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From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:06 AM 
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"Allah also turned some Arabs into pigs and apes." -- any proof?
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From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:07 AM 
To: Mohdatta1  (2412 of 3931) 
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halal products come from Muslim businessmen, not non-Muslim.

From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:08 AM 
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War against Taliban
By Tahir Wasti
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 | 08:16 AM PST |
Swat Taliban spokesman Ali Bakht addresses a press conference - File photo.

THE battle against the Taliban and extremism will decide the fate of democracy and the future history of . Although the Taliban are continuing with their bid to push back the army and create rifts among political parties, there are no signs of demoralisation in the army.


Rather its fighting spirit is an inspiration. Even President Obama seems to be satisfied with its performance. In a recent interview with Jon Meacham of the Newsweek he observed that the Pakistan Army has recognised that the threat from extremism is a much more immediate and serious one than that from that it had traditionally focused on. However, extremism is not spreading its tentacles only in the Swat valley, it has killed a large number of people in Kurram Agency, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan and other places. The Taliban and their ilk should be dealt with throughout the country.


Many Taliban defenders have resurfaced with the argument that was created in the name of Islam. But can they deny that Jinnah had asked a scheduled caste Hindu Joginder Nath Mandal to be the chairman of the first constituent assembly of ? Subsequently, he appointed Mandal as the law minister. Open-minded academics are yet to be convinced about how an adherent of the Hindu faith would have helped initially as chairman and later as minister of a law to draft an ‘Islamic’ constitution.


Jinnah had fought for a minority of and all his words and actions testify that he would not have accepted a law or constitution in the country that would consider minorities as second-class citizens. Mr Mandal’s appointments and Jinnah’s keynote address to the constituent assembly clearly unfolds Jinnah’s vision of and its ideology.


That ideology is under threat by the Taliban who largely draw their support from the parties that opposed the creation of . If were for Islam then all Muslim leaders who supported the Indian Congress would have supported Jinnah. It is only after the creation of and the death of Jinnah that the very same leaders assumed the role of spokesmen of the Muslim League and began to say that this country was created in the name of Islam. As columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee reminds the nation time and again Jinnah’s vision of is diagonally opposed to the Taliban’s vision of .


Historical evidence suggests that even the founding father of a religio-political party that is now backing the Taliban’s slogan for Sharia had said, ‘Why should we foolishly waste our time in expediting the so-called Muslim-nation state and fritter away our energies in setting it up, when we know that it will not only be useless for our purpose, but rather prove an obstacle in our path?’ However, later on this stance was revised. Now the party asserts that has been achieved exclusively with the object of becoming the homeland of Islam.


It was in 1979 that a head of government declared that had been created for the sake of Islam. While introducing the notorious Hudood laws, Ziaul Haq proclaimed that had been achieved to become an Islamic state and promised to enforce an Islamic order in the country.


The Quaid had always maintained that the new state would be a modern democratic state, with sovereignty resting in the people, and with every member of the new nation having equal rights of citizenship regardless of religion, caste or creed.


As Jinnah himself put it in a radio interview in 1947: ‘Nationality, rather than religion, is the basis for a separate homeland for the Muslims of India.’ The statement often quoted as proof of the ideology that created , ‘ ka matlab kya, La Ilahlah Illallah’ was in fact one that had never been raised from the platform of the Muslim League. An election slogan coined by a Sialkot poet during the 1945 elections to decide the partition of India, it was vehemently opposed by Jinnah himself at a meeting of the Muslim League held under his chairmanship in 1947. The incident is quoted in the memoirs of a member of the council of the Muslim League.


‘During the meeting, a man, who called himself Bihari, put to the Quaid that ‘we have been telling the people ka matlab kya, La Ilaha Illallah.’ ‘Sit down, sit down,’ the Quaid shouted back. ‘Neither I nor my working committee, nor the council of the All India Muslim League has ever passed such a resolution wherein I was committed to the people of . ka matlab, you might have done so to catch a few votes.’


Raja Sahib Mahmoodabad, a leader of the Muslim League and close associate of Jinnah, also cited the incident in his memoirs. Mahmoodabad added his personal experience with Jinnah on the matter of establishing as an Islamic state.


