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Video: Comedy then – reality now?

From several years ago by the ‘Half-Hour, News Hour,’ a skit on trying to figure out what some  London “terrorists” had in common.  With recent headlines this may not be as much a parody as originally intended …

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Sam Sorbo: Co-Existence is Futile

For all you bozos out there driving around with those co-exist stickers, you can’t coexist with someone who wants you dead, has the capacity to ensure that, and remains convicted that you lack any rights whatsoever.
Sam Sorbo

The following is a monologue from the opening of  The Sam Sorbo Show on Nov. 16, 2015.

To listen to the segment, click HERE.

Not 10 hours before the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and left 352 injured, President Obama claimed he had “contained” ISIS.

Now his apologists are rushing in to defend his misinformed assertion with explanations that he was referring to ISIS’ geographical containment, that they aren’t gaining more ground in Syria. But I’m fed up with this word play. Geographically, they are bigger than ever before, having now advanced as far as FRANCE! Let me ask you this, you forked-tongued, logic-lacking sycophants. Would he repeat his  assertion – that ISIS is contained – today, after the attacks in Paris? NO!

We currently face two threats on our way of life in a country that has offered mankind the most technological advances and created the most prosperity the world has ever seen: Political correctness, or secularism, and Medieval Islamists.

Medieval Islam seeks to challenge us, violently. They don’t just disagree with self-governance and this country’s dedication to the God of Abraham and our Judeo-Christian morals. If they did, those insipid, moronic bumper stickers would be true, and we would all co-exist. For all you bozos out there driving around with those co-exist stickers, you can’t coexist with someone who wants you dead, has the capacity to ensure that, and remains convicted that you lack any rights whatsoever. You can only shoot back in self-preservation. Co-existence is not an option because the other sides reject it outright. And by the way, those victims in the theater and restaurants in France complied with the restrictive gun laws, and were unable to shoot back. Their right to co-exist was summarily terminated by those lunatic jihadis who instead chose co-non-existence.

Full text at Breibart can be read at:
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/11/18/sam-sorbo-co-existence-is-futile/

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COMMENT:  We’ve repeatedly said that political correctness is used as a weapon against us and the rest of the west.     Sam Sorbo’s commentary is excellent food for thought.  Her website can be reached at www.samsorbo.com

Canadian paper trashes blog site in defense of Islamist

Earlier this month we mentioned  the Canadian website Point de Bascule in our report,  Islamist Propaganda: The Montgomery County Model, WORDE and the Muslim Brotherhood .  It was regarding Hussein Hamdani, an advisor to a Canadian security agency, who has been suspended pending an investigation into his alleged ties to Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas related organizations. 

The Canadian National Post (NP) just published an article by Catherine Solyom that focuses on possible motivations behind Hamdani’s suspension titled, “Hero or extremist.   It devotes a good amount of time on attempting to discredit the credibility of Point de Bascule’s author, Marc Lebuis.   It fails to fully explore the validity of reports that Hamdani has ties to Islamist groups,  relying instead on statements made by Hamdani that he is simply a victim. 

Another version of the article appears in the  Montreal Gazette titled, “Hussein Hamdani: Vetted by the feds, felled by a blog with additional references to Pamela Geller and Steven Emerson along with an expanded history of Hamdani’s community involvement.   This version also includes a statement by researcher Seigfried Mathelet calling  Lebuis a “militant”.

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The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) has labeled the NP article a “hit piece” and we agree.  GMBDW defends Lebuis, responding in depth to the four issues Solyom raises.  Recommended reading.

A key point to all this:  Hamdani was not suspended until after a televised report by French language TVA network journalist Michel Jean was made about Hamdani’s questionable ties.   Solyom  acknowledges this in her article yet makes no attempt to question any motives that TVA or Michel Jean might have pertaining to the broadcast.

The article includes:

Seigfried Mathelet, a post-doctoral researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal, said he knows of Lebuis as a “pseudo-expert” who has worked for years to gain influence with political decision-makers and the mainstream media, even though he has no links to academic research.

His modus operandi, like that of numerous anti-Islam bloggers and organizations based in the U.S., Mathelet explained, is to take anything problematic associated with Islam – like the Boko Haram or ISIS attacks – and link them to people in Canada.

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Matthew Duss, the lead author of Fear, Inc. 2.0. — a report published by the Centre for American Progress on anti-Islam organizations and their sources of funding – says Muslim-bashing is a very lucrative business in the U.S., and it may be in Canada, too.

Duss believes Point de Bascule may be part of an international “Islamophobia network.”

