Human rights groups call for release of condemned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim

2827160726Center for Security Policy:

On Thursday 12 June, the Institute on Religion and Democracy along with dozens of co-sponsors led a protest at the White House calling for the release of Sudanese “apostate” Meriam Ibrahim. Ibrahim, the mother of two young children and wife of a U.S. citizen, has been sentenced to death by hanging by the government of Sudan.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

 

Faith McDonnell, Institute on Religion and Democracy

 

Magdi Khalil, Coptic Solidarity

 

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

 

Jimmy Mulla, Voices for Sudan

 

Penny Young Nance, Concerned Women for America

 

 

Iraqi Terror Group Instates Sharia ‘Code of Conduct’ in Seized Cities

An ISIS militant stands in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee / AP

An ISIS militant stands in front of a burning Iraqi Army Humvee / AP

By Adam Kredo:

The Islamic extremist group that has captured several Iraqi cities and pushed the country into chaos has now begun issuing a “code of conduct” to all residents living in the seized territories, which are now under strict Islamic control.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terror group bent on establishing a radical Islamic sate throughout the region, has begun issuing a 16-point set of guidelines to residents of Mosul and other Iraqi cities where the group has taken hold.

The code of conduct “relies on the sharia,” a radical interpretation of Islamic law, “and denounces the laws that existed thus far under the [U.S.-backed] Al-Maliki government, which it calls ‘the infidel Shi’ite government,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated the document for reporters.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged in recent days that a top Iranian military commander is in Baghdad making preparation to defend the city from ISIS, which has already coordinated a “March on Baghdad“  campaign to seize the city and fully depose the ruling U.S.-backed government there.

ISIS claims to have received in recent days “additional manpower, funds, weapons and military vehicles of all kinds,” according to a separate announcement also translated by MEMRI.

The recent code of conduct issued by ISIS provides one of the clearest windows into the terror group’s thinking and plans for the future.

It seeks “to reassure the locals and minimize opposition from them, while also keeping them in line,” according to MEMRI. The document goes on to praise ISIS’ military victories and tout progress on “the path to establishing the Islamic Caliphate.”

“The introduction states that ISIS’s goal is one: ‘to enact the law of Allah worldwide, expand the influence of the sharia, and uproot the laws of the jungle from Muslim lands,’” according to MEMRI’s translation.

All members of the “apostate” Iraqi security forces who do not “repent” will “face the death penalty,” according to the ISIS document.

Iraqi citizens now living under ISIS rule are additionally encouraged “not to cooperate with the Al-Maliki government, whose heresy has become apparent,” according to MEMRI.

ISIS goes on to admit in the document to freeing Iraqi prisoners who were locked in local jails. The group vows to inflame ethnic tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims living in Iraq, a move that could push the country into a full-fledged civil war.

ISIS promises “to topple the regime that oppressed the people,” and promises to remove “the Shi’ite serpents that have wrapped around the necks of the [Sunni] Muslims,” according to MEMRI’s translation of the code of conduct.

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Sharia Rights or Human Rights: The Case of Meriam Ibrahim

hj-450x253Front Page, by Amani Gayed:

The Sudanese Criminal Court’s death sentence upon a 27-year-old pregnant woman, Meriam Ibrahim, who was found guilty of leaving Islam, has gained very wide publicity. Her plight has attracted the strongest condemnation from the world’s top politicians, and hundreds of thousands of people around the world have signed petitions for her release.

It is striking that those condemning Meriam Ibrahim’s death sentence are demanding her release, but they are not demanding the abolition of the legal code that found her guilty of apostasy and adultery in the first place.

The Sudanese Government – not unlike many Western governments, who are permitting Sharia principles and Sharia courts to become entrenched within their legal systems – is simultaneously endorsing two approaches to human rights, the one contradicting the other: Islamic Sharia Law and the Universal Declaration of Human rights.

The Sudanese Government – like other Islamic governments, Islamic communities in the West, and many Islamic non-governmental organizations – have been given a free pass to move freely between the two opposing sets of rights, according to whatever suits them best.

Who’s confused?

Sudan is an Islamic State, which has embedded Islamic Sharia Laws in its legal framework. At the same time, Sudan is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These two sets of rights are fundamentally opposed to each other in the way they view and understand rights and freedoms.

In response to the overwhelming media coverage of Meriam’s case, a Sudanese official at the Sudanese embassy in London reassured the BBC that Sudan is committed and will comply with its commitment to protect freedom of religion. Of course he was referring to principals of human rights as understood and accepted in the West.

Back in Sudan it was another story. Meriam was sentenced to death by a Sudanese Criminal Court which found her guilty of apostasy from Islam under article 126 of the 1991 Sudanese Criminal Law Act. This reads:

126 (1) Every Muslim who advocates the renunciation of the creed of     Islam, or who publicly declares his renouncement thereof by an express   statement or conclusive act, shall be deemed to commit the offense of     apostasy.

‪(2) Whoever commits apostasy shall be given a chance to repent     during a period to be determined by the court; if he persists in his     apostasy, and is not a recent convert to Islam, he shall be punished     with death.

‪(3) The penalty provided for apostasy shall be remitted whenever the apostate recants apostasy before execution.

According to Sharia law, and contrary to the principles of the UDHR, Meriam has no choice but to be a Muslim, because Sharia law mandates that every child born to a Muslim parent is a Muslim. A child must follow Islam if one of his/her parents is a Muslim or converts to Islam, because, according to Sharia Law, Islam is the superior religion over all other religions. In Meriam’s case she was born to a Muslim father, so, according to Sudanese Islamic Law, she cannot choose to become a Christian, despite what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says.

The same court, using the same Act, also found Meriam guilty of the offence of adultery under article 145b, and sentenced her to a flogging under article 146b, which states:

Article (145): Adultery

1. There shall be deemed to commit the offence of adultery:

(a) Every man who has intercourse with a woman without a legitimate marriage;

(b) Every woman who allows a man to have intercourse with her without a legitimate marriage.

