Tuesday, May 31, 2011

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Muslim dominated Dearborn, MI cannot stop Christians from handing out leaflets.

The lead to this story came from Jihad Watch. This is from the Christian web site of the Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries.
Answering Muslims
The Islamoblog of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries

Free Speech Victory in Dearborn, Michigan!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Maybe I shouldn't say "in" Dearborn, since the city only sought to suppress free speech in this case. An outside court (the United States Court of Appeals) had to impose Constitutional law on the city.

Dearborn hosts an annual Arab Festival on Warren Avenue. During the festival, the street is reserved, but the adjacent sidewalks are not reserved and therefore remain public property. Hence, prior to 2009, many people would distribute pamphlets, DVDs, CDs, etc., on the public sidewalks. However, when Ronald Haddad took over as Chief of Police, he announced that no one would be allowed to distribute materials on the public sidewalks. Indeed, he insisted that no one would be allowed to distribute materials within five blocks of the festival. (He justified his decision by claiming that he needed to keep the area clear for pedestrian traffic.)

From a Constitutional perspective, this was quite disturbing, as the government was officially limiting free speech on public sidewalks. Moreover, those of us who attended the festival noticed that security only enforced the policy on Christians. Muslims remained free to distribute their materials.

Pastor George Saieg, an Arab Christian from the Sudan (who has observed the effects of Islamic law in his home country and therefore understands the importance of free speech better than many of us) decided to take the case to court. The freedom fighters at the Thomas More Law Center (praise God for them) took the case free of charge, and they won.

Lower courts had ruled in favor of Dearborn (i.e. that Dearborn police could stop people from exercising their freedom of speech on the public sidewalks adjacent to the festival). The appeals court reversed the decision on Constitutional grounds. Here are two excerpts:
On the free speech claim, we REVERSE the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants and its denial of summary judgment to the plaintiffs. We thereby invalidate the leafleting restriction within both the inner and outer perimeters of the Festival.1 The restriction on the sidewalks that are directly adjacent to the Festival attractions does not serve a substantial government interest. The City keeps those same sidewalks open for public traffic and permits sidewalk vendors, whose activity is more obstructive to sidewalk traffic flow than pedestrian leafleting is. Moreover, the prohibition of pedestrian leafleting in the outer perimeter is not narrowly tailored to the goal of isolating inner areas from vehicular traffic. The City can be held liable because the Chief of Police, who instituted the leafleting restriction, created official municipal policy. . . .

The leafleting restriction is not a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction. In the inner perimeter, the restriction does not serve a substantial governmental interest. In the outer perimeter, the restriction is not narrowly tailored. The defendants therefore violated Saieg’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Absent an injunction, Saieg will continue to suffer irreparable injury for which there is no adequate remedy at law. As a result, on the free-speech claim, we REVERSE both the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants and its denial of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.
Interestingly, the court even recognized that the penalty for leaving Islam is death. They state:
In 2009, Saieg had planned for 90 ACP members to continue the practice of leafleting while roaming the Festival. However, when Saieg shared these plans with a City police sergeant, Saieg learned that the new Chief of Police, Chief Haddad, would not permit anyone to distribute leaflets while walking around the Festival. Instead, the City provided the ACP with a booth, waiving the standard fee. The booth was poorly lit and located by carnival rides, which attracted mostly children. This problem was remedied in 2010, when the ACP’s booth was lit and located “in the central area.” Saieg v. City of Dearborn, 720 F. Supp. 2d 817, 834–35 (E.D. Mich. 2010) (describing then- upcoming plans for the 2010 festival). Saieg also faces a more basic problem with booth-based evangelism: “[t]he penalty of leaving Islam according to Islamic books is death,” which makes Muslims reluctant to approach a booth that is publicly “labeled as . . . Christian.” R. 48 (Ex. A: Saieg Dep. at 75). Saieg believes that evangelism is more effective when he can roam the Festival and speak to Muslims more discreetly. The ACP distributed 37,000 packets of religious materials in 2007 and 20,000 packets in 2008, but only 500 packets in 2009 due to the remote, fixed location. Numbers from 2010 are not in the record. (Click here to read the entire ruling.)
Hence, at the festival next month, police will no longer be permitted to interfere with Constitutionally protected free speech activities. Additionally, the city may now be held liable for damages to anyone whose rights were violated by police at the festivals. That has profound implications for our own case against the city, which is based, in part, on the following incident:
Go to the Act 17 Apologetics Ministries web site to view the accompanying videos that tell the story of what led to this court ruling.

 

Thomas More Law Center press release on U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Dearborn, MI free speech case acknowledges that Islam demands death to Apostates.

 
The U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Sudanese Christian Pastor George Saieg has a free speech right to distribute religious literature on public sidewalks and evangelize Muslims during the Annual Arab International Festival held each year in Dearborn, Michigan.

For five years Saieg, who specifically ministers to Muslims, had been discussing his Christian faith and passing out literature on Dearborn’s sidewalks during the Festival without encountering any problems. Nevertheless, in 2009 police officials informed him he had to remain in a booth, prohibiting him from distributing his literature on the nearby sidewalks and public streets.

Dearborn is one of the most densely populated Muslim communities in the United States. It has the largest Mosque in North America. In the past few years Dearborn has gained national attention for taking a pro-Muslim stance and for the arrest and intimidation of Christian evangelists for engaging in protected speech activity.

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national conservative Christian public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of Pastor Saieg in 2009, naming the City of Dearborn and its police chief, Ronald Haddad, as defendants. The case was handled by TMLC Senior Trial Counsel Rob Muise.