‘During 1941-5, we advocated that should be an Islamic state. I must confess I was very enthusiastic about it and in my speeches I constantly propagated my ideas. My advocacy of an Islamic state brought me into conflict with Jinnah. He thoroughly disapproved of my ideas and dissuaded me from expressing them publicly from the League platform lest the people might be led to believe that Jinnah shares my view and that he was asking me to convey such ideas to the public. As I was convinced that I was right and did not want to compromise Jinnah’s position, I decided to cut myself away and for nearly two years kept my distance from him, apart from seeing him during the working committee meetings and other formal occasions.’


A careful study of the Lahore Resolution also bears out that when a demand for an independent state was raised no reference to the establishment of an Islamic state was made. What the religious parties in cannot explain is why, if was to become a homeland of Islam, all prominent members of the ulema in at the time of partition opposed the movement for .


As Keith Callard in his well-known study argues, the background of the men who organised the campaign was not theology and Islamic law, not Deoband, but and the Inns of Courts. He suggests that had the movement for been one for an Islamic state it would have arisen from religious schools and would have been led by the ulema.

From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:09 AM 
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Iran Supreme Leader: enemies trying to create enmity between Iran, other Muslim countries

Service: Foreign Policy
News Code :8802-20144

ISNA - Tehran
Service: Foreign Policy

TEHRAN (ISNA)-On the last day of his trip to Kurdistan province, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met on Tuesday morning with the enthusiastic people of Saghez.

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his appreciation of the vigilance of the people of Kurdistan and said "The loyalty of the people of Kurdistan towards the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution was an impressive reality which became more tangible for the Iranian nation as well as the supporters and enemies of the Islamic Republic."

Ayatollah Khamenei further referred to the two-dimensional plot hatched by the enemies of Islam and said "The enemies of Islam are trying to create enmity between the Islamic Republic and other Islamic countries, and foment discord among followers of different religions and people from different ethnicities in the country."

He further said "With their vigilance, the Iranian nation foiled this plot. And Islamic nations, intellectuals, and academics consider the Islamic Republic as a source of pride for the Islamic Ummah (nation), although this plot was partly successful in some Islamic countries which are dependant on the arrogant powers."

He further stated that these realities are a source of failure and bewilderment for global bullying powers.

He said that the faithful and loyal people of Kurdistan are not involved in the hostile activities which are done by the enemies' mercenaries in Kurdistan. He said that there is now complete security in Kurdistan province thanks to the awareness and sacrifices of the youth of this province.

Ayatollah Khamenei further stressed the importance of awareness and vigilance among the people of Kurdistan and said "We have received accurate information that the American forces have organized a plot and are supporting terrorism across our western borders through gathering intelligence, financing terrorist operations, and providing weapons. Therefore, all the Iranian people, especially the people of Kurdistan, should be vigilant in this regard."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the main goal of the American forces who hatch these plots is to dominate Kurdish people and stated "Even the Kurdish people who live outside Iran consider themselves to be Iranian, and are proud of this fact. But a small minority may ignore the dignity of Kurdish people and be lured into cooperating with the Americans. These people should know that their acts will only incite the hatred of other Kurdish people."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the problems and demands of the people of Kurdistan province and said "Most of the demands which were made by elites, students, officials, Friday prayer leaders, and people of Kurdistan were logical. But some people are trying to make illogical demands which cannot be met. And this is not acceptable."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the issue of unemployment is the main problem of the people of Kurdistan province and added "This problem can be solved through the cooperation of the administration and investment in industrial and agricultural sectors."

End Item


From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:09 AM 
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Pakistan Calls on Islamic Scholars to Help Combat Extremism
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By Ed Johnson

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called on Islamic scholars to help root out extremism, as security forces waged an urban offensive against Taliban militants in the northwestern Swat Valley.

Terrorists are perverting the teachings of Islam and scholars should speak with one voice against the militants, Gilani said yesterday.

“It is time that they stand united to protect the country from all challenges,” Gilani said at a religious affairs conference in the capital, Islamabad, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Pakistan’s government is trying to build support in the world’s second-most populous Muslim nation for its offensive against Taliban insurgents. The militants reneged on a peace accord and last month advanced on the capital, even after the government agreed to impose Islamic law in Swat and neighboring districts.

Religious schools, or madrassas, play a key role in radicalizing Pakistani youth and provide a pool of Taliban recruits who cross the border to attack western forces in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations and U.S. intelligence agencies.

The three-week army offensive has forced almost 1.5 million people from their homes, the largest and fastest exodus to occur anywhere in the world in recent years, according to the UN.

