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CNNís Zain Verjee: Obama Inauguration Like Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca
NewsBusters.org ^ | 1/20/2009 | Matthew Balan

Posted on 01/20/2009 12:42:57 PM PST by Pyro7480

CNN correspondent Zain Verjee, in a report posted on CNN.com on January 17, likened the expected large crowds for the inauguration of Barack Obama to the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca: “The coming political pilgrimage to Washington is similar to another grand event in both size and preparation -- the Hajj, the most important religious pilgrimage in the Muslim world.”

Verjee has personal experience of the Hajj, as she belongs to the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam. She filed a web log for CNN of her experience on the pilgrimage in 2005. During her report, she emphasized how security is “[a]t the heart of the planning” for both the Hajj and on Inauguration Day. The CNN correspondent featured a clip of author Michael Wolfe, a convert to Islam, who claimed that security forces in Saudi Arabia “do have lessons to teach us in crowd control and in caring for large numbers of visitors in a modern city.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barfalert; bhoinauguration; coronation; hajj; inauguration; islamicimperialism; islaminamerica; mecca; muslimvote; obama; obamainauguration; obamamessiah; pravdamedia; thisisyourgod; triumphofthewill2; zeroworship
Good grief...
1 posted on 01/20/2009 12:42:57 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

omg


2 posted on 01/20/2009 12:43:54 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough bags of popcorn.)
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To: Pyro7480

How apt.


3 posted on 01/20/2009 12:44:09 PM PST by xroadie
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To: Pyro7480

Lol...can it get any worse than this? Wait...don’t answer that...


4 posted on 01/20/2009 12:44:51 PM PST by Tulane
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To: Pyro7480

This is crap. They are trying to mainstream crap. I call it for what it is. CRAP!


5 posted on 01/20/2009 12:46:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: Pyro7480

These drooling imbiciles have found their Jesus Christ, and he ain’t the one from Nazareth.


6 posted on 01/20/2009 12:46:38 PM PST by reagan_fanatic ("You followin' me, camera guy?")
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To: Pyro7480

Yeah it is, in more ways than one.


7 posted on 01/20/2009 12:46:53 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Pyro7480
Obama Inauguration Like Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca

Hopefully in the sense that you only have to endure one in a lifetime.

8 posted on 01/20/2009 12:47:02 PM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: Pyro7480
Funny, since Verjee is also from Kenya (though ethnically Indian)...

I'm willing to forgive her though... ahem.

9 posted on 01/20/2009 12:47:57 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - America the Beautiful)
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To: Pyro7480
well those pilgrims must have been disappointed!
what a boring, unmemorable speech.
10 posted on 01/20/2009 12:48:12 PM PST by housedeep
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To: Pyro7480

Monsterous chunky hurling time.
This escapade absolutely defies all logic.
I wonder how his step brother in a hut
or his aunt in the slum FEELS like now.


11 posted on 01/20/2009 12:48:41 PM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Pyro7480

The only shocker left is...Michelle Obama really is Aunt Ester!


12 posted on 01/20/2009 12:49:30 PM PST by albie
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To: Pyro7480
The CNN correspondent featured a clip of author Michael Wolfe, a convert to Islam, who claimed that security forces in Saudi Arabia “do have lessons to teach us in crowd control and in caring for large numbers of visitors in a modern city.”

Umm . . .don't hundreds of people routinely get trampled to death at these affairs?
13 posted on 01/20/2009 12:50:56 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (1-20-13)
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To: Pyro7480
claimed that security forces in Saudi Arabia “do have lessons to teach us in crowd control and in caring for large numbers of visitors in a modern city.”

Not quite, Hain.

From link:

On July 2, 1990, a stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel (Al-Ma'aisim tunnel) leading out from Mecca towards Mina and the Plains of Arafat led to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims.

On May 23, 1994, a stampede killed at least 270 pilgrims at the stoning of the Devil ritual.

On April 9, 1998, at least 118 pilgrims were trampled to death and 180 injured in an incident on Jamarat Bridge. [1]

On March 5, 2001, 35 pilgrims were trampled to death in a stampede during the stoning of the Devil ritual.

