Friday, March 27, 2015

Islamic State says Caesarean births are "un-Islamic"

Does it get any more surreal?  Down the rabbitt hole we go...

"The Islamic State order stipulates that the new charges are aimed at deterring hospitals from carrying out routine Caesareans"

From the Daily Mail March 27 by Robert Verkaik

Now ISIS clamps down on mothers having 'un-Islamic' Caesarean births

Islamic State is clamping down on Caesarean operations in the latest attack on what it perceives to be decadent Western practices.

Doctors working for ISIS have been ordered to charge 15,000 Syrian pounds for a Caesarean childbirth operation, the equivalent of two months salary for the average Syrian worker.

Under the harsh new rules enforced by the terror group, doctors who carry out the operations without charging the fee will now face unspecified punishments.

The Islamic State order stipulates that the new charges are aimed at deterring hospitals from carrying out routine Caesareans.

But the high fees will force women who can't afford the operations to endure painful childbirth.

A written order published in the northern Syrian province of Deir az-Zor states: 'in order to assist the believers from the sons of Islam who are working in the medical corps to support their brothers from the poor and others besides them from the Muslim populace, and with the desire to keep the course of medical work removed from arbitrary whim.'

It adds: 'This is to be considered as tantamount to a written order and all who contravene it will be held accountable in the Dar al-Qaḍa [IS judiciary] with attendant consequence.'

There is growing opposition among Islamic clerics to Western trends in gynaecology developments and in particular to mothers who wish to have a pain-free childbirth sometimes referred to as 'too posh to push'.

One scholar has recently claimed that the rise in Caesarean operations in the Middle East is part of a plot against Muslim mothers.

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al Uthaymeen has ruled that Muslim mothers shouldn't need any decadent pain-relieving assistance in the delivery of their babies.

In his ruling published on an Islamic website he says: 'I would like to take this opportunity to point out a phenomenon that has been mentioned to us, which is that many obstetricians, male and female, in the hospitals are too keen for birth to take place by surgical means, which is known as a Caesarean.

'I am afraid that this may be a plot against the Muslims, because the more births take place in this manner, the more the skin of the abdomen is weakened and pregnancy becomes more dangerous for the woman, and she becomes unable to get pregnant.'

He adds: 'Some of the people who work in private hospitals have told me that many women come to the hospitals and their specialists tell them that there is no alternative to a Caesarean, then they go to this private hospital and give birth naturally.'
Leaders of the Islamic State have tried to build a modern health service and have appealed to doctors from all over the world to travel to Syria and Iraq to join their medical teams.

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Obama declassifies top secret Israeli nuclear program plans, become public through FOIA

It is clear now that the Obama White House sees Israel as an enemy.  Cozying up to Iran by giving them, through their declassification of sensitive and top secret information, ammunition to ratchet up the demonization of Israel does not bode well for future discussions on peace in the region.  

Most telling in the report is the fact that information on other major nuclear powers such as France, Italy and Germany is still classified and not for public view.  There is only one reason Israel alone has been exposed: Obama wants to see Israel, at the very least humiliated and at most defeated in their bid to survive.

He is not my president.

From Arutz Sheva March 25 by Ari Yashar and Matt Wanderman

US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu's March 3 address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran's nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.

Another highly suspicious aspect of the document is that while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel's sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.

The 386-page report entitled "Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations" gives a detailed description of how Israel advanced its military technology and developed its nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.

Israel is "developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level," reveals the report, stating that in the 1980s Israelis were reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs.

The revelation marks a first in which the US published in a document a description of how Israel attained hydrogen bombs.

The report also notes research laboratories in Israel "are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories," the key labs in developing America's nuclear arsenal.

Israel's nuclear infrastructure is "an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories," it adds.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

Obama traded five battle hardened jihadists for a deserter, and as far as I am concerned a traitor.  It is alleged he converted to Islam while in captivity, and his desertion was supposedly to find the Taliban and turn himself over to them.  I believe he is complicit in his own captivity, thus a traitor to his country and the oath he took when joining the military.

He should be shot, but he will most likely get life in prison.

From ABC News March 25 by Luis Martinez and Lee Ferran

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today.

Bergdahl was freed after five years in Taliban captivity in a controversial deal last year in which the U.S. agreed to release five mid- to high-level Taliban figures from detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar.

Qatar is a clandestine supporter of global jihad and a haven for Islamists, but never mind all that.

After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as someAfghan war veterans alleged.

The Army said today Bergdahl has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”

The second count is the more severe of the two, carrying a potential sentence of “confinement for life” should Bergdahl be convicted. Both charges also potentially carry a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private, and a total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

"We ask that all Americans continue to withhold judgment until the facts of this case emerge," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in a statement. "We also ask that government officials refrain from leaking information or engaging in other conduct that endangers our client's right to a fair trial."

The Army said the case has been referred to a military preliminary hearing akin to a grand jury inquiry, which is “designed to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to merit a court-martial,” after which a higher authority will decide to go ahead with a court-martial against Bergdahl or drop the charges...

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Islamic State selling looted artifacts on eBay

This coin, which came from the ancient city of Apamea in western Syria, sold for $135 on eBay - the equivalent of around £91

"The trade in antiquities is a profitable business for the terror group and is thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds..."

