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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 1, 2010.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Indonesia to ban Ahmadiyya

By Arghea Desafti Hapsari for the Jakarta Post:

Human rights activists have described Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali's proposal to disband the Ahmadiyah congregation as a "setback" and a national "humiliation".

Rafendi Djamin, Indonesia's representative to ASEAN's Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that Suryadharma's statement was a setback and was counter to the country's commitment to religious freedom.

The minister will inflame hard-line groups to commit even more violence with such a statement, he added.

Suryadharma said on Monday that Ahmadiyah "must be disbanded immediately" because it violated a 2008 joint ministerial decree that stated that Ahmadiyah can not propagate its teachings.

The process of dissolving the group will be gradual, Suryadharma said Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

"We will not abruptly disband it. The process will begin with the enforcement of the joint ministerial decree," he said.

I don't think the good minister understands the basis for criticism of the ban.  The concern is not the rate at which the Ahmadiyya will be disbanded.  The concern is that the Ahmadiyya will be disbanded at all, and forbidden by law from practicing their religion (which is also Islam, but a heretical enough version for the Sunni majority to consider them un-Islamic).  It doesn't even occur to him that Muslims banning the practice of other religions is anything out of the ordinary.

Neither Suryadharma nor the ministry provided evidence supporting the minister's allegations.
Rafendi said the planned ban of Ahmadiyah was inimical to the country's efforts to uphold the principles of human rights and democracy.

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono previously told an audience at Harvard University in the US that Indonesia "has shown that Islam, modernity and democracy - plus economic growth and national unity - can be a powerful partnership."

Yudhoyono also said that the country wanted to ensure that tolerance and respect for religious freedom became part of its "trans-generational DNA" and that Indonesia was a powerful example of how Islam, democracy and modernity can go "hand in hand".

Of course, the hands of democracy and modernity have been severed before being held aloft in triumph by the hand of Islam, "hand in hand."

Jamaah Ahmadiyah, which has 200,000 followers in Indonesia, has also been the target of attacks from hard-line Islamic groups, most recently in Manis Lor, Kuningan regency when three were injured.

Hard-line Muslim organizations have demanded that the group be banned.

Home Affairs Ministry spokesman Saut Situmorang told the Post that a mass organization could be banned if it was proven to have disturbed the public order or posed a threat to national unity.

A sufficiently vague standard that could be applied by Muslims to whatever religious groups they want.

Saut said if the Religious Affairs Ministry decided to ban Ahmadiyah group, the Home Affairs Ministry would have to apply the 1985 Law on Mass Organizations, which provides a mechanism to disband groups.

Nurkholis Hidayat, the chairman of the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation, asked if the Ahmadiyah needed to be banned under the law. "I think the FPI (Islam Defenders Front) meets more of the requirements," he said.  [Cheeky devil,and a brave one at that] 

Rafendi said banning Ahmadiyah would justify more violence. "What (Suryadharma) said concerns an inalienable right (of the Ahmadiyah members) to hold religious beliefs that cannot be denied in any kind of situation," he added.

Posted on 09/01/2010 1:38 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
A Belated Your Black Muslim Bakery Update

An update to this story about everyone's favorite baker-murderers.  First, Sgt. Derwin Longmire's discrimination lawsuit against the city of Oakland has been dismissed.  By Josh Richman for the Chauncey Bailey Project:

A federal judge has dismissed most of a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the former Oakland homicide detective who led the highly criticized investigation of journalist Chauncey Bailey's 2007 slaying.

Sgt. Derwin Longmire had claimed in his April lawsuit that the Oakland Police Department, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan and Internal Affairs Division Lt. Sean Whent violated his constitutional rights and ruined his reputation by investigating his conduct and allowing information leaks while forbidding him from clearing his own name.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White this week ruled Longmire's case is full of holes and can't be sustained by the facts presented in the complaint. He dismissed all but one of Longmire's claims, allowing Longmire the right to amend and refile his case on the others.

And more interestingly, Yusuf Bey IV's lawyer has been dismissed for smuggling a "hit-list" out of prison.  By Thomas Peele for the Chauncey Bailey Report:

OAKLAND - Yusuf Bey IV's longtime lawyer smuggled a hit list out of jail in March that named witnesses her client wanted killed to prevent their testimony in his upcoming trial on charges of ordering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others killed in 2007, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

The attorney, Lorna Patton Brown "smuggled written communication and materials out of Santa Rita Jail (in Dublin) without the authorization of the sheriff's department and delivered the unlawful communication to others" on six occasions, an affidavit in the filing states. It also states she has smuggled unidentified materials into the jail for Bey IV.

