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  • Schoolgirls fall prey to coffee shop trap (Loose Saudi women smoking, drinking coffee and laughing!)

    03/31/2009 9:06:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 1,445+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 3/31/09 | Jameel Al-Harthi
    JEDDAH – Women’s coffee shops are no longer just meeting places for friends or refuges for a moment’s escape from the daily routine. Instead, according to some, they have become the haunts of university students and schoolgirls playing truant to indulge themselves in smoking shisha pipes and cigarettes, with women using the locations as impromptu job agencies, and matchmakers seeking willing bribes. Behind the walls of women’s coffee shops, some say, all sorts of things go on. Salwan Abdullah, a 24-year-old university student, recalls the first time she was invited by a student friend to go to an all-female coffee...
  • 10 Terms Not to Use with Muslims

    03/31/2009 8:23:53 AM PDT · by mockingbyrd · 61 replies · 1,862+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 28, 2009 | Chris Seiple
    8 "Freedom." Unfortunately, "freedom," as expressed in American foreign policy, does not always seek to engage how the local community and culture understands it. Absent such an understanding, freedom can imply an unbound licentiousness. The balance between the freedom to something (liberty) and the freedom from something (security) is best understood in a conversation with the local context and, in particular, with the Muslims who live there. "Freedom" is best framed in the context of how they understand such things as peace, justice, honor, mercy, and compassion. 9. "Religious Freedom." Sadly, this term too often conveys the perception that American...
  • Islamic laws of finance a cushion in hard times

    03/30/2009 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 30, 2009 | Stephen Magagnini
    The recession gripping the nation has taken less of a toll on American Muslims who follow age-old Islamic laws against paying – or charging – interest. They've also been shielded by socially responsible retirement plans because Shariah– Islamic law – forbids investments in banks and mortgages as well as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, pornography or weapons. "If everybody was Shariah-compliant, there would be no recession," said Farouk Fakira, a Yemeni immigrant who moderated a discussion on Islamic finance at Sacramento's Masjid Annur last week.

    03/30/2009 7:31:33 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 8 replies · 596+ views
    NY Post ^ | 03/30/2009 | Free America
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
  • Obama gets list of top Muslim Americans (In a bid to get more Muslim Americans in the Obama admin)

    03/28/2009 1:48:48 PM PDT · by Paige · 131 replies · 6,646+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 3/27/2009
    CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation's most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House. The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names. "It was mostly under the radar," Williams...
  • Transcript of B. Hussein Obama Interview with Al Arabiya

    01/26/2009 9:49:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies · 2,227+ views
    Al Arabiya | Monday, January 26, 2009 | Hisham Melhem
    AL ARABIYA: Mr. President, thank you for this opportunity, we really appreciate it. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. AL ARABIYA: Sir, you just met with your personal envoy to the Middle East, Senator Mitchell. Obviously, his first task is to consolidate the cease-fire. But beyond that you've been saying that you want to pursue actively and aggressively peacemaking between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Tell us a little bit about how do you see your personal role, because, you know, if the President of the United States is not involved, nothing happens – as the history of peacemaking shows....
  • Middle East Investors Eye Real Estate

    12/10/2008 9:57:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 462+ views
    Housing Zone ^ | December 1, 2008 | Rick Peters
    If you want to know why I'm optimistic that home builders will eventually find sources of capital to replace bank financing for site acquisition and development of future projects, check this out... The Middle East's wealthiest private investors may seek to take advantage of collapsing real estate markets in the West by increasing their investments in the U.S. and U.K., according to research done recently by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch. Such investors now control about $1,700 billion in assets, a figure the researchers say will rise to $3,400 billion by 2012. "Our clients are asking us about U.S. distressed real...
  • Matthews: Palin 'Talking About God,' is 'Troubling'

    11/11/2008 4:43:54 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 161 replies · 1,130+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2008 | Geoffrey Dickens
    After airing an interview clip of Sarah Palin telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that she was looking for guidance from God about running for national office again, an appalled Chris Matthews called it "troubling," when he let loose this rant on Tuesday's "Hardball": Is, is this commentary about theocracy and going to God for approval? We've been through that with President Bush who said he, "didn't take advice from his father, he got it from another father." And we've been through this sort of Joan of Arc period. Are we gonna get another piece of this where God's leading...
  • Russia's Chechnya inaugurates vast new mosque

