Sunday, July 22, 2018

"It Was Like a War against the Church"

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  • Raymond Ibrahim: "It Was Like a War against the Church"
  • Amir Taheri: Donald Trump and the Carl Schmitt Spectrum

"It Was Like a War against the Church"
Muslim Persecution of Christians, December 2017

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  July 22, 2018 at 5:00 am
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  • According to the well-known Conditions of Omar, which are believed to have been promulgated by the second caliph of the same name, churches may not have bells or visible crosses.
  • "The attack on Christians was simply because of the pariah status they have in Pakistan.... A consequence of years of hate ideology having been inculcated in the minds of young people in Pakistan, through the use of media and a national curriculum that demonizes minorities." — A human rights activist, Pakistan.
  • "They sent me warnings through friends, telling me to stop talking about Jesus or risk getting killed. They said they knew it was easy to kill Christians because [Christians] don't have any weapons. They can simply be slaughtered." — A man in Mali, World Watch Monitor Mali, December 11, 2017.
The Johanneum Gymnasium in L√ľneburg, a 600-year-old high school, "ditched Christmas celebrations during class time after a Muslim pupil said that carols were incompatible with Islam," according to a report. (Image source: Stonecello/Wikimedia Commons)
Christian Carnage and Attacked Churches in Egypt
As a reflection of the enmity that Christmas provokes in the Islamic world, "Egypt's interior ministry... said it would be allocating 230,000 security personnel to secure the country's Christmas celebrations," the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram reported, "to protect 2,626 churches nationwide during the celebrations." Security measures were further "updated to ensure the safety of CCTV and metal detectors systems at all churches across the country."
Despite these precautions, Muslim assailants managed to slaughter Christians and terrorize churches:
On December 9 in Cairo, two Islamic terror attacks claimed a total of eight Christian lives and wounded several others.
In the first attack, Muslim militants raided a Christian-owned appliance store and killed two Christian brothers.

Donald Trump and the Carl Schmitt Spectrum

by Amir Taheri  •  July 22, 2018 at 4:00 am
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  • In its boldest form, the "foe" is the force that wishes not only to defeat you in a contest or even a war but strives to destroy you.
  • In democratic societies, the choice may be between "friend" and "enemy". Here, the enemy does not want to wipe you out or even to force you to submit to all his wishes. He wants to deny you a bigger share of power which he wants to keep for himself.
  • The task of diplomacy and political leadership is to go through the Schmittian spectrum, turning foe into enemy, enemy into adversary, adversary into rival, rival into ally and ally into friend. May be, just may be, in his unorthodox way Trump is trying to do just that. So, let's give him a chance. What do you say?
US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Has Donald Trump been reading Carl Schmitt in secret? The thought came to mind the other day when the US president was concluding his two-day "working visit" to the United Kingdom with a series of impromptu statements before flying to Scotland to play golf. It was by using the term "foe" to describe Russia, China and even the European Union that Trump reminded me of Schmitt.
"We have many foes," Trump asserted while implicitly casting himself as the embodiment of a total state that represents the people, the ordinary folk, the Joe down the block, as opposed to the sneering and self-serving elite.


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The Grotesque Immorality of Mainstream Islamic Ethics (Part 3)

The Grotesque Immorality of Mainstream Islamic Ethics (Part 3)

I am a Canadian ex-Muslim. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series of articles, I addressed the harsh realities of Islamic apostasy and the permissibility of rape and pedophilia in Islamic theology. In this segment, I will address the permissibility of wife-beating in Islamic theology and law.

Sadly, there are numerous passages contained within Islam’s most revered and authoritative texts (the Qur’an, hadiths and sira) that establish wife-beating to be permissible for Muslim men.