2. Intercourse is deemed to be completed when the whole head of the penis, or its equivalent, enters inside the vagina.

3. A marriage is not legitimate when its legitimacy is not determined and settled [by Islamic jurists].

Article (146)

1. Whoever commits the offence of adultery shall be sentenced to:

(a) Death by stoning when legitimately married;

(b) 100 lashes when not legitimately married.

The Sudanese official in the Sudanese embassy in London would have been fully aware of Sudanese Criminal Law, under which Meriam was found guilty of apostasy and adultery, but he chose to play the Universal Declaration of Human Rights card in an attempt to reduce tensions with the West.

“Moderate” Sharia Laws?

The Western governments that allow Sharia principles (Islamic finance, Islamic schools, halal certified food, Islam-compliant inheritance, Islam-compliant marriage) are displaying harmful ignorance. Sharia Law is a single legal code which determines crimes, offences, punishments, finance, halal and haram, and so on. The fundamental principles which determine the value and the rights of women in Sharia Law in matters of inheritance, marriage, finance, and education are the same principles which determine her rights in respect of apostasy and adultery.

The London Sudanese embassy official thought to cause confusion by referring to Western understandings of human rights. Western leaders have themselves embraced and partnered with such confusion by condemning the death and flogging of an adulterer apostate in Sudan, while at the same time accepting principles of sharia law into their countries’ legal systems. They should have known better, for whether the issue is Islamic finance, halal food, inheritance issues, apostasy, or adultery, Islamic schools in the UK, USA, Australia, France, or Germany can only teach the same fundamental principles which brought a 27-year-old mother of two to death row and earned her a flogging, for the ‘crimes’ of leaving Islam and marrying a Christian man.

Islamic Sharia law follows a set of values which do not change. The Sharia legal texts that the Sudanese criminal court judge consulted are sold in Islamic bookstores all over the Western world. The same principles that brought Meriam to death row are taught to Western Muslim children in Islamic schools all over the Western world.

To the Western leaders I say this: Millions of Muslims came to the West seeking refuge in genuine principles of human rights. They were seeking freedom and justice. Please do not hand them back to the oppression of the Islamic Sharia!

Amani Gayed practiced law in Sudan, and is now based in Sydney, Australia.

A Good Muslim

sharia-450x277By Justin O. Smith:

The American people do not object to the Muslims or their worship of Allah, until the ideology of their “religion” contravenes the individual liberties provided by the U.S. Constitution and infringes upon our Constitutional Rights, in the manner that 75% of the Hadith and Sira does, as applied under Sharia law; and, despite Scott Broden’s assertions in ‘Freedom of Religion…’ ( the Daily News Journal_6-5-14), the opponents to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) are not the first to state that Islam seeks “to establish Sharia law as the new code of conduct here.” Islamists and their imams are often heard saying, “Islam will reign supreme in America.”

“We will implement the rule of God on earth by the tip of the sword.” These are the words of the American-born Anwar al-Awlaqi, from Los Cruces, New Mexico, who became a top Al Qaeda leader.

In February 2011, the Islamic Thinkers Society, based in New York, planned to have Islamofascist Anjem Chourday speak at their protest rally. Chourday told the ‘Daily Star’ newspaper, days before the event, that “the event is a rally, a call for the Muslims to rise up and establish the Islamic state in America.”

Today, there remains significantly so much more at stake in Murfreesboro, TN and across America than many people realize or understand, and the failed public notice policy, the completion of the ICM expansion and the disservice to the American people committed by the U.S. Supreme Court, in this instance, bode ill moving ahead. Propagandists and apologists for Islam, such as Broden, and Islam’s enablers, like the Rutherford County Commission, would have us believe that Islam and its mosques are benign, innocent and peaceful, when all the evidence is to the contrary.

Peaceful?___The ICM had board member Mossad Rawash proclaiming the joy of dying as a martyr for Jihad; and, in January 2009, the community witnessed an ICM protest in support of Hamas, as thousands of Hamas mortars and missiles rained down on Israel. We all heard their battle cry of Jihad, “Allahu Akbar”, rising up in the streets. As this congregation grows in membership, so too will its propensity towards violent measures against non-Muslims, as commanded by the Koran and the Hadith.

“If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizyah (tax). If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them…” (Hadith #1731).

“What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his Prophet.” This was the explanation Mohammed Bouyeri gave the court for stabbing Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh to death, while holding a Koran.

Compounding the problem, the Obama administration and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson unilaterally “relaxed” immigration “rules” for people with “loose terrorist associations” in February 2014. This enabled scores of highly trained Muslim terrorists posing as “refugees” from Iraq and Syria to enter the U.S. once more (155,000 combined total in 2013), after thousands of Syrians fraudulently entered in August 2013; ABC News confirmed this in November 2013.

The Center for Immigration Studies report from 2012 states that the U.S. refugee program “is increasingly bringing in groups that have stated openly they do not intend  to assimilate into American culture.” More than misplaced sympathy, it is self-destructive and sheer stupidity to bring population groups linked to terror into America, and it all too often leads directly to terrorist attacks on our soil (take note Mr Broden).

Muslims take advantage of American kindness, gullibility and compassion. When the time comes, they will attack us more terribly than they did on 9/11, the Islamic way. They say one thing on camera___”Islam is the religion of peace”, and they teach something different to their children___Koran 8:12 “Terrorize and behead the infidels wherever you find them.” This is well documented by Arabic speaking journalists, such as Laura Mansfield (WND_April 2005).

Since 9/11, no suicide bombings have been successfully conducted by islamofascists in the United States (Tsarnaevs not considered in this category), but six cases involved Muslims explicitly seeking to conduct Al Qaeda-type “martyrdom operations”. In Zachary Karabatak’s case, he had overstayed his visitor’s visa, and he was plotting to detonate bombs at military installations in Virginia and the Capitol Building in DC, declaring his intentions to collapse the entire dome in January 2012. And this is just one of fifteen other major terror plots during the same time frame.

