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Statism is Here

Statism: The belief, almost always unjustified, that no matter what the problem, government can solve it better than private citizens. It is not merely about mandating universally poor health care. It is about protecting our homes and families. Gun control is a typical example. It is the unjustified belief that police, who have no legal duty to protect the individual from crazed nutcases who want to kill, will nevertheless be there and will protect you.

The latest outrage is from a town in California that prohibits private citizens, on pain of criminal prosecution, from fighting fires to protect their homes. No. The volunteer fire department is the only permitted firefighting agency. Leave your own hose at home. Doug Bandow reports here. Here, neighbors were threatened with criminal prosecution for buying a fire truck and organizing neighbor volunteers, some of who are professional firefighters.

My original intent in starting this blog was to focus on stupid government tricks.…

Hillary Christmas Ad

This was so bad, I thought it was a joke. But as I keep looking , I don't think it is. I think they are serious.

Hillary Christmas Ad

I guess the leftist spirit of Christmas is to take money from person A, give it person B, and take credit for being the giver.

How low can they sink?

Mahmoud El-Yousseph's Letter to the Editor

The following letter was published in the Marion Star (Print) and the Columbus Dispatch online letters. I am certain that Mr. Yousseph will not mind my reproducing it here in its entirety:
Proper punishment for convicted terroristCentral Ohio sleep tight tonight. A second Columbus man was busted for terror ties and was sentenced for 10 years in jail. What a relief!Nuradin Abdi, a Somali immigrant, was convicted last week and will spend the next 6 years behind bars and then be expelled to Mogadishu. Take it from this Muslim, Abdi is getting what he deserves.Abdi was convicted of providing material to terror activities and plan to carry out attack at an area shopping mall, targeting innocent citizens. He claimed that was in response to U.S. agression against Muslims abroad.That is not how you should show gratitude to the country that took you in as a refugee, provided you with a chance at work, safety, and security. If he was dissatisfied with our government foreign policy (as am I), …

M. Zhudi Jasser Speaks Out

In an interesting article in the Middle East Quarterly, M. Zhudi Jasser, a Muslim activist against radial Islamists, describes his contacts with teh Flying Imams. At the end of the article, Mr. Jasser echoes my own thinking on what needs to be done by Muslims and non-Muslims:
Countering Islamism and combating Islamist terrorism should be a greater public responsibility for the organized American Muslim community than the obsession with civil rights and victimization in which current Islamist organizations engage. Americans living in fear for their security are looking to moderate, traditional Muslims to lead this fight. The credibility of the Muslim community suffers because groups such as CAIR, ISNA, and the North American Imams Federation deny the interplay between Islamism and terrorism.

Non-Muslims also have a role. Both the U.S. government and mainstream media often give Islamists and their organizations exclusive voice to speak on behalf of American Muslims, which creates a cycle…

Sharia Law Barbarism

On the Teddy bear named Mohammed and the lashed for the rape victim (for being in a car with a man not her husband), finally a New York Times editorial with which I can agree:
Muslims who wonder why non-Muslims are often baffled, angered, even frightened by some governments’ interpretation of Islamic law need only look to the cases of two women in Saudi Arabia and Sudan threatened with barbaric lashings.
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What one Muslim leader, Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain, said about the Sudan case can also be applied to the Saudis’: “How does this help the cause of Islam? What kind of message and image are we portraying about our religion and our culture?”And what about the Sudanese protesters demanding her life? What does that say?

Even CAIR shudders at the Sudanese reaction to the teddy bear situation, albeit in a more muted fashion than I would.

Kennedy Memoirs Deal

According to the New York Times, Senator Kennedy has inked an $8 million deal to write his memoirs in a story headlined "Kennedy Memoirs Said to Fetch $8 Million."

Is the working title, maybe, If I Killed Her? No, wait, that title has already been taken.

