21 August 2014

As long as Obama spouts the fallacy that the Islamic State "speaks for no religion", we will never kill the root

.... He appears not to grasp the Islamist worldview, which is as theological as it is political; as historic as it is present. Allah is not merely a "just God": he is perfect justice, and his prophet did no wrong.

The people beheaded, tortured or massacred are not "innocents": they are corrupted by idolatry; tainted by the blood on the hands of Western warmongers; and damned by perversions of liberal democracy and moral relativity.

We will never eradicate this cancer unless and until our politicians and religious leaders can bring themselves to acknowledge that the Islamist inspiration is a virulent quranic doctrine of God which is based on a particular reading of Hadith literature and a singular understanding of the Sunnah.

It may be offensive to our Western sensibilities to say so, but we are so steeped in mushy multicultural GCSE notions of ill-taught RE that we have ceased to have any ability to discern the spirits, determine right from wrong, or distinguish between the forces of good and the legions of evil. [Archbishop Cranmer] Read more

Why the British jihadis fighting in Syria and Iraq are so vicious

.... A second factor is the belief, however warped, that they are doing Allah’s work.

The majority of the British jihadists I spoke to genuinely wanted to die in their religious cause, thinking their membership of Islamic State would guarantee them a place in paradise.

The accelerating cycle of violence is seen as the route to salvation. Indeed, Hamindur’s father recalled that, in one of his last calls home, his son ‘asked us to pray for him and said he wanted to become a shaheed (martyr) for Allah’.

[THE TOP COMMENT] The radicalization of young Muslims in Britain is rife, and has been for many years. The government need to clamp down on schools, university's, Mosques that are responsible! (there maybe 500 British Muslims fighting over there, there's still 1000's that think the same here). [Daily Mail] Read more

20 August 2014

James Foley’s murder will see calls for military action – just what Isis wants

.... Everything about the video seemingly of Foley’s murder is intended to chill. It is unlikely that Islamic State (Isis) selected an executioner with a strong London accent for no reason. It was the Iraq war that first popularised the execution video, but hearing the blood-curdling threats and dogma of Isis recited in tones that are all too familiar is itself a message.

[A TOP COMMENT] We could start by admitting that radical Islam is an increasing problem in our own society and one that must be tackled wherever it rears its head - no good crying Islamaphobia and racism when extremists try to take over schools in Birmingham and elsewhere.

[ANOTHER] .... I think it's worth adding that the teachings in Islamic core texts are a "true parent" of ISIS. That is to say, whilst Islamic teachings may not be a sufficient cause of the actions of ISIS, they are undoubtedly a necessary cause.

[ANOTHER] If wiping out ISIS to the last man is playing into their hands, I suggest we should do it.

[ANOTHER] Most people in Britain will be horrified by what is happening in Iraq and Syria but far more horrified by what is happening here in Britain.

For decades we have nurtured radical Islam and now we have a generation of young Muslims (not all Muslims. Not even most Muslims. But a fair few of them) who despise Western values, hate Jews, gays and women and are more than happy to murder for their cause.

[ANOTHER] You can have as much rational debate as you want but the bottom line is that these people - who will kill anyone; man, woman or child who disagrees with their twisted interpretation of their religion - need to be brutally wiped off the face of the planet.

[ANOTHER] Maybe time to stop any Imam who even remotely preaches fundamentalist Islam from coming to the UK or stopping those already here from preaching their hate.

I watched a BBC debate between young British Muslims and too many of them were making excuses for fundamental Islam.

One young female Shia made the best statement. If you don't want what UK society gives you in the way of freedom and safety, leave and go to a country that is run along strict Islamic lines. [Guardian Cif] Read more

UK failure on Islamism and James Foley's murder

.... It should be no surprise at all that a British Muslim is likely to be responsible for the murder, as several hundred home-grown terrorists have already jumped onto planes, with their UK passports ready to shed blood in Syria and Iraq.

