Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hijacking the Pope's Visit

By Joe Kaufman

It's hard to argue that the Pope’s first U.S. tour, which took place earlier this month, was not a huge success. Tens of thousands of Catholics and others came out to various appearances just to get a glimpse of the man. However, one of the Pope’s events included, as participants, members of organizations tied to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, putting a stain on the Pope’s trip. How did groups with such controversial backgrounds get past handlers, in order to make this unholy meeting occur?

Pope Benedict XVI touched down at Andrews Air Force Base, on April 16th, greeted by the president of the United States George W. Bush, followed by an arrival ceremony at the White House. It was the beginning of an unprecedented Papal visit.

One of the Pope's events was an interfaith dialogue session consisting of 220 religious leaders drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and others joined in the talk. However, some of those that attended were of a variety connected to radical Muslim organizations.

According to an e-mail sent out by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), "On April 17, 2008 a representative from MSA National met with the Pope Benedict XVI at an inter-faith reception during his visit to Washington, DC." Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

Johns Hopkins University Muslim Association

Each year, the Johns Hopkins Muslim Association sponsors what it terms "Islam Awareness Days," whose purpose is "to promote diversity and dispel misconceptions about Islam."

In February 2005, the event featured a presentation by then-National MSA President Hadia Mubarak titled "Liberation and Incarceration? Women in Islam." Mubarak, a graduate student in Women's and Gender Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, claimed that Americans had developed many misconceptions about the treatment of women in the Islamic world. Islam, she said, historically had a reputation for respecting women's rights and granting them equal status in the eyes of the law.

Source: FrontPage Magazine

Islamic Finance Conf. in New York this May


Over 200 attendees at last year's inaugural event!
Terrapinn's second annual Islamic Finance World North America 2008 provides you an opportunity to benefit from in depth panels and case studies revealing first hand experience of successful Islamic financial products and services from industry leaders and experts who have successfully reached this $500 billion market. Read more ...
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch
Michael Bloomberg
Latest recipient of The Dhimmi Award

The Dhimmi Award

Caribou Coffee-Shariah financed by Arcapita, the "Church's Chicken" Pork Fatwa Lender

Information on Caribou's Ownership

Caribou Coffee became a public company after our initial public offering priced on September 28, 2005.

Our majority shareholder since 2000 is an affiliate of Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c), a global investment group founded in 1997 with offices in Atlanta, London and Bahrain, a strong U.S. ally in the Middle East and the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's 5 th Fleet. Following our initial public offering, Arcapita continues to own approximately 61% of our outstanding common stock.

Arcapita Bank has provided Caribou with the necessary resources for continuing to expand our store base in the U.S. Arcapita has total assets of over $1.2 billion and has executed transactions valued at over $7 billion in three main lines of business – corporate investment (private equity), real estate investment and asset-based investment. Arcapita's corporate investment line of business has invested over $1 billion in equity across 17 transactions totaling over $2 billion in transaction value. Current and past corporate investments span a broad range of industries, including consumer products, healthcare, specialized manufacturing and technology. Portfolio companies include Cypress Communications (a telecommunications provider), Church's Chicken (a quick service restaurant chain), Cirrus Industries (a general aviation aircraft manufacturer), Loehmann's (a specialty retailer) and TLC Health Care Services (a national home nursing provider).

Arcapita, whose investors are located primarily in the Middle East, makes its investments in a manner consistent with the body of Islamic principles known as Shari'ah. Consequently, we operate our business in a manner consistent with Shari'ah principles and will continue to do so as long as Arcapita is a significant shareholder..

In particular, we must comply with Shari'ah principles regarding money that we borrow from other parties. For example, our lease financing arrangement, under which we have obtained financing to fund our operations and expand our business, is structured in a manner that complies with Shari'ah principles. The structure of this lease financing arrangement is described in the prospectus relating to our initial public offering. Also, a Shari'ah-compliant company is prohibited from dealing in the areas of alcohol, gambling, pornography, pork and pork-related products.

H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Netherlands: Salafi Islam Sunday school (Radicale imam richt zich ook op jonge kinderen)

Mohamed Talbi
Imam Fawaz's network is now working on Islamisizing little kids. A new association, working with Fawaz's radical As-Soennah mosque, is organizing strict religious lessons in Zoetermeer for children 5-14 years old.

The lessons are given in a municipality sports hall by 'brothers' of the Al-Ichlaas association (Al-Ikhlas, Oneness of God). Several dozen students have signed up. The children must dress according to a strict Islamic clothing code.

Mohamed Talbi, chairman of Al-Ichlaas, confirms the cooperation with the As-Soennah mosque in The Hague, one of the strongholds of the radical Salafist movement. "We also want to invite preacher from As-Soennah for lectures." Read more ...

Source: Telegraaf
H/T: Islam in Europe

Ex-terrorists at CU: 'Wake up and smell the hummus'

Controversial critics of Islam point out flaws in U.S. policy

Kamal Saleem
Self-proclaimed former Muslim terrorist Kamal Saleem presents his argument on why terrorists "want to kill"
Americans as fellow speaker Walid Shoebat listens at the Glenn Miller Ballroom on Tuesday at CU.
By Zak Brown

Two ex-terrorists who have caused controversy with their criticisms of Islam told a University of Colorado crowd to "Wake up and smell the hummus" Tuesday night.

Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem, whose talk was titled "Why We Want to Kill You," spent 90 minutes in the Glenn Miller Ballroom detailing their terrorist experiences and explaining flaws in American terrorist policy.

"I am standing on (America's) wall, crying out, saying, 'Wake up, wake up,'" Saleem said. "We have a saying that goes, 'Wake up and smell the hummus. If you don't, you'll be smelling it for a long time.'"

They say Americans don't understand the resolve of Islamic fundamentalists and that the public should do more to understand the dangerous aspects of the religion.

The speakers have drawn criticism at many of their tour stops in support of Shoebat's book of the same name. They drew a crowd of roughly 1,000 on Tuesday night. Read more ...

Source: Daily Camera

Indian Cleric Ashraf Mohamedy: Every Muslim Should Be a Terrorist against the Anti-Social Elements in Society

Ashraf Mohamedy: There are two twin sisters who are equally identical and equally good looking, and they are walking down the street. At the corner there is a hooligan waiting for a catch, waiting to tease someone. One of the sisters is putting on the Islamic hijab, that is, covering herself completely, except for the face and the hands up to the wrist, and the other sister is dressed in a miniskirt. Who is the hooligan going to tease - the sister in the hijab or the one in the miniskirt? Of course he will tease the sister in the miniskirt! More ...

