Islam and Muslims -- Facts and Fiction

-- D.C. imam declares Muslim takeover-plan November 10, 2007
-- 'Islamophobia' Used to Crush Muslim Dissent, Panel Says - 10/31/07
-- Pastor says Muslims don't need footbaths - 10/05/2007
-- How YOU are funding jihadists! - 9/15/2007 :: It's really about our government's incompetence understanding Jihad
-- 36 church members disappear - 9/1/2007
-- Islam Can't Be Reformed, Says Founder of Ex-Muslim Group - 8/31/07
-- Plans to teach Johnny Islam challenged - 8/28/2007
-- Europe died in Auschwitz - posted 8/27/2007
-- CAIR Threatens to Sue YAF for Hosting 'Jihad Watch' Director - YAF told them to go to hell and take their 72 virgins with them.
-- Red Mosque hostage kids tell parents:  We are martyrs - 7/8/2007
-- CAIR Views Conservative Commentary as "Incitement" - 7/3/2007
-- Islamic education for all - 8/2/2007

 D.C. imam declares Muslim takeover-plan

Posted: November 10, 2007     By Art Moore     2007

Washington-based cleric working toward 'Islamic State of North America' by 2050

Logo of D.C. imam's movement
A Washington, D.C., imam states explicitly on the website for his organization that he is part of a movement working toward replacement of the U.S. government with "the Islamic State of North America" by 2050.

With branches in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Philadelphia, the group As-Sabiqun – or the Vanguard – is under the leadership of Abdul Alim Musa in the nation's capital.

Musa's declaration of his intention to help lead a takeover of America was highlighted by noted Islam observer Robert Spencer on his website Jihad Watch.

Spencer told WND that figures such as Musa should not be ignored, "Not because they have the power to succeed, but because they may commit acts of violence to achieve their purpose."

Musa's website declares: "Those who engage in this great effort require a high level of commitment and determination. We are sending out a call to the believers: Join with us in this great struggle to change the world!"

Musa launched the group in the early 1990s at the Al-Islam mosque in Philadelphia. His group says it is influenced by the writings and life work of Muslim thinkers and leaders such as Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb and Iranian revolutionary Ayatollah Khomenei.

The writings of Al-Banna and Qutb figured prominently in al-Qaida's formation.

Musa's organization says its leadership "has delivered numerous speeches in the United States and abroad, contributing their analyses and efforts to solve contemporary problems in the Muslim world and in urban America."

Abdul Alim Musa

"The paramount goal of the movement is the establishment of Islam as a complete way of life in America," the group declares. "This ultimate goal is predicated on the belief – shared by many Muslims worldwide – that Islam is fully capable of producing a working and just social, political, economic order."

The groups says it does not "advocate participation in the American political process as an ideal method for advancing Islamic issues in the U.S.; instead, it believes in a strong and active outreach to the people of the U.S."

Spencer told WND he does not know of any direct influence Musa has on prominent Muslim leaders or on U.S. policymakers, but he says it's "unclear how much 'mainstream' Muslim leaders harbor similar hopes – because no one dares question them about it."

As WND reported, the founder of the leading Islamic lobby group CAIR, the Council on Islamic-American Relations, reportedly told a group of Muslims in California they are in America not to assimilate but to help assert Islam's rule over the country. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper also has said, in a newspaper interview, he hopes to see an Islamic government over the U.S. some day, brought about not by violence but through "education."

In London last summer, as WND reported, Muslims gathered in front of the London Central Mosque to applaud fiery preachers prophesying the overthrow of the British government – a future vision that encompasses an Islamic takeover of the White House and the rule of the Quran over America.

Musa says he wants to avoid what he calls an "absolutist" outlook on "the advancement of Muslims."

His group's philosophy is to stress unity between the various streams of Islam "in the attainment of common goals."

Although As-Sabiqun is a Sunni movement, it has publicly voiced support for Shia movements and organizations such as the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah, which waged war on Israel in the summer of 2006.

Musa, the group says, repeatedly has "stressed that the tendency by some Muslims to focus on the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam at this juncture in history is counterproductive to the goals of the Islamic movement as a whole."

The group says it encourages social-political advancement concurrent with a program of spiritual and moral development according to the Quran and Sunnah, compilations of stories from the life of Islam's prophet Muhammad.

The group says it has a six-point plan of action which is implemented at each location where a branch of the movement is established.

Establishing a mosque "as a place to worship Allah in congregation and as a center of spiritual and moral training."

"Calling the general society" to embrace Islam.

Establishing a full-time school "that raises children with a strong Islamic identity so they can, as future Islamic leaders, effectively meet and deal with the challenges of growing up in the West."

Establishing businesses to "make the movement financially stable and independent."