Islamofascist Awareness Week Opposition

There has been much misinformation about the recent Islamopfascist Awareness Week. I ran across this twisted lecture at Emory University. It is extraordinarily wrong-headed.
A Lecture By Dr. Hassan Ali El-Najjar at Emory University, October 23, 2007, about Islamofascist Awareness Week.Greetings and Introduction:
It gives me great pleasure to be here tonight to participate in an educational event that I hope to increase our understanding of our world, to contribute to the world peace, and prosperity of all nations, particularly our country, the United States of America.

I'd like first to thank Cleave Pierce and the Outspoken Allies who through their efforts and courageous initiative made this event possible. They have lit tonight's candle instead of joining a long line of others who have been content with cursing darkness, in a whispering and whining tone.

I'd like also to thank the administration of the Emory University which allowed the event to happen as a contribution to…

Mahmoud. el-Yousseph Recognizes America as Muslim-Friendly

Mahmoud el-Yousseph, who has been criticized as a Hezbollah apologist, sent me a letter published in the Marion Star. I would provide a link, but the Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) foolishly inhibits links, so I cannot. However, here are excerpts:
Believe or not, America is more Muslim-friendly since 9/11, and more so than the rest of the western world. In case you have any doubt, please read the three items that were reported this year:

June 2, 2007 AP wire service story about Bilan Nur, a 22 year-old Somali woman from Phoenix, Arizona: She worked for several years for Alamo Rent-A-Car. The company fired her for refusing the take off her hijab (headscarf). Nur registered a complaint at the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC sued the company. A federal jury said the company must pay her $288,000 for firing her for wearing the hijab. ... Yes, Justice is blind in America!

July 20, 2007: According to the Chicago Tribune, two Muslim women from the Cincinnati area were ab…

Hobnobbing with Terrorists

On October 15, 2007, CAIR-Ohio and the Muslim Student Association at Ohio State University invited Dr. Jamal Badawi to speak. The usual left-wing suspects (such as the National Organization for Women "NOW") failed to protest. What's wrong with Dr. Badwai speaking?

As Patrick Poole points out, Dr. Badari hobnobs with Hamas and terrorists. He is also a participant (board member) of terrorist-founded organizations. I have detailed in previous posts the problems with Hamas. The Hamas charter sets Hamas up as an enemy not only of the United States, but our entire way of life. Hamas institutionalizes violent Jihad.

Should a man be known by the company he keeps? Well, yes. That is not "guilt by association." No one is accusing Dr. Badawi of guilt by personally participating in terrorism. Hobnobbing with terrorists does not make anyone a terrorirst directly. But it makes him a suspicious person and apparently a terrorist sympathizer. A person whose views are s…

Arab Initiative

Is the Arab initiative the answer to bring peace to the Middle East? Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, discusses it in an article in American Chronicle brought to my attention by Mahmoud El-Yousseph.

The Arab initiative would result in Israel withdrawing from the "occupied territories" and establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Professor Ben-Meir says,
Third, since there are many extremist Arab groups, such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah, that oppose the peace process, only the collective Arab political will can rein in by any means these groups. Moreover, without such a collective effort, it will be impossible to successfully combat terrorism unless the communities that support such terrorists groups are alienated from their leadership. Here too, only the Arab states working in concert can bring about the communal socio-economic and political change, in combination with force i…

Hate Crimes in the U.S.

Number of hate crime victims from the FBI official statistics by bias motivation for 2006:

Anti-black: 3332
Anti-white: 1054
Anti-Jewish: 1144
Anti-Islamic: 208
Anti-Hispanic: 819

Mr. El-Yousseph Responds

David, Lest we learn from history, we are doomed to make the mistake again. The same demogouge was said of Japanese American fellowing the attack on Pearl Harbor. We did not trust them, we put them in concentration camps. Then we send their men to fight for us in the southPasific and they were performed heroically and were highly decorated units. You will never question the loyalt of Jewish American to the US when they express support and sympathy to Israel. Even their support is sending to money to built illegal settlemnet- which is illegal under U.S. law. What about spying by some of them and giving our top secrets to foreign nation? What about demand of every U.S presdient since 1985 the release a spy [Johnathon Pollard] who is serving life-sentence in U.S. jail. At least I encouraged my oldest son the join the US miltary, where as they encourage their sons and daughters to join the Israeli defense forces. That is the forces who killed in cold blood 34 of our sailors, and injured 172…

Open Letter to Mahmoud El-Yousseph

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Reference: Your support of Hezbollah as Reported Here and Here.