Source: MEMRI

In Padang, Islamic law is now imposed on all

By Mathias Hariyadi

Jakarta - In Padang, capital of the province of West Sumatra, the atmosphere is increasingly that of an Islamic state. Female students who do not wear the headscarf (hijab) are frequently suspended from school. The requirement to observe Islamic customs, sanctioned by the controversial regional law of 2005, is also imposed on non-Muslim girls, and has generated an atmosphere of strong pressure on religious minorities. The proliferation of local laws inspired by sharia (perda syariat) is a growing phenomenon in Indonesia, but the central government has chosen not to intervene for now, in spite of protests from religious minorities and human rights NGO's. Read more ...

Source: Asia News

Shock horror: Islamist leader condemns Myrick anti-jihad plan!

"Myrick's latest attempt at fighting terrorism is nothing more than a fear campaign," said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. "It is nothing more than a new McCarthyism, or Myrickism. As Muslims, we have become expendable as politicians like Myrick seek political gain." Read more ...

Source: Jihad Watch

Muslims Against Sharia want to make it perfectly clear that Islamofascist Jibril Hough does not represent us or any other moderate Muslims
Jibril Hough
Latest recipient of the Distinguished Islamofascist Award

Distinguished Islamofascist Award

Saudi funds not a secret deal: Abdalla

The Griffith University academic at the heart of a funding controversy has defended the decision to accept $100,000 from the repressive Saudi Arabian Government to help finance Islamic studies. Read more ...
Source: The Australian

Symposium: Losing Pakistan?

Rage Boy
By Jamie Glazov

FP: Saifullah Khan Mahsud Steven Schippert and Neil Doyle, welcome to Frontpage Symposium.

Neil Doyle, let's begin with you.

I think the best way to begin this discussion is to touch on Bhutto’s assassination back in late December, 2007. What impact has it had on Pakistan?

Doyle: The assassination can be seen as a severe blow to hopes of curbing the growth of extremism in Pakistan. The former head of the ISI has claimed that the country is on the brink of an Islamist revolution.

At the moment, we're seeing an attempted land grab by Islamic militants in the North West Frontier Province. That largely revolves around control of villages in the Sawt valley where the Pakistan military appears to be relying on air power in an attempt to arrest the expansion. Increasingly, militants are talking about the "Islamic Emirate of Pakistan". It's a similar picture further south, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where the Taliban continues to push over the border into Afghanistan and claim to be knocking on the city gates of Kandahar, their former stronghold. Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

Muslims Against Sharia in the Media - April '08

The Bottom Line: Muslims Against Shariah Part I
Jihadi Du Jour: Why Islam Cannot Reform
Wake up America: Anti-Fascist Muslims Support Rep. Sue Myrick's "Wake Up America" Agenda
Skeptacles: A Moderate Muslim on Fitna
Trouw deVerdieping: Islamization crept in a long time ago
The RAB Experience: Islamofacism
Libertarian Republican: Interview with Khalim Massoud of worldwide Muslims Against Sharia
Pardon My Paradox: Does Wilders misquote the Quran
The RAB Experience: Muslims Against Sharia
The Canadian Sentinel: The Koran: The New Testament is Coming
Jihad Watch: Symposium: A revised Qur'an
FrontPage Magazine: Symposium: A New Koran?
Cindy Schneider, Opinie van een rechts-liberaal: Moslims tegen de Sharia
One Village: Failing to Recognize a Friend from a Foe
Covenant Zone: The Ulema is feeling the heat
Opportunity is always present in the midst of crisis: The unheard voices of Islam and a response to Fitna
Ramblin' with Roger: Redacted Koran QUESTION
FrontPage Magazine: Islamo-Fascism Discussed on 100 Campuses
Memories of the willow tree: "Muslims against Sharia" is a faux Muslim website run by racists.
F.M's Journal/Notes: "Muslims Against Sharia" Propose New Reform Koran.
Politeia Articles: "Islamization Is Already Upon Us"
Trouw deVerdieping (Dutch): Islamisering is allang binnengeslopen


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cigarette smuggling funding jihad

WASHINGTON - Cigarette smuggling is generating millions of dollars every year that can be reaching terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda, according to law enforcement sources. In a single case, $100,000 was sent to Hezbollah.

A 15-page report congressional report, obtained by FOX News, includes intelligence from law enforcement as well as New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

The report reads in part: Cigarette smuggling is generating millions of dollars every year that can be reaching terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda, according to law enforcement sources. In a single case, $100,000 was sent to Hezbollah.

"This is a very serious homeland security issue, one that has gone unnoticed for far too long," said Rep. Peter King, (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, who called for the investigation.

"Cigarette smugglers are able to generate millions of dollars in illegal profits with a great deal of this wealth being sent to terrorist groups overseas - groups that would like nothing more than to inflict devastating harm on our country and its citizens." Read more ...

Source: Fox News
H/T: Jihad Watch

'Why We Left Islam' editors blast CAIR: Group cultivates moderate image by hiding extremist ties

LOS ANGELES - The editors of a new book compiling the testimonies of ex-Muslims say they weren't surprised when the Council on American-Islamic Relations attacked their work without reading it.

But, say Islamic experts Joel Richardson and Susan Crimp, they were shocked that the New York Daily News characterized the group as the voice of moderate Muslims.

"Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out," published by WND Books, was skewered by CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper in the paper - weeks before today's official release date. The book is controversial for two reasons - the gripping firsthand personal accounts of men and women who risked their lives by abandoning the Koran and because it is the first American book release to feature a picture of the prophet Muhammad on the cover.

CAIR didn't wait to look inside the cover before attacking the publisher for spewing hate. But the editors of "Why We Left Islam" say those in the media seeking the opinions of CAIR apparently don't know who they are dealing with. Read more ...

Source: WND

Who is Ali Jawad?: McCain Campaign Dumps Key Hezbollah Agent, Convicted Insurance Defrauder; Feds, MI GOP Should Follow Suit

By Debbie Schlussel

Over the past week, I spent far less time writing for this website than planned. Instead, I spent hours on the phone with John McCain staffers and key supporters in Michigan to right a mistake.

And, unlike the Barack Obama who clings to anti-Semites and terrorism supporters, John McCain did the right thing: He dumped Ali Jawad--an open Hezbollah supporter and key agent of the terrorist group in the Detroit area. Jawad is also a federal insurance fraud convict. Read more ...


Verviers: Hamas headquarters

The NEFA Foundation recently published a new report: The Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium.

According to this report Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have a base in Verviers, through the Al Aqsa charity organization. This organization had been banned in both Germany and the Netherlands on suspicion of supporting Hamas. Read more ...

