Islam does not preach coexistence

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Times Writers Group: Islam does not preach coexistence
By Dick Andzenge

September 12, 2007
The sixth anniversary of Sept. 11 is not only a reminder of that infamous day, but of the need to understand our changing societies and how to address fear of terrorism.

In the weeks leading to this anniversary, German police arrested three Islamic youths and were looking for seven more on suspicion of plotting massive bombings against American and German targets. Just a few days earlier, Danish police arrested several people in the Copenhagen area for planning acts of terrorism.

What these arrests and many others in the world have in common is not the ethnic or national origin of the suspects. The common attribute of the suspects is that they are Muslims.

As we reflect on the events of Sept. 11 during this anniversary, I wish to discuss the central issue — that the suspects are young Muslims. The question to ask is this: Why would young Muslims in Denmark, Germany or other countries plot terrorist activities against countries that give them a relatively comfortable living?

For years many have blamed American foreign policy for terrorist activities. But the spread and threat of terrorism to countries whose foreign policies differ from our own force us to ponder.

Bin Laden’s tapes

The most recent videotaped messages by Osama bin Laden give us some answers. In his advanced message to the release of the last tape, bin Laden calls on Americans to convert to Islam. In the released tape he urged supporters to join the caravan of martyrs.

These calls for conversion are not extreme nor unique to the Islamic faith.

It is the nature of all religions to seek converts. Many religions that preach the doctrine of hereafter also see martyrdom as a measure of faith that would be rewarded. Christendom is replete with the history of sainted martyrs.

The uniqueness of Islam through its history is the concept of jihad, which is used internally and externally to achieve salvation in the hereafter.

Islam, the faith that means surrender, requires a total surrendering of one’s entire life and being. That is different from other faiths, which call on believers to have faith through internal transformation and the search for meaning as well as coexistence with nonbelievers. The Islamic faith does little to address coexistence either in its doctrines or practices.

So as impressionable young people convert to Islam or as devoted Muslims migrate to other societies, the reality of living with nonbelievers can easily become unbearable. Their response is to demand or expect that everyone convert to the faith or not question their expressions and lifestyle.

The expectation that there would be peace if everyone converts to Islam, though not supported by fact, continues to be central in the minds of many Islamic believers.

If simple conversion was enough to create peace, Islamic nations would be the most peaceful nations. This is not the case. Those who followed the Holy Prophet Muhammad resorted to violent conflicts soon after his death. Islam is therefore not monolithic.

Recent efforts to educate the international community about the peaceful nature of Islam are misdirected. If new Islamic converts in many countries see violence as a means of asserting their faith or hate, public attitudes of fear and suspicion would not change due to public appeals.

The focus should be to educate Islamic converts on the inevitability in modern societies of living and accommodating people of different faiths.

It is particularly important to Muslim immigrants to accept and be willing to adapt to the laws and customs of the new societies to which they migrate. This is a very difficult task as the faith gives little room to separate one’s faith from the rest of his or her life. Indeed, this may require modernization of some Islamic tenets.

Many of us who are Christians believe that our faith covers all aspects of our lives and should show in all that we do. Unfortunately, the separation of church and state in the United States demands that the practice of our faith not impose on other people’s faith or lack of it. It is our immigrant and Muslims converts who need to be educated about life in multicultural societies.

This is the opinion of Dick Andzenge, a criminal justice professor at St. Cloud State University. His column is published the second Wednesday of the month.

It’s the Ideology, Stupid !!!

It’s the Ideology, Stupid !!!

by Warner MacKenzie
Islam-watch.orgThe West’s propensity for ignorance is nothing short of astounding when one considers that, in this first decade of the 21st century, a veritable gold mine of information, on any topic, is available at one’s fingertips via the internet. Never before have books on the subject of Islamic history and terrorism been so prolific, yet the same old dangerously erroneous opinions on the causes of Islamic violence remain as popular, uninformed and widespread as ever.

