These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 12, 2009.
Friday, 12 June 2009
Misogyny At Playboy
John Hawkins reports on an extraordinarily misogynist Playboy article that has since been taken down.
This morning I received a press release for one of the most vile posts I've seen in a long, long time. It's a piece by a New York writer by the name of Guy Cimbalo, in Playboy.
The basic premise behind the article is picking 10 attractive conservative women, demeaning them with poorly written, obnoxious comments, and talking about how Guy Cimbalo would like to have sex with them.
Now, if it had just gone that far, it would have been grotesque, but it's Playboy. What do you expect?
But, the writer, Guy Cimbalo took it a little further,
But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f*ck. We may despise everything these women represent, but godd*mmit they're hot. Let the healing begin.
I've heard several people suggest that Guy Cimbalo was using the term "hate f*ck" as a euphemism for rape. At first, I though he was going for more of an "angry sex" type of vibe, but after reading through the article a second time, I'm not as sure -- and after all, it's not like Guy Cimbalo could write an article called, "The Conservative Women I'd Like To Rape." Even Playboy isn't going to publish something like that. Still, I'd have to say Guy Cimbalo is probably not endorsing rape -- probably.
Now, let me just note at this point: I'm not going to link the post. If you do something this offensive and then send it to me, you're obviously trolling for links. So, that they're not getting.
Still, let me give you an idea of what it's like.
Here are the 10 women on Guy Cimbalo's hate f*ck, rape, whatever list:
Mary Katharine Ham
Surprisingly, there aren't even great pictures for most of these women. You'd think that would be a must for a Playboy article, but in this case, no -- and again, the writing is terrible.
Here are some snippets:
On Michelle Malkin: "This highly f*ckable Filipina"
On Mary Katharine Ham: "You get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant. Karma's a b*tch, isn't it?"
On Amanda Carpenter: "She is also a columnist at TownHall, a website for illiterates who disprove evolution by their very existence." (Actually, she writes for the Washington Times)
Of course, the point of articles like this one, in truth, is to try to drive conservative women out of politics. It's the same thing they tried to do with Sarah Palin. They're supposed to go, "Screw this, I quit," after getting enough abuse -- and sometimes it works. I know of talented conservative female bloggers who've just given up on politics because they couldn't take it. It won't happen with any of these women, but it's what sleazebags like Guy Cimbalo are really trying to do.
Update #1: The article is no longer up -- which I find very fascinating, since they obviously put it up and sent out a release to conservative bloggers in an attempt to generate controversy. So, I called Playboy's Editor/Online Community Manager Aranya Tomseth. She didn't have any comment on it and referred me over to their PR department, where I got voice mail. As a side note, both Aranya and the PR person were female. Is that a way for them to deflect criticism? Hiring women for positions that talk to the press? Interesting technique.
From The Press Association, Associated Press and The Times Foreign Secretary David Miliband has been urged to explain how four Chinese detainees from Guantanamo Bay came to be released to a UK territory without Britain's knowledge.
An urgent security assessment is now under way after Bermuda accepted the Uighurs without consulting the Foreign Office - which retains authority over foreign and security issues.
"We have underlined to the Bermuda government that it should have consulted the UK on whether this falls within their competence or is a security issue for which the Bermuda government does not have delegated responsibility," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
"We have made clear to the Bermuda government the need for a security assessment which we are now helping them to carry out," he added, saying that the four did not have the correct documentation so could not travel elsewhere at present.
The deal to take the four, who the US government ruled were not enemy combatants, was agreed by Bermuda premier Ewart Brown as US President Barack Obama bids to meet a pledge to close the controversial camp.
Shadow foreign secretary William Hague demanded an explanation from Mr Miliband.
"It is astonishing that an agreement of such significance between the US and Bermuda, involving the resettlement of four former terrorist suspects to a British overseas territory, could have taken place without a ripple reaching Whitehall," he said.
"The UK is responsible for Bermuda's external relations, defence and security and for appointing its governor. Yet the FCO appears to have had no idea that these discussions were taking place.
"Even before this blunder there were serious questions about whether the Government has paid sufficient attention to the UK overseas territories. Now these questions have reached a whole new level, demanding a response from the Foreign Secretary." Alarm bells sounded in London when Ewart Brown, the Bermudian Premier, welcomed the men as “landed in Bermuda in the short term, provided with the opportunity to become naturalised citizens and thereafter afforded the right to travel and leave Bermuda, potentially settling elsewhere”.
The men are in the country as “guest workers”. Under the British Overseas Territory Act of 2002, citizens of Bermuda were restored with the full rights of British citizenship, including the right of abode in the United Kingdom. Bermuda has control over internal affairs, including immigration, but not over foreign affairs, defence or security matters, under which, London made clear, the case of the Uighurs falls.
In a statement shortly after their arrival in Bermuda, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office chided authorities there for failing to consult London on their decision to admit the men and insisted that security assessments must be carried out before their future was decided. “This was a decision of the Bermuda Government,” the FCO said.
