A Christian is beaten by Pakistani police. (Photo: © Reuters). Photo courtesy of: The Clarion Project
by, Tahir Gora | The Clarion Project
The Pakistani Consul-General in Toronto, Muhammad Nafees Zakaria, was not happy when he had to listen to Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander. The Minister’s message was clear: Pakistan must address its human rights violations and mistreatment of minorities such as Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis.
Alexander was speaking to the International Christian Voice’s event in memory of Pakistani parliamentarian Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated by the Taliban three years ago for demanding an end to the country’s blasphemy law. The blasphemy law is like a black sword hanging over the heads of Pakistan’s minorities. There is even a shameful declaration form for Ahmadi Muslims that declares them to be non-Muslims at the Consul-General’s Toronto office.
Alexander mentioned the Pakistani state authorities’ bleak record on free press. He talked about a journalist, Saleem Shahzad, who was allegedly killed by the notorious intelligence agencies.
Pakistani Consul-General Zakaria did not say a single word about repealing the blasphemy law. He didn’t even say he’d deliver the message to the Pakistani government. He couldn’t even bring himself to tell Canadian parliamentarians that he’d pass on their concerns to Islamabad, even if he doesn’t agree with Alexander.
Instead, Zakaria blamed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan for the problem of the Taliban in Pakistan. He framed the Taliban as a product of the covert U.S. effort against the Soviets, leaving Pakistan innocent and noble. This is a common excuse used by the Pakistani establishment that doesn’t want to take responsibility for their involvement in creating the problem of the Taliban and other extremists.
Pakistan’s establishment still considers those Islamic terrorists and their sharia-bound ideology as an asset for them strategically, even as the growing anarchy in the region and the actions of different Taliban groups force the Pakistani government to take a stronger stance.
The Consul-General’s discussion of the Taliban and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a diversion.
The official declaration of Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims by the state of Pakistan happened long before the Soviet invasion. The blasphemy laws and oppression of minorities has nothing to do with that conflict.
The laws have made hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis flee the country. They have directly and indirectly caused hundreds of deaths and the destruction of dozens of churches, Hindu and Sikh temples and Ahmadi mosques.
Mr. Zakaria, Consul-General of Pakistan, please don’t be upset by our Minister Alexander’s sincere message to the Pakistani government. Please convey it and think about it.
Clean-up on aisle 6. Photo courtesy of: Khaama Press
‘..Muzzie go boom..’
by, Ghanizada | Khaama Press | h/t Trop
GHAZNI, Afghanistan: At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The interior ministry following a statement said the incident took place inside a mosque in Deh Yak district on Saturday.
The statement by interior ministry further added that the explosion left seven militants dead and there were no other casualties.
Interior ministry condemned the anti-government militant groups for using religious places for conducting terrorist activities and said such activities show that the militant groups are acting against the principles of Islam.
The anti-government militant groups including the Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces, however innocent civilians are mostly targeted in such attacks.
The United Nations in its latest report earlier last month also said that the improvised explosive device (IEDs) planted by anti-government armed militant groups, were the major contributor to civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
UN in its report said the anti-government armed militant groups were responsible for 34 percent of all civilian casualties which were caused due to improvised explosive device (IEDs).
by, Zofeen T. Ebrahim | Index on Censorship
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) have pronounced that laws prohibiting child marriage in Pakistan are un-Islamic. The move has been slammed by a coalition of over a hundred Islamabad-based civili society organisations, who have labelled it a violation of Pakistani women’s and girls’ fundamental human rights. The CII is a constitutional body but its advice is non-binding on both the government and the parliament.
The CII’s declaration on early marriage follows hot on the heels of another controversial proclamation by its chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani, saying that the current law requiring a man to seek written permission from his wife before contracting a second marriage should be amended.
Experts see these the CII’s priorities skewed at a time when the country is already reeling from an extremist onslaught for which there has been little condemnation from the same quarters. Instead, it has found fit to pick on issues that had long been settled and accepted by the Pakistani society.
“We are not conspiracy theorists, but are forced to wonder why such deliberately anti-women/girls advice comes now, 53 years after the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961, was promulgated?” asked a group of civil society organisations, including Women Action Forum and Pakistan Reproductive Health Network, in a joint press release. The CII’s advice, it stated, came at a “critical juncture”, when the government was holding talks with the Taliban.
“Does the government wish to further appease and placate the bloodthirsty killers of 60,000 Pakistanis with further Islamisation and shariatisation measures? If so, why does the so-called Islamisation begin and end only with a violation of Pakistani women’s and girls’ fundamental human rights, enshrined in the unanimously endorsed constitution, and even before that, inherent in our humanity?” the statement read.
“This shows a mindset that is regressive,” says rights activist and documentary film maker Samar Minallah, who has worked extensively on highlighting traditions like Vani (women and girls given in marriage to hostile families as compensation for a relative’s crime to end feuds) and child marriage.
“It shows how Islam continues to be misinterpreted and distorted for political reasons,” Minallah continued, adding: “The shocking part is that the parliamentarians reinforce this mindset by remaining silent. It is a deliberate effort to create confusion and degrade women.”
Rafia Zakria, a lawyer and regular Dawn columnist, fears this may well legalise child abuse. She argues CII’s edict is unacceptable because “there are many Islamic scholars who have issued rulings opposing child marriage, highlighting the contractual aspect of Islamic marriage and the fact that minors cannot give consent hence making such marriages prima facie unacceptable.”
Zakaria also points out that Pakistan has ratified and signed several international treaties underscoring the necessity of protecting children especially girls. ”Cumulatively it will serve to substantiate stereotypes about Pakistan as a country that cannot respect the rights of women and children, and which is oriented backwards into ignorance as opposed to forward into enlightenment.”
“Health consequences of early marriage are grave and many,” explains Dr Farid Midhet who heads the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Pakistan for USAID.
The adolescent girl, he says, is incapable of fully understanding and bearing the burden of pregnancy and childbirth. “Probability of maternal death and neonatal death is significantly higher in the early ages (under 20 years).” Having worked in the field and with communities, Midhet says premature births and congenital abnormalities are higher among births to young mothers. In addition, he finds, there is an increased risk of malaria, sexually transmitted diseases and cervical cancer among women who marry early.
Apart from the physiological toll early marriage takes on a young girl, the social consequences are as grave. “Early marriage denies the girl child her right to education, bonding with her peers, personality development and mature thinking. Young girls are almost always married against their wishes, or they are unable to fully understand and give consent for the marriage,” he said.
