The Religion of the Easily Offended
and the people who accommodate it


Politicians try to win elections without hurting anyone's feelings.  One way to do that, in the 21st century, is to claim that "Islam is a religion of peace."  Nonsense!  Stereotypes don't just appear out of nowhere.  Muslims have actively and deliberately developed a reputation as irrational, homicidal fanatics, whose religious beliefs are the inverse of those we consider traditional.  They insist on living in countries where they are not welcome, to take advantage of freedom and capitalism while simultaneously working to destroy those countries.

And instead of quietly assimilating in "western" culture, the Muslims squawk constantly about how offensive it is, and demand that we change to suit them.  It makes no sense.

It's not uncommon to hear Muslims claim, "We're just like everybody else,"* but if you scan through the material on this page, you'll see that the truth is quite the reverse.

Muslims seem to be perpetually horrified and offended by beauty pageants, pork products, cartoon depictions of Mohammed, the letter X, the number 39, the story of The Three Little Pigs, the Apple Store on 5th Avenue, the bottoms of your shoes, the Pope, Mickey Mouse, Barbie dolls, yodeling, neckties, music on radio stations, and many other things.  Most recently, Muslims have been offended by FBI "training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence."* The cause of their hypersensitivity appears to be an even mix of irrational fanaticism and baseless phobia.

There is now a new subsection (at the bottom of this page) about the Muslims pretending to be the victims of all the trouble they have stirred up.  That's an interesting strategy, but I predict it won't help their public relations campaign as long as Muslims keep committing random acts of terrorism in this country and elsewhere.



Vermont Restaurant Removes Bacon Sign Due to Muslim Opposition and Safety Concerns.  The sign was put up as part of a city program that allows businesses to post an advertisement in an area where they have helped maintain city flowerbeds.  The sign that read "Yield Sneakers Bacon" was removed after a woman, identifying herself as a Muslim, posted in an online community forum, stating she was personally offended by the sign, according to a WPTZ News report.  WPTZ wrote that the woman who complained online called the sign "insensitive to those who do not consume pork."

The Editor says...
Why is one offended woman a "safety concern?"

Saudi Arabia has beheaded 19 people in one month.  Human Rights Watch reports that Saudi Arabia has beheaded 19 people since the beginning of August.  Some confessions may have been gained under torture and one poor defendant was found guilty of sorcery.  Yep, sorcery.  That might sound archaic, but we are talking about a regime so very concerned about offending God that it has even banned certain names for being "blasphemous".

The Muslims' War Against Fun Is Killing Them.  The War Against Fun is deadly because it stultifies and suffocates creative enterprise.  If the regime wins, and fun is killed, it would mark the death of playfulness, which is the heart of creativity.  The Iranians are (falsely, I think) credited with the invention of chess, but there are no brilliant Persian chess grandmasters nowadays.  Iranian humor is nasty, misogynistic and often sadistic, like the unhappy country's ruling tyrants.

Malaysian Muslim groups call for jihad on Cadbury after pork traces found in chocolate.  Muslim groups have declared jihad on Cadbury after two of its products sold in predominately Islamic Malaysia were found to contain traces of pork.  The discovery was made during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the country's health ministry, which confirmed the presence of porcine DNA in bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond.  Cadbury Malaysia, like most food makers in the country where Muslims make up more than 60 percent of the population, has all of its products certified halal to conform with Islam's dietary restrictions, one of which is a prohibition on pork.

Malaysian Muslims Declare Jihad Against Cadbury.  Angry Muslims in Malaysia demand a Jihad, or holy war, be declared on confectionery company Cadbury and their parent company after traces of pig DNA were found.  In response Cadbury Malaysia is pulling Cadbury Dairy Milk hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk roast almond from shelves in the Islamic country, Reuters reports.  A group of more than 20 Muslim organizations condemned the UK-based company, owned by Mondelēz International, saying "it has crossed the line."

All clear!
Cadbury Chocolate Cleared in Malaysia After 'Pork Scare'.  Further tests on Cadbury chocolate bars found no traces of pig DNA, a Malaysian minister said on Monday [6/2/2014], after earlier positive results of the halal-certified confectionaries sparked a scare in several Muslim countries.  Cadbury pulled its Dairy Milk hazelnut and Dairy Milk roast almond products from shelves in Muslim-majority Malaysia last week after a health ministry routine test found the chocolate contained traces of pork.

UK politician arrested for quoting Churchill, could face 2 years in prison.  Paul Weston, co-founder and leader of the GB Liberty party and a candidate for Member of the European Parliament, was arrested Saturday [4/26/2014], hauled off in a police van, and could face two years in prison.  All for reading a passage from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, regarding Islam.

Britain has just witnessed a political arrest. Where is the liberal outrage?  Over the weekend, a candidate was arrested for addressing his potential voters.  Clear aside the incidental details, scrape away the mitigating circumstances, and ponder that elemental fact.  Paul Weston, standing for election to the European Parliament (against me, as it happens, in the South East) was arrested in the middle of a speech on the steps of the Winchester Guildhall.  When such a thing happens in Burma or Belarus or Bahrain, we report it in suitably shocked tones.  Yet here it is happening in Britain, without any discussions on the Today Programme, any Amnesty vigils, any complaints from Liberty.  To repeat, a candidate was arrested for making a hustings speech.

9/11 On The Cutting Room Floor.  An interfaith advisory panel urges the National September 11 Memorial Museum to bowdlerize a six-plus-minute film of unflattering references to Islam for fear of sparking an international incident.  If only Osama bin Laden had employed such a nonsectarian "coexist" council of elders prior to sparking international incident.

Muslims claim 9/11 memorial film on the rise of al Qaeda will 'greatly offend' Islam.  A film due to be screened at the 9/11 Memorial Museum has been blasted by a prominent Muslim cleric who claims it will 'greatly offend' Islam.  Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, said the seven-minute documentary, which is designed to explain to visitors the historical roots of the terrorist attacks, may confuse viewers about the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims.  The film, The Rise of Al Qaeda, refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad.

Canada: Nine Months in Jail for Blasphemy Against Islam.  Caution: If you happen to be in Canada, and you say something in public that hurts the feelings of Muslims, you may well be sentenced to nine months in jail.  That's what happened to Eric Brazau in Toronto.  Mind you, I've seen a video of Mr. Brazau's street-corner theatrics, and he also wore offensive attire, made insulting facial expressions, and laughed derisively at or in the general direction of Muslims.  So he was lucky to get off so lightly.

China official says Islamists seek to ban laughter and crying.  The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism.

Banned in the British Library.  A number of prominent counter-jihadis, such as Geert Wilders, have the distinction of being banned from entry into the United Kingdom — and, now, Her Majesty's Government, in its wisdom, appears to have banned on some public computers two websites connected to me.  It's not quite the same, admittedly, and I am working to get this ban removed, but I also wear it as a perverse badge of honor given that government's shameful record vis-à-vis Islamism.

Muslims Object to Easter Eggs.  Muslim moms and dads in Dearborn, Mich. are upset after students received flyers promoting an Easter Egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church.  The parents say the egg hunt violates the U.S. Constitution.  The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church's "Eggstravaganza!"  They were also troubled by images of a bunny rabbit.

Now Muslim parents are complaining about flyers for Easter egg hunts.  In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church.  The Muslim parents assert that the flyers — emblazoned with the word "Eggstravaganza!" — violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press.  Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers.  A large number of Muslim students attend the schools.

The Editor says...
In case you attended public schools, let me point out that the phrase separation of church and statei> is not found in the U.S. Constitution.  Nor is the Easter Bunny a religious symbol.

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Dubai sends American to max-security prison for a YouTube satire video.  Let this be a cautionary tale to Americans working abroad:  not all countries appreciate a satirical sense of humor.  Minnesotan Shezanne Cassim has lived and worked in Dubai for PricewaterhouseCoopers for seven years, but he's now imprisoned in a maximum-security prison.  His offense?  Making a social satire about rich Dubai "gangstas" on YouTube last October.

Christian church fights to erect cross as pastor claims city officials fear Muslims.  The pastor and some members of a Christian church in Brandon, Miss., say city officials won't grant them their permit request for a massive cross to be built on their property because the city is afraid the symbol might offend Muslims.  City officials, however, say they're hesitant to allow the cross construction because it would violate zoning rules.

White House: Pathway to citizenship would boost GDP by $1.4T over decade.  The White House on Tuesday released a new report arguing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would add 2 million jobs to the economy and boost gross domestic product by $1.4 trillion over the next decade.

The Editor says...
It would be nice if the eleven million illegal immigrants obeyed all local traffic regulations and state laws, stayed sober, learned English, got jobs and actually worked, instead of consuming food stamps, public housing and free tuition.  There are plenty of people coming to the U.S. to give birth, but there aren't many rocket scientists and PhD's sneaking in to the United States.  The Democrats know this and don't care; in fact, they prefer to have more people sign up — permanently — for the welfare state, because an expanded lower class means a larger Democratic base.

Gitmo Inmate Searches Banned Because Groin Searches are "Abhorrent to Muslims".  Things that aren't abhorrent to Muslims include underwear bombs, smuggling weapons and stabbing guards.  Also terrorizing a country to the extent that passengers are groped in airports.  There's a pattern with rulings such as these.  If the judge had determined that groin searches are a general civil liberties violation that would be one thing.  But this is a special privilege and entitlement for Muslims.

This is a recurring theme:  Islam's solution to everything is death.
Iraqi gunmen kill 14 breaking Ramadan fast.  Gunmen overran an Iraqi army checkpoint and opened fire on a trailer packed with policemen breaking their Ramadan fast, killing 14 in the country's restive western Anbar province.

Liberals inject race into almost everything:
Racist or reality? Seattle congressman wants FBI terrorists ads pulled.  In the global war on terror, information is everything.  A single tip from the public can save countless lives.  A terrorist could be right in front of your own face.  That's why the FBI rolled out a new ad campaign on billboards and buses.  It shows the faces of 16 of the world's most wanted terrorists.  Some, however, say they're being depicted in a less that flattering light.  "You look at the pictures, they're all one color of folks," said Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle.  McDermott has asked the FBI to pull the ads, calling them "racist" because there are no white people.

'Offensive to Muslims': Dem congressman calls on FBI to take down photos of terrorists.  Always-unfiltered Rep. Jim McDermott penned a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday [6/19/2013] claiming a Joint Terrorism Task Force 'Faces of Global Terrorism' ad is racist.  McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, voiced his "deep concern" about the ad, which shows mug shots of international terrorists, and asked the FBI chief to "reconsider publicizing" it.

Islamic group says UCF professor promotes anti-Muslim hate.  The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is accusing a UCF professor of teaching anti-Muslim bigotry.  Officials with the group sent a complaint to the University of Central Florida asking it to review the content of professor Jonathan Matusitz's courses.  Matusitz, 36, has taught several communication classes at UCF, including one called Terrorism and Communication and another on intercultural communication.

French extreme-right leader Marine Le Pen faces prosecution for comparing Muslims to Nazis.  French extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen faces potential prosecution for comparing Muslim immigration in France as "like a Nazi occupation."  The European Parliament's legal committee recommended that the National Front leader have her protection from prosecution as an MEP revoked, which could result in her being put on trial.  The full parliament is expected to formally lift her legal immunity after a vote on the recommendation on July 3.

Rand Paul: Your Taxes Fund Regimes That Kill Christians 'for Blasphemy Against Islam'.  In a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference on Thursday [6/13/2013], Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was angry over the fact that U.S. tax money is used to support foreign regimes where Christians are killed "for blasphemy against Islam," and where "Muslims who convert to Christianity" are also put to death.

Father of "Most Wanted Terrorist" Accuses Alabamans of Islamophobia for Not Letting Him Build a Mosque.  I can't see a single reason why a man whose son turned out to be a terrorist should be suspected of presiding over a mosque that in any way promotes terrorism.  That's just crazy.

Syrian Islamists kill boy, 15, in front of parents for disrespecting prophet.  Members of an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria executed a 15-year-old boy in front of his parents after kidnapping and torturing him for making disrespectful statements about Islam's Prophet Muhammad, a human rights group in the region claimed.  Mohammad Qataa was seized Saturday in Aleppo by gunmen with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — formerly known as the Nusra Front — after he was overheard saying during an argument with another, "Even if the Prophet Muhammad comes down [from heaven], I will not become a believer," according to Reuters.

"The Justice Department is trying to curtail free speech by promising increased scrutiny of any Internet posts which mention Islam."
People Power Against the Department of Justice.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and its allies, the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are on the defensive after thousands of people turned out in Tennessee on Tuesday night [6/4/2013] to protest a scheme to censor criticism of Islam.  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a key component of a network of Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S., called the turnout a "mob" and praised the Obama/Holder Justice Department for standing up to local residents.

Another Obama Assault on Free Speech.  The Obama Administration's latest assault on the freedom of speech is so audacious that it leaves me speechless — and that's the idea.  According to Politico, Bill Killian, the Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, "is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam."  Said Killian:  "We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we're here, they're going to be protected."

Free Speech and Islamic Sensibilities.  Apparently a United States attorney in Tennessee is seeking to use civil rights statutes to criminalize criticism of Islam or inflammatory statements that offend Muslims.  According to the Tullahoma News, Bill Killian, the U.S. attorney for Eastern Tennessee, believes "Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction."  Though the newspaper makes clear that Killian's intent is to promote better community relations and to prevent discrimination against Muslims that is based on the false notion that all are terrorists, his willingness to dump the First Amendment rights of some in order to protect the sensibility of others ought to scare all Americans.

The Not-So-Veiled Threat to Non-Muslims in Tennessee.  The attempted snow job by the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) of Tennessee which sponsored the joint Department of Justice/FBI event, "Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society," Tuesday night in Manchester, Tennessee, did not work with the 2,000 attendees. [...] A well-informed crowd responded with calls of "taqiyyah" when members of AMAC, a group that bills itself as "a bridge between the Muslim community and law enforcement," touted Muslim contributions to U.S. society and their dedication to upholding American values.

10 arrested so far in British soldier's killing as Muslims fear backlash.  As concerns about rising Islamophobia in Britain grew amid anti-Muslim protests and attacks targeting mosques, authorities made a 10th arrest in last week's knifing death of a British soldier.  Armed police arrested a 50-year-old man on a street in the town of Welling in southeastern England.  The man's connection to the case was unclear, but like the other nine suspects, he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

The Editor says...
Apparently CNN wants us to feel sorry for the Muslims because they "fear backlash."/p>

Army forsakes combat hero Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley for Muslims.  The U.S. Army has further punished Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, a highly respected and decorated officer in the wake of Muslim groups complaining about the approved course he taught on radical Islam at National Defense University.

Free Speech [is] Under Fire in Canada.  Here is yet another instance of the Islamic supremacist/leftist war on free speech — particularly egregious in the wake of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings.  The message is all the more crucial now.  For years, my colleagues and I labored under the most heinous circumstances.  Anyone who opposes the jihad and the Sharia must endure a constant withering attack on one's name, reputation, integrity, and even spirit.

The Jihad On Free Speech.  Over the past few weeks, there have been an alarming number of cases of Muslim pressure groups trying to force Americans to conform to a pro-Islamic speech code.  They've insisted on censoring any speech or expression that offends them, including TV ads, Christian symbols, speeches and even parts of speech.

WH Claims Bin Laden Burial Details Would Lead to 'Retaliatory Attacks'.  [Judicial Watch] uncovered records showing that the Obama administration sought "high visibility" in bid Laden projects.  They wanted to project Barack Obama as a strong leader in command, and cared nothing about how terrorists would react to the film.  Now contrast this approach with the administration's handling of information (also sought by Judicial Watch) detailing the bin Laden burial at sea.

The Editor says...
Oh, I see.  If the pictures aren't shown, we're all perfectly safe.  In that case, we can abandon the security façade at the airport and fire everybody at the TSA.

Lakemba Mosque imam issues 'fatwa against Christmas' - report.  The head imam at Lakemba, Sheikh Yahya Safi, reportedly told the congregation during Friday [12/21/2012] prayers they should not have anything to do with Christmas.  The fatwa reportedly warned:  "Disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path."  It said Christmas Day and associated celebrations are among the "falsehoods" for a Muslim to avoid.  "Therefore a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate them," it said.

Blasphemy and Islam.  In Cairo on Wednesday [12/12/2012], a Coptic Christian blogger named Alber Saber was convicted of blasphemy and "contempt of religion."  There's a tragic irony:  As any of the country's Christians can tell you, contempt of religion is not merely permitted but encouraged in the new, post-Mubarak Egypt.  What is criminal, what has become increasingly perilous, is any criticism of Islam.

In northern Mali, music silenced as Islamists drive out artists.  Khaira Arby, one of Africa's most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists.

State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning 'Defamation of Islam'.  After the disaster of trying to blame an obscure YouTube video for the attack on the CIA operation in Benghazi and Obama's prophecy at the UN that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam," Hillary Clinton's State Department appears to be taking another run at the First Amendment free speech rights of American citizens.

Salafist leader wants Pyramids destroyed.  A Salafist leader called on authorities to destroy the Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, one of Egypt's famous tourist sites, saying the "idols" must be removed.

The Editor says...
The pyramids have been around for a long time.  Why are they so suddenly objectionable?

Brussels Bans Annual Christmas Tree Display — It May Offend Muslims.  Brussels replaced its popular Christmas tree exhibit this year at the city center due to concerns that it may offend the local Muslim population.

Obama's Fog of War.  How many times do we have to hear that some attack by jihadis is a reaction to something we did?  Did we allow someone to post a video on YouTube?  Did we allow someone to draw a cartoon?  Did one of our infidel Marines touch a Koran with an ungloved hand?  Did we let girls go to school?  How many ways are there to offend these people?

Saudi King Demands UN Resolution Condemning Religious Insults.  Saudi King Abdullah demanded a U.N. resolution Saturday [10/27/2012] condemning insults on religions.  His calls came in response to the deadly protests that have been erupting throughout the Muslim world, which have been widely blamed on a low-budget film mocking the Prophet Mohamed.

Mocking Muhammad is not hate speech.  Attacking the sanctities of a religion, I submit, is quite unlike targeting the faithful of that religion.  The former is protected speech, part of the give and take of the market place of ideas, not all of which are pretty.  Freedom of speech means the freedom to insult and be obnoxious.  So long as it does not include incitement or information that urges criminal action, nastiness is an essential part of our heritage.

'Misunderstanding' over Islamic art sparks near-riot.  A Moroccan artist on Wednesday [10/3/2012] suspended one of his works from a major arts festival in southern France after his projections of Islamic calligraphy onto a bridge nearly set off a riot when local Muslim youths saw pedestrians walking on the words.

Why bother with a trial, if this outcome is guaranteed?
Sajjad Hussain Quickly Gunned Down after Being Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges.  A Pakistani man who was acquitted of a blasphemy charge has been shot dead by two men in Punjab province, police officials said on Saturday [10/20/2012].

Muslims Destroyed 10,000 Books in American School.  As a certain Caliph said of the Library of Alexandria, if the books contradict the Koran then they are blasphemous and should be destroyed.  If they agree with it, then they are redundant and should be destroyed.  But if they are Kindles then we should take them and sell them on eBay to fund the martyrs fighting in Chechnya, Gaza and Timbuktu.

Shut Up or Die, the Muslim Protesters Explained.  [Scroll down]  The immediate question is how far this administration will go to limit free speech.  With the arrest last weekend of "Innocence of Muslims" filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the government took a step toward official intimidation.  The administration is unquestionably on record supporting officially endorsed (as opposed to officially imposed) self-censorship:  the highest levels of government are proclaiming, "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," as the secretary of state said, or that "the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," as the president did.  No other group in American society benefits from the deference and kid-gloves treatment that this administration is extending to Muslim extremists.

Islamic group calls for ban on offending prophet.  The head of a leading Islamic organization Saturday [9/29/2012] called for a global ban on offending the character of the Prophet Muhammad, saying that it should be equated with hate speech. [...] [Ekmeleddin] Ihsanoglu's call also echoed the views of other moderate Muslim scholars and leaders, who have urged the U.N. and international bodies to define global standards on religious expression and to help prevent incitement — particularly Islamaphobia.

The Editor asks...
Since when is the U.N. in charge of prosecuting either "hate speech" or blasphemy?

Bangladesh Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples over Facebook photo.  Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday [9/30/2012] after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.  Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox's Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists.  Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.  The protesters said the picture had been posted by a Buddhist and they marched to Buddhist villages and set fire to temples and houses.

Why Arabs are so Easily Offended:  Westerners are brought up to think of anger as a sign of weakness, powerlessness and lack of self-control.  In Muslim culture, anger is seen as a sign of strength.  To Muslims, being aggressive is a way of gaining respect.  When we see pictures of bearded men hopping up and down and shooting in the air, we should take it for what it is:  these are the true role models of acceptable behavior.  In Western culture, self-confidence is connected with the ability to meet criticism calmly and to respond rationally.  We are raised to see people who easily get angry when criticized, as insecure and immature.  In Muslim culture it is the opposite; it is honorable to respond aggressively and to engage in a physical fight in order to scare or force critics to withdraw, even if this results in a prison sentence or even death.

Over 1,000 rally against anti-Islam film in Dearborn; another protest planned today.  More than 1,000 rallied Friday night [9/28/2012] in Dearborn against the anti-Islam movie that has sparked protests around the world.  Organized by Arab-American leaders, the rally was the third protest in metro Detroit over the movie, the biggest one yet.  Another protest against "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam movie made in California that denigrates Islam's prophet, is set for today in Canton.

The Editor says...
How many of these protestors have watched the movie, as opposed to the trailer promoting the movie?  I would estimate zero, since the (full-length) movie itself apparently doesn't exist.

More about the Benghazi terrorist attack.

Push to call blasphemy a crime.  Muslim leaders have vowed to discuss the offensive video from their UN platforms, sowing concern among free-speech activists of a fresh push toward an international law that would criminalise blasphemy.  Human rights groups and Western democracies resisted such a law for years and thought they had finally quashed the matter after convincing enough nations that repressive regimes used blasphemy laws to imprison or execute dissidents.

The Freedom to Offend an Imaginary God.  The latest wave of Muslim hysteria and violence has now spread to more than 20 countries.  The walls of our embassies and consulates have been breached, their precincts abandoned to triumphant mobs, and many people have been murdered — all in response to an unwatchable Internet video titled "Innocence of Muslims."  Whether over a film, a cartoon, a novel, a beauty pageant, or an inauspiciously named teddy bear, the coming eruption of pious rage is now as predictable as the dawn.  This is already an old and boring story about old, boring, and deadly ideas.  And I fear it will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Obama's DOJ Can't Say Criticizing Religion Will Remain Legal.  [A recent exchange], between Representative Trent Franks and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, occurred in late July, but is particularly relevant today.  Representatvie Franks tries to extract an assurance from Perez that the Obama administration will not push a proposal to criminalize speech "against any religion."  He has a tough time doing so.

Leading Sunni Clerics Demand That Insults to Islam Be Outlawed.  Six months after declaring that all churches in the Arabian peninsula should be destroyed, Saudi Arabia's top cleric called at the weekend for a global ban on insults targeting all religious "prophets and messengers," a category that, from a Muslim perspective, includes Jesus Christ.  Saturday's [9/15/2012] demand by Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh came on the same day that another of Sunni Islam's most prominent figures, Egypt's Al-Azhar University grand imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb, made a similar appeal.

