US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic

With your taxpayer money. via US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic.

The Czech government has approved a new project aimed at promoting Islam in public elementary and secondary schools across the country.

The project—Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren—is being spearheaded by a Muslim advocacy group and is being financed by American taxpayers through a grant from the US Embassy in Prague. (The US State Department is also promoting Islam in other European countries.)

The group says the Czech Ministry of Education has authorized it to organize lectures and seminars aimed at “teaching Czech schoolchildren about Islamic beliefs and practices” and at “fighting stereotypes and prejudices about Muslims.”

But critics—there are many—say the project’s underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting “Islamophobia.”

One of the co-founders of the project, a Czech-Palestinian named Sadi Shanaah, was quoted by the Prague Post as saying, “School lessons do not pay sufficient attention to Islam. Pupils want to learn more about it.”

But the group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would agree to attend a two-hour presentation about Islam.

The ad—which indicates that the American embassy in Prague was financing the April 2 event—states: “Event will take place at a school in New Butovice (7 minutes’ walk from the metro station). You get a brief introduction to Islam through which you can learn more about the veiling of Muslim women, media coverage and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Then you will have the opportunity to meet with Amirah, a Malaysian Muslim who is studying medicine in Prague, and to ask her everything you want about Islam or Muslim life in the Czech Republic.”

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A reader also sent in this link to a State Dept. publication titled “American Muslims.

David Cameron’s religious adviser is grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder

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via Mail Online h/t Religion of Peace

David Cameron is facing embarrassment over the close links between a Government adviser on religion and an Islamist group placed under urgent investigation.

The Prime Minister last week ordered the security services to look into the Muslim Brotherhood amid fears its leaders, exiled from Egypt, are plotting terrorist attacks from London.

He said the inquiry would establish ‘the complete picture’ of the Brotherhood including its possible involvement with ‘violent extremism’ and its ‘presence here in the UK’.

But the investigation is likely to lead to red faces in Whitehall, as a scion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founding family is a senior ministerial adviser.

Tariq Ramadan is one of 14 members of the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory peer Baroness Warsi. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and was a member of a taskforce set up by Tony Blair after 7/7.

But Prof Ramadan, 51, is grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna and his father Said Ramadan was a leading light.

The Swiss citizen was for several years banned from the US for ‘providing material support to a terrorist organisation’ and only let in after a long legal battle in which he argued that no link with terrorism existed.

Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘David Cameron should be deeply embarrassed by this. Tariq Ramadan is extremely loyal to his father and grandfather and he does not, by any means, speak out against the Muslim Brotherhood.’

Ramadan was banned from the U.S. too, until Obama and Hillary Clinton gave him a visa and Hamas-linked CAIR immediately hosted the Brotherhood prodigy.

Related: The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013

via The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013 

by Soeren Kern

In January, the gangland shootings of two young Moroccan men in downtown Amsterdam drew renewed attention to the growing problem of violent crime among Muslim immigrants. The two men were gunned down with AK-47 assault rifles in a shooting the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, described as reminiscent of “the Wild West.”

In March, the Dutch public broadcasting system NOS television reported that the Netherlands has become one of the major European suppliers of Islamic jihadists. According to NOS, about 100 Dutch Muslims are active as jihadists in Syria; most have joined the notorious Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group.

Belgium and the Netherlands have some of the largest Muslim communities in the European Union, in percentage terms.

Belgium is home to an estimated 650,000 Muslims, or around 6% of the overall population, based on an average of several statistical estimates. The Netherlands is home to an estimated 925,000 Muslims, which also works out to around 6% of the overall population. Within the EU, only France (7.5%) has more Muslims in relative terms.

Belgian and Dutch cities have significant Muslim populations, comprised mostly of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, as well as a growing number of converts to Islam.

The number of Muslims in Brussels—where roughly half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live—has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled “Capital of Europe” is now one of the most Islamic cities in Europe.

