And please keep checking Jihad Watch, Gates of Vienna, Raymond Ibrahim and David Wood These are exceptional sources for keeping informed on the issues.
God willing I'll be back in a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately I'll be out of action for a couple of weeks. Yesterday I was too crook to even get out of bed. I apologise, but I'm going to have to take time to recover. In the meantime do scroll back through the archives - it's interesting to see what was occupying us in April and May last year.
And please keep checking Jihad Watch, Gates of Vienna, Raymond Ibrahim and David Wood These are exceptional sources for keeping informed on the issues.
God willing I'll be back in a couple of weeks.
This is further to my recent post about a Muslim lady Doctor performing FGM on Muslim girls in Michigan, USA.
David Wood takes us through the very sound doctrinal basis in the central Islamic texts for FGM. He does this because two prominent North American Muslim voices - the kind that are regularly invited onto the big news networks to mutter soothing words about how neat the real Islam is - have been caught publicly lying about the practice. This is a 15 minute video, which is on the long side I'll grant you, but it will put an end forever to anyone believing that FGM has nothing to do with Islam.
The exact opposite is true. Learn the facts and put the lies behind your back.
Linda Sarsour Caught Lying about Female Genital Mutilation in Islam
After learning that a female genital mutilation gang had been arrested in Michigan, faux feminist Linda Sarsour tweeted: "Female genital mutilation has no place in Detroit or anywhere else in the world. Female genital mutilation is barbaric and is not an Islamic practice."
In this video, our hero David Wood turns to Muslim scholars and Islam's most trusted sources to see if female genital mutilation (female circumcision) is prescribed in Islam.
... a case in point
A young Saudi woman was attempting to reach Australia to escape her abusive family. She was intercepted at Manila airport by people who seem to be her uncles. She may be dead.
Where are the Western voices being raised in her defence? This 7 minute video challenges Western Feminists to stop treating Muslim women as though they are of less worth than white women. Christine Williams simply asks that abusive men be treated the same way regardless of ethnicity.
This special edition of the Glazov Gang presents the Christine Williams Moment hosted by Christine Williams, an award-winning journalist and a columnist at JihadWatch.org. Christine focused on The Heart-Wrenching Screams of Dina Ali Lasloom, unveiling the shameful and cowardly silence of feminists.
that question again
David Wood produced this valuable lecture on whether the IS is really Islamic. His talk covers a basic introduction concerning common Islamic terminology & authorities:~ the 5 Pillars & the 6 Articles of faith; the Qur'an, Hadith and Muhammad.
He also covers:~
There is a fruitful Q&A time where among other things he addresses the common issue raised that ISIS displays a similar misunderstanding of Islam as the KKK, Abortion bombers and Westboro Baptist Church do of Christianity. He also touches on the issues of "hate speech" and the Islamic view of the end of the world.
Free exchange of ideas and building relationships is the only way forward.
On April 5th, 2017, Dr. David Wood spoke at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) to an audience of just under 100 people for a lecture sponsored by Ratio Christi. David spoke for just over an hour, took questions for a second hour, then stayed to speak with people one-on-one for a third hour.
Michigan: Muslim doctor held for performing fgm is wife of mosque leader
How could such a well connected, educated and informed woman so outrageously misunderstand the teachings of Islam?
Now this is obviously an awkward & embarrassing issue for all involved - no one wants to discuss such things. As a person who disagrees with the practise I find it awkward to discuss, partly because I am a man & I have been told over many years to butt out of "women's issues". Partly too I feel as though I am picking on an already marginalised minority community. Those advocating and performing it meanwhile don't want anyone outside to know as they are following the clear directions of their faith & this will put their faith under the spotlight.
I guess everything would be fine if Women's Rights advocates were speaking out loudly on behalf of the girls about FGM and if the "moderate majority" of Muslims went swiftly to authorities to pot those engaging in FGM (it seems some have done so, but isn't there a legitimate question to ask about how this could happen more than once? Instead respect for authority and the teachings of the Faith crushed concern for the children). But seeing as neither of those things is happening there is only one question left for me to answer: which is more important, my unpleasant feelings or stopping the girls being brutalised?
The Dawoodi Bohras may be a Sect of Islam, but FGM is solidly mainstream Islam. According to the Shafi'i book of Sharia Law The Reliance of the Traveller:~
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
From Robert Spencer.
"Leaders of the Farmington Hills mosque released a statement Friday saying they are offering assistance to investigators. ‘Any violation of U.S. law is counter to instructions to our community members,’ the statement said. ‘It does not reflect the everyday lives of the Dawoodi Bohras in America. It is an important rule of the Dawoodi Bohras that we respect the laws of the land, wherever we live,’ the statement continued. ‘This is precisely what we have done for several generations in America. We remind our members regularly of their obligations.’…Nagarwala’s husband, Moiz Nagarwala, is listed as a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the mosque’s password-protected website, and records list him as having served as joint treasurer.”
The leaders of the mosque didn’t know that Nagarwala was practicing female genital mutilation? If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Why didn’t the vast majority of Muslims who, we’re told, believe that FGM is cultural, not Islamic, and think it abhorrent as well, not report Nagarwala and her accomplices to authorities?
“2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case,”
by Robert Snell, Detroit News, April 21, 2017 (thanks to Doc):
Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect.
Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. His wife, office manager Farida Attar, also was arrested and is accused of helping Nagarwala perform the mutilations, according to a 14-page complaint unsealed Friday in federal court.
The arrests are the latest development in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case, which is providing insight into a small, insular Muslim community in Metro Detroit and an illegal procedure performed on young girls.
The complaint solves a mystery stemming from the case by pinpointing where Nagarwala allegedly mutilated two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota earlier this year. The complaint also describes a conspiracy involving at least Nagarwala, Attar and his wife — all three are members of the Dawoodi Bohra religious community based locally out of a Farmington Hills mosque….
Nagarwala, meanwhile, was charged in federal court April 12 and is being held without bond on charges that could send her to federal prison for life.
According to court records and testimony, Nagarwala is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra, a small Muslim sect from India that was linked to a mutilation scandal in Australia two years ago. Sect members locally belong to the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. It’s the only Dawoodi Bohra mosque in Michigan.
The Dawoodi Bohras hail mostly from western India and were traditionally comprised of businessmen, entrepreneurs and professionals. There are about 1 million followers worldwide. Two years ago, three Dawoodi Bohras faced trial in Australia in a case that raised awareness of female genital mutilation. The case ended in prison sentences for the three, including a Dawoodi Bohra community leader.
Leaders of the Farmington Hills mosque released a statement Friday saying they are offering assistance to investigators. “Any violation of U.S. law is counter to instructions to our community members,” the statement said. “It does not reflect the everyday lives of the Dawoodi Bohras in America.
