Monday, 29 February 2016
The Good Thief
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by James Como (March 2016)
 

 “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and
the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.” – Luke, 23:33

 

“Today you shall be with me in paradise.” Today, he said, he promised. And I believe him. I do.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/29/2016 8:49 AM by NER
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Monday, 29 February 2016
They Also Serve
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by John M. Joyce (March 2016)


They Also Serve Amazon UK here.
by Rosemay Greenslaw
Independantly published
October, 2015

There’s no equivalent of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Muslim world, and there never can be. The vile preachings of the devil’s servant Mohammed has seen to that. If you want to know the difference between the words and practices of that gentle Saint and the horrors of Islam you need look no further than behind these links:  more>>>

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Posted on 02/29/2016 7:53 AM by NER
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Monday, 29 February 2016
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: “We’re All Muslims Deep Down”
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“Veterans, troubled by rhetoric, rally support of Muslims” reads the headline to a story in the print edition of today’s Boston Sunday Globe (online yesterday it was “Local veterans hold rally in support of Muslims.”) It described a group, Veterans for Peace, that felt it simply had to stand up on behalf of Muslims in Massachusetts whom, we were told, are feeling terribly put upon because of the “politics of fear” that unscrupulous politicians were using “as a wedge issue and they’re scaring people.” The veterans were there to stand up for Muslims, and among the speakers, the most remarkable one was Police Commissioner William Evans.

He spoke last, and with great feeling. He told the assembled crowd that “We’re all Muslims deep down. We all yearn for peace.” That astounding remark can be read in either of two ways: “it is because we’re all Muslims deep down that we all yearn for peace,” or, in the other conceivable reading, “it is because we all yearn for peace that we’re all Muslims deep down.”

But then what are we — what is Commissioner Evans — to make of all those Muslims who in the past 1350 years have made war on non-Muslims from the Atlantic to the East Indies, spreading Islam by conquering so many different lands, subjugating so many different kinds of Disbelievers, and making life so difficult for them that many, in order not to pay the crushing jizyah or endure other disabilities endured by dhimmis, converted to Islam? What are we to make, today, of the host of Muslim groups — the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, the votaries of the Islamic State, first in Syria and Iraq, and now in Libya and Nigeria, and those less well-known — and of all the fire-breathing imams who from millions of pulpits denounce Disbelievers and remind Believers of their duty to be “harsh and angry” with them and make war on them, and adduce Qur’anic quotes that support that duty? Anything? Nothing?

Before speaking out and telling that crowd with such conviction that “we are all Muslims” because “we all want peace” (apparently being Christian would not have been sufficient), shouldn’t Police Commissioner Evans have read the Qur’an, and noted the 109 verses that mention making war on Infidels? Is it possible he relied on a Muslim colleague or friend who offered a simple deeply sincere assurance that “Islam means peace” and “anyone who says otherwise, is a troublemaker.” And besides, don’t we keep being told that Islam mean “peace”?

On the off-chance that Commissioner Evans overlooked a few verses from the Qur’an, and a few stories from the Hadith, the reading of which just might have caused him to temper his remark that “we Muslims all strive for peace” I’ve made a little florilegium below of relevant verses, with brief commentary, both shamelessly lifted from The Religion of Peace website (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.asp), for his easy reading. Perhaps, upon completing the task – it shouldn’t take more than five minutes — Commissioner Evans will want to revise his remark that “we’re all Muslims deep down. We all yearn for peace.”

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… 
but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)” (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to “fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you” leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah’s rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, “fitna”, can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned “until religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

Quran (2:216) – Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.
Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward ” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle).

Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah” Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”

Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…

Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”

Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Meccaafter the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.

Quran (9:14) – “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.” Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even “healing” the hearts of Muslims.

Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The Arabic word interpreted as “striving” in this verse is the same root as “Jihad”. The context is obviously holy war.

Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam “superior over all religions.”This chapter was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!” 

Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.” This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.

Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.” See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).

Quran (9:73) – “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.” Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that unbelievers are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why today’s devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.

Quran (9:88) – “But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.” 

Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” How does the Quran define a true believer?

Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.” Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is “utter destruction.” (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam).

Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)

Quran (21:44) – “We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?” 