In ruling for Saieg, the court recognized the problem Saieg had with booth-based evangelizing: “the penalty of leaving Islam according to Islamic books is death,” which makes Muslims reluctant to approach a booth that is publically “labeled as … Christian.”

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remembering brave soldiers and cowardly politicians on Memorial Day. Showing respect for the former and disgust for the later.

   
This Memorial Day is not the day to talk about politics but to honor the memory of our brave men and women who fought and died for their country. But were it not for those gutless, spineless politicians who interfered with the conduct of our Armed Forces during their battles, the number of slain American soldiers would be a whole lot less. There may be some argument on this but in my opinion, because of the way liberal politics meddled with the military, America has not won a war since we defeated Germany and Japan in WWII. The only exception was the brief invasion of Grenada in 1983. Coincidentally, since WWII there has been an increase in the number of liberals in our government who have influenced or directed our military leaders to seek stalemates, containment's or truces with our enemies instead of victory. When American soldiers sacrifice their lives on any battlefield, anything less than victory is intolerable and those who endorse anything but victory should be despised. 

After WWII, in 1950 for the first time in American history, our Armed Forces were ordered to fight a war not under the flag of the United States. The liberals, and yes, some communists, too, in our State Department turned over our military command to the United Nations in Korea and we fought under the U.N. flag. The liberals prevented our troops from invading North Korea so we fought for nothing but a truce. General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Allied Commander, was relieved of his duties for insisting on using the atomic bomb to create a wasteland to forever keep North Korea from invading the South. Since the Armistice was signed in 1953 North Korea has been a threat to the world ever since and for 58 years America has maintained an armed force on the 38th parallel to keep the peace. The cost in American lives was 33,686 battle deaths, along with 2,830 non-battle deaths during the Korean War and 8,176 missing in action

The next big war after Korea that the liberal Democrats got us into was in South Vietnam which ended in defeat for America in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. The Democrats in Washington sent American troops to Vietnam and forced our soldiers to fight with one arm tied behind their backs. They were prevented from invading the enemy's territory and our liberal leaders even apologized for bombing the ships belonging to some of our so-called friends that were bringing supplies to North Vietnam in Hanoi. This war cost America 58,267 killed in action, 303,644 wounded in action, and 1,711 MIA's (Missing In Action).

In 1990, liberal Republican George H. W. Bush ordered a stand down of the 543,000 allied coalition troops that had surrounded Baghdad in the Persian Gulf War. American and allied troops had been on the verge of wiping out Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army after a successful campaign led by Gen
. Norman Schwarzkopf to defend Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invasion. That stand down allowed Saddam Hussein to remain in power which necessitated the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton sent our troops to Boznia, Herzegovina to protect an extermination of Muslims. Islam returned the favor by attacking our troops in Lebanon and Somalia. Sudan, a country divided among Christians and Muslims became aware of the rising influence of a Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and offered to deliver him to President Clinton but he declined to accept the offer. 

So, enough of the history lesson, the failure of liberals has been very costly to American troops. Here are some photos of the traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial, a 1/2 size replica of the permanent memorial in Washington, D.C. that passed through here recently. It shows the names of all of the soldiers killed in action in chronological order from the first to the last.
Click the images for a larger view.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Remembering our troops on Memorial Day

   
Remember one thing: Freedom Isn't Free, someone has to pay the price so that everyone else can enjoy it. The brave men and women of our Armed Forces are paying that price every day in Afghanistan and Iraq so that we can be free to enjoy our backyard picnics and celebrate this holiday here at home. Memorial Day is more than just a federal holiday in the United States observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. It was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is the day we say THANKS to our troops for the job well done in fighting the enemies of our country.

But some politicians, many of whom, like Barack Hussein Obama II, have never served in the Armed Forces, fail to appreciate the true value of the sacrifice every American benefits from. Many politicians pay lip service to them for the free publicity that makes them look patriotic but then say something else when drafting our laws. The following is a  message from Move America Forward that I received today via email. It sums up exactly how I feel about supporting the members of our Armed Forces.
OBAMA ADMIN WANTS TO CUT TROOP PAY!
THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR OUR SAFETY AND FREEDOM - OBAMA WANTS TO TAKE THEIR PAY!
In the latest and most outrageous move, the Obama administration wants to cut pay and/or benefits for our troops and their families, even those deployed overseas fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, in order to reign in budgetary spending.

It’s the classic game that the liberals play whenever they are in power – they are always quick to claim they support the troops, but the military is always first on the chopping block. Yesterday Secretary of Defense Robert Gates revealed that the Obama Administration was considering cutting military paychecks when he said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.
"The defense secretary said the strategic review could require politicians to look at other uncomfortable choices, including pay levels for service members, new approaches for retirement and pensions, or higher healthcare costs for working-age retirees."
- David Alexander, Reuters 24 MAY 2011
Thanks to the Obama Administration, the gilded age where America supported it’s troops in times of war may be coming to an end, and this commander-in-chief may be asking our troops to fight two wars while at the same time GIVING UP pay, and benefits both for themselves, their spouses and their children! 

Our troops deserve fair and decent compensation, and they deserve for their families to be taken care of after what they sacrifice for us every day!

If you ever wonder about what our troops go through for our sake, just remember where they are serving – it’s almost June now, and these troops are out in the middle of the desert in Baghdad where temperatures reach blazing triple digits on a daily basis.

Our troops deserve fair and decent compensation, and they deserve for their families to be taken care of after what they sacrifice for us every day!