Dear Mr. El-Yousseph
I do not believe that you INTEND to be disloyal to the United States.You have vigorously and often proclaimed your allegiance, you served in the country's military, and your son is serving now.I concede your sincerity.But here is my problem.Your apparently sincere loyalty to the United States is in direct contradiction to your support for Hezbollah.Hezbollah has declared its enmity with the United States.Hezbollah has attacked and terrorized United States civilians and military several times.I understand that you disagree with the policies of the United States in the Middle East.That is your right.You have the right to voice that objection, demonstrate, write your Congressman, write letters to the editor, and whatever.But whatever you preferred policies in the Middle East, any support for Hezbollah as an organization (or Hamas for that matter) is necessarily disloyal to the United States,…

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar: Arrogant Jerk

Last week on the Glenn Beck television program, United States Representative Henry Cuellar made an arrogant, demeaning comment to another guest, the county sheriff in Laredo, who like Cuellar was Hispanic. The comment implied that the sheriff should stick to sheriff work and leave public policy to important people like Cuellar (not his exact words, but that was the clear meaning).

To his credit, Glenn Beck called Cuellar on the comment and said, "Shame on you" to Cuellar for the belittling the sheriff. It turns out that Cuellar's brother is running for election against that particular sheriff.

Now, Cuellar is going around calling Glenn Beck a racist. Apparently in Cuellar's world, if you do something dumb, don't apologize:. Defend yourself by calling others evil and unsupportable names.

I tried to email Representative Cuellar about the issue, but according to his website, I can't get his email address unless I live in his district. What arrogance!

If you l…

Hezbollah Support as Treason?

About supporting Hezbollah which has declared itself an enemy of the United States, this is from the United States Code:
18 USC § 2381. Treason Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving themaid and comfortwithin the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.I am not sure what "adheres to their enemies" means exactly, but I suspect it means giving loyalty. "Aid and comfort" surely would include giving money, but dies it also include giving public support?

Draw your own conclusions.


Support for Hezbollah: Act of Disloyalty

Previous posts have discussed Hamas, but what about Hezbollah? Mahmoud El-Yousseph, a local and vocal Muslim considers himself a patriot. He is an ex-marine and claims a tremendous love for the United States, yet he supports Hezbollah, calling its mujahadin "freedom fighters."

Is it possible to be an American patriot and also support Hezbollah, really?

The Hezbollah charter published February 16, 1985, says in part,
We combat abomination and we shall tear out its very roots, its primary roots, which are the US. All attempts made to drive us into marginal actions will fail, especially as our determination to fight the US is solid.
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Our Objectives
Let us put it truthfully: the sons of Hizhallah know who are their major enemies in the Middle East - the Phalanges, Israel, France and the US.Hezbollah acts upon its enmity with the United States:
April 1983: Hezbollah sent a truck laden with explosives into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63, including 19 Americans.
October 23, 1…

What is Hamas All About?

What does it mean to support Hamas.? What is Hamas anyway?

According to the Hamas charter, Hamas wasformed by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslims Brotherhood is a large and widely known Islamist group formed in 1928 to reestablish the caliphate through jihad.

The purpose and methods and, well, attitutdes of Hamas is revealed in Hamas's own charter. Here are some excerpts:

Article Eight:
Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.
Article Thirteen:
Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. ...

