Saturday, January 9, 2010

CIA doctor bomber video released [Video]

Money doesn't matter he says - we will continue our jihad - no matter what!

In the Jordanian doctor's own words

The Jordanian and the American intelligence agencies offer me millions of $$ to work with them and to spy on the Mujahideen here but alhamdulillah [praise God] and I came to the Mujahideen and I told them everything - and we arranged together this attack to let the Americans understand that - the belief of Allah, the Imam which we hold, the Taqwá [being holy] that we strive for - cannot be exchanged for all the wealth in the world.

AP Video - Wonder where the whole video is ??

Here's the full version unfortunately it was posted by a fan of the bomber - who wishes him well in paradise - the 72 virgins ~ thing !!

CIA 'suicide bomber' "next to Taliban Hakimullah Mehsoud" vows revenge in new video

But We’re Still Gonna Kill You

Isolated extremists? This “war” is about the intersection of Islam and the West.

By Mark Steyn

Not long after the Ayatollah Khomeini announced his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the British novelist suddenly turned up on a Muslim radio station in West London late one night and told his interviewer he’d converted to Islam. Marvelous religion, couldn’t be happier, Allahu Akbar and all that. [As far as I know Salman Rushdie - rejoices in the day he left Islam - though maybe it was for a second time!]

And the Ayatollah said hey, that’s terrific news, glad to hear it. But we’re still gonna kill you.

Well, even a leftie novelist wises up under those circumstances.

Evidently, the president of the United States takes a little longer. Barack Obama has spent the last year doing bigtime Islamoschmoozing, from his announcement of Gitmo’s closure and his investigation of Bush officials to his bow before the Saudi King and a speech in Cairo to “the Muslim world” with far too many rhetorical concessions and equivocations. And at the end of it, the jihad sent America a thank-you note by way of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear: Hey, thanks for all the outreach! But we’re still gonna kill you.

According to one poll, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of waterboarding young Umar Farouk. Well, you should have thought about that before you made a community organizer president of the world’s superpower. [The Republicans though it could be said veered off to the extreme - with the talk of attacking Russia - and the Convention chanting USA USA - called the bloodiest Convention yet! And Drill Baby Drill - as if no new technology could be found - besides the combustion engine - which would benefit the few Texas oil men - and one Alaska governor. Investing in new technology to get off the oil has to be a priority - which McCain had little interest in doing - 46 nuclear power stations - but please don't put the waste in my backyard - sounds like the exact opposite of the way the western world needs to go on energy technology - glorified water boilers. As long as we stay on oil the Arabs are empowered - and that is a problem for everyone.
I think the difference in Europe is that people on the whole don't dislike Obama - but feel strongly about Islam and terrorism - whereas in the US these sentiments are seen as being connected with the Right - though this likely will change too!]
The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the U.S. electorate, and you can’t blame the world’s mischief-makers, from Putin to Ahmadinejad to the many Gitmo recidivists now running around Yemen, from drawing the correct conclusion.

For two weeks, the government of the United States has made itself a global laughingstock. Don’t worry, “the system worked,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Incompetano. Don’t worry, he was an “isolated extremist,” said the president. Don’t worry, we’re banning bathroom breaks for the last hour of the flight, said the TSA. Don’t worry, “U.S. border-security officials” told the Los Angeles Times, we knew he was on the plane and we “had decided to question him when he landed.” Don’t worry, Obama’s chief counterterrorism John Brennan assured the Sunday talk shows, sure, we read him his rights and he’s lawyered up but he’ll soon see that “there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements.”

Oh, that’s grand. Try to kill hundreds of people in an act of war and it’s the starting point for a plea deal. In his Cairo speech, the president bragged that the United States would “punish” those in America who would “deny” the “right of women and girls to wear the hijab.” If he’s so keen on it, maybe he should consider putting the entire federal government into full-body burkas and zipping up the eye slit so that henceforth every public utterance by John Brennan will be entirely inaudible. Americans should be ashamed by this all-fools’ fortnight.

On Thursday, having renounced over the preceding days “the system worked,” the “isolated extremist,” the more obviously risible TSA responses, the Gitmo-Yemen express checkout, and various other follies, the president finally spoke the words: “We are at war.” As National Review’s Rich Lowry noted, they were more or less dragged from the presidential gullet by Dick Cheney, who’d accused the commander-in-chief of failing to grasp this basic point. Again, to be fair, it isn’t just Obama. Last November, the electorate voted in effect to repudiate the previous eight years and seemed genuinely under the delusion that wars end when one side decides it’s all a bit of a bore and they’d rather the government spend the next eight years doing to health care and the economy what they were previously doing to jihadist camps in Waziristan.

On the other hand, if we are now at war, as Obama belatedly concedes, against whom are we warring? “We are at war against al-Qaeda,” says the president.

Really? But what does that mean? Was the previous month’s “isolated extremist” — the Fort Hood killer — part of al-Qaeda? When it came to spiritual advice, he turned to the same Yemeni-based American-born imam as the Pantybomber, but he didn’t have a fully paid-up membership card. Nor did young Umar Farouk, come to that. Granted the general over-credentialization of American life, the notion that it doesn’t count as terrorism unless you’re a member of Local #437 of the Amalgamated Union of Isolated Extremists seems perverse and reductive. What did the Pantybomber have a membership card in? Well, he was president of the Islamic Society of University College, London. Kafeel Ahmed, who died after driving a burning jeep into the concourse of Glasgow Airport, had been president of the Islamic Society of Queen’s University, Belfast. Yassin Nassari, serving three years in jail for terrorism, was president of the Islamic Society of the University of Westminster. Waheed Arafat Khan, arrested in the 2006 Heathrow terror plots that led to Americans having to put their liquids and gels in those little plastic bags, was president of the Islamic Society of London Metropolitan University.

Doesn’t this sound like a bigger problem than “al-Qaeda” — whatever that is? The president has now put citizens of Nigeria on the secondary-screening list. Which is tough on Nigerian Christians, who have no desire to blow up your flight to Detroit. Aside from the highly localized Tamil terrorism of India and Sri Lanka, suicide bombing is a phenomenon entirely of Islam. The broader psychosis that manifested itself only the other day in an axe murderer breaking into a Danish cartoonist’s home to kill him because he objects to his cartoon is likewise a phenomenon of Islam. This is not to say (to go wearily through the motions) that all Muslims are potential suicide bombers and axe murderers, but it is to state the obvious — that this “war” is about the intersection of Islam and the West, and its warriors are recruited in the large pool of young Muslim manpower, not in Yemen and Afghanistan so much as in Copenhagen and London.

