Islamic Sharia law is on the rise in Great Britain as members of the UK parliament are seeking to ban self-established Muslim courts in the nation.
There are approximately 85 Sharia tribunals throughout Great Britain, all of which are run by Islamic judges who rule according to the Koran. There are no appeals following judgment and sentencing.
Sharia courts have been in existence in the country for some time, but in 1996, the passage of the Arbitration Act was seen by Muslims as being a doorway to enforcing Sharia law within British law. Now, some of the cities that have the greatest Muslim concentration, such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bradford, also possess an Islamic court. The Tower Hamlets area is especially stated to be the seat of Sharia rule.
“If people are afraid of having their hands cut, don’t steal,” UK Islamic leader Anjem Choduary told reporters. “If you don’t want to be stoned to death, don’t commit adultery.”
Others state that homosexuals have been publicly beaten in the streets for violating Sharia law, and women have been threatened for not covering themselves with a Burqa.
Some tribunals are not courts at all. It is stated that rulings are sometimes issued at area mosques, especially as they relate to domestic issues, such as family disputes.
As a result of the prevalence of these courts, the Arbitration and Mediation Services Bill is now pending in the UK parliament, which seeks to put an end to Sharia tribunals, especially in England and Wales. Continuing to operate as a legitimate court could result in criminal penalties.
According to Baroness Cox, a Third World campaigner in the country who introduced the measure, a number of women have lodged complaints about the enforcement of Sharia law in the land. She recently debated the matter on the parliament floor.
“I feel betrayed by Britain. I came to this country to get away from all this, but the situation is worse here than in my country of origin,” she relayed one woman as stating.
Indonesian police said they would increase security checks on burqa-clad visitors at prisons in the capital after a convicted terrorist apparently escaped under the Islamic veil.
Roki Aprisdianto, 29, sentenced to six years behind bars in 2011, managed to escape undetected Tuesday from the Jakarta Police detention center – home to 70 terrorist inmates – when 23 burqa-clad women came to visit their husbands.
The convicted militant allegedly put on a burqa smuggled in by a visitor, said Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto. Another inmate told police he saw Aprisdianto wearing a burqa, but no one was recorded visiting him.
Police will staff additional female guards at prisons in Jakarta to conduct security checks in a closed room for women wearing burqas, said Rikwanto, who like many Indonesians uses one name. He said women previously were never asked to lift their veils.
“From now on, all burqa-clad visitors who enter and leave the prison will be checked thoroughly,” Rikwanto said. “We don’t want to neglect this again.”
A high-ranking military officer is continuing to fight after losing his teaching job over complaints from Muslim groups about the content discussed in his class.
Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is a decorated Army veteran, who has served in the Armed Forces for nearly 20 years. He was also an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where Dooley was reportedly well-received.
However, after the federal government received complaints from over 50 Muslim groups for teaching a course on “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism,” he was given a negative Officer Evaluation Report — the equivalent of being blacklisted. Dooley states that his course had been approved by the military a number of years ago, and it was not until complaints were received that he was ordered to stop.
“It was a course that had been going on at the National Defense University since 2004,” Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel at the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Dooley, told reporters. “His superiors knew what the course was all about. The first time they evaluated him … as an instructor there, they rated him outstanding [and] indicated that he should be moved as quickly as possible to a command position.”
However, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff labeled Dooley’s class as being “against our values.”
The complaints that brought the matter to Dempsey’s attention, and to others within the government, came in the form of a letter that was sent to a number of federal agencies, including the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.
“The undersigned Muslim, Arab and South Asian organizations write regarding the federal government’s use of biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam,” it read. “The seriousness of this issue cannot be overstated, and we request that the White House immediately create an interagency task force to address this problem…”
Subhi Khatib is not an activist, nor does he have a political preference. But the 45-year old Palestinian refugee nevertheless works around the clock during Jordan’s election period, brokering votes for candidates.
