Friday, 29 February 2008

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Friday, February 29, 2008

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Pipe bomb evidence can be used in Florida Muslim students' case

Naive Kids Update: They tried to get this evidence thrown out on the grounds that the arresting officer was racist -- evidently because he mentioned the Taliban, which is not a race -- but common sense prevailed this time. "Judge...

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Kenyan elders demand U.S. government apology for circulation of photo of Obama in Somali garb

Outrage Ready for Obama Photo Rage? "Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo," by Noor Ali for Reuters (thanks to Hot Air): ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan elders demanded an apology from Washington on Thursday ahead of a...

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The Great Hope for Peace in the Middle East says he may return to jihad terrorist violence

On the way to his Nobel Peace Prize Not that Bush, Rice, or anyone else who have so much hope invested in this man will care to notice. "Abbas: 'Armed resistance not ruled out,'" from the Jerusalem Post (thanks...

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Accused Navy jihadist could have doomed his own ship

Signalman Hassan Abu-Jihaad, USN When Hassan Abu-Jihaad joined the Navy, did anyone ask him about his loyalty? His attachment to the jihad ideology? I expect not. I think it likely that no one would have dared, and if anyone...

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17-year-old female jihad/martyrdom bomber stopped in Jerusalem

Due to her hatred of Jews and "personal family problems," she volunteered for this mission, and went to Mecca beforehand to purify herself. "Would-be teen bomber arrested in J'lem," by Etgar Lefkovits in the Jerusalem Post (thanks to all who...

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Jihadist kills self, wounds four when his bomb goes off too soon

Premature detonation: it's the jihadist's ever-present fear. "Premature Blast Kills Philippine Bomber," from AP (thanks to James): MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A grenade exploded during a town fiesta in the southern Philippines, killing a would-be bomber and wounding four people,...

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Fitzgerald: Another sweetly sinister opinion poll

About 93 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews. -- from this news article These opinion polls, where it is Muslims...

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Relax redux: Jihadists are no threat to America, and there is no clash of civilizations!

Shelves of books all about Islam, and a rifle -- but don't get the crazy idea that this has anything to do with Islam Hot on the heels of yesterday's Relax Bulletin, the revelation that there are only 91...

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Politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats, pharmacists, police commander, TV journalist among Moroccan jihadists

This fact makes the LA Times scratch its venerable head in puzzlement. I mean, doesn't everybody know that poverty causes terrorism, and only the desperate, uneducated and easily led join jihadist groups? Of course, we have documented here for years...

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Rubin: Confessions At a Funeral

Barry Rubin discusses some of the revelations of the funeral of Imad Mugniyah: A funny thing happened at the funeral of Imad Mugniyah. Those who had for years been denying any connection with him and his international terrorist activities--Iran, Syria,...

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Brace yourself: Dutch Islam film "nearly ready"

The film has been condemned in advance, sight unseen. Just for a moment of clarity, think back to the riots that greeted the work of the nineteenth-century European Biblical higher critics, or the Jesus Seminar, or the many skeptical/critical examinations...

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Dhimmi Dutch officials subject Wilders to "an hour of intimidation"

Quaking dhimmi Dutch call Qur'an critic on the carpet, as if he is responsible for any irrationality and violence with which Muslims may greet his film. "Wilders accuses ministers of intimidation," from Expatica (thanks to Dave): THE HAGUE – Freedom...

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Egyptian soccer star's wife accused of insulting Islam for removing veil

Not that wearing it is compulsory or anything. She is free to insult Islam, and to face the consequences for doing so. "Egypt goalie slammed for move to Swiss club; Wife accused of insulting Islam for removing veil," from Al-Arabiya...

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UK police to learn Qur'an, Sharia

Sound strategy, or more British dhimmitude? It's hard to tell at this point. I am all for law enforcement officials becoming well-versed in the Qur'an and Sunnah: the more they understand the motives and goals of the jihadists, the better...

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UK: Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves -- it's un-Islamic

The refusal of Muslim medics to wash their arms in a way that would require them to be uncovered is spreading. Here again is a clear choice: will Britain enforce British law, or kowtow to Islamic law? An update on...

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Eurabian Court bans deportation of jihad terror suspect

He would be tortured back home, see. "Ministers argued the right of the public to be protected against terrorism should be balanced against a suspect's rights not to be ill-treated," but to no avail. "Court bans deportation of terror suspect,"...

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Thursday, 28 February 2008

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Relax! There are only 91 million jihadists!

And that, to some minds at least, proves that this problem has nothing to do with Islam. The idea that the jihad ideology could have been deemphasized for a long period and then reasserted, as in pamphlets such as "Jihad:...

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Virginia Imam aided Al-Qaeda

Looks like he got away with it, too "There is good reason to believe Anwar Aulaqi has been involved in very serious terrorist activities since leaving the United States, including plotting attacks against America and our allies." But Aulaqi...

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BBC complicit in protecting jihadists?

Nasreen Suleaman...of the Beeb "I don't think I needed to" contact police. Not even "I didn't think I needed to." Just "I don't think I needed to." "BBC knew of link to failed 21/7 bombers," from the Telegraph (thanks...

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Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts

Could this be what we have all been waiting for? Possibly. It will be interesting to see its content, and what reception it receives from Islamic authorities outside of Turkey. My guess would be that that reaction will be hostile,...

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Spencer: The Terrorist Bill of Rights: Part 2

At Human Events this morning, I discuss the rights that jihadists now appear to have guaranteed: Congress -- with its endless squabbling with the Bush Administration over FISA, the equally endless torture law debates, and the relentless handwringing over Gitmo...

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Pentagon Islamic law expert fired after all?

On February 5, we were informed that Stephen Coughlin, the sole expert on Islamic law in the Pentagon, was not going to be fired after all, after it looked as if he was going to be at the behest of...

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ABC pushes Islamic victimhood

The perpetrator of this hostility was an actor. The victim was an actor. The whole incident was trumped-up, rendering the significance of the reactions suspect to say the least. ABC could not, you see, count on a veiled Muslim woman...

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France: Christianity is being explained and taught only in relation to Islam

Cultural Collapse Update: First there were the Dutch Catholics who renamed Lent "Christian Ramadan," and now this. From the Brussels Journal: Le Salon Beige, a French blog, received an email from a reader who took his children to visit the...

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Another empty and deceptive call for "dialogue"

Andrew Bostom reports at his blog: An open letter calling for "dialogue" was introduced this Monday, February 25, 2008, by Tariq Ramadan, ballyhooed by its promoters in grandiose terms as the "World's First Cross-Denominational Statement from Muslims to Jews." A...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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U.K.: 7 convicted for operating, participating in jihadist training camps on British soil

"Osama bin London": "Bin" caught, "bin" convicted. Loch Ness Jihadists Update. "7 convicted in Muslim terror camps in UK," by David Stringer for the Associated Press: LONDON - Clad in mud-smeared combat fatigues, the young Muslims trained on picturesque...

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"And he will be, indeed, a formidable soldier for jihad: if he can slit a person's throat at five years old, just imagine what he can do at 20"

I believe the children are the future Want to see into Europe's future? In "Europe's Muslim Radicals: The Next Generation" at World Defense Review, Abigail Esman comments on this story. "American kill," said the five-year-old boy. "Bush I kill."...

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Beware of muftis bearing "interfaith" letters!

Patrick Poole, in "What the Islamic Scholars Forgot to Tell the Pope" at Pajamas Media, has uncovered even more evidence that the much-celebrated "Common Word" document from last October was not a sincere effort at interfaith outreach, but was solely...

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Fitzgerald: Playing games with history

Rheil Ghraibeh, a spokesman for Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, demanded an apology from Denmark. 'Holocaust denial is targeted by laws in Europe. Why can't we have laws that protect all religions and prophets?' he asked." -- from this article But the...

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"We still live, and will continue to live, with the consequences of our own blindness"

We sure do. From a special preview in Commentary of Andrew C. McCarthy's forthcoming book, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, about the jihadist cell that bombed the World Trade Center 15 years ago today and related matters: Would...

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Jordan: Muslim Brotherhood protestors burn Danish flags, call for "revenge for blaspheming the Prophet"

I'll hold the sign, you watch for "Christions." Motoons Rage, stoked by the Muslim Brotherhood, in Modern, Moderate Jordan. "Jordanians burn Danish flags to protest cartoon," from Agence France-Presse: AMMAN - Jordanian demonstrators on Monday torched Danish flags outside...

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Bridge for sale: Deobandis say "terrorism" is un-Islamic

That's nice. But two missing links render such condemnations of "terrorism" hollow: One is the matter of armed jihadist activity: The question of when and whether it is legitimate to use violence to further Islamic causes is left untouched. The...

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Australia jihadist: "The student understands. I tell him what Allah said and he can then decide."

Inherent in that statement is a challenge to prosecutors to examine the Qur'an, ahadith and Sira themselves and confront the passages that call for open-ended warfare to effect the conversion, subjugation, or death of unbelievers. It would be great if...

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Inner spiritual strugglers with rocket launchers and machine guns seize Somali town

Somalia Jihad Update. "Somali town overrun by Islamists," from the BBC: Somalia, 02/25 - Somali Islamists seized control of a southern town on Sunday, killing nine government troops. The rebels, armed with rocket launchers and machine guns, voluntarily retreated after...

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U.K.: Hospital, female Muslim medics in standoff over hygiene rules

"Perhaps these women should not be choosing medicine as a career if they feel unable to abide by the guidelines that everyone else has to follow." Indeed. Especially when lives and health are at risk. An update on this story....

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DhimmiTube caves? Pakistan unblocks site after their censorship measures affect worldwide access

An update on this story. "Pakistan lifts curbs on YouTube," from the Associated Press: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's telecoms regulator said Tuesday it has lifted restrictions on the YouTube Web site that led to the knocking out of access to...

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Costa Rica recognizes "Palestine"

"Costa Rica hoped to encourage peace talks on Feb. 5 when it recognized a Palestinian state - a key demand on the part of the Palestinians." Sure. Just give them everything they want and maybe there will be peace. To...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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"Experts": Obesity more dangerous than terrorism

And when you get both obesity and terrorism, watch out Just put down those chips, and all manner of thing shall be well. Let's-Focus-On-The-Real-Threat Update: "Obesity more dangerous than terrorism: experts," from AFP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): World...

