Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Are Muslims Taking Over the World?

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America as the last man standing
'In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe?'
January 9, 2010
Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament. He will be the next politician assassinated in theNetherlands.
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This is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.
Dear friends,
Thank you very much for inviting me.
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.
The Europe you know is changing.
You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.
Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.
In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect'. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.
The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey.
Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators 'settlers'. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.
Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a danger greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.
Please take the time to read and understand what is written here, Please send it to every free person that you know, it is so very important.
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Email received 08 January 2010:
Can a good Muslim be a good American or Canadian?
I sent that question to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:
Theologically - no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia .
Religiously - no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam.
Scripturally - no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).
Geographically - no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Socially - no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
Politically - no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and Destruction of America, the great Satan.
Domestically - no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him.
Intellectually - no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically - no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Spiritually - no. Because when we declare "one nation under God," the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran's 99 excellent names.
Therefore after much study and deliberation....perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country.
They obviously cannot be both "good" Muslims and good Americans or Canadians.
Call it what you wish....it's still the truth.
My reply to the forwarded email:
My roommate last year in Attawapiskat was a Muslim man, late 40's, and we discussed politics, religion, teaching, whatever, and he is back there this year and he phones me once or twice a month, and I do likewise, so I think we are 'friends' or acquaintances of some sort. In Waterloo, our next door neighbours are Muslim and at Christmas they brought over a store-bought cake as a gift for the family.
The radical Muslims, like the ones who cut your head off with a knife as you are awake and watching them, are the real problem. They claim religion is the reason while they perform their murderous deeds.
Most Muslims, from my understanding, want to live in peace and be good neighbours. I hope so. However, in Europe there is a different picture being painted. Again, I believe the radical element is the force behind the demonstrations, marches, etc., that are occuring there.
Ralph
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Christian Murdered for Drinking Tea from a Muslim CupRadical Muslims running a tea stall beat a Christian man to death for using a cup designated for Muslims
By Christian Newswire
Saturday, June 13, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/11942
International Christian Concern ( http://www.persecution.org) has learned that radical Muslims running a tea stall beat a Christian man to death for using a cup designated for Muslims on May 9. The young man, Ishtiaq Masih, had ordered tea at a roadside stall in Machharkay village, Punjab, Pakistan, after his bus made a rest stop.
When Ishtiaq went to pay for his tea, the owner noticed that he was wearing a necklace with a cross and grabbed him, calling for his employees to bring anything available to beat him for violating a sign posted on the stall warning non-Muslims to declare their religion before being served. Ishtiaq had not noticed the warning sign before ordering his tea.
The owner and 14 of his employees beat Ishtiaq with stones, iron rods and clubs, and stabbed him multiple times with kitchen knives as Ishtiaq pleaded for mercy.
The other bus passengers and other passers-by finally intervened and took Ishtiaq to the Rural Health Center in the village. The doctor who took Ishtiaq’s case told ICC that Ishtiaq had died due to excessive internal and external bleeding, a fractured skull, and brain injuries.
Makah Tea Stall is located on the Sukheki-Lahore highway and is owned by Mubarak Ali, a 42-year-old radical Muslim. ICC’s correspondent visited the tea stall and observed that a large red warning sign with a death’s head symbol was posted which read, “All non- Muslims should introduce their faith prior to ordering tea. This tea stall serves Muslims only.” The warning also threatened anyone who violated the rule with “dire consequences.”
A neighboring shopkeeper told ICC on condition of anonymity that all Ali’s employees are former students of radical Muslim madrassas (seminaries).
Ishtiaq’s family said that they immediately reported the incident to the police and filed a case against Ali. However, the murderers are still freely operating the tea stall.
When ICC asked the Pindi Bhatian Saddar police station about the murder, the police chief said that investigations were underway and they are treating it as a faith-based murder by biased Muslims. When asked about Ali’s warning sign, police chief Muhammad Iftikhar Bajwa claimed that he could not take it down. However, the constitution of Pakistan explicitly prohibits such discrimination.
The public is encouraged to call the Pakistani embassy of their country to protest this heinous crime?
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My Response to Obama's Cairo Speech
By Professor Paul Eidelberg
June 6, 2009
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Eidelberg/paul106.htm
In September 1976, I was asked to give a briefing to Defense Minister Shimon Peres’s political adviser, Asher Ben-Natan. At the close of our meeting I asked him: “What do you think is Israel’s main problem?” He answered: “We can’t lie as well as Arabs.”
In his Cairo speech, Mr. Obama said “I will speak the Truth, as the Quran Says.” But speaking the truth is not obligatory on Muslims—certainly not when dealing with non-Muslims. Indeed, according to the liberated Arab sociologist Sonia Hamady, admitted, "Lying is a widespread habit among the Arabs, and they have a low idea of truth."
No less than the eminent orientalist Sir William Muir (1819-1905) said, “The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty, and truth which the world has yet known.”
Consider the untruth or hoax about the “Palestinian people”—a mere hodgepodge of Arab clans and tribes from the Middle East and North Africa, obviously devoid of any Palestinian culture or language. Professor Efraim Karsh quotes the eminent Arab-American historian Philip Hitti: “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.” It was never “perceived as a distinct entity deserving national self-determination but as an integral part of a unified regional Arab order …”
The day after 9/11, President George W. Bush made the absurd statement that Islam is a religion of peace. Ponder the findings of a monumental study of the Islamic Trilogy, the Quran, the Hadith, and the Sira published in 2007. The study was made by Bill Warner, director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam:
1- Of more than 153,000 words in the Koran, only 4,018 or 2.6 percent seem to express goodness to humanity, qualified, however, by obedience to Muhammad. 2- The words of Allah are only about 17 percent of the Islamic Trilogy, but the words and actions of Muhammad comprise 83 percent of the Trilogy. 3- About 20 percent of the most authoritative school of the Hadith is about jihad.4- At least 75 percent of the Sira is about jihad.5- There are 146 references to hell in the Quran, only 6 percent of which concern moral failings such as murder and theft. The other 94 percent of the reasons for being in Hell are for the intellectual sin of disagreeing with Muhammad, a political crime.
Warner concludes: there is no benevolence toward good nonbelievers in Islam. Moreover, and, contrary to what Obama said in Cairo, there is no golden rule in Islam that restricts what Muslims may do to non-Muslims. This places a big question on Islamic monotheism.
Theologian George Weigel says of Islam: “The notion that there are ‘no innocents’—that the enemy is ‘guilty’ simply by reason of drawing breath—was itself something new and reflected a deliberate strategic choice: a strategy of open-ended mayhem based on the radical dehumanization of the ‘other.’”
Islam is so far removed theologically and ethically from Christianity and Judaism that it is misleading lump it with these two faiths under the category of religion, even though it requires worship of a deity and affirms an afterworld—which can also be said of pagan religions.
Consider what Alexis de Tocqueville, the illustrious author of Democracy in America, said of the Quran and of Muslims—and Tocqueville was a man of great reserve:
I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.
Now ponder these quotations from Professor Karsh, Islamic Imperialism:
1. “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’” — Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, March 632
2. “I shall cross this sea to their islands to pursue them until there remains no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah.” — Saladin, January 1189
3. “We shall export our revolution throughout the world . . . until the calls ‘there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ are echoed all over the world.” — Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1979
4. “I was ordered to fight people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad.” — Osama bin Laden. November 2001
Consistent with these murderous vows, the Center for the Study of Political Islam reports that in the pursuit of Islam’s global ambitions, Muslims, have slaughtered some 270 million people since Muhammad!
Mr. Obama is so intoxicated with his own oratory that he seems to live in a dream world—certainly not a world in which hundreds of millions of Muslims support jihad, a world in which Muslim leaders scream “DEATH TO AMERICA” and “DEATH TO ISRAEL.” But this means, to put in kindly, that Mr. Obama cannot distinguish truth from falsehood. Of course, one may also conclude that America’s president is a master of deception.
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Muslim Demographics
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Muslim Demographic Doomsday
From the rising radicalism of UK Muslims to the car burnings that shook Paris to the riots in BrusselsBy Daniel Greenfield
Monday, May 18, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/11211
With the rapid growth of Muslim populations in Europe, Muslim demographics represents a topic that is on everyone’s mind. From the rising radicalism of UK Muslims to the car burnings that shook Paris to the riots in Brussels and the growing acceptance that some form of Sharia law will be integrated into the legal systems of individual European nations-- not just the size, but the projected size of Muslim populations is behind attitudes toward Muslims.
To many on the left, Muslim populations represent the fall of colonialism and the rise of true multicultural societies. To many on the right they represent a threat and the mark of a skull and crossbones across the map of Western Europe. To many middle of the road politicians, who may identify one way or another, the Muslims populations are inevitable and must be accommodated. Such politicians may dislike the social and criminal problems produced by Muslim growth, but see no way out but to accept it and make the best of it. That is why seemingly confrontational politicians like Sarkozy in France or Lieberman in Israel may talk a good game, but while their rhetoric roars like a lion, their actual policies squeak like a mouse.
This form of Dhimmism is one one of the more disturbing side effects of Muslim population growth, as politicians thinking themselves farsighted, resign themselves to the inevitable. And this of course makes Muslim populations one of the best political weapons in the hands of Muslim leaders, who make it clear that they are the future and that nothing short of genocide can change that.
The reality however is far more complicated. For one thing Muslims are well aware that their strength lines in numbers, not in much of anything else, and that it is to their advantage to exaggerate those numbers as much as possible. When Arafat said that the womb of the Palestinian woman was his best weapon, he was projecting the same basic ultimatum that Muslims would deliver time and time again to the non-Muslim nations that played host to them, “We’ll outnumber you soon enough, and unless you’re prepared to kill us all, you had better be ready to make a deal with us.”
But the perception of a weapon is as important as the reality of a weapon. Israel began a series of panicked policies, that included the Gaza Disengagement, as a response to perceived Muslim demographic superiority. That perception however was wrong. In fact Arab Muslim births were leveling off, and Jewish births were catching up.
Similarly European leaders have accepted being outnumbered by Muslims, having Islam dominate Europe and having Sharia become the law of the land based on a false premise. There are two reasons for the higher Muslim birthrate, the first is religious or ideological, the second however is economic. It is not so much that Muslims have a high birthrate, as that Europeans have come to have a low birthrate.
Socialism has created the bear trap that Europe now finds itself in, by levying heavy taxation to support a social services infrastructure that makes raising large families economically difficult, and using that same social services infrastructure to fund the large families of Muslim immigrants, imported to compensate for that same low birth rate and the accompanying shrinking tax base.
Socialism created the problem of Muslim demographics, both in Europe and Israel, where Arab Muslim families benefit from special payments made to large families and Israel’s extensive health care system. The same situation is taking place in the United States, though focused more on immigrants from Latin America.
Boosting European birth rates, reducing taxation, ending open door social services for foreigners and drastically curtailing immigration would reverse the Muslim demographic threat.
Yet even when underfunded by Europe’s social services system, it is not clear how many generations Muslim birth rates could sustain themselves. High birth rates are a reasonable product of a rural system where children are assets. Child labor laws and high educational barriers in workplaces curtail those same benefits in urban areas. Sustaining a large Muslim birth rate in Europe therefore requires constantly importing a fresh supply of first generation immigrants, a process that Europe can now curtail.
In the Muslim world, high birth rates are set to cause social and economic crashes of their own. Since Muslim countries have few real exports besides oil, they have a limited ability to sustain large populations. Those Muslim countries which do have a strong domestic oil industry tend to produce the fewest “immigrants of expansion”, as opposed to political and religious refugees. Those Muslim countries without any significant domestic oil industry are driving much of the immigration to Europe. Countries like Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Lebanon dump their surplus populations into Europe, America and Australia. They don’t want them, and neither do we.
Immigration serves as a safety valve, dumping radicals and shiftless young men into European societies that they quickly come to despise. If that valve was suddenly turned off, half the Muslim countries would collapse or reform. Possibly a little of both. Immigration however turns their religious and social problems into our problems, and eventually our destruction. Meanwhile the perception of an unstoppable rising Muslim population tide panics politicians and causes them to throw up their hands in surrender, before they’ve even seriously addressed the problem.
Boosting European birth rates, reducing taxation, ending open door social services for foreigners and drastically curtailing immigration would reverse the Muslim demographic threat. We are not truly helpless, we are only being made to feel that way. There are solutions and answers that can end the helplessness and the shadow of the demographic threat.
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Michael Savage Banned from Britain for Defamation of IslamUN’s anti-blasphemy resolutionBy Dr. Charles McVety
Thursday, May 7, 2009
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/10916
On Wednesday, prominent Jewish radio talk show host Michael Savage was the first American to be penalized for criticizing Islam when British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith banned Mr. Savage from entering Britain.
Today it is Michael Savage, tomorrow it will be you and me.
In March 2009, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed Resolution A/HRC/10/L calling for the “creation of laws in member states to prevent criticism of religions (Islam)”. The UN’s anti-blasphemy resolution was written by Pakistan and presented by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The UN Council, with a vote of 23 countries supporting the measure, 11 opposed and 13 that abstained, passed it in March, 2009. The resolution states, in part, the following:
* defamation of religions is a serious affront to human dignity
* the need to effectively combat defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred in general and against Islam and Muslims in particular
* Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism
* Urges all States to provide, within their respective legal and constitutional systems, adequate protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions, and incitement to religious hatred in general.
When asked by the media why Michael Savage was on the list, Secretary Jacqui Smith responded using very similar UN Resolution language, stating “(Mr. Savage is) someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause inter-community tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country”. Mr. Savage was not banned due to actions but his “views and expressions”. Savage has not advocated violence, supported genocide or advised anyone to harm another. He has been banned for speaking against Islam, period.