If you ever wonder about what our troops go through for our sake, just remember where they are serving – it’s almost June now, and these troops are out in the middle of the desert in Baghdad where temperatures reach blazing triple digits on a daily basis.
Afghanistan also reaches extreme temperatures, even worse because it has extreme highs in the summer and extreme cold snaps in the winter.
With Memorial Day coming up this Monday, we must show that we support our troops, and in high temperatures like these, our troops are going to need these care packages! Each care package comes with Gatorade to help cool off our troops and keep them hydrated in the hot desert sun!

MEMORIAL DAY IS ALMOST HERE! SEND A CARE PACKAGE WITH SOME GATORADE FOR OUR THIRSTY TROOPS NOW!
SEND PACKAGES
Can you imagine what it would feel like to be serving overseas, fighting the war on terror in Iraq or Afghanistan, far away from your family, and then you receive a letter in from your own Government, saying that your paycheck is going to get cut and the prescription medicine for your kid’s ear infection that used to get covered by your military healthcare plan is now going to have to be paid out of pocket and there’s nothing you can do about it because you’re 6,700 miles away from home dodging bullets and trying to shoot back and kill these crazy radical Islamic terrorists!


It’s a slap in the face to our military for the Obama administration to be pushing for this, and it is despicable that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is doing the dirty work for President Obama and breaking the news to the troops who have served under him. What a horrid legacy to leave. He will retire next month on this weak note of failure to find a more suitable place to cut the $500 million that Obama has demanded the Pentagon cut.
DON’T ALLOW OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO DO THAT TO OUR TROOPS DON’T LET THEM CUT PAYCHECKS FOR OUR BRAVE FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Proof that Homeland Security and the TSA is afraid of Muslim complaints.

   
The following was reported yesterday on the web site The Hill. Thanks to Bare Naked Islam for the lead.
GOP lawmaker: I saw TSA pat down 'little old lady,' child, but not Arab man
By Keith Laing 05/25/11 12:33 PM ET
The Transportation Security Administration is too worried about "political correctness," according to a Republican lawmaker.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said TSA is too politically correct when it chooses which passengers to search at airport security checkpoints.

During a recent trip, Broun said he saw TSA pat down an elderly person and a child, but not a man he himself deemed suspicious. "I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down," Broun said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

"Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"

Broun did not specify any other reasons the man looked suspicious other than his dress.

Broun said in the interview that the TSA needs to focus "on those people who want to harm us.

"We have to identify those people — we do that through human intelligence, we do that by trying to get into the inner circle," he said. "Focus upon those individuals, not on the general public. Unfortunately, I think the Department of Homeland Security has been focusing on the general public and have been afraid of political correctness.

"We've got to forget political correctness," Broun continued. "We've got to start focusing on those people who want to harm us as a nation."


Is this the way Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chooses to protect America or is this the way she follows the directives of Barack Hussein Obama II, the resident Muslim in the White House? TSA has been shown, time and again, patting down infants and children and nuns and women wearing prosthetic breasts and men wearing colostomy bags but dare not pat down a person wearing Arabic dress for fear of a complaint from the unindicted co-conspirator terrorist funding group CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Political Correctness will be the death of us all if our leaders don't begin to realize that 100% of all airliner terrorist attacks have either been committed or attempted or planned by Muslims following the orders to "kill the non-believers wherever you find them", contained in the Qur'an.

  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The most important essay on Islam, The Religion of Peace, ever written.

This is the most informative short essay about Islam that I have ever read. I personally think this article should be passed around as widely as possible to put into context the enormous consequences of the war against Western culture being waged by the followers of Islam. This article was originally posted on Andrew Breitbart Presents BIG PEACE and it explains exactly why everything about Islam has nothing to do with a religion of peace. As another web site, Bare Naked Islam, has characterized the threat: "It isn't Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you." If I may inject my own observation on this subject, I think you can compare Islam with the Cold-War era threat of Communism and this quote: "Peace, to a Communist means the absence of resistance to Communism."  And so does the same apply to Islam.

