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Sweden Democrat Leader Exposes Islamist Secret: Halal Meat Will Make You Muslim

10 July, 2015 - 00:09

Michael Öhman_Heby

“No halal for you!!” -Michael Öhman

A clever Sweden Democrat leader has unearthed and revealed another dastardly (if delicious) conspiracy of the Muslamic Islamistists who are taking over the Western world and spelling doom for Western civilization: halal meat!

Michael Öhman, head of the Sweden Democrat party’s Heby wing states in no uncertain terms: “You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat.” Yes, you read correctly, halal meat has that magical power.

The Local

Sweden Democrat members in the small town of Heby in central Sweden want to issue a blanket ban on halal meat in local schools, claiming it is against Swedish animal protection laws.

And apparently because they also believe it will automatically convert those who eat it to Islam.

“You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat,” Michael Öhman, head of the nationalist party’s Heby wing, told local newspaper Sala Allehanda on Monday.

According to the local authority, meat produced through the traditional Islam halal method of butchering an animal is currently only being served to two pupils — who have both specifically requested it.

The Sala Allehanda journalist went on to ask Öhman if he meant to say that halal meat has magical powers, to which he replied: “Yes. This is precisely what we have warned of. They sneak halal in everywhere.”

His comments were immediately mocked by readers with many taking to social media to put the politician’s knowledge of magic to the test.

“What happens if you mix halal and kosher meat?” wrote one Twitter user, referring to the traditional Jewish way of preparing food. “Which magic is the strongest?”

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Stupid politically correct Leftist tools, they are unwittingly succumbing to Muslamic Islamistists! As we reported some months ago it’s already happening to Germany, where Angela Merkel had the gall to claim Islam is a part of Germany. No doubt the halal doner kebabs played a role in this unfortunate Islamization! The days of Eurabia are fast approaching.:


Nicholas Sarkozy: “Don’t Turn Empty Churches Into Mosques”

9 July, 2015 - 23:00

Bourdeaux Church turned into the Utopia Movie Theater.

Bourdeaux Church turned into the Utopia Movie Theater.

Europe has a lot of empty churches, many of which are “for sale” as the Wall Street Journal put it, due to the rising numbers of Europeans leaving Christianity in large numbers.

“…the closing of Europe’s churches reflects the rapid weakening of the (Christian) faith in Europe, a phenomenon that is painful to both worshipers and others who see religion as a unifying factor in a disparate society.”  By example, the Netherlands is projected to close 2/3 of its Roman Catholic churches in the next decade.

Pew Research Center data, presented by the Wall Street Journal, highlights the degree to which the European population reports no religious affiliation:  France (28%), Germany (24.7%), Italy (12.4%), Netherlands (42.1%), and the United Kingdom (21.3%).  By contrast, 16.4% of the United States population is unaffiliated with any religion. (via. Daily Kos)

It turns out across Europe these former Churches are being sold or turned into pubs, night clubs, skate halls and art galleries. I don’t know how prevalent it is for these empty churches in France to be changed but the one above is a church that was converted into a movie theater.

One French Muslim leader named Dalil Boubacker’s suggested turning some of them into mosques since there are a shortage of mosques compared to the demand. This didn’t go over well, especially with the Marine Le Pen’s and Nicolas Sarkozy’s (transparently attempting to appeal to the right’s votes) of the world. They demand that you “don’t touch our churches.”

The Local

Sarkozy added his name to a list of signatories that includes controversial writer and political journalist Éric Zemmour and philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, as well as Jeannette Bougrab, partner of the late Stéphane Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo editor .

The petition, published in the magazine Valeurs Actuelles comes after Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris said he was in favour of turning empty churches into mosques due to the serious shortage of places of worship for Muslims.

In France there are currently 2,500 mosques, with another 300 under construction, but Boubakeur says the number falls far short of what is needed.

With upwards of 5 million Muslims in France – the largest Muslim population in Europe – Boubakeur and other imams suggest as many as 5,000 mosques are needed.

