Monday, 31 March 2008

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Monday, March 31, 2008

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Yeah, remember when Billy Graham flew that jetliner into that high rise building?

"'I equate evangelism with terrorism,' Religious Affairs Minister Ghoulamullah said in an article in LÂ'Expression on February 12." That's from "Algeria: Officials Order Closure Of 19 Protestant Congregations: Police in Muslim country detain Christians for carrying Bibles," from Compass Direct...

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Jordanian MPs: Send the Dutch Ambassador packing over Fitna

Just imagine for a second if any of these MPs had gotten this angry at any one of the Islamic preachers and jihadists depicted in Wilders's film. "Jordanian MPs want Dutch envoy dismissed over anti-Islam film," from DPA (thanks to...

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MI5 investigating Al-Qaeda attempt to infiltrate British labs, get killer viruses

Watch for the howls of protest to come, in which the possibility of Al-Qaeda's actually obtaining such viruses will be lost amid cries of "racism" and infringement of privacy, etc. "M15 in terrorist checks on 800 killer virus labs," by...

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One Muslim Leftist's time could have been better spent!

The reaction of Muslim moderates to Geert Wilders's film Fitna is in many ways just as illuminating as that of their fiercer coreligionists. In "The Fitna farce" in The Guardian's "Comment Is Free" blog, Ali Eteraz, with whom I've had...

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Muslims more numerous than Catholics, says Vatican

All right that does it. We need some people to infiltrate Islam with a Muslim version of the Glory and Praise hymnal ASAP. (If you are not Catholic and don't get the joke, consider yourself...lucky). From Reuters The Vatican recently...

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Aussie Foreign Minister: Fitna's connection of Islam with acts of violence "offensive"

Yes, Mr. Smith! Geert Wilders made up that equation of Islam with violence all by himself! It isn't as if any Muslim ever quoted the Qur'an to justify violence! Oh, no! That has never happened! "Australia denounces anti-Islam film," from...

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Sunday, 30 March 2008

comments re Christianity

This rashly-written aberration below was written as a comment below the article about Mr. Wright. My comments follow. Sorry but I do not believe there is anything 'reverend' about Mr. Wright. Just because someone calls you a car doesn't make you one!

"Americans may not have any ethnicities, but we still have our races. Christianity, like all religions, is based on the scribblings of charlatans or loons thousands of years ago, and has no place in today’s rational and scientific world. Evolution and genetics have no time for Christianity, trying to fit morality into a Christian context is hopeless, we’ve learned too much to go back to such a childish way of thinking.

Posted by Diamed at 7:04 PM on March 17"


My comments sent to Diamed.

Your education is sorely lacking, my friend if you believe the nonsense about Christianity that you spewed on that page.

The only thing childish is your remarks.

I could take the approach of simply putting you down but then that is what you did.

Your comments are comments made in ignorance, an ignorance either chosen or simply by never bothering to check out the facts.

Many intelligent people in the present and in the past have been Christians. I assume that you don't think you have a monopoly on all the world's knowledge?

What per cent would you say you have, 5%, perhaps 1%, or more realistically, much less than 1%? Just as a doctor would be foolish to adamantly declare what is wrong with a car when he is ignorant of mechanics, so should an individual speak of his personal knowledge, rather than ranting opinions which simply display his lack of knowledge.

Of course we can all can have moments of insanity, which we regret later. Assuming you are actually just an intelligent person with ignorance in the area of Christianity, I list a few references for you:

You should realize that there is MORE evidence for Jesus Christ being the Son of God than there is for the existence of Julius Caesar. Do you believe in Julius? There are approximately 8 historical sources mentioning Julius Caesar whereas there are 1000' s which mention Jesus Christ as a miracle worker.

Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian writes about Jesus mentioned here http://www.carm.org/evidence/Josephus_Jesus.htm

Remember I am assuming that you have average intelligence or better and actually do look at evidences for beliefs rather than simply spout nonsensical opinions, so I am assuming that you may even check out some or all of the above.

Of course if you are the opposite, you won't. That would be a sad comment brought upon yourself.
Have a good tomorrow!
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

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Jihadist threat over Fitna: ""If there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions"

This was just posted at a jihadist website -- and here is a Google translation of that site (thanks to Bill Warner for both). "If there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts...

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Fitna Rage rolls on; Pak jihadist threatens: "Foreigners will be attacked. The situation will change, change, change"

Proportional response. Now, now. Didn't the Christianists did the same thing when The DaVinci Code came out? No? Uh, never mind. "Anti-Quran film sparks protests in Muslim world," from CNN-IBN: New Delhi: Muslims in several countries are protesting a...

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Jihadist cleric Omar Bakri: Fitna "could be a film by the Mujahideen"

Preeeeeee-cisely. The formerly UK-based jihadist hits the nail on the head: for all the rage from Muslims about how Fitna "links Islam with violence," that link has already been made by the jihadists, who never aroused any significant rage among...

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Qaradawi: "What the Dutch politician did is tantamount to opening fire on the Qur'an"

Qaradawi yet again indulges in extreme rhetoric that can only mean one thing to all too many of his followers, just as he did last week with Wafa Sultan. "Five Ways to Defend Qur'an: Qaradawi," by Mohammad Sabrah for IslamOnline...