My Journey Toward Islamoawareness

Note to readers:  A friend who works in Hollywood penned this essay which I thought would be of interest to BigPeace readers.  He would have gladly have contributed it directly, but as he works in Hollywood, he is concerned about the “non-existent” blacklist, and asked that I post it for him.
I use the term “Islamoawareness” because people who are critical of Islamic doctrine are often smeared as “Islamophobes”.  I reject this label because a “phobia” is an irrational fear of something, but to fear something that is, indeed, out to kill you is the height of rationality.
I started this journey after 9/11, but not immediately after. As shocked as I was that nearly 3,000 lives were brutally snuffed out by Islamic terrorists, I bought the line that George Bush and Tony Blair parroted; namely, that Islam is a “religion of peace” that had been “hijacked” by extremists. So, I dismissed Osama bin Laden as nothing more than a homicidal extremist, and I really didn’t examine it any deeper.
But then I happened to see a billboard on Sunset Blvd. around May 2005. The billboard had some words on it I had never seen before, including “dhimmitude”, “Eurabia” and “Bat Y’eor”, and the address of a website, jihadwatch.org. (You can see the billboard here.)
Naturally curious, I wanted to know what these new words meant, so that night I Googled “dhimmitude”, and my journey to Islamoawareness officially began. I visited the Jihadwatch website, found out about Robert Spencer, started to read his books, got a copy of the Qu’ran to verify the verses he was quoting, and read many other books besides.
While I continued my education, buses were bombed in London on 7/7/05. Then, the Muhammad cartoons were published later that year and outraged Muslims actually KILLED people over them. It seemed the Muslim protesters were saying, “Islam is a religion of peace; and if you say otherwise, we will kill you!” and that absurd irony made me seriously doubt that Islam really was a religion of peace, and made me dig further.
I learned about “The Verse of the Sword” (9:5) that says “slay infidels wherever you find them”, the verse condoning wife-beating (4:34), the hundreds of other violent, intolerant verses, and the all-important distinction between Meccan verses and the Medinan verses in the  Qu’ran.  (The more violent ones are considered “more true” to Islamic theologians.)
I learned about the countries where Islam rules, and saw that they almost always are places where freedoms are denied, economies stagnate, ideas are repressed and human rights violated.
I learned about the barbaric system known as Sharia law and its death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, and apostasy, and how it codifies second-class status for non-Muslim and all women.  Iran actually executes gays routinely, simply because they are gay!
I learned about Muhammad; how he is held as an “excellent example of conduct” (33:21) for Muslims to follow even today, but then I learned the historical record (in the hadith; the collections of his doings and sayings, and in biographies written by pious Muslims) shows that he owned slaves, raped the female ones (in a couple of cases shortly after having their husbands killed), robbed caravans, tortured a man to find out where he hid his treasure–by building a fire on his chest, married a 6 year-old, and had sex with her when she was 9–and he struck her, too.  He had all the men of an entire tribe slaughtered, and had his critics assassinated.  And these are excellent examples of conduct?
And I learned a whole new vocabulary: “jihad”, “kaffir”, “dhimmi”, “dhimmitude”, “jizya, “taquiya”, “ijtihad”, “abrogation”, “nakbha”, “hijira”, and “lan astaslem”.
Not every thing I learned reflected poorly on Islam, but the more I looked into the doctrine and history of Islam the more “aware” I became of the existence of serious totalitarian, xenophobic, supremacist, expansionist elements of Islamic ideology and theology.
I have tried to communicate these ideas to my friends and colleagues and have run into resistance, and counter-arguments.  It seems I can’t mention jihad without having someone say “Well, what about the Crusades?” or “But there was the Inquisition, you know.”  But are they really morally equivalent?
Moral equivalence asserts: “All religions are the same; all religions are equally capable of inspiring violence and extremism, and all religious texts can be just as easily misinterpreted.”
This argument fails, fundamentally, because one person’s crimes don’t excuse another’s.  I mean you will not be acquitted of killing one person, just because someone else also killed people.  So, yes; I will be the first to agree that there has been violence caused in the name of Christianity, but that certainly doesn’t make Islam innocent.
First of all, these examples of Christian violence were hundreds of years ago, and one would think that if moral equivalence were true, there would be more current examples to use, like maybe even in the 21st Century.
Secondly, the Crusades are best seen as a defensive war against Islamic aggression. Yep, believe it or not; the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, fearing his kingdom would be overrun by Muslim invaders – the Seljuk Turks, who had been invading territory after territory and killing for centuries by that point – asked Pope Urban II for help, and that started the Crusades.
So, if there had not been centuries of Islamic imperialism before the Crusades, there wouldn’t have been the Crusades!  Ironic, don’t you think?
Thirdly, the Inquisition, over the span of 500 years, caused about 6,000 deaths. Compare that to 9/11.  On a single morning, Islamic violence caused over half that amount.
Now let’s look at Islamic violence, shall we? Just to keep it brief, let’s focus on just the 21st Century; ignoring the 1400 years of Islamic conquests, invasions and slaughter, and the 270 million killed in the name of Islam in India, Africa, the Middle East and anywhere else Islam has been spread by the sword.
Ignoring that huge chunk of history, we see that Islamic violence continues at a frenetic pace even today. The Religion of Peace website (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/) documents over 17,000 terror attacks SINCE 9/11 (as of 5/18/11). Read that again; over 17,000 attacks in 10 years. That’s nearly 5 attacks a day!
Here are some examples from just the past couple of days:
A Muslim blows himself up outside state security building in Kazakhstan, a Christian man is abducted, tortured and then beheaded in Iraq, jihadists murder two Buddhist monks in Thailand, a Muslim truck driver shouting “Allahu akbar” and “death to the Jews” plows into cars, murdering one person, injuring 17 in Israel, two Muslims are arrested and accused of hatching a plot to attack a synagogue in New York, and a Miami imam is accused of supporting the  Pakistani Taliban & expressing the wish that Allah would kill 50,000 American soldiers.
Meanwhile, where is the Christian preacher hoping for the deaths of 50,000 U.S. soldiers? Where are the Hindu gunmen killing Muslims simply because they are Muslim? Where are the Buddhist suicide bombers? Where are the Jews murdering with vehicles while they yell “death to Christians”? Where is the global network of Christian extremists attempting to subjugate all non-Christians under Christian law?  Where?
If all religions are equally capable of inspiring violence and all religious texts can be easily misinterpreted, we shouldn’t have to look very far to find the daily acts of violence and mass deaths caused by Christians, justifying it all by quoting their holy books.
I mean, there are more Christians on earth than Muslims, so if moral equivalence is true, we should find more Christian than Islamic terrorist networks, more Christian than Islamic beheadings, kidnappings, murders and bombings. There should be a Christian Al Qaeda, a Christian Taliban, and a Christian Hamas, etc., etc., etc.
But, the fact is, these things do not exist.
So, in terms of ongoing relevance, numbers killed and overall scope, Christian violence is not even remotely in the same league as Muslim violence. Not even really close, let alone equal.
Why is this the case? Why does Islam inspire so much more violence than any other religion?
If you believe in moral equivalence, you have no answer for this.
Here’s the bibliography that has led me to my conclusions about Islam:
-The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades by Robert Spencer (2005)
-Islam Unveiled by Robert Spencer (2003)
-The Truth About Muhammad by Robert Spencer (2007)
-Stealth Jihad by Robert Spencer (2008)
-Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2008)
-Because They Hate by Bridget Gabriel (2008)
-My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (2008)
-Why I Am Not A Muslim by Ibn Warraq (2003)
-History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression by David Meir-Levi (2007)
-America Alone by Mark Steyn (2008)
-The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom, M.D. (2005)
-The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History by Andrew G. Bostom, M.D. (2008)
-The Al Qaeda Reader by Raymond Ibrahim (2007)
-The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World by Serge Trifkovic (2007)
-The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy by Walid Phares (2008)
-The Koran translated by N.J. Dawood (1959)
-The Hadith (both the Qu’ran and Hadith are collected in a searchable archive at: http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/ )

