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  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 9 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • Video of Small Girl’s Reaction to Muslim Call to Prayer Goes Viral

    09/07/2014 2:12:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    A video showing a small girl's reaction after hearing the Muslim call to prayer for the first time has gone viral on the internet. The incident reportedly took place in a shopping center in Dubai.
  • Sweden: Mosque to Blast Prayer Calls from Minaret

    10/01/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies ^ | Oct. 1, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A mosque in Stockholm has received initial approval to begin sounding public prayer calls from its minaret, the first time such permission has ever been granted in Sweden. A majority of the members of the city planning committee in the southern Stockholm suburb of Botkyrka voted on September 25 to repeal a 1994 prohibition on such prayer calls, thereby opening the way for a muezzin to begin calling Muslims to prayer from the top of a 32-meter (104-foot) minaret at a Turkish mosque in the Fittja district of the city. The issue was put to a vote after Ismail Okur,...
  • Likud Ministers: Noisy Mosques? What about Synagogues?

    12/12/2011 4:03:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Several Likud ministers oppose a bill proposed by MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel is Our Home) for limiting the noise from mosque minarets. As a result, the bill did not come up for a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday, and its fate is unclear. Lack of support in the ministerial committee usually spells doom for Knesset bills. Ministers Dan Meridor, Michael Eitan, Limor Livnat and Benny Begin are reportedly opposed to the law, which leftists call "the law for muzzling Muezzins," and ministers Gideon Saar and Moshe Cachlon are reportedly also expected to vote against it. Unnamed sources...
  • The Mysterious Minaret of Jam

    07/10/2011 6:48:16 PM PDT · by Palter · 21 replies
    DRB ^ | 02 July 2011
    The 12-Century Wonder and Mystery of Afghanistan Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient "skyscraper" stands like a missile pointing at the stars - a 65-meter high minaret, the second biggest religious monument of its kind in the world. Originally it was topped by the lantern - making it a sort of the dry land lighthouse (!), surrounded by the 2400m high mountains: (Note a white jeep crossing the river in photo above: there was a bridge before, but it was destroyed during wartime...) Amazingly, this imposing structure was standing forgotten for...
  • Cardinal Koch says, "German Politicians Have Fearfully Underestimated Islam-Problem

    10/29/2010 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/29/2010 | Tancred
    The Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch is the new Official heading the Vatican Office for Ecumenism. A discussion about Christian in the Holy Land, Minarets in Europe and the current Islam-Debate. Rome ( As the successor of the Curial Cardinal, Walter Kasper, the former Basel Archbishop Kurt Koch will become the next President for the Papal Adviser for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians -- a kind of "ecumenical minister" of the Vatican. Koch was born in 1950 in Emmenbrucke in the Canton of Luzern. As his first challenge was a two week Synod in the Vatican on the situation...
  • Obama’s ‘Outreach’: Millions to be Spent Restoring Islamic Sites Worldwide

    08/25/2010 10:08:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Un:dhimmi ...: Washington Post ^ | August 25th, 2010 | Un:dhimmi ...:
    As US President Barack Hussein Obama continues on his seemingly endless quest to appease Muslims, with instructions to NASA to ‘find a way’ to reach them, Iftar dinners at the White House and the US State Dept.’s sponsorship of Ground Zero Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s forthcoming ’speaking tour’ of Muslim countries (without knowledge of what exactly he’ll be talking about); it emerges that that his administration is also planning to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on the restoration of dozens of Muslim sites around the world... Throughout his administration, Obama has been fervent in his support of Islam and...
  • Help me to understand.. Symbology of a Minaret ? (Vanity)

    08/16/2010 7:35:34 PM PDT · by Celerity · 38 replies
    Hello Freepers ! Not all churches have steeples, and not all mosques have Minarets. What is the purpose of a Minaret ? My internet research is taking me into places I would rather not dwell (Like Islam conversion sites and other mind-numbing dreck) I see a few Mosques on US soil - But this Minaret thingy seems to suggest that a mosque is special in some way. Anyone know ?
  • California: Pro-Sharia Mosque Gets OK to Build 64 Ft Minaret

    08/13/2010 9:53:01 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 20 replies
    Logans Warning ^ | August 13Th 2010 | Christopher Logan
    In another step forward towards the Islamification of America, a Santa Clara Mosque has been given the OK to put up a sign of Islamic dominance, in a 64 Ft minaret. The Muslim Community Association runs the Mosque, and it sure would have been nice if the people of the community, would have taken the time to gather some back round information on them. From the MCA “constitution”… Whereas we, the Muslims of the San Francisco Bay area, recognize Islam as a total way of life and have pledged to endeavor practicing it as such, we do hereby adopt and...
  • Report: 36 dead in Morocco minaret collapse

    02/19/2010 2:47:13 PM PST · by Justaham · 44 replies · 1,593+ views
    RABAT, Morocco - A minaret collapsed during Friday prayers at a crowded mosque in the old town of the historic Moroccan city of Meknes, killing 36 people and injuring 71, the official MAP news agency said. Officials blamed the accident on heavy rain that had weakened the minaret at the Bab Berdieyinne Mosque, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. King Mohammed VI sent the interior minister and religious affairs minister to Meknes, a UNESCO heritage city and one of Morocco's four imperial cities, some 60 miles east of the capital Rabat.
  • Why are the Swiss upset by Minarets?