    10/17/2008 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 17, 2008
    GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov opened one of Europe's biggest mosques in the rebuilt capital of the southern Russian region Friday, saying it was proof Russian rule and Islam can go together. The mosque, named "The Heart of Chechnya" and constructed by Turkish builders, can host up to 10,000 worshippers. Its minarets rise as high as 62 m (200 ft) and the complex extends over 14 hectares (35 acres), including a vast garden. "With the start of the Chechen war, the enemies of Islam and foes of Russia alleged that Russia wages war against Islam and the...
  • [Muslim cleric says] Replace capitalism with Islamic financial system

    10/12/2008 8:37:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 541+ views ^ | Oct 12, 2008 | AFP
    Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday. "The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up," said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric. "The Western system has collapsed and we have a complete economic philosophy as well as spiritual strength," he said at Sunday's opening of a conference on Jerusalem. "All riches are ours... the Islamic...
  • Netherlands Sponsors Ramadan Festival in UK (US too!)

    09/30/2008 1:33:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 431+ views
    NIS News ^ | September 30 2008
    THE HAGUE, 01/10/08 - The Dutch embassy in London has sponsored an Islamic festival. Other countries including the US also did so, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen says in a letter to parliament. The Party for Freedom (PVV) wanted to know whether it was true that the Dutch embassy in London sponsored the UK Ramadan festival. The minister acknowledges that indeed 15,000 euros has been donated to the festival from the Public Diplomacy Projects budget. Verhagen has no objection to the subsidy. He rejects a PVV call to ensure that such subsidies never occur any more in future. "The request for...
  • Stepdad can't be buried on a Saturday - he's not Muslim

    09/24/2008 11:59:47 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 20 replies · 1,836+ views
    Sheffield Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2008 | Sarah Dunn
    A GRIEVING family from Sheffield have been told they can't bury their stepfather on a Saturday - because he was not Muslim. Retired steel erector Harold "Charlie" Lemaire, from Woodseats, died last week aged 75 from pneumonia. His stepdaughter Jean Maltby, from Greenhill, wanted the funeral to be held this Saturday so family who live outside the city - including her brother Stephen, now living in Dorset, and relatives from the Isle of Man - could attend. But when her funeral director called City Road Cemetery to arrange a memorial service in the chapel followed by burial, he was told...
  • Cologne, Germany bracing for anti-mosque demo

    09/18/2008 11:08:42 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies · 429+ views
    DPA/Expatica ^ | 18/09/ 2008 | DPA/Expatica
    Cologne bracing for anti-mosque demo 18/09/2008 00:00 Officials expect 1,500 right-wingers from around Europe to attend – plus 40,000 leftist opponents. Cologne, Germany -- An anti-mosque demonstration on Friday in Germany is likely to attract 1,500 right-wingers from around Europe, according to an organizer, Markus Beisicht as fears grew of violent clashes. Riot police throughout North-Rhine Westphalia state have been put on standby to separate the right-wingers from up to 40,000 opponents. The two groups are at odds over the start of building work for Cologne's grand mosque. The right-wing Pro Cologne group rejects the house of worship for the...
  • The Theocrat in Lipstick

    09/12/2008 3:56:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 144+ views ^ | September 12, 2008 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- There are reasons to question the choice of the commander of the Alaska National Guard as a prospective commander in chief (though there were equally serious reasons to doubt the military qualifications of another backwoods candidate, Abraham Lincoln, who served for a few months as private and captain in the Black Hawk War). But instead of engaging this issue, liberals have been drawn, helpless and mesmerized -- like beetles to the vivid, blue paradise of the bug zapper -- toward criticizing Sarah Palin's religion. Palin's former Pentecostal church is called a "shout-and-holler tabernacle." Reporters press Palin's former pastor...
  • Saudi Cleric: Nothing Makes Satan Happier Than "Bikini" Olympics-Allah off the Richter scale

    08/13/2008 8:33:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 68 replies · 568+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 8-13-08 | Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid
     Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid Slams Beijing Olympics: Nothing Makes Satan Happier Than The 'Bikini' Olympics Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid is a well-known Saudi Islamic lecturer and author. He frequently appears on Saudi TV channels and is known for issuing controversial fatwas. He previously worked in Washington, D.C. at the Saudi Embassy Islamic Affairs Department but was stripped of his diplomatic credentials. [1] In an August 10, 2008 interview with Al-Majd TV, Al-Munajid was highly critical of the Beijing Olympics, which he called the "bikini Olympics," referring to them as "satanic." Al-Munajid is known for his criticism of other sporting events....
  • Is God a Liberal Democrat?