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OIC condemns Fitna "in the strongest terms"

They say the film defamed and denigrated the Qur'an. Yet when the acts of violence it depicts were justified by their perpetrators by reference to the Qur'an, what did they say then? "OIC condemns "in the strongest terms" release of...

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Malaysia's Mahathir: Muslims should boycott Dutch products over Fitna

A boycott, of course, is better than an outpouring of violent rage, but it is still misplaced in this case, because as Mahathir "The Jews Run The World By Proxy" Mohamad well knows, this film is not a production of...

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Dutch businesses threaten to sue Wilders over Fitna

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin "Dutch businesses threaten to sue over anti-Islam film," from Agence France-Presse: THE HAGUE (AFP) — Dutch businesses Saturday threatened to sue far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders...

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U.K.: Muslim bus driver halts bus to pray

From our ever-expanding You Can't Make This Stuff Up file. "Get off my bus, please, I need to pray," from The Sun (thanks to Elric66): A MUSLIM bus driver told stunned passengers to get off so he could PRAY. The...

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U.N.'s Arbour on Fitna: "They should offer strong protective measures to all forms of freedom of expression, while at the same time enacting appropriate restrictions, as necessary, to protect the rights of others"

Questions for Ms. Arbour: Is not being offended a human right? Should "appropriate restrictions" target the clear and present danger of possibly having one's feelings hurt? In that event, there will need to be a U.N. court on every elementary...

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UN Alliance of Civilizations: Don't overemphasize extremism -- it will only create extremism

So apparently if we all agree to ignore it, it will go away. "A call for respect and calm," by Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations: At the core of this situation is a trend towards...

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Saturday, 29 March 2008

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

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"Death to the filmmaker"

Fitna Rage grows. "Muslim, UN outrage over Dutch MP's anti-Islam film," from AFP: Muslim nations, the European Union and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed outrage at an anti-Islam film posted on the Internet by a far-right Dutch...

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Spencer on "The Gathering Storm" Radio Show

This afternoon I was on "The Gathering Storm Radio Show," hosted by WC and Always On Watch. You can listen here....

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Davis: If You Like Fitna, Then You'll Love ...

Nu in het Nederlands! A hearty hello to our Dutch comrades-in-arms! Thanks to a committed wooden-shoed JihadWatcher, we now have a full-length version of Islam: What the West Needs to Know up on Google Video with Dutch subtitles, here,...

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What ever happened to "Give me liberty, or give me death?"

Or "We pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor"? Here is LiveLeak's statement on why they pulled Fitna: Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the...

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Fitna on Google Video

I don't know for how long this will be up, but here it is for now. And many thanks to all the very kind Jihad Watch readers who emailed me this link and others over the last two hours,...

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LiveLeak caves to death threats, removes Fitna

From our "Say Islam Is A Religion of Peace, Or We'll Kill You" Department comes this: click on the old Fitna link for the official LiveLeak statement. And score another victory for thuggery and violent intimidation, and another defeat for...

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"Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch is an Islamic Jihadist posing as an anti-jihadist"

This is a joke, right? I can't stop laughing!...

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"We can't defeat an enemy when we don't even know why he is fighting, what he wants, or what will bring him to stop fighting"

A profile of the wicked Jihad Watch director who is "at-times soft-spoken," -- that is, when he ain't screamin' like a banshee. (Seriously, this is a very nice profile and I thank Mindy Belz for it.) "Islamo-ignorance: We canÂ't defeat...

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Al-Qaeda websites post photo of Wilders: "The Dutch, enemy of Allah, has done what he threatened to do and distributed his film"

"Dear brothers, remember what happened to Ariel Sharon. Now let's hope that he (Wilders) ends up the same way." "Islam: Al-Qaeda-linked sites post photo of Dutch MP behind anti-Koran film," from AKI (thanks to Insubria): Dubai, 28 March (AKI) -...

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Armchair Critic: Blogger who posted "The List of Things That Offend Muslims" deserves to be shot

The growing Muslim indignation over Geert Wilders's movie Fitna manifests anew a phenomenon we have noted here many, many times: when non-Muslims point out that Islamic jihadists commit acts of violence and justify them by reference to the Qur'an, many...

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Pakistan summons Dutch Ambassador to lodge protest over Fitna

The offense deepens. "Pakistan protests over Islam film," from the BBC: Pakistan has summoned the Dutch ambassador in Islamabad to lodge a protest over a controversial film on Islam, Fitna, published online. The 15-minute film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders...

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Iran: Fitna "heinous, blasphemous, and un-Islamic" -- and Eurodhimmis should ban it

Funny how they never called the violence depicted in the film -- violence that the perpetrators justified with reference to the Qur'an -- "hateful, blasphemous, and un-Islamic." "Iran, Indonesia angry over Dutch Koran film," by Niclas Mika for Reuters: AMSTERDAM...

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Here we go: Pakistanis protest Fitna

The predicted and predictable outrage begins -- over a film, mind you, that merely depicts how jihadists commit violence and justify it according to the Qur'an. Yet that fact itself has never aroused outrage among significant numbers of Muslims, such...

