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As the commemorative mass for the 21 Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya was held on the 40th day after their deaths in the village of Al Our in the Minya region of Upper Egypt this past Friday, a mob identified by witnesses as Muslim Brotherhood protestors attacked the home of one of the martyr’s families, set fire to the car of one of the mourners, and later lobbed molotov cocktails at the site of the church being constructed in their memory. Al Our village was the home of 13 of the Egyptian Coptic martyrs.
In a US television interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the “Islamic State” (IS) has continued to grow during the last six months, despite US air strikes. The terrorist group has also expanded over land.
In the interview with “60 Minutes,” which aired on CBS news in the United States on Sunday, Assad said the US airstrikes against IS in Syria which began last September sometimes have a local effect.
“But in general, if you want to talk in terms of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes,” the president said, using another acronym for IS.
Assad said there were some estimates that Islamic State was attracting 1,000 recruits a month in Syria.
“And Iraq – they are expanding in – in Libya and – many other – al Qaeda affiliate organizations have announced their allegiance to ISIS. So that’s the situation,” Assad added.
A Red Cross employee has been killed and another injured in a gun attack by suspected Islamist militants in Mali, the aid organisation says.
Armed men opened fired on an aid vehicle as it travelled from Gao to Niamey in neighbouring Niger to pick up medical supplies.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that it was “profoundly dismayed” by the killing.
Islamist militant group Mujao told AFP that it had carried out the attack.
The nationality of the ICRC worker who was killed has not yet been released.
“He was driving to collect much-needed medical equipment for a Gao hospital,” said Yasmine Praz Dessimoz, head of operations for North and West Africa.
“His death is not only a tragedy for his family and for the ICRC, it will affect the life and well-being of tens of thousands of people,” she added.
6. BBC report on increased antisemitism in the UKwhich they managed to do a video and written report on without mentioning islam or muslims once (although there is an en passant reference to generic terrorism) It is as bad as CBC would do in fact.
A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds.
The document, which has been seen by the Guardian, has caused outrage among ethnic minorities within the force, who have labelled it racist and proof that there is a gulf in understanding between the police force and the wider Muslim community. The document was written as an attempt to investigate why complaints of misconduct and corruption against Asian officers are 10 times higher than against their white colleagues.
VIENNA: A 14-year-old boy, enamoured with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, has been charged in Austria with forming a terrorist group and downloading bomb-making plans with the intention to commit a terrorist offence, media reported on Monday.
The teenager, referred to as “Merkan G”, is accused by the St Poelten city prosecutor’s office of downloading plans on the internet for the construction of a bomb, which he then planned to detonate at either the Wien Westbahnhof railway station in Vienna, or along the tracks leading to it, Xinhua reported citing the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.
It’s not clear why the men were trying to enter the facility, but one senior U.S. official called it a “local criminal matter.”
(It is interesting how before anyone ever knows anything about an obvious terrorist attack the one thing they always do know is, its not a terrorist attack. Also, what does “dressed like women” mean? Did they wear miniskirts, a tight blouse with spaghetti straps and lipstick? Or was it a couple of burkas?)
Immediately after Israel’s March 17 election, Obama administration officials threatened to allow (or even encourage) the U.N. Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state and confine Israel to its pre-1967 borders. Within days, the president himself joined in, publicly criticizing not just Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom Obama has had notoriously bad relations, but sectors of Israeli opinion and even Israel itself.
Controversial imam Hamza Chaoui has had his lawyer send a letter to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre asking him to retract statements he made in public — or face a lawsuit.
Chaoui said he was unjustly accused of being an agent of radicalization by elected city officials and the mayor, and if he doesn’t get a public apology from Coderre he’ll sue for damages plus interest.
(I believe that every aspect of the appearance of the religious tard denotes degree of religiosity and commitment to jihad etc. For example that cap may mean he has been to the haj in Mecca. I am still looking for a good site that gives a good list of the meanings of how the facial hair is kept or not and the details as they grow increasingly important for the other people in Western cities)
A blogger was hacked to death by three Muslim attackers in Bangladesh’s capital because of his anti-Islamic writings, police said today.
Washiqur Rahman Babu was declared dead as he was taken to a government hospital shortly after being attacked in Dhaka’s Tejgaon area.