The irony is that this UN resolution directly contradicts the UN Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 that states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” All free societies are based on fundamental freedom of speech, thought and expression.
Our freedom is severely jeopardized when a well-known American talk show host with over 10 million weekly listeners can be restricted in travel for speaking against Islam. Truth has become a victim of political correctness as Islamic followers can kill, behead, bomb and terrorize, and if someone speaks against the ideology that led these barbarians to commit such horrific acts, Orwellian society bans that person from travel.
Today is 1984. Tomorrow the temperature will reach 451 degrees fahrenheit.
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Islam in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_United_States
The history of Islam in the United States starts in the early 16th century, with Estevánico of Azamor being the first Muslim to enter the historical record in North America.
Once very small, the Muslim population of the US increased greatly in the twentieth century, with much of the growth driven by rising immigration and widespread conversion. In 2005, more people from Islamic countries became legal permanent United States residents — nearly 96,000 — than in any year in the previous two decades. In fiscal year 2006 just 202 refugees from Iraq were allowed to resettle in the United States.
Up to one-third of American Muslims are African Americans who have converted to Islam during the last seventy years. Conversion to Islam in prison, and in large urban areas has also contributed to its growth over the years. American Muslims come from various backgrounds, and are the most racially diverse religious group in the United States according to a 2009 Gallup poll.
Modern immigration
Small-scale migration to the U.S. by Muslims began in 1840, with the arrival of Yemenites and Turks, and lasted until World War I. Most of the immigrants, from Arab areas of the Ottoman Empire, came with the purpose of making money and returning to their homeland. However, the economic hardships of 19th-Century America prevented them from prospering, and as a result the immigrants settled in the United States permanently. These immigrants settled primarily in Dearborn, Michigan; Quincy, Massachusetts; and Ross, North Dakota. Ross, North Dakota is the site of the first documented mosque and Muslim Cemetery, but it was abandoned and later torn down in the mid 1970s. A new mosque was built in its place in 2005.
MosquesMosques (masjid in Arabic) are usually explicitly Sunni or Shia. There are 1,209 mosques in the United States and the nation's largest mosque, the Islamic Center of America, is in Dearborn, Michigan. It was rebuilt in 2005 to accommodate over 3,000 people for the increasing Muslim population in the region.
In prison
In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the country. J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who "find faith" while in prison convert to Islam. These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority. Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that when radicalization does occur it has little to no connection with these outside interests.
American Muslim life after the September 11, 2001 attacks
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, there were occasional attacks on some Muslims living in the U.S., although this was restricted to a small minority.
In a 2007 survey, 53% of American Muslims reported that it was more difficult to be a Muslim after the 9/11 attacks. Asked to name the most important problem facing them, the options named by more than ten percent of American Muslims were discrimination (19%), being viewed as a terrorist (15%), public's ignorance about Islam (13%), and stereotyping (12%). 54% believe that the U.S. government's anti-terrorism activities single out Muslims. 76% of surveyed Muslim Americans stated that they are very or somewhat concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, while 61% express a similar concern about the possibility of Islamic extremism in the United States. On a small number of occasions Muslim women who wore distinctive hijab were harassed, causing some Muslim women to stay at home, while others temporarily abandoned the practice. In 2006, one California woman was shot dead as she walked her child to school; she was wearing a headscarf and relatives and Muslim leaders believe that the killing was religiously motivated. While 51% of American Muslims express worry that women wearing hijab will be treated poorly, 44% of American Muslim women who always wear hijab express a similar concern.
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Muslims in America
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Muslim populations in Europe
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Europe
According to the German Central Institute Islam Archive, the total number of Muslims in Europe in 2007 was about 53 million, including 16 million in the European Union.
The Muslim population in Europe is extremely diverse with varied histories and origins. Today, the Muslim-majority regions of Europe are Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, and some Russian regions in Northern Caucasus and the Volga region. The Muslim-dominated Sandžak of Novi Pazar is divided between Serbia and Montenegro. They consist predominantly of indigenous Europeans of the Muslim faith whose religious tradition dates back several hundred years. The transcontinental countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan also are Muslim majority.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that of the Albanian people, 70% of those in Albania are Muslim, 91% of them in Kosovo, and 99% of them in Macedonia are Muslim. Bosnia has a Muslim plurality. In transcontinental countries such as 99% in Turkey, 93% in Azerbaijan and 57% in Kazakhstan of the population is Muslim respectively. Muslims also form about one fifth of the Serbian population of Montenegro. In Russia, Moscow is home to an estimated 1.5 million Muslims.
The Muslim population in Western Europe is composed primarily of peoples who arrived to the European continent during or after the 1950s. Muslims are a minority in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Muslim immigrants in Europe come from across the Muslim world, with different nationalities sometimes settling in different countries. The United Kingdom has a high percentage of Muslims from the Pakistan and Bangladesh and to a lesser extent from India; France, Italy and Spain has many Muslims from North Africa; Belgium and the Netherlands have Muslims mostly from Morocco and Turkey; Germany has a large Turkish and Kurdish Muslim population; Norway has a large Pakistani and Somali population and Sweden has many Iraqi immigrants.
Muslims in West Europe settle in largely urban areas. In cities such as Marseille in France, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Malmö in Sweden, Muslims form a quarter of the residents, according to Fox news. [unreliable source?] In Oslo, Muslims comprise of 15% of the population, while in others, like Paris, Brussels, London and Copenhagen, the figure is 10%.
The BBC, reporting on the results of a Gallup poll conducted in 21 countries for the World Economic Forum (WEF), said the results suggested that most Europeans thought more interaction with Islam would be a threat - though most Americans disagreed. The BBC continued that WEF chairman Klaus Schwab said the poll pointed to "an alarmingly low level of optimism" over dialogue.
Freedom of speechIn recent years the debate over freedom of speech in Europe has intensified, especially in relation to what can or cannot be said about the Muslim religion.
Various Europeans have been threatened after voicing their criticism of Islam. In the Netherlands, movie director Theo van Gogh was killed by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch Muslim. Bouyeri left a letter on the body threatening Western governments, Jews and Dutch Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was van Gogh's partner in creating the film Submission, which criticized Islam's treatment of women.
Another case in the freedom of speech debate was the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, published offensive cartoons of Muhammad and Islam as a way of showing defiance against Muslim-related censorship. The cartoons caused an uproar in the Muslim world, leading to attacks against Danish and Norwegian embassies in some countries. Several newspapers across Europe reprinted the cartoons as a way of taking a stand in the debate.
British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie spent the better part of a decade in hiding after a fatwa calling for his execution was issued in response to his novel The Satanic Verses.
Dress codesMain article: Islamic dress controversy in Europe
A growing Muslim identity and a wish to assert that identity by many, especially young, Muslims has led to a debate about the viability of Muslim dress in Europe. The major point of contention are the different female forms of clothing, such as the face veil (niqab) and over-cloak (abaya); see List of types of sartorial hijab. Note that the Arabic word hijab refers to modest behaviour in general, and pertains to men and women, but it is sometimes used in other languages to describe the Muslim headscarf.
Different countries approach the issue differently. For example, France has banned the hijab in the public education system (French law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools), while other countries, such as Sweden, see the wearing of the hijab as a basic right derived from the freedom of religion.
Women's rightsThis debate about women's rights is related to the debate about Muslim dress, but is much wider and involves many subjects which are culturally inherent to the new Muslim immigrants. It includes such topics as honor killings, forced marriage as well as topics that have been addressed by European feminist organizations in their own struggle for equality, such as a women's right to education and work.
ShariaIn several other EU countries, such as Sweden and the United Kingdom, Muslim groups had asked to apply Islamic inheritance, marriage and divorce laws. Such requests have brought up considerable controversy in those countries.
Due to the growth of Muslims, the business of selling 'halal' meat (which is slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law) has grown to be a multi-billion euro-industry. A 2005 estimate placed halal meat sale at 15 billion euros in the European continent, with five billion euros of those sales coming from France, where it is growing 15% annually. The industry has been under criticism for being unorganized and ill-developed.
In 2004 Europe's first bank to offer Sharia compliant financial services, the Islamic Bank of Britain, opened its doors in Britain. Other countries which have Islamic banking institutions are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland.
TerrorismWhile in some places Islamic terrorism can be considered part of a national struggle (eg, Russia), in other places Islamic terror had hit in the past few years as part of a struggle against "The West". Terror attacks have taken place in Turkey in 2003, Spain in 2004 and in the United Kingdom in 2005.
Suspects accused of Islamic terrorist activity have been arrested in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus.
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Muslims in Europe: Country guide
BBC News
23 December 2005
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4385768.stm
Islam is widely considered Europe's fastest growing religion, with immigration and above average birth rates leading to a rapid increase in the Muslim population.
The exact number of Muslims is difficult to establish however, as census figures are often questioned and many countries choose not to compile such information anyway.
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AlbaniaTotal population: 3.1 million
Muslim population: 2.2 million (70%)
Background: Religious worship was banned in Albania until the transition from Stalinist state to democracy in the 1990s. Islam is now openly recognised as the country's major religion and most Albanians are Sunni Muslim by virtue of the nation's history: The Balkans has had centuries of association with the faith as many parts of it were part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. While the empire is long gone, the culture remained in place. Significant populations of Albanian Muslims exist in a number of other European countries.
Sources: Total population - Albanian Institute of Statistics, 2005; Muslim population - UK Foreign Office.
AustriaTotal population: 8.2 million
Muslim population: 339,000 (4.1%)
Background: Large numbers of Muslims lived under Austrian rule when Bosnia-Hercegovina was annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. Many of Austria's Muslims have roots in Turkey and others arrived from the Balkans during the 1990s wars - partly because of historical ties. Islam has been recognised as an official religion in Austria for many years, meaning that it has a role in the religious teaching in schools. Vienna has historically been regarded as the point where the Islamic world reached its most western point, a critical battle in Austria in the 16th century marking the beginning of the decline of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
Sources: Total population - Statistics Austria, 2005 figures; Muslim population - Statistics Austria, 2001 figures.
BelgiumTotal population: 10.3 million
Muslim population: 0.4 million (4%)
Background: Islam is one of seven recognised religions in Belgium, a status that brings it a number of subsidies and official roles, such as providing teachers. Despite this there have been complaints of discrimination. Unemployment and poor housing have been one such cause of tension. There have also been claims of discrimination against women in traditional dress. A majority of Belgium's Muslims are of Moroccan or Turkish origin; many others are from Albania. (Citizenship is available after seven years).
Sources: Total population - Statistics Belgium 2001; Muslim population - US State Department.
Bosnia-HercegovinaTotal population: 3.8 million
Muslim population: 1.5 million (40%)
Background: Bosnia-Hercegovina is still recovering from the bloody inter-ethnic war of 1992-95. Around 250,000 people died in the conflict between Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs. Almost 8,000 Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serbs at Srebrenica in 1995 - Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. Many Muslims were displaced, as were members of other communities. A peacekeeping force remains in the country, whose frontiers have long been considered the western borders of the Islamic faith in Europe.
Sources: Total population - Agency for Statistics Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003 figures; Muslim population - US State Department.
DenmarkTotal population: 5.4 million
Muslim population: 270,000 (5%)
Background: In the 1970s Muslims arrived from Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco and the former Yugoslavia to work. In the 1980s and 90s the majority of Muslim arrivals were refugees and asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia. Access to housing and employment have been sources of concern for Muslims in Denmark. (A minority have citizenship).
Sources: Total population - Statistics Denmark, 2004 figures; Muslim population - US State Department.
FranceTotal population: 62.3 million
Muslim population: Five to six million (8-9.6%)
Background: The French Muslim population is the largest in western Europe. About 70% have their heritage in former north African colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. France favours integration and many Muslims are citizens. Nevertheless, the growth of the community has challenged the French ideal of strict separation of religion and public life. There has been criticism that Muslims face high unemployment and often live in poor suburbs. A ban on religious symbols in public schools provoked a major national row as it was widely regarded as being a ban on the Islamic headscarf. Late 2005 saw widespread and prolonged rioting among mainly immigrant communities across France.
Sources: Total population - National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, 2004 figures; Muslim population - French government estimate.
GermanyTotal population: 82.5 million
Muslim population: 3 million (3.6%)
Background: The majority of the Muslim population is Turkish, with many retaining strong links to Turkey. Others arrived from Bosnia and Kosovo during the Balkan wars. Until recently Muslims were considered "guest workers", who would one day leave the country - a view that is changing. Racist violence is a sensitive issue, with the authorities trying a range of strategies to beat it. Steps are being taken to improve integration.
Sources: Total population - Federal Statistical Office, 2004 figures; Muslim population - Federal Ministry of the Interior estimate.
ItalyTotal population: 58.4 million
Muslim population: 825,000 (1.4%)
Background: The Muslim population is diverse, the largest group coming from Morocco. Others are from elsewhere in North Africa, south Asia, Albania, and the Middle East. Most arrived from the 1980s onwards, many of them as students. Italy is working to formalise relations between the state and the Muslim community. Up to 160,000 Muslims are Italian born. Most Muslims have the right to reside and work in Italy, but are not citizens.
Sources: Total population - Italian National Statistical Institute; Muslim population - UK Foreign Office.
