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Allah's Gated Communities
Are Islamist cités coming to America? If Muslims want to live like Amish in separate communities, that's fine by me; if their enclaves turn out to be terrorist plot nerve-centers and the sort of place where Jewish people are kidnapped and held hostage, well, let's just say I recommend the Waco template for dealing with them.
First in Europe and now in the United States, Muslim groups have petitioned to establish enclaves in which they can uphold and enforce greater compliance to Islamic law. While the U.S. Constitution enshrines the right to religious freedom and the prohibition against a state religion, when it comes to the rights of religious enclaves to impose communal rules, the dividing line is more nebulous. Can U.S. enclaves, homeowner associations, and other groups enforce Islamic law?

Such questions are no longer theoretical. While Muslim organizations first established enclaves in Europe,[1] the trend is now crossing the Atlantic. Some Islamist community leaders in the United States are challenging the principles of assimilation and equality once central to the civil rights movement, seeking instead to live according to a separate but equal philosophy. The Gwynnoaks Muslim Residential Development group, for example, has established an informal enclave in Baltimore because, according to John Yahya Cason, director of the Islamic Education and Community Development Initiative, a Baltimore-based Muslim advocacy group, "there was no community in the U.S. that showed the totality of the essential components of Muslim social, economic, and political structure."[2]

Baltimore is not alone. In August 2004, a local planning commission in Little Rock, Arkansas, granted The Islamic Center for Human Excellence authorization to build an internal Islamic enclave to include a mosque, a school, and twenty-two homes.[3] While the imam, Aquil Hamidullah, says his goal is to create "a clean community, free of alcohol, drugs, and free of gangs,"[4] the implications for U.S. jurisprudence of this and other internal enclaves are greater: while the Little Rock enclave might prevent the sale of alcohol, can it punish possession and in what manner? Can it force all women, be they residents or visitors, to don Islamic hijab (headscarf)? Such enclaves raise the fundamental questions of when, how, and to what extent religious practice may supersede the U.S. Constitution.
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'Those slags dancing around'
The seven Britons who are on trial for planning bomb attacks, had discussed blowing up shopping malls and "the biggest nightclub in London". But even those (thankfully averted) massacres wouldn't have been enough for them:
The jury heard the suspects bought 600 kg of ammonium nitrate fertilizer -- enough for four or five soccer pitches -- and stored it in a unit in west London.

However, staff became suspicious and contacted police who moved in, substituted the fertilizer for an inert substance and continued to monitor the suspects.

The court also heard that one of the men, Amin, had been asked by his superior in a Pakistani training camp to help approach the Russian mafia about buying a "radioisotope bomb" -- a device designed to scatter radioactive material which would cause panic rather than mass deaths.
Amin said "it was unlikely that you can go and pick an atomic bomb up and use it." That's re-assuring, I guess I won't worry anymore. UK bomb suspects "planned shopping mall blast".
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Life of a 4-year old Afghan bride
Meet Gulsoma, an 12 year old girl who has experienced the finest that tribal Islamic life has to offer a child bride, and has already suffered more in her little life than most Westerners do in a lifetime. Try not to vomit. Be sure to visit Kevin Sites's blog for the heart-rending pictures.
Afghanistan - Eleven-year old Gulsoma lay in a heap on the ground in front of her father-in-law. He told her that if she didn't find a missing watch by the next morning he would kill her. He almost had already.

Enraged about the missing watch, Gulsoma's father-in-law had beaten her repeatedly with a stick. She was bleeding from wounds all over her body and her right arm and right foot had been broken.

She knew at that moment that if she didn't get away, he would make good on his promise to kill her.
* * *

When I meet her at the Ministry of Women's Affairs I'm surprised that the little girl, now 12, is the same one that had endured such horrible suffering. She is wearing a red baseball cap and an orange scarf. She has beautiful brown eyes and a full and animated smile. She takes one of my hands in both of hers and greets me warmly, without any hint of shyness.

"She looks healthy," says Haroon, my friend and translator. I nod. But she looks older than her years, we both agree. In orphanages — first in Kandahar, then in Kabul — she has had a year to recover from a lifetime's worth of unimaginable imprisonment, deprivation and torture.

In one of the ministry's offices she sits in a straight-backed wooden chair and tells us the story of her life so far. She is stoic for the most part, pausing only a few times to wipe her eyes and nose with her scarf.

Her story begins in the village of Mullah Allam Akhound, near Kandahar.