“It is an important rule of the Dawoodi Bohras that we respect the laws of the land, wherever we live,” the statement continued. “This is precisely what we have done for several generations in America. We remind our members regularly of their obligations.”
Illegal since 1996
Nagarwala’s husband, Moiz Nagarwala, is listed as a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the mosque’s password-protected website, and records list him as having served as joint treasurer. Attar has served as treasurer and a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the Anjuman-e-Najmi website.
Prosecutors said some members of the religious and cultural community practice female genital mutilation on young girls. Some members of the community who have spoken against the practice said the surgery is performed to suppress female sexuality, reduce sexual pleasure and curb promiscuity, according to the criminal complaint….
Well, the Qur'an says so
The Qur'an in Sura 2.65-66; 5.60 & 7.163-166 states that Allah turned some Jews into Apes after they failed to observe the Sabbath. Through Muhammad (Q 4.47) Allah warns the "people of the book" (in this case Jews) that they risk the same fate should they reject the true revelations of Allah as enunciated by Muhammad.
This 8 minute video covers the origin of the "Apes & Swines" stories in Islam and handily dismantles them. The ministry of Acts17 Apologetics has its website here, which is full of useful information for discussing the reality of Jesus with Atheists and other people, as well as with Muslims.
Shabir Ally, the Quran, and the Village of the Apes and Swine: Part 1 (Anthony Rogers)
In the Quran, Allah declares that various law-breakers were transformed into apes and pigs. Since Muhammad was known for plagiarizing stories from Jews and Christians, we may wonder where Muhammad heard fables about Allah miraculously disfiguring people. In "Shabir Ally, the Quran, and the Village of the Apes and Swine," Anthony Rogers investigates.
and as if on cue...
Following Sandra Solomon's talk on how her Islamic upbringing taught her animosity towards Christians we have this short article from the Barnabas Fund which just came into my Inbox.
My question in the face of this is, as always, why not?
UNITED STATES – Islamic State’s “war against Christians” not getting attention in Western media
Islamic State’s (IS) war against Christians is not getting the attention it deserves in Western media, according to journalist Piers Morgan [Graeme: a gentleman on the Left side of politics, definitely not alt-right]. In an interview with US television following the Palm Sunday suicide attacks on churches in Egypt, Morgan stated: “what happened in Egypt was unbelievably significant … what ISIS really stands for, what they are carrying out in the Middle East, and in Egypt in particular, is a kind of genocidal attack on Christians and Christianity. They want Christianity eradicated, and they want to convert all Muslims to their crusade, they want it to be a Holy War, and they want Christians gone. And I don’t think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media, and that’s the same in other media around the world.”
Following the murders of at least six believers in less than four weeks in the Sinai town of Al-Arish earlier this year, IS released a propaganda video stating that they would eliminate Egypt’s “apostate” Christians. “Their [Islamic State’s] real war is now against Christians and the cross,” added Morgan, although IS has in fact always openly acknowledged that its goal is to destroy Christianity.
From Fox News here
Sandra Solomon again, this time not about what Islam taught her about Jews but 8 minutes on what Islam taught her about Christians. As a Muslim growing up in Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam, you would think that her instruction would be "by the book". It was.
She covers what she was taught about Jesus, the Bible, the Trinity and the "ignorant" condition of Christians - or Crusaders as her teachers termed us - who will be fought against until Islam is established. The belief in the Second Coming of Jesus which will result in the final destruction of Christian and other non-Muslim forces is a basis for what has been going on in the Syrian war. Such beliefs also lead to the understandably poor treatment of Christians under Islamic authorities, such as there being no churches in Saudi Arabia because Muhammad taught there should be no Christians or Jews in Arabia.
Now to my friends who feel Islam is accepting of Christians & Jews as followers of an Abrahamic faith - how does this square with the friendly reassurances you've received from your Muslim friends? Who is likely to be correct - your dear Muslim friends or the sacred texts of Islam? Sandra is not merely cherry picking verses, she is describing her entire upbringing in the home of Islam. Should we not pause to consider how many years of such indoctrination is likely to affect a person? And doesn't her experience of being taught these things as true Islam indeed make sense of so much that we see?
Good on ya Aussies!
Oh happy day! At least Australia is doing something to establish a firm but fair baseline in getting the words and the deeds of migrants to line up with Western values. It's a step in the right direction and something I sincerely hope our own government engages in, as it is the kind of thing I advocated in my open letter to our government.
From our friends at Jihad Watch.
“Citizenship changes revealed: Fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values”,
by Rachel Baxendale, The Australian, April 20, 2017:
Prospective Australian citizens will need to have fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values, and a demonstrated capacity to integrate as part of an overhaul of the citizenship test announced by the Turnbull government this morning.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is “no more important title in our democracy than ‘Australian citizen’, and the institution of citizenship must reflect Australian values.
“We’re not defined by race or religion or culture, as many other nations are,” he said.
“We’re defined by commitment to common values, political values, the rule of law, democracy, freedom, mutual respect, equality for men and women … and our citizenship process should reflect that.”
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the government made no apologies for wanting new Australian citizens to integrate.
“We want people to be able to send their kids to school, to take advantage of a great education system,” he said.
“We want people to be able to work if they’re of working age and to make sure that if they have a capacity to work, they’re contributing and not leading a life on welfare.
Mr Dutton outlined the four key aspects of the overhaul:
• The current residency requirement to be eligible for citizenship will increase from 12 months to four years;
• Applicants will be required to pass an English language test equivalent to IELTS level 6 equivalent, or a “competent” English language proficiency level;
• The government will make changes to the pledge of Australian citizenship and add questions to the current test aimed at cracking down on inappropriate attitudes on issues such as violence against women, child and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, etc;
• Applicants must provide evidence of integration including employment, tax payments and schooling for children;
Mr Dutton said the government would consult around the changes to questions and pledge and the values requirements between now and June 1.
Test attempts limited
The new requirements will also limit the number of times an applicant can fail the citizenship test to three (at present there is no limit), and introduce an automatic fail for applicants who cheat during the test.
Mr Dutton said the current multiple-choice test was essentially a civics test, that asked questions of people.
“What we’re saying is that we want people to demonstrate the fact that they have, if they’re of working age, that they have worked over that period of four years, that they have sent their children to school,” he said.
“We would ask questions for example, as we’re seeing in Melbourne at the moment, if kids are roaming the street at night as part of gangs in the apex gangs or elsewhere in cities like Melbourne, whether or not that is adopting an Australian value. Clearly it’s not.