Quran (25:52) – “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…” “Strive against” is Jihad – obviously not in the personal context. It’s also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.

Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.” This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered “merciless” and “horrible murder” in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to “fight in the way of Allah” (3:167) and hence don’t act as Muslims should), those with “diseased hearts” (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and “alarmists” or “agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammad’s biographers. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what today’s terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allah’s eternal word to Muslim generations.

Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord… So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)… If it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.” Those who reject Allah are to be killed in Jihad. The wounded are to be held captive for ransom. The only reason Allah doesn’t do the dirty work himself is to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test.

Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost(Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,” 

Quran (48:17) – “There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.” Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means ‘spiritual struggle.’ Is so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell.

Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves” Islam is not about treating everyone equally. This verse tells Muslims that there are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for ‘hard’ or ‘ruthless’ in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as ‘painful’ or severe’ to describe Hell in over 25 other verses including 65:1040:46 and 50:26..

Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His cause” Religion of Peace, indeed!  The verse explicitly refers to “rows” or “battle array,” meaning that it is speaking of physical conflict. This is followed by (61:9), which defines the “cause”: “He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.” (See next verse, below). Infidels who resist Islamic rule are to be fought.

Quran (61:10-12) – “O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of’Adn- Eternity [‘Adn(Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.” This verse refers to physical battle in order to make Islam victorious over other religions (see verse 9). It uses the Arabic root for the word Jihad.

Quran (66:9) – “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.” The root word of “Jihad” is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include “hypocrites” – those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such. Other verses calling Muslims to Jihad can be found here at AnsweringIslam.org

Hadith and Sira

Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” 

Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).” In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.

Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, ‘He who fights that Allah’s Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause. Muhammad’s words are the basis for offensive Jihad – spreading Islam by force. This is how it was understood by his companions, and by the terrorists of today.

Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’

Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)

Abu Dawud (14:2527) – The Prophet said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious

Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

We’re all Muslims deep down. We all yearn for peace.” Thus spake yesterday Boston Police Commissioner William Evans at a big mosque in Boston. I beg to differ.

First publihsed in Jihad Watch.

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Posted on 02/29/2016 7:05 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 February 2016
Jude Law's security team was attacked and mugged by migrants when the cameras stopped after the Hollywood star left the jungle camp in Calais
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Oh please, St. Jude, lecture us some more. Story here.
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Posted on 02/29/2016 6:53 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 29 February 2016
Horror in Moscow as burka-clad babysitter 'decapitates girl in her care' – then walks through streets carrying her severed head and shouting 'Allahu Akbar'
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From the Telegraph and the Daily Mail

A woman has been detained in Moscow after brandishing a severed child's head at police when they tried to check her papers, according to local media reports.

She is alleged to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" after revealing the head to police.

According to Russian news website RBC, police found a headless child's body in an apartment in Moscoe after a fire. The apartment is close to October's Fields, the metro station where the woman was detained this morning. 

The woman has been identified as a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan named Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, LifeNews reported, citing undisclosed sources close to the situation. 

The victim was a girl identified as Nastya M. Another child had also been in the suspect's care but had left earlier in the morning with her parents. The suspect is understood to have waited until the parents left the apartment, then killed the girl and removed her head, investigators added. She then set the apartment on fire.

Graphic video footage of the incident has emerged online where the woman brandishes the head, points to the sky with her finger, and reportedly shouts "I am a terrorist" according to Russia Today, who say they have translated her comments.

She is then said to have shouted that she had killed the child and was seen praying shortly before officers swooped.

One eyewitness at the underground station told MK how the woman screamed: 'My child was killed…I will blow up everyone.'

She also shouted: 'I hate democracy'. 

The station was closed to passengers for some time, but no explosives were found on her.

A criminal case on the charge of murdering a child has been opened into the matter, Ivanova said, adding that investigators were now trying to determine the suspect's motives.

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Posted on 02/29/2016 5:14 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 February 2016
Imam at Danish mosque: Stone women to death
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From the Danish edition of The Local

There are renewed calls to shut down the controversial Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus after a TV2 programme revealed that an imam has advocated stoning adulterers to death.

A hidden camera showed Abu Bilal Ismail, an imam at the mosque, teaching a class about what he says is the appropriate punishment for adultery. 