    07/14/2008 6:31:07 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 40 replies · 176+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-14-08 | Mark D. Tooley
    Observe that the Lutherans cite government as “an important catalyst in God’s work.” In fact, their agenda implies that government is virtually God’s only instrument. The Lutherans want government to abolish poverty, prohibit war, cleanse the environment, engineer egalitarian justice globally, and seemingly usher in The Millennium through additional regulation and taxation. If government can achieve so much, who needs God, much less the church?
  • Is God a Liberal Democrat?

    07/14/2008 7:43:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 81 replies · 310+ views ^ | July 14, 2008 | Mark D. Tooley
    Officials of the declining 4.9 million Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have revealed what God’s priorities are in the U.S. presidential campaign. And remarkably, the divine priorities was very akin to the Democratic Party’s priorities, if not further to the left. Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, with three other ELCA officials generously wrote both presidential candidates a public letter with the divine guidance. Although famed Protestant Reformer Martin Luther championed the Bible as God’s exclusive revelation, modern ELCA activists have located more useful counsel in the secular welfare state and environmental agenda. “The Scriptures are clear about God's concern for...
  • Exclusive: Islamism and the So-called ‘Muslim Voting Bloc’: Shades of Theocracy

    07/05/2008 9:00:56 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies · 264+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 4, 2008 | M. Zuhdi Jasser
    Exclusive: Islamism and the So-called ‘Muslim Voting Bloc’: Shades of Theocracy M. Zuhdi Jasser July 4, 2008 The modus operandi for the political empowerment of Islamists in America is in full public display during every election cycle. The sad part is few realize how central "Islamic politics" is to the driving force of transnational Islamism and its threat to American security. The incessant attempts by American Islamist groups (like the MAS, CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, ICNA to name a few) to collectivize Muslims in the body politic - from voter registrations to their ideological grievance mill - point to their goals....
  • The GOP Mark On This Beast Gross Animal Abuse; PETA Notified..

    06/17/2008 10:28:06 AM PDT · by mnehring · 7 replies · 380+ views
    The American View ^ | John Lofton
    (full title) The GOP Mark On This Beast Gross Animal Abuse; PETA Notified; I Am Not A Republican!; And Am Having No July 4th Party… The email message begins with an insulting slander — a strange way to solicit a donation. It is from Sue Gazdo, Director, RNC Membership Services, Republican National Committee. She even ends it “Sincerely” which, I fear, she, alas, is. The insulting, slanderous greeting? The email begins with these words: “Dear Republican.” Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Say what?! But, I am not a Republican! I am a recovering Republican - meaning not that I am a Republican who’s “recovering”...
  • Iran is a threat that can't be overlooked

    06/09/2008 6:08:02 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 116+ views
    The Gazette ^ | June 9, 2008
    Iran is a threat that can't be overlooked George Jonas , Canwest News Service June 9, 2008 For the benefit of those who missed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 2005 threat to wipe out Israel, he repeated it last week. Israel, he said, "will soon disappear off the geographical scene." The occasion was the 19th anniversary of the death of theocratic Iran's founder, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Whatever one thinks of the sentiment, the sentence is bizarre. Threatening to wipe a country off the map is like threatening to slay all men and women and let dogs lick their blood. It's...
  • Messianic Obama Mag Covers

    06/05/2008 10:36:28 AM PDT · by SampleMan · 65 replies · 239+ views
    Times | 5 May 2008 | SampleMan
    The messianic Obama mag cover is becoming funny. How many more can you all add?
  • A democratic Islam?