The Immigration Minister said he believed there was a deficiency in the way the current test was applied, and said the new test would work alongside current laws to crack down inappropriate conduct.
“For example, a perpetrator of domestic violence,” he said.
“My view is that that person shouldn’t become an Australian citizen. We can ask that question but we can also undertake our own checks in relation to police checks or whatever the case might be. So that’s how you can adopt, apply the test.”
Mr Dutton said there were currently criminal background checks for applicants, but the current checks were “clearly insufficient”.
Mr Turnbull conceded that practices such as genital mutilation and forced marriage are already illegal, but said questions on such matters in the new test were necessary to reinforce Australian values.
“Are you proud of our Australian values? Are you a proud Australian? You should stand up for it. You should stand up for those values and that’s what we’re doing,” he told a journalist.
“You see if we believe that respect for women and respect for women and children and saying no to violence against women and children, if we believe that that is an Australian value and it is and every one of you does believe that, then why should that not be made a key part, a fundamental part, a very prominent part, of our process to be an Australian citizen?
“Why should the test simply be a checklist of civic questions, all very important, about the parliament and how many senators there are from each state. These are all important things to know, no doubt, but fundamentally, the values which bind us together are those ones of respect, the rule of law, commitment to freedom, democracy, these are the key elements in our Australian identity and our citizenship should reflect this.”
Mr Turnbull said members of the Labor Party were criticising the proposition that prospective citizens should have competent English.
“Really? Are they serious?” he said.
“I mean does anybody doubt that if you want to succeed, if you want to even have a chance of succeeding in Australia, you need to be able to speak English?
“It is the single best thing any person coming to this country can do is learn English and that’s why Peter’s department put such a big effort into it.”
Mr Dutton said people would lie on the new citizenship test in relation to issues such as domestic violence.
“I mean they lie now in relation to citizenship tests and in relationship to laws that exist now,” he said. “That is not an argument for us to do nothing in this space.
“Domestic violence is a significant issue in this country, and we shouldn’t tolerate one instance of it, and the fact that somebody might fudge an answer on a test or an application is no argument against us asking people if you want to become an Australian citizen, abide by our laws and our norms.
“If somebody lies in an application, if they are fraudulent in their application for Australian citizenship, there is an existing power under the act in certain circumstances to revoke that citizenship.”
Mr Turnbull said the government would be briefing the Opposition and crossbench about the new laws “today or as soon as possible”, subject to their availability.
‘No shame in Australian values’
Earlier, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says he doesn’t think Australians should be ashamed of saying that we want people granted Australian citizenship to abide by Australian laws and values.
“I don’t think we should be ashamed of saying that we want people who are going to abide by the law, people who are going to pick up Australian values, still honour their heritage, but when you’re in Australia you abide by Australian laws, you abide by our values,” Mr Dutton said this morning.
“At the same time we want people to honour and respect their heritage and their culture, the country from which they’ve migrated, but once you’re here and once you seek Australian citizenship we do very clearly want you to be part of our team and we want you to be abiding by laws, we want you to be adopting Australian values and integrating into Australian life.
Asked what he meant by “Australian values”, Mr Dutton said he abhorred domestic violence. “I think perpetrators of domestic violence or people who would advocate violence against women don’t deserve Australian citizenship,” he said.
“I’ve been very clear about that. I believe that if you have children of school age, every effort should be made to see their regular attendance at school, because part of the opportunity of living in Australia and becoming an Australian and adopting Australian ways is that you take advantage of a great education system, not having kids involved in gang violence, for example, or breaking laws otherwise, so I think it’s an adoption, frankly of common sense.
Asked how a citizenship could police attitudes on domestic violence given people were unlikely to advocate it on a citizenship test, Mr Dutton said the government would continue to work with state and local government authorities to crack down on perpetrators as they currently do.
“There is a test of good character at the moment, and we can look at the evidence available to us,” he said.
“We can look at information that people provide to us. Obviously we can seek information from state and local government authorities in relation to the consideration of an application and that’s the way that these matters are determined.
“There are people that advocate and there are people that perpetrate domestic violence and we have the availability of that information otherwise, whether they’re honest on their test or not, there are other ways that we can work with state authorities to identify those people.”
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the new citizenship would ask a series of questions to highlight inappropriate attitudes.
“I don’t think anyone could seriously defend an attitude that says women are not equal to men, or that violence against women is acceptable, so we’re looking to test attitudes to ensure that people who take out Australian citizenship, and it is a privilege to become an Australian citizen, so it has responsibilities and obligations with it, that they are prepared to embrace the values, the laws, the attitudes that we have as a society that’s made us so successful,” Ms Bishop said…..
Purging accurate reports puts us at risk
Read this. Then wonder at how we can allow something that works to be deleted simply because it is unpopular.
I was just thinking this morning about one of the distinctives of the English speaking peoples (if I can borrow that reference from Mr Churchill): it is that we base many of our decisions on pragmatism. Does it work? If it works good - how can we improve it? If it doesn't work then let's find something that does. Don't tell me what a great theory you've got - if it doesn't play out in real life to be of advantage, to provide an advance, you can keep your really great idea and we'll soldier on with what does advance us. This is how we've rolled for hundreds of years.
But it seems we are now like Samson who became too lazy, slept with the enemy and had his eyes taken out. He relied too much on his strength & forgot what he had was a gift that he could easily lose. There is no law of nature that states we have to win no matter how stupid we are.
“The purge of a report on radical Islam has put NYC at risk,”
by Paul Sperry, New York Post, April 15, 2017:
The NYPD has had a stellar track record of protecting the city from another 9/11, foiling more than 20 planned terrorist attacks since 2001. But some worry the department is losing its terror-fighting edge as it tries to please Muslim grievance groups.
Last year, for instance, it censored an anti-terror handbook to appease offended Muslims, even though it has accurately predicted radicalization patterns in recent “homegrown” terror cases. Rank-and-file NYPD officers, detectives and even intelligence and counterterrorism units are officially barred now from referring to the handbook or the scientific study on which it was based.
Former law-enforcement officials fear its removal as a training tool may be hurting efforts to prevent terrorist activity, such as the vehicle-ramming attacks plaguing European cities.
“The report was extremely accurate on how the radicalization process works and what indicators to look for,” said Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York state prisons’ criminal-intelligence division, who also worked with the NYPD’s intelligence division for several years.
Mayor de Blasio agreed in January 2016 to purge the remarkably prescient police training guide “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat” to help settle a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Muslim groups who claimed the NYPD’s anti-terror training discriminated against Muslims.