But the president of the United States cannot say that because he is over-invested in a fantasy — that, if only that Texan moron Bush had read Khalid Sheikh Mohammed his Miranda rights and bowed as low as he did to the Saudi king, we wouldn’t have all these problems. So now Obama says, “We are at war.” But he cannot articulate any war aims or strategy because they would conflict with his illusions. And so we will stagger on, playing defense, pulling more and more items out of our luggage — tweezers, shoes, shampoo, snowglobes, suppositories — and reacting to every new provocation with greater impositions upon the citizenry. You can’t win by putting octogenarian nuns through full-body scanners. All you can do is lose slowly. After all, if you can’t even address what you’re up against with any honesty, you can’t blame the other side for drawing entirely reasonable conclusions about your faintheartedness in taking them on.

After that cringe-making radio interview, Salman Rushdie subsequently told the Times of London that trying to appease his would-be killers and calling for his own book to be withdrawn was the biggest mistake of his life. If only the president of the United States were such a quick study.


Israeli military training increasingly popular with tourists visiting Holy Land [Video]

Mostly Dutch / Part English


Interesting - it does indicate that people are becoming increasingly worried. It certainly appears that many Muslims want to world their way - and are expecting others to lay down and let them take it.

Shooting tourists: Since about five years military training in Israel is increasingly popular with tourists visiting the Holy Land.

De Telegraaf

Religious violence escalates in Malaysia after court rules Catholic church can use the word Allah


Religious tension is rising in Malaysia over the Christian community’s use of the Arabic word ‘Allah’ for its own god. But an opposition politician told RNW that his party is working hard to avoid a repeat of the violence that saw churches attacked last night.

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The current dispute arose when the Catholic Herald newspaper published an article using the word Allah, which has traditionally only been applied to the Muslim deity. Last week the Malaysian high court ruled the paper had done nothing wrong, sparking anger in the Muslim community. At least three churches were targeted early Friday morning by petrol bombers. One Pentecostal church was completely burned to the ground. Muslims held peaceful protests at mosques during Friday afternoon prayers.

Government encouraged dissent
Tian Chua, an opposition politician with the People’s Justice Party, says the government made the situation worse by urging Muslims to take to the street in protest against the court’s decision.

“All the opposition parties, including the Islamic Party, condemn such a move, which can pose a serious threat to the harmony of society. We’re afraid that this provocation could create community tension and we also want to avoid any form of violence.”

Malaysia is mainly made up of Muslims and Malays and the government relies on them for support. Around nine percent of the population are Christians - including 800,000 Catholics. In many Arabic-speaking countries Allah is also used to describe the Christian God, but in Malaysia the issue is particularly sensitive. Muslims accuse Christian missionaries of using the word to try and convert people to Christianity.

Test for the Prime Minister
Analysts say the situation is a test for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has rejected claims that his party, the United Malays National Organisation, was behind the petrol bombing of churches in Kuala Lumpur. Elections are planned for 2013, and his handling of the religious issue will be a key factor in whether he is returned to power, according to Ooi Kee Beng from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore:

“The ball is now in Najib’s court. All eyes are on him and the home ministry. Will they enforce the rule of law or be seen enforcing the rule of law without fear or favour?”

Tian Chua today visited churches and spoke to pastors, expressing solidarity with Christians and offering support. He added that he didn’t expect any further clashes.

“We are confident the majority of the Muslims in this country are fair-minded and rational and they are not influenced by the ruling party.

Radio Netherlands

US warns of attacks on Sudan-Uganda flights


The United States has warned that extremists are planning an attack on Air Uganda flights between southern Sudan and the Ugandan, Kampala.

The statement does not specify who the potential attackers are. The warning may refer to militants based in southern Sudan, which borders with Uganda. One of the destinations Air Uganda flies to is Juba, the capital of semi-autonomous southern Sudan, where airport security is notoriously lax. Juba, which five years ago had a population of 200,000, now is estimated to count around one million inhabitants, making it one of the world's fastest growing cities.

Radio Netherlands

Malaysian church firebombed over use of the word 'Allah'

Assailants in Malaysia have firebombed a church but caused no damage. It is the fourth such attack in two days.

Three other churches were damaged but no one was hurt. The violence comes after a judge ruled that Christians can use the word "Allah". The ruling has angered a number of Muslims who believe only they are entitled to use the word. Prime Minister Najib Razak has condemned the attacks, saying they are threatening Malaysia's religious harmony.

Radio Netherlands

Swiss ban on headscarves overruled


The cantonal parliament of Zurich rejected on Monday a proposal by the far right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) – Switzerland’s largest party - to ban headscarves for female Muslim students in Swiss schools. The proposal was aimed at “instilling respect of Swiss values in schools”, the party’s leadership says, and that people who settled in Switzerland needed to realise “they could not turn up to work in a headscarf”.

Adrian Amstutz, parliamentarian and senior member of the SVP is one of the strongest supporters of those bans: “Muslims must be spurred to integrate into society”, he said to Swiss News Worldwide. The more moderate, centre right Christian Democratic Party, has been advocating the ban on burqas, a body covering including a face veil, in a bid to defend women’s rights.

Minarets and the ECHR
The proposed ban on headscarves comes shortly after the controversial ban on minarets resulting from a referendum which Swiss voters supported by 57.5 per cent.
According to the People’s Party, the outcome of the minaret ban showed that citizens of the country did not want “parallel societies” or the granting of “special rights” to the Muslim population.

Both proposals raises issues of basic human rights that Switzerland, as a signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), must uphold.

As the international community expressed its outrage at the proposed minaret ban, the SVP has reasons to fear that the European Court of Human Rights will rule against the decision of the referendum, as essentially contravening the principles of the Convention. Leadership of the People’s Party has pledged to suspend Switzerland’s obligations under the international agreement if the European Court of Human Rights rules against the minaret ban, something ruled out by the Foreign Ministry.

Integration concerns
Ismael Amin, former president of the Association of Islamic Organisations in Zurich, says Amstutz’s concerns are unfounded: “I don't believe the Muslim population is badly integrated. Most are well integrated and practise their religion without any problem. I certainly wouldn't talk of insufficient integration.”

As to the vote to ban minarets, Amin says that the Swiss population was “misled”: “The campaign was fought very fiercely and aggressively. The issue of minarets was rarely discussed, it was much more about Islam – and then with misleading arguments. People brought up forced marriages – even though sharia law bans them; then there was female circumcision, which all [Muslim] jurists oppose, and burqas – not one burqa has ever been seen in Switzerland.”

While it is yet to be seen whether the ban on minarets will ever become domestic law in Switzerland, a Cairo court ruled on Sunday in favour of the Egyptian government's decision to ban female students wearing the burqa in university examinations.

