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Muslim woman thrown off moving train in Australia

7 October, 2014 - 00:50


Hate crimes in Australia appear to be increasing since the government has announced new “counter-terrorism” measures.

In a separate incident a young woman witnessed three elderly Muslim women being threatened on a Melbourne train by an enraged White train passenger who was hurling abuse and attempting to smash the windows of the train.

World Bulletin

A 26-year-old Muslim woman suffered injuries after being racially abused, assaulted and thrown off a moving train in Australia’s Melbourne last week, in an alarming Islamophobic attack.

Detective Senior Constable Michael Potter was quoted by 9News on Monday saying the attack had a “massive effect” on the victim, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train, a Victorian police spokesperson told the Daily Mail.

Prominent Australian Muslims say their community is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and threatened by right-wing groups, as the government’s tough new policies aimed at combating ‘radicals’ threaten to create a backlash.

Authorities are on high alert since massive counter-terrorism raids last week thwarted what the government said was a plot by the ISIL militant group to publicly behead a random member of the public.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking broad new security powers and policing has been tightened in public places such as Parliament House, sporting events and airports.

Abbott insists the measures are not meant to target Muslims, but Sydney-based criminal defence attorney Adam Houda says it is already clear that they have resulted in racial profiling.

He gave as one example three bearded Muslim men detained in Sydney at a rugby game after a spectator told police they were using their mobile phones “suspiciously”.

“The objective facts are they were pin-pointed because of their appearance,” Houda told Reuters. “If they were spoken to because they were playing with their phones, well then that’s just ridiculous.”

Local Muslim leaders privately say racial tensions could spiral quickly out of control. In 2005, brawls between locals from the largely white Cronulla neighbourhood and Lebanese Muslim youths from the western Sydney area at the centre of the current security crackdown quickly degenerated into days of bloody riots involving thousands of people.

Australia’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, said he was considering legal action after a senior imam was detained for more than two hours, causing him to miss his flight to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

“It is totally unacceptable for any Australian citizen, let alone a senior member of ANIC to be subjected to this seemingly random yet profiled manner causing severe stress and unwanted inconvenience,” he said in a statement, referring to the Australian National Council of Imams.

Moazzam Begg Freed From Prison Due to “Insufficient Evidence”

2 October, 2014 - 23:26

Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay detainee, fierce critic of the UK and US governments and their War on Terror policies has been released from prison after being detained on “terrorism charges” for the past seventh months.

It is clear that Begg is being persecuted to intimidate those who put a spotlight on the abuses of the UK and US governments actions in the so-called War on Terror. It is an attempt to persecute those who dare speak out!


The charges – which were connected to the conflict in Syria – were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service after “new material” emerged.

Leaving prison, Mr Begg, 46, said he had “wanted his day in court” and claimed his detention was “unlawful”.

The Muslim Council of Britain called for an “urgent investigation”.

Mr Begg, from Birmingham, was arrested with three others in February.

Speaking from outside prison after his release, he said: “Not once but twice in my case this government has been involved either in directly detaining me or indirectly detaining me and on both occasions it’s been unlawful.”

Mr Begg also said handling of his case “shows a knee jerk reaction”, adding: “It shows little has changed since the beginning of the early days in the war on terror. There isn’t an appetite, there isn’t a desire to try to really understand what’s taking place.”

West Midlands assistant chief constable Marcus Beale walked out of the Old Bailey and told journalists that his force accepted that Moazzam Begg was an innocent man.

Be in no doubt, this result is a catastrophic blow to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies who had sought to pursue the former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

There are many people in positions of authority who do not like Moazzam Begg – but he has been a tireless campaigner for what he says have been injustices in the “war on terror”.

This entire affair has therefore damaged relations between the British security services and some Muslim communities. Moazzam Begg’s supporters have said for months that he did nothing wrong when he went to Syria. They will feel vindicated by today’s formal acquittal.

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Insufficient evidence

Mr Begg’s trial was due to start on Monday, following a hearing at which he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But at a pre-trial review on Wednesday morning lasting just five minutes prosecution lawyers told the court that the CPS had decided there was insufficient evidence to continue with the prosecution.

Mr Begg was appearing via video link from Belmarsh. He spoke only to confirm his name and made no reaction when the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, formally acquitted him of all charges.

He had been charged with attending a terrorist training camp in Syria between 9 October 2012 and 9 April 2013.

He was also accused of possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism and terrorist funding.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said new evidence had come to light which had “a significant impact on key pieces of evidence that underpinned the prosecution’s case”.

“Police and lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the new material, previously not known to the police investigation, and concluded there was no longer a realistic prospect of gaining a conviction.”

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said: “I understand this is going to raise many questions.

“However, explaining what this newly revealed information is would mean discussing other aspects of the case which would be unfair and inappropriate as they are no longer going to be tested in court.”

He added: “From the beginning this case has challenged the relationship between West Midlands Police and some of the communities we serve.

Muslim Council of Britain

“I would like to reassure them and Mr Begg that at every stage of this investigation my officers acted in the best interests of the public and of justice.”

‘Populist rhetoric’

The Muslim Council of Britain said in a statement: “Clearly there are now questions to be asked as to why he was arrested in the first place and, equally importantly, whether the current imprecise definition of ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’ is leading to miscarriages of justice.”