But his call stirred up a hornet’s nest and Sarkozy has come out firmly against the idea. So too has former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

“The French Catholic churches [have been] part of the historical heritage of the French population for ten centuries,” he said.

A poll published alongside the petition suggests they are not alone, with 67 per cent of French people apparently opposed to the idea.

“Even if France [has been] deeply de-Christianised since the 1960s, there is a real commitment… to the Christian roots and their symbols,” Jerome Fourquet, Ifop’s director of opinion and strategy, told the magazine.

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My only point would be why not assign those historic churches that one seeks to preserve as national landmarks, clearly it is not possible that all or even most of these unused churches would fit this description. If some of them can be turned into movie theaters and used for other secular purposes there should be nothing wrong in some of them being mosques, synagogues, Buddhist temples, etc.

Spokane Bosnian Center Vandalized With “Death To Islam” Message

8 July, 2015 - 19:34

What the heck is going on? Are “Death to Islam” signs all the rage these days? First you had a bar in Pennsylvania putting up such signs and now you have a Bosnian Muslim community center vandalized in Spokane, Washington with the same hate message. Coincidentally, this also comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed. When are Islamophobes going to get more creative and change up the hate message?


#‎CAIR‬-WA: Interfaith Leaders to Seek Federal Hate Crime Probe of ‘Death to Islam’ Vandalism Targeting Spokane Muslim Community Center

Leaders say incident is part of nationwide rise in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim

(SPOKANE, WA, 7/8/2015) – On Thursday, July 9, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), along with local Muslim, interfaith and community leaders, will hold a news conference to call on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate apparently bias-motivated vandalism targeting the Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane.

The phrase “Death to Islam” was spray-painted on the exterior of the center, which is being used for Muslim prayers during the month-long fast of Ramadan, possibly while congregants were performing the evening prayers on Saturday, July 4. Worshipers saw the graffiti when they exited the center.

WHAT: Interfaith and Community Leaders to Seek Federal Hate Crime Investigation of Vandalism Targeting Spokane Muslim Community Center
WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane, 2110 East Broadway Avenue, Suite B, Spokane, WA 99202
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

The incident appears to fit a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.

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NY Daily News: Man Who Made Death Threats Against CAIR Employee Gets Six Months House Arrest

8 July, 2015 - 19:17


Mental health is a serious issue that shouldn’t be belittled or easily dismissed but one has to question why Muslims who commit a crime of violence are almost never treated in a like manner. There are people behind bars for plotting or aiding terrorism, due to nothing more than government entrapment, who are certifiable insane and in need of “medical help,” not lengthy jail sentences.

By John Marzulli, NY Daily News

A Queens kook was sentenced Tuesday to six months of house arrest and mental treatment for sending an email threatening to kill an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Bernhard Laufer, 57, is still facing attempted murder as a hate crime charges in state court for stabbing the caretaker of the Masjid Al-Saaliheen Mosque in Flushing in 2012 after uttering an anti-Muslim epithet.

Laufer made references to the stabbing attack in the vile rants to CAIR in 2014. He was free on $200,000 bail at the time.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Laufer said in Brooklyn Federal Court. “I was not thinking logically. I need medical help.”

Judge Raymond Dearie said the one year that Laufer has spent in custody since his arrest on the federal charge was sufficient time served. But the judge expressed concern that there is no guarantee that psychiatric hospital will accept Laufer for in-patient treatment.

“I’m sure he’s not an inherently evil person, he just needs help,” Dearie said.

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‘Death to Islam’ Sign A Huge Draw For Bar

7 July, 2015 - 23:04


A former veteran puts up “death to Islam” signs in his bar. For most of his clientele this is perfectly OK. Apparently he thinks by doing so he is “supporting the troops” I wonder if anyone can introduce him to this guy:


WEST YORK, PA. — The Other Place has been a neighborhood hotspot for decades, but a sign recently posted on the front window is drawing accusations of hate.

The sign says “Death to Islam” and it’s echoed by two similar signs inside the bar. Bar staff say the two interior signs went up right after 9/11, and they’ve been there since 2001.

The outdoor sign went up more recently.