Brown also received "documents from others and passed(ed) them on to Bey IV" in jail, the affidavit states. She resigned as his lawyer on April 16. Brown had represented Bey IV and his late father, Your Black Muslim Bakery founder Yusuf Bey, in several felony cases.

On one of the documents she smuggled out of the jail "witnesses' names had been highlighted" so that (a hit man) would know who "he would have to kill so they would not be available to testify at Bey IV's pending murder trial," states the affidavit written by Inspector Kathleen Boyovich of the Alameda County district attorney's office.

The affidavit does not say whether Brown knew why the names were highlighted. Her attorney, Spencer Strellis, declined to comment Tuesday and Brown did not return a message. She has not been charged with a crime. The penal code section cited in the affidavit is a misdemeanor.

The affidavit also states that Bey IV routinely tries to circumvent recording devices during jail visits by "whispering and lip syncing." In those communications he had tried to intimidate witnesses and asked them to lie and destroy evidence, Boyovich wrote.

Milli Vanilli and Jessica Simpson lip synced.  Yusuf Bey IV mouthed words.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at this point that after allegedly attempting to assist in the murder of witnesses, the lawyer simply resigned and walked away.  No criminal charges filed, no reprimand from the Bar Association.  Maybe she can follow Sgt. Longmire's lead and file a discrimination lawsuit against the city.  Ka-ching.

Posted on 09/01/2010 2:15 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Algerian web pirates 2,000 miles astray in siege of Belvoir Castle

This is very funny, with an underlying seriousness. From The Telegraph

One of Britain's best-known castles fell victim to a band of hapless Middle-Eastern "cyber-pirates" last week after they mistook it for a Crusader fortress of the same name more than 2,000 miles away. Belvoir Castle, the family seat of the 11th Duke of Rutland, was mistakenly targeted by a subversive group of Algerian hackers who confused its website with that of Belvoir Fortress in Israel.

The hackers hijacked the castle's homepage and replaced images of the stately home nestled in rolling Leicestershire countryside with a black page displaying the Algerian flag and a tirade against the Jewish state in Arabic.

Belvoir Fortress became a stronghold of the Christian military order of the Knights Hospitaller in 1168, when it was erected to fend off Muslim forces attacking the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the east. It returned to Muslim control in the 13th Century, but was abandoned after a bloody assault by Israeli forces on the surrounding village of Kawkab al-Hawa in 1948.

By contrast, Belvoir Castle was a Royalist stronghold in the English Civil War and now holds an annual teddy bears' picnic in its 15,000-acre gardens.

An Algerian subversive group called the Dz-SeC claimed responsibility for the cyber attack, which occurred on Friday afternoon, writing in Arabic on the castle's website: "The cause of this hack is Israel's presence." The message added: "Internet law does not protect the ignorant. Thank you to all the pirates of Algeria."

A spokeswoman for the castle said: "We've nothing to do with the Middle-East. I just help to organise the teddy bears' picnic." 

But Madam Infidel, are any of those bears named Mohammed? Because if they are . . .

Posted on 09/01/2010 4:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
'Islamization' of Paris a Warning to the West

From Christian Broadcasting Network

PARIS - Friday in Paris. A hidden camera shows streets blocked by huge crowds of Muslim worshippers and enforced by a private security force. This is all illegal in France: the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security. But the police have been ordered not to intervene. It shows that even though some in the French government want to get tough with Muslims and ban the burqa, other parts of the French government continue to give Islam a privileged status.

An ordinary French citizen who has been watching the Islamization of Paris decided that the world needed to see what was happening to his city. He used a hidden camera to start posting videos on YouTube. His life has been threatened and so he uses the alias of "Maxime Lepante. " His camera shows that Muslims "are blocking the streets with barriers. They are praying on the ground. And the inhabitants of this district cannot leave their homes, nor go into their homes during those prayers."

"The Muslims taking over those streets do not have any authorization. They do not go to the police headquarters, so it's completely illegal," he says. The Muslims in the street have been granted unofficial rights that no Christian group is likely to get under France's Laicite', or secularism law. Some say Muslims must pray in the street because they need a larger mosque. But Lepante has observed cars coming from other parts of Paris, and he believes it is a weekly display of growing Muslim power. "They are coming there to show that they can take over some French streets to show that they can conquer a part of the French territory," he said.

Muslims are said to be no more than 10 percent of the French population, although no one knows for sure because French law prohibits population counts by religion. But the Muslim birthrate is significantly higher than for the native French. Some Muslim men practice polygamy, with each extra wife having children and collecting a welfare check.

