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These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 23, 2009.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
In Sierra Leone, Muslims vows to boycott Standard Times if…

Readers might recall this story that I posted last week. Muslims burning a church and the editor of the Standard Times describing the criminals who did it as "Muslim fanatics" and Muslim rebels".
The truth hurts and the Muslims of Sierra Leone are now proving how correct that description was by threatening the editor, Philip Neville.
This is from another Sierra Leone paper the Awareness Times.
Following the publication of two front page articles by the Standard Times Newspaper on Tuesday 16th June 2009 captioned "’Muslim Fanatics’ may ignite religious war in Sierra Leone" and on Thursday 18th June 2009 captioned "Muslim Rebels’ may ignite religious war", which were said to have offended most Muslims in Sierra Leone, Muslims on Thursday 18th June 2009, declared a national boycott on the Standard Times Newspaper; meaning, all Muslims should not purchase or even read this paper if the author of the said article, Philip Neville, refuses to retract the said publications and openly apologize to the Muslim community.
Another panelist Sheik Alie Kallay, who happens to be a columnist at the Standard Times Newspaper’s religious column, informed audience that after Neville’s first publication of this offensive article, he confronted and cautioned him and advised him to consult senior Muslim authorities like him before publishing such articles again, but Neville proved arrogant to him and went ahead to do the second publication. He however cautioned Muslims not to take the law into their hands, but wait for the appropriate authorities to handle the matter legally.
"Sierra Leoneans have far long been enjoying peaceful religious tolerance so people like Neville should not be allowed to destroy it with his inciting articles. We are calling on Neville to tender a public apology and retract his articles", said one angry caller. Other ‘texters’ and callers were angrily demanding for the public announcement of Neville’s residential address so that they could go there and teach him a bitter lesson he will never forget.
When contacted on the phone line, the Standard Times CEO, Philip Neville, made haste to assert that his articles did not refer to all Muslims as rebels, but to a very small group of people in the guise of the Muslim faith who violated the ethics of the faith by burning down a church.
"I could have wasted no time to apologize if my article was referring to all Muslims, but I will never apologize to a small group of rebels who used the guise of the Muslim faith to burn down a church. Similarly, if the act was done by a group people acting under the guise of the Christian faith, I would have called them Christian rebels" the author said, adding that his article was blown out of proportion by two senior Sheiks who were unfortunately overcame by sentiments and emotions and who willfully ignored the substance of the publication.
Mr Neville is exercising Christian forebearance by confining his comments to the arsonists only. However these "rebels" (I think he means rebellious against the concept of proper behaviour) do have form. The Chapel in Pamoronko, Calaba September 2008 where Christians dared to hold a service during Ramadan. The incidents in this report from 1998.
Which explains why the Christians of Sierra Leone are of the muscular variety. And God bless them.

Posted on 06/23/2009 1:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Intra-Taliban squabbles resolved

From Dawn.com in Pakistan:

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A gunman shot dead on Tuesday a militant commander who was a rival to Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, police said.

The militant commander, known as Qari Zainuddin, had recently given statements to the media opposing Mehsud. He was killed in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, police said.

‘I confirm that Qari Zainuddin has been shot dead,’ Salahuddin, superintendent of police in the city, told Reuters.

It was not clear who was behind the killing, he said.

[...]

A Taliban faction leader who criticized the militant group’s Pakistani head has been shot dead, reportedly by one of his own guards.

Dr. Mahmood Khan Bitani told The Associated Press that he pronounced Qari Zainuddin dead on arrival Tuesday at a hospital in the northwest with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Baz Mohammad, an aide of the militant leader who also was wounded, says a guard barged into a room at Zainuddin’s compound after morning prayers and opened fire.

Zainuddin’s strong statements against Mehsud in recent days had led to speculation authorities were encouraging him to stand up to his rival, Mehsud.