Khatib’s job is to locate voters from some of the 13 Palestinian refugee camps spread throughout the kingdom and sell their votes to office-seekers running in large cities.
Jordanian law allows votes to be transferred from one location to another under strict conditions, but vote-brokering is prohibited and punishable by up to two years in prison. Nevertheless, no one has ever been convicted of the practice since the law was passed and circumventing the permitted procedures is not at all uncommon.
Khatib explained that his clients are typically businessmen or individuals from the security apparatus linked to authorities who are seeking to support their favored candidates or oust those candidates’ unwanted opponents in some hotly contested districts.
“Palestinian refugee camps are seen as gold mines for votes. There are tens of thousands of votes up for grab,” said Khatib, as he sifted through a list of telephone contacts. “There are middlemen in various camps who can bring me votes whenever I need them. Some of them do not even buy the votes, but herd relatives to me – most of whom are women who are poor and uneducated,” he told The Media Line.
Jordan is scheduled to hold elections for parliament on January 23, under an amended law. The revised legislation empowers tribes loyal to the royal family and affords only minimal representation to Jordanians of Palestinian origin who have full Jordanian citizenship.
In the squalid Baqaa refugee camp, home to nearly 300,000 refugees, residents show little interest in reform protests that swept through the main cities across Jordan. Residents of refugee camps opted to maintain a low profile ever since the “Arab Spring” reached Jordan, as leaders of the Palestinian community worry their camps are not politically protected.
“We have no role in this political drama. We worry about a tough response by the security forces if we take to the streets to demand reforms,” said Helmi Samer, a camp activist who has been lobbying for an elections boycott.
“We are considered Jordanians only on election day. For rest of the year, we are treated like [the] Palestinian refugees [we are] who have no political rights,” he says, noting that Palestinian camps housing nearly one million residents are represented by only four seats in the parliament, while a small town like Ma’an, with a population of merely 50,000 people, has five representatives in the 122-seat parliament.
Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union.
It’s meant to “inspire teachers,” EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.”
The union describes it this way: “Used around the world, persona dolls are lifelike dolls with personalities and stories you create. The dolls become members of your classroom community and children learn by empathizing with the dolls and giving them heartfelt advice on the same kinds of situations they struggle with daily in the classroom and on the playground.”
That’s weird. Teachers are taking time away from the classroom to learn how to play with dolls?
The conference also includes a workshop on how to teach about Islam. The union says about the session:
“An expert panel will present information on teaching about Islam in the context of social studies and world religion. They will share perspectives on how educators can help improve intercultural communication and well-being for immigrant and refugee students and families from Muslim countries.”
That sounds nice. Who’s betting they won’t hear anything about the September 11, 2001 hijackers’ jihad or suicide bombers blowing up American soldiers or Israeli children? And why the focus on only one religion?
A successful push for independence in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia would lead to the establishment of a country with the third-largest percentage of Muslims in Western Europe, just behind France and Belgium, and far ahead of Britain and Germany.
An independent Catalonia, with its capital in Barcelona, would also be home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe; it would emerge as ground-zero for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and become one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism in the West.
The historical irony is that unlike the rest of Spain, Catalonia was only briefly part of al-Andalus, the Arabic name given to the Spanish territories under Muslim domination. Barcelona, for example, was taken back from Muslim conquerors in the year 801, only 90 years after the Umayyad invasion in 711. For many years, Catalonia actually served as a buffer state (known as the Marca Hispanica) that prevented the northward spread of Islam into southern France. As a result of its relative freedom from Muslim occupation, Catalonia does not possess the Islamic cultural heritage (especially in terms of architecture) common to other parts of Spain.
Today, however, Catalonia not only has the highest Muslim population in Spain, it is also one of the most Islamized regions of the country. (See here for a 45-minute documentary about the Islamization of Catalonia.)
Elsewhere in Catalonia, Muslim immigrants are imposing Sharia law in public schools, where non-Muslim school children are regularly harassed for bringing ham sandwiches (see video here) to school for lunch.