Source: Islam in Europe

Jordanian Reformist Shaker Al-Nabulsi on the "Kurdish Holocaust" and the Crisis of Conscience

The prominent Jordanian-born reformist Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi is known as a forceful advocate for secular democracy and human and civil rights in the Middle East. Dr. Nabulsi, who now resides in the U.S., has published writings on the issues of civil society, contemporary politics and society, the media, and Islam, and has been a harsh critic of Islamist extremism. Read more ...

Source: MEMRI

How Shari'a-Compliant Financing Curtails Your Economic Freedom

There has been much talk about Shari'a-compliant finance (SCF) in recent months, but many Americans are still in the dark about exactly what it is and what it portends for the American economy and the freedoms Americans enjoy.

This may be why the judge in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas last fall declared a mistrial and five of six defendants face a retrial (one was found not guilty of most of the charges against him). Terror expert Douglas Farah surmised at the time that part of the reason might have been because "perhaps the prosecution tried to cram too much information in with a group of jurors largely unfamiliar with anything to do with the case." And Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism had a heated exchange with Alan Colmes of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes about whether the mainstream news media had even managed to get the story right. Family Security Matters

Source: Family Security Matters

Harvard Islamic Society

Established in 1955, the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) is a student organization whose mission is to "meet the social and religious needs of the Muslim community at Harvard University and to promote Islamic awareness on campus."

During his tenure as HIS president, Zayed Yasin (a 2002 Harvard graduate) held a charity dinner to raise funds for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). Also during his tenure, Yasin signed a divestment petition calling on Harvard to cut its financial ties to corporations that conducted business with Israel. Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

'Killing me not going to solve problems'

Kuala Lumpur, April 27: An ethnic-Indian Opposition leader has claimed that he has received a death threat for resisting calls to declare multi-ethnic Malaysia an Islamic state.

Karpal Singh, Democratic Action Party (DAP) national chairman, said he has not insulted Islam and he should not be 'turned into a Salman Rushdie'. Read more ...

Source: Express India

Jihad body linked to Saudi uni row

By Richard Kerbaj

The Muslim cleric at the centre of Griffith University's Saudi embassy donation affair - Mohamad Abdalla - is regarded as the Brisbane leader of an Islamic group whose overseas members have been linked to al-Qa'ida and the 2005 London bombings.

Source: The Australian
H/T: Gramfan

Saudi cash seduction is Faustian pact

By Merv Bendle

The revelations over the past week that Griffith University aggressively pursued funds from the Saudi Arabian embassy to finance its Islamic studies unit illustrates a major problem facing all liberal democracies confronted with the vast reservoir of petro-dollars controlled by the Saudi Government. Read more ...

Source: The Australian
H/T: Gramfan

Monday, April 28, 2008

Terror-Funded MSA at Ohio State

By Patrick Poole

February 20, 2006 proved to be an eventful day for the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at The Ohio State University. Not only did that date mark the conclusion of their weekend-long "Leaders of Tomorrow" conference, but that was also the day that their conference sponsor, Kindhearts, was raided by federal law enforcement and closed by order of the Department of the Treasury for financing terrorism, freezing its assets.

According to the US government, Kindhearts, which was established following the closure of the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation, was not only engaged in providing millions for HAMAS in Lebanon and the West Bank, it had hired as a fundraising specialist the man identified by HAMAS head Khaled Mishal as the designated HAMAS bag man in the US, Mohammed El-Mezain. (For additional background on Kindhearts and its multiple connections to the international terrorism finance network, see Joe Kaufman's FrontPage article, "The Black Hearts of Kindhearts") Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

Indonesians torch Muslim sect's mosque

By Nineiek Karmini

Hundreds of protesters chanting "Kill, kill" set fire Monday to an Indonesian mosque belonging to a Muslim sect they claim is heretical, police said.

A policeman was wounded in the head when the crowd stoned the mosque in West Java province before setting it ablaze, said police spokesman Col. Dade Ahmad. Several suspects were taken in for questioning.

The attack was the latest targeting the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Most mainstream Muslims consider Ahmadiyah heretical because it does not consider Muhammad to be the final prophet. The sect was founded at the end of the 19th century in Pakistan.

Last week, a team of prosecutors, religious scholars and government officials said the sect "had deviated from Islamic principles" and recommended it be outlawed. There have been several acts of vandalism targeting Ahmadiyah since then.

About 300 people torched the mosque and destroyed an Islamic school building inside the Ahmadiyah compound in Sukabumi town just after midnight. Many sect members have since fled the area, seeking refuge with friends and relatives. Read more ...

Source: AP

Islamophobia accusations spark debate on Canada press freedom

OTTAWA (AFP) - A complaint by Canadian Muslims against a leading local news magazine has sparked a national debate on the limits of press freedoms in this country often cited as a beacon of multiculturalism.

"Protest while you still can," shouted this week's edition of Maclean's, a publication similar to US magazines Time or Newsweek, saying in an editorial that human rights boards are undermining free speech in Canada.

The controversy dates back to October 2006, when Maclean's ran an article excerpted from noted author and journalist Mark Steyn's book "America Alone," entitled "Why the Future Belongs to Islam."

A self-described agitator, Steyn argued that demographics and Muslims' global ambitions ensured Islam's eventual world domination and that Europe was "too enfeebled to resist its remorseless transformation into Eurabia."

For four Toronto law students, Maclean's had crossed the line by proposing that "Muslims are part of a global conspiracy to take over Western society and impose an oppressive form of Islamic law," Khurrum Awan, one of the students, told AFP.

"We did some research and realized that Maclean's had published 19 articles with such a tone," he said, adding that his group asked for but was denied the opportunity to publish a response when they met with the magazine's editors.

Maclean's, which is defending itself against accusations at a human rights tribunal that its articles incited hate, said the students' demands for a 5,000-word rebuttal and to direct the magazine cover art were unacceptable.

"This is a complete fabrication," said Awan, insisting the editor-in-chief told them he would rather see the magazine go out of business than publish a response, or, according to the magazine, hand over editorial reigns.

The students, backed by the Canadian Islamic Congress, lodged a complaint with the federal human rights commission and two of its provincial counterparts in Ontario and British Columbia.

The federal and British Columbia tribunals are still mulling over the case.

The Ontario panel declined to hear it, yet offered a stern rebuke of Maclean's on April 9 which prompted indignation from the magazine.

In a statement, the Ontario Human Rights Commission said the contents of press articles were beyond its purview, but added it "has serious concerns about the content of a number of articles concerning Muslims" published by Maclean's and other media outlets which were "identified as contributing to Islamophobia and promoting societal intolerance towards Muslims."

