Archive for February, 2013

Non-Muslim Students Made To Wear Muslim Burqas … In Texas

02/25/2013 2 comments

Teaching that “Allah is the Almighty God” wasn’t enough, apparently. And according to CSCOPES’s curriculum, Islamic terrorism no longer exists …

Update: Fox News is reporting that State Sen. Dan Patrick is launching an investigation into the matter. Let’s hope something is done about it, for good …

Revelation 2:20-22, “… I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.”

By John Griffing, WND – “There’s a new controversy in Texas involving the online public school curriculum called CSCOPE, which already has been the subject of heated debate and state legislative hearings.

There are reports now that students were made to wear Muslim burqas as part of their public school lessons.

CSCOPE has been facing criticism over its alleged Islamic and anti-American bias. It is a ‘curriculum management system’ now used in 80 percent of Texas classrooms – and recently was the subject of a heated inquiry that culminated in hearings conducted by the Texas Senate Education Committee chaired by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

According to a joint press release by Sen. Patrick, State Board of Education Chairperson Barbara Cargill and CSCOPE representatives, CSCOPE ultimately agreed to ‘significant changes,’ but it is unclear when these changes will take place, and whether or not the pledged cooperation is legally binding or simply to mollify critics.

WND contacted Sen. Patrick’s office but has been unable to obtain documentation confirming whether CSCOPE compliance is required or optional.

He did release a statement: ‘Be assured we are working on this issue as is the SBOE almost every day. The hearing was step one, the letter step two. The only thing that is binding from a legislative standpoint is legislation. We are working on those issues based on what we are discovering now. We are doing our job, one that must be thorough and will take time.’

CSCOPE has come under fire for controversial curriculum content, including accusations of multiple lessons showing a pro-Islamic agenda. CSCOPE representatives had claimed that such content had been ‘taken out of context’ or that they were ‘old lessons that have since been taken down.’

CSCOPE proponents have denied the existence of such lessons, or, when faced with documentation, have dismissed critics’ claims as exaggerations.

However, in Lumberton, Texas, this week, high school girls were made to wear burqas as part of a CSCOPE study of Islam.

One student quoted the teacher as saying, ‘We are going to work to change your perception of Islam.’

The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said Read more…

‘All White People Should Be Dead’: 9-Year-Old British Boy Commits Suicide After Being Bullied By Muslim Youth

02/24/2013 10 comments

These type of reports will only increase. In the increasingly divided shire of political correctness, often referred to as — ironically enough — the United Kingdom, those who worship the religion of racism and misogyny are never referred to as Muslims. They are carefully typified as those of “Asian” origin …

By ANDREW PARKER and FELIX ALLEN, The Sun – “THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies.

Aaron Dugmore — thought to be one of Britain’s youngest suicides after bullying — was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim.

His family say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic KNIFE by one Asian pupil — who warned him: ‘Next time it will be a real one.’

But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing was done to stop the bullying.

Heartbroken mum Kelly-Marie Dugmore is convinced the taunts led to her son killing himself two weeks ago. She sobbed: ‘We are not racist people. Aaron got on with all the children at his last school, and for him to have been bullied because of the colour of his skin makes me feel sick to my stomach.’

Aaron joined Erdington Hall primary in Birmingham last September after the family moved nearby. But Kelly-Marie, 30, and stepdad Paul Jones, 43, noticed a change in him from his first day.

Paul said: ‘He became argumentative with his brothers and sisters, which wasn’t like him at all. Eventually he told us that he was being bullied by a group of Asian children at school and had to hide from them in the playground at lunchtime. He said one kid even said to him, ‘My dad says all the white people should be dead’.'” Read more.

UK: Sikhs And Hindus Complain About Media Use Of “Asian” To Describe Muslims – “These crimes are not race-based, as Hindu and Sikh girls were victimized along with ‘white’ girls. They were religion-based: preying on non-Muslim girls as sex slaves is in accord with Islamic law. But the British press, like the American press completely unwilling to examine the root causes of this kind of behavior within Islam and to challenge the Muslim community about it, fastidiously and inaccurately terms the perpetrators ‘Asian’ rather than ‘Muslim.’ And now, finally, non-Muslim Asians have had enough of this defamation.” Read more.

