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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Modern day Esther probably saves plane and hundreds of passengers from certain death

22-year-old Jewish woman, Mussie Weinfeld from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, made a huge fuss on the plane when she suspected a malfunction with the aircraft moments before takeoff from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, causing fellow passengers and airline personnel to suspect she was a nutcase.

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Israel National News (h/t Shoebat Weinfeld was scheduled to return to New York  from Israel where she had spent Passover, with a stopover in Moscow on Russian airline TransAero. She boarded her flight at Ben Gurion Airport and was seated at the window, according to Crown Heights info.

Moments before takeoff, she realized that something was not right with the wing and heard noises that she believed were not regular noises. She first brought this to the attention of the passengers seated beside her, who in turn laughed it off and said it was just noise from the engines.”

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Not deterred, she persisted, unbuckling her seatbelt and standing up. The flight attendants, who themselves were already seated and buckled in, instructed her to return to her seat. When she told them her concerns about the plane they too laughed at her. She insisted that she will not fly on the plane if they didn’t check it out.”

After shouting and threatening her, airline officials finally relented and went to investigate her concern. After returning to the gate, a ground crew began checking over the airplane. At first they said it would be 45 minutes, but nearly two hours later they removed all the passengers from the aircraft, telling them that it did indeed require repairs.

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An additional three hours later, the passengers were notified that a replacement plane would be necessary, since the problem was far more severe than originally discovered. Passengers were sent home and told to return the following day.

The issue was so severe that the plane, a Boeing 767, had to be grounded due to the fact that it could have had a mid-air emergency that would have threatened the lives of all those on board, airline officials explained.

Update: The Israeli Airports Authority responded to our request for comment after publication with the following statement: “Shortly before takeoff the pilot requested to return to the gate due to a technical issue, after checking it was decided to keep the plane in Israel for service.”

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SAUDI CHUTZPAH!

Saudi officials are demanding that Canadian politicians put a a stop to Canadian media who condemn Saudi torture of a pro-freedom, anti-Islam Saudi blogger, which they claim interferes with Saudi internal affairs.

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First Cornell, now Barry University caught endorsing a student campus club with the goal of raising money for the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group

Administrators at Barry University, a Catholic university in Florida, agreed to help a student start a campus club that would send money and supplies to the Islamic State (ISIS). The only reservation they had was with the name, which they suggested changing.

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UK Daily Mail  Barry University is a prestigious south Florida institution whose alumni include the current Prime Minister of Haiti and the current Attorney General of the Bahamas.

The video is from  Project Veritas, a conservative ‘guerilla film-making group’ that last week captured a Cornell University dean agreeing that ISIS and Hamas would be welcome at the Ivy League school.

Hidden camera footage released Monday morning shows officials and faculty at Barry University advising a senior – identified only as ‘Laura’ – about the best way to secure funding for a club she called ‘Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.’

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‘I want to start fundraising efforts on campus, and what I want to do is raise funds to send overseas,’ she told Derek Bley, the school’s Coordinator for Leadership Development and Student Organizations. Bley offered to help her create the organization and agreed with her request to ‘pass out Islamic State flags and educate people’ at an annual student ‘Festival of Nations’ fair.

Barry University, based in Miami Shores, has received more than $112 million in federal grants and contracts, and another $109 million from Florida taxpayers since 2000, Project Veritas said Monday, citing figures from OpenTheBooks.com.

The school’s mission statement says ‘all members of our community’ must ‘accept social responsibility to foster peace and nonviolence.’ Yet Bley was enthusiastic about Laura’s terror-funding venture. ‘We’re not here to limit people and their clubs, he said. ‘If there a demand or a need, or an interest that students have to do this, we’re here to support that.’

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Laura put the murderous ISIS army’s credentials front-and-center. ‘They are terrorists,’ she told Bley, ‘but, like, we’re trying to help them. We’re trying to, like, educate them and give them funding so that they don’t have to be impoverished and get involved in acts of violence.’