“If a married or divorced women engages in fornication, and she is not a virgin, she should be stoned to death,” Ismail says in the video clip. “If someone violates their marriage, either man or woman, they commit adultery and their blood is thus halal [acceptable under Muslim law, ed.] and they should be killed by stoning. If the woman is a virgin, the punishment is whipping,” he says

“If someone kills a Muslim, then they should be killed,” he says, before adding that anyone who abandons their religion should also be killed.

This is not the first time that inflammatory remarks by Ismail have been caught on camera. In July 2014, a video emerged of him calling on God to “destroy the Zionist Jews”

In September 2014, Grimhøj Mosque made international headlines after declaring its support for the terrorist group Isis. In January 2015, the mosques’s chairman, Oussama El-Saadi (said) “we want the Islamic State to come out on top. We want an Islamic state in the world.”

The mosque also has ties to the now-deceased Abdessamad Fateh, the first Danish citizen to ever be added to the United States' terror list, and East Jutland Police believe that around two dozen foreign fighters who have left Denmark for Syria or Iraq have worshipped at the mosque

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Posted on 02/29/2016 3:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Tiny Minority of Extremists Continues to Multiply in Australia: Two 'Security Risks' A Day 'Offloaded' from Planes
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As reported by Simon Benson for Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' on 28 February.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/two-australians-a-day-are-being-hauled-off-flights-for-security-risks/news-story/dd8d5a65ac7e07f31f6c1a4e28dfc0e1

"Two Australians A Day Are Being Hauled Off Flights For Security Risks."

"Australians" ... More properly, "Australian-passport-holding Muslims". I'm pretty damn sure that none of them are Christians, Jews, HIndus, Sikhs, Buddhists or atheists. - CM

'The number of Australians (that is: of Aussie-passport-holding Muslims - CM) being hauled off planes by counter-terrorism units on national security grounds has risen to an average of almost two a day, it has been revealed.

'And in a trend that is concerning security and intelligence agencies, the number of those among them suspected of trying to reach the Middle East and join terrorist groups is also on the rise.

Hm. This sentence logically implies that some or even most of those removed from planes because of being regarded as dangerous were removed because of fears for homeland security. - CM

'Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal that since the counter-terrorism units (CTUs) were deployed to major airports in August 2014, there had been 652 "offloads" in total.

Ah. Hm.  And, for purposes of comparison, do we have any information on numbers of arrests/ removals of suspected potential jihadis from domestic flights or from about-to-leave international flights before August 2014? - CM

'But almost half of these - 316 - had occurred in the seven months from July 2015 to February 10 this year, indicating that the rate of interdictions to remove people from flights had risen by around 60 percent.

'Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed that there had been a significant rise in the number of people being offloaded from planes by the CTUs attached to Australian Border Force and the Australian Federal Police.

'While not all the interdictions were for suspicious travel plans, the Minister said that rather than the numbers falling, there was a concerning (sic: a better word would have been 'worrying' or 'frightening' - CM) escalation in the numbers of young Australians (sic: 'young Australian-passport-holding Muslims' - CM) suspected of trying to leave to join terrorist armies in Iraq and Syria.

Congratulations, Mr Benson, on a fine piece of weaselwording.  We are now six long sentences into the story and you have managed to avoid using either the I-word or the M-word even once. - CM

'The likelihood of a short life appears not to have deterred them.

Of course not! They are going to fight in allah's cause, to slay and be slain, just like the Quran decrees. The males among them - most of them are males - are after those doe-eyed houris; the females, well, they're hoping to stay out of Hell, which is where Mohammed said most women qua women were headed. - CM

'A third of all Australian (sic: "Australian-passport-holding" - CM) jihadists (well done, Mr Benson, you finally managed to use a term specifically related to the Religion of Blood and War that is motivating all these eager recruits for Islamic State, etc. - CM) to have recently joined terrorist groups overseas have now been killed either in air strikes or combat with local forces, with the government confirming the total now to be 51.

