Global Mosque Report (USA): May 2014

A new series over at Gates of Vienna. Each report is significantly longer than what is below covering all countries, however we’ve excerpted only the activity in the United States.

seattle-mosques

Seattle area mosques

Global Mosque Report: February 2014

This is the latest in a series of monthly reports by our British correspondent JP on the progress of worldwide Islamization, as represented by the building of mosques, and activities associated with mosques.

USA

California

Report on the $1.8 million, 18,000-square-foot, two-storey Islamic centre and mosque complete with minarets being erected in West Modesto.

Colorado

The Islamic Center of Fort Collins will host an open day on 1 March at its new mosque which features a 70-foot minaret and 50-foot dome, both topped with crescent moons.

Idaho

A variance request hearing ostensibly to focus on parking and public safety concerns over a proposed mosque in Pocatello was instead dominated by discussion of religious freedom and fear of Islam.

New Jersey

Traffic concerns of fire officials over the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal were considered by Bernards Township planning board, but deemed legally irrelevant.

At a Bridgewater planning board, Yassir Abdelkader, president of the Al Fatah Center, spoke on behalf of his proposal to convert the former Redwood Inn into a mosque. He assured residents that there would be no services outside the mosque and no calls to prayer from the proposed mosque’s minaret.

Tennessee

Report that the lawsuit arising over Murfreesboro mosque approval has already cost Rutherford County $343,276, and the amount is expected to rise.

Global Mosque Report: March 2014

USA

Arkansas

In Lincoln a group of young Bosnian and Middle Eastern immigrants raised nearly $200,000 to purchase a long-empty church and convert it into a mosque.

California

Jamaal Diwan, imam at the Islamic Center of Irvine, interviewed by Orange County Weekly. A convert, his love of basketball and hip-hop led him to Islam.

Michigan

‘Questions about Islam’ event held at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center. “The main goal is to achieve a sense of understanding between those who practice Islam and those who do not,” said Farhan Igbal, a student at Western Michigan University.

New Jersey

Bernards Township: Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal met opposition from neighbours concerned about lights, noise, and traffic. Further hearings scheduled to take place in April and May.

Burlington County Muslim Association proposed a 22,745-square-foot building to house a mosque, elementary school, and day care center in Delanco.

United American Muslim Association Inc. filed an application to convert one of Clifton’s oldest buildings, erected in 1740, and latterly a funeral parlour, into a mosque.

New York State

North Side Learning Center purchased Holy Trinity Roman Catholic church in Syracuse for conversion into a mosque to be named ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam). A petition was lodged with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove crosses from the steeples and grounds as these are not in line with the ‘worshipping practices’ of the new tenants.

Ohio

Shakila Ahmad became the first woman president of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in its eighteen-year history. The mosque sees up to 3,000 Muslims involved on holy days, and there are an estimated 25,000 Muslims in the region.

Tennessee

Memphis Islamic Center to launch the first of three phases required for the construction of a $6.5 million, 63,144-square-foot rabat in Shelby County this summer. In October 2012, World Relief Nashville/Memphis was awarded a Preferred Communities grant by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Virginia

State delegate Alfonso H. Lopez defended his praise of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church after being rebuked by counter-terrorism officials and media for sponsoring a successful resolution at Virginia’s General Assembly commending the center.

Global Mosque Report: April 2014

USA

New York State

Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board voted to approve a request by an Islamic group called the Northside Learning Center to remove crosses from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The group plans to turn the former church into a mosque.

Tennessee

All of Rutherford County’s Circuit Court judges eligible to hear the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro cemetery lawsuit recused themselves, according to court records.

Washington

Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque.

Global Mosque Report: May 2014

USA

 Iowa

One of the founding members of the Clinton Islamic Center, Dr. Anis Ansari, elected president for the fourth time in the past twelve years.

New Jersey

Bridgewater residents jeered and disputed traffic expert testimony that suggested the proposed Al Falah Center mosque development would not have a negative impact on local traffic. The next planning board meeting at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School is scheduled for 30 June.

New York State

Report on plans by the Islamic Society of Central New York to build a $1 million mosque-community center on land it owns on East Seneca Turnpike in the town of Onondaga. “Our numbers are growing — we need more space,” said society President Mohamed Khater.

Oklahoma

A federal appeals court ruled that a Christian police captain from Tulsa was rightfully punished for refusing to enter a mosque for a police appreciation ceremony.

South Carolina

The Islamic Center of Columbia, also known as Masjid al-Muslimiin, held a ‘Share Islam Day’ for those interested in the area’s diverse spirituality.

Tennessee

Senior Judge Paul Summers of Davidson County appointed to hear a case over a county-approved cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after all other judges in Rutherford County recused themselves from the matter.

Washington

Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque on empty land near Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters.

 

JP at Gates of Vienna and all our readers can also refer to our “mosque” category to see all posts about mosque activity.