Those on the left, who have spent years defending Islamic extremism in Britain, labelling anyone who has raised concerns about it as bigoted, have been finally proved wrong. Our country does indeed have a very serious problem with Islamic extremism.

From the beheading of British soldier Lee Rigby by two men chanting “allahu akbar” to the Trojan Horse school takeover plot, this evil ideology is engulfing our communities and creating the next generation of UK terrorists. [The Commentator] Read more

19 August 2014

The Caliphate Delusion: the political construct that bears no relevance in the modern world

I first came across the term Caliphate or Khilafah back in 1992 when, as a young teenager, I attended a lecture organised by a local Islamist group. The term was a reference to a global Muslim empire that would have a single ruler for life, referred to as Caliph, and implement a single interpretation of shariah. This empire would also be expansionist and seek to aggressively stretch its borders through warfare until the entire world fell under its domain.

The Caliphate, it was argued, was necessary because, theologically, it was an Islamic obligation and, politically, only such an entity could protect Muslims around the world, under siege as they are from non-Muslim enemies. [Left Foot Forward] Read more

Lutfur Rahman 'secured Tower Hamlets election win with curry house threats and bribes'

Campaigners for Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman threatened council staff and bribed religious groups to secure votes in knife-edge elections, an explosive High Court dossier claims.

The controversial mayor oversaw a “systematic campaign of intimidation” including widespread postal vote fraud in order to triumph in May’s election, documents seen by the Standard claim.

He, or those acting on his behalf, allegedly told activists for his party, Tower Hamlets First, to collect and fill out 250 postal vote application forms each at a meeting held in a Bangladeshi restaurant ahead of May’s election, which he won by 3000 votes. [Evening Standard] Read more

French politician angered by veiled Muslim at beach

A conservative French politician sparked a debate after she posted Monday a picture of a veiled Muslim woman on a beach in France and the cover of Le Figaro magazine portraying former French sex icon Brigitte Bardot.

Nadine Morano, who published the picture on her personal Facebook account, wrote: “When one chooses to come to secular, France... one must respect our culture and the freedom of women. If not, go elsewhere!”

.... Morano’s post came after she saw a headscarf-wearing woman allegedly left to sit by the shore while her male companion was in the water.

“The man got into a bathing suit showing off his well-sculpted body, while the woman sat completely dressed, obedient on the sand,” Morano wrote. [Al Arabiya News] Read more

Archbishop of Mosul: "Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here"

.... You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal," Archbishop Amel Nona continues, "but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home."

.... The West must heed the stark warning of Archbishop Amel Nona, and do so before it is too late. Mosul has fallen: his warning is that Toulouse, Brussels or Liege might be next. For now, the battleground is fixed in the Middle East.

But Jihadi-Salfist theatres of war recognise no state borders, and they have no time at all for democracy, diplomacy, or "moderate" notions of Islam which is not "proper" or "true" Islam. These fanatics find our governments weak and compliant; our liberal and democratic principles quite conducive to their political objectives; our Christianity favourably disposed to a multi-faith ecumenical love-in. [Archbishop Cranmer] Read more

18 August 2014

Rant over veiled Muslim on beach sparks furore

A French politician was so upset after seeing a Muslim woman sitting on a French beach fully clothed and in a headscarf that she decided to take a picture and write a provocative opinion piece on Facebook.

In her rant former minister Nadine Morano, from the UMP party, said Muslims should go elsewhere if they don’t want to integrate.

The former French deputy used a picture of former sex icon Brigitte Bardot alongside that of the veiled woman on the beach to make her point that France has a proud history of women being free to dress how they wish. [The Local] Read more

17 August 2014

Welsh mosque at centre of extremism row after Imam claims he was forced out after objecting to a speaker

Wales’ high profile Jalalia mosque is at the centre of an extremism row after the Imam resigned.

In a letter leaked to Wales Online, the Cardiff mosque’s religious leader, or Imam, Mohammad Bashir Uddin claimed his position became untenable after he objected to a Muslim speaker he regarded as extremist, and a follower of the Salafi strand of the religion.