    04/17/2008 2:08:14 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 13 replies · 120+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/08 | DANIEL PIPES
    There's an impression that Muslims suffer disproportionately from the rule of dictators, tyrants, unelected presidents, kings, emirs, and various other strongmen - and it's accurate. A careful analysis by Frederic L. Pryor of Swarthmore College in the Middle East Quarterly ("Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic?") concludes that "In all but the poorest countries, Islam is associated with fewer political rights." The fact that majority-Muslim countries are less democratic makes it tempting to conclude that the religion of Islam, their common factor, is itself incompatible with democracy. I disagree with that conclusion. Today's Muslim predicament, rather, reflects historical circumstances more than...
  • Islam is your land, from Bali vista

    04/12/2008 11:22:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 122+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 12, 2008 | SALIM MANSUR
    Recently I spent several days in Ubud, Bali, attending a conference on the theme of "Islam in Multicultural Asia" organized by the New York-based Asia Society. Bali is a lush tropical island of immense beauty at the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, and its people are mostly Hindu in a country with the world's largest Muslim population. The setting for a conference on Islam in Indonesia was a bold idea. Islam in distinctly different... to the Middle Eastern version of Islam with which the West is mostly acquainted and predominantly concerned since 9/11. Americans supporting Democrats who have persuaded...
  • A President Obama's Neoliberal Theocracy

    03/16/2008 6:12:46 PM PDT · by rob777 · 5 replies · 566+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 16, 2008 | Lee Cary
    Barack Obama's first vocational choice was to help people in a poor African-American community. Later, he joined a church founded on black liberation theology. This combination could result in an Obama presidency that embodies something new in American history -- a Neoliberal Theocracy. When we in the West hear the word theocracy, we think of mullahs, fatwas, and human pronouncements issued with the presumptuous authority of divine edicts. But not all theocracies are so dictatorially dogmatic. They range from the theocratic-lite nature of the United Kingdom's monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, to the industrial-strength theocracy of...
  • The Coming Obama 'Theocracy'

    02/16/2008 8:18:03 AM PST · by jdm · 82 replies · 550+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 16, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    People mocked Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney for their religious backgrounds often during the presidential campaigns, but at least they never claimed to be on a mission to save the souls of Americans through government action. Oh, people accused them of wanting to do so -- to impose Southern Baptist or Mormon theology on an America that wants relentless secularism, but in point of fact both men gave stirring speeches on how their faith informs them personally but not their governance. One campaign really has explicitly claimed to be on such a mission, however. Michelle Obama gave a speech at...
  • Five Muslims at the Vatican, to Prepare the Audience with the Pope

    02/06/2008 9:32:04 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 109+ views
    Chiesa ^ | February 6, 2008 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, February 6, 2008 – In the two days before this Ash Wednesday, the first meetings were held in Rome in preparation for the scheduled visit to the Vatican of a representative group of the 138 Muslim scholars who in October of 2007 addressed to the pope and to the heads of the other Christian confessions a letter with an offer of dialogue entitled "A Common Word Between Us and You." The meetings will be held at the pontifical council for interreligious dialogue, and will be presided over by cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The schedule arranges for the Muslim representatives...
  • Iraqi parliament okays post-Saddam flag

    01/24/2008 6:57:44 AM PST · by Allegra · 9 replies · 138+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Janaury 22, 2008 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD January 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM EST Associated Press — Iraq's parliament has passed a law to change the country's Saddam Hussein-era flag. The decision meets the demands of Iraq's Kurdish minority, who suffered greatly under Saddam and threatened not to fly the banner during a pan-Arab meeting in the Kurdish-run north next month. The measure, which expires in a year, was approved by show of hands, with 110 of 165 legislators present voting in favour. Among other things, it will remove the flag's three stars, said to be representative of Saddam's Baath party. The words “Allahu Akbar,” or...
  • Mandrake: Charles's letter in support of Islamic 'fundamentalism'

    01/21/2008 8:05:56 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 188+ views ^ | 20/01/2008 | Tim Walker and Richard Eden
    Demonstrating the extent to which he sees himself as "defender of faith", the Prince of Wales wrote to Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, saying that he was "determined to continue the battle to spread the message that proper fundamentalism is in the best interest of the future of our world." Charles told Mahathir, who later claimed that Jews "rule the world by proxy", he understood the "frustrations" Muslims experience "as a result of apparent Western misunderstanding and misrepresentation. I have, for a long time, despaired of the ignorant and thoroughly evil 'role' of the tabloid media in...
  • Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger

    01/01/2008 9:27:52 PM PST · by ricks_place · 14 replies · 204+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/2/2007 | KATHERINE ZOEPF
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman reached by telephone, said the blogger, Fouah al-Farhan, was “being questioned about specific violations of nonsecurity laws.” Mr. Farhan’s blog, which discusses social issues, had become one of the most widely read in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Farhan, 32, of Jidda, was arrested Dec. 10 at his office, local news sources reported. Two weeks before his arrest, he wrote a letter to friends warning them that it was imminent. “I was told that...
  • Religious America or Secular Europe?--Which has given birth to the most deadly ideologies?

