Now that knife crimes are soaring since Britain banned guns, police are urging people to turn in their knives

B-61MW2WoAAdVgcThe new Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife program is in full swing and police are telling us that they have joined forces with an already growing trend in the United Kingdom to ban ‘pointy’ knives. Police departments in Britain, urging people to give up their blades, including those from the kitchen, are literally advising people to NOT to become a victim by NOT defending themselves.

So, let me get this straight, “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” would have saved British soldier Lee Rigby’s life when he was savagely slaughtered in the streets of London by 2 Muslim terrorists with knives?

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Counter Current News (h/t Henry P) Lancashire Police tell us that an “amnesty” program began at the end of August, and “more than 800 knives have been handed in across the county – including swords, machetes and commando knives.” “The amnesty was extended for a further week owing to its success,” Lancashire Police representatives explained.

The Lancashire department explains that their “officers have now given their backing to a national initiative designed to raise awareness of knife crime and encourage the surrender of dangerous weapons.”

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In spite of the amnesty ending this week, police tell us that “people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter as well being able to drop them into the designated bins.”

Those bins will be in cities all over the U.K. as this call for people to turn in pointed knives continues.  “We are keen to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected so we have decided to keep the knife bins indefinitely,” Detective Chief Inspector Steve Dowson said.

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“While projects encouraging the surrender of knives are not a single solution to violence, they have an important role to play in inspiring communities to get behind education and preventative measures,” he added. “Such campaigns show a desire to address local concerns and Lancashire Police is keen to throw our weight behind them in support.

Researchers “consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen. None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.”

I bet ISIS just can’t wait to turn in their knives:

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Again, we remind our readers outside of the UK, that this is not satire, just another example of the government claiming they are here to protect us from ourselves.

Similar “logic”  has been offered by Homeland Security in the U.S., advising would-be victims at schools and offices to hide or throw cans of soup at active shooters.

Don’t be a victim:

If you feel you are in immediate danger from knife crime there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself:
• Move away from the situation towards a public place (shop, house, restaurant etc.) as quickly as possible.
• Make as much noise as you can.
• Instead of carrying a knife, carry a personal alarm.
• Don’t fight back.

• Bend over, put your head between your knees and kiss your ass good bye.

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British tourists condemn “rudeness” of British Foreign Office in wake of Islamic terrorist attack at Tunisian resort hotel where they were vacationing

Hey, it was YOUR decision to vacation in a MUSLIM country. You deserve no special attention or consideration after Muslim terrorists attack you.

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The Guardian  Survivors of the Tunisian massacre have criticised the initial Foreign Office response to the tragedy, with one describing its approach as “rude and ignorant.”

Witnesses described being left for hours in the aftermath of the shootings without information, while others said consular officials were slow to reach the scene of the slaughter, claiming that journalists had arrived at the site before them.

Two tourists who survived the attack

Two tourists who survived the attack

Conor Fulford, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said that in the chaos of the shootings, as he tried to find news of his mother, Sue Davey, the Foreign Office was so dismissive it left him dumbfounded. 

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Two more survivors

Fulford, who was staying in one of the hotels in Sousse where the attack took place, said: “They just said if they find any leads then they will let us know. I’m at a loss for words at the minute. It just comes across as rude and ignorant. It’s unbelievable.

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Other travelers  criticised tour operator Thomson’s response to the tragedy, saying that its office, close to the main entrance to the hotel Riu Imperial Maharba, one of the hotels involved in the shootings, had its door open but was deserted.

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Witnesses also described survivors sitting in groups at tables in the atrium, some crying and asking people about the fate of missing loved ones. On the terrace, tourists – some still in their swimsuits – sat around being served drinks by equally distressed staff. 

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We’ve not seen anyone from Thomson: I don’t know where they are,” said one Scottish tourist, who asked not to be named, on Friday night. As journalists arrived, some asked if there was any information on what they should do, or whether they could leave the hotel.

The body of a tourist shot dead by a gunman lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia

Survivor Glenn Whitehead had been concerned about security in Tunisia following the massacre of tourists in March at the Bardot museum in Tunis, so he contacted Thomson on the eve of his holiday and claims he was assured that security was fine.

