The Muhammad Cartoon Contest event was well publicised. Normally something like this would attract protests from Muslims and their sympathizers explaining how drawing an image of Muhammad is an insult to the religion of peace and therefore shouldn't be done.
A pair of social media accounts possibly linked to the Islamic State terror group posted messages referencing Sunday evening's attack on a Texas free speech event moments before it happened.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a Twitter account bearing the name "Shariah is Light" posted a message with the hashtag "texasattack" at 6:35 p.m. Central Time. The account featured an image of Anwar Awlaki, an American-born cleric killed in 2011 by a drone strike in Yemen.
Moments later, authorities say two men pulled up in a car to the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas and opened fire. A school security guard was injured in the ankle before police officers shot and killed both suspects. The gunmen had not been identified as of Monday morning and their bodies lay next to their car while police searched for a possible incendiary device.
Authorities have not officially determined whether the shooting was linked to an event, a contest hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
"Shariah is Light" also tweeted a command to follow a second account, titled "AbuHussainAlBritani". That second account posted several messages referencing the shooting in Texas and appearing to link it to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
"The knives have been sharpened, soon we will come to your streets with death and slaughter!" the first message from the account read.
A second message said "Allahu Akbar!!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad art exhibition in texas!"
“Kill Those That Insult The Prophet,” a third message said.
A final message from the account read, "They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State."
Geert Wilders' Speech at Garland, Texas Muhammad Art Event
Geert Wilders of Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) at AFDI Muhammad Art Contest Event
May 3, 2015
Geert Wilders, leasder of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) gave this speech at tonight's deadly Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas, sponsored by Pam Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). See our Iconoclast breaking post on the attack outside the Garland Education Center venue where two perpetrators were killed in quick action by Garland police security, while Wilders, sponsor Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and 200 guests were inside.
Watch this YouTube video of Wilders' speech at the AFDI Garland, Texas event:
Speech Geert Wilders at Muhammad Cartoon Contest, Garland, Texas, 3 May, 2015
Thank you all for being here. It’s great to be in Texas, the Lone Star State. The one star in the Texan flag represents all the free Western world needs today: defiance, pride and independence.
It is no coincidence that we are in Garland, Texas, tonight. It is here that, three months ago, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Islamic activists convened to demand that free speech be curtailed. They want to prohibit cartoons, books and films which they find insulting.
Our answer is clear:
Don’t mess with Texas!
Don’t mess with the free West!
Don’t mess with our freedom of speech!
Friends, allow me to thank Pamela Geller for organizing this exhibition.
Pamela is an extraordinary woman. I only have a few heroes, but Pamela certainly is one of them. Let us give her a big applause!
My friends, you are all winners. Everybody present here tonight deserves respect, just for being here.
The cartoonists, the participants in this Muhammad contest all did fantastic work. All of you are not only talented but also very brave. For Islam has put a death sentence on depicting Muhammad. But this has not frightened you. And even if it did, it has not stopped you. Because you believe in freedom of speech.
I applaud you for that.
However, there can be only one winner of the contest. And that is, as you already know, Bosch Fawstin.
Bosch knows what he is talking and cartooning about, being a former – or in his own words recovered – Muslim.
I have known the fantastic work of Bosch – who also created the anti-jihad superhero Pigman – for many years already and I want to congratulate him for his bravery and excellent work and winning the contest today.
Your statement, my statement, the statement of every single person present in this room here tonight is clear: We will never allow barbarism, we will never allow Islam to rob us of our freedom of speech! Never!
I know from my own experience how dangerous it is to stand for this freedom. I know how dangerous it is to speak the truth about Islam.
I am on death lists of Al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban and terrorists from ISIS because I tell people the truth about Islam. Islam has declared war on us, on our Judeo-Christian civilization. Islam wants to rob us of the freedoms and liberties. Islam and freedom are totally incompatible.
I am a politician, but cartoonists, like my good friends the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, are also on the death list. Both Kurt and Lars have already been the victims of murder attempts.
Another man on this list was the cartoonist Charb, editor of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. As we all know, he and 9 of his colleagues were murdered last January in Paris by followers of the religion of hate. According to Islamic Sharia law, they were all guilty of the same crime.
The crime of depicting Muhammad, the crime of defaming the so-called Prophet of Islam.
A crime punishable by death by the religion of death.
In order to show them that we will not have Islam dictate us the law, we are here with an exhibition of Muhammad cartoons.
We are here in defiance of Islam.
We are here to defend our rights and stand for freedom of speech.
That is our duty.
As Ronald Reagan, your greatest president ever, said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
I am happy to say that nobody died while watching these cartoons.
This proves that, unlike jihadis, cartoons do not kill people.
Cartoons do not kill jihadis, but jihadis kill cartoonists.
That is a huge difference which we should never forget.
Huntington was wrong. It is not a clash of civilizations, but a clash between civilization and barbarism.
Our Judeo-Christian culture is far superior to the Islamic one.
I can give you a million reasons. But here is an important one.
We have got humor and they don’t.
There is no humor in Islam.
In 1979, ayatollah Khomeini devoted an entire radio broadcast to this topic: “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun,” the ayatollah said. “There are no jokes in Islam,” he added. “There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.”
For once, the ayatollah was right.
Islam does not allow free speech, because free speech shows how evil and wrong Islam is.
And Islam does not allow humor, because humor shows how foolish and ridiculous it is.
You are extremely fortunate to live in America. Because you have a first amendment.
In Europe, it is not just the jihadis who go after you. The authorities do so, too.
In the Netherlands, I have been dragged to court on hate speech charges for speaking the truth about Islam. I was acquitted, but now the authorities are prosecuting me again.