Seemingly unwilling to make the effort to research the true causes of modern Islamist violence, many in the West, including the media, are ever ready to proffer an autoethnophobic (cultural self-loathing) root-cause as to how “We Westerners must have, somehow, caused the problem and therefore deserve what we are getting”. The apologists, propagandists and appeasers continue to confidently promote the view that Islamic terrorism is born of, and nurtured by, poverty, social marginalisation, and Islamophobic bigotry. A raft of other exculpatory justifications for the current global violence is put forward with the one common theme that, in one way or another, the West is to blame and its chickens are simply coming home to roost. So when the recent revelation emerged that a number of medical professionals were involved in two failed terrorist attacks in Britain, the naively deluded went into a confused tailspin, scratching their, cognitively dissonant heads. Their beloved paradigm of the disempowered, impoverished and alienated Muslim now had more holes than a lace tablecloth. No doubt they are busily readjusting their theories to explain how these privileged, intelligent, middle-class professionals could be driven to their wits-end, and forced to lash out with such blind destructive fury at the “evil” West.

The number of medicos involved indicates that the Hippocratic Oath appears to be held in the same contempt as oaths of citizenship or, for that matter, any other. Of course, as emulators of their Prophet Muhammad’s example– an obligation incumbent on all Muslims– it’s little wonder that the dishonouring of one’s sworn oath is regarded so carelessly “By Allah, and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else better than that. then I do what is better and expiate my oath” Sahih Bukhari 7:67:427.

True patriots and loyal citizens they can never be, as no sworn undertaking, irrespective of how solemn or binding, is capable of trumping a Muslim’s primary loyalty and overriding obligation to the “cause” of Islam. Nor is there anything novel in the involvement of medically trained jihadis in radical Islam.

A few prominent extremist doctors include:

  • Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri–Al-Qaeda mastermind and number two man, a surgeon.
  • Dr. Mohammad Rabi Al-Zawahiri–Ayman’s father and a Muslim Brotherhood enthusiast, pharmacologist and professor.
  • Dr. “Abu Hafiza”– Moroccan psychiatrist andAl-Qaeda master planner.
  • Dr. Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi–Late HAMAS leader, pediatrician;
  • Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahar–HAMAS co-founder and leader, surgeon and lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza;
  • Dr. Fathi Abd Al-Aziz Shiqaqi- physician -Late founder of Islamic Jihad and active in Fatah.

Another widely accepted myth is that Islamic radicalism is merely an understandable and predictable response to post WW II Western foreign policy, particularly that of the United States due to its support for Israel and involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. This simplistic explanation totally disregards the inflammatory effect of the radical Islamic ideologues of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, before America had any involvement with the Middle East and well before Israel even existed. The inescapable historical truth is that influential thinkers such as Hassan al Banna, Sayeed Qutb and Mualana Sayeed Abul Ala Maududi were the modern revivalists of an ideology as old as Islam itself ; an ideology founded on the belief of Islamic superiority with its dream of world domination. It was the later Saudi and Iranian windfall oil wealth that allowed those countries to promote, finance and export radical Wahabbi and Khomeinist armed jihad to countries both within and outside the Middle East, Hizbollah being a prime example. Hassan al Banna’s al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) is indisputably the progenitor of all modern radical Islamist groups.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Maududi’s Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan sought to restore the Islamic theocratic ideal, namely the union of religion and state, whilst conveniently blaming the decline of Muslim societies on the contrary secular Western idea of the separation of church and state. Qutb and Maududi inspired a whole generation of Islamists, including Ayatollah Khomeini, who developed an Iranian version of their works in the 1970s.

Despite the gullible Westerner’s certitude that terrorist attacks are “all to do with Iraq and Afghanistan”, they are, in fact, all about Islam’s desire to rule the world as a borderless Caliphate. Whenever the willfully deluded Westerner or duplicitous Muslim seeks to explain away these terrorists attacks as reactions to U.S or British foreign policy, simply ask them what it was that precipitated the first world trade centre attack in 1993 – ten years before Iraq and eight years before the U.S. became involved in Afghanistan!

What was it in Khomeini ‘s revolution , if not expansionist ideology, that refused to be satisfied with their stated objective of ridding Iran of the Shah and Western influence, but then, going on to spread Islamic revolution to the rest of the world ?

Khomeini tells us that:

“Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!