Pat Condell: Tell The Truth About Islam (Video) – “… we’re always hearing about organized gangs of Muslim men exploiting and raping underage girls, yet the media never refers to these men by their religion, whose mysogynistic values have shaped their view of women, preferring instead to label them ‘Asians,’ which is a gross slander on Hindus and Sikhs who don’t engage in this kind of behavior yet who are tarred with the same brush by cowardly and dishonest journalists afraid to offend the whining, over-sensitive professional victims of Islam. People often say all the bad things about Islam are cultural. They’re not religious. Really? What happens in Saudi Arabia isn’t culture. It’s pure religion. It’s pure Islam. And it’s pure insanity …” Watch video.

‘Barrel Of Dynamite’: Palestinian Man Dies In Israeli Custody, Palestinians Riot; PA Officials: Third Intifada Is Here

02/24/2013 1 comment

By STUART WINER, The Times of Israel – “Four thousand five hundred Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails went on a hunger strike Sunday to protest the death of Arafat Shalish Shahin Jaradat in Megiddo Prison the day before, amid a wave of clashes in the West Bank that has been stoking Israeli concerns of a third Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Palestinian officials on Sunday morning warned that another popular uprising was indeed unfolding, but asserted that protesters would stick to the path of nonviolence.

‘The death of the prisoner is the culmination of an already tense situation,’ Kadoura Fares, a former PA minister and the head of the Palestinian prisoner’s club, told Maariv. ‘All of the incidents reveal a clear trend – we’re facing an intifada. The hunger-striking prisoners and the tense demonstrations, the violent clashes during which Palestinian civilians are killed, and the frozen peace process – all indicate that we’re sitting on a barrel of dynamite.’

‘It may very well be that Jaradat’s death will turn out to have been the match that lit it,’ he added.

Jaradat, 30, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday afternoon, according to Prison Services spokeswoman Sivan Weizman.

Following the announcement of Jaradat’s death, prisoners briefly rioted in the Ofer Prison in the West Bank. In Hebron, Palestinian protesters clashed with security forces, who dispersed them using teargas. One soldier and two Palestinians were lightly injured.

The Israeli government categorically demanded from the Palestinian Authority that it calm the West Bank unrest, Israel Radio reported…

His death is seen as another source of rage for Palestinians who have already been stepping up demonstrations in protest of Israeli-held Palestinian prisoners, especially four long-time hunger-strikers, including one whose health is rapidly deteriorating.” Read more.

PA Gives No Indication Of Calling For West Bank Calm – “[A] senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave no indication the Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, would issue any call for calm, and blamed Israel for the spike in unrest. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior Abbas aide, said Israel’s treatment of prisoners and anti-Palestinian violence by Jewish settlers were ‘the cause of the deterioration’.” Read more.

Video: Imam In Virginia Tells Muslims That If They Are Called ‘Terrorists’ They Should ‘Make This Title Worth It’

02/23/2013 3 comments

By Shoebat Foundation – “First of all, the mosque where this Imam – Sheikh Shaker – gave this speech from the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia. To say this mosque has a checkered history would be a bit of an understatement. Despite that history, Shaker tells the audience that because Muslims are viewed as ‘terrorists’, they should wear the label proudly by giving those who label them as such a ‘run for their money’.

He also decries moderate Islam while calling for more fundamentalists. Also note the man who takes the podium after Shaker. He issues a ‘disclaimer’ by saying that Shaker was not calling for ‘armed Jihad’, despite Shaker’s call for… well… armed Jihad.” Source – Shoebat Foundation.

Flashback: New Study Shows That 80% of Mosques in America Teach Jihad Violence and Islamic Supremacism – “… Each [study] independently showed that upwards of 80% of mosques in America were preaching hatred of Jews and Christians and the necessity ultimately to impose Islamic rule. And now comes yet more confirmation that mosques in the U.S. are teaching these things, and again the percentage is remarkably similar: around 80% of mosques are found to be teaching jihad warfare and Islamic supremacism.” Read more.

