Three months after the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, the Islamic militant leader behind the abduction surfaced in a video Sunday with a defiant and dismissive message. “‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ Ooooh! Bring back our army,” he says on the video, jeering at the Nigerian military.
CBS News For 90 days the families of the more than 200 girls had hoped for good news. Instead, their hopes were met with scorn in a new video from Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau, who mocks the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.
The social media campaign quickly drew worldwide attention to the plight of the Chibok schoolgirls. But just as quickly, it faded from the global spotlight. And in that time Boko Haram has stepped up its terror campaign. In the new video, Shekau claims responsibility for a June bomb blast in the capital, Abuja, which left 21 dead.
After undergoing jihadist training in California, Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, found his victims by using ‘Grindr’ – an application popular among Gays for hooking up. Following his Islamic faith which calls for executing homosexuals, Brown murdered Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, in cold blood.
Detectives say Said was shot multiple times in the face at close range and also in the back, as was Anderson-Young. There was no evidence of a struggle, the victims were not armed, and there`s no evidence it was motivated by robbery, drugs or any other crime. While no motive has been listed in the charges against Brown, police believe the two men were attacked simply because their sexual orientation offended Brown’s Muslim beliefs.
In the charging documents, police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three spent 9mm shell casings inside Said’s car. The suspect is still at large.
What is that Muslims always tell us – there is no compulsion in Islam? A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in Allah. Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated by his Muslim relatives, despite being given a clean bill of health by a doctor.
Kano is a mainly Muslim state and adopted Sharia (Islamic law) in 2000. The IHEU says that when Mr Bala told relatives he did not believe in Allah, they asked a doctor if he was mentally ill. Despite being told that he was not unwell, Mr Bala’s family then went to a second doctor, who declared that his atheism was a side-effect of suffering a personality change, the group says.
The imam at the Pope Francis-arranged interfaith service at the Vatican went off script and read specific quran verses that speak to Islamic supremacy and the conquest of Christians and Jews.
The offensive comments, specifically Koran, 2:284, 2:285 and 2:286, were NOT presented to the Vatican in advance. The Vatican actually admits to this and attempts to mitigate the damage the imam tried to do by this piece of apologetics written by a Jesuit at a German language Vatican-Radio website. The sophistry is quite artistic in this. The Jesuit uses the clay-pot fallacy in a round about way here, saying that the imam didn’t really say that and if he did, its no different than when the last pope said something muslims didn’t like in 2006. So we should be ashamed that we even noticed it. READ MORE HERE
In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order.”
Independent The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy. To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises “participating in hostilities outside the kingdom” with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said.
On the positive side, last month further regulations were issued by the Saudi interior ministry, identifying a broad list of groups which the government considers to be terrorist organizations – including the Muslim Brotherhood.