"The problem of Islam is more than a problem of numbers," said French philosopher Radu Stoenescu, an Islamic expert who debates Muslim leaders on French TV. "The problem is one of principles. It's an open question. Is Islam an ideology or just a creed? It doesn't matter how many there are," he aded. "The problem is the people who follow Islam; they're somehow in a political party, which has a political agenda, which means basically implementing Sharia and building an Islamic state."

But even if many government elites are in France are in denial over Islam, the people in the streets increasingly are not. Some have become fed up with what they see as the growing Islamization of France. They've started staging pork and wine "aperitifs," or cocktail parties in the street. They're patriotic demonstrations meant to strike back against Islam.  Another national demonstration is planned for Saturday, Sept. 4. 

The same day that MfE and others will be countering the Hamas/Hezbolla Iranian funded Al Quds day parade in London. Wish us all luck, dear readers.

Posted on 09/01/2010 5:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Penny For Our Thoughts?

by Mary Jackson (September 2010)

Economy grew "more than thought", reads a headline at the BBC. Coffers are filling while heads remain empty. But not at this website. Why is that?  more>>>

Posted on 09/01/2010 6:56 AM by NER
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Musical Interlude: We're Not the Jet Set

We certainly aren't. Thanks to Del in the comments to my begging letter:

Posted on 09/01/2010 8:10 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Mrs. Jellyby Addresses The Students

From Harvard's description of Harvard's convocation ceremony for incoming freshmen: 

Harvard's leaders welcomed the Class of 2014 Tuesday (Aug. 31), in a convocation ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance. They urged the new students to use their College years as a time to experiment, learn, and discover.

The event, which took the place of standard opening exercises, was designed to give students a sense of Harvard's history and the uniqueness of their College experience. According to organizers, the convocation was also an opportunity to help students get to know their classmates.

"We want freshmen to learn about the institution," said Katie Steele, director for freshman programming. "But we also want them to feel inspired and to form connections with one another. The next time they'll all be together will be Commencement."

The students participated enthusiastically in traditions old and new, undeterred by a blast of late summer heat. Alumni marshals greeted the freshmen in the Old Yard and gave them class pins emblazoned with Harvard's veritas shield, a traditional practice. In a more recently established ritual, Crimson Key Society members lined the main paths to Tercentenary Theatre and cheered as the students entered, and the bells of the Memorial Church heralded their arrival.

The freshmen took their seats and were treated to a program of music. The Harvard University Band performed an original fanfare composed by Jennifer Houpy '12. The Holden Choirs - the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum - followed a solemn invocation by the Rev. Peter J. Gomes with a soaring rendition of "Amazing Grace." The Kuumba Singers performed the African-American spiritual "Ride On."

The students received words of advice and perspective from Harvard's leaders, who attended the ceremony in full academic regalia.

Evelynn Hammonds, dean of the College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, delivered introductory remarks, praising the diversity of a class that "hails from 78 countries," and encouraging students to use their time at Harvard to embrace new knowledge and friends. Hammonds told the freshmen not to be intimidated by the "many smart people here at Harvard," and to reach out for help when they encounter roadblocks.

"Trust me when I tell you that there are many people here in the College who want to help you face whatever challenge you confront," she said, "from learning how to master the dynamics of the classroom and new and unfamiliar ideas, to figuring out which of our nearly 450 student organizations you might want to join - or even help in figuring out how to manage your day to make sure you can do all the things you want to do during your short time here."

President Drew Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History, encouraged students to explore a world of ideas, "whether you find yourself teaching 'The Great Gatsby' to students in Shanghai; evaluating micro loans at a bank in Rwanda; leading dance workshops for Cambridge public school students; studying the plasticity of the hippocampus in our new partnership lab in Bangalore; or breeding small reef fish in a New Zealand ecology lab."

Faust also urged students to leave their "comfort zones," and take risks. The purpose of a Harvard education, she said, is to make students familiar with the process of exploration and the mistakes and missteps that accompany it.

"Find that part of you that will take a chance on an idea or an ideal," she said, "the part of you that is willing to fail ... Our job is to help make this willingness for risk and invention become second nature to you, so that your idea of success includes some failure, so that you allow yourselves to become uncomfortable as you try new things."

Students also heard from Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman, and Amelia Muller '11, who gave a view from the other end of the College experience.

After the ceremony, students proceeded to the steps of Widener Library for a class photo. Freshman Taylor Foster praised the College's second annual convocation. "I really liked it," she said. "It made me feel part of the Class of 2014."

Classmate Tyler Lewis said she appreciated the words of advice from the University's leader, and promised to take them to heart. "The part about taking risks was good advice," she said. "I plan to take it during the next four years."

