Saturday, May 22, 2010

“Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Group Moderator Has Email Hacked, Shuts Down Facebook Page

SEATTLE (YBH.ME) – The ever present “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” controversy has taken a new twist. On Thursday afternoon, during the middle of “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”, Facebook removed the page from its website.

What was thought to be an act of self-censorship by Facebook, under the fear of retaliation from Muslims, may in fact have been the act of an individual moderator of the group “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. As of 7:00 am this morning the group’s page is back up on Facebook with the following statement:

Back. This page was removed two days ago, after one of our moderators had his email and skype hacked. His personal data was revealed. He then got scared and deleted the …page, the blog and the emails. The rest of us, are now back without him after he backed out. This is another scare tactic from the Islamic extremists. We won’t fall. Pictures you were unable to post on the 20th? Check the forums for interviews.

The group’s page has over 108,000 members to date. Their stated mission is to spark “serious” debate. EDMD’s full statement from Facebook:

TO CLARIFY: This is not a COMPETITION. We all win or we all lose. Sites and newspapers around the world are quoting us as having a competition, well, we’re not. This is a joint effort.
We also encourage you to make a creative and funny depiction of mohammed. There is no need to make hateful and totally respectless depiction of him. Remember that we also, sad, but true: hurt the feelings of the moderate muslims as well.

Hopefully this page will spark serious debates in international forums.
We are not trying to slander the average muslim , it’s not a muslim/islam hatepage. We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammed depictions, that we’re not afraid of them. That they can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence.

We encourage you to report all hateful things that get expressed through words & images on this page.
Western media has been in a de facto war with the radical elements of Islam over censorship since the tragic events of 9/11. The latest round began when Comedy Central caved to pressure from Islamic groups and refused to show an image of Mohammad on an episode of “South Park” which led cartoonist Molly Norris to lampoon the whole affair. Ms. Norris’ cartoon inadvertently led to the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” group being formed on Facebook. The government of Pakistan has banned the website in the Asian country over the flap.

“Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Group Moderator Has Email Hacked, Shuts Down Facebook Page � Yes, But, However!

Draw Mohammed Day images continue to pour in, now topped 12,300 [Photos]


And this is why it is being done ~ see kill those.. pic.! Muslim nations have been so used to getting their own way for so long, it is almost unfathomable that what they say should not be respected. Pakistan's blasphemy laws is a case in point ~ all a Muslim has to say, is that a Christian insulted the Prophet or Islam and on little or no evidence, the Christian is put on trial and sentenced either to 25 years in prison or to death. Though just as we in the west can assume everyone has the same level of freedoms as we do, those in countries like Pakistan can also assume that the rest of the world should come under their religious restrictions. The Draw Muhammad Day shattered that illusion.

If we are going to give up our freedom ~ we have to understand what we are trading it in for. And what the Muslim world is offering ~ from Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to Indonesia ~ is no alternative!






Friday, May 21, 2010

Spanish town to debate Islamic veil ban


Burqas: Lleida, Catalonia South, June 2008


A Spanish town is to debate calls for a ban on wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public amid growing cross-party opposition to the burqa in the country, a local party said Tuesday.

The council debate in Lerida, a town of some 140,000 inhabitants in north east Catalonia, will take place on May 28.

The moderate Catalan nationalists of the Convergence and Union (CiU) party proposed the ban, calling the veil "an obstacle to the dignity and integration of women in our society".

About 20 percent of the town's residents are immigrants and the presence "of Salafist representatives (hardline Islamists) has facilitated the spread of practices incompatible with the values of sexual equality and respect for women," the party said in a statement.

This is a bit of what is going on down there. There are these self-styled morality police in this area of Spain, where Muslim women not toeing the line are regularly harassed.  They even went as far as to set up an 'Islamic court of honor'. And according to one N. African woman, who was abducted while out shopping and brought to the court, said she was judged by twenty men in turbans, and convicted and then sentenced to death for adultery, for getting pregnant outside of marriage. She, luckily managed to escape.