In 2013, Muslims made up approximately 26% of the population of metropolitan Brussels, followed by Rotterdam (25%), Amsterdam (24%), Antwerp (17%), The Hague (14%) and Utrecht (13%), according to a panoply of research.

Not coincidentally, Belgium and the Netherlands have been at the forefront of the debate over Muslim immigration and integration in Europe. What follows is a chronological summary of some of the main stories about the rise of Islam in Belgium and the Netherlands during 2013.

In January, the Belgian branch of the Dutch department store chain HEMA lost a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a Muslim shop assistant whose contract was not renewed because she refused to stop wearing a hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf.

The woman, a Belgian convert to Islam, had been employed as temporary sales staff for two months, during which time she wore the hijab at work. But when customers complained, the store manager asked her to remove the headscarf.

After she refused to comply, HEMA declined to extend her contract in sales, but did offer her an alternative job in its warehouse, where she would not have direct contact with clients. She said the alternative job offer was unsatisfactory and then consulted a lawyer.

Lawyers defending the Belgian shop said that to maintain the “neutral and discreet image of HEMA, the shop did not want employees wearing any kind of religious symbols.”

But a labor court in the nearby Belgian city of Tongeren ruled that HEMA did not have a clearly stated policy on headscarves and thus had no valid justification to dismiss the woman. The court ordered HEMA to pay the 21-year-old woman €9,000 ($12,000), the equivalent of six month’s salary, as compensation.

According to the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, an NGO that helped bring the woman’s case to trial, the main purpose of the legal action was to clarify how far a company can go in seeking to present a “neutral image” to its customers. The NGO believes neutrality cannot be invoked as a genuine and determining occupational requirement, and says it is not self-evident that neutrality can amount to a legitimate goal if and when it is chiefly invoked to please a private company’s clients.

Also in January, the gangland shootings of two young Moroccan men in downtown Amsterdam drew renewed attention to the growing problem of violent crime among Muslim immigrants. The two men were gunned down with AK-47 assault rifles in a shooting the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, described as reminiscent of “the Wild West.”

According to the Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool, young Moroccans continue their “unstoppable march to become the largest group of violent criminals” in the country, despite decades of government programs aimed at steering young Muslims away from a life of crime. Moroccan gangsters specialize mainly in robberies of banks and jewelry stores, as well as in drug trafficking, according to Het Parool. Continue reading

Moscow Patriarchate: ‘if we ignore Islam, it can very easily bury us in five or seven years’

Of course he was referring to “radical Islam”. Easily distinguishable by the Radical Koran. via Moscow Patriarchate: Russia must do more to combat radical Islam

Amid recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd, a city of one million in southern Russia, a leading Russian Orthodox Church official has called upon the nation to do more to combat radical Islam.

The Reuters news agency reported that militants are seeking to establish an Islamist state near Volgograd.

“If the circulation of Nazi ideological clichés has been strictly limited or banned in certain cases, why not apply the same scheme to the radical interpretation of Islam rejected by most Muslims themselves?” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, according to an Interfax news agency report.

He really needs to share his data on “most Muslims”.

“By saying that some casual people without a certain face, clan, tribe, convictions, or membership of this or that organization commit something, we, on the one hand, surely try to evade tough questions, not to sow panic, and not to split society,” he added. “This is all understandable. But if we ignore the problem, it can very easily bury us in five or seven years.”

Kind of like blindly saying that most Muslims reject Muhammad’s interpretation of Islam…with absolutely no evidence.

How long before Muslims force him to retract his statement?

Here’s what prompted Vsevolod’s comments: Rush-hour blast kills 14 on trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia; 3rd deadly [Islamic jihad] attack in four days.

At least 14 people were killed and 28 wounded when an explosion ripped through a trolley bus in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday, the country’s third deadly attack in four days.

On Sunday, 17 people were killed in a terror attack by a suspected female suicide bomber at a railway station in Volgograd. And on Friday, a car bomb killed three people in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk, 170 miles east of Sochi, where the Olympics will be held.