Posted on 09/01/2010 10:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Geert Wilders on Australian TV

The Australian news did a pretty fair news report allowing Wilders to be Wilders. Watch here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 12:09 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Suburban Surrey - flyers call for murder of Ahmadiyya

I don't know why this story is not in the on-line edition of the Surrey Comet. The source is a scan of the front page of last week's edition via a link on the Focus on Islamism blog in Standpoint Magazine. HT the edlforum. Now this isn't a run down quarter of an industrial town or a city slum, home to the latest generation of the poor and oppressed. This is Kingston. leafy prosperous Kingston, in Surrey, the so called 'stockbroker belt'.

Islamic extremeists are promoting the murder of evangelical Muslims in Kingston Town centre. A police investigation was launched last month after police saw leaflets being handed out calling on Muslims to murder Qadyanis, a derogatory term for Ahmadiyya Muslims, who are an evangelical sect of Islam.

It is believed the literature is linked to a terrorist attack in May, in which 92 worshippers were murdered by Taliban militants in Pakistan, where the government oficially regards Ahmadiyya Islam as blasphemy. Having made no arrests in connection with the incident Kingston police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the people handing out inflammatory literature outside the Jane Norman store in Clarence Street.

A teenage Ahmadiyya girl, who did not want to be named, said she was "shaken and scared" after being handed a leaflet written in Urdu saying: "kill a Qadiyani and doors to heaven will be open to you." She said " I was coming back from shopping when a guy handed me the leaflet. While I read it he asked me to come back. I told him I was an Ahmadi girl and he demanded I return his leaflet but I refused. He was about 22 or 23 years old and had a long beard".

Hugh wrote here about the Ahmadiyya and the comment at Standpoint is valid.

Attacks, be they physical or verbal, on the Ahmadiyya should not be seen in isolation: the often murderous hatred of this community is part of the extremist ideology espoused by numerous Islamist organisations, including al-Qaeda.  In other words, those who want to kill the Ahmadiyya are not a long way from wanting to kill everyone else who doesn't agree with them.

Posted on 09/01/2010 12:11 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
We Have a Winner!

The winner of our crossword for August is James Daley of Essex. He will receive an autographed copy of Raphael Israeli's Muslim Antisemitism in Christian Europe.

Honorable mention again goes to George McCallum.

Good work and keep playing everybody!

Posted on 09/01/2010 1:03 PM by NER
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Muslims Plot Jihad While On Welfare All Over The West: The Case of Australia

Watch and listen here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 2:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Muslims In Sweden

Watch, and listen, here.

Now, on the right, watch the various videos of Muslims in Sweden. Or Australia. Or France. Or Denmark. Or Great Britain. Or Spain. Or Italy. Or Germany. Or Belgium. Or The Netherlands. Or Norway. Or wherever you wish.

Ask yourself why the story is the same everywhere, no matter what the Western nation.

Then ask yourself why that story applies always and everywhere to Muslim immigrants when they have reached above 2-3% of the population and have been largely unopposed, and why there is no non-Muslim immigrant group that behaves in anything like a similar fashion.

Answer those two questions.

 Be as bemused, tolerant, understanding as you like. Try to be au-dessus de la melee, as olympian in your pseudo-detachment as all get out.

But in the end, be reasonable. Be sensible. Look at the evidence that mounts and mounts, everywhere.

Now go read the Qur'an, Hadith, Sira. You can find them on-line.

Take seriously the fact that a billion people take them seriously, and to heart.

Do not be swayed by your conceivable dislike of some of the company -- "right-wing" Republicans, for example -- you might find yourself keeping. Think only of the matter at hand.

Now think. Now formulate your thoughts.

Posted on 09/01/2010 2:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
A Musical Interlude: You're Driving Me Crazy (Ben Selvin Orch., voc. Jack MIller)

Listen here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 3:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Well Bowled

"I presume you are an enthusiast for cricket...."  -- from an email

I've been taken to see the great original of Lord's Cricket Ground as part of a tour for tourists. I remember it being at Dorset Square, just off Baker Street, which we foreigners, as a group pleasingly polite rather than awkwardly gawking, were also shown, for other, obvious reasons. I have consulted Wisden on lexical matters. And one of my reveries has me dressed in white flannels exclaiming, "Well bowled, Anthony Ashley Cooper" to a fellow team-member, and then, after the inevitable victory champagne, floating downriver  in a sailboat or rowboat-- the sweet Thames running me softly all the way to Scudamore's in Cambridge, where I transfer from the sailed boat or rowed boat to a rented punt, and then, though I have never done it in my life,  I punt, with a nonchalant air, down to Grantchester, a suitable boy with a suitable girl,  to see if there is honey still for tea at the Old Vicarage, or - variant reverie but same river and same girl -- I end up not at the Old Vicarage which, I have just remembered, does not have a tearoom but rather at a spot close by, as I find myself sitting amidst ancient and windswept apple trees at The Orchard, passionately botanizing with, for, about that companion with whom, on the punt - here mind your p's and Chaucerian miller's-tale q's please--  I had passed those weeping willows on the banks, herself - that companion -- a willowy English unofficial rose who or whom, I forget which, with luck, someone - not me, I'm hopeless in such matters and they don't appear even in my most hopeful reveries-- will someday pluck, and that will be that.


