Bombed, Yes. Bombs, No.

Bombed, Yes. Bombs, No.

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We’ve learned two things about Kim Jong Il recently. While the average North Korean survived on $1,000 a year, Ol Dirty Il Bastard personally spent $800,000 a year on his favorite Cognac. Until, that is, the sanctions hit, and he had to start guzzling cheaper fuels. Well, that may in fact have been his motivation for faking a nuclear test, and then, this February 14, leveraging a massive $330 million economic aid package, in exchange for halting his nuclear program.

Yes, that big North Korean nuclear explosion last year was a failure, according to the head of the CIA. And according to Russian intelligence officers, it was not only a failure, but a straight up fake. The Russians are still trying to figure out how they pulled it off. And it has contributed to a bombshell story also slipping out of Russian intelligence circles: Russia is about to pull the plug on Iran’s nuke aims. This will be one of my next two stories.

As for the CIA statement on North Korea:

Just over a week ago, on March 28, CIA Director Michael Hayden told South Korean media “The United States does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. It’s because the nuclear test last year was a failure.” His comment was first published in the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.

So, for better or for worse, Los Angeles is probably safe from attack.

Psychopath Vs. Psychopath

Psychopath Vs. Psychopath

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According to a buzz in the intelligence community, Russia is gearing up to betray Iran. According to sources in Moscow, Putin has quietly decided that he has milked the Iran nuke game for all the political and financial advantage it was worth, and now intends to singlehandedly bring it all back from the brink. He is absolutely not going to allow a cabal of Islamic lunatics to build a Bomb on the Motherland’s southern border. How is Russia going to betray Iran and stop them from getting The Bomb? Well since the Iranian bomb was actually coming to them from Russia, Russia has the power to ultimately stop the process. Maybe not forever, but for a long time. And I hope the implications of what I’ve just said haven’t escaped you: all along, we didn’t need to worry about Iran “developing” a bomb, we needed to worry about Russia “giving” them one. Somehow, the truth of all this has been kept from the spotlight. At least, if the Moscow Rumor Mill is to be believed, they are not going to go through with it. And the shit that hits the fan between Iran and Russia should be very interesting indeed.

Russia is the bedrock of Iran’s nuclear program. It is in fact providing SIX NUCLEAR REACTORS for Iran. Four are at Bueshar, two at Akhvaz.

It is providing Iran’s premiere uranium conversion plant at Busheher. In short, this will be the main plant for Iran’s uranium enrichment process.

It is also providing the actual reactor-grade uranium for Bushehr1, scheduled to go into operation in October of this year.

Russia has also slickly inserted an exception into the U.N. sactions resolution on Iran. This clause exempts “material, equiptment, technology” to be used at Bushehr 1 from being disallowed into the country. Because of this exemption Iran will be able to make weapons grade U-235 in a few months.

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it’s also believed that Russia has clandestinely supplied some U-235 already, as well as the polonium 210 that Iran will need to explode their bombs.

Why all the focus has been placed on Iran as the bad guy, and not on Russia, who one could argue is merely building a bomb for an ally in order to achieve dominance of it’s own in the region, is beyond me.

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But now this brings us back to where we started. Allegedly, Russia is about to pull the plug by not delivering the final materials needed to complete the building of the death factories.

I’m sure you all remember a story that popped up for a day or so, and then just disappeared. The story was of Russia halting work on the Bushehr Bomb plant due to two late monthly payments. ( I guess Ahemedinjad didn’t take those red envelopes seriously. He’s now got that nasty 60 Late notation on his Experian ) And then, suddenly, on the eve of the last UN Vote that slapped the sanctions on Iran, Iran forked over the $50 million due, and the Russians went back to work. And no one in the press noticed. A couple days later, Iran seized British hostages from Iraqi waters.

Why wasn’t Iran paying, and why did they suddenly pay the night before the U.N. vote? A lot of smart people have said Iran didn’t pay for the same reasons I sometimes don’t : I don’t have the money, or I don’t want to. However, sources tell me that the real reason was that Iran was trying to leverage a favorable Russian vote in the Security Council. Word is once Moscow agreed to some language protections, the Iranians paid up. The actual excuse that the Iranians gave for not making the payments, was that the Russians were mysteriously giving them crappy, technologically out of date materials. If the rumor that Putin always intended to pull out and has been punking Iran all this time is true, then maybe the Russians were indeed doing bad day labor work and installing out of date gear. It seems that both of these reasons are the likely culprits.

