lawyer from Dewsbury in northeast England, Warsi also lists herself as a campaigner on racial justice, forced marriages and prison conditions.

CNN: New British government includes first Muslim woman minister

The Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool

The first openly lesbian bishop in the Episcopal Church is scheduled to be consecrated Saturday in Long Beach, California. Glasspool will become the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church since Gene Robinson took office in New Hampshire in 2003.

Conservative factions in the Anglican Communion - a 77 million-member denomination worldwide, with the Episcopal Church as its U.S. branch - have opposed the ordination of gay bishops.

Glasspool becomes the second female bishop in the 114-year history of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, elected last December only hours after the first: the Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, who will also be consecrated as a bishop  Sunday.

Glasspool, who has been an ordained priest for 28 years, is the daughter of an Episcopal priest, the diocese said.

CNN: Los Angeles Episcopalians elect lesbian bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles website

Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd Sr.

They answered the call of duty and undoubtedly saved many lives.

The National Association of Police Organizations will present the two U.S. Army Emergency Police sergeants with "Top Cop" awards on Friday night in Washington, D.C. They earned them.

On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, allegedly walked into the Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and began firing. He is accused of killing 12 soldiers and one civilian, and injuring 38 other people.

According to the Top Cop award citation, what happened in those four minutes was, "an undeniable national tragedy and one that would have been far worse without the courageous actions of Sergeant Kimberly Munley and Sergeant Mark Todd. Relying on their training and courage, Sergeants Munley and Todd engaged Hasan within seconds of arriving on the scene. Sergeant Munley took three bullets in her efforts to end the killing rampage. Still, Sergeants Munley and Todd were ultimately able to take down Hasan and put a stop to one of the nation's most notorious acts of terrorism."

National Association of Police Organizations website

Allen Kay

On September 12, 2001, the chairman and CEO of the Korey Kay & Partners advertising agency in New York City coined a phrase that is still saving lives today.

The New York Times reports that Kay's slogan, "If You See Something, Say Something," was trademarked by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which has given more than 50 organizations across the United States and overseas permission to use it in public awareness campaigns.

The phrase works.

Times Square street vendors made police aware that something was amiss with a smoking Nissan Pathfinder on May 1.

Kay told the newspaper, "I'm proud of what it's done and the potential it has to do more," he said of the slogan. "Some things you just can't stop. But if it is stoppable, and that thought makes someone think twice and say something that stops something, that's its reason for being."

New York Times: A phrase for safety after 9/11 goes global

Ted Slampyak

It's a hard-knock life. There's a good chance that somewhere in the United States today, a big-voiced young girl in a red dress is on a stage, betting her bottom dollar that the sun will come out tomorrow. But after June 13, "Little Orphan Annie" will end as a newspaper comic strip.

According the New York Daily News and the website Comic Book Resources, with only 20 newspapers now carrying the strip, Tribune Media Services has decided to stop syndicating the adventures of Annie, Sandy and Daddy Warbucks.

Cartoonist Harold Gray's take on smiling through the Great Depression debuted in the Daily News on August 5, 1924. For the last six years, Slampyak has been drawing Annie, her friends and her enemies.

"It's kind of painful," Slampyak - also known to fans for his web comic "Jazz Age Chronicles" - told the newspaper. "It's almost like mourning the loss of a friend.

New York Daily News: 'Annie' comic canceled by Tribune Media Services

Comic Book Resources: It's the hard-knock life for 'Annie' as syndicate cancels strip

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. chiguest

    @mike, I disagree with the UK have limited press, they have some of the best press in the world and they are some of the most impartial reporters I have every seen. They report the facts. 99% of US press is geared to US news with a limited view of world news and certainly not impartial, they deliberately leave important facts out for the shock factor. I would suggest you watch the BBC News on BBC America or your PBS station occasionally.
    The UK also teaches religious education in schools, they teach about all religions of the world and teach religious tolerance, unfortunately the US does not teach tolerance, it teaches religious ignorance by mandating the separation of church and state and banning religious education in schools. And we wonder why other countries dislike the US so much.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. SMR

    This is a great moment for all women & especially Muslim women. It is ironic that Muslim women are so succesful in countries like UK, USA & India but are otherwise marginalized in Islamic countries.

    I also want to say to tell SAM who wanted someone to "who can campaign against Muhammed and his teachings." Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam NEVER preached voilence. There is no room for voilence in Islam & given the atrocities comiited in the name of Islam, I understand the misconception. I understand how others feel towards Islam. I understand when people say Islam is a cruel religion. It is these lunatics who are & have been distorting Islam for 1400 years. What you are witnessing in the name of Islam is TRIBAL culture that has nothing to do with Islam & it will never be compatible with Islam. It is all political. At the end of the day, these coconuts aim to benefit themselves in the name of Islam.

