Australian Muslim leader: Lack of faith in Islam causes drought, climate change and pollution

Australian Muslim leader: Lack of faith in Islam causes drought, climate change and pollution

Here is yet another example of an oft-repeated phenomenon: whenever there is any problem, declare that it was caused by rebellion from Allah, and declare that the only remedy is more Islam. This is a recurring feature of Islamic history. “Big dry blamed on ‘faithless Aussies,'” by Liam Houlihan in the Sunday Herald Sun, with thanks to all who sent this in:

A LEADING Muslim cleric has blamed the drought, climate change and pollution on Australians’ lack of faith in Allah. Radical sheik Mohammed Omran told followers at his Brunswick mosque that out-of-control secular scientific values had caused environmental disaster.”The fear of Allah is not there. So we have now a polluted earth, a polluted water, a wasteland,” he told a meeting this year.

“What are the people now crying for? The prophet told you hundreds of years ago, ‘Look after the water’.”

A Sunday Herald Sun investigation also found clerics railing against “evil” democracy, vilifying Jews and Christians and encouraging jihad and polygamy.

And in a popular DVD selling locally, a foreign sheik exhorts Muslims to take control of Australia by out-breeding non-believers.

British-based Sheik Abdul Raheem Green forbade Muslims from having fewer than four children so Australia would become an Islamic state.

Behind the closed doors of some Melbourne mosques and bookshops, sheiks push for Sharia law, declare Islam at war with the “sick” West and gloat that September 11 boosted Muslim numbers.

At a Muslim information centre in Coburg, extreme literature shares shelves with DVDs by firebrand sheiks from around the globe. The centre, run by Abu Hamza, serves Muslims in the northern suburbs.

Many CDs and DVDs there feature London sheik Abdul Raheem Green, who is on an Australian Government watchlist. On one he tells his audience to Islamise Australia through a Muslim baby boom.

“The birth rate in the Western countries is going down. People are more interested in their careers . . . they don’t want to have babies,” Sheik Green says in one DVD.

“So don’t you think, Muslim brothers and sisters, we’ve got a bit of an opportunity here? They’re not having babies any more. So what if, instead, we have the babies?

“In Canada one in three or one in four children being born is a Muslim. What does that do to the demographic shift of a Muslim population in 20 years’ time?

“To say I’m going to have two or three children and that’s it — that’s not allowed. The way we overcome the people is through our numbers.”

The idea that they should be interested in “overcoming” non-Muslims in the first place — that is taken for granted.

Turning the tables on Michael Moore

Brandeis’ Jewish Problem

Brandeis’ Jewish Problem
By Caroline B. Glick
The Jewish Press | March 9, 2007

Last week it was reported that major supporters of Brandeis University have cut off their donations in retaliation for the university’s hosting of Israel and American-Jewry basher and former president Jimmy Carter on campus.Carter was invited to the American Jewish university shortly after fourteen Jewish members of an advisory board at the Carter Center resigned their positions in light of Carter’s malicious attacks on Israel and tolerance of Palestinian slaughter of Israelis in his recently published diatribe Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.

Although the recent storm of protest over Brandeis’s willingness to give legitimacy to Carter and his hostile message has received great attention, it is only the latest in a series of controversial and irresponsible moves that Brandeis has taken over the past year in relation to the war against Israel and the global jihad.

Last January Brandeis hired Khalil Shikaki, head of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, as a senior fellow at its Crown Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Shikaki is the brother of Fathi Shikaki, founder of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization who was slain in Malta in 1995. He was recruited to Brandeis by Shai Feldman, who heads the Crown Center and formerly directed Tel Aviv University’s leftist Jaffee center for Strategic Studies.

Shikaki’s ties to Islamic Jihad go far deeper than his blood ties to its founder and first terror master. Terrorism expert Steven Emerson detailed Shikaki’s deep links to the terror group in a dossier he compiled and published on his Investigative Project website last year.

Emerson demonstrated that Shikaki was instrumental in setting up Islamic Jihad’s network in the U.S. in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He also played a central role in transferring funds to terror cells in Judea, Samaria and Gaza through early 1995.

In 1990, Shikaki was appointed director of the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), a think tank set up at University of South Florida in Tampa by Sami al-Arian. The FBI has concluded that WISE served as a “front organization” for Islamic Jihad.

Arian was indicted in October 2003 for financing, fundraising and promulgating the ideology of Islamic Jihad in the U.S. Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, the current head of Islamic Jihad, also worked at WISE with Shikaki and al-Arian. During al-Arian’s trial (he was acquitted of eight of the 17 charges in his indictment), federal prosecutors presented wiretapped conversations regarding al-Arian’s activities on behalf of Islamic Jihad. These conversations directly implicated Shikaki in transferring funds from the U.S. to Judea, Samaria and Gaza for the use of terror cells.

In light of Shikaki’s links to Palestinian terrorists, Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America (of which Brandeis’s namesake, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, once served as president), recommended that Brandeis donors “rethink their support for Brandeis if the university fails to address their concerns [about Shikaki’s links to terrorism] in a timely and appropriate manner.”