There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

“Islam grew with blood . . . . The great prophet of Islam in one hand carried the Koran and in the other a sword . . . . Islam is a religion of blood for the infidels but a religion of guidance for other people.”

—Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

But of all the ideologues whose works were a source of radical inspiration to tens, if not hundreds, of millions, Maududi is the most direct and unambiguous in his description of Islam’s ultimate aspirations:

“Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world and Muslim nations are not like normal nations. Muslim nations are very special because they have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation in the world.”

“Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State.”

“Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. Islam doesn’t look for a nation to be in a better condition than another nation. Islam doesn’t care about the land or who owns the land. The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is Jihad.”

—Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, ‘Jihad in Islam’

The following comments, by other prominent Muslims, leave us in no doubt how widely these views are held.

“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
—Former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne’s prophetic warning to Europe in a speech at the U.N. In 1974. Thirty three years later, his prediction is in the process of unfolding.

“Soon we will take power in this country. Those who criticize us now, will regret it. They will have to serve us. Prepare, for the hour is near.”
— Belgium-based imam in 1994. “De Morgen”, Oct. 5, 1994. Cited in Koenraad Elst, “The Rushdie Rules”, Middle East Quarterly, June 1998.

“The Quran should be America’s highest authority”. “Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion but to be dominant.”
— Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) chairman of the board.

“I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over number 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world,”
— Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, (former leader of the extremist Al-Muhajiroun movement in Britain) in an interview with Reuters.

“I want to see the U.S become an Islamic nation.”
—-Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR.

“We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.”
—Hussein Massawi, the former Hezbollah leader behind the slaughter of U.S. and French forces 20 years ago.

“Jihad and the rifle alone. NO negotiations, NO conferences and NO dialogue.”
—Sheikh Abdullah Azzam— (Osama bin Laden’s late mentor.)

“Allah revealed Islam in order that humanity could be governed according to it. Unbelief is darkness and disorder. So the unbelievers, if they are not suppressed, create disorder. That is why the Muslims are responsible for the implementation of Allah’s Law on the planet, that humanity may be governed by it, as opposed to corrupt man-made laws. The Muslims must make all efforts to establish the religion of Allah on the earth”
—Muhammad ‘Abdus Salam Faraj, “Jihad: The Absent Obligation”, p43

And finally, Anjem Choudary, Omar Bakri Mohammed’s successor, claim Islam’s sovereignty in the U.K. and U.S.A.

What is it in these clear statements of intent that Western people find so hard to comprehend and come to terms with?

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Warning: Holy Month of Ramadan Trains Muslims to do What?

Warning: Holy Month of Ramadan Trains Muslims

 to do What?

By Carl Goldberg

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun. In addition to fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims are obligated to read the entire Koran during this month. Non-Muslims should be aware of some of the things their Muslim neighbors will be reading in the Koran:

  • The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
  • Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
  • The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
  • Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
  • It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
  • Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
  • Make war on them [non-Muslims] until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
  • Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
  • The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight then against the friends of Satan. (4:76)
  • We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:150)
  • I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)
  • When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. (9:5)
  • Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe in neither God nor the Last Day, … until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (9:29)
  • Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. (9:73 and 66:9)
  • Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. (9:123)
  • When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads. (47:4)
  • These and other passages in the Koran, which are considered Allah’s literal word, will be important to non-Muslims until the imams preach to their congregations that these passages are no longer valid. So far, it has not happened.

    Carl Goldberg writes from Tempe, Arizona


     

    Remembering the Unforgettable

    Remembering the Unforgettable  
    Monday, 10 September 2007
    It is said that “powerlessness frustrates and absolute powerlessness frustrates absolutely; absolute frustration is a dangerous emotion to run a world with.”

    Sometimes I wonder why I am so restless, why I cannot cease thinking! It seems like the world we live in reveals to us incessantly, at certain moments or in certain circumstances, just how little we are and how vast the universe is. This world of ours is a very complex world. The world we live in is a world of many brutal voices. It is a world of heavy blows and delirious trances, but it is the only world that we know.