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with. As in…

Jamaat ul-Fuqra

The ABC News affiliate in Atlanta is doing an excellent series on Jamaat ul-Fuqra camps in Georgia. These camps were founded by Sheikh Mubarek Gilani and appear to function as terrorist training camps in the United States. They appear to house primarily converts to Islam from United States prisons.

Watch here:
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Update:
Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.

Hillary the Obfuscator for President?

Russert: Do you support Governor Spitzer's proposal to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens?

Me to Hillary: Why not just say, "No?" Or if you do agree, how about "Yes?"

The Goals of Muslim Organizations Documented

I am no fan of conspiracy theories, although they abound among the crazies, such as the Truthers (who claim 9/11 was an inside job) and the Kennedy assassination theorists.Sometimes, though, there are very real conspiracies to do bad things.If the conspiracies involve large numbers of people, though, the conspiracies will eventually be documented and revealed.One such conspiracy was documented in the Holy Land Foundation trial that just ended in (mostly) a mistrial.I consider the Holy Land Foundation trial the most important criminal trial of the last 50 years.I fully expect the prosecutors to continue with a retrial of the Holy Land Foundation and other accused conspirators.This is the trial in which the Council on American Islamic Relations was names an unindicted co-conspirator.This trial generated many thousands of pages of exhibits which shed light on some of the unsavory relationships aimed at undermining our entire way of life in the United States.When we are confronted with qu…

Hamas and Hezbollah: The Standard Response

Hamas is a US government designated terrorist organization. When confronted with an accusation that he or she supports Hamas, the standard Muslim response is, "I am not a terrorist."

Wow. What a non-sequitor!

Hamas is a Sunni Muslim political organization in the Middle East that uses various tactics to achieve its aims, including running people for elected office, offering charity to widows (especially widows of martyrs a.k.a. suicide bombers) and, yes, terrorism.

Here is the rub. Many -- and perhaps most -- Muslims do not agree that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Why?

There are a couple of reasons, I think. First, they see the situation in Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank as extremely unjust and Hamas as the most passionate fighter against that injustice. So, in their support of Hamas, they focus on the goals of Hamas and discount Hamas's terrorism methods.

Second, they deny that Hamas engages in terrorism. Terrorist attacks are defined as those aimed…

Islamofascist Awareness Week Wrap-Up

Across the nation on university campuses this past week, students sponsored Islamofascist Awareness Week events. Predictably, the looney left elements and some, but not all, Muslim Organizations protested. I guess the week was a success for breeding controversy, because only through controversy do the events get widely publicized.

Let us be quite clear. The term Islamofascist does not refer to all Muslims, or the term would not even be necessary. The term refers (in oversimplified fashion) to those Muslims who believe that they have a right to kill those who will not convert to Islam after being called upon to do so. Osama bin Laden periodically makes such a call to nonbelievers in Islam.

If Muslims who reject the Osama bin Laden approach to Islam would embrace, promote and join in Islamofascism Awareness Week and similar events. the distinction between bad Muslims and good Muslims would be quite clear. There would be no better way to persuade the rest of us that to a majority o…

Roanoke Times Campaigns Against Gun Rights

Congratulations to the Roanoke Times for officially joining the looney left. (I deliberately provide no link to that paper.)

First the Times on its web site published a database of all holders of Virginia concealed carry permits (subsequently removed after a firestorm of protest). Then, the Times has instituted a policy of refusing advertising for gun shows.

Read about it here.

The link above contains an email to which you may sen your protest.

Why is it that the vigorous defenders of the First Amendment are so weak on and even against the Second?