And so Midhet feels it is important for public health experts to voice their concerns by “making a case against early marriage, listing the social, health, economic and religious factors, and then approach the CII (or other scholars/institutions) to request them to declare, or at least recommend, that girls must not be married while they are in puberty, and that delaying marriage is not against Islam.”
In their statement, the civil society coalition has urged the government to abolish CII and in the meantime replace chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani with someone who is “educated, enlightened, progressive and a real Islamic scholar”. It also demanded that the government ensure at least 50 percent of CII members are female and 5 percent non-Muslims.
Obviously distraught, the little girl on the (left) has just learned that tomorrow is her wedding day to a 94-year-old Moslem man that she has never met. She is almost 1-year-old which makes her an eligible bachelorette in the Islamic world. Inshallah.
A new initiative to end child marriage in Pakistan will see the creation of child-marriage free zones.
by, The Clarion Project
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN special envoy on global education, has announced the establishment of “child-marriage free zones” in Pakistan, as part of a global effort to combat the practice.
The scheme will try to keep Pakistani girls in school. The UN has pledged $10 million and the 100 million euros to boost the number of children in education. Women’s education one of the cornerstones of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which aims to get every child into education by December 2015 (among other goals).
Gordon Brown said in his announcement “as part of our campaign to get every child at school, we want to remind people that the world does not want girls to be married as girls, as brides when they should be at school.” He made the announcement while on a visit to Islamabad at the invitation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Child marriage is widespread in Pakistan, particularly in rural areas where literacy rates are low, and most children do not stay in full-time education. Many families are forced to sell their daughters to older men, as they cannot afford to feed them at home.
Charities, NGOs and activists have been campaigning against child marriage in Pakistan for some time. Action Aid and Girls Not Bridesrun their own campaigns in Pakistan specifically, as well as in other countries where child marriage is common. The Girl Effect fights to end child marriage and keep girls in education worldwide, based on the principle that educating girls and keeping them from becoming mothers too young breaks the cycle of poverty.
Pakistani lawmaker Marvi Memon is fighting to raise the fine for child marriage from $10 to $1,000. She told NBC “these girls are being treated as cattle. They are dying. We cannot have little girls being married off at 15 and 16 and being forced to produce kids. It doesn’t make sense medically, and it doesn’t make sense economically.” She is from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League.
Conservatives typically support the practice as traditional. The Council of Islamic Ideology, a body which advises the government on how to keep legislation compliant with sharia law, recently ruled that current restrictions on child-marriage are “un-Islamic.”
According to Mr. Brown there are seven million Pakistani children who are not in school.
Editorial Footnote: I think they already have “Child-Marriage Free Zones” in Pakistan. Those are the areas where the Christians and Hindus live. I bet those new child-marriage free zones will be the smallest, most remote parcels of uninhabitable land known to mankind. I’m quite sure no Moslem male.. especially a Pakistani Moslem male would come within a 1,000 yards of a “Child-Marriage Free Zone.” That is, unless he was coming only to rape and molest the little girls, like normal and then, drag them and their dolls off to be married outside of “the zone.” – j.s.m
Most of the women and children trafficked endure months if not years of torture before rescue. Photo courtesy of: The Daily Mail Online
- As many as 25,000 Moldovans fall prey to trafficking gangs each year
- Of those, 10% are thought to be children according to the IOM
- Author Stela Brinzeanu met trafficking victims while researching new novel
- Bessarabian Nights follows two friends as they hunt for a trafficked girl
Beaten, Raped, Tortured and Starved
by, Stela Brinzeanu | The Daily Mail Online | h/t The Muslim Issue
Victoria avoids all eye contact. Her gaze alternates between boring into the ground and scouring the horizon out the window. Her right foot taps nervously on the wooden floor.
She is one of the 55 female trafficking victims helped each year at the crisis intervention centre run by the International Organisation for Migration and the Ministry of Labour in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.
Her story is shocking. ‘A childhood friend told me she worked in a boutique in Dubai and could help me get a similar job,’ she explains. ‘She put me in touch with a guy who arranged my trip to Odessa [in Ukraine] and onward from Kiev to Dubai.
‘In Dubai I was met by a Russian speaking woman, Oxana, who took me to a flat with six other girls from Eastern Europe.
‘Oxana told me I’d been sold and took my passport away. I refused to see clients and as a result, was denied food. My cries and pleas were met with blows and kicks.’
Appalling though it is, Victoria is by no means alone. She’s just one of an estimated 800,000 women and children tricked and trafficked into a life of beatings, rape and torture every year.
In Moldova, the country that she – and I – once called home, human trafficking is a huge problem, with an estimated 25,000 Moldovans trafficked abroad in 2008 according to Moldova’s national Bureau of Statistics.
Men are taken to work on building sites and farms, while women like Victoria are mostly sold into the sex trade in Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, the UAE, and elsewhere.
Many of those taken abroad suffer extreme violence and are beaten and raped by their ‘owners.’ Photo courtesy of: The Daily Mail Online
Victims can be as young as 12-years-old, with the International Organisation for Migration estimating that 10 per cent of the Moldovans taken are children.
I met Victoria while researching my novel, Bessarabian Nights, which follows two friends as they attempt to save a third from the trafficking gangs still common in Eastern Europe.
Shockingly, many of the women I spoke to had been sold into prostitution by people they knew and told me that many of recruiters were women.
Some of the girls didn’t even think of themselves as victims: Having previously been abused by family members, they considered violence to be normal.
One girl who certainly thought that way was Irina, a girl brutalised and left pregnant by her violent father before being trafficked to Turkey.
‘There is nothing extraordinary or unusual about my story. Or I don’t think so,’ she told me. ‘Like many other families in Moldova, ours was very poor – so poor we fed our dog dried corn.
‘After my mother died of breast cancer and father went to prison for raping me, I was left alone and pregnant.
‘My godmother offered to help with the abortion and arranged for me to go to Turkey. “The conditions are much better there and they’ll look after you,” she told me.
‘At the airport in Istanbul I was met by two men who drove me to a property where there were three other girls, Moldovan and Ukrainian, and told me I was to serve their clients.
‘I told them I was pregnant but the men raped me in the next room that same day.’
One of the women currently being helped by in the IMO’s Chisinau anti-trafficking centre. Photo courtesy of: The Daily Mail Online
For rural girls like Irina, high unemployment, widespread domestic violence and rife alcoholism further exacerbate the problem and make them more vulnerable to human trafficking than their city dwelling counterparts.
Over half the victims I met were from the Moldovan countryside, where a patriarchal mentality and religious traditions still uphold discrimination against women.