It added: “Today is a good day for British justice and the upholding of the rule of law in this case.

“What remains deplorable is the inclination of some of our political leaders to lapse into populist rhetoric when there are terrorism-related arrests, without waiting for due process.”

The BBC’s June Kelly said that this had been “a controversial case from the start”.

“Moazzam Begg is the most high-profile of all the arrests that have taken place in relation to alleged terrorism in Syria,” she said. “Since his release from Guantanamo Bay, he’s been a vocal commentator, campaigner and activist.

“His supporters say he made no secret of the fact that he had been to Syria.”

‘Defamed and vilified’

Asim Qureshi, research director of campaign group Cage, where Mr Begg works as an outreach director, said: “This has been a testing time for Moazzam, his family and the Muslim community.

“The criminalisation of virtually any Muslim that has been to Syria has increased in intensity.

“We hope that Moazzam’s release is a sign that the government are now willing to adopt a more measured strategy in relation to anti-terrorism policy and avoid the attempt to criminalise all dissent and crush any organisation that stands up for the rule of law and justice.”

Mr Begg was held in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly three years. He had been detained in Pakistan in January 2002 and taken to Bagram internment centre in Afghanistan, where he was held for about a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.

He was not charged with any offence while in US custody.


Megyn Kelly: Fox News Preaches Anti-Muslim Blood Libel in Wake of Oklahoma Beheading

2 October, 2014 - 23:15


By Mooneye

At Fox News, Islamophobia protrudes from the top, Roger Ailes, down to the bottom feeders like Eric Bolling, “The Five” crew, Megyn Kelly, etc. Remember, Ailes is the same guy who put “‘Fox News on lockdown’ after ‘observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb.’ He turned out to be a janitor.

The Kelly File, hosted by Megyn Kelly has a track record of demonizing Islam and Muslims so it’s unsurprising that she attempted to capitalize on the gruesome workplace murder in Oklahoma by Alton Nolen (Jah’keem Yisrael) to fan the flames of hate and suspicion against Muslims.

Nolen, recently converted to Islam and is said to have tattoos of Jesus Christ and other tattoos related to the Black Israelites, which indicates a propensity to experiment with religions. Instantly, questions have been raised about whether this may have been a “lone wolf attack,” however at the mosque Nolen frequented worshipers described him as “mentally disturbed.”

Many say Nolen was mentally disturbed and latched on to some extremist views.

While Fox has already proclaimed this a “terrorist attack,” law enforcement investigating the murder have not, considering the fact that Nolen’s attack came after he was fired from his job and stating they have “found no link to terrorism,” law enforcement is treating it as “workplace violence.”

It’s interesting to note, as Media Matters’ Eric Bohlert does that Fox News is picking and choosing its “terrorism” targets. In fact, there is an actual, clear cut, act of terrorism that is big news that Fox has barely reported,

Sounding the jihadist alarms, Fox News and the right-wing media are eager to label the ghastly crime an act of Islamic terror.

While that story continues to play out, it’s worth noting that an actual act of political terror remains in the news. It’s just not a priority for Fox.

On the night of September 16, 31-year-old marksman Eric Frein was allegedly laying in wait outside the Blooming Grove police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, preparing to assassinate state troopers. Shortly before 11 p.m., Bryon Dickson was shot and killed as he walked towards his patrol car. Moments later, as he approached the barracks to begin his overnight shift, trooper Alex Douglass was shot and seriously wounded by a bullet fired from a .308-caliber rifle.

But turn on Fox News and you don’t hear much about Eric Frein from the channel’s high-profile hosts. You don’t hear much about the anti-government zealot who murdered a cop, while trying to assassinate two. And you don’t hear evening hosts diving into Frein’s background trying to figure out what sparked his murderous streak.

In two weeks since the shooting, the Fox programs monitored by Nexis have mentioned Frein’s name in just six reports, and most of those were simply news updates that consisted of one or two sentences. Only one segment, which aired on On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, featured an extended conversation about the killing and the subsequent manhunt. In none of the six Fox reports however, were Frein’s vocal anti-government leanings mentioned, nor was there any suggestion Frein was a domestic terrorist.

Hosts Neil Cavuto, Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity have all ignored the shocking cop-killer story. In general, Fox has provided almost no commentary, no context, and certainly no collective blame for the execution.

By contrast, in the days since the Oklahoma killing, Fox programs monitored by Nexis have flooded the zone with coverage of the beheading, totaling hours and hours of coverage.  Most of Fox’s reports offered extended, overheated commentary, and most of them dwelled on the fact the killing may have been an act of terror.

Cavuto, O’Reilly, Hannity, and Megyn Kelly have all hosted extensive coverage of the killing, with Kelly and Hannity devoting nearly their entire September 26 and September 29 programs to the Oklahoma story (“Terror In The Heartland“), allowing guests to make all kinds of unproven connections between the crime and to Islam and, of course, to politicize the tragic killing.

Kelly has stooped so low as to have a man on her show with the pseudonym of “Noor,” whose identity was hidden, claiming unverified and patently fabricated “insider knowledge” of the mosque that Nolen frequented.

