Islam and Muslims -- Facts and Fiction


-- Ramallah Subdued, Smoldering After Arafat's Death - 11/11/2004
-- Arab students rage at College Republicans - 11/10/2004
-- Duke conference speakers endorse terrorism - 10/15/2004
-- Muslim cleric wants a few good women for mass destruction - 10/9/2004
-- Islamic organizations no longer boast about exclusivity at theme park event - 9/15/2004
-- Indonesia flashpoints: Sulawesi - 6/28/2004
-- Gunmen attack Indonesian church - 07/19/2004
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 Indonesia flashpoints: Sulawesi

2004/06/28

Ever since Indonesia achieved independence in 1949, the Jakarta government has faced a constant battle to keep the nation's 13,000 islands together.

Sulawesi

Central Sulawesi has been the scene of particularly brutal skirmishes between Christians and Muslims in recent years.

The town of Poso has acquired an unenviable reputation for some of the region's worst inter-religious violence.

Hostilities first surfaced in late 1998, and carried on well into 2000. After a period of relative calm, they broke out again in late 2001.
Some analysts claim the violence began when fighting between Christian and Muslim communities in the Moluccan islands spilled over into Sulawesi.

Others say it was a consequence of the influx of Muslim migrants from Java under President Suharto's transmigration programme - which reduced the Christian majority in Poso, and thus their powerful position.

A drunken brawl between Christian and Muslim youths sparked the violence in Poso in December 1998 - leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

Unfounded claims that churches had been burned added to the chaotic atmosphere, and there were rumours of black magic being invoked, further inflaming this very traditional region.

By the time the violence subsided many months later, about 1,000 people had been killed and tens of thousands expelled from Poso and the surrounding villages.

In late November 2001, the fighting flared up once again.


SULAWESI: KEY FACTS
Previously known as Celebes, Sulawesi is Indonesia's fourth largest island
80% of the population are Muslim, while 17% are Christian
Christians mainly in the north, influenced by nearby Philippines

There were reports that the militant Islamic group Laskar Jihad was leading the Muslim side, and a study by the International Crisis Group suggested that another regional militant group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was also involved.
A paramilitary organisation calling itself the Red Force emerged to retaliate on behalf of the Christian community.

Both groups were armed with bows and arrows, as well as homemade bombs and firearms.

In an attempt to bring about a long-term solution, the two sides met in December 2001 in government-sponsored peace talks.

The resultant declaration of peace, the Malino Accord, was signed by both sides, and produced a dramatic decline in the violence.

But systematic one-sided attacks - bombings and unexplained killings of mostly non-Muslim victims - have continued.

In October 2003, masked gunmen killed 13 Christian villagers in the Morowali and Poso districts - proving that the inter-religious violence in Sulawesi is far from over.

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/3812737.stm

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 Gunmen attack Indonesian church

07/19/2004

A priest has been killed and four others wounded during an attack inside a Christian church in Indonesia.

Police said gunmen entered the Effata church in Palu, in Central Sulawesi province, on Sunday evening.

The female priest, 29-year old Reverend Susianti Tinulele, died at the scene after preaching a sermon. One of the wounded is in a critical condition.

At least 1,000 people have been killed in Muslim-Christian unrest in the province over the past five years.

The shooting happened near the town of Poso, which has seen some of the worst religious violence in recent years.

Tinulele had just finished speaking when the gunmen attacked the church, according to worshipper Rudi Pesik.
"The gunmen sprayed bullets around the church. Everyone panicked," he told the Associated Press news agency.

"I dropped to the floor and prayed that my wife and I wouldn't be hit," he said.

It is so far unclear who was behind the attack but police spokesman Victor Batara said the gunmen "clearly want to disturb security as it has been relatively safe recently".

The national police chief, D'ai Bachtiar, flew to Palu earlier on Monday to oversee an investigation into the attack, according to local police sources.

In Jakarta, Chief Security Minister Hari Subarno said the incident was designed "to create a horizontal conflict" - conflict between different sectors of society.

Ongoing violence

This is the fifth attack on Christians in Central Sulawesi this year - including an attack in April which injured seven people in a church near Poso.

The violence between Christians and Muslims began in 1998, with some analysts claiming it was caused by fighting in the neighbouring Moluccan islands spilling over into Sulawesi.

Others say it was a consequence of the influx of Muslim migrants from Java in a controversial transmigration programme.