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They hate us for our immorality, right?

In the mainstream media's never-ending quest to ignore or downplay the jihad imperative within Islam, and to attribute the present global jihad to some other factor or factors -- any factor, as long as it's external to Islam -- few...

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Our next President?

Our first Somali elder President From Geeska Afrika Online (thanks to Andrew Bostom): U.S. Senator Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern...

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Hamas bunny on Motoon cartoonists: "If they do it again, Saraa, we will kill them, right?"

Give me Bugs any day They suggest that the Danish cartoonists drew the cartoons to mock the Muslims' weakness, but by Allah, they'll show them. They'll kill those cartoonists for love of Muhammad. More edifying children's fare from Hamas:...

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Spencer Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 17, "The Night Journey," verse 1

The Q-Blog continues at Hot Air (links in the original) -- and here is the whole series. Muhammad's famous Night Journey (Isra and Miraj) is the basis of the Islamic claim to Jerusalem as an Islamic holy city. The only...

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Au revoir, Bryan, and thanks

For over a year now I have been filming regular (or semiregular, when things really got busy) videoblogs for Hot Air, at the kind invitation of Michelle Malkin. You can find most or all of them here; I think there...

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"It's not something small. We will damage buildings, blast them. It has to be proper."

Benbrika said they should be like Amrozi: unrepentant. Australian Jihad Plot Update: "Plan to 'blast' buildings," by Reko Rennie in The Age (thanks to JE): The alleged leader of a terrorist organisation said he would "blast" buildings, a prosecutor told...

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Harvard gym submits to Islam

"We live together in one community, it only makes sense for everyone to compromise slightly in order for everyone to live happily." Sure. But the ideology you are accommodating is itself uncompromising, and supremacist. "To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries...

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Monday, 25 February 2008

National Post Story

ICE AGE COMING caused by Global Warming?

2/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: 2/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

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'Misinterpretation of Islam — root cause of terrorism'

That Proper Interpretation of Islam which will allow for Muslims to coexist peacefully with non-Muslims as equals on an indefinite basis, without implementing any endeavor to impose Sharia, continues to be the great unicorn in which everyone believes but no...

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Bombers, gunmen attack Shi'ite pilgrimage in Iraq

Sunni-Shi'ite Jihad Update. "Bombers, gunmen attack Shiite pilgrimage in Iraq," from CNN: BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A suicide bomber killed at least 40 Shiite pilgrims and wounded 60 others Sunday as the pilgrims made their way to Karbala to commemorate...

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Thug-In-Chief: US should "apologize" for sanctions on Iran, pay jizya

Ahmadinejad warns the West about its insolence. "U.S., allies should 'apologize' for sanctions on Iran: Ahmadinejad," from CBC News (thanks to Hot Air): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the U.S. and its allies Saturday to "apologize" to Iran for...

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"We don't want political parties to repeat the mistake which Musharraf committed and follow a path dictated by the U.S."

Back off or else. "Pakistan Taliban warn new government to keep clear," by Kamran Haider for Reuters: ISLAMABAD, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Pakistan militants linked to al-Qaeda warned any incoming civilian government on Sunday that they would strike even more...

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Now live: Commento al Corano, di Robert Spencer

I am pleased to announce that my weekly Hot Air Blogging the Qur'an series is now being translated into Italian by Professor Paolo "Buraq" Mantellini. You can find the segments on the first three suras here, and more are coming....

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Study: 3 in 4 U.S. mosques preach anti-Western jihadist hate

It isn't as if we haven't seen this coming. For years now I have pointed out the shallowness and flimsiness of condemnations of terror by American Islamic groups, and noted that American mosques and schools have no programs to teach...

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"Hijab problem" sparks police standoff in Tehran

Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic. "WITNESS: "Hijab problem" sparks police standoff in Tehran," by Fredrik Dahl for Reuters (thanks to all who sent this in): TEHRAN (Reuters) - Wearing a brightly colored headscarf and high-heeled boots, the woman refused...

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UK "No-go areas" bishop stands firm -- and says "If you disagree, that must be met by counter-arguments, not by trying to silence people"

"If you disagree, that must be met by counter-arguments, not by trying to silence people." I never have cared for tattoos, but there's a statement that I am tempted to go out and have emblazoned on my forehead. An update...

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Australia: Muslim university students want lectures rescheduled around prayer times

More stealthy advancement of Sharia under the guise of religious rights. "Muslims want unis to fit prayer time," by Richard Kerbaj and Milanda Rout for The Australian (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): MUSLIM university students want lectures to be rescheduled...

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Roger Kimball: Quiet crusading vs. soft jihad

Roger Kimball at Pajamas Media makes a modest proposal for resisting the spread of Sharia in Britain. [...] That's the new mantra, you know: "for fear of offending Muslims." We don't give away piggy banks (to say nothing of other...

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Pakistan blocks YouTube for 'blasphemous' content

How ironic that a site that has richly earned the moniker DhimmiTube still can't please the Pakistanis. "Pakistan blocks YouTube for 'blasphemous' content: officials," from AFP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan has ordered all Internet service...

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Sanity Alert: Belarus frees Motoon publisher!

Worth three years in the slammer? Sanity in Belarus, yes, but note that Reuters continues the increasingly common practice of referring to the "Prophet Muhammad," as if his prophetic status is a universally accepted truth. Imagine the outcry if...

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Coming next: Potato Chip Rage?

By now you have all probably seen the latest: Muslims in Britain are outraged that some potato chips contain trace amounts of alcohol that was not listed on the packaging. "Muslims shocked to learn that crisps contain alcohol," by Valerie...

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No Sharia in North Texas!

An update, and clarification, on this story. "The law of the land: Adopting Shariah is no way to bridge cultures," from the Dallas Morning News (thanks to Joe): ...First, let's debunk the myth: Shariah is not now and should never...

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

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One of FBI's most wanted jihadists walks free in Yemen

It wasn't long ago that a Yemeni political analyst noted: "Yemen is like a bus station — we stop some terrorists, and we send others on to fight elsewhere ... We appease our partners in the West, but we are...

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"Enough is enough. They have to stop insulting Islam"

Muhammad Djabir has summed it up well: "Enough is enough. They have to stop insulting Islam." That's the position of the OIC, Qaradawi, and all the rest. Will the West acquiesce and place Islam beyond insult, unlike virtually anything...

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"Death to the cartoonist": Another Friday in Karachi

Which star is Denmark again? Motoons Rage Update. "Pakistani cartoon protesters burn Danish, US flags," from Agence France Presse via the Khaleej Times (hence the "pbuh"): KARACHI - Hundreds of angry Muslim youths rallied in major cities in Pakistan...

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Egypt 'monitoring attacks on Islam ahead of Dutch TV film'

It is noteworthy that Egypt is monitoring this situation very closely, but we have never heard of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry monitoring, closely or otherwise, any of the acts of violence committed in the name of Islam, which have led...

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Saudi religious police haul in 57 men for "flirting with women"

"The newspaper report said the men who were arrested Thursday could be released if they could prove they did not flirt with any women. Otherwise, they will be transferred to court and stand trial." Sharia Alert. "Saudi Men Busted for...

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Netherlands: Bank stops giving piggy banks to kids for fear of offending Muslims

Knorbert the piglet: haram European Cultural Collapse Update. "Piggy banks are given the chop as bank tries to attract young Muslims," by David Charter in the Times (thanks to all who sent this in): Knorbert the piglet has been...

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U.S. to shower tens of millions of dollars in new aid on West Bank and Gaza jihadists

Livni says, "All indirect support for Hamas, even via discussions about opening the [border] crossings or about the humanitarian situation, only weakens those parties that are interested in reaching a [diplomatic] agreement." True. The only problem with her statement is...

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

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Hizballah chief: "The disappearance of Israel is inevitable, it is divine law"

It is divine law. "Hezbollah slams Israel vows to avenge Mughniah," from AFP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday vowed to avenge the death of one of his group's top militants through the destruction of...

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"Reformist" Sheikh Qaradawi: Today's Jews aren't apes and pigs, but it's ok to blow them up

You gotta use your head to understand these things Dhimmi Saudi-funded academic John Esposito has praised Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradawi as a "reformist," and here he is reforming, saying that it is wrong to calls today's Jews apes and pigs....

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Iraqi pair nabbed in Mexico, headed to U.S. with fake IDs

Again. From WorldNetDaily (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): WASHINGTON – Two more Iraqis with false Bulgarian passports were detained by Mexican officials in Monterrey – bringing the total to four this month. Wisam Gorgies, a 34-year-old man, and Rana Nazar Peyoz,...

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Fitzgerald: By their metaphors shall ye know them

The employment of "filthy bacteria" by Iran's Ahmadinejad can be compared not only to the imagery, with murderous consequences, of the Nazis, but to the standard Arab metaphor for Israel. It is a "cancer." Now one does not merely shrink...

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Iran Could Have Enough Uranium for a Bomb by Year's End

1938 Alert. By Markus Becker in Spiegel Online (thanks to DFS): New simulations carried out by European Union experts come to an alarming conclusion: Iran could have enough highly enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb by the end of...

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"If we want to die with jihad we do maximum damage"

"Damage their buildings with everything, damage their lives - just show them." Show them that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet, you see. Piety. "Jihad call for maximum damage, trial told," by Katie Bice in...

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Church of England giving $500,000 for multi-faith building in which largest space reserved for Muslims

Some might characterize this as a generous ecumenical gesture, but in any case it is one that will never in a million years be remotely reciprocated. "Church of England donates cash to aid Muslim prayer," by Ruth Gledhill for The...

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Muslim domestic violence in Australia: "There's wife beating, there's children beating. Some of them go to the extent of forbidding the woman to leave the home."

Not surprisingly, this article doesn't let on that Islam could have anything to do with that, what with wife beating sanctioned in Qur'an 4:34, and in the sayings and example of Muhammad. He himself struck his child bride, Aisha, for...