Flashback: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ – Al-Qaeda Calls on US Muslims to Buy Guns and Start Killing Americans – “If an event were to occur in the world that would be eschatologically pivotal for Muslims this would be sure to awaken any radical elements within the Muslim population, regardless of where they live, and even radicalize some of those who were previously considered ‘moderate’… If we are complacent into believing that any such scenario could never happen or is highly unlikely, we don’t need to look far before we come face to face with the sobering reality that Islamic terrorist cells are, today, already forming within our own borders.” Read more.

Flashback: Study: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Muslim Americans Believe Anyone Insulting Mohammed Should Face The Death Penalty – “Nearly half of 600 Muslim-American citizens polled who plan to vote in the 2012 presidential election believe parodies of Muhammad should be prosecuted criminally in the U.S., and one in eight say the offense is so serious violators should face the death penalty… The poll also found 40 percent of Muslims in America believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution, but by Shariah standards.” Read more.

Israeli Security Forces On High Alert, Expect More Riots; Hamas Hopeful Upsurge In Violence Leads To Liberation Of Jerusalem

02/23/2013 1 comment

We’ll need to keep a close eye on the situation as it develops in Israel leading up to Barack Obama’s upcoming March visit. In the Islamic world, the seemingly tiniest spark has a tendency to ignite a raging fire very, very quickly …

By YOEL GOLDMAN and PHILIP PODOLSKY, Times of Israel – “Israel’s security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank have been placed on continued high alert following a day of violent demonstrations by Palestinian activists on Friday.

‘The continuing riots clearly show the terrorists’ motivation to carry out attacks,’ a source at the Central Command told Channel 10 News. He added that the security establishment had received many warnings of planned terrorist attacks, although the majority of the threats were of ‘spontaneous’ attacks, such as stabbings. Soldiers have been instructed to maintain extra vigilance at checkpoints after two Palestinians were arrested Friday carrying knives.

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi told Channel 10 News that, for now, things are under control, but that ‘if something happens to any of the Palestinian prisoners, especially the hunger strikers, it will fuel the public’s anger and lead to acts of retribution.’

Four Palestinian security prisoners who are hunger-striking in Ofer Prison were said to have been transferred to hospital on Friday.

Some Israeli experts believe the Palestinian Authority is using the issue of the hunger strikers to try to foster a First Intifada-style popular uprising. A Hamas spokesman in Gaza on Friday said he hoped the upsurge in riots represented the start of a third intifada that would ‘liberate’ the Palestinians from Israeli occupation.

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom called the incidents of the last few days ‘a test for (Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas.’

‘If he is giving the green light to all these riots, what will happen if and when we sign a peace agreement? He has to prove that he can maintain control,’ Shalom said.

Channel 2 News defense analyst Roni Daniel said that US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the region would be a key factor in determining the future course of the protests. ‘If the visit fails to produce gains for the Palestinians, we can expect to see things escalate,’ he cautioned.” Read more.

Again: ‘Green Fireball’ Lights Up The Night Sky Across Southern California, Sparks Dozens Of Meteor Reports

02/22/2013 1 comment

By Samantha Tata and Olsen Ebright, NBC Los Angeles – “An authentic photo surfaced Friday afternoon capturing the bright light seen by dozens of Southern California sky watchers.

About 50 people contacted the American Meteor Society on Thursday with reports of a ‘green fireball’ lighting up the sky. Sightings were reported in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, according to the group’s website.

Photographer Susan Lary of the Southern California Weather Authority captured the so-called fireball and provided the image to NBC News.

Lary’s photograph (pictured, above) was taken with a 1-minute exposure in Lancaster, Calif., facing southwest.

‘I saw a light and looked directly at the meteor as it came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white,’ Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry wrote in an email to NBC4.

Barry spotted the object out of his living room window about 10:35 p.m.

The sightings come days after Bay Area residents were treated to a light show of their own when a fireball was seen streaking across the sky.” Read more.

LA Meteor Creates Bright Light Across Southern California Sky, According To Witness Reports – “Los Angeles residents reported seeing a bright light zoom across the Southern California sky late Thursday. Dozens of witnesses submitted accounts to the American Meteor Society that they saw what appeared to be a fireball, which is a very bright meteor, at about 10:30 p.m. The reports came in from across the LA area, including Alhambra, Anaheim, Burbank, Culver City, Garden Grove, La Crescenta, Pasadena and Ventura. ‘There was extreme detail of this fireball from my location,’ Leslie A. of La Crescenta reported to AMS. ‘I actually saw flames with a trail of glowing lime green attached to it. [It was] very large in size.'” Read more.

