Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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At last! That's two steps: Condeming terrorism, then issuing the fatwa. Now how about some action, like proactive efforts to help root out terrorist cells and funding streams? It would seem mainstream Muslim-Americans should be eager to demonstrate their policies and beliefs, and distinguish themselves from the extremists.


Check out the Counterterrorism Blog. It says the fatwa is baloney.

Dave Schuler

Motivation three from your update above has a name: tagiyyah, sometimes defined as dissimulation.

Mark Daniels

In a comment on my site, Richard Lawrence Cohen suggested I check out the very thorough job you've done researching and discussing the fatwa. I'm going to link to it. Thanks for your work here!


Thank you, but it's all those others who did the work -- I copied and linked!

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