We are harassed, but sympathizers of the Islamic State are left in peace. Last Summer, they took to the streets in The Hague. They carried swastikas and ISIS flags. They shouted “Death to the Jews.” And you know what? The authorities did nothing. We have weak leaders. Appeasers are ruling The Netherlands, Europe and the USA. We have to turn the tide and we will. New leadership is what we need to defend our freedom of speech and resist the ongoing Islamization of the West.
Today, many of our Western leaders want us to shut up.
When we tell the truth about Islam, they call it Islamophobia.
When cartoonists make drawings of Muhammad, they are accused of provoking people.
A few years ago, in my country, the Netherlands, the police even raided the house of a cartoonist.
In his address to the United Nations in 2012, President Obama said: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
But we say: The future must not belong to Islam!
Do you hear, Mr Obama? We say: No to Islam!!
Unlike President Obama and his European colleagues, we are not willing to sign away our freedom and independence.
The day we give away humor and freedom of speech is the day that we cease to exist as a free and independent people.
And that day will never come.
That is what this exhibition is all about!
From here we send a message to President Obama and all his colleagues: We will never submit!
We are not intimidated by Islam.
We will not be picking up swords and axes and breaking into people's homes. But we will not remain silent either.
Moderation in the face of evil is evil. This is not what our age needs. We must uncap our pens; we must speak words of truth. We are facing a determined enemy who is striving through all means to destroy the West and snuff out our traditions of free thought, free speech, and our Judeo-Christian values. Make no mistake: if we fail, we will be enslaved. So the only option is to defend our freedom with all the energy we have. It’s time to be brave. It’s time to do our duty.
Instead of giving in to fear and adopt the Islamic taboo on depicting Muhammad, I propose that we draw another conclusion:
Lift the cause of the fear!
Let us de-islamize our societies!
No more Islam, no more mosques, no more Islamic schools. It is time for our own culture and heritage.
Let us liberate ourselves from tyranny.
That is another good reason why we are having this exhibition here today.
Depicting Muhammad is an act of liberation!
Let us hold similar exhibitions all over the United States and all over the free world. From Canada to Australia to Europe.
We need Pamela Geller everywhere in the world.
I invite you to come to the Netherlands with this exhibition. I will help you exhibit these cartoons in the Dutch parliament building.
We will never allow Islam to restrict freedom!
And we will never bow in the direction of Mecca!
I am not saying that there are no moderate Muslims. Fortunately, there are Muslims who do not live according to the Islamic commands. But there is no moderate Islam!
Not all Muslims are terrorists. But most terrorists today are Muslims.
That is why we say: The less Islam, the better!
The Islamic creed obliges one and a half billion people around the world to take Muhammad as their example.
He led a gang of robbers, who looted, raped and killed hundreds of people.
Historic sources describe orgies of inhumanity. An example is the genocide of the Jews of Medina in 627. One of the head choppers was Muhammad himself. Confronted with the lunacy of Islamic terrorists today, it is not hard to find out whom they get their inspiration from.
It is from Muhammad who – we have to tell the truth – was a warlord, a murderer and a pedophile
There is no turning back once one has become a Muslim. For even though article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that every person has the right to “change his religion or belief,” in Islam there is only a death penalty for leaving the faith.
So, let us expose Muhammad. Let us show the world what Islam truly is.
And let us support Muslims, like Bosch, who wish to leave Islam and liberate themselves from fear.
Apostates are heroes and more than ever they deserve the support of freedom loving people all over the world.
Muhammad fought and terrorized people with the sword.
We fight Muhammad and his followers with the pen.
And the pen will prove mightier than the sword.
Muhammad’s followers fight us with bloodbaths, but today here in Garland we fight them with humor.
Because bloodbaths enslave, while humor liberates.
Let me end by quoting Sam Houston, the founding father of this great state of Texas:
“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”
May his words inspire us all today never to submit to Islamic barbarism.
The soft-spoken Talbi, clearly desiring to believe and have others believe his own private Islam, doesn't mention, and doesn't want to have even tothink about, the Sunnah. That is simply, in his view, to be ignored. Vaste programme.
Two Dead at Garland, Texas AFDI Muhammad Art Contest
SWAT Team officer at Garland Texas Muhaammd Art Contest Shooting
WFAA Chanell 8 ABC Breaking news. Two shot dead outside Muhammad Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas, at which Texas US Rep. (Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) Leader Geert Wilders and Robert Spencer were present. Approximtaely 200 people attended the event. Walid Phares, Fox News consultant who was interviewed about the incident indicated that he thought this was a Jihad attack on a political event organized by activists including a recognized European politician which puts it on a different level. Geller, who was also interviewed,by Fox News, said we are living in an age of Global jihad. ISIS had encouraged possible attacks by followers here in the US. See our Iconoclast post on Wilders US Capitol Hill press conference, here. WFAA reported:Two men were shot and killed in a parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday afternoon, SWAT officials told News 8.The two suspects drove up and opened fire on the center, which was hosting a Muhammad Art exhibit, and hit a Garland ISD officer.That officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Garland Police.Police were searching the area for a vehicle that had explosives in it. SWAT members were already at the scene for the art event.Rowlett/Sachse Scanner reported on Facebook that a suspect was inside a nearby Walmart, off Garland Avenue and Naaman Forest Boulevard, with a hand grenade.
Armed police officers rushed in to the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest and quickly removed Pamela Geller and whisked her away to safety after a gunfight erupted outside of the event. A law enforcement officer and two suspects are reportedly down, according to police on the scene. Three Breitbart Texas reporters are locked down inside of the event. The officers on the scene said that possible explosives were found. The extrication of Geller occurred during a live video interview with Breitbart Texas.
The attendees to the exhibit were forced into lockdown by police. Several officers entered the exhibit and informed the attendees that an officer was down, two suspects had been shot, and that possible explosives were found.
