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the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

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And go to your God like a soldier”

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for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

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Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,

Lord, It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

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For the judgment of his God.

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You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

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Obituary Updated : Corporal Jeffrey Williams formerly of 2nd Engineers. 13th May 1949 - 17th Sep 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
My dear friend Jeffrey Williams was called to the Lord today 17th Sept 2014. His funeral will be held in Penang on Saturday, 20th September 2014 at 10.00 am at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Pulau Tikus. Tomorrow  Friday 19th September a wake will be held at No.56, Lebuh Halia, Fettes Park 10470, Penang at his mother's residence for the whole day. He leaves behind Jennifer Williams, his daughter (Hp : 017-4549607) and Jason Williams his son (Hp: 012-3219982). My sincere condolences to his family.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 7:07 PM   4 comments
Australia: “It’s is a war on Islam just because we grow our beards”
Thursday, September 18, 2014
RabanAlou Jihad Watch : Large-scale counterterror raids in Australia.
A beheading plot uncovered, and probably more plots were in the offing as well. And so the Muslim victimhood industry swings into action:
“Police searching for material linked to Islamic State, al-Qaeda, says man targeted,” by Emma Partridge, Sydney Morning Herald, September 18, 2014 :
A man targeted during counter-terrorism raids across Sydney said police were searching for any material that could link his family to al-Qaeda or Islamic State. Raban Alou said he and his family were ordered to get on the ground of their Wentworthville unit just after 4am on Thursday.
He said police were after his brother Kawa Alou, 21, who had recently finished a three-year jail stint for a violent assault. The family’s home was one of more than a dozen properties raided by 800 police during a major counter-terrorism operation.
Read it all here.........
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Australia Muslim leader on terror raids: Government “attacking Islam and Muslims”
Junaid ThorneJihad Watch : Victimhood-mongering on steroids: “We ask Allah to destroy those who plot against us.” Destroy! Via Facebook :

Ustadh Mohammed Junaid Thorne

Once again, we wake up to the sad news of our innocent Muslim brothers being arrested by the Australian authorities, their families being terrorized, their houses being raided, their freedoms being confiscated, their rights abused… This is becoming more than what a sane person can bare.
We moved from the Arab countries back to the West, lured by the fake impression of freedom, deceived by the false image and propaganda they promote about human rights and individual freedom, only to get surprised that these countries are now becoming worse than most Arab countries back in the medieval days.
Read it all here..............
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:24 PM   0 comments
Australia: 600 police in huge counter-terror raid in Sydney and Brisbane
Jihad Watch : “It is believed that a terrorist network had been planning to carry out a series of attacks in Australia.”
Australiaraid2This network was apparently connected to the Islamic State — again illustrating the appeal of the caliphate to so many young Muslims worldwide. “ASIO and hundreds of police raid Sydney and Brisbane homes in biggest counter-terrorism raid in Australia’s history,” by Simon Benson, The Daily Telegraph, September 18, 2014 :
ASIO and counter terrorism police have swooped on homes across north-western Sydney and other states this morning in what is believed to be the largest anti-terrorism bust in the nation’s history. Several arrests have reportedly been made in the secret pre-dawn raid, which is still in progress.
The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park. The raid is believed to have been mounted following months of surveillance of people linked to the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Read more here...........
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Australia: Jihadis planned to behead random person, drape body in Islamic flag
AustraliaarrestJihad Watch : “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4). Not that that means “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks.” Only greasy Islamophobes would think such a thing.

More on this story. “‘Beheading plot’ foiled: Claims terror accused plotted to snatch random person off Sydney street,” Yahoo 7 News, September 18, 2014:

EXCLUSIVE: Sickening allegations have emerged about Omarjan Azari, a Sydney man arrested and charged during the biggest counter-terror raids in Australia’s history. 7News reporter Robert Ovadia has received information about an alleged plot to kidnap a random person from the streets of Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, execute them by beheading.
The alleged intention was to film the act and then post it to social media, with the victim’s body draped in an Islamic State flag. The extent of that plot, whether that is just this individual put before the court this morning or whether it will include some of the other 15 arrested this morning remains to be seen.
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:08 PM   0 comments
Australia: Muslims with jihad flag on car drive by church, shout threats to “kill the Christians” and slaughter their children
OurLadyofLebanonJihad Watch : This kind of thing is going to become ever more common, not just in Australia but in Britain, France, Germany and the United States.
The suicidal foolhardiness of the architects of the current hear-no-evil see-no-evil speak-no-evil policies toward Islam will before too long be abundantly evident to everyone.
“Sydney church our Lady of Lebanon targeted by ISIS threats,”, September 18, 2014 : CHURCH-goers in Sydney’s west have been left shaken after a stranger shouted death threats from a car bearing the Islamic State flag.
The car drove past Our Lady of Lebanon Church at Harris Park on Tuesday and witnesses claim it had a flag similar to those brandished by Islamic State jihadists hanging out the window. A priest from the church told AAP the people in the car threatened to “kill the Christians” and slaughter their children.
“They were strong words and people were scared of what they saw,” he said. Witnesses told police there was a small triangular flag placed out the window with Arabic words similar to “there is only one god and Muhammad is the prophet”.
Read it all here............
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:03 PM   0 comments
Rocky Mountain Jihad Beginning with the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder. By Michelle Malkin
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
National Review : Something’s fouling Colorado’s crisp air — and I’m not talking about the pot smoke.
In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad have penetrated the most unlikely hamlets and hinterlands. Obama-administration officials are vehemently denying the existence of plots by ISIS operatives to cross our borders. But the lesson here is clear: Thanks to laptop recruitment, reckless visa policies, and homegrown treachery, the U.S.-based jihad export-import business is and has been thriving.
Last week, 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Arvada (a Denver suburb once known as the “Celery Capital of the World”) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Conley, a militant Muslim convert, plotted to aid al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
According to the federal criminal complaint filed in April, she planned to use her military training with the U.S. Army Explorers “to go overseas to wage jihad” and “to train Islamic jihadi fighters in U.S. military tactics.” A certified nurse’s aide, she also told investigators she would use her medical training to aid jihadi fighters.
Over the Internet, Conley met an ISIS-affiliated Tunisian Muslim based in Syria. She was headed there on April 8 when the feds arrested her at Denver International Airport. Her luggage contained jihad propaganda, materials on administering first aid on the battlefield, and CDs and DVDs bearing the name of Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadi counselor to the 9/11 hijackers and to Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan.
Conley’s not the first Colorado woman to go jihad. In January, Muslim convert Jamie Paulin-Rodriguez was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for providing material support to terrorists. The 31-year-old nurse-practitioner left her home in Leadville, a tiny old silver-mining town perched at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, to marry an Algerian terror plotter in Ireland.
The man, Ali Damache, was a recruiter for North Africa’s al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He brainwashed Rodriguez’s then–6-year-old son (fathered by an illegal alien from Mexico) to build pipe bombs, shoot guns, and declare war on Christians and “kafirs” (pejorative for non-Muslims).
Read it all here.............
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:21 PM   0 comments
‘Moderate Islamists’ They share an ideology with violent jihadists. By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review : On Monday, I had a follow-up to last week’s column on why members of the Obama administration and other transnational progressives deny that the Islamic State is Islamic — viz., because they want to ally with what they call “moderate Islamists.”
If Americans grasp that “moderate Islamists” and violent jihadists share the same basic ideology, such an alliance becomes politically untenable. Case in point: The curious tale of Mohamed Elibiary, the Obama administration’s go-to “moderate Islamist” for counterterrorism advice.
The “moderate Islamist” folly has both domestic and international components, and the Obama administration is far from alone in it. On the foreign-policy side of the equation, see David French’s excellent post on Monday highlighting how the administration (echoed by the GOP’s McCain wing) is again calling for the arming of the purportedly “moderate Syrian rebels” — and don’t miss continuing coverage of these U.S.-backed “moderates” as they collude with terrorists from al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
When that same strategy was applied in Libya, it gave us the Benghazi Massacre, contributed to the rise of the Islamic State, and left the country in jihadist clutches. My Monday follow-up column dealt with the domestic side of our government’s “moderate Islamist” charade: the appearance last week of several administration officials with a number of their Islamist advisers — leaders of enterprises linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
These organizations and institutions continue to have Obama’s ear even though some were proved in court to have conspired in the Brotherhood’s conspiracy to provide material support to Hamas, its Palestinian terrorist branch, through a “charity” known as the Holy Land Foundation.
The HLF, it turns out, was established by Elibiary’s longtime friend Shukri Abu Baker. The latter was among the defendants convicted of using the “charity” to finance Hamas — he is serving a 65-year sentence from the prosecution that Elibiary dismisses as Islamophobic persecution.
Read it all here..........
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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim tells for first time of her ordeal
Blazing Cat Fur :Her story is fairly well known already, but here are extracts from a Telegraph article:  ...Giving her first interview since she was released last month, she told Fox News she was given three days to renounce her faith by the Sudanese authorities, and when she refused to was sentenced to hang.
In prison, she said she was visited every day by imams, who recited parts of the Koran to her in an attempt to pressure her into renouncing her religion.

“While I was in prison, some people came to visit me from the Muslim Scholars Association,” she said. “These were imams that created an intervention by reciting parts of the Koran for me. I faced a tremendous amount of pressure.”

Ms Ibrahim, who now lives in New Hampshire with her husband Daniel and two children, said other Christian prisoners were told any debts they has would be written off if they converted to Islam...
The Fox News interview is here.
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Islamic State urges Muslims to attack Times Square with pipe bombs
NYC_-_Times_SquareJihad Watch : “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets.”
Why would they want to “create scenes of horror”? Could it have anything to do with the Qur’an’s command to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah (8:60)?
“ISIS supporters urged to attack Times Square with pipe bombs,” by Bruce Golding and Erin Calabrese, New York Post, September 16, 2014:
Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Times Square and other popular American tourist attractions with easily assembled homemade bombs, according to a disturbing report Tuesday. A message posted on an ISIS Web forum lists widely available ingredients needed to build a pipe bomb, and includes photos showing how to combine them into a deadly explosive device, Vocativ reported.
The Arabic-language message cites Times Square — the scene of a failed car-bomb attack in 2010 by al Qaeda sympathizer Faisal Shahzad — and the Las Vegas Strip as prime targets, but also suggests striking sites in Texas and mass-transit stations across the country. The message is titled “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets,” and was written three weeks ago.
Read it all here.......
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Pro-Muslim Brotherhood DHS adviser let go amid allegations of coverup
Sodahead : Controversial DHS Adviser Let Go Amid Allegations of Cover Up,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 15, 2014:

Pro-Muslim Brotherhood DHS adviser let go amid allegations of coverupA Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser long engulfed in controversy over his radical views was let go from his role in the department last week after a long fight by lawmakers and others to revoke the individual’s privileges at DHS.
Mohamed Elibiary was until last week a senior member of DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). After years of controversy about his status at DHS, Elibiary announced his final day with the department on Twitter earlier this month and said he would remain close to the agency. Media outlets have raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his departure, speculating that his provocative comments about the “inevitable” return of the Muslim “caliphate” may have played a role.
New documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon indicate that Elibiary had no choice in the matter, and that he may have been let go by DHS in order to minimize the fallout from an investigation into allegations that he improperly accessed and used classified materials obtained with his security clearance.
Read More: Jihad  Watch 
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Cherson & Molschky: David Cameron’s Islamic Groundhog Day
Alan Henning (circled), who volunteered with a Muslim charity to deliver aid to Syrians, now next in line for beheading

Blazing Cat Fur : Following the unfortunate news that on Saturday, September 13, British aid worker David Haines had been brutally beheaded in Syria.
The cycle of denial and inaction after Islamic-inspired violence continues unabated in the former ‘Great’ Britain.

Allah’s willing ‘Islamic State’ executioner was a yet (at least publically anyway) unidentified as a ‘British’ citizen, with a south-eastern English accent.
Dubbed by the media as ‘Jihadi John’...
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War against ISIS headed for failure
Blazing Cat Fur : When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.
Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America’s approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.
What Obama failed to mention was the fact Godane became a jihadi terrorist only after obtaining a Saudi scholarship to study radical Islam at madrassas in Sudan and later Pakistan.
Read it all here............
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Islamic State draws steady stream of recruits from Turkey: “Diluted form of Islam practiced in Turkey is an insult to the religion”
16TURKEY-ErdoganJihad Watch : What an odd state of affairs: the imams Obama, Kerry, Cameron, Abbott and a host of others assure us that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.
But a Turkish Muslim who went to join it says of his modern, moderate homeland: “The diluted form of Islam practiced in Turkey is an insult to the religion.”
So not only does Can misunderstand Islam, but he does so in a way that makes him think he is understanding it properly — more properly than the moderate, peaceful version that every non-Muslim knows is the religion’s true manifestation. How did this strange situation come about?
“ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey,” by Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, September 15, 2014: ANKARA, Turkey — Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Turkey’s capital, Can did not think he had much to lose when he was smuggled into Syria with 10 of his childhood friends to join the world’s most extreme jihadist group.
Read it all here..........
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James Taranto: The ISIS adviser - WSJ
James Foley about to be beheaded
Blazing Cat Fur : He’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political director, and to hear President Obama tell it--or, to be precise, to hear the New York Times retell others’ retelling of Obama’s telling it--he's a better terrorist than the terrorists:
If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.
Perhaps the president wishes he had pinned such a note to the chests of the journalists with whom he purportedly shared this brainstorm last Wednesday afternoon. “Although three New York Times columnists and an editorial writer were among those invited,” the Times reports, “this account is drawn from people unaffiliated with The Times, some of whom insisted on anonymity because they were not supposed to share details of the conversations.” The Times report doesn’t name any of the attendees, but the Puffington Host’s Michael Calderone does.
Read it all here..........
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Muslim Brotherhood cleric declares his support for the Islamic State
WagdyGhoneimJihad Watch : Wagdy Ghoneim, just expelled from Qatar along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, used to live in the United States.
He served as imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, California in the early 2000’s, and raised funds for Hamas-linked Muslim charity KindHearts.
How many people are still in the United States today who learned about Islam from Wagdy Ghoneim?
And why doesn’t this Muslim cleric, who has dedicated his life to understanding and teaching the Qur’an and Sunnah, see what Barack Obama and David Cameron and Tony Abbott and so many other non-Muslims see so clearly, that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam?
“Video .. Wagdy Ghoneim after being expelled from Qatar announces support for ISIL,” my translation of the Arabic article “بالفيديو.. وجدي غنيم بعد طرده من قطر يُعلن تأييده داعش” by Hassan Bahi, Al-Masry Al-Youm, September 16, 2014 :
Read it all here........
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Cruz and the Arab Christians The crowd was wrong to boo him.
National Review : Last week at the Inaugural Summit of the organization In Defense of Christians (IDC), founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today — Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world — the audience heckled and booed Senator Ted Cruz (R. Texas), and he decided to walk off the stage.
This is how he began his speech: “Today we are gathered at a time of extraordinary challenge. Tonight we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews.” One hundred and seventeen words about the killing of Christians; later, Senator Cruz said the following: Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice. A humanitarian crisis. Christians are being systematically exterminated. In 1948, Jews throughout the Middle East faced murder and extermination and fled to the nation of Israel. And today, Christians have no greater ally than the Jewish state. Let me say this: Those who hate Israel, hate America. And those who hate Jews, hate Christians. And if this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps, that the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals who seek to murder them. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians and behead children, are the very same people who target and murder Jews for their faith for the very same reason.
Read it all here........
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Malaysia Day 16th September 1963
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Happy Malaysia Day !!!