Supported by several media outlets, Maclean's said it was "deeply troubling" that a public official would castigate the press without offering it an opportunity to defend itself at a hearing.

The magazine also called for "an unambiguous reaffirmation of the right to freedom of expression, and assurance that reasonable limits on free speech are in fact reasonable."

The complainants said they were "delighted" by the Ontario commission's outcry.

"The tribunal said clearly that Maclean's articles were racist," explained Mohammed Boudjenane, head of the Canadian Arab Federation.

"I believe this will start a debate on the freedom of the press versus limiting speech that incites hate."

Alan Borovoy, a lawyer for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, however, said human rights commissions should limit their decisions to acts, and not "restrict the free expression of opinion."

For Julius Grey, an advocate for minority rights, "all restrictions on freedom of expression are appalling" and he said the students in this case "chose the wrong target."

"But they're right to complain about Islamophobia," he told AFP, noting that "since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, Muslims are not treated the same as everybody else."

Source: AFP

CAIR: Protesting Boeing April 28th in Chicago for "torture flights". 9/11 Airplanes were torture flights, what does CAIR have to say about that?

This is the Coalition's first public action as a part of a campaign to educate Boeing shareholders and the general public about reports that Boeing is profiting from torture and to demand accountability for Boeing's actions. Boeing is headquartered in Chicago.

WHAT: Protest at Boeing Shareholder Meeting
WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: McFetridge Drive, on the south side of the Field Museum; 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2496
COALITION MEMBERS: Council on American-Islamic Relations–Chicago; Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR); 8th Day Center for Justice; Kick Boeing to the Curb; American Friends and Service Committee – Chicago; Wellington Avenue Church; Voices for Creative Non-Violence; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Worker House and other civic groups.

An ongoing ACLU lawsuit charges that Jeppesen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, sold direct flight services to the CIA that enabled the delivery of captives in U.S. custody to secret overseas locations where "friendly governments" as well as CIA operatives carried out and arranged their torture.

Source: Sharia Finance Watch

Review of Tarek Fatah's book - "Chasing a Mirage-the Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State"

By Dan Smith

Cabbagetown' s Tarek Fatah begins his cri de coeur by setting out his citizen of the world credentials succinctly yet with power: "I am Indian born in Pakistan; a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in Marxist youth. I am one of Salman Rushdie's many Midnight's Children: we were snatched from the cradle of a great civilization and made permanent refugees, sent in search of an oasis that turned out to be an mirage. I am in pain, a living witness to how dreams of hope and enlightenment can be turned into a nightmare of despair and failure...

"I write as a Muslim whose ancestors were Hindu. My religion, Islam is rooted in Judaism, while my Punjabi culture is tied to that of the Sikhs. Yet I am told by Islamists that without shedding this multifaceted heritage, if not outrightly rejecting it, I cannot be a true Muslim."

And so it goes in Fatah's Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State (Wiley, 410 pages, $31.95). The co-founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and the host of Vision TV's weekly The Muslim Chronicle sums up his inclusive, holistic understanding of the Quran's teachings, in opposition to the Islamic fundamentalism, of political and religious, that he has spent most of his adult life campaigning against it.

Chasing a Mirage is dedicated to Benazir Bhutto and Daniel Pearl: "a Muslim and a Jew, victims of terrorism."

Source: The Toronto Star
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Petrodollars ARE the panacea to US financial "quagmire" and the UAE is taking advantage of it, while greed sells out to Shariah

Petrodollars could be panacea to US financial quagmire

By Ravi Kumar

Oil Pump
With the primaries and caucuses in full flow in the US there is one common assertion in all lofty promises made by the presidential hopefuls: to revitalise the economy which is on the verge of a recession.

Economic pundits, chief executives and money managers across the globe still seem to be clueless about how severe the damage is and how critical the subprime mortgage quagmire would be in the months to come.

America's economic woes just seem to multiply endlessly and corporate bigwigs are falling casualty to this subprime crisis.

Oil prices which continue to escalate rather steeply amid worries of recession also rubs salt into the wounds. US Fed Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was quick to announce sops in the form of rate cuts and other fiscal stimulus. Read more ...

Source: Gulf News
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Stonings allowed, but "scantily clad singer" is Banned in Bahrain

Haifa Wehbe

Bahrain conservatives want 'indecent' Lebanese singer's concert cancelled

By Habib Toumi

Manama: A planned concert by Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe has waded into controversy after Islamists have called for its cancellation despite strong assurances from organisers that the often scantily clad singer would be wearing "decent" clothes.

Haifa is due to give her first concert in Bahrain, alongside Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker, on April 30 to mark Labour Day.

New York-based event management company Concerto International and its Middle East office in Beirut, the organizers of the concert, have repeatedly said that it would be only for families and would be performed within a family atmosphere that respects local and Gulf traditions.

However, on Friday mosque imams called upon the information ministry to cancel the show and to respect the feelings of the people.

"We do not want any performance by singers showing off their flesh in the name of art. We know that there is a section of our society that likes such shows, but most of the people resent them,"Fareed Abdul Hadi, the imam of Al Adliya mosque said. Read more ..

Source: Gulf News
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Denmark: Can Islamic law be implemented in Denmark?

The following conference has not been officially announced yet, but according to the Uriasposten blog it is being planned by the Judicial Institute at Aarhus University for June 4th.

Sharia law and Danish law: Can Islamic law be implemented in Denmark? Read more ...

Source: Islam in Europe

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An Anatomy of Surrender: Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia.

An example of Western self-censorship: Belgian
officials prohibited Shark, by David Cerny,
depicting Saddam Hussein as an aquatic predator.
By Bruce Bawer

Islam divides the world into two parts. The part governed by sharia, or Islamic law, is called the Dar al-Islam, or House of Submission. Everything else is the Dar al-Harb, or House of War, so called because it will take war - holy war, jihad - to bring it into the House of Submission. Over the centuries, this jihad has taken a variety of forms. Two centuries ago, for instance, Muslim pirates from North Africa captured ships and enslaved their crews, leading the U.S. to fight the Barbary Wars of 1801–05 and 1815. In recent decades, the jihadists' weapon of choice has usually been the terrorist's bomb; the use of planes as missiles on 9/11 was a variant of this method.

What has not been widely recognized is that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie introduced a new kind of jihad. Instead of assaulting Western ships or buildings, Kho­meini took aim at a fundamental Western freedom: freedom of speech. In recent years, other Islamists have joined this crusade, seeking to undermine Western societies' basic liberties and extend sharia within those societies. Read more ...

