Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini
by, Ershad Alijani - Nazanin | France 24 | h/t Halal Pork Shop
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch attempt to flee his public execution in Iran, while onlookers cheer him on.
In the video below, the young man is about to be hanged in front of a large crowd that has gathered to watch the execution. He was condemned for having gang-raped a pregnant woman along with two other men back in 2008. As a result, the woman reportedly miscarried and lost her baby. The executions of all three men took place on February 26. According to Iranian media, they took place in three different suburbs of Karaj, where the crime occured. However, it’s not clear in which one the execution of the man in the video took place.
As he’s about to be publicly hanged, he begins crying and begs to see his mother one last time. When the executioners refuse his last request, he lashes out and knocks several of them down.
Immediately, swarms of policemen rush onto the platform to restrain the condemned man. They forcefully wrap the noose around his neck, before lifting him onto a podium. The public rally to his side, initially supporting his attempt to break free of his executioners. Moments before his death, he can be heard asking his mother and the public to pardon his crime. Some people in the crowd respond by saying they forgive him.
According to the United Nations, at least 80 people have already reportedly been executed in Iran so far this year. That puts the Islamic Republic second on the list of countries with the highest number of executions, behind China. The Iranian government says it carries out executions in public to set a “harsh example” to would-be criminals, in the hope that they’ll be deterred from carrying out crimes in the future.
“These executions have no deterrent effect on the population”
Nazanin is a journalist in Tehran who has covered public executions.
The authorities don’t announce the executions ahead of time. They usually take place in the early morning, and people in the neighbourhood realise that an execution is going to take place when they see the stage being set up.
At all the executions I have been to, I have noticed that the people who gather to watch them are above all curious. They just wanted to see what it’s like to see a human die. Sometimes, people who stop to watch don’t realise exactly what’s going on until it’s too late, and are quite shocked. Meanwhile, some have their young kids with them — I once suggested to a mother that she may want to cover her little boy’s eyes, and she said, “oh, he’s a kid, he’ll forget about this anyway.”
Usually, everyone stays silent. In recent years, people have started bringing their mobile phones to take pictures and short films and put them on social networks.
The onlookers often feel sympathy both for the victims of the crime, and the criminal who is about to die. People have told me things like, “it’s such a shame, he’s so young”. And in the next breath they’ll say, “but then again he killed someone, so he deserves it.”
I witnessed an execution of a famous criminal in southern Tehran once. He had killed multiple people, and everyone in the neighbourhood was terrified of him. But at his execution, he addressed the crowd. He admitted his sins and talked about the difficulties he had faced in his youth. The crowd started to feel sympathy for him. In my opinion, these executions have no deterrent effect on the population.
H I L L A R Y C L I N T O N - B E N G H A Z I W A R C R I M I N A L
by, The Washington Free Beacon | h/t Pat Dollard
The students, mostly far left extremists, used Clinton’s visit as a soapbox to voice their opinions about issues such as immigration and foreign policy.
Students for Justice in Palestine took advantage of the free publicity to further complain about the failure of an anti-Israel divestment measure which was struck down last week in a student government vote.
Other groups of students joined forces with the University of California union to picket against what they perceive to be unfair labor practices and Clinton’s refusal to fully embrace the labor movement.
“No justice, no peace!” they cried.
Tickets for the event were listed at an astounding $250 for the general public and $100 for students and staff.
by, Rami Rustom | Islam Watch
Most people think terrorism is a new phenomenon since the term terrorism was only recently used a lot in the media. But actually it’s much older than that. The term was first used in 1795 during the French Revolution, but that’s not a good way to figure out how old the phenomenon is. I mean, just because a word is 200 years old doesn’t mean that the idea the word refers to is 200 years old.
What is terrorism?
To figure out how old terrorism is, we need to know what it is, in other words, how to recognize it. According to a few dictionaries I checked, terrorism is the systematic use of violence in order to bring about political change.
So there are three parts to this. The act is violence, the goal is political change, and there is a coordinated effort among a lot of people to commit the acts of violence. One thing that is missing here is why these people would think that political change would occur. Well, it’s because they know that with fear comes capitulation. In other words, if I fear that my actions will bring about punishment, then I may change my actions in order to avoid the pain of the punishment. So really the goal is two fold – there is a means, and an end. The end is political change. The means is fear.
So terrorism is a systematic effort of a population to commit violence against another population with the goal of instilling fear so that they change their political actions.
How old is terrorism?
Now back to the question of how old terrorism is, let’s go back in history to look for cases that meet this definition. One case that comes to mind, and I’m sure this isn’t the oldest case, is Islam during Muhammad’s life. Most Muslims who don’t know the history think that Islam spread by voluntary conversion but actually it spread by the sword. Kingdoms were given a choice, convert to Islam and come under the rule of Muhammad, or die by the swords of Muslims. And most kings did not capitulate to Muhammad’s demands, so what resulted was Islamic invasions of those kingdoms. So Muhammad instituted a systematic approach of using violence in order to make these kingdoms into provinces of his own kingdom, which is political change. So Muhammad was a terrorist. Not the first terrorist, but definitely one of the worst in history — if we’re counting most deaths as the worst.
To be clear, had those kingdoms provoked the Islamic nation, then we could say that Muhammad retaliated in self-defense. But that’s not what happened. Muhammad sent envoys with his letters to these kingdoms unprovoked.
So terrorism is at least 1,400 years old, but really the fundamental idea underlying terrorism is much much older than that, and it pervades our societies a lot more than most people realize. Terrorism, at its most fundamental level, is an involuntary act with the goal of changing the mind of the victim (involuntarily). To help clarify this issue, let’s consider the alternative way of “helping” someone to change their mind. The only other way is voluntarily. Which raises the question: How do people change their minds voluntarily? The answer is simple, by discussion.
Why do people resort to terrorism?
In any given disagreement between two or more people, in order for agreement to be reached, all parties involved must find an idea that everybody involved agrees to. Otherwise, they are still in disagreement. Now, in a society where dissent is considered ok, if a disagreement does not end with agreement, then nobody involved retaliates against another with violence, and so they “agree to disagree”. That means that they still disagree about the issue they were discussing, but they agree on the narrow matter of leaving that disagreement alone. But, in a society where dissent is not ok, if a disagreement does not end with agreement, then one or more of the individuals involved may commit violence in order to force the dissenters to “change” their minds. Note that I put “change” in quotes because they don’t actually change their minds, and instead what they do is change their behavior in an effort to prevent retaliation from the terrorist.
Now that we’ve established the fundamental difference between terrorism and non-terrorism, let’s consider how pervasive this idea is in our societies. Who do you know that tries to “change” other people’s minds involuntarily? Parents. Parents often will punish their kids for disagreeing with them, as a means of causing them to “change” their minds. But as I said earlier, they don’t actually change their minds, and what actually happens is that they change their behavior in an effort to avoid the pain of punishment. Parents will also raise their voices, as a means of reminding the child of the punishment that will be delivered if the child doesn’t “change” his mind. Now, whether or not the parent intends to raise his voice as a means of instilling fear doesn’t matter. The act of raising one’s voice when somebody disagrees with you was designed to cause someone to involuntarily “change” their mind. So just because the parent doesn’t see it that way, doesn’t mean that the child is not fearful of his parent. My point is that what matters is whether or not the child is scared from the parent’s voice being raised, rather than whether or not the parent intends to instill fear.
I suspect that terrorism, defined as the act of instilling fear in order to “change” someone’s mind, is older than human civilization.
What’s the solution to terrorism?