In October, another female suicide bomber was blamed for a bus explosion in Volgograd that killed five people.

Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said Monday that there was no need to take any extra steps to secure Sochi in the wake of the attacks because “everything necessary has been done.”

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Google’s Gmail blocks Wilders’ anti-Islam sticker mail account

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via DutchNews.nl – Gmail ‘blocks’ Wilders’ anti-Islam sticker mail account. h/t Islamist Watch

Email system Gmail has blocked an account set up by Geert Wilders to distribute an anti-Islam sticker, the Dutch politician claimed on Friday.

‘Unbelievable but Google has blocked the account islamsticker@gmail.com. So Mohammed Rabbae’s complaint was successful,’ Wilders said, using the microblogging service Twitter. He was referring to a complaint about the sticker by a lobby group Landelijk Beraad Marokkanen led by former GroenLinks MP Rabbae.

However, according to tech website Techzine, Google’s systems work largely on automatic pilot and there is a good chance multiple complaints about the address had been received, leading the system to automatically shut it down.

The sticker is a play on the Saudi flag and says in Arabic ‘Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a criminal. The Koran is poison’.

FYI: The new email address is islamsticker@islamsticker.org

Shoebat.com has some background on Wilders’ flag via Geert Wilders targets Saudi Flag and EU simultaneously:

Yesterday, on his blog, Wilders slapped the Saudis while that country was no doubt, busy being outraged at the sweet nuclear deal Iran got courtesy of the Obama administration. Wilders posted his idea for a new Saudi flag and explained why:

The flag of Saudi Arabia proudly proclaims the Shahada or the Islamic declaration of faith: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

In remembrance of the past nine years, in remembrance of the thousands of victims who were murdered in that period by Islamic assassins, in London, in Moscow, in Mumbai, in Nairobi, and in countless other places, and in remembrance of the millions of people – women, apostates, non-Muslims – who daily suffer discrimination and humiliation from the evil ideology of Islam and oppressive Islamic Sharia law, I offer the Islamic world a new flag – a flag with a declaration of truth and liberation: “Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison.”

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Just a few short days earlier, Wilders penned an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he essentially predicts that the elections across Europe in May will result in a major defeat for the European Union and victories for patriotism.

Via WSJ:

Here is a tip if you want to ruin the day of the bureaucrats and politicians in Brussels. Just mention next year’s European elections and they will become extremely nervous and agitated. They will fume with anger and warn you about rising populism, a threat to democracy.

Next May’s European elections, in which almost 400 million people in the 28 EU member states will be allowed to cast their votes, will in all likelihood produce a landslide against the Eurocrats. What will manifest itself, however, is not a rise of populism, but a victory for democracy.

For decades, Brussels has been able to do what it pleases. That period is over. People have finally come to realize that so-called europhiles aim to destroy Europe’s nations, the homes of national democracies. And people are not going to let it happen. They are no longer buying the lie that patriotism is dangerous, that it is a vice and not a virtue. They are reasserting their national pride and identity.

Robert Schuman, who was one of the EU’s founding fathers 60 years ago, used to say that the aim of European integration was “to make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.” But the idea that Germany, France, Britain and other nations in the past went to war because they were sovereign nations is simply ridiculous. They went to war because they had fallen for totalitarian ideologies. Democracies do not go to war against each other; they trade with one another.

In his piece, Wilders refers to the EU as a “prison of nations” and clearly believes that the climate for patriotism is ripe for return all across Europe.

Read it all.

If you haven’t already, stop using Google services.

Study: Majority of Muslims in Europe Believe Sharia Should Trump Laws of Host Countries

Secularphobia alert. via Study: Clear Majority of European Muslims Pro-Sharia Fundamentalists.

The majority of Muslims in Europe believe Islamic Sharia law should take precedence over the secular constitutions and laws of their European host countries, according to a new study, which warns that Islamic fundamentalism is widespread and rising sharply in Western Europe.

The “Six Country Immigrant Integration Comparative Survey“—a five-year study of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Sweden—was published on December 11 by the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, one of the largest social science research institutes in Europe.

