What’s the Number of Terrorists We’ll Accept from a U.S. Mosque Before We Start Asking Questions?

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In an age of religious terror, of course you need surveillance to monitor religious sites.

CounterJihad, by Shireen Qudosi, Aug. 19, 2016:

In the aftermath of one of Islamism’s bloodiest summers, Western countries are stepping up efforts to filter for potential threats. Germany has held raids targeting Islamist preachers suspected of recruiting ISIS supporters. Belgium launched a police hunt for an imam’s son who walked down the street loudly praying to Allah for the annihilation of all Christians. And France recently banned the “burkini” – the Muslim adaptation of a swimsuit. At this point, it’s a bandage on a gaping wound. More aggressive and strategic measures need to be taken to target the environment where Islamic supremacism flourishes, rather than just the behavior it produces. One place is in U.S. mosques.

For the last year, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has rallied for greater U.S. mosque surveillance. He’s introduced a series of ideas that are both shocking and bold in a climate where one more serious domestic terrorist attack could very likely escalate the situation beyond our control.

Principal among them, Giuliani proposed electronic monitoring tags and bracelets for Muslims on the terror watch list. The problem with this is ensuring the right people are on that list. If that watch list is anything like the TSA no-fly list (easy to get on, impossible to get off of), we have a problem. And just like with mosque surveillance that is made public, tracking radical threats doesn’t deter their activity. Islamic extremists have a start-up mentality: they are extremely flexible and expect to adapt to the environment. In the case of next generation Muslims, that activity will shift to universities, social venues, and online. This is why announcing a surveillance program is an ill-advised move. Don’t announce it, just do it.

The fact is, 80% of U.S. mosques are known to be complicit in promoting violence. The Islamic Society of Boston is one of them. At this one mosque we find, not only inciters of violence and hatred, but the inevitable result of that incitement: actual violent jihadists who’ve drawn blood. In the case of the ISB, it was perpetrators of the Boston Marathon Massacre in 2013.

And when Islamists complain about the need for mosques, chatter among Millennial Muslims show a growing frustration for mushrooming mosques at the expense of diminishing community services for Muslims in need.  In other words, Muslims themselves say the mosques aren’t necessary.

However, tracking activity within mosques is necessary given the causal relationship between extremism and mosque affiliation. For Giuliani, the imperative on tracking red-flagged Muslims with bracelets comes after a string of Western attacks by extremists who were on a terror watch list – or had at some point been detained for questioning. Though active monitoring can be implemented, there’s a greater question of resources. The reason many of these red-flagged terrorists went under the radar was because officials were simply overwhelmed with data.

The solution to curtailing America’s terror threat isn’t just one extreme solution or another; it’s a combination of extreme measures paired with creative initiatives. This starts with recognizing that mosques are a portal for Islamism and extremism. This is not to say that every mosque is hoarding ammunitions in the backroom, but rather mosques (1) aren’t challenging their own narratives of Islamic supremacy within their congregation and community, and (2) aren’t rejecting hate preachers who hold an animosity toward at West.

In addition to more sound surveillance programs that perhaps works with progressive Muslims, it would be advisable to put searing pressure on mosques, leaders, organizers and Islamic organizations that makes it clear that ambivalence, acceptance, and/or embrace of radical Islamic philosophy will not be tolerated. This means that as a collective society, we need Muslim Reformer-lead conversation about Islamic philosophy, a principle tenet in Trump’s foreign policy speech.

Alongside, the U.S. government has to recognize it’s in an ideological war, meaning that empowering counter narratives among Muslim reformers and critical thinkers – and funding initiatives and centers spearheaded by them – is no longer an option to be explored; it must be supported. This doesn’t mean additional funds for CVE or vague counter-terrorism funding. It means funds for hoisting the flag of reform and making it possible for true progressive to establish ideological lighthouses that build a movement.

But there’s a larger problem: a total lack of solidarity between party lines and across national and state agencies.

Giuliani correctly pointed out the need for continued surveillance programs, especially after the Orlando Shooting – an attack that is strongly suspected to have been triggered in part by radical imams. These programs were in place under Bloomberg but were halted under current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The New York City Police Department has also faced wavering support for its efforts to combat Islamic extremism in the city that has faced the most brutal Western assault by Islamic extremists. Though a post 9/11 era saw support for increased surveillance and controls, that support has dwindled with each changing of the guards – at a national stage from Bush to Obama, and more regionally, between NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to newcomer Bill Bratton. Bratton disbanded a critical undercover police unit assigned to look for terrorist activity in New York Mosques and social venues popular among local Muslims. Bratton also chose to shelf an instrumental 92 pages report that was heralded as groundbreaking.

And nationally, while the CIA and the FBI joined forces post 9/11 to pool resources and create efficient information networks, the FBI has largely failed in their attempt to recruit and deploy undercover agents. Caught between fruitless community relations with Islamists and a failure to put into action credible undercover assets, the FBI has faced a backlash from the Muslim community for entrapment scenarios that have actually created viable threats.

It’s clear that any plan moving forward is going to need having everyone on the same page. That starts with recognizing we’re dealing with an ideological problem that goes beyond jihadi training grounds overseas. We’re dealing with a mindset that goes beyond mosques and borders.

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The Mosque is the Barracks of Radical Islam

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80% of U.S. mosques are complicit in promoting violence.

CounterJihad, by Bruce Cornibe, Aug 3, 2016:

Islamist Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”  We are witnessing the truth of his remarks.

Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are just some examples of places where individuals go to worship, pray, learn, and fellowship. However, there might be more going on at the local mosque or Islamic center than just songs of praise. These places can also serve as incubators for radicalization for Islamists and jihadists. The Muslim Brotherhood has already given us an idea of the role that the mosque/Islamic center plays in their plan to establish an Islamic Caliphate with the implementation of Sharia law.

The Muslim Brotherhood in North America is committed to its strategy of “civilization jihad” – a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated.” Through its process of settlement, the Islamic center plays a pivotal part for the Brotherhood as revealed in the Center for Security Policy’s An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, which states:

The center we seek is the one which constitutes the “axis” of our Movement, the “perimeter” of the circle of our work, our “balance center”, the “base” for our rise and our “Dar al-Arqam” to educate us, prepare us and supply our battalions in addition to being the “niche” of our prayers.

This is in order for the Islamic center to turn – in action not in words – into a seed “for a small Islamic society” which is a reflection and a mirror to our central organizations. The center ought to turn into a “beehive” which produces sweet honey. Thus, the Islamic center would turn into a place for study, family, battalion, course, seminar, visit, sport, school, social club, women gathering, kindergarten for male and female youngsters, the office of the domestic political resolution, and the center for distributing our newspapers, magazines, books and our audio and visual tapes.

In brief we say: we would like for the Islamic center to become “The House of Dawa”’ and “the general center” in deeds first before name. As much as we own and direct these centers at the continent level, we can say we are marching successfully towards the settlement of Dawa’ in this country.