The bar is owned by Jeff Seitz. Bar staff say he’s a veteran who wants to show support for the military by posting the signs.

“I don’t condemn the man and I don’t think he’s doing anything wrong,” says customer Carroll Waltimyer, who said he personally wouldn’t have chosen to display the sign. “That sign could mean a lot of things.”

A customer posted a photo of the sign on Facebook, saying it’s hateful. Staff say since the signs began getting attention last week, they’ve seen an increase in business.

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Update: Jon Ritzheimer Still Hoping to Reach Joe “the Plumber” Level Fame

6 July, 2015 - 22:15


By Emperor

“Angry White guys without jobs must be persuaded; right-wing hate is not a proper career path.”

Jon Ritzheimer, the New Atheist and self-professed full-time “patriotic” freedom” defender is still hoping to get the type of fame and cash Joe “the plumber” garnered.

Like his bald headed predecessor, Ritzheimer hoped to make bank for himself by taking advantage of that endless reservoir of financial security; right-wing hate. While he got some mileage for his “free speech” attempt to provoke Muslims in Arizona, (he sold a box full of “F–K Islam” shirts), his most recent valiant defense of freedom was a massive fail; Ritzheimer joined protesters angry at Walmart for pulling their Confederate flag merchandise.

Most of the day consisted of him and a few others staring idly into their smartphones while chanting anti-Walmart slogans in the parking lot.:


He must be looking for that as of yet elusive call he keeps expecting from Sheldon Adelson.

Robert Doggart: If He Was Muslim He’d Be Serving Life In Prison

6 July, 2015 - 19:05


So this guy will likely be let go because a judge thinks he isn’t “a true threat.” Hmmm, I wonder why?

This is another instance that exemplifies the double standard, systematic racism and flawed justice system that is pervasive in the US. (h/t: JD)

By Judd Legum, ThinkProgress

Robert Rankin Doggart, a former candidate for Congress, admitted in federal court to “plotting the annihilation” of a village in New York that is home to many Muslims. Doggart’s plans included “burning down a school, a mosque and a cafeteria,” according to the criminal complaint.

“We’re gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition, light armor piercing. A pistol with three extra magazines, and a machete. And if it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds,” Doggart allegedly said according to the transcript of a wiretap cited in the complaint. He also allegedly tried to recruit other individuals to participate in his plot through a Facebook group.

As part of a plea agreement, Doggart pled guilty to “interstate communication of threats” and faces up to five years in prison. He was in jail awaiting final sentencing.

But a federal judge, Curtis Collier, may not accept the guilty plea. He’s ordered the prosecution and defense to produce briefs proving that Doggart was a “true threat.” Meanwhile, a different federal judge, Magistrate Susan K. Lee, released Doggart from jail “into the custody of two family members.”

Lee had previously found that Doggart was a “danger to the community.” The government appealed the decision to release Doggart to Judge Collier, who affirmed Lee’s decision.

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Tunisians Formed Human Shield To Protect Tourists

2 July, 2015 - 22:36


Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui can be seen wandering away from a group of local men who have formed a human chain to protect tourists on a neighbouring beach

Yet Islamophobes still ask what are Muslims doing to fight terrorism. Even the Daily Mail couldn’t hide this one.

A survivor of the massacre in Tunisia has revealed local hotel staff members formed a human shield on the beach in a heroic bid to protect tourists from the rampaging gunman.

John Yeoman, 46, said Muslim staff members from the Bellevue Hotel told the gunman he would have to kill them first as they formed a human barricade between the shooter and Western tourists.

The chain of bodies can be seen in images taken of killer Seifeddine Rezgui which emerged yesterday – about a dozen men stand side-by-side as the gunman, pictured in the foreground, marches away from them carrying his Kalashnikov.

It is just one of many incredible tales of survival to emerge in the aftermath of the deadly attack in which British survivors have described playing dead as Rezgui ‘executed’ wounded tourists.

He told MailOnline staff formed a shield and started yelling at the gunman: ‘You must kill us first.’

The gunman, who openly declared he was targeting Western tourists during the killing spree, was also told: ‘You will have to get past us, but we’re Muslim.