In the above mentioned texts, the Qur’an in particular, Muslim men are instructed to beat their wives should they become disobedient. Disturbingly, Chapter 4, Verse 34 of the Qur’an teaches that Muslim men can beat those of their wives from whom they merely “fear disobedience.”
Qur’an 4:34: Men are in charge of women by what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in absence what Allah would have them guard. But those from whom you fear arrogance – advise them; forsake them in bed; and strike them. But if they obey you, seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
In the verse above, the Qur’an proclaims that men are superior to women, implies that women who are not “devoutly obedient” are unrighteous, and that if a Muslim husband merely “fears arrogance” from his wives, he is to first admonish them, and then lastly beat them if they do not comply.
Sadly, as mentioned above, the permissibility for Muslim men to beat their disobedient wives is also found in Muhammad, the prophet of Islam’s, Sunnah (the sayings and doings of Muhammad contained within the hadith and sira) as well as Islamic Sharia law.

The Sahih Bukhari hadith below depicts the prophet of Islam failing to admonish one of his men folk followers for beating his wife to the point where dark bruises appeared on her skin. Because of Muhammad’s supreme authoritative role in Islam, his failure to forbid wife-beating in effect gives tactical approval of this inhumane practice. Furthermore, after the women in the hadith below pleaded with Muhammad to have her husband desist from beating her, Muhammad not only failed to forbid the practice, but ordered the women to return to her husband and acquiesce to his sexual demands.
Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 72, Number 715:
Narrated ‘Ikrima:

Rifa’a divorced his wife whereupon ‘AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. ‘Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Apostle came, ‘Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When ‘AbdurRahman heard that his wife had gone to the Prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment, ‘Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s Apostle! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa’a.” Allah’s Apostle said, to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa’a unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” Then the Prophet saw two boys with ‘Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that ‘AbdurRahman said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “You claim what you claim (i.e.. that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow.”
The hadith below depicts the prophet of Islam hitting his child bride and favourite wife, Aisha, “striking her on the chest and causing her pain.” Because the Qur’an teaches (Verse 33, Chapter 21) that Muhammad has left an “excellent example of conduct” for Muslims’ to follow, wife-beating is considered to be normative behavior for Muslim believers. In other words, the inhumane crime of wife-beating has unfortunately become sanctified in Islamic theology, and hence mandated in Islamic law.
Sahih Muslim: Book 004, Number 2172:
Muhammad b. Qais said (to the people): Should I not narrate to you (a hadith of the Holy Prophet) on my authority and on the authority of my mother? We thought that he meant the mother who had given him birth. He (Muhammad b. Qais) then reported that it was ‘A’isha who had narrated this: Should I not narrate to you about myself and about the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)? We said: Yes. She said: When it was my turn for Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi’. He stood there and he stood for a long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned. He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I too ran. He came (to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O ‘A’isha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? She said: Whatsoever the people conceal, Allah will know it. He said: Gabriel came to me when you saw me. He called me and he concealed it from you. I responded to his call, but I too concealed it from you (for he did not come to you), as you were not fully dressed. I thought that you had gone to sleep, and I did not like to awaken you, fearing that you may be frightened. He (Gabriel) said: Your Lord has commanded you to go to the inhabitants of Baqi’ (to those lying in the graves) and beg pardon for them. I said: Messenger of Allah, how should I pray for them (How should I beg forgiveness for them)? He said: Say, Peace be upon the inhabitants of this city (graveyard) from among the Believers and the Muslims, and may Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us, and those who come later on, and we shall, God willing, join you.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Turkey: American Pastor Brunson in Prison; ISIS Terrorists Roam Free