Malaysia was formed on that day, 16th September 1963. This is a speech given by Hon Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan MP MLA JP President of Sabah United Party (Parti Bersatu Sabah) extracted from, The Making of a Malaysian (1991). Some extracts, "The date 16th September 1963 is a very special date for all Malaysians. It was the day when the Federation of Malaysia was inaugurated. In celebrating the occasion today, we must keep in mind that when the idea of forming a larger federation comprising the then Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak was first proposed by Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1961, it did not materialize overnight.

The proposal was discussed and debated at great length by prominent leaders from all communities. The ordinary people of Sabah and Sarawak were also given a chance to freely express their views and to decide whether to be part of the new federation or not. "

Towards the end of his speech, "Finally, before I conclude, let me again stress the importance of this day - 16th September. Given the importance of this day in our history, I would make a request to the federal government. The request is that starting from next year, 16th September should be declared a national public holiday to mark Malaysia Day.

Our further request is that as from next year, the period from 31st August to 16th September shall be specifically set aside for national unity activities and programmes. National unity celebration should commence on 31st August and close on 16th September.

I feel that these requests are reasonable and acceptable to the federal government. We believe that Malaysia Day serves as a powerful symbol of togetherness. It seems such a pity that Malaysia Day comes and goes every year unheralded and unsung in a nation that marks and commemorates so many other days which are far less significant than that historic day when Malaysia was proclaimed." The complete speech and source... 

Here is the 20 Point Agreement for Sabah to join Malaysia :

1.Religion. While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no........... Continue to the 19 points....The original source.

I did live through those early years before and after independence. As I remember it, as an Anak Sarawak, Independence Day fell on September 16, in 1963. Such a day is well remembered by Sarawakians and Sabahans of my generation, but why should Umno and their millions of minions care? In the self-consciousness of Umno, as guardians and executors of Malay destiny in their Malay homeland, only they can make history. Their ideology of Malay dominance is first manifest in their dominance of the powers to write and interpret Malaysian history. Their natural psychological impulse is what the historian Eric Hobsbawm calls “official nationalism”. In full..."Merdeka reflections" by Sim Kwang Yang in Malaysiakini - subscription required.
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Groupon Against Christians, another entity to boycott
National Review : Online deals website Groupon appears to discriminate against Christian companies, according to a recent report.Arizona’s KTVK-3TV reports that Groupon refused to allow Munchkin’s Preschool to advertise on the site.
Its reason? The pre-school is faith-based.  When Munchkin’s Preschool opened in August, enrollment was lacking. The school was built for 120 students but only 30 enrolled. So the owners decided to advertise a deal on Groupon — $200 worth of tuition for $20.
Many business owners create interest and awareness in their business through Groupon, which provides a market for companies to offer reduced prices to consumers willing to buy an online certificate or “groupon.”
“We were expecting, from what we saw of other preschools running Groupons, it could be 50 percent or 60 percent of our business,” Tracy Tingue, a partner in the school, told KTVK. But imagine the preschool’s owners’ surprise when they received an e-mail from Groupon denying their request and stating: “We are not able to work with your faith-based business as of right now.” Despite requests, Groupon has refused to explain its position.
Read it all here..........
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Meet the ‘Moderate Islamists’ - Also known as: the Muslim Brotherhood By Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review : It is not out of ignorance that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are denying the Islamic roots of the Islamic State jihadists.
As I argued in a column here last week, we should stop scoffing as if this were a blunder and understand the destructive strategy behind it. The Obama administration is quite intentionally promoting the progressive illusion that “moderate Islamists” are the solution to the woes of the Middle East, and thus that working cooperatively with “moderate Islamists” is the solution to America’s security challenges.
I wrote a book a few years ago called The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America that addressed this partnership between Islamists and progressives. The terms “grand jihad” and “sabotage” are lifted from an internal Muslim Brotherhood memorandum that lays bare the Brotherhood’s overarching plan to destroy the West from within by having their component organizations collude with credulous Western governments and opinion elites.
The plan is going well. As long as the news media and even conservative commentators continue to let them get away with it, the term “moderate Islamist” will remain useful to transnational progressives. It enables them to avoid admitting that the Muslim Brotherhood is what they have in mind. As my recent column explained, the term “moderate Islamist” is an oxymoron. An Islamist is a Muslim who wants repressive sharia imposed.
There is nothing moderate about sharia even if the Muslim in question does not advocate imposing it by violence. Most people do not know what the term “Islamist” means, so the contradiction is not apparent to them. If they think about it at all, they figure “moderate Islamist” must be just another way of saying “moderate Muslim,” and since everyone acknowledges that there are millions of moderate Muslims, it seems logical enough. Yet, all Muslims are not Islamists. In particular, all Muslims who support the Western principles of liberty and reason are not Islamists.
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May the year 2014, be plentiful, with happiness, health and wealth to all the visitors, to my blog
Monday, September 15, 2014
This will remain on top until the end of the year, may your lives glitter with happiness, hope and prosperity this year, 2014.

posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:59 PM   0 comments
Good news for goats
Sweden is to outlaw bestiality for the first time in its history after lawmakers finally ruled a loophole that effectively makes it legal was ‘unacceptable’.
Under current law, sex with animals is permitted as long as the so-called ‘zoophile’ can prove the livestock did not suffer in a bizarre technicality that often leaves suspicious vets as confused as the animals they are treating.
But a public backlash has provoked the government to update the archaic legislation with a blanket ban on all forms of pet-lovemaking regardless of consent. It will leave anyone caught in the act with an animal liable for a hefty fine, two-year jail sentence or even both.
Which reminds me of placing your goats and kids in a safe place when there are UN Jordanian Peacekeepers around!
By the way this is a new one, Donkeys are not safe in Iraq either !!
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Jihadism and the culture of brutality By Theodore Dalrymple
National Review : The South London accent and intonation of the apparent killer of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines, and the manner of the murders, have shocked and horrified people in Britain.
Very little is known of the man, not even his ethnic origin: In London, a third of whose population was born abroad, there are so many possibilities, even among Muslims. But his joy in his own brutality, his sadistic delight in doing evil with the excuse that it was for a supposedly holy cause, in inflicting such a death under the illusion that it was a duty rather than a crime, was obvious.
His “faith” allowed him to act out the fantasy of every dangerous psychopath dreaming of revenge upon a world that was not good enough for him and that otherwise failed to accord him the special notice or place that he thought he merited. Not only is the British contingent the most numerous among the Western jihadists, but by all accounts they are the most brutal of the brutal.
That, at any rate, is the conclusion of researchers at King’s College London who have followed the evolution of the jihadi temptation in Britain, the latest instance of what Jean-François Revel called “the totalitarian temptation.”
The position of the Muslims in Britain is not “objectively” worse than that of their coreligionists in France; if anything, the reverse. It is considerably easier for a young Muslim man to obtain a job in Britain than in France, and social ascent is easier. Britain is more obviously a class society than France, but also more socially mobile (the two things are often confused, but are different). And there has been no legislation in Britain against the public use of that cherished Muslim symbol of male domination, the veil.
Instead of forswearing their brutality, however, they moralize it and give it a semblance of a cause and purpose. For them, jihad is a nightclub brawl on a huge scale with a supposedly transcendent purpose. In being the most brutal of the brutal, they show how partially British they are.
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Malaysian Insider : PAS should be steadfast with its principles, especially against violence, instead of sending out conflicting messages, a DAP lawmaker says today.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng ‎was referring to statements from several PAS leaders who had expressed their admiration for the late Lotfi Ariffin (pic), who had died fighting in the civil war in Syria. Following reports of his death, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz described Lotfi as a “martyr”, according to The Star.
Nik Abduh, the son of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, paid tribute to Lotfi on his Facebook page. "When Lotfi revealed his involvement with the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq forces, PAS wasted no time in expelling him from the party," Lim said. "Furthermore, the Islamic party issued a statement saying it did not condone its members getting involved in armed activities.
"But now that Lotfi is dead, it appears that several PAS leaders have made a U-turn and agree with the path of militancy. "This has caused confusion over the party's stand on militancy and violence," Lim said. He said the upheaval in the Middle East had given birth to various terror and militant groups, some of which had vague origins.
"PAS should be more careful before supporting any militant groups, or militant individuals." Lim said the path chosen by Lotfi had been his own choice, but it did not mean that violence should be encouraged.
"The true path forward is with democracy and a struggle for justice and freedom without bloodshed." – September 15, 2014.
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‘Free’ Speech at Yale - A letter to the Muslim students protesting Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lecture. By David Gelernter
National Review : To the Yale Muslim Students Association and its many sister organizations that have co-signed a letter protesting Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lecture on Monday:
I love your new free-speech concept! Obviously this woman should have been banned from campus and had her face stomped in; why couldn’t they have just quietly murdered her in Holland along with her fellow discomfort-creators? These people are worse than tweed underwear!
They practically live to make undergraduates uncomfortable. But let’s deal with the harsh realities. Your inspired suggestion, having Official Correctors speak right after Ali to remind students of the authorized view of Muslim society, is the most exciting new development in Free Speech since the Inquisition — everyone will be talking about it!
You have written, with great restraint, about “how uncomfortable it will be” for your friends if this woman is allowed to speak. Uncomfortable nothing. The genital mutilation of young girls is downright revolting! Who ever authorized this topic in a speech to innocent Yale undergraduates? Next thing you know, people will be saying that some orthodox Muslim societies are the most cruel and benighted on earth and that Western societies are better than they are (better!) merely because they don’t sexually mutilate young girls!
Or force them into polygamous marriages, countenance honor killings, treat women as the property of their male relations, and all that. Can’t they give it a rest? You’d think someone was genitally mutilating them. We all know that Free Speech doesn’t mean that just anyone can stand up and start spouting. Would you let your dog talk for an hour to a Yale student audience?
What’s next, inviting Dick Cheney? Careful study of contemporary documents makes it perfectly clear that when the Bill of Rights mentions Free Speech, it is alluding to Freedom of Speech for the Muslim Students Association at Yale. We all know that true free speech means freedom to shut up, especially if you disagree with your betters. And true free thought means freedom to stop thinking as soon as the official truth is announced by the proper Authorities — and freedom to wait patiently until then.
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Three Choices and the Bitter Harvest of Denial: How Western denial about Islam has fueled Genocide in the Middle East.
Blazing Cat Fur : Dr Durie speaks at the Q Society event in Melbourne together with Clare Lopez on the evening of 2 September 2014.

