Alabama: Board of Ed submits school kids to whitewashed Islamic history

Also known as dawah. via BOE approves textbooks critics charged were pro-Islam | The Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama state school board put to rest two controversial issues Friday and also placed the Selma school system on notice that the Alabama State Department of Education is planning an intervention.

With a pair of 5-2 votes, board members approved new social studies textbooks that had sections on religion some accused of being “pro-Islam” and a new math and language arts curriculum, which is based on Alabama’s College and Career Ready standards that pull somewhat from the controversial Common Core curriculum.

Fears of religious bias derailed an earlier vote on approval of new social studies textbooks.

Bice canceled a vote on the textbooks in early December when conservative groups in the state raised concerns about 12 books on the approved state list, which included more than 500 textbooks. They were concerned that the books were too pro-Islam and misrepresented some aspects of Christianity.

Specifically, the Eagle Forum and Act! For America sent letters to board members last month complaining that the books in question omitted references to Islam being spread by violence and don’t spend enough time on Christianity’s positives.

Bice said he had the textbook committee re-examine the books in question, and that he read them as well, before ultimately determining that they met state standards.

Betty Peters of Kinsey and Bell, from Montgomery, voted against approving the new books, and Bell introduced an amendment that removed the textbooks in question. That amendment failed.

“I don’t mind at all the teaching of other religions,” Bell said after the meeting. “I just want it to be presented fairly, and I don’t think these books measure up to that standard.”

Homeschooling is looking more attractive each day in Alabama. Or is it Allahbama?

Update: Birmingham conservative group not giving up fight against alleged pro-Islamic textbooks

Alabama: Five Muslims arrested in ring reselling stolen goods from Kroger, Publix

A sixth on the loose. Muhammad factor: 50%. via 5 convenience store employees charged with reselling items stolen from Kroger, Publix in Huntsville (photos) | AL.com.

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Huntsville police arrested five local convenience store employees and charged them with reselling items stolen from Kroger and Publix.

Investigators partnered with Kroger and Publix grocery stores for several months, investigating convenience stores that police say bought merchandise stolen from Kroger and Publix. According to police, this detail, combined with previous operations, resulted in a reduction of retail thefts for the two grocery stores.

Here are the convenience stores involved and the employees arrested:

Fuel City located at 2000 Whitesburg Drive

Mohammed Naderi Keshtakari, 68, and Mohammed Ali Naderi, 62, were both charged with second-degree theft of property and second-degree buying and receiving stolen property.

Mini Mart 2 located at 4302 University Drive

Sharif Ahmed Nasser, 30, Mohammad Reza Moradi, 53,were both charged with third-degree theft of property and second-degree buying and receiving stolen property.

Conoco located at 2014 Governors Drive

Hosein Eslami, 60, was charged with third-degree theft of property and second-degree buying and receiving stolen property.

Huntsville police also has active warrants for Fateh H. Alradi ,30, for buying and receiving stolen property and receiving stolen property at the All In One located at 2520 Oakwood Avenue.

Alabama: 15-year sentences for 2 American-born jihad plotting Muslims

via Judge imposes maximum 15-year prison sentences for Alabama-hatched terrorism plot | AL.com.

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MOBILE, Alabama – Citing a lack of remorse and a failure to renounce their intentions to commit violent jihad abroad, a federal judge Friday sentenced a pair of silent men to the maximum punishment for a plot hatched in Alabama.

Randy “Rasheed” Wilson and Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, both 26, will spend 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose said she read hundreds of pages of recorded conversations and intercepted emails from the defendants and searched for evidence that they were “just talking a big game.” And, she added that she had reserved judgment, hoping they would renounce their intentions.

“Unfortunately, there is no other reasonable conclusion that (their conversations) were for the primary purpose of committing violent jihad,” she said. “I don’t have to speculate about that.”

At one point, prosecutors had asked for two days for the sentencing hearing. In the end, the lawyers did most of their arguing through written submissions to the court, and the hearing was over in less than half an hour.

Each defendant rose individually to hear his sentence. Neither said a word or expressed any emotion. Wilson, sporting a longer beard than the one he had when authorities arrested him at the Atlanta airport last year, gave a slight smirk toward his family as federal marshals led him out of the courtroom. His relatives declined to comment after the hearing.

According to prosecutors, Abukhdair moved from his home in Syracuse, N.Y., to Egypt and struck up an online friendship with Wilson in 2010 centered on their extremist views of Islam. Wilson, a convert to the religion, is from Mobile and spent time in Birmingham as a child before returning home. He converted after his mother married a Muslim. He, himself, is married to a convert and has two young children.