Even though Dawah is a form of Islamic proselytizing, it can also be used as a cover to spread radical Islamic literature at the mosque. Perspectives on Terrorism, a peer-reviewed journal, takes a deeper look into what’s going on in America’s mosques and found some starting results of the prevalence of material advocating violence – highlighted in a 2011 report titled Sharia Adherence Mosque Survey: Correlations between Sharia Adherence and Violent Dogma in U.S. Mosques (The Middle East Quarterly “originally published the results of this study in its Summer 2011 edition”). The abstract reads:

A random survey of 100 representative mosques in the U.S. was conducted to measure the correlation between Sharia adherence and dogma calling for violence against non-believers. Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all. Mosques that presented as Sharia adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-Sharia-adherent counterparts. In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at Sharia-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-Sharia-adherent mosques. Fifty-eight percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.

The fact that over 80% of U.S. mosques are complicit in promoting some level of violence is alarming to say the least. These results fly in the face of the typical media narrative that tries to make most ISIS supporters out to be ‘lone-wolf’ terrorists that get radicalized via the internet. While the internet does play a role, there are usually deeper networks that extend to the mosque/Islamic center. In the U.S. there are a number of mosques/Islamic centers that have produced jihadists such as the Islamic Society of Boston, the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, and Masjid Omar Ibn El Khattab among others.

There is also a connection between radical mosques and rogue foreign funders. Even France has admitted to this recently when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proposed the idea of a moratorium on foreign entities funding mosques. France has had problems with foreign funded mosques such as those backed by Saudi petrodollars that allegedly preach Wahhabism (similar to Salafism) – one opened in Nice a couple weeks prior to the recent truck attack. Kosovo also has been in the news lately in regards to their foreign influenced jihadist problem when an Iranian cleric was charged “with financing terrorism and money laundering through an ostensible nongovernmental organization that worked to spread Tehran’s version of Shi’ite Islam across Europe[.]” It’s reported that after the Kosovo War ended in 1999 Iranian charities created schools and mosques – seeking to spread the Islamic Revolution in Kosovo. Besides Iran, Islam in Kosovo is influenced by Saudi Arabia. According to a New York Times article from May of 2016, “Kosovo now has over 800 mosques, 240 of them built since the war and blamed for helping indoctrinate a new generation in Wahhabism.” Furthermore, “Saudi diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks in 2015 reveal a system of funding for mosques, Islamic centers, and Saudi-trained clerics that spans Asia, Africa and Europe. In New Delhi alone, 140 Muslim preachers are listed as on the Saudi Consulate’s payroll.”

Politicians are either ignorant or foolish not to realize that mosques/Islamic centers are different than other places of worship; therefore, mosques that teach violence shouldn’t be afforded the same religious protections as everyone else. As we have seen, a significant portion of mosques in the U.S. are not just allowing the spread of Islamism but also violent literature that has inspired numerous terrorists to join the cause of jihad (problem isn’t exclusive to the U.S.). Since much of the media is ignoring this politically inconvenient truth it’s time for citizens to educate our elected officials on these issues to ensure our country’s national security. We must act now!

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French PM suggests interim ban on foreign funding of mosques

Manuel Valls called for imams to be "trained in France, not elsewhere" (AFP)

Manuel Valls called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere” (AFP)

Manuel Valls says France needs a ‘new relationship with Islam’ after a string of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group

Middle East Eye, July 29, 2016:

France’s prime minister has suggested a temporary ban on foreign financing for mosques and a “new relationship with Islam in France,” after a spate of attacks in the country claimed by the Islamic State group.

Manuel Valls told Le Monde: “We need to reset and invent a new relationship with Islam in France,” and called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere”.

He added he was “open to the idea that – for a period yet to be determined – there should be no financing from abroad for the construction of mosques”.

Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have come under fire for perceived security failings that have failed to prevent three major terror attacks in France in 18 months.

The latest happened at a church in Rouen, where an elderly priest was killed by two men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The fact that one of the church attackers, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, was awaiting trial on terror charges and had been fitted with an electronic tag meant judges needed to take a “different, case-by-case, approach,” Valls said.

However, the prime minister stressed that the judges in this individual case should not be held responsible for this “act of terrorism”.

The Islamic State group’s affiliated news agency, Amaq, late on Thursday released a video purportedly showing one of the two men who attacked a church in northern France this week urging all Muslims to destroy the country.

In the video, Abdel-Malik Nabir Petitjean, formally identified as one of the men who killed a priest in the attack before being shot dead by police, addresses President Francois Hollande and Valls directly.

“The times have changed. You will suffer what our brothers and sisters are suffering. We are going to destroy your country,” the man Amaq alleges is Petitjean says in the recording.

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Neighbors Launch Drive to Close Orlando Terrorist’s Mosque, as FBI Investigates Third Terror Suspect at Islamic Center

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If they’re successful in shuttering the mosque, organizers say they’d like to erect a memorial site “to honor all the lives that have been lost.”

CounterJihad, by Paul Sperry, June 23, 2016:

As FBI agents investigate a third male suspect at the nightclub terrorist’s mosque in Florida, neighbors complain the small Islamic center has become a hotbed for terrorist activity and have launched a petition drive to shut it down.

Many local residents say they feel afraid for their safety living near a mosque that has graduated two deadly terrorists in the past two years, and where federal investigators are now actively questioning additional worshipers in connection with long-time member Omar Mateen’s June 12 massacre in Orlando.

Close the Mosque organizers are planning to hold a large protest rally outside the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, but have run into difficulties obtaining permits from county government officials. Their movement has attracted more than 400 supporters. If they’re successful in shuttering the mosque, organizers say they’d like to erect a memorial site “to honor all the lives that have been lost.”

“The mosque leaders in Fort Pierce are complaining and scared for their lives after two killers came out of there,” wrote a local resident posting on the “Close the Mosque” Facebook page as Anthony Profeta. “Well, I got news for you: I’m scared your[sic] going to kill my kids, so pack up your things, close that mosque and leave town … your[sic] training future killers.”

Added Fort Pierce resident Joel Matt: “Time to shut that place down until further investigation is done.”

“Bulldozer that place,” another local remarked.

On Friday, two FBI agents met with an unidentified member of the Islamic center, a fellow worshiper of Mateen, for more than a half hour before Friday prayers started. I’m told investigators plan to interview more members of the mosque this week. Agents are following up on a lead from a gun store operator, who told authorities he overheard Mateen, an Afghan-American, speaking to a possible co-conspirator “in a foreign language” several weeks ago when Mateen came into his gun shop looking to buy body armor and bulk ammo.

About two years ago, agents paid leaders at the same Islamic center a visit to investigate the mosque’s ties to another worshiper, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, who is believed to be the first American suicide bomber in Syria. Mateen prayed alongside Abu-Salha, who left his car in the mosque parking lot before flying to Syria.

The renewed focus on the mosque as a terrorism hub has neighbors spooked.

“How many people that attend your mosque are going to become radicalized before we have to ask what the f*** are you teaching in there?” a local resident identifying himself as Brad Mulcahy posted on the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce’s Facebook page.

Mateen, who was shot dead by police after shooting an unprecedented 102 innocent people, killing 49, at the gay Pulse club in Orlando, regularly attended the Islamic center for more than a dozen years, praying there up to four times a week. In fact, Mateen prayed at the mosque the night before his terrorist attack.

His three sisters worked at the mosque, located on Midway Road, and property records show two of them own homes on the same street. His father, a Taliban-supporting immigrant from Afghanistan, sat on the mosque’s board of directors and once served as its vice president, as CounterJihad.com first reported last week.

