ILLINOIS: An event held at Elgin Community College brought a roomful of people earnestly searching for answers about the religion nearly one in four people on the planet claim as their own. “Who Is My Muslim Neighbor?” was organized by the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders and the Elgin Human Relations Commission. The goal was to foster tolerance by broadening the community’s understanding of Islam.
Daily Herald “We need to move way from stereotypes that have been assigned to groups in our community,” said Elgin Mayor David Kaptain at the beginning of the event. He challenged local Muslims to branch out and involve themselves in wider community events and he commended the religious leaders for working together and setting an example for others.
In an overview of Islam and its followers, Gerald Hankerson, outreach coordinator for the terror-linked anti-American group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), said Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. He pointed to population research that shows most Muslims living in the United States are African Americans or South Asians, he stressed the idea that Islam is a religion of peace.
Miriam Fadel, a teacher at Elgin Academy, spoke about influential women in Islamic history, drawing a distinction between religion and culture when it comes to repression. The current prime ministers of Bangladesh and Mali are Muslim, as is the president of Kosovo, Fadel said, adding that the oldest continually operating institution of higher learning on the planet was founded by a Muslim woman. “There’s this misconception that women are oppressed by the religion and that is absolutely not true,” Fadel said.
In smaller groups, attendees like Bakker and Humbrack had the chance to learn more about Islam from representatives of the Institute of Islamic Education, a school in Elgin that draws Islamic scholars from across the country. Ahsan Syed, a graduate of Bartlett High School and student at IIE, responded to questions about how to engage Muslims and stop cycles of discrimination.
“It’s true that if you want to get to know something you have to get to know the people,” Syed said. “Any Muslim you know, knowing them at the personal level is a good place to start.”
The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring all public school districts to create policies aimed at reducing bullying. The Senate has not yet voted on the anti-bullying bill. (Make sure you tell them to vote NO if you live in Minnesotastan)
Minnesotata Muslim students desecrating lawn of public school with Islamic crescents
Star Tribune The House passed the bill on Monday by a vote of 72-57. It defines bullying, and includes a list of characteristics that are often grounds for bullying. It requires training for teachers and school officials and compels them to report cases of bullying. Schools that don’t implement an anti-bullying policy could lose state aid.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Davnie of Minneapolis, says a “checkerboard” of different policies between schools leaves some students vulnerable to bullies. Republicans say such policies should be set by local school boards and could place students at risk of being considered bullies for expressing religious views.
CAIR-Minnesotastan Executive Director Lori Saroya testified before the House Education Policy Committee in support of the bill and shared a CAIR-MN case involving a Somali Muslim student who was bullied and harassed in high school:
“[The student] was physically and verbally attacked. She was called a “towel head” and other religious and racial slurs; she saw students spraying air freshener when Muslim students walked into class; a student told her that he would kill her because she is Somali; her religious headscarf was pulled off; her teacher made disparaging comments about Islam and Muslims in class; when she wore a white headscarf, students threw markers at it.”
Dearbornistan Heights Police Department now providing halal food to detained Muslims.
Arab American NewsLocal Muslim sharia proponents have welcomed the Dearborn Heights Police Department’s recent decision to provide halal food to Muslims who are detained in their custody. In recent months, members of the terror-linked CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan) have held meetings with the Dearborn Heights mayor and police chief to discuss the need for the City’s police force to better accommodate Muslim suspects and criminals. These meetings have led to the recent halal food accommodation. CAIR-MI is also seeking similar accommodations from other law enforcement entities in Michigan and says the Police Department’s decision is a testament to recognizing the religious sensitivities of Muslims.
Michigan Police: Muslim female detainees can wear headbags in jail.
Detroit News After meeting this week with officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michigan, the Novi Police Department has agreed to allow Muslim women to wear the traditional hijab headbag covering during detainment.
“We welcome the sensitivity shown by the Novi Police Department and look forward to working with them in the future, which will include providing sensitivity trainings,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement.
The only terrorists who should be on trial are the terrorism-funders from CAIR, several of whom are already sitting in jail from their convictions in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism-financing case. CAIR was also named as co-conspirators in this case.