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Somalia: Inner spiritual strugglers briefly capture key town

Working to create the sense that they can move and take territory at will, as the Somalia Jihad continues its recent escalation. "Insurgents Briefly Capture Key Town in Show of Defiance," by Stephanie McCrummen for the Washington Post: NAIROBI, March...

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Shock horror! UN's Ban condemns Qur'an film!

The predictable dhimmis fall into predictable lockstep. "U.N.'s Ban condemns Dutch film as anti-Islamic," from Reuters (thanks to Twostellas): UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned as "offensively anti-Islamic" a Dutch lawmaker's film that accuses the...

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Eurodhimmis bow and scrape, condemn Fitna

Stupidity and spinelessness at high levels. "EU condemns Dutch anti-Islam film," from CNN: (CNN) -- The European Union on Friday condemned a new film by a Dutch lawmaker which is critical of Islam and features controversial images of the Prophet...

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U.N. Human Rights Council approves Islamic countries' resolution on "defamation"

"Defamation." Wink, wink. UN OKs Islamic text against defamation," by Elaine Engeler for the Associated Press: GENEVA - The top U.N. rights body on Thursday passed a resolution proposed by Islamic countries saying it is deeply concerned about the defamation...

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Friday, 28 March 2008

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Friday, March 28, 2008

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Here is Fitna

The film is accurate. Will Muslims rage against the truth?...

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Jihad Watch Contest time! Bomb, Iraqi dough found in stolen car in New Mexico, Feds rule out terrorism

The new FBI seal and motto? It's time for a Jihad Watch contest! The FBI says they have ruled out terrorism. Still, I can't help but wonder what Iraqis would be doing with a bomb and a stolen car...

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"What happens, what happens at the Parliament?" "We go and kill everybody."

An Update on the Toronto Jihad Plot. Oh, and by the way, has the Muslim community in Canada gotten around to instituting transparent, inspectable programs in every school and mosque teaching against the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism? No? So...

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"Narseal Batiste had a mission. His mission was to destroy the United States"

But he was really just trying to con the Al-Qaeda guy out of $50,000, doncha know. Sears Tower Jihad Plot Update: "Prosecutor: War goal of terror plot," by Curt Anderson for Associated Press (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): MIAMI - War...

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"Your path has been covered in blood..."

Another YouTube jihadist. While YouTube continues to pull anti-jihad material, this guy's account (thanks to David for the heads-up) is just fine. And he is operating in the United States....

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Man accused in Bhutto's book of attack on her homecoming parade freed for lack of evidence

Well, we already knew it was a shoddy book. "Suspect in Bhutto parade attack freed on bail," from Agence France Presse (AFP) (thanks to DFS): KARACHI: An alleged Al-Qaeda militant detained over the bombing of Benazir Bhutto's homecoming parade which...

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Yet another sleazy attack on free speech and the anti-jihad resistance

I got an email this morning from Yahoo informing me that the delivery of the Jihad Watch Daily Digest was being held up or blocked altogether to 545 Yahoo.com addresses because of "user complaints." User complaints? The Daily Digest is...

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Magdi Allam recounts his path to conversion

The celebrated Italian journalist who was baptized on Easter by Pope Benedict XVI explained his conversion from Islam to Christianity in a letter to Corriere della Sera. Here are here and two slightly differing translations of that letter....

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Saudi Shoura Council votes down law promoting respect for other religions

It could have led to having to allow their houses of worship to be buillt within the Kingdom, you see. "Of Fatwas and Infidels," by Abeer Mishkhas in Arab News (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): The Shoura Council last week...

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Thursday, 27 March 2008

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

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Madrid: Murder by Iran's Intelligence Ministry?

"The Madrid Police Department has stated that the murder took place a day after Farhangi had a dispute with a woman who had been putting up propaganda posters in defence of the Islamic Republic in the district of Alcobendas." "Murder...

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Jihadist operates anti-American website from his Brooklyn home

More on this jihadist, who openly glories in the deaths of Americans from his home in Brooklyn. "U.S. Based Revolution Muslim Website Spreading Messages of Hate," from FoxNews (thanks to all who sent this in): NEW YORK, N.Y. — On...

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CAIR officials: Criminal activity, ties to jihadists

Part 3 of this extraordinary series on CAIR. "Some CAIR Officials Convicted of Crimes, More Tied to Extremist Groups," by Steven Emerson for IPT News: (note: The third installment of our CAIR dossier can be viewed in its entirety at...

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CAIR acted as "enabler for organizations linked by the U.S. government to Islamic terrorism"

Speaking of CAIR, here is part 2 of Steven Emerson's absorbing and all-important exposé of that sinister organization: "Funding Ties With HLF and Foreign Donors Show CAIR's True Agenda," from IPT News: (Part II of our series on CAIR can...

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Spencer on Jawa Radio

If you can stand all my coughin' and hackin', you may want to tune into last night's episode of Jawa Radio, for an hour I spent with Dr. Rusty, Jane, and friends....

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CAIR-South Florida rep "exposes" Spencer!