So what’s the solution to terrorism? Well, as I said before, some societies embrace dissent, while other’s don’t. So what’s the critical difference between them? The difference is the tradition of criticism. If the people in a disagreement have a good attitude towards criticism, then they will enjoy their discussion. And if they don’t, then they won’t. More importantly, having a good attitude towards criticism means understanding that disagreement between people is common and ok. Dissent is good. Criticism is good. But to understand this, one must understand what criticism is, and what is its purpose.
A criticism is an explanation of a flaw in an idea. If the criticism is true, then the idea it targets is rendered false. Now I’ve made this sound pretty simple, but it’s a lot more complicated than this. For one thing, people are fallible, which means that we can be wrong about any of our ideas. So this means that we can be wrong about our criticisms too, since criticisms are themselves ideas. For this reason, it’s important to keep even our criticisms open to criticism.
So how does criticism work? In other words, what does criticism do to ideas? Well, when we have an idea, and if we find a flaw in it, then that idea is rendered false. But that doesn’t mean that everything about that idea is wrong. As far as we know, some parts of the idea are right, everything except the flaw. So one way to move forward is to create a variation of the original idea, by changing the flawed part such that the new variation doesn’t have the known flaw. So in this way, the criticism, together with the brainstormed variation, acts as a means of evolving the idea from flawed to less flawed.
So criticism is necessary for our ideas to evolve. Criticism is necessary for the evolution of our knowledge. With each criticism and the correction that follows it, we are evolving our knowledge. This is an important and fundamental feature of how evolution works. And it’s the same feature that genetic evolution has.
Genetic evolution works by variation and selection. Genes are created by mutation, which results in variations of the precursor genes, and then the fit genes are selected for when the hosts of the unfit genes die due to having unfit genes. Analogously, ideas are created by variation, and then the good ideas are selected for when the bad ideas are criticized.
Human knowledge is created by guesses and criticism, analogous to how genetic knowledge is created by variation and selection. So criticism is a good thing. It is required in order for our knowledge to improve. Without criticism, our knowledge stays static. Without criticism, our knowledge can’t evolve.
Now the tradition of criticism is not a new thing. The ancient Greeks had it, though they lost it later. The tradition of criticism sprang up again in the 1500′s or so, resulting in what we now call The Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was many things, and science was one of them. Science has a strong tradition of criticism. Scientists expect to have their ideas criticized by other scientists, and they try their best to make their theories more criticizable, so that flaws can be more easily found.
The Enlightenment resulted in a boom of knowledge growth, one that we are still experiencing today. It started in Italy, but many other cultures have adopted this tradition of criticism since then, and so they too have joined The Enlightenment era.
For terrorism to stop, people must adopt the tradition of criticism. For a society to stop forcing it’s will on other societies, that society must adopt the tradition of criticism. Analogously, for a parent to stop terrorizing his children, he must adopt the tradition of criticism.
Introduction by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
The following are the compiled results of various independent investigations into the United States Government’s Secret Programs of Human Experimentation. These human experiments were implemented and carried out by the United States Military and the Central Intelligence Agency against American citizens, without their knowledge or consent. There are many experimental programs being conducted in the present day and are currently classified.
1931- Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations, infects human subjects with cancer cells. He later goes on to establish the U.S. Army Biological Warfare facilities in Maryland, Utah, and Panama, and is named to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. While there, he begins a series of radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.
1932- The Tuskegee Syphilis Study begins. 200 black men diagnosed with syphilis are never told of their illness, are denied treatment, and instead are used as human guinea pigs in order to follow the progression and symptoms of the disease. They all subsequently die from syphilis, their families never told that they could have been treated.
1935- The Pellagra Incident. After millions of individuals die from Pellagra over a span of two decades, the U.S. Public Health Service finally acts to stem the disease. The director of the agency admits it had known for at least 20 years that Pellagra is caused by a niacin deficiency but failed to act since most of the deaths occured within poverty-striken black populations.
1940- Four hundred prisoners in Chicago are infected with Malaria in order to study the effects of new and experimental drugs tocombat the disease. Nazi doctors later on trial at Nuremberg cite this American study to defend their own actions during the Holocaust.
1942- Chemical Warfare Services begins mustard gas experiments on approximately 4,000 servicemen. The experiments continue until 1945 and made use of Seventh Day Adventists who chose to become human guinea pigs rather than serve on active duty.
1943- In response to Japan’s full-scale germ warfare program, the U.S. begins research on biological weapons at Fort Detrick, MD.
1944- U.S. Navy uses human subjects to test gas masks and clothing. Individuals were locked in a gas chamber and exposed to mustard gas and lewisite. 1945 Project Paperclip is initiated. The U.S. State Department, Army intelligence, and the CIA recruit Nazi scientists and offer them immunity and secret identities in exchange for work on top secret government projects in the United States.
1945- “Program F” is implemented by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man, fluoride, it is found, causes marked adverse effects to the central nervous system but much of the information is squelched in the name of national security because of fear that lawsuits would undermine full-scale production of atomic bombs.
1946- Patients in VA hospitals are used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. In order to allay suspicions, the order is given to change the word “experiments” to “investigations” or “observations” whenever reporting a medical study performed in one of the nation’s veteran’s hospitals.
1947- Colonel E.E. Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Atomic Energy Comission issues a secret document (Document 07075001, January 8, 1947) stating that the agency will begin administering intravenous doses of radioactive substances to human subjects.
1947- The CIA begins its study of LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with and without their knowledge. 1950 Department of Defense begins plans to detonate nuclear weapons in desert areas and monitor downwind residents for medical problems and mortality rates.
1950- In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
1951- Department of Defense begins open air tests using disease-producing bacteria and viruses. Tests last through 1969 and there is concern that people in the surrounding areas have been exposed.
1953- U.S. military releases clouds of zinc cadmium sulfide gas over Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne, the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland, and Leesburg, Virginia. Their intent is to determine how efficiently they could disperse chemical agents. 1953 Joint Army-Navy-CIA experiments are conducted in which tens of thousands of people in New York and San Francisco are exposed to the airborne germs Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.
1953- CIA initiates Project MKULTRA. This is an eleven year research program designed to produce and test drugs and biological agents that would be used for mind control and behavior modification. Six of the subprojects involved testing the agents on unwitting human beings.
1955- The CIA, in an experiment to test its ability to infect human populations with biological agents, releases a bacteria withdrawn from the Army’s biological warfare arsenal over Tampa Bay, Fl.
1955- Army Chemical Corps continues LSD research, studying its potential use as a chemical incapacitating agent. More than 1,000 Americans participate in the tests, which continue until 1958.
1956- U.S. military releases mosquitoes infected with Yellow Fever over Savannah, Ga and Avon Park, Fl. Following each test, Army agents posing as public health officials test victims for effects.
1958- LSD is tested on 95 volunteers at the Army’s Chemical Warfare Laboratories for its effect on intelligence.
1960- The Army Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) authorizes field testing of LSD in Europe and the Far East. Testing of the european population is code named Project THIRD CHANCE; testing of the Asian population is code named Project DERBY HAT.
1965- Project CIA and Department of Defense begin Project MKSEARCH, a program to develop a capability to manipulate human behavior through the use of mind-altering drugs.
1965- Prisoners at the Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia are subjected to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical component of Agent Orange used in Viet Nam. The men are later studied for development of cancer, which indicates that Agent Orange had been a suspected carcinogen all along.
1966- CIA initiates Project MKOFTEN, a program to test the toxicological effects of certain drugs on humans and animals.
1966- U.S. Army dispenses Bacillus subtilis variant niger throughout the New York City subway system. More than a million civilians are exposed when army scientists drop lightbulbs filled with the bacteria onto ventilation grates.