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Friday, 22 February 2008

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Friday, February 22, 2008

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"We know far more in the United States about what Britney Spears is doing than we know about the issues"

That is, about the jihad. Ain't it the truth. "US Military Commanders Bemoan Lack of Concern About Terror Threat," by Julie Stahl for CNSNews.com (thanks to all who sent this in): Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - While Islamic fundamentalist terrorists are seeking...

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Davis: Confirmed! Islam Does Have Great Architecture!

Jihad Watch Travelogue. From our Agra office What lengths will we here at JW not go to to get the truth for our readers? Braving jet lag and traveler's diarrhea (and blowing the travel budget through 2020), we can now...

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Top military adviser to Iran's supreme leader says Israel faces "certain death"

Still more genocidal sabre-rattling. "Israel faces 'certain death': Iran leader adviser," from Agence France-Presse: TEHRAN (AFP) — The assassination of a top commander of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has hastened the "certain death" of Israel, the top military...

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The problem with taqiyya is...

...you might have trouble keeping your story straight. Here's an email I received from "james mitchell" on March 12, 2007: i am a jew. please try to justify those verses from the bible. There followed the usual litany of verses...

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Morocco: Network of misunderstanders of Islam dismantled

"The network raised money by waging holdups, [and] selling stolen goods..." Muhammad told the Jews at Bait ul-Midras: "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I...

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India: Madrassa teachers call for jihad against Islamic terror groups!

Interior Spiritual Struggle, natch: "The convention calls upon the Muslims to take part in the peaceful jihad against such terrorist groups." But of course, the problem is all the fault of "imperialist forces." "Madrassa teachers call for jihad against terror...

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Al-Sadr mulling extending cease-fire

Happy to do business with ya Still, there is no concept within his frame of reference for a permanent peace under any government except one constituted according to Islamic law. "Iraqi mosques to read al-Sadr statement," by Qassum Abdul-Zahra...

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Muslim school 'that taught pupils from race hate textbooks made photocopies after order to shred them'

Of course, the school didn't teach "race hate" at all, but rather religious hate: "Jews" and "Christians" are not racial groups any more than "Muslims" is. But the British legal system cannot conceptualize such a thing. And even more importantly,...

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Not quite clear on the concept

The Hate Mail is pouring in more copiously the last few days, but this one from this morning seems a bit, well, misdirected: listen my brother,i wanna say some thing.i m hindu from london.my loyality is 2 uk.there should be...

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Spencer: Court-favored Islam … in America

In World Net Daily today I discuss a disquieting court case in Memphis: With two young girls murdered in Texas, likely victims of an "honor killing" by their father just weeks ago, is it wise for American authorities to ignore...

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'Independent' Kosovo: A threat, not a country

James George Jatras, director of the American Council for Kosovo, explains in WorldNetDaily why Kosovar independence is so ill-advised: Abraham Lincoln was fond of asking the rhetorical question: "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a...

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Man bites dog: Socialist stands up to jihadists in Denmark

"MP to Hizb ut-Tahrir: 'Go to hell,'" from The Copenhagen Post (thanks to all who sent this in): In an uncharacteristic move, Villy Søvndal, leader of the Socialist People's Party, responded to the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir's demonstration last Friday,...

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Now Motoons are verboten even on the Internet

Come and get me At least in Eurabia. Bruce Bawer, author of the essential While Europe Slept, reports (see February 13): It is reported today that Imbera, a Norwegian firm that hosts the website of Human Rights Service, removed...

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Danish Motoon artist loses police protection, now homeless

He was "too much of a security risk." Unconscionable. This man should be a hero of every freedom-loving Dane. "Danish Caricaturist of Muhammad Fame Now Homeless," from Spiegel (thanks to all who sent this in): Draw a picture offensive to...

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AP hints pro-lifers more of a terror threat than Islamic jihadists

More witless moral equivalence from the mainstream media, distracting attention from the reality of the global jihad. Seven murders of abortion doctors since 1973, and that's more of a threat than over 10,000 jihad terror attacks since 2001. Got it....

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Iranian Man Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail, 30 Lashes for Walking Dog

I'll let the great moderate Ayatollah Sistani say it: The following ten things are essentially najis [unclean]: 1. Urine 2. Faeces 3. Semen 4. Dead body 5. Blood 6. Dog 7. Pig 8. Kafir [unbeliever -- i.e., non-Muslims] 9. Alcoholic...

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Why is Keith Ellison on the Congressional Task Force on Anti-Semitism?

And why shouldn't he be? A press release from Americans Against Hate: (Coral Springs, FL) Yesterday, February 19, 2008, the Legislative Director from U.S. Representative Ron Klein's Washington, D.C. office, Mira Kogen, informed Americans Against Hate (AAH) Chairman Joe Kaufman...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

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Is it just my imagination, or are these even nuttier than usual?

Some choice entries in the Jihad Watch Hate Mail Bag tonight. What happened -- did Abu Hamza or the Blind Sheikh denounce us or something? First, from a fan of "Hilter": YOUR ZION WILL SOON BE DESTROYED!! ITS A FIGHT...

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Baghdad bombers didn't have Down syndrome after all

So did they kill themselves willingly, in order to seize hold of Allah's promise of Paradise to those who "kill and are killed" for him (Qur'an 9:111)? No telling at this point. An update on this story. "US: Bombers didn't...

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Man arrested in Tampa Airport with box-cutter in hollowed out book, and books on Islam

Come on, it's probably just a bookmark "Officers found books in the backpack titled 'Muhammad in the Bible,' 'The Prophet's Prayer' and 'The Noble Qur'an.' He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible...." "TIA Passenger Had...

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Hamas: Try to topple us and we'll kill you

A sound basis for a truce! "Hamas Warns Of Blasts Unless Israel Lifts Sanctions," from AFP (thanks to Sr. Soph): GAZA CITY (AFP)--A senior advisor to the Hamas-run administration in Gaza on Wednesday warned of "explosions" unless the international community...

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I just removed a patently offensive comment...

...from this thread, "USF Muslim students trying to get bomb evidence thrown out, say cop was racist." I am accumulating evidence that such comments are planted here by provocateurs, so as to discredit this site. The most notorious example of...

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Palestinian aide suggests Kosovo a model

They didn't waste any time in starting to exploit the situation in Kosovo, and the precedent that Western recognition of its independence has set. Some interesting questions remain, however: Would they unilaterally declare the "West Bank" an independent state? Then,...

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Jihadists burn Buddhist man alive in Thailand

Feel the love. Thai Jihad Update: "Man burnt alive in Thailand," from AFP (thanks to Fanabba): YALA (Thailand), Feb 19: A 46-year-old Buddhist man was shot and then set ablaze as he tried to escape an attack by suspected Islamic...

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Thug-In-Chief: Israel is "filthy bacteria"

He didn't explain how exactly Israel was oppressing Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc. "Ahmadinejad: Israel filthy bacteria," from the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Anne Crockett): In yet another verbal attack against Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Jewish...

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Thug-In-Chief: "The Iranian nation's will to continue nuclear work has won over the will of big powers...and brought them to their knees"

No, fellas, I am standing up. Why? More saber-rattling from the peaceful Islamic Republic. "Iran says nuclear will stronger than big powers," from Reuters (thanks to Sr. Soph): TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's determination to continue its disputed nuclear work...

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Teachers and police among Moroccan jihadist suspects

Poverty Causes Terrorism Update, from Reuters: RABAT (Reuters) - Teachers, lecturers, a police officer and a journalist were among 32 people arrested by Morocco's security services in an operation to break up a suspected jihadist cell, the government said on...

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USF Muslim students trying to get bomb evidence thrown out, say cop was racist

And guess who is involved Video here from MyFoxTampaBay (thanks to Cumulus Nine). Naive Kids Update: it seems that the arresting officer in South Carolina, who found pipe bomb materials in the trunk of the car being driven by...

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Eight arrested in Jordan for Christian proselytizing

Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Jordan. "Jordan arrests eight Evangelists," from the Media Line News Agency (thanks to Davida): Eight people have been arrested in Jordan for propagating the Christian faith, according to a Saudi newspaper. Jordanian security forces...

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"There was not anti-Semitism in the past, but with the Saudi charities here now we are seeing a Wahhabi influence for the first time" - one of the 50 remaining Jews in Kosovo

It bears repeating that all of the Wahhabists' material comes from the Qur'an, ahadith and Sira -- anti-Semitic material which may be ignored, but has not been repudiated on a large scale by Muslims and Islamic institutions. "Kosovo Jews uncertain...

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Monopoly renders Jerusalem stateless

You can vote here for cities to be included in a new edition of Monopoly featuring cities of the world. But Carl in Jerusalem points out that while you used to be able to vote for "Jerusalem, Israel," now it's...

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Philippines: U.S. ambassador reassures jihadist group

The American ambassador to the Philippines makes sure the MILF, a jihadist group, doesn't get nervous. "U.S. Assures Muslim Rebels on Philippine Exercises," from Reuters (thanks to PRCS): MANILA (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines met the leader...

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UAE: Mannequins must be beheaded!

Because that makes them not representations of the human form, which are forbidden in Islam. In the same spirit, Muslim conquerers scratched out the eyes of Christian icons in churches in Eastern Europe. Sharia Alert: "Sharjah shops told to 'behead'...

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Huge minaret with loudspeakers rising in St. Louis

Photos and story come from Gateway Pundit (thanks to Doug). What's wrong with a minaret with loudspeakers? As long as there is a mosque in St. Louis, why shouldn't there be a minaret with loudspeakers? Well, the Islamic call...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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"Muslims fight against Jews and they kill them"

Who said that? Andrew Bostom? Matthias Kuntzel? Bernard Lewis? Robert Spencer? No, it was that Australian Misunderstander of Islam, David Hicks. Where did he get that idea? What are Muslim leaders in the West doing to ensure that other Muslims...

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Declaration Against Genocide

Whereas genocide – the murder, or plan to murder, an entire people – is a crime against all humanity; Whereas genocide is a crime that has metastasized in the modern era, leading to the murders of millions of Armenians, Cambodians,...

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Iranian lawmakers want Thug-In-Chief to cut ties with Dutch, Danes over cartoons

Intimidation. "Iran MPs want action on Dutch, Danes over cartoon," from Reuters (thanks to all who sent this in): TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian lawmakers have urged the president to review ties with Denmark and the Netherlands over the reprinting of...

