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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 16, 2009.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Yale & the Danish Cartoons: The Plot Thickens

Roger Kimball writes at Pajamas:

In its August 13 report on the decision by Yale University Press to censor Jytte Klausen’s book The Cartoons that Shook the World by insisting that she publish the book without the Danish cartoons or other images of Mohammed, The New York Times informed its readers that

Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, . . .

It turns out, though, that the recommendation was not “unanimous.” As The Guardian reported yesterday,

Sheila Blair, professor of Islamic and Asian art at Norma Jean Calderwood University and one of the authorities consulted by Yale about publication, said she had “strongly urged” the press to publish the images. “To deny that such images were made is to distort the historical record and to bow to the biased view of some modern zealots who would deny that others at other times and places perceived and illustrated Muhammad in different ways,” she wrote in a letter to the New York Times which is yet to be published.

As it happens, I have a copy of Professor Blair’s letter to the Times. I asked her whether I could make it public; she said no. Perhaps you’ll read it someday in our former paper of record. While you wait for that, however, contemplate these details:

1) The story in the Times implied that in its appeal to experts the University and/or the YUP was exercising normal caution. But in fact, Professor Klausen’s book had already been throughly vetted. Readers’ reports — including two from Muslim scholars — were unanimously enthusiastic. The only [UPDATE: Lib-Dem] Muslim member of the House of Lords, Baroness Kishwer Falker, enthusiastically endorsed the book. The book had also been vetted by YUP’s legal counsel and passed muster. The YUP’s publications committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommended the book for publication. So why call in another “two dozen authorities” on the veritable eve of publication?

Another detail: 2) Professor Blair told me that she was contacted not by the YUP but by the “Office of the President of Yale University.” She spoke with an assistant to President Richard C. Levin.  Professor Blair declined to speculate about the significance of that fact. I will not be so chary. Yesterday, I wrote wondering whether John Donatich, the Director of the Yale University Press, was the “villain” or the “fall guy” in this sordid little drama. As I said in response to a comment from Jytte Klausen, “I strongly suspect . . . that the threats-of-violence trope was a pretext, or at most a subsidiary concern” for Yale. What was the real reason that Yale was anxious to bowdlerize Professor Klausen’s book? Even now, I know, energetic investigative reporters are looking into Yale’s financial relationships with some of the spots where Linda Lorimer, Vice President and Secretary of the University, told Professor Klausen she has often traveled recently: Saudi Arabia, for example. Quite soon, I suspect, we will know why the Yale administration insisted that the Yale University Press dim the lux and veritas when it came to Professor Klausen’s book.

Posted on 08/16/2009 7:08 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Levy Reviews "Modern Day Trojan Horse"

Janet Levy writes in The American Thinker:

...In their compelling book, "Modern Day Trojan Horse:  The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration," authors Sam Solomon, a former professor of shari'ah law and convert to Christianity, and Elias Al Maqdisi, an expert on Islamic teachings, explain the migration of Muslims to the Dar-al-Harb, the "land of war," as a religious edict with a basis in Islamic doctrine.  They delineate the step-by-step process of this 1,400-year-old strategy of conquest. It is a transitional strategy which they characterize as the most important step in spreading Islam and preparing for jihad.  From their carefully delineated treatise on Hijra, it is clear that migration in concert with military conquest comprise the bookends of Islamic expansionism. 

Solomon and Al Maqdisi review the phases of the Hijra and its juristic or legal basis in Islamic doctrine.  Under the cover of taquiya or deception, the step-by-step methodology of the migration process is designed to subdue, then, subjugate the host culture, culminating in implementation of shari'ah law. 

The beginning phase of Islamization usually includes activities pivotal to building a physical presence. It consists of public calls to prayer; founding of schools, libraries and research centers; and the teaching of Arabic -- actions that appear to be reasonable and respectable infrastructure requirements necessary to support the presence of a faith.  At this point in the Hijra, it is permissible for Muslims to engage in haram, or forbidden actions, out of necessity to establish and empower the umma or Muslim community.  Koranic rules such as the prohibition against friendships with infidels are suspended while the objectives of future Islamization are systematically put into place. In its initial phase, the Hijra passes scrutiny by the West whose citizens erroneously view the migration as mainly economic -- a pilgrimage for a better life.