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In any event, word on the street is that Putin has decided not to allow Iran’s nuclear bomb plant at Bushehr to be completed. And to deliver the death blow to their bomb plans, he will not deliver the fuel rods necssary for Tehran to build it’s nuclear arsenal. Without those rods, Iran’s route to a plutonium bomb is indeed dead. And the Russians believe that Iran is currently unable to move ahead on the uranium front as well.

We’ll see. If the Russians do in fact deliver those rods, scheduled to happen this week, then we’re in a whole other deadly ballgame.

The Russians believe that the North Koreans faked the alleged nuclear explosion in October, and that the Iranians are considering taking a cue from them. They believe that Tehran may indeed do what J-Il did, and kill their program for cash and prizes in return.

And lastly, it is also rumored that Russia has suddenly agreed to sell Iran some high-powered missle systems. Very powerful ones which would allow Iran to kick some serious ass in the event they were invaded.

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Easter 2007

Sharia gangs roaming streets of Islamabad

Sharia gangs roaming streets of Islamabad

An update on this story. “Sharia gangs roam streets of capital city to enforce their law with threats,” by Jeremy Page for The Times:

Shiraz Ahmed was tending his music store in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, when a group of 15 bearded young men walked in bearing bamboo poles and a chilling message.

Politely but firmly, they instructed him to take down the colourful array of Bollywood and bhangra dance tunes on display and to restrict his business to Islamic music.

“They told me I had to change my business,” said Mr Ahmed, 25, whose family has run the store for 15 years. “I am so confused. I don’t know what to do.”

Until last week he might not have worried about these men from Islamabad’s Lal Masjid (Red Mosque). After all, his shop is legal and within walking distance of Pervez Musharraf’s presidential palace.

But this was just one of several signs in the past ten days that a creeping campaign to “Talebanise” Pakistan has spread from tribal areas on the Afghan border right to the heart of the capital. And to judge from the Government’s response, even here it is reluctant to confront the radical clerics who openly preach jihad (holy war) and defy the writ of the state.

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Pakistani police have promised to arrest Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the seminary’s vice-principal, and to prevent more vigilante raids. Maulana Abdul Aziz, the seminary’s principal, has refused to give up Mr Ghazi, who is his brother, and has vowed to cleanse Islamabad of brothels, liquor stores and other “unIslamic” activity.

He also gave the Government until [April 6] to introduce Sharia (Islamic law) across Pakistan. Otherwise, he said, his students would do it themselves, starting with the surrounding G-6 neighbourhood in central Islamabad.

“It’s like if you have garbage outside your house and the city authorities fail to clear it — you have to do it yourself,” he said. “We’re urging the whole country to rise up and make the country clean and pure.”

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They have also been seen at traffic lights around the capital telling women to stop driving cars and asking people playing “unIslamic” music to turn it off.

Hoyer Meets Official From Egypt’s Banned Muslim Brotherhood

Hoyer Meets Official From Egypt’s Banned Muslim Brotherhood

Comment by Jerry Gordon

What!! Another Washington politician meets “who,” the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt!! It was inevitable as night follows day. Why? Because the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest opposition bloc in what passes for Egypt’s parliament under strongman Hosni Mubarak that some U.S. political leader was going to meet with them. I mean even Condi Rice has avoided contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. Now it is House majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland’s turn to break the ice and play Dhimmicrat and suck up to this antisemitic Islamist group that supports terrorism and spawned Hamas. My Philadelphia buddy, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, preoccupied wioth tonight’s protest against Dhimmicrat Rep. Joe Sestak’s appearance at a local CAIR fund raiser had these comments about the Hoyer meetings this past week with Muslim Brotherhood parliamentarians.

Muslim Brotherhood is ‘evil incarnate:” This is their motto: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

U.S. Embassy spokesperson Berry said “It’s our diplomatic practice around the world to meet with parliamentarians, be they members of political parties or independents.” Lori’s comment was: “Yeah, sometimes we meet with their Al Qaeda Leadership, too.”

Saturday, April 07, 2007, Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt — A top U.S. Democratic congressman met a leading member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed opposition group, during a recent visit to the country, the Islamic fundamentalist group and U.S. officials said Saturday.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met with the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliament leader, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, twice on Thursday — once at the parliament building and then at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, said Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan.