These two above sections are mentioned to highlight the fact that even so called “experts” miss the mark when dealing with these terms …

  • Islamist – a supporter or advocate of Islamic fundamentalism, striving to remove non-Islamic systems and replace with those in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam
  • Islamic: pertaining to Islam, the religion
  • Muslim: a follower of the religion of Islam

To make it simple, calling all Muslims as Islamists would be the equivalent of calling all Christians to be Puritans.

The Point de Bascule describes itself as,  “an independent and non partisan website describing the means and methods used by Islamist organizations and leaders in order to further their program in Canada.”  

RECOMMENDED READING: ” Draw Mohammed and Reform Islam”

Either Islam will reform, or it will be in constant conflict with the West until one side or the other gives up. 
– Jonathan Keiler

In a May 9, 2015  American Thinker blog post,  Jonathan Keiler writes that Islam needs to reform and drop taboos that place it at odds with Western culture: 

Pamela Geller’s “draw Mohammed” contest in Texas was provocative, but the problem is not with Geller or the contest organizers, it is with Muslims who insist that they were provoked because it violated a Muslim taboo against representational art.   Muslims should not have been provoked by a contest that was about free speech.  In the West free speech and activities that are offensive but don’t infringe the rights of others, are not only tolerated, but often celebrated.  They are part of the fundamental fabric of society. 

Muslims are entitled to their taboos; every religion has them.  Religious taboos emerge, evolve, change or dissipate over time, and Islam is no exception to this process.   Islam began without an accepted taboo requiring women to veil themselves, the practice becoming widespread only after the conquest of Mesopotamia.  And over time, and depending on place, that taboo has waxed and waned. 

Art has always been a part of religion, and beliefs about art within religions are not static.  Western Christian iconography changed dramatically over time as Christianity grew from a small Jewish cult to an imperial faith.  Byzantium celebrated icons, broke them, and celebrated again.  In Buddhism, as the faith moved along the Silk Roads from India to China, Buddha changed from an aesthetic priest into a chubby party animal.

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COMMENT/ANAYLSIS:  Keiler further points out that the common trend of taking a politically correct apologist stance with Islam needs to stop:

Western pundits and politicians ought to do what they can to encourage reform, not hinder it by parroting Islamist positions in an attempt to assuage Muslims. This not only leads to moral absurdities — like blaming the victims of the terror attack in Texas instead of the perpetrators and their sympathizers — but it gives Muslims little reason to reform their religion.

We agree.  Appeasing Islamists only bolsters their influence within Muslim communities, lessening chances for meaningful reform.  As we pointed out in a follow-up to the Garland terror attack, this type of stance is simply a “win” for Islamists in using fear and intimidation to silence those that oppose them.

Related article by Keiler: An Islamic Reformation?, Jan 19, 2015

CAIR: “Muslim-Free” gun range to be “monitored” by DOJ

In October 2014, we reported on the efforts of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to have the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate an Arkansas gun range whose owner declared the business to be a ‘Muslim-Free Zone’.

This past week, CAIR published a news release that the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ has decided to “monitor” the gun range.  According to the release:

CAIR has now received a letter from the DOJ informing the Washington-based civil rights organization of the decision to monitor the Arkansas case.

The press release and  CAIR website did not provide a copy of the letter CAIR claims to have received from the DOJ.

The business:  Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range located in Hot Springs, AR about an hour south of Little Rock.

Univ of Maryland submits to Muslim Student Association censorship campaign

The sad part is witnessing educational institutions – described as bastions of free speech – submit to the the will of the MSA.  Meet the “Brown shirts” of this century.

‘American Sniper’ derailed by Muslim complaints at University of Maryland

From: The Washington Times
By: Douglas Ernst, April 24, 2015

The University of Maryland joins the University of Michigan in the ranks of educational institutions with an “American Sniper” controversy.

Muslim student protests prompted the University of Maryland at College Park to announce the cancellation of the movie about deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

“American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes,” the university’s Muslim Students Association said in its petition, Fox News reported Thursday.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The cited Fox News article notes that this is not the first time that Muslims and their supporters have made an effort to silence this movie.  The University of Michigan cancelled a screening only to reverse the decision after national outrage and as of this writing a petition drive was made to ban the film at George Mason University.

The the Muslim Students Association (MSA) frequently moves to silence people/concept/ideas that it finds offensive on campuses (i.e. appearances by Ayaan Hirsi Ali).  The sad part is witnessing educational institutions – described as bastions of free speech – submit to the the will of the MSA.  Meet the “Brown shirts” of this century.

As noted by the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, The MSA was founded in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood fleeing their home countries and leaders of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), another U.S. Brotherhood organization, played instrumental roles in its founding and early years.