“Noor” parroted, word for word, the usual line of conspiracy theories, slander and hate that we have come to expect from fringe idiots like Pamela Geller and Deacon Robert Spencer. For all we know “Noor” may actually be the loony Christian White supremacist extremist David Gaubatz or his son, both have a history of fake “conversions” so they can then afterwards claim to have “infiltrated” Muslim mosques. It’s a way for them to make a living on the Right-Wing fearmongering circuit, along the likes of fake ex-terrorists/Muslims such as Ergun Caner, Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem, etc.

In the Kelly File segment, “Noor” claims that members of the Oklahoma mosque are operating “stealth jihad.” That they will not promote terrorism in public but will in-doors, among congregants. “Noor” went on to forward the taqiyyah conspiracy theory, saying,

“There is a teaching in Islam, taqiyya, which is deception. Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam even said, ‘war is deception.’ The reason they are so deceptive is that when they cannot do jihad physically, they attempt to do jihad by means of stealth: by endearing themselves to the media, endearing themselves to government, endearing themselves to the American people, to slowly work their way in.”

This is the equivalent to a blood libel being preached against Muslims in modern-day America, on a major national cable news network that has no scruples about airing false, slanderous and damaging statements regarding Islam and Muslims that have been proven to be lies and fabrications. In the past, Fox News has been implicated in inspiring hate crimes against Muslim Americans, this will only lead to more such crimes.

What should be done about Fox News?

Muslim hate crime ‘rises 65% in London’

1 October, 2014 - 23:22


BBC News

Hate crime against Muslims in London has risen by 65% over the last 12 months, Metropolitan Police figures show.

Islamophobic hate crime offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year, with many attacks targeting women wearing traditional Islamic clothing.

Asian Network’s Shabnam Mahmood has been speaking to a mother-of-two who has been a victim of abuse.

Burbank man protests outside Islamic Center in West Richland (w/video)

1 October, 2014 - 20:40


This misguided 28 year old man, Michael Harmon, clearly hasn’t read the Quran, in fact he seems to be spewing the same talking points as Spencer and Geller. My guess is we’re going to see a lot more Michael Harmon types ever since this most recent flurry of negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the media.

By Geoff Folsom Tri-City Herald

A Burbank man protested Monday evening outside a West Richland mosque, holding a sign that read “death to Islam” on one side and “Islam is evil” on the other.

Michael Harmon, 28, of Burbank, also had a sign reading “Terrorists” on the side of his car, with a blue arrow pointing toward the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities on Bombing Range Road. Harmon said he served as a specialist in the Army and was in Afghanistan.

“You’ve got the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS — they all follow the Quran,” Harmon told the Herald, referring to the Islamic State group by one of its acronyms. “The Quran itself is evil. It states there in black and white they want to kill us.”

Ousman Kinteh, an official with the Islamic center who didn’t see the protest, said the facility’s imam, or religious leader, was concerned because a class for young children was planned Monday evening.

“I would have called the police … if I saw him outside doing that,” Kinteh said.

Harmon said he wasn’t protesting specifically against the Islamic center. He only recently learned there was a mosque in the Tri-Cities.

“It just blew my mind,” he said. “I would expect to see that in Seattle, but not here.”

There might be peaceful Muslims, but they are not fully following the Quran, Harmon said.

Harmon said he contacted West Richland police to make sure it was OK for him to carry a concealed weapon while he protested.

Harmon was allowed to carry his gun in a holster and protest, but police made sure he knew he couldn’t walk into the street or cause a disruption, said Sgt. Duane Olsen.

“He’s got his First Amendment rights, like anybody else,” Olsen said.

Harmon said he heard from several passersby — some supportive, some opposing his views. He said he got in to one verbal confrontation with a Navy veteran who told him that Muslims are good people.

“I just wish everybody would be more supportive of the troops and realize this is still going on,” Harmon said.

Olsen received two calls complaining about Harmon’s protest. He said one caller was cordial and the other hung up after being told that police couldn’t arrest Harmon for a hate crime.

“I explained to him that he wasn’t committing a crime,” Olsen said. “He was emphatic that he was.”

Harmon, who protested for about an hour Monday, said he might return to protest Tuesday and that he plans to picket other Tri-City Islamic facilities.

Harmon is a “lone wolf” in his views, Kinteh said.

Kinteh questioned why Harmon did not protest at Sunday’s Mid-Columbia Interfaith Peace Walk. The seven-mile walk, which started at the mosque, welcomed people from different religions.

Harmon said he was unaware of the march.

“I visited their Facebook page, and I did not see that,” he said.

— Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com

Editor’s note: Updated to include Harmon’s branch of service and rank.

Michele Bachmann to Obama: Islam is the problem and you need to ‘declare war on it’

29 September, 2014 - 21:48


Can you believe Rep. Keith Ellison has to deal with these people?

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

At the 2014 Value Voters Summit, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann (R) claimed that there is no such thing as “moderate” Islam, and that President Barack Obama failed the American people by deciding not to declare war on it.

Speaking of her appointment to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, she claimed that she “had a front-row seat to a world set on fire,” she said, “from Islamic jihad. And what we’ve seen is one disaster after another for the Obama-Clinton policy team.”

“In their fantasy world, being a smaller, diminished, less-powerful United States is somehow supposed to bring about global tranquility.

“Well, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, we want our 1980s foreign policy back!” she shouted. “Peace through strength! Peace through strength! We don’t want your failed ‘Russian reset’! We don’t want four Americans dead in Benghazi!”

