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sharia.jpgRight here in Tampa Bay, earlier this week, people met from across the globe to discuss reforming Islam, about bringing an enlightened version to those who suffer opression and brutality at the hands of Sharia, and cultural tyranny in the form of male dominance and violence.

Oddly, Atheists, lesbians, Christians and agnostics were represented at this summit, along with some actual Muslims. Seems a little odd that this group would meet to reform something they don’t adhere to in the first place, but whatever. Also, below is an excerpt from The Times Online and the chairperson for a portion of the event, herself formerly a slave bride to an Afghan Muslim, whom she lived with in Afghanistan.

The point of posting this is the interesting, contorted world view of a feminist, multicultural, anti-Israel, anti-Western culture college professor who meets third world Islamic barbarism and, lo and behold, she has an awakening. Her shock that her radical feminist, Jew hating, anti-American colleagues dumped her for seeing, and telling, the truth is almost laughable, except that her perceptions of the menace mirror my own.

I’m reminded that the Socialist lefts attempts to subvert Western civilization and culture are being made throughout the world. This person is, or was, in that camp, until her epiphany.

Maybe there’s some hope after all.
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“Nevertheless, Western intellectual-ideologues, including feminists, have demonised me as a reactionary and racist “Islamophobe” for arguing that Islam, not Israel, is the largest practitioner of both sexual and religious apartheid in the world and that if Westerners do not stand up to this apartheid, morally, economically and militarily, we will not only have the blood of innocents on our hands; we will also be overrun by Sharia in the West. I have been heckled, menaced, never-invited, or disinvited for such heretical ideas — and for denouncing the epidemic of Muslim-on-Muslim violence for which tiny Israel is routinely, unbelievably scapegoated.

However, my views have found favour with the bravest and most enlightened people alive. Leading secular Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents — from Egypt, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and exiles from Europe and North America — assembled for the landmark Islamic Summit Conference in Florida and invited me to chair the opening panel on Monday.

According to the chair of the meeting, Ibn Warraq: “What we need now is an age of enlightenment in the Islamic world. Without critical examination of Islam, it will remain dogmatic, fanatical and intolerant and will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality, originality and truth.” The conference issued a declaration calling for such a new “Enlightenment”. The declaration views “Islamophobia” as a false allegation, sees a “noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine” and “demands the release of Islam from its captivity to the ambitions of power-hungry men”.

Now is the time for Western intellectuals who claim to be antiracists and committed to human rights to stand with these dissidents. To do so requires that we adopt a universal standard of human rights and abandon our loyalty to multicultural relativism, which justifies, even romanticises, indigenous Islamist barbarism, totalitarian terrorism and the persecution of women, religious minorities, homosexuals and intellectuals. Our abject refusal to judge between civilisation and barbarism, and between enlightened rationalism and theocratic fundamentalism, endangers and condemns the victims of Islamic tyranny.”

Read full artcle here.

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Far out, dude.

Ever wonder why the Left in America seem’s so willing to promote just about anything that furthers legal aid and protection for foreign terrorists?

It’s no coincidence that the Socialist Left and Islamist desires to destroy America make for a cozy partnership. A match made in hell, certainly.

You might enjoy a video reminder of the recent history of Jihad, and another video expressing the connection between modern Islamist ideology and their historical counterparts.

Islam is not really about sawing the heads off of unbelievers, at least not right at first.

An important intermediate step is allowing unbelievers to live in submission to muslims, if a long list of do’s and dont’s are followed to the letter and something called a jizya, or poll tax, is willingly paid and you behave as one who has been subdued. So, technically, you could bribe your way into avoiding death. You might regret your decision, once the myriad of opressive measures were inflicted upon you, but you would still be breathing.

While in this no man’s land of dhimmitude, and paying a prohibitive tax for the pleasure of remaining on Muslim land, you might have second thoughts. Keep in mind, this tax supports Muslim life. The booty from conquered lands was substantial, and motivated much of the agressive warring activities of Islam, while the tax was an ongoing interest payment for putting up with the infidel monkeys and apes in their midst. Booty in warring action’s payed for further such activity.

The next most logical step would be submission to Islam, and forsaking any behavior not specifically aligned with Quranic teachings. However, your never truly accepted as a Muslim, nor a convert, but rather a revert, since according to Islam, everyone is a Muslim, they just don’t know it yet. So, even in this submitted state of an actual Muslim, your never really an insider.