Mosque leaders deny that Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, was radicalized at the Islamic center; and they maintain that they did not interact with him and were unaware of any extremist religious or political views that he held.

The president and imam of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, Dr. Syed Shafeeq Rahman, said it is merely “a coincidence” that two deadly terrorists prayed at his mosque.

“This is a coincidence,” he said. “There is no teaching given about extremism in this mosque.”

He claims the mosque has received death threats and has had to hire private security after the St. Lucie County sheriff’s office declined to provide a security detail. St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said his agency is limited by staffing and other security contracts.

The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was founded in the 1990s to accommodate a growing number of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who settled in the area famous for its orange groves in the 1970s after Democrat-sponsored federal legislation opened up U.S. immigration to such regions.

The Midway Road mosque was converted from an old Christian church. A sister mosque — The Islamic Center of Muslim Friends of Florida — operates in an abandoned building with no signage a little more than a mile away.

Thanks to immigration, the Muslim population has exploded across the state of Florida, allowing some of the 9/11 hijackers to blend in in nearby cities and take flight lessons before the 2001 attacks. Many terrorist cells remain secreted throughout the state, terrorism experts say.

“There are a lot of cells here in Florida, trust me,” former CIA case officer Bob Baer warned.

After Mideast, will the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus destabilize East Asia?

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Southeast Asia’s youths are getting radicalized as Saudi Arabia is pouring money for the spread Wahhabism, a fundamental Sunni school of Islam, in the region. If the U.S. is serious about counter-terrorism, it should break the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus by dismantling the religious-industrial complex of Saudi-funded mosques and madrassas that serve as jihad factories producing suicide bombers from Africa to Europe and now Asia.      

Professor Brahma Chellaney from India’s Center for Policy Research has sound advice for the next American president regarding US militarized approach to fighting terrorism.

In a December 2015 article entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror”, Chellaney pointed to the Wahhabi ideology, “a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism” as the root cause of global terrorism.

He warned that unless expansion of Wahhabism is arrested, the global war on terror is ineffective. ‘No matter how many bombs the US and its allies drop, the Saudi-financed madrassas will continue to indoctrinate tomorrow’s jihadists.[1]

After two years of bombing campaign, Pentagon officials reveal US is now running out of bombs to drop on Islamic State (IS).[2] And the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus continues to indoctrinate new jihadists — now in East Asia.

Southeast Asia next jihadi battleground

 In May, Malaysia shocked the world when Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government threw its support behind hudud, the 7th century shaira law that includes amputations and stonings, threatening the hitherto democratic and multi-ethnic country.[3] Razak received a $681 million gift from Saudi Arabia in April.[4]

Calling it the “Saudization of Southeast Asia”, retired Malaysian diplomat Dennis Ignatius back in March 2015 had warned the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus “is the greatest single threat to peace and stability in the world today.”[5]

Ignatius noted how over the years, Riyadh built up a significant cadre of Wahhabi-trained academics, preachers and teachers across the region. They act as “lobby groups agitating for greater Islamization, demanding the imposition of Shaira law, pushing for stricter controls of other faiths, and working behind the scenes to influence official policy and shape pubic opinion.”

As a result, this “culture of intolerance, hate and violence” that permeates so much of the Middle East is now manifesting in Southeast Asia, with young Muslims from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines gravitating to Syrian jihad.  In the face of Saudi-sponsored proliferation of extremism, Ignatius predicts Southeast Asia would be the next jihadi battleground.

Indeed Jakarta has already suffered IS and Al Qaeda attacks, and various Wahhabi sect jihadi groups now plague Southeast Asia.[6]

Will US continue to shelter the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus?

 Ironically, the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus is enabled and shielded by the US security umbrella with Washington purporting to be a leader of global counter-terrorism efforts.

However, from the Asian perspective, Wahhabism is the root cause of terrorism in the West and now in Asia. With Washington’s support for the Saudi-Wahhabi nexus being partly accountable for this scourge, it has severely downgraded the legitimacy of US as a leader in counter-terrorism.[7]

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What Is Orlando Terrorist’s Imam Hiding? Mateen Was No ‘Outsider’ at Radical Mosque; His Father Helped Run It

unnamed (52)Siddique Mateen served as a director and vice president of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, home to two jihadist murderers.

CounterJihad, by Paul Sperry –@paulsperry_ , June 14, 2016:

Florida state records reveal the gay-bashing, Taliban-loving father of the terrorist who massacred gay nightclub-goers helped run the small area mosque where his son worshipped, and local authorities and neighbors say the Islamic center was a “breeding ground” for terrorists.

The revelations call into question claims by the mosque’s cleric, who has maintained in media interviews he had little interaction with terrorist Omar Seddique Mateen and hardly knew the gunman who regularly attended his mosque. They also contradict assertions his mosque is moderate and only teaches “peace.”

Islamic Center of Fort Pierce Imam Syed Shafeeq Ur Rahman insisted he never preached anything that would have radicalized Mateen and, for that matter, never even had a conversation with him.

“Personally know him? No. Because he came, last minute, he pray and he leave,” Rahman said in broken English. “We don’t socialize. How would I know (him)?”

The imam also claimed the 29-year-old Mateen was not a member of the mosque, portraying him instead as a marginal figure, an outsider.

In fact, Mateen worshipped at the tiny, 130-member mosque for more than 13 years, praying there three to four times a week.

More importantly, his father shared leadership duties at the mosque for several years with Rahman as the mosque president’s second in command.

According to Florida state articles of incorporation papers filed and signed by Rahman, Siddique Mateen (aka Seddique Mir Mateen) served as a director and vice president of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce under Rahman, who’s listed as president.

Congregants say Mateen’s father would pray alongside his son at the mosque. When pressed in a phone interview to explain how he managed to avoid for more than a decade any conversation with the son of such a top official — indeed the No. 2 officer in the mosque — Rahman hung up the phone.

Odder still, Rahman was familiar with other members of the Mateen family, all of whom attended the mosque. It turns out that Omar Mateen’s three sisters regularly worked in the mosque, performing cleaning and other duties.

Rahman said he is cooperating with FBI agents who are asking questions about Mateen. But it’s hardly the first time federal investigators have visited the mosque. They’ve been there in the past when there have been other violent acts tied to Muslim worshipers.

In 2014, for example, FBI agents wanted to know if a young American suicide bomber had been radicalized at the mosque. It turns out that the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was also the spiritual home of Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who is believed to have been the first American suicide bomber in Syria.

Abusalha left his car at the mosque before flying to Syria, where he joined a branch of al-Qaida and in May 2014 detonated a massive bomb in a truck he was driving on the battlefield.

Two years later, Abusalha’s mosque buddy Omar Mateen would also “martyr” himself in a jihadist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, slaughtering 49 innocent people before dying in a hail of bullets fired by SWAT police.

It marked the second time in 24 months that someone in Rahman’s flock had committed a deadly act of terrorism. Coincidence?

Just two days before Mateen shot 102 people, he prayed at Rahman’s mosque. That was Friday night. On Sunday night, he called a 911 operator and expressed his solidarity with his old pal Abusalha, who shared his homicidal hatred for homosexuals. Both believed gays should be killed for their “sin,” citing sacred Islamic texts calling for the death penalty.