That's my connection to, that's my interest in, cricket.

Posted on 09/01/2010 4:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
A Musical Interlude: I'm Just A Vagabond Lover (Rudy Vallee)-

Listen here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Franck Salameh's "Language, Memory, and Identity In The Middle East: The Case For Lebanon"

Watch, and listen here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Laurie And Fry: The Subject Is Language

Watch here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:15 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
What Did Thilo Sarrazin Really Say?

From "The Winds of Change":

So what is Sarazzin all about?

by sheikyermami on September 1, 2010

Thilo Sarrazin's rhetoric may be divisive and (perceived as) racist but he has made some important points about the lack of integration of many Muslim immigrants, German media commentators say. Many in Germany agree with him and believe it's high time the government started tackling the issue, they add.

If you're not familiar with what's happening here,  GoV has a bit of background on Sarazzin:

Thilo Sarrazin is a member of the board of the Bundesbank in Germany. For several years his outspoken opinions about immigrants have caused controversy - he has declared that Turks and Arabs are making Germany "dumber" because they have lower IQs and are more fecund than native Germans.

The hot water he found himself in as a result of all this has neared the boiling point in the last couple of weeks with the publication of his new book, Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen ("Abolishing Germany - How we're putting our country in jeopardy"). An interview with a cultural magazine prior to the book's release brought the scalding water down on his head from both ends of the political spectrum.

Sarazzin is not a "populist". The leftist media tarts will  have to resort to "racist, Nazi, Islamophobe" smears, but they will be running out of venom eventually......

Mr. Sarrazin is a member of the SPD (Social Democrats), and his party immediately disavowed him:

The Social Democrats' leader Sigmar Gabriel has signalled that Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin should leave the centre-left party following his latest inflammatory and anti-immigrant statements.

Crossing the Red Line /

Gates of Vienna/Read further...

Renegade Central Banker 'Tells Devastating Story' of Integration

Der Spiegel

On immigration in Germany:

"I don't want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or that Turkish or Arabic will be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient."

On birthrates in Germany:

"The Turks are taking over Germany exactly as the Kosovars took over Kosovo: via a higher birth rate. I wouldn't mind if it were Jews from Eastern Europe with a 15 percent higher IQ than the German population."

On immigrants:

"A large number of Arabs and Turks in (Berlin) ... have no productive function other than in the fruit and vegetable trade."

"I don't have to respect anybody who lives off welfare but rejects the state, doesn't do enough for his children's education and constantly produces little girls in headscarves."

"The lower the class, the higher the birth rates."

On the alleged danger to Germany of a decline in education caused by immigration from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa:

"We are, on average, becoming dumber in a natural way."

"No one needs an Opel. The car enthusiasts among you will surely confirm that."  (On German government efforts to save the carmaker from bankruptcy)

The leftist media  spins like Iranian centrifuges:

So what did he say?

This is what he said:

"All Jews share a particular gene, Basques share a certain gene that sets them apart," Mr Sarrazin told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

"Forty per cent of all births occur in the underclasses. Our educated population is becoming stupider from generation to generation. What's more, they cultivate an aggressive and atavistic mentality. It's a scandal that Turkish boys won't listen to female teachers because that is what their culture tells them", he said.

"I'd rather have East European Jews with an IQ that is 15pc higher than the German population," he said.

From Today's Haaretz:

Doesn't stop these two fruitcakes to seek their 20 seconds in the limelight:

Stephan Kramer and Michel Friedman, leaders in Germany's Jewish community, also criticized Sarrazin, 65, a member of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and former finance minister in the city-state of Berlin.

"Someone who tries to define Jews by a genetic make-up is consumed by a racist mania," Kramer said.

"Enough already!" Friedman wrote in Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "No more tolerance for this intolerance. It's okay to provoke thought but enough of this baiting and defamation. We don't need any hate preachers, especially in the Bundesbank."

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Nonsense On Stilts From Bernard Lewis

From The Wall Street Journal's symposium on "Moderate Islam":

A History of Tolerance

By Bernard Lewis

A form of moderation has been a central part of Islam from the very beginning. True, Muslims are nowhere commanded to love their neighbors, as in the Old Testament, still less their enemies, as in the New Testament. But they are commanded to accept diversity, and this commandment was usually obeyed. The Prophet Muhammad's statement that "difference within my community is part of God's mercy" expressed one of Islam's central ideas, and it is enshrined both in law and usage from the earliest times.