Written 10 years ago, the seminal NYPD report detailing the religious steps homegrown terrorists take toward radicalization is now more relevant than ever, with recent terror suspects closely following those steps. But in 2007, the same year the study was released, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) organized a protest against it, complaining it “casts suspicion on all US Muslims.” Even though federal law enforcement has long-shunned CAIR as a suspected terrorist front organization, “groups like CAIR were insistent on having it removed, and de Blasio caved into them,” Dunleavy said.
Under the city’s unusual settlement agreement, the NYPD as well as New York state agencies were forced to remove its 90-page anti-terror study — described by plaintiffs as “deeply flawed” and “inflammatory” — from databases and no longer rely on it “to open or extend investigations” into terrorist activities. Also, police must now commit to “mitigating the potential impact” of any counterterrorism investigation on the Muslim community.
The deal has had a chilling effect on other city police forces’ ability to use fact-based, trend analysis to develop terrorism cases, experts say. They warn that purging such studies deprives local law enforcement of the ability to understand how ISIS and other jihadists recruit, organize and operate — which is critical to disrupting terrorism plots.
“The FBI has its hands full with over 1,000 open cases on ISIS terrorist suspects already in the US,” former FBI Agent John Guandolo said, “and it needs the help of well-trained eyes and ears on the ground at the local and state level.”
“The bad guys know if police don’t know this stuff at the ground level, they win,” added Guandolo, who trains sheriffs departments across the country to ID local jihadi networks through his consulting firm, Understanding the Threat LLC.
The authors of the report, led by Mitch Silber, former NYPD director of intelligence analysis, examined hundreds of “homegrown” terrorism cases and found that suspects followed the same “radicalization” path. Key indicators include: alienating themselves from their former lives and friends; giving up cigarettes, drinking and partying; wearing traditional Islamic clothing; growing a beard; becoming obsessed with Mideast politics and jihad; and regularly attending a hardline mosque. In other words, the more they immersed themselves in their faith, the more radical they grew.
“You can take all the terrorist cases since that report and compare the information on the subject and the case and see stark similarities to what Mitch laid out,” Dunleavy noted.
The terrorists who carried out recent attacks in Boston; Fort Hood, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; San Bernardino, Fla.; Orlando; Philadelphia and at Ohio State University, among others, followed a similar pattern of radicalization. In each case, the Muslim attacker was influenced through “incubators of extremism” within the Muslim community, including Islamic student associations, schools, bookstores and mosques. Jihadi websites also played a role, but what unifies them all is Islamic doctrine. As the NYPD study found, “The ultimate objective for any attack is always the same — to punish the West, overthrow the democratic order, re-establish the caliphate, and institute Sharia,” or Islamic law.
“The radicalizer is Sharia, not the Internet,” said Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security counterterrorism analyst. Haney says the feds are plagued by their own PC censorship. Bowing to pressure from CAIR and other Muslim groups, Homeland Security and the Justice Department have purged anti-terrorism training materials and fired instructors deemed offensive to Muslims. CAIR-launched protests also helped convince the FBI to recently suspend an Internet program aimed at preventing the radicalization of Muslim youth.
“If we fail to correct this situation, it is inevitable that more attacks will occur,” warned Haney, author of “See Something, Say Nothing.”…
...and tell me when I'm allowed to say it
Robert Spencer recently presented a talk on the difference between hate speech and free intellectual enquiry at Truman State University. Leading up to the talk there had been threats of disruption & violence from non-Muslim students against him for his apparently hateful stance. I hope you're getting this: they are so convinced that he is intolerant that they will shout him down and they are so convinced he promotes hate that they will beat him up. And they firmly believe they are the tolerant and accepting ones. Make sense of that.
I place below the brilliant Mr Spencer's own intro to the 48 minute video. I really encourage you to watch the talk, he gives very few of these talks these days as they are often shut down under some pretence or another - usually the College "can't provide adequate security". Make the most of it while you can still hear it.
And do decide for yourself: does it really sound like "Islamophobia" or hate speech to you?
From Jihad Watch:~
Here is the notorious exercise in “hate speech” that Left-fascists did their best to shut down. Will any of them find any actual “hate” in it? Of course not. Last Thursday evening, I spoke at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. When they heard that I had been invited, Left-fascists first called for me to be physically attacked, and then tried to get university officials to cancel my appearance. The university placated the fascists by inviting Faizan Syed of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to speak just before I did. Syed gave a canned dawah presentation filled with half-truths, deceptions, and detours, along with a liberal amount of the usual defamation and ad hominem smears against me that feature in Hamas-linked CAIR and Leftist “Islamophobia” fearmongering rhetoric.
Syed’s speech was enthusiastically received by the audience, which was filled with members of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and many non-Muslim students (including males) wearing hijabs in solidarity with their supposedly oppressed Muslim friends. (I wonder if they would doff those hijabs in solidarity with Aqsa Parvez and the other Muslim women and girls who have been murdered for not wearing the hijab. Somehow I doubt it.)
Just before I began speaking, Truman State University officials turned up the heat in the room, which had been perfectly comfortable during Syed’s address. They refused to turn it down when we requested that they do so, so the room was sweltering by the time I began and much hotter still by the time I finished. The audience was almost completely hostile. They didn’t disrupt my remarks, as the MSA had instructed them not to; for which I would thank them except that I believe it should be taken for granted that unpopular and unwelcome opinions that are nonetheless based on sound reasoning and evidence should be given a fair hearing on university campuses. They did ask a series of hostile questions, rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, and chuckling at my answers. This video, alas, is cut off, and doesn’t contain the full Q and A period.
Unfortunately for the Truman State students, Faizan Syed with all his slick falsehoods and character assassination, and all their contempt and hatred for me and the truths I tell, will not make the realities they deny go away.
David Wood covers the usual and predictable media bias around today's murderous attack outside the building of a Catholic charity in this 5 minute video.
On April 18th, 2017, black nationalist Kori Ali Muhammad gunned down three white non-Muslims outside a Catholic charity in Fresno, California. During the shooting, Muhammad shouted "Allahu Akbar!" Not surprisingly, the Associated Press immediately tried to deflect attention away from Islam.
The misunderstanders of Islam strike again
An article, I am pleased to say, from Stuff. It's great to see them give this issue some coverage. Watch the video within the article, it gives a good idea of the coordination and money involved in the abduction. Some very organised and resourceful people were behind this. I'd bet that authorities have had a pretty good idea of those involved since early in the investigation. But two months later and we're no further ahead.
Sure, you can be a Christian and do good in Malaysia - as long as you don't do too much good.
Pastor Raymond Koh's abduction highlights anti-Christian fears in Malaysia
The well-planned abduction by at least 15 masked men of a protestant pastor and the disappearances of three other church-linked people in Malaysia have prompted fears of religious vigilantism in the Muslim-majority nation.