 

An American Child Kidnapped in Accordance with Sharia

One of many.

by Jerry Gordon  (March 2014)

One of horrors that have confronted American women who naïvely marry Saudi men is the possible risk of having children of those marriages kidnapped following divorce in accordance with Sharia and removed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are estimated to be in excess of 1,000 such cases. A few have been featured in investigative reports on CBS 60 Minutes and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Frequently American wives of Saudis and other fundamentalist Muslims are physically abused and maltreated under Sharia.  We saw that in our interview with American feminist Phyllis Chesler about her experience following a marriage to an Afghan Muslim husband educated in the West upon her arrival at the family compound in Kabul. See The New English Review Flight from an Afghan Seraglio and An American Feminist Fighting Sharia: an Interview with Dr. Phyllis Chesler (January 2014).

In the current debates in state legislatures over consideration of American Laws for American Courts, legislators often ask, “is this legislation really needed to address foreign laws and doctrines” that intrude on the fundamental Constitution Rights of American citizens? Often cited are cases that have recognized Sharia doctrine in state appellate and lower courts. Illustrative of the compelling need for such protections are the numerous incidents involving spousal abuse of American wives and kidnapping of children in divorce cases, where under Shariah, the Muslim ex-husbands can exercise rights to remove their children even though doing so may violate US criminal laws.

Heidi  McClain al-Olmary at 5 years old

Heidi McClain al-Olmary at 5 years old

Heidi McClain age progression Pictures 1997 to 2010

Heidi age progression picture at 18 years old

Last September during a presentation I gave before an ACT! For America chapter in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I encountered Professor Margaret McClain, then on the faculty of Arkansas State University (ASU). She has since retired after 30 years at ASU. In the late 1980’s Professor McClain was a faculty member teaching English as a Second Language in a special program for Saudi Students entering ASU. She had been recently widowed and met a Saudi graduate student, a Computer Science major at a university event. Thus began what eventuated in an exploitative marriage that produced a child, Heidi. McClain suffered frequent physical and psychological abuse during the marriage at the hands of her Saudi husband for her refusal to  be compliant. That led to a divorce and custody of Heidi granted to Professor McClain under Arkansas law. Upon Professor McClain’s subsequent marriage to an American following the divorce, her Saudi ex-husband conspired with a more compliant American convert to Islam to kidnap and remove Heidi, then five years old, to Saudi Arabia.

Professor McClain was one of several American wives with Saudi ex-husbands who abducted and removed children to Saudi Arabia in violation of state, federal and international parental kidnapping laws. These women testified about these cases before Congrees during the 107th Session. The US State Department  had set up the Office of Child Issues  to deal with complaints and conduct investigations of such abuses. Media stories sparked by 9/11 led  the US. House of Repesentatives Government Reform Committee, then chaired by former Indiana Republican Dan Burton, to hold five days of hearings from June to December 2002. The Committee published a final report, Investigation into Abductions of American Children to Saudi Arabia. In one instance, the Committee heard from a 16 year old daughter of a Florida woman, Dria Hernandez-Davis, about her experience of living under difficult circumstances and her remarkable escape and rescue. A rescue privately financed with $200,000 in bribes provided by her grandmother who refinanced her home to obtain the necessary funds. The US State Department Office of Child Issues and the US Embassy legation in Riyadh appeared to have offered little assistance to rescue these children.

Professor McClain consented to tell her story about the kidnapping of her American daughter, Heidi, by her Saudi ex-husband to alert other Americans as to the dangers of Shariah law sanctioning spousal abuse and criminal violations of US laws against kidnapping. Heidi is now 21 years old. Professor McClain last visited her six years ago under intense restrictions in Saudi Arabia. Only her older daughter Roxanne by a prior marriage has had periodic contact with Heidi in Saudi Arabia.

Watch the video or read the interview transcript at New English Review. Excerpt below:

McClain:  Al-Omary told me on our wedding day, to my great shock and horror, that since I was now his wife, I would have to cover my head with a veil. Not wishing to argue, I think I countered with some excuse that I would not be seen teaching in front of a class wearing a veil. I believe I also mentioned that I could be fired for covering up. Al-Omary was a freeloader and I was his sole source of support while he was a student. He knew if I lost my job, he might actually have to go to work. Many of his attempts to control me were subtle or psychological torture. The idea was to beat me down and try to make me submissive to him. For example, one day he came home without his car; he announced that he had sold it because he needed the money. Soon, he started chauffeuring me around – to school, shopping, etc. It seemed that he gradually spent more and more time away from home (mostly with his buddies at the mosque), and I was left without a car. One weekend, the temperature was in the 90s and he took off to the mosque in Memphis, leaving Heidi and me without transportation. I had to get something from the store, probably diapers or formula, so I walked the three blocks, carrying Heidi in my arms. When I returned home, I found that I had locked myself out and I just sat down on the front step and cried. I pulled myself together, left Al-Omary a note, and ordered a taxi to take us to a motel. Hours later Al-Omary showed up at the motel. I was so upset that I sent him home because I wanted to spend the night away from him. He just laughed because he was a sadist and enjoyed seeing others’ pain. From that point on, I took back control of my car keys and my car, reminding him that he was endangering his daughter’s life by his selfish behavior.

Gordon:  What precipitated your divorce from Mr. Omary?