Two suspects were captured and three meat cleavers were recovered, Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Biplob Kumar Sarker said.
The captured suspects were students at separate Islamic schools and the third suspect fled the scene, he added.
The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka.
a couple of perps
More later. Hopefully the Geert Wilders video from Vienna will be ready tonight. Although I am editing the German version and the subtitling will be the last phase, I can already tell ilinksts a great speech and it was warmly received.
Thank you Buck, Tundra T., M., Richard, Yucki, Wrath of Khan and all.
(And this will be the next in a series of things we will forget just like about half a dozen of similar incidents in the US in the past couple of years)
Two men dressed as women tried to ram the gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade with an SUV Monday morning, resulting in a shooting that left one person dead, according to an official and sources familiar with the investigation.
After the gate was rammed, a guard reportedly got into an argument with the men and gunfire erupted. It is believed that the guard shot one or both of the men, who were taken to local hospitals to be treated, sources told Fox News.
A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that preliminary reports indicate one person of the two people in the car is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official has not been authorized to discuss the incident by name.
(It wasn’t that long ago that useful idiots on the left propagated this meme. Now it appears they have gone a giant leap farther)
Administrators at a Catholic university in Florida agreed to help an honors student start a campus club that would send money and supplies to the ISIS terror army.
Hidden camera footage released Monday morning shows officials and faculty at Barry University advising a senior – identified only as ‘Laura’ – about the best way to secure funding for a club she called ‘Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.’
‘I want to start fundraising efforts on campus, and what I want to do is raise funds to send overseas,’ she told Derek Bley, the school’s Coordinator for Leadership Development and Student Organizations.
Bley offered to help her create the organization and agreed with her request to ‘pass out Islamic State flags and educate people’ at an annual student ‘Festival of Nations’ fair.
The video is from Project Veritas, a conservative ‘guerilla film-making group’ that last week captured a Cornell University dean agreeing that ISIS and Hamas would be welcome at the Ivy League school.
Gruesome new images have emerged showing Islamic State militants stoning a blindfolded and bound man and woman to death in Iraq after they were accused of having sex before marriage.
Taken in the ISIS-stronghold of Mosul in Nineveh province, the shocking images show a large crowd gathered to watch the jihadis murder the defenceless couple.
Young boys clamber onto their fathers’ shoulders to get a better view of the man and woman being charged with ‘fornication’, before the familiar white-bearded face of ISIS’s elderly Mosul-based executioner-in-chief Abu Ansar al-Ansari orders their stoning to death.
(If he can stall the trial a year or two he can use the ‘it was a temporary marriage and halal’ defense)
The girl was taken from Nairne Street at around 4pm on Thursday.
It is believed she was dropped off 30 minutes later three miles away in Whitefield Street, Hapton, where she was found and later returned home.
Imran Khan, 33, of Accrington, is accused of taking a child under the Child Abduction Act, Lancashire Police said.
He has also been charged with breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity
(And this is why you don’t allow muslim clowns or magicians for your kid’s birthday parties)
Thank you Tundra Tand Buck for all your help this morning. I will be working a lot on getting Geert Wilders’ speech in Austria ready for us all today which means not as much time for posting news. But I would like to offer a thought on some of what is posted.
This is not the first writings here about the ethics of showing islamic atrocities. Regular readers will notice that this site has switched from Youtube to LiveLeak for many videos as they seem a little less concerned about horror in video. Horror that to a degree at least, I feel should be seen. This boils down to a conflict between two views on the matter. The view that censors these images as a lot of arguments. That it is re-victimizing the victims. I suppose to a degree it is. That its pornographic in a certain manner and shouldn’t be seen by the public. To a degree this is also true but one never knows how another individual will view anything. But in large numbers we can. That this material is designed by muslims to intimidate the unbeliever and make him more compliant due to fear of islamic mastery over them. I’ll come back to this one. The argument that carries political weight however and forces video streaming services to not carry this material is that it may inspire others or ‘radicalize’ people to join the islamic cause. There is no doubt whatsoever that this is true.