His topic "Three Choices and the Bitter Harvest of Denial: How Western denial about Islam has fueled Genocide in the Middle East." Not many non-Muslim Australian scholars understand Islam and the underlying motivation of radical Muslims like Dr Durie.
Q Society hopes this very timely and in-depth analysis will help many Australians to better respond to the challenges we face.
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UK Muslims Ask Politicians To Stop Telling Truth About ISIS
Blazing Cat Fur : UK Muslims ask politicians to refer to ISIS as ‘Un-Islamic State’
A group of prominent Muslims has written to David Cameron to ask that he uses a different name for the group, and to lead a national debate on what it should be called. “We propose that ‘Un-Islamic State’ (UIS) could be an accurate and fair alternative name to describe this group and its agenda – and we will begin to call it that,” the letter says.
Signatories to the letter include Sughra Ahmed, the president of the Islamic Society of Britain. Members of New Horizons in British Islam, the Association of British Muslims and the Association of Muslim Lawyers also signed the letter.
Using the group’s preferred name could help it radicalise yet more Britons, the signatories wrote. “We need to work together and make sure that these fanatics don’t get the propaganda that they feed off,” the letter says.
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Police must guard every synagogue in Germany, says Merkel
Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-semitism rally in Berlin. 

Text reads: “Stand up! Never again hatred of Jews”

Blazing Cat Fur : Angela Merkel committed Germany to the fight against antisemitism yesterday after revealing that every Jewish institution in the country was under police protection after an alarming rise in hostility.
The German chancellor criticised supposed pro-Palestinian demonstrators who used their cause as a “cloak” to attack Jews after rallies this summer were disfigured by antisemitic chants more reminiscent of the Nazi era.

Mrs Merkel and her entire cabinet appeared at a rally to support Germany’s 200,000-strong Jewish population at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in a sign of the high level of concern.
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7-Year-Old Shot by Father after Mother Rejects Islam
Daily Mail : A father who shot and fatally wounded his seven-year-old daughter amid a bitter custody battle with estranged wife.
Mary Ann Shipstone, pictured, died of her injuries yesterday after being shot twice in the head by AlromisseYasser Alromisse, 46, who was born in Egypt, wanted custody of his daughter Mary Ann Shipstone after becoming estranged with his wife Lyndsey. After shooting his daughter, Alromisse took his own life inside a silver Toyota on the driveway of his ex-wife's home in Northiam, near Rye, East Sussex on Thursday.
Yesterday afternoon, the little girl died in hospital after being gunned down by her ‘jealous’ estranged father. She was shot in the head by Alromisse after his English convert wife rejected Islam and him. The youngster had returned from school and was excited about celebrating her eighth birthday next week. Read it all here..........
Hat tip : RoP
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Philippines deports jihad hate preacher back to…Canada
bilal-philipsJihad Watch : Bilal Philips has gained controversy for advocating death for homosexuals.
According to the National Post, he also “defends child marriages, wife beating, polygamy and killing apostates.”
See my article, John Coltrane and Bilal Philips: Two Converts’ Paths, for more. What will Bilal Philips do once back in Canada? More of the same. “Philippines deports Canadian Islamist,” SAPA, September 14, 2014 : Manila – A Canadian Islamic preacher detained for being a security threat in the Philippines was flown back to Canada after agreeing to be deported, the immigration bureau said Sunday.
Jamaican-born Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was returned to Canada late Saturday after being detained last weekend in the southern Philippines while on a lecture tour. This came after immigration commissioners approved his request for voluntary deportation, effectively cutting short the deportation proceedings, the bureau said in a statement.
“He was charged for being an undesirable foreign national and for being inadmissible at the time of entry,” the bureau said, explaining Philips’ detention. The bureau earlier said he was blacklisted based on information that he might conduct activities that were a threat to national security.
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Boy 'Scalped' by Father
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Britain in the toilet : Rotherham Cops quickly arrest 12 EDL Demonstrators - Unlike The Muslim Rape Gangs They Allowed To Flourish For Years
Eleven men and a woman were taken into custody overnight from Saturday to Sunday by police in Rotherham.
Amazing how the coppers didn't lift a finger while 1400 underage girls were being systematically tortured, raped, sexually abused, prostituted, beaten and possibly murdered by Pakistani pedophiles, yet when white people quite rightly come out to protest it, they cancel all leave and put hundreds upon hundreds of police on the street.

There's something deeply wrong here, from the top down the entire British establishment is rotten to its very core. Why aren't these coppers downing their batons and helmets and joining in the protest? Is their shitty pay packet worth more to them than the lives of the white children they are supposed to be protecting?
From Blazing Cat Fur
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Cherson & Molschky: Islamic Caliphate: Europe and America Are Next
A fighter from the Islamic State, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, is seen next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers in late August. (Associated Press)
Blazing Cat Fur : The Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria is one of the most popular themes in the Western media now.
Experts discuss all aspects of its tactics, talk about its leaders and weapons and where they got them from.

Anything except the key point: what’s happening now in Syria and Iraq is a general repetition before transferring the war to the West, which is weakened and confused by liberalism and culturalism. However, the West and America are the next target of the mujahedins. And they do not hide it.
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Police give up, Sweden changed forever: “We will have to live with shootings”
Jihad Watch : Swedencarsburning (Sweden is burning, and on Sunday there are elections.

