Latter Times News: Islamic Beast Rising- Pamela Geller (2/7/13)

 by Pamela Geller @Atlas Shrugs

Atlas   Shrugs – 11 new articles

Islam’s   Most Influential Cleric Qaradawi: “If they had gotten rid of the   apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today”

This is the rare occasion that I quite agree   with the Yusuf Qaradawi, leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood movment. If   the punishment for leaving Islam weren’t death, there would be no Islam. For   that matter, if Islam was not spread by the sword, there would be no Islam.   If there was a choice other than convert, die or live as a sub-human denied   basic human rights (dhimmitude), there would be no Islam. But that is Islam, so   it’s a moot point.

Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi is the Head of the International Union of   Muslim Scholars and the leading scholar for the global Muslim Brotherhood   movement. He ranks 16th in the top   Muslim 500 across the world.

Yusuf Al Qaradawi is a   preeminent Egyptian scholar. Articulate and widely read, he is one of the   most commented on scholars of Islam. Al Qaradawi is a founder of the website, one of the intellectual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood   movement, and the most influential leader associated with the movement.

Qaradawi:   “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist   today” Jihadwatch

Muhammad said:   “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari   9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to   all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Yet Muslim spokesmen such as Harris Zafar, Mustafa Akyol, Salam al-Marayati, M. Cherif Bassiouni, and Ali Eteraz (among many others) have assured us that Islam   doesn’t punish apostasy. I expect that Zafar, Akyol, al-Marayati, Bassiouni,   and Eteraz will immediately be in communication with Qaradawi, to explain to   him that he is getting Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong.


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VIDEO: Question and Answer Session, Al Jazeera   Conference

Here’s the question and answer at   the Al Jazeera press conference.

Pamela   Geller, Cliff Kincaid and Jerry Kenney VIDEOS at Al Jazeera Press Conference

Photos and coverage here: The   Al Jazeera Con


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Hezbollah Behind Jewish Bus Bombing in Bulgaria   Europe’s Moral Depravity

Here’s the thing. Europe never had a moral compass. Europe lives free   thanks to the blood and treasure of America. They are in no position of moral   authority. And they should have   nothing to say, especially where slaughtered Jews are concerned.

The Commentator has exclusively learned that today, the Bulgarian   government will implicate, though likely not name, the terrorist group   Hezbollah in its report on the 2012 bus bombing that has been the subject of   much speculation over the past six months.

The Commentator has   learned that both the German and French governments have both piled pressure   on the Bulgarians to “use nuanced language” in the report, for fear   that Bulgaria may be the focus of future attacks if Hezbollah is openly   named.

The Bulgarian government, it has been stated by leading sources, has been   informed through ‘back channels’ that there will be serious repercussions   from Hezbollah if it is to publically and overtly name the group. This   information comes despite strong pressure from the US government to make clear   that the bombing was indeed the work of the Lebanese terrorist outfit.

Europe is aligned with the jihad force. They have turned over the   continent to those who vow to destroy Western Civilization. Are you surprised   that the Germans (whose history of Jewish genocide needs no introduction) and   France (remember the Velodrome d’Hiver, Drancy, Noe, Gurs, Recebedou and The   Dreyfus Affair) would provide cover for the jihadists who blew up a tourist   bus in Bulgaria, slaughtering Jewish women and chidren on holiday? Hitler is   smiling.

Europe learned nothing from World War II. Their take away from WWII should   have been that they were monsters. They were evil and that they had to be   good. Instead, took all the wrong lessons from World War II, i.e. the idea   that nationalism is bad, therefore EU transnational monsters are good. They   are still  ignoring the only lesson that’s really relevant from their   defeat in WWII, which is that you have to choose good and defend good and   fight with the intention of defeating evil.

How are those sharia patrols working out for you, Europe?

