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These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 3, 2011.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Nairobi - Muslim leaders want Imam arrested over Al Shahbaab link

From The Nairobi Star

Islamic religious leaders have made fresh calls for the immediate arrest and detainment of an Imam accused of recruiting youth into al-Shabaab. Masjid Musa’s Imam Aboud Rogo is out on bond.

The clerics have accused the Judiciary of contributing to the recruitment of Kenyan youths to Al-Shabaab by giving bonds to ‘criminals’. “We know who has been recruiting youths into the militia, but we see him on the streets everyday. We fear that more youths will be killed in Somalia if no action is taken,” said Sheikh Hassan Omar of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya. . . . There are more mosques enticing youth with money in the South Coast. I will reveal their names and those of Imams recruiting the youth at a later date,”

The cleric on Thursday revealed that at least three mosques at the Coast are involved in the recruitment of youths into Al-Shabaab. He said the youths are given some Sh40,000 to join the militia and another Sh40,000 to start military training in Somalia.

Posted on 05/03/2011 2:26 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Social Democrats call for Swedish Muslim holiday

From The Swedish edition of The Local

Sweden's Social Democrats argued on Monday for a review of Sweden's public holidays, arguing that the country's Muslim community should also be recognised."It was a long time ago that we reviewed it. Almost all of our public holidays, except for Midsummer and May 1st, have a Christian religious connection. Sweden is today a multicultural society, and it is worth looking at how it can be done," Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin said to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

Jämtin was however prepared to offer a suggestion on which day could serve as a Muslim holiday. "One could consider whether Eid, the Muslim Christmas Eve, could be a public holiday," she said, referring to Eid-al-Fitr, the feast at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

The Swedish Humanist Association (Humanisterna) described the idea to introduce a Muslim holiday as "absurd".

What this dozy bint doesn't seem to realise is that because islam ises a lunar calendar their feasts and fasts are at a different time of the solar year, every year. I have a left wing atheist friend, a teacher of a family of teachers, and every year she complains that the easter holidays are a different date and that Easter should be standardised, like Christmas. I told her once that Easter is always within a six week window in Spring - if she realy wants standardisation she should tell Muslims to celebrate Ramadan and the eids at the same time each year. But she and her ilk wouldn't dare.

These are my favorite of the comments so far.

  • May 2nd should be the day - They can celebrate the death of Bin Laden
  • Happy Dead Osama Bin Laden day could be their substitute for Easter and Parasite rapist day celebrated around Christmas. New Years could be go the h@## home day.
  • Swedens largest minority are the Finns not the muslims.. surely they should get their halodiays first
  • If it's simply a question of multiculturalism, then start with the Jewish holidays. They've been waiting quite a while longer than the Muslims. Somehow I think a Jewish Holiday would be considered politically incorrect for the Social Democrats.
  • i thought everyday was muslim day..

There is also an Englishman who wants the day off officially for the Queen's birthday, St George's Day and August Bank Holiday Monday so he can return to London for the Notting Hill Carnival.

Posted on 05/03/2011 3:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Murfreesboro Imam Baloul: "We hope America becomes a country we can all love."

As we've seen so many times, Muslim leaders cannot explain how bin Laden was extreme in his views and we can only deduce that he was extreme by their standards in his actions alone. Those actions have harmed the overall cause of stengthening and spreading Islam in America and this is what is decried. Below is the usual Muslim condemnation of "radicals belonging to each religion." Scott Broden writes in the DNJ:

MURFREESBORO — Two leaders at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro hope the death of Osama bin Laden will unify the country.

“I think we can all be united in doing what’s right, and we can be united against any radical or extreme view of any kind,” said Imam Ossama Bahloul, the religious leader of Murfreesboro’s Islamic congregation. “Let us all support peace and understanding for one another and let us all be against violence of any kind.”


Radical views of any kind cannot will not remain strong in time, said Bahloul, who grew up in Egypt before becoming a citizen of the United States who moved to this country by late 2003 or early 2004 and married a Texas woman.
“America is so special,” Bahloul said. “People are coming here from everywhere. We hope America becomes a country we can all love and enjoy.”