McClain:  When Al-Omary gradually realized that I was not going to be as easy to convert as he had thought, he gradually became more and more abusive. His religious activities increased, and he was elected Assistant Director of the Jonesboro Islamic Center. He brought home loads of terrorist literature, which he expected me to read. When I questioned some of the ridiculous statements in the brochures, he yelled and even slapped me. I had broken bones on several occasions, and when I became pregnant again, I suffered a miscarriage due to a beating. Heidi was one year old at this time. That was almost the last straw. The last straw occurred when I was backing out of my driveway to take Heidi to her day care center. Al-Omary was running all around my car, kicking at the windows to make me stop. He was a karate expert, six foot three, and about 240 pounds. When he went to the back window and started kicking inches from Heidi’s face where she was sitting in her car seat, I had to stop the car to save my child’s life. I was envisioning glass shards all over her; it was clear to me that he could have killed or blinded her. Al-Omary was livid because I had removed Heidi from the care of a Muslim woman, whom I found sleeping while my daughter was climbing the stairs. She had left her eight-year-old in charge of all the babies. My only concern was to protect my daughter.

At another point, my uneasiness about Al-Omary’s stated desire to keep his green card and work in the US had increased. I realized that he had lied under oath to an immigration official to obtain his green card, thus committing immigration fraud. I began to feel like an accomplice, like I was used – to help him obtain immigration, to be the breadwinner…

It’s very reminiscent of this 2013 post, Interview with female victim of love jihad in America (audio).

Arkansas: SCOTUS allows bin Laden-praising, throat-slitting convict to keep sharia beard while contesting policy

This pious Muslim convert also threatened jihad on jurors, served prison time for threatening President George W. Bush’s daughters and wrote to jailers promising a deadly “jihad” inside the courtroom should “the verdict in my trial go south,” among other things. via U.S. justices say inmate can keep beard while contesting policy – chicagotribune.com.

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said an Arkansas prison inmate should be allowed to maintain a beard while he contests the prison’s grooming policy.

In an unusual order, the court said that Gregory Holt, 38, should be allowed to grow a beard of up to one-half of an inch in length in accordance with his Muslim beliefs.

The court was responding to a handwritten request filed by Holt, who recounted his lengthy and unsuccessful attempt to fight the grooming policy.

Holt is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery at the Varner Supermax prison, according to the Arkansas
Department of Correction’s website.

The Supreme Court’s order said Holt could keep his beard while he files a petition with the court seeking review of a June appeals court decision that went against him.

As linked above, “Holt also wrote how he wasn’t bound by American laws, but only recognized the Shariah law of Islam.” Apparently SCOTUS agrees with him, for now.

Arkansas: School teaches ‘fundamentals of Islam’ to students on 9/11 (video)

Last week we posted this: Arkansas Teacher tries to sneak Muslim speaker in to class on 9/11.

In that instance, parents spoke up and didn’t allow their children to be brainwashed with Muslim propaganda on the date that Muslims attacked and killed 3,000 Americans. Then killed four more on the same date 11 years later in Benghazi.

Elsewhere in Arkansas, on 9/11, a lesson was planned, delivered and done so without any notification to parents. Watch, via LOOK UNDER THE BURKA OF ISLAM: SCHOOL GIVES STUDENTS “FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAM” LESSON ON 9/11.

Again, the media glosses over the fact that this is Islamic proselytizing on 9/11.

The school stands behind the teacher and her 9/11 dawah lesson however they were too cowardly to go on camera or name the teacher. Contact the school officials and let them know how you feel. A full list of teachers available here.

Fountain Lake Middle School Staff

501-701-1730

Administration:

Janaskie, Frank                 fjanaskie@flcobras.com              Principal

Campbell, Steve               scampbell@flcobras.com             Assistant Principal

Hot Springs, Arkansas – about an hour southwest of Little Rock.

Arkansas: Teacher tries to sneak Muslim speaker in to class on 9/11, parents revolt (video)

More insane dhimmitude and cowardice. Protect your children!!! via hobotzcarandco

Again, note the sneaky manner in which a teacher invites a Muslim to proselytize impressionable young kids ON 9/11! Without even telling the parents! And note how the media focus on those who sympathize with Muslims.

Contrary to the grandmother’s opinion, she should preach her understanding meme to Muslims and see how that works out.

It was only 30-some miles away in 2009 that another Muslim waged jihad in Little Rock, Arkansas shooting up an Army recruiting base killing one and wounding another. The Sister of professed jihadi says he changed after converting to Islam. Another foreign-funded Muslim group in Little Rock was planning a Muslim-only enclave in the area back in 2006. But we should just understand them and let them preach to our children?

So who was the Muslim speaker? What Islamic group(s) is he a member of? What mosque does he attend? Has the school vetted him and his level of adherence to sharia law? Is he part of the separatist group mentioned above?

Despite the cancellation, it appears only temporary. That’s right, the Muslim dawah has been RESCHEDULED.

Contact info for respectful communication:

Haynes, Brenda
Position: Superintendent of Schools

Email: BrendaHaynes@sheridanschools.org

870-942-3135

Arkansas: Muslim Teacher Loses Case, Vows to Continue Legal Jihad

via Mark Leon Essex Smith, Arkansas Teacher, Loses Case Against District Claiming Religious Discrimination.

An Arkansas teacher has lost a case he lodged against the Watson Chapel School District for religious discrimination, a hostile work environment and retaliation.

Hijacking African garb for Islamic purposes?