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:14 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Shahrukh Khan gets a 'fatwa'

From One India
The controversy surrounding Shahrukh Khan's controversial comments on Prophet Mohammad refuses to die down. Now an Islamic seminary has issued a fatwa (legal ruling) against Bollywood Star. The fatwa issued by Mufti Mohammed Shoeb Raza Qadri and Mufti Muti-ur-Rehman of the Darul-uloom-Mazhar-e- Islam who stated that the entire Muslim community was hurt by Shahrukh's comments.
Mufti Mohammed called Shahrukh a Kafir (non-believer) and said such person should be thrown out of Islam. He also said that in an Islamic state such remarks would have called for a death penalty against the accused. He also added that Shahrukh's marriage 
with Gauri was nullified and Shahrukh must not be allowed to be buried in any Muslim graveyard.
Bareilly-based Markazi Darul Ifta which is a authority for issuing fatwas however dismissed the fatwas issued by clerics. They stated that since Shahrukh has issued clarification that he was misrepresented in his alleged statements he should not be held guilty.
Last week an NGO by the name of Mumbai Aman Committee had filed complain against Shahrukh for his comments. They had asked the police file a case under section 504 of the IPC (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).
Shahrukh Khan is one of the Indian film industries biggest stars, a serious actor not just a romantic fluff merchant.  He is Muslim, born in India of parents who moved from what became Pakistan (and with an Afghan ancestry) just before partition. His wife is a Hindu lady and their children are being raised in the knowledge of both faiths. The religion of their pet dog Chewbacca is not known.
He gave an interview to a style magazine when he was asked the usual fatuous questions one of which was name who you think were the greatest and worst people in history. Mohammed found himself on the worst list. This was a misprint says Shah; I love the prophet Mohammed and he should have been up there on my good list along with Ghandi and Mother Teresa. I suspect that even including Mohammed in the same sentence as a Hindu and Christian kufir is enough to merit a fatwa in some quarters.

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Another church eviction in Zanzibar

A month ago, Esmerelda posted a story of a church in Tanzania being evicted by radical Muslims.  Today, more of the same.  From Compass Direct News:

A pastor in Zanzibar City said his church is without a worship place after government officials, at the instigation of radical Islamists, evicted the congregation from their rented building on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island off the coast of East Africa.

With just two days’ notice, government officials ordered Christians of the Church of God Zanzibar from their rented government building effective April 19, ostensibly to pave the way for renovations. But two months later, said pastor Lucian Mgayway, no renovation work has begun and none appears to be forthcoming.

The government has not only failed to renovate the building but has since turned it into a business site, Pastor Mgaywa said. The church had been worshipping in the building since October 2000.

In evicting the church from its building in the Kariakoo area of Zanzibar City, Pastor Mgaywa said, the government gave in to partisan demands.

“Our being told to vacate the premise by the government was a calculated move to disintegrate the church and to please the Muslims who do not want us to be in this particular area,” he said.

[...]

The church’s 50 members had seen signs that the eviction was coming. With increasing frequency Muslim youths had passed by the church hurling insults because they felt Christians had intruded on their territory, Pastor Mgaywa said.

“The church had been experiencing stone-throwing on the roof of the building by the Muslims during worship service,” he said. He added that since the eviction notice, members of the congregation have been increasingly harassed by area Muslims.

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:39 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls

Marble Halls, marble halls! Nobody told me or Esme that NER possessed ‘marble halls’! Our first indication that such sublime and luxurious accomodations exist was when you, Artemis, gave the game away in this post.

It seems that I must be ‘Thaddeus’ to Esme’s ‘Arline’. Are you our gipsy ‘Devilshoof’, Artemis, or do you sing "Down with the daring slave"; we who are shackled most cruelly to our keyboards need to know?
 
“Then you'll remember me” and my brave challenge, I have no doubt, but here’s my question for you: "Is no succour near at hand?"
 
(Perhaps, of course, our witty commenter reactionry might phrase that last a little differently – ‘Is no sucker near at hand’ he might write; but, equally, that could be Mistress Jackson’s take also, and dependent only on how one interprets, or pronounces, the third word of that aria’s title.)
 
 
There is also, as one would expect, some further explanation at this site.
 