U.S. Embassy spokesman John Berry would only confirm that Hoyer, who represents Maryland, met with el-Katatni at U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone’s home at a reception with other politicians and parliament members.

Though officially banned since 1954, the Brotherhood is tolerated by the government and has become Egypt’s largest opposition group and President Hosni Mubarak’s most powerful rival.

Its members, who run as independents, make up the largest opposition bloc in parliament, holding about one-fifth of its 454 seats.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has refused in the past to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood. CONTINUE

Posted by Jerry Gordon @ 10:23 pm |

The Haggadah that challenged Hitler

The Haggadah that challenged Hitler

By Dr. Rafael Medoff

One of the most popular haggadahs in the world almost didn’t make it into print – because nervous publishers were afraid that some of its illustrations might offend Adolf Hitler.

The story of Arthur Szyk’s controversial haggadah begins in the early 1930s when Szyk [pronounced ‘Shick’], the renowned Polish Jewish artist, began creating a lavishly illustrated edition of the traditional Passover haggadah. But Szyk’s was no ordinary haggadah. Deeply pained by the Nazi persecution of German Jews, Szyk hoped to call attention to their suffering by linking it to the plight of the Jewish slaves in ancient Egypt. The illustrations in his haggadah featured numerous overt references to the Nazis. The armbands worn by Szyk’s Egyptian taskmasters bore swastikas, as did the snakes. Two of the snakes had the faces of Nazi chieftains Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering. The ‘wicked son’ was dressed in distinctly German clothing and sported a Hitler-style mustache. When Szyk began looking for a publisher, he immediately ran into problems. Publishing houses in Czechoslovakia and (according to some accounts) Poland rejected Szyk’s haggadah for fear that the anti-Nazi imagery would offend Adolf Hitler.

It was a tense time in Europe. Hitler had recently annexed the Saar region, remilitarized the Rhineland, and launched a massive military buildup, in blatant violation of the peace treaty Germany had signed at the end of World War One. The Poles, Czechs, and other nations bordering Germany watched nervously, wondering if they might become the next meal on Hitler’s menu. In 1937, Szyk moved to London, where his haggadah was accepted for publication by the newly formed Beaconsfield Press. But the publisher insisted on one condition: all overt anti-Nazi images had to be removed. The faces of Goebbels and Goering on the snakes were removed, as were the swastikas on the snakes’ bodies. The swastikas on the armbands of the Egyptian taskmasters were replaced with a small black circle. The small black mustache on the wicked son was the only surviving symbol.

Public opinion in England during the 1930s strongly supported the government’s policy of appeasing, rather than confronting, Hitler. Oxford University students voted, by 64 per cent to 36 per cent, that they would “in no circumstances fight for King and Country.” More than 130,000 Englishmen signed a petition by the Peace Pledge Union renouncing war. Even something as seemingly small as an anti-Nazi caricature in a Jewish religious book could be seen by jittery Britons as an unnecessary provocation of Berlin. “The English public was so desperate for peace that they averted their eyes to the reality that war was coming,” says the eminent British author Michael Moorcock, whose recent novel, The Vengeance of Rome, deals in part with the international community’s failure to stop Hitler in the 1930s. “People really believed or simply wanted to believe – that appeasing Hitler would work. They were horribly mistaken.”

As it happened, Szyk’s anti-Nazi passion became an asset after England was forced, by the German invasion of Poland, to go to war against Hitler. Impressed by the powerful illustrations Szyk contributed to the war propaganda campaign, the British government asked him to go to America to rally public opinion to support US aid to England. Settling in New Canaan, Conn., in 1940, Szyk became the editorial cartoonist for the New York Post while also contributing anti-Nazi illustrations and cartoons to Collier’s, Time,Esquire, and other leading magazines.

His work earned him widespread praise, including from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who remarked, “This is a personal war of Szyk against Hitler, and I do not think that Mr. Szyk will lose this war!” Szyk closely followed the news reports in 1941-1942 about German massacres of Jews. He was appalled at the Allied leaders’ refusal to acknowledge that the Jews were being singled out for persecution. “They treat us as a pornographical subject – you cannot discuss it in polite society,” he protested.

Szyk decided to use his art as a weapon to raise public awareness of his people’s plight, as he had attempted to do with his anti-Nazi haggadah. He became a leading member of the Bergson Group, a Jewish political action committee that raised public awareness of the mass murder and lobbied the US government to rescue Jewish refugees. Szyk’s illustrations appeared in the Bergson Group’s full-page newspaper advertisements, brochures, and publications. Bergson activist Ben Hecht, the famous playwright, called Szyk “our one-man art department.”