1967- CIA and Department of Defense implement Project MKNAOMI, successor to MKULTRA and designed to maintain, stockpile and test biological and chemical weapons.
1968- CIA experiments with the possibility of poisoning drinking water by injecting chemicals into the water supply of the FDA in Washington, D.C.
1969- Dr. Robert MacMahan of the Department of Defense requests from congress $10 million to develop, within 5 to 10 years, a synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists.
1970- Funding for the synthetic biological agent is obtained under H.R. 15090. The project, under the supervision of the CIA, is carried out by the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the army’s top secret biological weapons facility. Speculation is raised that molecular biology techniques are used to produce AIDS-like retroviruses.
1970- United States intensifies its development of “ethnic weapons” (Military Review, Nov., 1970), designed to selectively target and eliminate specific ethnic groups who are susceptible due to genetic differences and variations in DNA.
1975- The virus section of Fort Detrick’s Center for Biological Warfare Research is renamed the Fredrick Cancer Research Facilities and placed under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) . It is here that a special virus cancer program is initiated by the U.S. Navy, purportedly to develop cancer-causing viruses. It is also here that retrovirologists isolate a virus to which no immunity exists. It is later named HTLV (Human T-cell Leukemia Virus).
1977- Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirm that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
1978- Experimental Hepatitis B vaccine trials, conducted by the CDC, begin in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ads for research subjects specifically ask for promiscuous homosexual men.
1981- First cases of AIDS are confirmed in homosexual men in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, triggering speculation that AIDS may have been introduced via the Hepatitis B vaccine
1985- According to the journal Science (227:173-177), HTLV and VISNA, a fatal sheep virus, are very similar, indicating a close taxonomic and evolutionary relationship.
1986- According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (83:4007-4011), HIV and VISNA are highly similar and share all structural elements, except for a small segment which is nearly identical to HTLV. This leads to speculation that HTLV and VISNA may have been linked to produce a new retrovirus to which no natural immunity exists.
1986- A report to Congress reveals that the U.S. Government’s current generation of biological agents includes: modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that are altered through genetic engineering to change immunological character and prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.
1987- Department of Defense admits that, despite a treaty banning research and development of biological agents, it continues to operate research facilities at 127 facilities and universities around the nation.
1990- More than 1500 six-month old black and hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an “experimental” measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.
1994- With a technique called “gene tracking,” Dr. Garth Nicolson at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX discovers that many returning Desert Storm veterans are infected with an altered strain of Mycoplasma incognitus, a microbe commonly used in the production of biological weapons. Incorporated into its molecular structure is 40 percent of the HIV protein coat, indicating that it had been man-made.
1994- Senator John D. Rockefeller issues a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances. Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War .
1995- U.S. Government admits that it had offered Japanese war criminals and scientists who had performed human medical experiments salaries and immunity from prosecution in exchange for data on biological warfare research.
1995- Dr. Garth Nicolson, uncovers evidence that the biological agents used during the Gulf War had been manufactured in Houston, TX and Boca Raton, Fl and tested on prisoners in the Texas Department of Corrections.
1996- Department of Defense admits that Desert Storm soldiers were exposed to chemical agents.
1997- Eighty-eight members of Congress sign a letter demanding an investigation into bioweapons use & Gulf War Syndrome.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus on Capitol Hill. Photo courtesy of: Jews News
by, Meghan Drake | The Washington Times
A small branch of Islam often persecuted and called heretical by larger Muslim groups has always found friends on Capitol Hill. Now, America’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community is getting official representation through a new House caucus to be officially unveiled Friday.
The new Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus will represent the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Ahmadis living in America, a small percentage of the nearly 3 million Muslims living in the United States.
President Obama has stood up for Ahmadis at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has championed the religious group’s cause in the face of reports of persecution in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world. Now, the group will have a caucus to represent the global Ahmadiyya community.
“We are talking on the global level to wherever people are being persecuted and prosecuted for their faith,” said Naseem Mahdi, missionary-in-charge and national vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “We will not take the selfish approach that we will only talk about the rights of Ahmadiyya Muslims. We will talk about the rights of every human being, especially the rights of every believer.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community was founded out of a movement began by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889 in the Indian city of Qadian, and is currently headquartered in London,* where its spiritual leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides. Ahmadiyya Muslims say they are the largest single largest Muslim group worldwide united under one leader.
Ahmadis believe in basic Islamic principles, but differ from mainstream Muslim theology in recognizing Ahmad as a prophet and messiah and arguing that Jesus died of old age. Because Ahmad believed himself a reformer of Islam, his followers see themselves as the propagators of the most perfect form of the Muslim faith.
Frank Griffel, professor of Islamic studies at Yale University, said although many mainstream Muslim communities view them as apostates, Ahmadis believe they are true followers of Islam.
“They are adamant that they are valid members of the Muslim community and protected by Islamic law in their worship,” Mr. Griffel said.
Severe persecution against the Ahmadiyya community has been seen in Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries.
The formation of the caucus comes at a time where many American Muslim leaders are encouraging more political participation from members of the faith. There are two Muslim members of Congress Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.
“We want to represent this country in a perfect way,” MD Rabbi Alam, American Muslim Political Action Committee founder and chairman, said.
Although many are doctors, engineers and professors, he said many U.S. Muslims do not understand the mechanics of local government and politics.
The new caucus boasts bipartisan leadership: Reps. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican, and Jackie Speier, California Democrat, will serve as co-chairs. Last June, Mr. Wolf was awarded the 2013 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim advocacy organization, welcomed the idea of the caucus, but said the involvement of Mr. Wolf, a leading voice for human rights on Capitol Hill, raises questions about the group’s agenda.
“While the Council on American-Islamic Relations supports the concept of a congressional Muslim caucus, we question Rep. Wolf’s involvement and genuine concern for issues of importance to our community given his long history of working with anti-Muslim fringe groups and causes,” Robert McCaw, CAIR government affairs manager, said.
Mr. Wolf noted the numerous trips he has made to defend the religious liberties of Muslims and his authoring of the International Religious Freedom Act.
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project | h/t Creeping Sharia
How can the government use chaplains from a group that they know is extremist and involved in terror funding? U.S. Military Hiring Muslim Brotherhood Chaplains – Again!
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull.
ISNA has a well-documented extremist history. In 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood listed ISNA as one of its main fronts. Declassified FBI memos said ISNA is a component of the Muslim Brotherhood, who sees its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”
In 2007, the U.S. government labeled ISNA a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial involving the Holy Land Foundation funneling money to Hamas. The label was upheld in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. Last year, ISNA’s Canadian affiliate lost its status as a charity because of its accounting discrepancies and links to Pakistani terrorists.
The two chaplains endorsed by ISNA are Sgt. Mustapha Rahouchen, who will be used by the U.S. Army, and Captain Rafael Lantiqua, who was chosen by the U.S. Air Force.
In April 2013, the Clarion Project broke the story that the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps had paid ISNA almost $5,000 for two advertisements in its magazine. When we contacted the Air Force about ISNA’s ties to the Brotherhood, we received the following response:
“The Islamic Society of North America is one of many religious organizations recognized by the Department of Defense that satisfy the ecclesiastical requirements to endorse qualified religious ministry professionals to serve as chaplains within the Military Departments.”
This story speaks to the broader threat posed by Islamist involvement in Muslim chaplain programs.