In 1992, Imam Zaid Shakir, one of the founders of Zaytuna_America’s first Muslim college, preached that a new Caliphate (an Islamic state ruling the world by Sharia) should be created that will wage jihad and “use …weaponry against the enemies of Islam,” during his sermon, titled ‘Failure of the Muslim Political Order’. Continuing on to 2013, Shakir told 32,000 Muslims attending an Islamic Circle of North America convention in Maryland, that “If Islam is the basis, the kafir (nonbeliever)…the Christian…the Jew will be dhimmi (second-class citizen). They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”

On January 26, 2013 in Falls Church, Virginia, Shaker Elsaed, a well known Islamic leader, spoke to an audience at T C Williams High School and stated: “The enemies of Allah are lining up…are we lining (up) or are we afraid because they may call us terrorists?…Make this title (terrorist) worth it, and be a good Muslim.” Evidently Elsaed believes a good Muslim is a terrorist Muslim.

It is not fear that motivates many opponents to the spread of Islam and Sharia law within America. We simply understand the threat of Islam, much as farm kids understand the threat of a rabid dog. We have seen what Islam does globally___we have seen what Islam does here. Judging purely on its scripture, to say nothing of the way it is preached in the mosques and actually practiced, Islam is the most vicious sectarian of all “religions” in its heartlessness towards nonbelievers. We contend that Islam is the problem.

Many people deny the existential threat within Islam’s foundational texts, or they attempt to recast Islam to fit their perceived vision of Islam or their own political agenda. None are so blind as those who cannot see, that Islam and the Koran sanctify terrorism and many types of human rights violations, in order to distinguish them from mere criminal behavior, in the Muslim mind___that Mohammed’s lifetime example of theft, rape and murder and pedophilia has nurtured the Islamofascist worldview, and that it is Mohammed’s final commands from his death bed (Koran Chapter 9) that continually inspire so many jihadists to wage their Holy War against nonbelievers.

Rep. Mike Rogers to Honor Pro-Sharia Extremist Feisal Rauf

mike-rogers-apBreitbart, By Pamela Geller:

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) is slated to be the keynote speaker at an event honoring the notorious Ground Zero Mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan. Rauf and Khan are respected, even revered, in the mainstream media, and enjoy a reputation as moderate, reasonable, thoughtful, and wise. That reputation is undeserved. Like the host of the event, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), they have extensive Muslim Brotherhood ties. Does Rogers simply not care?

Rauf’s sinister mien is not the only indication that he is not even close to being as “moderate” as the media is so desperate to portray him. He has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” Rauf’s bookWhat’s Right with Islam says on the copyright page: “This edition was made possible through a joint effort of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the office of Interfaith and Community Alliance of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Funding for this project was provided by IIIT.” Both IIIT and ISNA are Muslim Brotherhood fronts, and ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding case.

The Arabic translation of Rauf’s book is a call to conversion from the pile of human remains at Ground Zero, disturbingly entitled, A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of post 9/11 America.

In his book, Rauf supports and justifies Sharia law, and calls for restrictions on free speech in America. He has written another book that has gotten little notice: Islam: A Sacred Law—What Every Muslim Should Know About Sharia. In it he explains why Allah’s law is superior to man made law–that is, why Sharia is better than democracy:

“The corruption of the individual or a society that abandons Sacred Law is amplified in one of the key Qur’anic passages regarding the relevance, evolution and meaning of Divine Law, (5:41-50) where Allah speaks frequently of the act of ‘judging.’ In this passage, God criticizes previous generations who ‘raced toward disbelief, among those who say with their mouths “We believe” while their hearts done believe;’ who ‘altered God’s Words from their placements;’ indicating somehow that they altered their divinely ordained Shari’ah, placing their own values above that which God had established. The Qur’an continues to describe them as ‘listeners of lies, devourers of ill-gotten property,’ an accusation that a Muslim tries carefully to avoid incurring.”

This passage is based on a section of the Quran, 5:41-50, that talks about “judging” peoples. It’s clear from the context that the “previous generations” are Jews and Christians who have now become “listeners of lies, devourers of ill-gotten property.” In other words, Rauf is condemning Jews and Christians in America and arguing obliquely that America should ditch the Constitution and adopt Sharia.

Rauf was also a “key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization,” which “helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos” on the jihad flotilla Mavi Marmara in 2010. Perdana, reported the New York Post at the time, was “the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Monday.” A Muslim “charity,” the Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), launched those ships, and Fox News reported that IHH has links to terrorist groups, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.

Rauf also shows a reluctance to admit that Muslims were involved in Islamic terrorism. At one point he says: “And when we observe terrorism, whether it was done by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or by al Qaeda or whoever is behind the bombings in London or those in Madrid.” Remember: when he said this about the London and Madrid bombings, he was speaking five days after the 7/7 London jihad attacks and over a year after those in Madrid. It was common knowledge who the perps were at that time. But maybe Rauf didn’t want his listeners to be thinking about exactly who they were.

Rauf also praises the worst extremists and inciters to genocide. In his address in Australia he said he had just come from a conference in Jordan featuring “over 170 leading Muslim scholars from almost every part of the Muslim world, including some of the most important names like Sheikh Tantawi of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, who is the chief mufti of Egypt, the chief mufti of Jordan, the Sheikh Al-Qaradawi, who is a very very well-known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world.”

The late Sheikh Tantawi several years ago endorsed suicide attacks against Israelis, as did Sheikh Qaradawi. Sheikh Gomaa has defended Islam’s death penalty for apostasy and sanction for wife-beating, and has endorsed the jihad terror group Hizballah.

Moderates?

Rauf also says he wants a “one-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians. Given his advocacy for Islamic law, that means an Islamic supremacist sharia state in which Jews are denied equal rights–when they aren’t killed outright.

Rogers should pull out of this event. The prospect of a Republican Congressman keynoting an event of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization honoring two unsavory Islamic supremacists shows the sad state of the GOP today.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the ResistanceFollow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.