Muslim War on Meter Maids.  Muslim immigrants in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain, have succeeded in forcing the expulsion of all female parking meter enforcement officers from a city neighborhood that is home to a growing Muslim population.  The move reflects the increasing assertiveness of Spain's Muslim community, which in recent years, has sought to impose its will over Spanish society on a variety of issues deemed offensive to Islam.

Hurting Muslims' Feelings 'Cannot Be Tolerated,' Egypt's Ruling Party Says.  As U.S. diplomatic missions tightened security in the aftermath following Tuesday's deadly attack in Libya and continuing protests in Egypt — and new eruptions in Yemen — Islamic governments and organizations, including terrorist groups, condemned an obscure film about Mohammed blamed by some for the incidents.  Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in a statement demanded legal action against those behind the film.

Egypt protesters breach US embassy over 'insulting' film.  Protesters have breached the wall of the American embassy in Cairo and torn down a flag over a US-made film which they say is insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

Google blocks YouTube clip in Egypt and Libya; keeps it online.  YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, said on Wednesday [9/12/2012] it would not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad that has been blamed for anti-U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it in those countries.  The clip, based on a longer film, depicts the prophet as a fraud and philanderer and has been blamed for sparking violence at U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi.

Sorry your feelings were hurt, you stalwarts of religious tolerance.  Some Muslims had had their feelings hurt by a poorly done and little-viewed film that ridicules Islam.  Good grief!  Lots of Muslims ridicule Christians and Jews all the time and many of them take great delight in hurting our feelings by specializing in murdering and maiming Christians and Jews.  Who hurt their feelings this time?  Some man not connected with our Cairo embassy or the US government who is not even a US citizen.  Yet many, possibly most, Muslims believe this justifies an act of war against the United States, which is what an attack against an embassy or consulate is — and the Obama-led US government believes that a fitting response to the threat of mayhem and murder is to assure its perpetrators that we feel their pain.

White House Must Stop Sony from Releasing 'Killing bin Laden' Film.  Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it's time for them to get ahead of this problem.  And one thing the White House can do immediately is to pressure Sony to stop the release of director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden.  I'm only saying this because, you know, the White House and the media told me movies inflame and cause terrorism.

Taliban beheads 17 for attending mixed-sex party.  The Taliban beheaded seventeen party-goers, including two women dancers, in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province as punishment, recalling the darkest days of rule by the ultra-conservative Islamist insurgents before their ouster in 2001.  The bodies were found on Monday [8/27/2012] in a house near the Musa Qala district where a party was held on Sunday night with music and mixed-sex dancing, said district governor Nimatullah.

17 Afghans Beheaded for Singing and Dancing.  Locals gathered for a party in Helmund Province, played music and danced for a late night party on Sunday [8/26/2012].  The party occurred in the Taliban controlled Helmund Province in the Musa Qala district.  Some reports say it was a wedding party.  Two women dancers and 15 men were beheaded for dancing together and playing music.  The Taliban does not approved of men and women mixing socially.

Man jailed for insulting Aisha.  A Bahraini court has jailed a man for two years for making insulting comments about one of the Prophet Mohammad's wives, the latest such case highlighting sectarian tension in the Gulf.  The daily al-Wasat reported that a man had insulted Aisha, a revered figure for Sunni Muslims, in comments online.

Somali comedian who poked fun at Islamists shot dead.  Gunmen shot dead a well-known comedian known for poking fun at Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and colleagues said Wednesday [8/1/2012].  Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale, in his late thirties or early forties, was killed late Tuesday [7/31/2012], minutes after leaving Kulmiye radio station, where he worked as drama producer and performer.

When political correctness collides with political correctness.  [Scroll down]  In fact, service dogs routinely fly with their disabled masters.  Lately miniature horses have shown up on planes and,last November, ABC News reported a 300 pound pot bellied pig on a flight from Philly to Seattle. [...] Airlines are required to allow these animals on board at no extra charge, and any rejection of a service animal on a flight must be documented in writing for the DOT.  Airport owners are also required to provide "relief areas" for service animals.  Americans are indoctrinated to accept any special accommodation for the disabled. [...] But what about the average Muslim passenger?  What happens (and it will happen) when the Muslim traveler demands the removal from the flight of the "unclean" dog or the (Allah help us) pig?

Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin.  According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids — or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.  Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not."

Mali Islamists destroy tombs at famous Timbuktu mosque.  Islamist militants destroyed two tombs on Tuesday [7/10/2012] at the famous 14th century Djingareyber mosque in Timbuktu, classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site, residents said. [...] Islamists of the Ansar Dine group say the centuries-old shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam are idolatrous.

Tweeter gets 10 years for prophet insult.  A lower court in Kuwait sentenced a Shi'ite tweeter to 10 years in jail on Monday on charges of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, his wife Aisha and companions, his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti said.

Guilty of Insulting Islam.  Last October, Ernest Perce was marching in a Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, dressed up as a zombie version of the prophet Mohammed when he was physically confronted by Talaag Elbayomy, a Muslim immigrant who found his costume offensive.  According to Perce, Elbayomy grabbed him, chocked [sic] him, and then tried to rip off the "Mohammed of Islam" sign that Pence wore around his neck.  Elbayomy later admitted to a police officer on the scene that he had tried to grab the sign, believing that it was a crime in the United States to insult Mohammed.  But when Pence [sic] brought criminal harassment charges against Elbayomy, the district judge, Judge Mark Martin, dismissed the case.

Man arrested in Kuwait for insulting Prophet Mohammad on Twitter.  Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man late on Tuesday [3/27/2012] for insulting the Prophet Mohammad via his Twitter account, the Interior Ministry said, in a rare case of alleged blasphemy in the Gulf Arab state using social media.

Obama Dances the Jizya.  Formally, the jizya is a "tax" paid by kafirs already living under Muslim domination.  It is a tax that must be paid at risk of losing one's head.  Moreover, the jizya is not just a "head" tax; it is also intended to be a form of humiliation. ... The right to free speech is being chipped away.  Any criticism of Islam is labeled Islamophobia.  This is the first soul-losing step on the road to full dhimmitude — part of which contains the principle that one must never say or do anything to offend Muslims.

Top Muslim scholar says any one who insults Prophet should be killed, even Tweeters.  Obama and Clinton are working with Muslim nations to make insulting Islam a global crime.

The Religion of Peace strikes again.
Another Aghan Soldier Murders U.S. Marine.  But let's disarm U.S. Marines when they listen to the Secretary of Defense speak in Afghanistan so we don't hurt the unarmed Afghan soldiers' feelings.

FBI warns Afghan massacre could inspire extremists in the US.  That would be worth discussing, except that everything provokes Muslim extremists in the US.

90 Iraqi students killed for having 'strange hair and tight clothes'.  More than 90 Iraqi students have been stoned to death for their Emo haircuts by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after Iraq's interior ministry dubbed it 'devil worshipping'.  Iraq's Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the 'emo phenomenon' among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to 'eliminate' the trend.

U.S. apologies invite more Muslim 'rages'.  Critical discussion or representation of Islam spurs Muslims to violence.  This violence spurs Westerners to apology.  But apology is always an act of dhimmitude:  submitting to Islamic definitions of crime or grievance, which only under Islamic law require contrition.  Today, with the murders of American troops, Muslim violence is more brazen, and Western apologies, too, are more exaggerated.  The United States hasn't even quashed Afghan demands for a trial of those who disposed of several Korans.

Taliban's Response to Obama's Apology: 'Kill Them, Beat Them, Take Them as Prisoners'.  In the wake of President Barack Obama sending a three-page letter to Afghan President Hamid Kharzai, apologizing for U.S. forces having mistakenly burned some Qur'ans at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan, the Taliban is calling on Muslims to kill Americans or beat them and take them as prisoners.  The call for violence against U.S. troops in Afghanistan came as Muslims in South Asia and elsewhere prepared for Friday prayers — a potentially volatile time.

Obama's burning Koran apology.  Raucous Afghan mobs have forced a presidential apology, even after two American soldiers were killed.  The extremists win again.

Flashback to May 2009:
Media Ignored U.S. Military Burning Bibles to Appease Afghans.  As violent, deadly demonstrations have broken out in Afghanistan following the recent accidental burning of Korans, it's interesting to look back nearly three years ago when the U.S. military burned a shipment of Holy Bibles written in the Pashto and Dari languages.  The military destroyed the Bibles rather than ship them back stateside apparently out of fear the American church that sent them would just try shipping them back through other channels to Afghanistan.

Why Apologize to Afghanistan?  The New York Times reports that President Obama has sent a formal letter of apology to Afghanistan's ingrate president, Hamid Karzai, for the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base.  The only upside of the apology is that it appears (based on the Times account) to be couched as coming personally from our blindly Islamophilic president — "I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. ... I extend to you and the Afghani people my sincere apologies."  It is not couched as an apology from the American people, whose frame of mind will be outrage, not contrition, as the facts become more widely known.

Does Mohammed Seriously Say It's Okay To Kill People Who Throw Away Old Korans?  If you haven't read the details about the Koran burning incident, you might assume that American soldiers created a huge pile of Korans, poured gasoline all over them, and then cheered and fired their guns in the air as they set it ablaze.  That would be the sort of insensitive, bigoted act that might be expected to lead to protests (if not murders, which are a crime of a whole different order).  But that's not what happened.

Was Obama's Apology to Karzai Appropriate?  What's largely missing from the reporting is the reason the U.S. military removed and destroyed the books from its library at the United States-run Parwan Detention Facility next to the Bagram Airfield.  The most we've gotten is that handwritten "extremist messages" by prisoners were apparently found on the pages of the Islamic books.  We're told that prisoners were exchanging hidden messages within the high-security prison.

Obama: Sharia Enforcer.  Madness has overtaken Washington, and the world.  Every day this past week has brought fresh reports of more people murdered in Afghanistan over the burning of some copies of the Qur'an at Bagram Airfield.  In response, every day new apologies come from American officials.

A Canary in the Mine.  One rare apology might in theory make things safer for Americans; lots of them in fact make things more dangerous for our troops.  In general, if you apologize gratuitously when there is no need, remorse loses its currency in the rare cases when it might be necessary.  All this saying "we are sorry" has also energized our enemies as much as it has depressed the public at home.

Karzai goes crazy.  President Obama should man up and tell Hamid Karzai in very plain and graphic language just what he can do with his demand that the greatest nation in the world sacrifice its soldiers and its honor to save his hide.  We have been there for 10 years.  That's enough.  Go home already.

Afghanistan asks women TV presenters to wear headscarves.  The Afghan government said on Wednesday [2/15/2012] it had asked women television presenters to wear headscarves and to avoid heavy make-up after members of the upper house of parliament complained about non-compliance with Islamic ethics.  Minister for Culture and Information Sayed Makhdoom Raheen said the decision applied to both public and private television channels.

Shariah's Police?  A Saudi newspaper columnist named Hamza Kashgari was detained in Malaysia, reportedly on the basis of an alert by the International Criminal Police Organization, better known as Interpol.  Reuters quotes a Malaysian police spokesman as saying that, "This arrest was part of an Interpol operation which the Malaysian police were a part of."  It was apparently mounted in response to a "red notice" (or request for help apprehending an individual) issued by Saudi Arabia.  Kashgari was then sent back to Saudi Arabia where he faces almost certain death.  Mr. Kashgari's crime?  He criticized the founder of Islam, Mohammed, on his Twitter account.

'Insulting' Mo on Twitter Now Punishable by Death.  They really are a sensitive bunch.  ["]A newspaper columnist could be the first person to face the death penalty for remarks he made on Twitter after he was arrested for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.["]

First Barbie; now the Mullahs are going after Bart Simpson.  Not content with banning Barbie dolls from Iranian toy stores, the religious police are now targeting the iconic Bart Simpson for banishment.

Egyptian Christian faces trial for insulting Islam.  A prominent Christian Egyptian media mogul faces trial on a charge of insulting Islam, lawyers said Monday [1/9/2012], based on his relaying a cartoon on his Twitter account.

2011: Year-end review of Islam's most incredible fatwas.  In Somalia, the ultraconservative al-Shabaab al-Mujahedin Movement issued a fatwa during the holy month of Ramadan prohibiting the consumption of sambousak, a triangular pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables.  The popular snack, they explained, is a symbol of the Trinity in Christianity and is therefore not to be consumed by Muslims.

Santa killed by Muslim fanatics for being 'infidel' in Tajikistan.  An outrageous incident occurred in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where a group of religious fanatics killed Santa Claus.  Parvis Davlatbekov wore as Santa Claus to congratulate his friends for the New Year.  However, a group of fanatics attacked and stabbed him by crying 'infidel' in the street.  The young man died on Monday [1/2/2012] without coming into consciousness.

Obama Administration Bans Knowledge of Islam.  The Obama administration's censoring of photographs of the late Osama bin Laden, lest they "offend" Muslims, is one thing; but what about censoring words, especially those pivotal to U.S. security?  Weeks earlier, the Daily Caller revealed that "the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive."

Fighting Radical Islam — Freedom of Speech.  Radicals aim to set limits on our freedom of expression.  In particular, radical groups seek to censure any individual or group that speaks out against the dangerous threats of Radical Muslims.  These restrictions are a step towards the implementation of Sharia law in the West.  Freedom of speech as we know it in the United States is not permitted in countries such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya and others.  By limiting speech in the West, we are furthering the goals of Radical Muslims.

Christian Cross Is Seen as the 'Mark of the Beast' by Islamists.  US Army MEDEVAC helicopters in Afghanistan are marked with Red Crosses.  Helicopters sporting a Red Cross are not allowed to be armed.  The enemy knows this.  The enemy tries to shoot down these unarmed helicopters with the added advantage that our people cannot shoot back.  And so, we push people into combat while advertising to the enemy that our people are unarmed. ... We like to think that after a decade of counterinsurgency, we have learned something.  Have we?  What does a cross on a helicopter mean?  For some Afghans, it's a mark of the beast.

FBI Statistics Belie Islamophobia Hysteria.  It has become an accepted trope of contemporary journalism that American Muslims are under siege and beset by hatred and prejudice.  But the evidence for this conventional wisdom is lacking.  The story line of Muslim persecution in the United States has always been a matter of anecdotes and perception, not facts.  That truth was confirmed this week when the FBI released their annual crime statistics report which showed once again that hate crimes against Muslims remain rare and are far outnumbered by attacks on Jews.

Radical Muslim Cleric: Christmas the Pathway to Hell.  Radical Muslim Cleric Anjem Choudary, most infamous for saying Shariah law will take over America, is calling the day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the "pathway to hell."

Does the Crucifix 'Provoke' Muslims?  For a religion that is perpetually "misunderstood," the consistency of Islam is remarkable.  Consider how ostensibly diverse issues — complaints of "human rights" abuses at an American university and murder in an Egyptian classroom — are interconnected.

Marines Warned: Don't Spit Toward Mecca.  Uncle Sam is getting a little weird.  Make that a lot weird.  Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan — populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist primitives — to no avail, he has hit on a new plan for winning those ever-elusive Afghan "hearts and minds."  Uncle Sam has decided that the answer lies in the latrine with the U.S. Marine Corps.  No kidding.  When nature calls, Uncle Sam has decided he wants every U.S. Marine equipped with a map and compass, or some other way of knowing direction.  This is to ensure that no U.S. Marine in Afghanistan urinates in the direction of Mecca ever again.

Latrine Directive Another Step on Path to Islamification.  Having written countless columns and blog posts arguing that the see-no-Islam counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) has led to failure in two wars in the umma (Muslim world) and the dhimmification of the U.S. military, it's almost funny to see the debate more or less officially joined over my recent column on what appears to be simply the gross-out, PG-13 movie topic of peeing toward Mecca.  Or, rather, not peeing toward Mecca.  Scatological or not, what we are talking about here is an untenable invasion of privacy of American citizens in uniform via religious dictate as taught by the U.S. Marine Corps.

When Isn't the Muslim World Inflamed?  Let us not minimize the significance of burning a Koran.  It is holy to millions of people the world over.  Setting a Koran aflame is an exceedingly stupid thing to do whether or not it results in a violent response because it casts aspersions on all Muslims regardless of their behavior.

Breast-feeding mother 'told ... she would offend Muslim visitors'.  A mother was ordered not to breastfeed her baby in public because she was in a 'multicultural building'.  Emma Mitchell, 32, was about to feed 19-week-old son Aaron when a receptionist at a town hall warned her to stop.  Last night [7/13/2011] Mrs Mitchell condemned council staff, saying it was time people recognised the law which allows nursing mothers to breastfeed in public.

In Afghanistan, no takers for 'cursed' car number 39.  Afghanistan's booming car sales industry has been thrown into chaos by a growing aversion to the number "39", which almost overnight has become an unlikely synonym for pimp and a mark of shame in this deeply conservative country.  Drivers of cars with number plates containing 39, bought before the once-harmless double digits took on their new meaning, are mocked and taunted across Kabul.  "Now even little kids say 'look, there goes the 39'.  This car is a bad luck, I can't take my family out in it," said Mohammad Ashraf who works for a United Nations project.

The Coordinates of Radicalism.  What is it that radicalizes Muslims, including American Muslims?  Is it American foreign policy?  Israeli "occupation" of the ancient Jewish territories of Judea and Samaria?  Cartoons depicting the warrior-prophet as a warrior?  Korans torched by obscure Florida pastors?  The life of Osama bin Laden, or, perhaps, his death?  Any of a thousand claimed slights, real or imagined, that purportedly provoke young Muslims to "conflagrate" — if we may borrow from the forgiving rationalizations of Faisal Rauf, would-be imam of the would-be Ground Zero mosque?  Here is the unsettling but sedulously avoided truth:  What radicalizes Muslims is Islam.

Will Koran Burning Be Banned In The United States?  As an American in the United States of America, you are allowed to do many things.  You can burn the flag.  You can burn the Bible.  You can produce obscene art and sometimes even get government money to finance it.  You can make movies and TV shows that ridicule Christianity, traditional morality, and that take the Lord's name in vain. ... Yes, you can do all those things, and more.  But can you burn a Koran?

Blame the Pastor?  [Scroll down]  The event was intentionally ignored in the United States, in the hope of limiting its impact.  But little stays secret in the Internet age and within two days, news of the conflagration had reached Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the country's presidents roundly denounced Jones, bringing his action to wide notice.  On April 1, infuriated Afghans lashed out, killing twelve in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif; the next day, suicide bombers dressed in women's clothing attacked a coalition base in Kabul and street mobs in Kandahar again killed twelve.  (This, it bears observing, was just five more dead than in September 2010, when nineteen were killed as Jones only threatened to burn the Koran.)  Who is to blame for these deaths, Jones or Islamist intolerance?

British Columnist Under Investigation For Criticizing Terrorists.  In Great Britain, the historic cradle of liberty and sanctum of freedom of expression, it appears that you can no longer refer to Arab depravity in the slaughter of an Israeli family — including a three month-old baby — as they slept without someone going to the police to get you arrested for racism.

The First Rule of Jihad Is: Non-Muslims Can't Talk About Jihad.  All the opponents of Pete King's hearings are on message with the same threat:  Any discussion of Jihadist "violent extremism" is the primary cause of Jihadist "violent extremism."

When Grievance Industries Collide.  At Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch, we learn Canadian authorities and school officials don't know quite what to do about a McGill University Muslim student who has written that he'd like to "shoot everyone in the room" at a conservative student organization, that the organization is a "secret Zionist convention" to which he "should have brought an M16," and that — in response to the club's showing of "Indoctrinate-U," a documentary about political correctness on college campuses — "the jihad begins today."

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Imagine if a nominally Christian student had made threats of violence against a Muslim.  Would there be any hesitation about what to do with him?

University Downplays Student's Jihad Threat.  Montreal police are investigating a student who made threats against a conservative club at McGill University, even though university officials determined the student's threats about jihad and wanting to "shoot everyone in the room" were harmless.  A spokesman for the Montreal Police Service told the Toronto Star they take the threat allegedly made by Haaris Khan seriously.  Khan attended a viewing of the documentary "Indoctrinate-U," sponsored by Conservative McGill, a student organization affiliated with Canada's Conservative Party.  During the viewing, Khan is accused of making death treats using his Twitter account.

Iran Bans Valentine's Day.  The Iranian state has pronounced against unauthorized mingling of the sexes, rap music, rock music, Western music, women playing in bands, too-bright nail polish, laughter in hospital corridors, ancient Persian rites-of-spring celebrations (Nowrooz), and even the mention of foreign food recipes in state media.  This last may sound comically implausible, but it was officially announced by a state-run website on Feb. 6.  So now the true nature of pasta as an instrument of Western subversion has been revealed.  The regime's posture turns the smallest garden-variety gestures into thrilling acts of subversion.

Islam's blasphemy murders.  The Obama administration has declared a "struggle against violent extremism," but it has little to say when it comes to extremism practiced by governments.  Blasphemy laws in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being used to sanction judicial murder in the name of Islam.  The United States refuses to condemn these practices, apparently believing this would amount to an unwarranted imposition of American values on foreign customs.  Even in these backward countries, however, there are brave political leaders who are standing up to legal persecution.

If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims.  If Muslims were treated like Christians in America, Muslims would have to tolerate the defamation of their holiest images in our national museums, acts which would be called "artwork" — and, if particularly provocative, even given taxpayer-funded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  They would also have to accept Korans being burned and thrown into toilets, which instead of inciting worldwide outrage and retribution would provoke a collective shrug of the shoulders.  If Muslims were treated like Christians, Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in crude cartoon parodies.

Muslim body slates 'excessive' Christmas.  Indonesia's top Islamic body said on Thursday [12/23/2010] that Christmas decorations in malls, amusement centres and public places were "excessive and provocative" in the Muslim-majority country.

Muslim pupil offended by the word 'jamon' in class in Cadiz.  The parents of a Muslim boy who attends a secondary school in La Línea, Cádiz province, have reported their son's teacher for an incident in the boy's geography class which the child said caused him offence as a Muslim.  The teacher, José Reyes Fernández, with more than 20 years in the profession, was explaining to the class how the cold climate in Trevélez, Granada province, aided in the curing of the village's most famous local product, jamón serrano.  The boy told his teacher that hearing the word 'ham' in class was offensive to him because of his religion and asked his geography teacher to stop referring to the product which caused him offence.

The Red Cross bans Christmas.  Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops.  Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems.

In Austria:  Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims.  It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims.  An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper.  The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, who accused him of trying to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin.

Early Learning Centre bans toy pig from farmyard set.  A children's shop has removed toy pigs from farmyard sets in case they offend Muslims and Jews.  The Early Learning Centre ditched the pig from its HappyLand Goosefeather Farm toy set after it upset some customers.  One mother realised the pig was missing from the set she bought for her daughter's birthday when she found a pig sty and a button that made oinking noises, but no pig.

Is Sharia Law Creeping Into American Lives?  The Muslims downplay the above question by scoffingly answering in the negative despite mounting evidence to the contrary.  Of course getting devious answers from Muslims is to be expected; that is, until they are ready to threaten a lawsuit due to being offended.

Caution:  Muslims easily inflamed.  Absent from this blame exchange is any recognition that many Muslims can be incited to violence by anything or nothing.  It's as if they live poised for outrage.

Pakistan doctor arrested on suspicion of blasphemy.  Pakistani authorities have arrested a doctor on suspicion of violating the country's contentious blasphemy law by throwing away a business card of a man who shared the name of Islam's prophet, Muhammad, police said Sunday [12/12/2010].