‘You should create jobs and help promote education in the Islamic State,’ she added later, ‘because that’s what helps reduce terrorism.’ That was a subtle jab at U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf, who said last month on MSNBC that ‘we cannot kill our way out of this war’ with ISIS, we need to help them find jobs.’

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At one point Laura expanded her fictional club’s mandate to include providing paper and pencils to the ‘widows and orphans’ of dead ISIS jihadis. Another part of her pitch to college officials was a mission that included providing flashlights to ISIS fighters and their families.

‘A lot of the facilities have been destroyed’ in Iraq and Syria, she said, ‘so there is not a lot of electricity and power.’ ‘A lot of the fighters, they can’t see at night, you know?’ she continued. ‘So, like, people are attacking them and they can’t see at night. And because they are so poor, like, they don’t have night vision and stuff.’

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The only objection Laura encountered was related to the group’s proposed name. ‘The only thing, as far as the name [goes],’ she heard from Frederique Frage, the university’s associate director of international and multicultural programs, is that ‘technically our country is at war with ISIS’. Frage was quick to add: ‘I am not saying that – at all – ISIS represents Islam.’

Another multicultural program administrator, Daisy Santiago, chimed in that Laura should rename her group ‘Students in Support of the Middle East’ – ‘as opposed to having the ‘ISIS’ [name].’

CORNELL UNIVERSITY also supported an ISIS club:

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“Nothing says let’s go kill some Moooselims like country music,” says MSNBC guest

During a conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, Ebony Senior Editor, Jamilah Lemieux, opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music.”

Mediaite  While co-panelists Joan Walsh and Michael Steele could be heard laughing at Lemieux’s remark, guest-host Melber responded: “Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?” A few minutes later the MSNBC host apologized for her inappropriate remark.

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PHEW! CIA DIRECTOR John Brennan is reassuring the world that the Islamic State (ISIS) momentum has been virtually halted

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CIA director John Brennan on Sunday gave an optimistic assessment of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State, saying that the terrorist group’s expansion has been “blunted.”

Washington Examiner  “Clearly, ISIS momentum inside of Iraq and Syria has been blunted, and it has been stopped,” Brennan said in an interview with Fox News, using another name by which the Islamic State is known.

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“They are not on the march as they were several months ago,” he said. “And so, our working with the Iraqis and the Iraqis now trying to push back against it, it is having some great, I think, progress.”

The U.S. has been engaged in a campaign against the Islamic State using air power and training regional forces to engage Islamic State militants.

ISIS starting to gain a foothold in Afghanistan:

Groups affiliated with the Islamic State, however, have branched into North Africa in recent months, and took responsibility for terrorist attacks this week in Yemen and Tunisia.

Brennan acknowledged those gains by the Islamic State, saying that the U.S. “cannot relent” in working with regional partners against the terrorists.

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But he defended his past comments in 2012 that the U.S. had Al-Qaida on the run, saying that the Islamic State is a new and separate phenomenon.

“There was no sense that I think either I or the president or others gave to the American people that terrorism was going away,” Brennan said. “But we’ve made great progress against a lot of these groups that had plans in place to carry out attacks.”

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Despite his assessment that the Islamic State’s progress had been stopped, Brennan still placed the group equal to Iran in terms of the threat it posed the U.S.

Earlier this week, former CIA director David Petraeus warned that Iran’s influence, not the Islamic State, was the greater threat to stability in the Middle East.

ISIS stages a deadly terrorist attack in Yemen:

Brennan stopped short of agreeing with that assessment, and also said that Iran was not an ally against the Islamic State. “I wouldn’t say that Iran is an ally right now,” he said.

“The Iranians are pursuing their interests inside of Iraq, some of which include efforts against Daesh and preventing that phenomenon from growing,” Brennan said, using another name identifying the Islamic State.

ISIS has its eye on Europe next:

 

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