CAIR has been all over the airwaves moaning and groaning about a greeting card that allegedly offends Muslim sensibilities. Because of the enormous free publicity offered by CAIR, I am hereby putting out a request for someone to create a humorous, clever anti-Islam poster for me to market and sell on my blog. All profits will be donated to Pamela Geller’s ‘Islamic Apartheid’ ad campaign.
Please make sure it is original artwork so we don’t infringe on any copyright laws.
Apparently the greeting card company has pulled the terrorist card because of threats and intimidation from CAIR. But that hasn’t stopped the CAIR thugs from continuing to rail about it.
Nihad Awad’s belly laugh of the day: “There is a growing attempt by some commentators to label the recent bombings in Boston as ‘jihad’ and to blame the deadly blasts on a non-existent concept they call ‘radical Islam.’ I call radical Islam non-existent because radicalism or extremism is not permissible in Islam. Islam prohibits extremism and an essential part of the faith is moderation. A more accurate term might be Al-Qaeda ideology.”
CAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NIHAD AWAD
(CAIR Press Release) The Quran, Islam’s foundational holy text, states clearly: “We made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind.” (Quran, 2:143)
The Quran also states: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both.” (Quran, 4:35)
There is no such thing as radical Islam, but there are radical Muslims — just as there are extremists of every other religion or belief.
But there’s a huge difference between the existence of radical individuals and a religion that permits radical beliefs or actions. These radicals certainly do not represent the teachings of Islam or the behavior or beliefs of mainstream Muslims.
In one Islamic tradition, called a “hadith,” the Prophet Muhammad said: “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.”
In recent years, we have seen the term “jihadist” come to be used as if it means a person who kills people out of a religious motivation, but this is terribly inaccurate.
“Jihad” does not mean “holy war.” Literally, jihad means to “struggle,” strive and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g., – having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression.
For the sake of accuracy and to avoid spreading false information about a major world religion, extremist Muslims who commit crimes should be called criminals or, in cases where the definition fits, terrorists. We should not legitimize their actions by calling them jihadists, even if they attempt to call themselves by that label and seek a false religious connection or justification. These criminals should not be honored with a religious label.
Islam allows legitimate self defense, but prohibits the killing of innocent people, even in times of war or conflict. Aggression is never permitted. “And fight in the cause of God those who fight against you, and do not commit aggression. Indeed God does not love those who are aggressors,” (The Quran, 2:190).
So yes, there are some Muslims who have extreme views, or mental illnesses, or political grievances, or a host of other reasons that lead them to kill people, and this is not only a tragedy and a crime but an egregious violation of the principles of Islam.
The difference between Muslim killers and killers from other backgrounds is often the way they are described by the media and viewed by the public: with Muslim killers, the crime is almost always attributed to their religion.
Because the word “terrorism” is used almost exclusively to describe crimes whose perpetrators are Muslims, you might think that a majority of mass killings and acts of terrorism in the U.S. were committed by Muslims. But when we look at the facts, that perception does not hold up.
[Nihad Awad is national executive director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group. He may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Actually, this is not necessarily good news. Had they been allowed to run ads showing the white-washed-for-infidels-only definition of ‘MyJihad,’ Pamela Geller could have countered with her truth-in-advertising ‘MyJihad’ campaign which uses the jihad (holy war) as defined in the quran.
CAIR’S sanitized ‘MyJihad’ campaign
Florida Family Association launched anemail campaign on March 27, 2013 that encouraged subscribers to urge transit authority officials to deny CAIR Florida’s advertising campaign to redefine the Islamic word Jihad. This campaign appeared to be propaganda that was intended to neutralize the meaning of the Islamic word Jihad in the minds of the American public.
CAIR Florida (Council on American Islamic Relations) submitted the advertising copy posted below to the transit authority in Tampa, Florida named HART. The below advertising was proposed for mass transit buses in Hillsborough County, population 1.3 million.