According to many accounts, groups of fundamentalists would attack women not wearing the veil or frequenting bars. They would put pressure on their parents or husbands. Recently, a young Moroccan was attacked because he had played football with young non-Muslims in his village. "While many victims are reluctant to file complaints, incidents involving these" morality squads "multiply" said a senior counterterrorism daily El Periodico.


Lerida mayor Angel Ros, who belongs to the Socialist Party which governs at the national level, backs a ban in order to protect women's "fundamental rights", a spokesman for the municipality said.

The town's legal department is studying the possibility of banning the use of the veil at the local level but the mayor would prefer a wider ban at the regional or national level, he added.

Spain's Labour and Immigration Minister Celestino Corbacho said Monday he was in favour of a ban on the full veil in work places.

"Totally covering women with a piece of clothing, whatever the symbolism, completely goes against our society and stops the move towards equality between men and women," he said.

Traditionally a nation that sent immigrants abroad, Spain has seen the number of foreigners living within its borders take off since 1996.

At the start of 2010 there were 5.7 million foreigners in Spain, which has a total population of 46.9 million, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

This includes 746,760 Moroccans, an increase of 4.0 percent on 2009.


Report 2008: The number of fundamentalist mosques in South Catalonia double

translation

The number of Salafi mosques, linked to radical Islam, would be 27-30 on the whole of Catalonia South compared to only 15 in 2004. Initially concentrated in the region of Tarragona, these mosques, now present to Lleida and Girona are generally absent from Barcelona. For larger audiences, the Salafists are opening new places of worship and practice entryism by a method quite simple: if the imam denies them to operate, he is seen as discredited among the faithful and his replacement is caused, on behalf of the Koran. Most leaders of this movement "ultra" are well integrated, often business owners who enjoy a certain prestige among Muslim communities. On a model of Christian communities similar to Amish or Hasidic Jews, the Salafist community offers rules and simple answers in a world of complex issues, and an affirmation of identity that reaches even the style of dress. The authorities remain vigilant on this phenomenon community extreme Salafists some sermons urging their followers to minimize relations with non-believers.


France and Belgium are among a number of European countries currently debating a full-face Islamic veil ban in public places.

Spanish town to debate Islamic veil ban < Spanish news | Expatica Spain: "Catalan"

More on Draw Muhammad Day of Rage in Pakistan [Photos]

  • Access to Wikipedia and Flickr are restricted
  • Clock ticking for Twitter: Traffic surge as blocked users switch to micro-blogging site
  • Pakistan offers to resolve dispute in way that 'ensures religious harmony'

Outrage: Pakistani religious students shout slogans during a protest in Karachi against the Facebook page asking using to submit images of the Prophet Mohammed today

Outrage: Pakistani religious students shout slogans during a protest in Karachi against the Facebook page asking using to submit images of the Prophet Mohammed today

I think they see the rest of the world like they see their Hindus, their Sikhs and their Christians. Where literally anything goes. As Muslims they have the upper hand legally. And they believe that the rest of the world should function in this same order. The outrage is geared towards ~ in their mind Islam is already superior ~ so to get others to respect or acknowledge Islam's superiority.

There was a Christian massacre in Pakistan ~ last year and it is unclear whether anyone has been charged with the murderous arson attack, even though the call to attack came from the mosque's minaret! Once the international attention died down a bit ~ the police revealed that they had a list of 'Christian' suspects up for it, they included prominent clergy ~ the Anglican Bishop ~ and councilmen in the area.


Revolt: Supporters of Islamic political party Jamat-e-Islami carry placards during a protest against the international social networking website Facebook in Karachi today

Revolt: Supporters of Islamic political party Jamat-e-Islami join the Karachi protest today. A Pakistani court has temporarily banned the entire Facebook website

Outcry: Female activists of Pakistani Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami carry placards as they march during a protest rally against Facebook in Karachi yesterday

Outcry: Female activists of Pakistani Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami carry placards as they march during a protest rally against Facebook in Karachi yesterday.