‘Basically, the staff put themselves in the way,’ he said. ‘The staff from the Bellevue were amazing, really good.’

Mr Yeoman said he was told what happened by another survivor at Manchester Airport after the two were among those repatriated yesterday.

Meanwhile, British survivors have described how they played dead in a desperate bid to avoid being ‘finished off’ by the gunman as he indiscriminately shot down dozens of tourists.

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Hate Crime Investigation Sought After Deadly Road Rage Shooting

30 June, 2015 - 22:42


Another trigger happy White guy kills someone. This time a Muslim, Ziad Abu Naim, was killed in what is being dubbed by media a “road rage” incident in which there are also accusations that the killer expressed Islamophobic beliefs prior to killing Mr. Naim.

The Houson Chronicle, By Mihir Zaveri, Allan Turner

A civil rights organization is asking Houston police to investigate a deadly road rage shooting as a hate crime, saying the accused gunman made anti-Muslim sentiments before opening fire.

Ziad Abu Naim, 42, was shot in the head in the incident on Friday. He died Sunday at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The accused gunman, Robert Craig Klimek, 43, of Houston, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Naim, of Houston, was shot about 1:30 p.m. in the 6100 block of Fairdale Lane.

The Washington, D.C., office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked Houston police to investigate the incident as a hate crime, alleging that the gunman made anti-Muslim statements before shooting. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva described the investigation as ongoing.

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Center for Security Policy Compares Islamic Religion to the Plague

30 June, 2015 - 22:19


More dehumanizing insanity from the kooky anti-Muslim Frank Gaffney’s “Center for Security Policy.”

The Intercept, By Lee Fang @lhfang

The Center for Security Policy’s gala last Monday, a black-tie affair at the stately Metropolitan Club of New York, featured a procession of speakers warning darkly about the threat posed by the religion of Islam.

Tommy Waller, a marine veteran and the legislative outreach director for the group, said he had fought the enemy on the battlefields of the Middle East, but that he did not truly understand them until he joined the center. The enemy has “existed for 1,400 years” and “at the expense of 270 million lives,” he said.

Doctors study medicine, Waller continued, “but we don’t study something that has brought devastation to nearly the same number of humans as the plague.”

The Center for Security Policy, billed as a policy shop for national security concerns, has emerged in recent years as the go-to think tank for Islamophobia. The group hosted two summits for GOP presidential candidates this year, and regularly advises lawmakers. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., spoke at the event on Monday.

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New Poll on American Muslims Is Grounded in Bias, Riddled with Flaws

29 June, 2015 - 01:21

This is particularly important highlight:

Sixty-percent of respondents agreed that “shariah as interpreted by Islamic authorities is compatible with the U.S. Constitution, including freedom of speech and other rights,” and 51% chose this definition of jihad: “Muslims’ peaceful, personal struggle to be more religious.” These rare but helpful nuances are not even alluded to … in conservative outlets like Fox News. Bill O’Reilly also makes exaggerations that the already-flawed data doesn’t support. “Fifty-one percent [of Muslims] say sharia law should be the reigning law,” he said. But that language is nowhere in the survey data he’s likely referencing, which says that “a majority (51%) agreed that ‘Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.’”

June 26, 2015  By:  The Bridge Initiative

On Wednesday, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington, D.C. think tank run by former Reagan official Frank Gaffney released a survey of 600 Muslims living in the United States. Its takeaway, captured in a headline on the CSP website, is this: “Poll of US Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad.”

The poll gained quick traction online and in the media. On the evening of its release, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly also lent credence to its findings and cast doubt upon American Muslims’ loyalty to their country.

Among the poll’s findings are:

  • “A majority (51%) agreed that ‘Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.’”
  • “Nearly a quarter of the Muslims polled believed that, ‘It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.’”
  • “Nearly one-fifth of Muslim respondents said that the use of violence in the United States is justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in this country.”

But this survey should not be taken seriously. It comes from an organization with a history of producing dubious claims and “studies” about the threat of shariah, and was administered using an unreliable methodology. Its proponents seize upon its shoddy findings, exaggerating and misrepresenting them to American audiences, and falsely claim that the survey data represents the views of Muslims nationwide.