All I can offer to counter these good points are the following:
point 1: It is better to show the suffering of victims to those still unaware of the new world order so that many may make decisions to avoid circumstances where they themselves could become the victims. We already see now the lack of sympathy to those women who go to islamic lands and get in trouble. This is because at this stage we expect Western women to know the risks associated with travel there. Having said that I genuinely do blame the mass media for massaging the truth about islam to the point where most really do not understand how sharia works. Maybe 1% of the Western world’s people read sites that would give them a true picture. For the rest, some sympathy is probably deserved.
Point 2: A warning should suffice to let people know what they are about to see should they click play.
Point 3: This material is meant to intimidate and force compliance. But that only works where muslims can take political power. Ultimately this boils down to a race. By showing what islam does, I would wager that 10,000 Western people would, once content with the veracity of the material and the motives for the behaviors, find islam and islamic law abhorrent. They would shun it and fight it. They would apply pressure to governments to stop its incursions. That would be, 10,000:1 for each person who was inspired to join the islamic cause whether it be for religious reasons or the odd psychopath or rapist pedophile that sees islam as an opportunity. These are odds I am happy to roll the dice on. Because by censoring this material such as the Daily Mail does show in item #4 it does make gains for liberal democracy. And even those who come forth inspired to join the barbarians in our midst, offers clarity and resolution which work for us as opposed to the Obama-Cameron narrative of Islamic ambiguity. A strategy which most certainly works for the enemy as they use it themselves.
We need to win this race and that means we show this material to good people now or else they will show it to good people later for a radically different purpose.
The first is that the judge who found Mr Overd guilty is a Muslim by the name of Shamim Qureshi who also presides over Sharia courts in England. Now, no matter how unpleasant the Leviticus quote might be, the idea that a Muslim activist can find a Christian guilty of quoting the Bible in Christian Britain must surely set some alarm bells ringing, one would have thought.
But apparently not. This outrage was reported by Christian Today several days ago and has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, which no doubt agree that prosecuting Christians is quite right if they dare to question the Holy Grail of progressive liberal orthodoxy. Clearly PC Plod thought the same thing too, as did the Crown Prosecution Service, which as an institution has not so much been long marched through than steam-rollered into a Soviet-style apparatus redolent of Stalin’s Show Trial era.
3. Assad interview on the state of Syria and Islamic State attacks
The Netherlands Public Prosecutor summoned thefar-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders for questioning for charges of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans.
According to the same source, the complainants at the meeting at the Hague say, “they were damaged when Wilders made his discriminatory remarks.”
“Lawyers are advising them to ask for no more than €250 in each case. However, this would amount to a total claim of €30,000,” the same source added.
(And there I was thinking that the job of politicians was to discuss critical government policies like immigration and economics)
2. A brief comparison of the jingoism of the Islamic world to a more classical Western one from the day when we had some pride.
Below, fairly pot boiler contemporary islamic jingoism by a Houthi Iranian proxy in Yemen threatening destruction upon the Saudis
Here, Shakespeare ventriloquizes Henry V. (I don’t know if King Harry actually said these words or not, but its magnificent and inspired jingoism)
Below, what it would sound like if you put the one on the other
3. Several score of black cloth bags threaten various agencies, especially Israel, for invading Yemen. (Someone needs to tell the Israelis they are invading Yemen as I am pretty confident they are fully unaware of it) This link may help to explain the Yemen issue
4. Idlib Syria:
(Martin has posted a number of videos of the taking of Idlib under previous posts in the comments)
Just under two years ago, the evidence of Elizabeth, and more pertinently of Lara, helped convict seven brutal men of what the Old Bailey judge described as offences of the ‘utmost depravity’. Lara, now 22, is one of the victims of the notorious Oxford sex ring.
For several years, from the age of 12, she was groomed and trafficked for sex while Elizabeth fought desperately to rescue her from the clutches of the sadistic gang manipulating and controlling her. Before the trial in June 2013, both women received death threats, which is why although Elizabeth can show me family photographs, we cannot publish them.
The Boston Marathon bombers’ mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), employs an intensive radicalizing program aimed at Boston’s historically moderate Muslim community, especially at its youth. It’s called “Tarbiya,” which is Arabic for “growth and refinement.” It is not something that is practiced as part of classical mainstream Islam.