Jamaat-e-Islami are connected with the UK's largest Muslim group ~ the Muslim Council of Britain, and they have been advocating for Shari'a law's inclusion in British law.


One woman looks proud as she holds up her signing calling on Pakistanis to log out forever

One woman looks proud as she holds up her signing calling on Pakistanis to log out forever

It was set up to protest threats made by a radical Muslim group against the creators of 'South Park' for depicting Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode earlier this year.

'We are not trying to slander the average Muslim,'' the Facebook creators wrote on the information section of the page, which was still accessible this morning.

'We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammad depictions that we're not afraid of them. That they can't take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us into silence.'

More students join in today's protest. As of early this afternoon, Facebook was still available in Pakistan

More students join in today's protest. As of early this afternoon, Facebook was still available in Pakistan

YouTube and Facebook banned in Pakistan | Mail Online

Draw Muhammed Day Of Rage Continues In Pakistan - May 21 [Photos]


Pakistani Islamists shout slogans during a protest in Karachi on May 21, 2010, against the published caricatures of Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. Thousands of Pakistanis were expected to take to the streets to vent growing anger against Facebook and the West over 'sacrilegious' caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet. A Facebook user organised an 'Everyone Draw Mohammed Day' competition to promote 'freedom of expression', inspired by an American woman cartoonist, but sparked a major backlash in the conservative Muslim country of 170 million



First of all ... What is Facebook? Then I will go to protest!


Kill those who insult Islam!!

It is clear they want Islamic laws enforced the world over ~ and if our governments don't start paying attention this is what is going to happen!



Of course ~ if you want to immigrate to the West .. you'll have to go through the proper channel and marry someone!



Pakistani Muslims burn flags during a demonstrate against Facebook page which encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, May 21, 2010.

Which flag to burn, which flag to burn!


But first we must step on the assortment of western flags!


Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says the Nordic country has temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan because of a threat.


Yesterday's rage May 20.

This is a religious order? This is a military order!








And the Day before May 19



Pakistani students gather to demonstrate against a Facebook page amid anger over a page on the social networking site which encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Students!! I'm sure we have some visas lying around!!


US cartoonist 'apologises' over Facebook Muhammad row


Ms Norris ~ who had the initial spark of genius:
"I never started a Facebook page; I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings," she said on her blog.

She apologised for her role in the controversy and said that the content of the page was "offensive to Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place".

You can't even get a full apology out of her!! And rightly so! They don't deserve one!


A cartoonist whose work inspired an internet campaign inviting people to draw images of the Prophet Muhammad has apologised for her role in the row.

Writing on her blog, Molly Norris said her satirical cartoon was 'hijacked' and that the campaign was 'offensive to Muslims'.

Other people set up a page on the social networking site Facebook backing an Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.

It sparked outrage in Pakistan, where a court ordered Facebook to be blocked.

On Thursday the video-sharing website YouTube was also blocked in Pakistan. Reports say more protests against the Facebook campaign are planned for Friday.

'Right to expression'
Molly Norris drew a cartoon in April to protest against the decision by a US television channel to cancel an episode of the popular show South Park because of a contentious depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

In her cartoon, Ms Norris satirically proposed May 20 as an Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.

The idea inspired a separate Everybody Draw Muhammad Day group on Facebook which rapidly gained in popularity.

The page contains drawings and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and characters from other religions, including Hinduism and Christianity. Depictions of the Prophet are forbidden in Islam.

Ms Norris says she that she had nothing to do with the page even though her name was posted on it. Some media reports implied that she had set up the Facebook campaign.

"I never started a Facebook page; I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings," she said on her blog.

She apologised for her role in the controversy and said that the content of the page was "offensive to Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place".

The page is no longer available to view.

Violent demonstrations
Pakistan said it blocked the popular video-sharing website YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content".

Correspondents say it remains to be seen how successful the new bans will be in Pakistan and whether citizens find a way round them.