Establishing "geographical integrity by encouraging Muslims of the community to live in close proximity" to the mosque.

Establishing "social welfare institutions to respond to the need for spiritual and material assistance within the community as well as the general society."
In addition to daily classes, each mosque in the movement "also provides youth mentorship, marriage counseling, a prison outreach program, and employment assistance for ex-convicts."

As-Sabiqun says its branch in Los Angeles "was instrumental in creating a free health clinic in cooperation with other Islamic groups. The headquarters branch in D.C. has developed scout programs for young members of the community."

The group says the inspiration for its name comes from Quran, 9:100:

"The vanguard (as-Sabiqun) of Islam – the first of those who forsook their homes, and of those who gave them aid, and also those who follow them in all good deeds – well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: For them hath He prepared Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever: that is the supreme Felicity."

 'Islamophobia' Used to Crush Muslim Dissent, Panel Says

October 31, 2007    By Nathan Burchfiel Staff Writer

( - Muslim extremists are branding opponents "Islamophobes" in an effort to paint themselves as the victim and silence dissent and opposition to their political and religious beliefs, according to a panel convened in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

"'Islamophobia' has become ... the new battleground in this war" on terrorism, Anne Bayefsky, a senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, said at the panel discussion.

She said the term "inverts victim and perpetrator" by portraying Islamic fanatics as the victim, thus allowing them to label dissent as a violation of human rights and, in effect, silence dissent.

The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the United Nations has been lobbying hard for bans against "Islamaphobia, which are "tantamount to blasphemy strictures that have been used to curtail freedoms of expression, press, and religion by some of the OIC's most repressive member states," noted the Hudson Institute in its preview to the panel discussion.

The term "Islamaphobia" will be a major focus of the 2009 U.N. World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa.

Bayefsky said the goal of conference organizers, including Libya, Cuba and Iran, is to "deflect attention from the human rights abuses" and "to circle the wagons, to invoke mass hysteria, to suggest to people that they are under threat, which is in fact imaginary."

She said that by labeling themselves victims of Islamophobia, leaders of Islamic regimes can justify harsh crackdowns on internal dissent and legitimize calls for similar crackdowns on outside criticism - such as calls for the punishment of cartoonists who depict the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

"If you can claim the other guy is the human rights violator," Bayefsky said, "if you become the victim of racism and Islamophobia, then you justify the so-called struggle against the enemy of human rights."

Some panelists, including Fahad Nazer, a resident fellow at the Institute for Gulf Affairs, said that Islamophobia does exist, pointing to Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a long-shot Republican presidential hopeful, as an example.

Tancredo came under fire in July for suggesting in a radio interview that Mecca, a Muslim holy site, should be bombed if Muslim terrorists detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States.

"There is certainly something there," Nazer said of claims of Islamophobia being harmful to mainstream Muslims.

Bayefsky acknowledged that "insofar as it means discrimination against Muslims, there's nothing wrong with condemning Islamophobia."

"But the problem is that it has been manipulated as a term to mean something quite different, to suggest that there aren't particular cases of discrimination, but a kind of mass movement on the part of western governments and non-Muslims to denounce all of Islam, which is not the case," she added.

The panelists agreed that the United Nations was not a reliable vessel through which to address issues of human rights or discrimination against certain religions.

Nazer suggested that there is reason to believe the Islamic regimes themselves may be shifting their approach to dissent.

"They will reform, however they'll do it on their own terms and at their own pace," he said, specifically referring to Saudi Arabia. "The good news is that Saudi officials condemn terrorism routinely."

But, he said, "other developments ... are more ominous," such as reformers being asked to stop their political activism or being thrown in prison.

Nonetheless, Nazer said, "more than any [U.N.] declaration or conference, the Saudis are in a position to lead the Muslim nations by example and they can do so by lifting restrictions on speech, assembly and worship."

 Islam can not be reformed

Mina Ahadi, founder of the Central Council of Ex-Muslims, spoke with DW-WORLD.DE about her organization's goals, Germany's approach to the Muslim community and the unreformability of Islam.

Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Mina Ahadi is under police protection in Germany after her group received death threats

You founded the so-called Central Council of Ex-Muslims with 30 other people. How did this idea begin, and what are your goals?

Currently there are 150 of us. Just 20 days ago, there were only 30 of us. For about a year, we've been meeting with various human rights organizations, like the International League of Non-Religious and Atheists.

We've always tried to maintain a unified voice when topics like honor killings, headscarves or religion classes come up in Germany. We've tried to present our position, but there've been very few opportunities to do so. The media hasn't taken us seriously.

There's a stereotype that all people from Iran, Turkey and so on are all the same and are all Muslims. So we decided to find a way that is provocative and gets people's attention, because we don't agree with the policies of the German government or with those of the Muslim organizations.