Security camera footage showed the daylight abduction of the 62 year-old pastor Raymond Koh in the leafy suburb of Kelana Jaya near the capital Kuala Lumpur on February 13.
A convoy of three black SUV's, two cars and two motor cycles blocked Koh's car.
Several men ran to Koh's car while one filmed the incident and another stopped traffic, witnesses said.
The abduction took less than a minute.
Initially police and Koh's family believed he had been kidnapped for ransom.
But two months later the family have not heard from his abductors and now believe that "religious elements" grabbed him in an act of "vigilantism or terrorism."
Koh runs a non-government organisation called Harapan Komuniti (Hope Community) which helps the poor, single mothers and drug addicts.
The organisation was investigated in 2011 by Malaysia's Islamic authorities after being accused of attempting to convert Muslims when its members hosted a party with Muslim attendees at a church.
The allegations were dropped. Later, several Muslims lodged police reports against Koh alleging he had tried to convert Muslim youths to Christianity, as rumours about him circulated on the social media. Two bullets arrived in his mail. Apostasy is an offence in the country.
Koh's son Jonathan told the BBC his father would never ask anyone to leave Islam. "His alleged proselytism is not an excuse for kidnapping. If he did anything wrong, he should have the right as any citizen to trial," he said.
"He's passionate, he loves people, he loves God."
Koh said the abductors knew who his father was, where he was going and probably had been tracking him.
"It was very professionally executed," he said. Koh's family have offered a reward for his safe return.
Malaysia's police, who have urged the local media not to publicise the abduction, appear to have no leads in the case which they are treating as a disappearance, because no ransom demand has been made.
Lawyer members of the Malaysian Bar issued a statement on April 11 expressing concern about "unprecedented mysterious disappearances" in the country. One social activist named as missing arrived back in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday after travelling to Thailand without telling his family. But last November another pastor and welfare activist, Amri Che Mat, 44, was taken from his car after it was blocked by other vehicles in the state of Perlis in the north-east of peninsular Malaysia. Police found his four-wheel-drive car abandoned with smashed windows the following day. Amri's family said he had shown no odd behaviour and had no received any threats before his disappearance.
Another pastor, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, also a pastor, have been missing from their home in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, since late last year.
Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, said the disappearances have sent a "worrying signal" to Christians. [Graeme: and of course there are many other worrying signals too]
isn't this where we came in?
As so often happens the threat comes into power by a slim margin. As so often happens it does not then ever leave except by force.
While I was studying how relationships differ between Tanzania's Christians & Muslims and the Christians & Muslims of Nigeria a few years ago I discovered something interesting. African worldview today is still based on Tribalism and the importance of the ancestors. The reason we so often see Western democracy break down in Africa is because once there has been an election and a leader has been chosen (by fair means or foul) this is understood to be the person chosen with the authority of "the ancestors" (a term almost interchangeable with the term "heaven") and so there is no need for any further elections. The new "Big man" has been chosen by heaven and that is that.
Economic ruin, bloody tribal war may follow but the decision has been made - the leader stays unless forced to leave. And here we are now in Turkey seeing the same thing play out. A new ego-maniacal Sharia-Law-enforcing tyrant has emerged. He is there to stay. He knows he is. He represents Allah & Allah's Law - heaven put him there. That is that.
Woe to those who disagree with him yet live under his rule. And woe to those in the West who have among them a large number of his supporters. The article below gives some first-hand insights and raises some very real issues for Turkey and for Europe and the large number of Turks living there who support Erdogan and Islam.
We have seen dictators in Muslim majority countries before but most, like Qadaffi, Saddam, Assad, Mubarak (and perhaps even Sisi in Egypt today), merely used Islam as a cloak to gain authority with their populace. Erdogan is different, he doesn't aim for facade. Like Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ex-President Morsi (removed by force) he really means to impose Sharia upon Turkey. He means to undo all of Ataturk's Westernising reforms. All of them. He means to remake Turkey into an Islamic State.
Once again we see the inability of any political philosophy to subdue the religion of Islam for very long - except by force - and the complete inability of any political philosophy to permanently overpower it. Because Islam encompasses the whole of life and to be obedient to Allah means to implement without question his divine will as determined through Sharia law it is this that - as history and current events show - keeps returning to the fore.
After that conveniently thwarted Coup last year (see my post here) he has little organised opposition standing in his way. Remember, Ataturk himself said of Islam:
"For nearly five hundred years, these rules and theories [regarding civil and criminal law] of an Arab Shaikh and the interpretations of generations of lazy and good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and criminal law of Turkey. They have decided the form of the Constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping, the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learned in his schools, his customs, his thoughts-even his most intimate habits. This theology of an immoral Arab ... is a dead thing. Possibly it might have suited tribes in the desert. It is no good for modern, progressive state."
Isn't this where we came in?
In my humble opinion only a better religion - a better God, a better Book and a better Man - can defeat this. No external force or law is capable of it. Only a change of the human heart can do it.
How Erdogan's Victory Might Be Europe's Defeat
by Abigail R. Esman
Special to IPT News
April 17, 2017
Over lunch in Istanbul last week, a friend and I spoke about the upcoming Turkish referendum. "Many European Turks are likely to vote 'yes,'" I cautioned my friend, whom I knew was planning to vote 'no,' or against the measure to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unlimited powers. A "yes" vote, by contrast, would end the democratic parliamentary government established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic, and in the eyes of most Western leaders, establish Erdogan as the Muslim world's newest dictator.
My friend was visibly angered. "Then let them, with all their rights and freedoms, come here to live," she retorted. "How dare they think that they can take these rights from us when we are the ones who have to live with the result?"
The outcome of Sunday's referendum showed a Turkey split almost exactly in half, with 51 percent "yes" and just under 49 percent voting "no."
Or did it?
It is too soon to make a full analysis of the vote results – which some rights groups have already contested – but one thing was immediately made clear: the vast majority of Turks living throughout Europe voted in support of Erdogan's rule, even as the majority of those living in major Turkish cities – Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul – voted against it. If only the votes of Turks living in the country had been counted, would the results have been the same? Or would they show that Turkey's residents support a secular, Western democracy while Europe's Turks do not?
If my friends in Istanbul who voted "no" woke this morning afraid for their country's future, so, too, should my friends in much of Europe. In the Netherlands, for instance, a whopping 71 percent of Dutch-Turks who participated in the vote chose "yes." As the results of the referendum became known, thousands descended on the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam, waving Turkish flags and celebrating the victory of an Islamist leader who had pledged to "raise a new, religious generation," end secular education, and who has imprisoned countless journalists, writers, artists, and others who have dared to criticize him.