MacedoniaTotal population: 2.1 million
Muslim population: 630,000 (30%)
Background: Macedonia's largest religion is Macedonian Orthodox, but almost one third of the population describe themselves as Muslim. Macedonia was spared the inter-ethnic violence that affected much of the Balkans following the break-up of Yugoslavia. But in early 2001 rebels staged an uprising demanding greater rights for the ethnic Albanian minority - a group which includes most Muslims. With EU and Nato support a deal was reached offering them greater rights, although some have been unhappy with the pace of change. The US State Department suggests that religious freedom is generally respected and that "societal discrimination is more likely to be based upon ethnic bias" than religion.
Sources: Total population - UK Foreign Office; Muslim population - UK Foreign Office.
NetherlandsTotal population: 16.3 million
Muslim population: 945,000 or 5.8%
Background: The integration of Muslims remains a concern for the Dutch government, particularly after a film-maker critical of Islam was murdered in 2004 by a radical Islamist. Further tensions surround the view held by some that there is a high level of crime among Muslim youths and a problem with unemployment. In the 1950s Muslims arrived from the former colonies of Suriname and Indonesia. One of the most important groups is the substantial Somali minority. Others are from Turkey and Morocco. The Netherlands favours multiculturalism, essentially the accommodation of different groups on equal terms.
Sources: Total population - Statistics Netherlands, 2005 figures; Muslim population - Statistics Netherlands, 2004 figures.
Serbia and Montenegro (with Kosovo)Total population: 10.8 million (including Kosovo); 8.1 million (excluding Kosovo)
Muslim population: Serbia and Montenegro - 405,000 (5%); Kosovo - about 1.8 million (90%)
Background (excluding Kosovo): Within Serbia and Montenegro the predominant religion is Serbian Orthodoxy. Islam is the second largest faith, with Muslims accounting for about 5% of the population, rising to about 20% in Montenegro. The Muslim community is considered one of seven "traditional" religious communities. Religion and ethnicity remain closely linked across the country and discrimination and tensions continue to be reported.
Kosovo background: The late 1990s saw devastating conflict after the Kosovo Liberation Army, supported by the majority ethnic Albanians - most of whom are Muslim - came out in open rebellion against Serbian rule. Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic began "ethnic cleansing" against the Kosovo Albanian population. Thousands died and hundreds of thousands fled. Nato intervened between March and June 1999 with a 78 day bombing campaign to push back Serb forces and Kosovo remains under UN control. The ethnic Albanian community has expressed frustration at the length of time being taken to decide Kosovo's future status. Attacks against Kosovo's remaining minority Serb population have caused concern.
Sources: Total population - UK Foreign Office; Muslim population - US State Department.
SpainTotal population: 43.1 million
Muslim population: 1 million (2.3%)
Background: Almost eight centuries of Moorish rule over Spain came to an end in 1492, providing the country with a strong Islamic legacy, particularly in its architecture. The modern Muslim population started to arrive in significant numbers in the 1970s. Many were Moroccans coming to work in tourism and subsequent growth came when their families joined them. The state recognises Islam, affording it a number of privileges including the teaching of Islam in schools and religious holidays. There have been some reports of tension towards Muslim immigrants. Spain was shaken in 2004 when terror attacks by suspected radical Islamists killed 191 people on Madrid commuter trains.
Sources: Total population - Spanish National Institute of Statistics, 2005 figures; Muslim population - US State Department.
SwedenTotal population: 9 million
Muslim population: 300,000 (3%)
Background: The Muslim population is broad - with significant groups from Turkey, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Syria. The size of the Muslim population is such that representative bodies receive state funding. Sweden favours multiculturalism and immigrants can become citizens after five years. Sweden prides itself on its tolerance, but there has been criticism that Muslims are too often blamed for society's problems.
Sources: Total population - Statistics Sweden, 2005 figures; Muslim population - US State Department.
SwitzerlandTotal population: 7.4 million
Muslim population: 310,800 (4.2%)
Background: Official figures suggest the Muslim population has doubled in recent years, but some sources say there are also about 150,000 Muslims in the country illegally. The first Muslims arrived as workers in the 1960s, mostly from Turkey, the former Yugoslavia and Albania. They were joined by their families in the 1970s and, in recent years, by asylum seekers. (Comparatively few have citizenship.)
Sources: Total population - Swiss Federal Statistical Office, 2003 figures; Muslim population - Swiss Federal Statistical Office, 2000 figures.
TurkeyTotal population: 68.7 million
Muslim population: 68 million (99%)
Background: Although Turkey is a secular state, Islam is an important part of Turkish life. Its application to join the EU divided existing members, some of which questioned whether a poor, Muslim country could fit in. Turkey accused its EU opponents of favouring a "Christian club". Membership talks were formally launched in October 2005, with negotiations expected to take 10 years. Most Turks are Sunni Muslim, but a significant number are of the Alevi branch of Shias.
Sources: Total population - Turkish State Institute of Statistics, 2003 figures; Muslim population - US State Department.
United KingdomTotal population: 58.8 million
Muslim population: 1.6 million (2.8%)
Background: The UK has a long history of contact with Muslims, with links forged from the Middle Ages onwards. In the 19th Century Yemeni men came to work on ships, forming one of the country's first Muslim communities. In the 1960s, significant numbers of Muslims arrived as people in the former colonies took up offers of work. Some of the first were East African Asians, while many came from south Asia. Permanent communities formed and at least 50% of the current population was born in the UK. Significant communities with links to Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and the Balkans also exist. The 2001 Census showed one third of the Muslim population was under 16 - the highest proportion for any group. It also highlighted high levels of unemployment, low levels of qualifications and low home ownership. The UK favours multiculturalism, an idea shared by other countries which, in general terms, accepts all cultures as having equal value and has influence over how government engages with minorities.
Sources: Total population - Office for National Statistics, 2001 figures; Muslim population - Office for National Statistics, 2001 figures.
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Broken Arrows
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
April 30, 2009
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Daubenmire/dave151.htm
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127
Americans had better start having babies and we better start having them fast. The “battle for the culture” is in danger of being lost for lack of ammunition. Apart from absolute Truth, the greatest weapon or asset any civilization will ever have is children. They are the guarantor of our American heritage.
But somewhere along the line, children became a commodity, a luxury if you will, similar to a plasma TV, or a hot tub. Instead of appreciating them as a gift from God, (the first purpose of our existence was to “be fruitful and multiply”) we have treated them as a burden. When President Obama referred to his potential future grandchildren as “punishment” he was merely reflecting the humanistic view that children were not really “an heritage of the Lord,” but rather a burden to be borne as a duty to marriage.
We have become so hedonistic in America…not so much in an intentionally sinful way…but in a selfish, humanistic way so prevalent in our society. We have become what Paul warned us about in II Timothy “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” Next to salvation, God’s greatest gift to us is the ability to procreate, to replicate the image of God through our children who will, in turn, “speak with the enemies in the gate.” Our children are the weapon God has given us to “replenish and subdue the earth.”
We love to blame all of America’s problems on the liberals, the Democrats, the homosexuals, or if that fails, the Devil. Blaming someone else makes us feel better. We learned that one from Adam, “The woman YOU gave me…” Let me help us all out here. For the most part our problems are self-generated, “those who oppose themselves” Paul called us. Our rejection of Truth has led to the multiplicity of moral issues we face today and the abandonment of our children by God.
Come on now, you can handle the Truth; we have turned marriage into the legal means by which adults can enjoy sex. God created marriage for the production of arrows. Remove the potential for conception and the marriage bed becomes nothing more than a playpen where fleshly urges can be satisfied. God created sex; He created it to be enjoyed in the marriage bed, but His obvious purpose was procreation, not pleasure. Biblically, marriage legalizes sex. Sex, without the possibility of conception, makes the act pleasure-driven and hedonistic. Pleasure is a wonderful gift of the sexual union but not the exclusive or sole purpose for it. I believe God made the sexual union pleasurable so that a couple would bond together, stay together, and produce many children.
Homosexuals cannot reproduce and neither can women on “the Pill.” If the purpose of marriage is to legitimize sex, then why shouldn’t “sodomite marriage” be legal? Sexual intercourse is about reproduction, not merely copulation. Neither homosexuals nor women on the Pill are capable of being fruitful and multiplying.
In the past couple of months I have had several discussions with our recently married daughter and son-in-law. I have been encouraging them to start a family. My advice flies in the face of all the conventional wisdom that these two wonderful, Christian, college graduates have been taught. What is the message that the ‘enlightened” world of education has been spreading?
Wait. Wait until you are financially secure. Wait until you own a home. Wait until you can afford them. Wait until you are sure the marriage will last. Wait until you know each other better. Wait until you have lived a little. Plan your family. Be responsible. Wait…
The Lord says multiply; the world says wait. The Lord says children are a blessing, the president says they are punishment, and the secular world says they are a burden on society and even to the earth! The Lord says a man is blessed when his quiver is full; the world says no more than two. The fruit of marriage should transform the world but worldly philosophies and vain deceit has destroyed the marriage fruit.
We have bought the lie that God will not provide for the blessings He bequeaths. We look accusingly at those with large families, laughing at their trading of material possessions for more kiddos. Because we have “rejected life” our culture is dying.
Please watch this video. It is seven minutes long. It shows the consequences of our spiritual barrenness and why we must begin to have children and have them now!
For those of you who will not take the time to view the video allow me to scare you with information included on it. I cannot verify the facts, but they are sobering, if true.
• It takes a fertility rate of 2.11 children per family to maintain a culture.• No culture has ever reversed the decline once it reached 1.9.• A rate of 1.3 is impossible to reverse.• As population decreases so does the cultural influence.
Europe is on her last breath. As of 2007 the European fertility rate was 1.38. France has a rate of 1.8, England 1.6, Greece 1.3, Germany 1.3, Italy 1.2 and Spain 1.1. These numbers are IMPOSSIBLE to reverse. European culture is toast.
But Europe’s population is NOT decreasing, thanks to immigration. But consider this: 90% of all European immigration since 1990 is Islamic.
The Islamic fertility rate in France is 8.1. Thirty percent of those under age 20 are Islamic. In southern France there are now more mosques than churches. In 39 years France will be an Islamic Republic. Well, with that high Islamic population, I doubt it would continue as a Republic! In the last 30 years the Muslim population of Great Britain has increased from 82,000 to 2.5 million! A thirty-fold increase! There are over 1,000 mosques in that nation.
In the Netherlands, 50% of all newborns are Muslim and in 15 years half of the population will be Islamic. Russia’s Muslim population is now 23 million. One in five Russians is a Muslim. In just a few years 40 % of the Russian army will be Muslim.
The Belgian government has estimated that by 2025 one third of all European families will be Muslim….a mere 17 years away. The German government estimates that there are currently 52 million Muslims in Europe and that the population will double to 104 million in 20 years.
Closer to home, Canada’s fertility rate is 1.6 (remember 2.11 is required). Between 2001-2006 Canada’s population increased by 1.6 million; 1.2 million of which was through immigration. Muslims are the fastest growing population in Canada.
In “Christian” America, the fertility rate is 1.6. Because of Latino immigration, our fertility rate rises to the breaking point of 2.11. In 1970 there were 100,000 Muslims in America. Today, there are 9 million! Islamic sources estimate that by 2040 there will be 50 million Muslims living in America.
As mathematicians love to say, the numbers don’t lie. A few weeks ago President Obama declared that America is not at war with Islam. If anyone gets the chance to speak with him, perhaps you could ask him this question for me: “Is Islam at war with America?”
It turns out that while Americans were laughing at the primitive culture that Islam produced, the joke was ultimately on us. While we drove Pontiacs and took birth control, the Muslims rode camels and had babies. Their “choice” preserved their culture. America’s “choice” has killed ours. We have aborted more than 50 million arrows.
Want to get booed out of your church? Start preaching against birth control. It flies in the face of the prosperity gospel. Children ARE prosperity. We have not valued the birth right. Our pulpits have been complicit in the de-population of Christianity.
Momar Kadafi is reported to have said, “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists, we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50 million Muslims will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
Our nation is under an invasion and there is no one standing at the gate with whom they must speak. We must encourage Christian couples to start having babies. The future of our nation depends on them. At some point, as the war intensifies, Christians will reach for arrows to shoot at the enemy. What will we do when we find our quiver is empty?
Maybe, we can throw a plasma TV at them.
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Muhammad cartoons editor: There's a problem with Muslims in EuropeFlemming Rose, culture editor of Danish paper that published cartoons of Muslim prophet which led to riots, says clashes were attempt by Muslims to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim countries. He tells Ynet way to fight intolerance is by freedom of expression, not by limiting it.Nir Magal
April 22, 2009, / Israel News
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3704712,00.html
Flemming Rose, culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten which published 12 cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in 2005 that led to an outbreak of riots in the Muslim world in which over 50 people were killed, says he feels no remorse for his decision – but could not give a straight answer as to whether he would do it again.
Rose is currently in Israel as guest of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In an interview with Ynet on Tuesday he said, "If I said I wouldn't do it again, it would send a very bad message to those who committed crimes and intimidations, and would in fact be telling them: If you keep this up, we will do whatever you want.
If I do say that I would publish the cartoons again, in light of what happened, people will think I am cynical and don't consider the repercussions of my actions. It's like asking a rape victim if she regrets wearing a revealing shirt for a Friday night out."
The crisis that was dubbed "the Muhammad cartoons controversy", broke out in two rounds. The first was in 2006, after Muslim clerics spoke out against the publication of the 12 Muhammad cartoons in Denmark. The second time was in February 2008, after no less than 18 different newspapers published the most famous of the drawings, that depicted the prophet with a bomb in his turban, in response to a foiled attempt on the lives of the illustrators.