Other resources:
-Translations of Islamic speeches on Memri TV: http://www.memritv.org/
-Jihad Watch: http://www.jihadwatch.org/
-The Religion of Peace: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
-Center for the Study of Political Islam: http://www.politicalislam.com/
-”Understanding The Koran” at: http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/understanding-the-koran/
-”Statistics and the Meaning of Islam” at: http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/statistics-and-the-meaning-of-islam/
-”Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques” – a study by Freedom House found at: http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=383&report=45
-”To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad” by Steven Coughlin at: http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.176/pub_detail.asp

  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Problems with American courts trying to adapt to Islamic Sharia Law.

Two stories here, both from the web site Winds of Jihad. Both regard the murderous acts committed by Muslims in America who were following the commands of the Prophet Mohammad in the Qur'an to kill non-believers (Kafirs, Kuffars ). Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a self-proclaimed Soldier Of Allah, murdered 13 unarmed people and wounded 32 others in a jihad-induced rage at Fort Hood in Texas. Like other Islamic terrorists, Maj. Hasan yelled the Islam war cry, "Allahu Akbar" which means "God is great" in Arabic, as he methodically fired his weapon. The second story concerns an Islamic ritual called an Honor Killing when a Muslim father killed his daughter to protect the family honor because she refused to follow his wishes for her arranged marriage. 

Both people did what they did because that is what their so-called religion tells them to do. The daughter became an Apostate when she rejected her father's religious demands. In spite of the fact that Maj. Hasan was a U.S. Army officer, he was killing the enemies of his Islamic faith, other soldiers who were preparing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Islam says that no Muslim should be killed for killing a non-Muslim, but it seems the courts are trying to apply the Islamic Sharia Law to American justice.
No Muslim must be killed for killing a kuffar
by sheikyermami on May 21, 2011
The shyster who represents him  got the message:
Killing a Kafir who is fighting you is OK. Killing a Kafir for any reason, you can say, it is OK – even if there is no reason for it. You can poison, ambush and kill non-believers. You must have a stand with your heart, with your tongue, with your money, with your hand, with your sword, with your Kalashnikov. Don’t ask shall I do this, just do it. (Abu Hamza al-Masri, Egyptian born British Cleric)
Predictable: John Galligan, the lawyer of the Fort Hood murderer Nidal Hasan, tried to convince the commanding general of Fort Hood to take the death penalty off of the table in that case reports CNN;
Nidal Hasan’s Lawyer Pushes for No Death Penalty in the Fort Hood Terrorist’s Trial
Washington — The Army could be close to announcing a court martial for Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, after his lawyer made one last attempt Thursday to keep the death penalty out of the trial.
Hasan is charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, and wounding 32 others in a lone-gunman shooting on November 5, 2009. Read more… (Weasel Zippers)

“How will it look if Christians execute a Muslim…?”

by sheikyermami on February 21, 2010

Christian-Americans Forbidden To Execute Murderer If He Is Muslim?

No Muslim must be killed for killing a kafir, a non believer.  His daughter wanted to leave Islam, which made her a kafir, and that’s why her father murdered her. Instead of applying the law, the Arizona judiciary wraps itself in preemptive, voluntary dhimmitude:
Arizona Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death Penalty in Honor Killing/Phyllis Chesler
Remember the case in which Faleh al-Maleki, an Iraqi-American father brutally ran over his daughter, Noor, in Arizona, then attempted to escape but was apprehended in Britain and returned to face justice?
Guess what’s just happened? The Arizona prosecutors have been scared off seeking the death penalty. Public defender Billie Little raised the specter of “How will it look for Christians to execute a Muslim?”
I kid you not.
Billy Little asked the judge to “take special precautions to ensure the County Attorney’s Office wouldn’t wrongly seek the death penalty because Almaleki is a Muslim.” Little called for an “open process (to) provide some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,” referring to County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ Christian faith.
Faleh and Noor al-Maleki
Words fail me here. Are Christian lawyers, by definition, hopelessly biased against Muslims? This is a fact not in evidence. Is the public defender Christian? Why should this matter in America? What if the judge is Christian? Does Billy Little understand that Muslim judges do not usually prosecute men who honor murder their wives, sisters, or daughters?