It was not only in Holland. According to the Daily Sabah, 75 percent of Belgian Turks who voted opted for "yes," as did 73 percent in Austria, 65 percent in France, and 63 percent in Germany. Only Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom showed majorities with "no" votes. And of these three, Sweden is effectively the only member of the EU.
American-Turks, however, showed the greatest resistance, with 83 percent voting "no." Still, some prominent Islamist voices spoke out in support of Erdogan, including former Muslim American Society president and political activist Esam Omeish, who celebrated the referendum results on his Facebook page with a photo of himself holding a Turkish flag that reads "evet," or "yes."
In Europe, some have argued, as did "Volkan," a pseudonym for the owner of the popular DutchTurks.nl blog, that the results were self-inflicted, the result of having antagonized Turkey and Erdogan in recent months. Holland, for instance, refused entry to pro-Erdogan officials seeking to campaign on his behalf. Germany, where rallies were similarly blocked, has also been outspoken in its criticism of Erdogan's imprisonment of a German-Turkish journalist.
But such explanations do not account for the results in Austria and France, or for the similar outcome of the November 2015 election, in which majorities in Germany, the Netherlands, and France all voted for Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).
What I did not tell my friend, as we sat watching the sunlight dance over the Bosphorus, was that the European Turks who were voting to change the Turkish Constitution, who were effectively choosing to establish a more fundamentalist, Islamist Turkey in place of the secular, Western democracy that has been in place since 1923, have no interest in the "freedoms" that she spoke of. That they have them in Europe is meaningless: they don't want them. They don't want them in Turkey, where they come from; and they don't want them in Europe, where they now live. Not for themselves. And not for anybody else.
Indeed, as the IPT noted after the November 2015 elections, of the 4.6 million Turks living in Europe, a majority seems to prefer to live in an Islamic state, and not a secular one.
This is the frightening lesson that Europe must learn from the results of the April 16 referendum. While its leaders now confer about the "proper" response to Erdogan in his new role and what they expect of him as the leader of a clearly-divided country, they might also consider their response to his supporters who are not just Turkish citizens, but Europe's own. How to reckon with Europeans who choose against European norms and values, who actively vote against the separation of church and state, who seek a more Islamized society? What does this say about the failure of integration? More, what does it say – or threaten – about Europe's potential future? And what can be done to save it?
Abigail R. Esman, the author, most recently, of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010), is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands. Follow her at @radicalstates.
Because it would mean denying Islam itself
From Jihad Watch again:~
In June 2009 at al-Azhar, Barack Obama said: “For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning.”
In October 2001, right after 9/11, the New York Times called Al-Azhar “the revered mosque, the distinguished university, the leading voice of the Sunni Muslim establishment.” It quoted a Muslim cleric: “Al Azhar is the only institution in the world that has learned the moderate Islam and taught it in a moderate way without fanaticism, and without abiding by the teachings of a school that promotes rigidity or violence.”
So why doesn’t al-Azhar declare the Islamic State apostate? Non-Muslim authorities all over the West assume that the vast majority of Muslims reject and abhor the understanding of Islam taught by the Islamic State. Why doesn’t the foremost institution in Sunni Islam validate that assumption? Because they know that what the Islamic State is doing has ample justification in Islamic texts and teachings. The beheadings (Qur’an 47:4); the subjugation of Christians as dhimmis (Qur’an 9:29) or the massacre of Christians who refused to submit (Qur’an 9:5); the sexual enslavement of infidel women (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30) — it’s all there.
“Why does Egypt’s largest Muslim beacon, Al-Azhar, refuse to declare IS ‘apostate’?,”
by Taha Saker, Egypt Independent, April 14, 2017:
After the Islamic State (IS) militant group declared its responsibility for Palm Sunday’s deadly attacks that targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt’s Delta and Alexandria city, several media figures and organizations launched severe attack against Egypt’s largest religious institution, Al-Azhar University, considering its teachings as fostering religious extremism.
Through these outlets, Al-Azhar is now facing the backlash of taking part in supporting the IS-affiliated members through its insistance [sic] to refuse considering the IS group as ‘apostates’ and through maintaining some extremist teachings in the syllabuses that are taught to its students.
The backlash criticized the educational syllabuses that are being currently taught in Al-Azhar institution that include teachings from some prominent clerics. These teachings directly incite the brutal killing of anyone who does not follow Islam or who had been deemed to be an ‘infidel’.
The criticism, released from those figures and other media outlets, accused the aforementioned teachings of Al-Azhar by increasingly contributing to generate numerous members affiliated to IS.
Moreover, Al-Azhar’s teaching are perceived by some as the main platform that legitimizes the killing and slaughtering which are currently being practiced by IS group in different parts of the world, in the name of Islamic (Sharia) law….
UK: Westminster car jihadi told family, “You will soon hear of my death, but don’t worry…I will be in paradise”
The tower of Babel
I've previously posted that the senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, Neil Basu, stated “We must all accept that there is a possibility we will never understand why he did this. That understanding may have died with him.”
He wears an impressive uniform, yet talks sheer babble.
My dear Mr Basu, far be it from me to tell you your job. I will let Robert Spencer tell you your job:~
This new revelation makes it perfectly clear why he did it: because he considered himself to be a mujahid, a warrior for Allah, claiming Allah’s promise of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for him (Qur’an 9:111).
“Westminster terrorist promised to see family ‘in paradise’ before attack,” by Oli Gamp, International Business Times, April 16, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
The terrorist behind the Westminster terrorist attacks, who killed four people by running them down with a car and stabbing a policeman. had allegedly warned his family of his impending death.
Khalid Masood reportedly said “You will soon hear of my death, but don’t worry… I will be in paradise” during a phone call seven days before he committed the atrocities.
The attack, which was claimed by Isis, was the worst of its kind in the nation’s capital since the 7 July bombings on buses and trains in 2005, and left 50 others injured when Masood collided into pedestrians at 78mph on Westminster Bridge.He then crashed into the gates of Parliament before ditching his vehicle and stabbing PC Keith Palmer, who was guarding the grounds….
“I want you to be happy for me, I don’t want you to be sad. I want it to be our secret.”Isis have welcomed and encouraged the method of committing acts of terrorism by driving into crowds of people, an act that has been replicated across the world in the past year….
Dr. Saad interviews Cynthia Farahat, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who educated herself for 12 years studying Islamic jurisprudence up to the same level as the Blind Sheikh, who had a Doctorate. She started a political party in Egypt and has a fascinating first hand account of what life is like for a minority in Muslim Egypt. For instance she was told by a member of the Mubarak government that there is official policy to always under report the Christian population by half and that, even though Islam teaches the subjugation of non-Muslims the government's policy is not to follow through on this completely as the Christians are useful as a foil against the Islamists. This also gives an outlet of hate for the Islamists that takes pressure off the regime (the problem though, remains the inherited beliefs arising from Islam itself).