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Bali bomber could be with his virgins

DNA testing is being conducted. "Bali bomber believed killed in southern Philippines," from Agence France-Presse (thanks to JE): THE terrorist who built the bombs used in the 2002 Bali atrocities is believed to have been killed in the Philippines, according...

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'Bomb, slaughter Danes due to republication of Muhammad caricatures'

Madness. But who will have the courage to stand up and call it that? From the Jerusalem Post (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): Muslims worldwide should bomb Denmark's embassies and kill it diplomats following last week's republication of caricatures of...

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Fitzgerald: Independent Kosovo

Among major world powers, both Russia and China are opposed to an independent Kosovo. Even within Europe there are nations that oppose this independence -- Spain -- and others where many are uneasy. It would have been politically possible for...

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"Don't join the army, it is haram"

Parviz Khan Update: a transcript of this Muslim in Britain asserting that for a Muslim to join the British Army is forbidden, and planning to kill to demonstrate the seriousness of this. "'They'll say they killed one of our soldiers....

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"There is no doubt that the independence of Kosovo will be an asset to the Muslim world and further enhance the joint Islamic action"

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, congratulates Kosovo on behalf of the Islamic umma. "Secretary General of the OIC declares support to the Kosovo Independence," from the OIC site (thanks to Sparta): With regard...

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Spencer: National Security At the Border

In Human Events today I discuss the porous border in terms of questions of national security. Three Afghanis were arrested Wednesday at an international airport in India's Kerala state for flying with forged Mexican passports. They had just arrived there...

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Jihadist group in Australia sought Qur'anic justification

"Mr Maidment said Mr Benbrika agreed that he should give the group proof that the Koran supported taking money from the kuffur, or enemies of Islam." It would be interesting to know what proof Benbrika provided, and how Western spokesmen...

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Fitzgerald: At least we shouldn't have to pay to continue to be fooled

There is a group -- call them the Guirardians -- that continues to believe that Americans can best defeat "terrorism" by reaching out to the "good Muslims," the "moderate Muslims," who must be constantly reassured of such things as that...

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State Department showers cash "to promote dialogue" on Muslim scholar who objected to speaking on panel with Israeli soldier

"The choice of Khan to oversee a program dedicated to expanding dialogue between religious communities is beyond parody, as Khan himself has a record of thwarting dialogue, at least with Israeli veterans." "Coddling Islamists," by Winfield Myers at FrontPage (links...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

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Fatah's military wing launches "Cells of the Martyr Mughniyeh"

"Fiend or Ally?" Update. "U.S. partner's 'military wing' named for arch-terrorist," by Aaron Klein for World Net Daily: JERUSALEM – The declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization has formed a cell to attack Israel named...

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Khamenei: Allah will reprimand Iranians for not supporting nuke program

With Allah on our side. "Iran says God protects nuclear program," by Nasser Karimi for Associated Press (thanks to all who sent this in): TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that God would punish Iranians...

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Fitzgerald: Zebibahstan

Prime Minister of Zebibahstan Several Jihad Watch readers commented on the prayer-bruise in the middle of terrorist Parviz Khan's forehead. For pious Muslims, this replaces the pineal gland that the Cartesian French may flaunt. The name for this sign...

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30 prominent Pakistani misunderstanders of Islam say "The Taliban are not terrorists"

They justify suicide bombing, also. Misunderstanders of Islam? Actually, this is a statement by 30 prominent Islamic scholars in Pakistan. "Statement by 30 Prominent Pakistani Islamic Scholars: "The Taliban Are Not Terrorists; Do Not Look Through American Eyes at [Those...

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Thousands of Kosovars chant "KLA! KLA!"

From "Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia: Braces for a Bitter Showdown," by Nabi Qena and William J. Kole for the Associated Press: In the capital, Pristina, the mood was jubilant. Thousands of ethnic Albanians braved subfreezing temperatures to ride on...

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UK jihadist taught five-year-old son: "Kuffar -- kill! Sheikh Osama bin Laden I love"

Proud papa Feel the love. Parviz Khan Update: "Leader 'groomed children for terrorism,'" by Duncan Gardham in the Telegraph: In one recorded conversation of May 2006 he was heard shouting at his five-year-old son when he made a mistake...

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Jihad/martyrdom car bomb kills 35 Afghan civilians

Jihadists targeting civilians. "Car bomb kills 35 Afghan civilians," from AP (thanks to JE): KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 35 civilians at a busy market in southern Afghanistan, a police official said....

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief: "In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous existence of Israel by the powerful and competent hands of the Hezbollah combatants"

More genocidal threats. "Hezbollah will soon destroy Israel, says Iran Guards," from GulfNews (thanks to Sr. Soph): Tehran: The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that Israel would soon be destroyed by the "hands of Hezbollah", the Fars...

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Spencer Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 16, "The Bee"

Here is the latest thrilling installment of my Blogging the Qur'an series at Hot Air: Sura 16, "The Bee" (links in the original): Sura 16, "The Bee," is another in the string of late Meccan suras that began with sura...

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Free Kosovo will be a door for Islamic jihadists

John Bolton says what we have been saying here all along. "Free Kosovo a Door for Islamic Radicals," from Javno (thanks to larwyn): Independent Kosovo will endanger the stability in the Balkans once again, estimated the American ambassador at the...

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Iran: Father 'stones 14-year-old daughter to death'

"I suspected that my daughter had a relationship with a man and I had to stone her to death as she had besmirched my honour. I had no other choice." Of course! From AKI (thanks to all who sent this...

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UK: New Sharia row over plan for "Islamic bonds"

"The scheme would mark one of the most significant economic advances of sharia law in the non-Muslim world." Looks as if Rowan Williams was right. "New sharia row over Chancellor's plans for 'Islamic bonds,'" by Simon Walters for the Daily...

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Monday, 18 February 2008

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Australian security agencies recruit foxes to guard henhouse

Great. So these guys dislike Al-Qaeda, but they still believe in the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. But that, apparently, is just fine. "Hardline imams sought to fight terror," by Richard Kerbaj for The Australian (thanks to PRCS): HARDLINE Muslim...

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Inner spiritual strugglers for animal rights kill 80 at Afghan dogfight

Not that the Taliban have any sudden affinity for animal rights: The apparent target was a police commander who stood up to the group in the '90s. "80 die in bombing at Afghan dog fight," by Allauddin Khan for the...

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Jordanian political and cultural organizations call for confronting "Western campaigns against Islam"

What "Western campaigns against Islam"? Why, the Motoons, of course. No word yet from these "Jordanian political and cultural organizations" on any plans to confront Osama bin Laden and others who have allegedly "hijacked" their peaceful religion. "Jordanian political and...

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Danish Muslims riot, burn cars over Motoons; cops blame "unusually mild weather"

Yes, I can see their point. Mild weather always makes me want to burn cars and vandalize schools. "Suspected Danish cartoon rioters torch cars," from Reuters (thanks to JE): GANGS of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks in...

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Ibn Warraq: The Atlas Shrugs Interview!

Here it is, folks: over lunch and a bottle of wine, Pamela gives us a rare chance to hear from the great Ibn Warraq. Ibn Warraq, of course, is one of the most important Islamic scholars of our time...

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FBI warns of possible Hizballah revenge in U.S.

"While retaliation in the U.S. homeland is unlikely, Hezbollah has demonstrated a capability to respond outside the Middle East to similar events in the past." And remember: there are already Hizballah cells in the U.S. "FBI warns of possible Hezbollah...

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Muqtada Al-Sadr declares three days of mourning for jihad terrorist Imad Mughniya

Just something for the learned analysts to consider as they continue to urge that Al-Sadr be "included in the political process." "Muqtada Al-Sadr Declares Three Days Of Mourning For Mughniya; Source: Mughniya Trained Mahdi Army, Assassination Squads," from MEMRI (thanks...

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Algerian Culture Minister lauds Iran's services to Islam

"The Algerian minister further hoped that the event would help open a new chapter in Tehran-Algiers bilateral ties." Iran solidifies its ties to a Sunni state. "Algerian minister lauds Iran's services to Islam," from IRNA (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):...

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Observer: "Wikipedia defies 180,000 demands to remove images of the Prophet"

"The Prophet." Everyone knows who that is. No need to say "Muhammad." No need, above all, to say "the Islamic Prophet." Not over at the reliably dhimmi Observer, which is, after all, an arm of the Guardian. Anyway, while I...

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Qatar church controversy: "Christians should be allowed to practice their faith but should do so in line with public morals without being given licenses to set up places of worship"

It's a dhimmi church to begin with: it will not have crosses outside the building. And note well that the church is meant only to serve Christian foreigners who are working in Qatar, not native Qataris. But even that is...

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State Department considering preventing Palestinian payment of terror victim judgments

Unconscionable. "Victims of Palestinian terror ask US not to hinder their cases," by Hilary Leila Krieger for the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Gabrielle Goldwater): Terror victims from across the US and Israel came here this week to urge the Bush...

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Turkish Muslims outraged at Pepsi

Well, there's always Cola Turka, eh, Chevy? "Pepsi's headscarf attitude sparks protests," from Zaman (thanks to Sr. Soph): A condition in a photo contest run by Pepsi stating that photos with people wearing a headscarf will not be accepted has...

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'I don't hate Muslims. I hate Islam,' says Holland's rising political star

Hate, of course, is the third rail of today's public discourse. By saying that he hates anything, Wilders has rendered himself anathema to the mainstream. But when Wilders says, "I have a problem with Islamic tradition, culture, ideology. Not with...

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Canadian Imam who brought human rights complaint against publisher unmasked as Sharia-supporting liar

Syed Soharwardy has dropped his human rights complaint against Ezra Levant, but he has brought upon himself some unwelcome scrutiny. "Imam undercuts himself by twisting his own words," by Licia Corbella for The Calgary Herald (thanks to all who sent...

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Danish lawmakers refuse to condemn Motoons, cancel trip to Iran

Anti-dhimmitude. "Danish lawmakers cancel trip to Iran," from AP (thanks to Sr. Soph): A group of Danish lawmakers have canceled a trip to Iran because Tehran demanded they condemn the reprinting of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in newspapers, a spokeswoman said...