Solomon and Maqdisi examine the comprehensive strategy that begins with the establishment of the umma or Muslim community. The mosque becomes the locus of power, a strategic base and the center of all activities.  They explain how in this embryonic phase, a top priority is the scouting for new arrivals to expand and empower the existing Muslim community.  Muslim leaders offer solicitous assistance and helpful suggestions for schools, housing, mosque worship, halal markets and other services to ingratiate themselves with new arrivals and bring them into the local Muslim community.  Agents of local mosques, ever alert for new immigrants and potential converts, engage in subtle forms of indoctrination and police local Muslims.

This first step of establishing the mosque as the center of local Islamic life and activities is mistakenly viewed by non-Muslims as merely the benign construction of houses of worship.  Its true goal escapes notice, that of firmly establishing a purposeful non-integrated Muslim identity to advance the goal of Islamization.

Once the consolidation of the Muslim community occurs under the radar, the purposeful fight for special status and shari'ah follows. As dictated by the Koran and Sunnah, segregation from non-Muslims is a natural outcome of the advancement of the Hijra. 

Visible changes begin to be apparent as the Muslim population achieves more of a critical mass.  Over time, the dress code, often beginning with a hijab in segregated enclaves and moving toward the complete covering of a neqab in the public sphere, separates Muslim women from men and from non-Muslim women.  Eventually, as the host population becomes familiarized with what they believe to be the requirements of religious piety, demands are made for segregation at public facilities, in the workplace and at schools and universities. Requests for halal food, shari'ah-compliant financial transactions and the addition of Muslim holidays to public calendars further elevate the Muslim community with a special status making them separate and distinct. 

All demands are initially presented as benign attempts to accommodate the religious requirements of devout Muslims. Any actions to suppress them are decried as religious discrimination.  In the United States, requests for separate swimming and gym hours for Muslim men and women, demands for identification photos for licenses for women wearing hijabs and refusals to handle pork products or don immodest dress in the workplace have appeared.  At this point, representatives of the Muslim community are often working cooperatively with the host government to bring about change.  As Solomon and Maqdisi explain, the idea is to get the host society accustomed to Muslim buildings, customs, holidays, dress and food.  Newcomers are encouraged by Muslim leadership to become citizens, vote and run for political office to increase the umma's influence.

At the university level, students are indoctrinated to become advocates for Islam, engage in interfaith activities and da'wa or proselytization and train for jihad.  Non-Muslims professors are solicited through zakat or payments to present courses favorable to Islam and write and speak publicly to promote Islam. The bequeathal by Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talal of $20 million dollars for Islamic study centers at Harvard and Georgetown universities, respectively, was a gesture to insure the promulgation of positive research, publications and presentations toward Islam. 

In "Modern Day Trojan Horse," Solomon and Maqdisi point out that as Muslims gain power and mass in the host country, consolidation of identity occurs, as well as strengthening of their infrastructure of mosques, schools, clubs, organizations and media.  The doctrine of taquiya is firmly in place as Muslims hide behind the dictates of their religious devotion and seek cultural changes in the land of the non-Muslim or kuffar.  At this more advanced stage, attempts are made to silence opponents and curry favor. The judicious use of zakat elicits favorable views of Muslims and Islam from politicians, representatives from the media and other organizations.  For example, within the last couple of years in the United States, the words, "jihad" and "Islamofascism," have been expunged from the lexicon of government officials and the words, "Islamic" and "terrorism," are rarely paired.  In Europe, which is further advanced in this process, a dangerous turn materialized with the murder of filmmaker ,Theo Van Gogh, who produced a film on the subjugation of women in Islam, and with death threats against Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilder for his outspoken criticism of Islam.

As Islamization of the host culture proceeds apace, preparations begin for learning the skills necessary for jihad.  Young jihadists may travel to their countries of origin for further indoctrination and terrorist training.  This development has been noted within Somali Muslim communities in Minnesota and Tennessee. Young Muslims have disappeared to Somalia to rendezvous with Al Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.

As the resident Muslim community becomes more established and begins to wield considerable power in the political arena, pressure is brought to bear on politicians to permit shari'ah law courts in exchange for Muslim votes.  This is very much evident in Britain where parallel systems of legal jurisprudence currently coexist.  Muslim inhabitants of the host country are pressured to follow shari'ah law in lieu of the prevailing legal system.  Several recent legal decisions by non-Muslim judges in Europe have referenced shari'ah law as a standard for verdicts concerning Muslims.