Where would they get such homophobic notions? Rahman insists they didn’t come from the mosque.

“There is nothing that he is hearing from me to do killing, to do bloodshed, to do anything,” he said, “because we never talk like that.”

Added Rahman: “There is no teaching of extremism in this mosque.”

But the preacher acknowledged that “in Islam, being gay is a sin,” and in fact, he equates homosexuals with liars and thieves.

Such anti-homosexual views were also passed on by trustees of the mosque, including most notably, Siddique Mateen.

The former official and current member of the mosque, who emigrated from Afghanistan, not only openly praised the Taliban, who stoned homosexuals to death in Afghanistan, but preached that homosexuals should be punished.

In a video posted the day after his son massacred gay club-goers, Mateen declared: “God will punish those involved in homosexuality.”

Despite his public show of patriotism, Siddique Mateen was also known to preach anti-U.S. rhetoric. It appears to have rubbed on his son, who once told classmates that America got what it “deserves” on 9/11.

Sources says the mosque, which was converted from an old church in the early 1990s, promotes the teachings of Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, the late Pakistani radical and contemporary of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Maududi preached that Islam will destroy the West. Before the 9/11 attacks, he ominouslywarned: “A time will come when capitalistic democracy will tremble for its safety in Washington and New York.”

He also said: “The objective of Islamic jihad is to put an end to the dominance of the un-Islamic systems of government and replace them with Islamic rule.”

“Islam wishes to do away with all states and governments anywhere which are opposed to this ideology and program of Islam,” Maududi also wrote. “Islam requires the earth — not just a portion, but the entire planet.”

In a national security speech Monday, Donald Trump said terrorism investigators have to take a closer look at Mateen’s place of worship.

“We need to know if he was affiliated with any radical mosques or radical activists,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee asserted.

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One Ohio Mosque Has Been at the Center of SIX Terror Cases

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PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, June 8, 2016:

The website for Masjid Omar Ibn El Khattab, just a mile from the Ohio State University campus, proclaims itself “the Muslim Heart of Columbus.”

And yet the mosque, reported as one of the most ideologically hard line in the city, has had the media spotlight shown on it once again as former attendees were recently reported as having joined the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

As mosque officials struggle to distance themselves from yet another resident terror cell, the recent news raises questions about the extensive history of the Ohio mosque being a turnstile for terrorism.

Just a few weeks ago I reported here at PJ Media about three area individuals who lived for two years just yards from Masjid Omar, who left Ohio and joined ISIS in Syria in July 2014.

Rasel Raihan was killed in Syria in a U.S. airstrike, and his older sister, Zakia Nasrin, and her husband, Jaffrey Khan, still in in Raqqa according to internal ISIS documents NBC News obtained from an ISIS defector.

In that NBC News report, the mosque’s president, Basil Gohar, tried to distance the trio from the mosque, saying that Jaffrey had only attended the mosque for a few weeks and kept to himself despite living near the mosque for two years.

When one of the local TV stations caught up with him a few days later, Gohar again tried to distance the mosque from the ISIS recruits as well as the previous convicted terrorists who had attended the mosque, telling the reporter:

We share the shock and horror of these actions, and we wish that we could have found out or stopped them… It’s quite unfortunate what these people went and did, but the fact they attended has no bearing on their actions. Anyone can come to our mosque. We have an open door policy. It’s not possible for us to screen someone’s ideology.

Gohar’s claims about these individuals — and particularly his claims about the prior al-Qaeda cell that was centered around the mosque — are flatly dishonest.

When one of the previous Columbus al-Qaeda cell members, Christopher Paul, pleaded guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against Americans, Basil Gohar publicly rose to the defense of the longtime al-Qaeda operative and his associates. He defended their innocence and prayed that their imprisonment elevated their place in paradise.

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Listen to  the Secure Freedom Radio interview with Patrick Poole:

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  • Discussion on the “Lone Wolf” fallacy regarding domestic jihadist terrorism
  • Instances of jihadist recruiting out of U.S. mosques
  • The Obama Administration’s “CVE” strategies hampering law enforcement’s fight against radicalism

Minn: Another mosque proposed, mayor wants no debate on Islam

By Creeping Sharia, April 7, 2016:

Coming to your town soon. Source: Islamic Society proposes building mosque in Afton near Interstate 94 – StarTribune.com

The Islamic Society of Woodbury-East Metro, a growing congregation of mostly professional workers, wants to build a 10,500-square-foot mosque on rural acreage in Afton.

“Our kids need a place for educational and social growth,” said spokesman Irfan Ali. “We need to have a place more permanent for us.”

The mosque, which Ali described as a “modest project,” would be built on a former hobby farm at 12585 Hudson Road, near a Lutheran church off Interstate 94. Most of the 29 acres of land would be leased for farming, he said.

Members are raising $500,000 to help fund the building project. The proposal goes before the Afton planning commission for a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday at city hall and a City Council review may follow on April 19.

The Islamic Society began worshiping in a 2,500-square-foot office space in Woodbury in 2009 and moved to a larger space two years later.

 But the congregation grew to the point where it wanted a gathering place of its own, said Ali, an engineer at Medtronic who designs software for medical implants.

dhimmi MayorHe said the mosque would be open to people of all faiths and place a strong emphasis on social services, including a food shelf. Others “will see us as any other community members,” Ali said.

Afton Mayor Richard Bend said the mosque would be “an elegant building” that would complement in appearance the neighboring Lutheran church.

In terms of land use, Bend said the proposal “appears to me … [to meet] all the requirements of the zoning district where they want to build the mosque.”

It’s not a proposal to change a zoning ordinance or debate Islam, he said, although “it would not surprise me if we got some people from out of town who are highly reactive, given international conflicts.”

Ali said that Islamic Society members are deeply rooted in the east metro area and western Wisconsin. Many of them are second- and third-generation Americans who work for 3M and other major employers.


It’s never a debate about Islam, but it should be. Read the Koran.

The mayor’s info:

Phone:  651-436-7684

2000 ‘ticking time bombs’ in US – and counting

New American mosque opens every week and many preach jihad.

WND, by Leo Hohmann, April 3, 2016:

  • In Germany, following a wave of Islamic immigration, one political party is considering a call for shutting down all of the country’s mosques in a desperate bid to prevent terrorist attacks, rape sprees and other acts of violence and Muslim domination.
  • In the U.S., President Obama marked the new year by visiting a mosque and has invested a great deal of effort to downplay the connection between Islam and terrorism, while leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has proposed temporarily halting all Muslim immigration.
  • A growing chorus of U.S. politicians, pundits and scholars are calling for closer monitoring of U.S. mosques, the number of which has grown exponentially since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on U.S. soil.

Experts on Islamic terrorism are calling the estimated 2,500 to 3,100 mosques in America “ticking time bombs.”

Every state now has at least one. California and New York lead the way, each with more than 500 mosques, followed by Texas with just over 300.

As the number of mosques increase, so do acts of Islamic terror in the U.S.

FBI Director James Comey told Congress recently that his agency is stretched to the limit trying to keep up with nearly 1,000 active ISIS investigations in all 50 states, and that does not include probes tied to al-Qaida, al-Shabab or other Islamic groups.