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Conflict: The Power of Propaganda trailer

If Mr. Carter had stuck to Habitat for Humanity instead of Inaccurate Boloney, we could admire him and I did. He has lost all credibility due to his ignorance of the truth in the Middle East. What a sad legacy to leave! Some have said that he has consumed too many bad peanuts and it has affected his brain making him nuttier in his old age.

Blacks Held Back - Dr. Walter E Williams

THE NEW GAME: POWER CLING !!!

Obama learned his lesson well


"Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday." --Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky


Hillary, Obama and the Cult of Alinsky: "True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties....

"One Alinsky benefactor was Wall Street investment banker Eugene Meyer, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. Meyer and his wife Agnes co-owned The Washington Post. They used their newspaper to promote Alinsky....Her series, called 'The Orderly Revolution', made Alinsky famous....

"Alinsky’s crowning achievement was his recruitment of a young high school student named Hillary Rodham. She met Alinsky through a radical church group. Hillary wrote an analysis of Alinsky’s methods for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. ...

"Many leftists view Hillary as a sell-out because she claims to hold moderate views on some issues. However, Hillary is simply following Alinsky’s counsel to do and say whatever it takes to gain power.

"Barack Obama is also an Alinskyite.... Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project.... Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing. While trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself. He became an instant churchgoer." [by Richard Poe, 11-27-07] See also Community Oriented Policing


Quote from Saul Alinsky's Book "Rules for Radicals"

In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace.... "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.' This means revolution." p.3

"Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing." p.6

"A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism." p.10

The one thing he did not learn is the passion of FREE people to be free! - Press4TRuth

Saul Alinsky - Mentor of Obama

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War on Gaza. Whoops!

What Obama DOES NOT Know Can Hurt Us


The Financial Post today carried the following article by Alex Epstein that pretty well sums up the problem with a president with NO economic or business experience.

Obama doesn’t get roots of crisis
Posted: April 07, 2009, 7:04 PM by NP Editor
By Alex Epstein

Barack Obama rightly stresses that we first must understand how today’s problems emerged. It is “only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament.”
Unfortunately, Obama (along with most of the Washington establishment) has created only misunderstanding. In calling for a massive increase in government control over the economy, he has evaded the mountain of evidence implicating the government. For example, Obama’s core explanation of all the destructive behaviour leading up to today’s crisis is that the market was too free. But the market that led to today’s crisis was systematically manipulated by government.
Fact This decade saw drastic attempts by the government to control the housing and financial markets — via a Federal Reserve that cut interest rates to all-time lows and via a gigantic increase in Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s size and influence.
Fact Through these entities, the government sought to “stimulate the economy” and promote home ownership (sound familiar?) by artificially extending cheap credit to home-buyers.
Fact Most of the (very few) economists who actually predicted the financial crisis blame Fed policy or housing policy for inflating a bubble that was bound to collapse.
How does all this evidence factor into Obama’s understanding of “how we arrived at this moment”? It doesn’t. Not once, during the solemn 52 minutes and 5,902 words of his speech to Congress did he mention the Fed, Fannie or Freddie. Not once did he suggest that government manipulation of markets could have any possible role in the present crisis. He just went full steam ahead and called for more spending, more intervention and more government housing programs as the solution.
A genuine explanation of the financial crisis must take into account all the facts. What role did the Fed play? What about Fannie and Freddie? To be sure, some companies and CEOs seem to have made irrational business decisions. Was the primary cause “greed,” as so many claim — and what does this even mean? Or was the primary cause government intervention — like artificially low interest rates, which distorted economic decision-making and encouraged less competent and more reckless companies and CEOs while marginalizing and paralyzing the more competent ones?
Entertaining such questions would also mean considering the idea that the fundamental solution to our problems is to disentangle the government from the markets to prevent future manipulation. It would mean considering pro-free-market remedies such as letting banks foreclose, letting prices reach market levels, letting bad banks fail, dismantling Fannie and Freddie, ending bailout promises and getting rid of the Fed’s power to manipulate interest rates.
But it is not genuine understanding the administration seeks. For it, the wisdom and necessity of previous government intervention is self-evident; no matter the contrary evidence, the crisis can only have been caused by insufficient government intervention. Besides, the administration is too busy following Obama’s chief of staff’s dictum, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” by proposing a virtual takeover of not only financial markets but also the problem-riddled energy and health-care markets — which, they conveniently ignore, are also already among the most government-controlled in the economy.
While Obama has not sought a real explanation of today’s economic problems, the public should. Otherwise, we will simply swallow “solutions” that dogmatically assume the free market got us here — namely, Obama’s plans to swamp this country in an ocean of government debt, government controls and government make-work projects.
Alternative, free-market explanations for the crisis do exist — ones that consider the inconvenient facts Washington ignores — and everyone should seek to understand them. Those who do will likely end up telling our leaders to stop saying “Yes, we can” to each new proposal for expanding government power, and start saying “Yes, you can” to those who seek to exercise their right to produce and trade on a free market.
Financial Post
Alex Epstein is an analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

Deciphering Obama in Cairo


Deciphering Obama in Cairo

Center for Security Policy | Jun 05, 2009
By Frank Gaffney, Jr.

By and large, President Obama's address yesterday in Cairo has been well received in both the so-called "Muslim world" and by other audiences. Nobody may be happier with it, though, than the Muslim Brotherhood - the global organization that seeks to impose authoritative Islam's theo-political-legal program known as "Shariah" through stealthy means where violence ones are not practicable. Egyptian Muslim Brothers were prominent among the guests in the audience at Cairo University and Brotherhood-associated organizations in America, like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have rapturously endorsed the speech.

The Brotherhood has ample reason for its delight. Accordingly, Americans who love freedom - whether or not they recognize the threat Shariah represents to it - have abundant cause for concern about "The Speech," and what it portends for U.S. policy and interests.

Right out of the box, Mr. Obama mischaracterized what is causing a "time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world." He attributed the problem first and foremost to "violent extremists [who] have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims." The President never mentioned - not even once - a central reality: The minority in question, including the Muslim Brotherhood, subscribes to the authoritative writings, teachings, traditions and institutions of their faith, namely Shariah. It is the fact that their practice is thus grounded that makes them, whatever their numbers (the exact percentage is a matter of considerable debate), to use Mr. Obama euphemistic term, "potent."

Instead, the President's address characterized the problem as a "cycle of suspicion and discord," a turn of phrase redolent of the moral equivalence so evident in the Mideast peace process with it "cycle of violence." There was not one reference to terrorism, let alone Islamic terrorism. Indeed, any connection between the two is treated as evidence of some popular delusion. "The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust."

Then there was this uplifting, but ultimately meaningless, blather: "So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity."

More often than not, the President portrayed Muslims as the Brotherhood always does: as victims of crimes perpetrated by the West against them - from colonialism to manipulation by Cold War superpowers to the menace of "modernity and globalization that led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam." Again, no mention of the hostility towards the infidel West ingrained in "the traditions of Islam." This fits with the meme of the Shariah-adherent, but not the facts.

Here's the irony: Even as President Obama professed his determination to "speak the truth," he perpetrated a fraud. He falsely portrayed what amounts to authoritative Islam, namely Shariah Islam, as something that is "not exclusive," that "overlaps" and "need not be in competition" with "America. Actually, Shariah is, by its very nature, a program that obliges its adherents to demand submission of all others, Muslims (especially secular and apostate ones) and non-Muslims, alike.

This exclusiveness (read, Islamic supremacism) applies most especially with respect to democratic nations like America, nations founded in the alternative and highly competitive belief that men, not God, should make laws. Ditto nations that stand in the way of the establishment of the Caliphate, the global theocracy that Shariah dictates must impose its medieval agenda worldwide. In practice, Shariah is the very antithesis of Mr. Obama's stated goal of "progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." Its "justice" can only be considered by civilized societies to be a kind of codified barbarism.

At least as troubling are what amount to instances of presidential dawa, the Arabic term for Islamic proselytization. For example, Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to "the Holy Koran." It seems unimaginable that he ever would ever use the adjective to describe the Bible or the Book of Mormon.

Then, the man now happy to call himself Barack Hussein Obama (in contrast to his attitude during the campaign) boasts of having "known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed." An interesting choice of words that, "first revealed." Not "established," "founded" or "invented." The President is, after all, a careful writer, so he must have deliberately eschewed verbs that reflect man's role, in favor of the theological version of events promoted by Islam. Thus, Mr. Obama has gone beyond the kind of "respectful language" he has pledged to use towards Islam. He is employing what amounts to code - bespeaking the kind of submissive attitude Islam demands of all, believers and non-believers alike.

Elsewhere in the speech, Mr. Obama actually declared that "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." Note that, although he referred in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict to "vile stereotypes" of Jews, he did not describe it as "part of his responsibility as President" to counter anti-Semitic representations.

Unremarked was the fact that such incitement is daily fare served up by the state media controlled by his host in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak, by the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas and by every other despot in the region with whom Mr. Obama seeks to "engage." Worse yet, no mention was made of the fact that some of those "vile stereotypes" - notably, that Jews are "descendants of apes and pigs" - are to be found in "the Holy Koran," itself.

Perhaps the most stunning bit of dawa of all was a phrase the President employed that, on its face, denies the divinity of Jesus - something surprising from a self-described committed Christian. In connection with his discussion of the "situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs," Mr. Obama said, "...When Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."

Muslims use the term "peace be upon them" to ask for blessings on deceased holy men. In other words, its use construes all three in the way Islam does - as dead prophets - a treatment wholly at odds with the teachings of Christianity which, of course, holds Jesus as the immortal Son of God.

If Mr. Obama were genuinely ignorant about Islam, such a statement might be ascribed to nothing more than a sop to "interfaith dialogue." For a man who now pridefully boasts of his intimate familiarity with Muslims and their faith, it raises troubling questions about his own religious beliefs. At the very least, it conveys a strongly discordant message to "the Muslim world" about a fundamental tenet of the faith he professes.

Finally, what are we to make of Mr. Obama statements about America and Islam? Since he took office, the President has engaged repeatedly in the sort of hyping of Muslims and their role in the United States that is standard Muslim Brotherhood fare. In his inaugural address, he described our nation as one of "Christians, Muslims and Jews." Shortly thereafter, he further reversed the demographic ordering of these populations by size in his first broadcast interview (with the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya network), calling America a country of "Muslims, Christians and Jews."