As the intensity of the hijra advances, the appearance of open ghettos or Muslim-only regions occurs.  These are areas where non-Muslims are essentially prohibited and where, if they enter, they actually may be physically threatened.  Such no-go zones, where even non-Muslim community workers are unwelcome, exist throughout Europe today.  Remarkably, Muslim movements are never restricted; they venture freely anywhere in the host country. 

As Solomon and Maqdisi point out, the Hijra is a comprehensive and direct political attempt to undermine the culture and values of the host country and replace them with Islam and shari'ah.  It is an insidious migration seeking transformation of the culture, behaviors, customs, rules and laws of a host society to spread Islam and establish an Islamic state.  The stages of the Hijra are very much evident in varying degrees in all Western societies today.  Ironically, our open democratic societies with constitutionally mandated freedoms of speech, religion and assembly have facilitated this march toward the very demise of our way of life. 

"Modern Day Trojan Horse" should be required reading for all citizens of Western democracies who urgently need to understand the Hijra and the threat it represents.  The book sounds the alarm for the cautious evaluation of what may appear to be innocent religious practice in our midst but has sinister motives to transform our societies forever. 
Posted on 08/16/2009 7:31 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Something's Wrong With Big Bang

I've seen this video linked in a couple of different places and what is striking to me, which no one seems to be picking up on, is that it offers a strong refutation to the big bang theory. Remarkably, the video itself talks about the big bang and doesn't see the contradiction this evidence presents. These galaxies are so far away, according to the big bang theory, they represent a time when the universe is only a half a billion years old, which if the big bang theory were correct, one would expect to see a large degree of chaos. Instead we see the same degree of order we see at close distances and hence at later times. Something's wrong with big bang, but no one wants to admit it.

It's a beautiful video regardless.

Posted on 08/16/2009 9:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 16 August 2009
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)

Watch and listen here.

Posted on 08/16/2009 9:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 August 2009
What Passes For Debate On The Killing Of Bahais

Watch and listen here.

Posted on 08/16/2009 10:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 August 2009
British Municipal Pools are Imposing the Burkini

British swimming pools are imposing Muslim dress codes on non-Muslims so you won't be needing that suntan lotion.

Posted on 08/16/2009 11:01 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 16 August 2009
The Obvious In Iraq -- Now If Only The Obvious Would Start To Be Understood

From Reuters: 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has abandoned plans to hold its first census in two decades this year because of fears the survey could inflame tensions in northern areas disputed by Arabs and Kurds, officials said on Sunday.

The census planned for October was expected to map Iraq's ethnic make-up after six years of war triggered by the 2003 U.S. invasion. The survey was seen as likely to either encourage reconciliation or fan the feuds threatening Iraq's stability.

It was to be the first census to include Kurdish areas in Iraq's north since 1987 and would have involved a quarter of a million teachers fanning out across the country to seek data on Iraq's diverse population.

Planning Minister Ali Baban said his ministry was ready from a "technical standpoint" to conduct the census.

"But after hearing the fears, concerns and reservations of political groups in Kirkuk and Nineveh, we decided to slow down the process and the census has been postponed indefinitely," he told reporters in the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Najaf.

Mehdi al-Alak, who heads Iraq's Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology (COSIT), said the agency had proposed delaying the census until either April or October 2010. The cabinet would decide which date was best, he said.

Ethnic Kurds claim the northern city of Kirkuk and the vast oil fields it sits over as their ancestral capital and want it incorporated into their semi-autonomous northern enclave, a move fiercely opposed by the city's Turkmen and Arabs.

Ousted dictator Saddam Hussein enticed thousands of Arabs from Iraq's south to relocate to Kirkuk in order to dilute the Kurdish influence there. Since his fall, Arab and Turkmen leaders say the Kurdish authorities have reversed the process by sending thousands of Kurds to settle in Kirkuk.

The northern province of Nineveh is likewise dotted with areas claimed by Kurds.

The census would have shed light on the actual ethnic composition of those areas. Many Arab and Turkmen leaders in Kirkuk opposed the survey there, and have also opposed holding a referendum on the city's fate.

(Reporting by Aseel Kami in Baghdad and a reporter in Najaf; Editing by Michael Christie)

Posted on 08/16/2009 11:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Smile, You're On Candid Camera

The government, apparently, is thinking of installing closed circuit television cameras in the homes of the 20,000 worst behaved families, or rather households, in Britain, so that they are under surveillance twenty-four hours a day.