A report in February by the International Crisis Group said some members of the militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), which has been blamed for the 2002 Bali bombing, were also pursuing their goal of establishing an Indonesian Islamic state in Indonesia.

About 85% of Indonesians are Muslims - but in some eastern parts, such as Poso and Palu, Christian and Muslim populations are about equal in size.

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 Ramallah Subdued, Smoldering After Arafat's Death

November 11, 2004    By Julie Stahl    CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Ramallah (CNSNews.com) - Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat was a great lover of peace, and it will be possible to achieve peace after his death if only the Israelis change, Palestinians in Ramallah said on Thursday.

Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip awoke to a new reality on Thursday -- their longtime leader Abu Amar (Arafat) had died after days in a coma.

Although the news came as no surprise -- the 75-year-old Arafat had been ailing in a Paris hospital for nearly two weeks -- the loss of Arafat left a hole in their leadership if not their hearts.

All shops and businesses were shuttered in Ramallah Thursday morning after the PA declared a 40-day mourning period. In the final week of mourning, everything -- including schools -- will be closed.

Near the entrance to Ramallah, a mosque loudspeaker was chanting verses from the Koran.

Throughout the city, spirals of black smoke and the acrid smell of burning tires and garbage were evident -- the debris set alight by Palestinians distressed by the news of their leader's demise.

But outside the Mukata compound where Arafat lived in close quarters under virtual house arrest by Israel for most of the last two-and-a-half years, the mood was sad but subdued.

About 100 young men outside declared their intention to continue following the example set by Arafat. "In spirit and blood," they chanted, trailing off before reaching the end of the familiar chant -- "we save you Abu Amar." Abu Amar was Arafat's nom de guerre.

Standing outside the Mukata under a poster of Arafat, Isdihar, a mother of five from Jerusalem, said she never felt worse in her life than she did on Thursday. But she said she trusted that Palestinians would follow in the way of Arafat.

Isdihar said she meant that Palestinians would seek peace -- but if the Israelis refused to make peace, then the Palestinians would continue to fight.

"It is not like the Israelis or the people say -- that Arafat is a terrorist. Arafat is not a terrorist. He's a good man. He's looking for the peace process but he wanted to have peace with a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital," she said. "All the Palestinian people are following his way and want to achieve his dream."

Arafat, who embodied the Palestinian aspirations of statehood, was considered a terrorist by much of the rest of the world. Even after signing a peace agreement with Israel in 1993, terror attacks against Israel continued.

But Israelis lost all confidence in Arafat after the outbreak of the intifadah in September 2000.

On Thursday, several hundred of Palestinians milled around outside the gate in Ramallah, while PA and PLO officials met inside to swear in the parliament speaker as interim leader. Journalists vied for the best spots and mingled with the crowd.

A steady stream of giant dump trucks funneled into and out of the Mukata compound, the outside walls of which are now plastered with posters of a smiling Arafat.

Visible from above, inside the compound, bulldozers and heavy equipment worked to prepare Arafat's grave, which will serve as a shrine. A larger-than-life-size poster of a smiling Arafat in front of the Golden Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount -- a place he never reached -- hangs from one of the partially destroyed buildings there.

A large pile of wrecked cars, used as a barricade to protect the Palestinian leader, has been bulldozed off to the side.

"It's a big loss for the Palestinian people, and he was the best leader of the Palestinians," said Col. Mohamed Jayousi. "The Palestinian people, they are losing a lot."

Neverthless, Jayousi said, he is not worried about the future. The Palestinian people are smart, he said. Everything was prepared for a transfer of power while Arafat was hospitalized. Therefore, he said, he does not expect any outbreak of violence.

But Nadia Anwar, a mother of seven whose husband was killed during the first Palestinian uprising in 1987-1991, was more cautious about the future.

Wiping her eyes, Anwar said she was sad and pained by the loss of Arafat. She said she hoped the future would be good and that the peace process would begin. But she would wait to see what happens after a new Palestinian government is installed.

If there are elections would she vote? Anwar said probably not. "There is nobody like Abu Amar because he was like the people," she said.

But one source said that not all Palestinians are sorry to hear that Arafat is gone.

"Some of the people think Arafat destroyed their lives. Some people think everything will change now," he said. "They are happy that Arafat died." But they cannot say so, he said, or they would be killed.

It's like in the U.S., the source said: Some people like President Bush and some people don't. But unlike the U.S., here they cannot say so, he said.