    As Americans prepare themselves to remember and honor the victims of the Islamic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, life reminds us all how vulnerable we really are. On that day, the world we live in appeared an obscure and dull place, filled with pockets of disasters where men are easily the victims.  
    The tragic and catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 have affected me tremendously. I felt a temptation to scream and run to the end of the world and say my prayers with unusual earnestness and a heavy heart. I felt like screaming for the overflowing flood of human blood. I felt like screaming for the weary eyes and innocent moans of the victims’ families. I felt apprehensive, anxious, and fearful. And now, as I take up my pen, my hand trembles and my head swims with horror and disbelief at the magnitude of the human devastation. Yet, the world will go on as usual.

    During the events of September 11, 2001, Americans stood still and watched the most horrific events unfolding right in front of their eyes. They were very traumatized by the events. Many people came and told the reporters of how they saw the flesh on dead people and they were so scared. Americans watched, prayed and hoped, searching for an answer, a comfort and strength to pass those tumultuous moments. September 11, 2001 proved, unlike anything else in recent American history, that everyday people do extraordinary caring things. September 11 was the day that ordinary people became heroes. Heroes appear when circumstances call upon them. Heroes are those extraordinary people who make sacrifices and become agents of historical and social change.

    When disasters occur, our minds pass through many stages of inner development. We sometimes speak of other forces that rule the world. The tragic event of September 11 left thousands dead and hundreds more wounded and put a nation into mourning. It was a heavy blow to humanity from the “religion of peace.”

    There is nothing inherently wrong with religion. Religion can be a tremendous force for the good. However, when religion, this feeling-based belief, is filled with superstition, intolerance and hatred, then the beholder of that religion embodies those qualities and becomes a veritable menace to the self and to others. Feelings energize actions. Destructive feelings energize destructive actions.

    Muslims living in theocratic states, in particular, tend to be victims of their religious brains. Their religious brains are indoctrinated, from the moment of birth, by an extensive ruthless in-power cadre of self-serving mullahs and imams who are intent on maintaining their stranglehold on the rank and file of the faithful—their very source of support and livelihood.

    The mullahs and imams, as well as parents and others, envelop the receptive mind, feed it their dogma, and shield it from information that may undermine or falsify their version of belief.

    For as long as there are bigoted, self-serving clergy and their collaborators with exclusive access to the blank slate, the problem of supplying wave after wave of Islamofascists will persist. It is the brain/mind that assesses things, makes decisions, and orders actions. To the extent that the in-place software of the religious brain is exclusionary in nature, hateful in orientation, and violent in tendency, the individual is both the perpetrator and the victim of barbaric acts.

    What we need to do is to learn our lessons from the September 11 tragedy; learn more of the unethical depths to which human beings may fall and how we can prevent such tragedies from happening again. We need to educate ourselves about Islam, radical Islam and Islamofascism.

    The surest way of dealing with Islamofascism is through the effective inculcation of religious software that promotes tolerance of diversity, freedom of faith and conscious goodwill to all, as well as the purging of all the vile and discriminatory dogma that permeates the out-dated primitive belief of some 1400 years. The best place to start is clearly the home, then schools, and mosques where the deeply-entrenched mullahs and imams of vested interest must be compelled by law to refrain from preaching messages of hate and violence against the unbelievers.

    We, free Iranian-Americans, express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the September 11 tragedy and we condemn, in the strongest terms, the new coalition of Islamofascists who are planning another attack on US soil under the disgusting and dangerous banner of Islamofascism.
    http://www.amilimani.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=77&Itemid=2

    ‘Muslim Opinion’ Be Damned: Hatred of America is Irrational and Undeserved

    ‘Muslim Opinion’ Be Damned: Hatred of America is Irrational and Undeserved
    By Alex Epstein, 9/3/2007 1:09:51 PM To listen to most of our foreign-policy commentators, the biggest problem facing America today, six years after 9/11, is the fact that many Muslims are mad at us. “Whatever one’s views on the [Iraq] war,” writes a New York Times columnist, “thoughtful Americans need to consider … the bitter anger that it has provoked among Muslims around the world.” In response to the Abu Ghraib scandal several years ago, Ted Kennedy lamented, “We have become the most hated nation in the world, as a result of this disastrous policy in the prisons.” Muslim anger over America’s support of Israel, we are told, is a major cause of anti-American terrorism.