CAIR Wants Us to Hate CAIR

CAIR's behavior is so odd. There is only one way to understand it. CAIR wants non-Muslims to hate CAIR so CAIR can complain about hate. Here is the latest example of CAIR's irrationality:

A Muslim advocacy group said today that it is asking the FBI to investigate an attack on worshippers outside a Columbus mosque on Friday.A group of teenage boys threw rocks at the Masjid AsSahaaba mosque, 795 E. Hudson St. in South Linden, hitting one worshipper and breaking mosque windows, in what police said was a “biased attack on Muslim men leaving the mosque after prayer during the Ramadan season.”Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims fast during daylight hours and say extended evening prayers at mosques.The mosque's imam, Abdiiaziz Abdi, and a witness, Robert, who would give only his first name, say the boys were simply looking for trouble. They don't think they were targeted as Muslims.But Romin Iqbal, staff attorney for the Council on American- Islamic Relations in Ohio s…

Abukar Arman and Support for HAMAS

AkubarArman was a member of the Franklin County, Ohio justice commission which has oversight of homeland security in FranklinCounty.After PatrickPoole exposed AkubarArman’s support of HAMAS, the Franklin county officials discovered that Mr.Arman was not a United States citizen and therefore prohibited from serving on the commission. About the same time, BarbaraCarmen, a Columbus Dispatch reporter, wrote an article about how Mr.Arman had been “cleared” of terrorism charges. That was of course absurd, because no one had charged Mr.Arman with any terrorism charges.There is no doubt that Mr.Arman is a HAMAS supporter.He is not shy about his support having written one or more supportive published articles.Memo to BarbaraCarmen: The Clinton administration accurately identified and designated HAMAS as a terrorist organization.Mr.Arman, therefore, is a supporter of a terrorist organization.That does not mean he is about to strap bombs around his own waist.But if he supports a terrorist organi…

Immigration Reform

I have only minor quibbles with the article quoted in Chuck Muth's blog. This one come the closest to reality that I have seen published.

The article outline a framework for immigration reform that woudl work so much better than anything Congress has put on the table.

We Return

No posts for two and a half months. but ther is simply too much going on in the world to shut up now.

I am frustrated by immigration reform. I don't think either side gets it really. Immigration reform needs to be based upon principles. but no one articulates the principles very well. The immigration problem is not about cheap labor or letting people get away with something. It is about real human problems and about our national security. Here is my humble attempt to articulate the principles upon which immigration reform should be based.

1. National Security. We need to keep terrorists out. At least we need to make it difficult for foreign terrorists to enter the country. Our borders need to be secure. Bear in mind that we are not seeing any Catholic terrorists in recent years.

2. Compassion. We need compassion for those within our borders, however they arrived, who are here to work hard, assimilate and achieve the American dream. Many who arrived here "illegal…

Virginia Tech

The massacre at Virginia Tech has evoked the expected calls for more gun control.But does that make any sense?How many students lives would have been saved if the professors or some of the students who were attacked or the student victims had been carrying guns?If the campus had not been an official “gun free area,” with the shooter had been stopped by someone else's gun before killing 32 people?We will never know.The argument in favor of gun control goes like this.If gun control were effective, the shooter would not have been able to obtain the guns that he obtained.It was too easy for him to obtain the guns and the ammunition.Gun control advocates presume that the shooter would not have been able to obtain the guns and ammunition by illegal means.If the shooter were determined to go on his rampage, what makes us think that he would not be able to get around the law.Just because a law bans some contraband, that doesn't mean that it's not obtainable.Oh yes, usually raises …

Weenie Sailors Dishonor Britain

The story of the British sailors continue. While most of the media give the British sailor a pass for their collaboration in the Iranian propagandization of their capture, there is outrage in Britain over them running to the medial to sell their stories. The Ottawa Citizen opines:
The honourable thing would have been to renounce their coerced behaviour, denounce the Iranians' use of them for propaganda, and acknowledge that anything they endured was nothing compared to the sacrifices others have made.Instead, some ran to the media with their victim tales. The big moneymaker was 26-year-old Faye Turney, the only woman in the group. The Royal navy member reportedly sold her story for about $300,000 in a newspaper and television deal.Tales of victimhood? Tales of the lack of fortitude?