From the Daily Mail March 14 by Jack Krone

2,000-year-old artefacts looted by ISIS from ancient sites in Iraq and Syria are being sold on EBAY

2,000-year-old artefacts looted from ancient sites in Iraq and Syria by ISIS are being sold on eBay as jihadis cash in on relics dating back millennia.

Jewellery, ceramics and coins plundered from museums within ISIS territory are known to pass between criminal gangs before turning up in Gulf States and later appearing on trading websites.

Two coins from Apamea, in western Syria, which date back to Ancient Greece have appeared on eBay with price tags of £57 and £90.

This comes after entire Roman mosaics were ripped up by a bulldozer from the ancient site.

The trade in antiquities is a profitable business for the terror group and is thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds, The Times reports.

As well as looting ancient artefacts, ISIS is known to levy a 'tax on valuable and historical items found in its territory to ensure the group's central administration benefits financially from raids on museums.

The number of artefacts flowing from the war zone is so great that their market price has actually fallen....

CIA head Brennen says Islamic State "not Islamic"

The smoke and mirrors continues unabated from the White House.  I don't think they even listen to the words coming out of their mouths, instead they just spew the party line.  Islam and Muslims are not waiting for us to define what is, and what is not Islam, so any pronouncements by Brenner are only met with laughter and the knowledge that the jihad can continue unencumbered by honest scrutiny.

From ZeeNews March 23

CIA Director says Islamic State represents ''ideology of violence, '' not Islam

Washington: CIA Director John O. Brennan has cautioned against categorizing the Islamic State (IS) fighters as followers of Muslim faith by saying that they represent an "ideology of violence" and not religion.

In an interview, Brennan stuck to the Obama administration`s official line and stressed on the need to not use phrases like "radical Islam" for the IS terrorists, The Washington Times reported.
Brennan warned that it would be a mistake to link the IS with Islam, when majority of Muslims around the globe have denounced, condemned their actions and therefore, he added, "we should not give them any religious legitimacy."

The CIA Chief added that he was prepared to call them "extremists" and "violent terrorists" who misrepresent Islamic faith.

Rather than call them what they call themselves.  I wonder how he would react if I said I didn't like his name John anymore, and from now on I would call him Barney. 

French PM Valls: nothing must slow down Islam in France

Manuel Valls and his Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve believe there can be a "French Islam" where the sharia is benign, discrimination of women is nonexistent and religious relativism will reign supreme.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as they will soon find out.  To define Islam in Western terms will do nothing to blunt the ideological teachings endemic with Islam since 610AD.

With the surrender of France to Islam, and Britain and Germany not far behind, the clash of civilizations predicted by Samuel Huntington is rapidly approaching.

From GalliaWatch March 14

Nothing must slow down Islam

The comments made by Manuel Valls on March 3 during a visit to the grand mosque of Strasbourg (above) are worth noting, even though I'm a bit late in reporting them. They come under the same category as those made by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who recently announced a new "dialogue" with Muslim leaders and the relaunching of an Islamic "foundation" to fund various cultural activities. Both men are working diligently to implant Islam firmly in France. With every new mosque, every new concession to halal food, every new welcome to imams, they eradicate a bit more of French tradition, and bring the country a step closer to overt conflict. From Le Point:

Manuel Valls wants to meet the challenge of "anything that slows down the Islam of France," in particular with regard to the training of imams. But he wants also to stem the "reflex" of soliciting foreign countries to finance mosques. "I hope to act, we hope to act… and we hope that everybody, you first among them, see the depth of the problems we have to deal with today," he declared during a meeting with Muslim leaders at the grand mosque of Strasbourg. "Anything that delays an Islam of France, even if this is already a reality, that's the great challenge we must face."

"If there is no miracle recipe, things are little by little taking shape. Larger mosques, more worthy ones, have been built. Now, it is in the field of training that we must invest. And the State wants to provide the means," said Valls who would later elaborate on this during a visit to the University of Strasbourg, where he announced that the State would increase to twelve, from the current six, the number of universities that offered courses for imams.

Valls insisted that there was no need to seek funds for mosques from foreign countries:

"In France, all the energy, all the necessary resources already exist for the development of Islam."

He then launched into a condemnation of extremism:

Islamist extremism and the extreme right are two "major dangers for the Republic" that "nourish each other".

"We must not hide from the challenges we are facing.The rise of populism, of the extreme right, in Europe and in France, feeds naturally on the rise of jihadism, terrorism, and radical extremism. At bottom, these two extremisms feed one another and represent a major danger for our democracy, our society and our ability to live together. I am sometimes surprised, angered, by the fact that people are not sufficiently aware of this. The only answer, the only one, to these two dangers that feed on each other is the Republic. The only answer is laïcité, education, the university, knowledge, intelligence, the ability to live together. Otherwise our plan, our national plan, will be in jeopardy."

He's clear about his intention to radically transform France into a Muslim country (which it already is) and to re-program the minds and hearts of the people so that they agree to live side by side with elements that are antithetical to French law, tradition, mores and customs.

