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Heroes
Seventeen-year-old Du'a Khalil Aswad was brought out of her uncle's house in a headlock and thrown to a screaming crowd of men who proceeded to rip her clothes off, kick her, beat her, and finally stone her to death. Her ordeal lasted over 30 minutes and her screams can clearly be heard in the videos posted online and shown on television. The crowd not only beat her to death, they took pictures as well, to commemorate the occasion perhaps, or to show their wives and daughters at home what happens to a girl who dares to fall in love. Du'a's brother and other relatives participated in this lynching. These men are regarded as heroes by their community. May they all go to hell.
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zorkmidden
Nothing more beloved to him than killing Jews
The head of the Global Islamic Youth Centre in Sydney, Australia, wants children to love jihad and martyrdom and thinks of Jewish people as pigs. Fury at Australia cleric comments. The president of Australia's Islamic Friendship Association said the sheikh's remarks "give the public an erroneous impression about Islam and Muslims". Yeah, because the public is blind and stupid and this is the first imam who's a bigoted, racist hater.
Sheikh Feiz Mohammed, who has spent the past year living in Lebanon, talks on the controversial videotapes of his desire for children be offered "as soldiers defending Islam".

"Teach them this," he says, "that there is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a Muhajid.

"Put in their soft, tender heart the zeal of jihad and the love of martyrdom."

He also ridicules Jewish people as pigs and makes snorting noises, saying they will go to hell.

His comments were shown on a British television documentary called Undercover Mosque, which says it found children selling Islamic tapes in a car park behind a UK mosque.
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zorkmidden
How much for that dirty bomb in the window?
Not surprising or new, but worth keeping in mind: Al Qaeda is seeking nuclear kit for attacks on the West.
Al Qaeda is trying to acquire the technology that would enable it to use a nuclear device to attack Western targets including Britain, a senior British official said on Monday.

"We know the aspiration is there. We know attempts to gather materials are there, we know that attempts to gather technology are there," the senior Foreign Office official told reporters.

The comments at a briefing came days after the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said Muslim extremists were plotting at least 30 major terrorist attacks in Britain which could involve chemical and nuclear devices.

The Foreign Office official, asked whether there was any doubt that Al Qaeda wants to gather nuclear material for use against Western targets, said: "No doubt at all."
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zorkmidden
Veils in the courtroom
A judge in Detroit threw out a Muslim woman's lawsuit because she refused to remove her niqab - an eyes-only face veil - in order to to testify.
Ginnah Muhammad, 42, was contesting a 2,750-dollar fine by a hire car firm for damage to a vehicle. Judge Paul Paruk told her he needed to see her face to assess whether she was telling the truth and said that if she did not remove the niqab while testifying the case would be thrown out. Muhammad refused to comply.

Paruk told the Detroit Free Press that he had offered to let her wear her niqab in the courtroom, except when testifying, adding "I felt I was trying to accommodate her as best I could."

Muhammad, who was born in the US and converted to Islam at the age of ten, said she felt sad. "I feel that the court is there for justice for us. I don't feel that the court recognised me as a person that needed justice. I feel I can't trust the court" she concluded.
And how can the court trust you, Ms Muhammad, when the court can't even see you?
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evariste
Sino-Islamic Genocide for Oil about to kick into a higher gear
If we had any sense, we would have been arming the Darfurians and the Southern Sudanese to fight back against the genocidal, rapist Arab Janjaweed. A very simple measure would be to do what Reagan did in Afghanistan, and give them Stingers. The Sudanese maintain their superiority in large part because of new Chinese and old Soviet-supplied airpower. A few hundred Stingers would blow the whole thing wide open.

Sudan masses its troops for a decisive strike on Darfur
The soldier pushed at the bomb with his foot, rolling it through the dust towards the white Russian-built Antonov aircraft standing on the runway of El Fasher airport.

The plane was being loaded for another bombing run, as Sudanese government forces gear up for a military onslaught when Ramadan ends today or tomorrow.
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evariste
Iran Hamas's Paymaster
Yediot Ahronot: Iran paid Hamas $50 million not to release Gilad Shalit.
Israel and the Palestinians reached a deal to free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit two months ago in exchange for Israel's release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners "in stages," the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Thursday.

Shalit was abducted on June 25 during an operation in which Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists tunneled under the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, attacked an Israeli army outpost, killed two soldiers and snatched Shalit.

Several days after it appeared that a deal had been reached, an Iranian delegation arrived in Damascus and paid Mashaal $50 million on the condition that he torpedo the exchange, the report said quoting unnamed Western sources.