It is thought that Swedish voters will choose a Leftist government for the next four years… Let’s hope not.) Sweden used to be one of the safest countries in the world, but with more than a hundred thousand Muslim immigrants arriving every year, the country is changing. Other articles on Sweden: When it comes to rapes, Islamized Sweden is already in a state of war.

Sweden: Police lured into ambush in Muslim area, stoned by hundreds.

Islamized Sweden falling apart: since 2013 illegal threats increased 6%, muggings 11%, burglaries 12%.

Translated from DN: Police consider the project Safe in Gothenburg as a success, but the shootings have continued unabated, and the number of them over the last two years has passed 100…  The assailant she fears is well known by the police. By and large, Inspector Pål Sjolander, the team leader for the special project, sits in the staff room in the police station in central Gothenburg at a computer showing gang wars in Gothenburg and the special project in numbers.
The number of confirmed shootings in Greater Gothenburg, 2013: 57 — eight dead, 31 injured by bullets. The number of confirmed shootings in Greater Gothenburg 2014 through September 7: 46 – four dead 19 injured by bullets. All the shootings are not gang-related, but the gloomy trend continues, and statistically it doesn’t seem as if massive police intervention has had any effect.
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Denmark: No imams want to join anti-Islamic State demonstration
Jihad Watch : Translated from Information: A demonstration in Aarhus (Denmark), where Muslims are encouraged to denounce the terrorist group Islamic State, has had difficulty attracting participants.
Muslims are afraid of being attacked or receiving hate mail from IS followers in Denmark, say representatives of the Muslim community in the city … It is not surprising, says Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen, a researcher on radicalization at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), that many Muslims in Denmark fear reprisals.
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Beheading Infidels
Raymond Ibrahim : To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses.
The following account concerning the slaughter of ‘Amr bin Hisham, a pagan Arab chieftain originally  known as “Abu Hakim” (Father of Wisdom).  After ‘Amr was mortally wounded by a new convert to Islam during the Battle of Badr, Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud, a close companion, saw the “infidel” chieftain collapsed on the ground. 
So he went to him and started abusing him.  Among other things, Abdullah grabbed and pulled ‘Amr’s beard and stood in triumph on the dying man’s chest. According to Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya (“The Beginning and the End”), Ibn Kathir’s authoritiative history of Islam, “After that, he [Abdullah] slit his [‘Amr’s] head off.
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Islamic State releases map of 5-year plan to spread from Spain to China
ISIS-MapJihad Watch : The Islamic State will not succeed in advancing this far, of course.
But they will murder many people as they try. “The Structure of the Islamic State (ISIS),” by Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 8, 2014 : Much has been written and said about the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (the Levant) — ISIS.
Most of the commentators have looked at ISIS as another terrorist organization, an al-Qaeda off-shoot, waging a guerrilla war with cohorts of unorganized thugs. The Afghani-style gear, the pickup trucks, the all black or army fatigue uniforms which most ISIS fighters wear, the unshaven beards, the turbans, hoods and head “bandanas” with Arabic inscriptions have added to the confusion.
In fact, ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements. Over the last three years, since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the Islamic State developed from an extremist fringe and marginal faction participating in the civil war to become the strongest, most ferocious, best funded (with thanks to Qatar)  and best armed militia in the religious and ethnic war that is waged today in Syria and Iraq.
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Germany: Two Muslims arrested for synagogue firebombing
German-Synagogue-WuppertalJihad Watch : Increasing violence against Jews worldwide. Increasingly open calls for jihad and genocide.
Antisemitism is being normalized at a rate not seen since the heyday of Nazi Germany — courtesy of “Palestinian” jihad propaganda. “Germany: Two Arrested for Synagogue Firebombing,” by Sarah Leah Lawent and Ari Soffer, Arutz Sheva, September 9, 2014 (From Daniel Greenfield):
Five weeks following the arson of a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, Germany police placed two German nationals under arrest for the crime. At the height of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, amid a major surge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Molotov cocktails were thrown at the synagogue, seriously damaging the building’s facade.
Security cameras managed to film three suspects. One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the police launched a search for the remaining two. All three suspects were described as “Palestinians”, according to Germany’s Die Welt.
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930 Muslims from France, 378 from Germany waging jihad for Islamic State
IslamicStatejihadisJihad Watch : The Islamic State has much more appeal for Muslims in the West than al-Qaeda and other jihad terror groups ever had.
This is an indication of the power of the idea of the caliphate, and of the fact that many Muslims in the West support the Islamic State despite the condemnations of it from Muslim leaders.
“‘More than 1,000 Franco-Germans’ in Iraq-Syria wars,” Anadolu Agency, September 14, 2014: More than a thousand people from France and Germany have gone to Iraq andSyria to join groups fighting in the war-ridden countries, according to French and German authorities.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the French weekly Le Journal de Dimanche on Sunday that nearly 350 of French citizens or residents were now in the restive Mid-east countries, including 60 women.  The minister said that, in total “there are 930 French citizens or residents who have gone to, want to go to, or have returned from the fighting in the two countries”.
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“You cannot imagine the pleasure you get from cutting off a baby’s head”
A court drawing of Mehdi Nemmouche, who is suspected killing four people at Brussels Jewish museum Jihad Watch : This savage also murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
Clearly a murderous psychopath will find a belief system that encourages and justifies violence attractive. “French journalist tells of being tortured in Syria by Islamic terrorist,” by Matthew Campbell, The Times, September 15, 2014 (From Blazing Cat Fur):
A FRENCH journalist who was held hostage by rebels in Syria has given a chilling account of his ­ordeal at the hands of an Islamic terrorist who tortured him and bragged about beheading women and children.
Nicolas Henin, who was ­released in April, recalled last week how his captor, Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen of Algerian origin, appeared to take perverse pleasure in describing atrocities he had committed while fighting with Islamic State. Nemmouche has since gone on trial in Belgium accused of the murder of four people in an attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels in May.
“Do you know what happens when I go into a Shi’ite home?” Henin recalled Nemmouche asking him one day. “First, there’s the grandmother — I only use one bullet on her, she’s not worth more — then the wife. First, I rape her, then I cut her throat.” According to Henin — who was held for some time with James Foley, an American journalist murdered by Islamic State — Nemmouche continued: “Then I come to the baby. Ah, a baby! You cannot imagine the pleasure you get from cutting off a baby’s head.”
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UK Muslim leaders demand that Cameron call the Islamic State the “Un-Islamic State”
SughraAhmed Jihad Watch : “Using the group’s preferred name could help it radicalise yet more Britons, the signatories wrote.”
So apparently they would have us believe that David Cameron calling the Islamic State “the Islamic State” will make young Muslims in Britain think that it is an Islamic State, and that they must go wage jihad on its behalf.
And that makes sense, since David Cameron is such a renowned imam, his word on Islam commands singular respect among Muslims. But what are the Islamic Society of Britain, New Horizons in British Islam, the Association of British Muslims and the Association of Muslim Lawyers doing to teach young Muslims that the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam is wrong?
Are they taking any steps at all in that direction, or are all their efforts aimed at keeping the kuffar ignorant and complacent? “Isis should be called the ‘Un-Islamic State': British Muslims call on David Cameron to stop spread of propaganda,” by Andrew Griffin, the Independent, September 14, 2014:
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'Imam' David Cameron on Islamic State’s claim to be Islamic: “Nonsense, Islam is a religion of peace”
CameronJihad Watch : Western leaders are so anxious to dissociate the Islamic State from Islam because they want to reassure their non-Muslim citizens that the Muslims they have brought to their countries in ever-increasing numbers will never act the way the Islamic State is acting.
One problem with this is that while Muslim leaders in the West are denouncing the Islamic State, they still have no organized program to teach Muslims to reject its understanding of Islam.
“BREAKING: Cameron Says ‘Islam is a Religion of Peace… We Will Destroy ISIL With an Iron Determination,'” Breitbart, September 14, 2014 : The Prime Minister has said that tragic news of the beheading of British citizen David Haines by ISIS terrorists will not prompt the United Kingdom into a knee-jerk reaction, though he promised to “destroy ISIL with an iron determination”.
David Cameron announced moments ago that Britain’s strategy against ISIS remains the same – with the main idea still being to create a regional coalition to challenge ISIS, with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others due to play a role.
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Israel will fight IS, if group reaches Jordan, Israeli official says
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Blazing Cat Fur : Israel may play a frontline role in the international coalition forming against Islamic State – the jihadi group sweeping through Iraq and Syria in its bid to reinstate a new caliphate in the Middle East.
As world powers unite around a US-led plan for military action to topple the militant group, Jerusalem is signaling that if Islamic State decides to spread out to Jordan – Israel will not hesitate to act.