On February 11, 2003, the stoning of the Devil ritual claimed 14 pilgrims' lives. [2]

On February 1, 2004, 251 pilgrims were killed and another 244 injured in a stampede during the stoning ritual in Mina. [3]

2006 stampede: Hundreds dead in Hajj stampede On January 12, 2006, a stampede during the ritual ramy al-jamarāt on the last day of the Hajj in Mina killed at least 346 pilgrims and injured at least 289 more

14 posted on 01/20/2009 12:52:05 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Hain.

Zain, that is.

15 posted on 01/20/2009 12:53:30 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Pyro7480

I actually agree with the commentator. We have normal inaugurations - and then we have this one inauguration that’s like a pilgrimage to Mecca. Like Muslim pilgrims, Obama’s followers are on a quest to prostrate themselves before their idol.


16 posted on 01/20/2009 12:54:02 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: KarlInOhio

The news on Wall Street, the ticket tape, didn’t think it was MECCA.


17 posted on 01/20/2009 12:54:09 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: albie

I was thinking Aunt Jemima but at least she can bake.

Maybe the reporter was refering to the teeming masses of humanity A friend also went on the Hajj and he said the police there in Mecca were pretty heavy-handed.


18 posted on 01/20/2009 12:54:12 PM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Pyro7480
> Obama Inauguration Like Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca

I agree with that assessment -- throngs of the mindless revolving around a central false idea.

19 posted on 01/20/2009 12:54:12 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Pyro7480
“do have lessons to teach us in crowd control and in caring for large numbers of visitors in a modern city.”

Modern city? Muslims have modern cities?
I saw the pictures of the tent city outside of Mecca.
Didn't look like any "modern city" I've ever seen.

20 posted on 01/20/2009 12:54:44 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: 12Gauge687
A friend also went on the Hajj and he said the police there in Mecca were pretty heavy-handed.

I'm assuming this friend was Muslim. Otherwise he was taking his life in his own hands as it is a death sentence for any nonmuslim to enter Mecca.

21 posted on 01/20/2009 12:57:07 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Pyro7480

The new Mecca?


22 posted on 01/20/2009 12:59:19 PM PST by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: Pyro7480

ZAIN you ignorant SLUT!


23 posted on 01/20/2009 12:59:24 PM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Pyro7480
Meanwhile, in a faraway hut
24 posted on 01/20/2009 12:59:44 PM PST by texas_mrs
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To: Pyro7480

photo from the campaign trail
25 posted on 01/20/2009 1:00:26 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: Pyro7480

26 posted on 01/20/2009 1:04:09 PM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: Pyro7480

But don’t call him the Obamessiah or a new god. A false prophet. No, this idol worship is typical of all presidents.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE


27 posted on 01/20/2009 1:08:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: SolidWood

Just another dimbulb MSM reporter. apparently


28 posted on 01/20/2009 1:11:17 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Just another Joe
I saw the pictures of the tent city outside of Mecca. Didn't look like any "modern city" I've ever seen.

The Grateful Dead used to have a touring tent city that spent the bulk of their concerts just playing hacky sack in the parking lot.

29 posted on 01/20/2009 1:11:28 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Just another Joe

W isn’t there yet but they are already broadcasting from the crowd here:

http://www.welcomehomebush.com/

lee greenwood’s being interviewed now.


30 posted on 01/20/2009 1:21:19 PM PST by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: Dinah Lord

bunch of obamabots on that scrolling message board there.

I told them to go to CNN and worship thier messiah


31 posted on 01/20/2009 1:36:45 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Gentlemen, please. Rest your sphincters.)
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To: Pyro7480
Barack Obama to the Hajj

Close


32 posted on 01/20/2009 1:40:14 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome. He's a wonderful gift.)
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To: Pyro7480

Sheep

33 posted on 01/20/2009 1:56:51 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: Pyro7480

Zain... and I think there are supposed to be 71 more vergees (depending on Zain’s present level of, shall we say, experience?).


34 posted on 01/20/2009 2:26:23 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
On February 11, 2003, the stoning of the Devil ritual claimed 14 pilgrims' lives.

I haven't heard of any stampede deaths yet in the shoeing of the Bush ritual, but I remain hopeful.

35 posted on 01/20/2009 3:23:53 PM PST by Sender (Never lose your ignorance; you can never regain it!)
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To: Pyro7480
Well, if you’ve ever been on or near planes, or airports with those moslem pilgrims on their way to Mecca, you would know that the unbearable stench is exactly the same!
36 posted on 01/20/2009 4:47:30 PM PST by SuperLuminal
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