Many of Catalonia’s current problems with Salafi-Jihadism are self-inflicted. In an effort to promote Catalan nationalism and the Catalan language, Catalonian pro-independence parties have deliberately promoted immigration from Arabic-speaking Muslim countries for more than three decades, in the belief that these immigrants (unlike those from Latin America) would learn the Catalan language rather than speak Spanish.
Although some Catalans are having second thoughts about the wisdom of promoting Muslim mass immigration as a strategy to achieve Catalan independence, it is estimated that up to 10,000 Catalans with links to the separatist movement have actually converted to Islam in recent years. It is believed, for example, that two out of every ten Catalan radicals who belong to the far-left political party, the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), are converts to Islam.
According to one newspaper account, “the new converts refuse to observe Christmas, eat sausage, drink champagne or dance the Sardana [a Catalan circle dance], but prepare their meals with halal meat, read the Koran in Catalan and engage in proselytizing, especially among the more radical Catalan nationalists. One new convert says: ‘I’m learning Arabic, but I prefer to read the Koran in Catalan. I praise God in Catalan. It is the language I feel in.’”
Catalan multiculturalists are also actively proselytizing Muslim immigrants, seeking to convert them to the religion of Catalan nationalism. In July, for instance, Catalan pro-independence activists, seeking to capture future Muslim voters, posted signs in front of mosques around Catalonia which stated that “Catalan sovereignty will help to integrate Muslim immigrants.”
Salafi preachers, who do not believe in democracy — it is a form of government made by man and not by Allah – — are now calling on Muslims who are eligible to vote to support Catalan separatist parties as a means firmly to establish Islamism in Catalonia.
Abdelwahab Houzi, for example a Salafi jihadist preacher in Lleida who adheres to the radical Wahhabi sect of Islam, recently said: “Muslims should vote for pro-independence parties, as they need our votes. But what they do not know is that, when they allow us to vote, we will all vote for Islamic parties because we do not believe in left and right. This will make us win local councils and as we begin to accumulate power in the Catalan autonomous region, Islam will begin to be implemented.”
Four Malaysian Muslim transsexuals have lost a legal challenge to an Islamic law that bars them from dressing as women.
The four Muslims identify themselves as female and have been repeatedly arrested for wearing women’s clothes and hair accessories.
They appealed to a secular court to overturn the Islamic Sharia law making it illegal for men to pose as women.
People convicted under this law can be jailed or fined.
But the high court in Seremban, Negri Sembilan state, denied the petitioners’ case to declare the Sharia law – used by Muslims in religious courts – as unconstitutional.
Good on the Malays, for resisting Westernization in this…
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday.
The violence began late Saturday and continued until early Sunday, said Nojibul Islam, a police chief in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.
He said the situation was under control Sunday afternoon after extra security officials were deployed and the government banned public gatherings in the troubled area.
He said at least 20 people were injured in the attacks that followed the posting of a Facebook photo of a burned copy of the Quran. The rioters blamed the photo on a local Buddhist boy, though it was not immediately clear if the boy actually posted the photo.
Bangladesh’s popular English-language Daily Star newspaper quoted the boy as saying that the photo was mistakenly tagged on his Facebook profile. The newspaper reported that soon after the violence broke out, the boy’s Facebook account was closed and police escorted him and his mother to safety.
The University of Toronto has hired its first full-time Muslim chaplain and the man taking up the post hopes to combat stereotypes surrounding the faith.
Amjad Tarsin is a 28-year-old of Libyan descent who hails from Ann Arbour, Mich. He began to devote himself to the religion when he was in university, dropping out of law school to get a degree in Muslim chaplaincy.
Tarsin sees himself as a different kind of Muslim chaplain, one who has travelled the world and identifies himself as a movie buff — especially when it comes to Japanese samurai films and the “Lord of the Rings” series.