Now we arrive at the beheadings, a favored way to take the lives of those who refuse to submit to Allah. Done properly, this is at best gruesome, but effective for killing, and sends a powerful political message.

So, if anyone says the terrorists want to cut your head off, they’re right. But, historical Islam thought it wiser collecting an income from those they conquered, rather than killing the golden goose of their dhimmi’s.

Nothing has changed. The identical Islam is practiced by fundamentalist Muslims worldwide, with the majority preferring to practice the lukewarm version rather than the historical one, so beheadings are a recent reinstatement, and take place in Saudi Arabia and Iran frequently, along with stoning women to death and chopping off the hands and/or feet of thieves.

Western sensibilities may be offended by these truths, I know I was. With the sweet moniker of the “religion of peace”, the dismissal of Islamist threats, and relegation of terrorists attacks to isolated incidents committed by unstable “youths”, joining those who ignore these realities takes no effort. Do nothing, believe what your told, and presto! No Islamic terrorist threat. Only a handful of “extremists” who hijacked the religion.

I would encourage a little reading, a little study, no imagination necessary. The facts of history speak for themselves.

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flagusa.gif They say perception is reality. I suppose that cover’s it, for the most part. But, why do you think there are such widely diverse and contrary understandings of the exact same set of facts? Frequently in conversation, I’m baffled to hear recounted something I’d said, the substance of which was unrecognizable to my memory. I’ve learned most people don’t truly hear what you say, but rather remember how they FELT about what you said. I should include myself as having made that mistake, as well. Do you ever get the message that when using words such as patriotism, liberal, conservative, faith, that people hold private definitions which often make honestly communicating impossible?

Chronic concern for the feeling’s of others often leads to deceitful negotiation of differences. Who can speak honestly if the emotional reaction of others are at all times stifling, contorting, and preventing a frank, candid discussion? Political correctness is a weapon of denial, deceit and manipulation. Nothing more, nothing less.

I’m not saying blurt out your perception of the truth, feeling’s and consequences be damned. Adult’s learn to make the view’s known without being a clod or unneccessarily harsh. After all, not everyone agrees on just what patriotism is…

I am saying that if you, at first, measure your responses because you pre-determine the other person hold’s fragile position’s and may not be able to handle the truth, you will always stop short of expressing your true views.

I realize this can be endless…pre-conceived notions, raw bigotry, willful ignorance. However, don’t you wonder where the people who see America as the evil, greedy opressive terrorist nation that needs an attitude adjustment learned this point of view? Weren’t they here with us enjoying the same personal freedom, opportunity and rule of law? Weren’t they eating the same food, enjoying the same entertainment, have the same heroes? Doesn’t a sense of gratefulness and patriotism accompany the benefits and advantages we all share?

Apparently not.

The usual socialism vs. capitalism stuff often needs simplifying. Give it a go. Thanks Charles
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Understanding just how familiar Muslim political proponents in America have become with some of our most embarrassing, foolish concoctions, like political correctness, which is essentially a scheme to force everyone to lie, and pretend, so no one’s feelings are hurt, is important to bring truth to light about claims of “discrimination” and “prejudice ” from Muslim “civil liberty” groups, including “prayer rooms” in airports and a blind eye to anyone “traveling while Muslim”.

Misinformation and clever manipulation of civil right’s legislation designed to protect the deserving are being usurped by the latest newly minted, opressed minority, Muslims. “Islamophobia”, a UN creation giving label to the cause, is rarely used to point up serious injustice dealt to Muslims. Rather, this badge is worn proudly by those seeking a myriad of special rights and privileges sought by this group.

CAIR presents language that might be mistaken for Dr. King, not pleading for justice, but rather demanding punishment or censure accompany anyone who speaks against their agenda. Clever manipulation of US law has enabled CAIR to begin the process of entrenching Muslims in the victimology of the nation, with the attendant sympathy and contrition shown by the Left. Even the AP has gotten into the act.

I’m not advocating profiling of Muslims at airports, because not all terrorists are young, middle eastern men with beards. I’m not saying all Muslims are terrorists, but certainly 99% of terrorists are Muslim. I’m not saying the US isn’t full of clandestine, America Last organizations that seek to use our liberal laws regarding personal freedom against us.