So you have political goals?

We're waving a flag that says, "Stop! Not in our name." We don't believe that the Muslim organizations represent the people from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and so on. They themselves are the problem. They represent political Islam in Germany.

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: An estimated 3.5 million Muslims live in Germany
Secondly, we don't think that the German government should start anything with the Muslim organizations. If you look closely, you'll see that these organizations represent a policy of separation between natives and foreigners, Muslims and non-Muslims. They say that Muslims and Islam are unique. They represent shari'a law, a law that is hostile to women, children's headscarves, religions classes, and honor killings in Germany.

They cannot talk about integration. Integration means that people are people and should have an opportunity to stay and live here -- regardless of where they come from, which religion they belong to and what color skin they have.

These people's main identity is a religious identity, and that's an entirely different direction than integration.

Is it necessary to turn away from Islam in order to support the struggle of your organization?

On the one hand, there is political Islam, which is why we have the political demand that the Muslim orgnizations not get involved in politics or everyday life.

Secondly, there is the religion itself. We believe that many people in European countries have managed to be critical and put religion back into the private sphere and not make it a political issue. I don't think that Germany is a purely secular state. Church and state are quite separate here, although I'm very critical of religion in Germany.

Our organization seeks to educate people that they don't need religion to be happy in this world, but that religion can theoretically be a restriction.

We have turned away from religion and from Islam because Islam is very problematic and is a movement that meddles in our lives and in politics. That's why we've decided to take this path and be provocative, and we've been successful.

You've said that you don't want the German government to sit at the same table with the Central Council of Muslims. The Central Council represents three million Muslim, and you represent only 150.

But that is only the beginning. And no one in Germany has done a survey to find out who feels represented by the Central Council of Muslims. In the future, I would like to find out how many people agree with the the Central Council. We represent the unreligious -- all those who don't identify with the Central Council.

Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: The German government should not get involved with the Muslim organizations, said Ahadi
Are you afraid of the Islamic extremists?

I'm not new in this area. I've had problems with the Islamic organizations for a long time. In Iran I was sentenced to death -- and the sentence is still valid. Now I have a second death sentence for appealing to people to express their approval or disapproval of the Central Council.

I don't think you can let yourself be intimidated, although these organizations have a lot of power. Terror is a very important instrument of these organizations. But they have millions of critics in Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and in Germany.

Are you against all religions, or just against Islam?

I'm against all religions.

Do you see a possible to reform and modernize Islam without abandoning it completely?

I don't think that Islam can be reformed -- and other religions can't be either. Those who want to reform Islam can be my guest, but many have tried it and been unsuccessful. On the other hand, the modernizaton and reformation of Islam is a policy move on the part of certain European governments, in my opinion. It's just a way to justifiy working together with Islamic governments. Political Islam can't be reformed, it has to be answered with a social movement.

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 Pastor says Muslims don't need footbaths

Cites Quran's allowance for faithful to use dust

October 5, 2007 © 2007

The pastor of a Christian church says there's no need for public facilities such as the Indianapolis Airport to provide footwashing facilities for Muslim cab drivers, as plans now include, because the Quran does not require washing with water.

Such footbaths have become an issue at public facilities like the Indianapolis airport, where plans for the still-unfinished new terminal include such facilities. At Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix airport officials boasted of the new customer service feature, and at Kansas City the features were installed but airport officials said they were for a number of different uses.

But Rev. Jerry Hillenburg, pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Indianapolis, is holding a rally tomorrow at his church to generate opposition to the Indianapolis plans, and said his Quran gives an exemption to faithful Muslims who don't have ready access to water for their washing prior to their five-times-a-day prayer rituals.

What should they use? Dirt.

"They don't have to have water. The airports should just put some dirt out there," he said.

The Quran, as translated by Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, the foreign minister of Pakistan in 1947 and later a judge at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, and published by Interlink Publishing Group, in fact, appears to document just that.

"O ye who believe, when you make ready for Prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and pass your wet hands over your heads, and wash your feet up to the ankles. Should you have consorted with your spouses, purify yourselves by bathing. Should you be ill or on a journey, or one of you comes from the privy, or you have consorted with your spouses and you find not water, then have recourse to pure dust and having placed your hands on it pass them over your faces and forearms. Allah desires not to put you in a difficulty, but desires to purify you and to complete His favour unto you that you may be grateful," according to Chapter 5, sections 7-8 in that edition.

A second reference, Chapter 4, section 44, reads: "O ye who believe, approach not Prayer when you are not in full possession of your faculties, until you realize the true import of your supplications, nor when you have consorted with your wives, except during the course of a journey, until you have washed. Should you be ill or on a journey, or if one of you comes from the privy, or you have consorted with your wives and you find no water, then betake yourselves to clean dust and wipe therewith your face and your hands. Surely, Allah is Most Indulgent, Most Forgiving."