The Muslim chaplaincy services for the military and prisons were started by Abdurrahman Alamoudi, who was convicted in 2003 on terrorism-related charges. He later admitted that he was a secret member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
ISNA is one of the groups that the U.S. military trusts to certify Muslim chaplains. The military’s former endorsing agent was Dr. Louay Safi, an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian. Safi, like Alamoudi, later admitted to having been a Brotherhood operative.
Safi wrote in 2003, “The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order.”
He continued: “It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of jihad. At one stage, Muslims may find that jihad through persuasion or peaceful resistance is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace.”
In 2004, he said that the “assertion by ‘world leaders’ that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam is nothing but a piece of propaganda and disinformation that was meant to appease Western Muslims and to maintain the coalition against terrorism.”
He was later suspended from working on U.S. military bases because of a criminal investigation. Safi is now working with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim activist opposed to Islamism who served in the U.S. Navy, wrote in 2010 that a friend of his in the U.S. Army recently told him of his troubling interaction with an active-duty Muslim chaplain.
His friend asked the imam what his response would be if a Muslim soldier asked him if Islam prevented him from participating in combat against fellow Muslims. The answer should have been easy: Serve your country as you swore to do. Instead, the imam said he’d tell the soldier that he’s not qualified to answer the question and to ask ISNA.
Former Defense Department Inspector-General Joseph Schmitz was alarmed enough by loopholes in the system of vetting chaplains that allowed extremist organizations like ISNA’s involvement that hewrote a letter in 2010 describing his efforts to close them. He revealed in 2004 that he urged the Pentagon to adopt a policy that would prevent extremist groups, Muslim or otherwise, from involvement in the chaplaincy program.
He said that a policy should disqualify groups that support violent sedition, have an endorsing agent with a criminal history, are on a terrorism watch-list or have leaders convicted on terrorism-related charges. The Armed Forces Chaplains Board rejected his advice because it was “legally problematic.”
Here’s what’s really “problematic”: The U.S. government says ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood entity and labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism trial. That same government is using ISNA to pick military chaplains and is a top outreach partner of the U.S. government.
Team Obama Wins Fight to Have Christian Home-School Family Deported
by, Todd Starnes | Fox News
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.
“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.
“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking,” he told me in an exclusive telephone interview. “I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay.”
Had the family stayed in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, they would have faced the prospect of losing their children. Like the Pilgrims, they fled their homeland yearning for a place where they could be free.
Farris said the religious bias perpetrated by the Obama administration is “palpable.”
“It’s a denial of the essence of America,” he said. “The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home.”
There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. You’d think the Obama administration could find a place eight immigrants who want to live here legally.
Farris said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their children.
“This administration thinks it’s a privilege to home school – not a right,” he told me. “We’d better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the way.”
As for now, the Romeike family will be able to stay at their four-acre farm in the eastern Tennessee. But it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration begins formal deportation proceedings.
Last year, I interviewed 15-year-old Daniel Romeike, a soft-spoken boy with aspirations of one day becoming a mechanical engineer. He told me he was afraid of what might happen if the family was deported. He feared being taken from his parents and placed in government custody.
“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told me.
So on behalf of the Romeike family, I would like personally appeal to President Obama.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free. They left their homeland to escape religious persecution. Please, sir. Welcome them to our land with open arms. Bestow upon them a small measure of grace so they might be able to raise their children in the land of the free, the home of the brave.
Please spare these dear souls.
Among the members of the Sabah Youth Group are (from left): Senad Topalovic, Elyla Sarajlic, Selma Salja, Melisa Sarajlic, Senada Gusic and Abdul Zhaiya. Photo courtesy of: Lincoln Star Journal
by, Erin Andersen | Lincoln Journal Star
Melisa Sarajlic and Senada Gusic were Lincoln kindergartners when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The girls, both Bosnian immigrants, didn’t grasp the magnitude of the event at the time, but they clearly remember hostility and distrust for anyone Muslim.
So they kept quiet about their faith, their beliefs and their traditions.
“Growing up was really hard. I was struggling with my culture and religion,” recalled Sarajlic, now 18. “In school when people talked about their religion, I didn’t want to tell them. It was so hard; I just wanted to fit in.”
Her parents fled Bosnia during the war. They chose to immigrate to the United States because of the promise of the “American Dream,” Sarajlic said.
“In our quest for the ultimate ‘American Dream,’ our parents realized that we were all going to lose our heritage and faith,” she recalled. “So all the parents decided to rent out a room at (what is now) the People’s City Mission (Homeless Prevention Center) for us to gather together and not be afraid to share our religion with each other.”
They created Sabah Youth Group — a cadre of about 20 teens and 20-somethings who pray, play and work together to live the tenets of a faith that calls for acceptance of all.
“It (Sabah Youth Group) is the only place where we aren’t judged for our religion, heritage and way of life,” Sarajlic said.
The group of mostly Bosnian and some Middle Eastern immigrants soon outgrew the tiny room at 27th and O streets — especially during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.
So the Sabah Youth Group held a donation night — asking their families and fellow Muslims to donate money toward finding a new building for the community.
They raised nearly $200,000.00
In 2008, they bought the long-empty Abundant Life Family Church at 1145 Furnas Ave. Hardworking parents and lots of elbow grease have transformed the church into a mosque. What was once the sanctuary is now the prayer room. Old church pews line the walls for people to sit and observe. A giant Turkish rug covers the floor. An area that once served as a stage for the church was tiled and transformed into rooms designed for the Muslim practice of washing hands, feet and faces before prayer.
In the old place, we had to clean our feet in a bathroom sink, Sarajlic said.
“You can just imagine an 80-year-old woman trying to put her feet in the sink,” she said.
Downstairs is a kitchen, a room for dining that is filled to near capacity during Ramadan and the breaking of fast at sundown.
Walls that once separated a long space into preschool classrooms are long gone. The area is the gathering place for Sabah Youth Group. Here they play ping pong, air hockey and video games.
Across the hall, another room is used for homework and child’s play.
Sabah Mosque opened one year ago. It is a home away from home for the youth group.
Gusic, 18, is a full-time freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, double majoring in political science and global studies and minoring in English. She also oversees the mosque, coordinating events and programs, teaching Sunday school and finding ways in which she and her fellow Muslim youth can give back to the community.
Sarajlic is a freshman at Southeast Community College but will transfer to UNL in the fall to pursue a degree in international business.
Between school and jobs, both women are stretched for time — but the youth group and the mosque remain a top priority.
Gusic remembers her parents’ concerns after living in the United States for several years. They expected their children to be Americanized, but they also wanted them to keep the traditions of their heritage and faith.
“My parents saw a change in my personality, and that’s when they went ‘Hey, listen up!’” Gusic said. “I got my heritage down, and now I needed to get my religion.”
In Sunday school she learned her chapters and verses with people her own age and of her own culture.
“I had a blast,” she said. “And I found out there were more Bosnians than just my family — the majority of the population came here from the war.”
The new Bosnian Islamic Cultural Center sits at 1145 Furnas Ave. just off of North Antelope Valley Parkway. The center and mosque opened its doors in November. / Photo by Hailey Konnath
It is this love of faith and humanity that drives Gusic and Sarajlic to spread the word about Sabah Youth Group — who and what they are. They want to attract Muslims, as well as people of other faiths or no faith to come and to learn — and more importantly, understand that Islam is not about terror and world domination, but of love, peace and worshipping God.
“We want people to know about us and accept us,” Sarajlic said. “Even some Bosnians and Muslims don’t come, because they are afraid if they are here everyone will characterize them and treat them differently.
“It takes courage to come.”
But maybe, one day, the fear will disappear, Gusic and Sarajlic said.