That is 51 dangerous mohammedans who have ceased to be dangerous; whose names ASIO and the AFP and our ADF and the civilian police, all of them going crazy trying to track the ever-multiplying plots and plotters, can scratch off the ever-lengthening list of People To Worry About.  51 candidates for the Darwin Awards, 2016. - CM

"A considerable number of people of national security concern have been intercepted by our Counter Terrorism Units at the borders", Mr Dutton said.

Intercepted. What are we doing with them after that?  Preventing them from leaving ... and allowing them to run loose in our midst, thus ensuring that one day, sooner or later, hapless Aussie Infidels will be killed or severely harmed by mohammedans Going Jihad. - CM

"The CTUs have also managed to stop numbers of impressionable young people leaving our country to join terrorist groups overseas."

That news does not reassure me in the slightest, Mr Dutton. It tells me that there are a lot of dangerous high-on-allah mohammedans in our midst and that someday, sometime, and most likely sooner or later, infidel Aussies are going to be shot, car-rammed, blown up, stabbed, or otherwise harmed by those same Mohammedans who, not being able to wage Jihad in Syria or Iraq or Yemen or wherever, will set about waging Jihad right here.  (If you think they will stop wanting to wage Jihad, you are a fool.  Jihad is part of Islam and these people, whether raised in Muslim families or foolishly converting to Islam, are seeking to carry out Jihad just as instructed by the books of Islam. - CM

"While the rising number of offloads is a cause for concern at one level, it also highlights the effective and invaluable work the members of the CTUs are doing at our borders by intercepting travellers of concern.

"This government is determined to do all it can to protect the Australian community".

If they were preventing 'travellers of concern' - i.e. mohammedans suspected of being about to Go Jihad - from entering the country, that line about 'protecting the Australian community' would be correct. But what's happening is that these Mohammedans from within the gate, having gotten all fired up for jihad, are seeking to leave the country and take themselves off to one or the other hotspots of jihad wthin the dar al Islam; and instead of letting them go and then taking sensible steps to prevent them from ever getting back in, our stupid Authorities are pulling out all the stops to keep. them. here. With us. Where they can and will kill us, perhaps quite a lot of us, sooner or later.  This is like snake-catchers insisting on keeping the taipan or the cobra inside the house instead of putting it in a bag and taking it off to a paddock far, far away. - CM

'Offloads" are defined as interventions to remove people from a flight on suspicion that they may pose a national security risk.

'In some cases a person may be allowed to once again travel if and when they are deemed to no longer pose a risk.

And what are the criteria for somone no longer posing a risk?  As far as I can see, only publicly-declared apostasy from Islam renders a Mohammedan low-risk for Infidels. So long as someone insists on declaring themselves to be a Mohammedan they can and often do Go Jihad, sometimes very suddenly... and the infidels around them won't necessarily see it coming until it is Too Late.  Our authorities are playing Muslim Roulette with the lives of their non-Muslim citizenry.  - CM

'Attorney-General George Brandis said young Australians (for the 1000th time, they are not 'Australians', they are merely 'Australian-passport-holding Muslims'... and that descriptor also applies to those who have converted to Islam out of non-Muslim backgrounds - CM) seeking to travel to Iraq and Syria would be simply used as "cannon fodder".

I'd rather they became cannon fodder in Iraq and Syria than that they started shooting, stabbing, blowing up or poisoning Aussie Infidels right here on Australian soil. And Mr Brandis, I don't cry if they meet a Russian, a Hezbollah, a Kurdish or an Alawite bomb or bullet... I cry only for the Christians or Yazidis whom they may harm before they meet their sticky end.  Let's let all these wannabee Jihadis go... don't bother trying to keep them here to be a continual and expensive menace in our midst... cancel their passports and citizenship after they go... and in their places, let's offer asylum to bona fide vouched-for-by-Barnabas-Fund Syrian and Iraqi Christians, eh?  Yazidis, too.   - CM

'Recruiters shamelessly mislead their young targets into believing they will taste glory in the so-called caliphate", he said.

Earthly plunder and infidel sex-slaves, or doe-eyed houris in allah's heavenly bordello; the same offer that has motivated mohammedan jihadi armies for 1400 years.  What Islamic State is offering is bog-standard Islam. - CM

"In reality the duped recruits will be treated poorly and given inconsequential low-rank, high-risk tasks often resulting in death".