"When I was three years old my father died, and after a year my mother married again, but her second husband didn't want me," says Gulsoma. "So my mother gave me away in a promise of marriage to our neighbor's oldest son, who was thirty."

"They had a ceremony in which I was placed on a horse [which is traditional in Afghanistan] and given to the man."

Because she was still a child, the marriage was not expected to be sexually consummated. But within a year, Gulsoma learned that so much else would be required of her that she would become a virtual slave in the household.

At the age of five, she was forced to take care of not only her "husband" but also his parents and all 12 of their other children as well.

Though nearly the entire family participated in the abuse, her father-in-law, she says, was the cruelest.

"My father-in-law asked me to do everything — laundry, the household chores — and the only time I was able to sleep in the house was when they had guests over," she says. "Other than that I would have to sleep outside on a piece of carpet without even any blankets. In the summer it was okay. But in the winter a neighbor would come over and give me a blanket, and sometimes some food."

When she couldn't keep up with the workload, Gulsoma says, she was beaten constantly.

"They beat me with electric wires," she says, "mostly on the legs. My father-in-law told his other children to do it that way so the injuries would be hidden. He said to them, 'break her bones, but don't hit her on the face.'"

There were even times when the family's abuse of Gulsoma transcended the bounds of the most wanton, sadistic cruelty, as on the occasions when they used her as a human tabletop, forcing her to lie on her stomach then cutting their food on her bare back.

Gulsoma says the family had one boy her age, named Atiqullah, who refused to take part in her torture.

"He would sneak me food sometimes and when my mother-in-law told him to find a stick to beat me, he would come back say he couldn't find one," she says. "He would try to stop the others sometimes. He would say 'she is my sister, and this is sinful.' Sometimes I think about him and wish he could be here and I wish I could have him as my brother."

One evening, Gulsoma says, when her father-in-law saw the neighbor giving her food and a blanket, he took them away and beat her mercilessly. Then, she says, he locked her in a shed for two months.

"I would be kept there all day," she says, "then at night they would let me go the bathroom and I would be fed one time each day. Most of the time it was only bread and sometimes some beans."

She says every day she was locked in the shed, she wished and prayed that her parents would come and take her away. Then she would remember that her father was dead and her mother was gone.

But Gulsoma had an inner strength even her father-in-law couldn't comprehend.

"When he came to the shed he kept asking me, 'Why don't you die? I imprisoned you, I give you less food, but still you don't die.'"

But it wasn't for lack of trying. Gulsoma said when her father-in-law finally let her out of the shed, he bound her hands behind her back and beat her unconscious. She says he revived her by pouring a tea thermos filling with scalding water over her head and her back.

"It was so painful," she says, dabbing her eyes with her scarf and sniffling for a moment. "I was crying and screaming the entire time."

Five days later, she says, her father in law gave her a vicious beating when his daughter's wristwatch went missing.

"He thought I stole it," she says, "and he beat me all over my body with his stick. He broke my arm and my foot. He said if I didn't find it by the next day, he would kill me."

* * *

She crawled away that night and hid under a rickshaw. When the rickshaw driver found Gulsoma, broken and bleeding, he listened to her story and took her to the police. She was hospitalized immediately.

"The doctor at the hospital who treated me said, 'I wish I could take you to the village square and show all the people what happened to you, so no one would ever do something like this again,'" Gulsoma says.

It took her a full month to recover from her last beating. But the fear and psychological trauma may never go away.

"I was happy to have a bed and food at the hospital," she says. "But I was thinking that when I get better they will give me back to the family."

However, Gulsoma says when the police questioned the family, the father-in-law lied and tried to tell them she had epilepsy and had fallen down and hurt herself. But the neighbor who had helped Gulsoma confirmed the story of her beatings and torture.

The police arrested her father-in-law and "husband." They told her, she says, they would keep them in jail unless she asked for their release.

"Everyone was crying when they heard my story," Gulsoma says.

Gulsoma says she stayed at an orphanage in Kandahar, but was the only girl in the facility. Eventually, her story was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

Gulsoma was then brought to a Kabul orphanage, where she lives today. She takes off her baseball cap and shows us a bald spot, almost like a medieval monk's tonsure, on the crown of her head where she was scalded.

She then turns her back and raises her shirt to reveal a sad map of scar tissue and keloids from cuts, bruises and the boiling water.