So this is a highly educated Westernised woman with unique insights into the issues discussed. An extremely useful 65 minutes of valuable education chock full of insights. I particularly found the information on the extent of Muslim Brotherhood penetration into the West to be revealing as well as the things Egyptian children are taught in school - this includes that the concept of Hijra (migration to enlarge the scope and influence of Islam) which she says is taught in schools as a way to defeat the West. See, fascinating.
The final point discussed is the role and experience of Muslim reformers. I am extremely dubious over her claims that a reason-based reevaluation of Islam which is under way can make any headway, though I applaud its existence and apparent growth.
Her own experiences & perspective are among the most valuable I have encountered.
Topics covered include living as a Copt in Egypt, Egyptian politics, the Muslim Brotherhood, Barack Obama's Islamophilia, Islamic reformation and immigration, Canada's M103 motion to combat "Islamophobia," and the regressive mindset, among other topics.
Note: Apologies for the few seconds when the connection froze during the taping of our chat. I did not edit out those few seconds as I could not remember where this occurred exactly.
Cynthia's website: http://cynthiafarahat.com
Daniel Greenfield is an extremely prodigious & intelligent Jewish journalist. He writes here of yet another recent attack brought on by Islam's core teachings - although I wouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard of it. But the people involved, the history, the circumstances, the setting, the reasons, the responses - all of these arrange themselves in this one appalling incident as an excellent didactic moment.
By the way, when Greenfield calls Muhammad a "murderous bandit" he is not merely employing hyperbole. Muhammad conducted many razzias, or raids for plunder, and Islam's Scriptures themselves display that he engaged in murders - such as the murders of Jewish POWs of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Arabia*. It may give offence but the term is entirely accurate.
*Sahih Bukhari volume 5, hadith 148 says this: “Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri: Some people (i.e. the Jews of Bani bin Quraiza) agreed to accept the verdict of Sad bin Muadh so the Prophet sent for him (i.e. Sad bin Muadh). He came riding a donkey, and when he approached the Mosque, the Prophet said, “Get up for the best amongst you.” or said, “Get up for your chief.” Then the Prophet said, “O Sad! These people have agreed to accept your verdict.” Sad said, “I judge that their warriors should be killed and their children and women should be taken as captives.” The Prophet said, “You have given a judgment similar to Allah’s Judgment (or the King’s judgment).”
See also the Sira:
“The Jews were made to come down, and Allah’s Messenger imprisoned them. Then the Prophet went out into the marketplace of Medina, and he had trenches dug in it. He sent for the Jewish men and had them beheaded in those trenches. They were brought out to him in batches. They numbered 800 to 900 boys and men.” (Ishaq 464).
An Antisemitic murder in a French no-go zone: Colourful, vibrant, multicultural Muslim atrocities
Sarah Lucy Halimi was thrown out of the window of the third floor Paris apartment while she begged her Muslim killer to spare her life.
The 66-year-old director of an Orthodox Jewish nursery was woken from her sleep when she was violently beaten by her twenty something Muslim neighbor who then dragged her to the window.
She died on the street outside the building where she had lived for thirty years.
The killer had allegedly shouted, “Allahu Akbar”. In the tragic comedy of denial that every Islamic terrorism investigation inevitably becomes, the authorities are still hunting around for his motive.
The media claims that her Muslim killer, like every other Muslim terrorist in the past two years, was mentally unstable. According to official reports, he was incoherent. According to other accounts, he told the police that he had followed the commands of the Koran. He certainly would not have been the first.
The street where Sarah Lucy’s broken body lay was the Rue de Vaucouleurs. It’s close to Belleville, a neighborhood whose name means “Beautiful town”, but which is better known these days as one of France’s "Zones Urbaines Sensibles" or “Sensitive Urban Zones.”
Or, without the euphemisms, parts of the beautiful town are really a “No Go Zone”. Or, if you prefer the official descriptions, a vibrant, colorful and multicultural community full of delightfully exotic foods.
Two years ago, smirking media reporters had a field day visiting Belleville to show that FOX News reports about No Go Zones in France were nonsense. “Look, at the couscous restaurants and colorful scarves, there’s nothing to worry about.”
Unless your delightfully multicultural Muslim neighbor decides to shove you through a window while shouting one of his religion’s exotic genocidal epithets about the Jews and all infidels.
Belleville was once home to many Jews. Then Jews from North Africa fled there after Muslim takeovers deprived them of the civil rights they had briefly enjoyed under French rule. And their Mohammedan oppressors followed. Some years back, the JTA ran one of its cheerful Islamophilic pieces about Belleville. "In one Paris neighborhood, Jews and Muslims live as they did in North Africa."
That is indeed true. Just not in the way that the JTA would like its gullible readers to believe.
Yonathan Halimi, Sarah Lucy’s son, describes the killer’s family as being known for its anti-Semitism. "One day, one of the killer's sisters pushed my sister down the stairs, and the next time she called her a dirty Jew," he described. Sarah’s brother said that the killer called Sarah and her daughter, “dirty Jews”.
This is how Jews and Muslims lived in North Africa. This is how they lived everywhere under Muslim rule. Now this is how Jews and Muslims live in Paris and anywhere else settled by Islamic migration.
Halimi is a common last name among North African Jews. It means that their ancestors once lived in Ksar Oulad Abd El Halim in Morocco. You can still find Stars of David on the buildings in Ksar Oulad Abd El Halim, but the Jews are all gone. There are Halimis in Paris. But not as many as there once were.
A decade ago, Ilan Halimi was captured and tortured to death by monsters who styled themselves the “Gang of Barbarians”. The barbarians left him dying by the side of the road with burns and stab wounds over most of his body while the police did their best to direct attention away from the inconvenient question of Muslim anti-Semitism. Since then the head of the Gang of Barbarians has managed to produce videos from jail in which he spews hatred at Jews and promotes Islamic terrorism.
On the day before Passover Eve, a thousand Jews gathered outside the building where the latest Halimi was murdered. As they memorialized Sarah Lucy Halimi, the colorful and multicultural settlers of this portion of occupied Paris, greeted them with thrown bottles and shouts of, “Dirty Jews”.
The same taunt aimed at the Halimis by the Muslim killer and his occupying clan. Truly, Jews and Muslims live in Paris as they did in North Africa.
But the media always has its own spin on the Muslim murder of non-Muslims. As Le Figaro’s account put it, the demonstrators “dispersed” after an “altercation” with the “young people of the neighborhood”.