Here are the details.

CSP’s History of Baseless Fearmongering

In recent years, many groups have raised questions about the objectivity and intentions of Frank Gaffney. His tendency to posit conspiracies about Barack Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood is well documented, and has earned him sharp critique across the political spectrum. The Center for American Progress labels him a “misinformation expert,” while the Conservative Political Action Committee banned him from their 2011 conference for peddling false accusations about GOP connections to Muslim extremists. It was his organization, CSP, that was behind the unfounded rumor that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Huma Abedin, was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and once floated the false idea that General David Petraeus had “submitted” to shariah.

Since the early 2000s, CSP has generated dozens of occasional papers, blogs, and reports that fixate on shariah or other allegedly nefarious topics related to Islam. Often, they are loosely sourced or entirely unsubstantiated, relying instead on a furtive web of connections or, in one case, a 24-year-old document written by a lone Muslim activist that has since been roundly discredited.

False Statistics and False Claims

Both Gaffney and O’Reilly claim that the poll’s findings are representative of nationwide Muslim public opinion. But this assertion is untrue.

CSP’s survey was an non-probability based, opt-in online survey, administered by the conservative group, the Polling Company/Woman Trend, a small Washington-based agency that has collaborated with CSP on other occasions to produce surveys about Islam and Muslims. (We learned this after reaching out to the Polling Company to get more details about their methodology, which wasn’t released to the public when Gaffney began promoting the survey’s findings.)

According to the body that sets ethical standards for polling, the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), opt-in surveys cannot be considered representative of the intended population, in this case Muslims. The AAPOR says that in these cases, “the pollster has no idea who is responding to the question” and that these kind of “polls do not have such a ‘grounded statistical tie’ to the population.”

So when O’Reilly and guest Zuhdi Jasser pointed to this survey and made claims about what “25% of three million, which is hundreds of thousands of Muslims” believe, it’s not only a misleading statement—it’s outright false.

This survey does not represent the views of American Muslims. It only represents the views of the 600 Muslims that it polled.

Loaded Questions and Answers

Another problem with this poll is the way that questions and answers are phrased. Often, they are not neutral but are imbued with assumptions, and replicate, in an interrogative form, statements that Gaffney and CSP have declared as fact for years. In one question, respondents are asked: “Do you believe the Muslim Brotherhood in America accurately represents your views?” Packed into this question is the assertion that the Brotherhood indeed exists in the United States — something that Gaffney has long propagated. Those who answer “yes” confirm his suspicions, while those who answer “no” acknowledge nonetheless that the group is present here. They’re put into a lose-lose situation.

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Dylann Roof: The Nexus Between White Supremacy’ s Anti-Blackness and Islamophobia

23 June, 2015 - 23:30


By Garibaldi

Prof. Juan Cole posted an article Sunday with the provocative title, European Islamophobic Networks Influenced Roof to Kill in Charleston. Prof. Cole first provides some recent historical context, noting that the Islamophobia Network helped incite the terrorist mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik.  Prof. Cole then cites a paragraph from Roof’s manifesto possibly hinting to the same sort of ideological beliefs as those held by Breivik and co.,

From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries. Again I found myself in disbelief. As an American we are taught to accept living in the melting pot, and black and other minorities have just as much right to be here as we do, since we are all immigrants. But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there. From here I found out about the Jewish problem and other issues facing our race, and I can say today that I am completely racially aware.

The predictable retort from those who will try to disassociate what Dylann Roof believed from their hate-filled ideology will be that he doesn’t mention fascist European politicians such as Geert Wilders by name, nor does he cite Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller specifically the way Breivik did. They may even claim that Roof isn’t referencing the Muslims of Europe at all.

However, those who object would be wrong. Roof was absolutely influenced by Islamophobic conspiracies when he mentions that “the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries…Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there.”