This principle created a level of tolerance among Muslims and coexistence between Muslims and others that was unknown in Christendom until after the triumph of secularism. Diversity was legitimate and accepted. Different juristic schools coexisted, often with significant divergences.

Sectarian differences arose, and sometimes led to conflicts, but these were minor compared with the ferocious wars and persecutions of Christendom. Some events that were commonplace in medieval Europe- like the massacre and expulsion of Jews-were almost unknown in the Muslim world. That is, until modern times.

Occasionally more radical, more violent versions of Islam arose, but their impact was mostly limited. They did not become really important until the modern period when, thanks to a combination of circumstances, such versions of Islamic teachings obtained a massive following among both governments and peoples.

From the start, Muslims have always had a strong sense of their identity and history. Thanks to modern communication, they have become painfully aware of their present state. Some speak of defeat, some of failure. It is the latter who offer the best hope for change.

For the moment, there does not seem to be much prospect of a moderate Islam in the Muslim world. This is partly because in the prevailing atmosphere the expression of moderate ideas can be dangerous-even life-threatening. Radical groups like al Qaeda and the Taliban, the likes of which in earlier times were at most minor and marginal, have acquired a powerful and even a dominant position.

But for Muslims who seek it, the roots are there, both in the theory and practice of their faith and in their early sacred history.

Mr. Lewis, professor emeritus at Princeton, is the author of "From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East" (Oxford University Press, 2004).

It is too bad that K. S. Lal, Georges Vajda, the opinion-changing-late-in-life S. D. Goitein, Eliyahu Ashtor, St. Clair Tisdall, Joseph Schacht, C. Snouck Hurgronje, and dozens of other far greater scholars than Lewis, who of late has not worn well,  are not around to take issue.

In particular, think of Islam in India, and the Hindu, Buddhist, and other vicitms of Islamic "tolerance" running into the tens of millions.

Think of the Jews and Christians who once peopled the Middle East and North Africa, or of the Zoroastrians of Persia, and ask where they all are? Ubi sunt, given the fact of Islamic "tolerance" as limned by Lewis? 

When I wrote here previously on Lewis, some of the commenters who posted upbraided me for the harshness, as they saw it, of my tone.

I wasn't harsh enough. I didn't keep after him. There was much more I could have said then, or could have said in articles subseuqently, but I kept hoping that Bernard Lewis would not be as Ibn Warraq warned he was.

I see that I was wrong. Once again, I was too trustiong and too forgiving. It happens to me a lot.

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Bernard Lewis: All That Glitters Is Not Gold (A Re-Posting)

Bernard Lewis: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by Hugh Fitzgerald (April 2007)

Two weeks ago the American Enterprise Institute, with all kinds of its associated panjandrums -- members, friends, supporters, admirers -- present, gave the "Irving Kristol Prize" to Bernard Lewis.

In the audience was Vice President Cheney, who is reputed to be, if not an acolyte of Lewis, at least someone who thinks of him as the last word on Islam and how to deal with Islam. He apparently reveres Lewis' acuity, and accepts that "greatest-living-scholar-of-Islam" stuff (of a piece with the development-office exaggeration of "world-class" universities). more>>>

Posted on 09/01/2010 9:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Jeeves And Wooster: Oh By Jingo

Watch, and listen here.

Posted on 09/01/2010 4:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
In What Conceivable Sense Can Muslims Be "Just as American"?
From Reuters:

Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK | Wed Sep 1, 2010 

Leaders of some 55 New York mosques and Islamic organizations gathered on the City Hall steps in the face of growing opposition to the proposed $100 million Islamic center that would stand two blocks from the site where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001.

A Quinnipiac University poll on Tuesday showed 71 percent of New Yorkers said it should be built further from the site known as "Ground Zero," where 2,752 died.

Republican politicians hoping to wrest control of Congress from President Barack Obama's Democrats in the November 2 election have latched onto other polls showing a majority of Americans oppose building a mosque near what they consider sacred land.

With Democratic defenders of the mosque taking a more cautious tone in the face of those same polls, New York Muslims staged Wednesday's rally to defend themselves. Some Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have joined in opposing locating the center near Ground Zero.

"We are not strangers to this country and this country is not a stranger to us. Rather we have a long history and heritage of Muslims in this land," said Zaheer Uddin, executive director of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York.

One of the imams said 300 Muslims died in the attacks, and there were Muslims among the police and fire department first responders and the chaplains who aided survivors following the attacks by al Qaeda suicide hijackers nine years ago.