Chanting "USA, USA" at a college football game termed anti Muslim.  So chanting USA, USA at a football game is now anti Muslim?  According to a University of Illinois professor, the answer is yes.

Islamophobia, Cartoon-O-Phobia and Equalityphobia.  [Scroll down]  When even in Western countries with Muslim minorities, cartoonists like Kurt Westergaard and Molly Norris have been forced to go into hiding, what hope is there for treating Cartoon-O-Phobia in the Muslim world.  But that is the price we pay for the Muslim phobia of everything non-Muslim.  In Malaysia that means smashing teapots and terrorizing Hindus.  In America, that means blowing up buildings and then trying to build mosques as a thumb in the eye to a grieving nation.

The Jihad Against A Seattle Cartoonist.  It should be front-page news in every newspaper in the country:  Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris has given up her job, her home, and even her identity because of death threats for Islamic supremacists.  That Islamic jihadists can force an American citizen into hiding for exercising her freedom of speech is bad enough; that her cause has aroused only indifference from the media and the nation's leading officials is even worse.

What the Burning Quran Issue Says about Us.  Nothing guarantees the continued and increasing tantrums of a spoiled child like scared, enabling parents and their refusal to stand up to the child.  If our leaders continue to play the part of the pusillanimous, scared parent, the religion of peace is guaranteed to continue their tantrums and threats of violent retaliation for every imagined provocation.  This is a terrible cycle, and if we don't stop this, they will in fact become our masters.

The Eternal Flame of Muslim Outrage.  Shhhhhhh, we're told.  Don't protest the Ground Zero mosque.  Don't burn a Koran.  It'll imperil the troops.  It'll inflame tensions.  The "Muslim world" will "explode" if it does not get its way, warns sharia-peddling imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Pardon my national security-threatening impudence, but when is the "Muslim world" not ready to "explode"?  At the risk of provoking the ever-volatile Religion of Perpetual Outrage, let us count the little-noticed and forgotten ways.

Thirteen dead in Kashmir, Christian school torched.  Indian police shot dead 13 people in Kashmir on Monday [9/13/2010] as stone-throwing rioters defied curfews and torched a Christian school in a surge of anger stoked by the desecration of the Koran.

Obama:  Koran burning could spark suicide bombings.  U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday [9/9/2010] publicly denounced an American church's plan to burn copies of the Muslim holy book Koran, calling it "a stunt that could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform and incite suicide bombers."

Quran threat prompts State travel warning.  The State Department is warning U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-American demonstrations in many countries should the Florida pastor proceed with his threat to burn Qurans on Sept. 11.  "Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several countries, including Afghanistan and Indonesia," the alert states.

Muslim pupils taken out of music lessons 'because Islam forbids playing an instrument'.  Muslim pupils are being withdrawn from music lessons because some families believe learning an instrument is anti-Islamic.  The move comes despite the subject being a compulsory part of the national curriculum.

Ahmadinejad in flap over wearing of ties.  Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has run into trouble with a conservative cleric over whether men are allowed to wear ties in the Islamic republic, the news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday [7/13/2010].

Fatwa Issued Against 'Draw Mohammed Day' Cartoonist.  The Islamists mean to censor us one way or another:  if not from fear of retaliation, then by retaliation.  Shut your mouth, still your pens, stop thinking, or we will do it for you.  Permanently.  Molly Norris, mild-mannered cartoonist, started a fire she cannot put out.

Muslim Beheads Wife, Claims Victim Status.  In February 2009, Aasiya Z. Hassan, a 37-year-old Muslim woman, was found decapitated in Orchard Park, N.Y., a village near Buffalo.  Her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, admits that he beheaded his wife.  Yet now, in a bizarre turn in the case, Muzzammil Hassan has claimed that he was the real victim in the case, driven to murder his wife after enduring years of her emotional and physical abuse.  The case stands as a classic example of the universal tendency on the part of Islamic supemacists and jihadists to blame everyone but themselves for what they have done.

Hand cut off for exam question.  Two Indian men were arrested on Monday over an attack on a college teacher who had his hand cut off for setting an exam question that allegedly insulted Muslims, police said.  TJ Joseph, 52, had his right arm severed at the wrist as he was returning home from church with his mother and sister on Sunday [7/4/2010], and has since undergone an operation to have the limb sown [sic] back on.

Suntanned women to be arrested under Islamic dress code.  Iran has warned suntanned women and girls who looked like "walking mannequins" will be arrested as part of a new drive to enforce the Islamic dress code.

More about Islam vs Feminism.

Somali Islamists kill two for watching World Cup.  Somali Islamist militants killed two people and arrested dozens of others for breaking a ban on watching the World Cup on television, residents said.

I've Become an Enemy of the People for Speaking the Truth About Islam.  When it comes to the right to speak one's mind about Islam, the record of the last few years makes it clear which direction the West is moving in.  In France and Italy, Oriana Fallaci is put on trial for disparaging Islam.  In Canada, Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant are hauled before "human rights commission" tribunals for criticizing Islam in print.  In Australia, an Islamic organization sues two pastors for "vilification of Muslims."  In Britain, a Daily Telegraph columnist is arrested on charges of hate speech for having written negatively about Islam...

Chilling Free Speech in the Great White North.  Americans aware of journalists Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn are likely also aware that these two were hauled before Canadian "Human Rights Commissions" for supposed speech-crimes.  Levant was pursued because he published the Mohammed cartoons, and Steyn, for, well, casting some Muslims in a bad light.  Both men had their cases dropped, probably because they were articulate, famous, and had relatively deep pockets.  Others who have been charged have not been so lucky.

Publish or Perish:  The Lessons of the Cartoon Jihad.  The central issue of the "cartoon jihad" — the Muslim riots and death threats against a Danish newspaper that printed 12 cartoons depicting Mohammed — is obvious.  The issue is freedom of speech:  whether our freedom to think, write, and draw is to be subjugated to the "religious sensitivities" of anyone who threatens us with force.  That is why it is necessary for every newspaper and magazine to re-publish those cartoons...

The Cartoonists Shall Enter First.  "Nobody kills the village idiot," said filmmaker Theo Van Gogh before an Islamic militant shot and stabbed him to death.  As Van Gogh learned too late, the world of Islam will kill the village idiot once he becomes the last public figure who tells the truth about it.

Free Speech Denied In Miami.  In an outrageous denial of free speech rights, Miami-Dade Transit last week forced the removal of a "Leaving Islam" ad campaign on Miami buses because the ads might be "offensive to Islam."

IslamoCare:  The UK Department of Health recently announced that it would loosen hygiene rules for Muslim and Sikh doctors and nurses.  From now on, Muslim female staff will not need to wash their hands before procedures as it compromises their modesty.  Instead, they will have the admittedly less sanitary option of wearing disposable plastic over-sleeves.

The Day Somali Music Died.  Islamist insurgents have ordered Somali radio stations to stop playing music, a ban that went into effect last Tuesday [4/13/2010].  This order follows the Islamists' ban on musical ringtones, movies, men without beards, football, women's beauty salons, and bras. Those not adhering to the new ban risk a grave threat to their physical well-being, which includes getting assassinated or undergoing Sharia-based punishments.  Such punishments include having your limbs amputated, your eyes gauged out, your tongue cut out, and your ears cut off.

Somalia Radicals Declare Music 'Un-Islamic,' and Radio Goes Tuneless.  Last week, the Somalian fundamentalist Islamic group Hizbul Islam announced that music of any kind is "un-Islamic," warning of "serious consequences" for those who dare to violate their decree.  In response, radio stations all over the country, including those run by the moderate Muslim transitional government, cut all music from their broadcasts.

Islamic authorities cane 4 gamblers in Aceh.  Three convicted gamblers have been publicly caned for gambling in Indonesia's devoutly Muslim province of Aceh.  Bendry Almy, a local prosecutor, says the men were caned seven times each Friday outside a mosque before hundreds of worshippers.  He says the men were among 21 suspected gamblers nabbed last month while playing cards after a wedding party in Dayah Dabo village.

MasterCard offers card aimed at Muslims.  A new interest-free credit card, the first of its kind in North America, aims to reconcile Islamic canonical law and Western consumer culture.  Until now, observant Muslims have been precluded from owning credit cards on which they pay interest, a violation of shariah law.

Somali radio stations comply with Islamists' music ban.  Most radio stations in Somalia have stopped playing music, on the orders of Islamist Hizbul-Islam insurgents who say that songs are un-Islamic.  The stations said they had to comply with the ban as if they did not, they would be putting their lives at risk.

Christian nurse ordered to remove crucifix.  A Christian nurse was 'forced to choose between her job and her faith' after being ordered to remove her crucifix at a hospital where Muslim staff wore headscarves unchallenged, a tribunal heard yesterday [3/29/2010].  Shirley Chaplin, 54, said she had been wearing the religious symbol around her neck without complaint for 31 years before she was ordered to hide it away.

Shari'ah court bans online chat.  An Islamic Shari'ah court in northern Nigeria on Tuesday [3/30/2010] permanently banned a local rights group from discussing the country's first amputation for theft on the internet, an activist said.  The same court had last week issued an interim order cutting off all online chats on the amputation of Buba Bello Jangebe's wrist in 2000 for the theft of a cow.

Weapons Company Caves to Political Correctness.  U.S. optics manufacturer Trijicon has bowed to pressure to remove biblical references from their optics products, just days after the decades-old practice was sensationalized in an ABC News report that claimed the references were "secret 'Jesus' Bible codes" that could inflame radical Muslims who have attempted to brand wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as modern crusades since those conflicts began.

The Editor says...
Sounds like ABC News is attempting to "inflame radical Muslims" by publicizing this.  But really, is that all it takes to set off the Muslims?  If American soldiers fire rifles with abbreviated Biblical references, do the bullets hurt more?

No Valentine's:  Saudi religious police see red.  The Saudi religious police launched Thursday a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or in any other way allude to the banned celebrations of Valentine's Day, a Saudi official said.

Muslims refuse to use alcohol-based hand gels over religious beliefs.  Some Muslims have refused to use alcohol-based hand gels to combat the spread of swine flu because they claim it is against their religion.  Some of those employed by St Albans Council in Hertfordshire have complained about the antibacterial lotion, which is considered a key strategy in containing the virus.

The Editor says...
Attention all Muslims:  Are you aware that gasoline contains alcohol?  You'd better stop using it.

McDonald's apologizes after leaving pig out of toy collection.  Fast-food giant McDonald's on Friday apologized to Singaporeans and said it would bring a pig to its latest toy collection after the decision to leave the animal out stirred a controversy in the Chinese-dominated city-state. ... The fast-food chain left out the pig and replaced it with the love god cupid as Valentine's Day also falls in February, arguing that the company did not want to offend Muslims.

"Don't Say We're Violent, Or We'll Kill You".  That has been the message of Islamic extremists on a number of occasions, e.g. the Mohammed cartoons.  An extreme case occurred recently when the proprietor of the web site Religion of Peace received a death threat from members of the religion of peace.

Queen's medal of honour scrapped... because it's too Christian for Muslims and Hindus.  A medal personally established by the Queen is being withdrawn after it was deemed offensive to Muslims and Hindus.  The honour — known as The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity — has been ruled unlawful and too Christian.

Saudis ban lewd licence tags — including 'USA'.  Saudi Arabia has banned auto licence tags whose Arabic characters spell out offensive words when romanised, with the list of banned combinations including "USA", Al-Watan newspaper reported Sunday.

Dunkin' Donuts operator gives up franchise in pork battle.  An Arab-American owner of a Chicago-area Dunkin' Donuts store has to give up his franchise after he lost his long-running legal battle with the restaurant chain over his religious objections to selling pork products.  A lawyer for Walid Elkhatib said Tuesday that his client is in the process of removing Dunkin' Donuts signs from his Westchester outlet, but apparently not fast enough for the company.

Muslim chef refused to cook pork.  A Muslim catering manager in Britain refused to cook sausages and bacon because he feared he would be splashed with pork fat, he told an industrial tribunal overnight, alleging religious discrimination.  Hasanali Khoja, 60, from London, said he felt he was at risk of contact with pork products even if he wore gloves and used tongs to cook.

Muslim extremist firebombed home of man who published book on Prophet Mohammed.  A Muslim extremist has been found guilty of firebombing the home of the publisher of a controversial novel about the Prophet Mohammed and his child bride.

Alfred E. Obama is Not Funny!!  Prophets and messiahs are not to be laughed at.  They are deadly serious.  Laughter brings a sense of sanity and perspective to their pompous pretensions.  That is why radical Muslims murder people who laugh at the Prophet Mohammed.  Start laughing at this 7th century desert bandit and the whole thing starts to look like a joke.  We can't have that.  Kill them.  Today in Canada, if you poke fun at Muslim terrorists, like Mark Steyn constantly does, they will bring you up on Kangaroo Court charges.

Muslim organization revives Minnesota branch.  After a string of recent incidents, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is opening a St. Paul office. … Some Muslim taxi drivers who refuse to ferry alcohol and dogs are awaiting a ruling on the issue from the MAC [Metropolitan Airports Commission].  And some Muslim store clerks have refused to scan pork products.

[A question for all Muslims:  If our culture is so repulsive to you, why are you here?]

Worldwide Hate Speech Laws?  Especially since 9/11, Islam has been publicly scrutinized, criticized, and sometimes ridiculed in the West to an extent never seen (or permitted) in Muslim lands.  Many Muslims feel deeply offended by this, as well as troubled by the violent responses the criticism has sometimes drawn from Muslims — riots, death threats, even murders.  Their leaders' solution is to try to halt the cycle by demanding an end to criticism of Islam, even in private speech.  For the past decade, the Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has pushed the U.N. to adopt a universal ban on defaming Islam.  This measure would aim to curb the freedom not only of Danish cartoonists but also of scholars, writers, dissidents, religious reformers, human rights activists, and anyone at all anywhere in the world who criticizes Islam.

The Editor says...
Even if I end up in the United Nations Sharia prison camp, I will not stop telling others the truth about Islam.  Silencing me will not change the facts.  Ten thousand years from now, we'll all know whether Islam had any merits.

Blind man's guide dog barred from restaurant for offending Muslims.  Alun Elder-Brown, a recruitment executive, said he was left feeling "like a piece of dirt" after being barred from bringing the animal into Kirthon Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on religious grounds. ... It follows a series of successful prosecutions of Muslim taxi drivers who refused to carry guide dogs in their cars because they considered them unclean on religious grounds.

Conditioning for Dhimmitude.  Cartoongate ushered in a new standard of behavior that has had a chilling effect on free speech and expression when it comes to all things Muslim.  The aftermath of the Mohammed cartoons incident established Muslims as a uniquely protected group to be effectively shielded from all critique and ridicule.  Noteworthy is that this new Muslims-only standard mirrors the Islamic doctrine of shariah that confers superior legal and political status for Muslims in parallel with a subservient status — dhimmitude — for non-Muslims.  Today, the West all too easily and habitually gives up freedom of speech by avoiding even the merest shadow of negativity when it comes to Muslims and, thus, imposing on itself dhimmitude and enabling our sworn enemies.

Prison bans chapel crucifix to avoid offending Muslims.  A prison's new chapel will not contain a crucifix to avoid offending Muslim inmates, it emerged today.  Bosses at HMP Lewes have been told the traditional Christian symbol, featuring Jesus nailed to a cross, must not be used in the Grade-II listed Victorian jail's 'multi-faith space'.  The room — part of a £1million new block — has been split in two, with one half featuring heated foot baths so Muslim worshippers can wash their feet before prayer.

The Editor asks...
Is it a prison or a hotel?

Salvation Army's rattling collecting tins might offend other religions.  For 130 years they have been part of Christmas, filling the air in towns across the land with music and carols.  But one thing is missing from the repertoire of Salvation Army bands this year — the percussion of rattling tins.  Members have been forbidden to shake their charity tins — even if it's done in time to the music — in case it harasses or intimidates people. One said she had been told it might also offend other religions.

TV show leads to divorce.  A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral … [He] ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom….

Bahrain Charges US Teacher With Insulting Prophet.  An American teacher has been charged in Bahrain with insulting the Prophet Muhammad for displaying pictures of Islam's founder to university students, a spokesman for the tiny Gulf nation's general prosecutor said Friday.  The spokesman, Nawaf al-Maawdah, said the pictures showed the prophet in ragged clothing.  Most interpretations of Islam forbid any depiction of Muhammad because it is seen as encouraging idolatry — one of the biggest sins in the religion.

Broadcast angers Muslims.  Muslims and interfaith leaders in Metro Detroit are asking a local radio station owner to discontinue broadcasts in which, they say, a Coptic priest has repeatedly defamed the Prophet Muhammad over the past year.

Mickey Mouse must die, says Saudi Arabian cleric.  Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is "one of Satan's soldiers" and makes everything it touches impure.  But he warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney's Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable.

Mohammed teddy row sparked Islam murder plot.  Terror suspects tried to kill a British diplomat in revenge for a teacher letting kids name a teddy Mohammed, it was revealed yesterday.  The unnamed diplomat escaped unhurt when he disappeared into a crowd on the day the five men were to execute their plot in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.  Details of the would-be assassination came out during the trial of five men accused of killing a US diplomat in Sudan when police general Abdul Rahim Ahmed Abdullah said the five were Islamic fanatics seeking revenge for the teddy bear incident in Khartoum.

Sniffer dogs to wear 'Muslim' bootees.  Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.  Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives.  The guidelines, to be published this year, were designed to cover mosques but have been extended to include other buildings.

Muslims may not have to undergo sniffer dog checks in UK.  Muslim passengers may not be touched by sniffer dogs of the British Transport Police after complaints that the practice is against Islam.  According to the religion, dogs are deemed to be spiritually "unclean".

Cabbies fired over guide dogs.  Some Muslim taxi drivers are refusing to carry blind and disabled passengers with guide dogs — because their religion tells them the animals are "unclean".  Brisbane's Yellow Cab Company has been forced to sack drivers over their conduct towards passengers with assistance dogs.

Muslim cabbies lose round in court.  Muslim cab drivers whose religious beliefs go against driving passengers who carry alcohol have lost another round in court.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday [9/9/2008] against the cab drivers' attempt to block penalties for refusing service.

Fear of giving offence is killing our culture.  A week ago The Sunday Times reported that some Muslim workers in Sainsbury's are refusing to check out purchases of alcohol on the debatable ground that it's against their religion.  Whenever the sinful stuff is presented by a customer at the till, the Muslim expects an infidel colleague to hurry over and sully his or her hands with the transaction instead.

Iranian official warns against importing Barbie doll.  A top Iranian judiciary official warned Monday against the "destructive" cultural and social consequences of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys.  Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi said in an official letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi that the Western toys was a "danger" that needed to be stopped.

The Editor says...
I will concede and stipulate that Barbie generally dresses like a whore.  But here's how the problem is handled in free societies:  If you don't like Barbie, leave her on the shelf at the toy store.

Burka Barbie.  Sharia Law prohibits any representation of the human form, and it is quite strict about depicting Allah's other creations among the animal kingdom as well.  Fish seem to be exempt from this prohibition, for reasons that I still do not completely understand.  In any case, Islam also assumes that portraying mythical creatures, from golden idols to Kewpie people, might tempt gullible believers away from the true path.

McDonald's apologizes after leaving pig out of toy collection.  Fast-food giant McDonald's on Friday apologized to Singaporeans and said it would bring a pig to its latest toy collection after the decision to leave the animal out stirred a controversy in the Chinese-dominated city-state. ... The fast-food chain left out the pig and replaced it with the love god cupid as Valentine's Day also falls in February, arguing that the company did not want to offend Muslims.

"Sharia Creep" Around the World.  In Australia, Muslim students (mostly Saudi citizens) asked Melbourne universities to adjust class times to fit in with their daily prayers. … Closer to home, Harvard University announced new women-only access times at the student gym, to "accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men." … News stories like these have multiplied exponentially during the past few years.  Hardly a day goes by without similar reports, such as Muslim nurses in the UK refusing to roll up their sleeves to scrub up before surgery, claiming that sharia modesty rules trump concerns about contamination.




Sherry Jones (eventually) finds a publisher with a backbone

You Still Can't Write About Muhammad.  Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad.  Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha's life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage.  When Random House bought her novel last year in a $100,000, two-book deal, she was ecstatic.

Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence.  Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed's child bride, fearing it could "incite acts of violence."  "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters on Thursday [8/7/2008].

Fearing Muslim backlash, Random House scraps novel.  Nearly three years ago, Iraq held historic parliamentary elections.  Millions of Iraqi voters shrugged off the threat of Al-Qaida suicide bombers and pro-Saddam reactionaries.  They headed to the polls in heavy number, proving their courage and commitment to democratic values.  Sadly, both qualities were absent in Random House's decision last May to cancel publication of "The Jewel of Medina," a novel by journalist Sherry Jones.

Book Based on Prophet Muhammad's Child Bride Yanked At 11th Hour.  A racy, historical novel based on the Prophet Muhammad's child bride A'isha was supposed to hit book stores in the U.S. Tuesday [8/19/2008].  But in a rare case of self-censorship to preempt possible violent reaction by Muslims, one of the world's largest publishing houses pulled the plug on the book just before its release date.

Serbian publisher withdraws Jones book after protests by Muslims.  'We did not wish to provoke anyone and we apologize,' the publisher, Beobook, said in a statement.  The book describes the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's relationship with his favourite wife, Aisha.

Random Error:  Alas, the spirit of liberty needs reinforcement at one distinguished American book publisher.  Random House has canceled publication of "The Jewel of Medina," American writer Sherry Jones's romance novel about the prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha.  The publisher says it feared a repeat of the death threats from Iran that greeted Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" — or riots such as those that broke out in the Muslim world after a Danish publication printed cartoons of Muhammad.

The latest:
Controversial book about Mohammed and child bride to be published.  A controversial novel about the prophet Mohammed and his child bride that was pulled by Random House over concerns that it would anger Muslims is to be printed by another publisher.  Gibson Square, known for having sold other controversial books, such as Alexander Litvinenko's "Blowing Up Russia", said it was "imperative" that "The Jewel of Medina" by American author Sherry Jones be available to the public.

Mohammad wife novel released early.  A controversial novel about the Prophet Mohammad's child bride has been rushed to US stores, nine days ahead of schedule, after the office of the book's British publisher was attacked.  Beaufort Books picked up The Jewel of Medina by journalist Sherry Jones after it was dropped by Random House in May because of concerns it could incite violence.



How the West was lost for free speech:  Twenty years ago today, Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses.  Four years in the making and supported by a then almost unheard of advance of $850,000 from his publisher, Penguin, Rushdie had hoped the work would cement his reputation as the most important British novelist of his generation.  The book certainly set the world alight, though not quite in the way it was meant to.

Muslim gang firebombs publisher of Allah novel, Martin Rynja.  Scotland Yard's counter-terrorist command yesterday foiled an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to kill the publisher of a forthcoming novel featuring sexual encounters between the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride.  Early yesterday [9/27/2008] armed undercover officers arrested three men after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the north London home of the book's publisher.

Chirpiness that'll be the death of us:  My correspondent's unceasingly cheeping bird was Islam.  He was fed up waking every morning and reading of the latest offence taken by the more excitable Muhammadans.  If memory serves, this exhaustion was prompted by a Muslim protest outside Westminster Cathedral demanding the execution of the Pope.  It was organized by a fellow called Anjem Choudhary, who argued that "whoever insults the message of Muhammad is going to be subject to capital punishment."  But then again it might have been some other provocation entirely — say, the chocolate swirl on the top of a Burger King dessert carton that an aggrieved customer complained bore too close a resemblance to the Arabic script for "Allah".

