According to a recent government survey, about 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness. Here are some of those Americans …
By Daniel Greenfield – “There are topics that aren’t supposed to be discussed in polite society. Islamic terrorism has become one of those topics.
After September 11, it was put forward to us that the problem was not Islam, but the radicalization of some Muslims. And yet the defenders of that formulation also refuse to discuss Muslim radicalization as a tangible reality, rather than a convenient excuse for shelving the topic.
Congressman Peter King’s attempts to hold hearings on Muslim radicalization have been met with attacks from the very people who should be welcoming the hearings. If the problem really is a minority of extremists, then why not hold hearings that delve into how this radicalization occurs and what can be done about it?
Instead Congressman King has been smeared and his hearings have been hijacked on the most ridiculous pretexts. During the latest hearing, Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond complained that while Muslims might be responsible for 90 percent of the terrorist attacks. ‘The problem see is that we’re only talking about the 90 percent. It’s the 10 percent that we’re not talking about that keeps me up at night.’
Democratic Congresswoman Janice Hahn began rambling about being troubled by ‘radical Christians’ and her colleague, Democratic Congressman Al Green said that he didn’t oppose hearings on radicalization, just hearings that didn’t ‘focus on the entirety of radicalization’.
‘Christians who become radicalized, they become a part of Islam,’ Green stuttered. ‘Why not have a hearing on the radicalization of Christians?’
Well why not? The answer to the question is as apparent as the reason for the hearings. The United States is not suffering from a plague of Methodist suicide bombers. Terrorism Denial is a refusal to deal with the question. And at the hearing, it came in many forms.” Read more.
Texas: Iranian Convert To Christianity Murdered, Police Investigate Possibility Of Foreign Assassination
Mohabat News – “Gelareh Bagherzadeh was an Iranian-born woman, newly converted to Christianity. She volunteered as a Persian-language translator at church and was about to graduate from university and had already found a job.
Why on earth would someone want to kill her?
That question has befuddled family, friends and police for five months, ever since Bagherzadeh, 30, was found in mid-January slumped over the steering wheel of her Nissan Altima steps from her home with a single gunshot wound to the head.
‘It’s a unique case,’ says Houston Police Sgt. J.C. Padilla, the lead investigator on the case. ‘It’s a senseless crime that happened to a young, intelligent female who had her future taken away from her. Someone out there knows what happened.’
The facts that nothing was stolen from her car and that Bagherzadeh was an outspoken activist against Iran’s Islamic theocracy, championed women’s rights in the Middle East and had recently converted from Islam to Christianity have spawned a host of theories about her murder (everything from an Iranian intelligence agency hit to claims of other foreign government involvement).
Police say they have found no evidence linking the killing to foreign assassins but are still investigating. In fact, they have no leads or suspects. Her family says that’s not enough, and they would like to see participation by federal investigators.
‘We believe she was targeted,’ says her father, Ebrahim Bagherzadeh. ‘Why or by whom? We don’t know.’…
Foreign-sanctioned assassinations — or attempts — on U.S. soil are rare but do happen, says Juan Zarate, a senior adviser with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies and former deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush. He says Iran has been implicated in a number of them, but he does not know all the details of the Houston case to suggest Iranian involvement.” Read more.
Flashback: Islamic Militants Calling Themselves ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam’ Threaten to Hunt Down and Execute Christians Who Flee Iran – “Islamic militants with suspected ties to Iranian security forces have been terrorizing evangelical Christians with threats to ‘repent’ or die, it was reported Sunday. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported that 11 Iranian Christians who fled Iran in the wake of a government campaign against Christianity have received threats via email to ‘repent’ or face extrajudicial execution, from a group identifying itself as the ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam.’ The threatening emails that were sent to each individual on Sept. 14 aspired to extend the arm of Iranian Islamic militancy beyond the borders of Iran by implying that, although the recipients have left Iran, they have not escaped the ‘acute eyes of the unknown soldiers.’” Read more.
California: YMCA In San Diego Bows To Islam, Enforces Sharia With Women-Only Swim Class And Gender Segregated Gym For Muslims
Converting churches into mosques wasn’t enough. Looks like another step on the road to cultural oblivion is to now convert the YMCA from Young Men’s Christian Association to Young Muslims Cherishing Allah. Or Constraining Apostasy. Or Conquering America …
By Megan Burks, KPBS – “Each Saturday, staff at the Copley YMCA in City Heights begin clearing out the pool and locker rooms early. They send their male lifeguards home and a female lifeguard and swim instructor clock on for a special after-hours lesson.