But prithee pause. Allow me to take another approach. If Billy Little is that concerned with not shedding Muslim blood: Faleh al-Maleki is a Muslim who also killed a Muslim; he rode right over his daughter with a two-ton jeep. Is her female Muslim blood cheaper than his male Muslim blood? And, let’s not forget: Al-Maleki attempted to murder another Muslim woman who was sheltering his daughter.
Little also rattled his sword about the importance of keeping “religion” out of the proceeding…while simultaneously using the defendant’s religion to insist that his life be spared! In any event, even most Islamists insist that Islam has nothing to do with honor killings, that it is a tribal custom, one that existed long before Islam arose. (And, I must add, a custom which all-mighty Islam has been unable or unwilling to abolish).
Fine. Keep religion out of it if you must. Call it a dirty tribal custom. But let’s be honest. You just don’t see many Buddhists, Jews, or Christians killing their daughters because they refuse to remain in arranged marriages or because they want to lead independent lives. This was precisely why al-Maleki killed his daughter.
According to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Al Maleki is still being charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident.
So: Why have the prosecutors backed down? Has the same politically correct culture that has so fatally infected the American military (Fort Hood, etc.) infected the prosecutor’s office as well? Are Arizonians unconsciously guilty about living on indigenous Apache and Navajo land and see al-Maleki as a symbol of indigenous cultures?
I am not a huge fan of the death penalty; it is applied in racially biased ways and innocent people have been executed. And yet: Do the prosecutors really believe that being sentenced to life in prison (as an “honorable” man) will deter the next dishonorable honor killer in our midst, to whom his miserable, misogynist concept of “honor” is more important than life? Certainly, far more important than female life.

Have you heard about the exploding watermelons from China?

From the website www.MadeInUSAForever.com
Watermelons in China exploding in mass made headlines recently (http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/05/17/chinas-latest-food-scandal-explodin-watermelons/ ).  It makes a funny headline, although our media missed key points.  First, they caught that it was a “fertilizer”, but it was actually a highly concentrated steroid which is quite dangerous for people.  Second, what are the farmers doing with the pieces of toxic watermelons after they explode?  Feeding it to farm animals and fish, though it will damage their digestive systems AND much of it will still be there when people eat products from those animals and fish, such as eggs, milk, and meat!
Though it is unlikely we will see Chinese watermelons exploding on our grocer’s shelves (it happens too fast), it is very likely food products tainted with these powerful steroids are already here.
This is very similar to the widespread intentional use of the plastics chemical Melamine used in Chinese dairy products to make the protein content appear higher.  Think that did not hit here?  That was what was in the whey imported from China used in pet food that caused kidney failure in many thousands of American pets.
In spite of these issues and others, like the 83 million toys being recalled in 2008 (all foreign, 80% Chinese) due to lead paint, our government does nothing.  No cargo containers are opened at the border or ports to test for these and many other dangerous chemicals.  Why not?  I can only conclude that Washington is more concerned about the hundreds of billions of dollars they borrow from China to fund their spending than our health.
One more reason why Americans should avoid buying anything Made in China. They sell a lot of cheap pet food in our stores as well so you run the risk of hurting or killing the family dog or cat, as well.

  

Just exactly what is an "Islamic militant"?

  
We take certain phrases for granted in our language and often don't ask ourselves about the explanation or obvious contradictions. Take, for example, a story that appeared in the newspaper today by the Associated Press reporter Chris Brummitt that carried the headline in the Kentucky Enquirer: "Pakistanis offer tales of militants' training camps". Chris Brummitt's story was picked up and reported in several newspapers as the link to Google shows. The AP reporter writes about three training camps for Islamic militants that operate in Pakistan. I quote one sentence here about one of those camps referred to by some villagers: "When pressed they say it's a secret training complex for Islamic militants and that the Pakistan army is aware of it - even though the army denies it exists." The AP story uses the term "Islamic militants" several more times without further explanation. So what exactly is an "Islamic militant"?

Islam is supposed to be a religion and Barack Hussein Obama II has said: "We are not at war with Islam.". If we are not at war with Islam than who or what are the Islamic militants and who are they against?

The facts of the matter are that Islam is a cult operating under many guises in almost every part of the world. It is a form of government as in the Islamic Sharia Law that governs Saudi Arabia and Iran and, to lesser degree in many other Arab countries. The militant form of Islam becomes the backbone of terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. And coincidentally, Pakistan is not the only country to have "secret Islamic militant training camps", we have them also in America and some have been written about on this blog and others for years. One particular blog, Northeast Intelligence Network  has posted a story that details the names and locations of some of these Islamic militants' training camps in America in this report:
Muslim Terrorist Training Camps in North America
New report of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers confirms our 2004-05 findings

Investigative report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
Private undercover team exposes nationwide network of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers and supports our investigative findings…
Mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S. are actively teaching jihad ideology and paramilitary training in the U.S.
“I have sources – inside sources. These people at Best are armed and dangerous. They are doing paramilitary training there.”– Statement by former city council member about an Islamic Center in the city of Buffalo, NY. [Reported by Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, September, 2004]
“Our initial investigation has concluded there are between 400 to 500 radical Islamic centers in the U.S. In those places, they preach an extreme version of Islam that says America and the West is the enemy. They espouse violence, hatred and the need for terrorism.” –Reported by David Gaubatz, director of counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Society of Americans for National Existence and former senior U.S. intelligence official, June 2007

Image from covert surveillance of Islamic center in Buffalo, NY. Children playing or paramilitary exercise? 28 June 2007:
On 27 May 2005, the Northeast Intelligence Network published an investigative report titled "Islamic Jihad Training in America?" that summarized the findings of our extensive investigation and covert surveillance of mosques and Islamic centers inside the U.S. that are purportedly teaching Islamic “jihad”� in the form of ideological teachings and paramilitary style training to members of such Islamic centers. The report is available  by request (e-mailed in PDF format).
Target practice for terrorists
Target practice for terrorists
School bus used for target practice located at Islamic “educational” camp in Hancock, NY. Harmless shooting, or something more sinister?
The primary focus of “Part I” of our investigation was the Islamic center located in the city of Buffalo, New York, a location that could be used as a template for other locations inside the U.S. The Northeast Intelligence Network first disclosed our investigative findings exclusively on The Tom Bauerle Show, featured on WBEN 930-AM in late 2004, prior to the issuance of our written report. Our findings, based on photographic documentation and information obtained through interviews, research, and other investigative methods, suggest that the ideology and practical aspects of Islamic Jihad is being taught at mosques and Islamic centers inside the United States, and those in charge of the Islamic centers are not being truthful to the public about their teachings. [Click "read more" above to continue reading].

