Archive for 10/04/2012

The Dearborn Omen: Encapsulating ‘Something Akin To An Ever-Unfolding Prophesy Of America’s Future’

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By SARAH HONIG – “Nothing that comes out of Dearborn should be dismissed as too trifling to trouble us, especially when underpinned by presidential rhetoric.

Dearborn, Michigan, may have started off as a no-account aggregate of farms and modest homesteads but it would evolve into a singular omen. This once-quintessential emblem of old-time Americana would stand out as a powerful indication of important things to come. Dearborn encapsulates within itself something akin to an ever-unfolding prophesy of America’s future.

It’s perhaps no quirk of fate that the latest episode in Dearborn’s annals is about protecting the honor of a prophet via anti-blasphemy laws – the draconian sort which proliferate in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other centers of Islamic enlightenment. It’s all along the lines of the international ban on anti-Islam speech proposed at the UN General Assembly by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and darling of America’s own elected leader, Barack Obama.

This is hardly insignificant because the impetus for the outcry about the supposed insult to Muhammad’s repute was given by no other than Obama himself.

It was he and his administration’s mouthpieces who assiduously disseminated the insult-narrative as the pretext for Muslim violence worldwide. They repeatedly underscored, harshly condemned and profusely apologized for said insult – even if in the same breath they also sanctimoniously preached that rioting isn’t a proper response to what they nevertheless did portray as a genuine grievance.

Obama’s flattery of fanatics constitutes a prime feature of his outreach-to-Islam policy. His premise is that sycophancy from a president boasting the middle name of Hussein should, in and of itself, create an affinity, make Muslims trust him and accept him as a kindred spirit.

But what Obama in fact does is appeal with superficial presumption to Muslim xenophobes, elevating their intransigence to undeserved equality with the West’s carte blanche tolerance.

Thereby Obama reinforces in his Muslim listeners the sense that they are actually wronged and deserve redress. At this point his entreaties for calm are lost in the tempest of unforgiving Islamic indignation which he helps stir up.” Read more.

Egypt: Salafists Attack Elementary Schoolgirls … For Eating Popsicles

10/04/2012 1 comment

Seems to me that these “Islamic Puritans” need to get their minds out of the gutter …

Egyptian Salafist

Egyptian Salafist

By Joseph Mayton – “CAIRO: Two bearded ultra-conservative men in Egypt attacked four elementary schoolgirls walking down a street eating ice popsicles. The men knocked the popsicles from the girls hands and began yelling at them.

They told them to stop eating the popsicles and go home, witnessed. The girls, shocked at what was happening, stood frozen in their movement.

The two men continued their yelling, telling them to be ‘modest.’ The girls began to cry.

A group of men across the street watching the incident were quick to enter the fray, pushing the two men away and kicking them as a yelling match ensued.

One of the men, protecting the girls, continued to shove the two men until they were heading in the opposite direction.

The incident on Thursday highlights the growing influence Salafists, or Islamic puritans, are attempting to have on the streets.

Many women have reported incidents of conservatives in Egypt attempting to force their will on them across the country, attacking them for their ‘immodesty.'” Source – Bikyamasr.

Flashback: Islamic Cleric Bans Women from Touching Bananas, Cucumbers, Carrots, Zucchini for Sexual Resemblance – “CAIRO: An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any ‘sexual thoughts.’ The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve. He said that these fruits and vegetables ‘resemble the male penis’ and hence could arouse women or ‘make them think of sex.’ He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.” Read more.

Iranian Police Clash With Protesters Over Currency Plunge, Rare Occurence In Saudi Currency Market Signals More Trouble In Middle East

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By Yeganeh Torbati and Marcus George, Reuters – “Riot police clashed with demonstrators and arrested money changers in Tehran on Wednesday in disturbances over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, angered by the plunge in the value of the rial. Protesters denounced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a ‘traitor’ whose policies had fuelled the crisis.

In a clampdown on the unofficial foreign currency market, a number of traders selling dollars were arrested after authorities ordered security forces to take action against those it sees as speculators.

The rial has hit record lows against the U.S. dollar almost daily as Western economic sanctions imposed over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme have cut Iran’s export earnings from oil, undermining the central bank’s ability to support the currency.

Panicking Iranians have scrambled to buy hard currency, pushing down the rial whose increasing weakness is hurting living standards and threatening jobs.

‘Everyone wants to buy dollars and it’s clear there’s a bit of a bank run,’ said a Western diplomat based in Tehran.

‘Ahmadinejad’s announcement of using police against exchangers and speculators didn’t help at all. Now people are even more worried.’ Read more.

