Kansas City Mosque That Wanted To Ban Free Speech Will Hold Funeral For Texas Jihadist Shooter Nadir Soofi

Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi Perpetrators of Garland, Texas attack May 3, 2015

Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi
Perpetrators of Garland, Texas attack
May 3, 2015

PJ Media, By Patrick Poole, May 6, 2015:

A Kansas City mosque that petitioned Barack Obama to ban free speech defaming Islam in 2012 will hold the funeral for one of the two jihadists killed in a shootout Sunday outside a Dallas-area convention center that was hosting a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest.

The Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (ISGKC) will hold a funeral on Thursday for Nadir Soofi, according to KCTV5:

The funeral for one of the people suspected in a chilling attack outside a Texas art contest will be held in the metro.

While Nadir Soofi never lived in the metro his father lives in an Overland Park neighborhood near 158th Place with his wife, Nadir’s stepmother. A woman who came to the door at the home told KCTV5 that the family didn’t want to talk about what happened to Soofi.

Police say the 34-year-old and 30-year-old Elton Simpson opened fire at a Dallas area conference center on Sunday. An art exhibit and contest depicting the Prophet Mohammad was being held there.

They wounded a security guard before police shot back, killing both.

While not mentioned in the article’s text, the KCTV5 video report specifically states that Soofi’s funeral service will be at ISGKC.

As I reported here at PJ Media back in September 2012, following the waves of international protest of the “Innocence of Muslims” video ISGKC launched an online petition calling for Barack Obama to sponsor a bill to limit the free speech of American citizens from insulting religion (namely, Islam).

The petition, which was signed by the ISGKC executive board and posted on the mosque’s website, received 348 signatures.

One of the mosque board members defended the petition in an interview with the local media following our PJ Media report:

“Insulting somebody else or putting somebody down can insight violence and lead to people losing their lives. We’re trying not to give these people a chance to misbehave,” said Mohammed Kohia, who started the petition along with the executive board of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City.

But as a local ACLU attorney explained:

“Somebody’s speech is no excuse for violence, that’s right,” he said, “but you can’t punish the speaker for the violence practiced by others. While I understand why they’re upset, their preposition is clearly unconstitutional.”

As I noted at the time, the position of ISGKC was particularly peculiar given that the mosque had hosted internationally-renowned Islamic hate speaker Khalid Yasin, whose controversial statements include calling for the death penalty for gays and describing the beliefs of Christians and Jews as “filth”.

An Australian news channel exposed Yasin’s extremist views back in 2005:

So with Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson’s attempts to silence speakers at Sunday’s event in Texas, perhaps Soofi’s funeral at ISGKC is appropriate.

UPDATE: In the “you can’t make this up” category, Kyle Shideler notes that Nadir Soofi “liked” Khalid Yasin on his Facebook page:

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CAIR Director Calls for Death Penalty for Blasphemers Against Islam

muslim-protest-sign-massacre-those-who-insult-islam-450x304By  :

The most disturbing thing about this is that “Sharia law”  prosecutions can only take place in the Muslim world. So this looks a lot like an attempt at intimidating and perhaps even causing the death of Atheist and Christian critics of Islam in the Muslim world.

Last August, the director of CAIR St. Louis, Faizan Syed, wrote about his ideas for monitoring social media titled Social Media Task Force.  Sayed wants to create a Muslim youth association who would aggressively monitor the media.  What really stood out was this statement under the section “I have few suggestions to make in this regard” (5th bullet):

“Report anti Islamic and anti Muslim content on the internet to appropriate authorities to take action to remove it and go after those who post it online and prosecute and take actions according to the Shariah ruling.”

Take action according to the Sharia ruling?  Humm… in some countries this could mean death.

CAIR’s thought police would be creepy enough on their own, but left-wing groups already do this sort of thing. But under Sharia law, blasphemy, heresy and any questioning of Islam, or even a cartoon of Mohammed, can result in the death penalty.

Even if CAIR’s Director only meant that the domestic pursuit of Islamic critics should take place according to Sharia law, that would be bad enough as the last thing the United States needs is an Islamic Inquisition, violent or otherwise. But Syed’s talk of an international effort, saying, “There need at least one such team in every country (I know it’s a daunting taks, but one small steps takes us to bigger one)”, shows that we are talking about an international effort that would no doubt extend to countries where violent means could be used in defense of Islamic theocracy.

Islamist organizations such as CAIR exploit American freedoms in a majority non-Muslim country while leveraging the oppressive theocracy of Islam in Muslim countries to threaten critics with death.

UPDATE: While Faizan Syed is opposed to “anti-Muslim content”, he has no problem hosting the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic bigot, Khalid Yasin.

Read more at Front Page

Leaders of Kansas City Muslim group petition Obama to limit free speech of American citizens

By Patrick Poole at PJMedia:

The leadership of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City have launched an online petition campaign for President Obama to back a bill to limit the free speech of American citizens they deem offensive.

The petition states:

The undersigned Board Of Directors and members of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (ISGKC) urges you to sponsor a bill that outlaws any action that may insult one’s religion.  We utterly disagree with the violence that has taken place and the death of United States Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and other members of the United States embassy staff in Libya.  We support the apprehension and conviction of those responsible for such acts.