So all that bothers you, Mr Brandis, is that these bloodthirsty allahu-akbaring Aussie-passport-holding mohammedans  are being taken in by 'false advertising'?  So you'd be just fine with them all galloping off to join the Caliphate - and tootling back 'home' here for a bit of R & R - if they were in fact getting cushy high-ranking jobs, harems of sweet little Christian and Yazidi under-aged slave-girls to rape, and a nice big chunk of the booty? -  CM

'ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis told a Senate Estimates hearing that the number of passports being cancelled was also "ticking up" every day.  

'The number is now more than 160.

That means we Aussie infidels, especially in Sydney and Melbourne where the biggest mohammedan colonies are established, have to worry about at least 160 jihad-minded mohammedans who may hatch murderous - or mass-murderous - plots. - CM

 

 

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Posted on 02/28/2016 11:05 PM by Christina Mcintosh
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Miklós Radnóti: Learn… To Write Upon The Skies
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2016)

 

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ENCHANTMENT

 

We’re sitting in the brightness

and scowling in the glare,

a rosebush is leaping  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 4:10 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Garden
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by David Solway (March 2016)


On the clipped borders, a trellis of plums and cherries,

straight paths embroidered in choreopsis and monarda

and in the corner a strictly trimmed honeysuckle bush,

mint and lavender floating in the measured air.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 4:06 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
I Would Call You Today
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by Sutapa Chaudhuri (March 2016)


But phone calls to your world

need to pass through

 

mindless red-tapism and age-old

inertia; passports need to be fetched,  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 4:02 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Trigger Warning
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by Len Krisak (March 2016)


How was I to know?

There was no way to tell

That when we came to Philomel

Her tears would well up so.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:57 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Tree at Frost’s Window Replies
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by Evelyn Hooven (March 2016)


“Not all your light tongues talking aloud
Could be profound.  .  .”

(from Robert Frost’s “Tree at My Window”)

 

You don’t know me very well—

You think you’re someone special  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:53 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
September Song
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by P. David Hornik (March 2016)
 

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Most women, when they leave their poolside chairs to go to the concession stand, wrap a towel around the lower part of their bodies so as not to be too provocative outside the domain of the pool itself. A minority, though, usually tourists, don’t bother. When these women walk up to the concession stand, the men who hang around at the tables in front of it, and the one working in the stand itself, see the whole sight, the upper part and the lower part.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:47 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Magical Universe
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by Kanchan Bhattacharya (March 2016)


There are places where things change, change forever- whispers happen and these are quiet places where eyes rest, and flicker when one visits nearby places, waiting for a move. Places one hides in skin deep precautions, lies and into graves, if death intervenes. Places one wants to return. Places that have closets full of memories, but rarely pictures. Places where the protagonists find no way to let anyone know. These are the dreams, the nights and days where they had left home…  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:43 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Chattel Women—Nigeria, 2014
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by A. Human Being (March 2016)


April 14, 2014: Chibok village in Borno State, Northern Nigeria

In another world to be sure . . . in a world made of sticks and straw, in a world made of idealized memory and imagined past . . . F'eh'mi had been a school girl who lived in a small round house, a clean and ordered house, with her father, a schoolmaster in Chibok village in Borno State, Nigeria.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:39 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
And Yet...
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by Christopher Ward-Greene (March 2016)


And Yet...
By Christopher Hitchens

Simon & Schuster (November 24, 2015)
352 pp.

Christopher Hitchens’ chatty prose style and wide-ranging erudition returns in a new collection of writings entitled And Yet... Consisting of essays and reviews from the likes of Vanity Fair, Slate and The Atlantic between 2005 and 2010, the pieces are wide-ranging, giving us the full span of Hitchens’ interests, from politics and history to travel and literature. And yet - I am forced to conclude that this collection has a watered-down feel to it, lacking something of the fieriness that was Hitchens’ trademark.