HART rejected the advertisements earlier this year because their policy prohibits“Advertisements that primarily promote a religious faith or religious organizations.” Hassan Shibly, Executive Director of CAIR Florida appealed the executive decision to the HART board of directors. CAIR’s proposed #MyJihad campaign was placed on HART’S April 1, 2013 agenda to be considered at a public hearing.
Thousands of Florida Family Association supporters sent emails to urge the fifteen members on the HART board of directors to reject CAIR’s #MyJihad campaign.
Hassan Shibly conveniently informed HART that he could not attend the April 1, 2013 public hearing date after learning of Florida Family Association’s campaign and the thousands of emails received by HART board members. HART officials informed Florida Family Association that Shibly planned to resubmit his request for the HART May 6, 2013 public hearing.
However, HART informed Florida Family Association with the following email that CAIR was not on the May 6, 2013 agenda.
Just the opposite. Had they not passed the anti-sharia bill, there would be a lot more anti-Muslim hatred, especially against the sharia promoters from terror-linked CAIR. Americans are angry that these kinds of laws need to be passed at all, the result of CAIR’s litigation jihadists demanding that courts consider sharia law in their rulings.
(All photos are of sharia punishments)
Oklahoma GazetteGov. Mary Fallin and state lawmakers should “embrace diversity” instead of demonizing the Muslim community, said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). (Why should she? Muslims don’t embrace diversity in their communities)
His remarks came after Fallin signed House Bill 1060, which prohibits foreign laws from being enforced in Oklahoma courtrooms. Authored by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, the legislation evolved after a federal appeals court ruled that a similar measure, State Question 755, was unconstitutional because it singled out Sharia law.
Considered the moral code and religious law of the Islam faith, Sharia law covers a wide spectrum of topics that range from crime and economics to diet and prayer.
Passage of HB 1060 was “an attempt to attack the same issue” as SQ 755, Soltani said. “We believe it is targeting the Oklahoma Islamic population.” (It is! No other religion is the problem that Islam is) He said the legislation could heighten anti-Muslim sentiments. (And this is a bad thing because why?)
“That’s what we’re afraid of,” Soltani said. “Why are people like … Kern trying to demonize Oklahoma Muslims and outlaw our way of life? They should embrace the diversity of Oklahomans.” (Because we know what sharia is all about)
The new law, Soltani charges, is confusing and likely will be challenged in court. CAIR is working with the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on a possible appeal. (Of course, Islamists working with Marxists to outlaw the Constitution)
Some in the state’s Muslim community worry that bigotry was behind the April 27 desecration of an Oklahoma City mosque. Vandals spray-painted the building with profanities and a drawing of what appeared to be a penis, according to investigators. The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, but no suspects have been arrested, said agency spokesman Rick Raines.
Investigators said they are unsure if the vandalism was connected to the Boston Marathon bombings, in which the perpetrators were two Chechen Muslim brothers.
Fallin’s communications director, Alex Weintz, said the governor signed the measure as a “reaffirmation of the principle that the laws we recognize in Oklahoma are the laws of Oklahoma and the laws of the United States, not foreign laws.”
The St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) is calling on all people of conscience in Missouri to urge the state’s Majority Floor Leader John Diehl to OPPOSE anti-Islam House Bill 757 (HB 757) and to not place the bill on the House Calendar for consideration.
That’s why BNI Readers should contact Rep. John Diehl (contact info below) and ask him to SUPPORT Anti-Sharia House Bill 757 (HB757) and make sure the bill gets placed on the House Calendar for consideration.
Representative John Diehl
Republican Majority Floor Leader
MO House of Representatives 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 302A Jefferson City MO 65101
Undercover filming of CAIR-sponsored strategy session at Missouri Muslim Capitol Day 4/10/13 Notice how their only focus is on the defeat of the anti-sharia bill that Missouri state legislators are working to make become law.