'Don't just tell the story - show it'When asked why he decided to publish the cartoons, Rose said, "Not to insult the Muslims. It was in response to the spreading self censorship with regards to Islam. It started with a discussion on a children's books about Muhammad, whose author could not find an illustrator for it. One person was willing to do the drawings, but demand to remain anonymous, and later admitted this was out of fear of the Muslims' reactions.
"The publication also came after the murder of Dutch director Theo van Gogh at the hands of a Muslim (in response to his film about the Islam's attitude towards women), and the assault of a non-Muslim professor in Denmark after reading from the Quran to his class in the university.
"It's a classic journalistic case, you hear about a problem and want to find out if it really exists. We decided that, instead of describing it in words, we can let the cartoons demonstrate it and prove that they cannot be censored. It's an age-old journalistic principle: Don't settle for telling the story, but also show it."
When asked if he had anticipated the Muslim world's reaction, Rose said, "No one expected this." He pointed out that cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad had been published in the past in Danish newspapers, and he was even depicted as mentally ill in one of them, that did not lead to protests.
"There are even experts on Islam who didn't see this coming," he said. "I talked about it with the orientalist Bernard Lewis, who told me there was a long culture of insulting the prophet in Europe. He referred me to Dante, and the cathedral in Bologna where Muhammad is depicted in hell. Muslims didn't respond to that, because they said it these were heretics that they shouldn't be concerned with."
'Muslims don't want to be integrated'When asked why he thought Muslims reacted so harshly this time, Rose said, "According to Lewis, this is the first time Muslims try to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim countries."
Former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy, who heads the Hebrew University's Shasha Center for Strategic Studies and will host the open discussion to which Rose was invited on Wednesday, said, "They were actually trying to politicize a religious issue."
According to Rose, the riots that broke out following the publications stemmed from "Muslim immigration to Europe and the fact that there are Muslims who don't want to be integrated… There's a problem with Muslims in Europe and it must be dealt with – but limiting freedom of expression is not the solution.
"There are those who viewed the cartoons that I published as a form of incitement, but I don't think a statement should be measured by the response it yields, especially if the response is irrational and stupid."
Rose said it was paradoxical that Arabs and Muslims were "mad at us, when you look at the cartoons they publish in their newspapers. We have also published some of them, but only to discuss them, and not to give them support."
The editor said he and his newspaper had apologized to the Muslims who took offense to the cartoons, but stressed that he could not apologize for the publication itself. With regards to his personal life, he said nothing has changed.
"Denmark is a peaceful country. There was a time after the crisis that I had to take extra precautions, but that is in the past. I never felt threatened – or that I have to be silent."
'Mein Kampf should also be published'When asked if he supports the positions of right-wing politicians throughout Europe, such as the Dutch Geert Wilders, who called for a stop to Muslim immigration, Rose said, "No. Wilders talks about things that most politicians are afraid to talk about, and there are other parties like his in Europe. They pop up precisely because it's not talked about enough."
Rose said he does not agree with the way Wilders generalizes in his reference to Muslims, but said he could not speak out against a man who was threatened because of his opinions: "Limiting freedom of expression is not the solution, so we also cannot prohibit the publication of books such as the Quran, as Wilders suggestion, or even Mein Kampf.
"We cannot fight intolerance by limiting freedom of expression, but with the freedom of expression. I see no contradiction between the two. Expression cannot be limited, because then it will only make what we are trying to silence more intriguing."
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Violent muslim riots in Malmö, Sweden (Rosengård) 18 December 2008
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London’s Muslim Girl Power
By Naomi Colvin
April 21st, 2009
http://swindlemagazine.com/issue16/londons-muslim-girl-power/
If you want to see where London’s future lies, look to its Muslim demographic. Today, about 40% of Britain’s Muslim population resides in London, where they make up just below 10% of the residents. And half of the city’s Muslim population is under 24—the youngest age profile in the capital. According to the BBC, over half of all British Muslims were born in the U.K., making this subgroup an increasingly intrinsic part of British society. “We’re the second generation, we’ve grown up here like the kids around us and we haven’t faced the strains most of our elders felt such as not understanding English,” says Warsan Nur, a 19-year-old anthropology student at the University of London, and aspiring journalist. “Racism isn’t so common because people are growing to accept us, so the possibilities for this Muslim generation are endless.”
Even so, young Muslim women, perhaps more than any other population in London, have had to think hard about who they are, and what image they want to project to the rest of the community. They are too often seen as a helplessly passive group that needs help “integrating” into mainstream Western society. In 2006, former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw revealed that he routinely asks his female Muslim constituents to unveil themselves when they meet with him, and Tony Blair called the veil a “mark of separation” that “makes other people from outside the community feel uncomfortable.” Even seemingly positive images of Muslim women, such as the Bangladeshi protagonist of Monica Ali’s much-heralded debut novel, Brick Lane, render this population literally speechless in an Anglophone society, segregated in one of the most diverse cities on earth.
But the reality suggests something altogether different. Recent research commissioned by the British Home Office shows that Muslims are the most active members of the population, in terms of volunteering and setting up community organizations. “A massive shift developed after 9/11,” explains Nur. “There’s a change in the community. It’s becoming really multicultural and people are leaving the tradition of ‘sticking to your own,’ which is a really positive move in the right direction.”
Experts estimate that 20,000 British citizens have converted to Islam in the last decade. Kalisha Hyatt, 16, was born into an Afro-Caribbean family and made the decision to become Muslim while still in primary school. “I was about 10 or 11 years old, and during the month of Ramadan I could feel the atmosphere—such a strong link between people of different races, purely because of religion,” says Hyatt. “There are definitely people out there who are picking up on Islam just because it’s fashionable. There are a lot of people generally interested in Islam now.”
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22 April 2009
View the pictures below and decide how you really feel about the future of the Western World. These pictures are of Muslims marching through the STREETS OF LONDON during their recent 'Religion of Peace Demonstration.'
Why would anyone think that we should be at war with such nice, peaceful Muslims?! All Christians need to know. You need to forward this one to everyone! These pictures tell it all! Muslims have stated that England will be the first country they take over! These are pictures not shown on American TV or in American Newspapers , but were forwarded by a Canadian who thought All Christians ought to know!
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Is London's future Islamic?Michael Hodges
Jun 5, 2007
http://www.timeout.com/london/big-smoke/features/2993/Is_London-s_future_Islamic.html It‘s the capital‘s fastest growing religion, based on noble traditions and compassionate principles, yet Islam can still be tainted by mistrust and misunderstanding. Here Time Out argues that an Islamic London would be a better place.
The noise from the expectant crowd hushed to a murmur as an open-backed lorry that had driven slowly up the Mall – known since the Islamic revolution of 2021 as The Way of the Martyrs – nudged its way through the thousands gathered in Mohammad Sidique Khan Square. On the lorry, two masked guards held a young man, black hood over his head; a quiver running through the material suggested he knew what was coming.
The lorry halted by the plinth that had once held Marc Quinn’s sculpture ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ – long since removed as an insult to decency – and was now the place of public execution. A rope noose attached to a wire cable hung from a mechanised hoist. The main doors of what had been the National Gallery flung open and an Imam walked down the steps of the new Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence, opened only a week before by Sultan Charles, Prince of Islam and protector of the faithful in England.
The official executioner placed a stepladder against the plinth. The lorry pulled up and the young man was pushed out, then forced up the ladder. The noose was forced over the condemned man’s head. The crowd chanted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greater than everything).
The hoist driver put his finger on a green button … Okay, not really – that’s a hysterical, right-wing nightmare of a future Muslim London: where an cruel alien creed is forced on a liberal city. A society where women are second-class citizens, same sex relationships a crime and Sharia law enforces terrible public disfigurement and death. But the reality is a long, long way from this dark vision. For a start, Islam is not an alien religion to London. At the end of World War I the city sat at the heart of an Empire that had 160 million Muslim subjects, 80 million in India alone. London was the largest Islamic capital in the world. Forty years later and the end of the Empire, unrest and war and poverty in south Asia had lead to mass immigration to the mother country and London became a Muslim capital in another sense. According to the 2001 census there are 607,083 Muslims living in London (310,477 men and 296,606 women). The majority of Muslims live in the east of the city and, by 2012, the Muslim Council of Britain estimates that the Muslim population of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest and Hackney will be 250,000. There are plans afoot (though no formal application has yet been submitted) to build the UKs biggest mosque – capable of welcoming 40,000 worshippers – near the 2012 Olympic site, a move which has prompted predictable outrage from some quarters. Consequently, Muslim disillionment with a reactionary and often ill-informed press is at an all time high. But rather than fear the inevitable changes this will bring to London, or buy in to a racist representation of all Muslims as terrorists, we should recognise both what Islam has given this city already, and the advantages it would bring across a wide range of areas in the future.
Public health On the surface, Islamic health doesn’t look good: the 2001 census showed that 24 per cent of Muslim women and 21 per cent of Muslim men suffered long-term illness and disability. But these are factors of social conditions rather than religion. In fact, Islam offers Londoners potential health benefits: the Muslim act of prayer is designed to keep worshippers fit, their joints supple and, at five times a day, their stomachs trim. The regular washing of the feet and hands required before prayers promotes public hygiene and would reduce the transmission of superbugs in London’s hospitals. Alcohol is haram, or forbidden, to Muslims. As London is above the national average for alcohol-related deaths in males, with 17.6 per 100,000 people (Camden has 31.6 per 100,000 males), turning all the city’s pubs into juice bars would have a massive positive effect on public health. Forbid alcohol throughout the country, and you’d avoid many of the 22,000 alcohol-related deaths and the £7.3 billion national bill for alcohol-related crime and disorder each year.
Ecology ‘The world is green and beautiful,’ said the prophet Muhammad, ‘and Allah has appointed you his guardian over it.’ The Islamic concept of halifa or trusteeship obliges Muslims to look after the natural world and Muhammad was one of the first ever environmentalists, advocating hima – areas where wildlife and forestry are protected. So we could expect more public parks under Islam, but halifa also applies to recycling: in 2006, 12,000 Muslims attended a series of sermons at the East London Mosque explaining the theological evidence for a link between behaving in an environmentally sustainable way and the Islamic faith.
Education Presently, Muslim students perform less well than non-Muslim students. In inner London, 37 per cent of 16 to 24-year-old Muslims have no qualifications (the figure for the general population of the same age and location is 25 per cent). When it comes to university education the picture is equally gloomy: 16 to 24-year-old Muslims are half as likely to have degree level or above qualification than other inner London young people.
Again, social factors rather than religion have led to this state of affairs. Young Muslims in London are often of south Asian origin and therefore more likely to live in households where English is not the first language, more likely to encounter racism (both intentional and unintentional) during their education, and more likely to suffer from poverty and bad housing conditions. But Tahir Alam, education spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, claims Muslim children do better in their own faith schools than in the mainstream state sector: ‘Muslim schools have their own distinct ethos. They use the children’s faith and heritage as primary motivators to provide the backdrop for their education and behaviour. This ethos is consistent with the messages that children are getting at home, so it is a very coherent operation between the home and the school.’ If Islam became the dominant religion in London the same ethos could be applied to schooling across swathes of underprivileged and deprived areas of the city. This could have a revolutionary effect on educational achievement and, perhaps just as importantly, general levels of discipline and self-respect among London’s young people. While controversy rages over faith schools, there are 37 Muslim schools in London. As of 2004, only five were state schools, but there is growing pressure to bring more into the state sector which, according to Alam, will ‘help raise achievement for many sectors of the Muslim community. Many private Muslim schools are under-resourced and if they can be brought into the state sector this valuable experience can be extended to more children.’
Food Application of halal (Arabic for ‘permissable’) dietary laws across London would free us at a stroke from our addiction to junk food, and the general adoption of a south Asian diet rich in fruit juice, rice and vegetables with occasional mutton or chicken would have a drastic effect on obesity, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders and associated public health problems. As curry is already Londoners’ and the nation’s favourite food (see our Brick Lane food feature), it would be a relatively easy process to encourage the adoption of such a diet. Not eating would be important as well. The annual fasting month of Ramadan instils self-discipline, courtesy and social cohesion. And Londoners would benefit philosophically and physically from even a short period when we weren’t constantly ramming food into our mouths.
Inter-faith relations In an Islamic London, Christians and Jews – with their allegiance to the Bible and the Talmud – would be protected as ‘peoples of the book’. Hindus and Sikhs manage to live alongside a large Muslim population in India, so why not here? Although England has a long tradition of religious bigotry against, for instance, Roman Catholics, it is reasonable to assume that under the guiding hand of Islam a civilised accommodation could be made among faith groups in London. This welcoming stance already exists in the capital in the form of the City Circle (see Yahya Birt interview), which encourages inter-faith dialogue and open discussion.
Arts Some of the finest art in London is already Islamic. The Jameel Gallery at the V&A houses ‘ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, which date from the great days of the Islamic caliphate of the eighth and ninth century’ up until the turn of the last century. Or take a free daily tour of the Addis Gallery of Islamic art (at the British Museum). London-based Nasser David Khalili, an Iranian-born Jew, has amassed what is considered to be the world’s largest private collection of Islamic art. Islamic influences have also flourished in other areas of the arts, with novelists, comedians (Birmingham-born Shazia Mirza was an instant hit on the London circuit), and music (from rappers Mecca2Medina on, to the less in-your-face Yusuf Islam).
Social justice Each Muslim is obliged to pay zakat, a welfare tax of 2.5 per cent of annual income, that is distributed to the poor and the needy. If the working population of London, 5.2 million, was predominantly Muslim this would produce approximately £3.2bn each year. More importantly, everyone would be obliged to consider those Londoners who haven’t shared their good fortune. London would become a little less cruel.