One way to do that is to give back.
“When we got here, we needed to rely on the help of others,” Gusic said. “They (community) helped us get on our feet, and we want to do the same for people who need it — that is just as big.”
Another way is to live their faith as it is truly intended to be — not what is often portrayed in the media.
“Religion is the most important thing. … It makes your footprint in the world,” Sarajlic said.
To learn more about Sabah Mosque and its youth group, visit the Facebook page: Sabah Youth Group.
Fadi, a Syrian Christian Beheaded by Muslims for Wearing a Cross on His Necklace. Photo courtesy of: Shoebat.com
by, Theodore Shoebat | Shoebat.com | Fides News Agency
A Muslim gang in Syria seized a young Christian man and as soon as they spotted his Crucifix, they violently decapitated him and shoved his crucifix through his chest.
Here is the heart wrenching video of the victim’s mother recalling the deplorable and sadistic murder of her beloved son.
The police arrested the five terrorists who committed the murder (two of whom were not Syrian) and when they told the mother that they caught the killers of her son, she replied, “May the Lord forgive them.”
Al-Tawheed Islamic Center, Jersey City, NJ. Photo courtesy of: Fox News NY.
by, Reuters | h/t Ban Islam & Shariah Law
Thick plumes of smoke and intense flames rip through a mosque in Jersey City, New Jersey. The two-alarm fire broke out just before 6:00 AM Friday morning. It took firefighters about an hour to bring it under control. Aerials from a news helicopter show firefighters on the roof of the Al-Tawheed Islamic Center. They used sledgehammers to break through windows to let the smoke escape. Local media is reporting no one was hurt in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
by, WND | h/t Creeping Sharia
The Justice Department has enough incriminating evidence to file terrorism charges against the Council on American-Islamic Relations and its founders but has chosen not to indict the Washington-based group and its leaders at this time, a veteran FBI agent reveals in a shocking new book.
“There is enough evidence to indict CAIR, but the government chose not to do so at this time,” said former FBI official John Guandolo, author of “Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America.”
He suggests the government balked at throwing the book at CAIR for political reasons.
CAIR has cultivated a number of political supporters, mainly among leading Democrats in Washington – including senior White House officials. Secret Service entry logs show CAIR officials have visited the White House several times during the Obama administration.
Despite its designation as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in 2007, the Muslim pressure group in recent years has successfully lobbied for changes in federal policies dealing with the war on terror. For example, CAIR took credit for helping persuade Attorney General Eric Holder to prohibit religious profiling in terror cases, a decision his department is expected to announce formally soon. It also played a key role in the Pentagon’s recent decision to change long-standing uniform rules to allow military personnel to wear Islamic beards and head coverings.
Moreover, a controversial new rule issued earlier this month by the departments of State and Homeland Security to relax U.S. immigration for Palestinian and other foreign “refugees” who have provided “limited” material support to terrorists also dovetails with CAIR lobbying.
Under the Bush administration, the Justice Department implicated CAIR in a criminal conspiracy to raise money for Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group.
CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad, aka Omar Yehya, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007-2008 Holy Land Foundation case. He and CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad remain under FBI investigation, senior FBI officials have confirmed in letters to Congress. Until their ties to Hamas are resolved, the FBI says it will not formally recognize CAIR as a Muslim outreach partner or meet with CAIR officials. The FBI has effectively banned CAIR pending the outcome of the probe.
Starting in the fall of 2008, Guandolo said, “the FBI cut off all ties with CAIR because of their ties to Hamas.”
He explains that CAIR was created in 1994 by the U.S. branch of Hamas, known as the “Palestine Committee,” to function as the “political arm” of the Palestinian terrorist group. A year before founding the front group, Ahmad and Awad had attended a secret meeting with “senior leaders of Hamas” at a Philadelphia hotel that was bugged by the FBI. An internal FBI memo written by the former head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division describes “all attendees” of the meeting – including Ahmad and Awad – as “Hamas members,” Guandolo points out.
“CAIR was the fourth organization created by Hamas to recruit jihadis, raise money and gain media favor for Hamas in America,” Guandolo said, adding that phone books, organizational charts, secret manifestos written in Arabic and other documents the FBI has seized indicate Awad and Ahmad were in leadership positions in the U.S. Palestine Committee prior to the creation of CAIR.
“CAIR is Hamas,” Guandolo flatly states.
Since 9/11, several CAIR officials – including senior officials working in the group’s national office located within blocks of the U.S. Capitol – have been convicted or deported on terrorism-related charges.
CAIR denies any ties to terrorism and slams Guandolo as an “Islamophobe” who seeks to deny constitutional rights for Muslim-Americans.
In a headline posted on the home page of its website, CAIR maintains that Guandolo once said “mosques have no right to exist,” but that claim disappears when visitors click on the headline and go to the full statement. CAIR never sources or supports the claim.
Guandolo says it’s a typical “smear tactic” of CAIR.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy as well as the U.S. Army Ranger School, Guandolo joined the FBI in 1996 after resigning his commission in the Marine Corps, where he served as a commander in Iraq and Bosnia.
After the 9/11 attacks, Guandolo was assigned to the counter-terrorism division of the FBI’s Washington field office where he investigated U.S. front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas. In 2006, Guandolo developed the FBI’s first counter-terrorism training program focusing on the global Islamic jihad movement. He was designated a “subject matter expert” by FBI headquarters.
In 2007, Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” award by U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and John Kyl. Before resigning from the FBI in December 2008, Guandolo twice received the United States Attorneys Award for Investigative Excellence. He served on the bureau’s SWAT team as well as its surveillance unit.
He now works as a counter-terrorism and security consultant for law enforcement, the intelligence community and the military. He also teaches at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
In 2011, Guandolo delivered a three-day seminar on counter-terrorism to members of the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force and several other federal agencies at Marine headquarters in Virginia.
On the left is the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in Raqa, Syria on September 16, 2013 with the cross. On the right is the same church on September 28, with the cross removed and the ISIL Islamic flag on top. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abdul Aziz). Photo courtesy of: Yahoo News
by, AFP | Yahoo News
A jihadist group in Syria said Wednesday that Christians in the city of Raqa will have to pay taxes and hold religious rituals behind closed doors, under a set of rules.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed 12 rules which made up an “agreement” with Christians in the northern city to provide “protection.”
The terms, bearing the stamp of ISIL which controls Raqa, were distributed on jihadist forums.
They include a provision that Christians must pay a “jiziyeh” tax, as imposed in early Islam on non-Muslim subjects.
It said wealthy Christians must pay up the equivalent of 13 grams (half an ounce) of pure gold, that middle-class Christians pay half that sum, while the poor pay a quarter.
The agreement also demands Christians “do not put on display a cross or anything from their book, anywhere on Muslims’ path or markets” and that they should not “use megaphones to make their prayers heard.”
Christians must also refrain from “holding any of their rituals… outside the church.”
The jihadist group demands that Christians follow “rules imposed by ISIL, such as those relating to modesty in clothing.”
ISIL is rooted in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which also imposed the jiziyeh tax on Christians after the US-led invasion of 2003.
Raqa was once home to some 300,000 people, and less than one percent were Christian. Many Christians fled the city after ISIL started attacking and burning churches.
ISIL also said that Christians “must not restore any monasteries or churches… in their city or elsewhere in the vicinity.”
Christians must not carry arms, it said, warning that offenders of the rules would suffer “the fate that the people of war and rebellion faced.”
ISIL is accused of holding scores of people prisoner, including peaceful activists, rival rebels, foreign journalists and aid workers.