Hezbollah’s   Culpability in Bulgaria and Europe’s Moral Standing Seth Mandel

During the early years of   the post-9/11 war on terror, then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage   made one of the most famous statements about Hezbollah in the terrorist   group’s bloody history when he said:   “Hezbollah may be the A-team of terrorists and maybe Al Qaeda is actually the   B-team.” Al-Qaeda’s operatives learned much from Hezbollah; as Thomas   Joscelyn pointed out in Iran’s   Proxy War Against America:

It was during bin Laden’s   time in Sudan that he first met Imad Mugniyah, Iran’s and Hezbollah’s master   terrorist. Since the early 1980s, Mugniyah has been implicated in most, if   not all, of Iran’s major anti-American terrorist operations. His   “accomplishments” include the infamous 1983 U.S. embassy bombing in Beirut   and a series of devastating follow-on attacks, which drove the U.S. out of   Lebanon. During the early 1990s, bin Laden sought and received Mugniyah’s   assistance in transforming al-Qaeda’s capabilities. With Mugniyah’s help,   al-Qaeda acquired Hezbollah’s most lethal tactics, including the use of   suicide bombers.

The attacks raised the   profile and name recognition of Hezbollah once again because of the increased   focus on international terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but   the group was overshadowed by the 9/11 culprits, most of all bin Laden. Since   terrorist groups hate to be ignored (they rely on notoriety and information   wars), Hezbollah reasserts itself from time to time. It appeared that that   was exactly what happened when on July 18 a bus carrying Israeli tourists in   Bulgaria exploded, killing six plus the bomber. Now, after the investigation,   we appear to have   confirmation:

Though investigators did   not release names, they identified two of the plotters as a man with an   Australian passport, believed to be the bombmaker, and a man with a Canadian   passport, both of whom lived in Lebanon.

“We have followed their   entire activities in Australia and Canada, so we have information about   financing and their membership in Hezbollah,” Mr. Tsvetanov said at a news   conference.

Condemnation from the   U.S. and Bulgarian authorities was swift and forceful. The reaction of   European leaders was less so. The U.S. has been trying to get the European   Union to officially designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization–because they   plainly are a terrorist organization, and because the EU is out of excuses   not to take that step. The obsession with dialogue with one and all, and the   EU’s substantially more nuanced view of good and evil than that of the U.S.   or Israel, reached comical proportions with its refusal to take appropriate   action toward Hezbollah.

Blacklisting the group   and increasing attempts to freeze it out financially would make it more   difficult for Hezbollah to operate so easily on European territory. Security   analysts hope this will be a turning point in the EU’s approach to the group.   “It’s time for Europeans to recognize that they can’t look the other way when   a terrorist organization is using their territory with impunity for   fund-raising and logistics,” Daniel Benjamin, a counterterrorism official in   the Obama administration until recently, told the New York   Times.

It’s also time for   secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel to recognize that as well. Though   Hagel has clumsily recanted his past controversial statements so as to appear   genuinely confused about what he actually believes at his confirmation   hearings, Hezbollah was one area of disagreement between Hagel’s critics and   the former senator, whose position on the terrorist group was closer to that   of the EU. Hagel refused to sign a letter encouraging the EU to designate   Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, pushed engagement with terrorist   groups more broadly, and expressed noxious moral equivalence between Israel   and Hezbollah during the war the two fought in the summer of 2006.

Attacks like the one in   Bulgaria underline the folly of such an attitude. As an earlier analysis in   the Times noted,   much of Europe follows the lead of France and Germany, which have not   designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization. And the concerns they have in   doing so are nothing less than chilling:

“There’s the overall fear   if we’re too noisy about this, Hezbollah might strike again, and it might not   be Israeli tourists this time,” said Sylke Tempel, editor in chief of the   German foreign affairs magazine Internationale Politik.

As Eugene Kontorovich points   out at the Volokh Conspiracy, this amounts to a fear that if Europe is   mean to the terrorists, those terrorists might kill non-Jews,   which would be apparently where they draw the line.

Terrorism and   anti-Semitism are both global problems that put in danger Jews and non-Jews   alike, and undermine the stability and security of the free world. It’s as   simple as that. For Europeans to draw the line between killing Jews and   killing non-Jews is quite obviously repellant. Europe now must make a   decision that will tell us much about the future of the European project.   That we even got to this point in the first place doesn’t inspire much   confidence in the EU’s fading moral compass.


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#myjihad is homegrown: NY Muslim arrested for series of   20 bomb threats

That’s his jihad, what’s yours?

Homegrown   radical Muslim arrested for series of bomb threats Jim Kouri, The   Examiner


Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., received more than 20   bomb threats from an Islamist.