Here is yet another episode of our sporadic series, "Why Can't Muslims Debate?" Jihad Watch reader Unknown sent me this yesterday, and since I just wrote about how Islamic apologists tend not to offer evidence for their views, but simply...

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Wilders: Qur'an film will be out before April 1

I guess it really does it exist. And yes, I would still be glad to post it here at Jihad Watch. "Wilders Sticks to Film Release before April," from NIS News (thanks to Fjordman): THE HAGUE, 26/03/08 - MP Geert...

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Â"Low-life people like that must be totally ignored!Â"

This is how jihad apologists have responded to my work, and it seems as if this is how they respond to everyone, including this heroic priest. "IslamÂ's Â'Public Enemy #1Â': Coptic priest Zakaria Botros fights fire with fire," by Raymond...

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Convert Rage builds: Jihadist website in Italy attacks Pope's baptism of Muslim convert

Will riots follow? "Italy: Islamist website attacks Vatican baptism," from AKI (thanks to Sr. Soph): Rome, 26 March (AKI) - An Islamist website has condemned the controversial baptism of Italian Muslim journalist Magdi Allam and questioned the strength of his...

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Convert Rage begins: Islamic scholar denounces Pope's baptism of Muslim convert

Question answered. "Scholar denounces Muslim baptism," from the BBC (thanks to all who sent this in): A Muslim scholar involved in high-level dialogue with the Vatican has denounced the Pope's baptism on Saturday of a prominent Italian Muslim convert. Aref...

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Spencer: A Prayer for Freedom

In National Review today I discuss the conversion of Magdi Allam: ItalyÂ's leading Muslim writer has become a Catholic. As Pope Benedict XVI baptized Magdi Allam during an Easter service at the Vatican, the glare of international publicity annoyed at...

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D.C. Watson: Misunderstanders of Their "Peaceful" Faith

Our friend D. C. Watson updates his master list. Here is an incomplete list of Muslims in the United States who have been arrested and/or convicted for either planning or acting out their "jihad" against unsuspecting, innocent men, women and...

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Barak considering approving US plan to give Fatah weapons

Whence this suicidal impulse? "Barak mulls weapons transfer to Fatah," by Yaakov Katz for the Jerusalem Post (thanks to all who sent this in): Defense Minister Ehud Barak is considering approving a US plan to allow the transfer of weapons,...

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China: Christian Mistreated in Prison for "Insulting" Muslims

Â"We have reason to believe the guards or inmates are punishing him for what he did and trying to cast terror into his heart.Â" "Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war,...

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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

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Bridge for Sale: Saudi king calls for interfaith dialogue

Abdullah said: "With God's help we will meet our brethren from other religions, including those who believe in the Torah and in the Gospel, in order to find ways to defend humanity." For lack of information, many people will look...

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Palestinian exhibit appropriates Holocaust imagery to foment hatred of Israel

How can a society that stews in perpetual hatred be any kind of partner for peace, except through the "peace" achieved by annihilating those whom they hate? And how much interest in peace can there be, if there is such...

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Islamic cleric on the Jews: "As Muslims, our blood vengeance against them will only subside with their annihilation"

Plan for genocide. "Hamas Cleric Wael Al-Zarad Calls for the Annihilation of Jews and States: If Each Arab Spat on the Jews, They Would Drown in Arab Spit," from MEMRI (thanks to Paparock): Following are excerpts from a TV program...

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Thousands of Turks chant "Death to Israel," praise jihad

But Turkey is the model of a moderate Muslim state, so rest assured they did it moderately. "Turks praise jihad to protest Cheney visit," from the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): Thousands of Turks chanted anti-American and anti-Israel slogans,...

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YouTube censors Islamorealistic documentary

Geert Wilders is not alone. I received this email this morning: Dear Mr. Spencer, Sagunto here, from the Netherlands with a censorship alert. This morning, I received several messages from the YouTube "service-team" which stated that the videos featuring...

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Al-Sadr calls for "civil revolt" in Iraq

And he knows about revolting But only as a "second step." "Shiite cleric Sadr calls for 'civil revolt' in Iraq," from Gulfnews (thanks to Sr. Soph): Najaf: Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr called on Iraqis to stage sit-ins and...

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New Jihad Watch video: "Defame" Islam, get sued

Courtesy Hot Air: Thanks to our Hot Air volunteer video editor, weÂ've got a new Jihad Watch show for you. JWÂ's Robert Spencer takes on the thuggish Organization of The Islamic ConferenceÂ's war on free speech....

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Spencer on Wafa Sultan: Target of Jihad

In the featured article at FrontPage today I discuss the latest fulminations by the "reformist" Sheikh Qaradawi against the great Wafa Sultan: Wafa Sultan appeared on Al-Jazeera again earlier this month, and the shock waves are still reverberating throughout...

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Spencer: Hamas, Al-Arabiya Seethe Over My Muhammad Bio

The Truth hurts In Human Events today I discuss the rage over my newly-discovered nearly two-year-old book: The Al-Arabiya news channel last week discovered a sixteen-month-old promotion for my book The Truth About Muhammad, and worked itself into a...