Faizan Syed, Director of CAIR-St. Louis, published to his website the idea of forming an Internet TASK FORCE to patrol the NET and report anyone who insults Islam/Mohammed be reported to authorities to be PROSECUTED under SHARIA LAW. It has since been scrubbed from the website but there’s a copy here. Copy and paste the link below because it will not direct link from here: http://ztruth.typepad.com/files/prosecuteantiislamwww-cair-stlouis-com-1.pdf
The minority Democrats effectively killed the Florida version of American Law for American Courts on its third try in as many years in the final days of the 2013 Legislature in Tallahassee. SB 58, Acceptance of Foreign Law in Certain Cases, was defeated on a procedural vote by the minority Senate Democrats: 25 Republicans to 14 Democrats. 27 votes were required to reach the required two-thirds margin to use the House version which passed the Florida House on April 18th, 79 Republicans to 39 Democrats.
SB 58 sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, Republican of Umatilla had a list of more than 19 cases involving foreign law that had been appealed in Florida courts.
WatchDogWire The final day of the session, the Senate version SB 58 was not called up at the option of the bill’s sponsor Sen. Hays as it would have required a unanimous procedural vote. If the Senate version had passed on a procedural vote on May 3rd it would have faced a daunting prospect with a required 2/3rds vote to bring up the Senate bill and a further 2/3rds vote to roll it to third reading on same day. That was mooted by the decision not to proceed in the Senate on the final day of the 2013 session.
(Hamas front group CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations and another radical Islamist group, United Voices for America, headed by notorious America-hater, Hamas and Hezbollah supporter, Ahmed Bedier, (videos below) who condemned the leaflets, as well as the legislation — even though the bill did not specifically reference Sharia or any religious law)
Whether because of a technicality as some allege or intimidation, the Senate leadership failed to address approval in the Senate Rules Committee, the final step in the hearing process that would have facilitated a successful floor vote on a simple majority basis. As a result of not being scheduled for a hearing in the Rules Committee, the procedural vote was required to approve the House version that failed by a two vote margin to pass. The House leadership had required only two committee approvals prior to.
We were warned two months ago that the Republicans did not have the super majority the party had in the 2012 Session when ALAC was poised to pass, but for a disagreement between outgoing former Senate President Mike Haridopolos and the Senate Sponsor of ALAC in Florida, Sen. Alan Hays. It is doubtful that a fourth try in 2014 will eventuate as it is an election year.
The Senate version, SB58 had been approved by three Committees but had languished in the Senate Rules Committee since April 9th until it was withdrawn from Judiciary just prior to yesterday’s debate on the bill. A groundswell of grass roots support for ALAC was launched in a campaign directed at the Florid a Senate leaders who received thousands of emails and phone calls to bring the measure up for a floor vote.
The opposition cabal included Muslim Brotherhood front groups, CAIR,United Voices for America and Engage USA who accused the measure of discriminating against Muslims and Sharia Islamic law when the bills never mentioned either and nor was there was a blanket ban on foreign law. Jewish groups like the ADL and NCJW who opposed SB58 misinformed Jewish Floridians that ALAC would threaten recognition of Jewish domestic law. These groups had entre to media outlets that assisted in conveying their objections in a classic disinformation campaign. They were definitively rebutted by the arguments of Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, Esq. and corroborated by an Israeli women’s legal rights expert at Tel Aviv University, Prof. Daphna Hacker.
While opposition groups may gloat about this legislative bollix, it was more of the usual legislative politics that resulted in failure of ALAC to pass on its third try in the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee.
Our commendation to both Sen. Hays and Rep. Metz for their dogged determination endeavoring to pass ALAC in Florida.
Radical Islamist Ahmed Bedier does his victory dance now. But this bill will be brought back in every session until we pass it.
Florida BNIers, be sure to contact the dhimmi politicians he mentions here and tell them what you think.
Ahmed Bedier’s anti-American, anti-white hate speech at Muslim Capital Day in Tallahassee 2012:
Democrats clearly have NO problem with allowing Sharia law to be considered in Florida Courts. Their position to oppose ONLY American laws in American courts is most likely NOT principled but political, trading sovereignty for a voting bloc.
Florida Family Association applauds Representative Larry Metz and Senator Alan Hays for their leadership in sponsoring the American Laws for American Courts legislation.