Race relations Under Islam all ethnicities are equal. Once you have submitted to Allah you are a Muslim – it doesn’t matter what colour you are. End of story.
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Obama's Entreaty to Islam Surprises Muslims (United States, International)Apr 7, 2009
by Matthai Kuruvila
San Francisco Chronicle
http://pluralism.org/news/article.php?id=22388
President Obama's speech to the Turkish parliament Monday left Muslims across the United States stunned by the dramatic way he continues to build bridges with their brethren.
"He is uniquely qualified among all the American presidents to really reach out and change the mood of the relationship between America and the Muslim world," said Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani ambassador and now a professor of Islamic studies at American University in Washington, D.C. "He's the first president to talk about respect for the Muslim world."
In his speech, Obama recast an often adversarial U.S. relationship with Muslims into other terms - referring to friends or friendship 10 times. It was the most significant in a series of gestures to reach out to the Muslim community since his inaugural address, when he called for a "new way forward" with Muslims "based on mutual interest and mutual respect."
"The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam," Obama said to applause, according to a White House transcript of Monday's speech. "In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical, not just in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject, but also to strengthen opportunity for all its people."
Obama also tapped into his own unique heritage, which was a lightning rod in the campaign. Republicans used his middle name, Hussein, as a slur to suggest he was anti-American. At the time, Obama did relatively little outreach to Muslims, most notably not visiting a mosque while going to the sanctuaries of other faiths.
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Politicians Fret as Muslim Population Swells in Europe Amid Little IntegrationTuesday, March 24, 2009
By Greg Burke
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510364,00.html
BRUSSELS, Belgium —
A clash of civilizations may be taking place on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, but it's also happening a lot more quietly in European cities.
Old Europe's population is dwindling even as immigration and high birth rates among Muslim groups are swelling in cities all over the continent.
And in Belgium, it is no different.
Filip Dewinter, a leader of the far-right separatist party Vlaams Belang, predicts there will eventually be a kind of civil war when the longtime residents of Brussels — the nation's capital and administrative seat of the European Union — realize their city is about to be taken over by Muslim immigrants.
Although there are no official statistics on how many Muslims live in Brussels, it is believed they make up about 25 percent of the city’s 1 million urban residents. Dewinter, who opposes immigration and has called Islamophobia a "duty," claims three of the 19 sections of Brussels, each with its own mayor, now have Muslim majorities.
"In those neighborhoods it's not our government that's in power," he said, "but the Muslim authorities — the mosques, the imams — who are in charge."
FOX News visited one of those neighborhoods, called Molenbeek, which looks more like North Africa than the heart of Europe.
For some Belgians, that's not a problem. The mayor of Molenbeek, Socialist Philippe Moureaux, has worked hard to help Muslims try to integrate over the past decade and a half.
Moureaux believes multiculturalism is a good thing. He says even those who disagree with him should get used to life as it is in Brussels today: "Be realistic. They're here. They're relatively numerous and they're growing."
Many Moroccans have been in Belgium for decades and are now citizens, as are their children. The imam of one of the main mosques, which thousands of young Moroccans attend each Friday, stressed that Muslim immigrants have starting blending in around Brussels.
During FOX News' brief visit, there were no fiery demonstrations of the kind that have wracked the Netherlands, though the municipality is sometimes considered dangerous to traverse at night.
Yet Molenbeek remains disconcerting. Belgian police assigned three plainclothes officers to watch over a FOX News team shooting street scenes one morning in Molenbeek. When FOX News returned in the afternoon as more people were out and about, the police said it would be safer not to get out of the car. It wasn't even dark yet.
Part of that fear stems from particularly nasty street crime, something that can happen in bad neighborhoods in any big European — or American — city. But part of it is due to strong anti-Western sentiment among Belgium's Muslims, which suggests that true integration is still a long way off.
Mayor Moureaux blames the problems on a tiny number of very violent youths who are condemned by everyone, including the Muslim community.
But for Dewinter, integration simply isn't working. He claims the great majority of the Muslims don't want it to work. So instead of being a melting pot, Brussels has become a city that does everything possible to appease Islam, he claims.
"Halal food is served in the schools, not only for Muslim children, but for all the children," said Dewinter, adding that municipal pools in Brussels now have separate hours for men and women to swim.
The anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang, once considered a pariah party, now controls about 24 percent of the Belgian vote, a trend matched in other European countries with burgeoning Muslim populations.
Though the immigration debate has not yet reached the fever pitch it has in the U.S., a real test will come when a major European city has a Muslim majority. The first could be Marseilles, in France, or Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. But don't count out Brussels, the heart and capital of Europe.
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Muslim-Jewish ties: Trying to talk, not fight, in one Paris neighborhood
By Devorah Lauter · February 20, 2009
http://jta.org/news/article/2009/02/20/1003162/muslim-jewish-ties-trying-to-talk-not-fight-in-one-paris-neighborhood
Identity Crisis: Muslims in EuropePARIS (JTA) -- With the late afternoon sun hovering in the sky, the cries of Orthodox Jewish youngsters playing ball echo in a square just around the corner from a cluster of kosher Moroccan bakeries in this city's 19th arrondissement.
High-rise housing projects loom behind the children, where Muslim immigrant families from sub-Saharan Africa live adjacent to the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods that comprise this multicultural neighborhood in northeast Paris, which is home to some 30,000 Jews.
This mostly low-income neighborhood is no stranger to ethnic tensions.
In 2007, the 19th district saw 27 reported anti-Semitic incidents, compared with just two or three per district elsewhere in Paris, according to France’s Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. Last June, a Jewish teenager, Rudy Haddad, was savagely beaten by a gang of youths of sub-Saharan African extraction.
The violence is not clear-cut, however.
When three kipah-wearing youths were attacked last September on the same street as Rudy Haddad, the incident initially was labeled anti-Semitic, but upon further investigation one of the attackers turned out to be Jewish.
Among Jews, says Rabbi Michel Bouskila, who heads the district’s Jewish Community Council, “there is still fear because they are more often the victims of street violence. But there are fears from Muslims, as well. When a Muslim boy walks alone by a group of Jewish youth, he’ll be a little scared.”
There is much debate over whether assaults against Jews in the 19th arrondissement are inherently anti-Semitic or whether they are simply random cases of neighborhood crime. The critical factor causing tensions here is not religion, some say, but race and class: Jews, rightly or wrongly, are seen as wealthy and privileged by a mostly black and North African poor immigrant underclass.
“We have to stop stigmatizing these youth,” said Morad Chahrine, director of J2P, a youth association that is among a host of programs supported by a new mayoral tolerance initiative called Living Together. “They’ve been accused of everything, and now anti-Semitism, too?”
“Of course there are frictions, and they’re due to life’s hardships,” Chahrine adds. “If a Jewish group happens to fight another of different origins, racial insults will be heard on both sides, but it’s mostly spontaneous. There’s no ideology behind it.”
But Richard Prasquier, the leader of France’s Jewish umbrella group, CRIF, says anti-Semitism can have many different faces, even if it’s not rooted in religion.
“The problem is first and foremost linked to religion, but anti-Semitism has disconnected from religion,” he told JTA. “Jews don’t have to be religious to be victims of anti-Semitism. It has become a problem of race.”
Foussenou, a 29-year-old from the 19th district whose parents are immigrants from Mali, explains why he and his friends don’t like their Jewish neighbors.
“All Jews are cheats,” said Foussenou, who asked that his last name not be used. “They stick to themselves. They only help each other and have connections to the police and the state.”
Laughing, he recounts how he and his friends used to wait outside the local Jewish school when they were teenagers, beating up students after they walked out.
While Foussenou now has a job as a deliveryman, the rate of unemployment in the 19th is relatively high. As the economic crisis has worsened, more reports have emerged of drug- and weapons-related crimes, according to police. Gangs are common, sometimes of mixed Muslim-Jewish ethnicity.
Ethnic tensions, however, seem to have calmed since well-publicized attacks last summer thrust the district into the national spotlight. In the months since the attacks, elected leaders and community representatives have been cooperating on programs to promote tolerance as part of the Living Together program.
When anti-Semitic incidents spiked throughout France following Israel’s recent invasion of the Gaza Strip, the 19th remained relatively undisturbed. A total of 113 anti-Semitic incidents were reported across the country during the duration of the conflict, ranging from firebombings and stabbings to threatening letters and graffiti, according to the Protection Service for the Jewish Community.
In the 19th, however, the only reported incidents, according to Bouskila, were from a group of Jewish teenage girls who said they were physically bullied by classmates shouting “Long live Gaza!” He was unable to confirm details of the event.
“Emotions still ran high in the area, but people didn’t act violently on it,” said Christophe-Adji Ahoudian, a member of the task force set up by the mayor of the 19th district, Roger Madec. “It’s proof that our work is paying off.”
The relative calm also may be a reflection of the national origins of the Muslims of the 19th. Most of the Muslim immigrant families in the neighborhood are from sub-Saharan Africa, according to Rabbi Michel Serfaty, who heads the French Judeo-Muslim Friendship Association. Only a smaller, though still significant, minority are Arabs from North Africa who are more closely tied to the Palestinian cause.
Madame Kadiatou Diabira, a Malian from the neighborhood, attributes prejudice against Jews to her black community’s struggle to integrate into French society, not its Muslim identity, which many here say is more cultural than religious.
Diabara has spearheaded meetings with mothers of various faiths to discuss youth violence. She launched her effort after Haddad’s beating.
Rabbi Bouskila has been trying to promote Muslim-Jewish dialogue along with an imam from the nearby town of Drancy, Hassen Chalghoumi. Last September, Jews joined Muslims for a Ramadan break-fast meal hosted by the city.
But Israel’s Gaza offensive set back dialogue efforts, Bouskila said. In mid-January, several Muslim members of the French Judeo-Muslim Friendship Association quit, citing the Jews’ “total absence of condemnations” of Palestinian casualties during the Gaza war, according to a spokesman for the Grand Mosque of Paris.
Bouskila was troubled by the move.
“Jews here are especially worried to see even moderate Muslims walk away,” he said.
He attributes Muslim reticence to engage with Jews to a fear of disapproval from the majority of French Muslims, who are angry about Israel’s actions in Gaza. Chalghoumi, Bouskila’s Muslim dialogue partner, has received threatening phone calls and had his car doused in alcohol right after French media showed photos of him embracing a rabbi whose synagogue was firebombed in January.
Another local imam, Larbi Kechat, said he preaches respect for non-Muslims but also discusses “injustices” in the Middle East.
“A Muslim has no animosity toward others because of their religion,” Kechat said. “But what can aggravate tensions is what happens in the Middle East. That’s a political question that weighs on the whole social environment.”
Despite the relative absence of violence recently, young Jews and Muslims still have too little interaction on the streets of the 19th, says Raphael Haddad, who heads the French Jewish Student Union, UEJF.
It wasn’t always this way, said Haddad, who grew up in the 19th arrondissement, but the surge in violence against Jews earlier this decade, during the second intifada, scarred French Jews. The 19th was not spared from that violence.
Bouskila says much of the local Orthodox Jewish community fears Muslim youth because they associate them with anti-Semitic crime, and this has encouraged communities to circle the wagons.
“What do you expect? Every one of them has experienced, or has someone close to them who has experienced, some form of anti-Semitism,” he said.
To Foussenou, who sits hunched on a cold bench outdoors, such insular habits are another reason to dislike Jews.
“They would never sit and talk to you like this,” he told a JTA reporter.
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Fear and loathing in Europe: Islamophobia and the challenge of integrationBy Dinah A. Spritzer · February 5, 2009
http://jta.org/muslims-in-europe
BRUSSELS (JTA) -- A bus driver on Antwerp's line 19 doesn't like Muslims.
Such is the warning friends gave 24-year-old Meryem, a Belgian Muslim of Moroccan descent, advising her to avoid the driver's route.
But last summer Meryem, who wears a headscarf, forgot her friends' caution and boarded the bus to Deurne.
After a few minutes, the bus made a stop where two passengers, an elderly Belgian gentleman and a woman wearing a Muslim headscarf, were waiting. The man boarded the bus first. As the woman lifted her foot to follow, the driver quickly slammed the door shut and sped away. The woman appeared shocked, recalls Meryem, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her privacy.
"A few weeks later I took Bus 19 again and it had exactly the same driver, who this time did not even stop to pick up a bearded man who appeared to be a Muslim at one of the bus stops," she told JTA.
Meryem's experience illustrated what has become a catchword in European government and academic circles: Islamophobia -- the fear, hatred, discrimination or negative stereotyping of Muslims.
Ranging from physical attacks to verbal abuse to subtle discrimination, Islamophobia has become a leading form of xenophobia in Europe, according to numerous European government studies.
"The notion that the presence of Islam in Europe, in the form of its Muslim citizens and migrants, is a challenge for Europe and European norms and values has taken a strong hold in European political discourse and has also created a climate of fear," said a 2006 report, the European Union's first study documenting Islamophobic incidents.
In Europe, Islamophobia is inextricably connected with anti-immigrant sentiment, since most of Europe's Muslims are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. The terrorist activities of radical Islamic groups have compounded the negative views some Europeans already held of Muslims, who represent a rapidly growing segment of Europe's population that is statistically poorer and less educated than native Europeans.
Capitalizing on this demographic trend and fears of terrorism, far-right political parities have painted Muslims as an alien group that threatens the European way of life.
In 2007, the Swiss People's Party campaigned with posters showing veiled Muslim women and the question, "Where are we living, Baden or Baghdad?"