I have a better idea, in fact a far better idea: instead of the 20,000 households, government ministers should themselves be under twenty-four hour video surveillance. The tapes should be broadcast daily so that we, their constituents and paymasters, can see and hear what they are up to.

The reasoning is obvious. I grant that the 20,000 households whose members behave badly can and probably do cause a lot of misery; no one is more opposed to bad behaviour than I. But a few government ministers can cause so much misery that the misery caused by the 20,000 worst households pales into insignificance by comparison.

Even in these days of a surfeit of ministers, surveillance of them would be considerably cheaper than surveillance of 20,000 households. Furthermore, the small amount of information gathered would make it easy to analyse, comparatively-speaking, and therefore to act upon. To take an obvious example of the benefit such surveillance could have secured if it had been employed in the past: does anyone suppose that, if Mr Brown had been under such surveillance, he would have sold Britain's gold reserves in the way that he did, or that, had he done so, he would now be where he is?

But let us turn from the realm of satire to the realm of reality: not so very far to travel these days, as it happens, and getting less far every day. Indeed, one could run a competition along these lines: invite contestants to send a satirical proposal for a social policy. There would be two prize-winners: the contestant whose proposal was adopted by the government first, and the contestant whose proposal was adopted by the government last. Thus, both realism and imagination would be duly rewarded.

The 20,000 psychopathic households (a number, of course, plucked from the air, like most government numbers) are by now no strangers to the wonders of CCTV. They are likely to be already installed nearly everywhere they go. Not for nothing is Britain home to a third of such cameras in the whole world; every Briton is a star of screen many times a day.

As anyone who has recently attended a trial of a serious criminal case in Britain will attest, it is surprising how much of modern life is captured on video. It is rarely that the criminal has been caught by means to CCTV footage; but once he is so caught, his movements can usually be traced by means of such footage.

This being the case, the criminal classes, if such an expression is still permissible, are already quite used to CCTV cameras and know that they have nothing to fear from them. They are to society's attempts at crime prevention what crying wolf is to guarding a flock of sheep. Indeed, they are rather worse: for once you know that you can behave badly on camera and get away with it, you come to feel invulnerable. It is quite possible that they actually provoke the bad behaviour they are supposed to discourage.

The deeply sinister proposal - so horrible, in fact, that only people almost devoid of moral sense or feeling could make it or mean it having made it - is, in fact, emblematic of what has been wrong with British social policy for many years.

In essence, it amounts to this: first the government creates the fiscal, economic, and ideological conditions in which social pathology is, if not quite inevitable, at least highly encouraged, and then it limps after it with technocratic solutions that don’t work, but that have the enormous advantage of employing large numbers of people. When a technocratic solution does not work, as inevitably it does not, the reason is obvious: because it has not been tried on a large enough scale, or with sufficient funds to sustain it. So the answer to the failure of technocracy is always more technocracy. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again: for eternal failure is by far the best, perhaps the only, guarantee of continued funds.

There has, of course, always been bad behaviour. No policy will rid the world of crime, stupidity, laziness and the rest. There never was a golden age in which everyone said please and thank you as he should, in which all men were gentlemen and all women virtuous (and how boring such a golden age would have been!).

Still, one cannot help but feel that we have gone slightly too far in the other direction, that the famous pendulum of which so many people speak in the nervous hope that things will right themselves has swung too far away from the direction of bourgeois propriety. And among the reasons we have gone too far in the opposite direction is that the government has encouraged us - or perhaps I should more accurately say some of us who might have thought that we had little to lose - to do so.

There is now no unromantic reason why man and woman, mother and father, should stay together, at least in the lower reaches of society. I am, of course, in favour of romance, like everyone else; but it is rather a frail reed from which to build the infrastructure of society. Take but fiscal advantage and social opprobrium (commonly known as stigma) away, and hark what discord follows! Where once there was duty and self-respect, there is now the social worker and the child-protection officer - the latter terrified of being exposed either as a total incompetent or as an evil cradle-snatcher, or both, since they are not mutually exclusive.

Rather than admit that all its policies have conduced to the development of psychopathy as a pronounced social trait, and therefore reverse them, the government wants to install CCTV cameras in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms: with what one might call the enforcement apparatus of romanticism, of the view that the greatest freedom which a man can enjoy is the freedom from consequences. But consequences are like nature: though you toss them out with a pitchfork, yet they return.