YouTube said it was "looking into the matter and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible". The site was briefly blocked in Pakistan in 2008 - ostensibly for carrying material deemed offensive to Muslims.

"Because YouTube is a platform for free expression of all sorts, we take great care when we enforce our policies. Content that violates our guidelines is removed as soon as we become aware of it," said the company.

Facebook said in a statement that it would take action if any content "becomes an attack on anyone, including Muslim people", but that in this case its policies were not violated.

Five people were killed in Pakistan in 2006 during violent demonstrations following publication of Muhammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper.

BBC News - US cartoonist apologises over Facebook Muhammad row

Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app, but alllows a similar Bible Thumper app [Video]


It appears the app simply makes use of Koran verses!! And that is 'offensive'. From Salman Rushdie to this. The mistake was thinking that the Satanic Verses 'outrage' 'fatwas' and so on were going to be it...

The Muhammadan religion is appearing like an ominous cloud, and Apple among others are simply closing down the shutters.



In what is sure to raise a ruckus, comedian / filmmaker / app developer Emery Emery recorded a phone call with an Apple App Store rep when his iSlam Muhammad app was pulled from the App Store after one day. The highly entertaining conversation in its entirety can be heard by watching the "video" above.

iSlam Muhammad apparently depicted images of the prophet Muhammad (forbidden by Islam) and outlined disturbing passages from the Qur'an. It's surprisingly similar to BibleThumper, a Christian-bashing app that remains in the App Store.

This act of Apple censorship coincides with International Draw Muhammad Day, an Internet event designed to demonstrate how radical Islamic factions are causing traditional news outlets to self-censor themselves in fear of violent retaliation. This event has resulted in the country of Pakistan banning Facebook and YouTube, both of which have a number of pages that are touting the event.

What's disappointing is that this points out Apple's lack of consistency in approval of apps, as well as their inability to provide recourse to developers who have had apps rejected for seemingly weak reasons.

Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app

Thursday, May 20, 2010

France makes way for Grand Mosque


Wonder who's funding it?? What is amazing ~ even though it is smack dead in the middle of an impoverished Muslim area ~ Muslims will seek to build a 'grand' mosque. Clearly mosques can act as anaesthetizers as well as stimulants!


MARSEILLE, France — French Muslims celebrated Thursday when work began to build the country's biggest mosque in the southern port city of Marseille, a potent symbol of Islam's place in modern France.

Moves by President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to ban the full-face veil have raised tensions between France's political class and its five million strong Islamic minority, with many Muslims feeling stigmatised.

But Muslim and government leaders alike hope that work on the Grande Mosque will serve to bind the city together and serve as a community anchor.



Marseille is France's second city and home to 250,000 Muslims, many of whom are currently obliged to perform their rites in makeshift prayer houses in basements, rented rooms and dingy garages to worship.

With a minaret soaring 25 metres (82 feet) high, the Grand Mosque will hold up to 7,000 people in its prayer room and the complex will also boast a Koranic school, library, restaurant and tea room when it opens in 2012.

Muslims in Marseille have long campaigned for a mega-mosque as a prominent gathering place that would bring Islam out of the basements and allow it to thrive under the Mediterranean sun.

The turning point came in 2001 when Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin, a member of Sarkozy's right-wing party, threw his weight behind the project, overriding objections from the far-right.

Like Sarkozy, Gaudin sees the new mosque as a way to help French Muslims integrate into the mainstream and foster a form of moderate, modern Islam that shuns symbols of exclusion like the full-face burqa and niqab veils.

"The construction of this Grand Mosque will serve as a showcase for Marseille's Muslims to promote the true face of Islam, an enlightened Islam," said Mohamed Moussaoui, president of the French Council of the Muslim faith.

After years of delays, the project still faces hurdles to raise the full 22 million euros (27 million dollars) needed to finance it.