It should be recalled that Roof cited the Council of Conservative Citizens (CoCC) as having particular influence on his murderous anti-Black racism. CoCC heightened his paranoid perception of unfairness and belief that somehow Whites were an oppressed class whose “women were being raped” by Black men who “were taking over.” Language that is very similar to what one hears from the Islamophobia Network about Muslims, especially Muslims in Europe.

In fact, a corollary to CoCC’s horrid anti-Black racism is their virulent Islamophobic hate and conspiracy theories. A simple search for the term “Islam” on the Council of Conservative Citizens’ website brings up articles, including: White supremacist Jared Taylor discussing a future third World War between Europe and “Islam”, claims that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg is censoring criticism of Islam, multiple articles supporting European groups and individuals involved with the anti-Muslim group PEGIDA, promotion of the conspiracy of “Islamization” by Geert Wilders’ PVV party, positively citing Bill Maher for his views on Islam and Muslims, fear of the spread of Islam in US prisons, claims that Jews are supporting the “Islamification” of Europe as “revenge for the Holocaust” (an Islamophobic-anti-Semitic narrative that I discussed in a previous article), pushing the conspiracy about Muslim men raping White women across Europe, targeting the predominantly Black Muslim Islamberg community (a group that was recently the target of a foiled terrorist attack by a White Christian). There are also a number of articles claiming “no one has mistreated Blacks like Muslims,” an attempt to exculpate themselves for their own racist views by projecting onto another religion.

It is therefore not a leap at all to consider that Roof’s expression of deep angst about “what was going on in Europe” was a reference to the Islamophobic language, narratives and conspiracy theories common among the differing currents and trends within the trans-Atlantic Islamophobia Nework.


They lived a life of love and service and while worshiping were killed because of hate.

Roof’s mad manifesto is shorter than Breivik’s 1,500 page screed, yet we can gleam commonalities and some minor distinctions in their beliefs. Both Breivik and Roof see Europe as the home of Whites (their “people”), under “threat” from “outside invasion.” Roof makes no mention of Christian identity whereas Breivik explicitly considers himself part of a Neo-Crusader movement and in fact one of a group of “Templar Knights” (It should be noted here that CoCC’s “statement of principles” asserts that the US is a “Christian country,” that should be made up of “European peoples.”) Roof’s seminal preoccupation was race and seeing everything through the lens of “racial awareness,” while Breivik also focused on other aspects of civilizational identity, specifically Christian heritage.

There’s ample evidence that Roof held deeply anti-Black beliefs for years and he may not have required the influence of the pervasive White supremacist currents of the Islamophobia Network to kill and terrorize in Charleston. In the end he was a racist with a supreme hatred of Blacks and other races, (oddly he admired East Asians and thought of them as allies). Yet it is clear that Roof was further radicalized by his visits to CoCC and there is no doubt that the prominence given on their website to the narratives of the Islamophobia Network influenced and heightened his ideological belief in the oppression of Whites world-wide.

Burma: Buddhist Monks Seek To Ban Schoolgirls From Wearing Headscarves

23 June, 2015 - 19:39

Rescued Rohingya women from Myanmar register for an Indonesian police identification process at the confinement area in the fishing port of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province on May 18, 2015 where hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are taking temporary shelter after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen. Nearly 3,000 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand over the past week, around half of whom have arrived in Indonesia's western province of Aceh. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescued Rohingya women from Myanmar register for an Indonesian police identification process at the confinement area in the fishing port of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province on May 18, 2015 where hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are taking temporary shelter after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen. Nearly 3,000 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand over the past week, around half of whom have arrived in Indonesia’s western province of Aceh. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The horrific persecution of the Rohingya peoples of Burma is reaching a new and heightened level through the incitement of groups of Buddhist monks.

By Simon Lewis, The Guardian

An influential group of Buddhist monks in Burma is proposing to ban Muslim schoolgirls from wearing headscarves, in the latest sign of growing religious tension in the country.

The Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion, a panel of monks known locally by the acronym Ma Ba Tha, said the headscarves were “not in line with school discipline”.

Ma Ba Tha held a conference in Rangoon at the weekend. Some 1,300 monks from monasteries around the country gathered to discuss plans to promote a nationalist agenda as the country heads toward landmark elections later this year.