    12/12/2009 11:23:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 546+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 09, 2009 | Michael Cook
    Last month the Swiss voted in a referendum to ban minarets, the prayer towers attached to some mosques. To the astonishment of the media, the churches and the politicians, it was approved by a clear overall majority of 57.5 percent of the vote, with 22 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons backing it. If it survives a legal challenge in the European Court of Human Rights, a paragraph will be added to Article 72 of the Federal Constitution: "The building of minarets is forbidden." The news was swiftly condemned around the world, not only by Muslims, but even by Swiss Catholic bishops,...
  • t whose idea was Swiss minaret ban anyhow? (a Turk)

    12/09/2009 2:15:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | December 09 2009 | ZAFER ATAMER
    The architect of the controversial Swiss referendum that resulted in a ban on the construction of minarets has a Turkish heritage, daily Milliyet reported on Wednesday. Born in the Aegean province of Ä°zmir to a Turkish father and a Swiss mother, Soli PardoÂ’s family moved to Switzerland when he was 5 years old, the daily said. Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets on Nov. 29, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population. The referendum by the nationalist Swiss...
  • The Swiss should have voted against the Minaret ZOT!

    12/06/2009 8:23:17 PM PST · by Ahilsum · 99 replies · 2,589+ views
    07/12/09 | Ahilsum
    # Freedom of religion is fundamental to Swiss law and European human rights treaties. # A minaret is a simple and common architectural feature of a mosque, and is neither a safety risk nor a public nuisance. # A minaret carries no political symbolism or significance. # Advertising campaigns to promote the law were racist. # The law may alienate Swiss Muslims, who are largely of European origin and are known to be moderate. # The international outcry against the law may have a negative influence on the Swiss economy and foreign relations
  • Fr. Samir: The refusal of the minarets, an opportunity to rethink Islam and Europe

    12/04/2009 6:19:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 688+ views
    Asia News ^ | 12/04/2009 | Samir Khalil Samir
    Opinion polls in Europe show that the Swiss referendum would have also won in France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria. The no to the minaret is a no to the increasing (and never satisfied) Islamist demands. The European population thinks differently and wants its leaders to reaffirm its identity. The no to the minarets is an invitation to true dialogue. Paris (AsiaNews) - The outcome of the Swiss referendum has aroused a wave of inquiries and questions Snip... Typically politicians have reacted negatively, criticizing this vote. Instead, people in Europe have been in favour of the outcome. Some sites...
  • Europe's press says Swiss ban sends wrong signal

    12/01/2009 6:32:54 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 32 replies · 1,142+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 1, 2009
    European papers are dismayed by Switzerland's popular vote to ban the building of minarets. Some fear it will backfire, sending the wrong signal to the Muslim world and setting a precedent for other parts of Europe. Several papers criticise the type of democracy practised in Switzerland, which allows ordinary people rather than elected representatives to decide on such matters. However, one popular Swiss tabloid defends the ban as a starting point for a debate on tolerance.
  • Swiss Minaret Ban Anti-Libertarian

    11/30/2009 11:45:15 AM PST · by Anarchydeluxe · 21 replies · 755+ views
    Anarchy Deluxe ^ | 11/30/2009 | Michael Nichols
    The WSJ calls the Swiss Minaret ban stupid, but, in my opinion, that doesn't go far enough. The ban is not only stupid; it is anti-libertarian. It is a commonly known fact that Europe is struggling with its Muslim immigrants, many of whom come from Muslim countries. These Muslim immigrants have incredible difficulties integrating into society. In Germany, Turkish immigrants still don't speak German by the third generation. Many Germans will tell you in private conversations that foreigners refuse to adapt to the European way of life and many Germans associate this refusal with Islam itself. Such expressions of opinion...
  • Europe unites to deplore Swiss ban on minarets (euro elites deeply upset)

    11/30/2009 6:19:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies · 2,458+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 11/30/09 | Charles Bremner
    November 30, 2009 Europe unites to deplore Swiss ban on minarets Charles Bremner in Paris The Swiss and European establishment united today in deploring yesterday's decision by Swiss voters to outlaw the construction of minarets but conservative leaders warned that the referendum showed genuine fear over Islam on the continent. Swiss officials, media and business leaders voiced shame over a vote that they say will stigmatise the country's 400,000 Muslims and stain Switzerland's name in the Muslim world. In contrast, hard right leaders in France, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands hailed what they depicted as a triumph for the people...
  • Report: Swiss Pass Ban on Minarets

    11/29/2009 10:37:30 AM PST · by Tigen · 37 replies · 1,863+ views
    INN ^ | 11-29-09 | Reported
    Early results indicated Sunday afternoon that voters in Switzerland had approved a law that would prohibit construction of minarets atop mosques in the country. The measure was decided in a referendum conducted Sunday.
  • Switzerland appears to have backed minaret ban

    11/29/2009 10:13:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 693+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/29.09 | Alexandra Williams in Geneva and Bruno Waterfield
    Thirty minutes after the referendum finished at midday, Swiss television reported: “The initiative would appear to be accepted. There is a positive trend. It’s a huge surprise.” According to the respected gfs.bern polling institute an estimated 59 per cent of voters backed the ban. A majority of cantons were also in support of the initiative. “A majority have voted for a nationwide ban on the construction of minarets,” said the institute’s director Claude Longchamp, speaking on Swiss Radio DRS.
  • Switzerland appears to have backed minaret ban (Swiss slap down Muslims)

    11/29/2009 5:32:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 122 replies · 5,459+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/29/09 | Alexandra Williams and Bruno Waterfield
    Switzerland appears to have backed minaret ban Voters in Switzerland appeared to have backed a call to ban minarets from mosques, according to early exit poll results. By Alexandra Williams in Geneva and Bruno Waterfield Published: 10:16AM GMT 29 Nov 2009 Thirty minutes after the referendum finished at midday, Swiss television reported: “The initiative would appear to be accepted. There is a positive trend. It’s a huge surprise.” According to the respected gfs.bern polling institute an estimated 59 per cent of voters backed the ban. A majority of cantons were also in support of the initiative. “A majority have voted...