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Guess what’s probably behind the spread of Ebola in West Africa? (Hint: It begins with “I”)

imagesISLAMIC BURIAL RITUALS: Islam isn’t just at the heart of the threat posed by ISIS. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola. Washington and its media stenographers won’t tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can’t contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa.



Faith Freedom (By Paul Sperry  Many of the victims of Ebola in the three hot-spot nations there — Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as neighboring Liberia — are Muslim. Roughly 73% of Sierra Leone’s and about 85% of Guinea’s people are Muslim. Islam, moreover, is practiced by more than 13% of Liberians.

When Muslims die, family members don’t turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently. Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.


Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.

Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased “impure” and jeopardizes the faithful’s ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).

Dead girl

Before the body is buried, Muslims attending the funeral typically pass a common bowl for use in ablution or washing of the face, feet and hands, compounding the risk of infection. Though these customs are prescribed by Shariah law, they’re extremely dangerous and should be suspended. Mosque leaders must step in to educate village Muslims about the dangers of interacting with corpses.

Ebola victims can be more contagious dead than alive. Their bodies are covered in rashes, blood and other fluids containing the virus. “Funerals and washing dead bodies in West African countries have led, to a great extent, to spread the disease,” a World Health Organization spokeswoman recently warned.



WHO has issued an advisory to Red Cross and other relief workers in African Muslim nations to “be aware of the family’s cultural practices and religious beliefs. Help the family understand why some practices cannot be done because they place the family or others at risk for exposure.”

The document added: “Identify a family member who has influence with the rest of the family and who can make sure family members avoid dangerous practices such as washing or touching the body.” The warning appears to be falling on deaf ears, however.


Last month, Red Cross workers in Guinea were attacked by family members while trying to bury Ebola dead safely. In Sierra Leone, moreover, a family took Ebola-ridden bodies secured in body bags from the Red Cross, opened them up and exposed all members of the family to Ebola. They all contracted the disease.

The UN warns that if the spread of Ebola can’t be contained within 60 days, it could turn into a global plague. The West African infection rate is expected to jump from 1,000 a week to 10,000 a week.


Obama argues that suspending travel with these West African nations would do more harm than good.

But the practice of these religious customs is even more reason to do so. Even Saudi Arabia, the center of Islam, is now barring pilgrims from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from traveling to Mecca for fear of them bringing the virus into the kingdom.



Specially trained Ebola burial teams in Sierra Leone are often rejected by the Muslim community who insists on burying the dead in the  traditional  Islamic way.


Who are the 18% of Americans who still have a favorable view of Islam?

Nearly half of all Americans think that Islam is a more violent religion than others. ONLY half?


YouGov‘s latest research shows that 47% of Americans think that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence, while 34% say that Islam is about as likely as other religions to be violent. Older Americans are also far more likely than younger Americans to see Islam as violent. 63% of over-65s say that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence, compared to only 31% of under-30s.

People aged 30-44 are evenly split on the issue, while most (54%) people aged 45-64 tend to see Islam as violent. Republicans (69%) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (32%) to say that Islam is more encouraging of violence than other religions.


Most Americans (59%) have an unfavorable opinion of Islam, while only 18% say that they have a favorable view of the religion. Republicans (74%) have the most unfavorable view of Islam, while under-30s (32%) have the highest favorable attitudes towards Islam. 

Perceptions vary greatly as to how many Muslims sympathize with ISIS and Al Qaeda. 19% of Americans believe that most Muslims sympathize with the two extremist groups, while at the opposite end of the spectrum 31% believe that less than 10% of Muslims support ISIS and Al-Qaeda. 27% say that between 10% and 50% of Muslims around the world back the two groups.

Democrats are much less likely to say that significant numbers of Muslims support the two groups, with 43% of Democrats estimating that the percentage of Muslims that support ISIS and Al-Qaeda is under 10%, something only 20% of Republicans agree with. 


A 2014 study from Pew on the attitudes of Muslims around the world shows that support for extremist tactics varies greatly from country to country. 46% of Muslims in the Palestinian Territories think that suicide bombings on civilians in defense of Islam are ‘sometimes’ or ‘often’ necessary, compared to only 3% of Muslims in Pakistan and 5% in Tunisia. 

Full poll results can be found here.



Despite Obama’s ongoing support for ousted Egyptian president Morsi and his dissing of new Egyptian president al-Sisi, Egypt is thriving and Egyptians are feeling good about their future

Egyptians overwhelmingly support General Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi who ousted former president Mohammed Morsi and recently became Egypt's popular new president

Egyptians overwhelmingly supported General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who ousted former president Mohammed Morsi and recently became Egypt’s popular new president

The Egyptian public’s outlook for their future as well as their economy are starting to rebound and most have a lot of confidence in the new Egyptian government headed by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who along with the support of 33 million Egyptians, overthrew former president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood fascist government.