According to the study (German and English), which was funded by the German government, two thirds (65%) of the Muslims interviewed say Islamic Sharia law is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.

Three quarters (75%) of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran, which should apply to all Muslims, and nearly 60% of Muslims believe their community should return to “Islamic roots.”

The survey shows that 44% of the Moroccans and Turks interviewed agree with all three of the above statements, which makes them “consistent fundamentalists,” and fundamentalist attitudes are just as widespread among younger Muslims as they are among older Muslims.

According to the study, Islamic fundamentalism is most pronounced in Austria, where 73% of Muslims interviewed say Sharia law is more important than the secular laws of the state; 79% say there is only one correct interpretation of the Koran that should apply to all, and 65% believe Muslims should return to their Islamic roots. In Austria, 55% of the Muslims surveyed say they agree with all three of the above statements.

The author of the study, the Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans, says that “comparisons with other German studies reveal remarkably similar patterns. For instance, in the 2007 Muslime in Deutschland study, 47% of German Muslims agreed with the statement that following the rules of one’s religion is more important than democracy, almost identical to the 47% in our survey that finds the rules of the Koran more important than the laws of Germany.”

Read the complete, detailed article at gatestoneinstitute.org. Follow the author on Twitter.

Video: Islam’s war with the West

via Snaphanen.

Geert Wilders Chosen As ‘Politician Of The Year’

Conversely, Hussein Obama was named Liar of the Year.

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via Geert Wilders Chosen As ‘Politician Of The Year’ – Militant Islam Monitor

“The only politician who really advocates for his country and her citizens, who faultlessly declares what is wrong in society , and alas for our country is increasingly right on many issues. He is heckled, and afterwards must see that other parties start proclaiming his standpoints.”

said Wilders in the broadcast

That is the most precious thing I can get. A crown on a great year.

More in Dutch here, http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/12/16/wilders-door-publiek-verkozen-tot-politicus-van-het-jaar/.

If you’re new to the fight, check out Geert Wilders movie Fitna here.

Pope meets leader of Islamist org in Vatican

via Outgoing OIC Secretary General İhsanoğlu meets with Pope Francis in Vatican – Today’s Zaman

Pope Francis accepted outgoing Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu on Friday in Vatican, in what seems a rare meeting with a high-level official from the OIC.

OIC Secretary General İhsanoğlu paid a visit to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church before his departure from the office, seeking ways to boost cooperation between two world at a turbulent time.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting in Rome on Friday, İhsanoğlu said his visit is the first of its kind and aims to deepen cooperation between the Catholic Church and the OIC for contribution to reducing tension in international politics.

Stressing that Pope Francis has sent positive signals and messages about Islam since he became pope, İhsanoğlu said he conveyed a strong impression from the meeting to deepen dialogue between Christian World and Muslim World.

“Pope Francis spoke about the need to improve dialogue during the meeting. Deepening dialogue is not only their desire but also a necessity, Pope told me,” İhsanoğlu said about his converstion with the pope.

More via Christian Post: OIC Secretary GeneralH.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Pope in Landmark First Meeting Discuss Need for Historic Reconciliation Between Muslims and Christians

In an audience at the Vatican City today (December 13, 2013) the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, discussed issues of mutual concern with His Holiness Pope Francis. This was the first ever meeting between an OIC Secretary General and Pope.

During the meeting the OIC Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the audience with Pope Francis and commended his vision to revitalize the dialogue between Christians and Muslims at a time when this dialogue has taken on ever-greater importance, as today the presence of Muslims in historically Christian countries has expanded, while some OIC countries either have native Christian communities or have witnessed in recent years arrival of Christians as guest workers. In this context, the discussions expressed the need for greater efforts to foster respect for religious pluralism and cultural diversity, and to counter the spread of bigotry and prejudices. It was stressed that interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and as such it is a duty for adherents of all faith traditions.