Radio Netherlands

Muslim Group CAIR Wants Fed. Probe Of Burqa Ban

Campus Says Policy Allows All Faces To Be Identified

CAIR wants special accommodation for Muslim women wearing burqas on the Boston university campus. But for the college security matters. Egypt is also cracking down on the radical dress in its schools.

Update!! Here's some background on the school from over at the Daniel Pipes site - it appears that one of the school's graduates - was planning a terror attack both inside and outside of the US:

    Tarek Mehanna, 27, was arrested on Oct. 21, 2009, in Sudbury, Massachusetts and charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. He allegedly planned to launch terrorist attacks both inside and outside the United States, specifically planning to attack a shopping mall with automatic weapons. Mehanna was a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), where his father Ahmed teaches chemistry.

    Today, the dean of students at MCPHS issued a directive to students that "any head covering that obscures a student's face may not be worn, either on campus or at clinical sites, except when required for medical reasons." [+]

BOSTON -- A Muslim rights group is asking the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate a new policy at a Massachusetts college that bans students from wearing head coverings that obscure the face.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said even though the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences policy is aimed at students, it would have "a disproportionate impact on the religious rights of Muslim employees."

The policy bans clothing such as burqas and face veils, as well as ski masks and scarves.

The CAIR letter, dated Wednesday, said the school must allow a religious exemption to the policy because it has a medical exemption.

The college declined immediate comment, saying it has not seen the complaint. It has said the policy is about maintaining public safety by ensuring everyone on campus can be identified.

Boston Channel

Court rules in favour of Egypt niqab ban in exams


Cairo University students wearing the niqab, a black veil which covers the face except for the eyes, stand outside the university dormitory on October 7, 2009 unable to enter due to new rules preventing admission to niqab wearers. Parallel to this, the Al-Azhar sheikh, Egypt's top Islamic authority, has reportedly said the niqab is not part of Islam, and plans to ban it from the prestigious Al-Azhar University campus

    Just 30 years ago, women attended Egypt's flagship Cairo University wearing miniskirts and sleeveless tops. They strolled along the beaches of Alexandria in skimpy swimsuits at a time when society was apparently more liberal and tolerant.

If you see old pictures of Egyptian women were pretty relaxed looking - how did it come to this - oil money perhaps - or the competition to see who could be the most Islamic after the Iranian Islamic revolution. If you see pictures of Saudi girls in schools back in the 70's - they are wearing the typical blue skirt white shirt - that is common in schools around the world - some with the cool sun glasses. But after the Iranian revolution that all changed - boys and girls were separated even at university level - as this sparing between Islamic sects and nations heated up.

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court ruled on Sunday in favour of the Egyptian government's decision to ban female students wearing the niqab, or full face veil, in university examinations.

The case, and that of a religious edict banning the niqab in girls' schools dormitories, has bounced back and forth among various courts after the minister of higher education imposed the ban in October and it was then appealed by 55 students.

The government has long been wary of Islamist thinking, and in the 1990s crushed Islamists seeking to set up a religious state. It also is keen to quell opposition ahead of a parliamentary election expected by December, to be followed by a presidential vote.

The government said it brought in the ban in part because students, male and female, were sitting exams disguised as other candidates by wearing a face veil.

However, Sunday's administrative court ruling will not necessarily be an end to the case because such cases can be appealed and refiled many times in Egypt.

The right to wear the niqab in universities has long been an issue for Egypt's courts.

In 2007, a court ruled that the American University in Cairo, seen as a bastion of Western liberal education in Egypt, was wrong to bar a female scholar who wears the niqab from using its facilities. The court cited personal and religious freedom as grounds for its ruling.

Just 30 years ago, women attended Egypt's flagship Cairo University wearing miniskirts and sleeveless tops. They strolled along the beaches of Alexandria in skimpy swimsuits at a time when society was apparently more liberal and tolerant.

Today, majority Sunni Muslim and minority Christian Egypt has seen the growing influence of strict Saudi-based Wahhabi ideology on an already conservative and Islamised society. This has resulted in a huge increase in the number of women wearing veils, or headscarfs, and the full face veil.

A majority of Islamic scholars say they believe wearing a headscarf is a must, while few consider the niqab obligatory. Egypt, unlike other Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, does not require women to cover their heads with a scarf.

Paris expels radical imam to Egypt, who called on followers "to fight against the West"


France seems to have the clearest vision of all on what needs to be done in these trying times with Islam - they simply measure things up against the free republic - and if something is considered to be working against the republic then it is jettisoned.

AFP - France on Thursday deported to Egypt a radical imam who for months had been inciting followers in Paris area mosques to rise up against the West, the government said.

    The move comes just a few weeks after French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged France's Muslims to practice their faith with "humble discretion." [+]

Described as dangerous, Ali Ibrahim Al-Sudani was detained and sent back to Egypt under an emergency deportation order, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a statement.

"The secret services had identified this dangerous individual who for the past months had been delivering sermons calling for a fight against the West in several mosques in the Seine-Saint-Denis area," said Hortefeux in a statement.

Sudani, aged around 27, showed "contempt for our society's values and incited violence," he added.

The Egyptian national was the 29th imam or Islamic preacher to have been deported from France since 2001, according to the interior ministry.

In all, 129 Islamic radicals have been expelled from French territory, it added.

French security agencies had been tracking Sudani since 2008 and found his Jihadist teachings to be "quite hardline," said an official close to the case.

The radical imam, who boarded a plane bound for Cairo on Thursday, preached at several mosques in the suburbs east of Paris but also at prayer houses in the capital.

Hortefeux said he had ordered the security agencies to remain vigilant and said he was ready to order more deportations of Islamists.

"The preachers of hate, who have nothing to do with religious freedom, have no place on our territory," said Hortefeux.

An official from a Muslim organisation who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP that Sudani did not have legal residency in France.

He had been active in a prayer house set up in a public housing project in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. The mayor of the town had been alarmed by this teachings and had asked him to leave.

Who Is Winning the Terror War?



LONDON — After all the wars and the bombings and the killings since Sept. 11, 2001, the new decade brings with it a question: Who is winning in what was once labeled a war on terrorism, if, indeed, anyone can be deemed to prevail?

The question spills from the battle zones and killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan, across borders to the lawless lands of Pakistan’s tribal areas and, since the attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines airplane on Christmas Day, to the Arabian reaches of Yemen and Qaeda operatives there.

But, perhaps less noticeably and with less explosive clamor, the question curls around what counterinsurgency experts like to call hearts and minds. With a grim sense of déjà vu these past few days, it seemed as if the hatreds and mistrusts that fueled a catalog of attacks in the first decade of a new century and bred a generation of Islamic radicals had never really dissipated. They may, in fact, have deepened.