The recruiters exploit the fact that these people are less knowledgeable about the process and risks of moving abroad for work, and as in Irina’s case, tell them they’ll be well treated when, in fact, the reality is quite different.
Although many do eventually escape their captors, the impact of being forced into slavery can have severe emotional consequences as Victoria makes plain.
‘Locked up and under constant security, I saw no way out,’ she continues. ‘Weak from starvation and abuse, I agreed to seeing clients.
‘There was no choice but work the streets and nightclubs every day, sometimes serving up to a dozen men or even more.
Victoria is just one of an estimated 800,000 women sold into sex slavery abroad each year. Photo courtesy of: The Daily Mail Online
‘My captors took all the money on the pretext I owed them for flights and accommodation. The security guy who drove me everywhere raped me every time I refused his advances, which was almost daily.
‘My bruises and cuts were habitually covered with cheap make-up. After a few weeks I managed to use the phone of one of my clients and called a friend I knew in Dubai.
‘She helped me run away and report my circumstances to a charity organisation there. I was promptly returned to Moldova.’
Others, such as Irina, find ways to adapt – even if that means overcoming repeatedly being raped when dealing with the aftermath of an abortion.
‘I cried and pleaded them to spare me the ordeal [of being prostituted] but was told they had paid good money for me, which I had to return,’ continues Irina.
‘I was driven to various hotels and houses to see men for two weeks before I had the abortion. Days after, I was taken to see clients again.
‘It was dreadful at the beginning and I was frightened. But the living conditions there were a lot better than at home and they gave us plenty of food too.
‘I worked in Turkey for a year before we were arrested following a police raid and sent back to Moldova and Ukraine, penniless.’
Although for Irina and Victoria the nightmare is, for now at least, over, while poverty and unemployment in Moldova remain rampant, the problem is likely to continue.
Warning girls of the risks abroad is not enough. Viable alternatives such as skills training, employment opportunities and investment in human potential, needs to be more widely available.
Otherwise, regardless of the potential risks, men, women and children will continue to be trafficked out of Moldova. Ignorance, as much as desperation, is what sends them abroad.
by, Mariam Rizk | AP | The Globe and Mail | h/t Trop
CAIRO, Egypt: A court in Egypt’s second-largest city sentenced two supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death on Saturday for throwing two people off the roof of a building during violent protests after the Islamist president was ousted, according to Egypt’s state news agency.
The agency said the court in Alexandria found the men guilty of murdering a child and a young man in the coastal city during mass protests that demanded Morsi’s reinstatement after he was removed from power by the military.
Video courtesy of: MEMRI.TV
The roof incident happened July 5 of last year, two days after Morsi’s ouster. It was one of the most dramatic acts of violence on a day in which 16 other people were killed in Alexandria.
Judge Sayed Abdel-Latif said he would issue the verdict against another 60 defendants charged with violence that day in another two months. It was not clear why the ruling was split into two.
One of those killed was nine-year-old Hamada Badr, who witnesses including an Associated Press journalist said was stabbed and then thrown off the roof. Another man in his twenties was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters were seen beating his lifeless body.
The father of the nine-year old said the verdict was partial vindication.
“But I want all the Brotherhood leadership tried and sentenced to death,” said Badr Hassouna.
Video footage of the incidents was repeatedly aired on national TV. It also showed one of the defendants roaming the roof raising a black flag often used by Islamic militants.
Another 12 people were killed elsewhere in Egypt that day in clashes sparked when tens of thousands of enraged Morsi supporters took to the street after a Muslim Brotherhood leader called on “defending” the ousted Islamist president who was then in military custody.
The violence set the tone for months to come. Authorities have since intensified a crackdown on Morsi supporters and dispersed protests in which over 1,000 were killed and thousands others were detained.
Last week, a court sentenced 529 Islamists to death for killing a policeman in the province of Minya, south of Cairo. Morsi and most of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership are detained, facing trials on charges ranging from murder to incitement of violence to conspiring with foreign groups to destabilize Egypt.
Almost no official has been held accountable for the killing of protesters. The government has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and blames it for waging a campaign of violence in Egypt.
Meanwhile, attacks on troops and police have increased, leaving hundreds dead. The Brotherhood denies it is behind the campaign of violence.
Also Saturday, airport officials said a Brotherhood leader arrested in Kuwait at Cairo’s behest was extradited to Egypt for prosecution.
Mohammed el-Qabouti is wanted for trial on suspicion he incited violence against authorities last summer. The handover of el-Qabouti is the first reported case of Cairo’s Gulf allies arresting and extraditing members of the Brotherhood to Egypt. Authorities reported his arrest in Kuwait earlier this month.
Following Saturday’s verdict, defendants in a cage in court raised the four-finger sign, a symbol of defiance associated with Morsi supporters. Families were not allowed into the court, and had to wait outside amid tight security.
Eight months after Morsi’s ouster, his supporters still protest, often sparking clashes on the streets with security forces or political opponents.
In the latest bout of violence Friday, five people were killed including a young female journalist who was shot in the head.
Four others were shot in the head and the chest, Hisham Abdel Hamid, spokesman of the forensic authority told CBC-TV Saturday. Protesters on the scene said they were attacked without warning by police with live ammunition. But the ministry of Interior said the slain were killed by protesters who carried weapons.
One of those killed was a Christian woman. Security officials said protesters pulled her out of her car when they spotted a cross inside. She was then shot, the officials said quoting witnesses. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Elsewhere on Saturday, at least eight people were killed in explosion in a house where fuel was being stored for sale on the black market, the head of security in the southern province of Sohag, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Saber said. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, which wounded 64 people, including 25 who were in critical condition, Saber said.
Egypt is reeling from a shortage of fuel products, increasing hoarding and illegal sales.
Girls in madrassa.
by, India Tv News | h/t Trop
Sangrur, Punjab: Sangrur police on Thursday arrested the headmaster of a madrasa in Malerkotla on charge of raping a Class 5 student and molesting four other girls inside the madrasa premises.
SSP Sangrur Mandeep Singh Sidhu said, the 13-year-old girl alleged that Mohammad Amjad Khan, 25, in-charge of the madrasa, raped her on February 26 and March 17 inside a room in the madras premises during special classes held after school hours.
The girl alleged that Amjad Khan, a resident of Barkatpura village, also molest four girls of her age on the madrasa premises.
Tempers of parents of fifth class students of the school ran high when they learnt about the sexual assault.