Source: City Journal
H/T: Gramfan

Hand back Saudi cash, uni urged

By Richard Kerbaj

MUSLIM community leaders have urged Griffith University to return a $100,000 grant from the Saudi Arabian embassy as prominent academics attacked vice-chancellor Ian O'Connor for his confusion over the Islamic ideology embraced by Osama bin Laden. Read more ...

Source: The Australian
H/T: Gramfan

Islam has one hell of a P.R. problem in the West.

Whether it's deserved or not, Islam has one hell of a P.R. problem in the West.

Thanks to the example of a few, the many are being painted with an ugly brush, and they are not standing up and condemning what is wrong with radical Islam with enough conviction to satisfy most Westerners.

Here are a few opinions on Muslims that are becoming more common throughout North America and Europe and unfortunately, they are not entirely undeserved!

That was one opinion from England and several relevant points were made that should not be ignored by the general Muslim population.

Here is another from the States.

Subject: Professor Wichman

The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman who sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student's Association.

The e-mail was in response to the students' protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

The group had complained the cartoons were 'hate speech.'

Enter Professor Wichman. In his e-mail, he said the following:

Dear Muslim Association,

As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest.

I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheading of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey ), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt , the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called 'whores' in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.

This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many of my colleagues.

I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized Muslims to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile 'protests!'

If you do not like the values of the West - see the 1st Amendment - you are free to leave.

I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option

Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.


I. S. Wichman

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

As you can imagine, the Muslim group at the university didn't like this too well.

They're demanding that Wichman be reprimanded and the university impose mandatory diversity training for faculty and mandate a seminar on hate and discrimination for all freshmen

Now the local chapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn't believe that the good professor had the right to express his opinion.

For it's part, the university is standing its ground in support of Professor Wichman, saying the e-mail was private, and they don't intend to publicly condemn his remarks.

There you have it bunky! Doesn't matter if the preceding statements were 100% true or just a bunch of horseshit, it's the "perception" that counts and this "perception" could lead to some nasty backlashes in the future unless the average Muslim does more to stand up and condemn the actions of the few!

Just as Communism (Marxism) has proven to be unworkable and been put on the ash-heap of history, so too must Multi-Culturalism be discarded as a very bad idea.-ED.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site

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Talk Show Host Reveals Obama Connection To Terroirsts

Barack ObamaWilliam AyersRashid Khalidi
By Jim Kouri

There is a far-reaching scandal brewing for presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, thanks to a radio talk show host based in Oregon. Syndicated talk show host Laurie Roth's revelations make the news story about Obama's relationship with a racist, anti-American pastor look like child's play.

A top official at the Pentagon during former-President George H. W. Bush's Administration and a former CIA intelligence officer maintain that Barack Obama and former Weather Underground honcho William Ayers funneled money to Professor Rashid Khalidi, a known terrorist sympathizer. Read more ...

Source: News With Views

The Dubai-CAIR Connection - Islamic DAWA 101

Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum
Bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum
CAIR Financier
Alwaleed bin Talal
Alwaleed bin Talal
CAIR Financier
Al Maktoum is VP of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and involved in many of the Dubai/Saudi Shariah deals. Bin Talal controls close to 95% of Kingdom Holding Company, the largest company in Saudi Arabia…also the largest shareholder in Newscorp other than the Murdoch family. Only 5% of the company's shares are public, the rest is privately owned by the prince. We know that they both fund CAIR, an un indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial, and identified by the FBI as part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee. Read more ...

Source: Shariah Finance Watch

Her crime was to fall in love. She paid with her life

By Afif Sarhan, Mark Townsend and Caroline Davies

Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, told her closest friend that she was in love from the moment she set eyes on the young British soldier working alongside her in Basra, and she dreamed of a future with him.

It was an innocent infatuation but five months after Rand, a student of English at Basra University, met Paul, a 22-year-old soldier posted to southern Iraq, she was dead. She was stamped on, suffocated and stabbed by her father. Several brutal knife wounds punctured her slender, bruised body - from her face to her feet. He had done it, he proclaimed to the neighbours who soon gathered round, to 'cleanse his honour'. Read more ...

Source: Guardian

Atlas Exclusive: Escape From A Brooklyn Mosque

Masjid At-Taqwa
Bos Smith in front of Masjid At-Taqwa
By Bos Smith

Don't snap a photo of the Masjid At-Taqwa in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn unless you want to be hauled away by a group of angry Muslims in Islamic attire to the basement of the facility where a group of twenty "security guards" in karate suits will interrogate you.

This might sound preposterous.

But it happened on Saturday, April 24, at 3:00 in the afternoon.

Ali Kareem, the head of security for Siraj Wahaj's mosque, conducted the grilling. A small, muscular man with a wispy black beard that has been dyed red with henna, Kareem demanded to know the reason why a trio of kafirs had dared to photograph the building on a public street without securing his permission.

He further insisted on securing our identities and obtaining our motives for such a violation of Islamic space. Read more ...

Source: Atlas

Amnesty International Obtains Secret Video Showing Horror of Beheading in Saudi Arabia

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International has received secretly filmed grisly footage of a man being beheaded inSaudi Arabia. The organization strongly condemns the execution and calls for the Saudi Arabian government to adhere to the U.N. moratorium on executions around the world.

The horrific footage shows the condemned man's public execution. He kneels on a mat while spectators and guards watch. With one strike of the executioner's sword, his head rolls off and his body collapses in a heap. Amnesty International has been closely monitoring the prisoner's case, a Jordanian citizen convicted on drug trafficking related charges; the footage filmed on a mobile phone is consistent with AI's records. Read more ...

Source: Amnesty International

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pennsylvania's police prepare for radical Islam - CAIR counters

Wherever the police are trying to counter Islamic terrorists and train officers in the US to recognize and prevent terrorist activities, you are sure to find CAIR doing their best to reveal police tactics (see NYPD here) to the public and therefore to the same terrorists who have the most to benefit from knowing those tactics. Read more ...

Source: Creeping Sharia

Michelle Obama's Name Removed from Terrorist Fundraiser's Web Page - Update: Terror Fundraiser's Page Disappears!


As we noted a few days ago, Hatem El-Hady, former chairman of the Toledo-based Islamic charity Kindhearts (closed by the US government in 2006 for terrorist fundraising), has now devoted himself to raising money for the Barack Obama campaign.

He has a web page at the official Obama campaign site. On Wednesday when we posted about El-Hady, there were three "friends" listed on his page, and one of them was none other than Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama. Here's the screenshot we took:

Read more ...