Horror in Pakistan: Pregnant Woman Stoned by Family

 02-450x337by Arnold Ahlert:

Those looking for the real war on women–as opposed to the one promoted by the American left and their media enablers—should focus their attention on Pakistan and Sudan. In the former nation, a 25-year-old pregnant woman has been stoned to death by members of her own family, with her father dubbing the atrocity an “honor killing.” In the latter nation, a 27-year-old woman has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She was also pregnant, and has given birth while awaiting her sentence to be carried out. The common thread in both cases is as predictable as it is disturbing: the religion of Islam and the endemic mistreatment of women practiced by far too many of its followers.

Farzana Parveen was killed in broad daylight by nearly 20 members of her family before a crowd of onlookers outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan. As she walked up to the court’s main gate with her husband Mohammad Iqbal, relatives waiting for the couple’s arrival fired shots in the air and attempted to snatch her away. When she resisted, the attackers, who included her father, two brothers and her former fiancé, started beating her and her husband, before escalating the attack with bricks obtained from a nearby construction site.

Parveen subsequently sustained severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police.

All of the attackers but her father, Mohammad Azeem, escaped. He surrendered to the police and admitted taking part in the killing. He had no remorse. “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it,” the father was quoted as saying by police investigator Rana Mujahid.

Parveen had been engaged to her cousin, but married Iqbal instead, following an engagement of several years. In response, her family registered an abduction case against Iqbal, and Parzeen was to appear in court to argue that she had married him of her own free will, according to her lawyer Mustafa Kharal. Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis. Marrying for love is a transgression that ostensibly dishonors the family.

Iqbal, who started seeing Parveen following the death of his former wife with whom he had five children, claimed the couple was “in love.” He further alleged that her family wanted to extract money from him before allowing the marriage to take place. Instead, “I simply took her to court and registered a marriage,” Iqbal explained.

Parveen’s murder is hardly an anomaly. According to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation, as many as 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every yearby their families in such honor killings. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan released a report last month revealing that 869 women were murdered in honor killings in 2013, but the Aurat Foundation insists the number could be far higher because the totals are based solely on newspaper reports. The Pakistani government does not compile any honor killing statistics.

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Wave of Blasphemy Arrests, Riots Against Christians in Pakistan

police in PakistanBY RYAN MAURO:

Prosecutions based on blasphemy laws continue to skyrocket in Pakistan. Four evangelical Christians have just been arrested, shortly following the pressing of blasphemy charges against 86 lawyers. These incidents come after the May 7 murder of a defense attorney whose client was charged with blasphemy.

International Christian Concern reports that the four Christians, consisting of three women and a pastor, were arrested on May 18 after they distributed religious material at a railway station. A group of radical Muslims confronted them, at which point the police intervened and arrested the Christians and charged them with blasphemy.

An eyewitness says that hundreds of Islamists assembled after the Christians were taken away and “attacked” the local Christians in the city of Mirpus Kas. They also staged protests demanding their prosecution and that the police transfer custody to the “faithful” to be dealt with.

The complaint was filed by a leader of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat,another name for Sipah-e-Sahabah, which is formally banned in Pakistan. The group has carried out dozens of attacks on Shiites and is linked to Al Qaeda, but is still permitted to participate in elections and its leader even won a seat in parliament.

The charges stem from a protest by the lawyers against a senior police official named Umar Daraz earlier this month. The lawyers were upset because seven police officers were arrested for illegally arresting one of their colleagues and physically abusing him, but Daraz was left unscathed.

During the protest, the lawyers called Daraz a dog and referred to him by his first name, Umar. Again, a member of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, exploited Pakistan’s blasphemy law. He said that the lawyers defamed Islam by using Daraz’s first name because it is also the first name of the Second Caliph. As ridiculous as that is, charges were filed on May 13.

Read more at Clarion Project

Are Sharia-Tainted Businesses on the Ropes?

jay-leno-sultan-protest-600-reuters-450x253Front Page, By Ronn Torossian:

Los Angeles liberals are –rightfully – abuzz at the decision by the government of Brunei to adopt strict Sharia laws.  The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday called for new ownership of the hotel so it “will not be tarnished by the Brunei government’s actions.” Even Kim Kardashian’s bridal shower, which was originally planned for the Beverly Hills Hotel, was relocated.  Protests have erupted over “extreme and inhumane” Sharia laws, and mainstream media has reported pressures against the Brunei government for their stance on human rights, homosexuality and other issues. Brunei’s laws call for strong punishments for those found guilty of homosexuality or adultery — including stoning the convicted to death.

Rightfully, comedian Jay Leno said, “It’s not a political issue. This is not something that’s debatable. … It’s people being stoned to death.” Clearly this is the first time in many years that Hollywood has had its collective heads screwed on straight. One wonders what is next in terms of combating Sharia law countries and how far people will go to challenge Sharia law countries’ ownership interests –and sponsorships – in America.

Sharia money has a long reach.  This weekend, in Central Park, the New York City Road Runners run was sponsored by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy, in honor of the late President Sheikh Zayed.  The UAE also practices Sharia law – adultery and homosexuality are illegal, and wife beating is legal, assuming no physical marks are left on the woman.  Of course, today, if one is in the UAE they aren’t likely to use social media – as the freedom to use social media, does not extend to all. Under a 2012 cybercrime law that features vaguely defined offenses and harsh penalties, an American was arrested last year and served nine months in a maximum security prison for posting a negative video about the sons of powerful Dubai officials.

The race this weekend was run in honor of Sheikh Zayed. During Sheik Zayed’s time as ruler he was criticized for corporal punishment of prisoners and “conducting a slave ring of Bangladeshi children whom he would have kidnapped, starved, and then force to compete as jockeys in the country’s popular camel races.” A 1994 report indicates that

Amnesty International urged President al-Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan to commute all death sentences and called for punishments such as amputation and flogging to be replaced with an alternative form of punishment which does not amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Amnesty International also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience.