We understand the First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and, as such, prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, etc., but when the allowance of “free” speech incites violence it should be banned.

The film behind the violence that is occurring in part of the Muslim world, “The Innocence of Muslims”, although it may be amateurish, its contents are very disturbing and insulting to the religion and has ignited an already volatile part of the world.  The film is repulsive to the sensibilities of Muslims and offends the religion of Islam in multiple ways; by denigrating the seriousness of Islam, our Prophet and the Muslims in general.  We believe that it would be in everyone’s interest to ban such actions from reoccurring.

Actions as such should not be tolerated as they are very offensive.  The violence that has taken place as a result of this film is very alarming.  As Muslims, violence of any sort is prohibited in our religion.  Those people who are carrying out these acts cannot possibly call themselves devout Muslims as they are acting out of pure rage and not out of religious duties.  We condemn the violence and feel that, in spite of the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, action may be necessary to pass such a bill or, at least, censure such actions in order to calm the current situation as well as prevent future re-occurrences.

American Muslims are hard-working, law abiding, and tax paying citizens.  Everyone respects freedom of speech and the First Amendment in general, however, when freedom of speech results in defaming and insulting others and provokes the killing of innocent people, it should be outlawed.  In light of the recent situation, the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City hopes you may take up this cause and urge other representatives to do the same.  We appreciate your time and efforts.

ISGKC Board of Directors:

  • Board Member: Abdul Gafoor Akram
  • Board Member: Raqibul Huq
  • Board Member: Rushdy El-Ghussein
  • Board Member: Dr. Mohammed Kohia
  • Board Member: Russel Mohammad
  • Board Member: Ibrahim Morad

Lest anyone think that the ISGKC board has gone rogue, a link to the petition is featured prominently on the group’s website, stating:

ISGKC is sponsoring an online petition to establish a law against insulting one’s religion. Please click the link below and sign the petition. Thanks for your support.

The position of ISGKC is particularly curious, and outright hypocritical, since they have hosted internationally renowned hate sheikh Khalid Yasin. When Yasin started his 2010 Kansas City tour, he began at ISGKC:

Sh Khalid Yasin started the tour with a Khutbah at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (ISGKC) Masjid on Friday followed by a lecture, “The Challenges facing the Muslim family and community in America” after Maghrib prayer at the Masjid. The attendance exceeded all expectations with about 350 people for the lecture. The Sheikh stressed on the importance of the Muslim community in the west and how to safeguard themselves against the social evils that the western world offers to Muslims especially our youth.

Among Yasin’s positions:

According to the ISGKC,  making a 14 minute movie trailer, and anything else that provoke Muslim rage, should be banned despite the First Amendment protections because it incites Muslim violence. But endorsing the death penalty for gays and lesbians, as well as anyone else guilty of capital crimes under Islamic law, is a view embraced by the same group.

So far, the petition has 155 signers from Kansas City; Albany, NY; Orlando, FL, Annandale, VA; San Antonio, TX; Apex, NC; Broken Arrow, OK; Canton, MI; among many other locations.

Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia. Follow me on Twitter.

D.C. Area Islamic Store Still Selling Radical Materials

Erick Stakelbeck: In June 2010, my exclusive report on the radical materials being sold at Halalco–the Washington, D.C. area’s largest Islamic supermarket–first aired on CBN. I recounted my investigation into Halalco, which is located in Falls Church, Va., just minutes from the nation’s capital, in Chapter 5 of my book, The Terrorist Next Door.

In addition to tons of hate-filled books by leading Muslim Brotherhood ideologues like Yusuf al-Qaradawi and convicted terrorists such as “The Hook,” Abu Hamza al-Masri, Halalco also featured notorious anti-Semitic tracts like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, not to mention a large library of CD’s and DVD’s by Khalid Yasin and other assorted radical Islamist mouthpieces.

In short, Halalco sells the kind of materials that have served to radicalize many young American Muslims. But the coup de grace and focus of my report was my discovery that Halalco was featuring a large display of CD’s and DVD’s by the not-so-dearly-departed Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awalaki—just one day after Awlaki had released a videotape calling for the killing of American civilians. I confronted the owner of Halalco about it on camera (click on the viewer below to watch the report) and the Awlaki display—magically—disappeared.

But being caught red-handed peddling the works of one of the world’s most wanted terrorists apparently had little effect on Halalco’s choice in inventory. Intrepid journalist Patrick Poole, a good friend of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, recently paid a visit to Halalco and came up with a very interesting find. Here’s more, from Poole, courtesy of PJMedia:

A book by a senior Indian Islamic scholar that recently prompted international outrage for directing Muslim husbands on how to properly beat and control their wives is on sale at the largest Islamic bookstore in the Washington D.C. area, just a twenty minute drive from the White House, all while the Obama campaign proclaims that Republicans are waging a “war on women”continues to attack Ann Romney for her decision to stay at home and raise her five sons. by promoting pro-life, pro-family policies, and as DCCC media strategist Hilary Rosen. 

 Read more at CBN’s Stakelbeck on Terror with video.