Nourredine Cheikh, an Algerian-born businessman and president of the association leading the campaign for the mosque, said his group is hoping for big donations from north African countries, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Among the dozen diplomats who attended the ceremony, Algerian Ambassador Missoum Sbih said Muslims in Marseille "could not do without a dignified place of worship" in France, "Europe's number one Muslim country."

Algeria will sit with other donor countries to work out financing, he said.
The grand mosque will be built in the Saint-Louis area of Marseille, an ethnically mixed neighbourhood that suffers high unemployment and poverty.

Home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority, France has for years been debating how far it is willing to go to accommodate the practice of Islam, now the country's second religion, into every day secular life.

Soon after Switzerland voted to ban minaret construction last year, Sarkozy warned French Muslims to "avoid ostentation" in the practice of their religion and he has declared the face-covering veil "not welcome" in France.

With parliament now set to debate a bill that would bar women from wearing the full Islamic veil, Muslim leaders worry about a surge of Islamophobia.

Last month, gunmen sprayed bullets across the facade of the Arrahma mosque in Istres, a town a few dozen kilometres from Marseille, raising alarm among Muslims.

Nadia Houte, a 31-year-old teacher, said the mosque would bring Muslims together and promote a positive image of Islam.

"We are Muslims, not fundamentalists," she said. "The burqa doesn't interest me. This has nothing to do with me."

There will be no blaring call to prayer from the Grand Mosque's minaret to disturb non-Muslim neighbours, but simply a blue light that will flash five times a day to summon the Marseille faithful to prayer.

YouTube - France makes way for Grand Mosque

Pakistan blocks YouTube in ‘sacrilege’ row

Pakistani students gather to demonstrate against a Facebook page

Students protest against a Facebook page that encourages people to draw pictures of the Prophet

What is 'sacrilege' is that we are still on the oil and now we have this oil-funded religious repression breathing down our necks!!

Religious freedoms through scientific freedoms!!



Pakistan blocked access to YouTube today because of “growing sacrilegious content” on the video-sharing website. It is the latest twist in an escalating international row over Islam and freedom of speech online.

The move came a day after the Pakistani Government responded to a court order by temporarily blocking Facebook over a page advertising a contest to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Everyone Draw Muhammad Day page and several spin-offs invite users to send in caricatures of the Prophet today – infuriating many Muslims who regard any image of him as blasphemous.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority did not say specifically which material on YouTube was deemed sacrilegious, but there are several clips relating to Everyone Draw Muhammad Day.

The Government took action against Facebook and YouTube after it failed to persuade the websites to remove the “derogatory material”, the regulatory body said in a statement.

It invited representatives from the two websites to contact Pakistani authorities to resolve the dispute in a way that “ensures religious harmony and respect”.

It added that it had blocked more than 450 Internet links containing offensive material, but did not make clear how many had been blocked in the past two days.

Access to the online encyclopaedia site Wikipedia and the photo-sharing site Flickr also appeared to be restricted today, but Twitter was still accessible.

Facebook was blocked until May 31 on the orders of the Lahore High Court, following a petition by a group of Islamic lawyers, but it was unclear how long the YouTube ban would last.

The bans have been welcomed by many people in Pakistan, whose population of 166 million is 97 per cent Muslim.

But they are also re-igniting an international debate over Islam and freedom of speech that was sparked by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005.

Those cartoons caused riots in several Muslim countries, which killed about 50 people in total, including five in Pakistan.

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Denmark’s embassy in Islamabad that killed six people in 2008, saying it was in revenge for the cartoons.

Pakistan blocked access to YouTube for two days in 2008 in response to what it said was un-Islamic content. Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia and Morocco have all blocked access to YouTube in the past.

The creators of Everyone Draw Muhammad Day say it was a response to Muslim bloggers who threatened the creators of the television comedy South Park over their depiction of the Prophet in a bear suit.

Facebook said that it was investigating the controversial page.

“While the content does not violate our terms, we do understand it may not be legal in some countries,” the company said in a statement. “In cases like this, the approach is sometimes to restrict certain content from being shown in specific countries.”