It is facing an all-out war by rival anti-regime forces in other parts of Syria.
by, Tufail Ahmad | The New Indian Express | h/t Islam Watch
For several hundred years, people have thought of Britain as the epitome of modern civilisation and land of Enlightenment that gave rule of law, individual freedom and democracy to the world. In early decades of the 21st century, this image is being eroded, as pockets of Britain are being transformed into isolated enclaves, administered by Islamic clerics associated with different mosques and madrassas.
The Darul Uloom madrassa in the village of Chislehurst, modelled after India’s Darul Uloom Deoband, seeks to produce “an Islamic elite who will rule the Muslim world” — as reported by British Indian journalist Edna Fernandes, who also reported that music, drama and modern foreign languages are deemed un-Islamic and Shakespeare is seen as evil for dealing with subjects like love and revenge. Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam of Darul Iftaa, an Islamic institute in Leicester, delivers fatwas such as: driving a taxi is forbidden by Islam because it may entail taking passengers to a pub. Such fatwas impinge on individual freedom, a fundamental basis of modern societies.
In 2008, Wesley Paxton of a teachers’ union warned that faith schools are causing segregation in Britain, adding: “More faith schools is probably going to mean more Islamic schools.” There are 166 madrassas, engendering segregation in British society along religious lines. The madrassas and mosques, established by Islamic clerics coming from Pakistan and other Muslim countries, are run along sectarian lines such as Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahmadi, Shia and the like. Ahmadi Muslims, who found shelter in Britain following discrimination in Pakistan, are being denigrated by Pakistani clerics visiting Britain to deliver sermons, sowing seeds of sectarianism. Gender segregation prevails at campus events, approved by British universities. Muslim students walk out of science classes on evolution, saying it conflicts with the Quran.
Islamic Sharia law is enforced by clerics in parallel to the British law. In pockets of British society, Muslims do not report criminal cases to police. Tom Winsor, chief inspector of the Constabulary, warned recently that Muslims do not call police in cases as serious as honour killings, sexual assaults and murder, choosing instead to administer Sharia-based criminal justice. Last month, Rebekah Dawson, standing trial for witness intimidation, refused to show her face before a court in London and was permitted to wear full-face veil. However, when told that she must remove the veil to give evidence, Dawson, a convert to Islam, decided not to take the witness box. Muslims are creating ghettos. As immigrants move into an area, natives sell their homes and move to another area. While there are more possibilities of integration in London, Muslim ghettos are emerging in areas of Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Oldham, Dewsbury and Leicester, says Sajid Iqbal, a British journalist of Pakistani origin who sees British democracy as being weakened.
Reportedly, over 85 Sharia courts operate in Britain, delivering verdicts that contradict British law in cases of marriage, inheritance, child custody, polygamy, et al. In addition to Sharia courts operating informally, the government in 2008 approved five Sharia courts in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton, allowing their rulings to be enforced through the British judicial system. Sajid Iqbal warns that in next fifty years, if these trends continue, sections of Muslims would likely have left the British justice system. Informally, rulings are also issued by mosques and madrassas and enforced by Islamists. Last December, three Muslim youth were jailed for assaulting people in the streets of London’s Bethnal Green area for not meeting Sharia codes. Significantly, they were intimidating not Muslims, but non-Muslim couples for holding hands or girls for wearing skirts.
In streets of London, vigilante Muslim youth enforce no-go areas, designated as Sharia zones. Last December, dozens of Muslim men and women protested in London’s Brick Lane, demanding that shops and restaurants stop selling alcohol. Muslim families from Pakistan take their daughters to their country and have them married without their consent. In the recent past, Muslim parents have killed daughters for going out with non-Muslim boys or simply for a night out. Inside British prisons, Islamists convert inmates to Islam and enforce Islamic Sharia code. In 2010, officials at the Long Lartin jail reported that non-Muslim inmates were forced to stop playing Western music and remove pictures of women from their cells.
In April 2013, a British Muslim woman, a relative of former Pakistani singer Junaid Jamshed, quit Islam and, writing under the pen name Layla Murad, reported that members of Al-Murabitun — an Islamic movement started by neo-Muslim and former Scottish playwright Ian Dallas — practise polygamy in modern Britain. In 2012, the Islamic Sharia Council of Britain noted that Muslim career women are choosing to become second or third wives for varying reasons. Mizan Raja, a matrimonial consultant, reported that he received hundreds of calls from women asking about becoming second wives. At the end of 2013, the population of British Muslims was at 3.3 million, about 5.2 percent of the UK’s 63 million population. British Muslims have a young population. Journalist Ami Sedghi wrote recently that nearly half of all Muslims are aged under 25. There are concerns about Sharia-inspired ideals being transmitted to the next generation of Muslims.
There is also the concern that London could look like Islamabad in next five decades. In towns, politicians of Pakistani origin talk of the day one of them will take residence at 10 Downing Street.
As Islamism looms in British society, these issues cannot be seen in isolation from Islam and immigration. Layla Murad, who studied at an Al-Murabitun-run seminary in Morocco, discovered that she bonded with Moroccan women on a school holiday to the tune of a Kareena Kapoor number. If not Bollywood, democracy is a model for multi-cultural countries, but in Britain, due to the British leadership’s surrender before moral relativism, democracy appears to have lost its way under the Islamist assault.
Tufail Ahmad is director of South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute, Washington DC.
by, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton | Truth Stream Media | h/t Alt-Market.com
The Declaration of Independence boldly states:
“When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Thomas Jefferson, writing on behalf of the independent-minded colonists in 1776, backed up the Declaration’s conclusion with numerous examples of British tyranny, stating: “To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
Compare them to the United States and global system we live under today.
Are we now free? Examine the balance of power between individuals, endowed with natural rights by God, and government, Constitutionally bound to only limited powers, as well as the leading corporations of the private sector.
A 1946 national archive film released by Encyclopedia Britannica titled “Despotism” outlines several yardsticks for measuring the balance of power of a free society and that of an outright a despotism, according to scales of respect, power, economic distribution and information. Concentrated power and wealth, centralized information and monopolistic or oligopolistic control in any one of these areas tends to negatively affect the others, and renders freedom a mere illusion.
“Look beyond fine words and noble phrases,” the analyst in the archive film warns. The rhetoric of freedom in America or anywhere else on planet Earth is irrelevant if the power, wealth and opportunity resides in the hands of just a few, or worse a single entity. By any yardstick, society today is very far gone; the once free United States of America is far down the path of dictatorship, though it keeps wrapped in the stars and stripes of the flag and the lofty words of its founding ideals.
Now what? It is the duty of free people to seek and demand a better society once again.
by, Investor’s Business Daily
Immigration: As President Obama offers asylum to “minor” terrorists providing “limited” material support to terrorism, he’s slamming shut the door on thousands of Christians fleeing terrorism in Muslim lands like Egypt.
In another end-run around Congress, President Obama has unilaterally eased immigration requirements for foreigners linked to terrorism.
He ordered the State Department and Homeland Security to ignore a post-9/11 law barring entry to those giving political or charitable aid to Hamas and other known terrorist groups.
A dozen years after the horrific attacks on our nation by foreign Islamic terrorists, the Obama administration has decided a little support to foreign Islamic terrorists is OK.
Treasonous as it sounds, the president is following through on a little-noticed overture he made to Muslims in his Cairo speech of 2009, when he suggested he’d relax enforcement of material support laws involving “zakat,” or Islamic charitable giving.
He basically apologized for the Bush administration’s locking up the founders of the largest Muslim charity in America for sending millions to “zakat committees” linked to Hamas.