The 9/11 terrorism acts lingers with innocent people within the Muslim community, he said.

“They went through so much pain because of an act they had no business with,” Bahloul said. “I hope today our community at large can realize that there are radicals belonging to each religion. We cannot allow them to make our life miserable or stereotype the people belonging to their faith. There are radical Muslims. There are radical Christians. Their are radical Jews. They hurt us all.”

I'd like specific examples of radical Christians and Jews who "hurt us all." It's amazing how reporters let these kinds of statements stand without inquiry or challenge.

Bahloul said his congregation will continue to open its doors and welcome everyone in seeking to fit into this community as much as possible.

“Our non-Muslim friends have to reach out to us,” Bahloul said. “I hope people will give each other a chance.”

Posted on 05/03/2011 6:46 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Free speech advocate guilty of racism

From the Copenhagen Post:

The Eastern High Court today fined Lars Hedegaard, the president of the Free Press Society, 5,000 kroner for making racially offensive comments in December 2009.

“Girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins, or their fathers,” and “When a Muslim man rapes a woman, it is in his right to do so,” were among the comments Hedegaard made during a 35-minute interview at a Christmas party with the author of the blog, who subsequently published the comments on the blog.

Today’s decision overturns a decision in January by the Frederiksberg District Court, which stated that while it found Hedegaard’s comments to be insulting, Hedegaard did not know that his controversial comments would be made public.

Last week Hedegaard published a book titled “Muhammeds Piger” (Mohammed’s Girls), in which he writes about issues such as discrimination in Islam and that the belief in predestination.

“Everyone is subject to Allah’s will, but he treats them differently – without stating any other criteria for the discrimination other than his own will,” the book reads.

Women are the main focus of the book, in which the author also expresses his joy over the victory of free speech, referring to the district court’s acquittal in January.

Remind me, what race are Muslims?

See Jerry Gordon's piece for more on Lars Hedegaard.

Posted on 05/03/2011 8:14 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Everyone Shops At Costco
"On Sunday, White House officials canceled all West Wing tours so unsuspecting  
tourists and visiting celebrities wouldn't accidentally run into all the high-level  
national security officials holed up in the Situation Room all afternoon monitoring  
the feeds they were getting from Mr. Panetta. A staffer went to Costco and came  
back with a mix of provisions -- turkey pita wraps, cold shrimp, potato chips,  


Posted on 05/03/2011 8:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Watch here.

Posted on 05/03/2011 1:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
What Do You Expect Muslims In This Country To Say?

By Kari Huus 

Far from mourning the death of Osama bin Laden, most Muslim-Americans are celebrating his demise,[are they really? Where have there been crowds of ecstatic Muslims, "celebrating his demise"? There have been no such crowds, there has been no such celebrating, anywhere in the United States or, indeed, anywhere in the world -- nowhere have Muslims "celebrated" the death of Bin Laden]saying they have no sympathy to spare for a man who indiscriminately slaughtered people of all religions and launched their community into a decade of distrust and discrimination.

"A lot of (Muslim-Americans) feel, first and foremost, catharsis and relief," said Wajahat Ali, a Muslim-American writer and attorney in the San Francisco Bay area. "Relief because Osama bin Laden was a global symbol of terror and indiscriminate violence.

"… It's also a relief because he symbolizes (those who) hijacked Islam, legitimizing his ruthlessness (using the) religion. …  His name and the photo (are) imprinted on the collective consciousness of the world." 

Video: Americans celebrate triumph over bin Laden (on this page)

Islamic leaders contacted Monday by said they saw justice in killing bin Laden and emphasized that he was not one of their own.

"Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims," said Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America. "Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity." [why do Muslims, and non-Muslims trying to rally Muslims against Bin Laden, always talk about how many Muslims he has killed? Doesn't that show that it is this, and this alone, that could conceivably turn Muslims against him? Doesn't it show, inadvertently, that the non-Muslims who keep mentioning this understand, even if they refuse to explicitly recognize, that Muslims remain utterly indifferent to non-Muslim victims of Muslim terror attacks, and that the only appeal to them is that "Bin Laden, or So-and-So, killed Muslims" or -- as they now like to insist, without any evidence whatsoever, that "Bin Laden killed far more Muslims than he did non-Muslims."

But they were divided about whether bin Laden's demise would mark a turn for the better for the Muslim-American community, which many say has been subjected to anti-Islamic attacks and overzealous intelligence gathering by U.S. authorities as a backlash sparked by bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network.

"For too long, many of our fellow Americans have stereotyped the entire Muslim community as somehow being extensions of bin Laden," Yasir Qadhi, an Orthodox Muslim leader and Islamic Studies scholar at Yale University, said in an email.  "While the capture of Osama bin Laden was always a high priority, dealing with bin Laden should never have distracted us from solving our domestic problems, nor been used to create problems that did not exist (by targeting and stereotyping the Muslim community). [no, for too long Americans have paid too much attention to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and not paid nearly enough attention to the source of Bin Laden's views, that is, both Qur'an and Sunnah, nor to all those who, in taking Islam to heart, work for the same goals -- the spread of Islam, and the growth in the power of Muslims, everywhere -- as Bin Laden, but choose to pursue Jihad using different, and more sinister because more effective, less attention-drawing methods.]

Posted on 05/03/2011 1:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Pseudsday Tuesday

Like Eating People, footbinding is just wrong. Wong, even. Or is it? From Stuff Academics Like:

A tidbit from the “Featured Review” in the latest issue of the American Historical Review of a book titled Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding. (Yes, you heard right.) Here you go:

“. . . During a ceremony in November 1999 when the last factory producing shoes for bound feet donated its eight pairs of wooden lasts to the Heilongjiang Museum of Ethnography, the curator who uttered these words [critical of the historical practice of footbinding] echoed sentiments that occupy a prominent place in standard narratives of China’s early twentieth-century history: the bound foot was the physical and symbolic expression of women’s oppression by feudal patriarchy, and its eradication signified women’s liberation from their victimized and maimed status. [Ah, but that was the old, dated, way of looking at such things. Far, far too ‘simplistic’ of course, and lacking in ‘nuance.’ And so:] . . . Opening her discussion about footbinding as the ‘embodied experience’ of women over more than 900 years, Dorothy Ko argues that this ‘degrading’ view of woman subjugated by male authority and dependent on male creativity for her own liberation has obscured attention to footbinding as a cultural and physical convention of women’s daily lives. Footbinding was a painful experience for its female subjects, but simply to denounce it as the manifestation of male privilege or perverted sexual desires prevents any possible understanding of its prolonged and established place in women’s experiences, expectations, and subjectivities. It prevents a view of footbinding as productive of social and cultural meanings and possibilities, for both women and men, and imprisons past practices within the often ideologically driven interests of the present. Indeed, so prevalent has been its condemnation that footbinding has been an uncontroversial issue in the history of modern China: [Wait, we have uncontroversial conclusions? the horror! the horror!] instead writings about footbinding have constructed a history of anti-footbinding. Ko’s book, as the subtitle suggests, is a revisionist history of an unwritten story that explicitly seeks to disrupt received truths. It is a very Chinese story.”

So's the Water Torture, the Great Leap Forward and Tiananmen Square. Readers are cordially invited to translate into Chinese the following song, whiting on wong side of the paper onry:

I tried, but in the end I had to admit defeat.

Posted on 05/03/2011 2:00 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Sellafield (Nuclear Power Site) terror arrests prompt London police raids

The Guardian mentions the M word!!!

Counter-terrorism officers have begun questioning five men from east London alleged to have been filming near the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria.

Meanwhile, police in London staged the first of a series of raids on addresses linked to those detained. The Metropolitan police said four houses in east London had been searched.

The five were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which says a "constable may arrest without a warrant a person whom he reasonably suspects to be a terrorist".