And the only reason he is against Islamic extremism is that it fosters the rise of Marine Le Pen. Otherwise it would appear he has no problem with jihad.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Islamic State posts names and photos of 100 service members

Know that it is wajib (religious duty) for you to kill these kuffar! and now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for? Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe…

But John Kerry says the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, and that it is a religion of peace! Is the Islamic State misunderstanding their religion?  Maybe Kerry can go over there and explain it to them.

From New York Daily News March 21 by Jason Molinet

ISIS hackers call for homegrown ‘jihad’ against U.S. military, posts names and addresses of 100 service members

Islamic State hackers have posted the personal details of 100 U.S. service members they claim took part in the bombing of ISIS targets in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan – and called on homegrown radicals to strike back.

The group calling itself Islamic State Hacking Division allegedly gathered the dossier from cracked military databases and made an open call for “jihad against the crusaders” using, a Polish-based social network favored by ISIS propagandists.

“These Kuffar that drop bombs over Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Khurasan and Somalia are from the same lands that you reside in, so when will you take action?” the group asks. “Know that it is wajib for you to kill these kuffar! and now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for? Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe…”

The black flag entry is a self-styled terrorist WikiLeaks titled “Target: United States Military.”

It lists the name, unit and address of 100 U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines – many of them pilots – along with headshots of each. One of the targeted is a Navy aviator from upstate New York.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Malaysia: new legislation says leaving Islam punishable by death

The most populous Muslim country and one held up as a shining example of Islamic moderation is about to deal with the question of death for apostasy.  There should never be a reason in this enlightened world to have a discussion about whether someone should be killed for changing their religion, but within Islam alone, that tenet is enshrined within the doctrine through the hadiths of Muhammad.  A discussion of this tenet would go far in reforming Islam, but that will not happen until the ulema decides to reopen the gate of ijtihad and have an honest talk about how to bring Islam into the 21st century.

From FMT March 18

Apostasy under Kelantan’s hudud carries the death penalty

The hudud bill to be tabled by Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) before the Kelantan State Assembly prescribes the death penalty for the offence of apostasy, the Malay Mail Online reports today.

The Syariah Criminal Code II 1993 classifies “intidah” and “riddah” as voluntary or deliberate pronouncements or utterances of words that violate a Muslim’s creed, known has aqidah.

These involve challenges to fundamental aspects of the Islamic faith of every Muslim, including Rukun Islam (Pillars of Islam), Rukun Iman (Pillars of Faith) and the distinction between halal and haram.

According to the report, the enactment does not define what would constitute a violation of Rukun Islam or Rukun Iman.

Under the proposed legislation, the immediate punishment for such an offence is imprisonment over a period to be determined by the Syariah Court “for the purpose of repentance.”

However, chillingly it goes on to say that if the offender fails to repent, the punishment may extend to execution.

“Provided that when he repents whether the repentance is done before the death sentence is pronounced or after such pronouncement is carried out, he shall be free of the hudud sentence and his forfeited property shall be returned to him,” the enactment says, as quoted by the report.

A senior lawyer consulted by FMT suggests that the provisions were also against basic legal principles and also opens up the grave possibility of arbitrary exercises of the power by state authorities.

“Firstly, what constitutes a violation of Rukun Islam and Rukun Iman appears not to be properly defined, leaving them open to interpretation,” he suggests.

“Secondly, the fact that the purpose of the punishment – even to the point of execution – is to secure repentance throws open the possibility of a citizen being coerced involuntarily into remaining in the faith,” he adds.

“It is a trite principle of law that admissions and confessions must be voluntarily given – they cannot be extracted by inducement, threat or promise.”

“Thirdly, and most importantly, it is a clear violation of the fundamental constitutional right of freedom of religion.”

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Pentagon loses 500M in weapons in Yemen

The shoulder-shrugging in intense as everyone and no-one takes all and no responsibility for the missing cache of arms.

"In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands"

This could go well...

From The Washington Post March 17 by Craig Whitlock

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.

“We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” said a legislative aide on Capitol Hill who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

U.S. military officials declined to comment for the record. A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the Pentagon, said there was no hard evidence that U.S. arms or equipment had been looted or confiscated. But the official acknowledged that the Pentagon had lost track of the items.

Indonesia close to death penalty for being gay

Indonesia, moderate and modern, home to hundreds of millions of Muslims, one of the largest Islamic countries in the world and a beacon of "moderate" Islam is very close to passing law giving the death penalty for being gay.  When will we hear organized outrage from the LGBT community about this obvious discrimination?  We will not, because being gay is being a victim, and Muslims are as much the victim of "Islamophobia" as gays are a victim of "homophobia".  The silence from the LGBT community is deafening, and that silence allows the screams and pleas from those gays who are being persecuted, and those who will die because of officially sanctioned Islamic law to be heard loud and clear.

From America Blog March 17 by Jon Green

Indonesia’s top clerics issue fatwa against gays

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the most prominent Islamic clerical organization in the country, has issued a fatwa calling for the death penalty to be imposed for the crime of having gay sex.

The edict was issued earlier this month to “remind” the public that homosexuality is a “deviant sexual behavior” that the society should not tolerate, as it puts a “stain on the dignity of Indonesia.”

As Hasanuddin A.F., the head of the MUI’s fatwa commission, said, as quoted by the Jakarta Globe:

It doesn’t matter that they love each other…The law still prohibits it. In Islamic law, it’s a sexual act that must be heavily punished. It would be bad if the government allows same-sex marriage.