Yesterday in Cairo, the President declared that "Islam has always been a part of America's story." Now, to be sure, Muslims, like peoples of other faiths, have made contributions to U.S. history. But they have generally done so in the same way others have, namely as Americans - not as some separate community, but as part of the "E pluribus unum" (out of many, one) that Mr. Obama properly extolled in The Speech.

Unfortunately, a pattern is being established whereby President Obama routinely exaggerates the Muslim character of America. For example, at Cairo University, he claimed there are nearly seven million Muslims in this country - a falsehood promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends - when the actual number is well-less than half that. Shortly before The Speech, in an interview with a French network, Mr. Obama said, "If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."

Incredible as these statements may seem, even more astounding is their implication for those who adhere to Shariah. The President's remarks about America as a Muslim nation would give rise to its treatment by them as part of dar al-Islam, the world of Islam, as opposed to dar al-harb (i.e., the non-Muslim world).

Were the former to be the case, Shariah requires faithful Muslims to rid the United States of infidel control or occupation. And we know from last year's successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation - a so-called "charity" engaged in money-laundering for one of the Muslim Brotherhood's terrorist operations, Hamas - that such an agenda tracks precisely with the Brothers' mission here: "To destroy Western civilization from within America, by its own miserable hand."

This reality makes one of Mr. Obama's promises in Cairo especially chilling. Near the end of his address, the President expressed concern that religious freedom in the United States was being impinged by "rules on charitable giving [that] have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation." He went on to pledge: "That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."

Let us be clear: Muslim charities have run into difficulty with "the rules" because they have been convicted in federal court of using the Muslim obligation to perform zakat (tithing to charity) to funnel money to terrorists. At this writing, it is unclear precisely what Mr. Obama has in mind with respect to this commitment to "ensure [Muslims] can fulfill zakat." But you can bet that the Brotherhood will try to translate it into the release of their imprisoned operatives and new latitude to raise money for their Shariah-promoting, and therefore seditious, activities in America.

I could go on, but you get the point. The Speech contained a number of statements about the laudable qualities of America, the need for freedom in the Muslim world, about women's rights and the desirability of peace. But its preponderant and much more important message was one that could have been crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood: America has a president who is, wittingly or not, advancing the Brotherhood's agenda of masking the true nature of Shariah and encouraging the West's submission to it.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington. An abbreviated version of this article appeared in Newsmax, June 5, 2009.

OBAMA for CHANGE ??? A Stimulating Thought !!!

[As you will see below, even Jackie Mason doesn't think this is funny!] Rahm Emanuel's statement in November, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

Well now we have the proof. I said it before Mr. Obama was elected. The ONLY change that Obama expects to bring to Washington is him in the white house!

Now we have the proof. This "STIMULUS" bill is anything BUT stimulating! Apparently hundreds of phone calls against the bill are coming into government offices. But the government of the people, by the people and for the people has now become the government OVER the people, right by the people and FOR the democratic party in government!

Didn't Mr. Obama say that he wanted to CHANGE the way Washington worked? Ha, well now we know how.

So Mr. Obama has brought CHANGE TO AMERICA... yes CHANGE AS TO WHO GETS THE PORK. - His soundbytes about there being NO PORK in the bill are absolute blatant lies.

The letters and calls to the congress were 100:1 AGAINST this package but that did not thwart the courageous congress from paying back all their supporters AGAINST the will of the people!

However it was that unofficial third party in the U.S. called the left-wing socialist media combined with the fairy-tale elite in Hollywood. who actually elected Mr. Obama.

The so-called "stimulus" bill just passed in the U.S. will stimulate that famous employer, the National Association for the Endowment for the Arts, build Milwaukee schools when 15 are empty with declining enrolment and so on.

It is complete PORK. There may be a few million of the billions here and there which might actually do a little but the stock market tells all as they have been in freefall as the "package" made it's way through the congress.

Yes is it payback time as the hog trough package goes out to all the supporters which the Democrats did not have the power to reward previously.

What Mr. Obama came to the Whitehouse to change was ONE THING ... WHO GET'S THE PORK?

The bill is full of nothing but spending to reward those who elected Mr. Obama and his "Democratic" presidential guards and very little to help the average worker at all.

It is a sad time when telling blatant lies and rewarding those who support you are more important than actually helping people cope with this deep recession.

So much for the country of Abraham Lincoln and a country which was "of the people, by the people, for the people". Unless of course those people are Democratic suckies.

If even comedian Jackie Mason sees this, there perhaps is hope for the American people somewhere.

Obama's Plan for Change

Research Suggests That GOVERNMENT STIMULUS SPENDING May Worsen Situation

Terence Corcoran reports in the National Post on Friday, January 16, 2009 that the STIMULUS everyone is yelling for may only work over a short period and may actually MAKE THE ECONOMY WORSE over longer periods.

See original article here.


WHO SAYS A STIMULUS ACTUALLY STIMULATES?

or is it simply temporary VIAGRA for the ECONOMY?

POINTS from article above ...

-"Except for one problem: What if it's not true? What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?

- "What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?"

- Even disciples of Keynes, such as Harvard's Greg Mankiw, recently highlighted economic studies that show government spending binges -- shocks, they are sometimes called -- don't seem to help the economy grow. They might even make it worse.

-One of the studies cited by Mr. Mankiw was by two European economists (Andrew Mountford and Harald Uhlig), titled "What are the Effects of Fiscal Shocks?" It looked at big deficit-financed spending increases and found that they stimulate the economy for the first year, but "only weakly" compared with a deficit financed tax cut. The overriding problem is that the deficits crowd out private investment and, over the long run, may make the economy worse. "The resulting higher debt burdens may have long-term consequences which are far worse than the short-term increase in GDP."

-A paper by two economists, including the current chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, concluded that increased taxes and "increases in government spending have a strong negative effect on private investment spending."

-Roberto Perotti, an Italian economist with links to Columbia University, in "Estimating the Effects of Fiscal Policy in OECD Countries," found nothing but bad news for Keynesians. Economic growth is little changed after big increases in government spending, but there are signs of weakening private investment.

- What we all might logically intuit to be true -- spend government money, especially borrowed money, and you stimulate growth -- has long been thought to be a fallacy by some economists. That thought is now spreading. British economist William Buiter said the massive Obama fiscal stimulus proposals "are afflicted by the Keynesian fallacy on steroids."

Except for one problem: What if it's not true? What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?

The Prime Minister, in his comments on Friday, seemed to be riding right into the barnyard. He said the government would be simply "borrowing money that is not being used" and "that business is afraid to invest." By borrowing that money, and turning it over to all the groups and interests looking for part of the stimulus spending, he would be jump-starting activity while the private sector got its legs back.

Even disciples of Keynes, such as Harvard's Greg Mankiw, recently highlighted economic studies that show government spending binges -- shocks, they are sometimes called -- don't seem to help the economy grow. They might even make it worse.

One of the studies cited by Mr. Mankiw was by two European economists (Andrew Mountford and Harald Uhlig), titled "What are the Effects of Fiscal Shocks?" It looked at big deficit-financed spending increases and found that they stimulate the economy for the first year, but "only weakly" compared with a deficit financed tax cut. The overriding problem is that the deficits crowd out private investment and, over the long run, may make the economy worse. "The resulting higher debt burdens may have long-term consequences which are far worse than the short-term increase in GDP."

Two other studies point in the same direction. A paper by two economists, including the current chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, concluded that increased taxes and "increases in government spending have a strong negative effect on private investment spending."

Roberto Perotti, an Italian economist with links to Columbia University, in "Estimating the Effects of Fiscal Policy in OECD Countries," found nothing but bad news for Keynesians. Economic growth is little changed after big increases in government spending, but there are signs of weakening private investment.

What we all might logically intuit to be true -- spend government money, especially borrowed money, and you stimulate growth -- has long been thought to be a fallacy by some economists. That thought is now spreading. British economist William Buiter said the massive Obama fiscal stimulus proposals "are afflicted by the Keynesian fallacy on steroids."

Over at Stimulus Canada, Mr. Harper's plan looks somewhat more modest and Canada is not in the same fiscal fix as the United States. But Ottawa and the provinces are clearly ready to borrow big wads of money from the future to stimulate the economy today. It's money that is supposedly sitting out there in the timid hands of investors who will be repaid with tax dollars later.

But if that stimulus spending does not generate much fresh economic growth, and the borrowing chews up money that private investors could invest in the future, the shovel-ready brigades who get the cash today will produce only short term gains at the expense of the long term health of the economy.

[Doesn't it make you wonder when nobody seems to know what to do but some of the advice of the best researchers suggests that a STIMULUS may actually HARM the economy? Some economic researchers point to FDR and the Great Depression and suggest that FDR actually INCREASED the length of the depression. He was obviously and encourager and inspired hope which is an important factor as we see when the markets fall like bricks. But did his fiscal policy actually make it longer?]

The Stimulus Package

FDR POLICIES Prolonged Depression

FDR's policies prolonged Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate

Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

After scrutinizing Roosevelt's record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.

"Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump," said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA's Department of Economics. "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies."

In an article in the August issue of the Journal of Political Economy, Ohanian and Cole blame specific anti-competition and pro-labor measures that Roosevelt promoted and signed into law June 16, 1933.

"President Roosevelt believed that excessive competition was responsible for the Depression by reducing prices and wages, and by extension reducing employment and demand for goods and services," said Cole, also a UCLA professor of economics. "So he came up with a recovery package that would be unimaginable today, allowing businesses in every industry to collude without the threat of antitrust prosecution and workers to demand salaries about 25 percent above where they ought to have been, given market forces. The economy was poised for a beautiful recovery, but that recovery was stalled by these misguided policies."

Using data collected in 1929 by the Conference Board and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cole and Ohanian were able to establish average wages and prices across a range of industries just prior to the Depression. By adjusting for annual increases in productivity, they were able to use the 1929 benchmark to figure out what prices and wages would have been during every year of the Depression had Roosevelt's policies not gone into effect. They then compared those figures with actual prices and wages as reflected in the Conference Board data.