Muslim threats force out disabled teacher with dog.  A Muslim high school student's intolerance for a service dog needed by a student teacher with a disability has reportedly prompted the student teacher to abandon the last 10 hours of his scheduled assignment at Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minn.

Dunkin' pulls Ray ad over headscarf.  Dunkin' Donuts, based in Canton, Mass., has pulled an advertisement after a scarf worn by pitch woman Rachael Ray was compared to a Muslim headscarf. … Dunkin' Donuts said the resemblance between Ray's scarf and a keffiyeh was unintentional.

Rachael Ray, Dunkin' Donuts and the Keffiyeh Kerfuffle.  The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.  Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant (and not so ignorant) fashion designers, celebrities and left-wing icons.

Muslim women:  Dress code violates faith.  Mission Foods, a New Brighton tortilla maker, is accused of religious intolerance for requiring six Muslim workers to wear uniforms that include pants they say are too revealing.

Coach loses job amid Muslim-Christian concerns.  A high school principal in Dearborn, Mich., has dismissed a longtime wrestling coach after complaints from Muslim parents that the coach's former assistant — an evangelical Christian pastor — was trying to convert Muslim students into Christians. … Imad Fadlallah, head of Fordson High School, decided this month not to renew the contract of Marszalek, who has coached wrestling at Fordson for 35 years.

School Apologizes to Muslim Student Over Graduation Held in Church.  A Muslim student who sued because his public high school graduation ceremony was held in a Baptist church has received an apology from Newark's school district and assurances that it will not hold future events in houses of worship.

When free speech offends Muslims.  Canada's Human Rights Commissions (HRC) are government agencies, not courts.  They were set up, starting in the 1960s, to fight job and housing discrimination — offensive acts, not words.  Borne of good intention, some argue they have paved a path to politically correct hell.  Those behind the creation of the commissions maintain they were never meant to impede free speech — a right guaranteed under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms — and that "thought crime" cases represent a fraction of the commissions' work.

Ontario Human Rights Commission is out of control.  But recent changes, and the way they are being implemented by Commissioner Barbara Hall, are pitting human rights protection against our fundamental rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Hall, a former Toronto mayor, appears to have gone completely over the top in her comments on an article by journalist Mark Steyn, "The future belongs to Islam," that appeared in Maclean's magazine.

Idiot's Guide to Completely Idiotic Canadian 'Human Rights' Tribunals:  'Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don't give it any value."  — Canadian "Human Rights" Investigator Dean Steacy, responding to the question "What value do you give freedom of speech when you investigate?"  This is the way free speech ends, not with a bang but as the result of an administrative hearing in a windowless basement in Vancouver, Canada.  At least that's where a "Human Rights Tribunal" is taking place this week that will further solidify the Canadian legal position that the right not to be offended by something you read is more sacred than the freedom of the press.





Geert Wilders and Fitna

Geert Wilders' Courageous JourneyMarked for Death: Islam's War against the West and Me recounts how an individual Dutchman became aware of an aggressive and authoritarian agenda in Islam as a faith-based political ideology.  Through personal travels to the Middle East and the example of Muslim migrants who sought not to assimilate to Holland's world-renowned tolerant culture, but rather despised and sought to dominate it, Wilders recognized the incompatibility of Islam's canonical core with a free Western civilization.

YouTube Warned to Remove Koran Film.  The government of the world's most populous Islamic state says YouTube has two days to take down a Dutch lawmaker's provocative film on the Koran or it will block access to the popular video-sharing Web site.  The warning by Indonesia came as the U.N.'s primary human rights watchdog ended a month-long session amid allegations by Western member-states and non-governmental organizations that Islamic nations are working to curtail free speech.

Blasphemers, Unite!  Fitna isn't the only recent movie hard-line Islamists hope to squelch beyond their own borders.  The other is Persepolis, an animated film based on Iranian author Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel of the same name about repression under both the Shah Reza Pahlavi and the Ayatollah Khomeini.  General Wafik Jizzini at Lebanon's Ministry of the Interior banned it because, he said, Shia officials (read: Hezbollah) said it was offensive to Islam and — you guessed it — Iran.

The Left and Fitna:  I think Fitna is done very cleverly.  It lays the full blame of Islamic atrocities to the fount of Islam, the Koran.  Anyone viewing this short movie will have no doubt that the Islamist terrorism is the result of the Koran in action.  Geert Wilders has demonstrated very precisely what has plagued the world for many years and why the Jihadists are doing what they are doing.

The cost of criticizing jihadists.  Geert Wilders — a film producer and also a member of parliament in the Netherlands — is facing a prison term there for "insulting" Muslims.  His short film "Fitna" in 2008 juxtaposed verses from the Koran with scenes of violence committed by jihadist terrorists.  The Dutch appellate court refused a free-speech defense because the insults were so egregious.  If convicted, Wilders faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison.  Said the defendant:  "I lost my freedom already four and a half years ago in October 2004, when my 24-hour police protection started because of threats by Muslims in Holland and abroad to kill me."

The International War on Free Speech.  Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and a documentary film producer; not exactly the person one would expect to find on the front line in the battle against both radical Islam and the Islamist assault on free speech.  Yet, that is where the 45 year-old founder of the Party for Freedom stands.

Caving in to Islamists.  Last Wednesday [1/21/2009], a Dutch court ordered the prosecution of far right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims in his film, Fitna.  The three-judge appeals panel said:  "The instigation of hatred in a democratic society constitutes such a serious matter (that it is necessary) to draw a clear boundary in the public debate."

Can the Koran be compared to 'Mein Kampf'?  Last week the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled that the attorney-general should bring a case against Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.  This leader of the right-wing Freedom Party has made a number of extreme remarks about Islam and Muslims, such as calling the Koran the "Islamic Mein Kampf" and referring to "fascist Islam."  The Amsterdam court contends that these and other such statements "affect the dignity of Muslims."  The attorney-general's office had previously concluded that these and similar remarks were not punishable.

Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe.  Britain has just witnessed the spectacle of a duly elected parliamentarian from another EU country, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, being denied entry to the country because he constituted "a threat to public policy." ... His crime is maintaining that Europe's civilization is rooted in the values of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and the Enlightenment -- and not in Mecca, Baghdad, Andalusia, and al-Kods.  He fights for Europe's independence from the Caliphate and for its endangered freedoms.  He had received serious death threats even before Fitna was released.

Free Speech is Dead in England.  Freedom of speech no longer exists in the nation that gave the world the Magna Carta.  It has been replaced by Islamist tyranny.  I wish I could put it less bluntly, but the facts are against me.  The British government — my government, unfortunately — has just sent a message to the world that no longer will it stand up for First Amendment-style principles.  From now on, if you don't like what someone has to say, our surrender-monkey government is quite happy to ban them from saying it.  Provided, of course, you happen to be a Muslim.

Banning Wilders:  As everyone knows by now, [Geert] Wilders made a short film called Fitna (Struggle), arguing in a powerful rhetorical way a causative connection between certain verses in the Koran and brutal acts of modern terrorism.  The film is uncompromising, to put it mildly; and whether or not Mr. Wilders' interpretation of the verses is correct, few could deny that at least some Moslems have taken it to be correct.

A broad front for free speech.  Geert Wilders ... has just been denied entrance to the United Kingdom on the grounds he is an "undesirable person."  What rendered him so is his documentary, "Fitna," that lifts lines from the Koran and cites them as the sacred justification for acts of Islamic terror.  Mr. Wilders is also being prosecuted for "hate speech" in the Netherlands on account of "Fitna."  Supposedly his documentary offended the religious sensibilities of Muslims, which is enough to get a work of intellectual expression banned in Europe.

Always be an England?  Who is Geert Wilders and why should we care what happens to him?  He's a member of the Dutch parliament and a vehement critic of Islam who really knows how to rouse the rabble.  A kind of George Wallace with intellectual and artistic gifts.  In short, an agitator par excellence.  Naturally his political party has grown in popularity as his countrymen react to the crimes committed in Islam's name, and to the general wave of Muslim immigrants throughout Europe.  But rather than trust to the marketplace of ideas to counter those Mr. Wilders promotes — like a Europe without mosques — Dutch prosecutors have accused him of "hate speech," a relatively new and conveniently elastic category of the criminal code.  Shut up, they explain.

Kyl hosts anti-Islamic Dutchman.  Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is hosting a film screening at the Capitol for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism.  Mr. Kyl is sponsoring the Thursday event for Geert Wilders, who was denied entry to London earlier this month because British officials said he posed a threat to public order.  Mr. Wilders' 15-minute film juxtaposes verses from the Koran with images of violence by Muslims.  Mr. Wilders has called the Koran a "fascist book" and says it should be banned.

The Next Stage.  While Europe has a high degree of tolerance for intolerant imams, it won't tolerate anyone pointing out that intolerance.  It is not necessary for Minheer Wilders to be either jailed or forced into exile to conclude that the Netherlands, like many of its neighbors, has already conceded the key point — that Muslims now have the exclusive right to set the parameters of public debate on Islam.  And, given that they don't regard it as debatable at all, that means that the remorseless Islamization of Europe will continue and accelerate while the deWildered political establishment stands mute.

I Will Defend to the Death Their Right to Silence You.  According to Shariah law, it is a crime to engage in speech or writings that 'defame' Islam or otherwise offend its followers.  It is a crime, not only in Muslim states, but in Western democracies, and may soon be coming to a city near you unless we stand up to the worldwide attacks against free speech.  It appears that some brave souls, including a U.S. Senator, are pushing back against the global effort to stifle our freedom of expression.

Holland's Geert Wilders Fights For Free Speech.  Geert Wilders landed at London's Heathrow Airport last February 12.  He was removed from a British Midlands jet from Amsterdam that afternoon, his arms gripped by two border agents.  Wilders was whisked to a holding area, confined for three hours, and denied access to a British legislator waiting to welcome him.  That evening, officials placed Wilders on a Holland-bound jet and booted him from Britain.  So, is Wilders a Guantanamo alumnus?  A fugitive financier?  An Ebola-virus carrier?  Hardly.

A Dutch Hero Comes to Warn Us, Seek Our Support.  "I have come to warn you of a great threat.  Free speech is no longer a given, we must now battle for our birthright.  We are looking at the end of democracy, the slavery of women, the death of gays.  While there might be moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as moderate Islam.  Islam is not a religion, it is a political and totalitarian ideology."  Some would say that these are fighting words.  Indeed, Dutch parliamentarian, Geert Wilders, is fighting for Western liberty and Western values, as rooted in the legacies of "Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem."

Geert Wilders, a controversial leader for an intolerant time.  In a small room in Washington's National Press Club, a tall man with bright blond hair stands flanked by grim-faced security guards.  He is here to screen a short documentary movie — a movie that has caused him to be charged with three counts of hate speech in his native Netherlands and to be forbidden entry into the United Kingdom only two weeks ago.

Wilders' Defense of Free Speech.  Beaumarchais' Marriage of Figaro, written at the close of the 18th century, included [a] freedom of speech monologue in Act V, Scene 3. ... Sadly, today, over two centuries later, Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders' free speech rights are under attack in an effort to appease the same irredentist Muslim attitudes?attitudes which are devoid of self-criticism, and violently opposed to any criticism of Islam by non-Muslim "infidels."

Geert Wilders leads Dutch polls.  Britain's controversial ban on the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has pushed his Freedom Party into the lead for the first time, according to Dutch opinion polls.  Mr Wilders has benefited from the publicity provided by Dutch and international headlines that followed a decision last month to ban him from showing his anti-Muslim film, Fitna, in the House of Lords.

Islam Needs to Prove It's a Religion of Peace.  The film "Fitna" by Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders has created an uproar around the world as it linked violence committed by Islamists to Islam.  Many commentators and politicians — including the British government, which denied him entry to the country last month — reflexively accused Mr. Wilders of inciting hatred.  The question, however, is whether the blame is with Mr. Wilders, who simply exposed Islamic radicalism, or with those who promote and engage in this religious extremism.

Free Speech vs. Islam in Europe.  Free speech is no longer a given in Europe.  What we once considered a natural element of our existence, our birth right, is now something we once again have to battle for.  To exercise free speech has become a dangerous activity.

On Trial for Telling the Truth:  Free Speech vs Political Correctness.  As we all know, the bravest man in Europe is on trial for telling the truth.  This matter is obscene, and, according to Bruce Bawer, "surreal," in part because Holland prides itself on its tolerance and commitment to free speech.

The Crooked Judges of Amsterdam:  Geert Wilders's "hate speech" trial in the Netherlands began just a few weeks ago, but the outcome already seems determined.  As Robert Spencer discusses in our lead story today, the Amsterdam District Court has refused to allow Wilders to call fifteen of the eighteen witnesses he had hoped to bring forward in his defense.

The Railroading of Geert Wilders:  The Stalinist-show-trial aspect of the Geert Wilders "hate speech" trial in the Netherlands was thrown into sharp relief last week when the Amsterdam District Court refused to allow Wilders to call fifteen of the eighteen witnesses he had hoped to bring forward in his defense.  Wilders in response was characteristically direct:  "This Court is not interested in the truth.  This Court doesn't want me to have a fair trial.  I can't have any respect for this.  This Court would not be out of place in a dictatorship."

Who Is Behind the Persecution of Geert Wilders?  Freedom of speech in the West is threatened by the trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders.  But both within and beyond the Netherlands, few people have noticed the political origins of the most enthusiastic supporters of this political witch hunt.

The absurd trial of Geert Wilders:  At a certain level, the trial of Geert Wilders for the crime of "group insult" of Islam is déjà vu all over again.  For as the spokesperson for the Openbaar Ministerie put it, "It is irrelevant whether Wilders's witnesses might prove Wilders's observations to be correct.  What's relevant is that his observations are illegal."

More Than a Hero.  I said it at the Geert Wilders event at CPAC 2009, and it is still an accurate observation:  we live in such a cheap and tawdry age that all one needs to do to be a hero is tell the truth — and yet there are so few heroes.

Wilders' Best Witness.  As the trial of Geert Wilders for insulting Islam moves forward in the Netherlands, the one witness that could clear him of these charges will not be called.  Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a highly respected and well-known expert on Islamic law who served for 20 years as a Sharia judge on Pakistan's Supreme Court.  He is quite possibly the world's most influential Islamist thinker and writer outside of the Middle East. ... Usmani's interpretation of Islamic doctrine as it concerns non-believers is the same as Wilders'.

Geert Wilders on course to be next Dutch prime minister.  Municipal results announced on Thursday [3/4/2010] put his party in first place in Almere, a region near Amsterdam and second in The Hague, one the country's largest cities and the seat of the Dutch government.  If repeated in national elections on June 9, the Freedom Party could win 27 out of 150 seats, becoming the largest single party and putting him in line to become prime minister and form a new government.

Geert Wilders:  'The Left is facilitating Islamization'.  [Scroll down]  Ladies and gentlemen, I don't have a problem and my party does not have a problem with Muslims as such.  There are many moderate Muslims.  The majority of Muslims are law-abiding citizens and want to live a peaceful life as you and I do.  I know that.  That is why I always make a clear distinction between the people, the Muslims, and the ideology, between Islam and Muslims.  There are many moderate Muslims, but there is no such thing as a moderate Islam.

Fox News Rebukes Wilders and Anti-Islamization.  When Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol, each from their respective Fox News perches, branded Dutch political phenom Geert Wilders as beyond the political pale, it was shocking and outrageous for several reasons.  One:  I've grown used to Fox News and all other media ignoring not just the Wilders story but also the cultural story of the century, the Islamization of Europe.  Something Wilders, a great admirer of Ronald Reagan and a committed supporter of Israel, is dedicated to halting and reversing.

The Anti-Fascist.  At a time when President Obama insists that the most pressing threat facing America is the growing cost of health care, a recent speech in Britain's House of Lords by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is a salutary reminder of what is really endangering us all:  The rising tide of Islamic supremacism codified by authoritative Islam in the brutally repressive law of Shariah — the law of Saudi Arabia and Iran among other Islamic states.

Geert Wilders trial suspended after he attacks judge.  Mr Wilders faces five charges of inciting racial hatred between Oct 2006 and Mar 2008.  If found guilty, Mr Wilders faces over a year in prison or a £6,600 fine.  Speaking at his trial yesterday, Mr Wilders said:  "I am sitting here as a suspect because I have spoken nothing but the truth.  I have said what I have said and I will not take one word back."  Throwing down an open challenge to the court, Mr Wilders, 47, attacked the three judges sitting in the Amsterdam court for prosecuting him for "stating my opinion in the context of public debate".  "I can assure you, I will continue proclaiming it," he said.

Dutch Courage, Liberal Cowardice.  As a parable on the cluelessness of the liberal commentariat about the threat of Islamic extremism, Slate magazine's feature "explaining" why the Netherlands is supposedly more "anti-Islam" than other nations is hard to top.  The idea that Holland is uniquely given to "Muslim bashing," as Slate's headline writers put it, is itself highly suspect.  Even the most of prominent of the Dutch Muslim "bashers," Dutch politician and provocateur Geert Wilders, who went on trial this week for the ludicrous charge of insulting Islam and inciting discrimination against Muslims, has taken pains to differentiate between Islam as a militant ideology and its many peaceful Muslim followers.

Wilders's Anti — Islam Film Screened In Dutch Court.  The hate trial of Dutch anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders, who will have a powerful shadow role in the Dutch government, resumed on Wednesday [10/6/2010] with a showing of his controversial film that criticises the Koran.

Why Americans Need to Support Geert.  [Geert] Wilders is far from a household name, but many know him as the man who equates the Holy Qu'ran to Hitler's Mein Kampf and says that it too should be banned in his country; who emphasized this point by producing a seventeen-minute film called Fitna, which paired images of violent jihad with direct quotes from the Qu'ran; and, most recently, who gave a speech in New York City on September 11 against the planned Cordoba House Islamic center at Ground Zero.

Dutch MP not guilty on religious hatred charge: prosecution.  Dutch prosecutors sought the acquittal Friday [10/15/2010] of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders on a charge of inciting hatred against Muslims, saying it was not a crime to criticise religion.  "Criticism (of religion) is allowed as long as it does not lead to incitement of hatred against people," prosecutor Birgit van Roessel told the Amsterdam district court.

Wilders not guilty on all counts.  The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon [10/15/2010] stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims.  Earlier on Friday it announced he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred.

Geert Wilders and the Rise of Islamic Correctness.  Islamic correctness, which criminalizes any criticism of Islam, is a rising force in the world, and not merely in Muslim-majority countries.  Even in traditionally tolerant Holland, a combination of misguided liberal multiculturalism and a fear of violence from immigrants has led to a sometimes farcical prosecution.  This past Friday (10/15/10), Dutch prosecutors asked the presiding judges to acquit Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders on all charges of inciting hate and discrimination arising from his comments on Islam.

Judges in Geert Wilders' Free Speech Case Removed from Trial.  An expert witness claimed the higher court judge who ordered the prosecution of Wilders discussed the case with him at a dinner party.  The dismissed judges would not allow the expert witness to testify on this.

The Lost Cause Against Wilders.  When even the prosecution calls for a defendant's acquittal and the trial judges have been disqualified for the appearance of bias, maybe it's time to drop the charges.  Rather than a retrial, a dismissal would be the best outcome in the case of Geert Wilders, the Dutch lawmaker accused of insulting and inciting hatred against Muslims.

Geert Wilders to face trial.  Geert Wilders, the far-Right Dutch MP will face trial on charges of incited hatred and discriminations against Muslims, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the case.

The Freeing Of Geert Wilders.  The acquittal, on hate-speech charges, of the Dutch politician who spoke the truth about Islamofascism is a victory for freedom and free speech.

Geert Wilders Verdict: Not Guilty All Counts!  The judges have delivered their verdict in the heresy trial of Dutch freedom politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred against Muslims.  Not guilty of all charges of inciting hatred against Muslims.  When do the Islamic supremacists go on trial for inciting hatred against non-Muslims?

Wilders: Resisting threat of fanatical Islam.  As I write these lines, there are police bodyguards at the door.  No visitor can enter my office without passing through several security checks and metal detectors.  I have been marked for death.  I am forced to live in a heavily protected safe house.  Every morning, I am driven to my office in the Dutch Parliament building in an armored car with sirens and flashing blue lights.  When I go out, I am surrounded, as I have been for the past seven years, by plainclothes police officers.  When I speak in public, I wear a bulletproof jacket.  Who am I?  I am neither a king nor a president, nor even a government minister; I am just a simple politician in the Netherlands.  But because I speak out against expanding Islamic influence in Europe, I have been marked for death.  If you criticize Islam, this is the risk you run.

The Spirit of Geert Wilders.  It is not easy to be Geert Wilders.  He has spent almost a decade in a strange, claustrophobic, transient, and tenuous existence little different from kidnap victims or, in his words, a political prisoner.  He is under round-the-clock guard because of explicit threats to murder him by Muslim extremists.  Yet he's the one who gets put on trial for incitement.



Frank Talk About Islamic Law?  Blasphemy!  This month, American-liberated Halabja made headlines as the site of the court that sentenced a Kurdish author in absentia to six months in prison for blasphemy:  namely, for writing in a book that Mohammed had 19 wives, married a 9-year-old when he was 54, and took part in murder and rape.  (These points, Robert Spencer notes at jihadwatch.com, "can be readily established from early texts written by pious Muslims.")  The author, Mariwan Halabjaee, who has asylum in Norway, says there's also a fatwa calling for his death unless he asks forgiveness.

Islamist terrorists rebranded as 'criminals'.  Islamist terrorists have been rebranded as "criminals" in a new guidebook for ministers and civil servants to help them talk about terrorism without offending Muslims.  The book has been issued to all government departments and says that people should no longer refer to Islamist extremism or jihadi fundamentalism.  Instead, they should refer to violent extremism and criminal murderers or thugs to avoid any implication that there is an explicit link between Islam and terrorism.

Muslim medical students get picky.  Some Muslim medical students are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.  Some trainee doctors say learning to treat the diseases conflicts with their faith, which states that Muslims should not drink alcohol and rejects sexual promiscuity.  A small number of Muslim medical students have even refused to treat patients of the opposite sex.

CAIR Views Conservative Commentary as 'Incitement'.  An Islamic advocacy group is urging its supporters to call a Washington, D.C., radio station to "express your concerns about the Islamophobic attitudes" expressed by conservative columnist and author Cal Thomas.  In a commentary on news-talk WTOP radio Monday morning, Thomas discussed the car-bomb terror attacks recently thwarted in the United Kingdom.  The eight Muslims arrested in connection with the plot include several physicians.

LAPD plan draws ire from Muslims.  A counterterrorism project in Los Angeles that would collect information about Muslim neighborhoods is drawing outrage from Islamic groups and civil libertarians who say it unjustly singles out residents based on faith and could lead to unconstitutional police tactics.  The groups complain that the Los Angeles Police Department's "community mapping" project, which aims to prevent radicalization and homegrown terrorism, unfairly brings suspicion on Muslims.

Indonesian Muslims banned from practicing yoga.  Muslims in Indonesia are banned from practicing yoga that contains Hindu rituals like chanting, the country's top Islamic body said Monday, echoing concerns by some religious groups elsewhere about its effect on their faith.  Though not legally binding, most devout Muslims will likely adhere to the ruling because ignoring a fatwa, or religious decree, is considered a sin.

