Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Jihad Karaoke

Mark Your Calendars

Two world renowned Islamic scholars will be speaking in Madison over the coming months.

Dr. Jeffrey Lang will be lecturing at 2650 Humanities on the UW Campus on February 15th, and will be leading a student workshop the following day. Lang is a mathematics professor and American convert to Islam most known for his three books on the American Muslim experience.

Reza Aslan will be speaking on March 25th as part of the UW's distinguished lecture series. Aslan, an American of Persian decent, hails from the University of California-Santa Barbara where he writes novels, screen plays, and countless articles aimed at liberalizing Islam and convincing westerners that true Islam is a peaceful, democratic, and kind faith that has been hijacked by backward tribalism. Aslan is most well known for his bestselling book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.

As the dates of these events approach, I will share more details as well as my thoughts about the two authors.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Beacon of Hope

By the time I decided to write about Aqsa Parvez it had all been said. Still I felt that I could not let this month slip by without mentioning the poor girl's murder. It was a very sad event and I feel for her Mother and friends.

At least someone is able to find hope in the attention that this tragedy has recieved.

From the Pakistan Daily Times:

Aqsa’s murder a beacon of hope, a wake-up call

WASHINGTON: “I hope she becomes a beacon of hope for all the girls who are in a similar situation living like a hostage in their homes,” a Pakistani-Canadian has said, commenting on 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez’s murder by her father because she would not wear the hijab.

Syed Shah, an IT specialist, told the Toronto Sun that Aqsa’s “tragic demise should be an eye opener for those ‘traditional’ fathers who are living in Canada yet are still trapped in the 15th century mind frame. They cannot and should not expect their daughters to live in bustling Mississauga and bear a mindset of a girl living in any rural part in Pakistan. The two just don’t go together.” The irony, he pointed out, is that immigrants come here seeking the freedom of Canada, but some forget that the hard-fought right now extends to their families. “The alternative is Saudi Arabia. Why don’t they pick that?” he added.

Aqsa Parvez was secretly buried on Saturday, “her tragic murder still reverberating through a city that remains shocked and horrified,” according to the Canadian daily. “We see her beautiful face everywhere, on the TV news and the newspapers, her haunting dark brown eyes bright with such promise and excitement at what life had to offer. Life that was suddenly cut short at 16, allegedly by an Old World father who could not tolerate her need to distance herself from his suffocating control, and the dictates of his religion,” the paper wrote.

The newspaper quoted another young woman it called Fatima who said, “Today it’s the face of this young girl, Aqsa Parvez, but as far as I’m concerned, this problem existed when I was 10, more than 20 years ago.” She came to Canada as a child from Pakistan and unlike other girls she knew who would take off their head coverings once they were out of their parents’ sight, she wasn’t obligated to wear a hijab. Her parents only insisted she dress in loose, modest clothing.

Another Canadian Muslim, retired professor Dr Mahfooz Kanwar said Aqsa’s death had all the marks of an honour killing by a man who felt his religion and family were being disrespected. khalid hasan

City of Minneapolis Caves to Sharia

This happened way back on September 24 but I missed it until today.

Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis included the following in his budget address:
Beyond connecting people to jobs and preparing future workers, we need to continue creating more jobs by also supporting our entrepreneurs and small business owners, who are responsible for half of all new jobs created. We’ll support these small businesses with more than $4.7 million dollars of business financing tools that provide:

* market-rate loans for job creation,
* low-interest loans to purchase equipment or make building improvements,
* loans to purchase and rehabilitate small commercial and industrial properties, and
* alternative financing loans with no interest to business owners whose religious beliefs restrict them from receiving traditional interest-based financing.
In case you missed the key line: alternative financing loans with no interest to business owners whose religious beliefs restrict them from receiving traditional interest-based financing.

As the quoted text illustrates, the mayor of a major American city intends on utilizing public dollars to enable Islam. Even worse, Rybak's proposal offers Muslims special protection under the law in a way that discriminates against members of other faiths, agnostics, and atheists.

I wish I could say I was surprised to discover that Minneapolis was caving to Sharia but I'm not. Minneapolis has been trending this way for some time. If the good Scandinavian folks up there don't start stepping up soon they might find themselves in a Dearbornistan type of community before too long.

...and just in case you had any reservations about the character of Mr. Rybak, this photo ought to clear them up. Pictured are Rybak, Keith Ellison, and...well you know the other guy...

HT - Gates of Vienna

In related news, Dhimmi Watch is reporting that Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota is enabling radical Islam in another way.
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