In the three years following the implementation of Roosevelt's policies, wages in 11 key industries averaged 25 percent higher than they otherwise would have done, the economists calculate. But unemployment was also 25 percent higher than it should have been, given gains in productivity.

Meanwhile, prices across 19 industries averaged 23 percent above where they should have been, given the state of the economy. With goods and services that much harder for consumers to afford, demand stalled and the gross national product floundered at 27 percent below where it otherwise might have been.

"High wages and high prices in an economic slump run contrary to everything we know about market forces in economic downturns," Ohanian said. "As we've seen in the past several years, salaries and prices fall when unemployment is high. By artificially inflating both, the New Deal policies short-circuited the market's self-correcting forces."

The policies were contained in the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), which exempted industries from antitrust prosecution if they agreed to enter into collective bargaining agreements that significantly raised wages. Because protection from antitrust prosecution all but ensured higher prices for goods and services, a wide range of industries took the bait, Cole and Ohanian found. By 1934 more than 500 industries, which accounted for nearly 80 percent of private, non-agricultural employment, had entered into the collective bargaining agreements called for under NIRA.

Cole and Ohanian calculate that NIRA and its aftermath account for 60 percent of the weak recovery. Without the policies, they contend that the Depression would have ended in 1936 instead of the year when they believe the slump actually ended: 1943.

Roosevelt's role in lifting the nation out of the Great Depression has been so revered that Time magazine readers cited it in 1999 when naming him the 20th century's second-most influential figure.

"This is exciting and valuable research," said Robert E. Lucas Jr., the 1995 Nobel Laureate in economics, and the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. "The prevention and cure of depressions is a central mission of macroeconomics, and if we can't understand what happened in the 1930s, how can we be sure it won't happen again?"

NIRA's role in prolonging the Depression has not been more closely scrutinized because the Supreme Court declared the act unconstitutional within two years of its passage.

"Historians have assumed that the policies didn't have an impact because they were too short-lived, but the proof is in the pudding," Ohanian said. "We show that they really did artificially inflate wages and prices."

Even after being deemed unconstitutional, Roosevelt's anti-competition policies persisted — albeit under a different guise, the scholars found. Ohanian and Cole painstakingly documented the extent to which the Roosevelt administration looked the other way as industries once protected by NIRA continued to engage in price-fixing practices for four more years.

The number of antitrust cases brought by the Department of Justice fell from an average of 12.5 cases per year during the 1920s to an average of 6.5 cases per year from 1935 to 1938, the scholars found. Collusion had become so widespread that one Department of Interior official complained of receiving identical bids from a protected industry (steel) on 257 different occasions between mid-1935 and mid-1936. The bids were not only identical but also 50 percent higher than foreign steel prices. Without competition, wholesale prices remained inflated, averaging 14 percent higher than they would have been without the troublesome practices, the UCLA economists calculate.

NIRA's labor provisions, meanwhile, were strengthened in the National Relations Act, signed into law in 1935. As union membership doubled, so did labor's bargaining power, rising from 14 million strike days in 1936 to about 28 million in 1937. By 1939 wages in protected industries remained 24 percent to 33 percent above where they should have been, based on 1929 figures, Cole and Ohanian calculate. Unemployment persisted. By 1939 the U.S. unemployment rate was 17.2 percent, down somewhat from its 1933 peak of 24.9 percent but still remarkably high. By comparison, in May 2003, the unemployment rate of 6.1 percent was the highest in nine years.

Recovery came only after the Department of Justice dramatically stepped enforcement of antitrust cases nearly four-fold and organized labor suffered a string of setbacks, the economists found.

"The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes," Cole said. "Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened."

-UCLA-

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx?RelNum=5409

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AIG & Taxes & Free Enterprise

Mr Obama: Please Prove You ARE Non-Partisan

Mr. Obama will now have to prove he is non-partisan.

Editor: If he makes the mistake of believing that he is only the President of the 52% of the population that elected him and of the far-left liberal democrats, and tries to enact laws which the 46% who voted for McCain vehementally oppose, he will create more partisanship than has ever occurred before.

Now is his test. Will he leave failed socialistic policies like the War on Poverty and the Great Society behind, or will he make the same mistakes as his liberal precessors?

So now is the time for Mr. Obama to shine, but shine on the right as well as the left. Shine on the almost half the United States which are part of red states and red counties in blue states. He will become president of both and to be inclusive as an agent of change, he must govern in the best interests of middle America.

This article from the NP reflects some of that concern:

Sharing wealth will drain it

Obamanomics a drag on growth

Jacqueline Thorpe, National Post Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008

As the fervour fades, the world will have to get used to a new word: Obamanomics.

It means tax hikes for the rich, tax cuts for the poor and middle class, a promise to renegotiate NAFTA, greater union power, windfall taxes on oil and gas profits, higher taxes on capital gains and corporate dividends and more comprehensive health care coverage.

Barack Obama's economic plan may deliver the greater income equality Americans have apparently been craving, but also slower growth. Despite the vast tax hikes, it will cost a vast sum and U. S. federal finances, already ravaged by bailouts and recession, will slide deeper into the red.

The plan is not market-friendly but that does not mean the markets will not like an Obama presidency. If he can give the U. S. back its confidence, restore its reputation and sense of optimism, markets will take the bait as they have done with Democratic presidents so often in the past.

If he can become a Clintonstyle pragmatist, resist caving to every whim of a deeply left Congress, and not meddle with the bailouts that seem to be gingerly gaining traction, markets might even run with his presidency. The year from hell for investors could then be nearing an end.

Obamanomics is essentially about taking more money from the rich and giving it to the poor, plain old-fashioned "neighbourliness" as Mr. Obama has described it.

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Or, as others have remarked, taking money from those who earn it and giving it to those who don't.

Under his income tax plan, Mr. Obama says he will provide tax cuts for 95% of Americans. He will do this by repealing Bush tax cuts -- set to expire in 2010 -- and bumping the top rates back to 36% from 33% and to 39.6% from 35%. Individuals earning over US$200,000 and families over US$250,000 will see sizable tax increases. This includes sole proprietors of businesses such as lawyers, accountants or plumbers called Joe.

Since 38% of Americans currently do not pay federal income taxes, Mr. Obama will provide them with refundable tax credits. Under his plan, 48% of Americans will pay no income tax.

"For the people that don't pay taxes, he is simply going to write them a cheque," says Andy Busch, global foreign exchange strategist at BMO Capital Markets. "That is income redistribution at its worst and produces very little value."

Other plans include raising taxes on capital gains and dividends to 20% from 15% for families earning more than US$250,000. He plans to leave the corporate tax rate at 35%, which in a world of rapidly falling rates, looks positively anti-business. He will introduce windfall taxes on oil and gas companies but offer US$4-billion in credits to U. S. auto-makers to retool to greener cars.

Much has been made of Mr. Obama's plan to renegotiate NAFTA to make it more labour-friendly, though no one seems to believe he will actually make it more protectionist.

The bottom line is this: Obama's economic plan is likely to be a drag on growth and it will cost money. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates Obama's program would add US$3.5-trillion to U. S. debt over the next 10 years, including interest. His plans for health care-- which may be delayed by financial necessity -- would tack on another US$1.6-trillion.

Read more here.

Obama - Who Are You?

Obama Sued by Democrat to Produce Birth Certificate Obama's Birth Certificate MUST SEE VIDEO Philip Berg, a DEMOCRAT is the man who is suing Barack Obama to hand over his Birth Certificate. The video below gives his Credentials and the Mr. Berg lays out his case in Berg v. Obama, and explains why it is important for the case to be resolved quickly. In his argumentation, Mr. Berg points out that Senator Obama could settle the lawsuit immediately by producing the proper documents to prove Obama is a natural-born citizen as required by our constitution. It is A MUST SEE..MUST PASS AROUND VIDEO!

NOW LA PRESIDENT SUPPORTS SARAH PALIN

Veteran Accuses Senator Obama of Being Wrong

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PLAN

WHY IT IS WRONG TO CALL IRAQ A MISTAKE

OBAMA Comment by AltMuslim.com

This is an interesting comment by the website AltMuslim.com.
[Editor:Just because his middle name is Hussain does NOT mean he's a Muslim. Just because his church gave Lewis Farakhan last year a Lifetime Achievement award does

NOT mean he is a Muslim. Just because he wore traditional Muslim dress when visiting in Sudan does NOT mean he is a Muslim. So what does it mean? Read what they say for yourself.]
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Friday, April 18, 2008

Obama's Problem with the Truth [David Freddoso]

First the "hundred years" controversy, and now this. Is the man a liar, or are his speechwriters and advisors just that willing to leave him vulnerable to attack?

Obama's Problem
February 07, 2008 01:00 PM EST

The Peculiar Theology of Black Liberation

Spengler, Asia Times (Hong Kong), March 18, 2008

Senator Barack Obama is not a Muslim, contrary to invidious rumors. But he belongs to a Christian church whose doctrine casts Jesus Christ as a “black messiah” and blacks as “the chosen people”. At best, this is a radically different kind of Christianity than most Americans acknowledge; at worst it is an ethnocentric heresy.

What played out last week on America’s television screens was a clash of two irreconcilable cultures, the posture of “black liberation theology” and the mainstream American understanding of Christianity. Obama, who presented himself as a unifying figure, now seems rather the living embodiment of the clash.

One of the strangest dialogues in American political history ensued on March 15 when Fox News interviewed Obama’s pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, of Chicago’s Trinity Church. Wright asserted the authority of the “black liberation” theologians James Cone and Dwight Hopkins:

Wright: How many of Cone’s books have you read? How many of Cone’s book have you read?

Sean Hannity: Reverend, Reverend?

(crosstalk)

Wright: How many books of Cone’s have you head?

Hannity: I’m going to ask you this question . . .

Wright: How many books of Dwight Hopkins have you read?

Hannity: You’re very angry and defensive. I’m just trying to ask a question here.

Wright: You haven’t answered—you haven’t answered my question.

Hopkins is a full professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School; Cone is now distinguished professor at New York’s Union Theological Seminary. They promote a “black power” reading of Christianity, to which liberal academic establishment condescends.