Posted on 08/16/2009 11:38 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
The Stealth Jihad of Hijra- Muslim Immigration- Exposed

Janet Levy has a review, “The Hijra,”   in the American Thinker of a new book, Modern Day Trojan Horse:  The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration by colleagues of Geert Wilders, Sam Solomon and Elias Al Maqdisi. 

As Levy points out the thesis of the Solomon Al Magdisi slim volume is that Hijra-the Mecca to Medina migration of Mohammed the origin myth of Islam in the Quran - is all about the spread of Islamization and Western accommodation.  Major Wahhabi-backed Mosques throughout America are named after the Hijra such the Dar al-Hijra in Falls Church, Virginia with an American-born Imam who had fled the US after engaging in recruiting Jihadis for Al Qaeda. Note this from a Washington Post 2008 report:

Even before the 2001 terrorist attacks, American-born imam Anwar al-Aulaqi drew the attention of federal authorities because of his possible connections to al-Qaeda. Their interest grew after 9/11, when it turned out that three of the hijackers had spent time at his mosques in California and Falls Church, but he was allowed to leave the country in 2002.

"There is good reason to believe Anwar Aulaqi has been involved in very serious terrorist      activities since leaving the United States, including plotting attacks against America and our allies," said a U.S. counterterrorism official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Aulaqi, 36, was the spiritual leader in 2001 and 2002 of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, one of the largest in the country. In a taped interview posted this New Year's Eve on a British Web site, Aulaqi said that while in prison in Yemen, he had undergone multiple interrogations by the FBI that included questions about his dealings with the Sept. 11 hijackers.

"I don't know if I was held because of that, or because of the other issues they presented," Aulaqi said without elaborating. He said he would like to travel outside Yemen but would not do so "until the U.S. drops whatever unknown charges it has against me." Aulaqi did not respond to requests for an interview.

The accommodation of Islam by feckless Americans as Levy chronicled in her review  has covered a number of ‘engagements” from demands for foot baths, time off for prayer observances for Ramadan, using tax-payer funds for Charter schools such the Tarek ibn Zayed Academy in Minnesota  organized by Muslim Brotherhood front, Muslim American Society in violation of the Construction Clause of The First Amendment, and the insinuation of Shariah finance into our banking system.  As a participant in the NER Nashville Symposium, “Understanding Jihad in Europe, Israel and America,” Levy, was exposed to the emergence of home grown young American Somali Jihadis recruited by radical Imams, some of whom have been murdered by Somali al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab.  The recent protests by Coloradans Against Shariah Task Force (CAST) against Somali- imposed observances of Ramadan starting on August 21st at the JBS Swift meat packing plant in Greeley, Colorado are exemplary of stealth jihad under the guise of Hjira.

Solomon and Al Madisi have authenticity given their peculiar positions as experts in Sharia and Muslim apostates, outline the importance of Hijra.  Levy notes how the West is euchred via Hijra:

In their compelling book, "Modern Day Trojan Horse:  The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration," authors Sam Solomon, a former professor of shariah law and convert to Christianity, and Elias Al Maqdisi, an expert on Islamic teachings, explain the migration of Muslims to the Dar-al-Harb, the "land of war," as a religious edict with a basis in Islamic doctrine.  They delineate the step-by-step process of this 1,400-year-old strategy of conquest. It is a transitional strategy which they characterize as the most important step in spreading Islam and preparing for jihad.  From their carefully delineated treatise on Hijra, it is clear that migration in concert with military conquest comprise the bookends of Islamic expansionism. 

Solomon and Al Maqdisi review the phases of the Hijra and its juristic or legal basis in Islamic doctrine.  Under the cover of taqiyya or deception, the step-by-step methodology of the migration process is designed to subdue, then, subjugate the host culture, culminating in implementation of shariah law. 

 

The beginning phase of Islamization usually includes activities pivotal to building a physical presence. It consists of public calls to prayer; founding of schools, libraries and research centers; and the teaching of Arabic -- actions that appear to be reasonable and respectable infrastructure requirements necessary to support the presence of a faith.  At this point in the Hijra, it is permissible for Muslims to engage in haram, or forbidden actions, out of necessity to establish and empower the umma or Muslim community.  Koranic rules such as the prohibition against friendships with infidels are suspended while the objectives of future Islamization are systematically put into place. In its initial phase, the Hijra passes scrutiny by the West whose citizens erroneously view the migration as mainly economic -- a pilgrimage for a better life.