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As Passover approaches this year, many of us will take our copy of the Szyk haggadah down from the bookshelf and gaze admiringly at its extraordinary artwork. It is mostly a show piece, since owners enjoy viewing and discussing it but hesitate to bring it to a seder table laden with things that spill and stain.

Nevertheless, we remember Arthur Szyk’s greatness, not only for his remarkable artistic talent, but even more so for his determination to use that talent on behalf of the persecuted Jews of Europe. “I am but a Jew praying in art,” Szyk would sometimes say. At a time when most of the world ignored the plight of Europe’s Jews, Syzk answered their cries with his unique “prayers” – his art and activism on behalf of an abandoned people.

Dr. Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies,
www. WymanInstitute.org.

World Council of Churches & Pelosi Use Same Playbook

World Council of Churches & Pelosi Use Same Playbook

By Arlene Bridges-Samuels

Much has been written about Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the Middle East rattling diplomatic cages and US and Israel foreign policy leaving behind a messy path of media bullet points for Syria and its cohorts in terror to use as propaganda tools. Another meeting took place in the Middle East in February prior to Pelosi’s Syria visit between Ahmadinejad and representatives from the World Council of Churches (WCC). This delegation traveled to Tehran armed with Pelosi’s same naive illusion that the west and the Middle East terror states share the same desires for negotiation leading to peace. When it comes to the west- Israel Europe, and the US in particular- these terror supporting nations don’t want negotiation; they want annihilation. The WCC delegation was the first to visit Iran in 28 years and here’s their message: establish diplomatic ties
with Iran.

Just as Great Britain’s Chamberlain wanted to believe Hitler in WW II, this well meaning group is following the Chamberlain path just as Pelosi did in Syria. Rev. Dr.Shanta Premawardhana, Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches USA, said, “When political leaders mess up, religious leaders ought to be here to go and build up the people, build up relationships, and bring the conversation up to the high moral ground.” Unfortunately, Ahmadinejad and Assad’s moral ground is not only twisted; it is evil.

Ahmadinejad, like a snake charmer- through his translator- used the meeting to paint himself as the great peacemaker. Here are several of his quotes. (Thanks to MEMRI.org) “You can buy friendship with kindness, but you cannot buy it with bullets, shells and bombs.” And this from the lips of a modern day Persian Haman/Hitler who wants to “wipe Israel off the map.” The “peace loving” leader of Iran also encouraged the delegation to “advise President Bush to have a little love for people.” In response to the WCC’s concerns about the nuclear proliferation issue, Ahmadinejad told the group that Iran already had the technology now and “it cannot be stopped. The train is in motion.”

Here is a list of those from the World Council of Churches who visited the terror leader of Iran: Mary Ellen McNish-General Secretary,American Friends Service Committee, Rev. Ron Flaming-Director of International Programs Mennonite Central Committee, Rev. J. Daryl Byler-Washington Office Director Mennonite Central Committee, Joe Volk-Executive Secretary,Friends Service Committee on National Legislation, Jonathan Evans-Special Representative for Iran American Friends Service Committee, Maureen Shea-Director, Office of Government Relations Episcopal Church USA, Rev. Dr. Shanta Devadasa Premawardhana-Associate General Secretary for Interfaith relations national Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, Rev. Jeff Carr-Chief Operating Officer Sojourner/Call. These leaders appeared on PBS and you may see the interview online at http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/312/video.html. You may also view the WCC statement at NCCnews@ncccusa.org

I want our Jewish friends to note that this delegation didn’t include distinctly evangelical Christian denominations. Most of the denominations represented above lean toward Replacement Theology which basically says Israel is no longer on God’s radar screen and Christians have replaced the Jews as God’s covenant people. Others in the list above are pacifists whose values I greatly respect but it doesn’t get us anywhere in this world right now. The WCC is blatantly anti-Semitic at times calling for the divestment from Israel a few years ago. I know these WCC Christians meant well but their walk along the gray path between good and evil only blurs the reality of the world we live in.

None of us WANTS war, Christians or Jews. We don’t seek it. We don’t glorify it. We always make it our last option. But some believe that ALL people are basically good and want to get along and evil is over-rated. Others believe humans are basically bad and that our lights shine only by God’s good graces. If we remain naive about good and evil, we may someday be staring at each other while we are imprisoned, or worse.