Source: Little Green Footballs

Iran Mulls the Death Penalty for Apostates - Perhaps with Worldwide Jurisdiction

Joseph Grieboski
Joseph Grieboski
Life for so-called apostates in Iran has never been easy, but it could become literally impossible if Iran passes a new draft penal code. For the first time in its history, Iran is considering the death penalty for apostates. In the past, authorities have executed apostates. But punishment by death has never before been set down in law.

The text of the draft penal code uses the word Hadd, which explicitly sets death as a fixed punishment that cannot be changed, reduced or annulled. The rest of the code is little better. By using ill-defined terms, other provisions also open the door to abuse Iran’s already beleaguered religious and ethnic minorities.

Article 225-1 states "Any Muslim who clearly announces that he/she has left Islam and declares blasphemy is an Apostate." Article 225-2 adds that "Serious and earnest intention is the condition for certainty in apostasy." So an accused person could claim that he made his statement reluctantly, or ignorantly, or while drunk, or through the slip of a tongue, and he would not be considered an apostate. Read more ...

Source: The Cutting Edge

Honour killing's Aussie link

Pela Atroshi
Sian Powell

Mortally wounded and bleeding profusely, Pela Atroshi covered her head with her hands, pleading "please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me". As her sister and her mother screamed, her uncle Rezkar Atroshi raised his gun and killed her. The family's honour had been cleansed.

Rezkar had already shot Pela twice in the back in the upstairs room. Helped downstairs by her mother and her younger sister, the 19-year-old Kurdish Swede was confronted by four resolute men - her father and his three brothers. The men pulled the women apart. Her youngest uncle then finished the job, shooting Pela in the head. The bullet went through one of her fingers and into her brain.

The decision to kill her was made by a council of male relatives, led by Pela's grandfather, Abdulmajid Atroshi - a Kurd who lived in Australia.

One of his sons, Shivan Atroshi, helped pull the women away from Pela so his younger brother could get a clean shot. Shivan, too, lived in Australia.

It is the first time an officially confirmed honour killing with a connection to Australia has ever publicly come to light, but it is likely there have been other Australian-connected honour crimes that have been kept hidden within the tight-lipped Australian Kurdish community. Read more ...

Source: The Australian
H/T: Atlas

Using libel as a gag

Governor Paterson has a bill on his desk that he should sign right away. The sooner he does, the sooner he will protect the free speech rights of New York authors, journalists and media outlets -- and, by extension, the public's right to know.

The measure, which was passed unanimously by the Legislature on March 31, is called the Libel Terrorism Protection Act. The title is apt. It refers to the use of foreign libel laws, which are often far more friendly to plaintiffs than the free speech and free press protections afforded under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, to intimidate -- some would say gag writers and publishers who criticize influential people in other countries. Read more ...

Source: Times Union

Uni defends Saudi grant

By Richard Kerbaj

GRIFFITH University vice-chancellor Ian O'Connor has defended a $100,000 grant from the Saudi Arabian embassy, rejecting accusations the money was given to propagate a hardline Muslim ideology espoused by al-Qa'ida. Read more ...

Source: The Australian
H/T: Gramfan

Uni chief lifted text from Wikipedia

By Michael Sainsbury

GRIFFITH University vice-chancellor Ian O'Connor has admitted lifting information straight from online encyclopedia Wikipedia and confusing strands of Islam as he struggled to defend his institution's decision to ask the repressive Saudi Arabian Government for funding. Read more ...

Source: The Australian
H/T: Gramfan

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Muslims Against Sharia Join Anti-Jihad Resistance Coalition

Muslims Against Sharia are proud to be the first Muslim organization to join Anti-Jihad Resistance coalition

Current members:
United American Committee
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Pen vs. the Sword
Americans Against Hate
American Congress for Truth
Horowitz Freedom Center
B'nai Elim
The Loyalists
America's Truth Forum
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The Infidel Association of America
Basics Project
Terror-Free Oil Initiative
Intelligence Summit
Muslims Against Sharia
Stop The Madrassa Coalition

Source: Anti-Jihad Resistance

Alms for Jihad-Reposting The Saudi Billionaire vs. Cambridge University Press-a must read to understand Shariah and Jihad against western values

Alms for Jihad
By Robert O. Collins

Mr. Collins is emeritus professor of history at UC Santa Barbara and co-author (with J. Millard Burr) of Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World (Cambridge University Press, 2006). The authors have previously co-authored three books: Requiem for The Sudan: War, Drought, and Disaster Relief on the Nile (1995), Africa's Thirty Years' War: Chad, Libya, and the Sudan, 1963-1993 (1999), and Revolutionary Sudan: Hasan al-Turabi and the Islamist State, 1989-2000 (2003).

On April 3, 2007 Kevin Taylor, Intellectual Property Manager for the Cambridge University Press (CUP), contacted Millard Burr and myself that the solicitors for Shaykh Khalid bin Mahfouz, Kendall Freeman, had informed CUP of eleven "allegations of defamation" in our book Alms for Jihad: Charities and Terrorism in the Islamic World and requested a response. On April 20 CUP received our seventeen page "robust defence," but it soon became apparent that CUP had decided not to defend Alms for Jihad given "knowledge of claims from previous litigation" and that "the top-line allegations of defamation made against us by bin Mahfouz are sustainable and cannot be successfully defended ...certainly not in the English courts, which is where the current action arises." Read more ...

Source: Sharia Finance Watch

Muslim cleric fighting deportation linked to terror group

NEWARK (AP) -- When he faces an immigration judge in two weeks, a popular Muslim cleric fighting deportation may have to counter claims that he confessed to being a member of a terrorist group.

According to Israeli military authorities, Imam Mohammad Qatanani admitted being a member of the militant Hamas organization during interrogation in 1993 in Israel.

"Imam Mohammed Katanani was convicted based on his own admission on charges of belonging to an unauthorized association and providing services to an unauthorized association, for being a member of Hamas and acting on its behalf," the Israeli army said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.

Source: AP
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Terms "Jihadist" And "Islamo-Fascist" Booted By Feds For Fear Of Antagonizing Jihadists and Islamo-Fascists

By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz

April 25, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - - Employing the twisted logic of not wishing to further stoke whatever additional enmity might exist in those already sworn to destroying the United States and West, the federal government has issued directives to stop the use of some of the most appropriate phrases and terms now being used to identify and describe the forces seeking to Islamize the Western world through force. Read more ...

Source: PipeLine News

State Department Funding ISNA's Propagation Of Islamism

By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer

April 25, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - - A grant made by the U.S. Dept. of State to the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the ongoing Holy Land Foundation terror funding prosecution, whose mission statement is "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope"] and the left wing National Peace Foundation is being used to fund Islamic da'wa via a spurious "citizen exchange" program. Read more ...