The yoga fatwa.  Recently I read that Indonesia's top Islamic body has banned yoga for the country's Muslims, claiming that the ancient Hindu practice could corrupt the purity of the faith.  Similar rulings were handed down in Malaysia and Egypt last year.  As strict religious edicts go, banning yoga isn't up there with honor killings or acid attacks.  But it sure is another reason to love America.



Gillian Gibbons and the teddy bear named Mohammed:

British Teacher Faces 40 Lashes for Naming Class Teddy Bear 'Muhammad'.  A British primary school teacher arrested in Sudan faces up to 40 lashes for blasphemy after letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad.  Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was arrested at at Khartoum's Unity High School yesterday [11/25/2007], and accused of insulting the Prophet of Islam.

Update:
Teddy bear teacher found guilty.  A British teacher was found guilty Thursday [11/29/2007] of inciting religious hatred for allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear Muhammad.  Gillian Gibbons, 54, could have been sentenced to 40 lashes or six months in jail.  But the Sudanese court instead ordered her to serve 15 days behind bars.

Teacher Hidden As Sudan Mob Urges Death.  Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and swords and beating drums, burned pictures of a British teacher Friday and demanded her execution for insulting Islam by letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Thousands in Sudan Call for British Teddy Bear Teacher's Execution.  Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday [11/30/2007] in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

Teddy Bear Case Exposes Failure of American Feminist Leaders.  During the past 14 years at least, … we've all been exposed to the literal madness of Islamic fundamentalism.  We've seen the curtain pulled back on how craven American leftists can be as well.  Yes, it took a teddy bear to highlight more clearly than ever the psychosis of the enemy, and the failure of the feminist establishment.  There has been appropriate international outrage over the treatment of [Gillian] Gibbons, from virtually everyone except American "feminists."

Of Teddy Bears and Cartoons:  [Scroll down] The teacher, Gillian Gibbons, has been pardoned by Sudan's president (after initially being sentenced to 15 days in prison) and sent home to England.  Yet that happy ending doesn't erase the reaction in the streets of Khartoum.  The tired story behind irrational anger in much of the Muslim world remains the same.  Watch out if Westerners somewhere are judged blasphemous to Islam when they draw a cartoon, write a novel, make a movie or discuss history.

Dutch cartoonist arrested on suspicion of violating hate speech laws.  A Dutch political cartoonist was arrested this week on suspicion of insulting people because of their race or religion through his work, authorities said Friday [5/16/2008].  The cartoonist, who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating hate speech laws….

British Teacher Jailed for 'Muhammad' Teddy Bear Leaves Sudan.  A British teacher jailed for insulting Islam after she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad flew home Monday after Sudan's president pardoned her, a British embassy spokesman said.

The teddy-bear teacher and Labour's spineless response to a rogue state:  The case of Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed in Sudan after her pupils named their class teddy-bear Mohammed, has shown up once again the spinelessness of the Foreign Office which has turned Britain into an international laughing stock.

Sudanese teddy saga lays bare Islamic inferiority complex.  That the British teacher Gillian Gibbons required a presidential pardon to avoid 15 days' imprisonment in Sudan for blasphemy over the naming of a teddy bear surely represents the high watermark of absurdity in relations between the Muslim and Western worlds.  Even Samuel Huntington, as he theorised of an impending clash of civilisations late last century, could not have foreseen an odyssey so surreal.

A Lash of Civilizations:  Why Sudan Could Not Bear Gillian Gibbons.  When Gillian Gibbons set out to have her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear I am certain that she did not have in mind seeing the inside of a Sudanese prison.  Yet this is precisely what happened to Ms. Gibbons when her class named the bear Muhammad and then wrote a journal about him.  When the children told their parents about the assignment they were aghast and reported Ms. Gibbons to the authorities.  Never mind that those same parents saw fit to name their sons Muhammad.

Why Does Islam Fall Prey to Radicalism?  Apparently not satisfied with last year's worldwide riots over the infamous Muhammad cartoons and the multiple videos of Islamist beheadings — not to mention the genocide of non-Muslims that is still being perpetrated in the Darfur area of Sudan — the radical portions of the Muslim word are at it once again.  As these types of extraordinarily brutal, sadistic and bizarre behaviors do not occur within the Jewish or Christian communities of the world, I believe that I must ask:  what is it about Islam that encourages such a radical interpretation of its teachings?

First, they came for Piglet.  Just for the record, it's true that Muslims, like Jews, are not partial to bacon and sausages.  But the Quran has nothing to say about cartoon pigs.  Likewise, it is silent on the matter of whether one can name a teddy bear after Muhammad.  What all these stories have in common is the excessive deference to Islam.  If "The Three Little Pigs" are verboten when Muslims do not yet comprise 10 percent of the British population, what else will be on the blacklist by the time they're, say, 20 percent?

Outlawing the Pig:  The practice of political correctness may soon be tallying another casualty: the pig.  Increasingly, as America and the rest of the Western world continue accommodating Muslim religious demands, pork food products are being singled out for removal from dining tables and pig-related trinkets banished from the desks of office workers.



The appeasement continues ...
Hospital Defends Plans to Turn Patients' Beds to Face Mecca.  A hospital in northern England is playing down media reports saying that nurses have been ordered to stop normal duties five times a day to turn Muslim patients' beds so that they face Mecca.

FBI's release of ferry passenger photos resented.  The FBI's release of photographs of two men of unknown origin, who the agency says were observed acting suspiciously aboard as many as six different Washington ferry routes in recent weeks, is creating new worries in the community.  Muslim- and Arab-American leaders are upset that the FBI didn't consult them — as it has done in other instances — before releasing the photos on the Internet and to news organizations.

Debate Swirls Around 2 Men on a Ferry.  Earlier this summer a concerned crew member of a Washington State ferry boat snapped pictures of two men who had raised suspicions on several ferry rides by asking questions about structural details and entering areas of the boats that are off limits.  Now, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation released two photographs of the men to the public with the goal of identifying them, a debate has erupted over alleged racial profiling….

Violence fear over Islam film.  The Dutch government is bracing itself for violent protests following the scheduled broadcast this week of a provocative anti-Muslim film by a radical right-wing politician who has threatened to broadcast images of the Koran being torn up and otherwise desecrated.

[Newspapers occasionally point out a "right-wing" politician, but somehow they never see a "left-wing" politician.]

Anger Rises Over Rumors Of School Nixing Halloween.  Parents in Oak Lawn sounded off Tuesday night [10/2/2007] about what they see as an assault on traditional American celebrations.  At issue is whether Halloween and Christmas celebrations are insensitive to school children who are Muslim.

Christians Under Attack by Government School Bureaucrats.  Oak Lawn, Illinois, school kids are going to have to do without Halloween, Christmas and Easter activities thanks to the sensitive bureaucrats who fear offending Muslims.  The schools' administrators claim they've received a number complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students. … Observers say they expect that this latest announcement is going to increase the tension that has been building since school officials agreed at the start of the school year to adjust the students' lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate the Muslim students.

Bringing home the bacon-controversy explanation.  If there is no directive against touching pork, then why in the world is a Muslim cashier refusing to scan a package of bacon? … Handle the package of bacon by the shrink-wrapped, double-sealed, triple-glazed hermetically encapsulated cardboard corner and slide it across the scanner.  There.  The price gets registered, and you haven't touched any pork. … This is America.  We get inventive.  And we get inventive in order to keep things moving along.  That's the way we do business.  Please join us.

Twin Cities / Target transfers Muslim cashiers.  Muslim cashiers at some local Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions where they don't need to, the discount retailer said Saturday [3/17/2007].

Muslims draft complaint against Swift meatpacking plant.  Tension came to a head at a Grand Island meatpacking plant in June, when Jama Mohamed said his desire for 10 minutes to pray at sunset was met with shouting.  After he left the production line and began praying, Mohamed said, supervisors took his prayer mat, pulled him up by his collar and sent him crying to a lead supervisor, who fired him.

Muslims get the Last Laugh at Swift Plant.  This appears to be what is the final follow up on the story of the Muslims at Swift Plant who demanded extra break times to pray for the month of Ramadan.  After a back and forth struggle which saw about 100 Muslims being fired, Swift will be paying the Muslims hundreds of thousands of dollars.  They were even fined for having Muslims sign a contract saying that they would be willing to handle pork, which is considered haraam in Islam or forbidden.  So now we see that employers cannot even defend themselves in advance by asking Muslims if they will handle pork.

Flying Imams Revisited:  [Minneapolis Airport's] Muslim cabbies refused to transport any passenger fares who had packed sealed alcoholic products in their luggage.  Other Muslim taxi drivers at the airport also refused to transport passengers with dogs—including guide dogs.  Muslims consider not only pork to be unclean, but dogs also.

Cabs refusing blind passengers.  Taxi drivers are regularly refusing to carry blind passengers with guide dogs — including Australia's Human Rights Commissioner. … He has been told on a number of occasions that it would be against a driver's religion to allow a dog in the cab.

Lamest excuse ever:
Stereotyping is leading to terror, says first Muslim Miss England.  The first Muslim to be crowned Miss England has warned that stereotyping members of her community is leading some towards extremism.

Moderate Terrorists:  "The first Muslim to be crowned Miss England has warned that stereotyping members of her community is leading some towards extremism," reports London's Daily Mail … So let's see if we follow this argument.  According to [Miss England, Hammasa] Kohistani, Muslims are so thin-skinned and so violent that they respond to prejudice with terrorism.  Um, isn't that an invidious stereotype?

Second lamest excuse ever:
Mohammed cartoons 'sparked bomb plot'.  The publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed was the trigger for a failed attempt to bomb passenger trains in Germany, police have concluded.

The Ham Sandwich Hate Crime?  When is a failure to respect the deep religious beliefs of a group regarded as a hate crime?  In the state of Maine, we have an answer, one that ought to provoke outrage.  In today's America, some groups are more equal than others, and media and local authorities seem unified in accepting this as fair, just, and normal.

Muslim prisoners sue for millions after they were offered ham sandwiches for Ramadan.  Scores of Muslim inmates at a high security prison are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation after they were offered ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan.  They say their human rights were breached when they were given a special nightly menu — drawn up to recognise their specific dietary requirements — by officers at HMP Leeds last month.

Outrage as Australian Leaders Tell Muslims to Fit In.  Australian Muslim representatives are voicing outrage at comments by the country's two top politicians, who urged immigrants from Islamic societies to fit in, learn English, treat women with respect, and shun extremism.  An Islamic leader warned that the remarks could antagonize Muslims….

Dress "offensive" to Islam.  Twenty-three-year-old journalist Latika Bourke was verbally attacked by a group of Muslim men outside a Sydney mosque because of her dress.  "This young man approached me and said:  'You should be wearing more clothes.  You need to cover up, you mutt'," Ms Bourke, who works for 2UE Radio, recounted.

["Mutt?"  That's a new one.]

Iraq's Beauty Queen Resigns After Four Days.  Iraq's newly crowned beauty queen, Tamar Goregian, has decided to step down — just four days after her election, making this the shortest reign in the pageant's 60-year history.  On April 9, [she] announced her resignation after receiving threats by a group of religious extremists who referred to her as "the queen of infidels" for participating in the contest.

Islam's Ugly Assault on Beauty:  The collapse of the Miss World pageant in Nigeria is an important case study in the menace posed by Islamic fundamentalism -- and the craven appeasement of Islam by the West.

Muslim world inflamed by Rushdie knighthood.  Sir Salman Rushdie celebrates his 60th birthday today in familiar circumstances:  he is once again the subject of death threats across the Islamic world.  Eighteen years after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill him, a government minister in Pakistan said yesterday that Rushdie's recent knighthood justified suicide bombing.

Give them an inch and they will demand a mile.
Imposing Islamic law:  Maybe I should start by explaining it was the old school tie that came to mind first in the form of a new publication on British education:  namely, a 72-page manifesto (sorry, "guidance") from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) on how British state schools might better accommodate children from the Muslim community, which, according to the 2001 census, makes up 2.7 percent of the British population.  Did I say "better" accommodate their Muslim pupils?  I mean, much, much better accommodate them.

Elementary School Scraps Nature Course As Pigs Enrage Muslim Pupils.  Alderman Lodewijk Asscher … told newspaper De Volkskrant:  "A primary school in Amsterdam-Noord has decided no longer to teach about living on a farm.  Various pupils began to demolish the classroom when the pig came up for discussion."

Will Saudis Ban the Letter 'X'?  The letter "X" soon may be banned in Saudi Arabia because it resembles the mother of all banned religious symbols in the oil kingdom:  the cross.  The new development came with the issuing of another mind-bending fatwa, or religious edict, by the infamous Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

Don't stare at Muslims says advice to schools.  Pupils and teachers have been told by an official body not to stare at Muslims for fear of causing offence.  A document intended to educate against religious intolerance and sectarianism urges teachers to "make pupils aware of the various forms of Islamophobia, ie stares, verbal abuse, physical abuse".

Muslim pupils kill teacher.  Muslim pupils at a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria beat a teacher to death today after accusing her of desecrating the Koran.  Oluwatoyin Olusase, a Christian, was adjudicating an Islamic Religious Knowledge exam at the school in Gombe state when the incident occurred.

Stewardess 'banned from taking bible on plane'.  An air stewardess is claiming religious discrimination against an airline which she says banned her from taking the Bible to Saudi Arabia.  The stewardess has been told by BMI that it is against the law of the insular Middle Eastern country to bring in religious books other than the Koran.

Saudi Police Ban Sale Of Cats And Dogs.  Saudi Arabia's religious police, normally tasked with chiding women to cover themselves and ensuring that men attend mosque prayers, are turning to a new target:  cats and dogs.  The police have issued a decree banning the sale of the pets, which are seen as a sign of Western influence.

Has the UK Taken Political Correctness Too Far?  Exiting Paddington Station and walking along Edgware Road is like a trip to Baghdad.  Middle Eastern men linger outside small cafes playing checkers and smoking fragrant tobacco from large hookahs.  A quick move south into Hyde Park reveals numerous Muslim men and their families.  On Sundays the preachers of hate rant at Speaker's Corner.  Approximately 15,000 radical Islamic fanatics are imbedded within this influx of residents and visitors to London.

Two Somalis Killed for Watching World Cup.  Hard-line Muslim fighters, who have banned watching television, opened fire after a crowd of teenagers defied their orders to leave a hall where a businessman was showing Tuesday's Germany-Italy match on satellite television, according to Shabelle Radio, an independent local station.  It said the businessman and a teenage girl were killed.  Hard-line Muslim fighters, who wrested control of the Somali capital from warlords in June, have forbidden people from watching television or movies in line with their strict interpretation of Islam.

Flight 93 mosque
The Flight 93 Memorial is a Mosque, Celebrating the Crash.  The original Crescent of Embrace design for the Flight 93 memorial (left) was laid out in the configuration of an Islamic crescent and star flag (right).  The crash site sits between the tips of the giant crescent, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag.

Crescent of Betrayal:  A book by Alec Rawls, about the terrorist memorial mosque now being built in Pennsylvania.

Lawmaker Blasted as 'Islamophobic' for Criticizing Memorial Design.  An Islamic advocacy group is blasting a U.S. lawmaker for his "Islamophic" comments on the design of a memorial to the 40 people who died when Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania farm field on Sept. 11, 2001.

 Editor's Note:   Where do the Islamic "advocacy groups" find the unmitigated audacity to suggest that they are the victims of an attack perpetrated entirely by Islamic terrorists?

Myth of the Muslim Hate Crime Epidemic:  Do you believe that a "post-September 11 backlash" has resulted in a nationwide wave of violence and bigotry against Muslims in America?  The hype artists and book-cookers at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) want you to think so.

Muslims offended by 5th Avenue Apple store.  5th Avenue Apple Store and Ka'baA Middle East research organization reports that Apple's flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan is offensive to Muslims. … The report by The Middle East Media Research Institute, a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C., states that some Islamic Web sites take exception to Apple's cube-shaped building design and that it "constitutes a blatant insult to Islam."  The reason?  Because the building resembles the Ka'ba in Mecca….

In England:
Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims.  Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.  It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.  There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades — where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem — because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

Italian author to be tried for defaming Islam.  Muslim activist Adel Smith filed a lawsuit against [journalist Oriana] Fallaci, charging that some passages in her book, "The Strength of Reason," were offensive to Islam.

PC Primary School Puppies.  The latest example of just how strong the political correctness movement is in Great Britain has surfaced in Huddlesfield.  Primary (elementary) school aged children were scheduled to perform "Three Little Pigs" at the Kirklees Primary Musical Festival in June , but because the organizers feared offending Muslims they changed the play to the "Three Little Puppies".

School Changes Name of Play to 'Three Little Puppies' to Avoid Offending Muslims.  [We can't even say "Pigs" any more?]

Speaking of pigs...

Piglet keeps Winnie the Pooh off the air.  Turkey's public television TRT, controlled by the Islamist-rooted government, has barred the popular Walt Disney cartoon Winnie the Pooh from air because it has a piglet as one of its main heroes, the Turkish press reported today. … Pigs are regarded as unclean by Muslims and Islam prohibits the consumption of pork.

The Editor says...
I guess Porky Pig is out, too, along with his girlfriend, Petunia.  Not to mention Miss Piggy from the Muppets.  And then there's Hamm, the talking piggy bank in Toy Story.

The more we appease, the more they demand.  Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has now announced that, following a complaint by a Muslim employee, all work pictures and knick-knacks of novelty pigs and "pig-related items" will be banned.  Among the verboten items is one employee's box of tissues, because it features a representation of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.  And, as we know, Muslims regard pigs as "unclean", even an anthropomorphised cartoon pig wearing a scarf and a bright, colourful singlet.

Update:
Turkish TV denies piglet ban.  Turkey's public broadcaster has denied reports that it has banned the popular Walt Disney cartoon "Winnie the Pooh" because one of the main characters in the show is a piglet.

This is even more ridiculous than the objections to Speedy Gonzales.  But wait — there's more!

Pinocchio and friends converted to Islam.  Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on the Turkish school curriculum.  "Give me some bread, for Allah's sake," Pinocchio says to Geppetto, his maker, in a book stamped with the crest of the ministry of education.  "Thanks be to Allah," the puppet says later.


"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun.  The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer.  An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam.  There is no fun in Islam.  There can be no fun or joy in whatever is serious."
Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini,    
in a radio sermon, 1979.    


AG files civil rights charges in Lewiston mosque incident.  A second legal complaint filed against the man accused of rolling a frozen pig's head into a Lewiston mosque is raising the question:  Will there be a third? … Federal hate crime prosecutions in Maine are rare, but Abdi Sheikh was hopeful that an FBI investigation into the mosque incident would lead the U.S. Attorney in Portland to press charges.

[Muslims are quick to rely on the protection of the US government, even after declaring a holy war on this country.]

Houston suburb in dispute over mosque plan.  A plan to build a mosque in this Houston suburb has triggered a neighborhood dispute, with community members warning the place will become a terrorist hotbed and one man threatening to hold pig races on Fridays just to offend the Muslims.

Update:
Muslim group not offended as Katy pig races start.  A Muslim group said it is no longer offended as Katy resident Craig Baker made good on his promise to stage Friday pig races next door to an 11-acre property the group has purchased to build a mosque. ... About 100 people showed up for the event in the pouring rain.

The Editor says...
There is no need to be intentionally offensive to people just because their way of life is different from our own.  But it's hard to resist being spiteful to people who live in this country and enjoy its benefits and freedoms even after they have declared a "holy war" against us.  If we make them uncomfortable, will they leave?  Probably not.



Muslims are offended by the Pope

I'm not a Catholic, but really, the Pope seems like the most mild-mannered guy in the world, and his recent comments about Islam sounded perfectly sensible to me.

We are in a war to the death — craven concessions won't win it.  The argument that the Islamic religion is inherently violent, which the Pope was thought to have supported in his Regensburg lecture, is academic, in both the literal and metaphorical senses.  What matters for us now is that a great many Muslims — including some enthusiastic converts who cannot even lay claim to a life history of persecution or injustice for their beliefs — are prepared to use their religious affiliation as a justification to commit mass murder.

Muslim states denounce pope over remarks.  Across the Islamic world yesterday, Benedict's remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that united Shi'ites and Sunnis and threatened to burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

[That would be real news except that the Muslims were already about to "burst into violent protests" about something.]

Somali cleric calls for pope's death.  A prominent Somali cleric has called for Pope Benedict to be hunted down and killed by the nearest Muslim.

This Just In:  Muslims Furious.

At least they're just asking ... so far.
Pope asked to convert to Islam.  The elder son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called on Pope Benedict XVI to convert to Islam immediately, dismissing last week's apology from the pontiff for offending Muslims.

[At that point, it might be necessary to ask, "Is the Pope Catholic?"]

We're already living under Muslim law.  Boy, it sure seems that the old religion of peace, Islam, is up to no good, again, what with their latest fatwa on the Pope and our strong suspicions about having a few of their ardent adherents mow down a nun by shooting her four times in the back.

Muslim anger spreads to South Asia.  Extremists called yesterday [9/18/2006] for an Islamic army to march on Rome because of remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, while a well-known Muslim firebrand said in London that the pontiff should face "capital punishment." … In London, police increased patrols near churches and began an inquiry into remarks by Anjem Choudhary, a well-known extremist who had called at a rally outside Westminster Cathedral on Sunday [9/17/2006] for the pope to be "executed."

Iraq al-Qaida Says Pope, West Are Doomed.  The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. … "We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

The Unholy Alliance Rolls Over the Pope.  Benedict's speech is a work of enlightened genius.  He has clearly laid out the differences between Christian culture and Islamic culture and the basis of the clash of civilizations we now experience as the War on Terror. … Islamist reaction focuses on one sentence in the speech.  Reaching back to 1391, Benedict quotes Byzantine Emperor Manuel II:  "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

A pattern of violence and extremism.  It was said after the Holocaust by those who believed in freedom, decency and tolerance that, "We are all Jews now."  After the events of the past week it is now time for those who still believe in these virtues, irrespective of religion or race, to stand up and proudly announce, "We are all Catholics now."

Perpetual rage machine.  The perpetually outraged motion machine that exists in the contemporary Arab-Muslim world, fuelled by toxic fumes of indiscriminate anger and hate, is once again in rage over references to Islam made by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Wisdom of Benedict XVI.  Contrary to his detractors, the pope is dealing in the real world.  The leader of the world's most ancient institution, one with an unbroken continuity that spans over two millennia, and a memory to match, took a stand with his report of the dialogue between Byzantine Emperor Manuel II and an "educated Persian" on he subject of Islam and jihad.

Mum's the Word, Lest We Provoke a Lethal Tantrum.  Clip and save, for this may come in handy:  If you mock Islam with a drawing or a novel, you get riots and dead people.  News of mishandled holy books yields riots and dead people.  Insufficiently reverent short films by a Dutchman yields a dead person, specifically the Dutchman.  Now we add this detail:  Quoting medieval religious colloquies is a reasonable justification for burning churches, shooting a nun and holding up signs demanding that the pope convert to Islam or saw off his own head.

The Editor says...
If there is one word that sums up radical Islam, it is "unreasonable".  Islamists just don't seem to understand reasonableness the way the rest of us do.  They will not listen to reason, and they won't tolerate reasoned criticism.