FAILURE: CAIR’s censorship attempt in Knoxville, TN

“Public officials, and that includes public school officials, violate the free speech clause of the First Amendment whenever they censor speech merely because it offends someone… Unfortunately, we are seeing this trend grow as Muslim activists play the victim card.”
William J. Becker, Jr., Freedom Xs president and general counsel (8/12/2014 Examiner.com)

At issue was an April 24, 2014  after-hours town hall meeting at a local area high school planned by the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America .  The event was to feature Dr. Bill French (aka Dr. Bill Warner), an expert on Islam, and Matt Bonner of Crescent Project, a Christian ministry reaching out to Muslims with the Gospel.

In late 2013,  the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America had requested and received approval to use Farragut High School for the planned event.  In March 2014 a press release was sent to the local newspaper promoting the event.

Around April 8, 2014, the County School offices received an email from AbdelRahman Murphy, the University of Tennessee (UTK) Muslim Chaplain and director of  “Roots” a Muslim outreach program.  Murphy’s email characterized ACT! Knoxville as an organization with a history of engaging in hate speech

Around that same time as Murphy’s email, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper sent a letter to Farragut High School Principal Michael Reynolds expressing concerns about the event calling ACT! for America a hate group and characterizing French as a bigot.   The letter closed with:

We support the First Amendment right to free speech — even the kind of hate speech used by these speakers — but believe, because of the need for a safe and inclusive learning environment, that a school is not the proper setting such an event.

I therefore respectfully request that you review district policies to determine whether you high school is an appropriate venue for a potentially hate-filled program.

On April 11, 2014, the School system sent a letter to the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, rescinding the agreement for the April 24th event:

The administration at Farragut High School has express ed concerns to me about the disruption your event scheduled for April 24th is causing to the educational environment at the school.

The primary purpose of our school facilities is to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable learning environment for our students. When other uses of the facility begin to impinge on or interfere with the administrations ability to provide a suitable educational atmosphere, it is necessary for us to reconsider that use.

A local news station reported on the cancellation indicating the decision to rescind approval was because “some” said the event discriminated against Muslims.

On August 4, 2014 , a lawsuit was filed by the nonprofit law firm Freedom X on behalf of John Peach, president of the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, and Bill French against the school system in U.S. District Court, for violating their First Amendment right of free speech and their Fourteenth Amendment rights of equal protection and due process.  

On October 1st,  an out of court settlement was reached.  According to wbir.com:

The sides officially reached an agreement Wednesday night. Under the terms, the county will pay out roughly $17,500 in attorney fees, administrative costs and monetary damages tied to advertising for the event.

In addition, the school board on Wednesday – under the terms of the settlement – amended its policy regarding the community’s use of school facilities.

DOCUMENTS: Settlement agreement and new county policy regarding facility use

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  CAIR frequently attempts to silence critics of Islam through intimidation or legal proceedings.  In this case they managed to coerce the school system to do their bidding.  CAIR’s input to the school system was most likely arranged by AbdelRahman Murphy, who served as an intern with the  Communications Department at CAIR-Chicago in 2006.   Murphy worked under the guidance of  then communications director, Ahmed Rehab – the current executive director for CAIR-Chicago

In addition to his work with “Roots” and as the Muslim chaplain at UTK, Murphy  is the primary advisor to UTK’s  Muslim Student Association and youth director of the Muslim Community of Knoxville (MCK).  He makes appearances on the Muslim “talk circuit” and maintains a close relationship  with Imam Suhaib Webb, of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC).

Georgetown Professors to boycott Israeli academic institutions

For decades, the  Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront.

In 2005, the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement (known commonly as BDS) was started as a campaign for “the Palestinian struggle for justice“.  Critics have labled it antisemitic and linked to the terror group Hamas.   The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is considered a key part of  the BDS movement.

On December 30, 2013, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia had issued a statement denouncing the boycott.

A January 2014  Washington Post article noted that, “Many university leaders in the Washington region and elsewhere are denouncing a movement to boycott academic institutions in Israel” adding that,  “… presidents of several major universities in Maryland, Virginia and the District in the past two weeks have issued, co-signed or endorsed statements of opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.” 

13 Georgetown professors apparently do to not share the views of DeGioia and other DC area university heads.  On September 16, 2014,  Georgetown University’s student newspaper The Hoya  reported:

13 Professors Boycott Israeli Universities

After receiving 13 professors’ signatures, Georgetown has become the most-represented university involved in the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions since the petition’s creation last month.

Georgetown professors who signed the boycott petition include Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Director Osama Abi-Mershed, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding John Esposito, Yvonne Haddad and Judith Tucker, among other signatories.