Malerkotla DSP William Zeji rushed to the spot and recorded the statements of the agitated parents who stated that the girls were blackmailed by the accused who threatened to fail them in examination if they did not fulfil his sexual desire.
Amjad Khan has been arrested under section 376 (rape), 354-A (sexual assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code and other sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Rangers stand guard outside a temple in Site on Friday. Photo: INP. Courtesy of: Express Tribune
by, Z Ali | Express Tribune | h/t Trop
HYDERABAD, Pakistan: A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated on Friday morning.
Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7am. The men prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata.
“They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene oil and set everything ablaze.” The temple’s caretaker, Revo Meghwadh, died five months ago, after being bitten by a snake inside the temple.
According to Darshan, the faces of the attackers were partly covered so he will not be able to identify them. They escaped without facing any resistance, he added. The fire, which gutted the photos of the Hindu deities hanging on the walls, was put out by the locals.
A Hindu woman prays inside the Kali Mata temple in Hyderabad. The Hanuman temple desecrated on Friday is located in the same compound. Photo: INP. Courtesy of: Express Tribune
The temple is located in Kali Mata Colony on the foothills of the Ganjo Takkar mountain range. The colony, inhabited by around 500 to 600 scheduled-caste families, is named after the historic Kali Mata temple, which was located in a mountain cave before the new temple was built. Hanuman’s temple is situated at the colony’s entrance, some 350 to 400 feet away from the Kali Mata’s temple. The attack came weeks before the April 14 fair organised at the temple every year.
According to Krishan Kumar, who represents the colony’s community, Hanuman’s idol was placed at the colony’s gate. Last year, a family gave a small room to shift the idol. He refused to accept that Friday’s attacks were caused due to any rivalries. The people of this area mostly belong to the labour class, he said, adding that they neither fight with neighbouring communities nor have they received any threats. “We have been living here for centuries because of Kali Mata’s temple. Never in the past were we attacked this way.”
The attack triggered protests at Fateh Chowk, Tando Wali Muhammad, Liaquat Colony, Cantt, Bombay Bakery and GOR Colony areas. These protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. Those belonging to other castes did not show up at the protests but did issue statements to condemn the attack. Some representatives also visited the temple.
According to DIG Sanaullah Abbassi, the initial investigations suggest the attack did not happen due to any communal strife. Nevertheless, the local DSP and SHO have been suspended and an FIR has been lodged against three unidentified attackers on the complaint of Krishan Kumar.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Muhammad Nawaz Soho met the community leaders and assured them that his district administration will pay to remake the idol and the temple.
Obama with King Abdullah
A comprehensive study commissioned by the State Dept. was suppressed because the result showed such damning evidence.
by, Clarion Project
A study commissioned by the State Department which shows the systematic indoctrination of Saudi school children with extremist ideology through their school textbooks has been suppressed by the very government agency that requested it.
Directed by the Obama administration not willing to rock the boat at a time when American relations with Saudi Arabia are strained, the State Department has refused to make the results of the study public.
In 2011, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), a non-profit organization, was contracted by the State Department to conduct a comprehensive study on Saudi Arabia’s government-issued textbooks, which are used both inside the kingdom and abroad – including those in the United States. By 2012, the report was ready.
Yet, because the results were so damning to the Saudis — showing intense religious hatred to Christians and Jews, as well as incitement to act against them — the report was never made public. The accusations of intentional suppression were made by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank head by former CIA chief R. James Woolsey.
The Foundation reports that a State Department official confirmed that ICRD was paid half a million dollars to conduct the study, which is referred to on ICRD’s website. The same official claimed that the project was not a “study” but was in actuality a “technical assistance program” designed to help the kingdom identify areas where reforms need to be made.
The Foundation asserts that withholding the results of the study is a supreme disservice to the American public and quotes Michael Posner, who directed the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor when the study was commissioned. “The broader issue to me is a security interest … when you have schools or texts or the combination that are essentially reinforcing the worst stereotypes and promoting this vitriolic approach, you’re actually radicalizing young people for the next generation,” Posner said.
In a report titled “Textbook Diplomacy: Why the State Department Shelved a Study on Incitement in Saudi Educational Materials,” the Foundation also quotes Stuart Levy, the former Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Levy contends that fighting this indoctrination is “even more important” than fighting terrorist finance. “Unless the next generation of children is taught to reject violent extremism, we will forever be faced with the challenge of disrupting the next group of terrorist facilitators and supporters,” Levy added.
In addition to schools within the kingdom, the textbooks are sent for free to close to 20 Saudi-run academies abroad, including those in the United States.
The Foundation remarks that, “It is worth noting that the 1999 valedictorian of a Saudi Academy in northern Virginia that used the Kingdom’s textbooks is currently serving a life sentence for conspiring with al Qaeda to assassinate President George W. Bush.”
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, when it emerged that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, successive U.S. governments have tried to influence the Saudis to rewrite its textbooks which were found to contain hateful, extremist material.
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UNESCO Funded by Saudi Arabia and the Re-writing of Textbooks Worldwide:
by, Ben Evansky | FNC
The UN agency that promotes education wants a say in how future textbooks are written, and Saudi Arabia — a nation whose own school books have been criticized for promoting hatred of Christians and Jews — is helping to bankroll the effort.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is currently working with member states to revise its strategy for the publication of textbooks and learning materials. According to UNESCO’s website, experts from 21 countries met in Paris last month at a meeting financed by a $29,000 Saudi donation and focused in part on “ways to ensure that content aimed at students systematically reflects cultural and religious diversity, and avoids gender stereotypes.”
Then, last week, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah cut a $20 million check to UNESCO’s emergency fund.
“Saudi textbooks are extremely hateful and full of xenophobic texts.”
- Ali AlAhmed
Critics warn that the funding will come at a price, and predict the Saudis will want input into what goes into rewritten textbooks.
“Saudi textbooks are extremely hateful and full of xenophobic texts,” said Ali AlAhmed, author of the upcoming book “Saudi School Books: Objective Education or Extremist Indoctrination?” and director of the Gulf Institute in Washington, D.C.
According to AlAhmed, the Saudi funding “shows how xenophobic governments like [that of] the Saudis are able to buy influence.” He said UNESCO was betraying its mandate to uphold “value and standards of education and tolerance” as he warned UNESCO and the UN system as a whole were “susceptible to financial buyouts from countries like Saudi Arabia.”
Drawing from research in his upcoming book, which assessed Saudi school textbooks for the last academic year, AlAhmed gave examples of what Saudi children are taught. He said a guidebook says first-grade teachers should tell students that:
“Adhering to Islam is the only path to enter heaven, and escape hellfire.”