Turkey: American Pastor Brunson in Prison; ISIS Terrorists Roam Free

by Uzay Bulut  •  July 21, 2018 at 5:00 am
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  • "Incredibly, the indictment now admits that Turkey considers 'Christianization' to be an act of terrorism" – The American Center for Law and Justice
  • Meanwhile, there are ISIS sleeper cell houses in seventy cities across Turkey, according to a 2015 "confidential" note by a Turkish chief of police.
  • Turkey's arbitrary arrests of Brunson, Erdem and many other innocent individuals expose Erdogan's regime as a brutal dictatorship that invades its neighbors, does not tolerate diversity, and that targets Christians and peaceful dissidents who oppose jihad – actions that run counter to the US State Department's minimum requirements for membership in NATO.
American Pastor Andrew Brunson, held in a Turkish prison on baseless charges of "terrorism" and "espionage." (Photo: The American Center for Law and Justice)
A Turkish court has decided to continue holding American Pastor Andrew Brunson in prison, to await a fourth hearing on October 12. Brunson, who has been in jail in Turkey since October 7, 2016, is accused of "membership in an armed terrorist organization." His first court hearing took place on April 16 this year, after 18 months in detention.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the charges and is calling for Brunson's immediate release. In a statement released on July 18, USCIRF Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga excoriated the Turkish government, which she accused of "continu[ing] to make a mockery of justice in its treatment of Pastor Brunson."


Friday, July 20, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: An Islamic Terror Attack May Have Been Thwarted at a California Mall, Police Keeping Quiet

EXCLUSIVE: An Islamic Terror Attack May Have Been Thwarted at a California Mall, Police Keeping Quiet

Evidence suggests that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office and Los Cerritos Shopping Center in California are keeping quiet about a possible thwarted Islamic terror attack.

Steve Amundson is the founder of the Counter Jihad Coalition (CTC), an organization dedicated to countering jihad on the streets. On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Amundson was at the Los Cerritos shopping mall with a pastor passing out literature about Islam and the threat it poses to America and other Western nations.

CJC, which received pre-approved permission from the mall to have a booth, experienced what appears to be an attempted but thwarted act of terror against their anti-terror booth inside the mall.
While passing out literature, Amundson says an unidentified Muslim man who was wearing a backpack approached his colleague. According to Amundson, the Muslim man became irate and began arguing with the Pastor who was sitting at the table. Before leaving the table, Amundson says he witnessed the Muslim man strategically place his backpack underneath the CJC booth and walk away.

When Amundson saw the man walk away without his backpack, he said he immediately asked his colleague, the Pastor, whether or not he knew the man and if he was watching his backpack for him. When the Pastor said no, Amundson immediately alerted the mall security.
The events that unfolded next are shocking, and quite disturbing. Amundson told Big League Politics that after he alerted mall security, they approached the man and asked him if the backpack was his. The man said the backpack did belong to him, but he then refused to retrieve his backpack that he had placed underneath the CJC booth before walking away.

After a discussion with security, the Muslim man walked away with security, and security carefully took the backpack.

Over the past six months that Amundson and his colleagues have been tabling, he has experienced an increase in physical attacks against himself and his booth. For this reason, Amundson says he and his colleagues are trained to detect security threats and what they call “red flags”. While passing out literature on Saturday, Amundson says he witnessed and documented several red flags at the Los Cerritos Shopping Center.

The first red flag occurred when two Muslim men inside the mall began snapping pictures of the CJC booth and making phone calls shortly after. Amundson witnessed this and recognized it as “red flag one.”

The second red flag occurred when two Muslim women approached the booth and began cursing at the CJC’s booth operators, calling them liars. Mall security observed the hostile interaction and began speaking to the two women. It was at that moment when the two Muslim women distracted security that a white haired Muslim male walked over to the booth and slid his backpack under that table.
“I told security he left a backpack underneath our booth. The Muslim refused to take the backpack. We started to take cover behind cement pillars and told security to either call the bomb squad or have the guy pick up the backpack,” Amundson said. “He finally agreed to very carefully pick it up and security escorted him away. Security will not say at least right now if he was arrested, if the bomb squad was called or what. Was this a dry run or the real thing”?

According to Amundson, it is unknown whether mall security or police searched the Muslim man’s backpack, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office has not yet released a statement about the events that transpired.