    12/19/2007 5:48:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies · 222+ views ^ | December 19, 2007 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote a column titled "Secular Europe's Merits," in which he explained why he prefers the secularism of Europe to the religiosity of America. To his credit (other New York Times columnists do not generally agree to debate anything they write -- Paul Krugman, for example, has refused to discuss his new book on liberalism with me), Cohen agreed to come on my show, and proved to be a charming guest. A distinguished foreign correspondent for Reuters and the International Herald Tribune, Cohen nevertheless betrayed what I believe is endemic to those who...
  • Friends of Mahmoud The Iranian president gets a warm reception from the religious left.

    10/11/2007 8:29:14 AM PDT · by AU72 · 8 replies · 420+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Ocotber 11, 2007 | Mark D. Tooley
    NOT ALL OF Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's encounters in New York during his recent trip were testy. The Shiite theocrat had what the New York Times called a "warm, even friendly exchange" with 150 church officials at the United Methodist Women's Church Center for the United Nations. One sponsor, the Mennonite Central Committee, called the gathering a "time of dialogue and prayerful reflection among the children of Abraham." A Mennonite official further explained that "mutual respect and graciousness in this conversation blunts the demonization which is part of the current rhetoric of both governments." The meeting is the third between...
  • Christian Woman Sentenced To Three Years For 'Lying' On Marriage Certificate [Egypt]

    11/25/2007 7:35:29 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 15 replies · 132+ views
    AHN ^ | Nov 26 2007 | Joseph Mayton
    Cairo, Egypt (AHN) - An Egyptian court has sentenced a woman to three years in prison because her father converted to Islam briefly 45 years ago. Under Egyptian law, religion is passed to children from the father. Shadia Nagui Ibrahim, 47, a Christian, was charged with fraud for putting Christianity as her religion on her marriage certificate, even though she was unaware that her father's conversion in 1962 had made her officially Muslim. According to reports, Ibrahim's father left home in 1962 when the woman was only two years-old and converted to Islam. However, only a few years later he...
  • The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam

    10/17/2007 10:52:10 PM PDT · by Posting · 13 replies · 122+ views
    FrontPage ^ | October 5, 2007
    The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam   By Robert Spencer and Phyllis Chesler | Friday, October 05, 2007 The booklet that you are about to read details some of the principal ways in which women suffer in the Islamic world – often with religious and cultural sanction. Many of these crimes against women, such as wife-beating, are ordained by the Qur’an itself; others, such as female genital mutilation and honor killing, are praised by Islamic clerics and hallowed by Islamic culture. That feminists in the West remain silent about this deeply ingrained and institutionalized mistreatment of women,...
  • GOP's crucial '08 base divided (James Dobson said that Fred Thompson is not a Christian.)

    09/28/2007 8:57:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 201 replies · 377+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 28, 2007 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Religious conservatives are at odds over which of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination should get their backing. Many of the top leaders on the religious right privately say it's impossible to name a top-tier, declared Republican hopeful who can pass the "straight face" test as someone social conservatives can honestly say they would trust if elected. Catholics and Protestant evangelicals on the right account for about a third of the Republican Party's electoral coalition, and it's difficult for a Republican to win without them. "The problem is that there isn't someone seen as a titular head of the...
  • Should Christianity, politics mix?