This is the branch of the religion followed by Nasser Muthana, Assel Muthana and Reyaad Khan – the Cardiff terror suspects who left to fight in Syria. [WalesOnline] Read more

Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

.... For decades, the Anglican and Catholic Churches have ignored the growth of the domestic Islamic extremism that has seen British Muslims travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis.

They have warned us (rightly) against Islamophobia without considering the possibility that many Muslims hate the Churches with unwavering intensity. Archbishop Rowan Williams supported the extension of Sharia in this country.

His attitude was one factor in persuading the only C of E bishop who did draw attention to the Islamist threat, Michael Nazir-Ali, to resign the see of Rochester and work full-time to protect Christians abroad. [The Spectator] Read more

John Lewis to sell the hijab as school uniform - but not in Bath and other West Country stores

Department store John Lewis is offering the hijab in its school uniform department for the first time - but not in West Country stores including Bath.

Waitrose in The Podium is owned by the John Lewis Partnership and sells childrens clothing.

The hijab covers the head and chest, and is worn by Muslim women after the onset of puberty.

It is a sign of modesty in the presence of men who are outside their immediate family.

[A TOP COMMENT] The Hijab has no basis in the Koran. Mohammad only required head covering during prayer and otherwise directed Muslims to dress in accordance with the land they were in.

In the case of the hijab, niqab, burkha etc, these are archaic symbols of female subjugation from the Middle East a millennia ago and have nothing to do with religion other than some interpretations in Hadith written by men long after Mohammad died.

We live in the West, 100 years after women were given the vote, allowed to show our ankles, and treated to the same professional opportunities as men.

The idea of sexualising little girls' hair is abhorrent and normalising this perverse view by advocating the sale of an object of female submissiveness as school uniform is something all thinking people should reject. [Bath Chronicle] Read more

16 August 2014

Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers 'massacred' by IS

Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say.

Senior Kurdish official Hoshyar Zebari said the men were killed in two groups after a column of Islamic State (IS) vehicles arrived in Kawju on Friday.

.... Before carrying out the massacre in Kawju village, IS fighters reportedly told men to convert to Islam or die.

.... "He told me that the Islamic State had spent five days trying to persuade villagers to convert to Islam and that a long lecture was delivered about the subject today," said the villager.

.... "He told me that the Islamic State had spent five days trying to persuade villagers to convert to Islam and that a long lecture was delivered about the subject today," said the villager. [BBC] Read more

John Lewis's new line, hijabs to wear at school: Department store signs contract with schools in London and Liverpool to offer conservative Islamic clothing

John Lewis is offering the hijab in its school uniform department for the first time.

The headdress is to be sold in the company’s stores in London and Liverpool after it signed contracts with two schools – one which was set up to educate Muslim girls and a second that welcomes pupils from all religious communities.

The hijab covers the head and chest and is worn by Muslim women after the onset of puberty as a sign of modesty in the presence of men who are outside their immediate family.

[A TOP COMMENT] Bye Bye JL, will take our money elsewhere

[ANOTHER] Oh well, thats no more John Lewis for me then. Shame, they are a great store.

[ANOTHER] The photo of the black hijab from John Lewis, fills me with dread and darkness......

[ANOTHER] Seriously? we're encouraging it now? When is the UK going to stop trying so hard to shove the word "diversity" down people's throats?

[ANOTHER] What in the world is going on? I can't believe this is happening in Great Britain... Shameful and disgusting. [Daily Mail] Read more

15 August 2014

Why aren't British Muslims condemning the maniacs killing in the name of Islam? From a leading Muslim voice, a troubling question...

.... What is terribly worrying is that, in the face of the IS atrocities, and extremist British Muslims' involvement in jihadism, mainstream Muslims here have remained largely silent at what is happening in Iraq today.

Where is the mass outcry against the systematic killing of the Iraqi Yazidis, the deadly harassment of Christians and the mindless destruction of their churches?

