“The government has sent the bill to parliament without considering our viewpoint,” Mouddar Khouja, founder of Austrian Muslims Initiative, said at a press conference Monday.
“The draft had to be examined during the Austrian Muslims Initiative meeting on Dec. 21.”
Khouja said Muslims are considered second class citizens in Austria and the government does not take into account the existing laws on religious freedoms and UN laws on freedom of religion and belief.
According to the bill, employing preachers from abroad would be prohibited. Imams would instead be trained at Austrian universities.
(This is a very interesting and ongoing issue. It should be tracked closely)
2. 300 Muslims from China have joined the Islamic State
Some 300 Chinese nationals are believed to have packed up and joined the jihad in Iraq and Syria on behalf of the Islamic State terror group, according to a report in China’s state-media.
Around 300 Chinese Uyghur nationals from the country’s Xinjiang province have linked up with the local Al Qaeda-affiliated East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), and have made their way to Syria through Turkey to link up with the Islamic State, China’s ruling Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, reported. The report stated: “According to information from various sources, including security officers from Iraq’s Kurdish region, Syria and Lebanon, around 300 Chinese extremists are fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
3. The Australian Govt feels that this Sunni/Shiia cleric “fell through the cracks”
Personally, I see this video from Oz. as proof that gun control has the opposite effect it intends.
4. Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria -monitoring group
BEIRUT, Dec 17 (Reuters) – More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor province, a group monitoring the country’s war said on Wednesday.
5. I have no words for this one.
6. Canada PM says Parliament attacker may not have been lone wolf
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The man who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed the Parliament in October may not have been acting alone, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen who wanted to travel to Syria, was shot dead after a gunfight in the halls of Parliament.
“People say he was a lone wolf. It’s true he was a single attacker, but it is not necessarily the case that it was only one guy,” Harper said in an interview with the French-language TVA network.
Zehaf-Bibeau struck two days after Martin Rouleau, a Muslim convert, ran down two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one. Rouleau was shot dead by police.
“It is possible there were other people around these men,” Harper said.
7. BBC: Nigerian soldiers given death penalty for mutiny
(Nigeria must see the fight against jihadis as an existential threat to take desertion that seriously. Perhaps its time we all did)
A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August.
A lawyer for the soldiers said the 54 would face a firing squad while five others were acquitted.
Troops have complained that they are not being given enough weapons and ammunition to fight Boko Haram.
The group has been waging an insurgency since 2009 and is seeking to create an Islamist state in north-eastern Nigeria.
More than 2,000 people have died in attacks blamed on Boko Haram so far this year and thousands more have been displaced by the fighting.
8. Kennesaw City Council votes to approve mosque move
Thank you Oz-Rita, M., Wrath of Khan, Don C. and many more who sent in materials today including Maria J. and more as well. I have been consumed with a project which is now done, so I can try and regain my more typically poor focus as opposed to the recent total scatter on the news portion of the site.