“We have underlined to the Bermuda Government that it should have consulted the UK on whether this falls within their competence or is a foreign affairs or security issue for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility.” Meanwhile on another island in the Pacific Ocean the inhabitants are not happy at their allocation of 13 Uighurs. Palau's decision to allow 13 Chinese Muslims from Guantanamo Bay to resettle on the tiny Pacific nation has sparked a groundswell of anger among islanders who fear for the safety and reputation of the tranquil tourist haven.
The U.S. government determined last year that the Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, were not enemy combatants and should be released from the U.S. military prison in Cuba. China has objected to the Palau resettlement plan, calling the men "terrorist suspects" and demanding they be sent home. The U.S. has said it feared the men would be executed if they were returned to China.
Nevertheless, Palauan opinion on President Johnson Toribiong's decision to grant the Uighurs entry appeared overwhelmingly negative, with some complaining Friday that the government had failed to consult the people.
Fermin Nariang, editor of the Palau newspaper Island Times, said he had been stopped in the streets of the capital Koror by locals venting their anger.
"This is a very small country ... and some are saying if the whole world doesn't want these folks, why are we taking them?" Nariang said. The government has "fumbled the ball on this one."
Toribiong has denied the move was influenced by any massive aid package from Washington, saying instead that the Uighurs had become "international vagabonds" who deserved a fresh start.
"Palau's people are always on the side of the U.S. government," Toribiong said. He said Palau would send a delegation to Guantanamo to assess the Uighur detainees. It was unclear when this would happen or when the Uighurs would arrive on the island.
Although the Pentagon said the Uighurs were not enemy combatants, the Obama administration has faced fierce congressional opposition to allowing them into the U.S. as free men.
Palau has eight main islands and more than 250 islets, and is a former U.S. trust territory that has retained close ties with the United States since independence in 1994.
Some 20,000 people live in Palau, a predominantly Christian nation. And they are probably well aware of the problems their neighbours in the Solomon Islands are experiencing.
Throughout much of the past month, the investigation into Shahid Malik has grappled with the minister's unorthodox housing arrangements. The Daily Telegraphdisclosed on May 15 that Mr Malik's landlord had claimed that the Government minister paid a below-market rate of rent for a house in his Dewsbury constituency.
Sir Philip Mawer, the Prime Minister's independent adviser on ministerial interests, was asked to investigate Mr Malik. His inquiry, the first of its type to be conducted, was to establish whether the ministerial code had been broken.
Sir Philip's reputation has been staked on his finding that Mr Malik did not break the code. However, his report raises a number of other serious questions about Mr Malik's arrangements. It is also far from clear that Mr Malik disclosed all the details of his property arrangements.
The . . . extract from the report shows that Mr Malik did initially have a formal tenancy agreement for his home in Dewsbury. It was paid by direct debit and the arrangement – as described – appears to be in order.
In 2008, Mr Malik married a 24-year-old trainee solicitor called Sundus Sheikh. He needed more room, so he moved into the house next door. However, there was no formal rental agreement for the new property. Why not?
Despite Mr Malik moving into a property almost twice as expensive, his direct debit for rental payments did not increase from £320. He said he would pay the manager of the property company the extra £300 a month in cash. He explained the unusual arrangement. Sir Philip Mawer: “When he had moved from [property 1] to [property 2], Mr Malik, in the midst of an MP’s and a Minister’s busy life, had not got round to making arrangements to increase his monthly direct debit to the level of his new rent and had paid the balance owing in cash.”
However, the minister's explanation is not clear as most busy people would find it easier to increase a direct debit payment than arrange a monthly cash payment. (I hate direct debits and keep them to a minimum. I still use cheques wherever possible and I am not alone in that. EW)
Sir Philip pushed Mr Malik for further evidence to show that the £300 cash payments were actually made. The reason why I do not withdraw the exact amount of £300 each and every month is simply because I have cash already in my pocket and certain service tills have maximum withdrawals which are below £300.”
The minister told the inquiry that the arrangement may have been due to those involved being Muslims. Sir Philip Mawer: “Mr Malik explained that this request had not seemed surprising to him given the preference of many religious Muslims for cash transactions rather than transactions using Western banking arrangements.”
However, although Mr Malik said that he assumed the manager preferred to deal in cash because he was a member of the Muslim community, the manager told Sir Philip, the cash payments were "useful as petty cash".
If paying rent in cash was linked to the manager's religion, why was half of the rent paid by direct debit?
In one interview, Sir Philip Mawer raised the possibility that tax avoidance might be one reason why payments were made in cash. Shahid Malik: “So when [name of the manager of the property company] asked me to continue to pay in cash I did not think this to be unusual, nor having got to know [name of the manager of the property company], who is a strictly practising Muslim, did I make any assumption that this was a means of tax avoidance. My first assumption, as it would be with any member of the Muslim community within reason, is that it was a matter of religious observance or a cultural norm”.
Although Mr Malik says that he did not consider tax avoidance to be a motivation, could he afford to take the risk as a justice minister?
Sir Philip Mawer makes it clear there is no complete independently-verifiable evidence of the cash actually being paid. Sir Philip Mawer: “So I am left with the question, not whether the rent Mr Malik says he was charged was preferential, but whether Mr Malik actually paid the rent he and [name of the manager of the property company] say he was charged.”