A Rare Occurrence In The Saudi Currency Market Tells You That Trouble Is Brewing In The Middle East – “An important shift is developing in Saudi Arabian currency derivatives markets as Iran becomes engulfed in populist protests amid hyperinflationary pressures and armed conflict breaks out between Turkey and Syria, heightening concerns about tensions in the Middle East… [T]raders are expecting the riyal to depreciate against the dollar. Or to think about it another way, people are betting that in a year, people expect that the dollar will be able to buy more riyals than that dollar is able to buy right now. And that is something that almost never happens – unless markets are getting really worried about Saudi Arabia, one of the most stable countries in the region.” Read more.

Footage of Demonstrations Held in Tehran

Muslim Persecution Of Christians: August, 2012

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Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute – “While many people are regularly persecuted by Islam’s blasphemy law, one particular case made August headlines: a 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan, Rimsha Masih, was arrested, accused of burning pages of a Quran. Rioting Muslims destroyed Christian homes and churches, tore Bibles to pieces and broke crosses, while calling for the death penalty against her. Because this story made it to the mainstream media, widespread international condemnation caused Pakistani authorities to release her recently, not by annulling Pakistan’s blasphemy law, but by finding loopholes, from characterizing the girl as retarded—Islamic law does not mandate punishment for blasphemers if they are retarded—to the unprecedented exposure of a Muslim cleric who framed her.

Because this incident prompted a widespread rampage against Pakistan’s Christians, thousands have deserted their homes and are dispossessed. The Christians from Rimsha’s neighborhood, including women and children, fled into the woods in fear of Muslim retribution, while others were evicted by their Muslim landlords. A few Christians sleeping overnight on the ground just miles away from Pakistani government buildings decided to build a church there and make it their permanent dwelling place. ‘Here it is not anybody’s home, nobody’s land. Let us live here in safety,’ said one. Another said: ‘We have cleared this place with our hands, and we have laid the first foundation of a small church here. Although this is a mere skeleton made of tree branches, this is the holy home of God. This should be respected.’

Categorized by theme, August’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity.

Jihad Killings and Christian Displacement

Iraq: What Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors, characterized as ‘religicide,’ continues unabated in the nation that was liberated by U.S. forces a decade ago: ‘Christians in cities like Baghdad and Mosul are gripped by terrorism. They are fleeing in droves. Today [August 16] it was reported that at least 20 people died in blasts and shootings across the country.’ Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Mosul was home to some 75,000 Christians, but now the number has dropped to around 25,000. Christian homes are set on fire, bombs placed in their cars; other Christian families are receiving letters threatening them to leave Iraq or be kidnapped or killed.

Ivory Coast: As part of the civil war, Muslim rebels ‘massacred hundreds and displaced tens of thousands‘ of predominantly Christian supporters of Laurent Gbagbo. Since the attack, when their homes were taken by rebels, some 5,000 predominantly Christian ethnic Guere have been Read more…

Israel: Islamists Riot On Temple Mount, ‘We Will Expel The Jews In Blood And Fire And Will Butcher Jews’

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By David Lev, INN – “For the third morning in a row, Arabs rioted on the Temple Mount, attempting to attack groups of Jews who sought to visit the holiest site in Judaism during the Sukkot holiday. Police again Thursday deployed large numbers of officers to keep the Arabs from attacking the Jews.

Police have reported that there were mild protests during recent days, but video footage showed dozens of young Arabs actively trying to attack Jews who were visiting the Mount. In one video, a Wakf official is seen threatening to break the camera of a Jew filming footage of the Arab rioters.

Earlier in the week, Arutz Sheva reported on a large Arab riot that greeted Jews who attempted to visit the Temple Mount on the first day of Chol Hamo’ed, the intermediate days of Sukkot. ‘When we went up on the Temple Mount, we were greeted with cries of ‘Allah is Great,’’ said Asaf Fried, one of the members of a group that visited the Mount Tuesday. ‘The police again did nothing, even towards the end of the visit when the Arabs really came close to us and blocked our exit, shouting, ‘We will expel the Jews in blood and fire and will butcher Jews.’ The police still did nothing,’ and the group of Jews escaped without harm, Fried said.

During the rioting, police arrested five Arabs for attacking a police officer. One Jewish worshipper was detained as well, police said, for failing to listen to their instructions. On Tuesday, police arrested Likud activist Moshe Feiglin, along with another Israeli, for attempting to pray at the site. On Wednesday, Rabbi Yehuda Leibman, director of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva was taken into custody for allegedly praying at Judaism’s holiest site. Later in the day, 87-year-old Dr. Menachem Ben-Yashar, a long-time activist for Jewish rights on the Mount was arrested. Also detained was Elyashiv Sherlo, son of Rabbi Yuval Sherlo, head of the Petach Tikva yeshiva.

Jewish activists once again called on police to learn how to respond more effectively to Arab riots, and to establish a procedure at the Temple Mount similar to that at the Machpelah Cave – allowing Jews access to the site, at least on Jewish holidays.” Source – INN.