Hillenburg has set up a rally at his church at 11 a.m. tomorrow to generate opposition to the airport proposals.

"The expectation that we have is that since no work has yet been done, they are still working on the outside of the building, we would like to get the city to say to us, 'No, we're not going to do that,' for the sake of the equity of religious systems," he told WND.

Prayer rugs at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where officials boasted of having provided the customer service feature of footwashing benches for Muslims

Joining Hillenburg on the stage at the rally will be Advance America president Eric Miller, Faith Baptist Senior Pastor Dr. Marc Monte and others. Hillenburg said the local officials have not been responsive so far to his concerns, and an editorial in a local newspaper called for the installation of special features to accommodate Muslims on public property.

WND previously has reported on the Sky Harbor situation in Arizona.

"The cab drivers were asking for more washroom facilities as a group, and a majority of them wanted some place to wash before they pray," Deborah Ostreicher, public information officer, told the Arizona Republic. "This is a way we thought we could reach out as a customer service."

Foot-washing benches at a taxicab facility at Kansas City airport (photo: Phillip Morgan)

WND also reported on the situation in Kansas City International, where similar facilities now exist, although airport officials repeatedly have insisted the washing facilities are for anyone aided by the presence of seating and low faucets.

Indianapolis airport officials, faced with the sudden publicity and demands from the public, admitted their plans to build facilities on airport property to accommodate the prayer needs of Muslims are not final. But they were planned as part of restrooms in a new airport terminal that is due for completion next year.

"We're really a long way from having this set in stone," said Airport Authority spokesman David Dawson.

Hillenburg said Ten Commandments monuments are being removed from public property, prayer is banned in schools and Legislatures. "[This situation] boils down to the appeasement of Islam at the cost of oppression to Christianity," he said. "We have lived with the Supreme Court's separation of church and state for years. We've had Christmas trees banned, Nativity scenes taken down, in the state General Assembly in Indiana a federal judge ruled it is unconstitutional to have a Christian prayer."

Robert Spencer, who founded Jidah Watch, compared installing a footbath for a Muslim to putting in a holy water font to accommodate Catholics.

"The only conceivable group that will use the footbath are Muslims for prayer," he said. "It's a religious installation for a religious use."

 How YOU are funding jihadists!

September 14, 2007

© 2007

Get autographed copy of Aaron Klein's 'Schmoozing with Terrorists'

Terror leaders walking around with American-provided assault rifles? Jihadists undergoing U.S. training? American tax dollars funding terror-supporting universities?

These are only a few of the topics broached in Aaron Klein's "Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – To a Jew!"

Klein obtains unprecedented access to some of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world, traveling into hazardous terrorist zones and talking directly to the militants themselves about some of the most pressing issues today.

Why schmooze with the professed enemies of Western civilization?

States Klein: "In the midst of America's war on terror, in the midst of our grand showdown with Islamofascism, with our boys and girls deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world to defend liberty it is crucial for all of us to understand the adversary we are up against.

Klein (far left) with the senior West Bank leadership of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, including Ala Senakreh (second from left), the terror group's West Bank chief. The Brigades took responsibility together with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years.

"It is crucial for us to know how our enemy thinks and what they want to do with us. Even how your tax dollars – no, how you! – fund terrorism."

Klein explains he believes America is in trouble. While the U.S. has made enormous advances in the war on terror the past few years, it is encouraging terrorists to attack and people don't even know it, he professes.

"If the American approach to identifying, understanding, and dealing with terrorism is not re-examined in the very near future, if we don't immediately begin to understand how the terrorists think and respond to our policies, we face a devastating reality, with global jihad beating down our doorstep before we even realize what happened," states Klein.

Among the highlights of "Schmoozing with Terrorists:"

Madonna and Britney Spears stoned to death? What life in the U.S. would be like if the terrorists win.

Terror leaders dish on loudmouth, antiwar celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandan, Jane Fonda, and Richard Gere and even sound off about American talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Jihadists list their U.S. election favorites, mouth off about politicians and even threaten to kill one 2008 presidential candidate.

Klein and friends confront well-armed senior terrorists about whether suicide bombers really get 72 virgins after their deadly operation.

A shocking expose on how YOUR tax dollars fund terrorism!

Bibles used as toilet paper, synagogues as rocket launching zones? Meet the leaders of the most notorious holy site desecrations in history.

The under-reported story of Christian persecution in the Middle East as told by the antagonists and victims.