Omer   Fadhel Saleh Mohammed, a resident of Rochester, N.Y., was arrested and   charged with making false bomb   threats, according to an FBI   Buffalo Division report released Tuesday.

The   charge against the 31-year-old Islamist carries a maximum penalty of 10   years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant   U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who is handling the prosecution, stated   that according to the complaint, between Sept. 24, 2012 and Jan. 24, 2013,   the defendant made 21 telephone calls to 911 claiming that a terrorist was   going to bomb the Kodak Corporation.

For example, according to   the criminal complaint, during one call Mohammed allegedly stated the   terrorists were “going to blow up the big Kodak.”   The 911 calls that specifically referenced Kodak   resulted in emergency responses by Rochester police units and   firefighters.

The suspected Islamist   made an initial appearance before Magistrate   Judge Marian W. Payson on Feb. 4, 2013. Surprisingly, Mohammed was   released on his own recognizance (ROR) and is due back in court Mar. 4, 2013.

The criminal complaint is   the result of an investigation by the Rochester   Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under   the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.


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#myjihad in Thailand: Jihadis murder Thai Buddhist   fruit buyers because they were Buddhists


The above ad ran on the back of 100 NYC   buses, but the media never covered this campaign; they only evicerated the ad   defending Israel. Where’s the media and Islamic supremacist outrage at our   campaign, or does Thailand and the slaughter of Buddhists (or Copts, or   Bahais or Hindus) not count?

Chai in Thailand writes me: “Six   Thai fruit buyers came to the south to purchase produce, but according to the   jihadists they had one characteristic that meant they should be murdered:   they were Buddhists, and therefore infidels.

The six were   innocent, hardworking people who travelled to the south to make a few pennies   on each piece of fruit. But they were Buddhists: the enemy.

These poor people.   Read what they did to them.”

Execution-style killing of Rayong residents follows murders of   trainers National Multi Media

Armed men tied up four Buddhist fruit traders then shot them in the head one   by one in the latest gruesome attack in Yala in the deep South early   yesterday.

Police found the bodies of the victims, who included a woman, with their   hands tied behind their backs, in a house in Krong Pinang district at about   1am.

The four, a couple and two men, were from the eastern province of Rayong.   They were identified as Thavorn Suvannachote, 35; his wife Tassana Toomporn,   25; Sutat Somroob, 37; and Somchai Ruenrom, 30. According to initial   investigation, seven gunmen dressed in black arrived in a pickup, ambushed   the group who were having their dinner, tied their hands behind their backs   and shot them dead. Police suspect the shootings are the work of an insurgent   group led by Issamaae Layalong, which has been involved in the killing of   police, soldiers and villagers in Krong Pinang district.

Pol Maj-General Pira Boonlieng, a Yala police chief, said the gunmen parked   their vehicle in the soi of Krong Pinang police station before walking to the   victims’ house.

“The attack was outrageous and has affected people inside and outside   the area, as the victims had come to Yala to buy fruit,” he said.

He said people fighting for ideological reasons, no matter where they are –   the Philippines, Aceh or other places – fight against other fighters.   “No fighters fight with civilians or weaker people. This attack was   carried out against people without the ability to fight back. The gunmen   should reconsider their actions.”

He expressed confidence police would be able to take legal action against the   gunmen as there was plenty of evidence at the scene. “I already ordered   a check be made to see if there are other Thai-Buddhists who have come to the   area to buy fruit so we can provide protection for them,” he said.

The killings took place less than a week after two rice-farming teachers from   the central provinces were killed in Pattani. Two farmers from the central   provinces of Suphan Buri and Singburi were in Yala to train local farmers to   work under Her Majesty’s project to rehabilitate abandoned paddy fields.

Meanwhile in Pattani, the district chief of Ma-Yor, Pisarn Mawae, who   survived an attack in broad daylight on Monday, said he still wanted to continue   his work and would be more cautious from now on.

Pisarn and other three officials were in a pickup heading to Muang district   when another pickup carrying six gunmen travelling in the opposite direction   suddenly switched lanes and blocked their vehicle at an intersection.

