As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

“…For Ani Zonneveld, the founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), the practice of Islam in much of the world today — Wahabi or Salafi Islam — provides the framework necessary for theologically justifying terror and violence in Islam’s name. “It has been corrupted internally,” Zonneveld said in a Jan. 15 telephone interview. “It’s been bought [and] paid for by money — by Saudi money.”

Zonneveld, 52, grew up in Malaysia and moved to the United States in 1981; she remembers her native country, which is majority Muslim, as being “inclusive and loving and accepting of other faith traditions.”

“It was that way,” she said. “But it isn’t anymore.” A singer-songwriter, Zonneveld founded MPV in 2007 after receiving criticism for producing Muslim music that included a female singer. Now, MPV has female imams, and its leaders perform both same-sex and interfaith weddings.”


Wow, an LA Muslim in every sense of the word. I somehow doubt she’s taken seriously by the Imam or the guy from the Muslim Brotherhood front group MPAC also quoted in the article.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘Progressive Islam’ is a myth, Ani.
    A myth like unicorns.
    Waiting on ‘progressive Islam’ to come along and stop the daily bloodshed of fundamental Islam is as naive as stocking up on unicorn feed.

    And go put a hijab on already*, ‘muslim’ lady..

    *Quran 24:31, 24:60, 33:59 ….

    • Censored_often

      I have seen more unicorns frolicking in High Park this past year than authentic progressive Muslims on television in the last decade!

      • Linda1000

        It’s still safe to walk in High Park?

        • Censored_often

          It has always been safe to walk in High Park. Very technically, they don’t allow people in after midnight but even then it’s safe provided you’re not stumbling about like a drink with a few $100 bills hanging out your back pocket. As a matter of fact, it’s a fairly muzz free zone to boot, and I live quite close to the park and go frequently and also to the Roncesvalles area.

          The numerous unicorns keep it safe, too!

          • Linda1000

            My old stomping grounds about 30 years ago. For awhile I lived in one of the white High Park high rise buildings close to the subway and then on a side street south of Roncesvalles towards Parkside Dr. called Ridley Gardens. There used to be some good Polish and German restaurants along Roncesvalles but likely all gone now.

          • Censored_often

            Fortunately, while Roncesvalles has certainly changed over the years, it has retained its character and a number of Polish delis and bakeries and a few restaurants thrive and survive. Re: German restaurants, they are far and few between in Ontario generally.

    • Censored_often

      To directly address the feeding of unicorns issue:

  • Mickey Oberman

    “Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)”
    Muslims. Progressive Values. ??????

    “And never the twain shall meet.”

    • Censored_often

      She’s riding the “crazy twain” for sure!

  • Censored_often

    Did Irshad Manji dye her hair and move to L.A.?

  • New Centurion

    I’m sure she’s on some jihadist’s “hit list”. I give her props for trying…but it’s like trying to reform the Nazi Party

  • Malaysia may be “inclusive and loving and accepting of other faith traditions.”

    This is only because Islam has not yet finished the Islamization process.

    Afghanistan is what Malaysia will look like with the project is done.

    Islam is the ultimate colonialism. Under the disguise of religion, in the end, the Malaysians will all pray in Arabic and bow towards Mecca.