Tolerance:  A Two-Way Street.  In London, the ever-dependable radical Anjem Choudary tells demonstrators at Westminster Cathedral that the pope is now condemned to death.  In Mogadishu, Somali religious leader Abubukar Hassan Malin calls on Muslims to "hunt down" the pope.  The pope not being quite at hand, they do the next best thing:  shoot dead, execution-style, an Italian nun who worked in a children's hospital.  "How dare you say Islam is a violent religion?  I'll kill you for it" is not exactly the best way to go about refuting the charge.

A Time to Speak Out.  French philosophy teacher Robert Redeker published an article in which he characterized the Muslim prophet Muhammad as "a merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist."  Quickly he was forced into hiding by death threats, despite the fact that many Muslims around the world seem to agree, unapologetically, that Muhammad was just those things, as I illustrated in a recent article.

The Islamic World Owes an Apology.  One remark from the Pope brought forth an orgy of verbal violence and threat from the Islamic world.  But the Pope's scholarly discourse, however insulting it may have been interpreted to be by Muslims, pales in comparison with the kind, scope and frequency of the verbal violence that are heaped each day upon Jews and Israel in the Islamic world.

What Is 'Islamofascism'?  "Islamic fascists" — used by President George W. Bush for the conspirators in the alleged trans-Atlantic airline bombing plot — and references by other prominent figures to "Islamofascism," have been met by protests from Muslims who say the term is an insult to their religion.



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of the trouble they have stirred up.


It wasn't the Baptists or the Catholics or the Presbyterians who hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  And with the exception of the Virginia Tech gunman, every time since 9/11 when there has been a wholesale attack on total strangers, the actors have been Muslims.  Naturally this has resulted in quite a bit of resentment toward Islam in general, and now the Muslims are turning the tables, to portray themselves as victims of their own maleficence.

Let's make this perfectly clear:  The Muslims are the cause, not the victims, of the trouble they have stirred up.  When they pretend to be offended by having to handle pork products (as outlined in the upper section of this page), they are the ones who are abnormal, and if they are so greatly offended by America's culture and traditions, they shouldn't have come here to live.

Suspicion and resentment of Muslims didn't start on 9/11, and the Muslims can't expect it to wear off in five or ten years, especially since there have been other incidents since then.

The grand prize in the "Who's the Biggest Victim" contest goes to the Six Imams at the Minneapolis airport, who made quite a stink on November 20, 2006, after they went out of their way to act like potential hijackers and then started filing lawsuits when people objected.  If you're a Muslim and you want to act like a crazed antisocial fanatic, the airport is not the place for it.



Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Muslim Woman Denied Employment.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider whether a Muslim woman denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she wears a head scarf was required to specifically request a religious accommodation.

Oklahoma Muslims receive special praise from White House officials.  Oklahoma Muslims marked the end of the yearly pilgrimage to mecca with communal prayer and celebration called Eid Ul-Adha on Saturday [10/4/2014].  Leaders of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City say it's been a tough month for Muslims here in Oklahoma after being associated with the beheading at Vaughan foods in Moore.

The Editor says...
It's been a tough month for Muslims in Oklahoma, they say.  But at least none of the Oklahoma Muslims had their heads chopped off.

Boston Imam: We suffer 'double hurt'.  Atrocities by ISIS terrorists and a report attempting to link an Oklahoma beheading at a food plant to the Islamic Institute of Boston had the founder of the Hub religious center telling the Herald yesterday it's a "double hurt" for his faith.  "Our situation is very bad," said Imam Talal Eid.  "Every time the word ISIS is mentioned, and it's mentioned hundreds of times, Islam is being pushed into the middle of that.  They are abusing Islam.  They are not Islam."

Muslim leaders play victim in Oklahoma beheading.  Colleen Hufford of Moore Oklahoma may be dead, but the real victims are Muslims, or so we are being asked to believe.  In fact, according to the Imam of the Islamic Institute of Boston, Islam suffers a "double hurt."  And here I thought Ms. Hufford had it bad.  The imam should know, after all, it was his Institute's "resident scholar" who was reportedly the former imam of the Oklahoma mosque attended by Alton Alexander Nolen, aka Jah'Keem Yisrael, who wielded the knife separating Ms. H's head from her body.  And the leadership of that Oklahoma mosque agree that they are the ones facing difficulty now that Ms. Hufford is consigned to the fate an infidel suffers after death.

OK Lawmaker Accused Of Making Anti-Muslim Remarks.  A controversial statement made on Facebook by a state lawmaker has outraged Muslims in Oklahoma.  The Islamic community demanded an apology after a state representative posted on Facebook to be "wary of Muslim Americans" and then shared a link about the ISIS brutality in the Middle East.  State Rep. John Bennett of Sequoyah wrote the comments on Monday night [9/1/2014].  Oklahoma's Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Republican Party leaders to denounce the comments on Wednesday.

Muslim Activists Demand Overhaul of All U.S. Law Enforcement Training.  Islamic activists that strong-armed the FBI to purge anti-terrorism training material considered "offensive" to Muslims have made their next wave of demands, which include an overhaul in the way all law enforcement officers are trained in the United States.  The coalition of influential and politically-connected Muslim rights groups is demanding that the Obama administration implement a mandatory retraining program for all federal, state and local law enforcement officials who may have been subjected to materials they deem "biased and discriminatory" against Muslims.

Lawsuit filed to remove Muslim-Americans from 'terror watch' list.  A local Muslim-American group Thursday announced it has filed a federal lawsuit based on complaints the government has unjustly put a disproportionate number of Muslim-Americans on the nation's "terror watch" list.  Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter, says the lawsuit is not a reaction to a list uncovered last week that showed Dearborn has the second-highest concentration of people designated by the U.S. government as being "known or suspected terrorists."  Rather, his organization is seeking "remedies" to unjustly putting Muslim-Americans names on a list that don't belong there.

Dearborn residents on terrorist watch list second only to New York, report says.  Among the U.S. cities that have the most residents on the government's terrorist watch list is one that stands out because of its comparatively small population:  Dearborn.  Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, was described by The Intercept, an online news site that reports on issues of national security, as having the second-highest concentration of people designated by the government as "known or suspected terrorists."  The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with other civil rights organizations, will hold a press conference Aug. 8 at Dearborn City Hall to call for a congressional inquiry into how the government could label Dearborn as such.

Officials dispute report of Dearborn being No. 2 terrorist city in America.  U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade joined a coalition of civil rights groups and local officials on Friday morning [8/8/2014] to decry a report, supposedly based on leaked government documents, that ranked Dearborn second in the country for the number of people on the suspected terrorist watch list.  "We cannot name even one case, one time, where Arab Americans or a Muslim from the city of Dearborn has committed an act of terrorism," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan Chapter.

The Editor says...
You don't have to blow yourself up on a city bus to be a terrorist.  If you are on a terrorist watch list, there is probably a good reason, and it probably has something to do with your contributions to overseas groups, phone calls to Yemen and Qatar, the use of encrypted email, and the places you visit every day on the internet.

NYPD detains men who had pressure cookers to 'prepare rice'.  Police detained two men at a Midtown hotel late Friday after a doorman reported they possessed a pair of pressure cookers like those used to make the Boston Marathon bombs.  But the men say it was a misunderstanding:  They plan to use the pressure cookers back home to prepare rice, chicken and meat.  Mohammad Alotaibi, 20, and Ayoub Alawadhi, 21, pulled up to the InterContinental Hotel on East 48th Street on Friday evening [7/25/2014] with the pressure cookers in their car trunk, said law enforcement sources.

The Editor says...
They say they planned to use the pressure cookers "back home."  Doesn't anyone sell pressure cookers "back home," wherever that is?  And who sells pressure cookers to guys name Mohammad and Ayoub?  The same kind of people who sold rifles to the Indians?

Man who killed wife over dinner prefers death to prison food.  It always comes back to the dinner table with this guy.  The 75-year-old Pakistani immigrant convicted in Brooklyn of beating his wife to death because she served him lentils instead of goat should get the minimum sentence, his lawyer argued Wednesday [7/9/2014] — because the lack of Pakistani food behind bars will be a hardship.  "His inability to speak English and his inability to have Pakistani food will make his incarceration even more difficult than the average inmate," defense attorney Julie Clark wrote in court papers seeking the minimum 15 years to life sentence for Noor Hussain.

Soros Funded Pro-Immigrant Group to Target Waco.  An email alert was sent out this afternoon [7/12/2014] from the Detention Watch Network.  They plan a protest event tomorrow morning at the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, Tx.  According to them, this facility is just not quite good enough for the detaining of immigrants due to issues such as a lack of a legal library there, no on site medical facility, etc.

Man says apartment complex called his US flag a 'threat to Muslim community'.  A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a "threat to the Muslim community," and that he has to take it down.  But he's not giving up without a fight.  Stepping onto Duy Tran's balcony in Webster, one thing is clear:  "It means a lot to me," he said.  He's talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago.  But then an apartment manager at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.

If you subtract Islamic jihad, then what was 9/11/2001 about?  Reckless pilots?
CAIR: Remove 'Islamist Extremism,' 'Jihadism' From 9/11 Museum Video.  Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as "Islamist extremism" and "jihadism."  An earlier CAIR initiative — a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called "academically controversial terminology" — met with no success.

9/11 Museum Refuses to Censor Al-Qaeda Film.  Amidst a barrage of controversy and criticism, the 9/11 museum officials stand firm in their decision to air a documentary on Al-Qaeda without censorship of Islam-related language. [...] The film portrays the 9/11 hijackers as "Islamists" who viewed their mission as a "deadly jihad."  After all, in the words of the hijackers:  "[M]any thanks to Allah for his kind gesture and choosing us to perform the act of jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims."  So, it was the hijackers themselves that believed they were on a jihadi mission for the cause of Islam.

Google Ordered to Remove anti-Islamic Film from YouTube.  A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday [2/26/2014] ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.  By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google's assertion that the removal of the film "Innocence of Muslims" amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.

Federal judge tosses out legal challenge over NYPD surveillance of Muslims.  The first legal challenge to the New York police department's blanket surveillance of Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been dismissed by a federal judge in New Jersey in a ruling that lawyers acting for the plaintiffs have described as preposterous and dangerous.  Judge William Martini, sitting in the US district court for the district of New Jersey, threw out a lawsuit brought by eight Muslim individuals and local businesses who alleged their constitutional rights were violated when the NYPD's mass surveillance was based on religious affiliation alone.

Global Muslim Bloc Launches War On Free Speech In West.  An influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries demands that the West make it an international crime to criticize Islam.  Then stop making it such an easy target.

CAIR Denounces Wide Range of Critics as 'Islamophobes' in New Report.  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report titled "Legislating Fear — Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States" on Thursday [9/19/2013].  The report profiles and accuses several individuals, websites, organizations of being anti-Islamic and spreading so called "Islamophobia" throughout the United States.  The controversial organization, that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the U.S. government's 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial and reportedly built ties with the current administration is hitting back at its critics in this report.

Does the Qur'an Teach Hate?  On September 11, 2013, a public information officer for Palm Beach County, Florida named John Jamason posted a message on his personal Facebook page:  "Never forget.  There is no such thing as radical Islam.  All Islam is radical.  There may be Muslims who don't practice their religion, much like others.  The Quran is a book that preaches hate."  The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) immediately complained, and demanded that the county turn over to them everything that Jamason had written from a county computer over the previous month. [...] Left unexamined in the controversy was whether or not what Jamason said was true.

Spying on Muslims.  The New York City Police Department's indefensible program of spying on law-abiding Muslims in their neighborhoods and houses of worship has turned out to be even more aggressive than earlier reports had shown.  According to a recent Associated Press report by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, the surveillance operation designated at least a dozen mosques as terrorist organizations.

Bias alert!
The program is hardly "indefensible" since Muslims are responsible for approximately 100 percent of the terrorist attacks in the United States over the last 20 years.

The Million Muslim Farce.  They dubbed the event the "Million Muslim March."  That name has proven toxic, and it's not hard to imagine why.  Something about the idea of a million Muslims descending upon Washington to express their disgust for America and its foreign policy on the anniversary of a day when some other Muslims famously expressed a disgust for America and its foreign policy by killing thousands of our countrymen in the name of Islam might understandably rub Americans the wrong way.  So the event was rebranded (without altering its intent) as the "Million American March Against Fear."

ACLU: Muslims Face More Scrutiny for Citizenship.  A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday [8/21/2013].

Muslim group under attack for planning 'Million Muslim March' set for Sept. 11 in Washington D.C..  Critics say a Muslim group picked the wrong day — Sept. 11 — to march on Washington to complain about religious profiling and President Obama's handling of an investigation into the terror attacks that rocked America 12 years ago.  The mass demonstration, called the "Million Muslim March," was changed to a more mainstream-sounding event, "Million American March Against Fear," but the name did not seem to gain much traction and has apparently reverted back to its original title.

Million Muslim Farce.  "Million Muslim March" organizers insist they scheduled it for 9/11 not to show disrespect but to show a "united front" against terrorism.  Don't believe it. [...] The actual goal of the rally, which is planned as an annual insult, is to muster sympathy not for 9/11 victims, but for Muslims supposedly "victimized" by the war on terror.

The Crusades Reconsidered.  One may condemn the atrocities of the Crusaders, but what infuriates the objective student of history is that the far greater crimes of Islam are ignored.  The Crusades was Christendom finally fighting back, not always honorably, but against a foe which had plunged Europe into darkness for centuries.  Instead we allowed our students to be brainwashed, and force fed an Islamic line that we have to feel guilty.  The Muslims invaded Southern Europe, yet somehow we Westerners are labeled the imperialists.

Stop Force-Feeding Gitmo Hunger Strikers.  On Monday, federal judge Gladys Kessler ruled that she cannot stop the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay because her court does not have jurisdiction to change policy at the prison near the southeastern corner of Cuba.  Currently, approximately 106 of Guantanamo's 166 detainees are classified as hunger-strikers (reportedly defined as intentionally missing 9 meals in a row), with about 45 of them currently being force-fed.

On the other hand...
Let Them Starve.  Guantanamo Bay detainees don't want to eat.  Muslim rapper Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey is so worked up about their appetite plight that he videotaped himself being force-fed to build support for closing Gitmo.  Cry me a river.  This latest round of hunger strikes isn't an international human-rights tragedy.  It's another manipulative act of Jihad Theater.

Holder Warns: Don't Discrimminate [sic] Against Muslims After Boston.  Apparently, granny will still be getting the full pat down experience at the airport instead of young Muslim men returning home from volatile, Jihad ridden regions of the world like Dagestan.  Attorney General Eric Holder is warning Americans not to discriminate against Muslims in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Holder warns against Boston bombing backlash.  Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday that the Justice Department is on the lookout for acts of violence or discrimination that signal a backlash to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this month in which three people were killed and scores wounded.

Oh, terrorists, we're so sorry.  Gone, thankfully, are the days when rape victims routinely were treated as if they deserved it.  Perhaps the time also will come when the American people are no longer blamed after terrorists kill them.

Boston jihad bomber was "angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion".  Murdering innocent people at the Boston Marathon might seem a strange way to persuade the world that Islam is not violent, but since it has led to an avalanche of mainstream media assurances that Islam is a Religion of Peace, it seems to have worked [...]

Morning Joe Goes After The Media:
We Can't 'Demonize The Entire Religion Of Islam' Due To Radicals.  Since the Boston bombing, much of cable news quite naturally has taken to discussing various issues surrounding terrorism and radicalization.  Morning Joe on Wednesday [4/24/2013] was no exception.  Joined by The Daily Beast's Tina Brown, the panel also took a look at media portrayal — stressing that we can't "demonize" all of Islam when we talk about radicals.

CAIR Lectures US: Boston Jihadis Weren't Influenced By Islam!  In the wake of revelations that the Boston Marathon Bombers were engaged in Jihad, or holy war, CAIR held a press conference in Chicago today [4/19/2013] to remind Americans that this has nothing to do with Islam.

'My children were set up,' father claims.  Two brothers of Chechen origin suspected of staging the Boston marathon bombings, one of whom has been shot dead by police, are innocent of any crime, the Interfax news agency quotes a man identified as their father as saying[,] "In my opinion, my children were set up by the secret services because they are practising Muslims," Anzor Tsarnaev told the Interfax news agency on Friday [4/19/2013] from the North Caucasus Russian city of Makhachkala.

HUD shills for Sharia in 'Fair Housing' ads.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is launching an advertising campaign to "educate the public" about housing discrimination, saying there is a "persistence of discrimination based on religion."

The Editor says...
Whenever the government makes an effort to "educate the public," that generally means, brainwashing or re-education.

USS Cole Suspect Complains of Marks on Wrist; Victims Describe Their Torture.  An incensed defense team complained at Guantanamo today that, while being transported from his cell to the courtroom, accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri got red marks on his wrist.

The Editor says...
Big deal.  Every criminal who has ever been handcuffed has arrived at the jail with red marks on his wrists.

A Subway Murder and the 'Islamophobia' Industry.  Last Saturday, a deranged woman pushed a man in front of a subway train in New York and killed him, explaining that she did it because of her anger with Muslims ever since 9/11.  Immediately, leftist and Islamic-supremacist writers swung into action to blame the murder on what they called an "Islamophobia industry," despite the killer's obvious insanity and history of violent attacks on random people.  The attacks revealed much about the use of the term "Islamophobia" as a propaganda tool designed to shut down thinking.

TSA to Exempt Muslim Women from TSA PatDowns?.  The Council on American Islamic Relations is calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to come to heel and stop the humiliating, invasive, intrusive pat-downs of Muslim women.  Napolitano said "adjustments will be made where they need to be made," and particularly for Muslims, "there will be more to come," whatever that means.

The Editor says...
Allow me to state the obvious:  Instead of exempting the Muslims and searching Henry Kissinger, it would make far more sense to search only the Muslims, since all the hijackers, shoe bombers, and underwear bombers in the last eleven years have been Muslims.  But that would make too much sense, and the government would never stand for it.

When burqas become accessories to crime.  As David J. Rusin points out in his detailed survey of these crimes, Muslim garb holds two great advantages over other forms of disguise.  First, plenty of covered women walk the streets of Philadelphia without criminal intent, thereby providing cover for thieves; the more head coverings around, the more likely it is that head coverings will facilitate criminal activity.  Second, the very strangeness and aloofness of these garments affords their wearers an extraordinary degree of protection.  As in other cases (notably a farcical purchase of alcohol in Toronto liquor stores by a 14-year-old boy in a burqa), clerks so fear being accused of racism or "Islamophobia" that they skip established methods, such as asking a niqabi to establish her (or his) identity.

Robbers, disguised as Muslim women, hit banks in Philadelphia.  A string of bank robberies, carried out by people disguised in traditional Islamic woman's garb, has prompted concerns among religious, government and law enforcement officials in the Philadelphia area.  The robberies, at least five since December, were carried out by people wearing full-length robes and veils to hide the hair and part of the face, according to some surveillance tapes broadcast by local stations in Philadelphia.  Muslim leaders fear use of the disguises could put Muslim women in danger or make them objects of scrutiny.

The Editor says...
Yes, the Muslims are the "objects of scrutiny", and they have brought it upon themselves.  I'm surprised a bank robbery like this hasn't happened before now.  Americans are being conditioned to see women dressed in head-to-toe black bags as normal, as if every day is Halloween.  If you express any suspicion about who's inside the bag, you're viewed as islamophobic.  The people at my bank don't like it when somebody walks in wearing sunglasses, so I'm sure they're on full alert when somebody walks in wearing a burqa.

New Jersey Papa John's robbed by hijabis.  Why do criminals don Islamic garb to commit their crimes?  Because groups like CAIR and ACLU have established favored status for Muslims and Americans have been cowered into submission to even look at a person in Islamic garb suspiciously for fear of legal retribution by Muslims or the Dept of Justice.

Hertz fires 25 Muslim drivers who refuse to clock out.  Hertz has sent termination letters to 25 drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after they refused to agree to clock out for daily breaks, during which they normally pray.  The workers — all Somali Muslims who drive the company's rental cars to and from the airport for cleaning and refueling — were among 34 Hertz employees suspended Sept. 30 for failing to clock out before breaks.

Prisons' pork decision angers Ohio pig farmers.  Ohio's pork farmers and processors are vowing to fight the state's decision to remove pork from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates.

Attention all Muslims:
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

Islamic Group Asks Napolitano To Investigate 'Islamophobic' Trainers.  An Islamic civil rights group is asking the Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate whether the people in charge of training national security personnel are "Islamophobic."  In a letter to Janet Napolitano, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, called for an agency-wide probe to determine if the trainers "offer hostile, stereotypical and grossly inaccurate information about Muslims and Islam" as part of their training procedures.

Ban the Burqa.  Back in November, I reported on a burqa'ed Muslima in Australia, Carnita Matthews, who was charged with making a false complaint that used the Muslim victimhood card in her defense.  "All cops are racist," she charged — what race? ... Matthews was found guilty, and was sentenced to six months in prison.  Yet despite the indisputable evidence against her, the burqa'ed civilizational jihadist appealed — and this past week, she won, all the while remaining inside her cloth coffin.

LAPD Dep. Chief Downing: 'We Should Not Demonize the Muslim Brotherhood'.  What should we do with an organization bent on destroying the American way of life en route to establishing a global Islamic dominion?

Muslim woman sues Abercrombie & Fitch over hijab.  A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday [6/27/2011], saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job.

Riot at amusement park over 'no hijab' rule.  Playland, a historic amusement park in Westchester County, N.Y, just outside New York City, is known for its good clean fun.  It's perfect for a family outing.  Or a date.  You won't find any carnival-style freak shows at the county-owned park — well, at least not until Tuesday afternoon.  That's when a large group of Muslims from New York City and neighboring Westchester County showed up to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Silencing the Critics of Islamic Supremacism.  The very concept of Islamophobia is manufactured propaganda used by the subversive Muslim Brotherhood and their leftist support network to demonize and silence critics of Islamic fundamentalism.

Media focuses on Mosque firebombed in Queens, Ignores Multi-Pronged Firebombing against others.  Color me skeptical.  We find time and time again, in the rare instances when a mosque has graffiti or falls victim to some prank, the perp is Muslim.  More times than not.

Midnight sun makes Ramadan fasting difficult for Arctic Muslims.  Friday [7/20/2012] sees the arrival of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Moslems are supposed to fast from sunrise to sunset.  But that's a bit difficult up in the North.  There are at least half a million Moslems in Sweden, and one of the five pillars of their religion Islam is the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.  Observers are not allowed to eat, or to drink, even water, between sunrise and sunset.

The Editor says...
So?  Go back to the desert!  Preferably right on the equator, where the difference between day and night is quite distinct.  If you live where the sun doesn't set for weeks at a time, whose fault is that?

Is Saudi Prince Steering News Corp. Coverage?  [Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal] owns the largest chunk of News Corp. stock outside the Murdoch family.  Shortly after his purchase of 5.5 percent of News Corp. voting shares in 2005, Alwaleed gave a speech that made it clear just what he had bought.  As noted in The (U.K.) Guardian, Alwaleed told an audience in Dubai that it took just one phone call to Rupert Murdoch — "speaking not as a shareholder but as a viewer," Alwaleed said — to get the Fox News crawl reporting "Muslim riots" in France changed to "civil riots."  This didn't make the "Muslim" riots go away, but Alwaleed managed to fog our perception of them.