The fatwa is particularly worrisome given how influential MUI is in Indonesia, which is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. The organization was founded under Suharto’s New Order in 1975, and has since been the umbrella organization for Muslim clerics in the country. So when they tell believers in Indonesia that a certain group of people shouldn’t have the full protection of the law behind them, it carries quite a bit of weight. Prior fatwas issued by the MUI have been used to justify violence against the Ahmadiyah community, a sect of Islam branded as heretical by the MUI.

And given the already-high rate of violence against religious minorities in the country, the active incitement to religiously-motivated violence against the homosexuals, coming from the country’s most prominent religious body, has put Indonesia’s LGBT community on notice.

On paper, Indonesia is typically considered one of the world’s more progressive majority-Muslim countries. Its constitution officially grants its citizens freedom of religion (provided that you subscribe to one of the six religions recognized by the government) and, while same-sex marriage is prohibited, homosexuality is only officially criminalized in a few localities.

The country is also frequently held up as an example of how wrong critics of Islam are when they say that the religion is used to make life worse for those who don’t adhere to its principles. After all, only 16 percent of Indonesia’s Muslims believe that the death penalty should be assigned to apostates.

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Islamic State destroys 4th century monastery in Iraq

Blast: The ancient building, built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago, stood in the Christian-dominated town of Bakhdida, just 20 miles south east of oil rich ISIS stronghold Mosul

The cultural genocide continues apace.  The destruction of ancient artifacts is in line with Qur'anic commands, and so the Islamic State is practicing Islam as practiced by Muhammad, the perfect man, or "al-insan al-kamil".  The Qur'an says that ruins are a sign of Allah's punishment to those who have rejected Islam as the true religion: "Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth" (3:137).

From Daily Mail March 19 by John Hall

Another blow to Christianity and civilisation: ISIS destroy 4th Century Mar Benham monastery in Iraq

Barbaric Islamic State militants have dealt yet another blow to Christian history in Iraq by using explosives to destroy the 4th Century Mar Benham monastery.

The ancient building, built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago, stood in the Christian-dominated town of Bakhdida, just 20 miles south east of oil rich ISIS stronghold Mosul.

Locals took to social media to share images of the massive blast, which reduced the ancient monastery to little more than vast piles of rubble.

The attack was later confirmed by Kurdish journalists familiar with developments in the city.

Mar Benham monastery was captured by ISIS last July in a lightning advance that saw the militants seize control of vast swathes of northern Iraq - including the country's second largest city, Mosul.

Resident monks who live in the building - which is also known as the Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah, and was once visited by thousands of Christians and Muslims every year - were subsequently forced to leave and flee to nearby Christian villages.

The destruction of the religious building was subsequently confirmed by Barzan Sadiq, executive producer at Kurdish Rudaw media network, according to the International Business Times.

'#ISIS blew the monastery of the two martyrs "Mar Behnam & His sister Sarah Mart",which dates back to the fourteenth century eastern #Mosul,' he was quoted as saying on Twitter, citing the Islamic calender.

The destruction of the monastery came just days it was claimed that 'ancient' statues infamously filmed being smashed to pieces by ISIS militants in a Mosul museum were all worthless fakes.

The terrorist organisation released shocking footage at the end of February purportedly showing jihadis destroying 3,000-year-old artworks with sledgehammers in their northern Iraqi stronghold.

But Baghdad museum director Fawzye al-Mahdi ridiculed the propaganda exercise, claiming the genuine priceless Assyrian and Akkadian statues and sculptures are still safely in his possession in the Iraqi capital, adding that those in Mosul were plaster cast replicas.

If true, this would be good news for the world.  Lets pray what he claims is true.

The destruction of the monastery emerged as the United Nations human rights office said that ISIS fighters may have committed genocide against the minority Yezidi community in Iraq as well as crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians including children.

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NY High School does The Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

"Zinc said he was instructed to read the Pledge of Allegiance in different languages that week to promote diversity, but received a hail of backlash for it"

Reading the Pledge in different languages to "promote diversity" is as specious an argument as schools having Western teens wear the hijab to "promote diversity".  To let stand the religious relativism that all are equal (from Western norms) does not promote diversity, it instead distances the ability to delineate the differences, or identify possible friction in that religion when measured against Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any other mainstream religious belief. 

Our schools are not the unbiased bastions of free speech they used to be, they are propaganda machines churning out programmed graduates with little real knowledge of the world at large.

From NY Daily News March 19 by  Jason Silverstein and Melissa Chan

Upstate New York high school reads Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, angering some students and leading to district apology

The upstate New York high school senior who ignited furor over the Arabic reading of the Pledge of Allegiance was trying to show the great cultural rift in the nation when he divided the student body.

"A lot of people said stuff like, 'You're waking up terrorism in America,'" Andrew Zinc, 18, told the Daily News. "I was expecting outrage from the student body ... I wasn't expecting it to get this big."

Zinc, the elected student assembly president, sparked controversy Wednesday at Pine Bush High School when he allowed another student to recite the country’s oath of allegiance in Arabic during the school’s Foreign Language Week celebration.

