Wednesday, 30 April 2008

I cannot believe it

[Aside: This is written to the individual who setup the site mindprod.com. I have included some of you in the BCC since you might like to be made aware.]

Hi MindProd!

I stumbled across your site while searching for an invoicing program.

I cannot believe the stance you take on various issues. Typically stereotyped liberal leftist, unfortunately.

Did not read everything, so I may be wrong but I read enough to know that you have opinions on many topics and facts on few.

I am not Jewish but your bit on Israel is so opposite to the truth where in 2008 anti-Jewish sentiment reigns so supreme in Canada that Sid Ryan, Lemelin from CUPW are all about boycotting Israel because they are the big ugly meanies.

I see you bought into this too and all the fantasies about who 9/11 was caused by.

You must be intelligent or you could not create what you have. Unfortunately, you seem as blind to the truth as you think many of the groups that you criticize are.

So here is an effort that may prove futile but it is always worthwhile to tell the truth.

Israel
  1. Israel is the only country that has ever had a government in Israel or Palestine. There never was a Palestinian Palestine. The word was invented I believe by the British when they governed the area.  [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Palestine]
  2. Arabs, Muslims who live in Israel have the same rights and benefits as Israelis. So why did some leave? They were not driven out. It was their choice to leave. Some stayed and have enjoyed the privilege of living in the ONLY democratic country in the Middle East. [Do you know the laws of salvage on the sea? If you leave your ship, a salvage operator can claim it and tow it wherever he wants and sell it or the parts.]
  3. There have been many 'owners' of Israel as you can see from the wiki. So 'giving back' would mean finding the original owners, NOT THE LAST 'owners', possibly Canaanites and giving their property back to them. But is that the way the world works? NO! It is recognized that what is taken in war belongs to the victors. Ancient history. Current reality. Only if a country wishes, of course, it may give back, but not a requirement. Or all over the world, we would all have to do likewise. If you live in Canada, I would say, you had better leave because some group of First Nations [perhaps some of my relatives] owned your land at one time. HAVE YOU LEFT YET? Surely you see the silliness of the 'giving back' idea.
  4. Why did the 600 million Arab brothers not take in their voluntary refugees who left when the state of Israel was declared? Look at how much land they have. Israel is the size of New Jersey for goodness sakes! And now the only true nation the Jews have ever owned and lived in is supposed to be given up??? Isn't that slightly in the realm of the preposterous?
  5. What country other than Israel has ever given back land they gained in war. Well if you know of any, pray tell. The state of Israel has abided by the terms of all supposed 'peace treaties' . In return for giving up land, they were to obtain peaceful neighbours. Did they get that? NEVER! The Palestinians NEVER have lived up to their agreements but you defend them. What kind of sense of right and wrong would defend a people who lie to further their own ends and never abide by the peace treaties that they signed with Israel? And yet you defend them. I am sure many Palestinians would rather have peace but they elected the terrrorist Hamas organization to be their government. What does that say about their judgement? I didn't look hard when I saw you were anti-Jewish, but some of the pictures I saw of poor defenseless children mangled by war were caused by the cowardly way HAMAS and HEZBOLLAH fight. They put their guns in residences and near hospitals, hoping to save their loss but care NOTHING about the lives of their brother Arabs that will inevitably be killed in the struggle. Did you include that?
  6. What would you do if 1000's of rockets were shot into your home? Would you say, "I must have deserved it! Okay I will give up my home?" HAVE YOU LEFT CANADA YET? My First Nations brothers have a claim on YOUR land!
  7. I must apologize for all the Jewish suicide bombers ..... Let me count ... hmmm can't remember any!
  8. I must apologize for the IDF defending their homeland. They should just stand still and be blown to bits. I am sure that is what you would do. Would you not?
  9. Have you ever heard of Pallywood? Do a search on YouTube or just through Google and if your mind is open at all you may start to learn the 'rest of the story'
  10. The ideas you agree with are your opinions. But do you believe they are fact? When you shoot down Christianity for example, what you actually do is claim that YOU know more than all the millions of minds through the ages who have picked Christianity as their religion. So ARE YOU SMARTER THAN ALL OF THEM? If you think you are ... What per cent of the world's knowledge do you have? Is it less than 10%? Less than 5%? And would you even be humble enough to declare that you have less than 1% of the knowledge that exists in the world?
  11. If you have agreed to my last statement, there is some hope for you. Reality is hard for alchoholics, wife-beaters, and those that know better than EVERYONE ELSE, I guess there is hope for both of us if we can admit we have less than 1% of the total knowledge, right?
  12. Then what kind of mark would your teacher have given you with less than 1% of the world's knowledge? Would it be high? Or low? So therefore unless you are a supreme being, you have just failed the world knowledge test with only 1% score. So perhaps in the other 99%, there is truth that you are ignorant of. Is that not possible? Perhaps 99% of the truth exists in that domain. In the domain you have NO knowledge of, just opinions and ideas.
  13. Of course, if you assume you have GREATER KNOWLEDGE THAN ALL THE CHRISTIANS who exist and who have ever existed, then you have declared yourself the SUPREME BEING. You have declared yourself God. Personally I wouldn't go around bragging about it though.
I hope that you see my intention is not to insult, not to flame, but to educate you. We can all learn can we not? We can learn unless we feel we have superior knowledge to everyone else.

So I hope your mind is open, open to other ideas, not just your own. We all have a right to our beliefs and opinions. They belong to us. But when they are spewed out as fact, they do damage and they reflect on your intelligence.  Only the truth can set you free as a famous man once said.

Wishing you a happy life in truth.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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"When you love God and his messengers, then join the jihad, because that is the way to paradise"

Europe continues to export jihadists. Imagine what it will be like when Eurabia is in full swing -- if that ever happens. And note also the strongly religious language -- the very language that State and DHS analysts are now...