UPDATE, 9:58 PM: Bomb squads arrive on the scene — and the wounded officer has been released from the hospital.
UPDATE, 9:56 PM: In an interview with Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM, Breitbart Texas Director Brandon Darby speculated that the shooting was timed for the end of the conference so that the gunmen could target the crowd flooding out into the parking lot. The event went longer than expected, which potentially prevented further casualties. The event was initially scheduled to end at 7 PM.
UPDATE, 9:49 PM: The wounded officer was reportedly shot in the leg, according to The Telegraph, which was swift to attribute its disapproval of the event to “critics”:
Two gunmen have been shot dead after opening fire at an art exhibition in Texas where caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed were being displayed.
Police said the suspects, allegedly armed with explosives, were killed outside the Curtis Culwell Centre in Garland, which was hosting an art show of drawings of the Prophet.
An officer was also reportedly injured after being shot in the leg.
The event was billed as a “free speech event” by its sponsor, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which has been criticised by opponents for being anti-Islam.
UPDATE, 9:45 PM: Cops are herding people back into the building, while buses help to evacuate the attendees.
Two men have been shot by police outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas Sunday afternoon, Garland police have confirmed. Police said two men pulled up in a vehicle and shot a Garland ISD Police officer outside the building. The men were then shot and killed by Garland police. The officer who was shot remains in a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Businesses near the area were evacuated, including a nearby Walmart. Police are preparing to search vehicles parked outside for explosives.
UPDATE, 9:20 PM: The car may contain explosives, according to WFAA8:
Two men were shot and killed in a parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday afternoon, SWAT officials told News 8. The two suspects drove up and opened fire on the center, which was hosting a Muhammad Art exhibit, and hit a Garland ISD officer. That officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Garland Police. Police were searching the area for a vehicle that had explosives in it. SWAT members were already at the scene for the art event. Rowlett/Sachse Scanner reported on Facebook that a suspect was inside a nearby Walmart, off Garland Avenue and Naaman Forest Boulevard, with a hand grenade. A 1,000-foot radius around the Walmart was shut down and the Academy Store was evacuated, according to that page.
UPDATE, 9:14 PM: Garland Police have reportedly evacuated a nearby WalMart and are searching the car the suspects allegedly drove to the event.
UPDATE, 9:06 PM: A local NBC reporter says the two suspects are dead.
UPDATE, 8:59 PM: Police have the area blocked off and have removed reporters for up to half a mile away. Helicopters are patrolling the skies and police are standing in the intersection, blocking the roads and are armed with M-16s.
UPDATE, 8:51 PM: A senior officer has said that the officer taken to the hospital will be OK, and that the two suspects will not be OK. The 100 people being held inside singing the Star-Spangled Banner to comfort themselves.
UPDATE, 8:45 PM: Police appeared to have escorted a few individuals through a conference room, and continue to patrol the perimeter.
UPDATE: Suspects had two AK-47’s according to police on the scene. The officer has been transported to the hospital. The suspects are still on the ground at the scene. They are not moving and are not being touched at this time until a bomb squad checks out their bodies.
Approximately 100 people are being held by police in a secured facility inside the event.
Propaganda Arm Of Nasty Little Qatar, Al Jazeera, Being Sued
It denies any antisemitism or mistreatment of women employees. You know perfectly well -- you can rush to judgment all you want -- that Al Jazeera is guilty, don't you? Because you know the attitudes to which the Qur'an and Sunnah naturally give rise.
What's A Muslim Parent To Do? They Know What's In The Qur'an And Hadith
They can try to "keep their kids out of trouble" by fiat -- as the Mahmood family, where the parents tell the children never to discuss ISIS, not even -- or perhaps especially -- to denounce it. There's the optometrist Mr. Khudairi, who wants to keep Muslim children from joining ISIS which, one would have thought, given its widely-publicized gruesome displays of mass or individual killings (by beheading, by shooting, by burning alive), would have no appeal at all for young Muslims, but for some reason does.
But you will not learn anything from this article about what is contained in Qur'an and Hadith, what it is about the figure or example of Muhammad, the Perfect Man (al-insan al-kamil), the Model of Conduct (uswa hasana), that makes the appeal of ISIS so strong, and what makes the Muslim parents quoted so unwilling, apparently, to discuss what is actually in the Qur'an and Sunnah that should immediately cause any well-brought-up Muslim to shun the Islamic State, without more. Yet apparently a great deal more efforrt, on the part of parents, is needed. Why is that?
Perhaps the author of this article is hoping, in a following piece, to be allowed to quote chapter and verse from the Qur'an, to discuss what Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq, Ifshan Ellian, Mona Walter, Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, and so many other defectors from Islam know about its contents and its message -- or perhaps the editors of The Globe will never permit that, and readers will be left, as they are with this article that appeared in today's Sunday Globe, to wonder what it is that makes so many young Muslims all over the world, from every conceivable land and circumstance, to want to sacrifice themselves for this incipient caliphate and its murderous ways.
Birmingham schools are facing a fresh campaign of intimidation in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, including death threats against headteachers and dead animals being left in playgrounds, it has been claimed.
Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference in Liverpool today, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham, said the problems raised by the Trojan Horse scandal were "the tip of the iceberg”.
“We still have dead animals hung on the gates of schools, dismembered cats on playgrounds,” she said. “We have petitions outside schools, objecting to teachers teaching against homophobia.”
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson said she had been sent a death threat on social media, in which someone had written that “any headteacher who teaches my children it's alright to be gay will be at the end of my shotgun”.
Speaking after a debate on the issue, Ms Hewitt-Clarkson said she was not referring to her own school, but that she knew of one school that had found a dead dog hanging from the railings and another with a dismembered cat in the playground.