The girl, identified as Dana and believed to be Muslim, asked Zinc permission before she took over the loud speaker following his daily morning announcements.

"As soon as she asked, I knew without hesitation I would say yes,” he said. “I felt impassioned about it because I knew what would happen. I knew people wouldn't like it.”

“The point of reading it in another language is that it doesn't matter what language you speak,” the teen added. “America is defined by what you believe, not what you speak or how you look. I wanted everyone to see this so we could see that deep cultural divide."

Zinc said he was instructed to read the Pledge of Allegiance in different languages that week to promote diversity, but received a hail of backlash for it.

In some classrooms, students reportedly catcalled during the reading or sat down in protest.

The reading “divided the school in half,” Superintendent Joan Carbone told theTimes Herald-Record. It also caused students to harass Dana, Zinc said.

"That poor girl was crying in school yesterday. People would not leave her alone,” he said.

The school also allegedly canceled its Foreign Language Week following the outrage and banned Zinc from reading announcements for the rest of the year, he claims.

"No matter how much our administration says we accept and promote diversity, that is clearly not true,” Zinc said. "I just wanted to start a conversation, and it's disappointing to me that administration is trying to kick this under the rug instead of talking about it."

Principal Aaron Hopmayer, who has apologized for the Arabic announcement in a building-wide announcement, did not immediately return a call for comment to confirm.

Broken Silence

I have not posted updates here at Islamtodayoregon in the last few weeks, and you the reader deserve an explanation.  I am in my final quarter of college and have been taking up to 18 credits of 400 level classes, and to say it has been a challenge does no justice to the word challenge.  I am bound and determined to finish my bachelors degree in history with a minor in philosophy (everyone from Aristotle to Schleiermacher and beyond) and so I am using that as an excuse for the lack of updated postings recently.

There is so much to absorb and so much to research and write that I have been forced to neglect this blog and your need to have the best and most factual news on jihad, Islamic theology and the continuing growth of global Islam.  I am closing in on the end of my next to last semester and most assignments have been written, so I can take a bit of a breather and concentrate on my first responsibility-you the reader.

With Spring Break here this coming week, I will be back researching and posting news about the continuing spread of Islam worldwide.  This blog is but a small voice, part of the larger narrative that asks the tough questions, demands the truthful answers and never waivers from its goal: revealing the facts on Islam from those who define, practice and encourage the "religion of peace".

As always, your comments are welcome, your support encourages me to continue the journey of truth, freedom and liberty that is required if we are to stop the rise of global jihad and the domination of Islam globally.  Thank you.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The "21"

Where do we go from here?

How does mankind move forward when 21 Christians, followers of the Prince of Peace are, slaughtered precisely because they are Christians?  Slaughtered by members of the "Religion of Peace" in the name of Allah the moon god and the prophet/pedophile/bandit Muhammad as they tried to make a living as laborers in Libya.

I have watched Islam for almost 30 years, watched it metastasize and grow, cancerous and malignant into something that re-defines the word barbarity.  I am stunned beyond the capacity for rational thought, spun into a world of pain and confusion I never knew existed, scrambling for answers to questions I can barely assemble.

The discord, dissonance, derivative responses and deliberate deception from all quarters is almost overwhelming, What I thought I knew, that gut feeling that all you know must be true has been tossed to the four winds, scattered with no immediate means to gather them up again in a coherent form.
I am trying to see this through different lenses, so I can get order from chaos.  My theological training and upbringing, my Jewish heritage and acceptance of Jesus as my savior all tell me that Islam is not the benign, peaceful and tolerant religion akin to the other two Abrahamic faiths.  The Qur'an, as read with a critical eye in the doctrinal arena does not in any way comport with the Bible or Torah (OT) except in the fact that the Qur'an can be divided into two distinct readings: verses based in Medina and verses based in Mecca.  As with the Bible, there can be two different yet connected books but only one that is used and accepted as binding and correct for the times.  We do not follow the OT regarding killing Jebusites, or wiping out an entire city because they were sinners (Sodom and Gomorrah) yet the Qur'an calls for open-ended and continuous warfare against unbelievers until "religion is for Allah alone".

This theological certainty, upheld as correct by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence and Al-Azhar University makes it very difficult to address the need for a reformation within Islam.  If the recognized leaders of Islam would re-open the concept of "Ijtihad", where Islamic scholars and leaders assemble and reinterpret, re-evaluate and re-certify the basic tenets and teachings of Islam, bringing Islamic thought, practice and doctrine in line with the time period occuring at that time, Islam 2.0 in its truest sense could happen.  In other words, Islam needs a reformation to throw out the dangerous, embrace the peaceful and do it in a way where it has effect and enforcement.
There have been questions about poverty, disenfranchisement and marginalization of Muslim immigrants in European countries.  There is concern about toppled governments becoming more Islamic (the sharia law) with Western powers being blamed.  I listen to these voices, trying to make sense, if there is any to their arguments and rhetoric.  In this line, there is little if any truth to the claims that being poor or lacking in opportunities causes Muslims to attack their host country.  If that were true, every time a beheading occurred the rational given on the video would be about the evils of the slums, or lack of jobs, or complaints of no social clubs where young Muslims can go to get a leg up in society.  No, the complaint is always about the incursion of Western powers, the killing of innocent women and children, and that the West has declared war on Islam.