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UK: Teenage convert to Islam misunderstands his new religion, faces terror charges for explosives

Andrew Ibrahim Update: "Teenager facing terrorism charges," from the BBC (thanks to Davida): A 19-year-old Bristol man has been charged with terrorist offences relating to explosive substances. Andrew Ibrahim, of Westbury-on-Trym, was arrested on 17 April. Three controlled explosions were...

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Spencer: Jihad is over, if you want it!

In "No Jihadis Here!," today's featured article at Human Events, I examine the new State Department guidelines forbidding use of the word jihad. But hold your houses: Michelle Malkin reports that the President has just used the dreaded word...

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Shock horror: Muslim leader condemns Myrick anti-jihad plan!

"'Myrick's latest attempt at fighting terrorism is nothing more than a fear campaign,' said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. 'It is nothing more than a new McCarthyism, or Myrickism. As Muslims, we have become expendable...

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Cigarette smuggling funding jihad

Yet another way it may be dangerous to your health Â"This is a very serious homeland security issue, one that has gone unnoticed for far too longÂ" -- unnoticed, that is, except at Jihad Watch. "Cigarette Smugglers Funnel Money...

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Syrian pol: "I am optimistic that within ten years, Israel will come to its end"

As Israel contemplates giving up the Golan Heights to Syria, Syria contemplates the total destruction of Israel. "Syrian Minister Riyad Na'san Al-Agha Justifies the Persecution of Syrian Intellectuals and Declares: I Am Optimistic that Israel Will Come to an...

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Punishment for flirting: a haircut

"The decision doesn't include men who spend their free time in public places without hurting anyone." Oh. All right, then. "Saudi governor orders haircuts for men who hit on women," from AP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): RIYADH, Saudi Arabia...

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"They should not turn me into a Salman Rushdie"

Malaysian opposition leader gets death threats for saying that Malaysia should not become an Islamic state. "Â'Killing me not going to solve problems,Â'" from ExpressIndia (thanks to Nicolei): Kuala Lumpur, April 27: An ethnic-Indian Opposition leader has claimed that he...

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BBC censors criticism of jihad-linked group

"There is...evidence that Tablighi Jamaat directly recruits for terrorist organizations." How dare you imply they're not moderate! "BBC Â'censored Christian party broadcast,Â'" by Andrew Norfolk for the Times (thanks to all who sent this in): The BBC is facing a...

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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Iran's Quds Force: "They are Iranian foreign policy in Iraq."

More on this story. "Is an Iranian general pulling the strings in Iraq?," by Hannah Allam, Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel for McClatchy Newspapers: BAGHDAD — One of the most powerful men in Iraq isn't an Iraqi government...

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Multiculturalism triumphant: UK now the center of jihad terror in Europe

What a proud moment! "UK centre of Islamist terror in Europe: Europol," from the Economic Times (thanks to Narain Kataria): LONDON: Britain has emerged as the focal point of Islamist terror in Europe, according to Europol, the European police force....

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John Esposito responds!

Jihad Watch reader A. asked Saudi-funded dhimmi academic John Esposito about this post, in which I detail some of his unsavory associations. Esposito responded by sending his bio, along with this: Robert Spencer has no credentials/training in the fields of...

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Indonesia: Muslim mob chanting "Kill, kill" torches mosque of heretical Islamic sect

The Ahmadis are also considered heretical because they do not embrace the idea of violent jihad. Anyway, here is yet another opportunity for all the self-professed Islamic pluralists in the West to denounce this atrocity, to reject the traditional Islamic...

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Dinesh D'Souza: John Esposito "is one of the most respected American authorities on Islam"

On Friday I commented here on a post at Dinesh D'Souza's blog, in which he praises Saudi-funded dhimmi academic John Esposito. Now D'Souza has repeated this praise in his Townhall column (thanks to Doc Washburn), so it's worth repeating some...

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Blogging Blogging the Qur'an: the Fatiha, Qur'an 1:6-7

I have been promising for awhile to comment when time permits on the doppelganger to my Blogging the Qur'an series, Ziauddin Sardar's Blogging the Qur'an series at The Guardian. Of course, time will never permit, but here are a few...

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Spencer Blogging the QurÂ'an: Sura 23, Â"The BelieversÂ"

The latest in this series from Hot Air: This sura comes from the middle of MuhammadÂ's Meccan period, during the time of a famine in Mecca, which is referred to obliquely in vv. 75-6. Umar, the second caliph of the...

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Iranian official warns of "Westoxication" and "destructive cultural and social consequences" of Barbie, Batman, Spiderman, and Harry Potter

It's not difficult to see where Barbie and Harry Potter would be verboten in Iran. And Batman is the Caped Crusader, after all. But what about Spiderman? At any rate, he's an infidel. "Iran official sees 'destructive' Barbie influence," from...

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Bruce Bawer: "We need to recognize that the cultural jihadists hate our freedoms because those freedoms defy sharia, which theyÂ're determined to impose on us"

Bruce Bawer, author of the essential While Europe Slept, has written an equally essential piece at City Journal (thanks to all who sent this in), "An Anatomy of Surrender": a comprehensive overview of the ongoing voluntary and self-imposed reduction of...

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"I know I have done wrong by marrying many wives and begetting many children but I think I deserve help from the government"

A glimpse into the future -- and, in many areas, the present reality -- of Europe: polygamists living off the government dole, so that the demographic jihad proceeds at the expense of the government the jihadists hope to topple, and...

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UK: Convert from Islam to Christianity threatened -- police tell him to "stop being a crusader"

And they did nothing, while the house next door to the convert's was burned down. What kind of protection is Hussein receiving now, if any? British authorities should see the protection of this man and his family as a matter...

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Monday, 28 April 2008

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Hamas attacks fuel aid trucks, diverts fuel from hospitals to its leadership and security forces

Remember, this is the group Dhimmi Carter said must be "involved in any final peace agreement." "Hamas disrupts fuel supplies to Gaza," by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post: Hamas militiamen in the Gaza Strip on Sunday attacked fuel...

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Hamas planning unmanned aerial drones: "It was not clear how the aircraft was going to be used or who would be targeted." ... Really?