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Libyan thinker on Archdhimmi of Canterbury: "Such statements by some Anglican clerics are nothing less than support for the ideas of Islamist extremists"

He said it. "Libyan Liberal Muhammad Al-Houni on Statements by Archbishop of Canterbury: If Europe Adopts Shari'a, It Will Revert to Pre-Enlightenment Era," from MEMRI, with thanks to the Constantinoplitan Irredentist: In a February 26, 2008 article in the Arab...

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Tuesday, 25 March 2008

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Hizballah's Nasrallah: The Zionist entity can be wiped out of existence

Plan for genocide. "Nasrallah: The Zionist entity can be wiped out of existence," by Yoav Stern for Haaretz (thanks to Sr. Soph): Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday told tens of thousands of supporters in Beirut that Israel could be...

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CAIR exposed: "There is a difference between you saying 'I want to restore the '48 land' and when you say 'I want to destroy Israel'"

At last the whole truth is coming out about this malignant group. "CAIR Exposed: Part 1: As IAP Offshoot, CAIR Followed Pro-Hamas Agenda From the Start," by Steven Emerson for IPT News (thanks to all who sent this in): From...

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Jawa Report: "Pushing Back - My Conversation With Network Solutions"

"Kafir Alalazoo" writes at Jawa Report (thanks to Hot Air): I just spent 30-40 minutes on the phone with Network Solutions (based in PA), complaining about their removal of the fitnathemovie.com website. Ultimately, I was only able to get as...

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I hate to say "I told you so," but not too much

Remember Nadir Ahmed? He was the subject of my post entitled "Why Can't Muslims Debate?" From Alpha & Omega Ministries (thanks to PRCalDude): I went to Norfolk Virginia to attend the debate between Dr. White and Nadir Ahmed on the...

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No movie after all?

By now the idea is spreading all over the place that there is no movie Fitna, and never will be -- that Geert Wilders simply announced that there would be to expose Islamic intolerance. I have no direct knowledge either...

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Cheney: "Hamas is supported by Iran and Syria and...they're doing everything they can to torpedo the peace process"

Wow! What was your first clue, Mr. Vice President? And when will you take any notice of the fact that Fatah has shown no sign of honoring any peace agreement, either? "Cheney says Hamas torpedoes peacem" by Deb Riechmann for...

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Zawahri: "O Muslims. Today is your day. Hit the interest of the Jews and the Americans and all those who participated in the aggression against Muslims"

More threats from Al-Qaeda's #2 thug: "No one can say today that we should fight the Jews in Palestine only." "Zawahri urges anti-Isreal [sic] attacks over Gaza," from Reuters (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): DUBAI - Al QaedaÂ's second-in-command Ayman Al...

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Spencer Blogging the QurÂ'an: Sura 18, Â"The Cave,Â" verses 83-110

Alexander with horns Here's the latest, from Hot Air. Earlier segments here. As we saw two weeks ago, verses 83-101 of sura 18 were revealed after a group of rabbis devised a test for MuhammadÂ's claim to be a...

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Sure, I'll host it here

In my morning email many people are asking me if I will host Geert Wilders's Qur'an movie here at Jihad Watch. I haven't had any contact with Geert Wilders. He has not asked me to host the film. But if...

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Muslim baptized by pope says life in danger

No surprise there. More on Magdi Allam's conversion, in a story by Philip Pullella for Reuters (thanks to John): VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Muslim author and critic of Islamic fundamentalism who was baptized a Catholic by Pope Benedict said...

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Network Solutions axed Qur'an movie site, but hosts Hizballah website

Jihad terrorists? Fine! A movie about the connection between the Qur'an and violent actions by Muslims? No way! In an update on this story, Jihad Watch reader CJN send me this: Just a bit of infomation about Network Solutions that...

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Islamic cleric: Beat up infidel tourists

Abu Bakar Bashir, the notorious Indonesian imam whose inflammatory statements and coddling by the Indonesian government we have featured here many times, is once again happily stirring up strife -- and doing so, nota bene, in the context of fidelity...

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Fitzgerald: Reversing the roles of the Arabs and Israel

A Jihad Watch reader asked me: Â"If the Israel/Palestinian conflict were exactly the same as it is, only the roles of the two warring parties were exactly reversed, would you then switch allegiances to the Palestinian side?Â" Let's see. If...

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Fatah giving cash grants to jihad terrorist "military wing"

After an infusion of American cash. But don't be concerned: they're moderate cash grants. "Americans paying rent for terrorists? Militants complain they don't have enough money to cover their bills," by Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily (thanks to Doc Washburn): JERUSALEM...

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Monday, 24 March 2008

National Post Story

Global Cooling?

3/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

Perhaps the climate change models are wrong

Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: 3/24/2008 12:00:00 AM

In five years, 3,000 ocean-monitoring Argo bouys have failed to detect any global warming

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"Instead of being angry at those who give his presumably peaceful religion a bad name, he condemned me for reading their quotes"

I've had the honor of speaking at an event with John Lewis. He is a superb speaker with a meticulously reasoned and researched message. And when I read this piece about the kind of questioning he got at Georgia Tech,...

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Fitzgerald: Magdi Allam's conversion, and the reaction to it

"The Union of Islamic Communities in Italy — which Allam has frequently criticized as having links to Hamas — said the baptism was his own decision. 'He is an adult, free to make his personal choice,' the Apcom news agency...