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Whitehead’s concerns meant that he and and his wife Anita decided not to leave the hotel to visit Sousse town during their holiday, believing the hotel was well guarded. Anita said: “We haven’t seen anyone from Thomson. We’ve not been told anything.”

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She said they had stayed at the hotel the year before, and were comforted then by the sight of daily patrols by police on horseback along the beach. Yet this year, she said, she saw the patrol only once, shortly before the gunman struck.

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Despite being the premier location in Sousse, the Marhaba hotel had no armed police or security staff, effectively allowing the gunman to roam the beach and the hotel shooting people at will. Security forces took more than half an hour to arrive.

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Notice how Tunisia is not even included. Nice work UK Foreign Office

One Thomson official at the hotel, who did not want to be named, said: “The terrorists knew exactly what they were doing. This is the top hotel here. They knew the effect it would have.”

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WEEKLY STANDARD article will ‘condemn’ Israel for excessive civilian warnings in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) went too far beyond what is required to avoid civilian casualties in asymmetric conflict during last summer’s Gaza war,” some international legal experts say, according to an Israel National News report.

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IPT  The criticism comes in an article to be published Monday by the Weekly Standard. In it, Vanderbilt University adjunct law Professor Willy Stern reviews Israel’s actions after spending two weeks with the IDF’s international law department. The IDF made thousands of phone calls, dropped leaflets, and broadcast TV and radio messages urging Gaza civilians to flee an area before Israel would strike structures used by Hamas for military purposes.

“It was abundantly clear that IDF commanders had gone beyond any mandates that international law requires to avoid civilian casualties,” Stern writes. Its foes in Hamas went the opposite direction, urging terrorists to stay close to civilians, a manual that Israeli troops found in a Gaza neighborhood shows.

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“Hamas’s playbook calls for helping to kill its own civilians, while the IDF’s playbook goes to extreme​ – ​some say inappropriate​ – ​lengths to protect innocent life in war,” Stern’s article will say.

Other legal experts featured in the upcoming Weekly Standard article expressed concern that Israel’s exhaustive warnings create “an unreasonable precedent” for other democracies fighting terrorist groups.

“The IDF’s warnings certainly go beyond what the law requires, but they also sometimes go beyond what would be operational good sense elsewhere,” said Michael Schmitt, director of the Stockton Center for the Study for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College.

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At the G-7 Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moonbat blames ISIS, Boko Haram, and ‘Islamophobia’ as the root causes for ‘violent extremism,’ better known as Islamic terrorism

Moonbat’s ‘politically correct’ comments have been edited in red for clarity and accuracy: Moonbat: “I am increasingly concerned by the spread of violent extremist Islamic terrorist groups and the malicious and hateful Islamic ideologies that are fueling Muslim violence and terrorism around the world.”

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“…I AM AN IDIOT”

UN.org  From the deadly ideologies of ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq & Syria] and Boko Haram, to ‘Islamophobia,’ (the result of  intolerance and hatred inherent in Islam) this wave of intolerance and hatred is a serious threat to peace, development, human rights and humanitarian action.  The two most pressing issues we need to address are the underlying contexts and drivers of violent (Islamic) ideologies and the main threats that have emerged, such as foreign Muslim terrorist fighters.

During the last 15 years, most counter-Islamic terrorism efforts have been reactive, focusing largely on military and security measures.  This approach has often generated negative unintended consequences, further radicalizing disenfranchised Muslim communities. 

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Later this year, I will present a United Nations Global Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism Islamic terrorism to the General Assembly.  The Plan will propose ways to address the causes of violent extremism Islamic terrorism, including intolerance (by Muslims), Muslim governance failures and political, economic and social marginalization.

Addressing violent extremism Islamic terrorism demands a proactive, “all-of-society” approach that includes minorities, women and youth as partners.  The targeting of Muslim and non-Muslim women bears special mention.  With every attack and encroachment by violent extremists Muslim terrorists, the first targets are the rights of women and girls.

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Governments also have a particular responsibility to address the aspirations of youth, especially in Muslim countries where youth represent an increasing majority of the population.  Youth are the group most prone to Islamic radicalization and violent extremism Islamic terrorism. Most  foreign terrorist fighters are young Muslim males aged between 15 and 35.  But young people are also part of the solution to preventing violent extremism Islamic terrorism.  We all need to do a better job of engaging them.  Networks of young peacebuilders and activists confronting violent extremism Islamic terrorism will do more than any government programme.