The Right Way to Profile.  Night after night on MSNBC and elsewhere, representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and similar groups regale sympathetic and credulous television hosts with tales of Muslim suffering at the hands of bigoted police officers.  In due season, the story of the successful takedown of the bombers is all but forgotten while the woeful tales of put-upon Muslims go on for days and weeks.

No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims.  [Naveed] Shinwari is one of four American Muslims in a new lawsuit who accuse the FBI of placing them on the no-fly list, either to intimidate them into becoming informants or to retaliate against them for declining.  Filed on Tuesday night [4/22/2014] in the US district court for the southern district of New York, the case accuses the US attorney general, Eric Holder, the FBI director, James Comey, the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, and two dozen FBI agents of creating an atmosphere in which Muslims who are not accused of wrongdoing are forbidden from flying, apparently as leverage to get them snitching on their communities.  Their lawsuit seeks not only the plaintiffs' removal from the no-fly list but also the establishment of a more robust legal mechanism to contest placement upon it.

Dearborn, Michigan: America's First Sharia-Compliant Muslim Enclave?  Yesterday, (4/29/11) a Muslim mob of 50, disturbingly reminiscent of their co-religionists across a vast swath of official Islamdom, breached the security cordon at the City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan separating them from their speechifying nemesis, Pastor Terry Jones, ["]...breaking a barricade, throwing water bottles and shoes.["]  Fortunately, ["]Riot police restored order within minutes and took at least two people into custody.["]

Fake hate crime
Hate message left on Muslim woman's car.  Police are investigating a note left on a car, targeting an American Muslim woman and her daughter.  The note "We don't Muslims in America" (apparently the word "want" was left out) was written in English.  But there was also Arabic writing, translated to say "We don't want Muslims in America.  Go away."

The Editor says...
This is the most obviously fake hate crime I've ever seen.  Who scribbles messages in Arabic (and faulty English) and leaves them on other people's cars?  Nobody.

Anti-Muslim note left on car in English and Arabic.  Grain of salt alert:  what ignorant racist Islamophobic yahoo helpfully pens his hate note in both English and Arabic?  The fact that he left a word out of his English version opens the possibility that the note was penned by an angry Coptic Christian or some other native Arabic-speaking victim of Islamic jihad, but it also opens the possibility that the whole thing is just another clumsy fake by Islamic supremacists trying yet again to portray Muslims as victims and thereby deflect attention away from jihad activity.

Attorney: Airlines should apologize to Imams.  An attorney said Tuesday [5/10/2011] that some Muslim religious leaders wearing traditional Arab garb were humiliated and embarrassed when they were wrongly kicked off two commercial flights as they sought to travel to a national conference.

Uncharitable.  'In the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation," President Obama claimed during his 2009 Cairo speech.  "That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."  This statement contained two falsehoods.  One, as I've previously detailed, was obvious:  There are, in fact, no American laws or rules that make it harder for Muslims to give to charity.  What we have are laws against material support of terrorism — against using devices like charitable fronts to channel money to jihadists.

Koran-Burning Pastor Jailed for Thoughtcrime.  On Good Friday in Dearborn, Mich., the notorious Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones was jailed and fined for the crime of refusing to pay a so-called "peace bond" to cover the costs of extra police protection for Jones' planned demonstration outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.  Judge Mark Somers also ordered Jones to stay away from the massive Dearborn mosque for three years.  This is a restriction on the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression that Islamic supremacists are certainly going to try to use in the future to press for even more.

Durbin is wrong about Muslim rights.  In the wake of Rep. Peter King's largely toothless hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is now scheduling Senate hearings on "Muslim rights." ... Muslims are freer in this country than in any other country in the world, and frankly, no one [cares] what they worship.  The problem arose when thousands were slaughtered in the name of Allah and for the glory of jihad.

Senator Dick Durbin's Deceptions.  This morning [3/29/2011] Senator Dick Durbin, senior Democrat of Illinois, is holding a Senate Judiciary hearing on "Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims."  Sounds all well and good.  Who could be against the civil rights of Muslims or for that matter any group?  Except when you start to scrutinize the Senator's close and long time relationship with radical Islamic groups and even Hamas terrorists, one has to wonder whose civil rights the Senator is trying to protect?

Whose side is he on?
Conyers calls for inquiry of treatment of Muslim Americans.  The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has called for an investigation into claims by American Muslims that they are being harassed by U.S. customs and border officials while trying to cross back into the country from Canada.  Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) asked the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate allegations made by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that American-Muslims are being handcuffed, interrogated and sexually harassed for hours by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents along the northern border.

Durbin Launches the 'Anti-Pete King' Hearing.  At the very moment that the threat posed to U.S. interests by the toxic Islamist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood is becoming ever more palpable, a top Senate Democrat seems determined to suppress Americans' understanding of that menace.

"Selective Indignation":  There was nothing particularly wrong about Sen. Dick Durbin holding a hearing today [3/29/2011] on anti-Muslim bigotry.  It's just that nobody at the hearing was able to give a particularly compelling reason for it.  Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera testified about "a growing menace" of "rising" bigotry against Muslim Americans.  Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez spoke of the "steady stream of violence" against the Islamic community.  The hearing was heavy on anecdotes and light on statistics.

Durbin Hearing to Fuel the Muslim Victimhood Myth.  The FBI reports that anti-Jewish hate crimes are nearly eight times more common than anti-Muslim attacks — yet Sen. Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.) announced last week that he was going to hold a Senate hearing not on the resurgence of anti-Semitism, but on "anti-Muslim bigotry."  For the truth-adverse Left, it was just another day at the office.  Compounding the irony was the fact that as Durbin announced his plans for this orgy of Muslim victimhood posturing, Islamic jihadists set off a bomb at a bus stop in Jerusalem, murdering at least one woman and wounding 30, while other Islamic jihadists opened fire on and killed two Christians who had committed the crime of attending a church in Pakistan.

Muslim removed from flight wants crew disciplined.  A Muslim woman said Wednesday [3/16/2011] that she wants a Southwest Airlines crew disciplined for removing her from a flight for wearing a headscarf.

Peter King Hearings Highlight the Problem of CAIR in the Muslim Community.  It's now painfully clear why the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was so forcefully opposed to the House Homeland Security Committee's hearings on homegrown radicalization in the Muslim-American community.  According to many speakers at the hearing, one of the major obstacles to solving the problem of homegrown Islamic radicalization appears to be Muslim-American advocacy groups like CAIR.

We need more hearings on Islam.  Holding hearings into Islamic "radicalization" is not an exercise in "McCarthyism," as widely and deeply misunderstood.  That's because the investigative efforts of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the most unjustly maligned man in American history, to reveal extensive networks of Kremlin-directed agents seeking the destruction of the republic isn't "McCarthyism," either.  The term, hyper-loaded to invoke Salem,Mass.-esque "witch hunts" of free-thinking innocents, is a hoax.  Documents released from U.S. and Soviet archives prove that the communist conspiracy of "witches" was, in fact, real.

Tears Help Radical Rep. Ellison Deflect Scrutiny of His Own Record.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) got some headlines for breaking down in tears during the Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday [3/10/2011], but another witness, Abdirizak Bihi, Director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis, offered something more newsworthy — an indictment of Ellison himself.  Although he didn't identify Ellison by name, Bihi's criticism of local leaders, religious and political, was seen as partly a reference to Ellison being an obstacle to finding out what happened to 20 Somali young people who had disappeared from Ellison's congressional district and showed up in Somalia as terrorists.

Muslim Woman Fights Boulder Jail to Keep Hijab for Mug Shot.  A University of Colorado student who started wearing hijab after converting to Islam is fighting the Boulder County Jail's insistence that she remove her headscarf for a booking photo, saying that to do so would violate her religious beliefs.

Lawsuit alleges FBI violated Muslims' freedom of religion.  An FBI informant who infiltrated a California mosque violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of Muslims by targeting them for surveillance because of their religion, the ACLU and a Muslim group said in a lawsuit Tuesday [2/22/2011].  The lawsuit, filed against the FBI and seven of its agents and supervisors, focuses on the actions several years ago of Craig Monteilh, a paid FBI informant.

Mosque surveillance a must.  On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council of American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), alleging that the bureau engaged in religious discrimination by secretly infiltrating southern California mosques and spying on their members.  In 2006-2007, the FBI's Los Angeles office employed a convicted felon named Craig Monteilh, aka Farouk al-Aziz, to infiltrate the Islamic Center of Irvine and other mosques to collect information on suspects linked to extremist groups.  The operation folded when Monteilh turned out to be so incompetent at his job that members of the congregations he was watching reported him to the authorities for his violent rhetoric and strange behavior.

US sues school over denial of Muslim pilgrimage.  The federal government sued a suburban Chicago school district Monday for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion.

No Three-Week Vacations for the Hajj?  Don't Worry, the DOJ's On It.  The DOJ throws its weight behind a middle-school teacher who claims her rights were violated when she wasn't allowed the time to go to Mecca.

Off to Mecca with Eric Holder's Blessing.  Many first-year employees get no vacation days or time off.  Teachers, depending upon their union-negotiated contracts, may get some.  But to suggest that refusing a three-week leave at a crucial time of the school year is "discrimination" is just perverse.  It's reaching to find a base motive for an obviously sensible decision.

Off to Mecca She Goes.  Safoorah Khan, 29, was hired to teach middle-school math in November 2007.  According to her lawyer, she was happy in her job, which included preparing sixth, seventh, and eighth graders for state tests, and running the "math lab."  After nine months on the job, Khan requested a three-week leave of absence in order to perform the hajj — the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are obliged to undertake at least once in their lives if they can afford it.  Employers are required by law to honor requests for religious accommodations provided that they do not impose "undue hardship" on the employer or other employees.

The Editor asks...
Who gets three weeks of vacation time after nine months on the job?

Islamophobia?  Not really.  Let's start with some data.  According to the FBI, hate crimes against Muslims increased by a staggering 1,600% in 2001.  That sounds serious!  But wait, the increase is a math mirage.  There were 28 anti-Islamic incidents in 2000.  That number climbed to 481 the year a bunch of Muslim terrorists murdered 3,000 Americans in the name of Islam on Sept. 11.  Now, that was a hate crime.

A Convenient Stabbing, an Inconvenient Bombing.  Wasn't it nice for Mayor Bloomberg to invite the Muslim cabbie who was stabbed over to City Hall, and for the media to give him the high profile treatment.  But here are a few other New York stabbing victims who could have used that attention and concern.  Unfortunately they weren't Muslims, whom Bloomberg could exploit to score political points.

Who are You Calling a 'Bigot'?  [Scroll down]  Such callous historical analogies were but one component of a concerted effort by a group of Middle East studies professors to discredit the opponents of the ground zero mosque, whom they helpfully labeled "rural rednecks," "so-called Christian ministers," and "the Israel lobbies."  Most of the academics echoed a warning that a "tidal wave of 'Islamophobia'" would soon overtake America — act two of the "wave of hate crimes" that occurred "post-9/11."  These statements ignore a basic fact:  no such "wave" ever occurred.

The role of information in American "Islamophobia".  One theme in the recent MSM hand-wringing about America's alleged "Islamophobia" is the notion that Americans are giving Muslims a more difficult time now than they did in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.  The Washington Post conceded that public opinion surveys don't show a meaningful change, but it quoted unnamed "religious scholars and other experts" who find the change in tone "striking."

Muslims, not Americans, are religious bigots.  Time magazine asked this week whether America has "a Muslim problem," and suggested that "many" of those opposed to the Ground Zero mosque "are motivated by deep-seated Islamophobia."  The same article scowls disapprovingly that "46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers."  (What could have possibly given them that idea?)

Top Ten things America Has Done for Muslims.  The current disagreement over the Ground Zero Mosque is an important historical stop on a long timeline of cultural debate between Islamic supremacists and the West.  Recruits and devotees of these violent Arab Islamic supremacists, such as Nidal Hasan, Faisal Shahzad, and Hosam Husein Smadi, all have something in common in their recent acts of terrorism.  They all passionately believed the argument that the United States is mistreating Muslims.

Surprise:  More hate crimes against Christians than against Muslims.  According to the latest hate crime statistics available, there were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008.  A closer look:  65.7 percent of them were committed against Jews.  Against Muslims?  7.7 percent.  Depending on which population estimates you accept for Muslims (anywhere between 4 and 7 million), hate crimes are committed against Jews at a rate three to eight times greater than against Muslims.

Fake Hate Crimes:  An Islamist Weapon.  As Daniel Pipes has documented for years, Islamist organizations in the West are quick to label crimes as anti-Muslim hate crimes as part of their effort to make Muslims feel under attack and to paint themselves as Muslims' protectors. ... Cutting through the propaganda requires understanding the ways in which crimes are misrepresented as hate crimes — and why.  There are two main culprits to consider:  Muslims who stage fake hate crimes and Islamist organizations that seek to exploit them.

Ground Zero Controversy Fueled Attacks on Texas Mosque, Islamic Center President Says.  The president of an Islamic Center in Texas says backlash against the proposed mosque at Ground Zero has made its way over to the Lone Star State and is manifesting itself in acts of hatred against his congregation.

Muslim convention to shine a light on hate.  Thousands of American Muslims — in Chicago this weekend for a mega convention — are being asked to detail hate directed at them because of their faith.  "The survey will be asking about 3,000 respondents how Islamophobia has affected them and to identify where they see the most examples of it," Amina Sharif, Chicago spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Thursday [7/1/2010].

More about CAIR.

'Yours is a peaceful faith'.  Governor Deval Patrick told more than 1,100 Muslims at a Roxbury mosque yesterday [5/22/2010] that he knew many have encountered discrimination and racial profiling since Sept. 11 and that he would do everything in his power to combat those problems.

We're worried about 'backlash' as the terrorists press our luck.  What's it going to take for the American left to admit that, no matter how much we all wish it weren't true, our Islamic enemies are trying to kill us?  It's going to take more than 31 attempts on our lives, engineered or financed by Muslim militants.  Because that's where the count stands since Sept. 11, 2001, and the left still stubbornly insists that Tea Party attendees armed with placards and lawn chairs are the real enemy.

30 Terrorist Plots Against the U.S. Foiled Since 9/11.  Sheer luck and civilian bravery played roles in thwarting some of these attacks.  Additionally, U.S. efforts in the war on terrorism, including operations in Afghanistan, have helped to weed out terrorist sanctuaries before they can organize attacks.  Finally, domestic counterterrorism tools put in place since 9/11 have helped stop terrorists from operating on U.S. soil.

MSNBC's Ratigan Worries About 'Racism' Toward Muslims After NYC Bomb Attempt.  Near the top of Tuesday's Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC, host Dylan Ratigan fretted over American Muslims being harassed in the wake of the failed Times Square bombing:  "how do you deal with these types of crimes without resulting in racism, effectively, towards people of Pakistani or Middle Eastern descent? ...is there not a natural backlash to this?"

What's Not Happening to American Muslims.  Since the events of Sept. 11, we've seen the growth of a view that American Muslims became prime victims of those terror attacks — isolated, fearful, targets of hostility.  President George W. Bush, who went to Washington D.C's Islamic Center a few days after the terror assaults, told his audience that Islam was about peace and warned that the nation's Muslims must be free to go about without fear or intimidation by other Americans — remarks he doubtless thought were called for under the circumstances.

Who is ultimately to blame for invasive searches at airports?
Airport Body Scanners Violate the Teachings of Islam, Says Muslim Group.  A group of Muslim scholars says it supports airline safety, but it is "deeply concerned" about the use of airport scanners that show nude images of the human body.

TSA Fatwa Watch:  Saying that body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslim-American groups are supporting a "fatwa" — a religious ruling — that forbids Muslims from going through the scanners at airports.  The Fiqh Council of North America — a body of Islamic scholars that includes some from Michigan — issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners would violate Islamic rules on modesty.

Islamic scholars issue fatwa forbidding Muslim-Americans from using full-body airport scanners.  Add Muslim-American groups to the chorus of voices slamming full-body airport scanners.  A body of North American Islamic scholars has issued a fatwa, or religious decree, forbidding Muslims from passing through the devices, the Detroit Free Press reports, saying they violate the faith's teachings on modesty.

Muslim woman refuses body scan at airport.  A Muslim woman was barred from boarding a flight after she refused to undergo a full body scan for religious reasons.  The passenger was passing through security at Manchester Airport when she was selected at random for a full-body scanner.

The Editor says...
The most unfortunate part of this story is that the Muslim was selected at random for closer scrutiny.

Muslims complain of being snubbed by taxi drivers.  A group of commuters over the weekend claimed that some taxi drivers in Metro are refusing to take on passenger who appeared to be Muslims.  Elvira Medina, president of the National Council for Commuters' Protection (NCCP), said their Muslim members have complained of being snubbed by taxi drivers particularly when they wear their headgear.

Groups Say Screening Invites Bias.  Twenty-seven organizations on Friday [1/8/2010] asked the Department of Homeland Security to change newly tightened airport-security rules that they say will result in racial and ethnic profiling. ... Among the groups are the Muslim Advocates, the Arab American Institute, the Muslim Bar Associations in several states and the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee.

The Fort Hood double standard.  The phenomenon is by now well-established.  An apparent jihadist visits death and destruction upon innocents, motivated in part by a violent brand of Islamic extremism, and soon the violence becomes an apt occasion to raise awareness about the danger of anti-Muslim thoughts, words and deeds.  Violence by Muslims has a unique ability to spur a Canadian prime minister, British royal, or, as was the case this time, the American secretary of homeland security, to sound the alarm about violence against Muslims.

Backlash Against the Backlash.  And that's the drill:  concern over crimes that have never happened, as opposed to the terror that has.  So, denying the role militant Islam played in the Fort Hood atrocity is like staring at a shark bite and thinking, "bicycle."  When a fundamentalist kills thirteen innocent people while shouting "allahu akbar," Islam isn't just a small player — it's got a starring role.  And now that U.S. intelligence admits Hasan tried to contact al Qaeda, it should make it increasingly hard for anyone to say otherwise.

It Isn't Political Correctness, It's Shariah.  I have watched in abject horror the stunning reaction of elites in this country to this act of war.  The denial, the submission, the excuses, the dodging, the self-flagellation, the shame, the deceiving of the American people by the media, the military, society, law enforcement, authorities and politicians, all the way up to and including the White House, amounts to the enforcement of Shariah law.  Shariah law forbids criticism of Islam.  And here we are.

When the shooter becomes the victim.  A disturbing story line is taking shape in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre.  Some are trying to explain suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's motives for reportedly gunning down 13 people in cold blood by ignoring the ideology of hate that sanctified the killings.  Instead, we're supposed to seek out the "real reasons."  It's the typical victimology:  Bemoan the perpetrator's troubles and then sprinkle liberally with pop psychology.

Backlash Hogwash.  "U.S. Homeland Security officials are working with groups around the United States to head off any possible anti-Muslim backlash following the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas." ... And President Obama cautioned against "jumping to conclusions."  The backlash trope is trotted out after every episode of terrorist violence.  But it is as false as it is dangerous.

Eight years after 9/11, where's the Islamophobia?  The dust hadn't settled from the trade towers before it was pronounced from sea to shining sea that Islam was a religion of peace, and that Islamophobia was sure to run rampant in the streets, a sin we were all warned to guard against.  But like global warming, which has as yet failed to materialize in spite of so much fervent belief in its coming, Islamophobia never actually took root.

Islamophobia is a fabrication.  I've been considering a request from a post-graduate student who wants to do a thesis on Islamophobia in Australia.  She writes:  "I am researching the topic Islamophobia, and I am trying to prove whether Islamophobia is based on religion fear or cultural fear of Islam."  What about proving that Islamophobia exists at all?  That would be the logical, ethical and scholarly starting point.

Woman charged for Tinley Park hate crime.  A southwest suburban woman has been charged with a hate crime for an alleged attack on a Muslim woman at a grocery earlier this month.  Amal Abusumayah was paying for groceries at the Jewel store at 17117 S. Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park on Nov. 7 when she felt a sharp tug on her headscarf.  When she looked at who had pulled her hijab, she saw a woman who moments before had made a derogatory comment about Islam.

Stop Using the Word 'Islam' in Reports on Terrorism, Islamic Bloc Says.  If the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) had its way, media reporting on terrorist activity would exclude "any reference to Islam" — whatever the affiliation, identity or motivation of the perpetrators.  The bloc of Islamic nations, which is spearheading a drive at the United Nations to have the "defamation" of Islam outlawed, this week voiced criticism about media coverage of recent terrorist attacks.

A Modern-day Islamist Inquisition?  The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), an association of the world's Islamic states, is pushing the United Nations to outlaw "defamation" of religion in general, and of one religion in particular. ... The current proposal by the OIC member States to create legislation that would sanction perpetrators of "defamation of religion" has at least five problems.

Jews get killed, but Muslims feel vulnerable.  Shortly after the London Tube bombings in 2005, a reader of Tim Blair, The Sydney Daily Telegraph's columnist wag, sent him a noteperfect parody of a typical newspaper headline:  "British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow's Train Bombing."  Indeed.  And so it goes.  This time round — Mumbai — it was the Associated Press that filed a story about how Muslims "found themselves on the defensive once again about bloodshed linked to their religion"

Fort Dix:  The Backlash that Wasn't.  In the wake of the Fort Dix jihad plot arrests, the mainstream media featured numerous news articles focusing on the fears of other Muslims in America.  Philadelphia's CBS3 reported:  "Muslims in the region are bracing themselves for a possible backlash in response to the terror plot arrests."

Muslims fear backlash from Fort Dix attack plot.  Authorities' description of six suspects charged with plotting an attack on Fort Dix as "Islamic militants" is causing renewed worry among New Jersey's Muslim community.

Muslim leaders bemoan "Islamophobia" since 9/11.  American Muslims still face high levels of hatred and suspicion nearly five years after the September 11 attacks and political leaders and the news media are mostly to blame, Muslim leaders said on Friday [9/1/2006].

Father of one of Fort Dix Six says backlash hurting his pizzeria.  The father of one of the six men described as radical Islamists and charged with plotting to massacre soldiers at Fort Dix says the business he's nurtured for years is all but ruined since his son's arrest.

Profiling and Fascism.  No one is ever going to mistake Hooper for Martin Luther King, Jr. or CAIR for the NAACP.  And no one who knows a scintilla of Constitutional law will mistake increased screening of Muslim males at airports with racism.  The case law — for decades, beginning with Brown v. Board of Education — prohibits "invidious" discrimination:  it classifies people into different groups in which group members receive distinct and typically unequal treatments and rights without rational justification.  It is not only rational but proven by more than a decade of terrorist attacks that increased screening of Muslim males at airports is necessary to the safety of other airline passengers.

Muslim pilot reveals shock at being ordered off flight.  A British Muslim airline pilot yesterday described the "humiliating" moment when he was hauled off a transatlantic flight just before take-off.  Amar Ashraf, 28, who was born in Wrexham, North Wales, said he felt "demoralised and humiliated" after being told to leave the flight from Manchester to Newark by a stewardess, and then being questioned by armed police.  He believes his removal was down to having a "Muslim-sounding name".

Mutiny as passengers refuse to fly until Asians are removed.  British holidaymakers staged an unprecedented mutiny — refusing to allow their flight to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed.

["Asians" is apparently the code word used in British newspapers to denote people from the Middle East.]

Fearing for his life, Muslim Canadian spokesman quits post.  A spokesman for moderate Muslims has resigned from the Muslim Canadian Congress, citing death threats and safety concerns.  Tarek Fatah said his wife and daughters encouraged him to step down as communications director for the organization following an alarming number of threats and harassing phone calls.

