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Christian Post OP: Egypt Christian Woman Killed by MB Supporters

“Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off…”

Muslim Brotherhood Slaughter Christian Woman

From: The Christian Post
By: Raymond Ibrahim, Op-Ed Contributor, March 31, 2014|9:18 am

On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, including by opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame. Four people died.

One of the slain, a young Coptic woman, was savagely mauled and molested before being murdered-simply because her cross identified her as a Christian to the Brotherhood rioters.

According to an eyewitness who discussed the entire event on the Egyptian program, 90 Minutes, Mary Sameh George was parking by the church to deliver medicine to a sickly, elderly woman:

Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find…. Throughout [her ordeal] she tried to protect her face, giving her back to the attackers, till one of them came and stabbed her right in the back, near the heart, finishing her off. Then another came and grabbed her by the hair, shaking her head, and with the other hand slit her throat. Another pulled her pants off, to the point that she was totally naked.

The eyewitness, as well as many others who have since appeared on videos, complained about Egyptian State Security and how it did not intervene-just like under Morsi, when St. Mark Cathedral was besieged, even as security stood by-how it knows exactly who the murderers are, and how one of Mary’s murderers, whom “everyone reported to Security,” was simply relaxing in his home, not even hiding.

Added the eyewitness: “Let me tell you, here in Ain Shams, we [Christians] know that every Friday is a day of death; that the day after Friday, Saturday, we’ll be carried to the morgue!”

Full Story: http://www.christianpost.com/news/muslim-brotherhood-slaughter-christian-woman-117103/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  The above protest also involve the killing of  journalist Mayada Ashraf. Her death – struck by a bullet – made some headlines, presumably because blame was being placed on Egyptian government forces.  Mary George’s brutal attack and subsequent death has been hardly mentioned.  As Ibrahim points out in his article, reporting on savagery involving Islamists does not fit into the politically correct narrative. 

An example of  how the incident was typically reported can be found at:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/egypt-police-clash-with-anti-sisi-protesters-201432818758651989.html

 

VA terror-linked mosque honored … and you’re surprised?

“MAS believes that Islamic principles, when applied appropriately, can give rise to a good way of life and promote a healthy society. As such, MAS encourages American Muslims to actively engage in shaping America’s legislation. This is not counter to American values, but is in fact an attempt by loyal citizens to improve society from their perspective.”
Muslim American Society 

Virginia Legislature Honors Mosque Tied To Islamic Terrorists – Fox News

In the wake of the Virginia legislature’s commendation of the Falls Church, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center earlier this month, outrage is being heard.  People are asking,  how could this have happened?  What were our representatives thinking?  Don’t they know the history/terror ties of the mosque? How could they be so manipulated?

Simple answer: they are politicians.  They listen to the loudest voices that bring the most votes.

How many that had expressed outrage simply went on to check out “March Madness” and/or watch Dancing with the Stars (or something similar)? It would be a safe guess that the vast majority of those expressing outrage and shock have never written their local representatives. 

Most Americans don’t even  stay in touch with their representatives through newsletters, tweets,etc. — a good percentage couldn’t even name their representatives. 

Political apathy.

The Islamist activists know who their representatives are.  They remind all Muslims attending the mosque who the representatives are, how to effectively contact them and what issues to push.  This happened in Virginia and this is happening all over the U.S.A.. Muslim political awareness/action is well organized and happening across the nation at the local,state and national levels with great success.

For example:

  • This week MPAC sent out a notice that, “Congress is in Recess! Schedule a Meeting with Your Representative“.   The webpage includes tools on how to locate their representative and a guide for followup.
  • United Voices of America (CAIR/Florida)  hosts Muslim Capital Day in Tallahassee.  Similar events are being held/organized in other states.
  • Tampa’s Oaktree Institute has programs to train Muslim activists to organize and work the legislative system.

In other words, the Islamists have learned how to work the U.S. legislative system quite well.  They realize that time is on their side.  Western apathy and political correctness works to their advantage. They have learned that even though they represent a small minority in this country, a repeated and persistent voice produces results with politicians – it’s a force multiplier – especially when most of the electorate has no interest in what is happening in their state capital.

Islamists in North American know that politicians are the key for success in implementing their agenda and reaching their goals.  Through patience, perseverance, votes  and campaign contributions, any obstacles are slowly chipped away.  The following is from the Muslim American Society (MAS) website:

11. How does MAS define its position regarding the Khilafa (Caliphate), Islamic State and Islamic Law?

MAS aims to move people to strive for God-consciousness, liberty and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity. MAS envisions a virtuous and just American society where Muslims are exemplary citizens actively engaged in helping to improve the society. It is not the goal of MAS to establish khilafa, an Islamic state or impose Islamic law in the United States.
Despite the lack of a current model of proper application of sharia (Islamic law) anywhere in the world, MAS believes that Islamic principles, when applied appropriately, can give rise to a good way of life and promote a healthy society. 
All Americans, without exception, have the right to advocate for legislation that they believe is beneficial for society, within the framework of the American constitution, and guided by their faith and values. As such, MAS encourages American Muslims to actively engage in shaping America’s legislation. This is not counter to American values, but is in fact an attempt by loyal citizens to improve society from their perspective.