Mashaal then reportedly upped the ante, demanding the release of what Israel considers "tough prisoners," the report said.

Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad denied the report in a radio interview in Hebrew. "No, they are lying. We didn't receive money in exchange for the kidnapped soldier," said Hamad.
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Amazing but true: The 2006 Nobel Peace laureate is a worthy recipient
I was disappointed that Irena Sendler didn’t win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, but since it wasn’t her I’m happy it was Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank.

I first heard about the Grameen Bank about 15 years ago, on a radio program in which Yunus discussed how he came to set up the bank. He described seeing women in the poorest villages weaving baskets to sell, but at the end of each day the money they earned went back to the man who had lent them the money for the straw to weave the baskets. The next day they had to borrow again, and so they never ended up earning anything for themselves.

Regular banks, of course, wouldn’t lend these women money. They had no collateral, and furthermore the sums they wanted (as little as $20 or $30) were far too small to be considered by an ordinary financial institution. So Yunus came up with a new way of doing banking: A group of five women would be approved for loans. Of that group, two would receive loans and would pay them back over the course of 50 weekly payments. Once those loans were repaid, the next two would be able to receive loans.

The assumption is that if individual borrowers are given access to credit, they will be able to identify and engage in viable income-generating activities - simple processing such as paddy husking, lime-making, manufacturing such as pottery, weaving, and garment sewing, storage and marketing and transport services. Women were initially given equal access to the schemes, and proved not only reliable borrowers but astute entrepreneurs. As a result, they have raised their status, lessened their dependency on their husbands and improved their homes and the nutritional standards of their children. Today over 90 percent of borrowers are women.


As you can imagine, there was considerable peer pressure on the borrowers to repay. Yunus pointed out that less than 3% of the loans are defaulted, which is a better percentage than for regular loans. He also stressed that the borrowers are charged interest, just like any other loan (although the interest is not compounded).

One of the things that most stuck in my mind from that radio program 15 years ago was him describing the dramatic improvement in living standard when a woman living at subsistence level could afford a second set of clothing; now she had clothes to change into so she could wash the first set. My mind boggled at the thought of never being able to wash my clothes because I had no others to wear. It reminds me forcefully of the comment that “the difference between a little money and a lot of money is far less than the difference between a little money and no money.”

Yunus has also campaigned vigorously for the elimination of the dowry system, which completely impoverishes the bride’s family (and naturally tends to make families unhappy when the new baby is a girl). Number 11 of the 16 decisions of the Grameen Bank is:

We shall not take any dowry at our sons’ weddings, neither shall we give any dowry at our daughters’ wedding. We shall keep our centre free from the curse of dowry. We shall not practice child marriage.


The Grameen Bank also promotes education, self-improvement, social responsibility, and hygienic practices such as “We shall build and use pit-latrines” (#9) and “We shall drink water from tubewells. If it is not available, we shall boil water or use alum” (#10).

Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank have, with a stunningly simple idea implemented intelligently, made an enormous difference to the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people.

Take a look at the Grameen Bank’s own web site (try to overlook the poor design and rather idiosyncratic English) and read this Voice of America article for more information. You’ll be glad you did.
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zorkmidden
Because a good Muslim woman has no identity but the veil
According to Ibrahim Master, former chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Jack Straw's suggestion that Muslim women should not wear full veils "attacks the very identity of Muslims" because "for a Muslim woman to keep her face covered from males outside her family is a fundamental requirement of Islam". It looks like Muslims need to have a dialogue among themselves about what are the fundamental requirements of Islam since Jemima Khan, a Muslim convert, believes that covering the face is completely unnecessary in Islam. Oh, and if there are any feminists with spare time on their hands...
For all the condemnation being heaped on Mr Straw by Muslims, his assertion that the veil is "a visible statement of separation and difference" held resonance on the nearby streets.

Time and time again women in veils were approached in the hope that they would give their view on the issue. Most scurried away in silence. One paused long enough to say she would ring her husband to ask his permission.

He told her: "No. Walk away from them." She did so, telling the reporter: "I shouldn't even be looking at you. I'm not supposed to look at other men."