The union backed a resolution raising concerns that the recommendations of the government-commissioned Clarke report into the Trojan Horse scandal have not been fully implemented. NAHT member Alison Marshall told the conference ". . . Despite all the evidence we have, we're faced with a situation where not one single governor implicated in the Trojan Horse scandal, has been investigated or even banned. Where is the justice in that?”
Tim Gallagher told delegates the lack of regulation meant it was "blindingly obvious" that there would be problems with governing bodies. "Many, many of our members have suffered greatly from rogue governors," he said. The conference carried a motion calling for a national register of governors who have been removed or barred so that schools and local authorities can check the suitability of governors.
A Union taking notice at last - wonders will never cease.
The Senator Cotton- Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Twitter Faceoff over the Iran Nuke Agreement
US Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif led the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) this week at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference at the UN headquarters in Manhattan. President Rouhani of The Islamic Republic of Iran is the current leader of the NAM comprising 120 members of the UN. In his remarks in two Charlie Rose Interviews this week, see Part 1,here ,and Part 2, here, Zarif was honored to present the NAM position and he restated his country’s demands for lifting of all sanctions upon conclusion of a final agreement by the P5+1 with a target date of June 30. Remarks he made at NYU on Wednesday, April 29th had an additional riposte directed at Arkansas US Senator Tom Cotton that led to a faceoff between the two in a series of twitter exchanges.
This kerfuffle was set against the backdrop of US Senate floor amendments introduced by Republican Senators Cruz, Rubio and Johnson to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA) approved by a unanimous Foreign Relations Committee 19 to 0 vote on April 14, 2015. The Cruz amendment would require a simple majority vote for affirmation of any proposed nuclear deal arising from the P5+1 process before any sanctions are lifted. Rubio has seven amendments poised for floor consideration. His amendment for Iran to recognize Israel was considered a “poison pill” by Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) ranking chair of Senate Foreign relations who negotiated the comprise version with Chairman, Bob Corker (R-TN). A compromise that President Obama indicated he might sign. Both Corker and Cardin worked to defeat Sen. Johnson’s (R-WI) amendment to require two-thirds approval by the Senate of a final P5+1 deal with Iran. The vote tally was 53 to 39. Senator Rubio at a National Review conference on May 1, 2015 in Washington with potential Republican Presidential contenders said:
The criticism of that is that there are a bunch of countries in the Middle East that don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, which is true,” Mr. Rubio said Friday at an event hosted by the National Review. “But none of them are trying to build a nuclear weapon. And none of them have billions of dollars of sanctions, and if we lift those sanctions, we are handing over billions of dollars to the Iranian regime.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on behalf of the NAM at the UN NPT conference presented the alliance’s case to rid the world of arsenals of leading nuclear powers. Especially, a certain non signatory of the UN treaty, Israel. Israel whom Zarif cited in his UN NPT conference as the most dangerous nuclear threat in the Middle East that he declared had 400 nukes. He said:
It’s laughable that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has become everybody’s nonproliferation guru. He is sitting on 400 nuclear warheads, nuclear warheads that have been acquired in violation of the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty].
David Albright of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Science and International Security and former UN nuclear weapons inspector estimated based on plutonium production that Israel may have in excess of 169 to 200 nuclear devices. Israel, although not a signatory of the NPT, showed up at the UN conference as an observer.
Israel is not alone as a nuclear power and non signatory to the NPT, Pakistan, India and North Korea have not signed the UN treaty. Israel allegedly has the capability to deliver nuclear weapons by intermediate and intercontinental missiles, aircraft and submarine launched cruise missiles. Israel has had a memorandum of understanding with the US since 1965 that it would not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The so-called Begin first strike containment policy was directed at regional nuclear threats to Israel. The exercise of that doctrine is reflected in Operation Opera , the June 1981 attack that took out the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad and the September 2007 Operation Orchard that destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor being built with technical assistance from North Korea and Iran. Disclosures of its nuclear facility at Dimona where made in a 1986 London Times series by former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu in 1986. Israel captured, tried and convicted Vanunu as a traitor for his disclosures of its nuclear facility. In February 2015, a FOIA request by an anti-Israel NGO surfaced a secret 1987 report on Israel’s nuclear weapons program prepared by the Institute for Defense Analysis.
While Zarif was in Manhattan at the NPT conference, Secretary of Kerry met with him in furtherance of the negotiations to reach a final P5+1 agreement by a deadline of June 30, 2015. The focus was on concluding an agreement subject to a UN Security Council resolution vote with the proviso that there would be an immediate lifting of all sanctions. The Obama Administration suggested that there may be a possible ‘signing bonus” of perhaps $30 to 50 billion in the offing with more to come in stages based on verification of Iran’s compliance by the IAEA. Zarif was not buying that in his Rose interview comments. After all Iran had complied with the interim Joint Plan of Action provisions. Other aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, such complying with IAEA requests for information on prior nuclear developments and its ICBM program have been swept aside in pronouncements by Supreme Ruler Khamenei as intrusive of the Islamic Regime’s national security.
Following an address by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on March 3rd before a joint meeting of Congress Senator Cotton authored a letter, signed by 46 other Republican colleagues that was tweeted to the Supreme Leader and other Regime official leaders, including Foreign Minister Zarif. The letter sought to explain the US Constitutional prerogatives of the Senate to "advise and consent" on all treaties and major international agreements. That tweet sparked West Wing criticism of Cotton and his Republican colleagues for intruding on the Constitutional prerogatives of the Executive branch to conduct foreign policy. The flashpoint being that Congressional approval wasn’t required because this was an international agreement subject to ratification by the UN Security Council Resolution. The compromise version of the INARA reached between Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) was deemed acceptable to President Obama, as it gave wriggle room, for conclusion of the P5+1 deal with Iran over its nuclear program, while limiting the time period for Congressional Review to less than 30 days.