“It is from Islam to love Muslims, and to hate the unbelievers and not to imitate them.”
“Examples of false religions [include] Judaism, Christianity.”
AlAhmed says a ninth-grade book teaches that, “The Jews and the Christians are enemies of the believers. He says an 11th-grade book states, “The cursed are: The Christians and all those who have erred from the true path, and worshipped God with other than his orders.”
While the Saudi Embassy press spokesperson in Washington D.C. failed to respond to a request for comment, a UNESCO official signaled that the financial support of members was welcomed.
“Each country has the ultimate responsibility for the content of its national textbooks,” said Qian Tang, UNESCO’s assistant director general for education. “UNESCO’s aim is to encourage and support those responsible (in ministries of education) for the writing and production of textbooks to reflect on how textbook content should promote respect and tolerance for diversity and eliminate all forms of negative stereotypes. “
Tang said “member states’ engagement in this important area of work is welcomed by UNESCO, as is their financial contribution.”
“Opening up dialogue and producing resources that support countries to reflect on the role of textbooks in the learning environment, not only in relation to subject ‘facts’ but also in relation to tolerance, non-discrimination and social cohesion, is an important means of promoting peace and tolerance,” Tang added.
But Brooke Goldstein, director of The Lawfare Project, a non-profit legal think tank based in New York, challenged that position.
“Posturing as though Saudi Arabia’s contribution to UNESCO is somehow going to better reflect cultural and religious diversity and avoid gender stereotypes is an outright lie,” Goldstein said. “By working with Saudi Arabia to revise its children’s curriculum, UNESCO is not only legitimizing the Kingdom’s hate-education system, but abetting the premeditated murder of innocent Muslim children and fomenting educational conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.”
Goldstein added, “It should be no surprise, but is nonetheless of utmost concern, that the Saudis are actively working to influence UNESCO’s education curriculum.”
The Obama administration cut funding to UNESCO in October 2011 after a majority of its members voted to grant the Palestinians full membership. U.S. law mandated the cut.
by, Zaheer Babar | AP | ABC News | h/t Trop
A court convicted a Pakistani Christian man and sentenced him to death Thursday in a blasphemy case that sparked a riot last year in the eastern city of Lahore, according to his lawyer.
Naeem Shakir, the lawyer for Sawan Masih, said a judge announced the verdict during a hearing at the jail where the trial has been held out of fears that Masih might be attacked on his way to court. Shakir said he would appeal.
Although Pakistan has never executed anybody under the law, crowds angered over blasphemy accusations have been known to take the law into their own hands and kill those they suspect of violating it. Once an accusation is made it is extremely difficult to reverse, in part because law enforcement personnel do not want to appear to be going easy on suspects.
Such vigilantism has created a climate of fear, forcing frightened judges into holding court sessions inside jails and keeping witnesses from coming to the defense of those on trial.
Many human rights activists say the blasphemy law, which allows for punishment of life in prison or death, is misused as a way to target people for personal gain or revenge.
The incident that led to Thursday’s conviction began March 7 last year when a young Muslim man accused Masih of maligning the Prophet Muhammad. Police arrested Masih, but the next day a mob ransacked the neighborhood where he and other Christians live, setting fire to homes and destroying household possessions.
Fearing for their safety, hundreds of Christian families fled the area overnight ahead of the riots. Many in the neighborhood have since moved back, and their homes have been rebuilt.
The police arrested 83 suspects following the rampage, including the man who brought the complaint against Masih, said a Lahore police official, Rana Taseer Riaz. But so far none of the suspects have been convicted and all were released on bail, he said.
Amnesty International condemned Masih’s conviction and sentencing. The organization said there were serious concerns about the fairness of his trial and called for his immediate release. The organization also called on Pakistan to bring to trial the people responsible for attacking the Christian homes.
“Failure to do so will effectively send the message that anyone can commit outrageous abuses and excuse them as defense of religious sentiments,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.
Pakistan’s blasphemy law has existed since even before the country’s 1947 founding. During the 1980s, the U.S.-backed military dictator, Gen. Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq, amended it to add the death penalty and single out Islam as the religion that may not be insulted, among other changes.
Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana in Islamabad contributed to this report.
by, Theodore Shoebat | Shoebat.com
The final seconds of life for these terrorists..
Video courtesy of: Walid and Theodore Shoebat
by, Dr. Peter Hammond | Misconceptions | h/t Anglo-Saxon Mark
Islam Is Not A Religion Or A Cult.
In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life!
Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components, but the religious component is simply a beard for all of the other components.
How Is Islamization Achieved?
Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.
When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components creep in as well..
Here’s How It Works
* The following figures were correct in 2008, so most countries will have experienced an increase in Islamization since then. The current percentage of Muslims in ALL of the countries below have increased dramatically and will be much higher than the figure listed.
Whilst the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, it will for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.
This is still the case in:
United States — Muslim 0.6%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1.8%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%
But From 2% To 5%
Muslims begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from jails and street gangs.
This is happening in:
Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%
From Five To Nine Percent
From 5% – 9% Muslims begin to exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.
They begin by pushing for the introduction of halal food which in turn secures
food preparation jobs for Muslims.
They then increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves, along with threats for noncompliance.
This is happening in:
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%
At this point, Muslims will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law.
The ultimate and openly expressed goal of Islamist leaders is to establish Sharia law throughout the world, and I admire Muslim leaders for their honesty!
But sadly for non-Islamic countries, their leaders mostly say, “They’re just saying that”.
From Ten To Nineteen Percent
When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they increase lawlessness by protesting their conditions, and in Paris, cars are still being burned every night.
Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.
Such tensions are now seen daily, particularly in Muslim areas in:
Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 15%
From Twenty To Thirty Nine Percent
After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burning of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%
From Forty To Fifty Nine Percent
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare.
Such as in:
Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%
From Sixty To Seventy Nine Percent
From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya which is a tax placed on infidels.
Such as in:
Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%
From Eighty To Ninety Nine Percent
After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide as these nations drive out the infidels and move toward a 100% Muslim population.
Such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%
One Hundred Percent
100% should usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’, which is the Islamic House of Peace!
But There Is No Peace!
At this point there is supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word.
Such as in:
Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 100%
Peace is never achieved however, because in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.
Ghettos In Non-Islamic Lands
It is important to understand that in some countries, which have well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law, and the national police daren’t even enter these ghettos.
There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities.
In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large.
The children attend madrasses.
They learn only the Koran.
To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death.
Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise far more power than the national average would indicate.
The Growth Of Islam
Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population, but their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers.
Muslims are likely to exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.
What Islam is Not:
Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have erupted in many Middle Eastern countries.
by, Pravoslavie | h/t Billy W.
Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week, the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”
Putin praised the growth of cooperation between the Orthodox Churches and the Russian state, saying, “We act as genuine partners and colleagues to solve the most pressing domestic and international tasks, to implement joint initiatives for the benefit of our country and people.”“This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire international community,” Putin said. “It is especially important today to make efforts to prevent intercultural and interreligious conflicts, which are fraught with the most serious upheavals.”
The Russian Federation recently passed legislation making it illegal to promote homosexuality as normal, a move that, while condemned by many European leaders, was strongly supported by the Orthodox Church.
Putin added Thursday that the Church was giving Russians a moral compass when so many were looking for help. “Today when people are once again searching for moral support, millions of our compatriots see it in religion,” he said. “They trust the wise, pastoral word of the Russian Orthodox Church.”
He added that it was the Church that was ultimately responsible for the development and rise of “culture and education” in Russia over the last 1,000 years. “The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers,” Putin said.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said at the same meeting that the attempts to push Christians out of Syria would lead to a “civilization catastrophe.” Kirill and other Orthodox leaders have been critical of the lack of response to the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East by US and other Western leaders.
President Vladimir Putin with Patriarch Kirill
The meeting was held with the leaders of all 15 Orthodox Churches to commemorate the 1,025th anniversary of the “Baptism of Russia” – the official adoption of Christianity and establishment of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kievan Rus by Prince Vladimir in 988 A.D.
Orthodox leaders at the meeting also condemned the growing secularist suppression of Christian freedoms in non-Muslim countries like Britain, where “gay marriage” has just been created.
Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, said “secularization in disguise of democratization” is leading Western nations toward totalitarianism. He spoke of a “powerful energy today [that] strives to finally break with Christianity, which controlled its totalitarian impulses during 17 centuries.”
Metropolitan Hilarion said, “Eventually, it unconsciously strives to set up an absolute dictatorship that demands total control over each member of society. Don’t we move to it when ‘for the sake of security’ we agree to obligatory electronic passports, dactyloscopy [fingerprint identification] for everyone, and photo cameras occurring everywhere?”
He highlighted the attempt to create same-sex “marriage” in France, which he called an attempt to make “immorality normal,” saying, that the French government has “consciously and demonstratively ignored demands of people and used tear gas to disperse them.”
Later, at a reception in Kiev, Putin and Patriarch Kirill took part in a prayer service with Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych. He urged the leaders of Ukraine to turn towards a greater unity with Russia, and away from its overtures to the European Union, citing a natural cultural and spiritual relationship that is not present with the heavily secularist EU.
Patriarch Kirill added that it is the Orthodox religion that creates genuine unity between Slavic peoples. “Our ancestors adopted the Christian faith and, together with it, a system of values and morals…that no historical upheavals were able to destroy,” he said. Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians have a shared spiritual foundation that unites them more than their national boundaries divide them.
Patriarch Kirill said of the same-sex “marriage” fad sweeping the Western world, “This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything so that sin is never validated by the laws of the state in the lands of Holy Rus, because this would mean that the people are starting on the path of self-destruction.”
Today, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, blasted the Russian government for its law banning gay propaganda, calling it “hateful.”
Baird said that the Canadian delegation was among those governments that tried to dissuade the Russian leadership not to adopt the law that outlaws all attempts to normalize homosexuality or other forms of non-traditional sexuality, especially to children.
“This mean-spirited and hateful law will affect all Russians 365 days of the year, every year. It is an incitement to intolerance, which breeds hate. And intolerance and hate breed violence,” Baird told the Canadian Press today.
The comments follow an announcement by Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, who said the law would be enforced against athletes and visitors to Russia during next year’s winter Olympic games.
by, Brady Mallory | Keloland |h/t Creeping Sharia
SIOUX FALLS, SD: The Sioux Falls man authorities say ran a sex trafficking “house of horror” will now call prison home for the rest of his life. On Monday, Federal Judge Karen Schreier sentenced 45-year-old Mohammed Alaboudi to four life terms behind bars. He will serve those concurrently. Alaboudi took in teen girls and young women, gave them drugs and forced them into prostitution out of his one-bedroom apartment near McKennan Park.
Schreier essentially said this is the worst case of human sex trafficking she has seen because it involved more, “force and coercion,” than others. Four of Alaboudi’s victims who were repeatedly raped and tortured told their former captor how his actions have impacted them.
“They were treated, as Judge Schreier said today, in many cases, worse than a person would treat their own dog,” U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson said.
Federal prosecutors said Alaboudi preyed on, “vulnerable,” often homeless, young girls and women. He gave them a home, drugs and alcohol. Prosecutors said he often got them hooked on meth, and made them huff hairspray.
“He would bring in man after man after man into his home to have sex with these young girls and women. If they refused, they would be raped or they would be beaten,” Johnson said.
Victims called Alaboudi a “monster,” who would, “sit and laugh while the girls were raped.” One called their situation “hell.” Another victim hopes, “God decides to forgive him some day.”
Toward the end of the hearing, Alaboudi yelled at the judge and said he was innocent. He also called FBI agents and federal prosecutors liars.
“South Dakota is off limits for human trafficking and crimes against children,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have worked together to fight human sex trafficking. Johnson said much of these efforts began when Sioux Falls Police found a 14-year-old girl who was being sold for sex on the internet. He said the girl was scared and angry, but had enough courage to work with authorities to solve her case. Johnson also said a number of sex trafficking cases in the Sioux Falls area have been connected, including Alaboudi’s. Alaboudi is the third man sentenced to life behind bars in the last four years. Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel said these cases have helped authorities look at these crimes differently. It was not too long ago that officers looked at the prostitutes as criminals.
“Upon further investigation, the real victims are the prostitutes, themselves,” Barthel said, noting a number of them are forced into these acts.
Though Alaboudi’s day in court has come and gone, efforts to stop human sex trafficking in South Dakota are far from over.
“Mr. Alaboudi’s house of horror is closed. Our mission as law enforcement is to make sure another one does not open its doors in the future,” Johnson said.
by, Karen Matthews | Geelong Advertiser | h/t f.j.
REGISTERED sex offender, Ali Jaffari, accused of attempted child-stealing, has had all charges against him dropped after a Magistrate told prosecutors he would have trouble finding Jaffari guilty.