Terrorists offer tips on how to win the war on terror!
Klein has been interviewing terrorists since age 19, when he spent a weekend with a group connected to al-Qaida. He reports daily from Israel, going where many of his media colleagues dare not tread.

Klein is known for his regular appearances and segments on top American radio programs, where he has many times interviewed terrorists live on air. He served as a co-host of the national "John Batchelor Show," currently on hiatus.

The oldest of 10 kids, Klein attended Jewish schools from kindergarten through college at Yeshiva University in NY, where he served as editor-in-chief of the undergraduate student newspaper.

Radio talk show host Michael Reagan calls Klein "the Middle East insider you need to know. Most network, cable and print correspondents talk about the Middle East. Aaron Klein lives it. He tells my listeners what the mainstream media report weeks later."

Talker G. Gordon Liddy boasts Klein is "the most accurate, talented reporter in the Middle East. He has better access to the terrorist bad guys than Muhammad would if he came back from the dead."

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 36 church members disappear, 1 returns

September 1, 2007    © 2007    Minister warns of increased persecution of Christians

Three dozen members of one Christian church in Iraq disappeared over the course of a week, and only one returned, according to a minister who is warning of the increase of persecution of Christians in that violence-ridden nation.

The warning from Rev. Canon Andrew White is being reported by Voice of the Martyrs, the ministry to persecuted Christians around the world.

VOM cited an interview with White on in which the Anglican minister from Baghdad was describing the conditions for Iraqi Christians for a committee on religious freedom. He said kidnappings, torture and executions of Christians are rising.

He also noted the people's desire for Christ sometimes is overwhelming. The small church he leads in Baghdad was small, but has exploded to an attendance of more than 1,300 recently.

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"It is an Anglican church, and none of my people are Anglicans," he said. "They simply some to church because it is the closest church to come to in the midst of great danger."

But White said the conditions have deteriorated at an increasing pace in the past few months, and it's sometimes hard to quantify the extent of the persecution. But he said he asked members of his congregation for their perspective on the situation.

"Things are bad for everybody in Iraq. I said them (church members); tell me what has happened over the past week. And the people went through what had happened and I realized that 36 of my congregation in that past week [had] been kidnapped," White said. Only one was returned.

During his testimony before the commission, he said although Christianity has been present in Iraq from the "foundation" of the faith – ever since Thomas stopped off in Nineveh and converted the people of the city to Christianity – none of its historic tribulations compares to the troubles today.

"In the past few months many Christians have had to leave their places of residence, especially in Dora on the outskirts of Baghdad," he said. "In Dora, many people were threatened with death if they did not convert to Islam or pay large sums [in Islamic tax]. There are now hundreds of Christians living in churches in Baghdad, where the provision of food and water is becoming increasingly difficult."

As WND has reported, radical Islamists in the region have been documented to be using a video of an actual beheading to terrorize Christians into leaving.

"In the past few months Christians have become a specific target," he said. "They have become targets of murder, kidnapping and torture. Sadly, there are multiple examples of this. Thirty-six of my own congregation have been kidnapped. To date, only one has been returned."

The reasons given for the attacks including not being Muslim, and belonging to a Western religion, even though that is not accurate, he said.

He said a safe zone with adequate supplies of food and water and the right to worship all are essential basics that should be provided. He said the conflicts continue to push Muslims toward a sense of despair with a renewal in religious observance as well as "increased aggression towards local Christians." He said it also generates a perception that the "West or Israel is response for all problems."

Michael Youash, the project director for the Iraq Sustainable Democracy Project, also spoke to the commission, thanking the United States first "for the sacrifices … in liberating Iraq."

"As a human rights and democracy activist and analyst I would not even be able to return there had Saddam's tyrannical regime not been removed. Indeed, none of us here today would be able to dream of a brighter future if it were not for Saddam Hussein's demise."

But he said the instability that remains leaves religious minorities such as Christians and Jews trapped in a "nightmare."

"This nightmare we are trying to escape in northern Iraq is not like that of Dora/Baghdad, Mosul, Basra and other major urban centers, where full-out ethnic and sectarian cleansing is taking place," he said. But even the northern Iraq, a relatively moderate area for religious minorities, the situation includes "minority persecution, government heavy-handedness, and the implementation of prejudicial policies with impunity."

He said is isn't feasible "to list each incident of cold-blooded murder, assassination, land theft, illegal land seizure, official discrimination, summary detention, arbitrary arrest … committed with impunity."

He described the situation there as "soft ethnic cleansing," he said.

VOM is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry working worldwide to help Christians who are persecuted for their faith, and to educate the world about that persecution. Its headquarters are in Bartlesville, Okla., and it has 30 affiliated international offices.