Come on. Take an educated guess. "Egypt charges 5 in Hamas attack plot," from the Associated Press: Egypt charged two leaders of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, two Sinai Beduins and a Palestinian with plotting a terrorist attack with Hamas, a...

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Afghanistan: Taliban attempt to assassinate Karzai on "Mujahedin Day" holiday; Afghan soldiers and armed police flee with crowd

A study in contrasts: U.S. soldiers continued to salute during the gunfire, which started during the national anthem."Reporter: Soldiers, police flee gunfire at Afghan ceremony," from the Associated Press: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The first shot sounded sharply. It was...

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Hamas' Mashaal: Cease-fire is a tactic, "it is normal for any resistance that operates in its people's interest ... to sometimes escalate, other times retreat a bit."

"He also warned of an explosion of violence in Gaza if Israel rejected the truce." In other words: Accept our plans to annihilate you more slowly, or we'll get back to trying to do it quickly. "Mashaal: Cease-fire is a...

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Over 1,000 fake passports seized in Thailand -- many sold to jihadists

"The passports were sold to a group of Thai and Burmese middlemen who then sold them to gangs engaged in prostitution, terrorism and smuggling, he said." "Thai police seize more than 1,000 fake passports in raid," from Reuters (thanks to...

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Jihadist pirates attacking infidel ships

America needs you, Mr. Jefferson Early in the history of the United States, the nation had to take on and defeat jihadist pirates. It is time to do it again. "Al-Qaeda pirates target UK ships," from The Sun (thanks...

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Pakistan: 4,000 women rally against Motoons, Fitna: "Death to Denmark and death to Netherlands"

Keeping hate alive. "4,000 women rally against anti-Islam film," from Agence France Presse (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): KARACHI: Thousands of women rallied here Saturday to protest against reprinting of blasphemous cartoons in some 17 Danish newspapers and an anti-Islam...

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Bank of Israel website hacked: "Listen to me Jews - you are a nation whose fate has been decreed and sooner or later you will lose the war"

The hacker spoke about "Jews" and "Muslims," and said that Jerusalem (Al-Quds) belonged to the Muslims. Now why would he frame as a religious conflict something that everyone knows is a nationalist struggle over land? "'Muslims' hack into Bank of...

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"Uncovered meat" Sheikh: Christian women should wear veils

They will, too, once Sharia is in place. "Hilali tells Christian women to wear veils," by Natalie O'Brien for The Australian (thanks to all who sent this in): OUTSPOKEN Muslim cleric Taj al-Din al-Hilali says the Bible "mandates" the wearing...

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State Department gives grant to unindicted co-conspirator in jihad terror funding case

From the Islamic Society of North America website: Through a US State Department grant the Islamic Society of North America and the National Peace Foundation have co-sponsored a citizen exchange project between the United States and the Middle East. This...

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Honor killing in Australia: "The decision to kill her was made by a council of male relatives"

"I haven't heard any statement from clergy in the region to say honour killing is wrong." "Honour killing's Aussie link," by Sian Powell in The Australian (thanks to all who sent this in): MORTALLY wounded and bleeding profusely, Pela Atroshi...

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Honor killing in Iraq: Father murders 17-year-old girl for loving British soldier

"You are in a Muslim society and women should live under religious laws. The father has very good contacts inside the Basra government and it wasn't hard for him to be released and what he did to be forgotten." "Girl,...

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Sunday, 27 April 2008

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Joint Chiefs chairman says Iranian aid to Basra jihadists "very, very visible in ways that we hadn't seen before"

"A U.S. official told The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity that weapons captured in Basra were Iranian-made and had 'recent manufacturing dates' on them." 1938 Alert. "Iranian arms aid 'visible' in Basra," by Sara A. Carter for The...

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Why did Hamas offer a 10-year truce?

The other night on his CNN TV show Glenn Beck had this exchange with the novelist Joel Rosenberg about the Hamas offer of a ten-year truce: BECK: Nowhere. All right. Yesterday we talked a little bit about Jimmy Carter and,...

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Pakistani Senate condemns Motoons, Fitna, urges UN to take "all necessary legal, political and administrative steps to curb this trend"

Free Speech Death Watch Update: "Senate condemns blasphemous cartoons, anti-Islam film," by Iftikhar A. Khan for Dawn (thanks to Twostellas): ISLAMABAD, April 25: The Senate on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous cartoons in some European...

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New Jersey Imam is member of Hamas

What has he been preaching to those among whom he is "popular"? What effect has that preaching had on those people? What are they doing? Does anyone know? Does anyone care? "Muslim cleric fighting deportation linked to terror group," from...

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Fitzgerald: Criminality or jihad?

"I think this is just criminality, fair and square. We should just call them criminals. You want to call them terrorist criminals, fine," he said. "But adding the word 'Muslim' or 'Islamic' certainly doesn't help our cause as Americans. It's...

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Fitzgerald: Mosques in the West

A Jihad Watch poster recently asked incredulously, Â"There's a mosque in The Hague?" Yes, there is a mosque in The Hague. And all over Rotterdam, and Amsterdam, and in Paris and Marseilles and Lyons and Toulouse, in London and Manchester...

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Fjordman: Socratic Dialogue vs. Islamic Dialogue

The European essayist Fjordman, whose work we have featured many times here, contributes this new Jihad Watch exclusive essay exploring more of the differences between Western and Islamic culture: First of all I'd like to encourage people to republish the...

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Fitzgerald: Questions Jimmy Carter was not asked

Jimmy Carter has exhibited, and did exhibit at Camp David, an antipathy to Israel, a cruel indifference to the past that every Jewish Israeli carries around within him. These were dead giveaways of the classic antisemite. Yet some are now...

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Fitzgerald: Qur'anic science

"A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim "qibla" - the Arabic word for the direction...