“The number of people on the move every day is so big and the response is never enough,” said Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees, in a statement on the UN Web site yesterday.

2 Million Displaced

The UN estimates more than 500,000 people fled fighting in the region last year, bringing the number displaced to about 2 million.

Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari will chair a meeting today of ministers and officials from North West Frontier Province to discuss an aid effort, APP reported.

The military campaign in Swat is being waged under pressure from the Obama administration, which says the extremists threaten the stability of the nuclear-armed nation and endanger U.S. security.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday the U.S. will send $100 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

President Barack Obama is “determined to match our words with our actions, because Pakistan’s government is leading the fight against extremists that threaten the future of their country and our collective security,” Clinton said at the White House. “Pakistan is facing a major humanitarian crisis.”

U.S. Aid

The $100 million comes on top of about $60 million already provided to Pakistan since last August to help citizens affected by the fighting, Clinton said. The U.S. is coordinating the delivery of the aid with the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Fighting is taking place in the town of Kanju, about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Swat’s main city, Mingora, where thousands of civilians are trapped without food, Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told reporters. Pakistani forces also reported clashes with insurgents in other parts of Swat, including the town of Matta, north of Mingora.


From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:10 AM 
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Restoring American Islamic Relations: Obama's Cairo Speech
by palestinian professor
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Wed May 20, 2009 at 10:16:27 AM PDT

In the last eight years interest groups that enjoyed access to the Bush administration sought to facilitate their agenda and interests by vilifying Islam and Muslims in general.

They did so very successfully. It is clear to me that many of the abominations committed during the last eight years, including horrible wickedness we see in Iraq, were committed by individuals whose willingness was influenced by injurious pervasive rhetoric on Islam. The vilification of Islam and Muslims greased the wheels of torture and war crimes.

In a few weeks Obama will address the Muslim world in a major speech in Cairo. This will be an important speech that will hopefully mend fences between the US and the billion or so Muslims including American Muslims.

In this diary I will attempt to convey my own understanding of Islam in a sympathetic way.

I will focus on three issues. The perception of Islam in Christian Arab discourse. Islam as a reformation of the Catholic church and the related genderless God in Islam, which contrasts with the paternal masculinity of God in the Christian tradition. I will also summarize a few points to keep in mind when addressing the Muslim world.

* palestinian professor's diary :: ::

To be clear I'm a committed atheist, indeed a cradle atheist, born and raised in a secular community made up of ethnically Jewish, Christian, and Muslim individuals whose cultural center was the Communist Party of Israel. I introduced myself here. In short, I don't believe in God.

Nevertheless, several years ago when I read the speech that Pope Benedict gave at the University of Regensburg (translation) I became aware that even reasonable people in the West are, willingly, ill informed about Islam. Let's begin the conversation with that speech.

Benedict's speech and the Arab Christian perspective on Islam

Benedict focused on a conversation between Byzantine emperor Manuel Paleologus and a Muslim in the fourteenth century. He emphasizes an important idea that has remained central in eastern Christianity, which is that the early Christian church found fertile and well tilled ground in the Hellenized eastern parts of the Roman empire, in particular in Syria, Anatolia, and Alexandria Egypt. This Hellenic environment was the carrier of the extraordinary philosophical heritage of ancient Greece. It is where Christianity as we know it developed and whence Christian theology emerged. In fact, almost every Greek church father was either a Hellenized Syrian or Anatolian. These include the Three Cappadocian Fathers and St. John of Damascus. There is an idea that somehow the Greek philosophical tradition was destined to meet the church, and Semitic religious traditions, affording it its language, its heritage, and the environment for well reasoned theology. Islam in Benadict's reasoning, however, did not enjoy this symbiotic interlocking of Semitic traditions and Greek philosophical traditions. While reason and rationality are in direct harmony with Christian theology, Islam was basically incapable of reasoning:

for Muslim teaching, God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality.

I was rather surprised by this view. First because it's contrary to how the Hellenic Christian theologians familiar with Islam understood and understand Islam and second because of the way Islam understands itself as a reformation of the Roman church.

Islamic thinking was also influenced by Hellenistic Christian philosophies. Indeed, following the liberation of Syria from imperial Roman occupation there were centuries of vigorous interaction between Hellenized Christian theologians and Islamic thinkers.