Source: PipeLine News

The New American Lexicon: Jihad, We Hardly Knew You

By Jeffrey Breinholt

Doug Farah, Steve Coughlin, and I have written about the efforts to replace jihad as a descriptive term for what we are fighting. In view of the reported decision by the State Department to reward these efforts, I do not want to belabor the point or my position (other than to note that there are plenty of human rights victims in countries that operate according to Shari'ah law who have much to say about whether the non-violent "striving" meaning of jihad results in innocuous statecraft). However, I do want to share the text of an e-mail I got today from one of my Muslim friends, which is a little sobering:
As a Muslim trying to help America defend itself against the Islamist jihad, I am outraged that our government is letting us down so badly by cozying up to the enemy. I have seen this happen in my home country and in so many other places, but I never thought it would happen here. I don't ever want to hear people asking me "where are the truly moderate Muslims" but the rest of us anti-Islamists are waiting (sadly and in a terribly frustrated way) for the next attack, which may (once again) force the "oh, let's not hurt our enemy's feelings" crowds to open their eyes and see the reality. I sincerely hope it won't be too late by then. What I really don't understand is what on earth happened to the Americans having the guts to stand up to evil? Why is America following in Europe's footsteps of appeasement? Is this what happened to all the good, decent and smart people who let Nazism take over, and then turned the blind eye to the Holocaust in their midst? So, never again is not really never again, huh? Is it too much relativism? Did Americans become too materialistic to recognize the power of destructive ideologies? It can't be ignorance anymore since a lot of material is out there making the argument. Maybe faced with too much information and all the side effects of globalization, people simply lost basic common sense? I know the Islamists. There is no stopping until you all accept their rule. Of course, I'll have to be taken care of a lot sooner than they come after you all!!
The views in this article do not reflect those of the Department if Justice.
Source: Counterterrorism Blog

Silencing the Critics of Islamic Extremism


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Source: Eye on the UN

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dangerous Word Games

By Steven Emerson

This is a memo to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), Hizballah (the Party of God), the Islamic State of Iraq, Egyptian Islamic Jihad and others:

Please consider changing your names to something a tad less religious sounding. Where you infuse your theological thought into radical politics and violence, things might get a little awkward for us. You see, if we point out that you identify yourselves with a religion, we might offend someone. That's the new policy of the U.S. government. It advises agencies to avoid using some of the same words that make up your very names.

All we're asking is that you meet us half way. Read more ...

Source: IPT News

France to host roundtables on Islamic Finance

PARIS, April 24 (KUNA) - The French Senate, or upper house of parliament, announced here Thursday that it is organizing two round table discussions May 14 to examine the role France can play in attracting Islamic funds and the opportunities opening up to work with Islamic funds on international finance markets.

The sessions will be presided over by the Senates Finance Commission president Jean Arthuis and will include participants from a variety of financial and investment bodies.

The first round table will examine “the integration of Islamic finance in the global financial system” and seek to determine the challenges for France in this area, the Senate said in a statement.

According to the statement, Islamic funds are now valued at around 700 billion dollars and have a “recognized growth potential” but these funds remain centred in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, where they continue to grow. Read more ...

Source: KUNA
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Geneva to host Islamic Conference in May to promote Shariah Laws

The rapid development of the Islamic finance and Islamic banking industry, not only in the Middle East but across the globe, has produced new Shariah compliant products and structures, which have in turn resulted in a substantial growth in demand for Islamic financial services. The number of Islamic institutions and their assets grew approximately at an average annual rate of 20% in the world.

Western countries are now developing more competitive Islamic Finance products which are no longer considered as a specialised structure developed for religious purposes. Except for London, European financial centres do currently not have a suitable offer to those who wish to invest a part in conformity with Islam, comparing to Dubai, Bahrain and Singapore. Although having a net delay in Islamic banking financial centres like Geneva manage today up to 300 billion dollars asset Moslems.

This conference aims to examine some critical issues arising from the implementation of Islamic Finance from jurist, legal, and practical perspectives with a focus on how to create Shariah Compliance in Financial Products, and how to incorporate Islamic Finance into the financial mainstream. Read more ...

Source: Financial Events
H/T: Sharia Finance Watch

Who is America Fighting - Jihadists or Extremists?

By Jeffrey Imm

Now we officially know the answer - the U.S. Government states that America is definitely not fighting "jihadists", based on new guidelines directing federal agencies not to even use the term "jihadist". So who is America fighting? Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells us: "the enemy is extremism". Read more ...

Source: Counterterrorism Blog

Netherlands: Proposal to ban fatwas

Ahmed Marouch, mayor of the Slotervaart neighborhood of Amsterdam, thinks that Dutch law should make issuing fatwas illegal. Marcouch said this in the TV program Pauw en Witteman. Read more ...

Source: Islam in Europe

Poll: Should Muslim extremist groups be banned or debated?

Recently there have been several suggestions that groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir should be debated, rather than made illegal. Read more ...

Source: Islam in Europe

Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid Warns: Freedom of Speech Might Lead to Freedom of Belief

Muhammad Al-Munajid
Muhammad Al-Munajid: "Some of these heretics say: 'Islam is not the private property of anyone.' So what do they want? They say: 'No sect has a monopoly on Islam.' So what do they want? They say: 'We want to issue rulings.' Someone who is ignorant, who does not know any Arabic, or who has no knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence wants to issue rulings?! They say: 'We reinterpret the texts.' There is a very dangerous conspiracy against the religion of Islam in newspapers and in what these people say. A journalist, or one of those lowlifes, wants to... These people are a mixture of Western, local, and imported ideologies, but they want to express their views with regard to religious rulings. This is the prerogative of religious scholars, not of ignorant people - the prerogative of knowledgeable people, not of fools or heretics. More ...

Source: MEMRI
Muhammad Al-Munajid
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Mecca Time

Mecca Time!

Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

(Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.)

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

Personally, I would prefer to be on "Howdy Doody Time!" But that's just me!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site

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Do Hamas Columnists Get Paid? Post Won't Say.

By Steven Emerson

Former President Jimmy Carter's Middle East trip has generated a fair amount of scorn because of his direct meetings and open embrace, both literal and figurative, of the terrorist group Hamas. Carter argues that peace between Israel and Palestinians cannot be reached without talking to the terrorists.