But public support is growing. Earlier this month The Star reported that PAS (that is the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) wants the National Fatwa Council to declare the non-governmental organisation Sister in Islam (SIS) as haram (forbidden) if its activities is found to be contrary to the Islamic teachings and principles.
The motion which was adopted (at the party's 55th general assembly) without debate also called on the fatwa council to investigate in full the activities of carried out by the organisation.
The division in its motion said the SIS' activities were dangerous as they could cause confusion among the Muslims.
"We are aware that their approach can easily be accepted by the Muslims and this is dangerous as it can twist their aqidah, especially the young and those who went through the secular education," it said.
The motion also urged the Fatwa Council to introduce special programmes to rehabilitate members of the organisation so that they could come back to the right religous track. Later the New Straits Times reported the Pas spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who said that the party should make efforts to enlighten SIS members rather than ostracise them.
"We should have more discussions and not simply ban the group," he said after opening the party's new state headquarters here on Tuesday.
Nik Aziz said it was not right to ban SIS without giving it an opportunity to understand the true teachings of Islam.
Party vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said it was not true that the party had asked the authorities to ban SIS.
"We just want the women's rights group to be investigated. If the group has deviated from the true teachings of Islam, then action should be taken against it."
He agreed that Pas leaders should talk to SIS members and make them understand Islam in its truest sense. Sounds a wee bit like Chairman Mao and his re-education programmes to me. My Sinchew reports on the growing public support for the women's rights group. PAS, the Islamist party, is coming under heavy attack for its call to ban the Sisters in Islam (SIS). Even its own its own Member of Parliament for Kota Raja, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, who is a former central working committee member, has joined other lawmakers to sign an online petition in support of SIS.
Dr Mariah is joined by Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the Women, Family and Community Development Minister as well as DAP’s women parliamentarians, Chong Eng, Jenice Lee and Teresa Kok, who is the party women’s chief, in voicing their support for SIS.
Among other things, the petition said, “We the undersigned are deeply disturbed by the call on the part of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) to have Sisters in Islam banned and its members rehabilitated should its activities be determined to be contrary to the Islamic shariah. It is apparent to us that in making the call in the manner that it has, PAS has already formed the view that SIS should be banned and its activities brought to an end.”
Some 50 NGOs have signed the petition including the National Council of Women’s Organisations, Bar Council and Amnesty International Malaysia. Scores of individuals from academics, journalists, bloggers, artists, proefessionals and social activists have also signed the online petition in support. This is the Sisters In Islam website home page and below the opening paragraphs of their section on Islamic Family Law. Muslim family laws that govern the relationships between men and women based on a framework of the superior husband and the subordinate wife are unsustainable in the twenty-first century. The medieval legal reasoning that defined the roles of the husband as ‘providing’ and the wife as ‘submissive’ has little bearing on today’s realities, especially in view of the changing status and roles of women and men.
The Qur’an provides a wealth of guiding principles to develop a new body of law on family relationships based on justice and equality. This knowledge has led SIS to commit its resources to the comprehensive reform of the Islamic family laws in Malaysia.
Reform is possible—and eminently desirable—on several grounds. First, the Qur’an directly upholds principles of Islam that support relationships based on equality between men and women, and between husbands and wives. Furthermore, these laws are based on divine and immutable. The codified law is not the sacred Syariah itself, but the product of human engagement with the revealed text. I really do not want to think about how the men of PAS propose that women who believe that men and women are equal be "re-educated".
Leading Muslim cleric killed in suicide bomb attack in Lahore
From The Times
A prominent Pakistani Muslim cleric who founded a religious alliance against the Taleban was killed today in a suicide bomb attack on his Islamic college in the eastern city of Lahore.
Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi appeared to have been the target of the blast in his office at the Jamia Naeemia madrassa, which he headed and where he had just conducted Friday prayers.
Dr Naeemi - whose father founded the madrassa and who was well known and respected in Lahore and across Pakistan - died on the way to hospital, according to his son, Waqar.
Tariq Saleem Dogar, the Punjab provincial police chief, denounced the attack on the madrassa - which taught maths and computer science as well as Islamic studies - as un-Islamic.
“It could not be an act of a Muslim to carry out an attack in a mosque,” he said. No? I don't think the Christians in Pakistan, poor and persecuted, have the energy to raise their heads above the parapet. Must be the Joooz.
In another blast at around the same time, a suicide car bomber struck near a mosque in the northwestern town of Nowshera, killing at least three people, police said.
Dr Naeemi appears to have been targeted because he had been integral in helping to generate political, religious and public support for the army’s campaign in Swat over the last few weeks.
Last month, he established the Sunni Itehad Council, an alliance of more than 22 Islamic groups and political parties with the explicit goal of opposing the Taleban.
The Council claims to represent about 85 million Pakistani followers of the moderate Barelvi school of Sunni Islam, which incorporates music and mysticism and venerates saints and their shrines.