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:32 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Why I Don’t Read Newspapers
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(written in 1971)
by Richard Kostelanetz
(March 2016)


A prime blight of serious political discussion in this country is newspaper literacy, which is to say that too much talk and writing reveals facts and awarenesses gleaned largely, if not exclusively, from daily newspapers. The surest sign of newspaper literacy is a sense of worldly significance reflecting a journalistic distribution of emphases, particularly with the inference that the lead stories on the front page report the most important occurrences of the moment.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:24 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Social Justice Warriors' War Against the Enlightenment
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by Lorna Salzman (March 2016)


The Enlightenment of the 18th century, whose principles enabled the rise of secular democracy, egalitarianism and human rights, was made flesh in the French Revolution and inscribed in our Constitution as the foundation of our country’s statutes and political identity. It also made possible the scientific revolution that began in the previous century even as it provoked persecution of scientific free-thinkers by the Catholic church, whose doctrines and power structures were directly threatened.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:17 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Vote for the Greatest Portuguese and its Leading Candidates
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A Fascist, a Communist and a Righteous Gentile
by Norman Berdichevsky
(March 2016)


When Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, Portugal’s authoritarian ruler since 1932 finally was unable to rule effectively and his regime subsequently deposed by a military coup in 1974 (“The Carnation Revolution”), there was universal agreement that he left Portugal the poorest and most backward nation in Western Europe. Reporters on the scene in Lisbon reported signs of jubilation equaling V-E Day in London or Paris.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:13 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
“Stand Up for Bastards”: Natural Issue in the 1571 Act of Parliament, 13 Eliz., c. 1
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by David  P. Gontar (March 2016)


“We are bastards all.”    -- Posthumus Leonatus

“I am a bastard, too.  I love bastards.  I am a bastard begot, bastard instructed, bastard in mind, bastard in valor, in everything illegitimate.”    --  Thersites


Introduction: The Act in Question  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:07 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Brittania Waives the Rules
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by Michael Curtis (March 2016)


In 1930 the British Daily Mirror issued a weather report, “Fog in the Channel, Continent is Isolated.” Britain is an island nation, with no borders except the sea. It has not been invaded by foreign troops on the ground since 1066, nor has it had or claimed possessions on the European content since 1558, when Calais was lost, though the 2.6 square miles of Gibraltar are still British territory.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 3:02 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Nuclear War or Nuclear Peace? Israel's Post-Iran Pact Options
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by Louis René Beres (March 2016)


For by Wise Counsel, Thou Shalt Make (Proverbs  24,6)

The more things change, the more they remain the same. This is especially true in the Middle East. It follows, even after the July 2015 Vienna Agreement on Iran's nuclear program, that Israel's core survival problems remain pretty much what they have always been.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:58 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Can Our Ballistic Missile Defense System Shield Us from Rogue Regime ICBMs?
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2016)


February 2016 brought several concerning ICBM threats from both North Korea and Iran amid official government reports that the US and NATO allies lack an effective Ballistic Missile Defense. On February 7, 2016, North Korea successfully placed in a polar orbit a 200kg. satellite using an Unha-3 space vehicle launcher (SLV). That sent alarm bells ringing as a game changer. Ten days later, Iran announced a prospective launch of its version of a satellite launcher, the Smorgh, capable of putting an object into a near earth orbit. This massive multi-stage liquid fuel rocket was built using North Korean technology and clearly aimed at demonstrating ICBM capabilities.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:52 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
A Tempered Heart: Valentine’s Days in a Chinese Odyssey
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by Lizhi He (March 2016)


Part I: A Valentine's Day in the US: No Enemy

Being a native Chinese, I had no knowledge of the Valentine’s Day until in February 1992 when I was visiting the US for the first time as a member of Chinese engineering team working on a project in northeast China. A Milwaukee-based company was the contracted equipment vendor for the project. The team was composed of a few engineers from different disciplines and a client representative who played the lead role for the group.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:49 PM by NER
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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Culturism and Modernism: An Academic Odyssey
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by John K. Press (March 2016)


Let’s take a journey together, towards my explosion, shall we? I recently spoke at the annual English Language Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) conference in Busan, Korea. On my panel, a young Chinese woman explained a book under the title "race, modernism, and modernity." The book’s 1930s protagonist, she told us, was racist because she believed that London was more modern than her Caribbean Island home. The young Chinese woman argued that book’s presumption that London was modern and that the Caribbean was not justified imperialism.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2016 2:45 PM by NER
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