During this period an eastern Christian conception of Islam emerged. This was initially articulated by St. John of Damascus (who by way of interest benefitted from the protection of the Islam and was able to argue against the iconoclastic heresy that dominated the remnants of the Roman empire). Now St John of Damascus was born and lived in Syria, after its liberation and under Islamic rule. St John became, in fact, chief councillor to the Umayyad Khalifa as well as perhaps the greatest Greek father of the Church. When Benidict talks about reason and the Greek tradition in Christianity he is surely talking about St John of Damascus. St John of Damascus did not consider Islam a separate religion from Christianity. But a Christian heresy. Similar to the way Catholics view Lutherans and Baptists. The reader may want to explore the website of the St John of Damascus Institute of Theology in The University of Balamand.

To my mind St John's ideas evolved to the prevailing Islamophilic attitudes of Arab Christians and their modern day theologians. These are the physical remnants of the Hellenic church who having lived with and been enriched by Islam. They have in the main a much more favorable and reasoned attitude towards it. It seems very unusual to me that Benedict in a speech that talks about both the Hellenic tradition in Christianity and about Islam would ignore St John of Damascus as well as modern Syrian Christian thinking and instead quotes a minor Byzantine emperor whose ideas about Islam are not well accepted and are hostile principally because on the political environment of his time. Benedict celebrates Hellenic reason but avoids its main exponent whose work is not only relevant but is centrally catholic and deals with Islam directly. He celebrates the Hellenic tradition of Syria but ignores the fact the physical Church that emerged from this tradition remains a living Church in Syria with a well developed understanding and experience of Islam.

Islam was born protestant

Islamic thinkers, of course, do not view Islam as a Christian heresy. The view is that Islam is a reformation of Christianity, a protestant reformation. Indeed, Islam was born reformed. In Islam, there is no hierarchy, there are no religious orders, there are no bishops. Sunni Islam and its theology is not dictated to the faithful by a Bishop. Instead, it is defined by the consensus of the whole believing community. Each Muslim is a Bishop and a priest. Islam sought to bring down the institutional frameworks of the imperial Church that dominated the Middle East in the seventh century. Sunni Islam has competing schools of thought Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali all on equal footing in the consensus of the whole believing community. A short visit to as-Sakhra mosque in Jerusalem with its inscriptions indicates that Islam in the seventh century saw itself as correcting and reforming the Catholic church that dominated the eastern Roman empire. It was an uprising against the imperial Church and its institutions.

The gender of God in Islam

One of the main departures in Islam from a Christianity Hellenized in Syria and reformation back to Semitic roots is in the gender identity of God, as highlighted in Islam, Irigaray, and the Retrieval of Gender (1999) by the Islamic scholar Abd al-Hakim Murad.

Irigaray in the title refers to the French feminist Luce Irigaray who, as Abd al-Hakim explains, observes that it is in the West that "the gender of God, the guardian of every subject and discourse, is always paternal and masculine." For me this is no where more apparent than in Catholic Ecclesiology where the Church is the bride of Christ, God incarnate, the Son of God the Father. Here the Church is the image of a masculine Triune God that reveals His existence in Her. She is a reflection of Him and enjoys the communion of marriage between husband and wife. Abd al-Hakim observes that a "theology which reveals the divine through incarnation in a body also locates it in a gender, and inescapably passes judgment on the other sex." Of course, Christianity reveals the divine in a single unique incarnation thus passes judgment on the other sex for all time. Islamic theology, on the other hand, "confronts us with the spectacular absence of a gendered Godhead" because a "theology which locates it in a book makes no judgment about gender; since books are unsexed. The divine remains divine, that is, genderless, even when expressed in a fully saving way on earth." Further while the Church sees itself as a feminine entity "Islam's community of believers never saw itself as a feminine entity, despite the interesting matronal resonances of the term umma. [...] The same 'desertlike' abstract difference of the Muslim God which draws reproach from Christian commentators also allows a gender-neutral image of the divine. Allah is not neuter or androgynous, but is simply above gender." Abd al-hakim then cites Sartaz Aziz, a quote that I grappled with some years ago:

I am deeply grateful that my first ideas of God were formed by Islam because I was able to think of the Highest Power as one completely without sex or race, and thus completely unpatriarchal . . . We begin with the idea of a deity who is completely above sexual identity, and thus completely outside the value system created by patriarchy."