And if the Beverly Hills Hotel is California, then what can be more New York than the Chrysler Building? The Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi, owns the Chrysler Building, which paid over 800 million dollars for the 75% share it owns.  And if real estate is deemed to be boycotted by the elites, are the financiers also game? Sharia law authorities are in business with prestigious American banking institutions, including Barclays, Dow Jones, Standard & Poors, HSBC, Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Deutschebank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse and others.

Sharia Law is incompatible with Western values. And while Arab wealth stretches very far Sharia law is indeed dangerous. If, indeed, the uber-liberal Beverly Hills City Council succeeds in forcing out the Brunei government, will other businesses be far behind?

How To Give An Honest, Informed Presentation of Sharia on Fox News, in Two Minutes

Sharia-v-Freedom-227x350By Andrew Bostom:

Extracted from my interview with Lou Dobbs November 9, 2012, on Fox Business News.

Video Transcript (reproduced just below):

[Bostom] Sharia is really foundational in Islamic societies. It is derived from the canonical texts of Islam, the Koran, the Hadith—the traditions of Mohammed, and it has many ritual aspects that might be similar to other religions, but it’s also an entire political system, and here is where it runs afoul of modern human rights concepts like our Bill of Rights, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It includes a timeless war doctrine, the doctrine of jihad, it also rejects basic human freedoms, like freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and it imposes discriminatory regulations, legal regulations against non-Muslim minorities, and women. It also includes dehumanizing punishments, what we would consider dehumanizing punishments, like, lashing for alcohol consumption, stoning to death for adultery, and mutilating punishment for theft.

[Lou Dobbs]: Is it your view then that, there is no way in which our American culture can accommodate Sharia within a multicultural society for which would be Muslim?

[Bostom] Absolutely not. Certainly not for the overt, liberty-crushing dehumanizing aspects of Sharia. And unfortunately, it is an integrated wholeIt has proven historically very, very difficult for Muslims to de-sacralize Sharia, to secularize it, and to eliminate the political and liberty crushing aspects from the simple religious ritual aspects.

Boko Haram and the History of Child Rape in Jihad

boko-haram-ReutersBreitbart, by PHYLLIS CHESLER:

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram, (whose name either means “Western education is forbidden” or “a colonialist fraud being perpetrated against us”), captured three hundred Christian and Muslim Nigerian schoolgirls to become their sex and domestic slaves. The Muslim fundamentalists swooped down upon them as they were learning in a “forbidden” government secular school. Some girls managed to escape. Two hundred and seventy six girls are still missing.

The world media calls this a “kidnapping” in Nigeria. It is not a “kidnapping.” It is the face of Jihad, the way of Jihad. Boko Haram are not holding these girls for ransom, they are not willing to return them for money. They already view the girls as their God-given booty, and as sale-able property.

The girls are between the ages of twelve and fifteen. The Christian girls will be raped, converted to Islam, and then, like the Muslims girls, “married” to one of their captors. Some will be trafficked into the sex trade, which is pandemic throughout Africa and the Muslim Middle East. Sharia law allows men to purchase the sexual favors of a female child or a young woman for one hour, a week, or a month. Private and public brothels exist as well.

Please understand: Boko Haram are the Nigerian Taliban. Like their Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, they oppose education for girls and would rather marry and impregnate them instead–for Allah’s sake.

This behavior is absolutely par for the course in Islamic history. Anyone who is surprised or shocked by this latest outrage in Nigeria simply does not know the facts.

Boko Haram’s behavior is typical of any armed Muslim force beginning in Mohammed’s time. The Prophet’s warriors went on raids and systematically massacred the Jewish tribes in Arabia. The men who refused to convert were beheaded–and then the Prophet divided the women, children, houses, and chattels among the Muslims. The women were forcibly converted and kept as “wives” or slaves.

Thereafter, Muslim warriors in search of power, land, and gold, did much the same thing.

Contrary to the politically correct intelligentsia, who focus only on Western sins, Islam also has a long and ongoing history of imperialism, colonialism, conversion by the sword, sex slavery, (of both boys and girls), polygamy, sex trafficking, and the brutal subordination and cyclical massacres of religious minorities.

Westerners either do not know this, do not want to know this, don’t care all that much, or misunderstand this.

Some, including journalists, still believe that Boko Haram and other such groups are crying out against injustice and poverty, against government corruption and ineptitude–all of which exist.

But that is not Boko Haram’s major concern. They want to assert an Islamic state in Nigeria, similar to that which exists in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, and now, Brunei. These Muslim extremists, both Sunni and Shiia, want Sharia law to dominate public and private life. This means that the state will have the power to stone people to death for adultery and apostasy, to amputate for theft, to lash and jail for “blasphemy,” to tax and hold hostage, jail, murder, or exile infidels.

Oh, yes–male polygamy will be legal, marriage will be forced, women will be veiled, normatively beaten and raped without recourse, honor killed for the slightest perceived disobedience. Women are breeders and housekeepers–an education would ruin them.

Nevertheless, for the first time, the world is mobilized, we have a “teachable moment.” Petitions have been signed, tweets tweeted, articles written, offers of military support tendered. I have remained silent because I have not liked how many in the media have jumped on this latest example of barbarism to plead their own special cause.

The capture of girls is horrifying but, they say, let’s remember that Boko Haram and other groups like them have also persecuted religious minorities in the Muslim and Arab world; let’s not forget that there are so many moderate Muslims who believe in women’s rights and the Western enterprise; let’s remember that this is just one more face of Jihad against the West, etc. All true–but this all takes the focus away from the way in which historical Islam views and treats women.

In 1971, hundreds of thousands of women were raped during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Pakistani Muslim soldiers publicly and repeatedly gang-raped and tortured Muslim (future Bangladeshi) women. These women became known as “Birangona,” or “brave women.” At the time, many killed themselves or, if pregnant, their families killed them in honor killings. Forty years later, those who survived are still traumatized and shamed by what was done to them. Many were humiliated by their relatives, rejected by their husbands.