What do the Brits teach their military about behavior when captured? Any dishonor to protect themselves? Or instead: give name, rank and serial number only.

To be sure, not all captured Americans s…

Don Imus and Unforgiveness

Don Imus? Not a fan. Saying that a women's basketball team looked like a bunch of nappy-headed hos was uncalled for. so he groveled in apology.

The reactions of the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson? Unforgiveness.

What are these guys, Sharpton and Jackson, reverends of exactly? Certainly not Christianity.

Christians forgive their trespassers.

Britain Military Gone Soft

As a citizen, who would you rather have defending your country: The British weenies who collaborated with Tom the Iranian Thug-in-Chief? Or the United States Marines held Hostage by Iran in 1979? Read the first hand account of one of those Marines.

What a difference!!

Slip-Sliding

I was struck by the following quote from the AP report on the sentencing of Tarik Shah for supporting terrorism: A prosecutor asked Shah to say he knew that al-Qaida was a terrorist group, but Shah, after a pause of several minutes to consult with his lawyer, agreed only that he knew that the U.S. had designated al-Qaida a terrorist organization. What stunned me was that that was exactly the response of CAIR's Nihad Awad's in a television interview with pressed to answer whether Hamas was a terrorist organization. Birds of a feather, I guess.

A True Story

Read the incredibly moving story of an ex-Muslim here.

I was particularly struck by the following: Q.5: 51
O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya’ to one another… I also found the above statement false. The evidence is in the Bosnia and Kosovo crisis; where Christian countries, waged war against another Christian country, to liberate Muslims. Many Jewish doctors volunteered to help the Kosovar refugees, despite the fact that during the WWII, the same Albanian Muslims took sides with Hitler and helped him in his holocaust against the Jews.

It became obvious to me that Muslims are accepted by all the people of the world yet our prophet wants us to hate them, to disassociate ourselves from them, to force them into our way of life or kill them, subdue them and make them pay Jizya. How silly! How pathetic! How inhumane! No wonder there is so much inexplicable hate of the West and of the Jews among Mu…

CAIR Continues its Evil Ways

Good for the United States House of Representatives. They have passed a bill to protect the "John Doe" passengers who blew the whistle on the lying, flying imams in Minneapolis airport on November 20, 2006.

My mother always said that if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. but I cannot help myself.

Nihad Awad of CAIR has proven himself to be a true piece of human garbage. Why? When asked to dismiss the so-called John Doe defendants in the lying flying imam suit, specifically the passengers who pointed out the (apparently deliberately) suspicious behavior to US Airways, Awad refused. Awad plainly want to intimidate others from protecting their airways and their fellow passengers from reporting suspicious behavior. It is litigation jihad.

As a human being, Awad deserves no respect. That only good he has done is to bring CAIR into greater public dislike, which CAIR greatly deserves.

CAIR Keeps Sliming Along

Just when I'm beginning to think that CAIR can get no lower or get any slimier, CAIR surpasses all negative expectations. Now CAIR has supported the lying flying imams in their lawsuit meaning as John Doe defendants, the passengers who brought the imams inappropriate behavior the attention of US Airways personnel.

Not all Muslims, however, support the anti-Christian bigot Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR in this latest endeavor. We can great be grateful that there are people like M. Zuhdi Jasser, director of American Islamic Forum for Democracy who has offered to raise money to defend the hapless passengers, who after all did only the right thing.

Bigotry and CAIR.

And the award for Anti-Christian bigot of the week goes to.... [drum roll, please] ... Ibraham Hooper of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Roll the cameras, please.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Just when you think CAIR could sink no lower, it is supporting the six lying flying imams have now filed suit against Northwest Airlines.

As a reminder, the lying flying imams behaved in an extremely suspicious manner in the Minneapolis, Minnesota airport, chanting anti-American slogans, asking for seatbelt extenders (without being obese), and strategically positioning themselves in a manner of terrorists. Clearly these people were intending to provoke a reaction. They succeeded.