“The Taleban is a stigma on Islam,” Dr Naeemi told The Times in an interview at his madressah last month. “That is why we will support our Government and our army and their right to destroy the Taleban. We will save Pakistan.” The Taleban preaches an extreme version of the Deobandi school of Sunni Islam, which maintains that many Barelvi practices are un-Islamic and advocates the use of violence against Barelvis and Shia Muslims.
Militants have destroyed several Barelvi shrines in the northwest in recent months.
Don Belt writing for National Geographic has an unwittingly accurate portrait of the psychology of dhimmitude. He reports uncritically on how the Arab Christians blame both the Israelis and Western Christians for all their woes. Mr Belt even mischaracterizes the Syrian Alawite worship of Mary as a evidence that Muslims accept the New and Old Testaments.
As my eyes adjust to the gloom of the candlelit inner sanctum, I watch as a woman in a head scarf offers her baby, wrapped in a blanket, to the centerpiece of the shrine. There, surrounded by soot-blackened icons, a brass template covers the image of Mary, said to be painted by St. Luke, which inspires even though hidden from view. With her eyes closed and lips moving in silent prayer, the baby's mother presses his face gently against the metal plate for a long moment. Later, outside, I meet the woman and her family, who'd driven up from Damascus after Friday prayers at their mosque.
Wary of strangers, they would offer only the name of their sick child, Mahmoud. Just seven months old, swaddled in a green blanket, he lay still as death with his eyes closed, barely breathing. His face was a dark grayish brown. "The doctor said he can't do anything for Mahmoud and that we should send him to America for an operation," his mother says. "That's impossible, so we need a miracle instead. I'm a Muslim, but a long time ago my family used to be Christian. I believe in the prophets—Muslim, Jewish, and Christian—and I believe in Mary. I've come here so that my boy will be healed."
Such scenes reflect the Levant's history of coexistence between Muslims and people of other faiths, which dates from the earliest days of Islam. When the Muslim Caliph Omar conquered Syria from the Byzantine Empire around 636, he protected the Christians under his rule, allowing them to keep their churches and worship as they pleased. But many Christians converted to Islam anyway, preferring its emphasis on a personal connection with God to the oppressive hierarchies of the Byzantine Church. The grandson of the last Christian governor of Damascus, who grew up to be the theologian St. John Damascene, listened to the newcomers talk about Islam—its acceptance of the Old and New Testaments, its esteem for Jewish prophets, its veneration of Jesus and Mary—and concluded that it was another of the many Christian heresies making the rounds of the Byzantine Empire, beyond the reach of church authorities in Constantinople. It never occurred to him, even writing many years later, that Islam might be a separate religion. When later caliphs imposed heavy taxes on Christians, conversions soared among poor villagers. For those early Arab Christians, whose word for God was (as it still is today) Allah, accepting the tenets of Islam was more like stepping over a stream than vaulting a chasm.
Yes, the disappearance of Christianity in the Holy Land is not such a bad thing. As I said, this article illustrates the dhimmi mind.
The former Cabinet minister used the example of the twins - Ronnie and Reggie - who ran an underworld empire in the 1950s and 60s, to highlight the problem of women precluded from access to British law by some cultures.
At question time in the Lords, Lord Bach had told peers that individuals have "the option to use religious councils or any other system of alternative dispute resolution" but that English law would prevail if there was any conflict.
But Lord Tebbit said: "A few years ago in the East End of London there was a system of arbitration of disputes that was run by the Kray brothers.
"Are you not not aware that there is extreme pressure put upon vulnerable women to go through a form of arbitration that results in them being virtually precluded from access to British law?
"That is a difficult matter, I know, but how do you think we can help those who are put in that position?"
Responding, Lord Bach acknowledged that the problem "undoubtedly exists", but added: "The fact is any decision made by anybody that is in fact outside English law cannot stand against English law. So if consent is sought, for example, for some issue around children or to do with family assets, then the English courts decide. "Other councils - not courts - can, if the parties themselves want to make that agreement, make that agreement and that applies across the board. But always behind that is the fact that those agreements can't be enforced except by an English court."
Lord Bach later said that Sharia law is "not part of the law of the United Kingdom" and the Government he "no intention" of changing the position.
Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation said Lord Tebbit's comments were "out of touch with reality".
"This system is a way of life," he said. "If you were to attack Christianity or Judaism in the same way you can imagine the uproar."
Sharia law in Britain has attracted controversy in the past, most notably when the Archbishop of Canterbury said the adoption of some aspects of the Islamic law were "unavoidable".
Dr Rowan Williams said other religions enjoyed tolerance of their own laws, and called for "constructive accommodation" with Muslim practice in areas such as marital disputes. His remarks sparked a national debate and led to calls for his resignation.
His comments were subsequently backed by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the former Lord Chief Justice, and Stephen Hockman QC, a former chairman of the Bar Council who said it was "inevitable that Sharia law will become part of British law."