While the FBI is able to foil the vast majority of Islamic terror plots, last year was particularly bloody with jihadist shootings in Chattanooga that killed five U.S. servicemen and another attack that took 14 lives at a Christmas party in San Bernardino.

Jihadist knife attacks at a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and on the campus of University of California at Merced have recently injured at least a dozen others, some critically.

And everyone is jittery after what happened in Brussels, Belgium, last month.

Of the thousands of mosques in America, nearly 80 percent of them have been opened since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There are now as many as 3,000 mosques in America and nearly 80 percent of them have been opened since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

There are now as many as 3,000 mosques in America and nearly 80 percent of them
have been opened since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Listening to politicians in Congress and on presidential stump speeches, Americans might get the idea that ISIS is to blame for all of this violence. It uses the Internet to “poison the minds” of young Muslims, they say. But seven Islam experts and former Muslims contacted by WND say it’s not that simple and the problem goes beyond ISIS.

The root of the problem, they all agree, lies in the mosque.

Dr. Mark Christian, president and founder of the Global Faith Institute, which seeks to educate Americans about the true nature of mainstream Islam, says about 80 percent of the roughly 2,800 U.S. mosques are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization whose stated goal is to bring the nations into compliance with Shariah law.

“You have a new mosque opening every week in America,” says Christian, a former child imam who grew up in Egypt the son of a Muslim Brotherhood operative before fleeing his homeland and converting to Christianity as a young adult.

Christian, now 44 and living in Nebraska under the threat of a fatwa, said the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies don’t understand the source of Islamic violence. They have focused for years on learning about the ties of individual Muslims to groups like al-Qaida or ISIS when in fact they should be going to mosques and learning about the Quran and hadiths. All the answers are there, in the texts and in the mainstream Islamic interpretations of the texts, if they would only look.

So what are people being taught in the overwhelming majority of mosques?

Read more with quotes from Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom and John Guandolo

Horowitz: Turkish Islamic Leader Inaugurates Largest Mosque Complex in U.S.

Diyanet Center of AmericaConservative Review, by Daniel  Horowitz, April 4, 2016:

Imagine FDR inviting Benito Mussolini to come to the United States in Middle of World War II to dedicate a massive Italian cultural center?  Or how about inviting the Japanese emperor to the groundbreaking of a new Shinto shrine that was bankrolled by his country?  Well, the reality of Turkey’s Islamist leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the opening of a massive Islamic center that he funded in a small Maryland town – while we are at war with Islamic fascism – dwarfs these historical hypotheticals in terms of absurdity and outrage.

In May 2013, Erdogan visited the site of the future Mosque in Lanham, Maryland along with Obama administration officials.  After $110 million from the Turkish government, this massive Islamic center is now open and is the largest Islamic facility in the United States.  The Turkish Islamic-fascist leader spoke there on Saturday to inaugurate the behemoth complex.  During the feisty speech, Erdogan lectured Americans about tolerance towards Muslims, yet failed to acknowledge how he shuts down churches in his home country and fuels anti-Semitism.

While I haven’t seen any information on those who attended this ceremony, the head of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was present at the 2013 groundbreaking.  ICNA is an Islamic supremacist group that follows the teachings of Maulana Mawdudi and the Jamaat Al-Islami of Pakistan.  Maulana has said that Jews will be exterminated in the end of days.  The mother of Syed Farook, who lived with her son for months while he was making bombs in San Bernardino, was a member of ICNA.  Syed’s wife, Tafsheen Malik, was radicalized in Pakistan by the network of Sharia-schools that followed those teachings as well.

Also in attendance in 2013 was Imam Mohamed Magid, the former head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).  ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror trial by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Even though Magid’s father is the Grand Mufti of Sudan responsible for the Christian genocide, he was appointed by Obama in 2011 to serve on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.  No, you aren’t missing anything.  There are Islamists who have been designated as Hamas agents that are given advisory positions in DHS, FBI, and the National Security Council.

Indeed, the Turkey/Muslim Brotherhood axis has come full circle right outside of our nation’s capital in a residential neighborhood.

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, and particularly over the past year, our political leaders have been pulling their hair out and wringing their hands in pursuit of a solution to combating Islamic terror.  We’ve spent 15 years refereeing Islamic civil wars overseas at a great fiscal and human cost to our nation.  Yet, at the same time we have brought the enemy to our shores through suicidal immigration policies and have allowed the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic foreign governments to represent the entire Muslim community in America.  We are at war with Islamic extremism, yet our political leaders have openly invited the Islamic extremists to come here and radicalize American Muslims.

Erdogan has been playing a double game of supporting ISIS for the past few years.  And of course, he is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas in the Middle East.  Then again, the Muslim Brotherhood is Hamas, yet they are in our government and control most of the mosques in this country.

Harking back to our original historical hypothetical analogy of allowing Mussolini or the Japanese emperor to inaugurate a cultural center during World War II, the reality we face today is much worse.  For the most part, Japanese-Americans and Italian Americans were completely assimilated and patriotic at the time.  What was going on in Japan and Italy had nothing to do with an entrenched religious ideology that spanned the globe and united all Japanese and Italians across the world to commit genocide or at least subvert their host countries.  That is not the case today with Sharia-adherent Muslims living in the West and radicalized by terror groups and foreign entities with which we are at war.

That we would allow the Erdogan regime—which has become the Islamist leader of the Sunni jihad world the same way Iran leads the Shia Jihad—to fund and control a $110 million Islamic center right near our capitol while we are at war with this very ideology and these very individual Islamic extremists not only defies logic, it defies the innate desire for self-preservation.

France Slowly Emerges from Denial and Starts Shutting Down Mosques

 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Terror Trends Bulletin, by Christopher W. Holton, April 1, 2016:

The French are slowly waking up from their denial.

At some point America will come to a crossroads on this same issue. If a mosque is found to be involved in material support for terrorism in the US, it should NOT be protected by the 1st amendment of our constitution.

And make no mistake, it is in fact in the mosques that recruitment and organization for Jihad is occurring. Despite what the so-called mainstream media’s narrative claims–namely that “radicalization” occurs simply over the internet and social media–an honest review of history indicates that it is mosques that serve as the outposts for Jihad around the world.

There is evidence to support this.

In France this week, security agencies shut down three mosques. One was in Lagny-sur- Marne, a suburb of eastern Paris. Nine Muslims associated with that mosque were placed under house arrest and 22 others from barred from leaving France.

According to USA Today, in that investigation, police seized a 9mm handgun, a computer hard drive that was hidden behind a wall, as well as jihadist propaganda materials. Police also discovered documents about an unregistered Quranic school.

In addition, two other mosques, one in Gennevilliers in the northwest suburbs of Paris and one in Lyon, were closed by French police. Moreover, four Muslim “prayer rooms” in the Nice area in the south of France have also been shut down. It is worth noting that these so-called “prayer rooms” are very common throughout the West and are often operated in strip malls and in store fronts and private homes.

The Germans have been shutting down mosques for a few years now and, as of yet, they haven’t been hit by a Paris or Brussels-style attack.

Back in December, they shut down a mosque in Stuttgart that was involved in recruiting for the Islamic State:

http://www.dw.com/en/german-police-raid-stuttgart-mosque-linked-to-islamic-state/a-18924893

“Through the association, donations have been collected for terrorist groups and fighters recruited for the Syrian conflict. In addition, the association and its members glorify jihad and religiously motivated terrorism.”