Then there is Islamophobia.  The great bugaboo of rational and honest discussion about the texts and teachings of Islam.  It is the only way to immediately shut down any conversation about Islam, and always from those who have the most to hide.  Many have bought into this false claim, noting that any criticism of Islam or Muslims is nothing but the worst sort of behavior, an irrational response to a peaceful people who just want to get along.  It encourages and supports the victim status Muslims now enjoy, enabling the censorship of any speech that is seen as demeaning, derogatory or insulting to Muslims or Islam.  It is, in effect the realization of the Goebbels Derivative; repeat a lie often enough and eventually it becomes a truth.  Also research Saul Alinsky for details on shutting down conversation you don't want people to hear.

The media will not tell the truth about the genocide of Christians in the Middle East, always referring to the jihadists as anything but what they call themselves.  Militant, attacker, extremist, terrorist, whatever name you want to use is fine as long as there is no way to attach the name to Islam or Muslims.

I ask; who exactly murdered the "21"?  Was it those pesky Protestants?  Bothersome Baptists?  Mean Mennonites?  Which group had the most to gain from killing Christians in the Middle East?  Who has a recorded historical and doctrinal hatred of Christians and Jews?
From our dear world leaders, the answer is...not Islam.

Where do we go now?  If it is not Islam, and no one is willing to identify the motivation that drives our enemies to attack us, what chance do we have to survive?  Who do we point a finger at?

We don't, and that is what bothers me the most.  It should be obvious to anyone that Islamic doctrine, as upheld by recognized Islamic leaders and practiced by some Muslims is the most dangerous threat the globe has ever faced.  This idea is, fortunately beginning to take hold among the masses, but there is still a long way to go before there is any chance to stop the march of the caliphate into Europe, and then the West.

We may not wake up in time.

I bleed for the fallen 21, my heart is ripped from my chest for the 21, I weep buckets for the 21.  I know not their names, only their faces; frightened, calm in prayer, detached, they all resonate deep within me.  They are my Christian brothers, murdered solely because they practiced a faith not allowed in the new Islamic caliphate.

I do not know what to think.  I pray for guidance and understanding, but it does not come easily.  I hear the voices of reason but cannot make out what they mean.  I cry out for light, I am handed only darkness.

Where do we go from here?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The barbarity of Islam and the Islamic State


As vicious and barbaric as murder by fire is, it is not anathema to Islamic teachings.  As much as Western leaders whine and cry over the atrocities perpetrated by jihadists, they cannot show, through texts and teachings that Islam is the religion of peace they so desperately want it to be.  As long as the Islamic State can base their actions on the Qur'an and the hadiths of Muhammad no one is safe, especially Muslims seen as "not Muslim enough".

Here is but one story from Muhammad’s conquest of Khaybar that illustrates how what the Islamic State did is in line with Islamic teachings: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).

There is also this hadith, in which Muhammad says: “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.” (Bukhari 1.11.626).   Thanks to Robert Spencer for the above quotes.

There are many other passages and traditions that uphold the burning to death of  those who went afoul of Islamic doctrine.  The West, in its infinite wisdom feels like it has the responsibility to define what Islam is, mostly to deflect the uncomfortable aspects which belie the "religion of peace" moniker assigned by apologists and those who refuse to see the truth of Islamic theology.

Unless and until the West begins to talk truthfully about Islamic teachings that uphold this kind of violence, and hold Islamic leaders responsible for this kind of behavior, it will continue and grow. There is nothing safe about ignoring the china shop bull, and concentrating only on cleaning up after the destruction serves only to blind us to the reasons the carnage happened in the first place.

Many more will die at the hands of Islam.  1400 years of history prove this as Islam marches again across the globe.  Will we have the backbone to stand up for what is right, or will we lay down and die, all to make Islam feel loved and respected?  The answer is rapidly coming at us, like the light at the end of the tunnel that turns out to be a careening, oncoming train.

The clash of civilizations is coming and we will be forced to choose sides.  Liberty vs sharia, democracy vs theology, laws of man vs laws of Allah.  May God protect us from the scourge that is Islam.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Saudi Imam says Jews and Christians must be killed

In Islams own inimitable style, of course.

"The sword is more truthful than the book. Its cutting edge separates sincerity from jest. It is the whiteness of the blade, rather than the blackness of the book’s ink, that dismisses any uncertainty or doubt.” When they faced death… This is the language these Jewish and Christian infidels understand"

Notice the inversion of the pen is mightier than the sword into the sword is mightier than the book (or cartoon).  No subtlety here, just the language of Islamic supremacism, as usual.  What is most interesting is that we hear no condemnation of this sermon from the Saudi leadership, yet they supposedly are our friends and believe in a kind of democracy.  What do we make of this?  The Saudi regime supports and exports fundamental Islamic texts and teachings and have no plans to curtail their promotion of jihad in the form of Wahabbism. 

We fool ourselves believing Saudi Arabia is our ally.  They have but one goal; the establishment of a caliphate with the House of Saud at the helm.  No change in leadership will alter their long term goals.