I am saying that some of these groups present a much more sinister, immediate threat than others. The gentleman who wrote the article below has many years of experience with these groups and is widely respected and supported in his efforts.

When a “moderate” Muslim group says one thing, but supports the opposite, Americans need to know about the hypocrisy and deception.

Apparently, even local School boards aren’t too small to target. Attacks on Christian and Jewish holiday recognition are but one of many areas of aggression by Islamist front groups. Thanks Neil for your vigilance.

Our friend at Ironic Surrealism has a fine expose of CAIR lies as well.

pdf for Muslim Council of Britain‘s public school requirments
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By Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 19, 2007

Islamists around the United States are playing games with the American public. While supporting extremist causes and the hate-filled ideologies of the Muslim Brotherhood – the violent group that spawned Hamas and Al-Qaeda – they have gotten involved, as well, in interfaith activities. Of course, it’s difficult to criticize someone that is engaged in something so innocuous as interfaith. It highlights a danger in our society of a fifth column disguised as a friend.

Ahmed Bedier is a leader in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that has its roots in Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. His role in the organization is as its Florida Communications Director and as its local Tampa Executive Director. Apart from this, Bedier co-hosts a radio show, True Talk, on Tampa’s WMNF. Within both venues, he is able to spread his dual message, one of peace and love and one of vile hate. We will focus on a latter radio show of his to bring out this point.

On Monday, January 15, 2007, Bedier addressed a crowd at an interfaith memorial service for Martin Luther King, Jr. To advertise this fact, Bedier placed an attractive picture of the late civil rights leader on his web blog, along with the audio of the speech. He played some of it on his show.

Bedier stated, “As I look out on the ground tonight, how beautiful you all look, right here in Tampa, and how diverse that we are. We’re not just black and white or Hispanic or Arabs. We’re a spectrum of colors.” With this, he received much applause, as he did for other things he stated, including how Muslims are “reaping the benefits of [King’s] work,” through what Bedier called a “post-9/11 environment.”

While he underhandedly exploited the occasion of the death of Dr. King to work in CAIR’s pseudo claim of anti-Muslim bigotry, most of what Bedier said was inoffensive and harmless. But no matter the kind words, on this same radio show, another message was being sent — that of undeniable hatred.

There were three guests on this particular show. The first was Khalil Bendib, an Algerian-born, Berkeley-based, racially-charged cartoonist, who likes satirizing the September 11th attacks. On Bendib’s website, one finds his work categorized into different groups. One of the categories is titled “BLACK CARTOONS.” The logo for this category is a picture of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s head. Rice and numerous other members of the African-American community – even those that Bendib seems to support – are made to look as if they came straight out of an Amos and Andy skit.

During the program, Bendib admitted that he had been called an anti-Semite for his work. Looking at many of his drawings, one could easily understand why. Jewish stars are liberally used within and/or alongside symbols of violence. Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel, is seen as bloodthirsty. In one cartoon, the word “CANNIBAL” is emblazoned next to Sharon’s face. Mid-East expert Daniel Pipes is depicted as a pro-Jewish zealot. Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman is labeled a “Zionist Extremist.” All three of Bendib’s victims are drawn with the same type of exaggerated features found in anti-Semitic publications throughout the Arab world.

Bedier’s co-host, Samar Jarrah, rabidly anti-Israel herself, stated, “Y’know people say that Muslims and Arabs don’t have a sense of humor, but he has very funny cartoons…”

The other two guests were New York imam Talib Abdur-Rashid and Kentucky academic Ihsan Bagby. Both Abdur-Rashid and Bagby are leaders of the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), an African-American Islamist group founded in May of 2000, in response to the arrest of cop killer H.Rap Brown, a.k.a. Jamil Al-Amin.

It took little time for the MANA duo to let out invectives directed at the white community and those black Christians that they believe are tools of the whites. The following exchange between Abdur-Rashid, Bagby and Bedier (who felt the urge to chime in with his own prejudice) took place on the radio show and exemplifies this hate talk:

Abdur-Rashid: “One of the problems with many of the black churches is that they’re really controlled by the white church. They’re kind of local chapters of larger white churches, many of whom have Evangelical influence or leaning… [U]sually when you’ll find an African-American pastor speaking in that negative kind of way, there’s a hidden devil, so to speak, somewhere in the background egging him on.”