Consider, first of all, the attempted attack, allegedly by a Somali man, on Kurt Westergaard, 74, a Danish cartoonist reviled in many parts of the Islamic world for depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist with a fused bomb in his turban. The acrid controversy over the cartoons blossomed in early 2006, but still the corrosion lingers.

Then, consider two events this past week in Britain — not formally related but clearly linked by a common strand.

The Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett is famed, or perhaps notorious, as the theater of a sad and all-too-frequent pageant to mark the return of British soldiers’ bodies from the war in Afghanistan, 108 of them last year alone.

After the flag-draped caskets are unloaded from military cargo planes at a nearby air base, the coffins pass in solemn cortege through the town. A church bell tolls. People have started to call the route the Highway for Heroes.

But that rhythm of respect was disrupted on Monday when Anjem Choudhury, a militant Islamist associated with a radical group called Al Muhajiroun, announced plans to stage a counter-event in the same town, using hundreds of empty coffins symbolizing the Afghan civilians who have died in the burgeoning conflict with the resurgent Taliban.

Some critics dismissed the plan as what the relatively moderate Muslim Council of Britain called a publicity stunt worthy only of disdain.

But Mr. Choudhury’s proposal mined deep and enduring seams of mistrust, exposing the clashes of vision, faith and identity in the parlors of British homes that mirror the fighting on the far-flung battlefields.

“Afghanistan is not a British town near Wootton Bassett but rather a Muslim land which no one has the right to occupy,” Mr. Choudhury said, describing his protest as designed to focus “the British public’s minds on the real reasons why their soldiers are returning home in body bags and the real cost of the war.”

But his remarks drew a sharp response from an opposite perspective.

“We are a Christian country and a traditional old English market town who honor very much our queen and country,” said Chris Wannell, a councilor in the town. “We obey the law and pay respects to our servicemen who protect our freedom.”

A Facebook page opposing the plan attracted 120,000 supporters. One posting declared: “I want my England back.”

But, as in many parts of Europe where traditional notions of identity are challenged by waves of immigration, the simple notion of “my England” seemed only to raise the question: whose England is it? Can one group, however dominant, lay claim to the soul of a nation that has long been ethnically and religiously mixed?

That same conundrum arose across Britain from Wootton Bassett, in Luton, north of London, where seven Muslim men went on trial this past week charged with displaying threatening or abusive behavior last year at a march by British soldiers who had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The men were accused of hurling abuse at the soldiers, calling them “baby killers” and saying they would “burn in hell.” So was that free speech or sedition?

The episodes reflected the power of political and religious extremes to draw passionate responses from even the mildest of souls.

But they also rekindled some of the same worries that surfaced after the London transit bombings in July 2005, when Britons were forced to confront the notion that terrorists were not some exogenous import but indigenous products of their own land. Three of the four suicide bombers who killed 52 travelers on July 7, 2005, were British-born Muslims, and the fourth was a migrant from Jamaica who had converted to Islam.

Since those times, the British security authorities and the police have conducted a series of high-level investigations and have brought an array of similar, British-born conspirators to trial. British leaders have insisted that by fighting militants in Afghanistan, they are fighting to cut off terrorism at its one-time source in the safe havens enjoyed by Osama bin Laden.

But terrorism does not work on predictable patterns. Shock is its essence, and fear is its goal. On Christmas Day 2009, a 23-year-old Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, scion of a wealthy family who had studied engineering in London between 2005 and 2008, tried to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight approaching Detroit. Before the failed attack he had been in Yemen, not Afghanistan.

During his time in England, he had been observed, but dismissed as non-threatening, by the British security services. Yet he tried to kill almost 300 people, driven by passions locked into his young heart that again raised the question of whether arrests and warfare counter, or simply encourage, an enemy within.

It is easy to be overzealous in drawing lines between the scatter-gun dots of international terrorism. But the fact that the dots are still there to be linked goes some way to answering the question of who has the upper hand. With each new attack — and each draconian response by the authorities making travel ever more arduous for ordinary people — it is hard to argue that the West is winning.

NY Times

Friday, January 8, 2010

US: Iraqi dad charged with daughter's murder may need mental exam, could be Islamophrenia


Iraqi man who killed his daughter in the US appears not know what all the judges and lawyers are all about - in Iraq if you need to kill your daughter - the police send you home after a few hours - once the deed is done. For many in the West - the phenomena of killing your kid - has to be put into the realm of madness - why else would they do such a thing! Here is a name for this mental malaise - Islamophrenia. When an ordinary guy - turns into a madman and goes berserk - either on his children - mainly girls or on fellow workmates - for Islamic reasons - it should be seen as being typical of Islamophrenia.

He suffered from a bout of Islamophrenia that is why he killed his daughter in cold blood - in this case with a forced marriage gone array thrown in there.

PHOENIX — An Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his 20-year-old daughter because he believed she had become too westernized doesn't understand court proceedings and may need a mental-health evaluation, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The lawyer, Billy Little, said he first met with 49-year-old Faleh Hassan Almaleki on Tuesday, and the immigrant didn't understand the role of his lawyer, the judge or a grand jury.

"He just doesn't have a clue as to what's going on," Little told The Associated Press. "I can't determine if it's language, cultural or a mental-health issue."

A mental-health expert typically evaluates a defendant's competency to stand trial in such cases, Little said. If the lack of comprehension has to do with language or culture, Almaleki may just need to be taught about the American justice system in his native Arabic.

Authorities say Almaleki ran down his daughter and another woman with his Jeep on Oct. 20 as they were walking across a parking lot in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria. Family members told police that Almaleki attacked his daughter because she was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.

Noor Faleh Almaleki died Nov. 2. The other woman, Amal Khalaf, survived; she is the mother of Noor's boyfriend.

Almaleki was in court Wednesday in a black-and-white jail uniform and said only his name and birthday when prompted by the judge. His next scheduled court date is Feb. 8.

Almaleki had a different attorney from the Maricopa County public defender's office until Tuesday, when Little took over. Little is on the office's capital case team, and although prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty against Almaleki, Little said his office believes it's likely, so he needs to begin defending the case now.

Mike Scerbo, spokesman for County Attorney Andrew Thomas, declined to comment on the case, instead referring to a news release his office issued Dec. 21.

"We will fully prosecute this tragic case of alleged homicide and domestic violence," Thomas said at the time.

Several court appearances had to be canceled after Almaleki was put on suicide watch, but Little said that has no longer been an issue.

Almaleki is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.

Almaleki and his family moved to the U.S. in the mid-1990s and lived in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Friends said Noor simply wanted to be a normal American woman, and that she was never disrespectful to her father,just independent.