Funeral preparations

On the outskirts of Ramallah, Israeli troops were beefing up their presence. Israeli security forces are concerned that Palestinian mourners may seize the body of Arafat during his funeral in Ramallah and march toward Jerusalem, where Arafat wanted to be buried.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made it clear early on that Israel would not allow Arafat to be buried in Jerusalem, the city which Israel considers its eternal, indivisible capital. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city to become the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Palestinian leaders have vowed to bury Arafat in Jerusalem one day, regardless of Israel's refusal. The PA's Islamic religious leader in Jerusalem, Mufti Ikrima al Sabri, will bring dirt from Jerusalem's Temple Mount to sprinkle on Arafat's grave.

Accompanied by his widow Suha, Arafat's body was taken from the Percy military hospital in Paris late Thursday, going by helicopter to the airport.

From there it was being flown to Cairo, where Arafat was born and where a formal ceremony will be held on Friday.

Leaders with concerns about security in the West Bank -- or leader who have no diplomatic relations with Israel - are expected to attend the Cairo ceremony.

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 Arab students rage at College Republicans

November 10, 2004    2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Over 300 Arab student protesters surrounded the table of the local College Republican Club at San Francisco State University, prompting 13 campus police officers to protect the political organization's property and volunteers.

According to columnist Lee Kaplan writing in FrontPage Magazine, the protesters – "Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and radical leftist students" – surrounded the outdoor table the morning after President Bush's re-election victory, when the Republican activists had hoped to recruit more members.

"The police officers were forced to surround the CR's table both in front and in back in order to protect the conservative students' safety," Kaplan wrote.

The protesters were members of the General Union of Palestinian Students.

Student protesters at San Francisco State.

Two days earlier, Arab students confronted members of the Republican club who were distributing Bush-Cheney flyers on campus, with one woman reportedly slapping one of the conservative students. The columnist says the Republicans were accused of the "murder of Palestinian babies" due to their support for Bush.

Wrote Kaplan:

"Lee Wolf, another College Republicans member, described one of the women on Monday as shouting, 'The only way we can defeat you is to kill as many as possible! I'd rather die a suicide bomber's death than to call myself an American!' He continued, 'In my opinion, these were terrorist threats.'"

According to the report, the Arab protesters have called for the Republican club to be banned from campus. Flyers were even distributed at the university that said: "Don't Let the College Republicans Commit Racism and Bigotry Against Arab Women."

Chris Finarelli, vice president of the club described the protesters at Wednesday's disturbance.

"They were all around us wearing black and white kafiyahs like Arafat wears," he said.

"We don't even deal with the Israel/Palestinian dispute that much in our discussions and materials," CR member Derek Wray told Kaplan. "We don't even have any Jewish members as far as I know, although we do promote a conservative political agenda.

"We're going to the police again to ask for protection. They say they're going to have another demonstration and drive us off campus."

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 Duke conference speakers endorse terrorism

October 15, 2004    By Aaron Klein© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Speakers at a Duke University Palestinian solidarity conference that starts today have advocated suicide bombing and are connected to terrorist organizations, charged the university's Conservative Union.

The Palestinian Solidarity Movement, allied with the controversial International Solidarity Movement, an organization that openly supports Hamas and calls for the destruction of Israel, is holding its fourth annual conference to "put pressure on the Israeli government, partly by urging universities to sell their stock in companies with military ties to Israel," WorldNetDaily previously reported.


Attendees of the three-day event will listen to speakers explain their strategies for taking action against Israel, including lectures entitled, "Divestment: The Weapon of the Global Fight for Justice" and a talk on "How to effectively use the media and improved public relations to advance the Palestinian cause."

Now a list of speakers, which was recently released, has revealed that several of those featured openly advocate terrorism.

In a recent article, Charles Carlson, who will lead a workshop at the conference, called Palestinian suicide bombers intelligent bombs "because the body bombers act in a logical fashion...Lest there be any doubt, this writer supports the Palestinian right to launch bombs on Israelis any way they know how...I salute the 58 Intelligent Bombs; they were not cowards, nor were they 'homicide bombers,' as President George W. Bush calls them."

Carlson specifically encourages the use of children as weapons, declaring, "How dare anyone, even Yasser Arafat, condemn youth for choosing to sacrifice their life for something in which they believe...I pray for these sad children and do now join those who condemn them."

Carlson also calls for the mass murder of Israeli youth, asserting, "Each wedding, Passover celebration or Bar Mitzvah [in Israel] is a potential military target..."

Also, the Rutgers Society, which will teach a workshop at the PSM conference, lost its funding from the Turner Foundation because of its role in providing military-style training to members of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, which are both recognized by the FBI as terrorist organizations.