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Violent extremism Islamic terrorism is a fundamental threat to all countries and people.  The international community’s response will be effective only through coordinated, multilateral action.  Such cooperation is especially important in addressing the financing of Islamic terrorism, the vulnerability of so many borders, and the foreign Muslim terrorist fighter phenomenon.

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We must also take special care not to exacerbate the problem. Undoubtedly, security measures and even military action may be necessary to address the real threats posed by violent extremists Muslim terrorists.  But when counter-Islamic terrorism efforts ignore the rule of law and violate fundamental Muslim rights — which they do far too often — they not only betray the values they seek to uphold, but can also end up further fueling more violent extremism Islamic terrorism.

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In many places, certain Muslim groups of society, or entire Muslim communities, are properly targeted by security forces — sometimes brutally and disproportionately.  The only real effect of such actions is to increase still further the levels of Muslim bitterness, Islamic radicalism and extremism within the target communities. 

Missiles may kill Muslim terrorists.  But I am convinced that good governance overwhelming military force by the West is what will kill Islamic terrorism. 

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Egyptian-American horse, American Pharaoh, won the Triple Crown because of Obama’s speech in Cairo?

One would think so, judging by Dan Pfeiffer of CNN’s tweet. Pheiffer is a former advisor to Barack Hussein Obama and was just hired to be a contributor to one of Obama’s favorite media outlets – CNN.

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“He said WHAT?”

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What you probably don’t know about Ahmed Zayat, the Egyptian-American ‘Muslim’ owner of the 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah

635691216415605147-USP-HORSE-RACING-BELMONT-STAKES-SCENES-73555958Ahmed Zayat made his fortune selling beer, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, in Egypt. He is a gradate of Yeshiva University in New York City, lives in New Jersey now, keeps Kosher, and is a member of an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Teaneck.

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NEW YORK TIMES  In 2006, Mr. Zayat introduced himself as a major player in horse racing with the $4.6 million purchase of a colt at the blue chip Keeneland September Sale. His passion was seeded at a riding club when he was a young boy in an upscale suburb of Cairo.

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The Zayats were a prominent family in Egypt — his grandfather Ahmed Hassan al-Zayat was a leading intellectual who founded Al-Risala, a well-known literary magazine. His father, Alaa, was a physician who taught medicine in Cairo and had been the personal doctor to President Anwar el-Sadat.

Mr. Zayat’s horse trading was financed by his proceeds from the sale of Al Ahram Beverages Company, the formerly state-held beer company that he had privatized, to Heineken for $280 million, or four times what he paid for it in 1997.

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First, Mr. Zayat had to take the idea of selling beer to Muslims to international investors in an effort to raise $70 million. It was not even good beer — its flagship brand varied from one batch to another, and a common joke was that it could power heavy machinery if there was no diesel fuel available.

Still, Mr. Zayat moved the company’s factory to solve a land dispute, and raised money for his acquisition by selling shares of the company on the London Stock Exchange rather than borrowing from banks. He also pioneered a line of nonalcoholic beers that appealed to the conservative Muslim country.

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It was this sort of forward thinking that led Mr. Zayat to name his $4.6 million colt Maimonides, after Moses Maimonides, considered to be among the greatest Jewish philosophers. As a Muslim, he said at the time: “I wanted to say something with the tool I had, which was a horse. I wanted it to be pro-peace, and about loving your neighbor.”

Students from Maimonides Hebrew Day School in Albany visiting Maimonides, a colt named for a Jewish philosopher.

Students from Maimonides Hebrew Day School in Albany visiting Maimonides, a colt named for a Jewish philosopher.

It also highlighted another complicated facet of his life. Publicly, Mr. Zayat alternately identifies as Muslim and Jewish. In fact, Mr. Zayat, who graduated from Yeshiva University, has given amply to Jewish causes. He lives with his wife and four children in a largely modern Orthodox neighborhood of Tudor and Victorian houses known as West Englewood in Teaneck, N.J.