    We face, these commentators say, a crisis of “Muslim opinion.” We must, they say, win the “hearts and minds” of angry Muslims by heaping public affection on Islam, by shutting down Guantanamo, by being more “evenhanded” between free Israel and the terrorist Palestinian Authority — and certainly by avoiding any new military action in the Muslim world. If we fail to win over “Muslim opinion,” we are told, we will drive even more to become terrorists.

    All of this evades one blatant truth: the hatred being heaped on America is irrational and undeserved. Consider the issue of treatment of POWs. Many Muslims are up in arms about the treatment of prisoners of war in Iraq and at Guantanamo — many of whom were captured on battlefields trying to kill Americans. Yet these same Muslims are silent about the summary convictions and torture — real torture, with electric drills and vats of acid — that are official policy and daily practice throughout the Middle East.

    Or consider “Muslim opinion” over the U.S. handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which the United States is accused of not being “hard enough” on Israel — a free nation with laws that protect all citizens, Jew and Arab alike — for Israel’s supposed mistreatment of Palestinians. Yet “Muslim opinion” reveres the Palestinian Authority, a brutal dictatorship that deprives Palestinians of every basic freedom, keeps them in unspeakable poverty, and routinely tortures and executes peaceful dissenters.

    So-called Muslim opinion is not the unanimous and just consensus that its seekers pretend. It is the irrational and unjust opinion of the world’s worst Muslims: Islamists and their legions of “moderate” supporters and sympathizers. These people oppose us not because of any legitimate grievances against America, but because they are steeped in a fundamentalist interpretation of their religion — one that views America’s freedom, prosperity, and pursuit of worldly pleasures as the height of depravity. They do not seek respect for the rights of the individual (Muslim or non-Muslim), they seek a world in which the rights of all are sacrificed to the dictates of Islam.

    The proper response to Islamists and their supporters is to identify them as our ideological and political enemies — and dispense justice accordingly. In the case of our militant enemies, we must kill or demoralize them — especially those regimes that support terrorism and fuel the Islamist movement; as for the rest, we must politically ignore them and intellectually discredit them, while proudly arguing for the superiority of Americanism. Such a policy would make us safe, expose Islamic anti-Americanism as irrational and immoral, and embolden the better Muslims to support our ideals and emulate our ways.

    President Bush, like most politicians and intellectuals, has taken the opposite approach to “Muslim opinion”: appeasement. Instead of identifying anti-American Muslims as ideological enemies to be discredited, he has appealed to their sensibilities and met their demands — e.g., sacrificing American soldiers to save Iraqi civilians and mosques. Instead of seeking to crush the Islamists by defeating the causes they fight for — such as Islamic world domination and the destruction of Israel — he has appeased those causes, declaring Islam a “great religion” and rewarding the Palestinian terrorist Jihad with a promised Palestinian state. Instead of destroying terrorist regimes that wage war against the West — including, most notably, Iran — he has sought their “cooperation” and even cast some as coalition partners.

    Such measures have rewarded our enemy for waging physical and spiritual war against us. Condemn America, they have learned, and American leaders will praise your ideals and meet your demands. Attack America via terrorist proxy, terrorist states and movements have been taught, and America will neither blame you nor destroy you, but redouble its efforts to buy your love.

    Every attempt to appease “Muslim opinion” preserves, promotes, and emboldens our enemies. Every concession to angry Muslim mobs gives hope to the Islamist cause. Every day we allow terrorist regimes to exist gives their minions time to execute the next Sept. 11. America needs honest leadership with the courage to identify and defeat our enemies — “Muslim opinion” be damned.

    Copyright © 2007 Ayn Rand® Institute. All rights reserved.

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    White-collar jihadists

      White-collar jihadists

    Erik Rush

    Erik Rush
    September 5, 2007


    Picture this: A dramatic rise in attacks on minorities by white supremacist skinhead and similar groups occurs. Members of the White Aryan Resistance, the Aryan Brethren Church and others come out of the woodwork and begin to appear on television news venues, articulate and very dapper as they play the role of apologists for the former, but always with a hint of validation and justification as they disavow the escalating violence. For some unfathomable reason, they are softballed by the media, legitimizing them further with each passing day.