 
Toodle-oo, and thank-you so much.
Posted on 06/23/2009 6:39 AM by John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
French Parliament Creates Group to Study Burqa

Of course it would be better to have a commission study the effect of Islam on France in general, rather than one effect on Muslim women in France alone. Banning the burqa is a step in the right direction, but it is a small step. France is still on the road to dhimmitude if other, more sweeping policy changes are not enacted, such as changing the current policy promoting a Mediterranean Union.

PARIS (AP) — French parliament created a commission Tuesday to study the wearing of body-covering burqas and niqabs in France, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Islamic garment turns women into prisoners.

The 32-member commission, with members from France's four major political parties, will hold hearings that could lead to legislation banning burqas from being worn in public.

Some critics have warned that studying the issue could stigmatize France's Muslims.

France has Western Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated at 5 million. A small but growing group of French women wear burqas and niqabs, which either cloak the entire body or cover everything but the eyes.

On Monday, Sarkozy told lawmakers he supported banning burqas in public, calling them "a sign of debasement" for women.

"We cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity," Sarkozy said. "It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic."

Last week, a group of 60 lawmakers from all political parties signed a petition demanding a parliamentary inquiry on the wearing of burqas. Muslim groups and government officials say it is difficult to know how many women wear burqas and niqabs in France, but estimate the number to be at least in the hundreds. They are far less prevalent than simpler Muslim head scarves.

The commission is expected within six months to complete its work, which could lead to a proposed law on burqas.

A similar type of commission led to a 2004 law banning the wearing of Muslim head scarves at public schools, along with Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses...

Posted on 06/23/2009 7:53 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Rick Warren To Address Islamic Society of North America Conference

This is the same Rick Warren who signed a dialogue-seeking letter in which Christian theologians and ministers responded to an initiative by 138 Muslim leaders by apologizing for the medieval Crusades and "excesses in the war on terror."

And the same Rick Warren who called God the "most compassionate and most merciful" and referred to Jesus as "Isa" during his speech at the Obama Inaugural.

Now he is speaking at this year's ISNA conference along with Siraj Wahhaj. Did I mention John Esposito will be there too? I wonder if the FBI will set up a booth this year.

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:58 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
July 4 Atlanta Tea Party Cancelled

Jason Lee writes:

 
With as many as 20,000 people attendance, the Atlanta Tea Party on April 15 was one of the largest and most successful Tea Parties in the country. The Atlanta Tea Party on July 4, 2009 had been expected to be just as large. Unfortunately, plans have changed.Simon Property Group has forced the cancellation of the Atlanta Tea Party.

The Atlanta Tea Party was
forced to cancel its Independence Day celebration in Gwinnett, after losing its location due to the objection of Gwinnett Place Mall (a Simon company.) The Tea Party had been scheduled to take place in the parking lot of the old Macy's building atGwinnett Place since March.


"It is unfortunate the event had to be canceled," said Julianne Thompson, event co-organizer. She continued, "The old Macy's building is on private property, and not owned bySimonMalls, however the mall manager asked the property owner and I to come in the office on Thursday of this week [June 18], and told us Simon does not want political events on its property. They were also concerned about the fact we were using the term "protest." Although the event was on private property, the mall was able to assert authority on the matter due to reciprocal property easement agreements.
 
Event Co-Chair Debbie Dooley stated, "Our Atlanta Tea Party team tried for the next day and a half to find an alternative location large enough for the event, and with the proper layout for our vendors, children's activities, and fireworks show, but we could not find anything suitable that would have been available on July 4th.
 
With just a few days left until the Fourth of July Tea Parties begin, this is very unfortunate timing!One wonders why Simon Property Group waited until now to interfere.
 
Liberal Atlanta paper's snarky reaction.
 
Following the money, connecting the dots:
 
  1. Gwinnett Place Mall shut down the Atlanta Tea Party.

  2. Simon Property Group owns Gwennett Place Mall.

  3. Melvin Simon (a Forbes 400 billionaire) is Co-chairman of Simon Property Group, Inc.

  4. Melvin Simon has provided large political contributions to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken, John Edwards, the DNC and many other Democrats and Democrat organizations.