Experts are divided over whether race, socioeconomic status or association with terrorism is at the root of Islamophobia in Europe. What is clear is that antipathy in Europe toward Muslims has grown in tandem with terrorist attacks such as the 2005 London transit bombings and the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
Mosques in Germany have been torched. Muslim graves in London have been vandalized. And all over Europe, North African immigrants and their families have been subject to verbal and physical attacks, sometimes by neo-Nazis.
In the months after the 2004 murder by an Islamic extremist of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, whose films had criticized Islam's treatment of women, there were 47 violent attacks against mosques in the Netherlands.
Some argue that Muslim fundamentalists exploit the charge of Islamophobia to silence legitimate criticism of Islamic fanaticism, including honor killings, forced marriages and sympathy for terrorism.
"In Denmark, if you speak out against forced marriage, Islamists say you are Islamophobic," Nasser Khader, a member of the Danish Parliament who describes himself as a secular Muslim, told JTA. "I think it's OK to have Islamist-phobia. Islam as an ideology can be fascistic."
Khader said Muslims should face up to the fact that they are sometimes to blame for anti-Muslim sentiment.
"One month after 9/11, about 1,000 fanatical Muslims in Denmark held a rally to celebrate Osama bin Laden, only five weeks before the general election in Denmark," he said. "The demonstrators gave the extreme right five more seats in the parliament."
In 2006, the author Salmon Rushdie and the former Dutch legislator Ayaan Hirsi Alli called Islamism a "totalitarian global threat" and wrote that they would not be cowed by "the fear of being accused of 'Islamophobia,' a wretched concept that confuses criticism of Islam as a religion and stigmatization of those who believe in it."
Meanwhile, there is growing evidence of European hostility toward Muslims. Last September, the Pew Research Center released a study that found unfavorable attitudes toward Muslims in the European countries with the largest Muslim populations. Of those surveyed, 52 percent in Spain, 50 percent in Germany, 38 percent in France and 25 percent in Britain registered negative attitudes toward Muslims. By contrast, a 2006 Pew Research Center survey in the United States found 25 percent of respondents had negative attitudes toward Muslims.
Traditionally much more ethnically homogeneous than the United States, Europeans have been slower to accept the estimated 17 million Muslim immigrants in their midst.
In Switzerland, some second-, third- and even fourth-generation immigrants do not hold citizenship. Unlike the United States, not all European countries automatically grant citizenship to natural-born residents. Up to 50 percent of Europe's Muslims are not actually citizens of E.U. countries, analysts estimate. Some have not taken citizenship of their own choice.
"Europe's small, culturally homogeneous nations still find it difficult to extend a warm welcome to immigrants who, for their part, tend to retain native languages and customs, clustering in small enclaves with compatriots," Shada Islam, senior program executive at the European Policy Center, a Brussels think tank, wrote recently in YaleGlobal Online.
Meryem says hostility toward Muslims is not reserved for immigrants.
"We used to be hated because we were foreigners; now it's also because we are Muslims," Meryem said. In Europe, "you can be fourth generation and you are still considered an immigrant, a foreigner."
Muslims first began immigrating to Europe in earnest in the 1960s, when guest workers from North Africa and the Indian subcontinent -- former European colonies -- as well as Turkey helped make up for a shortage of blue-collar laborers. Instead of returning to their native countries, the workers stayed on.
Muslims now comprise about 5 percent of Europe's population (excluding Turkey), and they have birthrates that are two to three times the European average.
Complaining about Muslims has become a common and acceptable part of public discourse in Europe, fueling anti-Muslim political parties.
In Belgium, the leaders of the Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party openly deride Islam, lamenting the country's "mushrooming of mosques" and the "Muslim invasion," and warning that it's only a matter of time before non-Muslim women are forced to wear burkas. The party doubled its representation on local councils in the 2006 municipal elections, and in 2007 it received 12 percent of the national vote, making it Belgium's third largest party.
Austria's Freedom Party, which also has a record of anti-Muslim rhetoric, grew to 17 percent in 2008 from 11 percent in 2006.
Last year, Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilders released a controversial 17-minute film called "Fitna" -- Arabic for a "test of faith" -- that links Islam to terrorism. Wilders said he made the film as a wake-up call "to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamization."
Some scholars see racial bias at the root of Europe's often troubled relationship with its Muslim minority.
"The fact that Muslims in France are blacks and Arabs is critical to how they are perceived in French society, not their religion," said Justin Vaisse, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and co-author of the book "Integrating Islam."
In France, which has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, estimated at 10 percent, or nearly 6 million people, most Muslims have roots from North Africa and, to a lesser extent, East Africa. Discrimination against them in employment and housing is race-based, Vaisse suggested.
Although there are countless Muslim success stories in Europe, particularly in Britain, which has a large Muslim middle class, most European Muslims occupy the bottom socioeconomic rungs of society, where poverty and crime rates are high.
Clara Marina O'Donnell, an analyst at the London-based Center for European Reform, says the lower financial achievement of Muslims in some countries has made them a scapegoat for xenophobic political groups.
"There is a noticeable fear of immigration due to the economic climate, even though we are talking about people who have lived in Europe for decades," O'Donnell said. "Extreme-right parties exploit that fear and use anti-Islam rhetoric as a stand-in for pure racism."
However, O'Donnell notes, most mainstream politicians are careful not to offend Muslims. In February, Britain's home secretary went so far as to deny Wilders entry into Britain for fear that his visit would cause social unrest. Wilders was turned around at Heathrow Airport.
Sami Zemni, a Muslim political science professor at Belgium's University of Ghent, said the focus in Europe on Muslim fundamentalists has created a distorted view of the Muslims who live on the continent.
"There are days-long debates by European lawmakers on whether women should be allowed to wear burkas when there are like 10 women per country actually wearing them," he said.
Just as anti-Semites think there is a stereotypical Jew, Zemni said, those hostile to Islam think there is a stereotypical Muslim.
Sometimes, he said, when he explains to people that "I don't believe in stoning adulterers or conducting a holy war, they don't believe me, or they say I am a self-hating Muslim."
Weary of being stereotyped as religious fanatics or potential terrorists, more than a few middle-class Muslim professionals have left Europe for jobs in the Persian Gulf states. But most have learned to live with the negative image reflected back at them through personal encounters, political discourse and the media.
At a Muslim community center in Bradford, Britain, four teenage girls of Pakistani heritage told JTA that they've grown used to being called terrorists by classmates, who give them nicknames like "bin Lady," a play on bin Laden.
"I just laugh at it," says Kuaran Javid, 15. "I am so used to it, I don't even notice."
But this sort of discrimination can have dangerous consequences, warns Navid Akhtar, director of the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism in London. Radical groups seek to capitalize on the alienation of young adults who have suffered from years of casual racism, recruiting young Muslims to radical causes.
"The al-Qaida narrative is that Muslims are despised and hated by the West," Akhtar said. "If you live in Bradford and you tend to spend most of your time with people of your own ethnic background, you might be more likely to buy into that narrative."
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The making of Islamic terrorists
By Dinah A. Spritzer · February 5, 2009
http://jta.org/news/article/2009/02/05/1002795/the-making-of-islamic-terrorists
Identity Crisis: Muslims in EuropeBRADFORD, England (JTA) -- Ishtiaq Ahmed, who works as a spokesman for the Bradford Council for Mosques, lives with three generations of his family in a luxurious British home built by his father, a successful Pakistani-born businessman.
After the July 7, 2005 public transit bombings in London, which killed 52 people, Ahmed woke up, looked around his neighborhood and was troubled by what he saw. Three of the four bombers were from nearby Leeds and, like him, they had Pakistani backgrounds.
"There is a growing section of Muslim young people 16 to 25 who are increasingly becoming alienated, disillusioned and angry about a host of issues, such as unemployment, racism and British foreign policy," Ahmed said.
Many of these young people, he said, feel that the British government is against them.
"They see the government is willing to spend millions of dollars fighting Muslims in Iraq, but not help them with their problems at home," Ahmed said.
That can make them ripe for recruitment by Islamic extremists.
"People with a pan-Islamic agenda tell these young people: All your problems are because you are Muslim" -- living in a non-Muslim country -- "so we should all unite and assert ourselves and restore the glory of Islam," he said.
Even if only an estimated 3 percent to 4 percent of Muslim youth become extremists, Ahmed said, "that is still far, far too many."
The London bombings, like the Madrid train bombings in March 2004 and foiled terrorist plots elsewhere in Europe since, have forced Europe to focus on homegrown Islamic radicalism. Beyond implementing security measures needed to prevent terrorist attacks, Europe is trying to understand the sense of fury and alienation many Muslims feel and that, in a few rare cases, might lead them to try to murder their neighbors.
"The number of individuals in Europe who have joined violent jihadi movements has increased," said Alexander Ritzmann, an expert on Islamic terrorism from the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy and a former member of Germany's parliament. Based on terrorist incidents and intelligence dossiers, he said, "there has been an increase of planned attacks over the last five years."
To be sure, the number of European Muslims engaged in terrorism is minuscule compared with their overall numbers. Of the roughly 17 million Muslims living in the 27-country European Union, a total of 242 were charged with terrorism-related crimes from 2001 to 2006, according to a study by the Netherlands Institute for International Relations.
But support for terrorist attacks appears to be far more widespread.
Roughly one in seven Muslims in France, Spain and Britain believe suicide bombings against civilian targets can be justified at times to defend Islam against its enemies, a 2006 Pew Research Center survey showed. And with the Iraq war, the Afghanistan campaign and Israel's recent war in Gaza, experts say al-Qaida's notion that Islam is under attack by the West is gaining currency among Muslims in Europe.
Terrorist groups like al-Qaida and militant Islamists have tried to tap into Muslim fury in Europe, with some success. Foreign policy often is cited as a key motivating factor by terrorists.
One of the 2005 London suicide bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, left behind a video in which he justified his attack, saying, "Your democratically elected governments continually perpetrate atrocities against my people all over the world. Your support makes you directly responsible."
The 29 bombers who carried out the 2004 Madrid attacks, which left 191 dead and 1,755 wounded, were inspired by al-Qaida's 2003 call for action against countries supportive of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, court documents show.
But the picture of Muslim fury is complicated, and it is easy to confuse the anger of European Muslims over their treatment as a disenfranchised minority in Europe -- such as the riots that rocked Paris' heavily Muslim immigrant suburbs in the autumn of 2005 -- with sympathy for anti-Western terrorism.
In the 1960s and '70s, European governments recruited manual laborers from poor, rural, mostly Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria without paying much attention to how they might fit into European societies. Governments assumed these workers eventually would return to their countries of origin.
Instead they remained, struggling against problems such as discrimination and poverty. Many lived in substandard housing, frequently were denied jobs and homes due to their ethnic background, and scored considerably lower than native Europeans on school tests.
After the terrorist attacks this decade, European governments finally woke up and began promoting integration and equal opportunities. But the measures are so recent, it will be years before their impact can be gauged and, in some cases, felt.
Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to attribute support for Islamic terrorism to Europe's failure to integrate Muslim immigrants. Nearly half the convicted terrorists in the study by the Netherlands Institute hailed from middle-class families that appeared to be successful models of integration. So were the men who committed the London bombings in 2005.
Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College in London, says an identity crisis is at the crux of sympathy for and involvement in Islamic terrorism.
"European Muslims feel torn between the culture of their parents they do not identify with and Western culture that does not really accept them," he said. "This is true for all immigrants, but the key difference is that there is no ideology for Hindus, for instance, saying that the West is at war with your religion and that there are Zionists and crusaders who want to kill you."
What emerges from interviews with former Islamic extremists is that years of alienation can give rise to radicalism, even among the middle class.
Maajid Nawaz, a former British Islamist who now runs one of Europe's leading counter-radicalism organizations, the Quilliam Foundation, talked to the U.S. Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs last July about how as a young man he felt torn, like so many second-generation Pakistani immigrants, between British culture and that of his parents.
"Despite my liberal British upbringing, I was subject to an appalling level of racist violence by a minority of thugs," he said. "Many of my white friends were stabbed before my eyes simply for associating with me."
"Whilst such a crisis of identity initially concerned only racial and ethnic dimensions, the tragic slaughter of white Muslims that was to eventually play out in Bosnia-Herzegovina brought to the fore of my mind Europe's Muslim question," he told the committee. "Through this rude awakening, and for the first time in my life, I became critically aware of a Muslim identity."
Beware the caliphate
The path to violent extremism can be found in political Islam, which views Islam not just as a religion but as a political system under which all Muslims one day will be united, Nawaz says. Al-Qaida and its offshoots preach violence as a means to this goal, while more moderate groups believe political Islam should be achieved through nonviolent means.
Britain's most successful Islamist organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, known by the acronym HT and whose name means Party of Liberation, is banned in the Middle East and in Germany. HT holds that Muslims, if convinced by ideology, will rise up and engage in peaceful coup d'etats in Muslim countries to restore the Islamic caliphate the group claims was destroyed when Turkey became secular a century ago. HT's biennial meetings in Britain draw an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people.
Officially, HT condemns terrorism and maintains it opposes violence of any kind in the name of Islam.
"In the West, Hizb ut-Tahrir works to cultivate a Muslim community that lives by Islam in thought and deed, whereby adhering to the rules of Islam and preserving a strong Islamic identity," says the movement's Web site. "The party does not work in the West to change the system of government, but works to project a positive image of Islam to Western society and engages in dialogue with Western thinkers, policymakers and academics."
HT officials did not return JTA's calls seeking comment.
Ishtiaq Hussain, a former member of HT who now works with the Quilliam Foundation, says the key to successful recruitment of radicals is exploiting whatever grievances extremists can find among young Muslims.