In addition to photographic and other documentation we obtained relevant to the Buffalo, NY Islamic Center, the Northeast Intelligence Network found instances where the Imam of the Buffalo, NY Islamic center, Ibriham MEMON, appeared to propagate hatred of non-believers of Islam in a speech he gave at an Islamic conference – statements that could serve to exemplify our findings in this brief audio clip.
Unsurprisingly, our findings were challenged by not only those who operate the Islamic centers, but by a broader spectrum of people who, in spite of the evidence presented, did not – and still do not believe such activities and teachings are taking place. The recent investigative findings of Mr. Gaubatz, a former counter-intelligence official, are consistent with the reports we issued in 2004-05, and serve to reinforce our findings. Perhaps now more people will awaken to the fact that hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America.
Read the rest of this story for more details. 
Some other stories about Islamic militant training camps in America have appeared on websites such as Prison Planet's report on camps in Alabama that were originally mentioned on ABC News,
Preparing for Jihad in Alabama
Islamic Militant Training Camp Allegedly Operating in Alabama

By Brian Ross

July 25  A training camp linked to Islamic militants has been operating in Alabama, and European law enforcement officials believe Muslim extremists were using it to prepare for a holy war.
British authorities also thought that militants from overseas were training in the United States to take advantage of America's gun laws, sources told ABCNEWS. The looming question for law enforcement is whether there is a connection between the camp and the al Qaeda terror network. 
An investigation by Britain's Scotland Yard led to the discovery of the camp in Marion, Ala. The facility is called "Ground Zero USA."
Bullet-riddled police cars and a school bus with mannequin targets are scattered around the property. Inside a huge shed is an equally macabre scene shot-up mannequins, male and female, in domestic settings, some with red, blood-like stains on them.
Ground Zero's operators promised state-of-the-art, world-class training in automatic weapons, urban warfare, SWAT tactics and martial arts, supposedly to fight terror attacks.
Marion Police Chief Tony Buford said he became suspicious of the use of police cars and buses as targets.
"It was rumored that the camp here was used as training site for possible people that were sent here to do bodily harm to Americans," Buford told ABC NEWS.
Web Site Provides Terror Link
The suspected terror ties of the Alabama camp were unknown until after Sept. 11, when officials in London arrested an accused al Qaeda supporter, Zain-ul-Albidin
He is charged with operation of a Web site, under the name of Sakina Security, allegedly recruiting Muslims for an Islamic jihad or holy war. He is now on trial in London.
The site, since taken down by British authorities, described what seemed to be the Alabama camp, including live-fire exercises at a state-of-the-art shooting range in the United States something that would not be legal in Britain.
"In the United States, it is not illegal for anyone to receive military training, high-grade military training," said Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda.
The actual owners of camp, who are also British, say it was used primarily to train law enforcement personnel. Officials consider them unwitting accomplices. The camp owners declined to talk to ABCNEWS.
Scale of Secret Camps Unknown
It is not known how many holy war recruits came through the camp or when. But the FBI is now investigating a number of suspected training camps around the country.
"We know of a number of cases where Islamic terrorists came and training in this country in the early 1990s. It is likely that this scale of training is still continuing," Gunaratna said.
The most radical and belligerent of London's Islamic clerics, Abu Hamza, told ABCNEWS in a phone call that America's laws make such paramilitary training easy, "like a picnic."
British intelligence officials told ABCNEWS they are closely examining alleged ties between Hamza, who is said to have recruited alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui, and Zain-ul-Albidin.
Steve Emerson, who runs the Investigative Project on Terrorism, provided the information that was used to compile this map of many of these Islamic militant training camps located throughout America. As the date on the map says, this is almost 7 years old. His web site contains an up-to-date encyclopedia of data on the subject.
The web site Political Vel Craft reposted the map above along with the following commentary:
At least seven such communities are active today, in Hancock, N.Y.; Red House, Va.; Tulare County, Calif.; Commerce, Ga.; York, S.C.; Dover, Tenn.; and Combermere, Canada. While some of these enclaves contain only rudimentary buildings and trailers, the California compound has 300 residents on a 440-acre spread, according to a recent report by a local ABC station. Residents deny any involvement with terror, but Fuqra has a history of getting into trouble with the law.
While the Muslim who occupies the White House bows to the King of Saudi Arabia and demands that our sole ally in the Middle East, Israel, shrink its borders, and tells the world that the Islamic call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” and that "We are not at war with Islam", Islam continues to be at war with us. 

Well, I was just curious about what an Islamic militant was, and a little checking on Google told me everything I wanted to know. They're here, they're real, they hate us and they want to take over our country and turn it into another Islamic Sharia nation. It seems like there is one more location that needs to be added to the list of Islamic militants in America, that is, at least until next year,  the White House in Washington, D.C.