The five, all in their 20s and from London, were held in police custody overnight in Carlisle before being taken to Manchester in the morning, a spokesman for Cumbria police said. This morning, the investigation was taken over by the north-west counter-terrorism unit. One of the officers involved in the arrests believed the men were thought to have been filming near the nuclear plant.

The police have not confirmed the ethnicity of the arrested men, though they are believed to be from a Muslim background. Other reports state that they are Bangladeshi.

The location and timing of the incident, which came hours after news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US special forces, is likely to cause concern. Police said there was no evidence of a connection to the events in Pakistan, but the Government has urged the public to remain vigilant. 

Sellafield is responsible for decommissioning and reprocessing nuclear waste and manufacturing fuel, on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The site has been operating since the 1940s, when it was used as a Royal Ordnance factory supporting the second world war effort. The site is also home to the world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall, which operated from 1956 to 2003.

Posted on 05/03/2011 2:48 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Palestinian Arabs On Osama Bin Laden

From TIME:

"It turns out that Hamas's Ismael Haniyeh isn't alone in his high regard for Osama bin Laden. A recently published Pew poll reveals that, in the words of a Ha'aretz reporter, "More than 34 percent of Palestinian Muslims said in 2011 they had confidence in the terrorist leader to do the right thing in world affairs." (The figure represents a decline from the 70-plus percent who supported the al Qaida leader in 2003, but is still significantly higher than levels of support in Muslim countries across the world.)"


Posted on 05/03/2011 3:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Geert Wilders Coming to Nashville


Thursday, May 12th 7 PM
Cornerstone Church
726 West Old Hickory Blvd. Madison, TN

Posted on 05/03/2011 3:45 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
The Guzmán Parallel

Osama bin Laden’s welcome detection and death recall the capture of another terrorist leader: Abimael Guzmán of the Maoist Shining Path of Peru. Had it attained power (which looked quite possible at one point), Guzmán’s movement would have produced a Khmer Rouge–type catastrophe on a much larger scale than in Cambodia. Guzmán was captured in a comfortable house in the capital city, Lima, virtually under the eyes of the Peruvian military and government.

The two leaders remind us that it is not a lack of personal opportunity that drives men to found and lead large-scale terrorist movements that claim to be working toward the perfection of the world. Guzmán, true, was not the son of a billionaire, like bin Laden, but as a professor of philosophy he could hardly claim to have been one of his country’s downtrodden: rather, he was on the fringes of its elite. Guzmán’s movement was every bit as millenarian as bin Laden’s. More than any other factor, unbounded egotism drove both men, a fear of personal insignificance. You can’t inscribe yourself on world history by writing about Kant (Guzmán) or by continuing daddy’s construction business (bin Laden).

Of course, Guzmán was caught (and not killed) by the armed forces of the country where he was hiding, not by those of a foreign power. Nor was his millenarian movement in practice quite as multi-national as al-Qaida’s, though it had forged links with the PKK of Turkey and had ambitions every bit as great—and ridiculous—as al-Qaida’s. More importantly, the Shining Path’s collapse was almost total after Guzmán’s capture, thanks to the fanatical personality cult he had engendered and encouraged; no such collapse of al-Qaida, unfortunately, is likely now that bin Laden is dead.

But the parallels remain. Anyone who reads one of the formative intellectual influences on bin Laden, Sayyid Qutb, will be struck by how much he appears to be reading a mildly theologized Lenin or even Nechaev, the ruthless nineteenth-century Russian psychopath. Qutb is distinctly this-worldly, more exercised by politics than by the state of his, or anyone else’s, soul. He pours secular hatreds into a theological vessel; and in a way, bin Laden’s appearance bore this connection out. He was half Mohammed, half flak jacket and AK-47. It was a toxic combination.

Originally published in City Journal.

Posted on 05/03/2011 4:00 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
U. S. Condemns Fast Jihadists Of Hamas, Still Has Soft Spot For Slow Jihadists Of Fatah

From Haaretz, May 3, 2011

U.S. slams 'outrageous' Hamas condemnation of bin Laden killing

Hamas leader says bin Laden killing was a 'continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood'

By Natasha Mozgovaya 

U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner slammed comments on Monday made by a Hamas leader who criticized the U.S. for killing 'holy warrior' Osama bin Laden.