In a list of recommendations released late on Sunday, Ma Ba Tha told its members to lobby the government to put further restrictions on the country’s beleaguered Muslims, and included references to the wearing of either headscarves or burqas.

“We will demand seriously for the government to ban Muslim students wearing the burqa in government schools and to ban the killing of innocent animals on their [Muslims’] Eid holiday,” it said, referring to Muslim cultural practices that Buddhist nationalists believe go against the culture of Buddhist-majority Burma.

Explaining the move, Ma Ba Tha monk U Pamaukkha said: “When they [Muslims] live in Myanmar, they need to obey the law and regulations of the country. We are not targeting or attacking their religion.”

The group also said it would “show the people the right track” when it came to the elections, expected in November, encouraging people to vote for candidates who “will not let our race and religion disappear”.

The group would keep monitoring “crimes by non-Buddhists” and using Facebook to spread news about alleged threats to Buddhism in Burma, its statement said.

Ma Ba Tha was officially formed in June 2013, when bouts of inter-communal violence were spreading around the country, with Buddhist mobs targeting members of the Muslim minority. Riots have been triggered by social media posts reporting alleged rapes of Buddhist women by Muslims.

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Tesco machete attack ‘revenge’ for Fusilier Lee Rigby murder

23 June, 2015 - 19:26

Zack Davies

Zack Davies denies trying to murder Dr Sarandev Bhambra

More White terrorism, this time form Britain.


A man was attacked with a hammer and 12in machete in a racially-motivated revenge assault for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, a court has heard.

Zack Davies, 26, from Mold, Flintshire, followed Dr Sarandev Bhambra into Tesco in the town and carried out a “brutal and unprovoked attack”.

Mold Crown Court heard the trainee dentist’s hand was almost severed from his arm.

Mr Davies denies attempted murder but admits wounding with intent.

The jury was told Dr Bhambra was walking down an aisle in the store on 14 January when he felt a “huge blow” from the 30cm blade to the back of his head.

He tried escape but Mr Davies attacked him again.

Dr Bhambra suffered severe and life-changing injuries, the court was told.


Dr Bhambra said he would have been ‘hacked to death’ if he had lost consciousness

He said former soldier Peter Michael Fuller saved his life when he intervened during the attack.

Mr Fuller told the court he saw an Asian man crouched down on his knees while another man hit him with a machete.

The pair ran towards him and, as the attacker approached, Mr Fuller said he stood in the middle of the aisle, put his hands up and shouted: “Stop, this is madness, I am ex-forces.”

Mr Fuller said the man’s demeanour changed and he started to engage with him.

He put the weapons down and the pair spoke until the police arrived.

Mr Fuller described the attack as one of the worst incidents of violence he has ever seen.

Sion ap Mihangel, prosecuting, said Mr Davies identified Dr Bhambra because of his race and his “Asian appearance”.

He told the court: “This attack was racially motivated… as the attack was taking place he was shouting words such as ‘white power’, ‘this is revenge’ and ‘this is for Lee Rigby’.”

Mr Davies told police it was “a moment of madness” and he never intended to kill Dr Bhambra.

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Intercept: Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings “Terrorism” Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term

22 June, 2015 - 21:20


Once again on the meaninglessness of the propaganda term, “terrorism.”

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

In February 2010, a man named Joseph Stack deliberately flew his small airplane into the side of a building that housed a regional IRS office in Austin, Texas, just as 200 agency employees were starting their workday. Along with himself, Stack killed an IRS manager and injured 13 others.

Stack was an anti-tax, anti-government fanatic, and chose his target for exclusively political reasons. He left behind a lengthy manifesto cogently setting forth his largely libertarian political views (along with, as I wrote at the time, some anti-capitalist grievances shared by the left, such as “rage over bailouts, the suffering of America’s poor, and the pilfering of the middle class by a corrupt economic elite and their government-servants”; Stack’s long note ended: “the communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed”). About Stack’s political grievances, his manifesto declared that “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.”