The gunmen then opened fire on the district chief’s bullet-proof car. After   seeing Pisarn’s vehicle could take the bullets, one of the gunmen jumped from   the vehicle and fired directly at Pisarn. A bullet hit the leg of a 16-year-old   female student on a motorcycle who was at the scene of attack.

Pisarn has been district chief at Ma-Yor for about four years. He survived an   attack in 2007 when he was serving as chief of Pattani’s administration   branch.

In related news, a 100-strong army-police team yesterday at 2pm arrested a   suspected bomber of the Lee Gardens Hotel in Songkhla on March 31 last year,   identified as 36-year-old Jehmha Wani, in Thepa district. Songkhla Court had   issued seven warrants for the arrest of Jehmha, three for arson attacks on   schools in Chana district in August 2007.


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UK: Abdul Muhid, member of “Sharia Patrol,” is a   convicted Muslim groomer/child rapist

Only in Islam. A child rapist is part of the morality police squad.   Muhammad’s favorite wife was six when he married, and he is/was, after all,   the “perfect model.”

UK: Abdul Muhid member of “Sharia Patrol” is a convicted   “Muslim Groomer/rapist”

From   Your Daily Muslim: Abdul Muhid

Abdul Muhid is more than a bit porky…

“[Muslim Patrol] is not going to stop. There are many teams   out there. God almighty said the best Muslim is one that goes out and   commands what is good and forbids what is evil.”

In early 2013, some wild Quranimals in the UK grabbed a video   camera and harassed people on the street for not complying with sharia. They   told people to leave the areas they were in because they were “Muslim areas.”   The Muslims, known as “Muslim Patrol,” knocked people’s drinks out of their   hands, mocked homosexuals and unveiled women, and vandalized advertisements   that featured unveiled women. Many members of the Patrol were arrested after   the videos went viral and police tracked down the suspects. Abdul Muhid is a   member of the Patrol, and the group’s seventh   video just leaked.

In the video, which is a declaration of war upon non-Muslims   (kuffar), Muhid hides his face with a bandana, looking like a garden-variety   thug. The Patrol added in sounds of guns cocking and firing at random points   during Muhid’s rambling to make the message more intimidating. “You kuffar,   you can go to hell… Christianity can go to hell.” Wow, Muhid, you make a   clearly reasonable argument about your intense dislike of non-Muslims.

Muhid set up a website,   for his fellow jihadis to network while imprisoned. Among its users are the   likes of terror clerics Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, as well as many attempted   bombers. On the site, Muhid praises his “brothers” in jihad while   simultaneously complaining about how Muslims face difficulty in clearing   their name of criminal charges. Maybe it’s because… they’re criminals???   Shocker…

Muhid claims the Muslim Patrol is fighting against “naked   women,” prostitution, and all sorts of other things forbidden in Islam. He   throws around a shit-ton of “Allahu akbar”s, to the point where one would   question whether or not he was about to make like the theme song of Islam   (Ke$ha’s “Blow.”)

Though he   opposes naked women, Muhid doesn’t have a problem with naked girls. He was   arrested for repeatedly molesting a 15-year-old girl in 2011. At the time of   his arrest, his huge stash of child porn was found. Several copies of the   Qur’an were in that stash. Though he claims to vehemently oppose alcohol,   Muhid gave the girl alcohol whenever he was with her. Why he was granted   parole is truly a mystery. He lives off the government due to perpetual   unemployment and is constantly in trouble with the law. Why hasn’t Britain   expelled the rat?!

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Obama’s Jihad in Egypt: #Tahrir Sign “Down with   the American Democratic Party the ally of Morsi”


New in Tahrir: “Down with the American Democratic Party   the ally of Morsi, down with Morsi the infiltrator of America.

Obama owns Egypt. No matter how the media obfuscates, deceives and   misleads on this jihadist takeover, Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood coup in Egypt   is DOA and the blood is on Obama’s hands. There’s no getting out from under   that boot. Just ask the Iranians, 24 years and counting.



Thanks to Armaros for the   screenshot

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Lawsuit Against Ground Zero Mosque Imam Rauf Reveals He   Took Trips with Other Women (wife #4, perhaps?)


Hmmmmm, is Farhat (con name Daisy) shrugging now? Is this wife number four for the pious and devout Rauf?