  5. Melvin Simon was a major contributor to Barack Obama inaugural committee and has given at least $1 million to the William J. Clinton foundation.

  6. Melvin's wife, Bren, personally donated almost $100,000 to various political candidates, was a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, and contributed to President Obama's inaugural committee.

  7.  

Posted on 06/23/2009 4:13 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Germany discovers it has more Muslims than suspected

Can we assume that this is where President Obama's missing Muslims went?
From Monsters and Critics
Berlin. Germany has discovered it has more Muslims than suspected, with a government survey concluding on Tuesday that about 5 per cent of the entire population was Islamic.
The poll was funded by the Interior Ministry for a series of conferences between officials and Muslim groups, after complaints that there was no reliable information on the Islamic population or their views.
The survey report, released in Berlin by the Interior Ministry, calculated that about 4 million people in the country were Muslim, well up from the past estimates of 3.1 to 3.4 million based on immigration data. Germany's overall population is around 80 million.
Berlin opened the talks in 2006 with a range of Muslim and secular Turkish groups amid concerns about home-grown terrorism, but officials soon found at the meetings that Muslims had concerns of their own, especially about German public schools.
Muslim parents are annoyed that Christian children receive doctrine classes at schools during school hours, whereas religion teachers for the Muslim children are rare. Of those polled, 75 per cent said all Muslim pupils should be offered Islam classes.
Some parents also object to daughters being compelled to don bathing gear for school swimming classes or sleep in dormitories with boys present.
The survey found 7 per cent of Muslim girls skipped swim class and 10 per cent did not take part in overnight class excursions, often with a polite excuse, because schools refuse to provide single-sex arrangements.
In a summary, the ministry said access for Muslims to well paid jobs remained a problem, with many Muslim young people, especially Turkish youths, leaving school without qualifications, but social integration was better than most Germans believed.
The survey also suggested that Muslims may have some weight in German elections, since 45 per cent of the minority are German nationals, either by birth or by naturalization. The rest have kept the nationality of their country of origin.
This explains this report in the German edition of The Local
Islam on the way to legal equality with Christianity in Germany

Calls are growing in Germany for Islam to be granted the same legal status, rights and duties as other recognised religions, with the idea forming the main focus for this week’s Islam Conference. Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble of the conservative Christian Democratic Union has said this is his long-term aim, while the Greens this week urged the conference to take concrete steps in that direction.
But a number of formalities have to be fulfilled for the German constitution to recognise Islam as an official religious community, including the ability to provide teachers to give children education in state schools about their faith.
The Muslim communities in Germany are still a way away from this, Schäuble recently told the Tageszeitung.
He said the conference was, “a fair way along the road to reaching the point of being able to offer religion classes at schools to Islamic children. We have developed a more exact understanding together that one can only introduce religion classes in a partnership.”
He acknowledged the fact that the state governments have jurisdiction over education, and are far from accepting the idea of putting Islamic religion classes on an equal footing with Catholic and Evangelical classes. But he said: “This process needs time.

Schäuble perhaps unwittingly illustrated how far integration still had to go when he admitted forgetting to invite any Muslim representative to last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the German constitution. When asked why an invitation had not been sent out, he said: “We did not think about it. Integration is a learning process – also in my department.”
The Greens party this week drew up a discussion paper which set out further conditions which any formalised religious community would be expected to fulfil. This included active campaigning for religious freedom of non-Muslims, as well as working for the rights of Muslim women, and against anti-Semitism and against homophobic violence.
Germany’s Bishops’ Conference has also spoken out in favour of the long-term legal equality of Islam. Its secretary Hans Langendörfer wrote in a piece for the Tageszeitung it was, “fundamentally desirable that the Muslim community be set on a legally equal level as the Christian Churches. Above all, the status of a ‘legal public corporation’ is not a right exclusive to the churches.”
The Islam Conference meets on Thursday.