    Several decades ago the head of Al Azhar University in Egypt traveled to Europe & possibly US and upon his return he wrote that he saw Islam in these countires but no Muslims while in Arab countries he lived with Muslims but did not see Islam in them. That summarizes it all.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. peace

    i wish her all the best.
    most of these comments, negative comments, about the islam – people go to school ! learn something! read the valuable books! at least every library has Qur'an take some notes.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    I read some of the comments and it is sad to see how many people have so many wrong perceptions about islam and its teachings.
    Honestly, I think the teaching of Islam and Christinity are almost identical... You are confusing muslims with muslim radicals. Don't Christians have radicals too... Don't you guys have sects and weird people too (people that flew airplanes to buildins i.e. IRS...). However, muslims don't jump to conclusions that Christians are all radicals... but for some reasons you guys do.

    You need to educate yourself and know all the facts before judging. Americans are the ones that know the least about other cultures but they are the first to draw conclusions and speak like experts... More education would help understand and learn to diferentiate between things and stop stereotyping.

    Good luck to you. Remember: "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW"

    May 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    I'm sure this lady is a very nice person but in the big picture and much biiger than her is this is opening the door to more Islamists and eventually hard line islamists to get into power. when they do and thwe nuslim population increases you'll see a very different cabinet. I'm for not allowing Islamists into our political system, it will come back to bite us hard.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    @ Mlohammad

    You may see it as bigotry but in the west we've seen the pattern of this religion, we see the hardliners controling everything in your religion and the moderates not standing up against them. We have very valid reasons to not want this barbaric religion part of our society.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Braveherat

    @doc ch,@alam @IEK..and those who claim Islam is Peaceful > Firstly let me educate you about Christianity- Christianity is not Leviticus rules and Judaism- Christianity is following Christ. Christians are not allowed to even hate his/her enemies leave alone kill someone. So you quoting biblical verses in Old Testament to justify Islamic barbarism does not hold good .Christians don’t Kill in the name of God. Lets see Islam- I hope you don’t have a different Quran-Islam calls to kill Kafers/Infedals(Unbelievers), Quran warns Muslims of having Jews and Christians as friends. Quran calls to fight the last Jews, I can quote verse and references. These are the verse you will not practise until sharia ( Islamic Law) is practised in the state. Until then these verses are only for so called radicals and so call moderates only condone acts like 9/11.You say Islam is peace .Where are you guys protesting against such violence against innocent humans.. a cartoon of Muhammed draws you guys everywhere protesting and killing. You talk about democracy- In Islam non believers have to pay tax to practise their religion. they are considered substandard. is this democracy? Don’t tell me Jizia is a tax like all the tax just as you fool innocent Americans.
    Coming to the claim that Jordan and Turkey is democratic, I suggest you look up the news or just type in goggle. You will get the answer. Also out of the whole world of Islamic countries you could just mange to name just two countries who claim to be democratic but not..some one said Islam is the fastest growing religion, you forgot to check the latest news. Check AlJaziera news , it will give you the figure on how many Muslims convert to Christianity every year.
    Visit the internet TV to learn about Islam from an X Muslim`..

    May 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IEK

    @SMR – I'm not bashing Islam here, but you're opening yourself for easy rebuttal with claims like "Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam NEVER preached violence". Sura 9, Ayah 5 is pretty specific: "But when the sacred months are passed away, kill the idolaters wherever ye may find them; and take them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every place of observation". Of course to take this out of context is wrong: for example, almost right after that it says: "And if any one of the idolaters ask thee for aid, then aid him, in order that he may hear the word of God; then let him reach his place of safety"

    The point is universal statements about what Mohammed NEVER did is going to get knocked aside or ignored by those who disagree with you. It is a much more logical argument to point out that just because there are passages about violence in the Qu'ran, it doesn't make Islam any more violent than Judaism or Christianty, both of which have their fair share of violent passages.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IEK

    @Braveherat – Is Leviticus not a part of the Christian Holy Books? If you can quote mine their relegious texts to make gross gerenalizations, then by the same logic I can do the same to Christianity. Just because most Christians ignore Leviticus (except when they need to justify hating gays) doesn't make it any less a part of the Bible. I could just as well argue that most Muslims don't live by the Qu'ranic passages you mentioned.

    "Christians don't kill in the name of God"? Excuse me? Christians have killed other Christians in the name of God. Even to this day you have Christain extremist groups throughout the world; and it wasn't that long ago that Christianity was used to justify imperialism.

    The point is, get off your high horse, people have used the Christian faith to justify violence, just as groups today use Islam to justify violence. Just because you like the lovey-dovey parts of Christianity doesn't make your faith superior to theirs.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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