APT has obtained several curriculum documents created by ISB-affiliated groups, which describe exactly what is taught and when, with assignments detailed down to book and page number. We are making the most detailed and traceable of these documents available here and here. We will focus in this article on a particular Tarbiya program called “Young Muslims,” which was explicitly endorsed by Suhaib Webb, the Imam of the ISB’s mega-mosque in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. It lists books that all participants must read, and even includes page numbers for specific assignments (the document was formerly available at the program’s website, and can still be accessed through an archived version of the site).
Thank you M., GoV., Richard, Yucki and many more and in fact there is still a great deal more to post.
Amir Hossein Motaghi tells Iranian opposition TV that US is ‘mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other P5+1 members
An Iranian journalist who was sent to cover the nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, defected over the weekend.
Amir Hossein Motaghi, who was instrumental in the election of President Hassan Rouhani when he served as his personal aide during the Iranian election, asked authorities in Switzerland to grant him political asylum.
RMontaghi told an Iranian opposition channel broadcasting from London that he did not see any sense in his profession as a journalist since he could only write what he was told to write.
According to the British Telegraph newspaper, Motaghi also harshly criticized the American role in the talks, saying the White House was attempting to persuade the other members of the P5+1 group of nations (US, England, France, Russia, China and Germany) to accept Iran’s point of view.
(The beard and closely trimmed mustache is a good indicator of a jihadist ideology. But lack of it is not proof of a liberal democrat)
The Tory Election candidate exposed for plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred is a former member of a fanatical Islamic sect that believes the Nazis were misunderstood and that Jews control the world.
Afzal Amin, who resigned after The Mail on Sunday published undercover recordings of him meeting the English Defence League, joined the Birmingham wing of the Murabitun, a fundamentalist cult which questioned the Holocaust and praised Hitler.
In 1992 when Amin was 18, he left the group, founded by Scottish hippy Ian Dallas, after becoming disillusioned.
In the pamphlet Amin – described last week by a colleague as a ‘Walter Mitty character’ – demeans women and calls for restaurants that serve alcohol to be burned.
The book, which is entitled Ian Dallas: The Shaykh Who Has No Clothes, criticised the group for not being radical enough.
An MI5 agent was allegedly recruited by a terrorist mastermind in Syria and sent back to Britain in a plot to launch a devastating attack against his handlers.
The agent was recruited by MI5 as an undercover informant within the radical Islamic community and he then travelled to Syria where he became part of a jihadist group.
But he apparently double-crossed his British handlers and returned to London with plans to launch an ‘insider attack’ in the capital.
The Mail on Sunday has been aware of the alleged plot for more than a year but agreed to previous requests from the security services not to publish the story for ‘national security’ reasons.
Parts of the plot were reported in a story in The Mail on Sunday last year, in which we revealed that the jihadist, who has a British passport, had plans to attack Central London and that David Cameron had been briefed about the details.
[…] The truth, however, is that these distinguished bodies and people have been conned. Both Mend and YouElect are clever fronts to win political access and influence for Islamists holding extreme and anti-democratic views.
When not giving reassuring interviews, Mr Rashid is a director of the London-based Muslim Research and Development Foundation, the think tank of one of Britain’s most notorious hate preachers, Haitham al-Haddad, an extremist cleric and Sharia judge from east London.
Haddad describes democracy as “filthy”, regards music as a “prohibited and fake message of love and peace”, states that Jews and Christians are the “enemies of Allah” who will “all go to hellfire” and advises Muslims not to “integrate?…?as simple as that”.
5. M has assembled some links about the PEGIDA march in Montreal this weekend.
I have not gone through them fully but here they are:
(This link has some decent videos showing the extent both of the barbarity of this Islamic group and its attempt at an African Caliphate, but the gains they have made.
One can’t help but wonder if the double standards the average Western mind now has for conservative Vs. leftist, black Vs. white and so on, allows that because Islam has made corruption an actual virtue so that any sign of it in non-muslim systems is seen as a reason to not defend it while a system based entirely on racism, thuggery, corruption and an inversion of principles of human decency is secretly thought of as defensible as it is true to itself)
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen decapitated 23 people in a raid on Buratai village in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, residents and a politician said Saturday.