Enter Senator Cotton of Arkansas in another twitter faceoff with Iranian Minister Zarif and a possible procedural battle over Senate Floor Amendments to INARA. NBC Newsreported:
Sen. Tom Cotton called Iran's foreign minister "cowardly" and challenged him Wednesday to a debate on the U.S. constitution.
The junior Republican from Arkansas — one of the main opponents to a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran — dared Javad Zarif on Twitter to meet him in Washington "to debate Iran's record of tyranny, treachery, & terror" after the foreign minister called Cotton out.
In remarks at New York University on Wednesday, Zarif appeared to imply that the senator had little sway over the outcome of a nuclear deal and if one is reached sanctions would be lifted by United Nations member states "whether Sen. Cotton likes it or not."
Cotton responded shortly after on Twitter, issuing the challenge but saying he would understand if the foreign minister declined because Zarif's decision to "hide" in the U.S. during the Iran-Iraq war showed "cowardly character."
The “cowardly” accusation during the Iran-Iraq War by Senator Cotton was a reference to Foreign Minister Zarif’s receipt of a Master’s Degree in 1984 and PhD in 1988 from the Josef Korbel Scholl of International Studies at the University of Denver (DU). Josef Korbel was a former Czech diplomat who fled Communist repression and founded the program at DU. He was the father of former Clinton era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Among other alumna of the Korbel School is former Bush Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
Katie Pavlich, writing about the episode in a Townhall.com article that included the exchange of Tweets between Cotton and Zarif, noted the Senator’s full response:
President Obama promised sanctions would only be lifted when Iran’s compliance with restrictions on their nuclear program were verified. But earlier today, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif once again contradicted the President’s interpretation saying:
“If we have an agreement on the 30th of June, within a few days after that, there will be a resolution before the UN Security Council under Article 41 of Chapter 7 which will be mandatory for all member states whether Senator Cotton likes it or not.”
Sanctions relief isn’t about what I like, but what will keep America safe from a nuclear-armed Iran. But I suspect Foreign Minister Zarif is saying what President Obama will not because the President knows such terms would be unacceptable to both Congress and the American people. The repeated provocative statements made by members of the Iranian leadership demonstrate why Iran cannot be trusted and why the President’s decision to pursue this deal and grant dangerous concessions to Iran was ill-advised from the beginning. These aren’t rhetorical tricks aimed at appealing to hard-liners in Iran; after all, Mr. Zarif was speaking in English in New York. Rather, they foreshadow the dangerous posture Iran will take and has taken repeatedly—including as recently as yesterday with the interception of a U.S.-affiliated cargo ship—if this deal moves forward.
More, they reaffirm the need for Congress to approve any final deal and to conduct oversight over the Obama Administration’s actions. As we consider the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, I urge my colleagues to ensure we pass legislation strong enough to stop a bad deal in its tracks and protect the American people from a nuclear Iran.”
Before week’s end, Senator Cotton’s position had been translated into action with his introduction of a Senate floor amendment. The Wall Street Journalreported, his actions might “upend” the compromise reached by Corker and Cardin:
Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and the panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, had been on the verge of reaching a deal to bring more than a dozen GOP amendments to the Senate floor, lawmakers said, when Mr. Cotton took the unusual step Thursday of seeking to secure a vote on amendments from himself and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) outside the bipartisan negotiations.
“What it did was obviously very much changed the dynamic of cooperative movement forward with a large number of amendment votes and it took it in a very different direction,” Mr. Corker said of Mr. Cotton’s move. Democrats are now “probably in a place where they’re not open to additional amendments at this time,” Mr. Corker said.
As a result, Republicans may lose their chance to make Democrats face more tough votes on GOP amendments to Mr. Corker’s bill. This past week, Democrats and some Republicans blocked two GOP measures that would have altered the legislation approved unanimously by the foreign-relations panel after Messrs. Corker and Cardin struck a deal.
“We have been making progress,” Mr. Cardin said on the Senate floor Thursday. But he said Mr. Cotton’s move diminished the prospects of reaching an agreement on amendments. “Some of the tactics that are now being deployed are going to make it much more difficult for us.”
Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) still has some flexibility, Mr. Corker said he expected Mr. McConnell would take procedural steps Monday moving the Senate closer to a final vote on the bill, which is expected to pass.
On the Senate floor Thursday, Mr. Cotton defended his amendment preventing President Barack Obama from easing sanctions on Iran before the country met certain demands, including disclosing the past military dimensions of its nuclear program and accepting a fully verifiable inspections regime.
“These are not poison pills. They are vitamin pills. They are designed to strengthen this legislation and strengthen the U.S. negotiating position,” Mr. Cotton said. “If you’re in the Senate and you don’t want to vote, you should leave.”
While Cotton’s proposed amendment might void the Israel amendment of Rubio, it will make more complicated Majority Leader senator Mitch McConnell’s management of the INARA legislation as he seeks to assure passage early in the week of May 4th. Stay tuned for developments.
How The New York Times Covers The Story Of The Skirt
The New York Times tried to cover the story of the skirt in a semi-accurate manner. But in its on-line series about "women in the world" it shed any pretense of objective reporting. See here.