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‘Horrific Pressures, Death Threats’: Imprisoned American Pastor Says Iranian Captors Are ‘Waiting For Me To Deny Christ’

02/22/2013 3 comments

“But,” the pastor continues, “they will never get this from me.” This is the type of faith that we as brothers and sisters in Christ must be ready to reflect, they who will overcome the evil of this Beast by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, loving not their lives even unto death …

Matthew 16:24-25, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.'”

Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

By Lisa Daftari, Fox News – “American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is facing physical and psychological torture at the hands of captors demanding he renounce his beliefs, according to supporters.

The 32-year-old married father of two, who left his home in Boise, Idaho, to help start an orphanage in his latest country, detailed ‘horrific pressures’ and ‘death threats,’ is a letter to family members, according to his U.S.-based attorneys.

‘My eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky,’ read the letter, sneaked out of Evin prison in Tehran. ‘They are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me.’

Abedini was sentenced to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches. The American Center for Law and Justice has provided legal support for Abedini’s family in the U.S. and is working through various government means to help win the pastor’s release. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said the fact that the torture is happening after Abedini’s trial, a sham he and his attorney were not even allowed to attend, is particularly chilling.

‘This is post conviction,’ Sekulow said. ‘This isn’t about a trial. This is about life, and the message is you will be treated this way until you become a Muslim.'” Read more.

Flashback: Iran: Authorities Launch Mass Arrests Of Christians, Men And Women Dragged To Prisons All Across Iran – “Massive arrests of evangelical Protestant Christians, including many former Muslims, are reported in Iran, with men and women being dragged to prisons across the Islamic nation. ‘We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days,’ said Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the ‘Church of Iran’ house church movement.” Read more.

Flashback: Iran: Islamic Republic Refusing Business License For Convert To Christianity, Orders Businesses Not To Employ Christians – “Iranian authorities refuse to allow a young man to start his own company because he converted to Christianity and was previously detained on charges of ‘apostasy’, or ‘abandoning Islam’ … Iranian Christians said the move is part if a wider government crackdown on non-Islamic minority groups, especially Christian converts, in society… Outside prison, government offices are reportedly ordered not to employ Christians and Christians have been deprived from high school or university education, or running their own schools …” Read more.

France: Muslim Immigrant Desecrates Strasbourg Church, Places Qur’an On Pulpit, Writes ‘Allahu Akbar’ On Toppled Statues

02/22/2013 Leave a comment

For peaceful purposes …

BFM (Translated) – “A 24-year-old Moroccan has been arrested in Strasbourg, suspected of having damaged statues in a church and of having placed a prayer carpet and a Qur’an stolen from a mosque [inside the church].

Taken into custody on Thursday, the suspect confessed and will be subjected to a psychiatric examination. According to the priest of the church in question, located in the centre of Strasbourg, he ‘probably’ has psychological problems.

The man is suspected of having toppled around 15 statues. ‘He wrote ‘Allahu akbar’ [Allah is greater] in Arabic with chalk, especially on the statues, and placed a Qur’an on a pulpit,’ said the priest.

The man was exposed by officials of the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg, who noticed that on several occasions he had stolen objects from the mosque, including the imam’s prayer carpet, said one of the leaders of the mosque.” Source –  BFM (Translated).

Israel: Security Forces Clash With Violent Palestinian Protesters On Temple Mount, ‘What’s Taking Place Now … Is The First Sign Of A Third Palestinian Uprising’

02/22/2013 Leave a comment

According to Israel Radio, US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit next month is also being cited as a reason for these new violent Palestinian protests. Seems like everything Obama does (or doesn’t do, depending on how you look at it) always somehow manages to inspire those of the Islamic faith to demonstrate to the world just how serious they truly are when it comes to their Allah, his Qur’an, and the “perfect man” responsible for all of it …

By Yoel Goldman and Stuart Winer, The Times of Israel – “Palestinian protests in Jerusalem and the West Bank turned violent on Friday, with demonstrators throwing stones at Israeli security forces at several locations.