I feel the slime just writing about it.

Religion of ... Death Threats

News from Australia's AAP:NSW Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Fred Nile says he has received death threats over his call for a moratorium on Islamic immigration to Australia.Why take political action when you can make death threats?

Call Us Killers, Off With Your Head

From an AP report: Filipino Muslims display a banner, which reads 'Behead Those Who Insult Islam,' and t-shirts with a wanted sign during a rally Wednesday March 7, 2007, at a downtown Manila square , to protest recent televised preaching by a Christian sect leader Eli Soriano, who alleges that Muslims are killers. More than 1,000 Muslims took part in the rally and demanded Soriano, who is currently in hiding, be extradited back to the Philippines so he can face charges being brought against him. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Can they possibly fail to see the irony?

Secular Islam Summit

I applaud the greatest ray of hope yet to emanate from the substantial Muslim community.On March 5, 2007, the Secular Islam Summit concluded with a press release, a portion of which is quoted below.Read it all.We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free and the unfree.

We affirm the inviolable freedom of the individual conscience. We believe in the equality of all human persons.
…We see no colonialism, racism, or so-called “Islamaphobia” in submitting Islamic practices to criticism or condemnation when they violate human reason or rights.

We call on the governments of the world toreject Sharia law, fatwa courts, clerical rule, and state-sanctioned religion in all their forms; oppose all penalties for blasphemy and apostacy, in accordance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights; eliminate practices, such as femal…

CAIR Protest in Florida

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) masquerades as a civil rights organization. but, plainly, its ties to terrorist organizations renders all of its work suspect:

Joe Kaufman Speech, March 3, 2007 (Joe Kaufman is President of Americans Against Hate)Protest Against CAIR and Siraj WahhajFriends, We gather here tonight to expose a fifth column that resides within America and, tonight, they are holding an event inside this convention center. As has been told many times before, CAIR was created by a front for the terrorist organization Hamas, in 1994.That organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine or IAP, was the brainchild of none other than the number two leader in Hamas today, Mousa Abu Marzook.If it hasn’t been made clear in the past, I want to make it clear today – If it were not for Mousa Abu Marzook, CAIR would not be in existence! The IAP, CAIR’s parent organization, was a Hamas propaganda center, as it published the Hamas charter in different…

Barbarians: Culture or Religion?

It seems to me that it is unarguable that the following are barbaric acts:

Rioting over cartoons.
Killing a non-because the Pope suggests Islam is violent.
Suicide bombings.
Taking hostages and beheading them.
Killing converts to Christianity from Islam (thus assuring that they will never convert back, I guess).

Are the people who do these things barbarians because of their culture? Or because of their theology? That is, what causes the barbarism?

Now we learn that in Muslim Pakistan, kite flying is a popular pastime. However, the kites are often flown with strings laced with ground glass and metal, which may and often do kill other kite flyers. In the last few days, at a kite flying event, 11 people were killed. see DebbieSchlussel.com

Barbaric? Of course. I wonder if the Islamic resistance to social change is partly to blame for the barbaric culture displayed.

Islam and Skinheads

Supremacism is the belief that a particular race, religion, gender, belief system or culture is superior to others and entitles those who identify with it to dominate, control or rule those who do not.Source: WikipediaThe only difference between white supremacy and Islam is the identity of the superior people.White supremacists come in various varieties.Most are not themselves violent.Most would not themselves kill or physically harm African-Americans or Jews.However a number of them would do such things.But all believe in the inherent, God-given superiority of whites.So it is with Muslims.I have spent many, many hours agonizing and studying issues relating to radical Islam in the United States and throughout the world.I have read it the analyses of Islam by the likes of Robert Spencer, Daniel pipes, Kenneth Timmerman, and others (I apologize for those not named).And I have read and listened to Islamic apologists.I have agonized over the questions of how to deal with Muslims, knowing …