Amundson’s experience at the shopping center is disturbing and concerning for many reasons, primarily because it appears as though the mall security and Sheriff’s Office are actively working to keep the public and Amundson in the dark about what appears to be a dry run of a jihadi attack. What happened to Amundson at the shopping center is a very serious incident the needs to be further investigated and disclosed to the public to ensure that people are aware of the threat that is clearly present within their own community.

The fact that police and mall security are not disclosing to Amundson and the public the contents of the man’s back pack and why he placed it under the Counter Jihad table is egregious, given the fact that acts of terrorism involving similar tactics have been carried out across the United States and Europe, as jihadis continue to increase their aggressiveness, outreach, recruitment, and continued violence and attacks here in the United States.

In October of 2017, Vicente A. Solano was arrested at Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida after police say he was attempting to blow up the mall with a bomb he placed inside a shopping bag.  Police say the man had been making ISIS videos and was being monitored by the FBI before he was arrested by agents at the mall where he was planning on setting off a bomb inside the food court.

Amundson’s said a police report has been filed, and that police and mall security have a picture of the Muslim man who placed the backpack underneath the CJC table.

When Amundson returned to the mall to fill out another application to have another booth inside the shopping center on Saturday, mall security rejected his application in an email. “We reviewed the application for July 21, and we are not able to approve it under the circumstances.  We base our decision upon our significant safety concern, which we discussed with you last week after having reviewed the Center’s video footage and your organization’s description of the incident as a credible threat of violence or “dry-run,” along with photos on its website.  While we understand your organization’s right to engage in free speech subject to reasonable time, place and manner rules, we must consider the safety of the Center’s patrons,” said mall security from Los Cerritos Shopping Center.

According to Los Cerritos Shopping Center’s statement, it is evident that the mall security has chosen to appease the violent and overly aggressive Muslims who were screaming at Amundson and the Pastor at the CJC booth by not allowing Amundson and his colleagues to have their booth. Instead of explaining what type of credible threat was present and what was seen on the video footage mentioned in the statement, mall security chose to punish Amundson, who ultimately was targeted and harassed by Muslims inside the mall for exercising his free speech at a booth he had permission to use while passing out literature. Amundson is essentially being punished for speaking up when he saw what he believed was an attempt by an angry Muslim man to set off a bomb inside the mall in an attempt to silence critics of Islam.

It is rather egregious for Los Cerritos Shopping Center to claim that Amundson’s booth, as opposed to an aggressive Muslim placing a backpack under a table inside the mall and refusing to pick it up, is what would jeopardize the safety of the Center’s patrons.

Americans are constantly told, ‘If you see something, say something”, and they are constantly reminded at entertainment events and at airports to alert security if they come across unclaimed bags or backpacks, as it is through unclaimed bags and back backs that terrorists often set off explosions in crowded places. However, as Amundson’s experience further proves, when Americans do speak up and say something when they see something, they are punished and often accused of being racist or Islamophobic. It is for this very reason that many terror suspects and jihadis go unreported and why acts of terrorism that could have been prevented occur. People who dare speak up are often treated worse than the criminals and terrorist suspects themselves, which makes it more of a hassle for average Americans to speak up and file reports with law enforcement officials.

Patrons of the Los Cerritos Shopping Center should be more concerned about Muslims potentially placing explosives inside backpacks at the mall, not a man who is peacefully passing out pamphlets about Islam and Sharia Law in an attempt to educate people about the threat Islam poses to America.

It is a common tactic used by Islamists to use violence and intimidation to silence those who speak out against Islam. The evidence laid out suggests Islamists attempted to bomb, or conduct a dry run at the Los Cerritos Center in California on July 7, 2018. The frightening incident that Amundson and his colleagues experienced and reported to the mall security at Los Cerritos Center, as well as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office is one of numerous incidents across the United States that have been carried out by jihadis who wish to silence those educate the public about the threat of Islam.

This is a developing investigative report, and the Geller Report will be monitoring it closely and updating the story.

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