Bagby: “If I might add, I’ve seen some of the material produced by black and white Evangelical Christian groups that are aimed at Muslims. The black material is a lot more objective, if you will. Just as pointed to try to convert someone from Islam to Christianity, but a lot more objective…”

Bedier: “More intelligent.”

Bagby: “More intelligent – probably because black people are more exposed to Islam, and therefore, they really can’t get away too much with slanting stuff completely, totally out of line, that everybody knows what that just doesn’t hold water. Whereas the white Evangelical material is a lot more venomous, as you said, and hateful.”

Normally Bedier’s radio show is used to defend terrorists and their support network, but as illustrated above, True Talk is also a showcase for racism. Bedier’s participation in Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials and interfaith events is just a way of concealing his and his colleagues’ real motives. This author will never be fooled.

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Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate, the founder of CAIR Watch, and the spokesman for Terror-Free Oil Initiative.

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Have you ever wondered how an actual Imam, with authority over the very thoughts, actions and attitudes of fellow muslims, would answer actual questions from the “flock’? Do you think you might gain valuable insight from reading questions and answers for everyday living regarding muslims? Well, your in business. I’ve provided a link to just one of many “Ask the Imam” types websites, which field questions from mundane, minor theological matters to terrorism, treatment of women and finance.
Just pick a topic, and enjoy. http://www.islam.tc/ask-imam/index.php

If your reading this, your probably not muslim, and wouldn’t have a clue where the nearest mosque or madrassa was in your neighborhood. Now, with a few keystrokes, you can locate everything from Islamic houses of worship to the most convenient middle eastern grocery store. Never be without a first hand knowledge of muslim centers of religion and commerce in your town again. http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayer.php?country=usa

One continual complaint of Islamic leaders, that tend to be vocal about the need for an active fight against the enemies of Islam, is that Western authorities trot out former muslims to do their bidding, and that they shape, bend and twist “true Islam”. Well, the people behind this website are just that, former Iranian worshippers, who now wish to expose true Islam for what it is, and what it has always been. Hint: the penalty for converting from Islam to anything else is death, no Q&A, period. These folks are committed. http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/11/holding_islam_to_account.html

Finally, a static resource I rely upon, among many, is this website which has many layers and works to provide depth of understanding about Islam, not just from a religious perspective, but culturally, politically and with an eye toward presenting reams of information in a reader friendly style.
http://www.meforum.org/islamist.php

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 (This isn’t breaking news, but it’s implications are far reaching and worth reviewing for future reference. Besides, I’m not a reporter, just an old guy with lot’s of opinions.)

Last week, at the Democratic  National Committees annual winter meeting in Washington, DC and in the interest of diversity and fairness, inclusion and multiculturalism, they invited a controversial Imam, who supported Hezbollah in last years war with Israel, to give an invocation. Democrats, ordinarily hostile to religions of any kind, bowed there heads, closed their eyes and listened as the radical cleric spoke what certainly sounded like an ecumenical treatise of sweetness and light. Uh, no.

Robert Spencer, an Islamic scholar and contributor to Jihadwatch.org, details just exactly what this Imam was praying for. Hint: submission to Islam, one way or the other, is the whole point of jihad.

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Hot Air has video of an invocation at the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee by Husham Al-Husainy, Imam of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, a Shi’ite mosque in Dearborn, Michigan.

Here’s a transcript:

In the name of God the most merciful, the most compassionate. We thank you, God, to bless us among your creations. We thank you, God, to make us as a great nation. We thank you God, to send us your messages through our father Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Mohammed. Through you, God, we unite. So guide us to the right path. The path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom. Help us God to liberate and fill this earth with justice and peace and love and equality. And help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation.Ameen.

In mentioning “Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Mohammed” I expect that he sounded wonderfully generous and ecumenical to the assembled Democrats. But in fact, he was almost certainly invoking them in their capacity as Muslim prophets: it is mainstream Islam that all of these were prophets who taught Islam, and that the followers of Moses and Jesus corrupted their teachings to create Judaism and Christianity. The Qur’an says that Abraham was not a Jew or a Christian, but a Muslim (3:67), and depicts Jesus denying his own divinity (5:116) — and this, of course, is the Imam’s frame of reference. So what seems to be a gesture of ecumenical generosity is actually a declaration of religious imperialism and the delegitimization of other religions.