“Nothing will change the world more than your foolish lifting of sanctions on Iran as they are racing to complete nuclear weapons — and they will,” she said to Obama, “if you stay the course.”

“Unbelievably, we have the first anti-Israel president in American history,” Bachmann said, continuing to address the absent Obama. “That’s your legacy!”

“It’s no wonder Hillary Clinton couldn’t think of an answer when asked on her book tour to name her greatest accomplishment as Secretary of State,” she continued. “Well I have one — permanent retirement!”

“Quite simply, because she basically fails to inspire confidence in just about anything, and don’t forget — she’ll be Barack Obama’s third and fourth term as president.”

Bachmann bemoaned “the rise of radical Islamic jihad — though that’s redundant,” she said, conflating all forms of Islam with its most radical elements, much like Oklahoma state senator Mike Bennett did last week.

She claimed that Muslims are engaged in “spiritual warfare, and that what we must do is defeat Islamic jihad. Sadly, our president has the wrong prescription. He even fails to acknowledge their motivations for bringing out jihad.”

“Yes, Mr. President, it is about Islam!” she said as the audience applauded wildly.

“And I believe if you have an evil of an order of this magnitude, you take it seriously. You declare war on it, you don’t dance around it. Just like the Islamic State has declared war on the United States of America.”

“You kill their leader,” she continued, “you kill their councils, you kill their army until they wave the white flag of surrender. That’s how you win a war!”

“We’re going to have to answer to the next generation — why we failed to defeat the totalitarian evil of our day.”

“Here is the ugly truth” about moderate Muslims like the Syrian rebels the president considered arming, she added.

“They will never be vetted. And they certainly aren’t all moderates. Nearly half of the Syrian rebels we trained have already taken up the cause of Islamic jihad. Half! So why in the world are we giving them American weapons?”

Her entire speech can be viewed on the Values Voter Summit feed via YouTube below.

Arkansas Firing Range: “No Muslims Allowed”

29 September, 2014 - 21:40


Something tells me Jan Morgan craves attention. Apparently, every nobody has received unverifiable “death threats.” Why hasn’t she informed the police if that is the case?

In an act that will no doubt result in lawsuits, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared itself a “Muslim free zone” due to concerns over domestic Islamic terrorism. The ban was announced yesterday by range owner Jan Morgan in an article posted to her web site where she cites ten points justifying her position.

Among the points cited are prior attacks in the United States that the federal government refuses to classify as terrorism, including the Fort Hood attack, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the last week’s Oklahoma City beheading. Morgan has also received death threats in the past for her writing about Islam.

Dead pig left outside French mosque

29 September, 2014 - 21:08


via. IslamophobiaWatch

The mosque at Pontarlier in Franche-Comté in eastern France was subjected to an attack on Monday, when a dead pig was left outside the building.

Le Nouvel Observateur reported that Tahar Belhadj, president of the regional federation of the Great Mosque of Paris, had condemned this deliberate desecration of a place of worship and denounced the “chronic Islamophobia” at work in Franche-Comté.

Mosques in the Franche-Comté capital of Besançon were repeatedly targeted with racist, fascist and Zionist graffiti last year – in February, August and November – and in December a pig’s head and pig’s ears were left outside a mosque.

See also “Pontarlier: Un porc jeté devant la Mosquée”, Islam & Info, 22 September 2014

And “Le cochon, outil de profanation préféré des islamophobes”, Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France, 23 September 2014

Muslim leaders fear anti-Islam violence could escalate to Cronulla-style riot

27 September, 2014 - 00:17


via. IslamophobiaWatch

Mounting incidents of anti-Muslim violence in Sydney will ignite a Cronulla-style riot if authorities don’t step in to quell tensions, Muslim leaders have warned. Community members have begun keeping logs of Islamophobic incidents and say some people are resorting to vigilante-style justice in the wake of counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and the fatal shooting of a terror suspect in Melbourne.

On Friday, police released CCTV footage of a man who they believe stormed into an Islamic school in Sydney’s south-west and threatened children with a knife the length of his forearm. Parents at Al-Faisal College in Minto said police swarmed to the school on Thursday afternoon after the man walked in, waving the knife around and asking if it was a Muslim school.

The incident came as police dropped their investigation into a separate assault claim by an Australian Defence Force member. The 41-year-old naval officer claimed on Thursday he had been assaulted by two Middle Eastern men outside his Bella Vista home at 6.30am but police deemed the report to be false. Defence force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin issued an apology for the incident, particularly to the Middle Eastern community, for “any angst this has caused”.

Mariam Veiszadeh, who has launched Islamophobia Register Australia, said there had been a “surge in Islamophobic incidents” in Sydney. She said she has been urging police to act on the incidents before one erupts into large-scale violence. Community activist Rebecca Kay has also been keeping a log of violence such as cars being vandalised and people being abused in the street.

Ahmed Kilani, editor of the Muslim Village website, said community leaders met with state and federal police on Wednesday to warn them the atmosphere in Sydney was reaching boiling point. He said many people in the Muslim community were adopting a vigilante-style response. “The temperature is rising very quickly,” Mr Kilani said. “The fear is that something could very easily ignite an event like the Cronulla riots.”

