Two Islamic teachers will stand trial accused of repeatedly beating a ten-year-old boy – for wrongly reciting the Koran.
Mohammed Waqar, 23, and Mohammed Siddique, 60, are accused of assaulting the youngster at the UK Islamic Mission’s (UKIM) Jamia Mosque in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.
The boy was allegedly slapped repeatedly during religious lessons at the mosque between May 1 and June 13 last year.
(In a small way I sympathize with these teachers. Every time I hear muslims recite the verse taken from the Jerusalem Talmud koran 5:32 in an incomplete out of context way to make it look like its saying something nice, it makes one want to lash out a little. Here is an explanatory article)
(What makes this news is that they are saying it out loud)
The deputy head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps categorically rejected any international inspectors on any Iranian military bases as part of the nuclear deal.
Brigadier-General Hossein Salami told Iran’s state-run Press TV “They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams.”
“Visiting a military base by a foreign inspector would mean the occupation of our land because all our defense secrets are there” Salami said. “Even talking about the subject means national humiliation.”
The number of Canadians drawn to overseas conflict zones in Iraq and Syria is surging despite authorities’ efforts to stem the outflow, Canada’s top spy says.
Michel Coulombe, head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told a Parliamentary hearing on Monday the number of known Canadian extremists who have travelled to fight in the two countries spiked as much as 50 per cent in the past four months.
5. Streets of Yemen today
6. Yemen conflict escalates: 2 more U.S. Navy warships sent near coast
(The narration says that the US has sent these ships in case the situation in Yemen worsens. I would like to see the definition of ‘worsens’ in this context)
7. Here is an odd sort of a story. A former US servicewoman, who apparently also did a pictorial in Playboy, was arrested for stopping some people from desecrating a US flag at a protest. I get it. People have a right to protest and she had a right to object but not take their flag away. After all, the flag is just a symbol of the country she served in the forces and thats all. Just cloth and ink. But who were the people trampling on it and why? Also, what would happen if she had stomped on and burned a koran. After all thats just paper and ink. A symbol of islamic religion. There are hundreds of millions of them in the world I’m sure. Whole deciduous forests have probably been turned into paper to print korans. Yet somehow I suspect that suddenly it would be viewed as a hate crime and she would have been arrested for that.
Granted, the US is not yet like the UK where most certainly that would have happened. There are very few instances where it has, and where it has, a kind of slight of hand gets used such as the man in Dearborn who burned a koran and was arrested for some kind of fire ordinance breach. But the hate crime application as a work-around for the 1st amendment is likely on its way given US signature on UN Resolution 16/18
Muslim Colonization of America: The Hijra and the Hijacking of America’s Refugee Resettlement Program
Washington, DC — Last week, the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, wrote the Department of State demanding that it halt the resettlement of refugees in the city of Spartanburg in his district. In his letter dated April 15, 2015, Congressman Gowdy objected to the “lack of notice, information and consultation afforded to me and my constituents” and posed seventeen pointed questions, including (as paraphrased by Politico):
- Why and when was his district approved [as a refugee resettlement site]?
- What steps were taken to notify local government officials and whether they approved the plan, and where funds for the office and the refugees will come from?
- When are the first refugees expected to arrive?
- What benefits are they entitled to?
- How many will be resettled?
- What is their country of origin?
- Who is responsible for housing, employment and education services for them?
Rep. Gowdy was particularly concerned about the security implications of this immigrant migration. He asked: “Do any of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area have criminal convictions? If so, for what crimes has each been convicted?” And “Please explain the background-check process performed on refugees scheduled to be resettled in Spartanburg.”
Thank you M., Buck, Richard, GoV., CB Sashenka, and all who helped out with this post. More to come today.