Scores of attackers invaded the village at 11 p.m. Friday when residents were mostly asleep and set homes on fire, hacking residents who tried to flee.
“?The gunmen slaughtered their 23 victims like rams and decapitated them. They injured several people,” said Ibrahim Adamu, a local politician who fled.
“They burned a large part of the village and we are afraid some residents were burnt in the homes because most people had gone to bed when the gunmen struck,” said Adamu, a ward councilor in the village.
A paramedic ?at a government hospital in the nearby town of Biu said 32 people from Buratai were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and burns.
“The injured victims said a lot of people were beheaded by the attackers,” the paramedic said….”
In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iran’s nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the president’s own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Iran’s progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iran’s weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking.
Thank you Bill, Ox AO., M., Wrath of Khan, Yucki, and to all readers, the comments have some interesting auxiliary information. Bill has added a link to a classic antisemitic site which says the Copilot was an anti German Jew and blames various counter jihad sites for claiming he is a muslim when he isn’t. Of course the facts are a haze still. But speculating wildly when they are has fueled pernicious attacks.
A family of Arabs who fled their home in Mosul to escape the Islamic State has relayed tales of brutalities inflicted upon the city’s population by the jihadist occupiers.
Since July, the Al-Saraj family has lived safely in Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, but they stay in close communication with friends and family inside the extremist group’s so-called caliphate.
The picture they paint of life inside Mosul is grim.Speaking from their home last week, the family said that before ISIS’ June seizure of Mosul, all the city’s ethnic and religious communities—Christian, Kurds, Yazidis, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni—all lived in peace. The family’s composition reflects this.
Family patriarch MS is a 55-year-old retired army colonel and a Sunni. His wife, RS, comes from a Shiite family. Both agreed to speak for this story only if their full names were not used.
“It was paradise,” MS said of pre-American invasion life in Mosul.
But now, “the killings and cutting off of appendages have become routine,” added Saraj daughter SA.
6. Interview with Geert Wilders in Vienna by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
Thank you Henrik, Elisabeth, GoV., M., Richard and Yucki, Buck, and all who contributed comments and links. More to come later on. Hopefully including Geert’s speech in Vienna last night.
Airbus crash pilot Andreas Lubitz had been planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone “remember” who he was, it was claimed on Friday night.
An ex-girlfriend of the Germanwings pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps, killing all 149 others on board, described him as “tormented” and able to hide secrets.
Maria, 26 (not her real name), told Bild newspaper that when she heard about the crash she remembered that he had said he was going do something “that would change the system” and “make everyone remember” him.
She added: “It didn’t make sense at the time but now it all does.”
Maria, who is thought to have met Lubitz at work, said he would wake up at night screaming in terror: “We’re going down.”
Thank you M., Richard, Yucki, Richard, Alan D. and many more who have sent in links and been part of vibrant and interesting discussions on several topics in the comments.
I would like to add a note of my own on the jet which we can all agree was deliberately brought down by the co-pilot.
Lets say for the sake of argument that he was not a muslim.
The media reaction has been horror, fascination, curiosity and a desperate need to know the motive for this action. This should illustrate something very important about us as a people and even our media, including the parts of the media desperately trying to cover up the nature of islam and worse, act on policies that islam must always be written about as if it was benign and ‘the victim.’
Notice how it is clear in all articles that what this man did was anathema. It was an exception. A crime. Had he done it for jihad, which still may be the case, it would be no surprise to anyone.
The point is that human nature is what it is and each culture or religion is a system which tries to make it all work in some way by emphasizing some aspects of our nature as virtues and others we suppress as sins or crimes or monstrosities. Islam is an inversion of Western culture whether its Judeo-Christian or secular humanist or game theory based logic with an axiom of reduction of suffering and maximizing of freedoms. Islam takes inflicting suffering and makes it a virtue. It calls the murder of other people martyrdom as opposed to our notions, which are the sacrifice of the selves for others.
In other words, islam can be seen for what it is even in the reactions we have to the extremely rare case of a non-muslim committing an atrocious act like this. We know this is not how we think or behave. That it is horrifying to us. We do not celebrate this.