And where is the enemedia’s mea culpa? We long held that Rah-ooof was a   sham and a man of great deceit. What ever happened to the millions this   slumlord received from New Jersey to repair the inhumane living conditions in   his buildings? Despite numerous citations for fire, building, and health code   violations and reports of vermin and rat and roach infestations, the Imam   left his tenants to live in abject squalor and filth.

Ground Zero Mosqueteer Rauf snagged more than $2 million in public financing to   renovate low-income apartments. He took the money and forced good people to   live with vermin and dilapidation.

Where are the investigative journalists following up on this theft? Still   polishing Rauf’s knob?

Is the State Department still financing Rauf’s Middle East junkets   at taxpayer expense to spread his special brand of Islamic engagment?

Imam Feisal A. Rauf won   support for his Hudson County projects from powerful politicians, among them   Robert C. Janiszewski, the disgraced former county executive. He also was   awarded grants from Union City when U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was mayor. (NJ   Record)

NY Daily News: The ex-“Ground Zero” imam, his pockets   stuffed with donations given to Islamic nonprofits, splurged on a high-flying   lifestyle that included expensive trips with a New Jersey gal pal, a stunning   new lawsuit charges.

The married Feisal Abdul Rauf fleeced the Malaysian   government for $3 million and a Westchester County couple for $167,000,   according to a lawsuit filed by the couple, businessman Robert Deak and his   wife Moshira Soliman.

The money was given to   help Rauf’s two nonprofits, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society   for Muslim Advancement, which work to combat anti-Islamic sentiment.

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VIDEO: Pamela Geller speaks at Al Jazeera Press   Conference

Photos and coverage here: The   Al Jazeera Con

Al Jazeera is a terror organization. They have provided material support   for jihad terrorism. A number in their employ are members of al qaeda. Al   Jazeera’s correspondent in Afghanistan, who interviewed bin Laden, was sent   to prison for being an agent of al Qaeda. Al Jazeera’s first managing   director was exposed as an agent of the Saddam Hussein regime, and the   channel promoted the anti-American insurgency.

Call Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul and request that the House Homeland   Security Committee convene hearings into the national security threat posed   by Al Jazeera on American soil: 202-226-8417

Much thanks to Pamela Hall for filming.

UPDATE: Listen to Cliff Kincaid. Very informed.

UPDATE: Jerry Kenney is live:

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Pamela Geller, Wednesday WND Column: The strong-arming   of a dhimmi Catholic diocese

If you haven’t signed the petition asking   the bishop of Worcester to reverse his decision and allow Robert Spencer to   speak, sign it now. Also, speaking of petitions, I especially   liked this one: Robert Spencer should be made a Cardinal of the Catholic   Churchlml.   Sign that one, too! And why not Pope?

The strong-arming of a dhimmi   Catholic diocese WND

Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts reporter who spearheaded   silencing of anti-jihad activist

Those of us who still   have the fortitude to cover jihad-related news are routinely marginalized,   demonized and accused of inciting “Islamophobia” and or “anti-Muslim”   backlash. Last week, under heavy pressure from a Boston Globe reporter and   Islamic supremacist groups in the Boston area, the Roman Catholic diocese of   Worcester, Mass., canceled a scheduled March 16 talk by my colleague Robert   Spencer. It’s the latest salvo in the Islamic supremacist war on free speech.

Spencer   says the Globe reporter instigated the whole thing: “I have been told   that Lisa Wangsness herself, the Boston Globe reporter, exhorted people to   call the diocese of Worcester and ask that my talk be canceled. She denies   this, but I don’t know why my sources would invent such a story if it weren’t   true. It’s extraordinarily irresponsible behavior from a ‘journalist,’ of   course, but journalistic integrity is pretty much a thing of the past these   days, and virtually all mainstream media journalists are propagandists for   causes rather than objective reporters, so I am not all that surprised.”

This is unconscionable.   Which is more egregious: the diocese caving to the same pressure that   Christians, Jews, Hindus and countless others suffer all over the world, or   the Boston Globe strong-arming behind the scenes to get Robert Spencer   canceled? When did the Boston Globe start taking lessons from Hamas-TV?   (Don’t answer that.) The enemedia have morphed into a criminal syndicate.   This is a national scandal, but the American people are completely in the   dark, because the enemedia control the major flow of information. And the   quislings on the right say nothing because they, too, have been cowed, which   is why the right is in the dismal state it is in.