“I think it’s important for students to realize they can still be Muslim and still be uniquely themselves,” he said.
Tarsin’s goal is to have an open dialogue with students and create a strong Canadian Muslim identity on a campus with close to 5,000 Muslim students.
The German government expects further violence in the Muslim world following Friday prayers and will close its embassies in the region as a precaution. Personnel have been instructed to stay home and security may be increased in some places, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said on Thursday.
Excellent. Let’s see not only France and Germany, but the whole West do so…
“Protesters burned U.S. flags and hurled objects at riot police amid fires and clouds of tear gas in Pakistan’s capital. Looks like the blowback over the Innocence of Muslims film isn’t ending anytime soon.” Indeed, not…
Staving off a protest that became as violent as it was quickly subdued, Pakistani police fired off live rounds and shot tear gas into a crowd of more than 1,000 students Thursday as protesters attempted to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Furious over the Innocence of Muslims film that has sparked blowback across the globe, protesters burned U.S. flags and hurled objects at riot police amid fires and clouds of tear gas in Pakistan’s capital.
According to India’s NDTV, the protesters were headed toward Islamabad’s diplomatic enclave where the U.S. Embassy is located until they were thwarted by police, who set up a barrier of truck containers to block access to the embassy. “I was ordered by my boss to disperse the crowd and that is why I had to open live fire but the aim was nearby trees and not the demonstrators,” Zaman Khan, a police officer, told Dawn newspaper. Russia Today has a video of protesters attempting to penetrate the barrier and brandishing black Islamic flags:
France is bracing for a new wave of attacks on its embassies after a satirical magazine published cartoons ridiculing the founder of Islam.
The weekly Charlie Hebdo ran the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed despite an appeal to the “spirit of responsibility” from Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who in a statement expressed support for freedom of speech “within the confines of the law and under the control of the courts.”
The magazine’s offices were firebombed last November, following another issue featuring Mohammed cartoons. The French government will shut embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, the day of Muslim prayer.
No violence is expected from the Orthodox Jewish community, nor for that matter from Britons angry over the publication of topless photos of Princess Kate by papers in France, Italy, Ireland and other countries.
Of course not. Only Islamaniacs do that shit.
As if it wasn’t enough that DC Comics got politically correct and remade the comic character Green Lantern into a “Lavendar Lantern” homosexual earlier this year, now they have gone even further. DC’s chief creative officer and writer, Geoff Johns, came up with Simon Baz, an Arab-Muslim character who hails from Dearborn, Michigan, the capital of Arab America.
“I thought a lot about it – I thought back to what was familiar to me,” Johns, 39, told The Associated Press by phone last week from Los Angeles. “This is such a personal story.”
Johns said he took economic as well as ethnic cues for the character from his native Detroit area, with Baz resorting to stealing cars after being laid off from his automotive engineering job. He steals the wrong car, which inadvertently steers him into a terrorism probe and, eventually, an unexpected call to join the universe’s galactic police force.
The olive-skinned, burly Baz hails from Dearborn, the hometown of Henry Ford and the capital of Arab America. His story begins at 10 years old, when he and the rest of his Muslim family watch their television in horror as airplanes fly into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Events unfold from there as US Arabs and Muslims find themselves falling under intense suspicion and ostracism in the days, months and years following the attacks.
POLICE used capsicum spray during a running battle with angry rioters in the Sydney CBD yesterday as an anti-America rally erupted into a series of violent clashes.
Triggered by a YouTube video mocking Islam and the prophet Mohammed, the city was rocked by a wild melee involving more than a 1000 protesters, with police being struck by water bottles, rocks and pieces of timber.
Six policemen were among a dozen people injured, with two officers requiring hospital treatment as the inner-city streets and Hyde Park turned into bloody battlegrounds.
Frontline police, including a dozen dog handlers, resorted to using capsicum spray as a wall of protesters tried to storm past them.