"We do not believe that we are good enough to die, that we are good enough to minister to others, that we are good enough to respond to tragedy, but we are not good enough to build a place where we can pray right where we worked and died," said Talib Abdur Rashid, another imam with the council.

Other speakers expressed sympathy for the families of those who died on September 11 but questioned whether proximity to "Ground Zero" was the issue considering opposition to Islamic centers or mosques elsewhere in New York City and in California, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky.

"This kind of verbal assault on Islam and Muslims is unprecedented in our history in this country," said Al-Amin Abdul Latif.

"This nation was founded on the values of religious freedom and tolerance and fairness and justice and pluralism. We're going backwards."

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Muslims declared themselves just as American as opponents of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center on Wednesday in a bid to seize control of a debate they appear to be losing.

Posted on 09/01/2010 4:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Sunnis and Shi'a haven't taken Condoleeza's advice, gotten over it

By Babar Dogar for for AP:

LAHORE, Pakistan - Three bombs ripped through a Shiite Muslim religious procession in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing 25 people and wounding about 150 others, officials said.

The explosions appeared to be the latest in a string of attacks by Sunni extremists against the minority Shiites they consider infidels. Allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban, the bombers are also seeking to destabilize Pakistan's U.S.-backed government.

The blasts were the first major attacks since Pakistan was hit by devastating floods more than a month ago. Lahore, the country's political capital and home to much of its military elite, has been regularly targeted by militants over the past two years.

The bombs exploded at three separate sites Wednesday evening as 35,000 Shiites marched through the streets of Lahore in their traditional mourning procession for the caliph Ali, one of Shiite Islam's most respected holy men.

[...]

After the blasts, the marchers erupted in fury, setting fire to a police station, another police facility, two police cars and three motorcycles, said Zulfiqar Hameed, a senior police officer. Police lobbed tear gas canisters at the crowd and fired shots in the air to disperse the assailants, he said.

The first blast was a time bomb that exploded in the street near a well-known Shiite building, Hameed said. Footage of that explosion shown on Geo television showed a small blast erupting amid a crowd of people on the street followed by a large plume of smoke. Hundreds of people fled from the blast, while others rushed to the area to carry the wounded to safety.

Minutes later, with the streets in chaos, a male suicide bomber who appeared about 18 years old tried to force his way into an area where food was being prepared for the marchers to break the traditional Ramadan fast and exploded, Hameed said. Soon after, another suicide bomber detonated himself at an intersection near the end of the procession.

Does anyone seriously believe that if the U.S. pulled all troops out of every Islamic nation, and if every Jew left Israel tomorrow, then there would then finally be peace in Dar al-Islam?

Posted on 09/01/2010 5:42 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
The Media Loses Readers and Viewers to its Own Radicalism

Daniel Greenfield writes in the Canadian Free Press:

Whether it's Newsweek being sold to the husband of a Democratic congresswoman for a dollar, or ABC deciding to turn This Week into a BBC program by turning over to Christiane Amanpour, last week the dying media itself provided us with two examples of why it's dying.

By choosing radicalism over readers, the media continues narrowing its own readership and viewership, pursuing ideological purity, not only over integrity, but even over its own profits and future viability.

Take ABC's news division, which has always been notorious for its political radicalism and distaste for the average American viewer.

Whether it was Peter Jennings comparing American voters to "a nation two-year olds" throwing a tantrum for voting in a Republican congress in 1994 (expect this metaphor to make a comeback after these midterm elections) or Ted Koppel turning the names of dead servicemen into an anti-war statement (Koppel was the alternative candidate to take over This Week), this has been the ABC way. But turning over This Week to Christiane Amanpour is part of the growing blend of ABC News and the BBC.

The question though is who is Christiane Amanpour meant to appeal to? To viewers who wanted another foreign talking head snootily reading the news at them, not to them. Who were desperately longing for an ABC News on air personality sympathetic to Islamic terrorists? And why would those people even bother with ABC News, when they already have the BBC.

The problem with the American media is that it doesn't speak to Americans. That's why FOX News is successful, and CNN is in the basement. Network news exists underwritten by medication and mutual fund commercials, and even so it's losing money. ABC News is making severe cutbacks even while cutting Amanpour a 2 million dollar paycheck for a show hardly anyone watches anymore. And despite investing in a splashy media rollout for the Amanpour branded This Week, she finished a distant third, well behind Meet the Press. While viewers normally tune in to see a new host, the addition of Amanpour couldn't even compete with CBS or NBC's own similarly decaying programs on the day of her own debut.