Posted on 06/23/2009 5:38 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Score one for Rep. Mark Kirk: House Appropriations Committee passes Iran Gasoline Sanctions

It took graphic videos of Baseji militia killing  an Iranian young woman protester ,“Neda”,  to bring about the long delayed Congressional sanctions against Iranian refined gasoline and diesel fuel suppliers.  Today the House Appropriation Committee  passed a bi-partisan amendment to the 2010 State-Foreign Operations appropriations measure  co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Brad Sherman (D-CA).  The Amendment  would prevent the U.S. Export-Import Bank from providing credit guarantees to firms that currently export refined gasoline and diesel fuel to Iran. As we have  posted, Iran obtains more than 2/5ths of its gasoiline and diesel fuel deliveries from foreign refiners. Among the companies heavily involved in the Iran gasoline trade are  the Swiss firm Vitol, the Swiss/Dutch firm Trafigura, the French firm Total, the Swiss firm Glencore, British Petroleum, and the Indian firm Reliance.

Rep. Kirk, whom we interviewed  in the NER last fall,  commented in a news release:

We know that Iran ’s greatest weakness remains its economic dependence on foreign gasoline.  While students are murdered in the streets of Tehran , we should not use taxpayer money to bolster the Iranian economy.

The news release goes on to note:

In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Export-Import Bank approved two separate loan guarantees totaling $900 million to expand the largest refinery owned by Reliance, which provides roughly one-third of Iran ’s daily import of gasoline.
 
The text of the amendment appears below:

Limitation on the Use of Funds by the Export-Import Bank Related to Iran.


None of the funds made available in Title VI under the headings “Program Account” and “Subsidy Appropriation” may be used by the Export-Import Bank of the United States to guarantee, insure, or extend credit for any project controlled by an energy producer or refiner that provides the Islamic Republic of Iran with significant refined petroleum resources, that materially contributes to Iran's capability to import refined petroleum resources, or that allows Iran to maintain or expand, in any material respect, its domestic production of refined petroleum resources, including any assistance in refinery construction, modernization, or repair.

We noted in a post in  March several Congressmen, including Reps. Kirk and Sherman who had requested an investigation into one of the refiners, Vitol:

Three years ago we advocated support of a moratorium against off shore deliveries of refined gasoline products to Iran. We considered it a powerful sanction to thwart nuclear weapons development - now a fait accompli, given revelations about enough enriched uranium in Iran by Joint Chief Head, Adm. Mullin, this weekend on a national news interview program.  Recently , several Members of Congress sent a letter requesting an investigation of a US DOE contract with the leading refiner of Iran’s gas and diesel fuel-Dutch Swiss oil trader and refiner, Vitol. The lawmakers are objecting to buying oil from Vitol for the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, because of its recent criminal involvement in the Iraq Food for Oil Scandal. But that is one of two investigations involving Vitol, the other is a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigation of Vitol's enormous speculative profit taking in last summer’s energy commodity futures oil bubble.

President Obama  called  the horrific and brutal oppression of protesters in Iran “appalling and outrageous” in today’s  White House Press Conference.  He could back this up by suggesting that the House Appropriations  Committee Iran gasoline sanctions measure be given expedited treatment  so that it ultimately  becomes law.  Only then will some measure of economic reality dawn on the Mullahs and their puppet President Ahmadinejad and contribute to  a collapse of the hated Islamic Republic.

Posted on 06/23/2009 9:20 PM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Selective sensitivity

We have seen the videos of Neda Agha Soltani, the young girl shot and killed in Tehran.  There are several videos of her death throes on YouTube: 

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They are horrible to watch.  I wish she had not attended the rally, I wish she had not been shot.

But I can't help think of little Muhammad Al Dura.  I can't help but think how his supposed "death throes" were just too terrible for French "journalist" Charles Enderlin to release to the public.  Years later, in court, it was revealed that no such "death throes" existed on the tape.  In fact, all that the tape shows is a boy squirming and peeking out from under his hand, after he has been pronounced "dead".

If only Neda's video had been a product of Pallywood.  If only Neda's death had been as staged and faked as Muhammad Al Dura's.  But she was not so lucky, because she faced not Jewish soldiers, but Muslim soldiers.   And there was no need to manufacture evidence of  their brutality.

Posted on 06/23/2009 10:18 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden

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