About 15 East African women and girls then file through the back doors for a women-only swim class. The YMCA began offering it this spring after moms and daughters in a group called City Heights Hope told the directors they can’t swim in front of men because they’re Muslim.
‘We came here and I was just looking at the water and I was like, ‘Wow, I wish one day we could come and swim here,’’ said Miriam Adam, 14.
Adam, whose parents emigrated from Eritrea, said she and the other group members initially asked the YMCA to include women-only services at its new facility, which isn’t scheduled to open until 2014. But the directors said they could start swim classes as quickly as the women could sign up. The class roster was full a month later.” Read more.
Here’s an update on this story. They need not explain any specific details to us, mere peasants …
By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post – “On Friday, Right Turn noted the administration had let into the White House and State Department an Egyptian member of a terrorist group who was part of a visiting group of Egyptian lawmakers. The State Department promised to investigate.
Here is just a portion of the daily briefing transcript from Monday when the State Department spokeswoman was asked about that investigation:
QUESTION: . . . .It has to do with the visa for the Gama’a al-Islamiyya member. You said last week that there was a – you were looking into the circumstances of how this was issued. Has – have you determined how this – how it happened? And are you aware that Representative King has asked – formally asked Homeland Security to find out how he was in fact allowed entry, quite apart – separate from the visa issue?
MS. NULAND: On the latter, yes, I’ve seen the reporting. As we promised, we did look into it. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be happy with me when I tell you that we are not going to get into the details of confidential visa issuance. He and the rest of that delegation who were here last week have all now returned to Egypt.
QUESTION: Do you regard it as a mistake to have issued him a visa, given that he is self-proclaimed a member of Gama’a al-Islamiyya?
MS. NULAND: Well, let’s start with the fact that we have an interest in engaging a broad cross-section of Egyptians who are seeking to peacefully shape Egypt’s future. The goal of this delegation, as you know, was to have consultations both with think tanks but also with government folks, with a broad spectrum representing all the colors of Egyptian politics: liberals, Islamists, Salafists, women, Bedouin Christians. We were encouraged that they were willing to travel, that they were open to meetings with us, et cetera.
But in terms of specific questions on the visa issuance, I’m not going to – I’m not at liberty to get into anything further.
QUESTION: Well, but here’s the thing: I mean, I appreciate that you feel that you have an interest in consulting with the entire spectrum of Egyptian political society. But you also have U.S. laws which state that members of foreign terrorist groups are not eligible for travel to the United States, and would state, in some cases, can actually be removed from the United States if they happen to come here.
So the question – and I don’t think it’s an unreasonable question – it’s whether it’s a mistake to let somebody who is a self-proclaimed member of such a group in or not. It may be that the threshold under the law is higher and that you have to do more than just say, ‘Hey, I’m a member of X.’ You actually have to have a card or, I don’t know, pay dues. I mean, maybe there are –
MS. NULAND: The T-shirt? Read more…
When the President of the United States and al Qaeda both praise the Arab Spring, something is seriously wrong …
“(CBS/AP) LONDON – Britain’s spy chief has warned that the Arab Spring, which has shifted the power from several long-time autocrats in the Middle East, is also creating an opening for al Qaeda to move back into countries where Islamic militancy was born.
Not so long ago, 75 percent of the terror threats prioritized by British spy agency MI5 had links to Afghanistan or Pakistan. But Britain’s efforts, along with those of its international partners, have brought that percentage down to below 50 percent, MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans said in a Monday speech in London.
Evans warned that the international terrorist threat is no longer ‘monolithic,’ with al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Somalia and across north Africa becoming, ‘more dangerous as al Qaeda in Pakistan has declined.’
Although the Arab Spring revolutions have brought about radical political changes in some countries, they have also brought fresh opportunities for al Qaeda affiliates to seek refuge.
Evans said the Arab Spring has once again made parts of the Arab world a ‘permissive environment for al Qaeda.’” Read more.
Flashback: Al-Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Benghazi, Libya – ‘Whomever Speaks Ill of This Flag, We Will Cut Off His Tongue’ – “Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that ‘there is no God but Allah’ and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, ‘Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don’t publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.’” Read more.
Compass Direct News – “Pakistan’s rigid system of prohibiting Muslims from changing their religion status on their national ID cards nearly cost a Punjab politician his post – even though he has always been a Christian.
Rana Asif Mahmood’s political opponents in April sought to disqualify him from the Punjab Provincial Assembly seat reserved for minorities on grounds that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) identified him as a Muslim.
Mahmood said that NADRA had mistakenly identified him as a Muslim because of his name and then refused to rectify the error. The mistake not only cost Mahmood a cabinet position but also his part in proposing the provincial budget for 2012-13, he said.