    08/29/2007 10:40:44 PM PDT · by alexem · 8 replies · 356+ views ^ | August 30, 2007 | Tristan Emmanuel
    We are engaged in a war that is not only defining our times, it is determining our destiny. I'm not talking about the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or even the broader war on terror – those are offshoots of the real war. I'm talking about the culture war. The culture war is a struggle between secular socialism and free market traditionalism, and the outcome of this struggle will ultimately determine whether or not the jihadists will pick up the pieces to convert America and Canada into a North American caliphate.
  • Theocracy in America : CNN Explores the Fundamentalist Branches of 3 Abrahamic faiths

    08/24/2007 9:43:29 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 1,371+ views
    National Review ^ | 08/24/2007 | Joe Carter
    For several weeks CNN has been hyping their miniseries God’s Warriors as an “unprecedented six-hour television event.” The series dedicates two hours each to “God’s Jewish Warriors,” “God’s Muslim Warriors,” and “God’s Christian Warriors.” Prior to the first airing, CNN invited several bloggers to preview a few clips from the series and to submit a question for Christiane Amanpour to be answered during a special webcast. The three clips provided by CNN each highlighted one of the “fundamentalist” branches of the three Abrahamic faiths: the segment on Jews focused on theocratic Israeli settlers, including the man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin;...
  • Toll in Iraq bombings could surpass 150

    07/08/2007 9:01:09 AM PDT · by pubjohn47 · 6 replies · 570+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07/08/07 | Bushra Juhi
    the toll from the blast was 115 dead — nearly three-quarters of them women, children and elderly.
  • Iran curtails freedom in throwback to 1979

    06/17/2007 2:11:52 PM PDT · by pubjohn47 · 3 replies · 330+ views ^ | June 16, 2007 | Robin Wright
    Iran is in the midst of a sweeping crackdown that both Iranians and U.S. analysts compare to a cultural revolution in its attempt to steer the oil-rich theocracy back to the rigid strictures of the 1979 revolution.
  • N.C. judge OKs witness oaths using Quran

    05/24/2007 1:39:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies · 842+ views
    N.C. judge OKs witness oaths using Quran By STEVE HARTSOE, Associated Press Writer 35 minutes ago Witnesses and jurors being sworn in at state courthouses can take their oath using any religious text, not just the Bible, a judge ruled Thursday. Judge Paul Ridgeway said both common law and state Supreme Court precedent allow witnesses and jurors to use the text "most sacred and obligatory upon their conscience." The ruling came after the American Civil Liberties Union argued that limiting that text to the Bible alone was unconstitutional because it favored Christianity over other religions. The issue surfaced when Muslims...

    05/18/2007 6:00:05 PM PDT · by Cyrus the Great · 5 replies · 895+ views
    Adkronos ^ | 5/19/07 | Adkronos
    Tehran, 18 May (AKI) - by Ahmad Rafat - Police commanders in Tehran are hailing the first results of a moralization campaign which kicked off on 27 April - citing the thousands of women admonished on the streets for not covering all their hair under the veil, the hundreds who will have to stand trial for failing to respect the new, strict Islamic dress code, all those who will have to pay hefty fines for listening to western music or for walking a dog, banned in public places in Iran as considered impure by Islam. Thousands of satellite dishes have...
  • Will the Hate Crimes Bill lead to American Fascism?

    05/15/2007 8:01:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,406+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | May 14, 2007 | Mike Pohlman
    On Thursday, May 3, the House of Representatives voted 237 to 180 to dramatically expand the federal hate crime law to include violence against a person because of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. With the passage of H.R. 1592, and the likely passage of a similar Senate bill within weeks, Americans are facing the hate crime legislation that would effectively regulate speech, tampering with the bedrock liberties in our democracy of free speech and religious liberty. In the aftermath of the House vote several arguments have been advanced opposing hate crime legislation. Some, like...
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work: Spread Islam

    05/08/2007 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 9 replies · 621+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic ^ | 5/8/07 | Julia Gorin
    From last week’s Detroit Free Press: Mufti Naim Ternava, president of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, is in Michigan as part of a visit to the U.S. to garner support for making Kosovo an independent country… “Pray for the independence of Kosovo,” Ternava said through a translator during the Friday sermon to about two hundred Muslims at the Muslim Center of Detroit on Davison Ave. “Thousands of miles away from here, there are Muslim brothers in Kosovo who suffered for many, many years and who…went as shahids (martyrs) during all these sufferings [in Kosovo].” Ternava also spoke with Muslims at...
  • Is Obama a theocrat?