Magistrate Ron Saines said if he was hearing the matter, he would have reasonable doubt, citing ‘cultural differences’ as one factor, which would result in the charges being dismissed.
Jaffari, 35, an Afghan refugee, was convicted in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on August 22, 2013, of indecently assaulting one boy and attempting to indecently assault another.
He was placed on a two-year Community Corrections Order with 300 hours unpaid community work.
Jaffari appealed the sentence but was found guilty a second time in Geelong County Court last week, when Judge Meryl Sexton re-sentenced him to the same Community Corrections Order and ordered he be placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years.
Jaffari appeared in Geelong court again yesterday, this time charged with child stealing, attempted child stealing and unlawful assault.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Brooke Shears said that about 6.30pm on January 27, 2013, a four year old girl went to Bakers Oval, Geelong West, with her father and brother to play cricket.
She said that while the child’s father was throwing the ball to his son in the nets, the little girl was playing with her own bat at the net opening.
Sgt Shears said Jaffari was walking around the oval, when he approached the child, removed the bat from her hand and rested it against a bollard.
“He then grabbed the child’s hand and began to lead her away before she looked up, saw it wasn’t her father, started crying and pulled her hand away,” she said.
“The victim’s father turned, saw what was happening and yelled at Jaffari, “What do you think you’re doing?”
“The victim ran crying to her father and he comforted her while Jaffari walked off around the oval.”
The prosecutor said, that when interviewed, Jaffari told police, ‘For us is not an issue.”
Mr Saines said the prosecution case fell short of criminality and cited cultural differences as a possible mitigating factor.
Sgt Shears however insisted the offending had nothing to do with cultural differences at all.
“He took the child by the hand and led her four or five steps away from her father before the child realised and started crying,” Sgt Shears said.
Defence for Jaffari said that, if the matter proceeded to a contested hearing, there would be no need to hear evidence from the child, her father or brother, that statements would suffice and Mr Saines agreed.
The magistrate then stood the matter down, advising the prosecutor that if he was hearing the matter he would have reasonable doubts in relation to a finding of guilty.
Police later withdrew the charges.
A Catholic church on Syracuse’s North Side has been sold. It will be a place of worship, but the new owners are petitioning to take crosses off the building. Photo courtesy of: CNY Central
by, Laura Hand | CNY Central | h/t Trop
SYRACUSE, New York: Syracuse’s Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church.
As we first reported on Monday, the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold to the North Side Learning Center, a North McBride Street-based all-volunteer organization founded in 2009.
Dr. Yusuf Soule, who heads up North Side Learning Center, confirms that his not for profit program has bought the campus and will lease the former church to a new Islamic society, which will name it ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam). The group is already working in the sanctuary, which Soule says has leaks in the walls and flooring after being vacant almost four years. Pews and benches, as well as the Christian symbols inside, have already been removed.
North Side Learning has filed with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove the crosses from the steeples and grounds. The reason, in the petitions, “Due to new usage of the church as a place of worship for other religious group than used previously, where crosses on the building are not in line with the worshipping practices.”
The petition also requests permission to to put a 6-foot chain link fence around the property ‘to increase security.’ Soule says the group’s current offices on North McBride at Butternut have seen several car break ins, and there are concerns.
Holy Trinity, on Syrause’s Park Street, was closed by the diocese in 2010 and the parish was merged with St. John the Baptist. Parishoners fought against plans to sell stained glass windows and the building’s hand-crafted interiors. In 2012, the Landmark Preservation Board denied the request to remove the windows.
The petition for the cross removal and the fence installation is before the Landmark Preservation Board at its April session. The North Side Learning Center and the new mosque hope to be ready to open, the end of June.
Mechet Husseina Mosque
by, Janet Levy | American Thinker | h/t Islam Exposed (orig. 12 August 2012)
The marked proliferation of mosques in the U.S. since 9/11 should raise a red flag for Americans. Recent controversies surrounding mega-mosque construction projects countrywide — many in locations with almost no Muslims to speak of — have grave implications for the future of these targeted communities and areas beyond.
Accelerated mosque-building — in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Ground Zero, New York; and Santa Clara and Temecula, California, to name a few — carries significance beyond the mere construction of a collection of Muslim houses of worship. It represents yet another orchestrated effort to oust traditional American values and replace them with Islamic practices, laws, and beliefs.
Although most U.S. mosques heretofore have been built without resistance, the newly attendant controversies present speciously polarized views between, on the one hand, ostensibly welcoming, tolerant, multi-culti progressives who deny any possible radical agenda despite substantial evidence to the contrary in existing mosques and, on the other hand, so-called fearful, Islamophobic, ignorant bigots unwilling to embrace diversity. Mainstream media’s predominant point of view is that any opposition to mosque-building represents a blatant unwillingness to integrate Muslims into American communities. This view disallows the possibility that such objections represent appropriate, reasoned responses to an attempt to destroy America from within and supplant its culture with a supremacist, totalitarian, and misogynistic ideology.
Islamic terrorism expert Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project for Terrorism, attributes the spate of mosque-building and land acquisition to the Muslim American Society (MAS), an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Emerson contends that the MAS has been actively buying up property and establishing mosques to control the appointment of imams who “distribute the message they believe is necessary to spread Islam around the world.”
It should be noted that a mosque is totally unlike a church or a synagogue, entities that serve their communities under the law of the land and are both empowered and restrained under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Under the Establishment Clause of that amendment, the government is prohibited from establishing a state religion or conferring preferential treatment on one religion over another. Although the government may not interfere with religious beliefs and opinions, the proscription of religious practices is permissible, as in the examples of polygamy and human sacrifice.
In the U.S. and in other Western countries, Christians and Jews freely and critically choose their brand of theology from a multitude of ecclesiastic offerings and determine their individual levels of religious observance or none at all. The exercise of faith and the observance of faith-related practices occur across a broad spectrum of individual behaviors based solely on personal choice.
In Muslim countries, no separation exists between mosque and state. Islamic doctrine or sharia controls all aspects of a person’s existence, from the correct way to use the toilet to permissible forms of lying, or taquiya. For Muslims, Mohammed is the perfect man, whose every example must be emulated, even though by Western Judeo-Christian standards he was a mass murderer, pedophile, rapist, torturer, and looter. Furthermore, Islamic doctrine is immutable, and any criticism of the traditions and practices of Mohammed is considered apostasy, which is punishable by death.
No free individual will exists or is allowed when it comes to practices and observances. Sharia must be strictly followed. A mosque is a symbol of this ultimate authority and serves the function of organizing every aspect of life in a Muslim community.