(...)The president pandered to Muslims: praised their accomplishments, commiserated with their grievances, and apologized for injustices done to them by centuries of colonialism -- without once mentioning the history of rampant and violent Arab colonialism. He avoided any mention of Jihadi tenets, or of the Islamic political ideology of supremacy over non Muslims -- principles embedded in Sharia law. These are taught and sanctioned openly by Al-Azhar, the university that hosted him, the foremost center of Sharia studies. Obama underscored the supposed American mistreatment of terrorists and apologized for torture in Guantanamo, forgetting that Islamic regimes are brutal to their own people. The president also repudiated significant U.S. contributions in both the lives of its soldiers and humanitarian aid to Muslims across the globe made throughout history -- despite Muslim attacks against America and Americans. In short, parts of his speech sounded like a new Pan-Arab messiah come to usher the Arab world back into its rightful world dominion.
Most disturbing was the president’s call to defend Muslims against negative stereotypes. A dangerous precedent is set when freedom of speech is silenced and ideological criticism forbidden. This, again, is the stuff of nightmarish totalitarian regimes. The beauty of the US Constitution is its balance, and the wisdom it embraces by distinguishing between that which should be protected and defended and that which should be prosecuted and decried. Encouraging laws to make criticism of Islam an offense punishable by law is troubling.
Since arriving in the US, I have enjoyed the freedom to educate my Arab brothers and sisters in the Middle East, who yearn for real freedom - and I have seen successes. Mr. Obama calls these very successes into question rather than championing freedom.
As the president embarks on his new task to defend Muslims “against negative stereotypes,” does this mean he will somehow interfere and undermine that message? Or, perhaps it means he may join with the Organization of Islamic Conference, the 57 Muslim countries that work relentlessly to promote a United Nations resolution to suppress voices of dissent against Islam? I am confident we would all come to regret this.
Obama sidesteps the acute state of affairs in the Islamic world with flattery, failing to encourage accountability for rhetoric, practices and the behavior that feed stereotypes. I did not hear an exhortation to the Islamic world to open itself to diversity, to accept women as equal citizens with the same rights and protection under law as men. I did not hear a challenge to the Muslim world to accept other religions and their ability to practice openly within the Islamic world -- where the practice of Christianity, Judaism and other religions could cost an individual his or her life. I did not hear a call to erase for all time, Dhimmi racism -- the Sharia law-based dictate that Christians and Jews are inferior and should be suppressed. Are these “…the principles of justice, tolerance and dignity for human beings”?
In contrast, I see my people’s heart bleeding and know the pressing need for self-correction and honest examination for the sake of urgent repair. Obama dangles the carrot but shies away from the imperative issues boiling beneath the surface.
Obama’s reality makes my work and that of others who speak up against intolerant Islamic doctrines more challenging. He undermines this mission by placating abusive, xenophobic policies and enabling those within the Islamic world to subjugate others, to coerce others to its beliefs, and to continue these pursuits with his blessing.
The president failed to join freedom-loving individuals, liberated Arabs like myself. He failed to lead the Muslim world into modernization and vital reform.
Rather than calling out, “The house is on fire.” Obama smiles and tells us how beautiful the house is as it burns out of control and threatens to destroy us.
To the question I received on my e-mail; “Who should we believe, Obama or you?” I elaborated to my Moroccan reader that Obama is a politician who wishes to use sweet talk and to whitewash reality to make amends with Muslims.
I, on the other hand am a pragmatic Arab woman who escaped the prison of Islam to the free world and now devotes her life to expressing views freely and pressing for a genuine difference in Islam. We cannot have it both ways. Intolerance never tolerates freedom.
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is currently the Director of the Mapping Sharia Project and the Owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing (dgaubatz.blogspot.com). He can be contacted at [email protected].
FP: Dave Gaubatz, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
You have recently uncovered Muslim Brotherhood material in the U.S. Tell us about it.
Gaubatz: Thanks Jamie.
For several years I have reported publically and to law enforcement personnel that Halalco Books, located in Falls Church, VA, services and distributes Islamic terrorist material to Islamic Centers/Mosques throughout the U.S.
Dar al Hijrah leaders in Fairfax, VA, had first informed me that in order to be a ‘Pure Muslim’ I must use only authorized and correct materials and these materials could be located at Halalco. During my many visits to Halalco I have been provided materials and been invited to the homes of Halalco employees. Halalco is managed by Sunni personnel and can be best described in their own words as ‘Pure Muslims’. The Shiite people are not recognized as Muslim.
On 3 June 2009, I again visited Halalco. I wanted to see if any new materials were being promoted since President Obama took office and he was due to speak to the ‘Muslim World’ in Egypt on 4 June 2009. Additionally, as you know, the Obama Administration had invited members of the Muslim Brotherhood to attend his speech.
FP: Yes indeed. Ok, so what specifically did you find?
Gaubatz: A very disturbing 24 page manual by the founder (Imam Hassan al-Banna) of “The Muslim Brotherhood”. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928. The manual Halalco was now distributing was titled “Message For Youth”. The manual was being reproduced, promoted, and distributed for the benefit of Muslims in 2009. It is very specific on how the youth are to become martyrs through physical Jihad in order to meet the objectives of the Mother Brotherhood, specifically how to implement an Islamic Ummah (Nation) under Sharia Law worldwide.