Indeed, one is not surprised by the pervasive reluctance of Muslim women to buy into the vilification of Islam by individuals who have political axes to grind, wars of liberation to conduct, and attempt to facilitate these things through vicious smear campaign.

A sympathetic view

In a few weeks Obama will give his major speech addressing all Muslims from the capital of the Muslim world Cairo. Ideally, that speech ought to keep in mind the recent history of American interaction with Islam. There are important points that we need to keep in mind.

* Islam is born explicitly universalist and internationalist. There is no notion of nationalism in Islam and it is explicitly hostile to tribalism and racism.
* On issues concerning justice Islam is liberationist in its theology. Anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism is built into Islam.
* Multiculturalism and the idea that there can be many center of culture is an idea in Islam. Indeed, Islam pioneered the modern notion of multiculturalism and its Turkish adaptation the Millet system.
* On economic issues Islam is progressive, in particular with regard to social welfare.
* Islam was born protestant, it (well at least the Sunni version) has no hierarchy and it has been a grass roots movement from its inception.
* Islam is democratic in the sense that everyone is politically involved in it. Everyone has a say.
* Islamic thinkers are open to rational discourse on issues not concerning religious tenants-on almost all other issues, in particular social issues. They do not have fixed ideas outside of a narrow domain.
* Islam like other religions is socially conservative. It has individuals that are very conservative socially. But it also has adherents that are socially liberal. It is certainly open to notions of gender equality and liberation.

Importantly, when speaking to the Muslim world consider the fact that every single individual considers herself a person that has a say in Islam and a person that is informed about Islam. Though tempting and consistent with popular perception of Islam and Arab culture, people do not hold their leaders in high regard, they are naturally suspicious of all forms of elitism. When speaking to the Muslim world you are addressing a grassroots movement to which a billion intelligent aware humans belong.

But, of course, Obama is aware of this.


From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:11 AM 
To: Mohdatta1  (2417 of 3931) 
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"Many Muslims in the world did not even complete primary six. "???

Are you still living in the stone age?


From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:11 AM 
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Brigitte Gabriel challenges Americans to fight radical Islam (part one)
May 20, 5:09 PM · 2 comments

Brigitte Gabriel came to the United States after surviving the war in Lebanon. That experience, in which Christians like her were targeted by Muslim terrorists, makes her an expert on the methods and madness of Islamic jihad.

A former news anchor, Gabriel now runs ACT! for America, a non-profit educational group dedicated to building a grassroots movement to fight the spread of radical Islam throughout the United States and the world.

Brigitte Gabriel's latest book is They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It

Brigitte Gabriel recently spoke exclusively to via email. Her compelling personal story and passionate patriotism make her a compelling public speaker, but that passion comes through even in pixels...

EXAMINER: First, can you tell us about your education, and about your time as a news anchor for Middle East television. What did that particular experience teach you?

BG: Coming from a Judeo-Christian heritage, education was always a priority in my home and community. During the war our parents and elders insisted that even during the war we should continue our education. Our classes were held on the first floor of a three story building so the floors above would give us added protection. Many days I had to run home and crawl in ditches to avoid the bombs falling all around me. I used my books to protect my head from falling shrapnel. We missed many days because of heavy shelling, but we were determined to get an education.

I’ll have to say that our quest for knowledge was tempered a bit by our circumstances. I would save studying for a test until the night before the test because I didn't know if I was even going to be alive to take it any way, so why bother. This was pretty much the attitude of all my friends. Thankfully our leaders’ insistence on continuing our education despite the war paid off for me.

On May 5, 1985, I became evening news anchor for Middle East Television’s “World News” broadcast seen throughout the Middle East. Working as a news anchor for "World News" gave me a front seat to the international theatre. With an Associated Press machine in my office, faxes coming in from Beirut, calls from reporters working on stories in Lebanon and a daily satellite feed of worldwide stories, I was plugged in. With a show deadline every day all this moved at high speed.

As a journalist, I was immersed in the news and information business, I soon realized there was a form of repetition developing with every broadcast I did. The same story but different actors: hijackings, car bombs and Muslims fighting non-Muslims was the news. I began to see how the Middle East was dragging the world down into a war of ideologies based on religious hatred and bigotry. I began to understand that what I and the Christians were going through in Lebanon that I thought was just a regional conflict was becoming a world wide conflict with international implications.