Mark Leon Essex Smith filed a lawsuit against the district last October after he said he was discriminated against for his Muslim faith. According to the complaint, Smith arrived at Watson Chapel Junior High School in September 2010 wearing a dashiki — a colorful West African garment — and Muslim headwear kufi in observation of Eid al Fitre, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

When school Principal Henry Webb asked Smith to go home and change his clothes, citing “unprofessional” attire, the teacher complied under the assumption that his current dress was in violation of school policy. Smith later filed a grievance to the district — that was declined by district officials — upon discovery that the school dress code merely states that “the drew and grooming of all certified personnel should be appropriate for the professional duties performed.”

Smith claims that in retaliation for filing a grievance against the school to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he was reassigned from his position. The teacher adds that he was forced to work through lunch, without added pay, for 92 days. The suit claims he is owed $1,486 plus interest for the unpaid hours.

But the district argues that because Smith’s faith does not require the attire, there is no case for discrimination. Officials also say that the district adheres to a strict neutral policy that backs away from taking public positions on political candidates, parties or theologies, the Pine Bluff Commercial reports. District officials also contend that Smith was reassigned for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons and his salary remained the same, thus suffering “no adverse employment action.”

The jury found the case in the district’s favor on all three theories of religious discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation, following a three-day trial. District Superintendent Danny Hazelwood told the Pine Bluff Commercial that the district “really did nothing wrong.” But Smith says he’s not giving up.


A spectacle for all the students and community to see as opportunist Muslim (convert) victimhood slash dawah continues.

Obama’s First Terrorism Cover-up: Little Rock, Ark. Recruiting Center Attack

We covered this even many times (Feds ignoring Arkansas jihad case and local prosecutors are treating jihadi as just another street thug), check the archives.

via Obama’s First Terrorism Cover-up: Benghazi in Little Rock.

In 2009, Carlos Bledsoe, a Bible Belt Christian converted to Islam and murdered Andy Long, a U.S. Army soldier, in Little Rock. The U.S. Government refused – and still refuses – to call it terror.

This American nightmare is now the subject of a stunning documentary, which shows that the first successful Al Qaeda attack on American soil since 9/11 was purposely not treated as a terrorist act by the Obama Administration.

The documentary, “Losing Our Sons,” will be the focus of a special webcast program on October 18th at 8PM EDT and can be viewed at the end of this article.

The film tells the story of how Carlos, a young African American college student raised in a middle class Baptist church-going home in Memphis, converted to Islam while studying in Nashville and was sent by local Islamic extremists to Yemen. There, he was trained by Al Qaeda operatives and returned home a year later to perform his personal jihad. After trying to kill two Jewish rabbis in Memphis and Nashville, Carlos shot and killed Andy Long outside a U.S. Army recruitment center in Little Rock. Carlos, who took the name Abdulhakim Muhammad was caught, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. He told the Associated Press the murder was “Islamically justified.”

Though Carlos was trained by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, crossed state lines to carry out multiple crimes, and confessed to killing Andy as part of his personal jihad, the Justice Department refused to bring any Federal charges against him. The murder was prosecuted in Arkansas state court as a simple drive-by shooting. The Defense Department has refused to give Andy Long a Purple Heart, which would signal that he died by the hands of an enemy combatant in a hostile act on a uniformed military man. The victims of the Fort Hood shooting are likewise denied recognition with a Purple Heart.

“Losing Our Sons” traces the stories of Andy and Carlos’s fathers, Daris Long and Melvin Bledsoe, as they try to tell the American people the truth of what happened to their sons. Audiences fume at scenes of Obama Administration officials denying in their testimony to Congress that Islamic extremism is at war with the United States. Melvin’s testimony about losing his son to a radical ideology is dismissed by certain Congressmen as “an anecdote.”

The special UStream webcast includes a live studio audience discussion with the two fathers, who talk about the murder, the U.S. Government’s response, and how they came together in their determination to warn the American people about the threat of radical Islam. Fox News’s Mike Huckabee interviewed the fathers on his show and emotionally recommended the film to his audience.

Americans are now watching the Arab spring turn into a winter with the Muslim Brotherhood in the ascendance across the Middle East. It is important to see how Islamic radicalism is making strides right here on American soil. Moreover, it is important to see how the Administration’s willingness to deny the reality of a resurgent Al Qaeda’s terrorism against America, now in the public eye because of Obama’s lies about the terrorist assault on our embassy in Libya, has actually been official policy for over three years.

By Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov, President and Research Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Watch the complete documentary here https://www.losingoursons.com/ or at the link above. We’ll embed if/when possible (iframes don’t embed in WP.com)

Also note that a second U.S. soldier, Private Quiton Ezeagwula, was wounded in this terrorist attack.

Video added:

 

Obama threatened to veto 2013 Defense Auth Act over Purple Heart to soldier killed in jihad attack

via What our sons can teach America – USATODAY.com.

By Melvin Bledsoe, and Daris Long

This spring, the Obama administration threatened to veto the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. Of all the reasons given for the threat, the objection to granting the Purple Heart to Pvt. Andy Long stands out as strange. That is, unless you know the story.

On June 1, 2009, Pvt. Long was killed outside an Army recruiting office in Little Rock by Carlos Bledsoe, who had become Abdul Hakim Mohammed after converting to Islam. Since then, we, the fathers of Carlos and Andy, have been trying to tell our story so that other parents do not experience our tragedy.