It was launched by the late Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, who started smuggling Russian Gospels into Russia in 1947, just months before Richard was abducted and imprisoned in Romania where he was tortured for his refusal to recant Christianity.

He eventually was released in 1964 and the next year he testified about the persecution of Christians before the U.S. Senate's Internal Security Subcommittee, stripping to the waist to show the deep torture wound scars on his body.

The group that later was renamed The Voice of the Martyrs was organized in 1967, when his book, "Tortured for Christ," was released.

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 Plans to teach Johnny Islam challenged

August 28, 2007 © 2007

The publicly funded Khalil Gibran school in New York immerses students in Islam.

A Christian legal group will represent citizens opposed to the planned launch of a publicly funded academy in New York City where students will be immersed in Islamic culture.

Khalil Gibran International Academy features several Islamist imams on its board of advisers, as well as other promoters with connections to militant Islamic groups, according to the Thomas More Law Center.

"This proposed public school is nothing more than an incubator for the radicalization that leads to terrorism, as an NYPD Intelligence Report warned Americans just two weeks ago," said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for legal group.

"Rather than use the public school system to assimilate Muslims and other immigrants into American culture, New York City is doing everything it can to keep them isolated – a target rich environment for recruiting potential new homegrown terrorists and a recipe for a future 9/11 disaster, according to my read of the NYPD Report," he said.

"As uncomfortable as it makes one feel, we must understand that the political goal of radical Islam is to destroy our Judeo-Christian culture. And the KGIA is a Trojan Horse New York City is building for radical Islam with taxpayer money. That the Quran calls for Muslims to subjugate the world, especially Christians and Jews, is a fact that anyone can look up," Thompson continued.

"New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein, who is aggressively promoting this Islamic school, is the same person who refused to allow two Christian students, a second and a fourth-grader, to display a nativity scene during Christmas – another example of how political correctness is leading to a malicious double standard when it comes to religious expression in public schools," Thompson said.

The school already has had a battle with the public over comments made by its now-departed first principal. Dabah Almontaser had shared office space with an Islamist group that sold T-shirts encouraging New York Muslims to join an "intifada," or struggle, the term used by Palestinians to describe their battle with Israel.

She resigned after initially defending the T-shirts.

But other questions remain. A Brooklyn teacher who runs the "Stop the Madrasas" organization said the Council on Islamic Education, with connections to Saudi Arabia, will supply the teaching materials.

The Thomas More Law Center said its role will be to act as co-counsel with attorney David Jerushalmi, who already has begun pursuing Freedom of Information Act requests for information about the school.

"Thus far, his requests have gone unanswered, leading to increased suspicion that the school as currently configured cannot meet state educational standards," the legal group said. "Moreover, several factors, including an executive summary of the KGIA proposal, point to the school as an anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish propaganda center paid for by American tax dollars."

The center said some of the school's promoters have ties to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been named by federal officials as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas case dealing with terror.

On KGIA's advisory board is Imam Talib Abdul-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, which proclaims this slogan: "The Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, And death in the way of Allah is our promised end."

The new school's executive summary talks about students in hallways adorned with portraits of Arab philosophers, inventors, poets and musicians. But it doesn't mention George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln.

"We cannot ignore the fact that according to a 2005 report by the Center for Religious Freedom, mosques throughout America are depositories for venomous anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish propaganda disseminated by the Saudi government," Thompson said.

He noted publicly funded Islamic schools have popped up in several communities where officials routinely ban religious expressions by Christian students as unconstitutional but are promoting the Islamic studies under the "guise of promoting multiculturism and diversity."

"Chancellor Klein has attempted to assuage citizen fears that KGIA is a madrassa by promising to monitor the school for any religious violations," the law center said. "However, once the school is operational, any attempt to monitor for religious expressions … may well be challenged as a constitutional violation in itself."

The center in 2002 filed a lawsuit against California's Byron Union School District because of its course to teach seventh-graders to act as Muslims, including requirements to memorize verses and prayers from the Quran.

As WND reported, more recently, the center helped encourage California's Carver Elementary to change plans for a special time and room designated for Islamic prayers during class time.

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 Spanish newspaper article, keep it foremost in your thinking that this was written by a Spanish writer about Spain and Europe.

                                            ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ
                                                   By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez(*)

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz.  We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.  In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent.  We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.  These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.  We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.
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 CAIR Threatens to Sue YAF for Hosting 'Jihad Watch' Director

By Kevin Mooney Staff Writer August 02, 2007

( - The Young America's Foundation (YAF) is being threatened with legal action for including Robert Spencer, the author of several books on terrorism and Islam, in its line-up of speakers this week in Washington, D.C.

Spencer is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon at George Washington University as part of YAF's 29th National Conservative Student Conference. His topic is entitled "The Truth About the Council on American Islamic Relations." This same organization, CAIR, is demanding that YAF either withdraw its invitation to Spencer or take alternative steps to prevent any false remarks from being made.

A letter from Joseph Sandler, an attorney representing CAIR, addressed to YAF President Ron Robinson, calls upon YAF officials to make a decision before "close of business" Wednesday, Aug. 1. Jason Mattera, a YAF spokesman, told Cybercast News Service the decision was made to defy CAIR and its demand that Spencer's talk be cancelled.

"We will not be intimidated by radical Islamic thugs," Mattera said. "Not only will we let Robert Spencer speak, but we will invite even more people to hear him. We are not going to fluctuate the conference just to suit their demands."

The letter from the CAIR attorney describes Spencer as a "well-known purveyor of hatred and bigotry against Muslims" who "has a history of false and defamatory statements."

Attorney Sandler vigorously defends CAIR in his letter and claims the organization has "taken a principled position against terrorism and extremism." He also claims Spencer has in the past "falsely accused CAIR of activity that would constitute a federal criminal offense."

In response to the letter, Spencer asked readers to make note of the "non-specificity of charges." CAIR cannot be specific, Spencer argued, because he has not said "anything inaccurate" about CAIR, or Islam or Jihad.

Spencer has previously argued that many of today's terrorists and extremists targeting American interests are making use of Islam's actual theological foundations. As was previously reported by Cybercast News Service, Spencer has been critical of Western policymakers who operate under the assumption that Islam has been "hijacked" by a "tiny minority of Jihadists."

"The texts of Islamic jurisprudence say it is incumbent upon the Islamic community to wage war against non-Muslims until they submit or convert," Spencer said during a lecture given to the Heritage Foundation last November. "This concept is shared by all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence and is not rejected by anything considered orthodox."

Sandler makes it clear in his letter that CAIR has directed their legal representatives to pursue every available legal avenue to "redress" any statements made during the YAF session the self-described Muslim civil liberties outfit views as being "false and defamatory."
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 Islamic education for all

Great Britain plan would move toward 'religion of state'

Posted: August 2, 2007    © 2007

A new government study is being condemned by the Christian ministry the Barnabas Fund because its proposals would move closer to imposing Islam in the United Kingdom as "a religion of state."

Among the proposals from the study being considered for implementation is the provision by universities for Islamic studies for all students.

The report was initiated by Bill Rammell, the minister of state for higher education and lifelong learning, officials said. He appointed Ataullah Siddiqui, senior research fellow at the Islamic Foundation, to write it.

The Barnabas Fund, in an analysis, said the report "signals another step toward the Islamisation of Britain and its education system"

"Should this report be implemented, education will be handed over more and more to Muslims who will train and shape the next generation," the analysis said.

The Barnabas Fund, which works primarily with Christians in Muslim-majority environments by channeling money from Christians, through Christians to Christians for projects developed by local bodies of believers, said the appointment of Siddiqui, at the outset, signaled a problem.

"It is well known that the Islamic Foundation is an Islamist institute founded by high ranking members of the Pakistani Islamist party, Jama'at-I Islami," the group said. "However, in answer to questions in the House of Commons about possible links between Ataullah Siddiqui and Jama'at-i-Islami, Rammell stated that 'Dr Siddiqui has assured me categorically that he has no links to the Jamaat-e-Islami Party.' … This reveals that Rammell does not understand how Islamists use dissimulation (taqiyya) to hide their real goals while claiming to be moderate and liberal," the analysis said.

Among the other recommendations are that universities should employ Muslim scholars to teach Islamic theology, all universities must employ Muslim chaplains and provide Muslim prayer rooms, Islamic Student Societies should be better recognized and encouraged, and universities should cooperate with Islamic schools and colleges to break down the divisions between British society and the Muslim community.

The study also recommended Islamic studies should be linked to job opportunities such as teaching, chaplaincy and Islamic banking, and guidance should be given to all universities on Friday prayers, Ramadan and halal food.

The Barnabas Fund said it's simply a demand for a "privileged position for Islam in the universities."

"It would seem to aim at transforming Islamic studies in Britain into a Muslim monopoly, a Muslim enclave in which the vast majority of staff and students are Muslim. It is implied that non-Muslim scholars cannot teach Islam because they do not unquestioningly accept its basic premises regarding the revelatory nature and divine authority of Quran and Hadith."

If that happens, the teaching faculty soon would be limited to Muslim and Islamist lecturers, the group said.

"It is most likely that censorship would develop, affecting choice of staff, teaching methods and acceptable subjects for research and publication," the group said.

It's a part of the larger goal, the Barnabas Fund said. "The aim is to expand Islamic domination into all spheres. The whole system of Western academic education must, say the Islamists, be recast and remolded on Islamic lines as it is tainted by Christian and pagan influences."