    Would this scenario disturb you?

    In this space last week, I excoriated The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist-connected, criminal organization hiding behind an innocuous, corporate “civil rights advocacy for Muslims” façade. I still hold to this; the extraordinary (and very sobering) phenomenon was what followed the column’s publication: I was inundated with information from readers, colleagues and bloggers who have been following CAIR and similar organizations over the past few years. If I painted a frightening picture last week — as they say, “brother, you aint seen nothing yet.”

    Although CAIR is “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group” (from www.cair.org), there are literally dozens of equally active “major” (and perhaps hundreds of “minor”) groups (Let’s call them “cells”) operating throughout the United States. Aided by people whom they are in a position to reward (financially or through political support) and deluded diversity worshippers, they are garnering significant political power through attrition and public apathy.

      “On September 8, 2007, Ahmad Al-Akhras, close advisor to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and president of the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio (IFCO), will host Siraj Wahhaj as guest speaker at an IFCO fundraising dinner here in Columbus. Mayor Coleman has appointed Al-Akhras to numerous Columbus city government boards, commissions and committees.”

      Central Ohioans Against Terrorism, August 30, 2007

    By way of general affiliation, Mayor Michael Coleman supported the Kerry-Edwards ticket in 2004. Siraj Wahaj (born Jeffrey Kearse) was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and is Imam of Al Taqwa mosque in New York.

    Ahmad Al-Akhras, the Mayor’s “close advisor,” is a CAIR Board Member.

    “An Open Letter from CAIR to the ADL” (Jewish Anti-Defamation League), released on August 30, 2007, chastised the ADL for “smearing the good name of an organization [CAIR] with a proud history of standing for justice and mutual understanding.” It’s not that I believe CAIR thinks the ADL’s leaders were born yesterday; this is clearly a public relations attack, a sympathy play for the American public’s consumption. For the ADL’s part, their “offense” was simply calling CAIR what they are.

    The Iranian-American Council (AIC) is an organization that ostensibly “provides for a sustainable dialogue and a more comprehensive understanding of US-Iran relations.” [From AIC Mission Statement] Its American supporters are all left-leaners, and its rhetoric, while never acerbic, suggests that the United States’ involvement in Iranian politics is essentially to blame for the fact that “since the Iranian revolution of 1979, Iranian society has existed in an abnormal state.” (From “The Discourse of Democracy to the Discourse of Normalization in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Hooshang Amirahmadi, Professor of Planning and International Development and the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and President of the American Iranian Council, May 29, 2007).

    These cells are supported by brainwashed and misguidedly guilt-ridden Americans such as the “Reverend” Jim Sutter, a far Left agitator with bogus credentials and a nefarious history. He attacks those who scrutinize these pro-Muslim cells with outlandish claims of racism which the targets are compelled to answer, lest the public take their silence as an implicit admission of guilt.

    “Jihad Watch” (www.jihadwatch.org), published by prominent political author Robert Spencer, is one of the most well-known purveyors of reliable information addressing behind-the-scenes machinations of stateside-based Islamic organizations. Groups such as CAIR and IAC have now taken up the practice of pressuring corporations and universities to block Jihad Watch as a “hate-speech” site on their servers. We know this, of course because avid readers subsequently write to JW and alert them. Fallen to pressure and PC cowardice so far are dozens of major corporations.

    This type of blackmail has been used by far Left organizations since the ‘Nineties (in fact, quite a few universities block certain news magazines without any coercion whatsoever, a hypocrisy even in the face of their convoluted perception of First Amendment rights), but it is only recently that these Islamic cells have capitalized on this tactic.

      “CAIR has so perfected the art of spin that I don’t think even you would catch the con job until it was over. At least, I’d bet that the innocents at Paramount didn’t have a clue that the screening they arranged for the movie ‘A Mighty Heart’ [starring Angelina Jolie] was a ruse to make CAIR, the terror-supporting organization, look good.”