Carlos grew up in a loving, church-going family. There’s a picture of Carlos at his high school graduation with a huge smile on his face, ready to go off to Tennessee State University for college. He looked forward to becoming a businessman and joining the family owned tour company in Memphis.

But he did not get the education everyone expected. Instead, he became interested in Islamic extremism. At TSU, preachers from a radical Nashville mosque led courses in Islam. Eventually, Carlos began frequenting this mosque, converted, and took the name of the mosque’s imam. This imam taught worshipers that America “is the worst country on earth,” that the Christian faith is “the greatest lie ever told,” that this worldly life “is trash,” and that Muslims must seek death and the afterlife.

Carlos began to change his behavior: He abandoned his dog in the woods because he was told Muslims shouldn’t have dogs. He took Martin Luther King‘s picture off his bedroom wall. He was sent by another Nashville imam to a school in Yemen, which turned out to be an al-Qaeda front. Carlos then returned to America and planned his own jihad.

Andy grew up in a military family and decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps. He found out he was good at it; he enjoyed it. Before being deployed to South Korea, he volunteered to work as a recruiter in Little Rock near our home. His mother, Janet, went to visit him there on June 1, 2009.

That was the day Carlos decided to kill a soldier. He had already firebombed a rabbi’s house in Nashville and shot up another rabbi’s house in Little Rock. That morning, he fired three bullets at Andy. Quinton Ezeagwula, another soldier, was also shot but survived. Carlos eventually pleaded guilty to killing Andy, and was sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.

Since that tragic day, we have been speaking out about the dangers of homegrown terrorists. We testified to Congress, with mixed results. Some congressmen dismissed us for not being experts. Nevertheless, following our testimony, Congress passed a provision, as part of the defense bill, to give the Purple Heart to Andy and the victims of a similar 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. Now the administration is threatening to deny it.

The president, we believe, doesn’t want to admit the first successful al-Qaeda murder on U.S. soil since 9/11 happened on his watch or to acknowledge the problem of homegrown Islamic radicalization. This indirectly provides cover to extremists at the expense of moderate Muslims. To withhold the Purple Heart from U.S. soldiers for political reasons is to dishonor those who risk everything to protect us all.

We have pledged to our families and to ourselves that we will not be silent until America knows what happened to our sons. On June 1, 2009, it happened to Andy and Carlos. Tomorrow, it could be your children.

Melvin Bledsoe is the father of Carlos, who fatally shot Pvt. Andy Long, son of Daris Long. They have cooperated in producing a documentary that can be viewed at losingoursons.com.

Trailer.

Sharia in Arkansas, US teacher forced to apologise to Muslims

So says Emirates 24/7 via Islam-offending US teacher forced to apologise. A comment at Atlas Shrugs the teacher says the school didn’t force her to apologize, Arkansas University Teacher apologizes to Muslim students for “offending” Islam, Student says, ”As if the twin-towers disaster was not enough for them (Americans).” Apparently she submitted on her own.

A female university teacher in the United States had to apologise to her Saudi students for offending Islam after they protested her behaviour to the management, Saudi newspapers reported on Tuesday.

The students went straight to the teacher’s direct manager and complained that she had placed anti-Islamic pictures with abusive remarks in their books. They threatened that in case no action was taken, they would go to the chairman of the University of Central Arkansas in the southern state of America.

“We went into the office of the manager of the institute where we study and submitted a protest…we told her that if she does not take action against the teacher, we will go to the head of the university,” Saudi student Ahmed bin Daheem Al Hajour said, quoted by the Saudi Ajel newspaper.

“The manager did take action as promised and forced that teacher to apologise to us by sending messages to each of us on our Facebook pages…. she even removed her son’s picture from her Facebook page and replaced it with the flag of Saudi Arabia.”

Ajel published what it said was a copy of the US teacher’s message to the students apologising to them and saying it was an intentional mistake.

“I just want to apologise to you if you saw something here the other day that was offensive to Islam…I liked the picture because I liked the caption– I didn’t even look at the picture I was liking…it was a stupid mistake and I didn’t even realise until a student complained to Amy (manager) and she talked to me,” the teacher said in her message.

“I want you to know I care deeply about my Saudi students…last term for example, I rearranged my class schedule so that the men could attend mosque and not have to miss class…..I have always tried to be sensible and respectful, so I feel terrible that I made such a stupid and thoughtless mistake… I would never intentionally do something to be offensive.”

Saudi readers reacting to the incident poured praise on the students while an angry reader who was not identified said :”As if the twin-towers disaster was not enough for them (Americans),” in a reference to the 2001 September terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York.

Tens of thousands of these Saudi sharia thugs are in our country, many overstaying their visas and untracked by anyone.

“If you kill in this country under the banner of jihad, we’re told it isn’t terrorism”

The father of Army Pvt. William Andrew Long speaking out for his son who was killed in the 2009 Arkansas terrorist attack by an avowed Muslim jihadist. via Lawmakers Pledge Purple Heart for Fallen Soldier in Little Rock Shooting – HUMAN EVENTS.