Tensions are also rising in other states following counter-terrorism raids in Brisbane and the shooting of 18-year-old Numan Haider by police in Melbourne. In Brisbane, a man was charged on Friday after telling a Muslim woman to “go back to your country” and an Islamic centre was allegedly sprayed with menacing graffiti.

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2014

See also “Refugees threatened at Syd soccer training”, The Australian, 26 September 2014

And “Anti-Islamic teens threaten to behead Gold Coast man they mistook for a Muslim”, myGC, 26 September 2014

Brisbane mosque graffiti (2)

Armed intruder threatens staff, students at Sydney Islamic school

25 September, 2014 - 22:21

Sydney_Muslim_School Armed intruder threatens staff, students at Sydney Islamic school

(Sydney Morning Herald)

Police have swarmed an Islamic school in western Sydney after reports of an intruder threatening staff and students with a knife.

Officers were called to Al-Faisal College in Minto on Thursday afternoon amid reports that an armed man had entered school grounds and was asking if it was a Muslim school.

Police said the man entered the school on Benham Road about 2.10pm, spoke with a female staff member and left a short time later. He was last seen on Kitson Road.

A crime scene was established by police.

Primary school students hid under their desks while those from the high school were gathered in a prayer hall as the school went into lockdown, one mother said.

The mother, who did not wish to be named, said she was greeted by a swarm of police when arriving to pick up her children.

“I am still pretty much in shock,” the mother said.

“I am keeping my younger two [children] home tomorrow, one doesn’t want to go back there.”

Mariam Veiszadah, spokesperson for Islamophobia Register Australia, said she had spoken to two parents from the school and a community leader who was in contact with the head of the school.

They had reported a man running onto school grounds, asking if it was a “Muslim school” and then pulling out a knife and threatening a teacher and students.

Ms Veiszadah said she believed the man didn’t manage to get inside the classroom because the doors were locked, but he later fled into an office and threatened female staff.

Ms Veiszadah said: “We are very shocked and saddened to hear about this incident. Distressed parents of affected students arrived at the school earlier today and found it surrounded by police officers and the SWAT team.”

The man has been described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, 20 to 25 years of age, and of an obese build. He was wearing brown khaki pants and a green shirt at the time of the incident.

Also on Thursday, a member of the Australian Defence Force told police he was assaulted and threatened outside his home in Sydney’s north-west.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

White Supremacist Eric Bolling Cashin’ In On Anti-Muslim Hate

25 September, 2014 - 22:10


It’s Fox News, but you know what, they wouldn’t get away with this absurd, anti-Muslim and hate-filled rhetoric if there wasn’t an audience for it; fact is there are millions who pump their fists in the air and shout “‘Murica!” when they watch these programs.

As always, Eric Bolling and Hoenig, for that matter nearly the entire panel are a bunch of White supremacist pieces of shit.

Mosque vandalised: Abuse spray-painted on Muslim community site in Brisbane

24 September, 2014 - 21:05


By Alyse Edwards (ABC)

The words “die” and “Muslims are evil and have no respect for our ways” were spray-painted on the Indonesian community mosque at Rocklea.

Muslim community leaders and police were alerted to the vandalism on Wednesday evening.

A police forensic team has begun an investigation.

It is the second Muslim prayer site in Queensland to be defaced in less than a week.

A mosque at Mareeba in far north Queensland was vandalised last Friday.

Islamic Indonesian Community of Queensland president Hamid Mawardi praised police for their quick response to the attack on the Rocklea mosque.

He said he had no idea who had vandalised the mosque but that it was “probably just kids”.

“I think this is a misperception about Islam – we are here, Australian,” he said.

“I’ve been here for years and we live nice and peacefully and whoever did this – respect us as Australians.”

Police Commissioner calls for calm

On Wednesday afternoon, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart called for calm and tolerance in response to growing concerns over the threat posed by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).

He was speaking after an incident in Melbourne on Tuesday night in which a man who was under investigation was shot dead by police, and after a number of counter-terrorism raids occurred in Sydney and south of Brisbane in recent weeks.

Mr Stewart said he had met with leaders in the Brisbane Muslim community and told them police would go out of their way to ensure their safety.

“Whilst it is our strong view that this [terrorism] is not religiously based or culturally based, the perception may be in some quarters that the Muslim community have some ties to the perpetrators of some of these crimes,” he said.

“They are simply people who have no respect for any of us or for any particular religion or religious group.”

He said police would be hiring four more Muslim police liaison officers to help improve communication with the community.

Important lesson at ex-Jewish school, now Muslim

24 September, 2014 - 20:24


Happy Roshashanah, tizku l’shanim rabot and Shana Tovah.

By Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune

On Monday afternoon, Lori Lippitz and her little band of well-wishers pulled into the parking lot of the school they once thought of as theirs.

They came bearing gift baskets — fruit, flowers, nuts, pencils, rulers — and a card that said, “We wish for you and your children many years of love, learning and laughter in the home that is now yours.”

They also came with some trepidation.

How would it feel to walk back into their old Jewish school, which this August had reopened as a Muslim school?

What had happened to their prayer room?

Would the mosaic that told the biblical story of Genesis still be on the wall?

For 34 years, beginning in 1978, the old brick building on Gross Point Road in Skokie had housed Solomon Schechter Day School, which was as much a spiritual haven as a school.

“When it closed,” said Lippitz, whose daughter was a student there, “we felt that something important had ended in our lives.”

But demographics shape destinies, and as some of Skokie’s Jewish residents moved to other suburbs, the school’s enrollment declined. By 2012 what remained of the Skokie school had been consolidated into the Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook.

Meanwhile, 21/2 miles away, in Morton Grove, the MCC Full Time School kept growing.

Opened in 1990 with 25 students and a curriculum that emphasizes Islamic studies, MCC had expanded to serve several hundred students. It had a long waiting list.

When the old Schechter school, owned by a Skokie school district, went up for sale at auction, MCC bought it. Now it’s MCC Academy for preschoolers to fifth-graders.

Shortly after news of the purchase got around, Lippitz, a singer who founded the popular Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, ran across an online comment from a Skokie resident responding to the change, a comment that struck her as “unwelcoming and a little xenophobic.”

“The person who put it there probably did not mean to do anything but express sadness at the loss of a Jewish institution,” she said.

Still, she worried.

Who knew, especially given the latest violence in the Middle East, what kind of hostility the school’s new inhabitants might encounter?

“Times of social anxiety and distress are precisely the times when one has to make a point to be seen as welcoming,” she said.

Read the rest…

Samira Saleh Ali al-Naimi Kidnapped, Tortured and Murdered by ISIS

24 September, 2014 - 19:33

This is an important post to highlight and clarify once again not only the brutality but the devious, inhumane and anti-Islamic crimes of the organization that calls itself “The Islamic State.” Samira al-Naimi deserves as much recognition as any of the victims of ISIS.

(via. Henri):

“Samira Saleh Ali al-Naimi, an Iraqi human rights attorney, was kidnapped, tortured and executed by Da3esh in Mosul for “apostasy” after she denounced the movement’s destruction of shrines and called them “acts of barbarism”. She defended political and underprivileged prisoners free of charge and was also outspoken against the American presence in Iraq.”


China’s war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang

22 September, 2014 - 01:03


An exclusive by the Washington Post’s Simon Denyer on the persecution of Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang.

Washtington Post

SHACHE COUNTY, China – The month of Ramadan should have been a time of fasting, charity and prayer in China’s Muslim west. But here, in many of the towns and villages of southern Xinjiang, it was a time of fear, repression, and violence.

China’s campaign against separatism and terrorism in its mainly Muslim west has now become an all-out war on conservative Islam, residents here say.

Throughout Ramadan,police intensified a campaign of house-to-house searches, looking for books or clothing that betray “conservative” religious belief among the region’s ethnic Uighurs: women wearing veils were widely detained, and many young men arrested on the slightest pretext, residents say. Students and civil servants were forced to eat instead of fasting, and work or attend classes instead of attending Friday prayers.

The religious repression has bred resentment, and, at times, deadly protests. Reports have emerged of police firing on angry crowds in recent weeks in the towns of Elishku, and Alaqagha; since then, Chinese authorities have imposed a complete blackout on reporting from both locations, even more intense than that already in place across most of Xinjiang.

A Washington Post team was turned away at the one of several checkpoints around Elishku, as army trucks rumbled past, and was subsequently detained for several hours by informers, police and Communist Party officials for reporting from villages in the surrounding district of Shache county; the following day, the team was again detained in Alaqagha in Kuqa county, and ultimately deported from the region from the nearest airport.

Across Shache county, the Internet has been cut, and text messaging services disabled, while foreigners have been barred. But in snatched conversations, in person and on the telephone, with the few people in the region brave enough to talk, a picture of constant harassment across Xinjiang emerges.

“The police are everywhere,” said one Uighur resident. Another said it was like “living in prison.” Another said his identity card had been checked so many times, “the magnetic strip is not working any more.”

On July 18, hundreds of people gathered outside a government building in the town of Alaqagha, angry about the arrest of two dozen girls and women who had refused to remove their headscarves, according to a report on Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA).

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UKIP’s former deputy leader calls for passages from Qur’an to be banned

17 September, 2014 - 19:49


via. IslamophobiaWatch

Britain’s Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a politician and globe-trotting climate-change denier, has called upon the United States to outlaw certain parts of the Islamic holy book the Koran and to make reading them aloud illegal.

Right Wing Watch reported on Monckton’s latest column for conspiracy website and “Birther” hub World Net Daily, in which the former advisor to England’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urged the U.S. Congress to outlaw passages of the Koran as incitement to murder.

“Nearly all acts of terrorism perpetrated throughout the world in the past quarter of a century were carried out by Muslims in the name of Allah,” Monckton falsely claimed, omitting acts of terror by U.S. right-wing militia and the ongoing campaign of brutal violence being waged by Mexican drug cartels.

“Why?” Monckton asked. “One does not need to look any further than their “holy” book, the [Koran].”

“Craven public authorities have failed to act against the circulation of the [Koran] in its present form because they fear a violent backlash,” Monckton claimed. But, he said, anti-Islamists should not shrink from banning the portions of the Koran that call for violence against nonbelievers. The rights of free speech, he said, are outweighed by the need to stop incitement.

“A bill should be brought before Congress identifying all passages in the [Koran] which, whether in isolation or taken together, constitute incitement to murder,” Monckton proposed. He went on, “The bill should specify that anyone who reads any of these passages out loud is to be charged with that crime and, if convicted, subjected to the usual penalty for it – a long prison term.”

Censoring these passages of the Koran, he theorized, will neutralize the book’s radicalizing effects on young Muslims. “The prominent part played by the [Koran] in the radicalization of young Muslims so that they become willing to murder their own fellow-citizens demands that we act at once,” he said, “before its dangerous influence incites the loss of any more innocent lives. The [Koran] as it now stands is illegal.”

Monckton cited several passages of the Koran that he says call for the murder of nonbelievers, but failed to include the portions of the Christian Bible that call for the execution of homosexual men (Leviticus 20:13), the stoning death of adulterous women (Luke 16:18) and the killing of “sorceresses” (Exodus 22:17), blasphemers (Leviticus 24:10), and whole cities if they follow other religions (Deuteronomy 13:13-19).

Raw Story, 15 September 2014

Vandals forced Cardiff mosque to shut

17 September, 2014 - 19:42


via. IslamophobiaWatch

A Cardiff mosque has been forced to close after being smashed up by intruders. Police are investigating after the Rabbaniah Islamic Cultural Centre suffered thousands of pounds of damage after burglars pulled down the ceiling and ripped charity boxes from the walls.

The cultural centre in Grangetown was completely wrecked by the intruders who stole at least £4,000 of money stored in charity collection boxes and locked safes containing wages for staff.

The burglars first broke into the main hall but then rampaged through the mosque and cultural centre – tearing down the internal roof to get up to the office on the first floor. Computers were stamped on, CCTV cameras were pulled from the walls and doors have been kicked through.

Mr Farid said there was hope the vandals would be caught because despite the CCTV cameras being taken the hard drives still remained. South Wales Police say they are investigating and are appealing for information.

ITV News, 16 September 2014

See also “Cardiff burglars ransack Rabbaniah Islamic Cultural Centre”, BBC News, 16 September 2014

And “Rabbaniah Islamic Cultural Centre suffers thousands of pounds of damage in ‘devastating’ Cardiff raid”, Wales Online, 15 September 2014

Rabbaniah Islamic Cultural Centre vandalism (3)

Redneck Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett Ups the Ante, Says Islam is ‘a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out’

17 September, 2014 - 19:38


John Bennett hates Islam and Muslims, he even went to another country in an offensive war to kill brown folks in predominantly Muslim majority nations where he boasts about “fighting on the frontlines.”

Now he has returned to Oklahoma, joined politics and advocates ‘cutting Islam out of our nation,’ likening it (and by extension Muslims) to cancer.

John Bennett, not only supported the Iraq War but fought in it, he is as implicated in its destruction and the present chaos as the likes of pastor Gary Cass.

By Bill Sherman, Tulsa World

State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, meeting Monday night with about 85 constituents at a Republican gathering at Western Sizzlin’ here, did not back down from statements he made earlier this month that were critical of Islam.

Bennett has been at the center of a political maelstrom that has gained national attention since he published comments on social media warning people to be wary of Muslim Americans and then refused to apologize in the face of mounting criticism.

Asked before the meeting whether he planned to apologize for his comments, Bennett said, “No. Because I’m right, and they know I’m right.”

“CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) used political pressure to make me back down, but I didn’t and I’m not going to,” he said to a standing ovation. Bennett, who served in the U.S. Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he has heard from people all over the world supporting his position.

In a lengthy presentation that included videos made within U.S. mosques, Bennett outlined a history of the Islamic faith and his views that Islam is a sociopolitical movement intent upon destruction of Western civilization and world domination. “Their goal is the destruction of Western civilization from within,” he said. “This is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”

“The media is playing right into their hands,” he said. “We need to share his (Jesus’) story, love others and stand for freedom,” he said to loud applause. I love each and every one of them, but I’m not going to stand back and let them push Islam into our nation.”

He said the FBI has severed ties with CAIR in part because the organization was alleged to be an unindicted co-conspirator in a major trial about funding terrorism.

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of CAIR in Washington, D.C., said the unindicted co-conspirator charge against CAIR was legal “mumbo jumbo” that came out of the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007. “The key word is ‘unindicted,’” he said.

One attendee, Alan Beard, said he was “100 percent in agreement with what John said, and I stand behind him.” “You just have to look at other countries like England and Australia where they’ve gotten a foothold,” he said.

Another listener asked how to get Islam out of school textbooks. “Islam has no place in these United States,” she said.

Also on Monday, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry released a resolution calling for Bennett and Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman David Weston to apologize for remarks that “put all Muslims in Oklahoma in one group, associating them with terrorists and encouraging fear and wariness among our citizens against other citizens.”

The resolution was signed by more than two dozen groups affiliated with the local Say No to Hate Coalition, including the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, Oklahomans for Equality and several churches.

Bennett’s criticism of Islam comes at a time when polling indicates Middle East violence and the beheading of two American journalists may be shifting U.S. public opinion against the world’s second-largest religion.

Half of Americans now believe Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in early September.

That figure is up 12 percentage points since February, when 38 percent answered affirmatively.

Older Americans, Republicans, conservatives and evangelical Christians were much more likely to link Islam to violence: white evangelicals, 70 percent, up 16 points since February; conservative Republicans, 72 percent, up 11 points; people 65 or older, 64 percent, up 18 points.

Forty-two percent of Democrats agreed with the statement, a 14-point increase since February. One-third of adults under 30 agreed, up six points from February.