The German police confiscated computers, data storage devices, cell phones and documents in that raid.

In December 2014, the German police shut down a mosque in Bremen on charges that it too was recruiting for the Islamic State.

But the most notorious mosque in Germany was probably the Al-Quds Mosque in Hamburg. That mosque served as a meeting place for some of the September 11th hijackers and was finally shut down in 2010 after German authorities uncovered an Al Qaeda plot to launch terrorist attacks across Europe. Several members of the mosque had been recruited to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to train to participate in Jihad.

Contrary to what you may read or hear from pundits here in the U.S., the role of mosques in the U.S. is not much different from what we have seen in Europe.

The first indication of that came back in the 1990s as detailed in the book “Willful Blindness” by former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. That book details the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as “The Blind Sheikh,” who preached at three different mosques in the New York area. Educated at the prestigious Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, Rahman issued a fatwa in the U.S. that declared it lawful to rob banks and kill Jews in the U.S.. His sermons condemned Americans as the descendants of apes and pigs.He called on Muslims to assail the West, cut the transportation of their countries, tear it apart, destroy their economy, burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air, or land.

Rahman recorded his sermons in Brooklyn on cassette tapes and sent them to Egypt as the spiritual leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, a Jihadist terrorist group based there.

Rahman was eventually convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison.

This was certainly not the only example of an Imam preaching Jihad and recruiting for Jihad at a mosque.

Anwar al-Awlaki was a U.S.-born Imam who went on to become the head of AQAP–Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Before that, however, he served as an Imam at the Denver Islamic Society (where he was caught encouraging a member to travel to Chechnya to fight the Russians), the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque in San Diego, as well as the notorious Dar al-Hijrah mosque near Falls Church, Virginia, where he preached to at least two of the September 11 hijackers and an Army doctor named Nidal Malik Hasan, aka the Fort Hood shooter.

Anwar al Awlaki. This New Mexico native became the Imam of choice for Al Qaeda, essentially leading the organization’s operations in Yemen.

Anwar al Awlaki. This New Mexico native became the Imam of choice for Al Qaeda, essentially leading the organization’s operations in Yemen.

Al-Awlaki fled the US after serving as the Muslim chaplain at George Washington University and actually delivering sermons to the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association at the U.S. Capitol. He met his demise in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Then there is the case of Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, also known as Omar Shafik Hammami. He grew up in the quiet gulf coast town of Daphne, Alabama, served as the president of the Muslim Students Association at the University of South Alabama and went on to become a Jihadi fighter with Al Shabaab in Somalia. While this man was not an Imam himself, it is extremely suspicious and interesting that his father, a Syrian immigrant, served for a time as an Imam in Daphne as well.

Omar Hammami of Alabama

Omar Hammami of Alabama

Another case in which the son of an Imam became a Jihadist terrorist is that of Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, the son of Gulshair Muhammad el-Shukrijumah, the Imam at the notorious Masjid Nur al-Islam mosque in Brooklyn, who made a career on the payroll of the Saudi government preaching Islamic supremacism and Jihad. The elder el-Shukrijumah also preached sermons at Masjid al-Farooq mosque in the same area of Brooklyn, which served as the religious base of operations for Ramzi Youssef and the other 1993 World Trade Center bombers. After all of this activity, the entire family moved to Florida where the elder Gulshair served as Imam at the Masjid al-Hijrah mosque.

Former Florida and New York resident Adnan Shukrijumah

Former Florida and New York resident Adnan Shukrijumah

The younger Gulshair did not follow in his father’s footsteps as an Imam preaching and recruiting for Jihad. He decided that joining Al Qaeda was the way to go. He rose in the ranks of Al Qaeda before being killed in a counterterrorism raid in Pakistan in December 2014.

It should be pointed out that the Imam fathers of these Jihadis denied any knowledge of how their sons could have found their way into Jihad…uh huh.

Finally we have the case of Carlos Bledsoe, also known as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, named for his Imam as the Islamic Center of Nashville, who was recruited for Jihad in Nashville and sent to Yemen to a Jihadi training camp, before returning to the U.S. to murder U.S. Army Private Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, as depicted in the movie “Losing Our Sons.”

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If you haven’t seen that movie, you should, especially for the audio and video footage of Imams at mosques preaching violent Jihad.

What all this means is that Jihad isn’t just happening over the internet and social media. The French and the Germans evidently are starting to understand that, according to Islamic doctrine, mosques are not the same as churches in the West. In addition to places of worship, mosques are also the equivalent of the town hall, court house, school, community center…and the national guard armory.

Will our own bureaucratized counterterror apparatus ever wake up to this reality?

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Losing Our Sons

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Inside one of America’s most Radical Mosques | For The Record: Boston Blueprint

Danish documentary leads to cancellation of “Mega-mosque” project

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The Rebel, by Victor Laszlow, March 7, 2016:

Last week, left-leaning state TV in Denmark, TV2, aired half of a 4 part documentary on Islam as it is preached in Danish mosques. Danish authorities have now pulled support plans for a new ‘mega-mosque scheduled for Aarhus.

Denmark has produced and broadcast two parts of a four part documentary on Islam as it is preached in Demark which resulted in public furor.

So far, two short clips taken from part I of the documentary of an imam preaching murder of apostates, (those who leave Islam) the beating of women, and other central dogmas of Islam have been translated to English here and here.

The entire program will likely be available soon in English but only parts I and II have been broadcast on Danish TV2 so far.

It is well worth noting that when Denmark broadcast the truth about what was being instructed in mosques throughout Denmark the result was a public outcry that ended at least one ‘Sharia council’, and put a stop to a mega-mosque project.

But when a very similar program, ‘Undercover Mosque, was broadcast in the United Kingdom Jan. 15 2007, the makers of the documentary were arrested and charged (but later cleared of all charges).

At least in Denmark we can see that if people are given real information they will make rational choices. Which may go a long way to explaining why in so many countries from Canada, where programs like ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie‘ are produced at taxpayer’s expense, and Germany where factual information about Islam is not permitted on social media like Facebook, or the rest of the West rapidly succumbing to UN resolution 16/18 norms along with Obama’s CVE.

Because if you want people to move your way, you have to make sure they don’t know anything else.

Informational totalitarianism?

When facts become a criminal offense, then clearly it is.

For a detailed analysis on the CVE and 16/18 please see this interview with Maj. Stephen Coughlin part Iand part II

Rural Mosque or Trojan Horse?

trojanhorseAmerican Thinker, By Janet Levy, March 6, 2016

Four years after opposition from residents and a lawsuit forced the withdrawal of plans for a multi-purpose Islamic center in rural San Martin, California, the proposal is back, tripled in size and with a burial center double the original capacity.  The Southern Valley Islamic Center (SVIC) again calls its center “Cordoba,” a reference to the so-called “Golden Age of Islam,” after 8th-century Islamic invaders converted the Spanish city into a center for religious learning under Islamic rule for two centuries, restricting others to second-class status.  Like those invaders from another age, the Cordoba Center may well be part of a larger plan to usurp American values and lifestyle and replace them with Muslim ideology and culture.