In what bizarro world is   the moral high ground ceded to America’s most oppressive and subjugating   influence – Islamic supremacists? Islamic supremacists, Shariah enforcers and   stealth jihadists (all of the same piece) silence champions of freedom,   whitewash an ideology that ethnically cleanses non-Muslims and secular   Muslims from Muslim lands, subjugates women and incites the most vile   Jew-hatred. One single ideology that is responsible for 1,400 years of abject   human misery.

And those few brave ones   who speak to the good are silenced and demonized. As soon as the cancellation   of Spencer became public, Salon tool Alex Seitz-Wald published a   self-congratulatory piece celebrating this victory in the war against   free speech. Has anyone ever seen or heard Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon rail   against, pummel and smear the devout jihadists who slaughter in the name of   Islam? Has anyone ever heard him apply even the most remote standard of   humanity to those committing holy war in the cause of Islam? Ever heard him   denounce the Shariah that brutally subjugates women and non-Muslims? Me   neither.

And yet from his airless   chamber, he fashions himself morally superior. Do these self-important clowns   ever catch a cold hard glimpse of themselves in a mirror? We ought to stage   an intervention for these hapless, ego-mad scribblers. Alex Seitz-Wald took   issue with Robert Spencer and me for defending ourselves against the   onslaught of libel, misrepresentation of our ideas, smears and lies. It is   wickedly funny. This spineless, gutless wonder whines about how mean we are,   and even says that our meanness has made many of our critics too scared to   confront us.

It’s hard to imagine that   I have scared my critics into silence – you mean there would be even more   daily attacks on my character, cred and body of work? But there are only 24   hours in the day.

Seitz-Wald claims that we   “want the First Amendment to work only in their favor.” Uh, wrong. I only   want the First Amendment to work. Period. I want to be able   to run my pro-freedom ads without having to file six-figure First Amendment   lawsuits. I want to speak and not get canceled. I want a scintilla of truth   to be reported about the work I do. Just for starters, we are anti-jihad, not   anti-Muslim. No matter how many tens of thousands of posts, columns and books   I write to the contrary or how many Muslim girls we help get to safe houses –   these tools propagandize and carry water for the most notorious Islamic   supremacists. Seitz-Wald shills for the most brutal and extreme ideology on   the face of the earth and he is pulling moral   superiority. What he lacks in spine and guts he compensates for in cojones.

Calling on the media to   be accurate is an insult to their craft. And when I defend   myself and pointedly expose their agenda, that whole ship of fools starts   bawlin’. Whaaaaaaaaaaaa.

This is further collusion   between the enemedia and Islamic supremacists to destroy our First Amendment   rights. The Boston Globe is not unique in this. Chicago Transit, San   Francisco Transit and WMATA appear to be colluding with Hamas-CAIR to keep   our ads off city buses.

People, this is not about   Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller, this is about freedom. This is about you.

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Big Media’s Big Love #myjihad

Watch   this long and silly CNN piece with no connection to reality at all, or to the   270 million victims of jihadi wars, land appropriations and enslavement. Why   didn’t the silly reporter ask Nihad Awad about his attendance with the   annihilationist Ahmadinejad at the OIC sharia summit in Cairo this week? And   the BBC did a full hour of coverage on the BBC.

The media’s love affair with the Hamas-CAIR #myjihad campaign continues   unabated. The New York Daily News ran this lengthy puff piece on this   insulting and bizarre propaganda program — no mention of my jihad in getting   #myjihad campaign up in Chicago, San Francisco and DC. Chicago caved (because   those fascists had to respect my First Amendment rights), San Francisco is   still deciding and DC is demanding our ads have a disclaimer, while the   Hamas-CAIR ads do not. That is discrimination.

Look at this NY Daily News piece. They run every Hamas-CAIR ad in the   series but not one of the real jihad campaign (ours).