Of course, his move weakens, yet again, America’s security. By exempting five kinds of limited material support for terrorism, Obama instantly purges more than 4,000 suspects from the U.S. terror watch list and opens our borders up to both them and their families.
Not to worry, Homeland Security says, it’ll run additional security checks before letting them in.
Oh? Like the checks run on the Tsarnaev family, who also got into the country on asylum claims? Those security checks?
Forgive the survivors and the families of those who died in the Boston bombings if they’re not reassured.
Taking a chance on foreign nationals already suspected of aiding and abetting terrorists only puts Americans at greater risk. Yet the president is ordering immigration authorities to ignore red flags.
He suggests too many innocent Muslims seeking a better life here, including Palestinian “refugees,” have been “unfairly” excluded by Draconian post-9/11 immigration laws. Says who? Islamist lobbyist groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who claim Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters”?
At the same time Obama opens the floodgates to them, he’s closing our borders to Christians fleeing persecution by Muslims in Egypt, Iraq and other Mideast countries.
Displaced Palestinians have plenty of places they can resettle in the Mideast.
The options for Christians, on the other hand, are limited. The U.S. may be their best chance for refuge from violence and for religious freedom.
Yet the State Department has rejected virtually all of the 20,000 asylum applications from Coptic Christians trying to escape Egypt since the toppling of its pro-American regime.
Meanwhile, it’s welcoming terrorist supporters pushed out by Cairo’s renewed military crackdown on the Brotherhood.
Thanks to Obama’s new rule, these escaping Islamist troublemakers will be able to set up shop inside America and practice their jihadism with virtual impunity.
If the president doesn’t like rampant rumors he’s a “secret Muslim,” or that he’s doing the bidding of his Muslim Brotherhood-tied brother Malik, he should stop making sympathetic gestures that feed them.
by, Abid Ali | Islam Watch
Muslims never read the Quran from start to finish with the unprejudiced mind and intent to understand its message. If they do, it will become clear to them that this so-called holy book is not from God, but a fabrication of an evil person and is filled with absurdities and violent incitements. They live in a blissful garden of ignorance, where all their questions are choked by lack of interest to think hard about it. There, they don’t have to think. All they have to do is just believe.
Muslims are not less intelligent or less rational people than anybody else. Their problem is: they somehow manage to put aside their rational thinking when it comes to the Quran and Islam. They are satisfied with Islam, and make an abstract ideal image of it in their mind. But that beautiful Islam is THEIR imaginary Islam, not the Islam of Muhammad. That is how Muslims bring themselves to deeply loving Islam. Very few Muslims have read the Quran to understand its meaning. Yes they chant it, often in a language that they don’t understand, but few know meaning of what they read. Even fewer are the number of Muslims, who have read the Sira and hadith. The Islam they live is the Islam made up by them. They create the best religion in their mind, and when you tell them the truth about Islam, they see no resemblance of it with the one they have envisioned. Let alone reading and understanding the Quran, the majority of the Ummah even do not know the very basics of Islam and Muhammad—for example, they don’t know how many wives Muhammad had, that Muhammad had concubines and slept with them, that he married a six-year-old child and slept with her, that slavery or concubinism is allowed in Islam, and many more such immoralities, insensibilities and inhumanities.
How can they see the truth if they are willing to read only the lies, and refuse to read anything that may create doubt about their belief? Thus, sunk in deception and lies, they tell themselves that if only they had practiced the true Islam, all their problems—social, economic and judicial—will be resolved. They are convinced that the root of their problem is actually the Muslims, not Islam itself.
When I read the Quran, I discovered a distinctly different picture than the one I had in my mind. The new picture emerging from the pages of that book was a violent, intolerant, irrational, arrogant religion – a far cry from the religion of peace, equality and tolerance that had been ingrained in my mind.
What would be the reaction of a man who is told that his wife is disloyal to him? How would a child react if he is told that his father is a murderer, a rapist or a thief? A child who adulates his father or a man who loves his wife will not be able to accept it even if all the proofs in the world are shown to him. They would call you a liar and would hate you for hurting him. They would curse you, consider you his enemy, and may even explode in anger and attack you. Or what would be the condition of a man who is dreaming a pleasant dream in his sleep and you wake him up. He would definitely get annoyed. The greater the beauty of the dream, the greater is the pain of the reality. Even though faith is false, it is still sweet. It is very comforting to believe.
It is a natural human tendency to gobble all the praise, no matter how undeserving they may be, and abhor all criticisms. When you tell a person that he looks great, or he is very honest, or he is very just or intelligent, he would generally not mind or question why you say so, but will accept it all without any doubt or question. But when you criticize the selfsame person, even for his betterment, first he would be unwilling to hear them. Even if somehow he hears, he would not accept it, he will raise hundreds of questions, and additionally, there could be frowning and glaring. Similarly, when a Muslim is nurtured with a belief that they are fortunate that they are Muslims, and someday they will go to paradise to live there in peace and tranquility for eternity, they will easily gobble this wishful thinking without any question or doubt. Because it is always pleasant to fantasize a beautiful dream, although it never become a reality.
“A true believer is a person so fanatically committed to a cause that no amount of reality can make him abandon it” –Eric Hoffer
Believing with evidence is knowledge and believing without evidence is superstition. Faith is believing without evidence, so it is superstition. Gullibility and superstition also means believing without evidence. Muslims don’t want to listen or read anything against their faith and assume that their unquestioned belief will be rewarded manifold in the afterlife without ever realizing that unquestioned devotion and belief never lead one to truth or reality. What Muslims assume as ‘Eemaan’ (faith) is actually superstition wrapped in obstinate ignorance and stupidity. It is an art of Self-Deception. One, who is gifted with self-delusion, does not require opium to submerge himself in hallucination. Following or believing some ideology blindly without questioning it is a kind of intellectual slavery. How could the intelligent designer of this universe, of our mind and body, reward stupidity, ignorance and hatred in human beings? Being ignorant and having blind faith can never be rewarded by an intelligent God in heaven. If stupidity and ignorance is rewarded by God, then donkeys will be standing in queue ahead of humans to enter the divine abode.
“Men surrender sooner their rights than their customs and rituals; ridicule knowledge before their beliefs.” – John Stuart Mill
Muslims are truly incapable of questioning the integrity of Islam—maybe because of faith and fear instilled in them. They assume every Islamic teaching, law, and absurdity must be meaningful, transcendental, or rational to God. There must be some reason behind the inhuman and irrational theories or stories which we humans are neither apt to grasp nor are supposed to question, as they are the commands of God, which they have taken for granted. But here, they fail to ponder or realize on what basis they feel so sure of these claims, was it analyzed truth or unanalyzed teachings of their elders, and why God would give such revelation which is beyond the grasp of the majority of the people.
The mind of every Muslim is infused by their elders since childhood with the thought that all non-Muslims—be it the greatest of scientists, philosophers, freethinkers, and theologians of other religions or the common man—are enemies of Muslims, who are eternally engaged in a conspiracy against their religion. Why would anyone be an enemy of particular religion if it does not affect his/her rights is beyond me? Actually, it is Islam that teaches Muslims to be the enemy of the entire world so as to spread its claws of imperialism.