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They keep kosher, arranging menus in advance at racetracks and, if they cannot locate a hotel close by, they stay in an R.V. and walk to the track, as they did at the Preakness Stakes, to avoid driving on the Sabbath.

“It’s a very wonderful, kind family — very active, very generous,” said Steven Pruzansky, his rabbi at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, one of more than a dozen Orthodox synagogues in Teaneck.

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When asked for clarification about his religion, Mr. Zayat said: “Why is it relevant, and why does it matter? It’s personal.”

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FIGURES! New York City anti-censorship event gets censored for offending MOOOSELUMS!

A New York City arts center has canceled a planned event intended to protest censorship after one of the scheduled plays, “Mohammed Gets A Boner,” was deemed too offensive to Muslims.

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Daily Caller  “Playwrights for a Cause” was scheduled to be held at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture on June 14, and was supposed to feature four short plays about censorship in art. In addition, revenue from the event was supposed to benefit the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Instead, the entire event has been canceled, thanks to one of the four entries. “‘Mohammed’ Gets A Boner” is a one-man performance by screenwriter Neil LaBute written specifically for the event. Its description makes it clear the play is intended to be somewhat shocking:

“The prophet “Mohammed” stands on a barren stage, recalling the first time he made love to a white woman. Is this reality or a theatrical convention? Where do the lines between ‘satire’ and ‘censorship’ intersect or is nothing sacred when it comes to the theater?”

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Not only is the play being canceled, but some media entities have been afraid to even name the play. The New York Times, which first reported the story, calls it “a new play … with a title making reference to ‘Mohammed.’”

LaBute has said that the Sheen Center was entirely within its rights to cancel the performance, but in a statement he also pointed out the irony of censoring an event intended to be about censorship.

“This event was meant to shine another light on censorship and it was unexpected to have the plug pulled, quite literally, by an organization that touts the phrase ‘for thought and culture’ on their very Web site,” LaBute said. “Both in life and in the arts, this is not a time to hide or be afraid; recent events have begged for artists and citizens to stand and be counted.”

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PRICELESS! King of Bahrain not only snubs Obama, he snubs him to attend a horse show in England

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The King of Bahrain has apparently blown off Barack Hussein Obama’s invitation to a regional security summit meeting in Washington DC to attend a horse show with Queen Elizabeth in London.

Politico  According to Reuters, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has elected to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which begins Wednesday, at Windsor Castle outside London.

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Obama had invited the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council nations — Bahrain, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia — to discuss regional security and other issues at a Camp David summit this week.

But Saudi King Salman announced Sunday that he would send a surrogate instead of attending himself, joining the leaders of the UAE and Oman, who have cited health concerns in their decisions not to attend. The Bahraini king’s decision not to attend was reported earlier this week, though his trip to the United Kingdom was first announced Wednesday.

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Analysts have pointed to a growing rift between the Obama administration and the Gulf’s Sunni states over the emerging nuclear deal with Iran as a chief reason for the snub, though the Saudi king, as well as his Bahraini counterpart, have denied such assertions.

Bahrain’s official news agency reported that the country’s foreign minister identified the horse show and subsequent meeting with the queen as “a longstanding prior engagement” that necessitated the king’s absence from the Camp David summit.

Looks like watching the Royal Windsor Horse Show pony steeplechase race is far more preferable to meeting with Obama.

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TAJIKISTAN: How does a government crack down on Islam when more than 90% of its population is Muslim?

tajikistanIn the ongoing battle of Tajikistan vs Islam, Islam seems to be losing, as the government has forced Muslim men to shave their beards, banned schoolgirls from wearing headbags, barred minors from mosques, shut down independent mosques, and forced thousands of students to return home from Islamic schools abroad, in a bid to stamp out Islamic extremism. 

Now, they are going after Arabic-sounding names.

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Tribune  Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon has repeatedly called for the strengthening of secular principles in the mostly Muslim country of 8.5 million. Videos portraying Tajik IS militants calling for jihad against the central government have emerged recently in the central Asian country, which has experienced something of a security vacuum dating back to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In what is seen as an extension in an anti-Islam campaign, Tajikistan is deliberating on a legislation that, if passed, would see ‘Arabic-sounding’ names for newborns banned in the Muslim-majority country. The drive has already resulted in men being forced to shave their beards and women who wear hijab being labeled as prostitutes. And new regulations are being considered about whom can travel to Mecca on hajj.