Friends said Almaleki forced Noor to quit her job at a fast-food restaurant, and in 2008, he took her to Iraq under the guise of visiting family. Actually, he had picked out a husband for her and told her she couldn't return to Arizona unless she married him.

Noor married the man and returned, and friends said her husband was in the process of trying to move to the U.S. But Noor fell in love with another man, they said, and she was living in his home with his mother when she was killed.

AJC, religion of peace

TERRORIST, WHERE?! (Featuring Racist Willy) [Video]

Jawa Report

Islamic Christianophobia: World ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world


Anba Kirolos, bishop of the Coptic Christian church, talks to Reuters in his church in Qena, 700 km (435 miles) south of Cairo, January 8, 2010.

Wonderful ending:
    It might seem natural that at least some attention would be paid in the West to the plight of these Christians. Instead, attention seems endlessly focused on "Islamophobia," not least at the U.N.'s misnamed Human Rights Council. In November, much of Europe went berserk over the Swiss referendum to ban the construction of minarets (though not of mosques). But the West's tolerance for its large Muslim populations stands in sharp contrast to the Muslim world's bigotry and persecution of its own religious minorities. That's a fact that ought to be borne in mind the next time Westerners berate themselves about their own supposed "intolerance."

Mainly covers the Open doors Report on treatment of Christians around the world - which we covered - see list.

In Egypt, seven Coptic Christians were murdered yesterday by a Muslim gunman as they filed out of a midnight mass in the southern town of Nag Hamadi. In Pakistan, more than 100 Christian homes were ransacked by a Muslim mob last July in the village of Bahmaniwala. In Iraq that same month, seven Christian churches were bombed in Baghdad and Mosul in the space of three days.

Such atrocities—and there are scores of other examples—are grim reminders that when it comes to persecution, few groups have suffered as grievously as Christians in Muslim lands. Fewer still have suffered with such little attention paid. Now a new report from the non-profit ministry, Open Doors USA, shines a light on the scale of oppression.

In its annual World Watch List, Open Doors ranks eight Muslim countries among the 10 worst persecutors of Christians. The other two, North Korea (which tops the list) and Laos, are communist states. Of the 50 countries on the list, 35 are majority Muslim.

Take Iran, which this year ranks as the world's second-worst persecutor of Christians. Open Doors reports that in 2009 the Islamic Republic arrested 85 Christians, many of whom were also mistreated in prison. In 2008, some 50 Christians were arrested and one Christian couple was beaten to death by security officials. At least part of the reason for the mistreatment appears to be the result of Muslim conversions to Christianity: Apostasy carries a mandatory death sentence in Iran.

In Saudi Arabia (No. 3), all non-Muslim public worship is forbidden. The state forbids the building of any type of non-Muslim house of worship, and Christian expatriates in the kingdom must practice their faith in private. The same goes in the Maldives, where the report notes that all citizens must be Muslim; "the handful of indigenous Christians are forced to believe in complete secrecy." Similarly in Mauritania, conversion to Christianity or any other religions is formally punishable by death.

Little wonder, then, that once-thriving Christian communities in the Muslim world have now largely voted with their feet by fleeing to safer havens, often in Europe or the United States. That's true even in religiously important communities such as Bethlehem, where the Christian majority has largely fled since the arrival in the 1990s of Yasser Arafat's repressive government and the ascendancy of Islamist groups such as Hamas. By contrast, Christians practice their religion freely and openly in Israel, just a few miles distant.

It might seem natural that at least some attention would be paid in the West to the plight of these Christians. Instead, attention seems endlessly focused on "Islamophobia," not least at the U.N.'s misnamed Human Rights Council. In November, much of Europe went berserk over the Swiss referendum to ban the construction of minarets (though not of mosques). But the West's tolerance for its large Muslim populations stands in sharp contrast to the Muslim world's bigotry and persecution of its own religious minorities. That's a fact that ought to be borne in mind the next time Westerners berate themselves about their own supposed "intolerance."


Iran's Political Crisis [Video]

Students new demands - 'We want separation between the state and the religion - Islam'

Six months after its controversial presidential election, Iran is at a crossroads that has seen deadly protests. WSJ's Marshall Crook reports on the emergence and growth of the opposition Green Movement. WSJ

Underwear bomber with singed groin area - pleas not guilty


An unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe on Friday entered the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse as a United States Marshal looked on.

DETROIT -- Terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pled not guilty Friday in a federal court in Detroit on a six-count indictment for allegedly attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound plane and murder its 279 passengers and 11 crew members.

Mr. Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom just before 2 p.m. Friday shackled by his feet and wearing a white T-shirt, khaki pants and blued shoes.

He is accused of strapping explosives in his pants that failed to detonate and instead set him on fire on a Christmas day Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. His trip originated in Nigeria, where his father had earlier alerted authorities to his radical turn.

U.S. officials had information that could have led them to block Mr. Abdulmutallab from boarding the plane, Obama administration officials said yesterday, but intelligence analysts failed to assemble the picture of the plot. Representatives of the militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, have claimed credit for organizing the attack.

Judge Mark A. Randon presided Friday, asking the suspect a series of questions during the brief hearing about his mental state and fitness to stand trial Friday. When asked, he told a judge he had taken pain medication in the last day.

Mr. Abdulmutallab made his first appearance in court amid crowds of journalists. Scores of Muslim Americans held up anti-terrorism mantras on posters and waved large American flags outside the coutroom. A handful of Nigerian-born Americans joined in, with signs such as "Nigerians Are Against Terrorism."

Mr. Abdulmutallab will remain detained but has the right to a hearing on the matter. His next appearance in court was not immediately set Friday.

No new details were provided in an indictment earlier this week as to how the suspect was able to board a plane in Amsterdam with two types of explosives hidden in his pants, or how he gained a U.S. visa.


South Park & Family Guy do Muhammad - then the cartoons are pulled [Video]

vlad Tepes Blog: Just goofing around with some clips. The heavy lifting here was of course, south park and family guy, and this person: who assembled som clips from a fantastic south park episode. I added a couple of family guy clips and photoshopped the pics at the end.

Ed Koch says Obama administration should call the Christmas attack for what it is - an act of war [Video]

I agree I thought the Dutch guy who took down the bomber on flight 253 - should have been honored in the US. Truth needs to be in there - this is a war. radical Muslims are at war with the non-Muslim world.

Jihad Watch

George Galloway forcibly ejected from Egypt


George Galloway has been bundled into a police van and thrown out of Egypt two days after a policeman was killed during clashes involving his mission to deliver aid to Gaza.

The MP for Bow and Bethnal Green and an aide were detained by security guards as soon as they stepped on to Egyptian soil.