At the Temple Mount in the capital’s Old City, Palestinians exiting Friday prayers hurled stones at security forces stationed near the Mughrabi Gate. Israeli forces stormed the area, entering the Temple Mount compound, and used stun grenades to disperse the protesters.

‘Our forces at the Mughrabi Gate [leading up to the Temple Mount compound] were hit by hails of stones,’ said Jerusalem District police chief Yossi Pariente. He said one policeman was lightly injured.

In Hebron, dozens of Palestinians attacked security forces with stones in the city’s Jewish quarter. A Border Police officer was lightly injured when hit by a brick hurled by protesters. He received initial medical treatment on the scene before being transferred to a hospital.

Hundreds of protesters also gathered at the Beitunia military checkpoint near the Ofer Prison outside Ramallah, where several Palestinian inmates are on a hunger strike. Dozens of them threw stones at IDF and Border Police stationed at the post.

In Nabi Saleh, also near Ramallah, security forces used live fire to disperse protesters.

Palestinian sources claimed dozens of people were lightly injured by tear-gas inhalation at the various demonstrations.

Israeli security forces had been placed on high alert ahead of the anticipated protests, following escalating demonstrations in recent days.

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi told Channel 10 News that, for now, things are under control, but that ‘if something happens to any of the Palestinian prisoners, especially the hunger strikers, it will raise the ire of the public and lead to acts of retribution.’

Some Israeli experts believe the Palestinian Authority is using the issue of the hunger strikers to try to foster a first intifada-style Palestinian uprising.

Palestinian organizations in Gaza were carefully watching events unfold. Islamic Jihad official Habed Habib said ‘What’s taking place in the West Bank now is the first sign of a third Palestinian uprising. The Israeli occupation must be uprooted.’…

US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel was also cited as a reason to draw protests, according to Israel Radio.” Read more.

Kidnappings, Rapes, Forced Conversions: Christians in Syria Being Targeted By Islamic Extremists

02/22/2013 Leave a comment

AINA – “In a poor gypsy neighborhood of Istanbul, a Syrian Orthodox refugee from Syria says he worked as a dentist in Aleppo as long as he could after fighting broke out in 2011; he finally fled when lack of food, electricity, water, and constant fear of sniper-fire and kidnapping of Christians made life too dangerous.

‘Some people would come to my dental office and threaten me with kidnapping,’ he says. ‘I finally had to close my practice.’

Living in an unheated house and keeping their voices down for fear of attracting police attention, 20 Syrian Orthodox Christians bundle up in winter jackets, drink Turkish coffee, and discuss the dangers of fleeing war-torn Syria and illegally crossing the border into Turkey. The middle-aged dentist, identified only as Ilyas, says in fluent English that friends and relatives were kidnapped by criminal groups operating freely due to the removal of central government control.

The refugee says he paid $6,000 to a smuggler to help him leave and crossed the border while under gunfire from an unknown group. He cannot get legal employment here but works occasionally translating Arabic to Turkish.

Another refugee from northern Syria, identified only as 35-year-old Ibrahim, fled when his aunt was kidnapped by a local criminal group. He said criminal group members were colluding with foreign Muslim extremists who have been flooding into the country to fight President Bashar al-Assad and set up an Islamic state. His aunt was eventually ransomed for $6,000.

Having crossed into Turkey after paying bribes at the border, Ibrahim worries about his future since Syria is no longer safe for Christians, while local charity groups in Turkey have ignored Syrian Orthodox refugees, he said.

‘How can we stay in Turkey?’ he said. ‘Nobody gives me a job because they don’t like Arabs, and it would be worse if they knew I were a Christian. Even charity organizations in Turkey don’t assist me when they find out I am a Christian.’

These refugees are among the thousands of Syrian Orthodox fleeing to nearby Middle East countries and Europe.

Those that flee to Europe face dangers by entrusting themselves to smugglers, who have created a multimillion dollar human trafficking business in the fallout of the war. Christians who stay in Syria risk attacks and executions by extremists. Either way, church leaders and activists fear Syria will soon lose its Christian population.

‘There is a silent exodus of Christians from Syria,’ Nuri Kino, a Swedish journalist of Assyrian background, told Morning Star News. ‘Unfortunately there are signs that what happened in Iraq is happening here — there are kidnappings, rapes, and YouTube videos put up of people being forcibly converted to Islam.’