FP: You have often focused your first-hand research on Islamic materials instead of what an Islamic leader currently says during prayers/lectures. Why?
Gaubatz: The only people who can get away with openly lying, causing harm to our troops/ country, and turn our country from a democracy/free market into a Socialist nation under many Sharia compliant aspects are elected politicians. Islamic scholars realize even under Obama, they can’t (to date) verbalize treason and sedition against America. They do realize it is still accepted to call for sedition/treason, and murder of innocent people in written and video formats. These formats of communicating hatred toward America are somehow believed to be covered under our U.S. Constitutions First Amendment. Islamic leaders are taking advantage of our naiveness and regardless of what our law enforcement and politicians believe, America is under attack and inside the U.S. we are losing our country inch by inch...
Blackburn woman resigns from Muslim school over allegations that she is a man.
From The Lancashire Telegraph
A SCHOOL administrator has quit her job after a malicious e-mail campaign claiming she is a man.
The Al-Islah Muslim Girl’s School, Audley Range, Blackburn, sent a letter to parents saying they had ‘irrefutable medical evidence’ Shifa Patel ‘was a female’ despite ‘concerns raised by parents’ over her gender.
But it said the school had reluctantly accepted her resignation due to the strain of the allegations.
Ms Patel said she hoped that, having provided ‘medical evidence’, the rumours would stop immediately.
Police had been called to the school after a group of around 15 angry people turned up and demanded the sacking of Ms Patel.
Ms Patel wears a hijab and full Jhaba (full length robe). The emails circulated among parents contained private photographs of Ms Patel with short hair and wearing a shirt and trousers.
In some of the pictures Ms Patel is pictured alongside acting headteacher Fatima Patel.
Ms Fatima said: “It is very disconcerting that this has all happened during children’s exam time. When some parents approached me I said to them I will take the Quran in my hand and swear to tell the truth. But they were more concerned with getting a GP’s certificate for Shifa. What does that say about some people? This incident has affected me and Shifa and it will take a lot to get her confidence back.
“We must add that some parents have come and supported us.”
The Governing body also backed Ms Patel, saying her ‘unquestionable work ethic and professionalism’ had never been in doubt. The Daily Mail has some pictures of the school - taken off the BBC website!
Family of Minneapolis recruit murdered by Somali Al Shabaab terror group protest CAIR
Family, relatives and friends protested the Minneapolis Chapter of CAIR for thwarting an FBI investigation into the murder last week of Burhan Hassan by Al Shabaab terrorists in Mogadishu, who had recruited him. We had posted on the unfortunate killing of 18 year old Hassan, who had attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, as did suicide bomber Shirwa Ahmed who took the lives of 29 others in Somalia last year. The FBI wants to find out who recruited and transported Ahmed and 20 other missing Minneapolis youths to Somalia to join the Taliban-like Al Shabaab militia. Al Shabaab was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 2008.
About 50 people protested Thursday outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter held an ice cream social.
Abdirizak Bihi is an uncle of 18-year-old Burhan Hassan, who relatives say was killed in Somalia last week. Bihi and others say CAIR is discouraging Somalis from coming forward.
"We don't want anyone to come into our community and tell us to shut up," Bihi said. "Law enforcement will not be able to do anything without information from the community."
About 50 people attended the rally, waving signs and hollering, "CAIR out! Doublespeak out!"
CAIR Minnesota has encouraged anyone interviewed by the FBI to have a lawyer present. A CAIR spokeswoman says the effort isn't to discourage cooperation, but rather to ensure that civil rights are protected.
The FBI investigation into the missing men is ongoing. Authorities believe they went to Somalia to fight for terror groups.
The uncle of slain Burhan Hassan, Osman Ahmed had this to say:
….some in the family believe CAIR has aligned itself too closely with mosques where some believe the missing boys may have been influenced to leave.
"They are supporting the groups we suspect of recruiting our kids," Ahmed said. "We refuse to be silent."
In a recent presentation, “Foot Soldiers of Islam” at the New English Review Nashville symposium, “Understanding Jihad in Israel, Europe and America”, we examined the role of radical Imams and Mosques, like those in Minneapolis, in recruiting naturalized Somali American youths like the late Hassan. In the wake of Hassan’s murder, we suggested that Senator Lieberman, chair of the US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee re-open investigations into this home grown terrorist threat. Now that CAIR, the Muslim brotherhood front, has been found thwarting FBI investigations, we believe their role in this unfortunate affair deserves scrutiny, as well.
Christian murdered for drinking from Muslim teacup.
From International Christian Concern. Marhharkay, Punjab, Pakistan.
A young man called Ishtiaq Masih drank a cup of tea from a roadside stall when the bus he was traveling on made a refreshment stop. When he went to pay for the tea the proprietor noticed his cross. Masih had not noticed the sign demanding that non Muslims should announce themselves as the stall served Muslims only. The proprietor called for his employees and 14 of them (how many Muslims does it take to run a tea stand?) beat Masih and stabbed him repeatedly. The other passengers intervened but he died later in the village first aid centre.