They were taken to Cairo airport and escorted on to flight to London at the end of journey marked by violent clashes and angry confrontations.


An Egyptian soldier was killed on Wednesday as they traded gunfire with Palestinians waiting for Mr Galloway's aid convoy to arrive.

A statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Mr Galloway had been declared "persona non grata" and would not be allowed to enter the country again.


British MP George Galloway speaks to the Islamic Action Front supporters in Amman December 29, 2009, after their return from Aqaba, 300 km (186 miles) south of the Jordanian capital. After spending more than three days stranded in Aqaba, the Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy headed to Gaza was forced to change its route after Egypt refused to allow it entry through the port of Nuweibeh. The convoy will instead travel to Amman before heading to Syria to load the cargo onto a ship at the Mediterranean port of Latakia, bound for El Arish in Egypt, where Egypt receives aid to Gaza.

On the way to Gaza Galloway speaks to Islam Action Front supporters.


Islam Action front supporters.


Islam Action Front along with Viva Palestina convoy on the way through Jordan/Syria to reach Gaza.


George Galloway vehicle carrying food and supplies to Gaza through the Egyptian border - where not long after his arrival he is bungled on a BA jet back to Britain.

He had just returned from Gaza where the Viva Palestina convoy had arrived two days earlier with more than 100 trucks carrying aid.

Mr Galloway had repeatedly accused Egypt of blocking deliveries of aid by sealing the border, while the Egyptian authorities said the convoy had deliberately ignored travel restrictions.


Jordanian protest

"It's always a badge of honour to be deported by a tin-pot dictatorship and that's what happened," he said after arriving back in the UK.

Ron McKay, who was also deported, said the pair were surrounded by 12 plain-clothes officers as they stepped from the crossing.

"None of them spoke English," he said by telephone after arriving back in the UK. "They physically bundled us in to a panelled, white van. They didn't produce any identification. There wasn't any marking on the van or the two vehicles ahead of us so for a few minutes we thought we were being kidnapped."

It was not until they were boarding a British Airways flight that an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the pair they were being deported.

It brought an end to a troubled week for the mission after dozens of activists were hurt earlier in the week as they fought with security forces.

Police used water cannon to end the protesters' occupation of Arish harbour, where they had arrived in Egypt, as they waited for permission to proceed.

Witnesses said security forces threw stones and police used water cannon to end an occupation of Arish harbour, where the convoy was waiting for permission to proceed to Gaza.

A day later an Egyptian soldier died when gunmen loyal to the Islamist group Hamas opened fire. A dozen Palestinians were also hurt, making it the bloodiest clash between the two sides in a year.


Cairo had insisted the food and other supplies should enter via an Israeli-controlled checkpoint, but Mr Galloway wanted to use the Rafah border crossing, which is run by Egypt.

A compromise eventually allowed the bulk of the convoy to enter through Rafah, while more than 50 vehicles were ordered through Israel.

Gamal Abdel Gawad, of the Al Ahram political think tank in Cairo, said: "I don't think we can believe that a couple of hundred small trucks will provide what is needed in Palestine'" he said.

"The real task is to provide for sustainable arrangements that would allow the removal of the closures around Gaza. This convoy is not helping that."

Aid agencies say they have been able to deliver a fraction of the food, fuel and medicine needed in Gaza since Israel launched a military offensive against suspected militant targets in December 2008. Some 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died during Operation Cast Lead.


Is Etihad really E-Jihad Airways?


Manchester City's new signing Patrick Vieira (L) poses with manager Roberto Mancini during a photocall at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England, January 8, 2010.

What's the whole Etihad all about - for western eyes its suspiciously close to e-jihad - it is literally one letter remover from that.


Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد‎, ʼal-ʻitiħād), was established in 2003 and is the state airline for Abu Bhabi, UAE.

Coined from a name close to
Al-Ittihad, which means united in Arabic.

wiki :: The name was coined by Abdulazeez Jameel who was quoted as saying "Since we're gathered here united, let's call it United," Ittihad meaning united in Arabic.


In May 2009 Etihad became the official sponsors of Manchester City Football club.

Greek school teacher in mostly Muslim village near Turkey accused of getting kids to draw picture of Allah


Turkish speakers of Western Thrace, Greece have accused a Greek teacher who is either named Hara, Chara or Joy Nikopoulou - of asking kids to draw a picture of Allah. The Greeks are as far as I can decipher denying this - but whether it was a misunderstanding - or a well meaning mistake or a complete fabrication - for many Muslims - the matter will not rest until someone dies.

Chara Nikopoulou (W.A.), Primary School teacher in a school of Evros, (post-graduate summer school).

It appears that the teacher has already had run ins with the remote peasant school - when she wanted to take the children to a bigger city to sing Greek songs in a choir - most of the mainly Muslim parents pulled their children out. She believes the trouble started after - she had a run in with a cleaner at the school - who wasn't doing a very good job and when she complained about it - the maid/cleaner came to the school and started arguing with the children - when she asked that the woman - bring her complaints to herself an adult - the woman went away - and her husband returned. He wasn't so friendly - she sat down and asked him to sit at the other side of the table - he lost his temper and either physically hit her or hit an object on the table which then knocked her in the head (see pic on left). And there was mention of a gun [which could have been a bad translation] !!

20. February 2008
I am a Greek teacher, I have Hellenism in me
Interview with Joy Nikopoulou on TV Thessaloniki

This was 2008 - and it seemed from that article she continued to teach at the school - not wanting to label the whole town - and some of the children's families came round to support her in the evening.

This accusation appears to be the latest. Part of the conflict appears to stem from the fact that she is a non-Muslim and also it some of these people - it has been said would prefer not to send their children to school - in the first place.

Turkish speaking press in Thrace - translation

Hara Nikopoulou'nun last marifeti;

Make the picture of Allah!

Connected to the village of Derbent minority provinces Alexandroupoli United Christian Primary School teacher skill than the last one appeared Nikopoulou'nun Hara. H. Given home assignments to students in Nikopoulou image of God wanted to do. God does not ever ever seen a picture of parents, students showed their homework.
Parents also came to this question in the face of confused, what to do to their children began to think of how to respond, of course, that their children could do homework. Children were alarmed in the face of these events and many also went to school in tears.

How to meet students who can not do their homework Nikopoulou do not know. But we know have a real picture of God is not the direction he is İslâmiyet'te. Nikopoulou these students deny that they belong to the Islamic religion tries to do? The psychological damage done to students Nikopoulou do realize is I wonder? May not be aware of all this Nikopoulou perhaps, but this country's Minister of Education do not hear it may do all this? If this village is still duyorsa why this keeps teachers?