When they hear any critical question against their faith, they believe that there are answers for all the criticisms and questions raised against Islam, but they will never look for those answers nor would they willingly listen to any criticism against their faith which they are very much content and consoled with. Muslims challenge that they will be able to answer all the criticisms, but when you start presenting them with those question, they feel irritated and request you to stop discussing Islam immediately. This has become their instinctive psychological tendency. On one side, people like Zakir Naik boasts and throws challenges about Islam, on the other, Muslims launch Fatwas against such critics, Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen being prominent among them. If you silence the voice critics, then what is the use of challenge to defend the veracity of your faith? Islamic apologists are such runners who even run alone would still be the last one to come (the failure). When Taslima Nasreen last came to Hyderabad (India), she was hit & pushed by a group of Muslims. These are exactly the same behaviour their prophet adopted and practised. To silence opponents, he even killed female poets. In the name faith (Eemaan), they practice every sort of dishonesty (Be-Emaani). Muslims are the worst among humans to practice dishonesty!
Muslims are such people, who try to defend their religion even without knowing anything about it. They will firmly claim and boast about the integrity of the Quran and Muhammad believing that they would be able to answer and satisfy all criticisms and allegations raised, they will depart promising that very soon they will return with all answers, but that day never comes. For a single critical question about Islam, hundred of Muslims come with hundreds of answers. They do it in the hope that if they try to defend their religion by whatsoever means, they will be adored by Allah for defending His religion. They don’t even understand the basic understanding that a religion of the Omnipotent God never needs to be defended by mortal creatures, such as a ‘Man’.
Whenever they come across any book or article critical to their faith, they immediately shut away from it like a witch closes the aperture of light and refuses to read even a single page saying that this is a misrepresentation of Islam, but themselves would never search, verify or confirm their own claim. Their entire life and faith hinges on hear-say.
In his book, ‘Tell-tell Brain’ V. S. Ramachandran argued about various types of psychological blindness and peculiarities, where one of them I can mention is ‘Metaphor Blindness’ in which a patient cannot understand metaphors or figurative statement. Rather, he would always tell you the literal meaning of the metaphor or proverb. Once such a patient was examined with a proverb, ‘Rome was not built in a day’. When Ramachandran asked him the meaning of the metaphor, he kept on telling the literal meaning of the proverb but could tell figurative one, though the person was educated and wise enough to realize it metaphorical sense. Similarly, Muslims suffer from ‘logical blindness’ when it comes to their faith. Even the most educated Muslims talk in such an irrational manner that it is sometimes difficult to believe whether I am talking to sane person or an insane one. Tell a Muslim about the absurdities of other religions, he would understand it like a smart man but as soon as you replace that religion with Islam, he would immediately be in denial mode or agitated. No matter how you condemn other religions in front of Muslims, they would be delighted and conceited. They make fun of myths and legends of all religions, like ‘Ganesha’, who is a deity with trunk or Ravan, a king with ten heads in Hinduism, but when you talk about absurdity of Mi’raj, he would utterly refuse to agree to illogicality behind the story of Borak, Muhammad’s carrier to haven, that was half-mule and half-donkey with pair of wings. However ridiculous this creature is, to Muslims it is absolutely scientific, rational, proven, tested and verified under scientific spirit and research. This blindness is not inborn but is the result of indoctrination by their elders in their childhood. Literally, Muslims says, ‘kill those who say Islam is a violent religion’. Without ever realising what irony they utter. Even my brothers, who are not so learned and never did research, said to me that it is their week ‘Eemaan’ that they hear something bad about Islam, else they are supposed to kill anyone who utter anything against their religion and prophet.
The lesser Muslims know about the mumbo-jumbo of the Quran, the stronger is their faith in Islam. They believe that the Quran has so profound assertions that it is not possible for everybody to understand it, thus it must be divinely inspired. They fail to think over why God would send illogical and incoherent message which is inconceivable to most people.
Muslims gulp down all the lies, absurdities and inhumanities inherent in Islam uncritically. They can’t see anything wrong with their faith as they are determined not to see anything wrong with their faith. Because they consider Muhammad above all, the entire world (rather, they consider, conspire to blaspheme him and is enemy of Islam) can be liar but not he. Muhammad, to them, is the perfect example of human being even when they know he was a pedophile, a mass murderer and a rapist. Islam has thousands fallacies, the Quran has numerous errors of all sorts and Muhammad committed countless crimes as per the Quran, Hadiths and Sira, still they want to silence whoever raises those points–not with rational answers but by violence, killing, persecuting, banning and banishing, which they have been doing since the inception of Islam. They want to kill whoever speaks the bitter truth about Islam. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes not. They ban and try to ban websites and books exposing flaws of their cherished beliefs, andunfortunately they succeed. Unlike believers of other religions, Muslims organize protest march on roads in rage, agitate and burn embassies, blow buildings, blaze libraries, kill people, ban books and websites, thinking that they are doing it for defending and sustaining the truth, without realizing that all these subjects their faith to more question while a little rational answer can defend their faith much better. On top of these, Muslims, on a regular basis, wake up in the early hours of the morning and perform Wodu (Ablution) with the icy winter water, lose precious time and energy in performing Salah five times a day, and in reading the Quran (the most absurd and useless book of all times), work outside home hungry and thirsty entire day during the month of Ramadan. The billion-plus Muslims torture themselves in this manner just for a lie, a lie of a sick man. Such hopes are nothing but a sinister self-deception and a waste of life. A billion-plus people are still lost in this arid desert of ignorance, chasing a mirage in the fear of childish stories of a hell with scorching fire and in the hope of a heaven with rivers of wine, milk and honey and swelling bosomed virgins — all the figment of a unspiritual, barbarous and crafty mind of a man greedy for power, wealth and women.
Muslims believe that the reference of the existence of God, Jinns, magic, spell, ghosts and souls in the Quran proves that Islam is the true religion and Muhammad was a true prophet of God. The fact is that these were not new ideas brought by Muhammad. The ideas of God, Jinns, resurrection, magic, spell, and souls etc. were already prevalent before Muhammad’s grand-fathers were born. The scriptures of Jews and Christians are the living evidences. It was not difficult to plagiarize and concoct few theories about God, life and death, prayer, Jinns, soul etc. to concoct a new religion in one’s own name. Question for those, who believe Muhammad to be a prophet of God, is: Did Muhammad said something which was not prevalent before him and is now proven by Modern science? I firmly believe there is nothing at all.
The reason of my precisely knowing the Muslim mindset is not only due to my growing up as a Muslim, but also because I spoke with hundreds of them and discussed about Islam, and because I have broken Islam’s blinding spell on me and liberated myself from its mental enslavement.
Louis Farrakhan, racist Muslim and anti-Semitic Jew hater. Photo courtesy of: AP/Paul Beaty and The Times of Israel
by, JTA | The Times of Israel | h/t Blazing CatFur
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, saying “I don’t hate Jewish people,” denied he was anti-Semitic during an address to the group’s annual convention.
Farrakhan, who is known for his diatribes against the Jews, in his three-hour speech on Sunday night in Detroit compared himself to auto magnate Henry Ford, saying that Ford was “a great man who was called an anti-Semite.”
“I feel like I’m in good company,” Farrakhan told a crowd of about 18,000 at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“I don’t hate Jewish people … what I hate is evil,” he also said, adding that “Satan is in control of Hollywood,” as well as TV, the media and money.
Responding to Farrakhan’s speech, Heidi Budaj, Michigan regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Detroit Free Press, “Expressing pride for being called anti-Semitic is shameful. A person in this day and age should be ashamed to say that.”
Farrakhan also reprimanded Muslims for fighting among themselves in the Middle East, saying they were killing each other for “America” and the “European infidel.”
He said that if the United States launched a war on Iran, “we ain’t fighting. We’re not killing no Muslims for these infidels.”
Farrakhan also touched on other topics, such as the African-American community separating from the rest of the world in order to better their lives and reinvesting in Detroit.
Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam on Jews: