A Muslim Civil Liberties Union?

A Muslim Civil Liberties Union?
By Frank Pastore
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A few weeks ago, remember how we were all a buzz about Keith Ellison (D-MN) choosing to make his oath on the Koran as the first democratically-elected Muslim to sit in Congress? We all agreed it would be unconstitutional to prevent him from doing so (“no religious test,” Art. VI Sec. 3). Yet, something was deeply troubling about it even though we couldn’t quite put our finger on it.

Then, last Tuesday, this posting on the website of the North Carolina ACLU (here),

“A unanimous North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) can proceed with its lawsuit, filed against the State in July 2005, which chal-lenges North Carolina state courts’ practice of refusing to allow people of non-Christian faiths to swear re-ligious oaths using any text other than the Christian Bible.”

The lawsuit filed by the ACLU-NC in July 2005 seeks a court order clarifying that North Carolina’s existing statute governing religious oaths is broad enough to allow the use of multiple religious texts in addition to the Christian Bible. In the alternative, if the Court does not agree that the phrase “Holy Scriptures” in the North Carolina state statute must be read to permit texts such as the Quran, the Hebrew Bible and the Bhagavad-Gita in addition to the Christian Bible, then the ACLU-NC asks the Court to strike down the practice of allowing the use of any religious texts in the administration of religious oaths.

This lawsuit asks the Court for an interpretation of the phrase “Holy Scriptures” that is broad enough to include multiple religious texts.

The ACLU believes that all religious texts should be honored with the title “Holy Scriptures,” revealing their contempt for the Bible, and their total lack of appreciation to the set of Judeo-Christian values that gave birth to Western Civilization in general and America specifically. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, don’t they understand they saw at the log upon which they sit? Without those values there would be no ACLU. Ever heard of a CCLU, a Chinese Civil Liberties Union? Or a MCLU, a Muslim Civil Liberties Union?How does the Left express appreciation for the intellectual soil out of which they have grown? By declaring war on those values that gave them life. They commit intellectual patricide. When was the last time you heard of a Western Civ class in a public school that didn’t rail against all things Western?To return to the North Carolina case, the ACLU’s argument is essentially, “all or nothing.” Either accept all religious texts as “Holy Scriptures” or accept none of them as such. And if it’s the latter, then eliminate the practice all together. Either way they win.

Why stop at “religious texts”? Who is to say some whacko can’t create his own religion and choose to make an oath on a rock as his holy text? If the adjective “religious” would apply to everything, then it would apply to nothing. It would cease to have any meaning. Exactly what the Left has been after since the French Revolution, the utter irrelevance and meaninglessness of God, religion, and everything sacred.

Again, this is not about religion it is about values. Different religions obviously make different and often opposing reli-gious and theological claims, yet can share a common set of values. Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and I certainly have different views on whether Jesus was the Messiah, but we all share the same Judeo-Christian values. And, oddly enough, members of the same religion do in fact hold opposing value systems. Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo and I are all Christians, yet they hold to a value system foreign to me and most of my conservative Christian friends. This helps to explain why I feel much closer culturally and politically to Dennis and Michael than I do to Jim and Tony.

America specifically and the West generally are under attack by enemies both foreign and domestic. The Judeo-Christian values that gave birth to Western Civilization are under attack externally by Islam and internally by secularism. Strangely, both the Left and the Islamofascists function as two blades on a set of scissors, they are independent yet working to-gether, to shred the fabric of Western culture.

It was the genius of the founders to solve the church-state problem by intentionally forming a secular, rather than a Christian, government. They would confidently allow for religious pluralism, even atheism, and prohibit all religious tests, yet while at the same time promoting and sustaining the Judeo-Christian moral values that would limit that secularism by encouraging the practice of religion without the establishment of a state religion. It was all about sharing a common set of values, not about sharing a common religion.We have lost something when we no longer honor the Source of our values in our public rituals.

Americans are alarmed by the advance of Islam into our society, and properly so, for who will assimilate to whom? Could a Muslim have written the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution? Does Islam believe in the separation of church and state, that all men are created equal, that there should be no religious test for political office holders, that government ought to be secular?

Or lastly, would a Muslim Civil Liberties Union champion the right for a Christian to give an oath on the Bible?

The Frank Pastore Show is heard in Los Angeles weekday afternoons on 99.5 KKLA and on the web at kkla.com, and is the winner of the 2006 National Religious Broadcasters Talk Show of the Year. Frank is a former major league pitcher with graduate degrees in both philosophy of religion and political philosophy.

Muslims in police will rise up, Bakri insists

Muslims in police will rise up, Bakri insists

Jihadist Sheikh Omar Bakri casts aspersions on the loyalty of Muslim police officers to the British state. Expect in response a large-scale, no-holds-barred, noisy and exuberant display of British patriotism from an indignant, besmirched Muslim community in Britain (just kidding).

By Mike Hirst and Adam Lusher in the Sunday Telegraph, with thanks to Nicolei:

Moderate British Muslims in the police, Armed Forces and Civil Service will one day revolt against the system to “crush it from within”, according to Omar Bakri Mohammed, the notorious Islamic extremist. In claims condemned as a cynical attempt to create division, the co-founder of the extremist al-Muhajiroun group said that Britain was “digging a deep hole” for itself by allowing Muslims into the Services and Whitehall.Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph in Lebanon, where he moved in August 2005 — at about the time it emerged the British authorities might charge him with incitement to treason — he claimed police officers, soldiers and civil servants would one day become radicalised.

“When you start to ask Muslims to join your Army and your police you are making a grave mistake. That British Muslim who joins the police today will one day read the Koran and will have an awakening,” he said.

Muslims in Britain should at least be so kind as to explain why non-Muslims should not actually be concerned about this.

“Those moderates are one day going to be practising Muslims. Now what happens if they are British police or in the Army and they have weapons? How much information do they have about you that they will use to serve the global struggle?”They will revolt against the system if they have been failed by your foreign policy which is oppressive against Islam, or have been contacted by people who believe Britain is a domain of war.”

In remarks almost certain to cause widespread anger among the survivors and relatives of victims, he also claimed that the world was a better place after the July 7 bombings in London. “I believe it is a better place for Islam and Muslims… but not for non-Muslims. What’s happening around the world is good and positive for Islam.”

Liberals Using Religion to Push Their Agenda on Americans

Liberals Using Religion to Push Their Agenda on Americans

by Jim Kouri, CPP

 

Former Vice President Al Gore scours the countryside looking for support for a possible presidential run and attempts to emulate bible-thumping preachers while preaching a message of the need for “big government” to save the planet. Meanwhile, Gore hobnobs with the Hollywood elite many of whom wouldn’t know a Bible from a Cecil B. DeMille script for  the movie “Samson and Delilah.”

Senator Hillary Clinton, who’s husband used a Bible as a prop during his impeachment days, hires a consultant in order to find a way to “get over on evangelicals” without changing her positions on killing unborn children and changing the definition of marriage.

Democrat Party strategists hold brainstorming meetings in order to find the means to hoodwink Christian voters without forsaking their socialist beliefs and plans.

On Wednesday, January 17, The Church Report revealed that a group of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh leaders have a new “faith agenda” that they will hold the 110th Congress to. This new agenda will shift the emphasis away from opposing abortion and “same-sex marriage” to issues liberal denominations and interfaith groups are associated with, according to the Church Report’s Jennifer Morehouse.
 
The lobby Faith in Public Life and other interfaith groups are advocating increasing the minimum wage, economic and social justice in regard to immigration reform, ending the war in Iraq, and “creation care,” a euphemism for child care.
 
Paul Sherry, national coordinator of the “Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign,” said most Americans are “morally outraged” by low pay. The organization lobbied successfully for minimum wage increases in several states, according to Morehouse’s report.
 
Church Report then quotes the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sam Rodriguez said, “There is a strong faith ethos in the Hispanic community of the issues of immigration, poverty and economic and social justice.” He advocates for secure borders and stopping illegal immigration, but he supports amnesty and a guest worker program.
 
“God specifically made humans responsible [for creation] as His image, and as His representatives on earth,” Paul de Vries, a board member with the National Association of Evangelicals and president of New York Divinity School said. “How we treat His creation He takes personally,” de Vries continued. “We’re people lovers, but we can be tree lovers at the same time. We’re people huggers and tree huggers.”
 
Rick Ufford Chase, who leads the organization Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, said his group intends to remind Congress that it has a “clear moral imperative to end the war” and bring US military forces home, according to Morehouse. But Chase’s organization has no plan on how to protect millions of Americans from terrorist attacks.
 
Faith in Public Life said Congress should heed the power of religious voters who “rejected a go-it-alone strategy in Iraq and politicians that put power ahead of policies that promote the common good.”

The Church Report is a national business news magazine that is distributed to over 40,000 senior pastors and Christian leaders from across the United States. Published by Christy Media, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and founded by Jason T. Christy, CEO of Christy Media, The Church Report is the leading magazine Christians turn to for news and information on a range of topics from theology, politics, business, books, music, education and much more!
 


Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations.  He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.   Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com.  He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com.   He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.  His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

More Protests from Mexico, More Concessions to Muslims

More Protests from Mexico, More Concessions to Muslims

by Sher Zieve

 

Osvaldo Aldrete Davila is an admitted Mexican drug dealer who regularly transports Marijuana and other illegal narcotics across the US-Mexico border. In February 2005, US Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, who said Davila had a gun, fired on Davila and the drug dealer fled back across the border. It was later discovered that Davila had been hit, in one of his buttocks, by a bullet. The US Border Agents, not Davila, were convicted of “violating Davila’s civil rights”. For testifying against the Border Agents, drug dealer Davila was given immunity from prosecution on his own drug charges. Instead, Agent Ramos was sentenced to 11 years in prison and Agent Compean received a 12 year prison term. Davila is expected to renew his drug trade, as soon as possible. Note: The Mexican influence at the US border is growing even larger.

 

Another shooting of an illegal by the US Border Patrol (USBP) occurred last Friday. After responding to reports that six or seven illegals had crossed the border from Mexico into the US, a USBP Agent confronted them. Six of the seven were taken into custody without incident. However, the seventh—Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera—is said to have violently resisted arrest. Reportedly fearing for his life, the USBP Agent shot and killed Rivera. Now, the Mexican government (including its President Felipe Calderon) has condemned the shooting and issued a diplomatic memo to the US in protest. Details of the incident are still sketchy. But, in true “hang ‘em then try ‘em” mode, Mexico is wielding its clout. Mexico already believes the US belongs to it. Clearly, from the Mexican government’s perspective, the US Border Patrol no longer has the right to protect the US border. No doubt, the next step will be the anti-American United Nations’ intervention—telling the US to “cease and desist” any protection of its sovereign borders. A new UN resolution will probably, also, state that doing so ‘violates human rights’.

 

Muslims also continue to thwart our customs, protections and legal system. We have Muslim cabbies at Minneapolis Airport refusing to accept passengers who are transporting alcohol or require the use of seeing-eye dogs. “Religious reasons” are given. We have Islamic Imams pushing the envelope of both decency and reason by standing up on American commercial planes, praying loudly and making anti-US statements. Then, they request not-needed seatbelt extensions (which can easily be used as weapons) and seat themselves around planes in a manner reminiscent of the 9/11 hijackers. When removed from the plane for their outrageous behaviors (due to complaints from other passengers) they not only request formal apologies from the airline but, threaten to sue. The latest Muslim “outrage” has been leveled at US carrier Northwest Airlines. On Wednesday forty Muslims, returning to Detroit from a Hajj pilgrimage, did not follow the rules. A one-hour check in, before the flight, is required on the trip from Frankfurt, Germany to Detroit. As they had not yet been cleared for the flight, the group was not allowed to board and was included on the next flights out. Despite the fact that non-Muslims are required to adhere to this dictate, or not fly, the Muslims did not follow the rules. Instead, they are now claiming discrimination. They are, also, threatening a lawsuit (for monetary compensation) against Northwest airlines. Note: If they follow through with their threats and receive said compensation, I wonder where they will send their ill-gotten gains.

 

In true politically-correct fashion (now only reserved for Muslims), Northwest caved and issued the statement: “The passengers were accommodated on the next available flights to Detroit. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused the passengers.” CAIR’s Michigan Director Dawud Walid said the apology is not enough and issued his own statement: “Northwest has not taken full responsibility!” A spokesman for the airline added that compensation for the Muslim passengers was ‘being discussed’.

 

Wouldn’t you like to receive money for not following airline rules? All non-Muslims could arrive 20 minutes before a flight and claim “discrimination” when they’re not allowed to board. However, Muslims believe that they are superior to all other groups. Their Quran teaches: “Ye are the best of peoples evolved for mankind”—Surah 3:110. They believe that Muslims are not subject to man-made laws, as are others. And the liberal world is agreeing with them—more and more each and every day.

 

I wonder how much longer it will be until Muslims are exempt, altogether, from airport screenings and are allowed to commit any heinous crimes they wish. After all—terrorism is just another ideological stance, isn’t it? I have to believe that the ACLU (who regularly partners with CAIR-the “Council on American-Islamic Relations”-on lawsuits) is already working on this theory towards arguing it in court.