Klein has also stated that if it wishes to retain Shikaki in spite of his known past links to Islamic Jihad, the Jewish university should demand first that he apologize for his past support for the terror group and openly condemn by name Islamic Jihad, Hamas and all other Palestinian terrorist organizations. Furthermore, Klein stated, Shikaki should openly declare his recognition and support of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Feldman, who brought Shikaki to Brandeis, responded to ZOA’s protests by rejecting ZOA’s right to raise the issue. In an interview with the Brandeis school newspaper Feldman said, “I don’t deal with Mort Kleins and I don’t deal with the Zionist Organization of America.”

Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz also refused to contend with the documentary evidence linking Shikaki to the Islamic Jihad. He deflected the criticism of Shikaki by accusing Klein and ZOA of “Jewish McCarthyism.”

Then, in December 2006, Natana DeLong Bas, a lecturer at Brandeis’s Near Eastern and Jewish Studies Department, was vacationing in Saudi Arabia when she gave an interview to a reporter for the London pan-Arab daily Al Sharq Al-Awsat. DeLong Bas told the newspaper that she does “not find any evidence that would make me agree that Osama bin Laden was behind the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. All we heard from him was praise and acclaim for those who carried out the operation.”

This was not the first time the Brandeis faculty member acted as an apologist for jihadists. Indeed, she seems to be making a career out of it. According to a expose of her career, in 2004 she published Wahhabi Islam: From Revival to Global Jihad, awork partially funded by Saudi Arabia that defends the extremist Wahabi strain of Islam that has formed the basis of the belief system of men like Osama Bin Laden and the September 11 hijackers.

DeLong Bas has similarly provided impassioned defenses of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood which spawned such terrorist organizations as Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad which, before being fused into al Qaeda, was headed by Bin Laden’s deputy Ayman Zawahiri.

Responding to criticism of the university’s treatment of the global jihad and the jihadist war against Israel, Reinharz recently protested, “I [do] not want to see Brandeis University become a battleground of the Middle East.”

Unfortunately, the main reason Brandeis is today “a battleground of the Middle East” is that under Reinharz’s leadership the university has sought to appease anti-Israel voices by giving legitimacy to views that are lies in the hopes of maintaining good standing among a leftist campus public that increasingly refuses to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist. In so doing, Reinharz has allowed his university to become a base for attacking American Jewry and the State of Israel.

What Reinharz fails to understand is that if Brandeis truly wished to be a fount of freedom and liberal inquiry and loyal to its heritage as a “nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of the American Jewish community,” it would stop tolerating the likes of Carter, DeLong Bas and Shikaki and their Israeli apologists.

That is, if Brandeis wants to cease to be a “battleground of the Middle East,” it should stop allowing its campus to be exploited by those who deny the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in its homeland and so lend aid and comfort to those who actively seek to destroy Israel.

Until it does so, critics of Brandeis would be unfaithful to their very American Jewish ideals were they to relent in their pressure on Brandeis to stop hosting hateful, anti-Semitic bigots.

Caroline Glick is deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. Her Jewish Press-exclusive column appears the last week of each month.

Students facing charges of ‘desecration of Allah’ –College Republicans at San Francisco State University desecrated the name of Allah by stepping on makeshift Hezbollah and Hamas flags, charged school officials who brought the students before a hearing yesterday.

Students facing charges of ‘desecration of Allah’
Hamas, Hezbollah flags used in college Republicans protest

Posted: March 10, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007

College Republicans at San Francisco State University desecrated the name of Allah by stepping on makeshift Hezbollah and Hamas flags, charged school officials who brought the students before a hearing yesterday.

The trouble began at an Oct. 17 anti-terrorism rally in which the students stepped on butcher paper painted to resemble the flags of the Middle East terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. The College Republicans say they simply copied the script from an image on the Internet and didn’t know it bore the name of Allah in Arabic script.

University spokeswoman Ellen Griffin, however, told San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders the university “stands behind this process” of investigating the students for possible punishment.

“I don’t believe the complaint is about the desecration of the flag,” Griffin said. “I believe that the complaint is the desecration of Allah.”

The university has 10 days from the time of the hearing to decide whether to sanction the students.

Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, which represents the students, insisted the school has no basis for punishing them.

“The College Republicans engaged in unequivocally protected political expression, and it strains all credibility to think the SFSU administration does not know this,” he said. “There is nothing to try or investigate here other than protected expression.”

Ten days after the incident, a student filed a formal complaint with the university against the campus group, alleging “attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment” and “actions of incivility.”

FIRE argues the university’s Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development could have settled the matter informally or dismissed the charges instead of pressing forward today with a hearing.

The legal advocacy group sent a letter to SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan Jan. 23 arguing no American public institution can lawfully prosecute students for engaging in political protest or for desecrating religious symbols.

FIRE asserted “incitement” and creating a “hostile environment” are legal terms not applicable to the College Republicans’ actions of stepping on flags.

“SFSU has a duty to uphold the First Amendment rights of all of its students, even if their expressive activity offends the religious sensibilities of some,” the letter stated.

University officials wrote back Jan. 29, saying the school would continue to investigate the complaint “to give all parties the confidence that they will be heard and fairly treated by a panel that includes representatives of all the university’s key constituencies.”

A follow-up letter by FIRE urged Corrigan to call off the hearing, warning “if you continue to ignore your constitutional obligations, you risk personal liability for depriving your students of their rights.”

“This is not even a close call, legally speaking,” FIRE Vice President Robert L. Shibley contended. “The First Amendment protects using or destroying flags in political protest, and even SFSU administrators must realize that they cannot prosecute students for failing to respect a religious symbol.”