Flashback: Arab League To Israel: Hands Off The Muslim Temple Mount, Or Else – “The Arab League has released a statement warning Israel to stay away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The mosque is located on the Temple Mount, which Judaism teaches is the holiest site in the world. Surprisingly, the Arab League statement termed the mosque ‘the holiest of the Arab and Islamic holy sites.’ … The statement warned the ‘occupation authorities’ against interfering with the mosque. ‘The city of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and at its head the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is a red line that must not be crossed, and any attack on it will definitely endanger the safety and stability of the entire region,’ it stated.” Read more.

India: Muslims Go On Violent Rampage During Protest Of Anti-Mohammed Film In Ahmedabad

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The Times of India – “AHMEDABAD: A rally to condemn the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which has irked Muslims across the globe, took a violent turn in the city on Wednesday. An angry mob set fire to the Karanj police chowky along with 11 motorbikes and two jeeps belonging to the policemen.

City police fired three rounds in the air to disperse the mob. Officials also lobbed more than 30 tear gas shells and lathi-charged the protesters to bring the situation under control. At least 12 people were injured in police lathi-charge.

More than 100 people were arrested for the violence by late evening. This included a woman, Zarina Khan, who had initially sought permission for a rally from the cops, which was turned down. The accused have been booked for attempt to murder and vandalism.

The violence sparked off after a string of bandh calls given by various groups in different parts of the city during the past week. Several minority-dominated parts of Ahmedabad had witnessed spontaneous bandhs and small rallies against the film.

On Wednesday, a large section of the minority community had decided to stage a rally on a much larger scale. However, the city police denied them permission. Upset with the decision, the protesters called for a city-wide bandh…

These twin aspects did not go down well with the bandh and rally supporters who started collecting at the Lal Darwaja in huge numbers at 2 pm.

The city police seemed to have underestimated the threat-perception of this massive gathering. This was evident in the fact that quite a small number of Karanj policemen were posted near Lal Darwaja and they proved to be grossly inadequate to stop the protesters from marching ahead.

At around 3 pm, a huge rally marched to Jama Masjid beyond Teen Darwaja. Outside the ancient mosque people started shouting slogans against the people who had asked the protesters to stay calm. This sparked off more violence…

Ahmedabad: The angry mob refused to budge from in front of the Jama Masjid despite repeated warnings by police. Then city police lathi-charged the protesters. This triggered more violence as the mob retaliated with pelting stones at the cops.

The mob then directed its fury at the Karanj police chowky, close to the women’s station. As the mob started vandalizing the chowky, women officers and other cops fled in fear. The mob then set fire to the furniture and vehicles parked outside…

When the police were busy in crowd control near Teen Darwaja, another group of violent protestors attacked a government vehicle near Relief Cinema and set it ablaze.” Read more.

Iran: All We Need Is An Excuse To Destroy Israel, And We Will Do It In Just A Single Day

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Is Iran pronouncing judgement upon itself, again?  The Prophet Isaiah seems to suggest that when the time comes to destroy the enemies of Israel, the Holy One will Himself do so, and He will do it in just a “single day” …

Isaiah 10:17, 24-25, “And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day… Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, ‘O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did. For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction.'”

By Ryan Jones, Israel Today – “Almost baiting Israel to launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the representative of the Islamic Republic’s ‘supreme leader’ to one of its most secretive military forces stated this week that Iran is now just waiting for the right excuse to destroy the Jewish state.

Seemingly contradicting himself, Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi, Ayatollah Khameini’s liaison to the Qods Force, told reporters that Iran would need just ’24 hours’ to destroy Israel in what he called a ‘war of attrition.’

The Qods Force is a clandestine wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and answers directly to Khameini. It’s primary field of operations is outside Iran’s borders.

Shirazi said he believed Israel was foolish enough to try a preemptive strike on Iran, and that Iran would then use its ‘expertise in fighting wars of attrition’ to bury Israel.

Iran fought an extremely bloody eight-year war of attrition against Iraq for the better part of the 1980s. But, of course, Iran does not share a border with Israel, so any war of attrition between the two states would be carried out largely with air and missile forces, where Israel enjoys a significant advantage, both in quality and numbers.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel cited unnamed Iranian sources as saying the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is accelerating.

‘More and more young graduates and people are brought in every day,’ said one source who works at one of Iran’s nuclear facilities. ‘We have been working non-stop.'” Read more.

Flashback: Iran: If The Jews Do Not Leave Israel We Will Bury All Of Them In Their ‘Promised Land’ And Make Jerusalem A Mass Graveyard – “Iranian analyst Alireza Forghani boasted today that Jerusalem, which he claims was invaded over 50 years ago by the ‘pig-faced’ Jews, will soon become a mass ‘graveyard’ for the Israeli people. Forghani, a strategy specialist in the camp of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, boasted that every city in Israel will turn into a killing ground and the longsuffering of Muslims worldwide ‘will be justified by the mighty Islamic Iran.’ No one then will listen to the cries of the women and children of Israel, the author warned, when Jerusalem becomes ‘the biggest graveyard in the world.’” Read more.

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