The Makah tea stall is on the Sukheki to Lahore highway and is owned by Mubarak Ali. He is said to be a fundamentalist who employs former students of the radical madrassas. Lots of career progression after a madrassa course obviously. He keeps separate utensils for non muslim use.
The police are treating the case as a faith based murder by biased Muslims but say that they are unable to order that the sign by taken down, or to enforce Pakistans equality legislation.
If you follow the link readers are asked to protest to our countries Pakistani Embassy.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, 12 Jun 2009
President Barack Obama said Friday he's hopeful the robust political debate in Iran in connection with its presidential election will advance prospects for U.S.-Iranian engagement. Administration officials say plans to engage Tehran will go forward regardless of who wins the election.
Obama administration officials have been careful not to take sides in public statements on the hotly contested multi-candidate race, led by incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the relatively-moderate former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi.
But they have made no effort to conceal their fascination over the process, which featured acrimonious televised debates on major policy issues and massive public rallies.
In comments to reporters at the White House, President Obama said he was excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran, only days after he renewed his overture for dialogue with that country in his June 4 policy address in Cairo.
"Obviously after the speech that I made in Cairo, we tried to send a clear message that we think there's the possibility of change," he said. "And you know ultimately the election is for the Iranians to decide. But just as has been true in Lebanon, what can be true in Iran as well is that you're seeing people looking at new possibilities."
Mr. Obama said that whoever wins the election, the fact that there's been a vigorous debate will hopefully enhance the United States ability to engage Iranians "in new ways."
There were similar comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who at a photo session with Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Fander Falconi Benitez said it is "a very positive sign" that the Iranian people want their voices and their votes to be heard and counted.
Meanwhile, a senior State Department official who spoke to reporters on terms of anonymity said the administration's determination to seek dialogue with Iran is not dependent on any specific election outcome, and that the United States will seek to engage whoever wins.
The Obama administration, like its predecessor, has sharply condemned comments by Iranian President Ahmadinejad threatening Israel with destruction and seeming to deny the World War II Nazi extermination campaign against European Jews.
But, under questioning, the senior official said an Ahmadinejad victory is "not necessarily" a setback to the administration's engagement hopes.
He said U.S. officials believe the process will be complex and difficult regardless of the election outcome because of lingering distrust of the United States and the fact that unelected clerical leaders in Tehran may wield more power than the president on key foreign policy matters and the country's nuclear program.
He said once Iran completes the election process, which could include a presidential runoff vote, the Obama administration expects a response from Tehran to its April invitation to return to nuclear negotiations in which the United States will be a full participant.
The official said he expects senior U.S. and Iranian diplomats to be together at multi-lateral meetings in the coming months on Iraq, Afghanistan and other issues. But he said the administration's ultimate aim is a direct bilateral discussion with an Iranian interlocutor who speaks authoritatively on the country's nuclear program and other issues.
West, Wilders and Sultan to speak at Danish Free Speech Conference
This, weekend, the International Free Press Society (IFPS) is holding another in the series of Free Speech conferences this time in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday. The theme is "The Free Press Society - Free Speech and Islam." The venue is the Danish Parliament, at Christianborg Castle. The event is being held notwithstanding the stand of the Danish government about not inviting Wilders to Denmark. The principal speakers will be Diana West, syndicated columnist and author of "The Death of the Grown Up," Geert Wilders, fresh from his European Parliament triumph in Holland, the redoubtable Dr. Wafa Sultan and Ann Fishman of the Liberty Legal Project, among others. Lars Hedegaard of the IFPS will moderate the panels and the 'lingua franca' of the proceedings will be English. We understand the proceedings will be filmed. According to sources, the gathering is sold out (250). There will also be a round table discussion with several leading Danish political leaders
Here is the schedule of speakers and topics at this Copenhagen IFPS gathering:
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 10:00-17:00
Landstingssalen, Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen
9:00 - 10:00
Registration (please arrive early due to security precautions)
Welcome and opening remarks by Lars Hedegaard
Diana West: "The Accommodation of Islam in America and Its
Implications for Free Speech"
A representative from the Liberty Legal Project: "For an International First Amendment and a Repeal of All Hate Speech and Blasphemy Laws"
Questions and Answers to West and LLP
Lunch in Room 1-133
12:00-12:40 Press Conference with the five panelists in Room 1-117
Mrutyuanjai Mishra: India's Free Speech under Islamic Pressure
Wafa Sultan: What you need to know about Islam.
Questions and Answers to Mrutyuanjai Mishra and Wafa Sultan.
14:00 -14:25 Geert Wilders: Islam and free speech.
Questions and Answers to Geert Wilders.
Round table with Danish politicians (speaking English) on what practical political steps they deem necessary. Manu Sareen (the Danish Social-Liberal Party), Naser Khader (The Conservative
Party), Søren Espersen (The Danish Peoples Party) and Karen Jespersen (Denmarks
16:50 - 17:00
Closing remarks by Lars Hedegaard.
Conference language: English
Moderator: Lars Hedegaard
About the speakers
Diana West (born 1961 in the United States) is Vice-President of The International Free Press Society, a nationally syndicated American journalist and author. Her columns have appeared in more than 100 newspapers and journals including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. She has also been a frequent TV commentator and is the author of the non-fiction book The Death
of the Grown-Up.