Mr Master was similarly unable to help. "The women who wear the veil are very shy," he said. "Without it they would go out even less than they do."
Are they shy? Or are they they're brainwashed, submissive creatures with no sense of self?
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evariste
Nigerian Muslim Mob Destroys Christian Churches, Homes Over Spurned Amorous Overture
Really, how can these people excuse their behavior? Is this how human beings act? Savage and stupid. Nigeria's eventually going to be a global flashpoint, and I wouldn't be surprised to see US troops there within a decade. Oil rich,half Muslim, half Christian, and the Muslims won't stop acting like behemas.
An investigation has revealed that the Muslim riots that destroyed 18 Christian churches, 20 homes owned by Christians and dozens of Christian shops in the Nigerian city of Dutse happened after a Christian girl rejected a Muslim boy's advances.

As WND reported earlier, the riots erupted after the boy accused the girl of "blasphemy" to the prophet Muhammad.

Now word comes from Voice of the Martyrs that the investigation shows nearly 5,000 Christians were displaced and 40 Christian shops destroyed in the capital city of Jigawa state.

"After an Islamic young man made several unsuccessful advances on Jummai, a female Christian, he angrily reacted by calling her a fake Christian who follows a 'useless Jesus,'" the VOM report said.

"Jummai responded by telling the boy he followed a 'useless prophet – Muhammad'," the report said. "Furious, the Muslim boy raised alarm through the town by proclaiming that a Christian lady blasphemed Muhammad. She was quickly taken to the local police station where she was kept in custody to diffuse the potentially volatile situation."

After several hours, the Muslim returned to the police station with a "militant band of friends" and incited them to attack police by alleging the woman wasn't being punished after her "insult" to Muhammad.

At least six Christians were injured in the resulting riots that destroyed churches, homes, vehicles and shops, officials said.

The government ended up imposing a nighttime curfew and deploying soldiers in tanks and trucks to deter further mayhem, officials said.

Voice of the Martyrs also said Aderemi Ogunmola was one of the Christians who was caught in the violence, and was captured by the Muslim militants to be beaten and slashed. They doused him with gasoline but he fled before he could be killed.

Rioters also ransacked the Christ Apostolic Church and while Pastor Adeyinka was trying to flee in his car, they stopped him and burned his car as he escaped.

Voice of the Martyrs said it is mobilizing workers to help repair the damage at Calvary Life Church, Divine Life Church, Assemblies of God Church, Living Faith Church, Christ Apostolic Church, The Apostolic Church, Ecwa Clinic Church, Presbyterian Church, Anglican Cathedral, Celestial Church and others.

The Christian aid organization Barnabas Fund said the conflagration destroyed two-thirds of all Christian churches in the area, including St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral, and there were reports that the state's governor himself was attacked when he tried to calm the mob.
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zorkmidden
Egypt doesn't want to hear the truth about Islam
A decree issued by Egypt's Information Minister has banned two European newspapers, Le Figaro and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, because they published articled deemed "insulting" to Islam.
"They published articles which disparaged Islam and claimed that the Islamic religion was spread by the sword and that the Prophet ... was the prophet of evil," it added.

The edition of Le Figaro, dated September 19, contains an opinion piece on Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by French philosopher and high school teacher Robert Redeker.

"Merciless warrior, pillager, murderer of Jews and polygamist -- that is how Mohammad portrays himself in the Koran ... Hatred and violence live in the book by which every Muslim is educated, the Koran," Redeker wrote.

The edition of the German newspaper, dated September 16, contains an article by German historian Egon Flaig looking at how the Prophet Mohammad was a successful military leader.

Flaig presents other arguments supporting the view that Islam has had a violent history.
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zorkmidden
Not your average Brit
Abu Izzadeen has described the 7/7 suicide bombers in London as "completely praiseworthy", he wants to die as a sucide bomber, he has threatened Britain with more terror attacks, and he wants the UK to follow Sharia law because the UK belongs "not to the Queen, it doesn’t belong to the Anglo-Saxons…Allah has put us on the planet earth to live wherever we want and implement the Sharia rules." And he doesn't mean that in a democratic way, but rather in "accordance with Islamic methodology". Any guesses on what that might be? Here's the transcript of his BBC interview with John Humphrys.
JH: You want Sharia law in this country? ….If you want to change the way this country functions, why can you not do it in a democratic way…?
AI: Democracy means sovereignty for man; and as a Muslim, we believe sovereignty for the Sharia, therefore I would never take part in democratic principles. Rather I will work to change society in accordance with Islamic methodology.
JH: You will not observe the democratic process?
AI: We observe Islamic rules wherever we are.
JH: The Islamic process but not the democratic process?
AI: That’s right, yes.
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zorkmidden
Hypocrites
The Pope speaks the truth and Islam can't handle it: Pakistani clerics demand pope's removal. If the West demanded removal of every imam who calls for jihad against the infidels, or who calls Jews monkeys and pigs, there wouldn't be any imams left.
About 1,000 Muslim clerics and religious scholars meeting Thursday in eastern Pakistan demanded the removal of Pope Benedict XVI for making what they called "insulting remarks" against Islam.