"Recruiters will say that the war in Iraq shows that Americans want to kill Muslims and we have to unite against this," Hussain said. "They will basically take any problem you have and turn it into a Muslims vs. the West issue."
HT recruits primarily at universities, where its leaders run prayer services and other events but do not necessarily identify themselves as HT members. Recruiters keep their eyes out for those who seem most receptive to their message, befriending and encouraging them to attend more and more events.
A former recruiter himself, Hussain recalls luring students away from more moderate Muslim groups by discrediting them as government stooges and enforcing the idea that only HT represents true Islam.
"All the books you read, the people you talk to," are HT, Hussain said. They "tell you not to listen to your friends or family."
Like any other cult -- or, perhaps, college fraternity -- HT gives members a sense of empowerment through belonging to a tight-knit, elite group. But unlike a fraternity, HT also sometimes encourages recruits to turn against those closest to them.
"There was that feeling of being on the cusp of a new world order which would revive the glory days of Islam," wrote another former HT member and co-founder of the Quilliam Foundation, Ed Hussein, in Britain's Independent newspaper last April. "For a 17-year-old who felt out of place in the U.K., it was very attractive. Everywhere we went, we were the brothers to be respected. It was intoxicating."
Moderate Muslims say groups such as HT distort true Islam in recruiting young people to the cause of extremism. While HT does not promote terrorism, Hussain describes it as a conveyor belt to violence.
"They never tell you to go blow yourself up, but they do not condemn it either; they leave it up to the individual," he said. "And we believe their kind of thinking can lead some people to violent acts."
An engineer and doctor who tried to blow up the Scottish airport in Glasgow in 2007 attended HT meetings. So did Omar Sharif, a Briton who tried but failed to blow himself up in Tel Aviv in 2003.
To be sure, there is no sure recipe for transforming an alienated Muslim into a terrorist.
Across Europe, there has been a resurgence in religiosity among Muslims since the launch of the so-called war on terror. Many have turned to faith in the face of anti-Muslim sentiment, and devout Muslims insist Islam is a force for good, not ill.
Activists like Ishtiaq Ahmed say Muslim leaders must make a greater effort to convey to young people that being a politically involved British citizen is compatible with being a religious Muslim. "Islamic faith institutions have a duty to protect the young Muslim population from dangerous and violent propaganda," he said. "We can't bury our heads in the sand and pretend this is not a problem."
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Vatican thanks Muslims for returning God to Europe
Nov 28, 2008
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-36765320081128
PARIS (Reuters) - A senior Vatican cardinal has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in Europe and said believers of different faiths had no option but to engage in interreligious dialogue.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Catholic Church's department for interfaith contacts, said religion was now talked and written about more than ever before in today's Europe.
"It's thanks to the Muslims," he said in a speech printed in Friday's L'Osservatore Romano, the official daily of the Vatican. "Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society."
Vatican officials have long bemoaned the secularisation of Europe, where church attendance has dwindled dramatically in recent decades, and urged a return to its historically Christian roots. But Tauran said no society had only one faith.
"We live in multicultural and multireligious societies, that's obvious," he told a meeting of Catholic theologians in Naples. "There is no civilisation that is religiously pure."
Tauran's positive speech on interfaith dialogue came after a remark by Pope Benedict prompted media speculation that the Vatican was losing interest in it. Some Jewish leaders reacted with expressions of concern and the Vatican denied any change.
The "return of God" is clearly seen in Tauran's native France, where Europe's largest Muslim minority has brought faith questions such as women's headscarves into the political debate after decades when they were considered strictly private issues.
"God is at Work in All"Tauran said religions were "condemned to dialogue," a practice he called "the search for understanding between two subjects, with the help of reason, in view of a common interpretation of their agreement and disagreement."
That seemed to clarify Benedict's statement on Sunday that interfaith dialogue was "not possible in the strict sense of the word". Church officials said a strict definition would include the option that one side is ultimately convinced by the other.
Dialogue participants could not give up their religious convictions, Tauran said, but should be open to learning about the positive aspects of each others' faith.
"Every religion has its own identity, but I agree to consider that God is at work in all, in the souls of those who search for him sincerely," he said. "Interreligious dialogue rallies all who are on the path to God or to the Absolute."
The uncertainty about the Vatican view coincided with increasing contacts among world religions.
Early this month, the Vatican held a pioneering conference with a delegation from the "Common Word" group of Muslim scholars who invited Christian churches to a new dialogue.
A week later, Saudi King Abdullah gathered world leaders at the United Nations as part of a dialogue he launched with a conference of faith leaders in Madrid last July.
Christianity and Islam are the world's two largest faiths, with two billion and 1.3 billion followers respectively. The latest interfaith efforts are meant to counter growing tensions between these two after the Sept. 11 attacks.
An Indian prelate, speaking after the Mumbai attacks began, said in Rome that a lack of courage to meet across faith lines was often behind religious violence in his country.
Archbishop Felix Machado of Nashik diocese, just east of Mumbai, told Italian priests the violence was caused by "inequality, a lack of justice and understanding and, above all, a lack of courage to dialogue," the Vatican daily reported.
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Special Report: Muslim Forced Marriages In Europe
Giraldus Cambrensis at June 8, 2006
http://www.westernresistance.com/blog/archives/002305.html
We discussed the issue of Muslim honor killings on May 28 and attempted to explain how honor killings, forced marriages and arranged marriages were all parts of the same problem, the result of a notion among many Muslim families that girls are chattels which can be bartered. Pakistani commentators have tried to explain that honor killings are related to localised tribal customs, and have nothing to do with Islam. Yet honor killings happen in the Middle East, in Jordan and Palestine, in Turkey and among Kurdish communities. Where honor killings happen, there is almost invariably a culture in which arranged or forced marriages are considered traditional and acceptable. According to UN studies, about 1 million people are forced into marriages around the world.
HollandToday, Expatica reports that in Holland, the minister for Immigration and Integration, Rita Verdonk (pictured), was told by an advisory committee of the details of its commissioned report. This report states that forced marriage occurs frequently in the Netherlands.
The report described such marriages as a serious breach of the integrity of the victim. It concluded that forced marriage did not happen on its own - it was part of a broader pattern which included domestic violence, honour-related attacks, and the abandonment of women in their country of origin.
The report advised that victims should be assigned a case-manager who would ensure they received the appropriate assistance. late last year, the advisory commission made similar findings, but has bow expanded and amplified upon its previous conclusions.
The report advises that the Dutch government's advisory body on domestic violence should act as a coordinator for handling and dealing with cases of forced marriages. Currently, various ministries were assigned with dealing with cases of such marriage, and their actions did not constitute a unified approach.
BelgiumIn November 2004, Robert Spencer reported in Dhimmiwatch that a Belgian senator of Moroccan origin, Mimount Bousakla, was forced to go into hiding, after receiving death threats. Her crime had been to criticize forced marriages, at a meeting held by the Council of Europe on this subject.
A recent report by the Council of Europe on the subject of forced marriages can be downloaded in pdf format HERE.
We reported on March 10 that Belgium's parliament decided to approve a proposal by the Justice Minister to ban forced marriages. So far, the law has not been fully mplemented onto the statute books, it appears, but Belgium will become the first country within the European Union to make forced marriages illegal. Currently, the only country in the world to have outlawed such unions is Norway, which is not within the EU.
In Belgium, the Muslim demographic where forced marriages occur is comprised of Moroccans and Turks. In 1999 a survey found that among women from these categories who were 40 or above, 27% had been forced to marry partners chosen for them.
The same survey found that among Turkish young women, aged 17 to 24, 13% had been compelled into such a marriage. Among Moroccan girls of the same age, 8% were victims of forced marriage.
Another study in Francophone education establishments from December 2003 to June 2004, among a base of 1,200 respondents aged 15 to 18 revealed the following results: 73.4% of those questioned said forced marriages were still being practiced, and 23% claimed to have personally come into contact with the custom.
When Belgium's prohibition becomes enshrined in law, those actually proved to have forced a marriage can receive a jail term from one month to two years, or maximum fine of between 500 and 2,500 Euros (equivalent to $596 and $2,978 US).
At present, if a marriage has been forced, only one of the partners can apply to have the marriage annulled. If a marriage has been made under threats, such a recourse opens a spouse to the same threats which brought the marriage into existence.
The new proposal will allow public prosecutors and courts to annul such a marriage, without either marriage partner making an application for dissolution of the marriage.
TurkeyWe stated that in Turkey, which is attempting to accede to the European Union, honor killings are frequent, and previously a murder who killed "for honour" could plead in a trial "extenuating" circumstances, and receive a lighter sentence. Complying with the necessary conditions of acceptance within Europe, the mitigating factors of honor killings were removed in summer 2004, Consequently, an individual sentenced for such a crime would be treated as a murderer, rather than a champion of Islamic "honor", and would receive a longer sentence.
As a result, it appeared that girls were being forced to commit their own honor-killings, by committing suicide. This year, girls and young women have been killing themselves in record numbers, mostly in the Eastern, more "traditionalist" pars of the country. In Van city, 20 women have committed suicide this year, more than happened in the entire year of 2005. in the Kurdish city of Batman, 10 women and girls under the age of 23 have committed suicide.
Women's rights activists claimed that these incidents were connected with the increased penalties for honor killings. We stated that on 24 May, Yakin Erturk, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, went to Batman, to investigate the curious spate of suicides. The BBC reported at the time that she was scheduled to visit four cities in eastern Turkey.
On June 2, AKI reported that as a result of her 10 day mission, she had reached a conclusion. She said that traditional practices, including forced marriages and also domestic violence, played a key role in the heightened number of female suicides.
"The majority of women in the provinces visited live lives that are not their own but are instead determined by a patriarchal normative order that draws its strength from reference to tradition, culture and tribal affiliation and often articulates itself on the basis of distorted notions of honour," she said.
"Diverse forms of violence are deliberately used against women who are seen to transgress this order. Suicides of women in the region occur within such a context."
Mosques in Turkey have recently been instructed to preach against honour killings, and the Turkish government has had campaigns to prevent domestic violence. Erturk acknowledged Turkey's commitment to equal legislation for women.
"In practice, however, I have found that authorities too often lack the willingness to implement these laws and protect women from violence. Interlocutors in the region explained that politicians and administrators are often inclined to arrange themselves with local power structures and norms at the expense of women's rights," she said.
"I have found that the patriarchal order and the human rights violations that go along with it - for example, forced and early marriages, domestic violence, and denial of reproductive rights - are often key contributing factors."
The situation of honor killings in Turkey is hard to remove from a culture where it has been practiced since time immemorial. We reported in October of a survey conducted by a Turkish university in Diyabakir in the southeast of the country. Most of the 430 individuals polled were men. When asked what the appropriate punishment should be for a woman committing adultery, 37% of respondents answered that she should be killed. 25% thought that she deserved to be divorced, and 21% replied that her nose or ears should be amputated.
In December a delegation of Turkish MPs visited Diyabakir to investigate honour killings. They visited families where honor killings had taken place, and also visited prisons to talk to perpetrators of such acts. 60 people a year in Turkey are said to be killed in honor killings, but the true figure could be much higher. A March survey of Turkish national attitudes found the majority of the population were still in favour of "traditionalist" values.
So is the same cultural conditioning which leads to honor killings really connected to forced marriages? Many Muslims are now living in Europe and there seems to be evidence to support this trend within Western nations.
GermanyThe majority of the 3.4 million Muslims living in Germany are of Turkish origin. We reported on April 13 we reported on the trial of a young man, who when only 18, had shot his 23-year old sister, Hatun Surucu (pictured) in broad daylight. Two brothers were also charged, but were not convicted. The prosecution had argued that the elder brothers had supplied Ayhan Surucu with the gun, as he would receive a lesser sentence. Adnan was sentenced to nine years and three months' jail.
At the verdict of acquittal for the brothers, there were cheers in the courtroom. Following the trial, the family announced it would hold a party. The Turkish/Kurdish family were photographed strolling in a Berlin park, smiling and cheerful.
Hatun had been sent to Turkey for a forced marriage when she had only been 15 years old, made to marry a cousin in their "home" region of southeastern Turkey. She had fled Turkey aged 17, pregnant. She was killed because she had chosen to "live like a German". At the time of her killing, Muslim pupils from a local school demonstrated publicly, applauding Hatun's murder. As we reported at the time, drawing on a report from in Der Spiegel: Between June and September 2005, there had been six Muslim women living in Berlin murdered by their relatives in honor killings. One was Hatun. Of the others, two of them were stabbed to death in front of their young children, one was shot, one was strangled to death and a fifth was drowned.
The Turkish women's organization Papatya has documented 40 instances of honor killings in Germany since 1996. In one case from April 2004, a girl in Darmstadt had been clubbed to death with a hockey stick by her two brothers. They had found out that she had slept with a boyfriend.
In December 2003 in Tuebingen, a father strangled his 16-year old daughter and then cast her lifeless body into a lake, merely for having a boyfriend.
At the time of the Der Spiegel article (September) there were six boys in Berlin's juvenile prison for honor killings.
And forced marriages are common, according to the national German TV network, ARD. It states that there are an estimated 30,000 forced brides living in Germany. A report by San Francisco Gate quotes Nelle Kalek,an Istanbul native, who is employed in Hamburg as a sociologist.
He blames the German government, for not passing laws which punish parents who attempt to contract marriage against the wills of their offspring. He says that "growing Islamic radicalization of many Turkish communities in German cities" has helped the situation to get worse.
According to Qantara.de, most victims of forced marriages in Germany come from Turkish and Kurdish families, but there are also examples of such cases from Lebanese, Moroccan, Tunisian, Albanian, Iranian and Indian communities.