At the time, the West paid no attention.

From 1992 on, Islamic paramilitary troops enslaved young Muslim girls in Algeria both sexually and domestically; they just grabbed them off the streets. If they tried to escape, they would be shot dead; the same was true when they became pregnant. Their names are lost in history.

At the time, the West paid no attention.

And then there was 2004, in Sudan, a long and ugly war, in which ethnic Arab Muslims engaged in what I call “gender cleansing” when they publicly and repeatedly gang-raped mainly Black African Muslim, Christian, and animist women. I was approached for advice and suggested setting up Women’s Talking Tents where the raped girls and women could come and speak their pain, see they were not alone, learn that it was not their fault.

And Western governments did nothing.

I wonder what will happen to those poor Nigerian girls who survive this ordeal? Will they be rescued and embraced? Will they be able to one day see themselves as war heroes, not victims? Will they all ever be found?

Mainly, will the world finally take a strong stand against such militant and barbaric Islamic groups who not only rape and imprison Muslim girls and women but who also slaughter both Muslim civilians and “infidels” indiscriminately?

Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, and the author of fifteen books including the classic Women and Madness, Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. Her latest book, An American Bride in Kabul, just won the National Jewish Book Award for 2013. She is a Fellow at the Middle East Forum and can be reached through her website: www.phyllis-chesler.com

Darryll Issa Shows Ignorance of Islam in Recent Donnelly-Kashkari Spat Over Sharia

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Breitbart, By Pamela Geller, May 9, 2014:

California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who is running for governor, recently pointed out that his rival Neel Kashkari “supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code in 2008 when he ran TARP.”

The charge was true, but that didn’t stop the influential Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair, from furiously denouncing not Kashkari, but Donnelly – illustrating again what’s wrong with the right.

Issa raged: “There is no place in any public discussion for this type of hateful and ignorant garbage. As far as I’m concerned, this type of stupidity disqualifies Donnelly from being fit to hold any office, anywhere. Donnelly is no longer a viable option for California voters… There is no place in the Republican Party or in this race for someone like Tim Donnelly.”

Donnelly duly apologized. But he shouldn’t have. He was right. Did Darryll Issa even look into the charge? Or did he knee-jerk smear Donnelly? And who died and made Issa king of the Republican Party? Who is this uninformed loudmouth to say who is or isn’t welcomed into the Republican Party? Like Brody said in Jaws, we need a bigger boat. If every time someone touches the third rail – jihad and sharia – they get burned and turned on, then the Republicans are going the way of the Whigs.

It’s Issa who should be taken to the woodshed, not Donnelly. What was hateful wasn’t Donnelly’s statement but Issa’s response. What is ignorant is Issa’s complete lack of knowledge of sharia, TARP, and the taxpayer-funded sharia programs. Why should the American taxpayer legitimize and institutionalize the Sharia? Sharia finance is the pernicious effort to force the banking industry to conform to Islamic law. Sharia banking finances Islamic terror through zakat (Islamic almsgiving) and would destroy whole sectors of the American economy, as it prohibits investment in whole industries, including pork, alcohol, tobacco, and some forms of entertainment.

Shariah Finance Watch explains that sharia-compliant finance “as monitored by paid Shariah law advisors to U.S. banking institutions must ‘purify’ certain return on investment (ROI) dollars that do not meet Shariah law standards. This money must be donated to Islamic charities – including some that promote Jihad and support suicide bombing. Investment disclosures state that these profits can be as high as 6% of profits of investments.”

That’s what Kashkari was selling when he spoke at a Treasury Department conference in 2008 that was intended to “inform the policy community about Islamic financial services, which are an increasingly important part of the global financial industry.” The conference’s stated purpose was to “provide government policymakers information about Islamic finance. The presentation materials from the conference discussed topics such as the source of Islamic finance, how Islamic finance works, and the market factors that caused its growth.”

The introduction of sharia finance in the U.S. has support at the highest levels. A recent lawsuit brought to light the fact that $153 million in taxpayer money has been spent on sharia-compliant finance. David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), who represented the anti-sharia plaintiff in that lawsuit, told me:

I take no position about what kind of governor Mr. Kashkari would make or indeed what kind of conservative bona fides he has in his brief. What I can say is that the U.S. Treasury under President Bush, during Mr. Kashkari’s deep involvement in TARP, actively promoted Sharia-compliant finance when it knew very well that this vehicle was being used not only to promote jihad, but also to effectively defraud Western investors by failing to disclose the Black Box that is Sharia. Mr. Kashkari might claim he was simply naive about the insidious and invidious nature of Sharia. That naiveté, though, becomes part of his resume for governor. But one thing I can say with absolute certainty: the Treasury Department he served knew exactly what it was doing. We uncovered documents during discovery where we learned that the Treasury was not merely promoting Sharia-compliant finance through its acquisition of AIG, but that it had been promoting Sharia as an international financing model leading up to the government’s takeover of AIG.

Confirming that is a statement from Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmitt, who said around the same time that this conference was held that “the U.S. government is currently studying the salient features of Islamic banking to ascertain how far it could be useful in fighting the ongoing world economic crisis.”

Nevertheless, Kashkari downplayed his involvement in the conference: “They were looking for a senior Treasury official to give the opening remarks at this conference, and I happened to be scheduled to be in the office that day.” He did acknowledge, however, that “these sorts of conferences were put on to help promote an understanding of how you can still have free market principles and open economics even in Islamic countries.” Really? Where? In which Islamic countries? His claim is false on its face.

Issa’s savage attack on Donnelly is yet another indication of how naïve and complacent establishment Republicans are about the threat of jihad and Islamic supremacism. Issa said this on Bill Maher’s show back in 2007:

One of the problems that we have as Americans in my opinion having traveled the region a little bit, is that we try to say Muslims as though it was one place. If you go to the Palestinian territories the one thing you’ll see is that for over 1000 years, Christians and Muslims have lived side-by-side… So we can talk about radical Islam, but we see no evidence out of it there. You go to Ethiopia, [where] you have some of the oldest Christians in the world and Muslims. They have a lot of problems in Ethiopia, we’ll endless[ly talk] about the problems in Ethiopia, except they look down on Somalia for their problems, but there is no question that religious tolerance of the two living side by side has not been about extremism, ‘convert or you’ll die.’