Even in its initial report, there was a telling absence of context. In France the Muslim population is constantly trying to test the authorities, and the laic state. Men tell girls what to do; things are planned; a war is on. When a Muslim girl is denied the right to wear a hijab to school, she will put on a headband so wide that it amounts to a hijab in order to see if that, too, will be banned. And now some girl has decided to put on a very long skirt which, with other articles of clothing, are designed to flaunt her Islam-ness, her willingness to submit to the dictates of Allah, and to try to force the laic state to accept this ostentatious flaunting of her faith. The French school administrators, and the teachers who now have to endure the permanent insurgency of Muslim students and their parents and others who manipulate and direct those students, are not having it. This low-level war is not understood by the reporters and editors of The New York Times. Their knowledge of France is superficial; they have not been following Rioufol or Zemmour or Finkielkraut or a dozen others; they have, in their minds, composed a little Moraliity Play, where in this corner, forever wearing black trunks and forever to be booed, are the "extreme right" of Marine Le Pen, and those awful islamophobes who so irrationally and comically, the Times thinkis, raise hell over the most harmless and innocent behavior by Muslims, including that modest dress code that only someone deeply prejudiced, someone hyseterical, someone on the "extreme right," could possibly oppose. That's how The New York Times sees things, and a reporter for the Times who, in France, dared to sink below the surface, and came to understand exactly what is going on, and how inaccurate and dangerous is that received view of his editors, would be unlikely to be able to convey this to readers. At least not yet.
For the view of an intelligent French defender against the "communatauristes" ("communitarian" being a word for Muslims, and their willing collaborators, who favor the demands of the (that is, one particular) religious "community" over the laws of the Republic) , see Natacha Polony here. Polony recognizes the "trap" being set by these communatauristes who wish to misrepresent the defenders of the laic state as hysterics, upset about something as trivial as a long skirt, when the well-informed know perfectly well what is really at stake. At The New York Times, there are not, apparently, any of those indispensable well-informed.
The natives of Europe, wary of expense, uncertain of the future, living in societies where the possibilities of finding mates has been reduced by the breakdown or breakup -- the demobbing -- of the little battalions that used to make such things easier, are not reproducing themselves. In the Arab and Muslim lands, and in sub-Saharan Africa, women breed, for that is their function, and Western ideas of the soul-mate do not exist, a wife or wives can be taken, and the breeding starts, and families of eight, ten, fifteen children are not unusual. And this excess -- which keeps being produced -- heads toward Europe for what some in Europe so mistakenly describe as "going in search of a better life" which implies that they understand where they are going, will be able and indeed want to pitch in and work hard and integrate in these societies, and rise, in the horatio-alger manner. But that's not what this blind turning toward the rich West, this frantic lemming-like rush, to Europe, and then within Europe, to the countries that supply the most freebies, in housing, medical care, education, and subsidies of all sorts, is all about. They are coming to get what they can, and the cultural and other differences will not, cannot be bridged, and the attempt to integrate them into advanced Western societies cannot work, and the mere trying will impoverish, in every way, those societies as they attempt to do what is not possible, and make their own peoples endure a steady decline in economic well-being, and a concomitant increase in physical insecurity, and cultural incoherence. Why should Europe ruin itself because others do not limit their own families, but instead see Europe, and North America, as places where they have some kind of divine right to enter, to settle, and to take every possible advantage of every possible benefit, battening on the manna provided by others who are to take care of the excess population even as their own numbers go down, partly as a result of the effects of that outside population that fills so many in Europe with despair that they are unable to, because not allowed to, properly expess?
Just one of the many stories about people vaguely identified as this "couple," these "suspects," their "violent extremist videos":
Germany: Suspects’ Videos Found
Violent extremist videos were found on a computer belonging to a couple suspected of preparing an attack on a cycling race, a police official said Saturday. The official, Udo Buehler, a spokesman for the criminal police office in Hesse State, said the videos were found at the home of the couple in Oberursel, near Frankfurt. The police seized weapons and chemicals at the home on Thursday.
Two Jewish residents of Paris were assaulted on the street by a gang of about 40 people on Friday, Israeli French JSS News reported, citing antisemitism watchdog the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme (BNVCA).
The attack against the two Jewish victims, both in their 20s, occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris’ 11 arrondissement, according to the report.
The gang of attackers was associated with the anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, according to security personnel responsible for protecting the Jewish community.
Police launched an investigation into the incident and warned local Jewish businesses owners to be extra vigilant, JSS News said.
Witnesses on the scene said that members of the Jewish community volunteered to watch over the many Jewish-owned stores on Boulevard Voltaire, according to the BNVCA.
The attack marks the latest in a growing antisemitic trend in France, and Europe as a whole. Earlier this year, an Islamist gunman seized a Kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jewish hostages. Just a few weeks later, a security guard was killed in Copenhagen when a lone gunman opened fire in front of the city’s Great Synagogue.
In 2006, a French Jew was kidnapped from his cell phone store from the same Boulevard Voltaire. He was tortured and ultimately killed.
Congo-Brazzaville has banned Muslim women from wearing the full face-veil in public, citing security reasons, an Islamic association has told AFP.
"The Interior Minister (Raymond Zephirin Mboulou) notified us of the decision to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The decision was taken in order to prevent any act of terrorism and insecurity," said El Hadj Abdoulaye Djibril Bopaka, who heads the Islamic Supreme Council of Congo-Brazzaville."Muslim women can now only wear the full veil at home and in places of worship, but not in public places,"
Congo-Brazzaville is home to some 800,000 Muslims in a population of nearly six million. Only 10 per cent are local with the rest coming from Arab or neighbouring west African nations.Unlike its neighbour Cameroon, which has suffered fierce attacks by the Nigeria-based jihadist group Boko Haram, Congo-Brazzaville has not been hit by any such terror attacks.
The government will also ban non-residents from sleeping in mosques in order to encourage refugees to register with police, he said. "Many Muslim brothers from Central Africa are being housed in mosques and not presenting themselves to authorities. We do not know what they are up to,"
Wilders’ Capitol Hill Press Conference Warns America Revealing CAIR’s Ignorance of First Amendment Law
Geert Wilders at a press conference near Capitol building April 30, 2015 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
Geert Wilders was on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on April 30, 2015 at a press conference with Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Scott Perry (R-PA). He warned Americans about the dangers of mass Muslim immigration and suggested letting Americans who volunteer leave and join the Islamic State but be denied return to this country. He said:
I am warning America. Don't think that what's happening in Europe today will not happen in America tomorrow because it will. Islamic immigration has proven to be a Trojan horse, the jihadists are among us," he added, warning of "enormous security problems" in the United States if Muslim immigrants are allowed to stay. Let them go, but never let them return.