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Saturday, 26 April 2008

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U.N.: Iraqi children recruited for jihad, suicide attacks

The U.N. official "called on religious, political, military and community leaders to send one clear message to Iraqi children: 'Stay out of violence and go back to school'." But another question comes to mind: Where are the parents, and what...

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Muslim Woman in Pennsylvania Admits Jealous Murder of Bigamous Husband

Myra Morton Update. From the Associated Press: NORRISTOWN, Penn. — A Muslim woman pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree murder for killing her bigamist husband in August, hours before he was to leave for Morocco to visit his new, second wife....

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Man has Al-Qaeda links -- Canadian visa? No problem

Dudley, we hardly knew ye How did he get a visa? Have steps been taken to ensure that this kind of thing doesn't happen again? What do you think? "Man linked to al-Qaeda able to get Canadian visa," from...

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Navy-contracted vessel fires warning shots on possibly Iranian boats in Persian Gulf

1938 Alert. "Navy-Contracted Vessel Fires Warning Shots on Fast Boats in Persian Gulf," from FOXNews (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): A vessel contracted by the Navy in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots Thursday on two fast boats believed to be...

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Al-Sadr calls on Iraqi security forces to fight U.S. troops

Given the number that deserted in earlier clashes between Iraqi government forces and Sadr's jihadists, there are all too likely some who will try to carry out this order. And this is Sadr trying to show his "peaceful" side. "Al-Sadr...

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Virginia jihadist gets 15 years -- again

Courtroom Jihad: he is tying up time, personnel, and resources by continuing to appeal this sentence. He got fifteen years the first time, now he has gotten fifteen years again, and probably he will get fifteen years the next time...

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Remember this the next time someone says, "The Bible is violent, too"

Â"Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.Â" -- John Jay Chapman...

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West: Thumbs up for Myrick

In "Myrick Aces, D.C. Flunks 'Jihadism 101,'" the ever-perceptive Diana West discusses Representative Sue Myrick's anti-jihad plan: Reading U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick's "Wake Up America" agenda -- a 10-point plan targeting potential jihadist infiltration into this country's military, security, educational...

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Dinesh D'Souza embraces John Esposito

Thus far the conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza, who claims that American liberals provoked the 9/11 attacks by exporting decadent American pop culture into the Islamic world, has cited only one authority of Islam to buttress his peculiar and fact-free claims...

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Al-Qaeda video: "Christians and Jews are terrorists"

"The true enemies of Islam are the crusading Pope that Allah curses and the head of the crusading campaign, Bush." Projection Alert: "Terrorism: Al-Qaeda attacks US and Pope in new video," from AKI (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): Dubai, 25 April...

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The critics of Fitna are not so intelligent

"I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns." -- John Jay Chapman...

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Big surprise: Dutch Muslims reject debate with Wilders over Fitna

Imam Fawaz Jneid says he won't debate him until he withdraws the film and apologizes -- in other words, "I won't debate you until you admit you're wrong about what we'd be debating," which is a neat trick if you...

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Jihad Watch: Taking a bone from a dog

"People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it." -- John Jay Chapman (Thanks to Morgaan Sinclair.)...

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What has become of the Myrick Plan?

Representative Sue Myrick's plan to counter the jihad in the U.S. was unveiled six days ago. It should be being discussed on all national news and news feature shows, and Congress should be taking it up. Is that happening? 1....

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RIP Robert Collins, victim of dhimmitude

The author of the book Alms for Jihad, about who is funding the jihadist movement, a book banned by its dhimmi publisher under Saudi pressure, has passed away. "Robert O. Collins, 75; UC scholar's Bin Laden book was withdrawn by...

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Friday, 25 April 2008

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Friday, April 25, 2008

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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." — George Orwell (Thanks to R.)...

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'Jihadist' booted from government lexicon

Jihad Watch was the first to break this story, on Tuesday. I put in a FOIA request asking for this document, but haven't heard anything back from State about my request -- AP got it first. By Matthew Lee for...

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Does Texas honor murderer have ties to Al-Qaeda?

Never forget them Amina and Sarah Said are the Texas girls who were murdered by their father, Yaser Said, in what appears to have been a double honor killing. With Yaser Said still at large, Pamela and Bill Warner...

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Syrian Head Thug: Israel ready to give up Golan Heights for promise of peace

If Israel gives up the Golan Heights, this is what will happen: the promises of peace will immediately prove hollow. Syrian troops will again stand on the mountaintops and fire down on Israeli farmers below. It would be a political,...

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Al-Qaeda #2: "I call upon the Muslim nation to fear Allah's question (at judgment day) about its failure to support its brothers of the Mujahedeen"

Note again the religious foundation of his appeal. No matter how often Western authorities such as the EU and UN tell people like Geert Wilders to stop linking Islam with terrorism, that command will never make any sense as long...

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UK: New Muslim think-tank says it will challenge the jihad ideology with the true, peaceful Islam

This venture is getting an extraordinary amount of attention for a new group, suggesting that it has people with money and power behind it. I've been inundated over the last few days with links to enthusiastic press reports about it...

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Virginia Muslim police sergeant who tipped off jihadist gets probation

Let's see. He hindered a counterterrorism case, may have tipped off the jihadist more than once, and checked to see if his own name was on the terror watch list. For that he gets six months probation, from a judge...

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Yemeni lawyer says Yemen should stop child marriages

But of course Yemen can't, and Yemen won't, because Muhammad consummated his marriage with a nine-year-old when he was in his fifties, and he is the supreme example of conduct (Qur'an 33:21). "Yemen 'should stop child marriages,'" by Nasser Arrabyee...

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Islamic scholars in Algeria: government ban on veils in passport photos violates Sharia

How is it that so many Islamic scholars end up becoming Misunderstanders of Islam? Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this shakes out: will Sharia win or lose? I expect the smart money will be on another victory...

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Thursday, 24 April 2008

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Nigeria: Muslims rioting, attacking Christians over claim that a Christian blasphemed Muhammad

Thousands of Christians trapped in churches as Muslims riot, looking for them. "Nigeria: Muslim Rioters Attack Christians In Kano: Claim of Â'blasphemyÂ' in city market leads to looting, destruction," from Compass Direct News (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair): KANO, Nigeria, April...