Haroon and I look at each other with disbelief. Her life's tragic story is etched upon her back.

Yet she continues to smile. She doesn't ask for pity. She seems more concerned about us as she reads the shock on our faces.

"I feel better now," she says. "I have friends at the orphanage. But every night I'm still afraid the family will come here and pick me up."

Gulsoma also says that when the sun goes down, she sometimes begins to shiver involuntarily — a reaction to the seven years of sleeping outdoors, sometimes in the bitter cold of the desert night.

She says she believes there are other girls like her in Kandahar, maybe elsewhere in Afghanistan, and that she wants to study human rights and one day go back to help them.

As we walk outside to take some pictures, I ask her if, after all she's been through, she thinks it will be harder to trust, to believe that there are actually good people in the world.

"No," she says, quickly.

"I didn't expect anyone would help me but God. I was really surprised that there were also nice people: the neighbor, the rickshaw driver, the police," she says. "I pray for those who helped release me."

Looking directly into the camera, she smiles as if nothing bad had ever happened to her in her entire life.

"I think that all people are good people," she says, "except for those that hurt me."
Child abuse happens in every society, but not every society sends four year old girls to be the wife-slave of a thirty-year-old man's extended family.
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Muslim man destroys Thailand's holiest shrine with a hammer
Mentally ill, my ass. Were the Taliban mentally ill when they blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas, or just Islamist fanatics?
BANGKOK, March 21 (TNA) - Bangkok's most popular religious site--the shrine to the four-headed Hindu God Brahma at the Erawan corner--was destroyed early Tuesday by a mentally-ill street person who was later beaten to death by as yet-unidentified persons.

The body of the unidentified man believed to be the desecrator was found about 100 metres away.

Thousands of Bangkokians--from vendors, bus and taxi drivers to bankers, businessmen and politicians--look to the Erawan Shrine for personal solace and answers to their prayers.

A shocked caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he was "appalled" by the incident and said he would instruct the Ministry of Culture to quickly restore the statue, beloved by millions of the Bangkok public for fifty years.

The mentally-ill man used a hammer to shatter Bangkok's most revered 'popular religion' image, a shrine which traditionally helped barren women have children, the unemployed find job, lovers to resolve their quandaries and those confronted by impossible burdens to find relief.

The traditions, the 'home' of a Hindu deity whom hundreds of thousands of Bangkok residents in the past half-century believed to have answered their prayers -- the four-headed statue of the Hindu god Brahma – was Bangkok's most accessible and successful local shrine.

According to a witness who is a flower seller, the man broke into the shrine when it was closed early Tuesday morning and destroyed the statue of the god with hammer before running away.

People who saw the incident followed him and attacked him. The man died at the spot.

Police said they were tracking persons suspected to be involved in the killing to bring them to trial.

The Brahma statue, located next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in the shopping area downtown, was built in 1956.

Both locals and foreign tourists, particularly visitors from Asia, flocked to visit the shrine to worship the god every day and to make offerings when their wishes were granted.
via Metafilter, at which more on the four-headed Brahma shrine and the reactions of Thais to the desecration.
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The French Louis Farrakhan
Dieudonné, the popular French comedian whose main talent is Jew-hating and who rips the pages on the Holocaust out his children's schoolbooks, has been accused by a former friend of being partly to blame for the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi. Earlier this month, Dieudonné was found guilty of inciting racial hatred, the 17th time he's been prosecuted for such charges and the single time he's been found guilty. He's changing his career plans to include a run for the presidency next year (not that he stands a chance) and he sees himself as as a black political Messiah; I imagine he'll unite France's disgruntled and disenfranchised with the Islamists and conspiracy theorists. I'm curious what he'll name his party, "Mort aux Juifs!" perhaps?
All through the show, however, something else intrudes, something darker and more sinister. Dieudonné is obsessed with Jews. All races, even his own mixed black and white origins, get a gentle mickey-taking in his show. When Jews are mentioned - and they are mentioned over and over again - the tone becomes more aggressive, even violent.

In one skit, Bernard-Henri Lévy, the Jewish-French philosopher, haggles with a street potato seller. Dieudonné/Lévy says: "How can you ask me to pay so much when six million of us died in the Holocaust?" Roars of delight from the audience. There is also a Hitler-in-his-bunker sketch which is moderately funny until the closing line: "You will see, in the future, people will come to realise that I, Adolf Hitler, was really a moderate."
Heard the one about the racist black comedian?
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