The attack had all of the elements of iconic terrorism, a model for how it’s most commonly understood: down to flying a plane into the side of a building. But Stack was white and non-Muslim. As a result, not only was the word “terrorism” not applied to Stack, but it was explicitly declared inapplicable by media outlets and government officials alike.

The New York Times’s report on the incident stated that while the attack “initially inspired fears of a terrorist attack” — before the identity of the pilot was known — now “in place of the typical portrait of a terrorist driven by ideology, Mr. Stack was described as generally easygoing, a talented amateur musician with marital troubles and a maddening grudge against the tax authorities.”

As a result, said the Paper of Record, “officials ruled out any connection to terrorist groups or causes.” And “federal officials emphasized the same message, describing the case as a criminal inquiry.” Even when U.S. Muslim groups called for the incident to be declared “terrorism,” the FBI continued to insist it “was handling the case ‘as a criminal matter of an assault on a federal officer’ and that it was not being considered as an act of terror.”

By very stark contrast, consider the October 2014, shooting in Ottawa by a single individual, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, at the Canadian Parliament building. As soon as it was known that the shooter was a convert to Islam, the incident was instantly and universally declared to be “terrorism.” Less than 24 hours afterward, Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared it a terror attack and even demanded new “counter-terrorism” powers in its name (which he has now obtained). To bolster the label, the government claimed Zehaf-Bibeau was on his way to Syria to fight with jihadists, and the media trumpeted this “fact.”


In his address to the nation the day after the shooting, Harper vowed to learn more about the “terrorist and any accomplices he may have had” and intoned: “This is a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.” Twitter users around the world en masse used the hashtag of solidarity reserved (for some reason) only for cities attacked by a Muslim (but not cities attacked by their own governments): #OttawaStrong. In sum, that this was a “terror attack” was mandated conventional wisdom before anything was known other than the Muslim identity of the perpetrator.

As it turns out, other than the fact that the perpetrator was Muslim and was aiming his violence at Westerners, almost nothing about this attack had the classic hallmarks of “terrorism.” In the days and weeks that followed, it became clear that Zehaf-Bibeau suffered from serious mental illness and “seemed to have become mentally unstable.” He had a history of arrests for petty offenses and had received psychiatric treatment. His friends recall him expressing no real political views but instead claiming he was possessed by the devil.

The Canadian government was ultimately forced to admit that their prior media claim about him preparing to go to Syria was totally false, dismissing it as “a mistake.” Now that Canadians know the truth about him — rather than the mere fact that he’s Muslim and committed violence — a plurality no longer believe the “terrorist” label applies, but believe the attack was motivated by mental illness. The term “terrorist” got instantly applied by know-nothings for one reason: he was Muslim and had committed violence, and that, in the post-9/11 West, is more or less the only working definition of the term (in the rare cases when it is applied to non-Muslims these days, it’s typically applied to minorities engaged in acts that have no resemblance to what people usually think of when they hear the term).

That is the crucial backdrop for yesterday’s debate over whether the term “terrorism” applies to the heinous shooting by a white nationalist of nine African-Americans praying in a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Almost immediately, news reports indicated there was “no sign of terrorism” — by which they meant: it does not appear that the shooter is Muslim.

Yet other than the perpetrator’s non-Muslim identity, the Charleston attack from the start had the indicia of what is commonly understood to be “terrorism.” Specifically, the suspected shooter was clearly a vehement racist who told witnesses at the church that he was acting out of racial hatred and a desire to force African-Americans “to go.” His violence was the byproduct of and was intended to publicize and forward his warped political agenda, and was clearly designed to terrorize the community he hates.

That’s why so many African-American and Muslim commentators and activists insisted that the term “terrorist” be applied: because it looked, felt and smelled exactly like other acts that are instantly branded “terrorism” when the perpetrator is Muslim and the victims largely white. It was very hard — and still is — to escape the conclusion that the term “terrorism,” at least as it’s predominantly used in the post-9/11 West, is about the identity of those committing the violence and the identity of the targets. It manifestly has nothing to do with some neutral, objective assessment of the acts being labelled.

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