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Magdi Allam: "Over the years my spirit has been freed from the obscurantism of an ideology that legitimises lies and deception, violent death that leads to homicide and suicide, blind submission to tyranny"

The most famous new convert from Islam to Christianity writes about, among other things, the vastly differerent ways that converts in one direction and the other are regarded: "Thousands of people in Italy have converted to Islam and practise their...

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Flemming Rose: Bin Laden Wants My Blood

The original publisher of the dreaded Motoons is defiant in the face of Osama bin Laden's newly released threats. From Pajamas Media: Â"What kind of civilization are weÂ… if we refrain from mocking and ridiculing bin Laden and his...

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Â"When a woman has three broken bones in her back, and the police donÂ't take it seriously, yes, I get angryÂ"

An American convert to Islam in Dubai fights against the mistreatment of women in Dubai -- a mistreatment that most Muslim and non-Muslim Islamic apologists in the West have consistently ignored and denied, in Dubai and elsewhere. Few, if any,...

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Sunday, 23 March 2008

National Post Story

Well written David Frum!

3/22/2008 12:00:00 AM

A Noble Project, Badly Managed

David Frum, National Post
Published: 3/22/2008 12:00:00 AM

Five years later, the debate over the Iraq war rages as hot as when it began. We have never ceased looking over our shoulders. We have attempted to fight our way forward with our eyes fixed backward.

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Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim -- will Convert Rage follow?

Here's a good story for Holy Saturday as it edges into Easter for Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Catholics: Magdi Allam has been a trenchant critic of the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism. Now he is exercising his freedom of...

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Wilders movie site is down

Go to fitnathemovie.com and you get this (thanks to all who sent this in): This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site's content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy. Network Solutions...

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Netherlands anti-Wilders protestor: "The government could really do something. That's in the interest of the country — stop him, just stop him"

2,000-3,000 out to protest against Geert Wilders's Qur'an film, which no one has yet seen, in the Netherlands. "Dutch protest against Islam critic's Koran film: Officials fear movie could spark violence in Muslim countries," from AP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan...

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Jailed jihadist ex-prof refuses to testify about Islamic charities in Virginia

The Rumpled Academic in a less academic setting That's right, friends: It's time for what has become all too rare these days, a Rumpled Academic Update. And it comes courtesy an AP story riddled with the typical bias. First,...

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad in Egypt to discuss "calm period"

That is, a break to allow them to gather strength and fight again later, more effectively. That is what a truce is for, according to Islamic law, and these groups take Islamic law very seriously. "'Hamas and Islamic Jihad discussing...

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Fitzgerald: The Times, in its shrinking dotage

"Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister, told a public television reporter that he found it 'irresponsible to broadcast this film.' 'ThatÂ's because Dutch companies, Dutch soldiers and Dutch residents could and will be in danger,' Mr. Verhagen said." -- from...

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The Grey Lady examines that strange specimen, Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is the Dutch MP who is producing a film on the Qur'an that has the Islamic world in a frenzy even before anyone has actually seen it. This New Duranty Times profile is, well, not as bad as...

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Afghan Motoons/Fitna protesters: "Death to Denmark," "death to the Netherlands, "death to America," "death to Jews"

Another D.A.I.F. party: Death to America, It's Friday! (oh, and the Netherlands, too) All in a day's work. "Afghans chant death to Danish, Dutch in protest," by Ahmad Masood for Reuters: KABUL (Reuters) - Some 5,000 Afghans chanted "death...

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Pakistan: Man has hands and foot cut off for illicit relations

The assailants may have thought that their victim was doing "mischief in the land." "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or...

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Fitzgerald: How could anyone in his right mind not be on the side of Israel?

The Israelis, or a majority of them, know their true situation. It is their government, from which so many Israelis are now so obviously disaffected, that refuses to know. But that government is wrong. Soberly recognizing the permanent meaning, and...

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UK: Two jihad terrorists moved to new prison after complaining fellow inmates were "too white"

"It is not up to them to dictate how to serve their sentence. I think we have to remember who's in charge." Uh, yeah. In this Barot and Kayam cannily play on Westerners' fears of being seen as "racist," portray...

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Saturday, 22 March 2008

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Qaradawi: Wafa Sultan "had the audacity to publicly curse Allah, His Prophet, the Koran, the history of Islam, and the Islamic nation"

"She said unbearable, ghastly things that made my hair stand on end" -- so now I have to wear this hat Poor, fragile Qaradawi: "She said unbearable, ghastly things that made my hair stand on end." He is referring,...

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This just in from Dearborn, Michigan

I got this email about an hour ago from an IP address that traces to Dearborn, Michigan: ISLAM WILL RULE THE WORLD SOON INSHALAH. That's all it said. I wonder what this gentleman is doing in Dearborn, Michigan in order...

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U.N.: Sudanese government "directly involved" in mass-rapes in Darfur

"A damning indictment of the part played by the country's Islamist dictatorship in the humanitarian catastrophe." "United Nations: Sudan carried out mass-rapes in Darfur," by David Byers for the Times Online: The United Nations today accused the Sudanese government of...