"Implementing these recommendations, as the British government has promised to do, would be likely to narrow the scope of university Islamic studies and make them more intolerant and radical," the critique said.

The organization said one of its goals is to inform and enable Christians in the West to respond to the growing challenge of Islam to the church, society and mission.

Reports said the government already has pledged several million dollars to universities in order to boost Islamic studies.
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 CAIR Views Conservative Commentary as 'Incitement'
By Susan Jones Senior Editor    July 03, 2007

An Islamic advocacy group is urging its supporters to call a Washington, D.C., radio station to "express your concerns about the Islamophobic attitudes" expressed by conservative columnist and author Cal Thomas.

In a commentary on news-talk WTOP radio Monday morning, Thomas discussed the car-bomb terror attacks recently thwarted in the United Kingdom. The eight Muslims arrested in connection with the plot include several physicians.

"How much longer should we allow people from certain lands, with certain beliefs to come to Britain and America and build their mosques, teach hate, and plot to kill us?" Thomas asked.

He also compared Muslims to a slow-spreading cancer" that must be stopped.

In its message to supporters, the Council on American-Islamic Relations described Thomas''s remarks as "incitement." The message included the name and work telephone number of WTOP's vice president of programming.

In recent years, CAIR has issued a number of "incitement watches" which CAIR''s critics view as efforts to squelch free speech.

On Tuesday, July 17, CAIR plans to host a panel discussion in Washington on "the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric within the conservative movement in the United States."

The panelists will include David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Parvez Ahmed, CAIR chairman.

The discussion will focus "on the negative impact of [anti-Muslim] views on religious tolerance in America and on relations with the Muslim world," CAIR said.
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 Red Mosque hostage kids tell parents: We are martyrs

Cleric: 'The boys are the 1st line of defense, then the girls ... they will fight to the death'

July 8, 2007    © 2007

The radical leader of Islamabad's Red Mosque, under siege for the last six days by hundreds of Pakistan troops, said the 1,800 children he claims are still in the religious-school complex have taken oaths on the Quran to fight to the death, a frightening possibility confirmed by frantic parents who have spoken by cell phone with sons and daughters who say they soon hope to be martyrs.
"I spoke to my daughter. She said there was no food or water left," said Luftullah Khan, a shopkeeper, who was able to get through to them on their cell phone. "I tried to arrange a meeting, but she said, 'We're here – my dead body will be here. I will not leave my teachers'."

Abdul Rashid Ghazi

Followers of Abdul Rashid Ghazi, leader of the pro-Taliban mosque, said yesterday 30 girls had been buried in a mass grave inside the complex.

The six-day siege has been mostly restrained, with the military wanting to avoid massive bloodshed. Children from two madrassas, or religious schools, are being held in the mosque. According to London Sunday Times, they have been moved to the basement of the complex.

Yesterday, the army shelled sections of the wall surrounding the complex, bringing them down, and fired tear gas at the militants, but avoided a direct attack on the mosque.

"We have reports that women and children have been locked in the basement floors. If we blow any of the walls, the whole building would collapse on them," one officer told the Times.

While no fuel, food or water is getting into the complex, Ghazi's followers say they have enough ammunition to hold out for 25 or 30 days.

Ghazi, who has said he and his followers will fight to the end, now says the 1,800 children he holds have been divided into two groups and will join his fighters against any assault.

"The boys are the first line of defense, then the girls," he said. "They have all sworn an oath on the Koran that they will fight to the death."

The standoff was sparked a week ago by Musharraf's crackdown on the mosque after the increasingly militant group's months-long campaign of intimidation in Islamabad, imposing Sharia law and punishment on the city's citizens.

Yesterday, Musharraf, who reportedly escaped an assassination attempt when rockets were fired at his airplane, issued an ultimatum to the radicals: "People hiding in the Red Mosque should come out, otherwise they will get killed. Action will be taken against them if they don't come out."

Khan, the desperate father and shopkeeper, succeeded Friday in getting his two daughters to leave the compound with a ruse.

Reaching them once again by cell phone, he told them their mother was ill and lay unconscious on the pavement outside. The two girls left the compound and were taken by their father.

Saima, Khan's 10-year-old daughter, denounced the trick.

"The teachers taught us about martyrdom and that it is a great achievement," she told the Times. "I could see the fighting was in front of me and I could understand that we would die. I felt real anger about what my father did. He tricked me."

"I'm taking them back to our village," Khan said. "They were ready for martyrdom and they're very angry with me. I'm just happy I've got my daughters back, and sorry for those whose daughters are still in there."

According to Khan, Saima's transformation had taken only eight weeks.
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