The Congressmen praised Wilders exercise of free speech vis a vis his criticism of Islam, defense of Judeo-Christian values and Israel. Wilders paid court to this” beautiful land” with its protection of free speech rights and expressed “the wish that the he and other citizens of the EU” had the equivalent protection. Wilders is once again the target of investigations by the Dutch police as the behest of Public Prosecutors in the Hague over his alleged hate speech remarks at a Freedom Party rally during the May, 2014 European Parliament elections in the Hague, over “ fewer Moroccans”. Wilders has criticized Islam for being an ideology and the Qur’an for being the equivalent of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. His most recent book, Marked for Death, presented that and more fundamental arguments referencing Qur’anic doctrine, Hadith, Sunna and Shariah Islamic Law. Wilders defeated an earlier hate crime charge brought against him in the Amsterdam district court in 2011.
Watch the Wilders Capitol Hill press conference with Reps. King, Gohmert and Perry:
Prior to his Capitol Hill press conference, Wilders gave a speech on April 29, 2015 at the Washington, DC, Conservative Opportunity Society. Two Muslim US Representatives, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson sent a letter on April 23, 2015 to Secretary of State Kerry and Department of Homeland Security Chief Jae Johnson seeking to bar Wilders entry to the US on the grounds that his speech violated provisions of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. They wrote:
In the past, the United States has denied entry to international leaders under the authority of the International Religious Freedom Act which allows the Department of State to deny entry to a foreign leader who is responsible for severe violations of religious freedom. This precedent is applicable to Mr. Wilders.
In the U.S., freedom of speech is a bedrock principle that distinguishes free societies from ones living under oppressive regimes. Freedom of speech, however, is not absolute. It is limited by the legal and moral understanding that speech that causes the incitement of violence or prejudicial action against protected groups is wrong. As Mr. Wilders continues his pursuit of political power, granting him entry will embolden him to engage in further incitement of violence and discrimination against Muslims.
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are sweeping through Europe. Mr. Wilders is among the hateful leaders responsible for perpetuating prejudice. Allowing him to enter the United States will cause harm to our nation that values religious freedom and respects pluralism.
Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor and expert on free speech and religious freedom law in a “Volokh Conspiracy” column in the Washington Post, examined the arguments of the two Representatives, referencing Supreme Court case rulings, notably, Brandenburg v. Ohio and Hess v. Indiana, regarding “incitement. Volokh concluded:
Whether “Christian culture is superior to other cultures,” which groups should be allowed to immigrate into a country, and even whether Islam should be viewed as an ideology rather than a religion (an unsound distinction, in my view) are matters that the First Amendment allows us all to debate. The Congressmen quite clearly don’t want to allow Rep. Wilders to debate such matters here in the U.S. But their “In the U.S.” paragraph suggests that they view even such debates by Americans as constitutionally unprotected.
CAIR, the self styled Muslim civil rights group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, sent Government Affairs Manager, Robert McCaw, to question Wilders and the Congressional Representatives who participated in Capitol Hill press conference. The CAIR press release noted the exchange:
CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw pressed Rep. Gohmert as to whether he stood by "Wilders' statement that Islam is an ideology of a retarded culture." Congressman Gohmert avoided the question only stating that he "proudly stands by Wilders" and that he may not always agree with him but will defend his right to make such comments.
McCaw also pressed Wilders on whether or not the Republican Party should adopt his Dutch Freedom Party's proposal of "banning the Quran and the building of new mosques." Wilders sidestepped the question by stating that he is "not trying to unify the two parties" and comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.
"By endorsing and promoting Geert Wilders' anti-Muslim hate, these elected officials tarnish the Republican Party's reputation and harm our nation's international image," said McCaw.
CAIR arranged for a counter press with the authors of the letter, Reps. Ellison and Carson, joined by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) protesting Wilders anti-Islam stands and promoting inter-faith unity.
Watch the CAIR YouTube video of McCaw’s questioning of Wilders and Rep. Gohmert:
Tomorrow, May 3, 2015 Wilders will next appear at an event in Texas. According to a Breitbart Newsreport Wilders
Will speak at the First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest. The event will be held May 3rd at the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District, and hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). The Curtis Caldwell Center was the site of an “Honor the Prophet” rally in January. About two thousand Texans came out to protest that event.
Pam Geller and Robert Spencer of AFDI will also be speaking at the event. For those interesting in watching this event. It will be live streamed at 5-7 (CST) and 6-8PM (EST). Read more, here.
We cited Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) from his April 29, 2015 speech at the Washington, DC Conservative Opportunity Society saying:
The UN plan to resettle 1 million immigrants in Western nations will provide jihadis an opportunity to infiltrate Western countries, including the US. It will give terrorists the opportunity to settle in our countries without the extra scrutiny involved in obtaining a visa or a residence permit.
We should not do this. The vast majority of the European citizens disapprove of the way their governments are handling immigration. Moreover, there are plenty of other safe countries where immigrants bound for the West can go to, including the wealthy Gulf States that have almost zero asylum-seekers today.
Immigration, especially Islamic immigration, had devastating consequences. It has made our countries less safe.