Pakistan blocks YouTube in ‘sacrilege’ row - Times Online

Immigrants cost the Netherlands 7.2 billion euros a year


The influx of non-Western immigrants is costing Dutch society 7.2 billion euros per year, research commissioned by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has shown. The research was carried out for his far-right Freedom Party by the Nyfer economic research unit.


These figures have to be taken seriously ~ 7.2 billion euro/ $9 billion / £6 billion, is a lot for a small country to spend each year, and as immigration was set under Dutch Labour, this figure would be set to increase! And figures much lower than these caused the Danish to place tight restrictions on arranged marriage immigration. As the ex-Dutch PM said, that Muslim immigrants are marrying those from their old countries who arrive in Holland, illiterate and cannot speak the language. The new partners are often divorced, and immigrant then marries sometimes 3 or more times to bring in others from the old village. It really is an abuse of the immigration laws and he promises to reform it ~ if elected. Without future restriction, the number who carry out the practise, of using almost every child born, to bring another person back from the old country ~ is set to increase exponentially.


As you read down some of the Left are okay with the high level of immigration, and from the same party one of the parliamentarian, said that if Muslims become the majority and they voted for Islamic law, for him there would not be a problem, as well as legally there should be no obstacle. Right now Muslims are in the minority, and the majority is opposed to Shari'a law. The marriage immigration practise only works, as long as there are enough Dutch to pay for it. But if there are no restrictions placed on it ~ that system will be impossible to maintain.

Wilders who commissioned the report ~ because the figures were not readily available - in fact as one Dutch researcher found that these figures had been 'concealed' ~ has been calling for either a complete halt to Muslim immigration or tight restrictions placed on it.



The researchers say that immigrants are relying more on public services and are paying less in taxes and premiums than the average native Dutch person. They also receive more social security payments and are often on inability or unemployment benefit. Other costs are incurred by the over-representation of immigrants in crime.

Shocking
Mr Wilders says the research results are shocking. The subject is a hobbyhorse of the right-wing populist leader. Last year, he asked the cabinet for a calculation of the costs of immigration. The then integration minister, Eberhard van der Laan, whose Labour Party has since left the government, refused to give Mr Wilders the information. The Freedom Party leader then commissioned the Nyfer bureau research.

Mr Wilders says he is glad that tax payers are at long last being given an insight into what happens to their money. He claims that the Nyfer figures confirm the need for measures proposed by his party, such as stopping immigration from Islamic countries and restricting immigration from elsewhere.

Not economic goods
Labour leader Job Cohen has responded by saying he would "never take the costs of a human being, whether immigrant or native, as a starting point for any policies". He says Mr Wilders is "once again demonstrating that he is in favour of a totally different kind of country". The Labour leader says he wants the Netherlands to be a country "where it's not your origins that matter, but rather your future".

A similar response came from the leader of the D66 democrats, Alexander Pechtold, one of Mr Wilders' fiercest opponents. Mr Pechtold believes that "people are not economic goods with a profit-and-loss account".


Who are considered non-Western immigrants?
Statistics Netherlands defines "non-Western immigrants" as people born in Africa, Latin America, Asia or Turkey, or at least one of whose parents was born there. Most such immigrants come to the Netherlands from Turkey, Morocco, Surinam.

People from the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, who are formally Dutch citizens, are also included in the non-Western immigrant statistics.

What did Nyfer look into?
The independent institute investigated the budgetary consequences of the influx of non-Western immigrants. The effect of immigration on public-sector finance was derived by
calculating the net contribution of immigrants to the public sector during their entire life, or during their stay, as the case may be.


The effects on the labour market and the housing market were not included in the calculations even though they ultimately have economic consequences. The non-economic effects of immigration, too, were left out of the analysis.