Abukhdair moved to Mobile after Egyptian authorities arrested and deported him. The two spent months discussing the best country to move to in order to defend Islam, according to court records. They then tried to board a plane for Africa.

The FBI began monitoring them in 2011, using a pair of undercover agents posing as a married Muslim couple who had just moved to Mobile. The male agent approached Wilson at the car lot where he was working at the time. A “confidential human source” – someone who knew Wilson from the Mobile area – also fed information to investigators.

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Abukhdair was born in Syracuse on Oct. 3, 1987. Court documents do not say how long he lived in the area, but in 2007 he moved from the U.S. to Cairo, Egypt.

According to court documents, Abukhdair said that the purpose of Islam is to conquer the world with violent means. He suggested that he and Wilson could form “AQUSA” – al-Qaeda in the USA. He proposed seizing hostages in the U.S. and demanding the release of convicted terrorists.

Abukhdair and Wilson eventually decided to fight for Islam in Africa instead, and planned traveling to Mali, where they expected violence to break out. Abukhdair was arrested at an Atlanta bus stop on Dec. 11, 2012, as he prepared to fly to Morocco via Canada.

Alabama: Dead jihadi’s alma mater drops French for Arabic

via Arabic foreign language class at Daphne High teaches ‘a culture of hate,’ some parents say | al.com.

DAPHNE, Alabama — Daphne High School is offering Arabic language classes instead of French classes this fall, taught by Sanaa El-Khattabi, a former University of South Alabama professor.

The school had a staff position open after its French teacher retired, said Meredith Foster, Daphne High’s principal. “We had to make a decision to replace that foreign language unit,” she said.

School officials believe the class will help prepare students to succeed in a global economy.

But some Daphne residents are upset that the Baldwin County school system is permitting its students to learn what they call “a culture of hate.”

“When you teach Arabic, you have to teach the culture along with it,” said Chuck Pyritz, whose two sons, Isaiah, 17, and Isaac, 14, attend Daphne High. “The culture is intertwined with Islam.”

Pyritz cited the case of jihadist Omar Hammami, who grew up in Daphne, as a compelling reason that school systems should not offer courses in Arabic. “That’s another red flag for us,” he said.

Hammami, who attended Daphne High, but did not graduate, is believed to have been killed a few weeks ago by members of his former Somali Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.

“This is America, and English is our language, and while I understand the alleged premise of offering Arabic at our high school, I don’t agree with it,” said Michael Rife, who lives in Daphne. “It is not just another language; it is a language of a religion of hate. I’m concerned about our taxpayer dollars going to fund such a program, because I don’t believe it has a lot of foundational value.

“It just concerns me that we’re headed down a path of further eroding our society to a Muslim-based society, or Sharia law (the moral code of Islam), and I’m not willing to let that happen without … something to say about it.”

Pyritz was also disturbed, he said, after meeting with Baldwin school officials to voice his concerns and learning of plans to expand Arabic and other language course offerings in Daphne’s elementary and middle schools.

“They’re trying to indoctrinate our children with this culture that has failed,” he said. “…Why should we want to teach our kids a failed culture when we have a culture that has been successful? All we have to do is follow our Christian culture, which has brought this nation to the pinnacle of success. … I don’t see why they would want to teach this.”

Alan Lee, superintendent of the Baldwin County school system, said Daphne High, with an enrollment of about 1,400, includes students from 30 countries, and that offering Arabic is one of many ways that the school keeps an international focus and helps its graduates prepare for the global economy.

“If you look at the languages of the world, Arabic certainly would be one of the languages that I would want my own child to learn, because of the opportunities it would provide” in terms of careers and paths of study, Lee said.

If Lee wants to subject his children to Arabic and Islam that’s fine but he shouldn’t force it on other children. After all, what opportunities actually exist for Arabic speakers? Other than anti-terror jobs?

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Lee had this to say on the school website:

…all students need to graduate as bi-lingual students. This is not so that they can leave Baldwin County, Alabama or the United States, but so that our county and state become a Mecca for foreign companies, a place where they can find employees who can speak their language. Imagine the opportunities a graduate would have if they were fluent in German (ThyssenKrupp & Mercedes), Korean (Hyundai), or Japanese (Toyota).

Or Arabic (Jihad).

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Alabama: Muslim pleads guilty, talked of waging ‘jihad’ in United States

And if U.S. officials did not comply with their demands, the defendant said, “Well, at the very least, we kill them all.”mohammad-abukhdairjpg-e8882fb7e2b24bff

via Terrorism defendant pleads guilty in Mobile; talked of waging ‘jihad’ in United States | al.com.