“I don’t understand why the Army has not offered the Purple Heart, at the very least,” said Rep. Chip Cravaack (R.-Minn.). “I am very disappointed in the secretary of the Army for not recognizing your son.”

Long was shot and killed in front of his mother outside the Little Rock recruiting office, and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula was also wounded in the attack. Carlos Bledsoe, a Memphis native who converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdulhakim Muhammad, confessed to the murder and is serving a life sentence.

He chose the middle name of Mujahid.

“Given the circumstances, I believe they are deserving of the same recognition as their colleagues in a combat zone,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D.-Ark.).

Daris Long’s stark and compelling testimony to the panel described his frustration at President Obama and the administration’s handling of the war against radical islamists. By treating his son’s death as a “drive-by shooing,” and the Fort Hood attack as “workplace violence,” Long said the wrong message is being sent to the military community. Long also said he was insulted that attacks on the military are treated as crimes, while the Obama administration treated the shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller as a terrorist attack.

“I am convinced the government’s position is to deny Little Rock was a terrorist attack,” Long said. “To this administration’s shame, two soldiers have been abandoned on a battlefield in the advancement of a political agenda.”

“If you kill in this country under the banner of jihad, we’re told it isn’t terrorism,” Long said.

“We firmly believe that if the White House had shown the same attitude concerning Little Rock as was shown in the killing of Dr. Tiller, a clear message could have been sent. The political correctness exhibited by the government over offending anyone in admitting the truth about Islamic extremism, masked alarm bells that were going off. Warnings were ignored, Maj. Nidal Hasan was able to openly praise the Little Rock shootings in front of fellow Army officers, and then commit his own jihad,” Long said.

Some Republicans took issue with the testimony offered by Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, director of the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, and Paul Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs.

Asked whether Islamists were the only terrorists who posed a threat, the men said the military is also concerned about the Christian right movement, white supremacists and skinheads.

Lungren repeatedly asked Stockton whether the U.S. is at war with “violent extremist Islamists, to which Stockton replied, “No.”

“Al-Qaeda would love to convince Muslims around the world that the U.S. is at war with Islam, and I’m not going to aid and abet their efforts to further their goal,” Stockton said.

“I understand that.  I never said we are at war with Islam,” said Lungren, who questioned whether the Defense Department is able to make the distinction.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R.-Tex.) described the military strategy for dealing with homegrown radicals as “political correctness gone array.”

Added Rep. Jeff Duncan (R.-S.C.):  “We’ve got to be able to identify the enemy if we’re ever going to defeat the enemy.”

Video of Daris Long’s testimony below the fold.

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Convicted Arkansas Muslim admits shooting at home of rabbi

via APNewsBreak: Ark. soldier shooter sent FBI letter. (note AP’s banal headline)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas said he also shot at the home of a rabbi in Little Rock days earlier, according to a letter he wrote to the FBI.

In the letter obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request, Abdulhakim Muhammad said he fired 10 rounds at the home of Rabbi Eugene Levy days before he fatally shot Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in June 2009.

A judge sentenced Muhammad to life in prison without parole this week after prosecutors accepted his plea agreement during his capital murder trial for killing Long and hurting Ezeagwula.

In the letter, dated November 24, 2009, Muhammad said he targeted Levy’s house after researching Jewish leaders in Little Rock, Nashville, Tenn., and his hometown of Memphis, where he was born by the name Carlos Bledsoe. He changed his name after converting to Islam in college.

“Figured the FBI wasn’t watching me anymore,” he wrote. “I started my Plans to Attack, recruitment centers, Jewish organizations, across America…” He said he bought rifles, a pistol, ammunition and materials to make Molotov cocktails.

Then, shortly after midnight May 30, Muhammad said he shot at Levy’s house from his truck using a .22-caliber rifle.

“The spent rounds were found during search,” he wrote.

Levy’s wife, Bobbye Levy, said FBI agents visited their home sometime in June after Muhammad was arrested. But she said she didn’t hear any gunshots or find any damage to the house.

“We never knew anything about it until the FBI showed up,” she said.

She wasn’t sure whether the agents found any remnants of a shooting outside. FBI spokesman Steve Frazier declined to comment.

Muhammad said he then drove to Memphis and later Nashville to the homes of two other rabbis. In Nashville, he said he drove to a Jewish community center, “but found there were too many children around so I aborted that.”

So, the self-professed jihadist said he kept driving until he came to a recruitment center in Florence, Ky., but found it was closed.

He decided to go back to Little Rock to revise his plan, and said he drove overnight to Nashville. About 2 a.m. on June 1, Muhammad said he decided to firebomb another rabbi’s house. He said he lobbed a Molotov cocktail at the home, but the fire blew out mid-air.

“Another attempt gone sour,” he wrote.

He made it to Little Rock that morning and spotted two uniformed soldiers outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock. He said he considered firing at them from afar, but decided to get closer so he wouldn’t miss.

He fired an assault rifle at Long and Ezeagwula, who were smoking cigarettes outside. They had recently completed basic training and decided to volunteer as recruiters. Neither had seen combat.

Muhammad rolled down the window and fired an assault rifle. Ezeagwula, then 18, watched his friend fall to the ground as the bullets hit them. In the parking lot, Long’s mother, Janet Long, heard the gunshots.