From JihadWatch January 26 by Robert Spencer

Saudi imam: “The sword is more truthful than the book”

“Saudi Imam on Paris Attacks: This Is the Only Language Jewish and Christian Infidels Understand (and Muslims Discovered America),” MEMRI, n.d.:

Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon Imam Issa Assiri, Sa’eed bin Jubair Mosque, Jedda, Saudi Arabia, posted on the Internet on January 9 and 16, 2015:

Issa Assiri: [The papers that published the cartoons] talked about freedom of speech, but after the French journalists were killed for mocking the Prophet Muhammad in their cartoons, what did the papers have to say? What was their response? “The sword is…” Many of these newspapers reconsidered the publishing of the cartoons. Many of them reconsidered their policy regarding such images.

“The sword is more truthful than the book. Its cutting edge separates sincerity from jest. It is the whiteness of the blade, rather than the blackness of the book’s ink, that dismisses any uncertainty or doubt.” When they faced death… This is the language these Jewish and Christian infidels understand. This is the only language they understand. [After the attack] they changed their policy.

When someone curses or mocks the Prophet Muhammad – what should be his punishment? Cursing or mocking the Prophet is an act of apostasy, as all scholars concur, whether it is done seriously or in jest. Anyone who does this, Muslim or infidel, must be killed, even if he repents.

Dear believers, some notions require correction. For example, what we learned in school about the discovery of America is a lie. According to this story, the Spaniards loved spices, and since there was a shortage of spices in Europe and the price was high, they decided to send a sailor called Columbus westwards, so he would reach India and bring back spices. Only he did not get to India. Instead, he reached a land inhabited by redskins, whom he named “Red Indians.” Some time later, another sailor, called Amerigo, reached the same place. This is why America is called America – after that sailor – as if he discovered it. End of story – a fabrication and a lie, which is as far removed from the truth as possible.

Read it all, it explains also how Muslims discovered America.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Methamphetamine, not just for the West anymore

Syrian jihadists, "Palestinian" jihadists, as a matter of fact virtually all jihadists prefer using "Jihadi Meth" while on the battlefield.  Manufactured mainly in Syria, the drug Captagon is a close enough relative to amphetamine that the effects, and resulting side effects are closely mimicked.  An interesting irony, that drug use is practiced and encouraged by those who claim that Islamic doctrine prohibits drug use.  The hypocrisy of Islam knows no  bounds.

From the Jerusalem Post January 17 by Ben Hartman

Cache of 'jihad meth' seized in West Bank
A potent stimulant popular both with jihadist fighters and soldiers in the Syrian army was seized in the West Bank, police from the Judea and Samaria district said.

In a statement put out on Friday, district police said that while checking a Palestinian returning from Jordan by way of the Allenby crossing they found 1.3 kg. of hashish as well as thousands of pills of Captagon.

The Palestinian man, a resident of Jericho, told police that the pills were to treat his heart condition. He was arrested and taken for questioning by Ma’aleh Adumim police.

A representative for the Judea and Samaria police district was not able to say on Saturday night if this was the first seizure of Captagon in the West Bank.

Captagon is the brand name for a stimulant with the active ingredient fenethylline, a chemical linkage of amphetamine and theophylline. The drug was outlawed in most of the west by the mid-’80s but remains extremely popular in the Arab world, especially in Syria, where much of it is manufactured.

Bootleg and generic copycats are quite common.

Recent reports have stated that Captagon is highly popular with fighters on both sides of the Syrian war; both jihadists from Islamic State and other groups as well as soldiers in the Syrian army.

An article published in The Guardian last week “Captagon: The amphetamine fueling Syria’s civil war,” said that the trade in the drug continues to bring millions of dollars in revenue each year, almost certainly paying for arms for rebel and jihadist forces and serving as a popular battlefield stimulant for fighters on both sides.

Earlier investigations by Reuters and Time said that the drug has become popular with Syria’s war-wracked civilian population.

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Muslim anti-semitism in Portland, Oregon: Muslim teen threatens to blow up Jewish deli

The continuing growth of Islamic supremacism in the US, and an example for those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest.  No place is immune from the evil that is Islam, think back a few years to the Pioneer Square Christmas Tree lighting in Portland that almost wasn't, the secret jihad training camp in Bly, Oregon that almost came to fruition or the Ashland jihadist who was found guilty of funneling money to jiahdist in the Middle East.  With the rise of Islam comes anti-semitism.  We are seeing more examples of Jew-hating both here and over-seas, and that trend will continue until Islam and it's inherent problems are confronted honestly and in an open forum.

From OregonLive January 12 by Maxine Bernstein

Portland teen accused of threatening to blow up NE Portland deli 'in the name of Allah,' court records say

A 19-year-old is accused of threatening workers repeatedly at a Northeast Portland deli when he wasn't able to buy a single cigarette, saying he would blow up the store "in the name of Allah," court records say.

Abdalah Mohamed also is accused of making disparaging remarks about Jews and Israel in July, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Mohamed was arraigned Monday afternoon on two counts of second-degree intimidation. He entered not guilty pleas to each count.

He was booked into the downtown Portland jail on the warrant Friday.

Court records indicate he's lived in Northeast Portland for about six years and is originally from Kenya.

According to Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Richard Freud, Mohamed entered Ira's Deli at 7215 N.E. Prescott St. on the morning of July 14 and asked to buy a cigarette.