Secretary General Ihsanoglu shared with His Holiness Pope Francis his vision regarding the need for a “historic reconciliation” between Islam and Christianity based on the common Abrahamic roots and in order to support multiculturalism and harmonious societies. His Holiness commended the proposal of the Secretary General and stressed the need to follow it up.

Will they start by striking verses like this from the Holy Koran?

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YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
SHAKIR: O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

Back to the meeting. Continue reading

‘Victims of Sharia Action Network’ Announced

via Victims of Sharia on International Human Rights Day – Liberties Alliance :: Liberties Alliance. h/t EN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For press queries contact Chris Knowles at vict@gmail.com

10 December 2013, Basel, Switzerland: Today – on United Nations Human Rights Day 2013 – the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) launched a new program: Victims of Sharia Action Network.  The program will highlight the problem of sharia-inspired human rights abuses around to world to mobilize public opinion and action on behalf of the victims of sharia.

Program Director Chris Knowles said:

“Victims of sharia have suffered in silence for long enough.  The International Civil Liberties Alliance will give them a voice . The legal, political and frequently barbaric doctrines of Sharia result in human rights abuses and flagrant disregard for civil liberties in violation of international norms and national legal codes. ”

ICLA now has a form on its website to enable victims of sharia, their family members, lawyers, or community activists to submit details of specific sharia-based human rights abuses.  This form may be accessed at http://www.libertiesalliance.org/victims-sharia-action-network/vosan/.

For many years the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been trying to extend the reach of sharia by demanding a global blasphemy law.  At the same time terms such as “Islamophobia” have been put into circulation to blame the victims of sharia abuse rather than its perpetrators. Meanwhile, within OIC countries like Pakistan, sharia is being used as an instrument to terrorize religious minorities.  VOSAN will take a two-pronged approach.  The program will expose and confront human rights abuses caused by sharia within Muslim-majority OIC member countries, as well as abuses of civil liberties and human rights caused by accommodation to sharia doctrine in Western democracies.

VOSAN will focus public attention on cases of sharia-based doctrinal violations of human rights and norms of civil liberties, including: undermining freedom of expression, institutionalizing inequality before the law, encouraging cruel and unusual punishments, providing justification for gender-based inequality, promoting homophobia, persecuting apostates, and inciting the expansion of this systematic discrimination and violence to all countries, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

In 2014, Victims of Sharia Action Network will expose, confront and advocate against sharia abuses, always with a focus on specific cases to engage public interest and advocacy:

• Highlighting specific sharia-related human rights abuses and engaging in public education on representative cases, generating “Top Ten” lists for priority public action;

• Opposing the enforcement of Islamic blasphemy laws to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

• Campaigning for an end to sharia-based human rights abuses in OIC member states and other countries with a significant Islamic population.

• Raising the issue of sharia abuses of human rights and denial of civil liberties in international forums such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the European Parliament.

• Encouraging Muslim reformers to partner with the VOSAN programme on specific cases, to free sharia’s victims.

• Lobbying national governments to make combatting sharia human rights abuses a priority of their foreign policy.

• Supporting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by campaigning for the non-recognition of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam on the grounds that it withholds basic human rights from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

VOSA is an implementation of the Brussels Declaration launched by ICLA in the European Parliament in July 2012.  The Brussels Declaration http://www.libertiesalliance.org/brusselsconference/2012-brussels-declaration/ aims to preserve free speech, civil liberties, human rights and democracy, against all efforts to injure and usurp those universal principles.

More information may be found at: http://www.libertiesalliance.org/victims-sharia-action-network/vosan/

Finland: Three-year old boy & mom banned from sharia swim session

There’s no compassion in Islam. Islamic multiculturalism. Minus the multi. via Tundra Tabloids.

Joensuu Rantakylän swimming pool organized a women’s swim session which gave rise to confusion about older infants. A Joensuu mother recently tried to swim in the women’s swim session with her three-year-old son, but were turned away by the ticket agent. The argument was that only women were allowed inside.