The Liberty Legal Project is a limited liability company founded by practicing attorney Ann Fishman which provides legal research, analysis, strategy, support, publications and conference services to organizations which promote human rights, especially the rights of free speech and free exercise of religion.
Mrutyuanjai Mishra (born 1966 in India) is a European Master in Human rights and Democracy.
Mishra is a regular contributor to Danish newspapers on subjects such as human rights, integration and the political and religious developments in South Asia. Mishra is a board member of The Free Press Society in Denmark.
Wafa Sultan (born 1958 in Syria) is a psychiatrist and author, who emigrated to the US in 1989.
A frequent writer on Islamic affairs she gained world-wide recognition after her appearance on al-Jazeera, February 21, 2006, where she stated that we are now witnessing "a battle between modernity and barbarism which Islam will lose”.
Geert Wilders (born 1963 in the Netherlands) is the leader of the Party for Freedom, which he founded in 2004. Wilders became world famous for his March 2008 short film Fitna, which documented the connection between several terrorist attacks and a numb! er of suras in the Koran. Since January 2009 he has been facing legal prosecution for “incitement to hatred and discrimination”.
U.S. Envoy: Peace To Come Only At Israel's Expense, And No One Else's
US Envoy: No Mideast Peace at Lebanon's Expense
By VOA News 12 June 2009
U.S. envoy George Mitchell says a Middle East peace agreement will not come at Lebanon's expense.
Mitchell said in Beirut Friday that Lebanon will play a key role in the long-term effort to build lasting stability in the region. The U.S. special envoy to the Middle East made the remarks following talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
Mitchell also praised Lebanon's recent parliamentary election, calling the vote an important milestone for the country. A U.S.-backed coalition retained its majority in Sunday's closely fought election.
Mitchell said the United States remains steadfast in it support for a sovereign, free, and independent Lebanon.
The envoy's stop in Lebanon is the latest on a Mideast tour aimed at reviving the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The envoy arrived in Beirut from Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah. Earlier on Thursday, Mitchell called on Arab states to take meaningful steps toward making peace with Israel during talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo.
Mitchell also renewed earlier comments, saying the United States is "working hard" to achieve its goal of "comprehensive peace in the Middle East." He said Washington is committed to reaching a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday the Mideast diplomatic Quartet, composed of the U.N., U.S., the EU and Russia, will meet in Italy later this month to discuss the next steps in peace negotiations . He did not give details.
Nightmare Over For Former Pentagon Analyst Larry Franklin
Justice from the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, reported by the AP. Larry Franklin, former Pentagon analyst ensnared by the FBI and Federal prosecutors in the bust Israeli espionage case against two former AIPAC senior analysts, Rosen and Weissman, had his sentence reduced to 10 months probation and 14 months of home 'confinement'. Franklin, originally accused by Federal prosecutors of leaking "Iran war plans" to Rosen and Weissman, using an 80-year sedition law, had pled guilty to a charge of taking classified documents home andwas originally sentenced to 12 years. After the government dramatically withdrew their case against Rosen and Weissman,after a Richmond Federal Appellate court overruled its motions on evidentiary standards, the prosecutors still wanted Franklin to serve a reduced sentence of nine years. Federal Judge T.S. Ellis, III said no.
That is still only an approximation of justice. In a May 1st post following the withdrawal of the federal case against Rosen and Weissman, we noted :
In one of my earliest posts on the AIPAC case, “We are all Jonathan Pollards Now!” in January, 2006. I noted noted that the alleged prompter, or perhaps perpetrator, of the case, former FBI Deputy director David Szady, head of counterintelligence:
Szady probably believes that every American Jew is a closet “Jonathan Pollard.” Fundamentalist Christians, too, by the likes of DoD analyst Larry Franklin’s harsh penalty handed down by Federal Judge Ellis last week: 12.7 years plus a fine, unless he “squeals.”
To those of us here in the US that smacks of the classic “Juden frage” or the “Jewish question” of 19th and 20th Century Europe where governments and citizenry alike accused Jews of “dual loyalties” - a dynamic “conflict” between being loyal citizens of countries in the Diaspora and being supporters of Zionism and the formation of the Jewish State, Israel.
Over the weekend, I got an email from Janet Levy in California [then] active in Dr. Frank Gaffney, Jr.’s Center for Security Policy. She wrote about her questioning of FBI associate director and Counter Intelligence chief Szady at last year’s Intelligence Conference held across the Potomac in Northern Virginia about Larry Franklin and AIPAC defendants, Messrs. Rosen and Weissman. Szady was adamant in his remarks about the “relentless” prosecution of fundamentalist Christian and loyal Americans Larry Franklin and the AIPAC Jewish officials, Messrs. Rosen and Weissman.
Now the proper next move would be to obtain just compensation for wrongful prosecution for Rosen and Weissman and a motion to pardon and commute the sentence of Larry Franklin. And then to find out exactly how this travesty occurred, who started it, who participated in it, who promoted it all along the line.