    05/02/2007 6:07:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 765+ views ^ | May 02, 2007 | William Donohue
    If the same standard that was applied to President George W. Bush were to be applied to Senator Barack Obama, then Obama must be considered a theocrat who shows no respect for separation of church and state. What else is one to conclude after seeing a color photo of him on the front page of the New York Times preaching from the pulpit of a Christian church? The article itself is even more indicting. Obama's spiritual mentor is a radical minister who blames the U.S. for the war in Iraq. So controversial is Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that Obama...
  • Turkey: Protesters and military see red as Islamist heads for the presidency

    04/30/2007 11:34:48 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 18 replies · 1,109+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | April 30, 2007 | Suna Erdem
    Hundreds of thousands of secularist Turks took to the streets for the second time in two weeks yesterday after a dramatic intervention by the military in an attempt to stop Abdullah Gul becoming the first Turkish President with an Islamist past. Demonstrators in Istanbul carried blood-red national flags and posters of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of a secular Turkey. Banners read: “Sharia (Islamic law) shall not rise to the Presidential Palace.”
  • Muslim Council of Britain Steps Up Islamization Effort

    02/23/2007 1:14:04 PM PST · by zimfam007 · 14 replies · 729+ views
    Daily Express ^ | 2/21/07 | Gabriel Milland
    DEMANDS for a ban on “un-Islamic” activities in schools will be set out by the Muslim Council of Britain today. Targets include playground games, swimming lessons, school plays, parents’ evenings and even vaccinations.
  • CAIR: Pupils given anti islam material

    A high school teacher allowed a group whose declared mission is to "raise an awareness of the danger of Islam" to distribute literature in his class, including a handout titled "Do Not Marry a Muslim Man," according to an advocacy group. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says a representative from the Kamil International Ministries Organization, based in Raleigh, spoke to a ninth-grade world history class at Enloe High School and distributed the literature, which also discussed Jesus. The father of a Muslim student reported the incident, said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. The council wrote to Wake County schools Superintendent Del...
  • Islam, Protestantism and Divergence from Catholicism

    02/17/2007 11:55:27 AM PST · by Titanites · 225 replies · 2,787+ views
    Faith Magazine ^ | January-February 2007 | Francis Lynch
    Protestantism and Islam: Points of Contact Protestantism may well have begun as a genuine movement of reform. Accepting the teachings of the Church, its adherents wanted to bring the practice of the Church into line with its teachings. This is the object of all Christian movements. However, it very soon developed into something far more radical, jettisoning basic Christian teachings, bringing in doctrines entirely new to Christianity, and having to meld the results into a coherent whole. This involved developing doctrinal and practical solutions to new problems in the field of Christian faith and morals. Most of Protestant teaching was...
  • Iran's Un-Theocracy

    01/26/2007 12:14:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 314+ views
    American Thinker. ^ | January 26, 2007 | Vel Nirtist
    "As I observed their rancorous and loud disagreements in trying to come to a decision, I pitied the nation that was denied God's direct guidance, and thought how blessed was my own land, in living by the laws given by God Himself." So wrote in a letter home an 18-century Moslem traveler who found himself in London and went to see one of the British capital's main attractions - the proceedings of English parliament.        I do not remember the title of the book in which I read this quote, obviously given here from memory, a book pulled from...
  • Journalists fined for insulting Islam

    01/15/2007 9:25:04 AM PST · by Alouette · 33 replies · 918+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 15, 2007 | John Thorne
    CASABLANCA, Morocco - The editor and a journalist at a Moroccan news weekly that published jokes relating to Islam were convicted Monday of insulting the religion, court officials said. The court gave three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji, court officials said. Both were barred from any journalistic activity for two months and the independent Arab-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined $9,280 each. The sentence was milder than the three to five years in prison that prosecutors had requested. The journalists would not comment as they left the courthouse....
  • Despair drives the Christian right

    01/14/2007 6:01:26 AM PST · by SHOOT THE MOON bat · 196 replies · 3,513+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/14/2007 | Chris Hedges
    Extremism: Radical preachers offer a magical world for battered believers.The engine that drives the radical Christian right in the United States - the most dangerous mass movement in American history - is not religiosity, but despair. It is a movement built on the growing personal and economic despair of tens of millions of Americans, who watched helplessly as their communities were plunged into poverty by the flight of manufacturing jobs, their families and neighborhoods torn apart by neglect and indifference, and who eventually lost hope that America was a place where they had a future. This despair crosses economic boundaries,...