The boycott is a part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, which aims to aid Palestinian civil society by increasing economic and political pressure on Israel. The academic petition came as a response to recent turmoil regarding the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

It was  noted that Tucker, Haddad and Esposito said that their involvement in the boycott will in no way affect their roles as professors at the university, yet  the Hoya article included:

The petition’s signatories pledge that they will not publish in Israeli academic journals, teach at Israeli institutions, attend conferences at Israeli universities or work on any projects with Israeli academic institutions.

Esposito said he believed the boycott could help prevent violations of Palestinian rights:

[I hope] to put pressure on and to boycott institutions that violate international law and as a result violate the rights of Palestinians,” Esposito wrote in an email. “There can be no excuse for the cycle of violence that has taken so many lives in Palestine/Israel over the years, and terrorized both Palestinians and Israelis, and most recently in Gaza, the slaughter of so many innocent civilians, especially women and children must be stopped.

The signed letter and Esposito’s involvement was highlighted by the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch in a September 8, 2014 report  noting:

Dr. Esposito has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations including having served on the advisory board of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in the UK headed by Azzam Tamimi, a leader in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman. Dr. Esposito has also served with global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi on the Steering Committee of the Circle of Tradition and Progress and enjoyed a close relationship with the United Association For Studies and Research (USAR), part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and part of the Hamas support infrastructure.

The  Cardinal Newman Society has also reported on the boycott, pointing out:

Committed to increasing American understanding of the Muslim world, Esposito is no stranger to controversy and has been accused by pro-Israel groups of working too closely and in sympathy with leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2001, Stanley Kurtz of the Hudson Institute charged Esposito with believing that “the political program of Islamic fundamentalism is in fact democratic” and that it is America’s “narrow Western definition of democracy” that causes misunderstanding.

The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, which Esposito directs, was founded in 1993. In 2005, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 million to the Center, which was renamed in his honor. Although Alwaleed reportedly fired a television chief for his public Muslim Brotherhood ties last year, the Prince has also been connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in the past.  In 2002, he gave $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to The Clarion Project.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:     For decades, the  Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront.   We recently mentioned Dr. Esposito in, New University of Florida Islamic Center launch to feature Muslim Brotherhood supporter .

DOJ announces new counter-Violent Extremism programs – cue MPAC

It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of MPAC’s new campaign push for Safe Spaces and the American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference

Attorney General Eric Holder (AP File Photo)

In a video message posted on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) website, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the DOJ is joining with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center to ” launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the nation to help counter violent extremism.”   According to Holder, ” These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States Attorneys to improve local engagement; to counter violent extremism; and — ultimately — to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe.”

A complete text of the message can be read HERE

Susan Jones of CNSNews.com reported:

Holder said the administration “will work closely with community representatives to develop comprehensive local strategies, to raise awareness about important issues, to share information on best practices, and to expand and improve training in every area of the country.”

He noted that since 2012, U.S. attorneys have held or attended more than 1,700 “engagement-related events or meetings to enhance trust and facilitate communication in their neighborhoods and districts.” The new pilot programs will build on that work, he said.

Holder also announced that the White House plans to host a “Countering Violent Extremism” summit in October.

Holder did not mention Islam or Muslims, and he used the phrase “violent extremism” to describe the “urgent” threat that the nation faces.

Josh Gerstein wrote on Politico.com:

The U.S. Government’s current efforts to stem terrorist recruitment and so-called “lone wolf” attacks by people receptive to extremist rhetoric have been criticized for being unfocused and underfunded. In addition, many experts have questioned whether U.S. Attorneys—the top federal prosecutors in various communities—are best-suited to lead the government’s anti-extremism campaign.

Many leaders in the Muslim community are reluctant to work with prosecutors because of deep concern over Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operations used to target potential terrorists. However, efforts in the U.S. to use means other than traditional law enforcement to intervene with individuals susceptible to extremist messages have been few, due to concerns about civil liberties as well as fears about what could happen if that kind of intervention failed in a specific case.

Holder’s statement Monday seemed to acknowledge some of those concerns. While the outreach efforts are expected to focus primarily on communities with large Muslim populations, his video message made no reference to the religion aside from his use of the acronym for the terrorist group which has grabbed attention for its brutal tactics assembling territory across Syria and Iraq.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Expect to see many of the names we mentioned in MPAC’s Safe Spaces: the Trojan Horse Continues to be involved with these new programs.  It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of  MPAC’s renewed campaign push for Safe Spaces and the ADAMS sponsored American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference.   MPAC and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) have been tied to elements of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

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