Posted by arlene @ 11:03 pm |

Islamization of Europe and how to stop it

Islamization of Europe and how to stop it

I received this email today. I couldn’t help but be encouraged by it. Freedom still beats in the hearts of men. It reminded me how it as an act of bravery to resist Big Brother as in Orwell’s 1984.

Some days ago, a colleague of mine – No Sharia – also living in Sweden, published an article at Islam Watch about the detailed policy regarding integration or assimilation of muslim immigrants in Europe. One of the answers is: zero tolerance of Sharia laws. His opinion is that we now know enough about islam to formulate a detailed, practical and effective policy that will keep Europe free for the next few hundred years. He hopes that the article will start a debate regarding the detailed and concrete rules that must be instituted in every free country:

One aim of the first article in the series was to give a prognosis of the political development in European countries, if the on-going islamization process is not interrupted. The conclusion of that analysis is is that the islamists´dreams about a peaceful transition to Eurabia is a complete illusion. What we will experience in the future in European countries is an ever increasing level of violence interrupted by spikes of violent cruelty. Civil strife and in the end civil war in some countries, if the islamization process is not stopped, is the outcome according to his theory. For each month that passes now, that prognosis will be more and more validated.

Another one of his articles describes a model that can be used when a government wants to stop the process.

Besides formulating an integrated approach to prevent islamization, he has also written about three areas of the model and about which rules and laws we shall have there. One can find all articles here.

I hope that you find his articles of interest for your work.

Living in a part of a Scandinavian city with a majority of islamic immigrants, I hope that you help also me to keep my anonymity.

Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:58 pm |

Jewish Texas State Senator feels heat for Imam’s prayer

Jewish Texas State Senator feels heat for Imam’s prayer

comment by Jerry Gordon

This was a week to be believed! We had dhimmi Democrats sucking up to Imams, dictators and autocrats in Damascus, Beirut and Riyadh. Tonight, we had Philadelphia area Dhimmi Democrat Congressman and Former Navy Vice Admiral Joe Sestak offing Jews and Christians in his Congressional district to appear at a CAIR fundraiser facilitated by a staffer, herself a former CAIR aide.

Now we have a Jewish Republican Texas state senator, Ms. Florence Shapiro of District 8 in Plano, a clueless dhimmi, sponsoring a Turkish born Imam from Dallas giving an opening prayer excluding Christians and Jews for the final day of the Texas Senate legislative session on the Third Muslim Legislative Day !!

Her consitutients are outraged according to reports in the Dallas Morning News. So am I and so should you. Clearlly, Ms. Shapiro doesn’t have a clue about what Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque was saying. CAIR promoted this event.

Do the events of this past week both at home and abroad fit a pattern? Hello! AMRABIA is ramping up to conquer us with our tolerance so that our grandchildren live under Muslim Sharia laws in this country.

Read the WorldNetDaily report and if you are outraged send the feckless Texas Republican Senator Florence Shapiro, an epistle of moral outrage and advise her constituents to dump her at the next election. She’s a patent dhimmi dupe.

WorldNetDaily, April 7, 2007

A state senator in Texas is feeling the heat from constituents – and trying to apologize – for arranging to have a controversial Muslim imam deliver a prayer to open the state Senate that excluded both Christians and Jews.

“Imagine the outcry if a Christian or Jew had offered a prayer that excluded all other religions to open the state Senate!” said S. Newman. “This state and nation were established and have been sustained on a foundation of Biblical principles and practices. The only reason to attack the foundation of any structure is to initiate the process which leads to ultimate destruction.”

This week, Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque opened the state Senate with a plea for protection from those who do not follow Islam.

“Oh, Allah, guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favored, not of those who have earned your wrath or of those who have lost the way,” he said.

Islam, of course, teaches that Jews and Christians both have earned the wrath of Allah by failing to follow Islam, and also have lost the way by following the teachings of the Torah for the Jews or the Bible for Christians.

His appearance in the halls of state government had been arranged by state Sen. Florence Shapiro, who has begun responding to constituents who are unhappy with her work.

“I believe that an explanation is due the citizens of our great state … as to why you invite an imam who offers a prayer to open the state Senate that excluded both Christians and Jews,” Newman wrote.