GALLUP (h/t Jim Y)  After a tumultuous year of political turmoil, violence, and at times international isolation (by the United States primarily), Egyptians seem to be turning a corner. The percentage of Egyptians who rate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” has been cut in half, dropping to 16% this June, one year after hitting a record high of 34%. At the same time, the percentage who rate their lives highly enough to be considered “thriving” has nearly doubled over the same time period, rising from 9% to 17%.


Gallup classifies people as thriving, struggling, or suffering according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10, based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, where 0 represents the worst possible life and 10 represents the best possible life. Respondents are classified as thriving if they rate their current lives a 7 or higher and their lives in five years an 8 or higher, and suffering if they rate both their current lives and their lives in five years a 4 or lower.

Since former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in 2011, Egypt has careened through a series of elated highs and devastating, at times violent, lows. They have said their lives are even worse than before Mubarak’s fall.


And, in the weeks leading up to the removal of their first democratically elected president in 2013, Egyptians gave some of the worst ratings they ever have. The fluctuations of hope and despair are evident in their evaluations of their own lives and starkly captured in other data gathered across this entire period.

Egyptians’ Economic Outlook Improving

Despite hopes that former President Mohammed Morsi would turn Egypt’s economy around, a record 80% of Egyptians described it as getting worse last June. This June, a majority of Egyptians (52%) told Gallup their national economy is getting better. These beliefs were stated before the announcement of the Suez Canal expansion project and its investment campaign, so Egyptians were likely expressing more of a hope for improvement than actual macroeconomic improvements. Not surprisingly, young Egyptians between the ages of 15 and 29 are the most cynical, with 47% saying the economy is improving, compared with 62% of those aged 50 and older.


Majority Shows Faith in Government

In this climate, it is not surprising that more Egyptians now express confidence in the current national government of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (70%) than the previous one of Hisham Qandil (29%). Qandil was also deposed last summer in the events that led to Morsi’s removal. Since the cabinet’s reshuffle just days after President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi assumed his post, media coverage has focused on Mahlab’s fast track on economic reform. The media have often depicted an exhausted Mahlab directly overseeing industry, security, and other government operations and processes.


Younger Egyptians remain slightly more skeptical in this area as well. While two in three young Egyptians (66%) are confident in their national government, the government gets support from 70% of Egyptians who are 30 to 49 years old and 81% among those aged 50 years and older.

President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has wide popularity and is fondly known as the lion of Egypt

President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has wide popularity and is fondly known as the lion of Egypt

Bottom Line

The Mahlab government’s public-facing approach to running the cabinet has seemed to pay off for now, despite the many challenges (including rolling electrical blackouts) that have brought some parts of the country to a standstill. Egyptians had hit rock bottom in the final weeks of the Morsi presidency. It remains to be seen whether this initial post-Morsi optimism will last, or whether Egyptians will once again turn on their elected leaders for failing to convince them that real solutions are on the way.

Millions of Egyptians protested against Obama because of his support for Mohamed Morsi

Millions of Egyptians also protested against Obama because of his support for Mohamed Morsi



If there is one thing that has become apparent, it is that Egyptian attitudes have proven fleeting. Despite the relatively positive outlook expressed in June, if the country does not make major headway on some of the underlying causes of unrest and social disenfranchisement, including unemployment, basic services, and financial and administrative transparency, the tide could once again shift strongly against the current leadership.




Rep. Michele Bachmann to Obama: “Islam is the problem and you need to declare war on it”

Michele-Bachmann-at-Value-Voters-Summit“Yes, Mr. President, it ‘is’ about Islam!” she said as the audience applauded wildly. At the 2014 Value Voters Summit, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that there is no such thing as “moderate” Islam, and that President Barack Obama failed the American people by deciding not to declare war on it. 

Raw Story  “In their fantasy world, being a smaller, diminished, less-powerful United States is somehow supposed to bring about global tranquility. “Well, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, we want our 1980s foreign policy back!” she shouted. “Peace through strength! Peace through strength! We don’t want your failed ‘Russian reset’! We don’t want four Americans dead in Benghazi!”

“Nothing will change the world more than your foolish lifting of sanctions on Iran as they are racing to complete nuclear weapons — and they will,” she said to Obama, “if you stay the course.”

Very sad that Bachmann is not running for re-election in the House this year. She should run for the Senate against that schmuck Al Franken.


FINALLY! A Western leader who declares that Russia is our best ally in the fight against Islamic terrorism

Nigel Farage UKIP and Vladimir Putin

Nigel Farage of UKIP and Vladimir Putin

The West must desist from its staunch opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy in Ukraine, and form an alliance with Moscow in order to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has said.