Joensuu Rantakylän swimming pool has organized women’s swim sessions for over a year. For two hours on Saturday mornings the arranged session has only women in the swimming pool and gym.

- It is related to the integration of immigrants and has been well received. Two hours weekly 50 to 70 year old customers come to the session, which is almost half of the day’s total number of visitors, says the city of Joensuu, Department Manager Pentti Ryhänen.

The popular interactions, however, also raised eyebrows. Others felt that the municipality should not distinguish between genders in the indoor swimming pool. The Joensuu mother was confused about the session’s strict gender division in an attempt to enter with her three-year-old son.

- I was thinking that it shouldn’t matter, because he is such a small boy. The ticket agent, however, asked whether the child was a boy or a girl and then turned us away. Of course I was upset over the situation, the mother says.

Department Head Pentti Ryhänen said negative feedback from the sessions are seldom heard. Ryhänen, also made it clear that boys are not included in the sessions, even if it’s a young child.

- Parents can become interactive with their baby boys freely at other times, Ryhänen says.

Women’s swim sessions according to Ryhänen have brought the city positive feedback from immigrants. Developmentalideas have been suggested.

- One suggestion was that the swimming pool windows should be covered during the period of the session, so that no one can look inside. That’s something we’re not going to do, Ryhänen said.

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PS: It’s also happening in Toronto and at nearly a dozen Seattle-area pools and in Minnesota where cops taxi Muslims to sharia enforced swims.

Largest monastery in Istanbul to become a mosque

It may take centuries but Islamization keeps creeping. via Islam: Istanbul monastery to become a mosque – ANSAMed.it. h/t EuropeNews

ISTANBUL – The largest Byzantium monastery in Istanbul, the Monastery of Stoudios, also known as the Imrahor Monument, will be converted into a mosque after its restoration next year and be titled Imrahor Ilyas Bey Mosque as daily Hurriyet columnist Vercihan Ziflioglu reports today.

The renovation of the mosque, which forms part of the Hagia Sophia Museum, will follow the same fate as that of Hagia Sophia churches in Trabzon and Iznik, which had been already turned into mosques. “I wouldn’t like to speak as a member of a council but my personal opinion is that cultural heritage shouldn’t be reflected as an antagonistic heritage. If we reflect it like this, it will damage societies on a macro level,” said Laki Vingas, acting as representatives of the Directorate General of Foundations. Vingas added that the issue creates grief within society, and it was not only the Greek community’s problem. “Cultural heritage is universal heritages, meaning that they are humanity’s common heritage,” he said.

Imrahor’s conversion into a mosque came at a time debate continues as to whether to reopen Hagia Sophia as a place of worship. Most recently, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has expressed his hope to see the Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosque. The Monastery, which dates back to the fifth century, was the most important monastery of Istanbul during the Byzantium era, also serving as the center of Byzantine intelligentsia. The basilica was converted to a mosque, during the period of Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II.

After two major fires in the 18th and 19th centuries, the monastery was mostly destroyed. In 1946, it was turned into a museum in line with a ministerial cabinet decision.

Also read: Oldest functioning Christian monastery at risk…from Muslims

Winning student essay, “Sharia Law: No Place in Europe”

No place in America either, but it continues to creep in. via One Law For All UK

One Law For All and the Lawyers’ Secular Society are pleased to announce the winner of our student research competition on the subject of sharia law.

The winning essay, “Sharia Law: No Place in Europe”, was written by Hellen Parra Florez who is studying for an LLM in Public International and European Law at the University of Manchester. She receives a prize of £300 kindly sponsored by the National Secular Society.

Her essay can be found here: Hellen Parra Florez – Sharia Law No Place in Europe.

How would a U.S. version of this contest fare?

AK-47 toting Muslim who attacked U.S. embassy in Bosnia gets 15-year jail term

The stupidity defense did not work out. Convicted again and sentenced this time.

via Bosnian US embassy attacker gets 15-year jail term | GlobalPost. h/t EuropeNews.