The Jews, even though they lived here before the Islamic invasion arrived, are never the people of the neighborhood. Sarah Lucy Halimi had lived in her building for three decades. The Muslim family of her killer arrived at a later date and yet she remained an outsider to be murdered while Muslim violence and hatred is referred to only through euphemisms such as “youths of the neighborhood.”
When the marchers sang the French National Anthem in this terrible place, while an invading army of “youths” watched, jeered and hooted from the windows, some of its lines had an ominous resonance.
“Against us tyranny's Bloody banner is raised.” And indeed, the black flags of Islam can be seen flying in France’s No Go Zones. “They are coming right into your arms. To cut the throats of your sons, your women!” They are coming. And we take them in. We feed them, we clothe them and then they kill us.
But there was also the rising chorus of Hatikvah. Sarah Lucy Halimi, like her son, like so many other Halimis, has found her final home in Israel. Before the arrival of Passover, she made her own exodus.
"An eternal flame will burn on the altar, it will not be extinguished," her son eulogized her with a quote from the Bible at her burial in Jerusalem. "I can testify that she contained an eternal flame."
That is where the religion of Sarah Lucy Halimi differs so fundamentally from that of her killer. And where her God differs so fundamentally from Allah.
The Kaddish prayer for the dead that they recited both at the march and at her funeral has its similarities to Islam’s Allahu Akbar with its ringing declaration, “Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name.” But where Muslims declare the greatness of their deity when murdering Jews, Jews praise God when memorializing the victims of Islamic oppression because unlike Muslims they see death not as a gateway to an obscene orgy of carnal pleasures, but as the expression of the eternal flame of the soul.
The Muslim killer’s shout of Allahu Akbar, his declaration of his deity’s greatness at empowering him to throw a 66-year-old nursery school director out of a window, is really an indictment of Islam.
The first ever cry of “Allahu Akbar” was uttered during Mohammed’s massacre of the Jews of Khaibar. The murderous bandit who founded Islam had lain in wait for the Jews who cultivated palm trees in a desert oasis to emerge in the morning. When the Jews came out with spades to make the desert bloom, Muslims attacked the gardeners with weapons against which gardening tools are no match.
Mohammed shouted, “Allahu Akbar”. That does not mean, as the phrase is often mistranslated, that Allah is great. Or as it is even more woefully mistranslated, God is great. For Allah is only the deity of Islam. Instead Mohammed shouted that his god was greater than the God of the Jews because Allah had enabled him to ambush unarmed men. Or to throw a 66-year-old nursery director out of a window.
“Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud,” remains a popular racist Muslim chant. Jews, remember Khaybar.
Khaybar is worth remembering as is an elderly woman falling from the third floor to 30 Rue de Vaucouleurs, and every atrocity and act of racist Islamic terror in the 1,389 years in between.
A war against humanity is underway. It began long ago. The killers shout, “Allahu Akbar”. And their victims fall from New York City skyscrapers and third floor Parisian apartments. They are run over in London and Nice, shot in San Bernardino and Paris and blown up in Boston and Brussels.
We must remember all of them. And we must win the war.
The following article gives much insight into life as a Christian in today's Egypt. Many disturbing examples are offered of the second-class status of non-Muslims in that Muslim majority country. Do take the time to read through it all. It's pretty sobering.
What about it? Would you be happy to live there?
Palm Sunday Bombing Underscores Depth of Egypt's Anti-Christian Bigotry
by John Rossomando
April 12, 2017
Suicide bombings of two Coptic churches in Egypt Sunday by ISIS terrorists should not be viewed in isolation. The bombings killed 44 people and injured 100 more, and mark the deadliest in a series of attacks targeting the country's Christian minority.
ISIS warned of future attacks in December after another of its suicide bombers killed 25 worshipers in a chapel adjacent to the Coptic Pope's cathedral in Cairo. In this case, one of the bombers struck just after the Coptic Pope finished celebrating Mass at the Coptic cathedral in Alexandria.
The attacks reflect a larger epidemic of anti-Christian bias and hate found among a sizeable portion of Egypt's majority Muslim community. This bigotry remains entrenched despite President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's symbolic statements about reforming Islam and building a major Coptic church.
Many Islamists remain angry with the Coptic community for supporting al-Sisi after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's political party after a year in power.
"The Minority Copt's (sic) Of Egypt Should Never Have joined Sisi Against The Sunni's of Egypt Now They Are Paying The price! No End Soon Either," an ISIS supporter identified as @HaqqRevolution wrote on Twitter.
Last month, ISIS's Al-Naba newsletter vowed that attacks against the Copts would intensify unless they convert to Islam or pay the Quranic tax known as jizyah. Al-Naba also attacked the Copts for supporting al-Sisi.
Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's most prestigious institution, spews anti-Christian statements and fatwas that label Christians as heretics. Al-Azhar distributed a free book in June 2015 describing Christianity as a "failed religion," and suggested that the Bible contains "seeds of weakness." Building churches is a crime under Al-Azhar's curriculum which also suggests that churches should be barred in Muslim countries.
"Hence, it is a mistake to say that the attacks currently taking place against Copts in Minya and elsewhere are the acts of individuals [and not part of a larger phenomenon]. [Al-Azhar] students will continue to study until they attain a certificate or a license to preach at a mosque, and then they will spread what they learned among the worshipers," Egyptian researcher Ahmad Abdu Maher wrote last August.
Much of the anti-Coptic hatred found among Egyptian children stems from school lessons that say "Christians are infidels destined for Hell," Al-Masry Al-Youm columnist Fathia Al-Dakhakhni wrote Feb. 26.
Why? What's wrong with Islam?
The wonderful Dr. Gad Saad interviews the fascinating Moroccan, Brother Rashid. So lovely to experience this friendly and open discussion between a Jewish atheist and an ex-Muslim Christian. Obviously there are several major differences in worldview and perspective between these two amiable men, but they like each other and engage in a good-natured back & forth.
These two men so sensitively & warmly engage with the issues and the people I know you can't help but be moved as well as learn a great deal.
The topics touched on include:~
Great bridge-building stuff. I loved it and I think you will too. Video of 75 minutes and such a good investment of time.
Here is Brother Rashid's English language website and here is his Arabic language site.
My Chat with Ex-Muslim Televangelist Brother Rachid.
Topics covered include his religious conversion, Islamic texts, immigration, and reformation among other issues.
Muhammad aboard Buraq, the winged beast
Hi my name is Graeme Howarth & I have a keen interest in facilitating open discussion about Islam. I have a Masters in Theology, focusing on obstacles to dialogue between Islam & Christianity.