Rutgers director John Sellers openly advocates vandalism and property destruction. "I think you can be destructive, you can use vandalism strategically. It may be violence under the law, but I just don't think of it as violence," said Stellers, charges the Conservative Union.

Also leading a workshop at Duke will be Fadi Kiblawi, who advocates killing Jews everywhere. He wrote an article, "The helplessness, the degradation. It is enough to make one indifferent when they [Jews] die in a freak accident in a wedding hall while dancing Dabkeh. It is enough to make one want to strap a bomb to one's chest and kill those racists...The enemy is not just overseas. The enemy is also amongst us."

Another PSM conference leader, Abe Greenhouse, was arrested in 2003 for smashing a pie in the face of Israeli Minister and former political prisoner Natan Sharansky, who was about to begin a speech at Rutgers University.

"President Brodhead, is this your idea of 'education through dialogue'?" the Conservative Union asked in an open letter advertisement to University President Richard Brodhead that detailed the speakers connections to terrorism.

The conference will be PSM's fourth national gathering, following previous events at Berkeley, Michigan and Ohio State. Some PSM critics have charged those earlier events were hotbeds of anti-Semitism, with some attendees shouting, "Kill the Jews," and "Death to Israel!"

Rann Bar-On, a graduate student who has identified himself as an activist for the International Solidarity Movement and is a member of the campus group sponsoring the PSM conference, said he thinks the event will foster a useful dialogue on campus.

Bar-On said PSM supports nonviolent action on behalf of the Palestinian people, but neither he nor the group would sign a statement prepared by Jewish groups condemning terrorism.

"We don't see it as very useful for us as a solidarity movement to condemn violence," Bar-On told The Herald-Sun last month.

And a statement on the PSM website says: "As a solidarity movement, it is not our place to dictate the strategies or tactics adopted by the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation."

Last year's original conference organizer, Charlotte Kates, reportedly said, "Why is there something particularly horrible about 'suicide bombing’ except for the extreme dedication conveyed in the resistance fighter's willingness to use his or her own body to fight?"

PSM spokesperson Fayyad Sbaihat dismissed Kates quotations as having been "taken out of context."

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 Muslim cleric wants a few good women for mass destruction

October 9, 2004    2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Says mothers should breed children to become suicide bombers.  In a tape seized by authorities, radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is heard urging Muslim women to breed children for the purpose of creating suicide bombers.

Lauding a mother who encouraged her son to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel, the British-based leader said in the lecture: "Everywhere, these are the women of mass destruction to the kuffar [unbelievers], and these are the action [sic] that put terror in their hearts."


The recording, one of dozens handed over to authorities, was reported by British investigative journalist Neil Doyle in his new book "Terror Tracker," which chronicles his efforts to penetrate the internal workings of the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Hamza has been indicted by the U.S. on 11 terrorism charges. Authorities are studying the tape to build a case for the cleric's extradiction to the U.S, Doyle said.

Hamza is at the high-security Belmarsh prison in east London pending a court hearing.

The recordings were discovered by a British undercover investigator who infiltrated Hamza's group at the Finsbury Park mosque in London.

In the lecture reported by Doyle, Hamza refers to a suicide bombing in Israel and says: "Last week we seen a mother ... she put happiness in the hearts of every Muslim on earth and for years to come.

"She took her son, she took him herself, and she filmed a video with him for him to go and do a martyrdom operation against the Zionists.

"She's encouraging him. She's left a message for the Ummah [Islamic nation] – "this is my son, I'm giving him for you, for the Ummah of Mohammad to wake up, for the mothers to follow!

"And he wrote a will and said how much his mother she was encouraging him. And she was waiting all night and after that he went for his mission. Waiting all night, not for the news that her son had passed his A-level [British school exam] or he has got his degree, or he has married the most beautiful woman in the club, but he was shaheed [martyred] and he inflict a lot of suffering and terror in the hearts of Zionists!

"... this happened right now in the front of us, in the television [sic], we have seen the tape, you've seen the video – if you haven't seen it, go and ask for it!

"Everywhere, these are the women of mass destruction to the kuffar [unbelievers], and these are the action [sic] that put terror in their hearts.

"This kind of women, when they miss their killed children, they don't go and look for their graves ... they look for their position in paradise, so they become more happy, more anxious to go and see them, they want to sacrifice more and more."