AustriaThe country which was most opposed to Turkey's accession to the European Union has a Muslim population of 400,000. Most of these are from Turkey. And here forced marriages are a problem. Orient Express is an organisation which exists to help girls being forced to marry against their will. According to a report from December last year, the organisation helped 28 young women in the previous few months. There are no actual figures for forced marriages in Austria, but there are thought to be less than 1,000 cases of such unions in the country.
FranceFigures for France's forced marriages, as for other countries, are only estimates, as traditionalist Muslim communities do not like to reveal to the wider society what goes on in their closed environments.
What does appear to be happening, is a custom of young girls being forced into marriage. According to the March report from the Council for Europe, in the French departement of Val d'Oise, it is estimated that there are around 15 such cases in schools every year. The corresponding figure in Seine-Saint-Denis is thought to be closer to 30.
In March this year, France raised the age of marriage from 15 to 18, with the deliberate intention of preventing forced marriages. The amended law will also make it an offence to confiscate travel or identity documents to prevent a partner leaving.
The majority of France's Muslim community derives from North Africa, from its former colonies of Tunisia and Algeria. An article on forced marriages by Azam Kamguian states: "Under French law, a forced marriage can be annulled if there has been lack of consent. But if the marriage ceremony is a customary one, the French courts cannot act. However, magistrates can intervene before a marriage takes place if an underage girl, who has broken with her family, is in physical danger.
Under the guise of respecting 'others' traditions and Islamic values, the legal system and authorities tend to overlook forced marriages. They say: "there are customs and religion, which are different from those, practiced here. It is not for us to judge these traditions and religion, unless the young girls are in physical danger and there should be proof for that.""
We first described the work of Fadel Amara (pictured below) and Samira Belil in uncovering the appalling treatment of women in the Muslim communities of French suburban projects in October. Fadel Amara, of Algerian origins, founded a charity called "Ni Putes Ni Soumises" (Neither Prostiutes nor Submissives), which now has 6,000 members.
Samira Belil had been a patron of this charity until she died of stomach cancer, aged 31 in September 2004. She described in a book entitled Dans l'Enfer des Tournantes (In the hell of the gang-raped) on the culture of violence against women, and recounted her own horrific experiences.
Fadel Amara campaigns against the cruelty (such as burning women alive, as in the case of Chahrazad Belayni on November 13, while Muslim youths were hogging headlines with rioting) and sexism of Muslim culture in the suburbs, where women are treated as second-class citizens. Her charity also campaigns against forced marriages, which are apparently common in the French Muslim communities.
Amara was spurred to form the group after Sohanne Benziane, a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Vitry-sur-Seine, a southeastern suburb of Paris, was burned alive in 2002 for trespassing onto the "territory" of Muslim thug Jamal Derrar. He poured petrol over the girl's head, before he pulled out a cigarette lighter. He flicked it alight and extinguished it several times to reduce her to tears before he immolated her. In April this year, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. When he had returned with police to reenact the crime, local youths applauded him.
Young women forced into marriages against their wills are rarely heard in such a hostile environment. If a girl is not born in France and has a residence permit, this can be forfeited if she is sent back to the "country of origin" to marry. According to SOS Femmes: If a young woman resides more than 3 consecutives years outside of French territory, she loses her right to live in France. And this is the case even if it is noted on her alien resident permit "valid 10 years" .
According to Mondediplo, a 2003 report by the Haut Conseil a l'Immigration (High Council on immigration) stated that there were 70,000 cases of forced marriage in France.
BritainBritain's track record on documenting and dealing with forced marriage is marred ultimately by two factors - politicians' desire to woo the Muslim vote preventing actual legislation, and a climate of political correctness. There is a politically correct notion which assumes that arranged marriages are somehow "culturally acceptable", even though these marriages are a back-door means of increasing immigration into Britain's already overcrowded shores. But Britain is not alone. These desires not to "offend" or "alienate" are the reasons why so far, only Norway and Belgium have legislation against forced marriages in the ENTIRE WORLD.
Over the past four years, the UK Home Office has dealt with 1,000 cases of forced marriage. On Wednesday, 27 October, 2004, the BBC reported that the Home Office was planning a consultation exercise to consider if forced marriages should be banned.
Baroness Scotland, Home Office minister, said: "Forced marriage is part of no one's culture and I think some people conflate arranged marriage, which is consensual and perfectly proper, with marriages where people are forced into it. No religion, no cultural norm says that is OK. It is a breach of human rights."
Baroness Scotland is unaware, it seems, how closely arranged marriages are to forced marriages. I knew Muslim women whose parents used every conceivable emotional blackmail, with the ever-attendant threat of violence from cousins and other relatives, to force their daughters to marry on the parents' terms.
There were an estimated 300 cases of forced marriages between April 2003 and April 2004 in Britain.
In 2005, the notion of making forced marriages illegal once again was set forward by the UK parliament, but once again, nothing has been done. No parliamentary motions have been tabled, and considering the politically correct temperament of Tony Blair's Labour Party, such moves are not likely to happen in the duration of this parliament. And though the news has been downplayed in the media, the British government has now officially abandoned its plans to criminalise forced marriage.
Despite the much publicised moves by Tony Blair's Labour government to be "seen" to be doing something about the situation of forced marriages, it was all a hollow publicity exercise.
In its eagerness to appease the Muslim community and garner votes, it has finally capitulated to Muslim pressure. Muslim votes are more important than the welfare of innocent girls and young women, raised in Muslim homes. An item from the Daily Mail highlights the dhimmitude of the Blair government in Britain.
Forced marriages, as we described, involve the denial of a young woman, often a minor, of the most basic of human rights, the most important being her right to choose her own future husband, and to choose who is allowed to have sex with her body.
Two years ago, Britain wanted to introduce a law to outlaw forced marriages, and set up a Home Office consultancy on the matter. Every year 200 cases of forced marriage are reported to the Foreign and Commonwealth office, and police guidelines make pains to differentiate between "arranged" and "forced" marriage.
A special Foreign Office unit has assisted more than 1,250 people who were subjected to forced marriages since it started in 2000, rescuing 200 people a year from abroad.
Many victims of forced marriage are tricked to go abroad, to countries like Pakistan or Bangladesh on the parent's pretext of "visiting relatives", and once abroad they are made to marry against their will, and often under the legal age of consent for Britain.
The true figure for forced marriages is unknown, but it is estimated that at least 1,000 cases of such abuse happen annually. The closed nature of the Muslim communities prevent cases being highlighted in the media. When a girl is dumped in a foreign country, it is easy to pretend to the community that she is "happily married".
As we reported on May 28, there is a strong link between forced marriages with both arranged marriages and also, more seriously, honour killings. When a girl is targeted by parents to become a bride and goes against Muslim parents' plans, she can be hunted down by relatives, or even by hit-men hired by the family.
But this week, the Home Office announced that it would no longer be planning to make forced marriages illegal. The Muslim Council for Britain, whose last head, "Sir" Iqbal Sacranie supported terrorists such as Osama bin Laden (whom he tried to bring to the UK in 1996) and also Hamas, was always opposed to outlawing forced marriages.
The MCB claimed that outlawing forced marriage would see children made to give evidence at their parents' trials and could lead to the Muslim community being "stigmatised", the Mail states.
So for the MCB it is more important for the Muslim community to be protected from stigma and for abusers of a child's rights to go unpunished than to provide justice to young women, who in many cases are still children.
The Muslim Council for Britain's newly elected leader, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, states in an interview in the Telegraph for Saturday 10 June that not only does he approve of "arranged" marriages, but he believes that Britain should learn from the Muslims and adopt them too.
The decision by Baroness Scotland of the Home Office to abandon attempts to criminalise the human rights abuses of forced marriage was met with disappointment by the NSPCC.
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is Britain's leading child welfare charity. Its Head of Policy and Public Affairs is Diana Sutton. She said: "The coercion involved in forced marriage is abusive and a violation of children's human rights. We know that forced marriage can have serious harmful consequences for children including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, kidnap, rape and self harm. In the most tragic cases it can result in murder and suicide. In the longer term, many women forced in to marriage suffer domestic violence, whose impact on children is now widely documented."
David Davis, the Conservatives' Shadow Home Secretary, said: "The Government seems to be ignoring the views of the victims of this abhorrent practice. We remain to be convinced that ministers will use their existing powers to stamp out this degrading and vile practice."
He said the Government's much-hyped launch of its campaign 18 months ago which has now been shelved suggested that ministers were "more interested in grabbing headlines than delivering results."
And obviously, the government cares more about appeasing Muslims (and gaining their votes) and approving their alien and barbaric marriage customs, than it does about supporting the rights of young, often underage girls. These girls have the misfortune to be born into a family that sees them as nothing more than brood-mares, chattels to be bartered off with no consideration of their wishes. And the government does not care about protecting them.
The BBC, which like a poodle vaunted and publicised the Home Office proposals when they were first laid out, has not given a single column inch to report that the Blair government is going to do nothing to prevent these abuses of young lives.
Posted by Giraldus Cambrensis at June 8, 2006 11:47 PM
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How to beat your Muslim wife
Honor Killing - Muslim Girl Murdered
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Mass Muslim Marriage in Gaza
Poor kids - what a terrible fate to be born as a girl in a Muslim country
Muhammed married a six year old bride. But Islam has evolved in 1500 years. In Hamas land, in 2009, the brides are almost seven.
450 Grooms Wed GIRLS Under Ten In Gaza
By Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
Thelastcrusade.org
A gala event has occurred in Gaza .
Hamas sponsored a mass wedding for four hundred and fifty couples.
Most of the grooms were in their mid to late twenties; most of brides were under ten.
Muslim dignitaries including Mahmud Zahar, a leader of Hamas, were on hand to congratulate the couples who took part in the carefully staged celebration.
We are saying to the world and to America that you cannot deny us joy and happiness, Zahar told the grooms, all of whom were dressed in identical black suits and hailed from the nearby Jabalia refugee camp.
Each groom received a gift of 500 dollars from Hamas.
The pre-pubescent girls, dressed in white gowns and adorned with garish make-up, received bridal bouquets.
We are presenting this wedding as a gift to our people who stood firm in the face of the siege and the war, Local Hamas strongman Ibrahim Salaf said in a speech.
The wedding photos tell the rest of the sordid tale.
The International Center for Research on Women now estimates that there are 51 million child brides now living on planet earth and almost all in Muslim countries. Twenty-nine percent of these child brides are regularly beaten and molested by their husbands in Egypt; twenty six percent receive similar abuse in Jordan. Every year, three million Muslim girls are subjected to genital mutilation, according to UNICEF. This practice has not been outlawed in many parts of America.
The Islamic practice of pedophilia dates back to the prophet Muhammad, who amassed eleven wives and many concubines after the death of his first wife Khadijah in 619 A.D.
Pedophilia was not only practiced by Muhammad but also sanctioned by the Quran. In its discussion of the waiting period required to determine if a wife is pregnant before divorce, the sacred text says, "If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months. The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated"(65:4). Those who think that modern Muslims have abandoned this teaching should study the pictures and videos that accompany this article and recall the words of Ayatollah Khomeini, the most famous Islamic cleric of the 20th Century: "A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate; sodomizing the child is OK. If a man penetrates and damages the child('s hymen), then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however, does not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl's sister. . .
Note: In Taleban Afghanistan for example, a man seeking a wife is told she is a virgin or "untouched". A virgin means she still has her female virginity but untouched means she has NOT been sodomized by anyone prior to becoming his bride. Fine Islamic distinction.
In this same mindset, male on male sodomy is NOT being gay. "Gay" starts if a man has oral sex with another man.
It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband's house rather than her father's house. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven." Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Tahrirolvasyleh, volume 4 (Gom, Iran: Darol Elm, 1990), p. 186.
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Europe's Angry Muslims
July/August 2005
Robert S. Leiken (Robert S. Leiken is Director of the Immigration and National Security Program at the Nixon Center and a nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Bearers of Jihad? Immigration and National Security After 9/11.)
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/print/60829
An American ConcernFox News and CNN's Lou Dobbs worry about terrorists stealing across the United States' border with Mexico concealed among illegal immigrants. The Pentagon wages war in the Middle East to stop terrorist attacks on the United States. But the growing nightmare of officials at the Department of Homeland Security is passport-carrying, visa-exempt mujahideen coming from the United States' western European allies.
Jihadist networks span Europe from Poland to Portugal, thanks to the spread of radical Islam among the descendants of guest workers once recruited to shore up Europe's postwar economic miracle. In smoky coffeehouses in Rotterdam and Copenhagen, makeshift prayer halls in Hamburg and Brussels, Islamic bookstalls in Birmingham and "Londonistan," and the prisons of Madrid, Milan, and Marseilles, immigrants or their descendants are volunteering for jihad against the West. It was a Dutch Muslim of Moroccan descent, born and socialized in Europe, who murdered the filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam last November. A Nixon Center study of 373 mujahideen in western Europe and North America between 1993 and 2004 found more than twice as many Frenchmen as Saudis and more Britons than Sudanese, Yemenites, Emiratis, Lebanese, or Libyans. Fully a quarter of the jihadists it listed were western European nationals -- eligible to travel visa-free to the United States.
The emergence of homegrown mujahideen in Europe threatens the United States as well as Europe. Yet it was the dog that never barked at last winter's Euro-American rapprochement meeting. Neither President George W. Bush nor Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew attention to this mutual peril, even though it should focus minds and could buttress solidarity in the West.
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Also See:
Muslims are Taking Over the Western World
03 February 2010
 http://arcticcompass.blogspot.com/2010/02/hey-lets-talk-about-islam-pentagons.html
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