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Pakistani jihad group vows "to spread Islam across the world"

Watch also for the 26-point plan for Islamization. "Pakistan-Based Militant Group Lashkar-e-Islam Vows 'To Spread Islam Across the World,'" from MEMRI (thanks to Sr. Soph): In Pakistan's tribal district of Khyber Agency, there is ongoing fighting for the control of...

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Motoon Rage Update: Denmark evacuates embassies in Algeria, Afghanistan

Proportionate response? The efforts to make the dhimmis cower and fall into line continue. "Denmark evacuates embassies in Algeria, Afghanistan," from The Associated Press (thanks to Twostellas): The Danish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it has evacuated its staff...

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Accused UK jihad plotters had Qur'an, Hadith

They had Qur'an and Hadith? So what? It's not illegal to have Qur'an and Hadith. And in fact, the BBC story here doesn't say that that's what they had. But in fact, much of the incendiary material referred to in...

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Spencer: The New Alger Hiss

Just two weeks ago I wrote about Sami Al-Arian for Human Events, but a laudatory article in the New Duranty Times has led me to revisit the Rumpled Academic this week: Is jailed Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian the...

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The Pope, the Grand Sheikh, and the Jews

Andy Bostom has a terrific piece, "A Study in Contrasts: Benedict, Tantawi, and the Jews," in National Review, showing the stark contrast between Pope Benedict XVI, who is routinely called a "Nazi," and Al-Azhar's Grand Sheikh Tantawi, who is a...

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Indonesian "prophet" jailed for contempt of Islam

Prophethood: it's just not the growth industry it once was. Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia: "'Prophet' jailed for contempt of Islam," from Agence France-Presse (thanks to Twostellas): THE leader of an Indonesian sect who had controversially claimed he was...

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Fitzgerald: Rice, in over her head

Â"A reliable source has informed me that Condoleeza Rice has approved a new lexicon for State Department usage, absolutely forbidding the use of the terms "jihad" and "jihadist" by any State Department official.Â" -- Robert Spencer Without intelligent use of...

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Fitzgerald: Islamic antisemitism's Islamic roots

Among the report's most worrying findings is the growth over the past three decades of uniquely Muslim roots to older European versions of anti-Semitism. Without discounting classical Christian Europe's canards regarding secret Jewish conspiracies, the ritual slaughter of non-Jewish children...

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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

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"We are fighting for the enforcement of Islam"

Yet another hearts-and-minds initiative comes to naught. An update on this story. "Released cleric's son-in-law rules out truce," from AP (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair): Peshawar: A fugitive militant leader yesterday welcomed the release of a prominent pro-Taliban cleric but vowed...

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UK: Fifteen jihad terror attacks foiled since 7/7 London bombings

And one certainty is that there will be more. "Fifteen terrorist attacks in Britain have been foiled since the 7/7 London bombings," from the Daily Mail (thanks to all who sent this in): Fifteen planned terrorist attacks in Britain have...

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New State Department lexicon forbids use of the words "jihad" or "jihadist"

A reliable source has informed me that Condoleeza Rice has approved a new lexicon for State Department usage, absolutely forbidding the use of the terms "jihad" and "jihadist" by any State Department official. The argument, of course, is the old...

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Al-Qaeda second banana: Yes, we still plan to attack the West

Also, "al-Zawahri said it was against Islamic religious law for any Muslim to live permanently in a Western country 'under the laws of the infidels.'" Which means that those in the West who are taking that religious law seriously will...

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Pakistan to pro-Taliban leader who sent thousands of jihadists against US in Afghanistan: Go in peace

Friend and Ally Update: "Pakistan orders release of pro-Taliban terror chief," from AP (thanks to Louis): Pakistan has released a pro-Taliban leader who sent thousands of fighters against the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, officials said, in what appeared to be...

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Spencer: ¿De qué lado están los saudíes?

Exteriores (thanks to Ignacio) has published a Spanish translation of my article "The Saudis: Which Side Are They On?"...

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The anti-jihad resistance

Here is a useful new site bringing together many of the sites that are working in this great effort in various ways....

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Iranian police bust birthday party as "non-authorized promiscuous gathering"

That begs the question: Are there ever authorized promiscuous gatherings? Sharia Alert. "Iran: Police arrest 75 young people for 'immoral acts'," from Adnkronos International: Tehran, 22 April (AKI) - Seventy-five young people accused of 'immoral acts' have been arrested by...

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Human Rights Watch on Saudi women: "The authorities essentially treat adult women like legal minors who are not entitled to authority over their lives and well-being"

But according to the Saudis, there isn't really a problem. But then again, there is. But there isn't. But there kind of is. But it doesn't have anything to do with the government, and nor does Islamic law or tradition,...

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Stop the presses! New study discovers antisemitism on the rise in the Islamic world

There is an inconsistency at the heart of this report: Erlich asserts that "until about 10-15 years ago, anti-Semitism was imported into the Muslim Arab world from Europe," but we're also told that the Muslim antisemites are "using well-known Koranic...

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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Muslim scientists and clerics: It's time for Mecca Time

They want to replace Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time, since, after all, as everyone knows, Mecca is the center of the earth. And then the noble mujahedin can sing this song to the dirty kuffar: When it's time to...

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Islamic reform and me

It has been brought to my attention (thanks, James) that several people are claiming a contradiction between these two statements I have made recently. The first one is from here: Many strange things have happened in history and I would...

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Stop the presses: Hamas won't recognize Israel

An update on this story. "Hamas Leader Vows Not to Recognize Israel After Carter Trumpets Terror Group's Willingness to Be Good 'Neighbor'," from Fox News: JERUSALEM — Just hours after former President Jimmy Carter trumpeted Hamas' agreement to let Israel...