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France: Seven misunderstanders of Islam go on trial for smuggling jihadists into Iraq

This is in addition to the seven taken into custody this week. Farid Benyettou Update. "Trial of Iraq fighter suspects opens in Paris," from Reuters: PARIS (Reuters) - Six French men and one Algerian went on trial in Paris on...

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Somalia: Seven killed in raid by inner spiritual strugglers

Somalia Jihad Update. "7 killed in raid by Somalia's Islamic militants," from CNN: MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Insurgents briefly overran two government bases Thursday after hours of fighting killed at least seven people, including a 7-year-old boy, witnesses said. The...

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Saudis say they're going to retrain 40,000 imams who Misunderstand Islam

"But critics are sceptical about whether such initiatives would work as long as the powerful, and ultraconservative, religious establishment in Saudi Arabia continues to exert enormous influence over society." Uh huh. How did 40,000 clerics -- 40,000 -- get The...

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"Mohammed Cat" cartoonist freed six months after getting one-month sentence

Grab your riot gear Arifur Rahman was imprisoned for the cartoon above, in which the dialogue goes like this: * Boy, what is your name? - My name is Babu. * It is customary to mention Muhammed before the...

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Vatican denies bin Laden charge that Pope is leading "new Crusade," but still worried

And they are worried with good reason. The Pope certainly isn't leading a new Crusade, but Rome is nevertheless the apple of the jihadist eye. One of the most influential Muslim clerics in the world, Sheikh al-Qaradawi, said this a...

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UK study: Non-Muslims must do more to make Muslims feel at home

The witless Daily Mail headlines this piece "Whites 'must do more to help Muslims feel at home' says research group." But what about white Muslims in Britain, like my old pal Yusuf Smith? Who will make him feel at home?...

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First sovereign Islamic bond listed in London

"London gives investors the reassurance that the bond is worth buying as it is a mature, highly regulated market that gives credibility to a deal." Eurabia Alert, and an update on this story, from the Financial Times: The first government...

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Saudis: No churches here unless Pope accepts Muhammad as a prophet

Which would make him a Muslim, and the churches mosques. But in their eyes, it would simply make him one of the authentic Christians as envisioned in the Qur'an -- one who rejects the divinity and redemption of Christ, and...

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"It is insulting to our faith to discuss Sharia in this forum"

So said a representative of Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 13, 2008. In a follow up to IHEU's written statement to the UN Human Rights Council describing Islamic efforts to undermine the Universal Declaration...

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Friday, 21 March 2008

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UK Muslim who sold DVDs glorifying 9/11 jailed

But he has sold his DVDs all over, in London, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield and Halifax. "Muslim man who sold DVDs glorifying the 9/11 atrocities jailed under new terror laws," from the Daily Mail (thanks to Twostellas): A Muslim who possessed...

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But wait, there's more: Second bin Laden message released

Now how much would you slay? "New Usama bin Laden Tape Slams Palestinian Negotiations, Urges Holy War for Liberation," from the Associated Press: CAIRO, Egypt — Pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV on Thursday broadcast what it described as excerpts from a...

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Spencer interviewed about Oriana Fallaci

We will not see your like again Menno Ludriks is a Dutch student who is working on a piece entitled "The Life and Work of Oriana Fallaci," for which he interviewed me. Here is the interview. Did you knew...

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Seven suspected misunderstanders of Islam in French custody

"In a search of suspects' homes, police found knives, camouflage gear and Islamic documents." Eurabia Alert. "Seven in French custody for suspected ties with radical Muslims," from the Associated Press: Five suspected radical Muslims who allegedly trained for combat in...

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Law and Order shills for Islam

Let's see. Two girls are dead in Texas, killed by their father for having non-Muslim boyfriends. And all over the world, there are Islamic leaders who are exhorting their followers to wage war against Christians, Jews, and other infidels...

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Osama: Motoons worse than the "bombing of modest villages that collapsed over our women [and] children"

Worse than slaughter Priorities. Not to say that his claims about the bombings are true. I'm just pointing out his priorities. More on the latest hit vid from the shadowy jihad terror master. "Bin Laden warns EU over Prophet...

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Allahu -- oh, snap...

First, Hamas blamed Israel for this. Later, it was revealed to be another "holy mission" gone awry. "Hamas: Blast that killed 2 was accident," by Ibrahim Barzak for the Associated Press: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants accidentally set...

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Brooklyn, NY: Muslims shouting "Allahu akbar" assault rabbi

More of the wonderful fruits of unreflective, indiscriminate Muslim immigration into the U.S. "Israeli attacked by Arab youth in NY," by Michal Lando for the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Kemaste): A 25-year-old Israeli rabbinical assistant was assaulted by a group...

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Bin Laden vows revenge for Motoons

Proportional response This latest missive -- again addressed to Europe -- presents an opportunity for a moment of clarity: It should raise the expectation that Muslims in Europe declare forthrightly whether they stand with or against bin Laden in...

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20 Saudi clerics support colleague's death fatwa against "apostate" writers

An update on this story. "Saudi clerics back death fatwa for liberal writers," from Reuters: RIYADH - A group of Saudi clerics has come out in support of a colleague who issued a fatwa saying two writers deserve to die...