Mosques are modeled after the first mosque established by Mohammed in Medina, which was a seat of government, a command center, a court, a school, and a military training center and depot for arms. Mosque leaders today issue religious decrees, enforce Islamic doctrine, monitor conduct, provide training, punish transgressions, and command actions, including the requirement to conduct jihad.
In the “Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” published in 1991 and discovered in a 2004 FBI raid of a house in Northern Virginia, the Muslim Brotherhood explains historical stages of Islamic activism for “civilizational jihad.” This usurpation of American Judeo-Christian and Western liberal social, political, and religious values by Islam was defined in the document which gave the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in America as “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and G-d’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
The Explanatory Memorandum goes on to describe the role of the mosque or Islamic center as being identical to the Medina mosque constructed by Mohammed, with its status as a military base and a provider of jihadist training. In essence, the mosque or Islamic center building operates in the service of establishing an authoritative physical presence for a strategic base of operations. Rather than the benign construction of a house of worship, the building of a mosque represents one in a series of beachheads in the interconnected network of bases to teach the skills of jihad, advance Islam, and impose sharia in due time.
The radical nature of U.S. mosques was confirmed in 2005 by a study conducted by Freedom House, “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques,” in which it was determined that 80% of American mosques encouraged Muslims to work for the establishment of the Islamic state and espoused hatred and intolerance toward non-Muslims.
Beyond the Freedom House study and further bolstering the contention that the mosque is an institution of concern for Americans is the incidence and prevalence of mosques that have harbored and trained terrorists as well as raised money for terrorist activities. One such example, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in northern Virginia, is referred to as a “terror mill” and front for Hamas operatives. The fact that it has been investigated for its financing and aid of terrorists is not an unusual profile of activities for U.S. mosques. Established in 1982 with Saudi funding, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque is one of the largest and most influential mosques in the country. Its leaders have routinely given militant sermons condoning the use of violence and criticized U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Imams preaching at the mosque have included Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and Anwar Awlaki, a senior al-Qaeda operative who was linked to three 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hassan, and the Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The mosque has hosted Muslims, including Sam Al-Arian, who have been accused and convicted of supporting the terrorist group Hamas. Astonishingly, the Dar al-Hijrah mosque is still in operation, a privilege that would unlikely be extended to a church or synagogue under similar circumstances.
According to former FBI agent and expert on Islam John Guandolo, we have over 2,000 so-called Islamic centers across the U.S. modeled after the first mosque in Medina. These Islamic centers can be likened to military command centers that imbue jihad ideology and serve as processing centers for jihadist training, Guandolo says.
In view of the stated intent and the supporting ideology of mosque-proliferation, we would be well-advised to heed the words of former Muslim and professor of sharia law Sam Solomon, who declares, “We must never forget that Islam is an all-encompassing ideological system, and as such wherever there is a Muslim community there will be sharia, and wherever there is sharia, there is Islamization of the territory and ultimately the nation.”
Rather than allowing the building of more mega-mosques in the United States, we should halt existing projects and seriously consider shutting down existing mosques to prevent the proliferation of an ideology that has publicly pledged to destroy America.
Gang of Racist Muslims carry-out an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish man. Photo: David. Photo courtesy of: the algemeiner
by, Shiryn Ghermezian | the algemeiner
The Algemeiner has acquired photos and footage from the aftermath of a horrific anti-Semitic attack that took place in Paris, France late last week.
Speaking on camera a day after his assault, the victim – a 59-year-old Jewish teacher only identified as David –said he was attacked by three North African “Maghreb men” at 10 p.m. on March 20 after leaving a kosher restaurant in Rue Manin, Paris, and making his way to a subway station.
“They started to curse me out: ‘dirty Jew,’ ‘death to the Jews,’ ‘son of a b***,’ etc. Then they started to beat me up,” David says in the clip before breaking down in tears. “I was hit on my face, I got my nose fractured… And then one of them took something out of his pocket, I thought it was a knife… It was a marker… And this is what they did to me (showing his chest), a swastika as they were screaming ‘dirty Jew.’ ”
David then shows the Nazi symbol drawn on his bare chest by the attackers. When members of the public started coming close to the scene of the attack, the assailants ran away and yelled “we are not finished, we’ll get back to you!!” he said.
David, who was wearing a yarmulke at the time of the assault, is still being questioned by police in charge of the investigation but the attackers are still free, a source told The Algemeiner. No arrests have been made.
Rabbi Levy Djian, a Parisian living in New York, said the video proves that the safety of Jewish people in France today is unstable.
“As a rabbi to the French Jewish community in New York I am often solicited for helping students, young entrepreneurs and even families to immigrate to the U.S. and Canada in order to live safer and more free as Jews but in the past year the numbers of requests have multiplied!” he said. “Now I understand even more why.”
“It happened right near the main Jewish neighborhood of the 19th district of Paris where I grew up. Often my family and friends who are still in France tend to ignore the rise of anti-Semitism and its danger, but this recent video shows that it’s real,” he added. “It’s the first time that we get to actually see and hear the victim of such a brutal and obvious anti-Semitic attack perpetrated by young uneducated Muslims and it makes us realize what it really feels like.”
The assault was originally reported on Saturday by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
At the time, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement, “This act of unspeakable cowardice is a betrayal of the foundation of the Republic and the values of Paris,” according to Paris’ Le Parisien.
The attack took place only days before local elections in France on Sunday, which saw strong gains for the nationalist National Front party. In an interview published Sunday, Yonathan Arfi, vice president of Jewish umbrella group CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France), told The Algemeiner there is a growing trend in France wherein the political far left connects with the extreme right over a common hatred of Jews.
“What is very worrying for us is when anti-Semitism makes the link between extreme left and extreme right,” he said, referring to a major Paris rally earlier this year where marchers chanted “Jew, France is not for you.” At the demonstration “there were people from the extreme right mainly but some people of the extreme left as well,” Arfi said.
Anti-Semitic attacks in France are reported with some regularity. Earlier this month Israel’s Ma’arivreported that a young Jewish woman was assaulted at a laundromat in a suburb of Lyon by a mother and daughter of Arab descent who shouted, “Dirty Jew, go home to your country, Israel.” Last week, an Israeli man was attacked with a stun gun outside a synagogue and a week before that a French Jew was assaulted on the Metro.
See photos of the victim’s injuries from the aftermath of the brutal assault below:
Gang of Racist Muslims carry-out an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish man. Photo: David. Photos courtesy of: the algemeiner
Here is our initial report on this story:
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