Nyfer concludes that there are many long-term positive effects of immigration, as the second-generation migrants tend to make up for some of their disadvantages. This development takes time and could not be factored into the research.
Immigrants cost the Netherlands 7.2 billion euros a year | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Iran allows temporary family reunion for U.S. hikers jailed for 'spying' after mothers beg in Muslim dress

Blending in: Cindy Hickey, Nora Shourd and Laura Fattal show respect for the local Muslim culture as they arrive at Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran in a bid to secure the release of their children

Blending in: Cindy Hickey, Nora Shourd and Laura Fattal show respect for the local Muslim culture as they arrive at Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran in a bid to secure the release of their children

I think these Muslim nations are deluding themselves if they think this is what we have been waiting for! Repressive Islamo-religious rule!!

Dressed in black Islamic headscarves and long traditional robes, these three Americans pass for any Muslim woman going about everyday life in Iran.

But unlike their local counterparts, Laura Fattal, Nora Shourd, and Cindy Hickey are desperate to secure the release of their three children, who were arrested by Iranian authorities ten months ago for alleged spying.

In a gesture of goodwill to the Iranian government and a sign of respect to the country's culture, the mothers arrived at Tehran airport dressed in full Muslim garb and each carrying a pink rose for their hosts.

Tears of joy: Cindy Hickey embraces her son Shane Bauer (right), while Sarah Shourd hugs her mother Nora (centre) and Laura Fattal also has an emotional reunion with son Josh (left)

Tears of joy: Cindy Hickey embraces her son Shane Bauer (right), while Sarah Shourd hugs her mother Nora (centre) and Laura Fattal also has an emotional reunion with son Josh (left)

We finally meet again: Laura and Josh catch-up at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran, ten months since her son was jailed along with his two friends, by Iranian authorities

We finally meet again: Laura and Josh catch-up at the Esteghlal hotel in Tehran, ten months since her son was jailed along with his two friends, by Iranian authorities


Iran had granted the women visas to visit their children Sarah Shourd, 31, her boyfriend, Shane Bauer, 27, and their friend Josh Fattal, 27, who had been hiking in Iraq's scenic and largely peaceful northern Kurdish region when they were detained on the border.

Through tears of joy and relief, the mothers threw their arms up in the air and rushed to hug and kiss their children in an emotional reunion at the Esteqlal Hotel in the capital.

It was the first time the families had met since the young trio were arrested.

Iran detained the three Americans along the Iraqi border in July and have accused them of spying.

Their relatives reject the accusation and say the three were simply hiking in Iraq's scenic northern Kurdish region.

The mothers, who were still wearing Islamic dress and holding bouquets of flowers, arrived in Tehran in a bid to secure the release of their children.

Mrs Hickey, the mother of Shane Bauer, said they were 'very grateful to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the authorities for granting us a visa' to visit their children.

'We know that this is a great humanitarian act that they have given to us. Our reception was wonderful when we came into Iran,' she said in comments that were aired on English-language Press TV.

Holding on: Shane Bauer hugs his mother Cindy Hickey, who is desperately hoping her visit will help win the release of the three young Americans

Holding on: Shane Bauer hugs his mother Cindy Hickey, who is desperately hoping her visit will help win the release of the three young Americans


Long road ahead: Nora Shourd is concerned about the welfare of her daughter Sarah (left) who is detained in the Iran's Evin prison

Long road ahead: Nora Shourd is concerned about the welfare of her daughter Sarah (left) who is detained in the Iran's Evin prison


Relatives have had little news on the three Americans since their arrest, and their mothers were eager to talk to them and gauge where their health stands after ten months in captivity in Iran's Evin prison.

Nora Shourd has said she is especially worried about the effect that near-solitary confinement may be having on her always social daughter.

With no one to talk to, Sarah had become seriously depressed, her mother said, referring to information given to her by Swiss diplomats who visited the trio last month.

The diplomats also reported that Sarah was suffering a serious gynecological condition, while her boyfriend Bauer had a stomach ailment.

But Iran's intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, has defended his country's treatment of the Americans during their detention.

'We have treated the U.S. nationals according to our religious principles and on humanitarian grounds, even though these individuals committed an act of espionage by illegally crossing the border into Iran,' Mr Moslehi said today.