      From “A Mighty Spin: Paramount in Bed with CAIR,” Arlene Peck, Israel Hasbara Committee (IHC), July 31, 2007:

    Last week I called for the disbanding of CAIR and the jailing of its leaders. Now, I’m calling for something far more extreme.

    I’m sure there were millions of pre-World War II Germans who would have been mortified had they known what Hitler had in mind vis-à-vis slave laborers and concentration camps. Indeed, some might have changed history with their actions. But many who did hear what Hitler intended didn’t believe it. When the proverbial excrement hit the fan, all they could do was obey and cooperate under pain of death.

      “Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and has now become the second largest religion in the United States.”

      www.muslimsinamerica.org

    Gee — that must mean a lot of converts… or does it?

    In America, there are probably between 1.8 and 3 million practicing Muslims in America, based on a cross-section of statistics. Most of these have come from the Middle East and Pakistan over the last 20 years. I am quite certain that many Americans count these among their friends, perceive no threat from them, and would find any comparison between them and the aforementioned “good Germans” preposterous. Their neighbors and colleagues at work supporting terrorists, let alone picking up a gun at some unforeseen juncture? Pshaw!

    The Koran, however, expressly sanctions this type of duplicity during the subjugation of a dominant culture; this especially gives me pause since Muslims don’t believe in microwave wars. They have always thought of wars in terms of centuries or even millennia, as opposed to neat little month or two mop-ups.

    Is watching one’s neighbor with a jaded eye paranoia, or a violation of his privacy or civil rights? My grandfather, a second-generation German, worked for the telephone company during World War II (he had served in the Cavalry during WWI, so he wasn’t at the top of the draft list). He tapped his German-descended neighbors telephone lines at the behest of his superiors who were cooperating with the Federal government. Why? Because they knew that there were German-descended Americans who were also Nazi sympathists — and they had no idea how far they would go in helping to manifest Hitler’s dream.

    Is it any more paranoid, a violation of privacy or civil rights than community watch groups that keep tabs on serial child rapists? The purulent scourge of Political Correctness leads many Americans to say “yes,” which illustrates how weak and sick some of us have become in our thinking — and quite scrupulously validates my point. In 2004 in Russia, terrorists seized a school and blew themselves up along with 300 children.

    Apparently it isn’t enough for the American public that CAIR’s predecessor, the American Muslim Council (AMC) was unmasked as a Wahhabist terrorist-supporting front, nor that radical Muslims have infiltrated our military and intelligence community, ostensibly secure organizations. What’s the challenge in a well-trained cell sequestering itself in, say, some suburban neighborhood and carrying out an attack akin to the one in Russia?

    Only time will tell whether Americans have the capacity to “realize (the threat) and mobilize” as we have in the past, or whether we’ve become a society of blind, insane morons who refuse to believe the guy on the other end of the gun actually has the capacity to pull the trigger.

    I’ve admitted previously to being kind of a twisted guy; I keep having this visual of television’s Mr. Rogers beckoning “Won’tcha be my neighbor?” — then the AK-47 comes out from behind that ridiculously dated, grandfatherly sweater.

    Fade to black…


    Erik Rush is a contributor of social commentary to numerous print and online publications. Born in New York City in 1961, from 1975 to 1986, he worked as a studio, club, and stage musician and in biomedical research. In 1986, Erik relocated to the Southwestern U.S.

    In 2002, his first novel, “The Angels Fell” was released. His nonfiction book “It’s the Devil, Stupid! (Our Real Enemy and Why We Don’t Talk About Him)” was published in June 2006.

    Erik is also a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc., and is acting Associate Editor and Publisher of TheRealityCheck.org. In addition to work and his family, he also participates in the Praise band and martial arts at his church and enjoys writing music, remodeling, and refinishing guitars. His entertaining and informative (if bizarre) website can be found at www.erikrush.com.

