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.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Nearly 20 Democrat Congressmen Oppose Christmas but Support Ramadan

Amanda Carpenter at Townhall notes that several Democrats who voted in favor of a resolution honoring Ramadan in October have now voted against a similar resolution honoring Christmas. To me this shows a very clear disdain for America's people and culture as well as dreadful intellectual inconsistency.

The list is as follows:

Nine Democrats voted against the Christmas resolution. They are: Rep. Gary Ackerman (N.Y.), Rep. Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Rep. Diane DeGette (Colo.), Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.), Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), Rep. Robert Scott (Va.), Rep. Pete Stark (Calif.) and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.).

Another nine Democrats chose to vote "present." They are: Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.), Rep. Rush Holt (N.J.), Rep. Donald Payne (N.J.), Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Rep. Peter Welch (Vt.) and Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.).

Each of them supported the Ramadan resolution except for Rep. Lee, who did not vote.

HT: Atlas

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Conversation with Simon Deng

Simon Deng, a black Christian African was kidnapped by a Muslim Arab at the age of nine and given as a gift to one of the man’s relatives. Deng is now a free man who just recently marched from New York to Washington to meet with President Bush and to raise awareness for the plight of Sudan’s enslaved peoples.

Yes, slavery is common in the Sudan today. Just this past May Deng personally liberated 200 Christians from slavery in the Sudan.

Listen to his interview with Pamela from Atlas Shrugs here
. Note: the first three quarters of the program consist of Pamela’s rants. Interesting as they are, the really good stuff starts about 45 minutes in when Pamela gets Deng on the phone. The twenty minute long conversation is well worth listening to.

I found his comments about the use of the word Jihad in the Sudan to be particularly fascinating. According to Deng, the Arab dictator of the Sudan Omar Hasan Hamad al-Bashir utilized the word just a few weeks ago to call upon the Muhjahadeen to wage war.

Deng is sure to explain that it is not he who uses this word nor is it Pamela, a right wing blogger. Jihad (not the internal struggle kind of Jihad that the left talks about but the relentless war on infidels and polytheists kind that is found in the Quran) is utilized by the President of the Sudan to rally his troops for genocide, mass rape, and war.

I’ve never been one to view Bashir or his regime as Jihadists for the sake of Jihad that is to say for the sake of Islam. I might view Ahmadinejad this way but I don’t see Sudan operating under the same motivations.

Rather, I believe that the Sudanese Regime has always had to rely on chaos and war to maintain its grip on the country and its oil reserves. Jihad against Christian and animist blacks has just been the most effective tool in the regime’s arsenal with which they can motivate the minority Arab tribes towards that purpose.

Regardless of the specific nature of the genocide and enslavement of Africans in the Sudan two facts remain clear. One, Islam was the stated justification for the genocide of more than 3.5 million Africans. Two, Islam remains the justification for the enslavement of many thousands of Christians and animist Africans in the Sudan. That is a reality that few in this country wish to accept but until we come to grips with it there is little we can do to ease the plight of the African tribes in Darfur or the Christian tribes in the south.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

"What you are saying is: You have the right to become an apostate, but I will kill you."

I wonder what Jamal Badawi would say about this: Muslim Scholars Debate Changing Religion.

Why do 76% of Kuwaitis believe that changing your religion warrants a death sentence?

Ahmed Rehab and John Edwards

I've commented on other blogs (here and here) about the Milwaukee Muslim Community's choice for a counter to Walid Shoebat in Chicago CAIR Director Ahmed Rehab. Ahmed comes across as a modern, (Egyptian born) American Muslim, however, some of his stated beliefs, particularly about the Muslim Brotherhood and its founder Sayyid Qutb are extremely disturbing.

LGF has posted this evening that Rehab has been damn near drafted by the Edwards campaign (or should I say that the Edwards campaign has damn near been hijacked by Saudi Arabia?). For sometime I have been frightened by Edwards as compared to Hillary or Obama, and for reasons that I ought to expound upon at some point. If the deal hadn't already been sealed against the man in my mind this would do it.
  • While Europe Slept