Shaheen Brodle, who was working behind the counter, told the teen that the deli didn't sell cigarettes individually and that he'd have to buy a pack if he wanted any cigarettes, Freud wrote.

Mohamed demanded to speak to the owner, identified in the warrant as Iraj Rafai. Rafai came to talk to Mohamed and reiterated what Brodle had told Mohamed, the affidavit said.

That's when Mohamed started shouting threats laced with profanity and demeaning comments about Jews and Israel, Freud wrote.

According to the affidavit, Mohamed screamed, "I will blow up your store'' and "I'm going to send my guys to shoot up your store.'' Mohamed also referred to the owner as a "Jew'' and an "Israeli.''

"You Israeli ... I'll blow up your store in the name of Allah!'' Mohamed is accused of yelling, Freud wrote in the affidavit. "We take care of people like you.''

Mohamed left the store, continuing to yell at Rafai and spit on the ground toward Rafai, the affidavit said. While police were investigating and interviewing witnesses at the deli, Mohamed is accused of calling the store and leaving another derogatory message, the affidavit said.

Police identified Mohamed after viewing video surveillance images from the deli, the affidavit said.

Mohamed is also accused of cocaine possession in an unrelated case, according to court records.

According to court records, Mohamed came to the United States in 2000.

He's due back in court Jan. 21.

Riot on Temple Mount by "Palestinians" angry over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Why would the refugees be angry at some cartoons?  The anger would imply this has something to do with Islam, as it is the only religion that motivates its believers to act in a violent way in response to slights or insults.

"Burn it burn it! ..... in the cause of God. Allah the greatest. Prophet Muhammad is our leader forever"

But remember, this display of overt religious fervor has NOTHING to do with Islam.  To make that connection brands you an Islamophobe, or worse, a racist.  What race is Islam again?  I keep forgetting.

From the Jerusalem Post January 17 by Dov Lieber

French flag burned on Temple Mount in a large rally against Mohammad cartoons
Hundreds of Palestinians attended a rally on Friday afternoon on the Temple Mount against the new cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which featured a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad.

In a video uploaded by the Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency, protestors can be seen burning a French flag , and shouting: "Burn it burn it! ..... in the cause of God. Allah the greatest. Prophet Muhammad is our leader forever."

Charlie Hebdo's first edition since the attack on its office in Paris last week that left 12 journalists dead, published on Wednesday, featured another cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on a cover that critics saw as a new provocation.
A protest in Niger against the French magazine's cartoons turned violent on Friday as demonstrators set fire to churches and raided shops run by Christians, residents said.

Police in the former French colony's southern town of Zinder fired tear gas on a crowd of hundreds of people as tires burned in the streets.

"The protesters are crying out in local Hausa language: Charlie is Satan - let hell engulf those supporting Charlie," said Aboubacar Mamane, a shopkeeper by telephone.

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Cartoon protest in Pakistan, three injured

A Pakistani supporter of Pakistani political and Islamic party Jammat-e-Islami (JI) joins protests against the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by French mag...

Any religion that responds to disparaging pictures or writings of their god or prophet with violence and murder is too weak to be of any use.  Having to bolster your belief system through intimidation and physical attacks means you have no solid theological foundation and can only employ thuggish tactics to gain adherents.

This is Islam.

From the Daily Mail January 16

Clashes at Charlie Hebdo protest in Karachi, three injured

At least three people were injured Friday in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, officials said, including an AFP photographer who was shot in the back.

The protest by the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party was one of several staged across Pakistan by Islamist groups after Friday prayers against the French magazine's depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

"Three injured were brought to the hospital, two were minor injuries and one photographer was serious," said Doctor Seemi Jamali, a spokeswoman for the city's main Jinnah hospital, referring to AFP's Asif Hassan, 38.

"The bullet struck his lung, and passed through his chest. He is out of immediate danger and he has spoken to his colleagues," she continued, adding that Hassan was hit by what appeared to be a live round.

The others injured were a policeman and a local TV cameraman who were discharged after receiving first aid treatment.

Senior police official Abdul Khaliq Sheikh told AFP the violence began when some 350 protesters were prevented by police from approaching the French consulate, in the southern part of the sprawling metropolis.

"When the police tried to stop them they started firing," he said, adding that the police responded with tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters.

Police said Hassan and the other journalist did not appear to have been deliberately targeted but were caught in crossfire when protesters shot at the police.

A witness at the scene backed the police account, though the religious party blamed the police."Police are responsible for those wounded during the protest including Asif Hasan," said Hafiz Bilal Ramzan, head of the party's student wing.

Elsewhere in Pakistan, protesters in the northwest city of Peshawar and central Multan burnt French flags on the streets, while rallies were also held in the capital Islamabad and the eastern city of Lahore.

The demonstrations come a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led parliament in condemning the cartoons in Charlie Hebdo, whose Paris offices were attacked last week by Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people.

The newspaper is known for ridiculing religious figures, including the pope and Mohammed, and its defiant post-attack issue released Wednesday again featured the prophet on its front page.

The new cover has sparked anger in parts of the Islamic world, with protests staged from the Philippines and Turkey to Kuwait and Mauritania.

Many Muslims find any depiction of the prophet highly offensive, let alone images satirising him.

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