The law establishing NADRA prohibits Muslims from changing the religion column on their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC), though non-Muslims can easily obtain such changes – especially if they are converting to Islam.
‘The situation was revealed to me when my son applied for a CNIC a few months ago,’ Mahmood said. ‘He was told that he could not put down Christianity as his religion because the records showed his father to be a Muslim.’
When he approached NADRA officials for corrections, Mahmood said, they told him that there was no provision for changing the religion entry. He said that his passport identified him as a Christian, and that twice he had his religion section corrected on his passport because of the NADRA error of listing him as a Muslim.” Read more.
Egypt: Muslims Force Christians Out Of Church During Prayer, Threaten To Destroy It If Anyone Visits Again
And, yet again, the police do absolutely nothing …
By Raymond Ibrahim – “According to a story in yesterday’s Mideast Christian News, Muslims in the village of Basra in Alexandria, Egypt, surrounded the local Coptic church, St. Lyons, during divine liturgy, ‘demanding that visiting Copts leave the church before the completion of prayers, and threatening to burn down the church if their demand was not met.’ The priest, Father Severus, hurriedly contacted police by phone asking for aid only to be told to comply with their demands, ‘and do not let buses with visitors to come to the church anymore.’ In [the] face of such threats, Christian worshippers exited the church halfway through liturgy to jeers outside. As they drove away, Muslims hurled stones at their buses, and the priest was warned by ‘salafis and extremists’ never again to allow visitors to the church, otherwise they would ‘destroy it.’” Source – Jihad Watch.
Flashback: Egypt: ‘Conquest Is Coming’: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Says Christians Must Convert To Islam, Pay ‘Jizya’, Or Leave – “According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will ‘achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,’ the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute… ‘They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate.’” Read more.
Not so crazy now is it, Rachel Maddow? …
By IPT News – “Watch out Egypt: Now that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi has been declared the country’s new president, Sharia punishments may be making their way to a public square near you.
And that’s only the start of it.
According to an Arabic-language report last Tuesday of a closed-door senior-level Brotherhood confab, the Islamist group intends to get rid of film and ‘artistic heritage,’ replace police uniforms with ‘Islamic garb,’ and make memorization of Islam’s holy book a pre-condition for advancement in school. These sweeping changes—dubbed the ‘Jazira Plan’—are to ‘be put into execution on the first day Dr. [Mohamed] Morsi assumes the presidency.’
The first step in the plan is to ‘replace the national anthem with the so-called anthem of the Islamic Caliphate,’ soon after followed by ‘the abolition of the Ministry of Information and replacing it with an Islamic media organization’ whose sole aim would be to ‘publish Islamic heritage only.’
The plan speaks to the Brotherhood’s deep-seated, and oft-referenced, ‘dream’ of reinstating the Caliphate. Yet, when pressed to expound upon its goals by an unfriendly audience or in the West, the group instead turns ambiguous, speaking in terms of Western concepts of freedom, dignity, and justice.” Read more.
Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood’s Dream: Create Islamic Caliphate And Give Allah’s Law The Power To Speak, ‘The Capital Of The Caliphate … Is Jerusalem’ – “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is hoping that when the polls open in nine days, voters will bring in the era of the Islamic Caliphate. ‘We are seeing the dream of the Islamic Caliphate coming true at the hands of Mohammed Morsi,’ said cleric Safwat Higazy, speaking at a rally for the Brotherhood’s presidential candidate. The TV preacher vowed from the podium before thousands at the stadium of an industrial city in the Nile Delta, ‘The capital of the Caliphate and the United Arab States is Jerusalem, Allah willing.’ In response, the crowd waved green Brotherhood flags, chanting, ‘The people want to implement Allah’s law.’” Read more.
Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Elder: ‘Jerusalem Belongs to Us, and the Whole World Belongs to Us … the Caliphate Will Return’ – “We are the children of Islam, the children of prophecy, the children of ‘there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.’ … we will kill anyone who has polluted the al-Aqsa Mosque… we will return, as the day of Qurayza from long ago… we will return, as the day of Khaybar from long ago… Jerusalem belongs to us. Al-Aqsa belongs to us… and the whole world belongs to us. Every land upon which Islam has set foot will return to us. The caliphate will return to us, on the platform of prophecy.” Read more.
Flashback: Hamas MP and Cleric: The Caliphate is Coming and in a Few Years a ‘Great Massacre of Jews’ for Allah – “The (Jews) are brought in droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians – and the Islamic nation behind them – will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang… All the predators, all the birds of prey, all the dangerous reptiles and insects, and all the lethal bacteria are far less dangerous than the Jews… In Just a few years, all the Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil.” Read more.