Unilateral self-flagellation:  Upon arrival at Camp Delta [Guantanamo Bay], detainees are issued a blanket, a sheet, two orange jump suits, flip-flops, a foam sleeping pad, two bath towels, a washcloth, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a prayer rug and a Koran.  They are allowed two 15-minute showers per week; they get recreation time and three culturally sensitive meals per day.  Schedules are respectful of Islamic traditions, prayer calls are broadcast five times a day, and arrows painted on the floors point to Mecca.  Their regular quarters include a flushing toilet, running water and an off-the-floor bed.  Detainees who ask for them are provided with soccer balls, playing cards, chessboards and paperback books.  All of this courtesy of the American taxpayers the detainees have sworn to kill.

U.S. Muslim groups criticized.  President Bush on Thursday [8/10/2006] for calling a foiled plot to blow up airplanes part of a "war with Islamic fascists," saying the term could inflame anti-Muslim tensions.

Nothing inflames anti-Muslim tensions like Muslims hijacking airplanes.  I would say the Muslims need to get used to anti-Muslim tensions.

Welcome to the war on image.  In a recent meeting with Daniel Sutherland, head of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties division of the Department of Homeland Security, American University's Akbar Ahmed had some suggestions, beginning, according to an online report in the Pakistani Daily Times, with pretty much eliminating Muslim profiling at airports. … "You simply cannot humiliate Muslims like this," Akbar said, describing a "peak level of anger" in "the young generation on the edge."  Just one more pat-down and they'll blow.

Facing reality at the DMV:  Turning a full-face snapshot into a full-frontal clash between East and West takes multiculturalism to a new extreme.

"Islamophobic" or Informed?  A new Newsweek Poll on American attitudes toward Muslims and Islam has found that 46 percent of Americans believe that the United States is taking in too many Muslim immigrants.  32 percent think that Muslims in America are less loyal to the United States than they are to Islam.  28 percent believe that the Qur'an condones violence, and 41 percent hold that Islamic culture "glorifies suicide."

'Islamophobia' Used to Crush Muslim Dissent, Panel Says.  Muslim extremists are branding opponents "Islamophobes" in an effort to paint themselves as the victim and silence dissent and opposition to their political and religious beliefs, according to a panel convened in Washington, D.C., Tuesday [10/30/2007]. "'Islamophobia" has become … the new battleground in this war" on terrorism, Anne Bayefsky, a senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, said at the panel discussion.

The Islamicizing of Oklahoma:  In our weird world, it's not the Islamic message that's branded hateful or even insensitive; it's the person who rejects it.  This is the technique that usually shuts people up.  Maybe not this time.

Muslims slam their portrayal in the media.  The image of Muslims promoted by national and local media in Britain needs to be more positive, according to a new survey carried out by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

The Editor says...
You can't have it both ways.  You can't encourage suicide bombers to blow up the "infidels" and then expect to hear positive things said about Islam at the same time in the same country.

Employment Discrimination against American Muslims:  Myths and Realities.  A groundbreaking study published late last week investigates the skyrocketing trend of employment discrimination claims filed by members of the American Muslim community and finds that repeated assertions of a post-9/11 backlash against Muslims in the workplace are pure fiction.  The report by Jeffrey Breinholt of the International Assessment and Strategy Center, "Muslim Employment Discrimination:  A Legal Examination", goes so far as to conclude that these discrimination claims have correlated closely with the rise of Islamic terrorism directed at the US.

Homeland Insecurity.  Nidal Malik Hasan singlehandedly gunned down 43 American soldiers at Ft. Hood, killing thirteen in the process.  Janet Napolitano, and US Army Chief General George Casey's first reaction was to publically express concern about possible repercussions directed toward Muslims.  Months ago, ... while Hasan plotted to attack American soldiers, Big Sis focused on right-wing extremism in the form of pro-lifers, upstanding members of the American military and law abiding gun owners.

Islam's Burning Rage.  The firestorm of controversy that surrounded the ultimately unrealized plans of an obscure Florida pastor to burn a few copies of the Qur'an was truly remarkable, without any analog in the modern world.  If Terry Jones had announced an intention to put any other book in the world to the torch, no one would have taken any notice, much less threatened to set off a firestorm of righteous indignation.

Islam and the American Public.  The major attribute of the 9/11 attacks was shock.  They came out of nowhere — literally from a clear blue sky.  Only a handful in the intelligence community had any clear idea of what was involved.  For the rest of the country, surprise and bewilderment were the rule.  Under such circumstances, any tendency toward mob action, lynch law, or xenophobia would have burst forth immediately.  No such thing happened.

The Internet Causes Violent Reaction Among Muslims?  In an op-ed ... Michael Gerson of the Washington Post, blamed the internet for the viral global reaction over a "half-crazed Florida pastor" threatening to burn some Korans.  Bad internet!  The uproar had absolutely nothing to do with, say, radical Muslim's blood-thirsty knee jerk response whenever their beloved symbols are desecrated.  Instead it was a dastardly deed perpetrated by an electronic device capable of sending messages of peace, hate, and propaganda at lightning speed throughout the world.

Cry Islamophobia!  We Americans should be ashamed!  What an intolerant, bigoted, hateful lot we are!  Or so we are being told by our political and media elites.  Lawrence Wright, in The New Yorker  — yes, The New Yorker — announces:  "Culture wars are currently being waged against Muslim Americans across the country."  Are they really?  The crowds in Kandahar and Karachi will be most interested to hear that.  Even on Fox — yes, Fox — Chris Wallace talked last weekend of "growing anti-Islamic feeling in this country."  Excuse me, but where's the evidence?

Santa Clara resident says FBI planted tracking device on his car.  Yasir Afifi said he's pretty sure he meets the profile of a Muslim on the FBI watch list:  He found a GPS tracking device attached to his car last Sunday. ... "I'm half-Arab, a young Muslim, my dad was a religious role model in the community," the 20-year-old Santa Clara resident said Friday.  "I travel overseas for work and to visit my brothers in Egypt.  It's their ticket to bother me forever."

The Editor says...
Yes it is.

Muslim bias complaints rise.  At a time of growing tensions involving Muslims in the United States, a record number of Muslim workers are reporting cases of discrimination, from co-workers calling them "terrorist" or "Osama" to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.  Such complaints were increasing even before frictions erupted over the planned Islamic center near ground zero in Manhattan, with Muslim workers filing a record 803 such claims in the year ended Sept. 30.

Muslim Brotherhood Front Group Trains Airport Screeners.  The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has completed training for 2,200 Transportation Safety Officers (TSOs) at the Los Angeles International Airport according to a press release found on the MPAC website.  The MPAC release notes that the two-month training course informed officers of "the diversity of Muslims around the world from cultural dress to language to tenets.  The four trainers taught the TSOs how to properly handle a Quran and discussed the different ways Muslim women and men choose to cover or dress.

The Obama Administration Fights For Sharia Law.  Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to sue a suburban Chicago school district for denying a Muslim middle school female teacher three weeks of unpaid leave to abandon her students and make a pilgrimage to Mecca.  The teacher wanted to perform the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in a lifetime if he or she is able to do so.  Ironically, the Obama administration is suing over a practice that discriminates against women.

Muslim family claims bias at pool owned by county.  The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed two complaints Wednesday [12/29/2010] in Cook County Circuit Court claiming employees at a public pool discriminated against a Muslim family from Lyons based on their attire.

Judge dismisses suit over inmate's sausage scrambler.  A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Lancaster County jail of serving a Muslim inmate pork while he was awaiting trial on a drug charge.  Dario Scott, 48, pleaded guilty to the cocaine charge and is serving three to five years in the Community Corrections Center, a state-run prison in Lincoln.  In a lawsuit filed in October, Scott said staff at the Lancaster Correctional Facility served him a sausage and cheese scrambler with pork in it, despite assurances the jail's kitchen didn't serve pork, which Muslims often refrain from eating.

Are Muslims Being Victimized In America Today?  "Attacks on the American Muslim community and on Islam rose to an unprecedented level in 2010."  So claimed Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in an end-of-the-year fund-raising appeal. ... But is it true?  One might get the impression from all this that Muslims were huddled in their homes, cowering in the darkness as roving bands of Islamophobes marauded outside, throttling any hapless Believers who dared to stray outside.

What Would It Take For You To Go On Jihad?  What would it take for you to commit mass murder in the name of Allah?  Would you do it for money?  For love?  Out of a sense of justice?  Out of a sense of religious duty?  Absurd as they may seem, these are serious questions, for as jihad mass-murder plots are being uncovered in the United States more frequently than ever, those accused of perpetrating them, and several Islamic groups, increasingly are charging entrapment:  that overzealous FBI agents pushed poor innocent Muslims into taking part in a jihad plot that otherwise would never have existed.

The congressman told a teachable story this morning.  One problem:  It's untrue.
Rep. Keith Ellison's Bigotry.  This morning [3/10/2011], Rep. Keith Ellison (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, Minn.) appropriated a hearing on Islamic radicalism by weeping his way through a speech about whata-buncha-nasty-bigots Americans are.  He chose as his case in point Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-born Muslim American who rushed to lower Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to assist in rescue efforts, and died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Understanding Keith Ellison.  It's weird watching Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison take his place on the national stage in opposition to Peter King's hearing on homegrown Islamic extremism this week.  Yesterday he played his role to the hilt in his testimony at the hearings, turning on the waterworks in the conclusion of his testimony.  The Star Tribune was duly impressed.

The tears of a clown.  Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison started crying during Republican Congressman Peter King's hearing on Muslim radicalism.  Ellison was describing the death of Mohammad Salam Hamdani, a Muslim killed on 9/11, when his voice began to crack.  I was watching the hearing at home, and I instantly felt sorry for the guy.  Here he was defending his faith and those who hold it, and it was overwhelming.  Then, I thought:  this dude is faking it.  For one thing, the sequence seemed off.  When people cry, the process is pretty much the same.

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend.  On Thursday [3/10/2011], a local talk radio host who, like many Americans, was dumbstruck by the left's hysterical reaction to Peter King's Congressional hearings regarding Muslim radicalization, decided to read a list of terror plots to which this nation had been subjected since 9/11.  It took him more than half an hour to do so.  No doubt most Americans are under the impression that liberals oppose these hearings because they're "racist."  For the typically brainwashed, see-no-evil foot soldiers of progressivism, that's probably true.

The Editor says...
To believe that anti-Muslim sentiment is racist, you must first believe that Islam is a race.




The Mohammed cartoons

As the world has seen recently, militant Muslims on several continents don't hesitate to engage in deadly and destructive behavior when they are offended.

This latest uproar was triggered by the publication of several cariacatures of Mohammed in Danish newspapers.  If that's all it takes to start a Muslim riot, it doesn't take much.

Militant Islamism is headed toward world domination, despite its claims to be a religion of peace.  As usual, actions speak louder than words.

The latest:
Newspapers reprint Prophet Mohammed cartoon.  Newspapers across Europe Wednesday reprinted the controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked worldwide protests two years ago.  The move came one day after Danish authorities arrested three people allegedly plotting a "terror-related assassination" of Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist behind the drawing.

Danish imams urge calm as cartoon protests mount.  Danish Muslim preachers sought to soothe Muslim anger on Friday [2/15/2008] after newspapers reprinted a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad which caused outrage in Islamic countries two years ago.

Free Speech and Radical Islam:  For the past three months [Kurt] Westergaard and his wife have been on the run.  Mr. Westergaard did the most famous of the 12 Muhammad cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 — the one depicting the prophet with a bomb in his turban.  The cartoon was a satirical comment on the fact that some Muslims are committing terrorist acts in the name of Islam and the prophet.  Tragically, Mr. Westergaard's fate has proven the point of his cartoon:  In the early hours of Tuesday morning [2/12/2008] Danish police arrested three men who allegedly had been plotting to kill him.

Three held over 'plot to kill cartoonist'.  Danish authorities today arrested two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin in an alleged plot to murder a cartoonist who drew a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, the police intelligence chief said.

Muslims March Against Reprinting of Danish Newspaper Cartoons Depicting Muhammad.  Thousands of residents in the conservative Gaza Strip ruled by the militant Islamic Hamas movement marched in the Jebaliya refugee camp chanting: "What Denmark said is heresy."

The Editor says...
"Militant" and "conservative" are rarely used in the same sentence to describe the same people.

Muslim group loses cartoons libel case in Denmark.  A Muslim group lost a libel case on Friday [7/13/2007] against the leader of a Danish anti-immigrant party who had accused its members of treason for publicising cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

They can dish it out, but they can't take it.
Hamas Cartoon Rabbit Promises to 'Eat the Jews'.  A Hamas children's television program has killed off its second animal hero and raised up a third: a cartoon rabbit that promises to "eat up the Jews."

Court Acquits Satirical French Mag Over Mohammed Cartoons.  A Paris court on Thursday [3/22/2007] acquitted the editor of a satirical French weekly, sued by two Muslim groups for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.  Applause broke out in the courtroom at the announcement of the verdict, which ruled that the three cartoons published by the weekly Charlie Hebdo in February 2006 were not insulting to the Muslim community.

The Road to Serfdom.  Although the British media refused to republish the caricatures, British Muslims held terrifying protests throughout the country where they called for the destruction of Britain, the US, Denmark and Israel and for the murder of all who refuse to accept the global domination of Islam.

Mohammed cartoons 'sparked bomb plot'.  The publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed was the trigger for a failed attempt to bomb passenger trains in Germany, police have concluded.

When fear cows the media:  The vast majority of US media outlets have shied away from reproducing the drawings, but to my knowledge only the Phoenix has been honest enough to admit that it is capitulating to fear.

Mohammed Cartoon Editor Sees 'Clash of Cultures' Underway.  Islamic criticism directed against newspapers' decisions to publish cartoons depicting Mohammed stemmed from hypocritical reasoning and anti-democratic attitudes, the editor at the center of the row said on Wednesday [12/6/2006].

Borders, Waldenbooks Won't Carry Magazine.  Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.

The controversy is about culture clash, not cartoons.  We're not talking about "religion."  We're talking about a specific religion — Islam.  Does anyone truly think that the burning of Danish embassies and calls for the "slaughter" of those responsible by Muslim protestors have really taught the BBC or the New York Times to be more polite to evangelical Christians or Orthodox Jews?

Cartoon wars:  There is no question that these cartoons are offensive to many Muslims.  They offend against a convention in Islam that the Prophet should not be depicted.  And they offend because they can be read as equating Islam with terrorism: one cartoon has Muhammad with a bomb for his headgear.  It is not a good idea for newspapers to insult people's religious or any other beliefs just for the sake of it.  But that is and should be their own decision, not a decision for governments, clerics or other self-appointed arbiters of taste and responsibility.

Muslim bites dog:  The amazing part of the great Danish cartoon caper isn't that Muslims immediately engage in acts of mob violence when things don't go their way.  That is de rigueur for the Religion of Peace.  Their immediate response to all bad news is mass violence.

UN:  Don't publish Mohammed cartoons.  UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan scolded the media for continuing to publish cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed and defended an attempt by Islamic nations to have a new UN human-rights council address religious defamation.

Twelve voices defend freedom as Big Media cowers.  Last month, 12 mainly European-based, mainly Muslim or ex-Muslim intellectuals, alarmed by the spell on free speech cast by Cartoon Rage 2006, signed onto an anti-totalitarian manifesto for freedom of expression published by Denmark's Jylland-Posten.

Muslims outraged by new cartoon of Prophet in Hell.  An Italian magazine has infuriated Muslims by publishing a cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed cut in half and burning in Hell.

UN chief pleads for dialogue as protests escalate over prophet cartoons.  Tens of thousands of Turks took part in protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, as United Nations chief Kofi Annan urged calm and an end to "megaphone diplomacy".

Fear Factor:  the Muslim world has erupted in anger and indignation over the publication of a series of editorial cartoons in Denmark that criticize Islam and its prophet Mohammed.  Protestors have burnt three consulates, two in Syria and one in Lebanon and many Muslims have gone into the streets demanding violent revenge for the insult to their faith … by editorial cartoonists.

Campus clash on cartoon riots simply juvenile.  What happened at the University of California at Irvine last week would have embarrassed a reasonably mature 8-year-old.  It seems two campus groups, the College Republicans and the United American Committee, held a panel discussion about the riots that engulfed parts of the Middle East and Asia last month over a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammed.

How vast is the chasm between the West and Islamists.  At first I sympathized with your anger at the Danish cartoons because it's impolite to trample on other people's religious symbols.  But as the rage spread and the issue grew more cosmic, many of us in the West were reminded of how vast the chasm is between you and us.  There was more talk than ever about a clash of civilizations.  We don't just have different ideas; we have a different relationship to ideas.

Cartoon Riots:  Colossal Muslim Mistake.  The cartoon riots are a colossal Muslim mistake.  They have exposed Islam's mortal weakness to the world:  that it is so insecure it can't take the heat of ridicule.  Instead of being confident, assured, and fearless, Muslims through their pathological outrage over some cartoons in an obscure Danish-language newspaper, are proclaiming to the world their lack of confidence, lack of assurance, and fear.

Cartoons, but not the funnies.  In Czechoslovakia, under communism, it was common to see signs that read "Workers of the world, unite" in the windows of fruit and vegetable stores.  Vaclav Havel, in his book "Living In Truth," discerned the significance of those signs. … Mr. Havel shrewdly points out that even a modest shopkeeper would be ashamed to put up a sign that literally read "I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient."

Calvin and Hobbes — and Muhammad.  As my regular readers know, I've long been skeptical of the "Religion of Peace" moniker for Muslims — for at least 3,000 reasons right off the top of my head.  I think the evidence is going my way this week.

Censorship by firing squad.  Nobody knows how many death threats have arisen from the cartoon dispute.  Under the circumstances, civility might emerge as less important than standing up now to the danger of censorship through fear.

We are all Danes now.  The current uproar over cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper illustrates yet again the fascist intolerance that is at the heart of radical Islam.

Monsters of the Arab street:  Rarely does history provide such a perfect point of comparison, and the contrasting responses could hardly be more telling:  When faced with a nearly identical situation, one faith resorted to violence, threats and rage like unruly savages; the other was civil, responding (if at all) with letters to the editor, calls for a boycott and many public denunciations.

Cartoon wars:  Occasionally moral clarity comes with something quite simple, like political cartoons.  These riots impress upon us an objective truth:  the "clash of civilizations" is more than a conflict between peoples; it is between the 21st and the 7th centuries; between a God who has "commissioned" his followers to exact judgment on the world, according to their narrow interpretation, and a God who offers man grace, along with the freedom to choose or reject it, reserving judgment for Himself on another day.

Mob rule?  In the old gangland days, I believe they called it extortion and blackmail — properties a million times uglier now, magnified by the power of the Middle Eastern gangs and their cronies everywhere, including Europe, to hit and hit hard. No warnings, no explanation, just the uncorked rage.  And the crumbling of exploded buildings and the punishment of human flesh.

Cowardice meets hypocrisy:  Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie told Editor & Publisher he wouldn't publish the Danish cartoons because of "general good taste."  Had Mr. Downie developed his good taste a week earlier, the Post might not have published a Tom Toles editorial cartoon of a quadruple amputee soldier so vile all six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote a letter to the editor protesting it.

Thousands of Muslims protest in London over cartoons.  In marked contrast to the last week's angry demonstrations, the protest appeared good natured and there was no sign of extreme anti-Western placards.

Muslim hard-liners 'ready to die'.  Malaysia has declared the possession of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad illegal as thousands of Muslims marched in the country's biggest demonstration against the caricatures, calling for the destruction of Denmark, Israel and the US.  "Long live Islam.  Destroy Denmark.  Destroy Israel.  Destroy George Bush.  Destroy America," shouted some 3,000 protesters who marched in a steady rain to Danish Embassy from a nearby mosque.

Picking the right provocation.  Muslims, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might say, are very different from you and me. Muslims say the same thing about us, sometimes with guns, scimitars and explosives.

Let's be honest about cartoons.  The editor of the Los Angeles Times does not think you need to see any of the cartoons that have triggered deadly riots across the Muslim world.  Earlier this week, I proposed illustrating this column with examples of the caricatures first published last fall in a Danish newspaper.  If readers are to form rational opinions about both the ferocity of Islamic reaction and the American news media's response to it, I thought, surely at least a glance at one or two of these mild cartoons is required.

Pursuing mayhem:  The mayhem has centered in four nations:  Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Syria.  Each has a double-digit unemployment rate, and poverty rates between 32 percent and 52 percent.  All have large pools of idle men who can show up for a mob activity at a moment's notice.  In short, they're havens for losers, uniquely equipped to stage such spectacles.

The Cartoon Intifada.  The damage these demonstrators are doing to the image of Islam is incalculable, far beyond what any poison-penned cartoonist could accomplish.  So why are they doing it?

Let's be honest:  Multiculturalism can kill a nation.  The lesson of the Muhammad cartoon controversy is: Multiculturalism between nations is inevitable, but multiculturalism within nations is disastrous.

The Outrage of the Muslim world is misplaced.  The uproar in the Islamic world over Danish cartoons lampooning the prophet Muhammad reminds us that much of that world misunderstands what democracy means.  A Danish paper published the 12 cartoons in September.  One showed the prophet with a turban made of explosives; in another, he greets a line of suicide bombers in heaven with the words "Stop, stop, we have run out of virgins."

Democracy and the 'Muslim street'.  The proverbial "Muslim street" has been up in arms recently over 12 unsavory cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad which were originally published in a Danish newspaper last September.  On Monday [1/30/2006], Palestinian gunmen stormed the European Union office in Gaza, saying their anger over the cartoons made them do it.

Fight the bullies of Islam.  Something very important is happening in Denmark — a showdown over freedom, tolerance, and their wolfish menaces in religious clothing.

European Muslims reveal their true face during protests against caricatures of Muhammad.  With poster boards containing slogands such as 'Freedom go to hell' and 'Europe is cancer, Islam is the answer', the European-based Islamists have reaffirmed their utter and complete rejection of the concept of personal liberty, as well as the values and cultures of the societies that have extended a welcoming hand to them and for years have been channeling millions of euros in aid packages to their homelands.

Restraint, please — except for taking retaliatory action on Mr Bongo-brains.  If you were to hold one of those notorious Danish-style competitions, to solicit, say, the most ironic slogan on a placard at a demonstration, last week's legend "Freedom of Expression Go To Hell", would be hard to beat.  It would have made more sense if the placard had had the words covered up, so only the waver knew what was written on it.  Sense, of course, wasn't in it.

The Mohammed Cartoons:  Since not only freedom of the press but also freedom of religion are threatened, it is vital to be clear-sighted about the issues at stake.

Muhammad cartoon row intensifies.  Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.



Links:

The cartoons that caused the flap can be seen here.

Controversial Cartoons:  Here are the fake cartoons that Danish imams used to inflame public opinion about the original cartoons.  They never appeared in any Danish publication.  The whole story can be seen here.

See also The Mohammed Image Archive:  Depictions of Mohammed [flattering or not] throughout History.

CAGE  has a compilation of photos showing the reaction to the publication of the cartoons.

We are Sorry.  In the middle of all the mayhem surrounding the Danish cartoons controversy, a group of Arab and Muslim youth have set up this website to express their honest opinion, as a small attempt to show the world that the images shown of Arab and Muslim anger around the world are not representative of the opinions of all Arabs.



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