MOBILE, Alabama – A Syracuse, New York, native pleaded guilty Tuesday to a terrorism charge, admitting that he moved here and discussed carrying out violent acts in the United States before settling on a plot to join a jihadist movement overseas.

Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, had been scheduled to go on trial later this year. On the day of his pretrial conference Tuesday, the defendant switched his plea to guilty.

Federal prosecutors have agreed to recommend a 15-year prison sentence for the charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. They will ask U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose to dismiss a passport fraud charge.

The plea comes four months after co-defendant Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, pleaded guilty in the case. Both men now will be sentenced in December.

Although the defendants ultimately agreed to fight for Islam in Africa, court records indicate that Abukhdair initially favored terrorism at home. At one point, during a conversation about AQI – al-Qaida in Iraq – Abuhkdair suggested he and Wilson would be AQUSA – al-Qaida in the United States.

“I don’t know if you guys understand the greatness of a jihad operation in the United States, man,” he told Wilson and an undercover FBI agent in February of last year, according to a partial transcript of the conversation.

Abukhdair told the agent that an Egyptian sheik was wrong to suggest that he give up jihad for a more peaceful form of proselytizing known as “dawah.” The goal of Islam, the defendant said, was to take over the world, and the means of achieving that goal was the sword of jihad.

The recorded conversations indicate that Abukhdair suggested taking hostages and demanding the release of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheik” implicated in a 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center; and Aafia Siddiqui, a scientist serving an 86-year prison sentence for assault with intent to murder investigators who were interrogating her in 2008.

“We just shoot it out with police,” Abukhdair said on Feb. 3 of last year, according to his plea document.

And if U.S. officials did not comply with their demands, the defendant said, “Well, at the very least, we kill them all.” Continue reading

Alabama mosque facing opposition alma mater of 3 indicted terrorists incl FBI’s Most Wanted

via Alabama mosque facing opposition to expansion plan – TimesDaily: State.

Dianne S. Howard opposes plans by the Islamic Society of Mobile to expand its mosque just feet from her home, yards away behind a wooden fence. Never mind that the dilapidated brick mosque, which is painted a pale yellow with white trim, is in visible need of an overhaul.

For one, she said, traffic that’s already bad during Friday afternoon prayers would only get worse if the mosque were enlarged. But her concerns like those of others in her neighborhood go beyond the number of cars that fill the parking lot.

Three men who had attended the mosque have been indicted on federal terror charges, Howard noted, including the son of the longtime president. And young men seem to argue a lot in the parking lot after services, she said.

Additionally, an Alabama man and a New York native who once attended the mosque were indicted in Mobile on charges of trying to leave the country to join Omar Hammami for jihad in Africa, where he is believed to be living. One, Alabama-born Muslim convert Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, already has pleaded guilty to providing material support to terror by trying to leave the country to fight for Islam; Syracuse, N.Y.-native Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair is awaiting trial.

Shafik Hammami, the father, helped FBI agents in the investigation of his own son, Omar said, and the mosque’s imam has spoken out against Omar Hammami, calling him am “outlaw.”

The mosque, one of a half-dozen Islamic congregations in metro Mobile, has never before faced community opposition, Omar said. And it’s not planning to move.

“We have no plans to leave,” he said. “We have been here a long time.”

Behind every jihadist is an imam.

We noted just last week that the Father of the Most Wanted Terrorist Wants a Bigger Mosque in Residential Neighborhood. As we noted there, it’s another home converted into a mosque – a zoning practice reserved for Muslims and defended vigorously with taxpayer money by Obama and Eric Holder.

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Alabama: Imam arrested in prostitution sweep pleads guilty to loitering (with prostitutes)

But you’d never know by Kelsey Stein’s title to the article unless you read our previous post Alabama imam arrested in prostitution sting. Muhammad Mosque #69. 

via Birmingham minister arrested in prostitution sweep pleads guilty to disorderly conduct | al.com.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A Birmingham minister arrested last year in a Woodlawn prostitution sweep pleaded guilty this week to disorderly conduct, court records show.

Tremon Muhammad, 37, was one of 35 people arrested in November for soliciting for prostitution.

He later was charged with loitering, which is a violation. According to Alabama law, violations are less serious offenses than misdemeanors and felonies.

Muhammad’s trial was set to begin Monday before Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Lichtenstein.

Instead of going to trial, Muhammad pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, and was fined $350 with no jail time.

Muhammad’s attorney Frank Ball declined to comment on the case.

At the time of his arrest, Muhammad was a student minister at Birmingham’s Muhammad Mosque 69. He has spoken out against allegations of police brutality and often attended anti-violence rallies.

Off topic but related, a Muslim soccer star is on trial for ‘sex with underage prostitute’ too.

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