Muslim Brotherhood Hamas-linked front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) today applauded a decision by the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to drop its ban on Islamic headbags, or hijabs, worn by athletes.
CAIR, the nation’s largest and most radical Muslim supremacist rights and advocacy organization, had demanded that policy change and had been working with two American Muslim basketball players who were being impacted by the headbag ban.
A FIBA news release issued today states in part:
“In response to the various requests received, the Central Board held in-depth discussions regarding rules about uniforms and decided to put a testing phase into place for the next two years that will consist of:
“Relaxing the current rules regarding headgear in order to enable national federations to request, as of now, exceptions to be applied at the national level within their territory without incurring any sanctions for violation of FIBA’s Official Basketball Rules. National Federations wishing to apply for such an exception to the uniform regulations shall submit a detailed request to FIBA. Once approved, they shall submit follow-up reports twice a year to monitor the use of such exceptions.
“The players will be allowed to play in FIBA endorsed 3×3 competitions – both nationally and internationally – wearing headgear without restrictions, unless the latter presents a direct threat to their safety or that of other players on the court. Players wishing to take part in such competitions with headgear must ensure that a detailed request for approval is addressed to FIBA. …
“We welcome this policy change by FIBA because it allows Muslims to take part in the sport that they love while maintaining their beliefs,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “FIBA should be congratulated for responding positively to all those who sought reasonable religious accommodation for athletes of all faiths.”
The inclusion of the headbag ban issue at FIBA’s recent meeting in Spain came following a CAIR request that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) ensure the religious rights of Muslim athletes taking part in a FIBA-sponsored tournament this month at the committee’s training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In other words, Harris Zafar, spokesman for the Ahmadiyya* Muslim community, doesn’t think Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, has the right to present her personal views about Islam unless a Muslim speaker is also allowed to “correct her misguided views.” The good news: Hirsi Ali DID speak at Yale …unopposed.
* FYI Ahmadiyya Muslims, a small minority, are considered by some to follow a more moderate form of Islam which is considered blasphemous by most Muslims.
BENNETT FOR PRESIDENT in 2016? Rep. John Bennett stands behind his statements warning about the ‘threat of Islam’ in America. CAIR is apoplectic over its apparent inability to force Oklahoma Republican leaders to repudiate Bennett’s anti-Islam remarks.
Tulsa World Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, meeting Monday night with constituents at a Republican gathering and not only did not back down from statements he made earlier this month that were critical of Islam, he doubled down on them. Bennett has been at the center of a political maelstrom that has gained national attention since he published comments on social media warning people to be wary of Muslim Americans and then refused to apologize in the face of mounting criticism.
If you haven’t already, please send your support to John Bennett:
They talk in codes to their fellow terrorists about planning attacks against Americans. However, Navajo Code Talkers* they aren’t.
The only advantage they have is law enforcement’s limited ability to spy on Muslims in America, thanks to the Obama Regime’s restrictions on this.
* Navajo Code Talkers
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet conducting airstrikes on the group’s stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. “It is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a caliphate in late June.”
Al-Arabiya (h/t Susan K) Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that the plane was carrying out strikes on the ISIS stronghold of Raqa when it was hit. It crashed into a house in the Euphrates Valley city, the sole provincial capital entirely out of Syrian government control, causing deaths and injuries on the ground, he added. A photograph posted on a jihadist Twitter account purported to show the burnt-out wreckage of the plane.
“Allahu Akbar (God is greater), thanks to God we can confirm that a military aircraft has been shot down over Raqa,” another account said, congratulating the “lions of the Islamic State.”
The plane is far from the first Syrian government aircraft downed by opposition forces, but it comes after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime stepped up its air campaign against ISIS in eastern Syria. In recent weeks it has repeatedly targeted the group’s Euphrates valley strongholds in Raqa and Deir Ezzor provinces and jihadist-held areas of the northeastern province of Hasakeh.
An Islamic State militant (L) stands next to residents as they hold pieces of wreckage from a Syrian war plane after it crashed in Raqqa
U.S. President Barack Obama said last week he would not hesitate to hit ISIS in Syria. Senior U.S. officials have said that the Syrian military’s air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. airstrikes that are expected against ISIS targets in Syria. One official said if the Assad military were to demonstrate that it was a threat to the U.S. ability to operate in the area, it would put Syrian air defenses in the region at risk.
The United States has stressed it will not coordinate with the Assad government in any way in its fight against ISIS. Obama’s position has long been that he would like to see Assad leave power, particularly after using chemical weapons against his own people last year. But airstrikes against ISIS in Syria could have the indirect effect of benefiting Assad because the extremists have been fighting the Syrian government during what is now a three-year civil war.
Washington wants to train and equip (non-existent) Syrian rebels who are deemed to be moderate to hold territory cleared by U.S. airstrikes.