“No evidence” of “radical Islam” in the Palestinian territories? What is he smoking? There are churches in those areas because under Muslim rule the Christians were subjugated dhimmis, denied basic rights and paying jizya (poll tax) to the Islamic state. The Muslims let them live because they constituted their source of revenue for the state. That’s tolerance?

Clearly Darrell Issa knows nothing about Islam, sharia, or Islamic history.

In 2011, Issa co-sponsored the Hezbollah Anti-Terrorism Act (HATA), a bill to cut aid to the Hezbollah-led Lebanese government. However, he has also denounced “Israel’s wanton violation of Lebanese territory and its somewhat failed attempt to defeat Hezbollah.” He has even said, “You can’t end an idea or a terrorist organization by guns alone.” So does Issa suggest we roast marshmallows with Boko Haram? Al-Shabaab? Hamas?

Darrell Issa is the latest illustration of what’s wrong with the Republican Party and of our increasingly serious need for a genuine opposition party in Washington.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the ResistanceFollow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.

 

Islam’s Role in Boko Haram’s Kidnapping of Schoolgirls — on The Glazov Gang

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This week’s Glazov Gang was joined by Dr. Mark Durie, a theologian, human rights activist, pastor of an Anglican church, and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Dr. Durie joined the show to discuss Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Islamic roots of that barbaric act. He shed light on the Islamic theology that inspires and sanctions Muslims to enslave and rape kafir women.

He also analyzed Islam-Denial in our culture, the subjects of abrogation and taqiyya, the forces that brought him into this battle, and much, much more.

The War on Former Muslim Women

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It is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia’s evil deeds. Similar stories of Christian girls being kidnapped, forcibly married and converted to Islam by their Muslim captors, have been a reality for decades. But unfortunately, and tragically, they have been ignored by our mainstream media. Only a few “Islamophobic” journalists have cared enough to report on such atrocities in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere — until reality exploded to such a great magnitude that it awakened the world’s conscience.

Former Muslim women like Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali and myself have been writing and speaking about the oppression of women in Islamic society for a long time now. I have written a book dedicated to connecting the dots between Islamic law and such kidnappings, rapes and other forms of oppression of women. But instead of helping our voices be heard, the leftist media and academia have ignored us, called us names and done everything in their power to silence us. They have treated the American people like children who are told they should not be outraged about far away cultural practices — because all cultures are equal.

Advocates of cultural relativism who are brutal in judging conservative and Christian Americans, and call them slanderous names, have no problem in tolerating Islamic tyranny over women and other minorities.

After 9/11 Americans asked: “Where are the voices of Arab Americans who condemn Islamic terrorism?” This question led a few brave former Muslim women to stand up and speak. But when we did (at our own peril), the leftist media and academia called us “Islamophobes” and “racists.” What is Islamophobic and racist about warning America about the tyranny of the barbaric religious legal system that we lived under and came to America to escape from its vicious clutches?

Muslims have convinced the leftist elites that criticism of Islamic doctrine is a hateful phobia equal to hating all Muslim people. Students who wanted to learn the truth about Sharia and its implications on women, jihad, the Arab Israeli conflict and terrorism, have been intimidated and forced to withdraw their invitation to former Muslim women speakers.

Not only have Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the Left succeeded in silencing speech critical of Islam, but reports about Islamic atrocities around the world have been suppressed — until now, when one horrifying story of an Islamic crime against humanity could not be contained.

And so now, with the Nigerian kidnapping story, Islam’s dirty little secret has been exposed: Sharia legalizes the taking of female hostages as sexual slaves in the jihad battle against non-Muslims. And since the jihad battle against non-Muslims is taught as a permanent institution, the kidnapping, rape and enslavement can happen at any time. In fact, the Islamic Nigerian mass kidnappers, who are experts on Sharia, are bragging on camera about their actions because they are told by their books and Islamic education that what they did is holy and legal under Allah.

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Shariah Law: Good for Wall Street, Bad for Beverly Hills?

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In Beverly Hills, California, feminists, actors and celebrities were rallying outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, in order to protest its owner, the Sultan of Brunei’s, decision to institute harsh shariah law punishments, including the stoning of homosexuals and adulterers, and floggings and amputations for thieves and other violators of Islamic law.  TV star Ellen Degeneres announced a boycott of the Sultan’s hotels on twitter, and comedian Jay Leno, together with his wife Mavis, leader of the Feminist Majority organization, led a protest outside the hotel.  The Beverly Hills City Council is expected to pass a resolution against Brunei’s sharia laws, while the Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse called the laws “so barbaric” that the city council felt forced to act.

Meanwhile in another part of California, Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination against former Bush Assistant Secretary of Treasury Neel Kashkari, took fire from California GOP officials for pointing out on Facebook that Kashkari had hosted a panel of Sharia law specialists at a Treasury Department meeting in 2008, arranged with Harvard University.

Donnelly was compared to Todd Akin, whose comments regarding rape and pregnancy, widely regarded as offensive, made national news during the 2012 Presidential campaign. Vice Chair Harmeet Dhillon said Donnelly’s remarks traded “on bigotry, racism, hatred of the other, hysteria.” Recently Representative Darrel Issa weighed in, calling Donnelly’s statement, “hateful and disgusting rhetoric,” that had no place.

Kashkari campaign spokesman Aaron McLear responded by saying, “The conference on Islamic Finance was designed to explore how free market principles could work in Islamic countries. It had nothing to do with changing America’s legal or financial systems.”

That explanation however appears to be less than accurate. In a copy of the seminar schedule, presentation topics included, “US regulation of Islamic financial institutions,” and the “US market for Islamic financial services.”