The poll also showed that increasing numbers of Americans are concerned about Islamic extremism in the United States and abroad.

Radical Right Wing Christians Who Supported the Iraq War Want to Convert, Deport and Kill Muslims

17 September, 2014 - 00:56


By Garibaldi

Right Wing Watch recently brought to our attention the Christian dominionist, Gary Cass’ call for Holy War against Muslims, in an article titled, “I’m Islamaphobic, Are You?” Cass is a former San Diego GOP official and founder of the organization “Defend Christians: A Ministry of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

Cass’ article was originally published on the website of the popular Evangelical Christian magazine, Charisma. The article was pulled down without any apology or note as to why it was published in the first place or why it was subsequently pulled; it is still proudly displayed on Cass’ website.

Many Christian writers and commenters were deeply offended by the bellicose religious hatred and call to violence in the article, deeming it “Anti-Christ.” A minority of Christians however supported the article as can be witnessed in the comment section to Cass’ article.

Cass writes in racialist terms about Muslims, stating for instance that the “vicious seed of Ishmael” must be “crushed.” This characterization of Muslims is based on a particular interpretation of Genesis 16:11-12 that some Christians such as former Florida congressman Allen West have forwarded about Islam, Arabs and Muslims.

Cass says that what ISIS is doing is real Islam and we should thank them for their actions, which is the same vile view propagated by the likes of Deacon Robert Spencer.

ISIS (sic) is doing to America journalists what every true follower of Mohammed wants to do to you and yours; subjugate or murder you. They believe they have been given a mandate by Allah (Satan) to dominate the world.

Cass proposes three possible “solutions” and in fact only one “real solution.”:

1.) Conversion: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Muslims turn from Satan (Allah) to Christ? But, I agree with Phil Robertson, this is not biblically doable. Why? God has a plan and he revealed it at the birth of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. “The Angel of the Lord said….He [Ishmael] will be an ass of a man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him…” (Genesis 16:11,12) The Arab Muslims are God’s sworn enemies and are ordained by God to be against everyone. That’s not to say there will not be a small percentage of Muslims who will be saved by faith in Christ. But, even if they escape with their lives after “apostatizing” from Islam, their influence will be negligible. History does not record a mighty move of God in saving masses of Muslims. I believe the scriptures militate against mass Muslim conversions.

2.) D.A.M.N.: Depart All Muslims Now. Deport them like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors. Muslims in America are procreating at twice the rate of other groups. So, either we force them all to get sterilized, or we wait for the “Army of Islam” to arise in our midst and do what Muslims always do, resort to violence. Just see what they are doing in France, Britain and Scandinavia. Fat chance our politicians will do anything until its too late, unless, of course, “We the People” demand otherwise. But, history shows America is always late to the fight. Or, we can do what most Americans are doing, wishfully think we are the exception and Muslims will all of a sudden change and want to co-exist. This is irrational and stupid, but it makes life more tolerable. Knowing that every Mosque in America is conspiring to kill you and yours is terrifying.

3.) Violence: The only thing that is biblical and that 1400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense. Christian Generals Charles Martel in 732 and Jon Sobieski in 1672 defeated Islamic Turks and their attempts to take the West. Who will God raise up to save us this time? Will God even intervene or turn us over to the Muslims for turning against Him?

Cass is right about one thing, Muslims are not about to leave Islam for Christianity despite centuries of bloody effort by various Christian kings and states.

There isn’t much need to highlight the self-evident warped and repugnant nature of the American-Christian-kill-Muslims-brigade. The vast majority of American Christians reject them as imbeciles and I would agree with them that such Christians are in fact “Anti-Christ.”

One fact I want to expose and stress however is the canard that violence in the name of Christianity is a thing of the past. This idea is not only prevalent among Christians but is also propagated by Ex-Christians such as Bill Maher who was recently on Charlie Rose propagating this idea.

Lest anyone forget, there was a whole machine of fervent, zealous Christians who practically worshiped President George W. Bush and were shouting “Halleluja!” and “Glory to Christ!” when he announced that the USA was going to invade Iraq in 2003.

Iraq had zero Alqaeda influence or presence prior to the 2003 invasion. The status of Christians was good, they weren’t a persecuted minority, whereas today the situation is a catastrophe. The pastors, Christian writers and officials who supported and prayed for that war are implicated in the destruction of Iraq and the creation of ISIS.

Gary Cass, who now calls for converting, deporting and killing Muslims is one such hypocrite who is responsible for the creation of ISIS and the destruction of Iraq.

In 2007, Cass was on CNN where he was asked by host Roland Martin, “how would Jesus vote on the war in Iraq?”

According to Cass, Jesus would be all for the Iraq war since it would liberate “his people.”

CASS: Well, I absolutely believe the Republican position is the right one. Self-defense is a duty we all owe to ourselves, our families and our neighbor. And it’s the first duty of government. A strong defense is essential. The Iraq war was justified on the basis of the intelligence that we had at the time. So, self-defense and liberating those under tyranny are Christian virtues just as Christ defends and liberates his people.

Any Christian who supported the invasion of Iraq and now complains about ISIS should be shamed in public and exposed for all to see.  As for Gary Cass, he may be nothing but hot air but he exposes a virulent extremist and radical element that is flourishing on the Christian right.