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Muslims and their religion

Relief Bruno Campo dei Fiori n1It’s been over a month since I last mentioned the Great Neocrusade against Islam in the United States, but that’s not because the movement has gone away. On the contrary, with the Religious Right having gained new momentum, it will continue to be a force to contend with over the next couple of years. It will now include a series of Inquisition-style show-trials in the House of Representatives, hosted by none other than Rep. Peter King, R-NY, as Politico reports (WebCite cached article):

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is vowing to hold hearings next year on what he calls the “radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism.”

The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said he plans to examine the “disconnect” between law-abiding American Muslims and the homegrown terrorists who have plotted failed attacks in places like Times Square and Portland, Ore.

I’m not sure what King thinks he’s going to find. It goes almost without saying that there are law-abiding Muslims in the US, as well as terrorist Muslims. I’m not sure there is a “thing” standing between them, which King’s hearings are somehow going to “uncover.”

I will say that the situation is probably very similar to what one finds among members of other religions, where the more upstanding members of a religion tend to “enable” extremists. It happens even among Christians in the US. A great example of this phenomenon was seen in the reaction of “mainstream” Christians to the assassination of Dr George Tiller by vehement Christianist Scott Roeder. While lots of Christians condemned the killing — and one assumes they’d not have done it, themselves — many did say they “understood” Roeder’s motivation. This is a tacit form of support for extremism, which extremists interpret as license to do what they do.

Maybe King should hold trials looking into the matter of the information supplied to Roeder to help him in his plot to kill Dr Tiller?

I should, finally, note that Rep. King does not exactly come into the matter with what one might call “clean hands.” In the past he was an outspoken supporter of the Irish Republican Army, which — during the course of “the Troubles” — committed more than its share of terrorist acts. King, therefore, is no stranger to “radicalism” himself. That makes him worse than just being a Neocrusader … he’s a fucking hypocritical Neocrusader!

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Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the suspected killer of a Pakistani governor, shouted to supporters as he left court on Wednesday in Islamabad. Mohammad Riazur Rehman/Associated PressIf you needed any help understanding what a cesspool of ferocious, mindless, violent religious fanaticism Pakistan is, the recent assassination of Punjab province governor Salman Taseer and its aftermath should finally make that clear. Taseer was an outspoken secularist, and had dared to campaign against Pakistan’s vicious blasphemy law. The New York Times filed this report at the time of his assassination (WebCite cached article):

[Taseer] recently took up a campaign to repeal Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy laws, which were passed under General Zia as a way to promote Islam and unite the country. The laws have been misused to convict minority Pakistanis as the Islamic forces unleashed by the general have gathered strength. The laws prescribe a mandatory death sentence for anyone convicted of insulting Islam.

His own security guard, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, killed him for having done so:

His attacker was identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, an elite-force security guard, who surrendered to the police immediately afterward and implied he had killed the governor because of his campaign to amend the blasphemy laws.

“I am a slave of the Prophet, and the punishment for one who commits blasphemy is death,” he told a television crew from Dunya TV that arrived at the scene shortly after the killing, according to Nasim Zahra, the director of news at the channel.

One would think Pakistanis might view the killing of a public official by his own security detail to be an act of treason. But no. Qadri has been lauded as a hero to Pakistan and to Islam, as the New York Times Lede blog subsequently reports (cached article):

As my colleagues Waqar Gillani and Carlotta Gall report [cached] from Pakistan, a police officer suspected of killing a prominent secular politician on Tuesday was showered with rose petals by Islamist lawyers on his way in to court in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Photographs and video show that the suspected assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, was draped in a garland of flowers by supporters before he entered the court, and emerged from the hearing still wearing it.

Even so-called “moderates” are praising Qadri for his murderous treason:

Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported [cached] that more than 500 religious leaders from what Reuters called “a relatively moderate school of Islam in Pakistan” issued a statement forbidding their followers from mourning for the murdered governor. “No Muslim should attend the funeral or even try to pray for Salman Taseer or even express any kind of regret or sympathy over the incident,” the scholars declared. They added: “We pay rich tributes and salute the bravery, valor and faith of Mumtaz Qadri.”

What this means is that no one can rationally argue that it’s just “the lunatic fringe” within Pakistan who praise Qadri … the country’s “middle ground” is doing so, as well.

How wonderful. What better example does one need of the danger of religiofacism?

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Muhammad cartoon from Jyllands-PostenIt’s been over 5 years since the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published some cartoons of Muhammad. But that doesn’t appear to have been long enough for the world’s Muslims to get over it. Agence France-Presse reports (via Google News) that a planned “imminent assault” on that paper’s offices, by angry Muslims, was narrowly averted (WebCite cached article):

Scandinavian intelligence agencies on Wednesday said they had foiled a “Mumbai-style” plot by Islamic extremists to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper which published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Denmark’s PET intelligence service said five suspects had been arrested, preventing an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily in which as many staff as possible would have been killed.

Four men were arrested in Denmark while a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Saepo said a fifth was arrested in Sweden in connection with the same international plot.

“It is our sense based on intelligence that this is a militant Islamic group with links to international terrorist networks,” PET head Jakob Scharf told reporters.

They were planning an attack “within the next few days”, the agency said in a statement.

I continue Muhammad cartoon from Jyllands-Postenmy policy of displaying a couple of these cartoons, each time Muslims call attention to them, thus proving they can’t make the world forget about them by flying into rages over them. (Time for them to figure out the Streisand effect.)