Before the war, 1.4 million Christians lived in Syria, or 6.3 percent of the population of the Muslim-majority nation, according to Operation World. It is unclear how many remain now.” Read more.

Death For Preaching Christ In ‘Liberated’ Libya, ‘The Rewriting Of History … Is Foisted By Muslims Everywhere’

02/22/2013 1 comment

Daniel 7:25a, “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law …”

By Raymond Ibrahim, Frontpage Mag – “Four foreign Christians—including one who holds American-Swedish citizenship—were arrested days ago in Libya.  According to the Guardian, their crime is arousing ‘suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty.’

Apparently the four Christians had ‘contracted a local printer to produce pamphlets explaining Christianity.’  Proselytizing to Muslims—that is, preaching to them another religion—was banned even under the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyans—strongly supported by U.S. President Obama in the name of ‘freedom’—got rid of Gaddafi but kept the distinctly anti-freedom law.

Discussing this case, Libyan security official Hussein Bin Hmeid, trying to justify the Islamic ban on free speech, observes: ‘Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100% Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.’ Indeed, Muslim governments—most notably Iran’s—constantly suppress any talk of Christianity, claiming it threatens ‘our national security.’ Such is the tribal mentality of Islam which everywhere declares: If you’re not one of us, you must be an enemy trying to subvert our way of life.

Is the flipside of this prevalent mentality also true—that if Muslims are not one of us, they must be trying to subvert our way of life?

Nor should the arrested Christians expect much sympathy from more ‘moderate’ Libyans.  According to Benghazi lawyer and ‘human rights activist’ Bilal Bettamer, Christians should not offend Muslims by trying to share their faith: ‘It is disrespectful. If we had Christianity we could have dialogue, but you can’t just spread Christianity.  The maximum penalty is the death penalty. It’s a dangerous thing to do.’

Indeed, like ‘blasphemy’—whether in the guise of Muhammad cartoons or movies—proselytizing to Muslims is one of the many forms of free speech to be specifically banned by Islamic Sharia.  According to Muslim tradition, this ban goes Read more…

Al-Aqsa Group: The Temple Mount Is An Islamic Site, Demands Jewish Prayers Cease Because They’re ‘Defiling The Holiness’ Of Western Wall

02/22/2013 10 comments

The spirit of this group’s demand does not call for Jews alone to cease and desist from praying at the Western Wall, but to all non-Muslims in general — including any and all Christians — who pray to anyone other than “Allah” …

By David Lev, INN – “An Israeli Arab group, ‘The Al-Aqsa Heritage Institute,’ on Thursday issued a statement demanding that Israel halt its plans to bring more Jews to the Kotel (Western Wall) – which, the group claims, is holy not to Jews, but to Muslims.

In fact, the group says, Israel is ‘defiling the holiness of the site’ by conducting Jewish prayers there.

In Jewish tradition, the Kotel is the outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount, approximately at the same location as the Al-Aqsa Mosque. When the Holy Temple was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, Jews were prohibited from worshipping on the Mount, first by the Romans and then by the Muslims, and proscribed from doing so by Jewish law – and adopted the Kotel as a place of prayer, as it was the closest place to the Holy Temple as the could get.

In Islamic legend, however, the Kotel is a Muslim site – famous as the wall that Muhammad used to tie up his donkey when he ascended to heaven on his ‘night journey’ from the Temple Mount. The ‘Buraq Wall,’ as Islamist groups call the Kotel, is a part of the Temple Mount, and thus has the same status for Muslims as the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the other holy places in the area.

In a statement this week, the group said that ‘the Buraq Wall, west of the Al Aqsa Mosque, is one of the main objectives of the Israeli occupation. As a result, more than 10 million Israelis and tourists violated the holiness of the site during 2012, this according to the occupying police force. The occupiers are proud of this large number, and say in fact that they want to double the number of visitors within a few years,’ the statement said.

‘Such plans endanger Al-Aqsa by making it a target for direct Israeli occupation,’ the statement said. ‘The Al-Buraq Wall along with the entire area around Al-Aqsa, including the Mugrabi neighborhood (the term used by the group for the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem), destroyed in 1967, is holy Muslim land, and an inseparable part of the Al-Aqsa property,’ the statement added.” Source – INN.

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