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From www.danielpipes.org | Original article available at: www.danielpipes.org/article/2100
The Islamic States of America?
by Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com
September 23, 2004
The hardest thing for Westerners to understand is not that a war with militant Islam is underway but that the nature of the enemy's ultimate goal. That goal is to apply the Islamic law (the Shari‘a) globally. In U.S. terms, it intends to replace the Constitution with the Qur'an.
This aspiration is so remote and far-fetched to many non-Muslims, it elicits more guffaws than apprehension. Of course, that used to be the same reaction in Europe, and now it's become widely accepted that, in Bernard Lewis' words, "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century."
Because of the American skepticism about Islamist goals, I postponed publishing an article on this subject until immediately after 9/11, when I expected receptivity to the subject would be greater (it was published in November 2001as "The Danger Within: Militant Islam in America"). I argued there that
The Muslim population in this country is not like any other group, for it includes within it a substantial body of people—many times more numerous than the agents of Osama bin Ladin—who share with the suicide hijackers a hatred of the United States and the desire, ultimately, to transform it into a nation living under the strictures of militant Islam.
The receptivity indeed was greater, but still the idea of an Islamist takeover remains unrecognized in establishment circles – the U.S. government, the old media, the universities, the mainline churches.
Therefore, reading "A rare look at secretive Brotherhood in America," in the Chicago Tribune on Sept. 19 caused me to startle. It's a long analysis that draws on an exclusive interview with Ahmed Elkadi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader in the United States during 1984-94, plus other interviews and documentation. In it, the authors (Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe, and Laurie Cohen) warily but emphatically acknowledge the Islamists' goal of turning the United States into an Islamic state.
Over the last 40 years, small groups of devout Muslim men have gathered in homes in U.S. cities to pray, memorize the Koran and discuss events of the day. But they also addressed their ultimate goal, one so controversial that it is a key reason they have operated in secrecy: to create Muslim states overseas and, they hope, someday in America as well. …
Brotherhood members emphasize that they follow the laws of the nations in which they operate. They stress that they do not believe in overthrowing the U.S. government, but rather that they want as many people as possible to convert to Islam so that one day—perhaps generations from now—a majority of Americans will support a society governed by Islamic law.
This Brotherhood approach is in keeping with my observation that the greater Islamist threat to the West is not violence – flattening buildings, bombing railroad stations and nightclubs, seizing theaters and schools – but the peaceful, legal growth of power through education, the law, the media, and the political system.
The Tribune article explains how, when recruiting new members, the organization does not reveal its identity but invites candidates to small prayer meetings where the prayer leaders focus on the primary goal of the Brotherhood, namely "setting up the rule of God upon the Earth" (i.e., achieving Islamic hegemony). Elkadi describes the organization's strategic, long-term approach: "First you change the person, then the family, then the community, then the nation."
His wife Iman is no less explicit; all who are associated with the Brotherhood, she says, have the same goal, which is "to educate everyone about Islam and to follow the teachings of Islam with the hope of establishing an Islamic state."
In addition to Elkadi, the article features information from Mustafa Saied (about whose Muslim Brotherhood experiences the Wall Street Journal devoted a feature story in December 2003, without mentioning the organization's Islamist goals). Saied, the Tribune informs us, says
he found out that the U.S. Brotherhood had a plan for achieving Islamic rule in America: It would convert Americans to Islam and elect like-minded Muslims to political office. "They're very smart. Everyone else is gullible," Saied says. "If the Brotherhood puts up somebody for an election, Muslims would vote for him not knowing he was with the Brotherhood."
Citing documents and interviews, the Tribune team notes that the secretive Brotherhood, in an effort to acquire more influence, went above ground in Illinois in 1993, incorporating itself as the Muslim American Society. The MAS, headquartered in Alexandria, Va. and claiming 53 chapters across the United States engages in a number of activities. These include summer camps, a large annual conference, websites, and the Islamic American University, a mainly correspondence school in suburban Detroit that trains teachers and imams.
Of course, the MAS denies any intent to take over the country. One of its top officials, Shaker Elsayed, insists that
MAS does not believe in creating an Islamic state in America but supports the establishment of Islamic governments in Muslim lands. The group's goal in the United States, he says, "is to serve and develop the Muslim community and help Muslims to be the best citizens they can be of this country." That includes preserving the Muslim identity, particularly among youths.
Notwithstanding this denial, the Tribune finds MAS goals to be clear enough:
Part of the Chicago chapter's Web site is devoted to teens. It includes reading materials that say Muslims have a duty to help form Islamic governments worldwide and should be prepared to take up arms to do so. One passage states that "until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments, every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful." Another one says that Western secularism and materialism are evil and that Muslims should "pursue this evil force to its own lands" and "invade its Western heartland." [links added by me, DP]
In suburban Rosemont, Ill., several thousand people attended MAS' annual conference in 2002 at the village's convention center. One speaker said, "We may all feel emotionally attached to the goal of an Islamic state" in America, but it would have to wait because of the modest Muslim population. "We mustn't cross hurdles we can't jump yet."
These revelations are particularly striking, coming as they do just days after a Washington Post article titled "In Search Of Friends Among The Foes," which reports how some U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials believe the Muslim Brotherhood's influence "offers an opportunity for political engagement that could help isolate violent jihadists." Graham Fuller is quoted saying that "It is the preeminent movement in the Muslim world. It's something we can work with." Demonizing the Brotherhood, he warns, "would be foolhardy in the extreme." Other analysts, such as Reuel Gerecht, Edward Djerejian, and Leslie Campbell, are quoted as being in agreement with this outlook.
But it is a deeply wrong and dangerous approach. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood is not specifically associated with violence in the United States (as it has been in other countries, including Egypt and Syria), it is deeply hostile to the United States and must be treated as one vital component of the enemy's assault force.
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 Islamic organizations no longer boast about exclusivity at theme park event

