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?"
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".
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...p>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Why bother with a trial, if this outcome is guaranteed?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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
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.
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.
warns Afghan massacre could inspire extremists in the US. That would be worth discussing, except that
everything provokes Muslim extremists in the US.
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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
'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.["]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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."
The Editor says...
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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].
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
about Islam vs Feminism.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
"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.
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.
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?]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Journey.
Marked 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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:
'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.
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.
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….
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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….
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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."
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.
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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