Now back to Virginia  …

First off, the lack of mainstream media coverage of this was appalling – but not surprising.  This mosque’s history is no secret and it would be quite a stretch to imagine the state representatives were not aware of the terrorist ties.  N. Virginia has been a hotbed of Islamist related terror support networks since the 1980s as documented in the SAAR and Operation Green Quest investigations.

As for those responsible for the bill, keep in mind that state legislatures pass bills commending just about everything under the sun.  This includes credit unions/banks/churches/corner gas stations — you name it.  It’s simply “feel good” gestures aimed at getting re-election votes down the road. 

Legislators in attendance usually are not even listening to that portion of the session dedicated to these type of bills.   They simply vote yes.

The bill honoring the “9/11” mosque (HJ484) was introduced by Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale).

All these democrats represent areas with a large number of Muslim constituents AND ALL were endorsed by the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee (VMPAC) in 2013.  Rest assured, this endorsement was a factor in support of the bill.

Should they be ashamed of themselves? You bet, but the reality is most politicians have very little shame – if any.  It’s the nature of the beast.

Let’s hope this acts as a wake-up call to those residents in Virginia as well as others across the nation.  Get involved!

Islamist Propaganda – at taxpayers expense

Following September 11, 2001 corporations and government organizations stepped up training programs to educate employees regarding Islam and the American Muslim communities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with local affiliated groups, quickly pushed for inclusion to place sympathetic individuals on advisory boards. The selling point being that only “good” Muslims can provide guidance on how to counter the threat posed by ”bad” Muslims.

For law enforcement and security entities, there was a move on the other side the spectrum to provide operational training to help personnel recognize and deal with extremist threats. These programs were presented by a variety of sources and usually included a level of profiling that many American Muslim leaders found offensive. Pushing the “political correctness buttons”, CAIR and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) campaigned to have any training/educational items they deemed offensive purged and replaced with programs they endorsed.

The Islamists encountered a “bump” in the road around 2007-2008 when the FBI brass finally realized they had a slight problem. CAIR  had been identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror funding case. It’s simply bad PR to have the U.S. Government’s lead law enforcement agency knocking elbows with a group funding the likes of Hamas.

muellerBy the fall of 2008, FBI headquarters had cut all ties with CAIR and instructed field offices to do the same. Then FBI director Mueller reaffirmed the ban on working with CAIR during congressional testimony in 2011. It appears Mueller’s orders to “cease and desist” relations with CAIR were apparently not followed by all offices and an Inspector General (IG) investigation was initiated in 2012.

Director Mueller was working another agenda as well. On February 8, 2012 he met secretly with a number of Islamist groups to advise them that the FBI had removed several hundred pages of documents that might be deemed“offensive” to Muslims. As reported by Patrick Poole in the www.theblaze.com, Mueller’s meeting appears to be only part of push by the Obama administration to appease Islamic outreach groups – the effort was government wide. According to Poole’s article:

Among other “don’ts” declared by DHS was this warning:
Don’t use training that relies on fear or conspiracies to motivate law enforcement. Don’t use training premised on theories with little or no evidence to support them. Examples (from the report “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace”) of unsubstantiated theories include…Mainstream Muslim organizations are fronts for Islamic political organizations who true desire is to establish Sharia law in America.

(I strongly recommend reading Poole’s article for an eye-opening account of the level of appeasement the U.S. government is willing go to.)

The above makes it clear that Islamists made significant inroads to influence U.S. national policy decisions by simply feeding on the politically correct fears of western society. The added benefit – a trickle down effect to state and local agencies that are coerced to follow federal policies/trends in order to enjoy the fruits of federal grants. By removing training that might be offensive to Muslims, the only option left would be training that Muslims don’t find offensive. In other words, only training that the Islamists approve.

Placing an emphasis on cultural awareness, a play has been made towards agency heads and program managers to promote”safe” and “politically correct” training – basically, content that they’d like to hear instead of content they need to hear. Still, the stigma of the terror funding label applied to CAIR and associated groups presents a difficult sell to have recognized Islamist groups present such training.  Socially attractive and non-threatening solution are needed.

cculturesEnter Connecting Cultures, LLC (www.connecting-cultures.net) …

With a move away from anti-terror themed awareness towards a “we are the world” mentality for many organizations, this company has managed to fill the vacuum created with the purge of many of the training programs found to be offensive to Muslims.  Promoted as a GSA approved contractor, the Justice Department features some of their publications on it’s website. According to the Connecting Cultures website, their list of clients, include:

U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Federal Judicial Center
DC Federal Court
Food and Drug Administration
Foreign Agricultural Service
Foreign Service Institute
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Army
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Marines Law Enforcement
FBI
Transportation Security Administration
Michigan National Guard
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The flyer for an upcoming course in Florida, titled, “Understanding Muslim Diversity: Effective Engagement with Muslims” includes this endorsement:

This training has been vetted and approved
by the office of the US Attorney General and
delivered to all US Attorneys and thousands
of Law Enforcement Officers, military person-
nel across the nation

Alexander Kronemer, Lobna Ismail and Eric Holder

Alexander Kronemer, Lobna Ismail and Eric Holder

Connecting Cultures has made a concentrated move to step up services to “first-responders” (i.e. local law enforcement).  Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice features one of their videos on their website, entitled, “The First 3 to 5 seconds: Understanding Arab and Muslim Americans”.   Promoted as roll-call/officer safety training material it opens with a traffic stop of a stereo-typical middle-eastern looking male. The film then moves on to how Arabs are not stereo-typical and can be found in all communities and walks of life. Despite this, the film then highlights how Arabs and Muslims should be dealt with special cultural sensitivity to alleviate their fears of law enforcement.

It’s hard not to shake the feeling that the film is striving to instill an appeasement mentality on the street level cop.

Special note should be taken of the film’s credits. It was produced with Department of Justice funding under the Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS). It also includes a special thanks to Iman Jahari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is located in Falls Church, VA, The Department of Treasury’s Enforcement Communications System (TECS) records note that Dar al-Hijrah “is a mosque operating as a front for Hamas operatives in U.S.,” “is associated with Islamic extremists,” “has been under numerous investigations for financing and proving aid and comfort to bad orgs and members,” has “been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing,” and “has also been associated with encouraging fraudulent marriages”.  Abdul-Malik has publicly defended known Al Qaeda and Hamas members as well as stating his desire to make Islam the predominate religion in the United States.

masConnecting Cultures is run by Lobna Ismail (also known as “Luby”), and was featured in Creeping Sharia when it partnered in 2012 with the Muslim Students Association and DOJ to host a workshop entitled, “Combating Islamophobia: Truths and Myths about Islam.” in Huntsville, AL. The company’s website front page features a slick video titled, “A Land Called Paradise” – artfully produced with closing credits showing the MAS Media Foundation – a division of the Muslim American Society (MAS). MAS was identified in a Hudson Institute report, as a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Egyptian organization.

The website also includes a link to The Islamic Society for North America (ISNA), described as “an association of Muslim organizations and individuals to present Islam and foster positive relations.” What it does not include are the documented ties ISNA has with the Muslim Brotherhood as well as sharing the distinction of unindicted co-conspirator status with CAIR in regards to terror funding. Of special note is that one of ISNA’s co-founders is convicted terror supporter, Sami Al-Arian.

Additional Connecting Cultures Staff …

Alexander Kronemer – a film producer, lecture, Muslim convert and Lobna Ismail’s husband. Kronumer’s films naturally have a very postive view towards Islam and are used in Connecting Cultures presentations. His company, Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is supported by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and claims status as a 501(c3) non-profit, chaired by Safi Qureshey.

In an 2011 article by Daniel Greenfield:

Unity Productions Foundation is behind a long list of Islamic propaganda films, including the aforementioned “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet,” as well as “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain,”

UPF’s movies were stocked with radical clerics like Anwar Al-Awlaki, Zaid Shakir and the aforementioned Hamza Yusuf Hanson, many of whom spoke off-screen of making war against America.

Jean Abinader – affiliated with the Moroccan American Center (MAC) and the Arab American Institute, in an April 3, 2003 speech at the University of Buffalo stated:

“Sept. 11 dispelled America’s superficial optimism that all is well with the world and that the U.S. is universally admired … It brought home the reality that there are some basic problems with American foreign policy and challenges to our domestic policy as well.”

The Connecting Cultures website states, “For the last twenty years, Connecting Cultures has delivered expert trainings on religious and cultural diversity – specializing in Arab, Muslim and American cultures.” The irony is that based on guidelines published by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), none of the Connecting Cultures staff meets the criteria of being Islamic subject matter experts:

DEFINING EXPERT
For the purposes of our study’s research focus, an expert on Islam is defined as an individual who has formal academic qualifications in Islamic Studies from an accredited institute of higher education in the West or those institutes of higher education in Muslim-majority countries that rank among the world’s top 500 universities. In order to be classified as “expert”, as defined above, one’s credentials must also be publicly verifiable.
Not Qualified: Exposing the Deception behind America’s Top 25 Pseudo Experts on Islam

Apparently expert credentials are only required to challenge the Islamists – not to promote their agenda. The American taxpayer’s dollars hard at work.

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COMMENTS/ANALYSIS: Another player in the Muslim cultural awareness arena is the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE). This group apparently has no ties to Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups. There is some confusion in that WORDE is promoting what they call The Montgomery County Model – a partnership with the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department in developing a new, community based-model to increase public safety. If you viewed the Connecting Cultures DOJ/COPS funded film, you’ll note that the Montgomery County Police Department was the featured agency. I read one source that indicated the film was produced several years back. If so, one can only hope that the Montgomery County PD learned from their mistakes. Can’t say the same for Homeland Security and DOJ.

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