The Sydney riot follows a deadly wave of Islamic protests around the world which have left at least six people dead – including the horrific killings of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three US nationals in Libya on Tuesday.
The Sydney riot caused traffic chaos, forcing diversions as the placard-waving protesters – many of them women and children – gathered at Sydney’s Town Hall around noon before moving to the US consulate in Martin Place.
Most disturbing was a shocking image of a young boy in Hyde Park holding a sign declaring: “Behead all those who insult the prophet”. It went viral on social media.
“There’s a war on women, as per the progressives in this country, yet we’re prohibited from saying ‘war on terror’ — or asked by the president.”
“Note the events of today: We’re talking about a war on women with a woman who quite frankly reminds me of that character — the little whiny girl in Willy Wonka — Veruca Salt. ‘Daddy, I want my own Oompa Loompa,’ is code for, ‘Hey you, pay for my diaphragm.’ People are sick of it.”
“Honey, you become a retainer person after you get your law degree, not before. If the president is asking everybody to grab an oar and chip in here, yours should be, ‘Stop whining about birth control for a while.’”
“Grab that oar. Take care of it. You are a 31-year-old woman who’s stuck in a Virginia Slims magazine ad from 1968. Get with it! This will show you how stratified this country is right now. If we can’t have unanimity on somebody like Sandra Fluke and say, ‘For God’s sake you helpless creature,’ we really are polarized because there is no other time in history that 100 percent of the population, including women, would have said, ‘Dammit, you don’t speak for me. You’re embarrassing me. Shut up, get a little Professor Quinn or ‘Dr. Quinn, medicine woman’ gumption and shut up about it.”
“The left, Billy — it’s like Alec Guinness at the end of ‘Bridge on the River Kwai.’ I’m asking you out there, liberals, somewhere you’ve got to wake up. Every time we disagree with you we can’t be wrong. We can’t be stupid like Palin. We can’t be an Uncle Tom like Artur Davis. We can’t be a rich guy who doesn’t care about people. We can’t be all those things. Maybe we have a point on some of this.”
“You have to wake up and quit being victimized avengers where everybody has a super power that puts them down. Stop it now. There’s half of us out here who are scared witless that this president doesn’t step up when [Joe] Biden says guys like me and O’Reilly want to enslave black people again and the president doesn’t say, ‘Hey, I meant it after Gabby Giffords. I want to stop this craziness. This country’s getting too pissed off at each other, now stop it, Biden. You I can command. You are my second in command, Shemp.’”
“Biden’s so stupid at this point, he needs a spotter to play Sudoku.”
Can’t embed the video; go watch it, at the above link.
Jewish and Muslim organisations have staged a joint protest in the German capital Berlin over a regional court’s ruling that the circumcision of young boys constituted bodily harm.
The protest was prompted by the news that a rabbi in Bavaria was being investigated over the practice.
The ruling on circumcision was handed down by a court in Cologne in June.
However, the German government has since announced it will legislate to explicitly legalise the practice.
About a thousand people joined the protest to hear speeches from the chief rabbi of Berlin and other religious leaders.
“I’m here to stand for the freedom of religious rights,” protester Fereshta Ludin told the BBC.
The court in Cologne had declared that the ritual circumcision of a Muslim boy, in accordance with his parents’ faith, had caused the child bodily harm.
The German Medical Association then told doctors across the country to stop performing the procedure.
Both Jews and Muslims feel that, whatever the court intended, the ruling will be used as a way of attacking their religions, the BBC’s Stephen Evans in Berlin reports.
A Jewish man says he’s contemplating legal action, claiming to have been arrested for bringing his dog to an Islamic group’s anti-Israel demonstration at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Allan Einstoss, 47, was handcuffed and detained by police during a controversial Al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park.
Al-Quds Day is a yearly international event created in 1979 by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to mark the end of Ramadan and to call for the destruction of Israel and the creation a Palestinian state.
Several other groups, including the hard-line Jewish Defence League, also attended the rally to counter the Al-Quds message — a message they say spreads anti-Semitism.