 

These examples make it increasingly obvious that sanity has flown to another, as yet unknown, location. Up is now down, black is white, good is bad and self-protection is no longer allowed.


 


References:

-http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/zieve/060518

 

-http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6350968,00.html

 

Sher Zieve is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and

Frau Merkel Searches for Our Soul

Frau Merkel Searches for Our Soul

Created 2007-01-18 08:32

In an astonishingly frank statement Mrs Merkel yesterday told the European Parliament,

“There are those who think there is little to be gained from trying to determine Europe’s nature; I have to say, speaking frankly, that I take a completely different view. I think back to Jacques Delors, who, famously, said: ‘We have to give Europe a soul’. To that, I would add, putting it in my own way, that we have to find Europe’s soul, for the fact is that we do not need to give Europe a soul, since it already has one.”

To me this suggests that somebody has lost it, which is a tad concerning. As she then went on in what was more like a sermon rather than a political speech. She attempted to define this pre-existing but missing soul. She claimed it was about diversity, but not quite, about freedom, and so on.

“It is, for Europe, a matter of life and death always to be aware of the fact that freedom is not something that, once gained, can never be lost. Freedom must be won anew virtually every day, and freedom does not exist in isolation; it is not without obligations. It is inseparable from responsibility.”

Indeed her high sounding words were excellent and I cannot agree more, so why did she then blow it by uttering a rank piece of hypocrisy,

“If, then, we are to talk about freedom, we are actually talking about the freedom of others; it involves us saying, in Voltaire’s celebrated words, which I quote: ‘I may detest what you say, but I will give my life to defend your right to say it’.”

Of course this absolute freedom is in her case not in fact absolute as she has already suggested that she would like to make holocaust denial a criminal offence right across the EU. We defeat the idiots and thugs of this world not by the ‘cordon sanitaire’ or by banning people, but by fighting their ideas with the truth. Selective rights and thought crimes are the tools of states that have lost confidence in their people, which no doubt happens when, as in this case the people have lost confidence in the superstate.

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California gave state Aid to Al-Qaeda “charity” front including Adam Gadahn

California gave state Aid to Al-Qaeda “charity” front including Adam Gadahn

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Revolting Geek Of Mass Proportions Update (not long before his conversion to Islam, Adam Gadahn wrote in a letter: “I am now, as ever, a revolting geek of mass proportions”). Gadahn, you may recall, is the Al-Qaeda operative who has been indicted for treason — and who, in a videotape introduced by Ayman al-Zawahri himself, was kind enough to invite me personally, along with a few others, to accept Islam.

Anyway, Gadahn — “Azzam the American” — has been profiled in a fascinating New Yorker piece, which I recommend reading in its entirety, as it is full of illuminating information. And now the Minority Report blog (thanks to DFS) has highlighted one largely overlooked little detail: a bogus charity founded by Al-Qaeda operatives and including Gadahn received California state funding for a time. Minority Report doesn’t say, and I am not saying, that California state officials were in cahoots with Al-Qaeda; I am sure this was a case of indifference and ignorance, and an anxiety to “reach out to the Muslim community.” California officials no doubt had no idea of the connections of the people they were dealing with.

And that’s the problem.

Here is the relevant section of the (much larger) New Yorker piece:

In the late nineties, the National Security Council, concerned about possible terrorist attacks around the millennium, asked a team of private terrorism analysts to investigate Deek and Diab’s activities. Rita Katz, who is now the director of the SITE Institute, a nonprofit group that monitors jihadi communiqués on the Internet, led the investigation. (Katz showed me a videotape of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman’s 1992 lecture at the Islamic Society.) Katz knew that Deek had obtained American citizenship, and she learned from intelligence reports that he had connections to a terrorist cell based in Montreal. (The cell included Ahmed Ressam, who was involved in the millennium plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport.) Katz suspected that Deek was working as a coördinator for Al Qaeda groups in the West. She discovered that he had collaborated with Diab in California; the two men had set up a bogus nonprofit group, called Charity Without Borders, in Diab’s name, and Diab had even managed to obtain grants for it from the state. (Gadahn is listed as “crew member” in the charity’s official documents.) Deek and Diab paid the rent on the apartment where Gadahn lived, according to Diab’s ex-wife, and purchased a beat-up Audi for the men to share. Gadahn did not have a license, but he often drove the car on errands.

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