It is not a widely shared view. "The United States is not going to deal with Hamas and we had certainly told President Carter that we did not think meeting with Hamas was going to help" peace efforts, said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Even the Washington Post ridiculed Carter in an editorial April 17:
Mr. Carter justifies his meetings with familiar arguments about the value of dialogue with enemies. But he misses the point. Contacts between enemies can be useful: Israel is legendary for such negotiations, and even now it is engaged in back-channel bargaining with Hamas through Egypt. But it is one thing to communicate pragmatically, and quite another to publicly and unconditionally grant recognition and political sanction to a leader or a group that advocates terrorism, mass murder or the extinction of another state.
Read more ...

Source: IPT News

The Muslim Brotherhood and Voting

By Douglas Farah

If one wants to get a more realistic picture of how the Muslim Brotherhood and its international legacy organizations view voting and the democratic process than the usual platitudes of their public discourse, it is well worth reading the Guide to Voting in Islam, posted by the Muslim Association of Britain.

This document and commentary on its content was first posted on the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, available for a free subscription.

Because in political Islam there is no difference between the state and religion, voting itself becomes, as one British Imam is quoted in the document as saying, a form of Jihad. Read more ...

Source: Family Security Matters

CAIR v. the NYPD: The Wahhabi lobby attacks

By Stephen Schwartz

Last year the New York Police Department (NYPD) issued a clear-sighted and path-breaking document titled Radicalization in the West: The Home-Grown Threat. Prepared by Mitchell D. Silber and Arvin Bhatt of the NYPD Intelligence Division, the report was serious, well-researched, and articulate. It traced radical Sunni Muslim activities in non-Muslim countries to the "jihadi-Salafi" ideology, better known as Wahhabism, created in Saudi Arabia and supported by major extremist resources in Pakistan (the jihadist movement of Mawdudi) and Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood). It was posted on the internet by Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan and may be read here.

Radicalization in the West met with enthusiastic approval from anti-extremist, moderate Muslims, but with predictable condemnation from the "Wahhabi lobby" represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies. On November 23, 2007, as disclosed in documents made available to me, a statement was composed, in the name of the "Muslim community," protesting against the NYPD's release of the report. Employing the typically arrogant, peremptory, and militant idiom of the Islamist movements, the statement called on New York police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Read more ...

Source: The Weekly Standard

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Terrorist Cries and Lies

By Joe Kaufman

The movie USA vs. Al-Arian, about the trial of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian, has been released to the public via the internet. Its producers refer to it as a "documentary." That is just as much of a fable as the way the terrorist's family has been portrayed in the film.

Sami Al-Arian was indicted in February of 2003, charged with leading an American cell for the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). During the mid-eighties to mid-nineties, Al-Arian had succeeded in building an entire infrastructure for PIJ within Southwest Florida. As well, he had been involved in the 1981 founding of the future propaganda wing of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and the 2000 establishment of a Tampa subsidiary to Al-Qaeda financier, the Al-Baraka Group.

Regardless of any of this, Al-Arian has his supporters. One of them is a Norwegian filmmaker named Line Halvorsen, who, according to her bio, took an interest in the Al-Arian case in 2004.

USA vs. Al-Arian premiered to a sold-out crowd, in Tampa, Florida, on May 16, 2007. The theatre canopy read in lights, "C.A.I.R. PRESENTS USA VS. AL-ARIAN." Indeed, CAIR has been a major part of the Al-Arian support network -- the group's Tampa chapter head, Ahmed Bedier, playing the role of Al-Arian's unofficial spokesman from the start. Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

Kurds Provide Safe Haven for Christians

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

The Kurdish regional government in Northern Iraq is providing a safe haven to several thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled persecution in other parts of the country, government officials and local pastors told Newsmax.

Unlike refugee camps set up for some 100,000 Shia Muslims fleeing attacks from Sunnis, which are closely monitored by Kurdish security forces, Christians have been encouraged to live anywhere.

"Christians in Iraq need special attention, because they've been suffering because they are Christians," Deputy Prime Minister Omar Fattah told Newsmax in an exclusive interview in Erbil. "Maybe we give some instructions to others where they can go, but to Christians, never, because we are not afraid they will be terrorists." Read more ...

Source: NewsMax

Algeria passport veil ban protest

By Magdi Abdelhadi

Muslim Scholars in Algeria say a government ban on pictures of veiled women in passport photographs runs counter to Sharia law.

The Society of Algerian Muslim Scholars has denounced the ban, which also applies to bearded men.

The organisation says the veil and beard are part of Muslim tradition which cannot be outlawed.

The society says it issued a fatwa against the ban after receiving hundreds of complaints. Read more ...

Source: BBC

The Muslim Students Association at Virginia Commonwealth University

On April 8, 2002, MSA-VCU was the principal sponsor of a presentation titled "Struggling for Truth and Justice: The Legacy of Malcolm X." (Co-sponsors included VCU's Department of Religious Studies, Student Government Association, Black Caucus, African Students Union, Students for Political Awareness, and the campus chapter of the NAACP.) Read more ...

Source: FrontPage Magazine

"Honor Killer" Yaser Said, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Underground

Amina and Sarah Siad
By Pamela Geller

After Yaser Said murdered older daughter Amina in cold blood and then pumped nine bullets into his tiny daughter, Sarah Said, he intended to flee the country (which would explain why he parked so near the airport). What he did not count on was Sarah's super human ability to make a 911 call pleading for her life, identifying where they were. Yasir was forced to move the bodies and his plan unraveled from there.

When he moved the girls bodies to a deserted part of the Omni hotel parking lot, Yasir was covered in blood and too far from anywhere to travel on foot. Someone had to have come and picked him up. Who? Who helped Yasir that night? Who did Yaser Said call on his cell phone? Who? Have police checked those cell phone records?

Yaser Said made the lives of his wonderful, athletic, top honors daughters a living hell. This sexual sociopath raped them in their youth and beat them fiercely as a regular diet.

"Honor killer" Yaser Said and his three younger brothers are very close. They take care of each other. This is as much a religious mandate as it is familial. Muslims brothers take care of each other. I suspect it is Yaser's brothers who have set Yasir up in the Muslim underground. They have extensive connections and own real estate together in Texas, New York and even Indiana. Read more ...

Source: Atlas

Saudi Women Appeal For Legal Freedoms

In Riyadh, the college day begins for female students behind a locked door that will remain that way until male guardians come to collect them. Later, in a female-run business, everyone must vacate the premises so a delivery man can drop off a package. In Jeddah, a 40-year-old divorced woman cannot board a plane without the written permission of her 23-year-old son. Elsewhere, a female doctor cannot leave the house at all as her male driver fails to turn up for work. These scenes make up the daily reality for half of the Saudi Kingdom, the only country where women legally belong to men. Read more ...

Source: Pat Dollard

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