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Petraeus: Iran continues to support Iraqi jihadists, Syria allowing foreign fighters passage

The Iranian proxy jihad rolls on. And "raising concerns" will do little to stop an enemy whose modus operandi is to cheat, lie, and talk out of both sides of his mouth. "U.S. commander: Iran still meddles in Iraq," from...

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Federal Appeals Court: Brooklyn "Arabic-themed" school cannot be forced to give ex-principal another chance to get her job back

An update on this story. "NY appeals court rejects claim by Arabic school principal," from the Associated Press: A federal appeals court says the former principal of an Arabic-themed public school cannot force New York City to give her another...

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And are your pillows fluffy enough?

An extraordinary ruling indeed. "Judge eases jail for terror trial 12," from AAP (thanks to Sr. Soph): THE 12 defendants in Australia's largest terrorism prosecution are not getting a fair trial, the judge overseeing the case has admitted. The startling...

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Sleepy Cornish village kept awake by 700-strong party of Muslims broadcasting 5am call to prayer by loudspeaker

Supremacism. By Luke Salkeld for the Daily Mail (thanks to all who sent this in): It is just a few days until Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar. But for 700 Muslims who have gathered in a...

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Fitzgerald: Bernard Lewis's carelessness with words

In this article, when Bernard Lewis said that Christianity and Islam have a "common belief," by "common belief" Lewis meant, I presume, only that both Islam and Christianity are monotheistic faiths that make universalist claims. That is, unlike Hinduism and...

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Fitzgerald: How to diminish the potency of the money weapon

Â"An agreement for a USD150 million aid (about 95 million euro) by the United States to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) was signed in Ramallah, in the West Bank, today.Â" -- from this news article Why American money? Why do...

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More Kosovo follies

When linking arms with the Arab and Muslim world, official Washington is keen to point out Kosovo would be a Muslim state. But of course, if anyone points out an independent Muslim Kosovo might be a bad idea, he is...

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Thursday, 20 March 2008

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Parting words from Benazir Bhutto

I never knew she cared Imagine my surprise yesterday afternoon when a reporter asked me for comment on the late Benazir Bhutto's attack on me in her book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. I hadn't read the book,...

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In search of...moderate Muslims

A few days ago the European blogger Michael van der Galien, with whom I had an exchange about "pure Islam" here last year, wrote a post at his PoliGazette entitled "The Spell of Islamophobia and Moderate Muslims." In it, van...

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Iranian textbooks: "Every Muslim youth must strike fear in the hearts of the enemies of God and their people through combat-readiness and skillful target shooting"

This is nothing new, of course, but the more exposure it gets, the better. The one aspect that is missing from this discussion is a grasp of the believer-unbeliever dynamic in Islam and the resulting dhimmi laws and imperative to...

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Abbas' advisor caught at Allenby crossing with 2,000 smuggled cell phones

All kinds of things you can do with cell phones -- including setting up a bomb to be set off from afar. Of course, maybe he just wanted to call 2,000 Western officials to beg for more money and aid....

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India: Writer flees Islamic death threats

She "had been seeking permanent residence in India, where she moved after spending time in Europe and the United States. But New Delhi had stalled the request, fearful of a backlash from the country's 140 million-plus Muslims, and has given...

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"Two-Year-Old Anti-Islam Book Infuriates Moslems"

Uh, yes, that would be my book. Israel National News picks up on my post here about Al-Arabiya's mendacious fuming over The Truth About Muhammad. "Anti-Islam" -- anti-supremacism, anti-violence, anti-oppression, certainly. Insofar as those things are elements of traditional...

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Egypt's President warns: No more insulting Muhammad

"Be aware of following the path that will take you and us into a dangerous abyss." But he did temper the howling absurdity of this somewhat by also scolding those who commit violence because of cartoons. "Egyptian president warns against...

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PA urges "Palestinian" "refugees" to "return" to Israel

If only those who were actual refugees at the time of the UN Resolution returned, it would be a handful. And if it includes anyone else, it is a manipulative political charade. Imagine if all the refugees from the Ottoman...

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US signs agreement to give $150,000,000 to the Palestinians

"Building towards Palestinian statehood" -- that is, another foothold in the ongoing jihad against Israel. "PNA: USA To Transfer USD150 Million," from ANSAmed (thanks to Insubria): (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM, MARCH 19 - An agreement for a USD150 million aid (about...

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Bernard Lewis: Christians and Muslims have "common beliefs" leading to "long succession of jihad and crusade, jihad and crusade"

Bernard Lewis continues his extremely puzzling journey into Edward Saidism. I was traveling when his Jerusalem Post interview appeared several weeks ago, but Hugh Fitzgerald pointed out some of its strangest features here, and Andrew Bostom weighed in here. As...

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Iran: "We find ourselves facing what is more than a conversion to the Christian faith. It's a mass exodus from Islam"

And the mullahs are moving swiftly to stop it by enacting a law to enforce Muhammad's dictum: "'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'" "Iran: Parliament to discuss death penalty for converts who leave Islam," from AKI (thanks...

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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.

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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.

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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)


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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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