One presenter in particular is worthy of further scrutiny. Yusuf Talal Delorenzo, whose bio in the seminar schedule describes him as “a scholar of Islamic Transactional Law whose 30 year career was featured in an August 2007 front page story in The Wall Street Journal.”

The subject of Delorenzo’s talk was “Shariah Compliance.”

It fails to mention however that Delorenzo was a member of the Research Department of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), as well as a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, part of the Islamic Society of North America. Both IIIT and ISNA are known to federal law enforcement as affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It was in this capacity, that Delorenzo was responsible for approving the translation of a manual of Shariah law called, “The Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Law.”  Published in translation by Nuh Mim Keller in 1994 and reprinted as recently as 2011, the book contains not just shariah law as it regards finances, but the very same “barbaric” punishments that the Beverly Hills City Council found so outrageous as to require a resolution against it.

Included in Reliance are such legal requirements as stoning or lashes for those guilty of “Fornication or Sodomy.” It also calls for the death of homosexuals.

DeLorenzo’s participation in the review of Reliance of the Traveller raises questions about separation between Islamic finance and shariah criminal codes, as the book contains legal instructions on Trade, Inheritance, Marriage, Divorce as well as “Justice” under which the punishments for homosexuality and adultery are found.

Which raises the question of why media organs like the Los Angeles Times single out Jay Leno, Ellen Degeneres, Mayor Lili Bosse and the Beverly Hills City Council for their appropriate stand against Shariah law when it comes to Brunei, yet Donnelly’s raising of the issue of Kashkari’s participation in a Shariah law event, featuring a person with DeLorenzo’s background, is aggressively condemned.

 

 

Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research at the Endowment for Middle East Truth. He is a co-author of “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorism Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace,” and has been published in the InFocus, the quarterly journal of the Jewish Policy Center, and National Security Proceedings, the quarterly journal of the Center for Security Policy, as well asBigPeace.comThe American ThinkerFamily Security Matters and Frontpage Magazine. Kyle has briefed congressional staffers, law enforcement officers and intelligence officials on matters ranging from the Iranian nuclear program to Saudi influence operations. He blogs at http://www.emetonlineblog.com

UC Berkeley “Islamophobia” Conference: Pseudo-Scholarship at Taxpayer Expense

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At taxpayer expense, one of the most prominent universities in America, UC Berkeley, recently hosted an Islamic propaganda-fest promoting Sharia Law and ways to use the educational sphere to obstruct national security by blaming “Islamophobia” and “white racism.” Participants hailed their “research” as the cause of the cancellation of the NYPD’s counterterrorism intelligence program and called for “Islamophobia Studies” to be a college major worldwide.

A peculiar theme was repeatedly advanced throughout the three-day Fifth Annual Conference on Islamophobia, held at UC Berkeley’s prestigious Boalt Law School in Berkeley, California April 17-19. Almost all presenters who spoke about the 34 or more “academic” papers that were discussed continually asserted that white racism and colonialism were the causes of “Islamophobia” throughout America and Europe. In their view, this “Islamophobia” is driven by the media, while racism against people of color is the main cause overall behind the (supposed) persecution of Muslims. Fear of terrorism was of no legitimate concern.

Discussions also centered on discrimination against women and gays, a practice deemed not to be a widespread problem in Islamic practices, but the result of “Islamophobia.”

Hatem Bazian was the main organizer of the event. A Senior Lecturer in the Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, Bazian was an adjunct Professor of Islamic Law at Boalt Law School from 2002-2007. As an undergrad, Bazian was a student leader among the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State, where he ultimately earned an M.A. in International Relations. He then went through UC Berkeley’s PhD program while being a Palestinian activist on that campus with the Students for Justice in Palestine. He is one of the founders of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, the nation’s first “Islamic college” that is graduating its first class this month. Bazian was a co-founder of American Muslims for Palestine that has been featured in the news as a Hamas front.

Bazian kicked off the conference with an introduction that discussed Islamophobia as an irrational fear of Islam and a major issue for Muslims worldwide. He cast much of the blame for this (supposed) situation on Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project. Bazian stated that the conference would deal with deciphering the causes and activities of latent and manifested Islamophobia and that similar conferences were already in the works to take place in Paris, France and Salzberg, Austria next year to reach European audiences. He also discussed a similar conference to take place in Turkey because, as he explained, “Islamophobia takes place in the Middle East and Muslim countries also.” He concluded by saying that he hoped to see “Islamophobia” as a major studies course in universities and colleges across America and the entire world.

As the conference ensued, the speakers blamed the news media for Islamophobia and complained of so-called “experts” on Islam who allegedly “had no knowledge” and were supposedly inflaming public opinion against Muslims. These individuals included Pamela Geller, Ann Coulter and Robert Spencer, who, like Steve Emerson, were all accused of making “false accusations” against Muslims. Photos were displayed of the controversial bus ads placed by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s American Freedom Defense Initiative condemning jihad in Boston, with examples of how the organizers had managed to get the bus companies to change the wording on the ads to make them less “anti-Islamic.”

At no time during the conference was there a condemnation of terrorism or any other security threat to the United States, despite an agreement by all that 9/11 was a watershed moment for Muslims, particularly in America. Israel also was not mentioned, save for once when the word “occupation” was used. Any type of national security that scrutinized Muslims was deemed “Islamophobic,” as if actual terrorism does not exist and has never been carried out by Muslims — who are, according to the conference’s main theme, only falsely profiled or accused and are, therefore, victims.

Read more at Front Page

Lee Kaplan is an investigative journalist and head of the non-profit DAFKA.org website and its StoptheISM.com subsidiary. He is a contributing writer at Frontpagemag.com and a regular columnist at the educational watchdog Israelcampus.com and the IsraelNationalNews.com. He is a Fellow with the American Center for Democracy and exposes frequently indoctrination on college campuses and activities of the International Solidarity Movement. He can be reached at leekaplan@stoptheism.com