Where are the co-ordinated protests against the Islamic State? Where are the popular calls for an end to organised genocide by Sunni Muslim militants in Iraq?

This is pure hypocrisy and double standards from British Muslims. Only last week, more than 200,000 people — a large proportion of them British Muslims — took to the streets of London and Manchester to protest against Israel.

[A TOP COMMENT] Well said, the voices raised against the IS are all Shia, therefore ignored by the Sunni's this is a theological war of domination by one sect over another, a sort of inquisition 600 years late. And unfortunately the dominant theory of British Muslim life, of not integrating and rejecting multiculturalism just feeds it.

[ANOTHER] One problem with the Koran is that it contradicts itself. The orthodox Islamic rule is that one obeys the latest edict on any topic. So quoting early Koranic verses on tolerance us disingenuous, as these are contradicted by later verses calling for the slaughter of all non-believers.

[ANOTHER] The West has come a long way in excluding racism in its culture, unfortunately this appears to have given Muslims, particularly the extremists .... their culture is more important than ours. Our weak lily livered polititions are to blame for not understanding what's going on. And being PC to the point of stupidity. [Daily Mail] Read more

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

.... “I am appalled by the suggestion that veterinary surgeons would have any motive other than improving the welfare of animals at slaughter. Our government e-petition states that ‘We must differentiate between religious and non-stun slaughter.’ And that ‘Our concern does not relate to religious belief but to the animal welfare compromise of non-stun slaughter.’

“BVA is active across a whole range of health and welfare issues relating to food production animals and we are committed to improving the welfare of animals at all stages of their lives, from birth and rearing to transport and slaughter. [Meat Info] Read more

It’s time for Muslim leaders to speak up

AUSTRALIA has been forced to rapidly recalibrate its response to the threat of Islamist terrorism over the past few months. International intelligence failed to predict the speed with which the extremist Islamic State has swept through parts of Syria and Iraq.

Forces from the US, the UK, France, Australia, Kurds and some Iraqis are racing to prevent the Islamist psychopaths slaughtering the remnant 30,000-member Yazidi community on Mt Sinjar in northern Iraq in an act of genocide.

It is estimated as many as 150 young Australians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State murderers. They thrive on publicity and will certainly not be named here, despite their notoriety.

[A TOP COMMENT] Why are we stopping these so called extremists from leaving to fight so they can sit in this country and fester and grow resentment. We should be letting them leave and then preventing them from coming back in.

[ANOTHER] .... the word of the Muslim community here has been proven time and time again to be mere lip service. We know your belated platitudes ring false, we know you are simply bidding your time while your numbers here increase. We're not buying what you're peddling, because we've heard it all before. Give us real actions, not carefully crafted words & we might start believing you again. Trust is a 2-way street, stop playing us for mugs, stop using the inherent decency of Australians against us, become part of the solution not part of the problem. [The Daily Telegraph] Read more

Saudi men in jail for celebrating alone with women

A Saudi Court of Appeals has sentenced five young men to a total of 39 years in prison and 8,000 lashes for celebrating Valentine’s Day alone with six women.

Security patrols caught and arrested the men, who admitted to dancing with the women and meeting them in private, which is prohibited by the country’s Sharia Islamic law.

One man has been sentenced to five years in prison and 1,000 lashes in a public market. Two others are to spend seven years behind bars and undergo 1,500 lashes each. The two remaining men will be imprisoned for 10 years and whipped 2,000 times in 20 batches. [Pangea Today - Al-Dostor] Read more

14 August 2014

Keep radical Islam out of Canada

News from abroad about Islamist expansion makes for sombre reading.

The past weeks have plunged the world into a new wave of depravity, with reports of brutalized women, children buried alive, even severed heads.

But all that is, at least, “over there." What we do not expect is calls for jihad, the creation of caliphates and oppressive sharia regulations in the Greater Toronto Area.