Can there be any more doubt about how murderously childish religionists can be?

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Crusaders battleThe nation’s Neocrusaders continue their war against Islam within the US. They really don’t care that what they’re doing is wrong, because — according to them — the Constitutional principle of religious freedom doesn’t apply to Islam. And they’re so insanely, childishly furious about the existence of Islam, that they sometimes miss their targets. An example of this can be seen in this report filed by The Atlantic‘s Wire blog (WebCite cached article):

Some vigilant citizens in Phoenix, Arizona are up in arms over a domed church that they wrongly believe to be a mosque. The large building, still under construction along a busy interstate, is actually a nondenominational church.

That’s right, the horrific mosque that Arizona’s Neocrusaders are up in arms about, is actually a church! Said church has even taken measures to defuse the furious Neocrusaders:

The backlash has been severe enough that the church’s leaders have hung a giant banner over the dome: “IF YOU THINK DIFFERENT YOU ARE WRONG — WE ARE BUILDING A CHRISTIAN HOUSE OF WORSHIP.”

It’s not as though domed churches have never been built anywhere, but apparently, the Neocrusaders think there are none and assume any domed structure must be a mosque.

Isn’t it time for you people to grow the fuck up already?

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Iraqi Christians bury victims Tuesday of a church attack on October 31, for which the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility.… and the sky is blue. The banality and inanity of the mass media is sometimes staggering. One would think that people intelligent enough to have gotten through journalism school, would realize that stories such as this one — dutifully reported by the astoundingly brilliant minds at CNN — are not really news (WebCite cached article):

All Christians ‘targets,’ Iraqi militant group says

All Christians in the Middle East are now “legitimate targets,” al Qaeda in Iraq announced Wednesday, as the group’s deadline for Egypt’s Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.

Wow. Whodathunkit!? I’d never have guessed in a million years that Christians living in the Middle East might possibly have ever become “targets” for al-Qaeda in Iraq. Would you, Dear Reader, have ever figured that out?

Why, of course Christians in the Middle East are al-Qaeda’s targets! They have been, ever since al-Qaeda came into existence! Who in the occidental world could possibly not already be aware of this? Al-Qaeda’s other targets — that everyone also knows about by now — are Shi’ite Muslims, and Jews, and pretty much any other kind of person of any religion who chooses not to hew the fanatical, insane hyperreligionist line of the murderous Islamofascist thugs known as al-Qaeda.

Allow me to assist the mass media in breaking still more major stories: A fight broke out at a hockey game, some college students got drunk this weekend, and it’s cold in the Arctic.

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The Masjid Noor mosque – Huntington, NY – Oct 26, 2010 – Photo: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINSThe Neocrusaders who want to eradicate Islam from the United States continue to beat the drums of their militant Christian-inspired hatred. This week they twice vandalized a mosque in Huntington, NY (on Long Island), as reported by WPIX-TV out of New York City (WebCite cached article):

Hate crimes detectives are investigating after a jar of nails was thrown into the driveway of a Long Island mosque in what’s now the second incident in a week.

According to Suffolk County police, authorities were called to the Masjid Noor mosque in Huntington at around 7:45 p.m. after shards of glass and nails were discovered outside the place of worship.

I suppose the vandals might have been teens just looking to make trouble … but this appears too consciously targeted not to have been cooked up by a Neocrusader. I also suppose they could have done a whole lot worse, as did the Neocrusaders who torched a mosque under construction in Murfreesboro TN.

By the way, the name of this Long Island mosque happens to be very close to one in Bridgeport, CT that had been protested back in August by a bunch of Neocrusaders from Texas, about which I blogged at the time.

Oh, and no, I haven’t failed to notice that it was militant Islamists from Yemen who seem to have tried to send bombs to Chicago synagogues via UPS international delivery (cached article). We’re under siege by militant religionists on all sides.

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Daisy Khan (AP photo, August 2010)I can’t really say I’m surprised by this, but New York City police recently admitted they’ve been investigating death threats against the couple who’ve proposed Park51/the Cordoba Center (aka the “Ground Zero Mosque”). You see, Islam is such a violent religion, that some Americans find it necessary to threaten its vocal supporters. Yeah. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? CNN’s Belief blog reports the story (WebCite cached article):

The husband-and-wife team behind the planned Islamic center and mosque near New York’s ground zero have received threats, a New York police spokesman said Sunday, hours after the wife said her life is under threat.

The threats “began several weeks ago,” police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN “We were investigating them.”

Browne would disclose no details of the threats made against Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or his wife, Daisy Khan, or whether they were receiving any police protection.

Khan mentioned the threats during her appearance on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Appearing with her was prominent Religious Rightist — and erstwhile presidential candidate — Gary Bauer, who didn’t exactly go out of his way to condemn the threats:

Gary Bauer, a conservative Christian leader who opposes the Park51 project, responded that “Anybody in public life, in a free society, has nuts that threaten their lives.”

If you want to see the transcript — which shows Bauer’s cavalier attitude toward these threats — it can be found right here (cached). He never says it in precisely these words, but Bauer’s implication is, “Well, of course, you’ve been threatened, lady! What else did you expect?”

It’s great to see a supposedly “loving” Christian express such concern for the lives of others. Yep, it’s that “Religion of Love” at work, once again!

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