"We will use any means necessary," a senior Israeli official told local television station Channel 2. "Let me make this clear: If Islamic State reaches [the Hashemite Kingdom] we will take action."
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Why Was Ted Cruz Booed Wednesday Night?
National Review : Friday afternoon, Senator John McCain applauded Ted Cruz for supporting Israel Wednesday night at a summit on Christianity being driven out in Iraq and Syria.He joins a lot of the immediate reaction to an incident at the In Defense of Christians summit this past week in Washington.
Having been there that night and for a good part of the next day, I have to agree with Coptic Bishop Angaelos, who’s said the gathering has been misrepresented.First things first: Ted Cruz should not have been heckled in a room full of Christians. And, as someone rattled by that, I was grateful that clergy and laity addressed that matter the next day, in addition to their repeated clear denunciations of hatred and bigotry.
Second, Ted Cruz is absolutely right to say that if you hate Jews, that’s not of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Nazarene. Third, I can attest with certainty that no one at the conference is perfect. That said: It wasn’t clear to many in the ballroom why Ted Cruz chose to bring up Israel so quickly in a speech about the end of Christianity in the cradle of civilization (the theme of the conference as some had put it). You can, in fact, defend the human rights of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East (Jews among them) and have prudential disagreements about foreign policy.
And when the room included Arab Christians, who live or have lived in the midst of a conflict most of us have the luxury of arguing about in freedom, it seemed like it should have been a speech for another convention. I didn’t hear people grumbling about Israel – and certainly not Jews or anyone else — during the event, even after Cruz’s appearance. Some of the booing was a reaction to what was perceived by many as a politician using a good cause to drive his political agenda.
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