In a retrial a Bosnian court on Wednesday sentenced a Muslim to 15 years in prison for an “act of terrorism” after firing dozens of shots at the US embassy in Sarajevo in October 2011.

Jasarevic, his head bowed as he listened to the verdict being read out, had sprayed the embassy with a total of 105 bullets using an automatic weapon for almost an hour before he was shot by the police.

One police officer was injured in the attack.

In December 2012, Jasarevic had been sentenced to 18 years in prison but the verdict was annulled after his legal rights were found to have been infringed. The retrial opened in September.

“The court has decided that Mevlid Jasarevic committed an act of terrorism… thus committing a criminal act of terrorism,” judge Hilmo Vucinic said Wednesday.

“This court [now] sentences him to 15 years in prison.”

The judge said the court “took into consideration his remorse” as Jasarevic claimed he was a “victim of those who were telling me it was necessary to fight for Islam, to lead jihad”.

“The court however wanted to show the international community that Bosnia is determined in its fight against terrorism and protection of its citizens,” he said.

Jasarevic, “as a member of the Wahhabi movement and aiming to express his dissatisfaction with the position of Muslims in the world, demanded a withdrawal of NATO, the US and Germany from Afghanistan” in a video message recorded before the act, he added.

The video message contained “direct threats to the governments of the United States and Germany because of the commitment of both countries in Afghanistan”, Vucinic said.

Jasarevic aimed “to intimidate the local population and exert pressure on the governments of other countries”, he said.

Two American LDS missionaries attacked by Muslims in Kosovo

via 2 LDS sister missionaries attacked in Kosovo h/t Jihad Watch

SALT LAKE CITY — Two American missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were attacked in Kosovo; it happened in the city of Pristina ten days ago, but news reports of the beating just surfaced late Wednesday afternoon.

The incident is being tied to terrorism and the suspects responsible have been arrested.

Fox 13 News has learned two sister missionaries were beaten by Albanians, who are also tied to plotting a terrorist attack. The LDS Church said the two young women are out of harm’s way and doing OK.

Kosovo is tucked away in the Eastern block of Europe; the country is no stranger to political strife. Video from 2004 shows the break-away Balkan territory suffering from bombings, protests and riots. Civil unrest was not uncommon during that time, and today there are growing concerns about the rise of Islamic extremism in the country.

Six Albanians suspected of plotting a terrorist attack were arrested ten days ago, and authorities believe two of them beat two sister missionaries in the capital city of Pristina on Nov. 3.

The LDS Church released a statement saying, “We can confirm two sister missionaries were beaten in Kosovo and have been moved out of the area. Gratefully they are making a full recovery.”

More on the jihadists, Kosovo Police Arrest 6 Terror Suspects:

A justice official said the suspects had been watched by video surveillance, phone tapping, and email monitoring, but gave no further details because of the ongoing investigation. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Though the country of 2 million is overwhelmingly secular, ethnic Albanians from Kosovo and neighboring Macedonia have been linked with terror plots in the United States, including a foiled bombing last year in Tampa, Florida, and a 2007 attack on military personnel at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Related: Muslim immigrant from Kosovo arrested in jihad plot on Tampa Bay nightclubs, bridge

Around 150 ethnic Albanians are believed to have joined foreign fighters battling the forces of Syria’s President Bashar Assad and some 12 are believed to have been killed there.

The arrest warrant seen by AP said the 7 individuals — identified as Genc Selimi, Nuredin Sylejmani, Valon Shala, Adrian Mehmeti, Musli Hyseni, Bekim Mulalli and Fidan Demolli — are suspected of “preparing a terrorist act against the safety and constitutional order” in Kosovo.

The six will be detained for a month as the prosecution gathers evidence to bring formal charges. On Tuesday local media said police and justice officials received an email threatening to launch “painful attacks” on police if they do not release the suspects.

More:

The Kosovo Tragedy – where are the churches?

Video banned from Czech tv: Stolen Kosovo

Saudi prince to Clinton: “Muslims will never forget your deliverance of Kosovo”

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