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Muslim groups whine about McCain referring to "Islamic terrorists"

When they start calling for Al-Zawahiri and other Islamic jihadists to stop using Islamic texts and teachings to call for violence, maybe they'll have a case against McCain. "Muslims press McCain on 'Islamic' terror label," by Rowan Scarborough for the...

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Bridge for sale: Carter says Hamas is willing to accept Israel's right to exist

How does he know? Because they told him so. Have they amended their Charter, which calls forthrightly for the complete destruction of Israel? No. Have they ever acted as if they are ready to accept the existence of Israel? No....

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Fitna's Qur'an verses -- in context

On Saturday I took up the claim made by an Islamic apologist that the verses of the Qur'an quoted in Geert Wilders's film Fitna were "incorrectly translated." My post was narrowly focused: it didn't discuss the contexts of the verses...

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Palestinian support for jihad terror attacks against Israeli civilians increasing

Remember this one the next time someone tells you that the Palestinians voted for Hamas because they were tired of the corruption of Fatah, and not because they support the jihad terror agenda that Hamas espouses. Tiny Minority of Extremists™...

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Why the anti-jihad resistance is not about race

Here is yet another indication that, contrary to both the dominant mainstream and the race/ethnicity-based parties of Europe, the jihad is not a matter of race, but ideology. The dominant mainstream sees resistance to the jihad and Islamic supremacism as...

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Spencer Blogging the QurÂ'an: Sura 22, Â"The PilgrimageÂ"

In this week's installment of my Blogging the Qur'an series from Hot Air, Muslims for the first time receive the command to wage war against unbelievers. Islamic scholars are divided over whether this sura dates from the Meccan or Medinan...

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Indian analyst: "Muslim fundamentalist states" face choice between jihad and democracy

He names Saudi Arabia and Pakistan as the ones facing this choice. And it is by no means clear which one they will choose. "Muslims are the victims of global jihad: K P S Gill," from Rediff (thanks to Twostellas):...

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Spencer Blogging the QurÂ'an: Sura 21, Â"The ProphetsÂ"

I spent most of last week in Virginia, speaking at the University of Virginia, Christendom College, and the College of William and Mary for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. And in all the excitement, I neglected to post here last week's installment...

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London mayor defends his jihadist friend Qaradawi

Livingstone says that Al-Qaradawi doesn't support jihad against the West. Apparently the jihad against Israel, in the context of which this great reformist Sheikh has defended suicide attacks, is just fine with Red Ken. "Ken Livingstone defends his extremist backer,"...

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London mayoral candidate has to say 'Islam is a religion of peace" -- after saying Islam was the problem after 7/7

Can't get elected unless you adhere to State Dogma. "Boris defends stance on Islam," from the Chronicle Live (thanks to Twostellas): Tory London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson was forced to defend his stance on Islam, insisting he believed it was...

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Man sentenced to death for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia

Sharia Alert: "Saudi Arabia: Death, for taking God's name in vain," by Borzou Daragahi in the LA Times's Babylon and Beyond blog (thanks to Western Resistance, where there is much more on this): Turkey's president and prime minister have stepped...

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Monday, 21 April 2008

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A U.N. conference in the making: Iran's foreign ministry accuses U.S. of "Iranophobia"

Sure, that's what it is that has the U.S. so concerned about Iran. Not the Iranian weapons that keep turning up in Iraq. Not the Revolutionary Guards' involvement there and elsewhere. Not the nuclear program, either, for that matter. "Iran...

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Hizballah calls Bush a "terrorist leader"

This spurious claim highlights the limitations of the term "terrorism." Since it describes a tactic, it is much too elastic and lends itself to diverse and even absurd applications. The term "jihadist," on the other hand, is both highly specific...

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Shi'ite mosques in Iraq blare out Al-Sadr's call to arms; 8 dead overnight

Al-Sadr made his ultimate goal clear on Al-Jazeera a few weeks ago: "What is more important is to make society, not just the government, Islamic." That bodes ill for women and non-Muslims in areas he controls. "Iraqi Mosques Blare Call...

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"I had no idea he was a Muslim until I saw him recently...He must have had a major identity change"

A transformation worthy of Maher (Mike) Hawash. Here again an increase of interest in and commitment to Islam apparently coincides with involvement with jihadist activity. The implications are many, and American and British Muslim groups that profess moderation ought to...

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West African Islamic schools still hubs of human trafficking

There are three points worth noting here: First, the clerics should not be accumulating wealth in this way to begin with, but is anyone looking at how is all this ill-gotten cash being spent? Second, the story exemplifies a pattern...

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Pakistani columnist: "Muslims do not treat women right"

Watch for Michael van der Galien to charge Dr. Farrukh Saleem with dishonesty for failing to claim that, back in the seventh century, Muhammad improved the status of women, and that the hijab was borrowed from Christianity. But in the...

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Sunday, 20 April 2008

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Terrorist who has nothing to do with Islam calls on Muslims to turn mosques, schools, factories, universities into "centers of support for jihad"

Could just as well be a Methodist Now that the EU has strongly denounced those venomous people who insist on linking Islam with terrorism and have made it European dogma that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, I...

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Condoleezza Rice opposed IsraelÂ's takedown of Syrian nuke site

She was afraid it would destabilize the region -- apparently in a way that a nuke in Tel Aviv wouldn't. And after, the region is such a marvelous model of stability now. "Condoleezza Rice opposed IsraelÂ's attack on Syrian nuclear...

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Does it matter whether or not radicals dominate Islam?

In "Do Radicals Dominate Islam?" at Commentary's Contentions blog (thanks to all who sent this in), Max Boot says it doesn't, and discusses a debate held in New York recently. The debate thesis was "Islam is dominated by radicals." Boot...

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Ohio Islamic Center hosts Hizballah apologist to coincide with 25th anniversary of Beirut embassy bombing

A Which-Side-Are-You-On Update from Patrick Poole of Central Ohioans Against Terrorism. The apologist in question is MPAC's Salam Al-Marayati, with whom, incidentally, I have had many extremely contentious exchanges on Radio Islam, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Michael...