In his letter to the FBI, Muhammad confessed to his actions, taking full responsibility and professing ties to al-Qaida.

Meanwhile, Long’s parents want to know where the Feds are, while a Congressman wants to honor the two victims of jihad:

Long’s parents have said their son and Ezeagwula deserve the Purple Heart and sent a hefty report to the Secretary of the Army and the AP detailing the reasons why.

“Andy was the first person killed and Quinton was the first person wounded on American soil in a jihad attack since 9/11,” said Long’s father, Daris Long.

Long’s family and the Ezeagwulas have struggled to convince the military and the federal government that the two were victims of the global war on terror, not merely a random act of violence.

No federal charges have been filed in the case, though Muhammad has deemed himself a jihadist and professed ties to al-Qaida. Cherith Beck, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, declined to comment.

“If we get the Purple Heart, I’ll be pleased, but I want answers from the federal government on why they’re not pursuing this,” Long said.

Don’t get your hopes up. The Feds haven’t gotten involved yet, but Federal charges against Muhammad surely being considered, former prosecutors say

“I do believe there are federal laws involved with this,” Long’s father, Daris Long, said after Muhammad was sentenced. “I would like to see the feds step up to the plate.” Daris Long described Muhammad as “an enemy of this country.”

Long said he has never received a explanation of why Muhammad hasn’t been charged in federal court, and he doesn’t understand why others have been charged for what appear to be similar crimes, including planning to travel to Yemen to become terrorists or planning terrorist attacks in the United States.

Chuck Banks, a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, said there are “some very serious considerations that are being considered by the U.S. attorney and by the staff regarding that this is an attack on federal military personnel who were in a nom-combatant role at the time they were attacked and killed.”

“I think they are feeling responsibility to the citizens of our country to recognize that this type of attack and crime, violence that been admitted to, a murder, is not going to be tolerated,” Banks said.

Unfortunately for the citizens of our country, Eric Holder tends to side with terrorists.

Prosecutors allow Muslim who killed Army recruiter to plead guilty, avoid death sentence

Why would the prosecution, who supposedly wanted this case so badly, with numerous admissions of guilt in hand, allow this confessed Muslim terrorist to plead guilty in a death penalty case where state law forbids a guilty plea? via BBC News – Abdulhakim Muhammad given life for Arkansas shootings.

A man who confessed to shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting facility in Arkansas has pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

Abdulhakim Muhammad pleaded guilty to capital murder and attempted capital murder charges in the 2009 shooting.

He struck a plea deal with prosecutors on Monday to avoid the death penalty.

The 23-year-old shot and killed Army Private Williams Andrew Long and injured Pte Quiton Ezeagwula, who had recently completed basic training.

Pulaski County Judge Herbert Wright handed Muhammad a life sentence without parole for capital murder and additional charges.

Muhammad admitted that he drove to a military recruiting station in the Arkansas capital of Little Rock in 2009 and shot Long, 23, and Mr Ezeagwula, then 18, while they were smoking cigarettes outside the facility.

Both men had recently completed basic training and neither had been involved in any combat missions.

Muhammad fired an assault rifle at the pair, killing Long and wounding Ezeagwula.

He later told authorities he would have killed more soldiers if given the opportunity.

Muhammad, who changed his name from Carlos Bledsoe after converting to Islam during college, had previously pleaded guilty to capital murder during pre-trial proceedings. But Arkansas law prohibits defendants from a guilty plea in death penalty cases.

Its seems as if state and federal prosecutors are terrified of actually winning a death penalty case against a Muslim. Instead, he’ll get halal meals, a prayer mat, a Koran, and probably get to prayer with other like-minded Muslims. At taxpayer expense.

Prosecutors in Arizona took the death penalty off the table for the Muslim who intentionally killed daughter – because he’s Muslim.

Arkansas: Sister of professed jihadi says he changed after converting to Islam

An update from the trial of the Muslim who opened fire on an Arkansas military recruiting center killing one U.S. soldier and wounding another. He chose the Islamic name of “Mujahid” (or was it given to him?). Does that not make it obvious that he wanted to be one who wages jihad? Did the prosecution ignore that? The Feds are ignoring the case and local prosecutors are treating him as just another street thug.

via Court Adjourns Abruptly in Defense’s First Day – KATV Channel 7 – The Spirit of Arkansas:.

Little Rock, AR- Court adjourned abruptly in the capital murder trial of Abdul Hakim Muhammad.

When asked the reason for the adjournment prosecutor Larry Jegley said it was ‘housekeeping’…

Muhammad’s sister, Monica Holley also took the stand and still referred to her brother by his given name, Carlos Bledsoe.

She said Carlos ‘was a joy’ and that his ‘smile lit up a room’. After he converted to Islam at Tennessee State, she said he changed his name to ‘Abdul’ and grew distant

Holley broke down on the stand when she asked him not to leave for his trip to Yemen in 2007. Holley said through tears, “He said there was nothing to be worried about that he wasn’t that type of Muslim.”

She said when he came back from overseas, “He wasn’t very friendly, he didn’t want to be around you, he was not himself.”

It’s a change his childhood friend, Carl Davis also noticed. Davis said, “He didn’t even look the same.”

Curious, did the court adjourn early as news was breaking from Norway or some other reason?