    © Copyright 2007 by Erik Rush
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    The nasty Saudi face

    The nasty Saudi face

    Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

    Saudia, the official flag career of Saudi Arabia has officially declared in its web sites that any passenger flying with it to Saudi Arabia are now allowed to carry ‘due to religious reason’. These include alcoholic beverages, pork and pork products, prohibited drugs and narcotics, firearms, explosives, edged weapons and pornographic materials.Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star of David, and others.As soon as I came to know such heinous announcement, I called the local office of Saudia in Dhaka to know for sure if such restrictions on carrying holy Bible and other religious items were really forbidden. The reply was shocking and it was ‘yes’.According to another information, signs in Saudi airports warn Muslim travelers that the airport’s mutawwa’in, or religious police, confiscate Korans, other Islamic literature, and Muslim objects of non-Saudi origin. While discriminating specifically against Shiites and Ahmadis, this policy manifests a wider insistence on Wahhabi supremacism. More broadly, the Saudi leadership runs a country that the American government has condemned repeatedly as having “no religious freedom” and being among the most religiously repressive in the world.When an employee at the Saudi Consulate in New York was contacted by a newspaper, it was told that anyone bringing a Bible into the country or wearing a crucifix or Star of David around their neck would run into trouble with Saudi authorities. “You are not allowed to bring that stuff into the kingdom,” the consular official said. “If you do, they will take it away,” she warned, adding, “If it is really important to you, then you can try to bring it and just see what happens, but I don’t recommend that you do so.” It may be mentioned here that over the summer, the Saudi government-run Supreme Commission for Tourism announced a number of steps, such as issuing group visas to foreigners through tour operators and granting longer entry visas, in the hopes of boosting the number of foreign tourists to 1.5 million annually by 2020. I really fail to understand, who are those senseless and shameless people, who would love to visit this ridiculous land of wahabis knowing their extreme nasty attitude of religious intolerance.Before I comment on the latest move of Saudi Arabian Airlines, let me try to look into this on Islamic perspectives. If I am not mistaking, one of the pillars of remaining Muslim is to believe in all previous prophets and previous holy books. If someone would violate this Koranic instruction, he or she will no more remain a Muslim. I know, Wahabism is not Islam. It is a kind of peculiar theory of the Arab monarchs in order to protect their crowns for centuries and let them remain at the helm of Muslim world. But, the latest decision of Saudia is a clear violation of Koran. So, it is no need to even argue that the Arab monarchs now automatically loses their rights to be termed as Muslims. They are Wahabis, not Muslims. And, in this case, my question to millions of Muslims around the world. Should we let those Wahabis remain the custodian of the key of Holy Kabaah? Unfortunately, in today’s world, true spirit of Islam is being hijacked by many evil forces under many names. Wahabis, Hamas, Hezbollah, Ahmedinejad etc., etc. The entire Muslim world has become a kind of captive in the whims and cruelties of these bad elements. If the Muslims are truly willing to fight evils, they must raise voice against Wahabis, Hamas, Hezbollah, Ahmedinejad and others, which are continuing to spread poison of religious hatred in the world. Those who tries to be non-respectful to Bible, Torah and other holy books and messengers of Allah should remember one very specific verse of Koran. It says, do not differentiate my prophets. If you do so, you will become atheist. So, being a Muslim, I can say with all my confessions that Wahabism is a Arab format of atheism. It is in fact even worst. Let us look into the Arab societies. One man is marrying several women and always leaving them unattended regularly and depriving them of their right accorded by Allah through the verses of Koran [Sura Nisa and others]. I know of facts of many Arab men having 10-12 wives. Now, even in Islam, it is not allowed to have more than four wives. How these Arabs marry more than four? This is surely not Islam!And now going back to the titled topic, we heard of many injustice in Saudia for years. Last year, we published series news items on the sordid story of an Indian Muslim female, who worked for Saudi Arabian Airlines and finally was sexually harassed by her Arab colleagues. She knocked the doors of Saudi king. But, no result, as if the monarchism in Saudi Arabia are also ready to defend such notoriety of the men in their society. In fact, Saudi men are ‘skilled’ in sexual harassment. They consider women as a kind of amusement element – not human being. In ancient Arab time, even when fathers died, sons were becoming the owners of their own mothers. Mothers were then giving birth to child from their own sons. Just imagine the degree of sickness in that society. Can we really expect anything morale and good from those sick people? Nah!

    Posted on 06 Sep 2007 by Root