Defiant Greek site Olympia answers back:
Fairly good translation ~

The initiators of Nazism, the misozooi - miserable misogynist targeting (with a tolerance of the new government always) the heroic teacher, Joy Nikolopoulou. Someone should tell them that are mistaken if they think they will restore the medieval practices in the country shaking off the blood!

As was the magic of the Koran incident in which "friends of PASOK rose group with known pamphlets that echynan racial and religious PSEFDOLOGONTAS the poison, so far, using another weapon of the mullahs:

"The Joy Nikolopoulou put the children to paint the ... Allah!"

And have the nerve to do it when few days before attempted assassination of the Danish cartoonist who was targeted for the same reason! With the blessings of international terrorism!

With false reports in fascist pamphlets trying to Targeting joy Nikolopoulou the same slanderous lies and monitor the state irrelevant.

We say essentially fomenting racial and religious hatred, but also automatically prosecuted felony of "encouragement to Kakourgimatiki practice.

He immediately intervene prosecutor and prosecuting the perpetrators of the libelous publications and newspapers that host them.

It is understood that any threat made against Joy Nikolopoulou moving in international terrorism and proceed directly to similar approaches.

You comrades PASOK [Leftist government] preference votes instead of human rights, will probably stay hug with Al Qaeda.

Thanks to anonymous Greek

WIRED nails Google on Islam censor!


Google likely got a call from some of the most repressive boys on earth at OIC who told them how disappointed they were that such unflattering things came up about Islam in their search - next they probably sent Google a gift - you know in good faith !! And told those over at the Google campus - we trust you will do the right thing!! No harm done of course!

Confused about what Islam is? Join the party — it seems Google can’t figure it out either. Or, at least its search suggestion program can’t.

If you type, “Buddhism is” or “Christianity is,” Google will quickly show you suggestions for what it thinks you might be trying to type. In the former query’s case, the Google guesses “not a religion,” “wrong,” “not what you think.” Christianity gets tougher treatment with the suggestions “bullshit” and “not a religion.”

But the query “Islam is”? Not a thing comes to mind for Google to suggest. (Search results are still there, of course.)

It’s enough to get some to conclude Google is censoring itself, perhaps as a result of complaints for suggestions that one guesses are just as flattering as those for other faiths.

But Google says it’s just a software problem.

“This is a bug and we’re working to fix it as quickly as we can,” a Google spokesman told

The suggestion feature relies on your previous searches and searches from users globally. Google says it filters out “pornographic terms, dirty words, and hate and violence terms.”

That means it’s most likely someone at Google got a complaint, added the phrase to a list of skip words, like f**K, seeing the results as hate and violence — perhaps without even looking at suggestions for other religions.

So, “What is the ‘Islam is’” thing? We suggest “a bug,” an “affront,” “censorship,” “an attempt at international relations by a large, profit-driven advertising company,” or a “feature,” depending on your politics, religion or employer.


Somali Muhammad cartoonist Westergaard attacker worked for Red Cross, where he worked with children


The damaged front door of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard's home is seen in Aarhus, Denmark, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010

The 28 year old Somali who is suspected of the attempted murder of caricaturist Kurt Westergaard, worked at a Danish Red Cross center.

Up to the day before the 28 year old Somali MMG went to Aarhus to attack caricaturist Kurt Westergaard he was on watch on a Danish Red Cross center, where he dealt with young unaccompanied immigrants.

The Danish Red Cross confirmed to Jyllands-Posten that MMG was working through a temp employment agency at three Danish Red Cross centers for children and youth.

These are the centers in Gribskov, Sjælsmark and Avnstrup, which house children and youth aged 15-17 who typically come to Denmark as unaccompanied refugees. The Somali worked in keeping the children and youth occupied with the various activities in the centers.

The head of the Danish Red Cross Asylum division, Jørgen Chemnitz, discovered Thursday that the Somali had been employed in the organization.

He says that the Red Cross made sure by the Mano Crew employment agency that he had no criminal record or any problems with a former sexual offense, so he could work with children.

Jørgen Chemnitz says they think they've guarded themselves by requesting the two certificates, and that nobody among the regular staff who had worked with the Somali has anything bad to say against him. Everybody describes him as helpful, friendly and accommodating. They've never seen anything which would indicate that the man did anything against the children and youth in the center. Additionally, they have a principle that a temporary worker can't work along with the children.

According to the Mano Crew agency, the 28 year old Somali worked 600 hours altogether, but they did not say how many of those were for the Red Cross.

JP, Islam in Europe

Amen: The church fights back against Islamification

The Church fears that it is alone - with regard to Islamization - but it must realize that it has allies in both the secular and atheist communities. There is a great deal of respect given to the Pope's braveness in the face of Islam's intolerance [the lack of churches and freedom of religion in the Islamic world]- and there is a great deal of sadness in the Church of England's capitulation in the face of the same. The talk of Shari'a law being 'inevitable' in the UK is outrageous - coming from an Archbishop. Doubly so - when you consider what has happened in places like Egypt.

Lord Carey's brave call to limit immigration is a timely defence of Christian values, says Damian Thompson.

We have had to wait decades for this moment, but it has finally happened. A leading British clergyman has said something sensible about immigration.

Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this week signed a declaration by the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration calling for an urgent tightening of borders to stop the British population reaching 70 million by 2029. He also gave an interview yesterday in which he called for a tougher Church. "We Christians are very often so soft that we allow other people to walk over us, and we are not as tough in what we want, in expressing our beliefs, because we do not want to upset other people," he said.

Tougher church … people walking all over us … controls on immigration: it really is not all that difficult to join the dots. Later in the interview, Lord Carey almost joined them for us, suggesting that there might be a "points system" based on respect for Britain's Christian heritage.

Some of Lord Carey's critics will accuse him of blowing a dog whistle to racists. That is nonsense. Lord Carey is a veteran anti-racist: he enjoys the sort of following among African evangelicals that Bill Clinton did among black Americans. But if Lord Carey were accused of whistling to Christians worried by the prospect of millions of dogmatic Muslims in Britain, then he would find it difficult to rebut the charge. Politicised Islam is at the forefront of his mind: he knows that Britain's evangelical Christians are fed up with being told to develop ever closer ties with their Muslim neighbours.

These evangelicals see Muslim communities that are increasingly hard to distinguish from ghettos; whose young men are sympathetic towards Islamist insurgents; and whose elders enforce a Sharia law that bullies young British Muslim women at home and persecutes Christians abroad. (Nothing, not even the issue of homosexuality, has done more to damage the authority of Dr Rowan Williams in the conservative provinces of the Anglican Communion than his idiotic equivocation on British Sharia.)