RT  Farage demanded the West stop antagonizing “the Russian bear”by poking him “with a stick”, and insisted President Putin is “on our side” in the global war against jihadist extremism.


The right wing MP called upon Western leaders to “grow up” and “recognize the real threat facing all of our countries, communities and societies.” It’s time for Europe to halt the geopolitical theatre in Ukraine, he warned, and prepare a plan like “like Syria, like Iraq, like Kenya like Nigeria” to deal with the real and substantive “threat that faces us.”

Farage sparked controversy earlier in 2014 when he publicly declared Putin to be the statesman he harbors the most admiration for.


In a European Parliament (EP) debate on Tuesday morning, the UKIP chief offered a sympathetic interpretation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Farage argued EU leaders had directly encouraged the uprising in the conflict-ridden state, which he says has predictably prompted a retaliatory reaction from Moscow.

Putin is also blamed by many Western leaders for prolonging carnage in Syria by supply Damascus with arms and military aircraft. He has also been criticized for repeatedly blocking attempts to sanction Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government via the United Nations.


But Farage argues these political differences must be cast aside so that Russia can join forces with multiple European nations to tackle IS and defeat the Islamic terror group. The UKIP leader warned we are living in tenuous times, with the West currently facing the greatest threat it has seen in over 70 years.

“The recent beheadings of the British and American hostages graphically illustrates the problem and of course we have our own citizens from our won countries engaged in that struggle too,” he said.


Farage suggested a litany of Western “foreign policy failures and contradictions” in recent years have unnecessarily provoked Putin, including the “bombing of Libya” and Western leaders desire to arm Syrian rebels. UKIP leader criticized the EU’s expansionist agenda, emphasizing EU powers “directly encouraged the uprising in Ukraine that led to the toppling of the president Yanukovych.”

Putin’s reaction was unsurprising, Farage concluded, who stressed “if you poke the Russian bear with a stick,” you should expect retaliation.



In case there’s anyone left who still believes Obama’s bald-faced lie about the “Islamic State not being Islamic…”

Force yourself to watch this. 

 Ban Koran

And when you’re done with that, watch this:


Obama’s “not Islamic” Islamic State Claim Ridiculed

IPT  Obama’s assertion Wednesday night that the Islamic State terrorist group “is not ‘Islamic'” is drawing derision from a number of quarters.

The claim, also made by Obama’s predecessors, is “preposterous,” Daniel Pipes wrote for the National Review Online. “To state the obvious: As non-Muslims and politicians, rather than Muslims and scholars, they are in no position to declare what is Islamic and what is not.”

Author Sam Harris, an atheist who challenges all religions, went further, dismissing Obama’s argument as a “scrim of pretense and delusion.”

“Which will come first, flying cars and vacations to Mars, or a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas—jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy—reliably lead to oppression and murder?” Harris wondered in an essay. “It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly—but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates ‘innocent’? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is ‘no.'”

But Obama’s argument echoes statements made by Muslim American leaders during a news conference Wednesday morning. “All of this is against the foundation and teaching of Islam,” former Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Mohamed Magid told reporters. He also is a member of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The Quran includes numerous passages encouraging violent jihad and inspiring hatred of non-believers, Harris notes. Robert Spencer offers specific examples here, and asks why the Islamic State has become such a magnet for wannabe jihadists if it was not seen as inherently Islamic.

But instead of acknowledging those verses and debating their modern application, the president used a nationally televised speech to act as if they do not exist. Harris blames “a large industry of obfuscation designed to protect Muslims from having to grapple with these truths.”

We saw that in action during Wednesday’s news conference at the National Press Club.

It’s a difficult sell, Pipes concludes, because of the clear theological statements and justifications Islamic State terrorists invoke for their brutality.

“Anyone with eyes and ears realizes that the Islamic State, like the Taliban and al-Qaeda before it, is 100 percent Islamic. And most Westerners, as indicated by detailed polling in Europe, do have eyes and ears. Over time, they are increasingly relying on common sense to conclude that the group is indeed profoundly Islamic.”




LEFT WING COMEDIAN BILL MAHER: “It’s naive and wrong to say Islam isn’t more violent than other religions”

Bill Maher is an outspoken atheist and critic of religion, but Islam in particular always sets him off. He sparred with Charlie Rose over his belief that Islam is far worse and more violent than Christianity.

Mediaite  Maher made it clear that “all religions are stupid,” but for anyone to say ISIS isn’t Islamic (like Obama did last night) is ridiculous, because “there is a connecting tissue.” He and Rose sparred over the “illiberal beliefs” held by a significant number of Muslims all over the world.


Well, well…the Left finally attacks one their own, Bill Maher, for his frequent take-no-prisoners rants about Islam