 

That ‘better life’ migration or Hijra by Muslim here in America is simply setting the stage for the enablers of the world wide Caliphate, the  Muslim Brotherhood fronts, identified in the federal Holy Land Foundation trial as unindicted co-conspirators, to achieve their objective of Sharia supplanting our Constitution.  As one CAST protest sign read:   "Shariah law is treason."

Posted on 08/16/2009 2:36 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 16 August 2009
American Jailhouse Jihadis

Patrick Dunleavy,  former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of the upcoming book, "The Fertile Soil of Jihad" has a veritable dossier on the proliferation of Jailhouse Jihadis in an Investigative Project (IPT) report, “The Roots of Radical Islam in Prison.” 

We had the recent New York City bomb plot fomented in an FBI sting operation at a Newburgh, New York Mosque involving Jailhouse Jihadis that caused a momentary stir given the targets, a Jewish Center in the Riverdale Bronx section.  Dunleavy chronicles former jailhouse Jihadis, both converts and natural Islam adherents who have been engaged in terrorist actions here in America, who received training in the Middle East.  Dunleavy gives us the latest exemplar of Jailhouse Jihadis, Warith Deen Umar, a former Nation of Islam adherent ‘converted’ to Wahhabism who became a Muslim prison chaplain with bizarre anti-Semitic views and pro-Jihadi views against all infidels, picked up in an IPT earlier report on his talk at the recent Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Washington.  The very same ISNA that David Gaubatz was ejected from that we reported in  the NER, “David Gaubatz, CAIR and the ISNA.”

Here is Dunleavy’s account of Umar’s ISNA convention:

Recently, the Investigative Project on Terrorism exposed a bigoted rant by a speaker at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)'s recent national convention. Warith Deen Umar spun outlandish theories about Jews controlling the world, about Hurricane Katrina being a form of Allah's wrath in response to homosexuality, and argued that the Holocaust was a divine punishment of Jews for being "serially disobedient to Allah."

ISNA officials' response was disappointing. They neither apologized for inviting Umar nor specifically challenged the substance of what he had to say. Rather, they tried to portray the organization as the victim of Umar's misrepresentation, saying the program was described as offering a "blue print for world peace. Christians, Jews and Muslims have common roots; focuses on the unique position Jewish people are in to move the world toward peace."

Talk about ducking responsibility. At the convention, Umar said "So, my conclusion is that there should be more jihad. But people don't want to hear that. They're scared."

Umar, born Wallace Gene Marks on July 23, 1944 was arrested in 1971 as part of a conspiracy to kill New York City Police officers.[i]

At that time he was a member of the Nation of Islam and had taken the name of Wallace 10x. He converted to the Wahhabi sect of Islam while serving time on weapons charges and became a fervent Salafist. The Salafi strand of Islam espouses that Islam was in its purest form during the days of the Prophet Muhammad. Salafism is a term that is often used interchangeably with Wahhabism, which holds to the purging of all things non-Islamic from the world, and the common goal of creating a world Islamic state.

Upon his release from prison, Umar was granted a certificate of relief from the Parole Board and hired by the Department of Corrections as a Muslim Chaplain in 1976.[ii]

One of his first duties was to visit Green Haven State Prison's Sankore Mosque. It was there in 1978 he initially preached a radical form of Islam which included statements against the United States.[iii]

Then came the 1980s.

Prison populations exploded during the crack epidemic of the late 1980s and early 90s. The population of U.S-born inmates increased an estimated 85 percent. For foreign-born inmates, however, the population increased by more than 200 percent. Many of them were from countries with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic organizations like Hamas, Hizballah, Al Qaeda, or Jamaat al Fuqra.[iv]

In a post on an interview with a Muslim prison chaplain in 2008, we noted the dynamics of the ‘conversion processes.

In prison, religion is a hotly energizing force, and Islam is spreading swiftly. Even Muslim leaders and scholars say they have been surprised by the pace of prison conversions, though national research on religion in prison is scarce. In what may be the most dramatic example, one researcher says the majority of inmates are Muslim at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, the largest in the country.