A week prior on April 22, 2015. Wilders engaged in a debate with opposition of the merits of the Australian solution- blocking and returning illegal migrants. As he points out in the debate, that resulted in no drownings and yet spared Australia the burden of providing asylum. Moreover, Wilders points out that the wealthy Gulf Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not provide sanctuary nor underwrite the costs of refugees fleeing the jihadi conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. He argues that it would cost $26,000 per annum to support an illegal migrant if granted asylum by the Netherlands, nearly double the average Old Age pension of 13,500 Euros. The opposition invokes the plight of refugees from the jihadi conflicts in Syria, Libya and Africa, but without suggesting a solution. He sticks to his arguments. Perhaps as the leading party in polls taken in the Netherlands, he appears to have the support of many of its citizen harboring grave concerns about illegal Migration from predominately Muslim countries.
Watch this Vlad Tepes YouTube video with English subtitles of The Hague Parliament Debate on Wilder’s Australian solution to the illegal migrant problem:
That is reflected in the number of Muslim émigrés leaving to join ISIS, only to return as possible domestic terror threats. Despite the resonance of Wilders views with the Dutch polity, save for émigré Muslims and political allies on the left in the Hague Parliament, he is once again being investigated by public prosecutors in the Hague over comments in a campaign Rally about Holland not needed “more Moroccans”.
We note his statement on December 8, 2014 prior to a police interrogation on the Hague prosecutor charges:
Those who do not understand that we have an enormous problem with Islam and with Moroccans in the Netherlands, though seeing, they do not see, and though hearing, they do not hear.
For the reasons above, while on campaign in The Hague, I argued that there need to be fewer Moroccans. And, at an election meeting in The Hague, I asked those present a number of questions, one of which was “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans?”
Indeed, I want fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands for the reasons and context that I have previously expressed in this statement as well as in Parliament and for which I refer you to the documents that I now deposit.
I have yet to meet the Dutchman who wants more Moroccans in the Netherlands. Asking for fewer Moroccans is something totally different than if I were to want all Moroccans to leave the Netherlands or if I were to object to every Moroccan.
Like me, 43% of all the Dutch and 95% of my supporters want fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. I have said what millions of Dutchmen think.
One of the first major photo essays I did for this website was of the Rochester Sweeps Festival in 2006, here.
I used to write and photograph a lot about things I did and where I had been; celebrations of our culture. For some reason I have not posted so much of cheerful things this last 18 months. Maybe it is time to make the odd (very odd) cheery post.
Loose Women (that's their name, not a description) outside the Guildhall
I didn't catch the name of this side. But they started with one dancer, reminiscent of the woodcuts of Will Kemp, the Nine day wonder. He was then joined by the other dancers.
Make way for Jack-in-the-Green
The Fabulous Fez heads, a local band. Very competent Rock and Roll, comedy, a total lack of political correctness and dance, in the tradition of Wilson, Betty and Kepple and their sand dance. This song was entitled Space Cadet and featured a flying saucer (cymbal)
The Greenwich Morris Men, very traditional Cotswold side. Cotswold is the dance style; they come from Greenwich in south London. Where the meridian and the Royal Observatory are.
Because serious stuff will get in the way of fun.
Bishop Gundulph's Longsword Morris. Bishop Gundulph, a norman monk, later Bishop of Rochester was a skilled architech and stone mason. He was responsible for the building of not just Rochester cathedral, but Rochester castle, the White Tower of the Tower of London and Colchester Castle. He is called the Father of the Royal Corps of Engineers and the cathedral maintains links with the current regiment to this day. The swords of the dance are more like masons cutting tools than the weapon of battle.
It means the inquiry into Rahman and potential collaborators could now be formally re-opened, bringing into question the Metropolitan Police’s decision to previously shut down the investigation.
The remaining four matters will be examined to see whether a full criminal investigation should be launched, said a Metropolitan Police spokesman.
Scotland Yard has come under repeated criticism for failing to seriously investigate allegations of electoral corruption in Tower Hamlets, which has a population of about 250,000 and an ethnic majority.
A police spokesman said the force had been granted extra time under the Act which governs election law to look into the allegations.
“Due to the exceptional circumstances of this case, the special inquiry team has applied for, and been granted, an extension to the time limit for criminal proceedings to be brought under the Representation of the People Act,” he said.
The Met spokesman said the force originally received 164 complaints of electoral malpractice in Tower Hamlets in relation to the mayoral election on May 22 last year. It said: "As part of the original investigation we supplied early material to the CPS in connection with four allegations. Two people were cautioned by the Met and there is one criminal trial outstanding.”
Police had consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service before deciding to close its original investigation, it added. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said the force was unable to confirm the identity of any people who may be involved in the new allegations.
And while they are at it they can look again at the complaints made about Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Redbridge.
Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Friday the so-called Sharia Court of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) reportedly executed 600 hostages from the Yezidi community of Shingal (Sinjar) in the Talafar district in northern Iraq.
The group piled the bodies into the well of Alo Antar on al-Ayyadiya highway, local sources reported.
Shahin Shingali, a fighter in the ranks of the Peshmerga forces, stated to ARA News that since Friday the IS radicals transferred nearly 700 Yezidi hostages to Talafar.
“Without a direct intervention by the international community, Iraq will be witnessing more genocides against innocent people at the hands of the IS terrorists,” Shingali said.
Aseel al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province in Iraq, confirmed on Friday that the IS terrorists executed hundreds of Yezidi captives.
“A new crime was committed by Daesh (Islamic State) against our Yezidi people on Friday,” al-Nujaifi said in a statement.
“IS gangs executed hundreds of innocent Yezidi prisoners.”
“These terrorists are degrading Islamic religion. Muslim clerics should bear their responsibility to show the public the reality of this terrorist group, demonstrating how it is diametrically opposed to the correct, tolerant teachings of the Islamic religion,” al-Nujaifi added.
Commenting on the incident, the Yezidi writer and researcher Salem Rashidani told ARA News: “We have received reports saying that IS militants executed the Yezidi men in the district of Talafar in Nineveh province, after isolating them from their families, throwing their corpses in the valley near the city.