It is also very important to note that some jihadi pages have claimed this man is a hero of islam. What a magnificent example of the raw depravity of that system of living that they would claim as their own with pride and joy someone who is likely not even a member of their cult, but because he committed an atrocity of such magnitude by murdering over a hundred people and from a position of trust, perhaps the worst kind of crime in non-islamic culture, that they would make him an honorary muslim in their eyes.
Few have taken notice of this. But this is a great time for a moment of sober reflection by the media. Often by the mirror image can we better know a thing. The fact that The Islamic State has taken credit for this action is not evidence that he was a muslim by any stretch. But it is evidence that Islam feels this was a great and noble act.
When sunnis destroy and kill shiias, we do not delight in it and say, ‘what a great hero for the West’ even if there is some schadenfreude in it. More typically we would know that this is simply more classical and orthodox islamic behaviour and an example of the reasons we oppose it.
The sheer contrast between how the two sides are reporting on this action is every bit as significant in terms of what it is we wish people to understand about islamic values and the threat they present as if the copilot turns out to be muslim and had waged an act of islamic jihad against the infidel. Perhaps more so. Just as it is that the very first thing everyone asked when this action happened and before we knew anything at all beyond that an aircraft had crashed and there had been some anomalous behaviour by the plane before it went down, is was this an act of islamic jihad? This has a significance all its own. Even the apologists and water carriers were bracing themselves for the likelihood that it was.
Lastly one could argue that islamic actions of mass horror have infected the Western world now. These kinds of things did not used to happen, no matter how hurt a man was over a rejection from a woman. He may injure himself. He may jon the French Foreign Legion. Any number of extreme actions right up to suicide but I do not recall a hurt lover killing large numbers of strangers before Islam normalized this kind of event. It was utterly antithetical to all our values and never acceptable in any of our literature. Unthinkable. So again, this action provides a great deal of useful information about the effects of, and values of islam and its effects on our civilization.
The Baron has responded again to yet another commenter who left a link to yet another assertion that the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane was a convert to Islam.
Jim Hoft, like everyone else, is sourcing his post to Michael Mannheimer, who is well-respected. However, this is Mannheimer’s only source.
Mr. Mannheimer made a mistake when he based his assertion on that post. It provides the flimsiest of evidence — virtually non-existent. This story is being spun out of less than gossamer. If it is ever definitively refuted, it will discredit everyone who jumped on it.
I still think there’s a fair possibility that the guy was a convert. But we have no evidence to support it yet, NONE. The fact that he lived in Marseille and Bremen and suffered from depression proves nothing.
People need to be more careful in their assertions, and label outright speculation clearly as such.
This “co-pilot = Muslim” meme is reminiscent of that old childhood game “Telephone”. Do you remember when kids sat in a circle and one person was chosen to whisper into the ear of the child next to him some random sentence? That child in turn whispered it to the one next to him and so on, till it came to the last person in the circle. He would then repeat what he’d heard and the child next to him, who’d said the original sentence, would repeat that starter statement. The ending was so garbled compared to the beginning that the participants would have a real ROFL moment before beginning another round. [In their games, children are pretty good rule enforcers. The implicit rule here was to repeat as faithfully as possible what you thought you’d heard; it was no fun if spoilers just made up something.]
On Twitter this morning the same thing was going on. One fellow, John Galt, proposed there was no Islam involved and I agreed with him. A third person said we were wrong so I asked him for sourced information. I don’t understand his non-sequitur response. Maybe it was a form of “shut up”??
A rabbi in the city of Toulouse has filed a complaint for discrimination after a polling clerk told him he would have to remove his kippa, or Jewish skullcap, before voting in local elections.
The incident, indicative of the sometimes complex interpretation of France’s strict secular rules, took place on Sunday during the first round of nationwide polls to elect new local councils.
A polling clerk representing the left-wing Front de Gauche coalition told Toulouse rabbi Avraham Weill to remove his kippa inside the polling station, claiming this was required by French rules on secularism.
French law says it is illegal to wear “ostentatious” religious symbols, including Jewish kippas and Muslim headscarves, inside state schools.
But the rule does not apply to school premises when they are being used as polling stations, as was the case in Toulouse.
(And yet one can be nearly certain it would not apply to muslim men in the little beanies or muslim women and the full face cloths)
(Just implement them immediately with no discussion or vote)
Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hududpunishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law.