Also, imagine if a Christian priest or minister had prayed at a DNC meeting that those attending be guided away from the path of those doomed by God. In this, in any case, the Imam is echoing the Fatiha, the first sura of the Qur’an and most common prayer of Islam. It asks Allah: “Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” The traditional Islamic understanding of this is that the “straight path” is Islam — cf. Islamic apologist John Esposito’s book Islam: The Straight Path. The path of those who have earned Allah’s anger are the Jews, and those who have gone astray are the Christians. The classic Qur’anic commentator Ibn Kathir explains:

Allah asserted that the two paths He described here are both misguided when He repeated the negation `not’. These two paths are the paths of the Christians and Jews, a fact that the believer should beware of so that he avoids them. The path of the believers is knowledge of the truth and abiding by it. In comparison, the Jews abandoned practicing the religion, while the Christians lost the true knowledge. This is why `anger’ descended upon the Jews, while being described as `led astray’ is more appropriate of the Christians. Those who know, but avoid implementing the truth, deserve the anger, unlike those who are ignorant. The Christians want to seek the true knowledge, but are unable to find it because they did not seek it from its proper resources.This is why they were led astray. We should also mention that both the Christians and the Jews have earned the anger and are led astray, but the anger is one of the attributes more particular of the Jews. Allah said about the Jews,

[مَن لَّعَنَهُ اللَّهُ وَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ]

(Those (Jews) who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath) (5:60).

The attribute that the Christians deserve most is that of being led astray, just as Allah said about them,

[قَدْ ضَلُّواْ مِن قَبْلُ وَأَضَلُّواْ كَثِيراً وَضَلُّواْ عَن سَوَآءِ السَّبِيلِ]

(Who went astray before and who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the right path) (5:77).

It is interesting to see the Democrats standing with heads bowed piously while the Imam Husham Al-Husainy prays, in veiled terms to be sure, for their conversion to Islam, and oh yes, for the destruction of Israel (“And help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation”).

UPDATE:Some people have questioned my quote from Ibn Kathir above, asserting that it is just one “extremist” interpretation, and that I am ignoring others. Allow me therefore to note that mostMuslim commentators believe that the Jews are those who have earned Allah’s wrath and the Christians are those who have gone astray. This is the view of Tabari, Zamakhshari, the Tafsir al-Jalalayn, the Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas, and Ibn Arabi, as well as Ibn Kathir. One contrasting, but notmajority view, is that of Nisaburi, who says that “those who have incurred Allah’s wrath are the people of negligence, and those who have gone astray are the people of immoderation.”

<In fairness, this particular Imam, from Dearbornistan, MI, had been called upon to consult with the Bush administration as well. Just goes to show that nowadays, politicians had better check very carefully just which muslim leaders they trot out for pander points.>

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I don’t suppose it’s fair to assume the worst of your political opposites at every turn. It’s probably not very tolerant to even suggest that there are those who would rather see America fail than to offer all the help they can muster.

In the good old days, there used to be something called the loyal opposition. When the nation faced a crisis, the leaders of the nation would set aside petty partisan politics and work together to solve the problem. If there was internal struggle reaching a consensus, the old rule was that criticism of the country stopped at the seashore.

In spite of many, many plans to end the Iraq war, which, as a practical matter, is no plan at all, would it be insulting to submit that one major political party has no serious interest in this war going really well at all? In consideration of the evidence, would it take a genius to grasp the broad array of tactics used by some to obstruct and undermine the conduct of this war? Is the practice of fomenting unrest and distrust of government, the threat of withdrawal of funding and the focus on distracting, unrelated events seem a familiar tactic?

I wish this whole misguided attempt to bring civilization to the willingly barbaric had never happened. I’m saddened by those who refuse to support America, it’s leaders or the US Military, no matter what the endeavor.

I fear for the future of my nation, at once a beacon of light to the world, and a source of derision and ridicule at home. I see a formerly celebrated and emulated culture torn at it’s foundations by splinter groups of self perpetuating victims, clamoring for entitlements, special legal status and a feminized nanny state providing cradle to grave handouts.

I wonder what America will look like in 50 years.

Assuming we survive till then.

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