Obama referred to this when he asserted in a March 14 statement, “I knew Reverend Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago.” But the fact the liberal academy condescends to sponsor black liberation theology does not make it less peculiar to mainstream American Christians. Obama wants to talk about what Wright is, rather than what he says. But that way lies apolitical quicksand.

Since Christianity taught the concept of divine election to the Gentiles, every recalcitrant tribe in Christendom has rebelled against Christian universalism, insisting that it is the “Chosen People” of God—French, English, Russian, Germans and even (through the peculiar doctrine of Mormonism) certain Americans. America remains the only really Christian country in the industrial world, precisely because it transcends ethnicity. One finds ethnocentricity only in odd corners of its religious life; one of these is African-American.

During the black-power heyday of the late 1960s, after the murder of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, the mentors of Wright decided that blacks were the Chosen People. James Cone, the most prominent theologian in the “black liberation” school, teaches that Jesus Christ himself is black. As he explains:

Christ is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into our world where the poor were despised and the black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves into liberating servants.

Theologically, Cone’s argument is as silly as the “Aryan Christianity” popular in Nazi Germany, which claimed that Jesus was not a Jew at all but an Aryan Galilean, and that the Aryan race was the “chosen people”. Cone, Hopkins and Wright do not propose, of course, to put non-blacks in concentration camps or to conquer the world, but racially-based theology nonetheless is a greased chute to the nether regions.

Biblical theology teaches that even the most terrible events to befall Israel, such as the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, embody the workings of divine justice, even if humankind cannot see God’s purpose. James Cone sees the matter very differently. Either God must do what we want him to do, or we must reject him, Cone maintains:

Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. . . . Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. [1]

In the black liberation theology taught by Wright, Cone and Hopkins, Jesus Christ is not for all men, but only for the oppressed:

In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors. . . . Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not [Cone].

In this respect black liberation theology is identical in content to all the ethnocentric heresies that preceded it. Christianity has no use for the nations, a “drop of the bucket” and “dust on the scales”, in the words of Isaiah. It requires that individuals turn their back on their ethnicity to be reborn into Israel in the spirit. That is much easier for Americans than for the citizens of other nations, for Americans have no ethnicity. But the tribes of the world do not want to abandon their Gentile nature and as individuals join the New Israel. Instead they demand eternal life in their own Gentile flesh, that is, to be the “Chosen People”.

That is the “biblical scholarship” to which Obama referred in his March 14 defense of Wright and his academic prominence. In his response to Hannity, Wright genuinely seemed to believe that the authority of Cone and Hopkins, who now hold important posts at liberal theological seminaries, was sufficient to make the issue go away. His faith in the white establishment is touching; he honestly cannot understand why the white reporters at Fox News are bothering him when the University of Chicago and the Union Theological Seminary have put their stamp of approval on black liberation theology.

Many things that the liberal academy has adopted, though, will horrify most Americans, and not only “black liberation theology” (Queer Studies comes to mind, among other things). It cannot be in Obama’s best interests to appeal to the authority of Cone, whose unapologetic racism must be repugnant to the great majority of Americans, including the majority of black Americans, who for the most part belong to Christian churches that preach mainstream Christian doctrine. Christianity teaches unconditional love for a God whose love for humankind is absolute; it does not teach the repudiation of a God who does not destroy our enemies on the spot.

Whether Obama takes seriously the doctrines that Wright preaches is another matter. It is possible that Obama does not believe a word of what Wright, Cone and Hopkins teach. Perhaps he merely used the Trinity United Church of Christ as a political stepping-stone. African-American political life is centered around churches, and his election to the Illinois State Senate with the support of Chicago’s black political machine required church membership. Trinity United happens to be Chicago’s largest and most politically active black church.

Obama views Wright rather at arm’s length: as the New York Times reported on April 30, 2007:

Reverend Wright is a child of the 60s, and he often expresses himself in that language of concern with institutional racism and the struggles the African-American community has gone through,” Mr Obama said. “He analyzes public events in the context of race. I tend to look at them through the context of social justice and inequality.

Obama holds his own views close. But it seems unlikely that he would identify with the ideological fits of the black-power movement of the 1960s. Obama does not come to the matter with the perspective of an American black, but of the child of a left-wing anthropologist raised in the Third World, as I wrote elsewhere (Obama’s women reveal his secret , Asia Times Online, February 26, 2008). It is possible that because of the Wright affair Obama will suffer for what he pretended to be, rather than for what he really is.

Note

1. See William R Jones, “Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology”, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, ed Cornel West and Eddie Glaube (Westminster John Knox Press).

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(Posted on March 17, 2008)


Comments

I have mixed feelings about the whole Jeremiah Wright ordeal. On one hand, I understand his feelings. As a white man, I choose to stand with my race just as he chooses to stand with his. Thus, I can’t fault him for his views. On the other hand, I also recognize that Rev. Wright would never attempt to understand my feelings or concerns so why should I try to understand his? The fact is, people like Wright are not intellectually consistent with their beliefs; they preach ethno-centrism and border-line hatred of other races yet would accuse a white man of being “racist” for the slightest perceived insult.

Posted by Conrad R. at 6:03 PM on March 17


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Jeremiah Wright, Obama's Former Pastor - Christian in Name but what???

March 26, 2008

How the Leftist Churches Set a Time Bomb for the Democrats

By James Lewis
Until the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama's spiritual mentor in Black Liberation Theology, popped out of the woodwork, I didn't even know about BLT -- Black Liberation Theology. But the doctrines of Black Liberation have been preached since 1966 in black churches, with the enthusiastic support of white churches of the Left, notably the United Church of Christ. The Rev. Wright runs an official UCC church.

Though I am not a professional theologian, I daresay that Jesus would not, repeat not, approve of BLT. Because Black Liberation Theology seems to go straight against every single word in the Sermon on the Mount. Odd that the UCC has never noticed that over the last fifty years.

In fact, the liberal churches have bestowed great influence and prestige on the inventor of Black Liberation Theology, a Dr. James Hal Cone. Writes Dr. Cone, among other things,


* "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him."

* "All white men are responsible for white oppression."

* "While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism."

* "Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man "the devil.""

* "The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples."

* "We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal."

Apparently liberal religious authorities like those at the United Church of Christ love this preaching so much that they have made Dr. Cone a professor at the Union Theological Seminary, the "Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology." It is a stamp of official approval for a peddler of race hatred.

What would Jesus say? Well, we may never know that, but in a month we'll know what Pennsylvania Democrats will say. And if they turn thumbs down on that grandchild of Black Liberation Theology, Senator Barack Obama, the Democrats will have no one to blame but themselves. Including the Churches of the Left, which have reveled in rage-mongering radical chic since the Sixties.

If you've ever wondered why black people in America have had such a hard time rising in society, even after slavery ended in 1865, even after the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, even after affirmative action tilted the playing field in their favor, the answer has to be found in the doctrines that have been preached to blacks by their most powerful leaders. If Black Liberation Theology is to be believed, blacks can never make it on their own. They have to rely on a separatist, rage-filled ideology, supported whole-heartedly by white Leftist churches.

The Left has a long, long habit of shafting the very people is purports to love. Instead, the Left only empowers Leftist elites. Look at the history of the Soviet Union, of Maoist China, of Fidel Castro. Who profited from those regimes except the elites, dining on caviar while ordinary people starved? Today Hugo Chavez is squandering Venezuela's oil wealth on his personal ego trips. It is the poor who suffer from Chavez' caudillismo.

What the Church of the Left have done to poor blacks is just like that. Instead of supporting messages of hope and strength, they celebrated the rage demagogues who keep people in thrall. "Black Liberation" is an enslavement of the mind. If you keep black people popping with anger at whites, half a century after the end of Jim Crow, you are not helping them. You are hurting them.

For the Democrats, who have knowingly supported this corruption of the poor for decades, the churches of Left have set a time bomb. Next month we'll see if it explodes.

Maybe it's Divine justice.

James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/

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Why is Obama Ducking the Questions? Only One Possible Reason!

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March 21, 2008
Dems 2008: McClatchy discovers Black Liberation Theology [Karl]

Given the chain’s general leftward slant, it is all the more notable that McClatchy is perhaps the first establishment media outlet to report some of the specifics of the Black Liberation Theology that is the vision of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Barack Obama’s church — and to note (as already noted here) that Obama dodged the larger issue:

Obama’s speech Tuesday on race in America was hailed as a masterful handling of the controversy over divisive sermons by the longtime pastor of Trinity United, the recently retired Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

But in repudiating and putting in context Wright’s inflammatory lines about whites and U.S. foreign policy, the Democratic presidential front-runner didn’t address other potentially controversial facts about his church and its ties.

McClatchy’s Margaret Talev went so far as to interview Dr. James H. Cone, who first presented Black Liberation Theology as a system of thought in the late 1960s. Dr. Cone reaffirmed his prior view that Trinity most embodies his message and opined that he thought the Rev. Wright’s successor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, would continue the tradition. (It does seem likely so far.)

Unfortunately, the piece quotes only Dr. Cone and Dwight Hopkins, a Trinity member and liberation theology professor at the University of Chicago’s divinity school. Apparently, McClatchy could not be bothered to contact neutral theologians or critics of Black Liberation Theology. As a result, Cone and Hopkins get away with softening the harder edges of their theology.

Nevertheless, McClatchy has now done more than most of the establishment media (and certainly more than TIME magazine’s new puff piece or the ignorant and inane ramblings of E.J. Dionne, Jr.) on the underlying issue, even as it hypothesizes Obama’s church membership is one of political convenience rather than reading Obama’s writings on the subject, which are consistent with the theology.

Most important, McClatchy sought answers from the Obama campaign on the issue:

It isn’t clear where Obama’s beliefs and the church’s diverge. Through aides, Obama declined requests for an interview or to respond to written questions about his thoughts on Jesus, Cone or liberation theology.

That is the standard response of the Obama campaign to any controversy, as anyone trying to report on Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko will tell you. Obama will not answer press inquiries until the establishment media turns up the heat to the point where he feels compelled to do so. That pattern should trouble people far beyond those concerned about the degree to which Obama susbscribes to Black Liberation Theology.

(h/t Gateway Pundit.)

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