The left is furiously blasting Washington Post TV Critic Tom Shales for stating what was obvious to everyone, that Amanpour is out of place, completely clueless about US politics and insists on internationalizing domestic issues. But shooting the messenger won't save Amanpour. Her hiring is only the latest manifestation of a media that is too radicalized to save itself. Bringing in a personality from the sinking ship that is CNN was obviously a bad idea on commercial grounds alone. Amanpour left CNN, for the same reason that Campbell Brown did. And ABC News taking Amanpour in, demonstrates that they share CNN's bad judgment.

Unlike ABC producers, Americans are not interested in an "outsider's perspective" on American politics. They can get that from the White House. Threatening to stab Tom Shales with a knife won't change that either. Amanpour's promise to "open a window on the world" for what she imagines are parochial American viewers is condescending even to those who agree with her. It's grating to those who don't. Because Amanpour's window is the parochial European left-wing window from which you can see Brussels, but not Iowa, a stifling world that is upper class in its arrogance, and low class in its empathy for terrorists. ABC News producers may be determined to bring that tiny dollhouse of a world to Americans, but who exactly is supposed to underwrite this project? The BBC and its outrageous salaries are funded by taxpayers. ABC has to pay its own way.

And that is why the media is doomed. By putting politics over profitability, the media left alienated viewers and readers exactly during the critical transition period when it needed them most. And the worse its fortunes grow, the more radical its politics have become...

Posted on 09/01/2010 6:04 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Sydney, Australia: Muslims deface memorials of Assyrian war heroes and victims of jihad genocide

From the 'Fairfield Advance', Sydney , 31st August - reporters Carleen Frost and Melissa Matheson.  

I was originally alerted to this story  by the Australian Islamist Monitor, a very useful Aussie website.

'Assyrian Monuments Desecrated'.

fairfield-advance.whereilive.com.au/news/story/assyrian-monuments-desecrated/

'Police have launched a public appeal for information about the vandalism of two Assyrian memorials over the weekend.

'A plaque in Honour Avenue, Fairfield, was covered in silver paint on Friday night (note well: Friday night: after Friday 'prayers' at the nearest mosque, perhaps? - CM) while a new monument in Bonnyrigg was spray-painted with graffiti early yesterday morning.

'Both monuments honour the Assyrian community but have slightly different significance.  

'The Assyrian Levis Association plaque in Fairfield honours the Assyrian and Australian troops who fought alongside one another in World War One (note: that would have been in the Middle East, against the Turks, i.e. against Muslims - CM).

'The monument in Bonnyrigg, erected by the Assyrian Universal Alliance, pays tribute to victims of genocide'.

('Victims of genocide'.  To be specific, this monument commemorates the 750 000 Assyrian Christians who between 1915 and 1918 were killed by Turkish, Kurdish and Arab Muslims within the domains of the 'Ottoman Empire'; and, too, the Assyrians who were massacred by Muslims in Simmele, Iraq, in August of 1933.  - CM).

'The monument was only officially unveiled last month'

[i.e. in July 2010.  It should be remembered that Turkish Muslims in Australia - and the government of Turkey itself - kicked and screamed and whined and threatened and did everything they could to persuade Fairfield Council, the local government body involved, to stop the building of the memorial; but the Council stuck to their guns and voted to build it, and it was built - CM].

'Assyrian Universal Alliance spokesman Hermiz Shahen is calling on the police to find those responsible.  "The Assyrian Universal Alliance strongly condemns this act and demands that the perpetrators be brought to justice," Mr Shahen said. "We assure everyone that the Assyrian Universal Alliance will see to it that the monument is restored to its original state, regardless of how many times it is vandalised."

(That's the spirit, mate.  But I'd also advise motion detectors and concealed CCTV/ webcam so that next time you can catch the blighters in the act - CM).

'Assyrian Levis Association president Gaby Kiwarkis said vandalising a war memorial was a low act.  "If those who committed this dereadful act think a can of paint can hide the magnificence of our Assyrian and Australian service personnel or tarnish their good name, they best think again," he said.  'I don't expect these people to understand the sacrifice made by our troops so we can all live together peacefully in this wonderful country and be free to honour our fallen without fear of retaliation.."... 

The report doesn't describe or quote the offending graffiti but it does include a link

fairfield-advance.whereilive.com.au/photos/gallery/assyrian-memorial-attacked/

to some photos which clearly show that the vandals painted the  star and crescent symbol of Islam (which is also found on the Turkish flag) onto the globe that forms part of the genocide monument, and scrawled the taunt 'Assyrian dogs' on the plinth.

As soon as I heard this memorial was a-building I felt sure it would be attacked by Muslim vandals.  It seems that I was right.

 

Posted on 09/01/2010 6:58 PM by Christina McIntosh
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