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Congresswoman Myrick's 10-point plan for anti-jihad resistance

Unveiled yesterday. Hats off to Sue Myrick (R-NC)! From "N.C. congresswoman releases 10-point list to tackle radical Islam threats," by Lisa Zagaroli for the McClatchy Newspapers (thanks to Twostellas): Here is Myrick's 10-point plan to tackle threats posed by radical...

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Does Fitna misquote the Qur'an?

So claims Ali Eteraz, who writes here that "Wilders' obfuscations are pernicious. He conceals his xenophobic nativism by waving (incorrectly translated and randomly picked) verses of the Quran." If this is true, of course, it substantially buttresses Eteraz's claim that...

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Hamas suicide bombers attack Israel-Gaza crossing; 13 hurt

"Hamas' most ambitious attempt to target Israelis since Israel's pullout from Gaza in 2005." What say you, Dhimmi Carter? By Yaniv Zohar for the Associated Press: KEREM SHALOM, Israel - Hamas suicide bombers detonated two booby-trapped jeeps at an Israeli...

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Oh, then I guess Muslim women really do have equal rights

Yesterday I posted about a panel discussion during which the female Muslim panelists said that the mistreatment of women in the Islamic world stems "largely from the culture that existed prior to Islam's spread throughout the world and the nuances...

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France: "We want to help Morocco to have the special status it seeks in the European Union"

Eurabia Update: "France determined to help Morocco get advanced status in EU," from ANSAmed (thanks to Fjordman): (ANSAmed) - RABAT, APRIL 18 - Visiting French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon pledged that his country is determined to help Morocco get an...

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Yemeni Parliament votes down bill to outlaw female genital mutilation

We keep hearing from Islamic spokesmen in the West how this practice has nothing to do with Islam -- and yet Yemen now votes down attempts to outlaw it. Jordan did the same thing a few years ago on another...

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Iran leads the world in executions of homosexuals

So says Rooz (thanks to Gateway Pundit): In reality, 2007 was one of the hardest years for Iranian homosexuals. According to Amnesty &#8206;International, Iran had the highest number of execution of homosexuals in that year. Several &#8206;cases of executions of...

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United Nations Human Rights Council – Geneva: Ongoing absurd and ludicrous challenges of Â'Freedom of ExpressionÂ'

Comments on the attempts to muzzle NGOs at the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (4–28 March 2008) by David G. Littman, NGO Representative in Geneva of the Association for World Education (AWE) & World Union for Progressive...

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Saturday, 19 April 2008

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Taliban kills Dutch military chief's son in revenge for Fitna

"This (attack) was part of our operation against the Dutch. First it was because they have occupied our country and secondly it was in retaliation to the Dutch insult to our great prophet Mohammed." "Dutch chief's son killed in Afghanistan...

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"In some instances, ignorance allows you to retain power"

Longtime readers of Jihad Watch will know that Islamic spokesmen in the West routinely claim that non-Muslims are only suspicious of Muslim intentions out of "ignorance" of the true, peaceful Islam. This, of course, goes hand-in-hand with the idea that...

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UK Muslim convert, 19, arrested as police explode his "bomb factory"

Yet another Misunderstander of Islam thinks his religion has something to do with violence. I expect that the EU, having condemned any linkage of Islam with terrorism as "Islamophobic," will be condemning this young Muslim as an Islamophobe any minute...

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Islamophobes mount multiple suicide attacks in Afghani mosque -- no, wait...

Yet again, oddly enough, the perps were not Islamophobes, but Islamic jihadists -- Misunderstanders of Islam, we are enjoined to believe by all the mainstream organs, but what Muslim groups are trying to straighten out their misunderstanding? "Multiple suicide attacks...

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What happens to a Muslim sect that eschews violent jihad? They get persecuted as heretics

Ahmadi Muslims engage in aggressive da'wah, but reject jihad warfare. Therefore, they are heretical. "Indonesia to ban Ahmadiyya Muslim sect," from ABC Radio Australia (thanks to Twostellas): Indonesia is drafting a decree that will ban a Muslim sect that has...

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Iran prefers Obama

Like Hamas, they know a new Carter when they see one. "Iran Avoids Support for US Presidential Hopefuls," from the Fars News Agency (thanks to Marina): TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran said on Monday that it does not back any of the...

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Symposium: A revised Qur'an?

Today at FrontPage a panel discusses the effort by the organization Muslims Against Sharia to create a new Qur'an with the violent verses removed, and other efforts to reform Islam. The participants are Khalim Massoud, president of Muslims Against Sharia;...

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Terrorist who has nothing to do with Islam calls on Muslims to make Iraq "fortress of Islam"

That zebibah has nothing to do with Islam, you Islamophobe In a happy coincidence, Zawahri's latest is sixteen minutes long -- roughly the same length as Geert Wilders's Fitna. And in it, he links Islam with terrorism by equating...

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UK: Down's syndrome boy charged with racism and assault after playground incident with "Asian" girl

"Girl irritated boy, boy pushed girl and told her to go away." But girl is a Muslim -- an "Asian" in British PC-speak -- and so boy is charged with racial assault and hounded. He has been cleared, but the...

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Saudi Arabia: Young woman married at 10 years old, must pay to obtain divorce

Here is yet another one to remember when you hear Islamic spokesmen in the West insist that Aisha was 19 when she married Muhammad, not nine, and that his child marriage not only is not exemplary for all too many...

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Antisemitism in the Hadith and Early Muslim Biographies of Muhammad: Motifs and Manifestations

A Jihad Watch exclusive: here is an important follow-up by Andrew G. Bostom to this key reference work: Abstract The contemporary pronouncements of the Islamic Center of ClevelandÂ's clerical Â"ImamateÂ"—Fawaz Damra and his erstwhile replacement Ahmed Alzaree—illustrate an ancient, but...

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Carter, hold your peace!