War of   words: Muslim activists trying to wrestle ‘jihad’ away from extremists and   critics 

The ‘My Jihad’ campaign portrays jihad as a personal, internal   struggle to become better people. But the movement, sponsored by Chicago’s   chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has inspired a   counter-campaign to connect the word to violence and terrorism. Carol   Kuruvilla / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, February 5,   2013, 5:42 PM

“My   Jihad” is a campaign to reclaim the word “jihad.” It began as   a reaction to ads placed in New York City subways that connected the term to   violence and terror. Here, Saleha Jabeen (right) poses with her friend in a   #MyJihad advertisement.

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A group of Muslim   activists is fighting a battle of words to reclaim “jihad” from Muslim   extremists and critics who they say have wrongly used the term to justify   violence and discrimination.

Organizers of the “My   Jihad” campaign say that jihad is about personal struggle — a constant,   private striving to be good, just, and passionate human beings. Campaigners   have promoted this definition of “jihad” through social media and through   transit ads running on buses and trains in Chicago, San Francisco and   Washington, D.C. But along with thousands of positive responses, the effort   has drawn the disapproval of anti-jihadists, including Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger who has   launched a counter-campaign.


The “My Jihad” movement   was born in December as a reaction to ads that Geller placed New York City   subways with the support of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. One of   the ads read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support   the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

Geller’s ad campaign,   especially its use of the word “savage,” prompted an immediate response from   the Muslim community across America. Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of   the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations   (CAIR-Chicago), took to Facebook and asked fellow Muslims to share their   personal struggles — their personal jihads. Attracting volunteers, he   received an overwhelming response and fueled a donor-funded ad campaign.

The campaign has   encouraged a heavy volume of responses on Twitter from those who share what   the word means to them.


In one of the ads   released by “My Jihad,” 26-year-old Saleha Jabeen poses with her friend   Dannis Matteson, a fellow grad student at Chicago’s Catholic Theological   Union. Jabeen’s ad reads, “My Jihad is to build friendships across the aisle”   and speaks to her life’s calling. She’s studying interreligious dialogue.

“Jihad is not only a   Muslim thing,” Jabeen, an intern for CAIR-Chicago, told the Daily News. “Me   and my Christian friend, when we try to do the right thing for peace,   humanity, morality — we’re doing jihad. We all do it every day.”

“My Christian friend”? “O ye   who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are   friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of   them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” — quran 5:51


The “#myjihad” hashtag   has encouraged thousands of Twitter users to share their personal jihads with   the world.



The “My Jihad”   campaign has placed ads in the transit systems of Washington, D.C.; San   Francisco; and Chicago.

“#MyJihad is to promote   Islamic non-violent solutions to conflict,” tweeted @r_yurtsever.

“#MyJihad is to raise my   kids as critical thinkers,” tweeted @uhani_m.

But it’s also prompted a   backlash from people who interpret the word very differently.

Angie Emara lost her   child to Hunter’s Syndrome in 2009. She’s turned her private grief into a   public declaration.

Geller and her supporters   define “jihad” as a religious war against people who don’t believe in Islam.   Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries bolster that viewpoint, listing jihad as a   “holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty” before offering a   second definition of “jihad” as a “personal struggle.”

Geller has released   images from a planned counter-campaign. Geller’s ads quote Osama bin   Laden and the failed Times Square car bomber Faisal Shazad [sic]. The website redirects to the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s website.   Geller has also adopted the “#myjihad” hashtag.

“#MyJihad in Turkey:   Christian woman repeatedly stabbed, a crucifix carved onto her naked corpse:   The horror,” she tweeted.

Statements like this are   exactly what prompted Jabeen to volunteer.

“All these people are   defining what they think jihad is all about. But it gets to a point where   enough is enough. I can speak for myself,” she said.

Tweets like the one quoted above   — ““#MyJihad in Turkey: Christian woman repeatedly   stabbed…” — those aren’t people “defining what they think jihad   is all about.” That’s people talking about real jihad, where the   perpetrators of the violence use the word “jihad” to describe what   they’re doing. This story is treating real jihad as an aberration and this   cynical propaganda campaign as the genuine article.

Wrestling the word back from extremists will be an “uphill”   battle, Rehab told CNN. But it’s a necessary one.

“The majority of Muslims   did not step in to say, ‘No, this is our faith, and we are going to claim   it,’” Rehab told CNN. “You are trying to undo accumulation of misperception   and mispractice — misperception by non-Muslims and mispractice by some Muslims.”


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