In prison, conversion – largely by other prisoners – is the source of Islam’s spread. The prison movement, rooted in the Nation of Islam era of Elijah Muhammed and Malcolm X, initially was mostly African-American. Now, although blacks still predominate, more Hispanics and whites are converting, too. Experts say the Nation’s influence is waning, and Sunni and Shiite traditions are gaining ground.

Nearly half of the prisons in the U.S. report the existence of separate gangs for Muslim inmates. Some prison gangs adopt a form of Islam that incorporates values of gang loyalty and violence, so-called “Jailhouse Islam”. These reports show that the Five Percenters are the single largest nationwide, followed closely by Nation of Islam and Fruits of Islam. Some gangs thought to be just ordinary street gangs are now posturing inside some prisons in some parts of the country as having an Islamic identity.

Some Muslim inmates, when they arrive in prison, are already members of a particular gang. Others, however, start attending Islamic services for protection and eventually accept Islam. This phenomenon of temporary conversion to Islam for protection only has been labeled “Prislam” by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

However, according to the Harley Lappin, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the percent of self-identified Muslim federal inmates has remained stable for nearly a decade, at a little less than 10,000 inmates or 6% of the federal inmate population.

In the U.S., women converts to Islam outnumber men converts four to one.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, slightly over 2% of the total federal Muslim population identifies itself as following the Nation of Islam.

People are converting to Islam for a number of reasons: some do so for mostly personal reasons, while others become Muslims on the basis of the cultural, social and spiritual characteristics of Islam. The followings are some key aspects that draw many people, particularly Christians and Jews, to Islam:

Conversion to Islam is relatively simple, involving only Shahadah, the declaration of Faith: There is no God except Allah; Muhammad is Allah’s Final Messenger. People find it much easier than a lengthy process of religious education and series of formal rituals.

Dunleavy’s forthcoming book based on his 25 years in the New York State Prison system  should be must reading by Senator Joseph Lieberman’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on where many of our home grown Jihadi terrorists are being created, in jail. The interview with a Muslim federal prison chaplain  raises the serious questions as to why this conversion process is enabled by tax-payer dollars.

 

Posted on 08/16/2009 3:32 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Sunday Study-Hall

For those who have not yet bought and read Bat Ye'or's The Dhimmi, or The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam, or Eurabia, here is an article about Islam and the Dhimmi that can be easily read and digested.

So read it. Today. Tomorrow. Sometime this week. You have time.

And then send it on to others.

You can find it right here.

Posted on 08/16/2009 3:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Stranger danger

In The Sunday Times, Jenni Russell echoes my thoughts on the damage done by creating barriers between adults and children:

There’s just one element of the stories of my childhood that fascinates my own children. It’s not the absence of mobile phones, or the idea of a world before the internet. It’s the fact that so many of my small crises ended in the same way: with my being rescued by the kind intervention of an unknown man. Whether I was a nine-year-old being kicked to the ground by a gang of girls in the park, a 14-year-old lost in the Welsh hills on a walking holiday or a 12-year-old who had taken a bad fall from a horse and couldn’t ride home, it was adult men who stepped in without hesitation to stop the fighting or give me a lift or bandage my grazed arms.

I might as well be telling my children about life with the Cherokee Indians. This isn’t a world they know, where children expect to explore by themselves and where passing men and women are the people you turn to when things go wrong. Their generation have been taught from the time they start school that all strangers may be dangerous and all men are threats. So children have become frightened of adults, and adults – terrified that any interaction of theirs might be misinterpreted – have become equally frightened of them.

[...]

That these norms are taking hold is a sign of a sick society. What we are creating here is mass mutual distrust. First, children were warned about adults; now adults are being warned about children. It is bad for all of us; bad for our humanity, our happiness and our sense of belonging to anything but a narrow, trusted group. It is also disastrous for any hope of improving social mobility or social cohesion. The effects of this coldness and detachment will be worst for those who need adult guidance and contact most: those children who are growing up without strong social networks around them.

Do read it all - there are some alarming examples. And from the comments to my article when it first appeared in Pajamas Media, things are just as bad in America.

Posted on 08/16/2009 3:42 PM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 16 August 2009
The New Time Gospel Hour

That Old Time Gospel is so, like, totally over. Here's the New Time Gospel, inshallah:

Swing low, sweet Shariah
Coming for to chop off your hand...

Posted on 08/16/2009 3:58 PM by Mary Jackson

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