Ismael Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, said in response to the U.S. operation against bin Laden "we regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood."

Toner said Haniyeh's comments were "outrageous."

"It goes without saying bin Laden was a murderer and a terrorist. He ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and many of whom were Muslim," Toner said.

Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden's al-Qaida and Hamas, Haniyeh said: "We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs."

Toner said of bin Laden that "did not die a martyr. He died hiding in a mansion or a compound far away from the violence that was carried out in his name. And his defeat is a victory for all human beings seeking to live in peace, security and dignity."

Toner also talked about the planned Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal which is set to be signed in Cairo on Wednesday.

Representatives from Hamas and Fatah announced their intention to reconcile last week, after a four-year-long bitter and at times violent rift, which saw Hamas administering the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under the control of the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority.

"Our long-stated policy on this is that if Hamas wants to play a political role or a role in the political process, then it needs to abide by the Quartet principles," Toner said. "It needs to accept those principles, which are renouncing violence and terrorism, recognizing Israel's right to exist and abiding by previous diplomatic agreements."

Posted on 05/03/2011 3:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
A Musical Interlude: I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Helen Forrest)

Listen  here.

Posted on 05/03/2011 4:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Just In Case Someone Asks You If There Is Anything Currently Rotten In The State Of Denmark

You can email to him the link that supplies the story here.

Posted on 05/03/2011 7:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Will Americans And Europeans Pay For The Fast Jihadists Of Hamastan?

From Hudson New York:

Will Hamas Take Over The Palestinian Authority?

by Khaled Abu Toameh
May 3, 2011



Hamas's public condemnation of the killing of Osama bin Laden means that Abbas could soon find himself sitting in the same government with Al-Qaeda supporters – a government that would, of course, rely on American and European taxpayer money.

Hamas boycotted the 1996 Palestinian parliamentary election on the pretext that the vote was being held under the umbrella of the Oslo Accords, which the movement does not recognize because it would mean accepting Israel's right to exist.

It would be a big mistake to allow Hamas to take advantage of the Oslo Accords once again to run in an election.

The Americans and Europeans must make it clear to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that his new partners in Hamas should accept the two-state solution, renounce violence and honor the Oslo Accords as a pre-condition for joining a unity government or running in an election.

Abbas must do this before, and not after, he goes to the UN in September to demand recognition of a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines. If he fails to do so, and if the UN votes in favor of a state in September, the world could wake up one day to discover a Hamas-controlled state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

As a full partner in a unity government with Fatah, Hamas would now also be responsible for what happens in the West Bank, and not only in the Gaza Strip.

The deal will facilitate Hamas's effort to extend its control beyond the Gaza Strip because the movement would now have ministers in charge the entire Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

Hamas announced this week that it would contest the next presidential election for the Palestinian Authority.

The announcement came on the eve of the signing of the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation accord between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo. The agreement calls for the establishment of a temporary unity government that would prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections, which are supposed to take place within a year.

This means that Hamas would have at least one year to prepare itself for the elections. Hamas's chances of winning both votes are good, especially given the fact that many Palestinians see the reconciliation agreement as a victory for the Islamist movement and its ideology.

In the eyes of many Palestinians, the accord is an admission of the failure of Fatah's peace strategy with Israel. Fatah leaders have reinforced this belief by declaring that the peace process with Israel was dead and that the Palestinians could no longer rely on the US Administration as an honest broker.

In January 2006, Hamas was permitted to run in the Palestinian parliamentary election unconditionally. The Americans and Europeans even put pressure on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to allow Hamas candidates to participate in the vote.

If there are once again no conditions placed on the the upcoming election, who will benefit other than Hamas and Al Qaeda?

Posted on 05/03/2011 7:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Just A Taste Of Al Wala' Wal Bara'

Watch here.

Posted on 05/03/2011 8:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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