Initially, Shapiro responded with a non-answer.

“To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for sending me your thoughts and opinions. I appreciate hearing from my constituents on issues of importance to you and your families. Due to the large number of e-mails my office receives, we are only able to respond by US post mail to those who provide a complete and current mailing address. If you did not include a mailing address, please resend your correspondence with a complete mailing address, so that we can respond to your concerns in a timely manner. Thank you, Florence Shapiro.”

Unsatisfactory, said Newman.

“I don’t believe a single word in your ‘Out of office’ auto reply. This is just a way to dampen the reaction to your questionable actions. Yes, I will be looking forward to your US Postal letter reply…,” he wrote.

The state senator then followed up with a letter, apologizing if her actions offended anyone.

“Thank you for your correspondence regarding Imam Dr. Yusuf Kavaci (sic). I appreciate your perspective. I want to make it clear that my intentions were never to offend anyone. If I did so, I apologize,” she wrote.

“The Freedom and Justice Foundation contacted me with the request for Dr. Kavakci to follow the protocol set two years ago during their legislative day, when Imam Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County opened the Texas House with a blessing. Having worked with Dr. Kavakci on legislation, and seeing his resume and extensive inter-faith experience, I honored his request.”

Kavakci opened by introducing what he would do: “We will pray by reading from first chapter, opening chapter, Al-Fãtehah, from holy Quran, followed by recitation, traditional way of recitation of text from holy Quran, with an addition.”

Then he prayed:

In the name of god, Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. All praise is for Allah, our lord, the lord of the worlds, the compassionate, the merciful, master of the day of judgments. Oh, god, Allah, you alone we worship, and you alone we call on for help. Oh, Allah, guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favored, not of those who have earned your wrath or of those who have lost the way. Our lord, have mercy on us from yourself and guide us in our efforts, strivings, and works.”

Harris County Republican Party chairman Jared Woodfill also was criticial, telling KTRH radio, which posted a recording of the prayer, that there should have been given some consideration to the Christian faith, which is celebrating its holiest day this weekend, the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Woodfill says someone of the Christian faith should have given the prayer on the Senate’s last day in session before the break.

The imam concluded “with an Islamic chant that sounded eerily like it was coming over the loudspeakers in Tehran,” according to a statement from the U.S. Pastor Council. “Ironically, it was a Jewish Republican, Sen. Florence Shapiro who invited the imam to give the prayer that specifically excluded those of her faith as well as Christians.”

“Imagine if an evangelical Christian pastor prayed in Jesus name, ONLY FOR CHRISTIANS, before the government of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, etc., during Ramadan,” the statement said.

Pastor Ross Cullins, of the executive committee for the Houston Area Pastor Council, said Christians should let legislators know their concerns.

“Appreciation of diversity in people is not tantamount to acceptance of their gods,” he said.

The day he appeared, Shapiro posted a promotion for Kavakci on her state website.

“He is a Turkish-licensed attorney and has been a law professor at Istanbul University and Ataturk University in Turkey. He is currently the resident Islamic scholar for the Dallas Central Mosque…” she said. “He serves on the Peace Institute Advisory Board at Richland Community College in Richardson, and is a member of the Richardson ISD Religious Practices Advisory Board as well as the Religious Community Task Force of Dallas Independent School District.”

The Dallas-Forth Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had promoted the occasion as a huge step forward.

“Don’t miss the next milestone event for the Texas Muslim community!’ DFW-CAIR’s announcement read. “On April 4, 2007, the first Muslim imam will open the Texas Senate with an Islamic prayer.”

WND reported in 2005 on the nonpartisan Freedom House report documenting Saudi-sponsored hate literature, originating with the government and Saudi-financed sources that reflected “extremist Wahhabi ideology,” being disseminated through mosques in the U.S.

One of those mosques, according to a critical editorial in the Dallas Morning News, was Kavacki’s:

“The mosque’s imam, Dr. Yusuf Kavakci, has publicly praised two of the world’s foremost radical Islamists, Yusuf Qaradawi and Hasan al-Turabi, as exemplary leaders. Dr. Kavakci also sits on the board of the Saudi-backed Islamic Society of North America, described in congressional testimony as a major conduit of Wahhabist teaching. Yet Dr. Kavakci tells The Dallas Morning News he rejects Wahhabist teaching. Something doesn’t add up,” said the editorial.

Posted by Jerry Gordon @ 7:38 pm |

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