As I reported here in 2012, the SVIC proposal included a prayer hall, community center, cemetery and play area on a 15-acre parcel in the unincorporated town of San Martin, population 7,500, known for producing garlic, mushrooms and wine.  In 2013, the SVIC withdrew their proposal and relinquished a Santa Clara County permit after a lawsuit was filed by a local group, the People’s Coalition for Government Accountability.  The coalition’s suit against the county, the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission sought to stop planning and construction on the center for a rigorous and thorough environmental impact review.

At the time, residents were concerned that failed soil-percolation tests made the site susceptible to poor drainage and flooding and that decaying human remains would pollute the local water supply.  They worried about the impact of increased traffic in their pastoral oasis as well as noise from dawn-to-dusk calls to prayer.  Anxious about decreased quality of life, they sought a full discussion of issues that had received short shrift during permit review.

Further, they felt that with no significant Muslim population in the surrounding area and several mosques nearby, the large-scale Islamic center failed to meet the county’s requirement that projects be kept to a size, scale and intensity that serves local needs.  The county general plan requirements were created to minimize impacts from outside the community.

But today, four years later, different rules apply. Santa Clara County rescinded its “local use” policy and now evaluates projects based on size, scale and intensity compared to similar buildings — in this case churches — in the general vicinity.  The SVIC has revived the Cordoba Center, bringing it back with a proposed, 8,938-square foot mosque, up from the original 5,000-square feet, and a 14,548-square-foot community building, up from the original 2,800 square feet.

On Feb. 25, the first informational and planning advisory meeting drew over 300 area residents who heard presentations by the project manager and architect.  The Cordoba Center development team likened the project to other local houses of worship. They displayed renderings of the proposed mosque, ancillary buildings, cemetery and landscaping and said 300 people would use it weekly and up to 500 during holidays, an almost four-fold increase from SVIC’s 2012 usage estimates.  To allay community concerns, they explained plans for site drainage, wastewater removal, and aesthetic considerations.  A Planning Committee representative said a 9- to 18-month environmental impact study would be required before any approvals.

During public comments, largely in opposition to the project, residents expressed concern over environmental impacts and doubted that the number of worshippers at the site could be policed to comply with stated usage.  They also worried about the noise level. Calls to prayer occur five times daily, from around 6:00 a.m. to around 10 p.m.  Only a handful of residents expressed concerns about the supremacist nature of Islam, which, in fact, may be the most important objection against the center.

Four members of the clergy in a stark display of ignorance of Islamic doctrine waxed enthusiastic about the proposed religious center as a welcome addition to the local faith community.   One priest, clearly unfamiliar with the Koran and its pervasive mandate of enmity for non-Muslims, noted that Islamic concepts of “love of G-d” and “love of neighbor” were identical to those of his faith.  Despite the reality that Christians are being persecuted and their houses of worship are being destroyed throughout the Middle East and North Africa, none of the Christian clergy made any connections between this reality and Islamic doctrine nor voiced any concerns about Christian oppression under Muslim rule.  Another member of the clergy proclaimed his solidarity with his “Muslim brothers and sisters,” even though throughout much of the Islamic world, fellowship with non-Muslims is non-existent, even verboten, and Christians are unable to build or repair churches, pray or even celebrate holidays.

In coming to its final determination on the Cordoba Center, the Santa Clara County Planning Commission will focus only on environmental impacts.  However, the presence of a mosque potentially promoting a jihad-centric theo-political ideology in the area raises legitimate, national security concerns.

According to terrorism expert, author and investigative journalist Dr. J. Michael Waller, the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in America, controls most of the mosques in the United States.

“An organ of ISNA, NAIT finances, owns, and otherwise subsidizes the construction of mosques and is reported to own between 50 and 79 percent of the mosques on the North American continent,” Waller explained before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on October 14, 2003.

In its planning document, “Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” published in 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood lists NAIT in “A List of our Organizations and the Organizations of our Friends.”  In it the historical stages of Islamic activism for “civilizational jihad,” including the proliferation of mosques and Islamic centers, are delineated.  They are part of

“a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and G-d’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

In 2006, Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom released a reportrevealing that over 80% of American mosques have been radicalized by Saudi money — between $70-80 billion worldwide over three decades — and influence.  Researchers found that the vast majority of American mosques espouse radical hate ideology – teaching Muslims that it is a religious obligation to hate Jews and Christians, condemn democracy as un-Islamic and engage in stealth jihad to infiltrate American institutions and amass power.

Further, the existence and prevalence of mosques within the United States that have harbored and trained terrorists, as well as raised money for terrorist groups and activities, underscores the conclusions of the Freedom House study and bolsters the concern over existing and future mosques and the threat they bring to Americans.

The Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington, D.C. national security think tank, recently conducted a survey of American Muslims and found that 51% agreed that Muslims should be able to choose to be governed by shariah rather than the Constitution.  Close to 25% stated that they believe that it is legitimate to use violence to punish those who offend Islam, including offences such as depicting Mohammed.  Nearly one-fifth of American Muslims surveyed felt that the use of violence was justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in the United States.

These are worrisome findings, given the U.S. liberal refugee resettlement policy, asylum and other immigration programs and Obama’s plans for bringing thousands of additional Syrian refugees into the country.  They are especially dangerous now in light of the outrages committed by increasing numbers of welfare-dependent migrants flooding Europe.  Furthermore, nearly 1,000 American Muslims are currently being investigated by the FBI as individuals known to support ISIS.

The truth is that Islam is unlike other religions and a mosque is not like a church or synagogue.  The question that needs to be answered in communities like San Martin is: Does this project represent a benign construction of a house of worship or yet another orchestrated effort to oust traditional American values and replace them with Islamic practices, laws, and beliefs?  To believe the latter is neither evidence of bigotry nor misguided caution, but a reasoned response to stated Islamic goals and past Islamic actions.

Clare Lopez VP Center For Security Policy Discusses Terror Threats

Published on Feb 14, 2016 by Backpack Voices of Global Freedom Radio

Today on Voices of Global Freedom your hosts Yoda and Backpack talk with Clare Lopez “The Center’s Vice President for Research and Analysis” http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org

Lopez discusses threats to America, the Muslim invasion of Europe and how to survive and thrive in these dangerous troubled times.

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Article by Clare Lopez mentioned in the interview: 

Assessing Obama’s Mosque Speech on Islam

1350By Daniel Pipes
Special to IPT News
February 8, 2016

Wishing to address growing anti-Islamic sentiments among the American public, Barack Obama ventured on Feb. 3 to the Islamic Society of Baltimore (sadly, a mosque with unsavory Islamist associations) to talk about Islam and Muslims. The 5,000-word speech contains much of interest. Here’s an in-depth assessment of its key points:

OBAMA: a lot of Americans have never visited a mosque. To the folks watching this today who haven’t — think of your own church, or synagogue, or temple, and a mosque like this will be very familiar. This is where families come to worship and express their love for God and each other. There’s a school where teachers open young minds. Kids play baseball and football and basketball — boys and girls — I hear they’re pretty good. Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts meet, recite the Pledge of Allegiance here.

PIPES: All true, but what about the dark side, the unique and repeated role of mosques in parlaying totalitarian ideas and fomenting violence? That goes unsaid in the president’s rose-colored presentation.

as Muslim Americans, you [worry that] your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few.