A terrific piece by FDD's Cliff May on Carter and appeasement: [...] Those who attempt to appease tyrants are generally suspected of cowardice. More often, I suspect, lack of imagination is the cause. When Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler, he...

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Friday, 18 April 2008

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Motoon Rage still smoldering

Tiny Minority of Extremists with nothing to do decides to hold yet another anti-Motoons rally. From AP: Supporters of Pakistani religious parties rally against the republishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers in Karachi, Pakistan on...

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New charges for the naive kids

Naive kids with neato toys Naive Kids Update: "New Charges Filed Against Egyptian Students Caught With Explosives," from AP (thanks to Davida): ...A grand jury issued a new indictment Wednesday charging former University of South Florida students Ahmed Abdellatif...

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UK jihadist who praised London bombings gets life term for inciting and funding terrorism

Smell the coffee For Abu Izzadeen's delightful encounter with John Reid, in which he essentially denied British sovereignty over predominantly Muslim areas of East London, see here. For his mocking of the victims of the London bombings, see here....

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Obama: We must not negotiate with Hamas. Hamas: We want Obama

It seems likely that they recognize all the Dhimmi Carterism in his program, even as he himself condemns Carter's Appeasement Tour: "We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on IsraelÂ's destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas...

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Survey: Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah is most admired leader in the Arab world

Some may argue that the region isn't exactly teeming with great leaders, and only 26 percent of respondents expressed support for him. Nonetheless, the fact that Nasrallah is at the top of the heap speaks to a disturbing set of...

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US offers $7 billion to fight "terrorism"

"Terrorism" according to what definition? With what accountability? "US offers Pakistan government $7bn in non-military aid to fight terrorism," by Julian Borger in The Guardian (thanks to all who sent this in): The US has promised to curb air strikes...

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Multiculturalism gone wild: UK father and son banned from public swimming pool for not being Muslims

You see how quickly and easily demands for special consideration in the name of civil rights -- which are granted in the name of fostering assimilation -- become exclusionary and supremacist. "Father and son banned from council swimming pool for...

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Bishop of Iran condemns Fitna, Motoons: "No religion, society or culture should be allowed such acts of blasphemy, which give rise to violence and undermine the global war on terror"

I understand the pressure this man is under, but who is he kidding with a statement like that? Blasphemy leads to violence and hence undermines the war on terror? So are we to assume that if there is no blasphemy,...

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Singapore: Couple gets sedition charge for casting Muhammad in negative light

Death of Free Speech Update: "Singaporeans charged with sedition over evangelical publication," from AFP (thanks to Abandon Skip): SINGAPORE (AFP) - - A court has charged a Singaporean couple with sedition for distributing an evangelical Christian publication that cast Mohammed,...

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CAIR claims threats against publicly-funded Minnesota madrasa

Maybe there really were threats. If so, they're deplorable, as evil as they are idiotic. Above all, however, they're useful. The unindicted co-conspirator CAIR knows how to play the game: deflect attention away from anything Muslims are doing that might...

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Denmark approves establishment of Azhar Institute in Denmark to "confront misconceptions about Islam"

No doubt the Danish authorities think they're getting a organization that will teach Moderate, Peaceful, Tolerant Islam in Denmark. But Al-Azhar? Al-Azhar's Grand Sheikh, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, has endorsed suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and is the other of an...

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Islamic Jihad: Dhimmi Carter wanted to meet with us

But they turned him down -- he was too pro-Israeli for them. "Islamic Jihad: We Refused CarterÂ's Request for a Meeting," by Eric Trager at Commentary's Contentions blog: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has announced that its leadership has refused former...

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Afghan parliament committee drafts Taliban-style moral law: no makeup for women, veil obligatory, no female dancers, no billiards or video games, and more

Where will it stop? With Sharia enshrined in the constitution, there certainly isn't any protection against a steady stream of additional limitations on private behavior and civil liberties. A five-alarm Sharia Alert. "Afghan parliament committee drafts Taliban-style moral law," from...

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U.K.: "Private donations, mostly to Islamic study centres, are much greater than government funding for Islamic studies and academics are said to be nervous of the threat to their academic freedom."

With good reason. More on this story. "Concerns over funding of Islamic studies," from the Guardian: A confidential meeting called by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) about Islamic studies will take place today amid fears that Saudi...

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Conflict: The Power of Propaganda trailer

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

Blacks Held Back - Dr. Walter E Williams

THE NEW GAME: POWER CLING !!!

Obama learned his lesson well


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Saul Alinsky - Mentor of Obama

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War on Gaza. Whoops!

What Obama DOES NOT Know Can Hurt Us


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

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

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

Deciphering Obama in Cairo


Deciphering Obama in Cairo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama's Plan for Change

Research Suggests That GOVERNMENT STIMULUS SPENDING May Worsen Situation

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

See original article here.


WHO SAYS A STIMULUS ACTUALLY STIMULATES?

or is it simply temporary VIAGRA for the ECONOMY?

POINTS from article above ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Stimulus Package

FDR POLICIES Prolonged Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-UCLA-

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

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AIG & Taxes & Free Enterprise

Mr Obama: Please Prove You ARE Non-Partisan

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

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

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

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

This article from the NP reflects some of that concern:

Sharing wealth will drain it

Obamanomics a drag on growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more here.

Obama - Who Are You?

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

NOW LA PRESIDENT SUPPORTS SARAH PALIN

Veteran Accuses Senator Obama of Being Wrong

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PLAN

WHY IT IS WRONG TO CALL IRAQ A MISTAKE

OBAMA Comment by AltMuslim.com

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

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

Obama's Problem with the Truth [David Freddoso]

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

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

The Peculiar Theology of Black Liberation

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Hannity: Reverend, Reverend?

(crosstalk)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note

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

Original article

(Posted on March 17, 2008)


Comments

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

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


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

March 26, 2008

How the Leftist Churches Set a Time Bomb for the Democrats

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe it's Divine justice.

James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/

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

[excerpted from http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=11541]

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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