Benedict "should be removed from his position immediately for encouraging war and fanning hostility between various faiths" and "making insulting remarks" against Islam, said a joint statement issued by the clerics and scholars at the end of their one-day convention.

The "pope, and all infidels, should know that no Muslim, under any circumstances, can tolerate an insult to the Prophet (Muhammad). ... If the West does not change its stance regarding Islam, it will face severe consequences," it said.
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zorkmidden
Insurgents get more desperate, depraved
How sick is this? Iraq says abductees used in car bombings
Iraqi insurgents are no longer using just volunteers as suicide car bombers but are instead kidnapping drivers, rigging their vehicles with explosives and blowing them up, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

In what appears to be a new tactic for the insurgency, the ministry said the kidnap victims do not know their cars have been loaded with explosives when they are released.

The ministry issued a statement saying that first "a motorist is kidnapped with his car. They then booby trap the car without the driver knowing. Then the kidnapped driver is released and threatened to take a certain road."
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zorkmidden
There's no dating in Islam
Are you comfortable attending dating seminars with your mom? Does it make you happy to know that your mom will decide whom you should marry? If you answer yes to both of those questions, you should probably be attending the Islamic Society of North America’s annual matrimonial banquet. The rest of us will be here, on bloggie, laughing at you.
Many American Muslims — or at least those bent on maintaining certain conservative traditions — equate anything labeled “dating” with hellfire, no matter how short a time is involved. Hence the wildly popular speed dating sessions at the largest annual Muslim conference in North America were given an entirely more respectable label. They were called the “matrimonial banquet.”

“If we called it speed dating, it will end up with real dating,” said Shamshad Hussain, one of the organizers, grimacing.

Both the banquet earlier this month and various related seminars underscored the difficulty that some American Muslim families face in grappling with an issue on which many prefer not to assimilate. One seminar, called “Dating,” promised attendees helpful hints for “Muslim families struggling to save their children from it.”
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zorkmidden
We are doomed! Doomed!
Al-Qaeda warns the pope that he and the West are doomed
An al-Qaeda-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence.

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.

The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."
Isn't that what the Pope said?
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zorkmidden
Islam on wheels
Concerned about the persistent problem of "Islam's image", some German Muslims have built an Islamobile.
The Islamobile stands next to the local Catholic church. The stand is "a mobile multimedia information point in the form of a semi-trailer," according to the information leaflet. You could also say the Islamobile is a cross between a mosque and a motorhome -- perhaps a motormosque.
The Islamobile is parked next to the wrong spot; it's not the Catholic church that spreads propaganda and hatred, it's the neighbourhood mosque. But I doubt the Islamic association that sponsors the Islamobile would admit that; they don't care about Islam or their fellow Muslims, they only care about "Islam's image" in the Western world.
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zorkmidden
Still no protection for women in Pakistan
Under pressure from Islamic groups, Musharraf backtracked on the Protection of Women Bill, a law that would place the crime of rape within the country’s secular penal code, and settled for a compromise with the fundamentalist mullahs. So rape remains a crime punished by Islamic laws and a woman needs four witnesses to verify that she was raped. Islamic laws are so fair, aren't they?
Supporters of the compromise say that when the law is passed rape victims will be able to choose between prosecuting suspects under the four-witness rule or under Pakistan’s civil penal code. “If a woman has four witnesses she can file a case under the Hudood law, or if she does not have witnesses she can file a case under the penal code,” said Mr Zafar.

Under another change made after pressure from the Islamic parties, a man and a woman would be charged with lewdness if they indulge in wilful sex, an offence punishable with five years imprisonment.
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evariste
Indonesia, land of Justice
Indonesian justice: Murder hundreds of innocent tourists? No problem. Slap on the wrist. Smuggle heroin? Death!
Indonesia's Supreme Court has increased the sentences for four Australians convicted of drug smuggling in Bali to the death penalty, reports say.

The four men are part of the so-called Bali Nine group convicted of trying to smuggle heroin to Australia.

The sentences were increased after prosecutors appealed against a reduction in their lengthy prison terms in April, court officials said.

This means that six of the group are now facing the death penalty.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament that diplomats were trying to establish the facts.