Obama makes Muslims sound like innocent bystanders when there’s a perfectly reasonable fear of them due to (1) so much violence emanating from this 1 percent of the U.S. population and (2) non-violent Muslims showing sympathy for the violent ones.

The Muslim American community remains relatively small—several million people in this country.

This is a coy way for Obama to walk back his exaggerated 7 million figure of 2009 without explicitly saying so.

recently, we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country.

A veiled critique of Donald Trump that Trump deserves.

No surprise, then, that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.

That’s ridiculous. In so far as there has been a surge of threats and harassment – and this is open to doubt given the disreputable nature of the reporting – this is due to Muslim violence. Reasonably, non-Muslims worry that a co-worker will behead them or attack them at a party, that they’ll be bombed attending a sporting event, or rammed into by planes when working at their offices. To blame non-Muslims for this commonsensical, life-preserving fear is to confuse symptom with cause.

For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace.

Some converts, to be sure, have been attracted to the peaceable side of Islam but many others have seen it as a militant force and converting as joining a winning team. Look at the Western converts who have gone to ISIS as one subset of these. Again, Obama just focuses on the cheery dimension and ignores the unpleasant one.

the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam — peace.

How can a person in a position of responsibility say something so patently wrong? Islam means submission, and does not derive from peace. As I explained in 2005, “There is no connection in meaning between salām and islām, peace and submission. These are two distinct words with unrelated meetings.” Shame on Obama.

For Christians like myself …

Standing in a mosque, Obama presumably feels a need to remind his audience that he’s not a Muslim. He would be more convincing if he could get his autobiography straight. For example, he sometimes declares he has “always been a Christian” and at other times that he “didn’t become a Christian” until after college. It would also help if he could date this important milestone rather than offer, in the view of Jason Kissner, an associate professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno, there are “two completely contradictory accounts” regarding its time frame.

Muslim Americans keep us safe. They’re our police and our firefighters. They’re in homeland security, in our intelligence community. They serve honorably in our armed forces.

Again true, but again not mentioning the other side – the persistent penetration of American security and military services by Islamist enemies.

it is undeniable that a small fraction of Muslims propagate a perverted interpretation of Islam.

Here we go again, Imam Obama declaiming on what the proper and the perverted interpretation of Islam are. He’s done this before, as have many other non-Muslim leaders, including prior U.S. presidents. It’s silly and embarrassing.

right now, there is a organized extremist element that draws selectively from Islamic texts, twists them in an attempt to justify their killing and their terror.

It would be more accurate to replace this with “right now, there is a organized extremist element that draws on medieval Islamic texts and interprets them in medieval ways to justify their killing and their terror.”

Part of what’s happened in the Middle East and North Africa and other places where we see sectarian violence is religion being a tool for another agenda — for power, for control.

This is typical left-wing materialism, which sees religion as a vehicle for something else, usually connected with economic benefit. No, the Islamists are true believers who engage in violence to pursue their vision, not for power as an end in itself, as Obama insists.

Thomas Jefferson’s opponents tried to stir things up by suggesting he was a Muslim – so I was not the first. No, it’s true, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.

I did look it up – in Jefferson’s Religion, a 2007 book by Stephen J. Vicchio, and found no evidence that Jefferson was called a Muslim. His opponents called him names such as “French infidel,” “confirmed infidel,” “howling atheist,” and “fanatic,” but never “Mahometan.”

just as faith leaders, including Muslims, must speak out when Christians are persecuted around the world – or when anti-Semitism is on the rise – because the fact is, is that there are Christians who are targeted now in the Middle East, despite having been there for centuries, and there are Jews who’ve lived in places like France for centuries who now feel obliged to leave because they feel themselves under assault — sometimes by Muslims.

It’s not a complete or coherent sentence but it does correctly demand that Muslims speak out against religious persecution and it does note that Jews in Europe are “sometimes” (really, nearly always) attacked by Muslims. It’s a relief to see the dark side peek through for an instant.

the suggestion is somehow that if I would simply say, these are all “Islamic terrorists,” then we would actually have solved the problem by now, apparently. (Laughter.)

This is a cheap laugh line. No one thinks the problem of Islamist violence would be solved by Obama using the right wording; many, including me, however, say that he can’t properly address the problem unless he accurately identifies it.

Groups like ISIL are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders and holy warriors who speak for Islam. I refuse to give them legitimacy.

In fact, ISIL (or ISIS, Islamic State, Daesh) could not care less what Obama or other non-Muslims think of it. It cares only about the views of Sunni Muslims. So, Obama can deny it legitimacy all he wants; ISIS won’t notice or care.

the notion that America is at war with Islam ignores the fact that the world’s religions are a part of who we are. We can’t be at war with any other religion because the world’s religions are a part of the very fabric of the United States, our national character.

By this infantile logic, Hitler could not have been at war with Judaism because Jews were part of the very fabric of Germany.

the best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations legitimacy and to show that here in the United States of America, we do not suppress Islam; we celebrate and lift up the success of Muslim Americans.

No, the best way to fight Muslim violence is by (1) getting out of the way of law enforcement and others on the front line and (2) helping anti-Islamist Muslims find their voice.

we can’t suggest that Islam itself is at the root of the problem. That betrays our values. It alienates Muslim Americans. It’s hurtful to those kids who are trying to go to school and are members of the Boy Scouts, and are thinking about joining our military.

This nicely summarizes the Establishment mentality that one must not publicly connect Islam to violence; just whisper this behind closed doors.

Muslims around the world have a responsibility to reject extremist ideologies that are trying to penetrate within Muslim communities. Here at this mosque, and across our country and around the world, Muslim leaders are roundly and repeatedly and consistently condemning terrorism.

The equation of “reject[ing] extremist ideologies” and “condemning terrorism” reveals Obama’s facile understanding of the Islamist challenge, reducing it merely to wanton political violence. Stop that violence and the problem is solved. Hardly; for lawful Islamism poses a deeper threat than some bomb-totting fanatics.

this is not a clash of civilizations between the West and Islam. This is a struggle between the peace-loving, overwhelming majority of Muslims around the world and a radical, tiny minority. And ultimately, I’m confident that the overwhelming majority will win that battle. Muslims will decide the future of your faith. And I’m confident in the direction that it will go.

I would phrase it quite differently but I endorse these sentiments.

If you’re ever wondering whether you fit in here, let me say it as clearly as I can, as President of the United States: You fit in here – right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America, too. You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.

I endorse this as well.

We are blessed to live in a nation where even if we sometimes stumble, even if we sometimes fall short, we never stop striving for our ideals. We keep moving closer to that more perfect union. We’re a country where, if you work hard and if you play by the rules, you can ultimately make it, no matter who you are or how you pray. It may not always start off even in the race, but here, more than any place else, there’s the opportunity to run that race. …

After more than 200 years, our blended heritage, the patchwork quilt which is America, that is not a weakness, that is one of our greatest strengths. It’s what makes us a beacon to the world.

These are unusually patriotic and warm words for the United States from a leftist who rarely has much good to say about his own country. Good to hear them.

In all, this speech gets much more wrong than it gets right, from factual mistakes to evasions to distortions. It does get a few points right, especially toward the end, but as a whole, it’s a typically shoddy Obama production.

Mr. Pipes (DanielPipes.org, @DanielPipes) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2016 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

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