Time and time again, story after story, I was reporting the murderous, barbaric behavior of killers in different countries with Islam the reoccurring theme and “Allahu Akbar” always a part of the language used as they killed. America and the West found an excuse for every incident and boxed and labeled it under the context of the country in which it took place. They attributed Iran’s conflict and the victory of Ayatullah Khumainei to an inner conflict within Iran. They attributed the Lebanese war to being a civil war among factions. They attributed the overall Arab/Israeli conflict as being just a Palestinian vs. Israeli conflict over land. Yet in all these conflicts radical Islam was the driving force or lingered just under the surface.

EXAMINER: How did you move from that position to becoming one of America's foremost authorities on Muslim terrorism? Have you had any special mentors and supporters in the field of politics and the media here in the US?

Working as News Anchor in the Middle East during the 80s which was the decade of Islamic escalation gave me a front seat in the class of Islamic world terrorism and escalation. Add to that the personal experience as an eye witness to terror who actually lived it which gave me a clear picture of the players and their strategy.

What made me different than many others is that I actually have the personal experience of being born and raised in the Middle East, of speaking the Arabic language, understanding most dialects of the Middle East, unlike someone who just happened to visit there a few times in order to write their thesis on the region. I also kept up with Islamic radicalism because most my friends were still caught in Lebanon and some spread throughout Europe trying to hide from Islamic terrorists. When September 11th happened I was up on most terrorist organizations and had followed them and their development for almost 20 years.

After September 11th I immediately went on the FBI's webpage and volunteered my time and expertise to help with translation or anything else they needed. Many of my Christian friends from Lebanon and Egypt did the same. I learned quickly that our government was in a mess. I didn't hear anything from the FBI, who was whining about their lack of Arabic speaking people, for six months until I received an application for a job from them. The application stated that I had to be between the ages of 25 and 35 (I had just turned 36 years of age), that you have to have 2 years of Arabic language as a major and have worked as a translator for two years. The red tape and the application was a joke.

That was when I realized, as a citizen and as a businesswoman I had to take matters in my own hands and begin educating and working independently to mobilize those who wanted to learn about the threat of Islamic radicalism to world peace and national security.

I began speaking out forcefully and clearly since I am not constricted with political correctness that others who worked for our government had a job to protect and had to toe the line. My message was refreshing, shocking and not politically correct to the conservative media. I became the most interviewed expert on radical Islam in America.


From: TodayNews5/21/09 4:13 AM 
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Dutch Anti-Islam Lawmaker Loses Bid To Stop Hate Speech Trial

THE HAGUE (AFP)--Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders lost a legal bid Wednesday to stop his pending trial for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

"The attorney general is of the opinion that there are no grounds" for a further appeal, the Dutch Supreme Court said in a statement.

Lawyers for Wilders had sought to overturn a ruling by the Amsterdam Court of Appeals in January that he should be prosecuted for a series of public anti- Muslim statements, particularly for comparing Islam to Nazism.

"It is a political process," Wilders responded in a statement on the Web site of his Freedom Party, or PVV, which has nine out of 150 seats in parliament.

"I am being prosecuted for saying about Islam what millions of Dutch think. Freedom of expression is at risk of being offered at the altar of Islam."

The January appeals court judgment had followed numerous complaints from citizens over the Public Prosecution Service's initial refusal to press charges against Wilders.

Wilders is the maker of a 17-minute film, "Fitna," which has been called " offensively anti-Islamic" by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The screening of the film in the Netherlands last year prompted protests in much of the Muslim world, including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan.

Wilders has called for the banning of the Koran in the Netherlands, calling it "fascist."

In June last year, the prosecutor's office said "Fitna," though offensive to Muslims, didn't give rise to a punishable offense.

It dismissed dozens of complaints received from around the country, saying Wilders' utterances were made in the context of public debate.

But the appeals court ruled six months later that politicians, given their special responsibility, ought not to be permitted to make "statements which create hate and grief," and ordered the prosecution to put Wilders on trial.


From: SaraLeck5/21/09 1:15 PM 
To: TodayNews  (2420 of 3931) 
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Muslim Affairs Ministers failed their Islamic PSLE lah. Muslims can marry babies, they can 'play' with them or prep them till the fateful night when Grandmother Halimah's grand daughter is fucked. IT is SHARIA TODAY, TOMORROW and for AGES to Come. Muppet will FUCK the Muslim Affairs Minister who abrogate his QURAN.

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