 
  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell join Democrats conspiracy to extend the Patriot Act and trash the Constitution.

Campaign for Liberty

Dear Patriot,

On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell collaborated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a backroom pact to extend the so-called "Patriot" Act - with as little debate as possible - for 4 years before some of the most liberty-savaging components expire on Friday, May 27.

The surveillance state's ability to snoop through your business records, pry into your library book checkouts, monitor so-called "lone wolfs," and spy on your personal communications through roving wiretaps will be extended until 2015, which "coincidentally" is not an election year.

So much for all that lofty rhetoric last fall about adhering to the Constitution.

By taking a chainsaw to the Fourth Amendment, they have pledged their allegiance to the Surveillance State.

Even more galling, a cloture vote is scheduled for 5PM Monday, because they believed Senator Rand Paul would be out of town, and they would have a free hand to slip extending the government's domestic spying capabilities through without anyone noticing.

And that has always been the plan from the get-go.

Going back to the original passage of the Patriot Act in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, leaders in both parties have always schemed to squash debate and muffle dissent.

You and I cannot permit that to happen this time.

Click here to contact your representative and senators by phone and email to give them an earful and jam up their inboxes about how they must not sacrifice our liberty for the illusion of security.

After you contact your representative and senators, please also call or email Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Inform them that you elected a Republican majority to protect the Constitution, and not to use it as a doormat so the jackboots at the national security state can wipe their feet all over it.

The speed with which the vote to extend the so-called "Patriot" Act was scheduled is a sign that the statists are worried that the longer this skunk sits out in the open, the more people are going to realize it stinks to high heaven.

They want this over and done with before fence sitters in both houses can be bombarded by phone calls and emails from liberty-minded Americans demanding they respect the Constitution and rollback the so-called "PATRIOT" Act.

So please, contact your representative and senators to show them that the American people are not willing to bargain away their essential liberty for the "comfort" of imagined security.

In Liberty,


John Tate
President

P.S.  Unlike the National Security State, C4L does not have the resources of the federal government at our disposal to conduct our vital programs.  Click here to chip in $10 to help C4L fight to restore respect for the Constitution and our essential liberties.

Nashville newspaper The Tennessean makes excuses for Muslim's call for death to homosexuals.

 
This came in an email today from ACT! for America. For the past several months a major confrontation has been brewing in Nashville, Tennessee over a large mosque being planned there. The major newspaper, The Tennessean, has covered the mosque controversy with some typical one-sided reporting. A perfect example was the way the newspaper made excuses for a Muslim Chaplain who admitted that Islamic Sharia law calls for the death sentence for all homosexuals.
May 20, 2011

***Action Alert***
The Tennessean Newspaper
Is “Feeling the Heat”
By Kelly Cook, National Field Director

Dear Nelson,

Apparently, the thousands of calls our members from across America have made this week (regarding the recent release of the documentary video produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance) to the Tennessean Newspaper have struck a raw nerve.

Click Here for the paper’s editorial released yesterday in an effort that can only be described as a bizarre attempt to “double down” in order to assert they are right regardless of the facts involved.

For example, in the paper’s editorial they make the following statement regarding Awadh Binhazim, (Vanderbilt University’s Adjunct Muslim Chaplain), “For Binhazim to explain to his listeners that many Muslims worldwide are draw (sic) to Shariah law is not to say he endorses Shariah law.”

It’s clear they’re giving Binhazim a major pass here. Such a statement insults the intelligence of not only Tennesseans, but all Americans who are learning more and more about the dangers of Sharia Law and many who follow it.

Now compare the Tennessean’s position to Binhazim’s actual dialog with a questioner at Vanderbilt University as captured in the documentary video:

Question: “Under Islamic Law, is it punishable by death if you’re a homosexual?”

Binhazim: “Yes. It is punishable by death.”

Question: “As a practicing Muslim, do you accept or reject this particular teaching of Islam?”

Binhazim: “Well, the question of accepting and rejecting teachings of Islam really I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings. I go with what Islam teaches.”

Only in America! Any other group openly espousing the death of homosexuals would be summarily run out on a rail at Vanderbilt University! And yet Binhazim is still there spreading his hatred while Vanderbilt and the Tennessean faithfully stand by his side. This is clearly not acceptable.

We have a very simple request for the local paper in Nashville: Post the link to the documentary video!!

Or do they fear that by doing so, the public will be able to cut through the Tennessean’s rhetoric and make up their own minds? So far, the answer has been yes.

Click Here to view this fully documented video for yourself.

Why would the Tennessean go to such great lengths to demonize the facts in this documentary video?

Could it be that it simply doesn’t “fit their narrative”?

***ACTION ITEM***

The Tennessean seems to be on the verge of desperation. The level of vitriol and misinformation in their editorial yesterday reached significant heights even by the Tennessean’s standards. They have been exposed spreading falsehoods and instead of coming clean, they are doubling down.

ACT! for America intends to hold the Tennessean newspaper accountable. Will you help us?

Please call and email the Publisher’s office of the Tennessean:

Carol Hudler, Publisher

Email:     chudler@tennessean.com

Phone:    615-259-8303

Politely ask her to simply post the link for the documentary video in question and let the public decide for themselves where the truth lies.

Tell her the public really can handle the truth, if they see all of the evidence!

Let the Tennessean know you intend to carefully watch their actions on this important debate. Your call and email will make a difference. Newspapers rarely get this kind of scrutiny, so their reactions can sometimes be beyond interesting. Please be respectful.