September 15, 2004    By Aaron Klein    © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

An Islamic group is backing off its boast of a Muslims-only day at a popular theme park, just hours after WND brought to light plans for the "Great Muslim Adventure Day."

The article prompted numerous responses from WND readers who informed Six Flags they would stop attending its amusement parks.

The Muslim Youth Division of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society, two of the largest Muslim organizations in America, had said they arranged exclusive use of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., for the entire day Friday. The ICNA website declared, "First Time Ever – All Day – Entire Park Exclusively for Muslims!"

Debbie Nauser, vice president of public relations for the Six Flags theme park, confirmed yesterday to WorldNetDaily the park would be open only for "Muslims and their friends."

Six Flags has hosted other event days, including an annual Passover theme in which the park is predominantly filled with Orthodox Jews, but the venue remains open to outsiders and seasonal ticket holders, and organizers of previous events never have claimed exclusive use of the park.

But following the WND story, the ICNA website removed all references to exclusive use of the park, and Nauser said the park would not be used exclusively by the Muslim groups.

The original ICNA invitation said the event is designed to "provide entertainment for the entire family! Imam Zaid Shakir will lead the Friday afternoon prayers at 2 p.m., the comedy routine 'Allah Made Me Funny' will show twice, Comedian Azhar Usman will perform, and 'Alhamdulillah,' the entire park is reserved for Muslims only!"

The organization expected more than 10,000 Muslims.

WND informed Nauser it recently attended an ICNA-sponsored event featuring a main speaker who voiced empathy and support for suicide bombers, denied Muslims were involved in 9-11, characterized the war on terror as a conspiratorial Zionist plot designed to destroy Islam and Muslims and blamed attacks on affirmative action on "the rise of the Jewish cracker." Also, she was told Judicial Watch charges ICNA has ties to Hamas.

But Nauser told WND that before Six Flags booked the group, they received an okay from the local FBI.

Militant Islam Monitor also says ICNA recently held a conference at Liberty Bell Park in Philidelpha in which a speaker urged youths to join a Jihad traning camp to "educate the youth and provide them with the proper understanding of the concept of Jihad."

The cost of the camp was $200, which included transportation, food and accommodations. Attendees were asked to sign a waiver form and reportedly were told "many knowledgeable people will come and teach us. Many important lessons await."

WorldNetDaily received a flurry of e-mails from readers who said they called Six Flags to cancel their season passes or to say they'd stop going to the amusement park.

Reader Don Terry wrote, "I did in fact contact Debbie Nauser. I informed her that although I’d visited the Vallejo park many times over the years, I wouldn’t be returning, ever. She basically said she didn’t care."

Reader Austin Travis wrote, "It is wrong to even do business with a 'terrorist' supporting group ... . All business entities in America should never do business with any organization that supports terrorism. This means every business needs to get busy knowing which ones are this way. I think these theme park people at 'Six Flags of America' are actually bringing reproach upon the 6 flags that they represent!"

A company in Virginia Beach, Va., Motorbyte LLC, told WND it contacted Six Flags to return 30 corporate season passes.

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