Britain's black and Asian Christian leaders will support Lord Carey in this controversy; many of them have seen Islamism at work in their home countries. Only one Church of England bishop has resigned his see in protest at Church leaders' feebleness in the face of Islamism, and he is an immigrant: Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester. In contrast, the rest of the hierarchy, together with all the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales, still adhere to the old orthodoxy that immigration is by definition a glorious blessing because it "enriches" our culture.

In Europe, however, many Catholic bishops never really subscribed to that orthodoxy in the first place, and now they are talking openly about the coming "Islamification" of Europe. Yesterday, just as Lord Carey was issuing his own warning, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the Archbishop of Prague, marked his retirement with a melodramatic prophecy. "Unless the Christians wake up, life may be Islamised and Christianity will not have the strength to imprint its character on the life of people, not to say society," he said.

The Cardinal is right, but only up to a point. The Islamification of parts of Europe is indeed under way. As Christopher Caldwell says in his book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, Muslims "vie for dominance" in Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Marseilles, suburbs of Paris and Berlin, Bradford, Leicester, the periphery of Manchester and east London.

Where Cardinal Vlk displays naivety is in his proposed remedy: he is optimistic that the Church can persuade the West to reject the empty secularism that has created a Europe-wide vacuum filled by people of another faith.

The message that "secularism" is the real enemy of Christianity is parroted by liberal bishops everywhere. Although they may be horrified by Cardinal Vlk's talk of Islamification, they share his belief that the essential division in the world is between "people of faith" and rootless materialists. Pope John Paul II also subscribed to that world-view. But Pope Benedict XVI, significantly, does not. Benedict wants to convince secular-minded people that, in an odd way, they are already part of the Christian flock, because many of their ideals are rooted in the ethics of Christianity.

In other words, the Church's respect for the dignity of the human person is broadly shared by those secular intellectuals committed to a free society. The Pope recognises this, which is why he has spent so much time talking to them; so does Bishop Nazir-Ali, whose friends include atheist thinkers whose respect for the West's Christian heritage is far greater than that of Muslim community leaders or their multiculturalist allies.

In the long term, the future of Western civilisation can be secured only by an alliance between Christians and secularists against the totalitarian ideology of Islamism. That is a strange prospect; and even more uncomfortable is the realisation that Christianity's survival as a mass movement may depend on something as prosaic as immigration control. But that is surely what Lord Carey is hinting at, and it is brave of him to do so.


Mayor of London Boris Johnson's ex-wife, 45, reveals she married a 23-year-old Pakistani Muslim man in Lahore, wishes to be 1st wife of 4

The following commentary is from a Muslim woman who feels that bored wealthy western women converting to Islam and adopting all its archaic values - are working in opposition to the freedoms they and their mothers worked hard for and hoped to achieve within Islam.

It is clearly living PC - not just talking about it - it is not only when you want to others to overlook the problematic areas within Islam - you become the problem. George Galloway is a perfect example. Where those mainly one the Left - attempt to show how absolutely perfect Islam is - and how its values fit perfectly into the modern world - they soon tire of talking and adopt the religion - making sure to include the things which westerns object to most. A convert to Islam in German - who converted on marrying a Muslim man - and was a prominent school teacher - or in education - remarked that stoning might be good in a western society - something to the effect that it might make people think twice before indulging in sex outside of marriage.

No surprise if next these converts will be telling everyone that - Islamic Shari'a law is best for everyone - that because the Prophet said a women's word is worth half - that indeed is the way it should be for all!

Besides all this there is a real market in the marriage to older western women in the Muslim world - these younger men look to marrying these older non-virgins to secure passports out of poverty. It appears Mayor of London Boris Johnson's ex fell for such a scheme.


Earlier days: Miss Mostyn-Owen married Boris Johnson in 1987, the year he graduated from Oxford University

Women should be wary of romanticising Islam

Allegra Mostyn-Owen even implied she would be content to be one of several of his wives. Since she is 45, she said she would be happy for her new husband to have children with a younger woman.

    They would then live as an ‘extended family’ as sanctioned by the Prophet Mohammed ‘who said it was OK to marry up to four women’, she declared. [+]

I am keen to meet Allegra Mostyn-Owen and support her invaluable work at the mosque in Forest Gate, east London.

She runs art classes there for Muslim women and children. Muslim minds and lives are being closed down worldwide by fanatics who deny young people art, music and books. This intrepid white woman dares to push aside the curtain of ignorance.

She was the first wife of Boris Johnson — clearly not a woman to shirk challenges. But then I find out that she has married a much younger Lahori man and imagines her future as an ageing wife who will happily accept her lot within an orthodox Islamic set-up and welcome a younger wife to produce children. It is her choice and one wishes her well.

Several of my close Pakistani and Arab friends are happily married to European wives, with both sides compromising on lifestyles and values.

That is not what Mostyn-Owen has opted for. First she has married a much younger, fit man and maybe feels excessively grateful. Then she is going for complete surrender, an uncritical acceptance of the most regressive practices of some of my co-religionists. The reactions of her family are subtly xenophobic and must hurt. But her actions are as inexplicable to Muslims like myself too. My mother's generation fought for equality and monogamous marriages, a struggle that carries on. To see the daughters of Britannia carelessly surrendering these rights is almost unbearable.

It is happening elsewhere in Europe too. Since 9/11, vast numbers of educated, privileged middle-class white women have converted to Islam, often the most restricted forms with tediously long rulebooks. Surveys suggest they are the fastest growing group of converts in the West. Here they include women at investment banks, TV stations, universities and in the NHS.

Four years ago, when the trend first became clear, Dr Haifa Jawad, of Birmingham University, said: “The women were reacting to the moral uncertainties of the Western world. Many convert out of conviction and not because they are in love.”

Mostyn-Owen says her husband is “untainted by the jaded confusion of western urban life”. Such images of contamination and purity are often used to explain the decisions. Three such converts told me last year their nun-like apparel makes them feel less objectified and they feel “cleansed”.

Islam gives women their own property and money and the right to sexual pleasure within marriage — radical stuff at a time when females in the world were but chattels. [Oh please give us a break, women in the Arabian peninsular were allowed to marry more than one man before Muhammad said he saw more women in hell] Most Muslim women I know are blissfully happy and able to be what they want. Not one of them would accept polygamy. The religion was born at a time when men around the world had several wives. It has no place in today's world.

Mostyn-Owen and other such submissive converts may think their new lives are excitingly exotic but their choices drag the faith back to the dark ages. And why? Just because they are a bit bored with liberty? Progressive Muslims have enough to contend with without these whimsies. The good lady must make hers a modern Muslim marriage between equals, otherwise I fear there will be many tears before bedtime.

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