Arkansas: Jury sees jihadi’s confession videos, prosecution rests

via UPDATE Jury sees confession videos, prosecution rests in Muhammad case | Arkansas News.

By Rob Moritz Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — The prosecution rested its capital murder case against Abdulhakim Muhammad today after a second day of testimony in which the jury saw two videotaped confessions in which the convert to Islam admitted shooting two Army soldiers outside a military recruiting center.

Pvt. Andrew Long died in a hail of gunfire in the June 2009 attack and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded. Prosecutor Larry Jegley showed jurors an assault rifle found in Muhammad’s vehicle when he was arrested shortly after the shootings. Witnesses testified Thursday that bullets and fragments taken from the slain soldier were fired from the weapon.
Muhammad could face the death penalty if convicted.

Sixteen witnesses testified Wednesday and Thursday as the prosecution painted Muhammad as a deliberate and calculating killer who had planned the shootings for sometime because he was upset with the U.S. military.

Muhammad’s defense attorneys contend their client suffers from a mental disease or defect. A psychiatrist who has interviewed Muhammad several times, is expected to testify when the defense begins presenting its case today.

In the videotaped confessions played for the jury Thursday, Muhammad was calm and matter-of-fact in telling investigators he shot the two soldiers after watching an online video about Muslims being raped and killed by U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, and he defended his actions, insisting he was not a terrorist or a member of any terrorist group.

“I’m a Muslim who is angry … angry at what is going on,” he said in videotaped interviews with authorities, adding that his intention was to kill soldiers and that he “had no intention of killing innocent people.”

In the videos, Muhammad also said he did not plan the attacks.

“I just made up my mind to retaliate,” he said, adding he also said he dislikes Jews because they are anti-Muslim.

The confessions were made just hours after the shootings. One of the confessions was to Little Rock police detectives and the other to an FBI agent. Continue reading

Feds aren’t touching case of Islamic jihad on Arkansas military recruiting site

We posted on this a few months ago – Muslim who killed Ark. Army Recruiter Being Tried As ‘Street Thug’ – but it’s worth repeating and elected officials should be asking the DOJ if there is a consistent policy for trying domestic Islamic terrorist attacks. via Feds aren’t touching terror case – Wire – Lifestyle – bellinghamherald.com.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad insists he is an Islamic radical, has confessed to killing an Army soldier and wounding another at a Little Rock recruiting station two years ago, and wants to be tried on terrorism charges in federal court.

But in an unusual twist, state prosecutors, with the blessing of the federal government, are treating him like a common American criminal and trying him in state court next week on capital murder charges.

Either way, Muhammad could become the first person sentenced to death in the U.S. for an act of terrorism – even if that is not the charge – since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Muhammad, 24, born Carlos Bledsoe in Memphis, Tenn., has a profile that is now familiar in home-grown terrorism cases. He converted to Islam at age 20 at a Tennessee mosque, changed his name and traveled to the Middle East.

In 2008, he was arrested in Yemen for overstaying his visa and holding false Somali papers. His father said he became radicalized in a Yemeni jail after mixing with other prisoners there.

Six months after Muhammad returned to the U.S., he allegedly drove his black Ford Sport Trac truck to the military recruiting station. Inside the vehicle were a rifle, scope, laser sight, silencer and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He allegedly fired several rounds before fleeing.

Later, at a police roadblock eight miles away, Muhammad was captured with a semiautomatic handgun tucked in his waistband.

Police said he told them he was “mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past.” He said his “intent was to kill as many people in the Army as he could.”

Melvin Bledsoe, who runs a Memphis tour bus company, said he learned of his son’s incarceration in Yemen from a Tennessee FBI agent who interviewed Muhammad while he was in jail there. But that was the last Bledsoe heard from the FBI. And he believes that gets at the explanation behind the federal government’s strange lack of interest in trying his son.

Bledsoe charges that federal officials deferred to state prosecutors because they feared a federal trial would make them look bad – because they knew his son was a radicalized Muslim and yet did not watch him when he returned to the United States.

“They should have done their job and this never would have happened,” Bledsoe said. “I think that somebody in the federal government and the FBI should be charged with negligence. Negligent homicide.”

Bledsoe’s son has a different explanation for why he is not being charged as a terrorist.

Muhammad, who says he is affiliated with several terrorist organizations, has written jailhouse letters to Pulaski County Judge Herbert Wright demanding a federal trial. “In my eyes it’s a sham trial (in Little Rock) set up only to make sure I’m handed down a death sentence,” he wrote May 10.

Ten days later, he wrote again: “The facility where the shooting took place was a federal building. The army recruiters outside that federal building were federal employees. I was under federal investigation at the time of the shooting by the FBI. Why then is this a state case in state court, which the state seeks my execution? Injustice!”

To some outside legal experts, both father and son make valid points.

“That’s unquestionably embarrassing for the FBI,” said Brian Gallini, a University of Arkansas criminal law professor. “I can’t come up with a comparable example of a mistake the feds would want to admit to.”

But John Wesley Hall Jr., a longtime Little Rock criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, said that “just because the FBI didn’t follow him doesn’t mean it was their fault.”

In similar terrorism-related cases since the Sept. 11 attacks, federal prosecutors have wasted no time in taking the lead. Continue reading

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