Iran claims the three entered Iranian territory from Iraq. But their parents argue that if the trio crossed the border it was by accident.


Battle's not over: Cindy Hickey, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Nora Shourd, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Laura Fattal (left to right) speak to the media in Tehran

Battle's not over: Cindy Hickey, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Nora Shourd, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Laura Fattal (left to right) speak to the media in Tehran

Usual dress: The mothers Cindy Hickey (left), Nora Shourd (second left) and Laura Fattal (right), arrive at Dubai airport en route to Tehran

Usual dress: The mothers Cindy Hickey (left), Nora Shourd (second left) and Laura Fattal (right), arrive at Dubai airport en route to Tehran


A lawyer representing the Americans, Masoud Shafii, has said that during their visit, the mothers are seeking meetings with officials involved in the case, and ideally with top Iranian leaders, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all state matters.

Although the Americans have not been publicly charged, Mr Shafii has left open the possibility of a resolution outside of usual legal channels, saying 'anything is possible'.

'It doesn't have the feel of a normal court case,' he said.

The case could face complications from Iran's diplomatic showdown with the U.S. and its allies. Just before the mothers' arrival in Tehran, the Washington said it had won support from other major powers for a new set of sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program.

The U.S. - which has not had formal diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution - and its allies accuse Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

In recent years, a number of foreigners held by Iranian authorities on espionage and other security-related charges have been released following months of detention.

Last week, Iran freed French academic Clotilde Reiss, 24, after more than ten months in jail. She was convicted of provoking unrest and spying during the riots that broke out after June's disputed presidential elections.

An Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, who was arrested in January 2009, convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison, was released on an appeal in May 2009.

Hickey lives in Minnesota, Shourd is from Oakland, California, and Fattal is from suburban Philadelphia.

Three U.S. hikers jailed in Iran meet their mothers
| Mail Online


YouTube - Citizen Comments - Draw Mohammad Day May 20th 2010




May 20 is now, and I hope forever more, everybody draw Mohammed day. This is the first annual one, and I hope it grows and in free nations, parades appear with floats of Mohamed in drag or chaps etc. and whatever else it takes to rid us of violent irrational religious authority.
This, is my submission for it, with a lot of help from friends, and very kind strangers, some listed, and some not.
With love on Everybody Draw Mohamed Day!






03 May 2010




Pakistan bans YouTube, Facebook in crackdown on 'Draw Muhammad Day' [Video]


Hundreds of people have gone out in the streets in Pakistan's major cities in support of the government's crackdown on 'sacrilegious' Internet content. Access to YouTube and Facebook has been blocked in the country amid anger over a Facebook page which posted Prophet Muhammad images.


YouTube - Pakistan bans YouTube, Facebook in crackdown on 'Draw Muhammad Day'

Everyone Draw Mohammed Day! Facebook Page Crashed - NOW BACK UP!! [Photos]

Facebook - Everyone Draw Muhammad Day

The page seems to have disappeared!!









Little typo!!



Is this peace!!


There are a few pics. of Afghan burq-ed women sitting in the rubbish!





From Germany side






Draw Muhammed Day - TODAY [Photos]

A selection from PI-News


What if.. Mohammed not only the Koran, but also Pippi Longstocking had written

Pippi Longstocking Langbart - The Strongest Girl Youngest Bride In The World




Equality by ~Nikkuman [Mona Lisa in Burqa]


Selection from Facebook - Everyone Draw Mohammed Day!



























Illustration depicting a schematized Mohammed from an early medieval Latin translation of the Koran, from a manuscript in la Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, in Paris. This may be the earliest known depiction of Mohammed, possibly dating from the mid-12th century.


Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full.


Miniature of Mohammed re-dedicating the Black Stone at the Kaaba. From Jami Al-Tawarikh ("The Universal History" written by Rashid Al-Din), a manuscript in the Library of the University of Edinburgh; illustrated in Tabriz, Persia, c. 1315.