"If these reports are correct, then we will appeal for clemency at the appropriate time to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono," he said.

The so-called Bali Nine were arrested in April 2005 after trying to smuggle more than 8.3kg (18lb) of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

Some were detained at Bali's airport with heroin strapped to their bodies while others were arrested in a nearby hotel room.

Two men said to be the ringleaders were sentenced to death in February this year.

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman were all given life terms which were then reduced to 20 years in April.

But the Supreme Court imposed the death penalty after an appeal by prosecutors against the reduction, a more severe penalty than the prosecutors had requested.

"The Supreme Court has granted appeals by the prosecutors and retried the cases on its own, resulting in death sentences for the three," Zarof Ricar, director of criminal justice at the Supreme Court, told Reuters news agency.

It also imposed the death penalty for a fourth man, Scott Rush, who was previously given a life sentence, Mr Ricar said.
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evariste
Musharraf to Binnie: "Make Yourself At Home"
Musharraf's regime, fresh from several bloody defeats, is surrendering to the local Waziristan Taliban, and allowing them to carve out a state-within-a-state–you know, the sort of thing Condi Rice keeps claiming we can't be allowing. Surprised? Don't be. Musharraf was never your buddy. First he made AQ Khan off-limits and safe within Pakistan; now, Bin Laden. I am curious to see the Bush administration's response. I suspect it will be nothing. The only thing that would surprise me is a virile response.
Osama bin Laden, America's most wanted man, will not face capture in Pakistan if he agrees to lead a "peaceful life," Pakistani officials tell ABC News.

The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a "peace deal" with the Taliban.

If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden "would not be taken into custody," Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen."

Bin Laden is believed to be hiding somewhere in the tribal areas of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, but U.S. officials say his precise location is unknown.

In addition to the pullout of Pakistani troops, the "peace agreement" between Pakistan and the Taliban also provides for the Pakistani army to return captured Taliban weapons and prisoners.

"What this means is that the Taliban and al Qaeda leadership have effectively carved out a sanctuary inside Pakistan," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, the former White House counter-terrorism director.
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zorkmidden
Nasrallah: No regrets
While Nasrallah is hiding like a cockroach, he claims that he has no regrets about seizing Israelis.
In an August 27 televised interview, Nasrallah had said he would not have ordered the capture of the two Israeli soldiers if he had known it would lead to such a war. But in the As-Safir interview, Nasrallah said his group fought a war that brought "strategic and historic victory" for Lebanon.

Nasrallah contended that Israel was unable to achieve any of its declared goals, including destroying Hezbollah's rocket launchers and infrastructure, pushing its fighters away from south Lebanon and freeing the two captured soldiers. He mocked Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, saying: "His only achievement was putting me in a shelter." Nasrallah went into hiding on the first day of the war and has not been seen in public since.

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, rebuked Nasrallah on Tuesday, saying the Hezbollah leader could not be claiming victory while still in hiding. "Someone who doesn't come out of his bunker is not a person who thinks that he's won," Olmert said.
Heh.
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evariste
Saudis: What did Turki do wrong?
The true face of Islam: Saudis trying to spring their slaver brother from prison, because he did nothing wrong.
Al-Turki's defense claimed the case against him was a matter of cultural differences. Now the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lent its influence to attempt to get him out of a prison sentence of 27 years to life, for behavior to which conditions in the Kingdom testify that it does not object.

From Arab News: "Officials Take Up Al-Turki Case With US"
JEDDAH, 4 September 2006 - Saudi officials have held high-level talks with US authorities in order to win the release of Homaidan Al-Turki, the Saudi man who was sentenced Aug. 31 by a Colorado court to 27 years to life in prison, the Saudi Press Agency said in a report yesterday.
"Senior Saudi officials have intervened at the highest level to resolve the case of Al-Turki," the agency said, quoting its correspondent in Washington, Abdul Mohsen Al-Misfer. He did not disclose further details.
Nice.
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zorkmidden
Azzam the American Wants You!
Did you know that al-Qaeda has "activists"? I guess they're in charge of organizing peace rallies and running soup kitchens for the homeless.
An American thought to be an al-Qaida activist appeared in a videotape with the terror group's deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Al-Qaida tape urges Americans to convert to Islam.
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ISNA Elects a Woman President
The "religious media" is all abuzz with the news that the largest Muslim group in the country, the Islamic Society of North America has just elected a new president - who happens to be a a woman and a Western convert:
The first woman president of the largest Muslim group in North America says that she's proud of her community for electing her.

Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian convert to Islam and an Islamic law scholar at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, was chosen to lead the Islamic Society of North America just ahead of its annual convention, which starts Friday in Rosemont, Ill.

"This is a community that can choose to be whatever it wishes to be, unlike many other Muslims throughout the world who don't live in democratic societies," Mattson said Monday in a phone interview from Chicago. "I think it shows what Muslims can do and would like to do."

Formed in 1963, the Islamic Society is an umbrella group that represents Muslim associations for youth, college students, engineers and others, and also provides support to Muslim chaplains and North American mosques. Its annual meeting regularly draws more than 30,000 people.

The president serves a two-year term, leading the society's committees and executive boards that set policy through consultation with its members. Mattson's election was announced late Friday. The organization, based in Plainfield, Ind., has received a few e-mails objecting to her election since then, "but it's a very small minority," Mattson said.

"It was our membership who elected me," she said. "I wasn't foisted upon their community. Really, this is their choice."

American Muslims hold varied cultural views on the proper role for women in the faith and disagree on how to interpret Quranic verses about the subject.

However "progressive" Ms Mattson's image is, concerns have been raised in the past about how moderate she really is and of special interest is her defense of Wahabhism:

Though Dr. Ingrid Mattson appears moderate, she is insidious precisely because she maintains that façade while steadfastly refusing to criticize radical Islamists, claiming that there is no such thing as Wahhabism and that the term "Islamic terrorism" should not be used in the media. Most shocking of all, though, is how little concern she expressed about suicide bombings in an essay she wrote shortly after 9/11.


At a CNN-sponsored "town hall" forum in October 2001, Mattson — with a straight face — claimed that the radical, Saudi-sponsored form of Islam known as Wahhabism was akin to the Protestant movement in Christianity. Wahhabism "really was analogous to the European protestant reformation," she explained.


This wasn't an isolated use of the analogy. At a November 2003 roundtable sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Conference, Mattson said the Wahhabist movement in Islam is "a very old struggle …between the more theologically austere Muslims who like Protestant Christianity believe that there should be no saints there should be no intervention between you and G-d."


Mattson takes a similar "see no evil" approach to the idea of Islamic terrorism. Mattson was one of several Muslim "scholars" quoted in a Washington Times article shortly after 9/11 who claimed that the media should not use the term "Islamic terrorism." Mattson took this stance despite the fact, as the Times paraphrased her, that "Islamic terrorists themselves use this term."


The reason Mattson is able to pass herself off as a moderate is probably because she clears the low bar set for most Muslims: the ability to explicitly condemn suicide bombings. But she hasn't done so for very long. In a remarkably revealing essay Mattson penned for Beliefnet.com in October 2001, she wrote that, until then, Palestinian suicide bombings "simply did not cross my mind as a priority among the many issues I felt needed to be addressed." She stated it as matter-of-factly and inconsequentially as someone who apologizes for forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning because it "simply did not cross my mind as a priority."


There seems little doubt that Mattson's statements would violate UJA's own standard of refusing to participate in an event with someone who expresses a "reluctance to condemn terrorism without qualification." But still she remains the featured speaker of this weekend's interfaith brunch.


Still in the mainstream media's celebration of Ms Mattson's election, none of these statements were highlighted.
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zorkmidden
More terror in Turkey
Three people died and dozens have been injured in another terrorist attack in Turkey and "Hawks of Kurdistan" has claimed responsibility for the attack. I don't know if that's a new terrorist group or if it's part of the PKK; they also claimed responsibility a few days ago for several cases of arson near tourist resorts. I wonder what's Turkey's next step.
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evariste
Islamic Tolerance Exemplified
Do I even need to say anything about this, or can I just point and laugh? Sarid's response was very dignified, and Norway's offer was a veiled insult.
Ultra-leftist Israeli journalist and political figure Yossi Sarid was invited several months ago by the Norwegian foreign ministry to attend and address a conference on religious and cultural tolerance in Bali, Indonesia. However, when the Indonesian co-sponsors and national hosts discovered that an Israeli was on the guest list, Sarid was promptly uninvited.

Kind of defeats the purpose of a conference on tolerance when the invitation stage is marred by intolerance.

(Side note: It is also telling that the weak Norwegian - ie. European - response was not to demand that Indonesia soften its stance, but rather to offer Sarid Norwegian citizenship in order to bypass the boycott. Europe’s fear of and capitulation to Islam is by no means confined to the continent.)
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