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As in the other former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the government of Tajikistan is fiercely secular while the people are mostly Muslim. Interfax reported that the CRA said in a press conference that only people over the age of 35 would be among those permitted to perform the annual pilgrimage (hajj) to the Islamic holy sites at Medina and Mecca this year

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has now directed his parliament to consider a bill that would restrain registration of names which are deemed to be ‘too Arabic’, said an official of the Ministry of Justice, Civil Registry department.

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has instructed the country's Parliament to consider a bill that would ban Muslim-sounding names in the former Soviet republic

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon has instructed the country’s Parliament to consider a bill that would ban Muslim-sounding names in the former Soviet republic

Official Jaloliddin Rahimov said, “After the adoption of these regulations, the registry offices will not register names that are ‘incorrect’ or ‘alien’ to the local culture, including names denoting objects, flora and fauna, as well as names of Arabic origin”. The move, however, may not remain confined to names of those born after the bill is passed. Some parliamentarian have reportedly demanded that citizens who have names that sound ‘Arabic’ should change them to ‘Tajik-sounding’ ones.

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Islam is the largest religion in the country with over 90% of the population Muslim. The secular government has been worried by what it perceives as rise of Islam in unprivileged and poverty-hit villages which it claims are fast becoming fertile grounds for militancy.

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The Diplomat Until last month’s parliamentary elections, when the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) Tajikistan was the only Central Asian state in which political Islam had representation. But in recent elections, IRPT lost all of its seats in government and the country’s official religious bodies have called for the IRPT to be banned, and some have suggested it should be labeled a terrorist organization.

The tightening grip of the state on Islam extends beyond politics. The State Committee on Religious Affairs (CRA) is responsible for overseeing and implementing laws relating to religion–including registration of religious groups, regulation of imports of religious materials, and oversight of mosques and churches. The Council of Ulema guides the Tajik Muslim community and while nominally independent, presents a state-approved version of Islam.

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The hijab has long been banned in schools, universities, and governmental offices. Now it seems the Islamic veil will not see the light of day, despite the fact custom dictates it is more important for women to wear it outside than inside.

Global Voices  Pressure on hijab-wearers began almost immediately after President Emomali Rahmon congratulated Tajik women on the occasion of Mothers’ Day (Tajikistan’s version of International Women’s Day) and called on them to wear colourful national dress rather than dark “foreign” clothes.

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The Tajik authorities accepted the signal. Soon after the speech, Tajik state TV made an improbable link between wearing the hijab and prostitution, while the Mayor of the country’s capital city Dushanbe issued an order for municipal authorities to dissuade women from ‘extremism’.  The Mayor of the second largest city, Khujand, demanded that the sale of “Iranian and Afghan” clothes be prevented, leading to inspections of shops selling Islamic clothing by police and tax officials.

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Now public eateries will be forced to sell alcoholic drinks. Recently, owners of some eateries say that authorities are forcing them to sell alcohol too and encourage customers to buy and drink it, in order to meet the tax plan. They were told that the state budget was being damaged because of the increase in the number of those who pray, and the decrease in the number of those who drink….

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MALAYSIAN MUSLIM CLERIC issues fatwa that wives must have sex with husbands even while riding a camel

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A Muslim cleric has issued a fatwa ordering a woman to agree to sex with her husband even if they are on the back of a camel, as he denounces the idea of marital rape as ‘made up by European people.’

UK Daily Mail  Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria claims that, according to the Prophet Mohammed, a wife can only refuse her husband sex if she is menstruating, sick or just given birth. Her right to say no, he asserted, was lost the moment her father handed her to her new husband.  

Zakaria told Malay Mail Online:  ‘Even the Prophet says even when they’re riding on the back of the camel, when the husband asks her, she must give. ‘So there’s no such thing as rape in marriage. This is made by European people, why should we follow?’  Unsurprisingly, his religious edict and outrageous comments have horrified many in his home country of Malaysia and beyond. 

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“Was it good for you, too?”

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