Einstoss, who has no group affiliation but went to oppose the Al-Quds doctrine, said he’d spent over an hour “mingling” among members of the crowd with Cupcake, his 165-pound English Mastiff.
Cupcake, a trained therapy dog that will begin visiting patients at Sunnybrook hospital this fall, was on a leash during the rally, and wore an Israeli flag around its neck.
Some devout Muslims consider dogs to be unclean and make efforts to avoid them.
Einstoss said after two young Muslim women asked about Cupcake, he was told by a male Al-Quds demonstrator he was “not allowed to go near our women” with the dog. Einstoss said that after exclaiming his right to go where he pleased, he walked away with Cupcake, but was “punched in the chest” by another demonstrator.
Einstoss shoved back, and within seconds was grabbed by several officers.
He claimed that while in custody, one officer called him “insensitive” for attending an Islamic rally with a dog.
Einstoss added his assailant wasn’t even questioned by police.
The officer allegedly threatened Einstoss with charges of incitement to riot and assault. After around 30 minutes, Einstoss was let go after agreeing to leave Queen’s Park.
(Not the first time in Toronto that the police have taken sides at a political rally, either…)
Ezra Levant’s op-ed on the incident (as well as a related incident) is spot on.
So let’s get this straight.
An annual hate-the-Jews day called Al-Quds Day, invented by the late Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini, was “celebrated” at the Ontario Legislature. One protester even showed up with the flag of the terrorist group, Hezbollah — easily spotted, given that it’s a picture of a fist grasping a machine gun.
So that’s all fine — anti-Israel demonization, pro-Iran propaganda, with the flag of a banned terrorist group.
Not only is that fine by the speaker of the Ontario Legislature, but a full complement of Toronto city police were there, too. But when a pro-Israel counter-protester unfurled an Israeli flag, he was warned by police that if he didn’t move along, he’d be arrested, and charged with incitement to riot.
Did you get that? Fly the flag of a terrorist organization, get Toronto police protection. Fly the flag of the democratic state of Israel, and Toronto police tell you to pack it, or face criminal charges.
Another counter-protester was arrested for walking his dog at the protest site. See, some fundamentalist Muslims find dogs to be unclean. So the Toronto police arrested the dog owner after a minor scuffle with one of the protesters. It was a licensed dog, on a leash. But Shariah law was the law of the day at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Just to restate: The pro-Iran, pro-Khomeini protesters, flying a Hezbollah flag, were receiving police protection. But a pro-democracy counter-protester was handcuffed for walking his dog “insensitively.” Got it.
In Canada, we believe in freedom of speech — even for Jew-hating, dictatorship-praising bigots. Even if they’re mouthing Iran’s foreign policy propaganda. Even if they’re flying terrorist flags.
Well, that’s not quite true, is it? I mean, it’s true for those kind of anti-Semites. But would a group of white supremacists be able to hold a rally at Queen’s Park, flying swastika flags, saying the exact same thing about Jews and Israel? Would police have intervened to arrest counter-protesters then?
Police are investigating an unusual bias crime on Staten Island.
Muslims who gathered for prayer to celebrate the end of Ramadan in a city park found bacon scattered on the ground, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Monday.
With Ramadan ending this past weekend, Muslims celebrated the end of fasting with prayer. On Staten Island an outdoor service was held Sunday on a New Dorp football field, attracting some 1,500 Muslims.
But before most of the faithful arrived for Morning Prayer, it was discovered that someone had scattered a quantity of raw bacon on the field.
“This has been determined to be a bias event on the part of our Hate Crimes Task Force,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters, including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.
“On a website associated with this celebration was some derogatory comments and at the site itself, three packages of raw bacon were found,” Kelly added.
Though that is a waste of perfectly good bacon…
Mmm, remember bacon, vegetarians?
You know you miss it. Why not sneak some? I won’t tell anyone.