I recently stumbled upon a gathering in the GTA promoting just such a revolution. [Toronto Sun] Read more

Caliphate? What an Islamic state means to British Muslims

When the extremist group Isis (now known as Islamic State or IS) declared a caliphate taking in parts of Syria and Iraq it reignited a debate over the role of an Islamic state.

For many a caliphate is a political leadership, others a spiritual figurehead, and for some a combination of the two.

"What we're seeing being carried out against helpless civilians like the Yazidis and other groups isn't what an Islamic state is about," says Yasmin Khatun, a journalist from London.

.... Saif holds the view that would be considered the most extreme of this group - he supports the Islamic State caliphate despite their violence and thinks that the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a valid caliph.

"The caliphate for me is a government, a state which rules by the Qur'an and Sunnah (practices of the Prophet Muhammad), and those laws are over Muslims and non-Muslims. [BBC] Read more

13 August 2014

Pro-ISIS leaflets handed out on Oxford Street

Men from Luton handed out leaflets to shopper that declared it was a Muslim’s duty to pledge allegiance to the ‘Khaleef’ – the title that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi, has taken for himself.

Although the leaflets don’t explicitly mention ISIS, they encourage British Muslims to pledge allegiance to the khaleef and to move to the ‘caliphate’ or Islamic state that ISIS have established in northern Iraq.

ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a terrorist group that has taken control of much of Syria and Northern Iraq. Its fighters are frequently photgraphed posing with the severed heads of their enemies. [London24.com] Read more

Chicken sandwich lands Kingswood Day Care Nursery in religious and racial dispute

A nursery is embroiled in a religious and racial row after a mother accused the manager of 'starving' her 5-year-old child due to concerns meat in her packed lunch was not halal.

Ofsted is investigating Kingswood Day Care Nursery in Mitcham after single mum and former nursery worker Yasmin Jackson, 24, reported the incident on Monday.

[A TOP COMMENT] Surely the enforcement of a Halal only policy upon those who do not wish it violates their religious rights.

Why have we let education become sectarian with each group trying to enforce its own beliefs on others. Faith schools are a horrendous idea that can only serve to establish an atmosphere of self segregation and therefore do nothing to create cohesion in society. [Your Local Guardian] Read more

12 August 2014

‘Three Choices’ and the bitter harvest of denial: How dissimulation about Islam is fuelling genocide in the Middle East

In northern Iraq religious genocide is reaching end-game stage. Islamic State (IS) soldiers, reinforced with military equipment originally supplied by the US, are driving back Kurdish defenders who had been protecting Christians and other religious minorities.

While hundreds of thousands of refugees have been fleeing into Kurdistan, around 40,000 Yazidis and some Christians are trapped on Mount Sinjar, surrounded by IS jihadis. (Yazidis are Kurdish people whose pre-Christian faith derives from ancient Iranian religious traditions, with overlays and influences from other religions.)

The Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq has reported that children and the elderly are dying of thirst on Sinjar. Parents are throwing their children to their deaths off the mountain rather than see them die of thirst or be taken into slavery by IS. [Lapido Media] Read more

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Christian persecution in Iraq

The Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to denounce unambiguously the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq – and hinted that it is considering breaking off dialogue with Islamic representatives if they fail to do so.

In a statement on Tuesday, the department in charge of inter-religious dialogue said: "The dramatic situation of the Christians, the Yazidis, and other minority religious and ethnic communities in Iraq demands that religious leaders, and above all Muslim religious leaders, people engaged in inter-religious dialogue and all people of good will take a clear and courageous stance.

All must be unanimous in their unambiguous condemnation of these crimes and denounce the invoking of religion to justify them." [The Guardian] Read more

11 August 2014

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Robin Hargreaves, president of the BVA has written to the National Assembly in Wales, Stormont, and the Scottish Parliament, emphasising the alleged animal welfare issues involved in non-stun slaughter.

The Association launched its campaign at the of April this year, and has so far gained 72,000 signatures, 28,000 short of the target needed for a petition to be debated in the House of Commons. [Meat Info] Read more