Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion

Happy St. Patty’s Day

via Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP

The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam — at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043.

Ireland’s Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Ireland’s Islamic population will more than double to at least 100,000. The increase is attributed to both immigration and population growth. The second fastest-growing faith in Ireland is Orthodox Christianity, largely due to immigration from Eastern Europe — doubling in just five years between 2006 and 2011 to more than 45,000 people.

As their numbers climb, Muslims in Ireland have embarked on projects to build more mosques, including a new $50 million complex in north Dublin that will commence construction in 2014 and become the country’s largest mosque. Illume Magazine reported that the new mosque, at the Clongriffin Centre, will be large enough to hold more than 3,000 people and feature two minarets, a prayer hall, a cultural center, offices, bookshop, a library, a mortuary, a 600-seat events center, school and even a fitness center and apartments. Muslims in Ireland are also free to wear the veil and hijab, unlike in France.

Can’t say you didn’t see this coming.

 

Ireland changes 125-year-old law for Muslims

via Change to 125-year-old Victorian law means Muslims can be buried with no coffin in Ireland h/t halalporkshop

After expressed concerns from members of the Muslim community in Ireland, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan approved a change to the burial regulations established in 1888, which will allow human remains to be buried without a coffin.

On June 1 the reform will override the original rule that no burials are allowed, “unless the body be enclosed in a coffin of wood or some other sufficiently strong material.”

The Irish Times reported that a spokesman for the Department of the Environment explained that, “The change to the rule follows concerns recently expressed by members of the Muslim community regarding their traditional burial rituals,” although the option to go without a coffin will not be exclusive to people of muslim faith.

It is reported that the Environmental Protection Agency, HSE and the City and County Managers Association all approved of the change.

As we warned in 2010:

Sharia and Jihad, Creeping in Ireland

Ireland: Cost of non-Muslim burial plots to increase 33%, Muslim plots $0

Criticizing Islam now a crime in Ireland under sharia-like blasphemy law

Ireland: Cost of non-Muslim burial plots to increase 33%, Muslim plots 0

via Cost of burial plots in south Dublin to increase by a third – The Irish Times

The cost of burial plots in south Dublin is set to increase by a third next year while the cost of a cremation plot is set to rise by 80 per cent.

South Dublin County Council voted yesterday to increase the cost of plots from January 1st for the second year in a row.

The cost of a single burial plot will increase by a third from €1,800 to €2,400. This is a doubling of the cost since 2011.

The cost of a double burial plot will also increase by a third from €3,600 to €4,800. A cremation plot will increase from €550 to €1,000. The 12 other burial ground charges are frozen for 2013. The cost of an Islamic plot, which doubled last year, will not increase.

More taxpayer-funded Islamic outreach at State Dept…in Ireland

More taxation for Islamization. When did Ireland become an Islamic community? via Shahed Amanullah Visited Dublin | Embassy of the United States Dublin, Ireland.

Shahed Amanullah visited Ireland from April 1 – 3. Shahed is the Senior Advisor for Technology for the Office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the US Department of State, working on digital diplomacy projects for the Special Representative, who reports directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Chinedu Onyejelem, Editor of Ireland’s multicultural weekly newspaper Metro Eireann meets Shahed Amanullah.

On Sunday, March 31 Shahed Amanullah and the Karyn Posner Mullen (Diractor of Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Dublin) met with influential parents and youth from the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre in Dublin. This Shia Mosque, commonly referred to as the Milltown Mosque, has an energized membership that is interested in both intrafaith relations within the Irish Muslim community and interfaith relations with the overwhelmingly Catholic population in Ireland. Shahed shared his vision for the Generation Change initiative that he is spearheading.

Like Islam itself, the State Department no longer distinguishes between politics and religion. Yet it clearly favors one religion over all others.

We posted a previous tweet from Amanullah in 2009, Congressman quoted jihadist at Islam conference:

We presented at that time this and other al-Ghazali quotes?

one must go on jihad (i.e., razzias or raids) at least once a year…one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children. One may set fire to them and/or drown them…If a person of the Ahl al-Kitab [People of The Book - i.e. Jews and Christians] is enslaved, his marriage is [automatically] revoked….One may cut down their trees…One must destroy their useless books. Jihadists may take as booty whatever they decide...they may steal as much food as they need…

…the dhimmi [may never] mention Allah or His Apostle…Jews, Christians, and Majians must pay the jizya [non-Muslim poll tax]….[O]n offering up the jizya, the dhimmi must hang his head while the official takes hold of his beard and hits [the dhimmi] on the protuberant bone beneath his ear [lower jaw]… They are not permitted to ostentatiously display their wine or church bells…[T]heir houses may not be higher than the Muslim’s, no matter how low…. The dhimmi may not ride an elegant horse or mule; he may ride a donkey only if the saddle is … wood. He may not walk on the good part of the road. [Dhimmis must] wear [an identifying] patch, even women, and even in the [public] baths…[Dhimmis] must hold their tongue…

In short, Al-Ghazali, like his contemporaries, deserves no reverence whatever. He was neither a “moderate,” nor a saint.

Cool, huh? State Dept. reps and Congressmen quoting Muslims who urge jihad.

PS: There is another unindicted co-conspirator to the largest terror financing conviction in US history – ISNA conference going on this weekend in DC.

Ireland’s tax laws and financial regs now sharia compliant

Islam means submission, and Ireland is submitting it’s people as fast as it can. First it was Islamic blasphemy laws in Ireland, now sharia compliant tax laws and financial regulations. And that seems to be just the beginning. But it’s the end of Ireland as we know it. via Ireland aims to be home of Islamic finance in Europe | Business | The Guardian.

Ireland has launched a bid to become the home of Islamic finance in Europe as it seeks to rebuild its once dominant financial services sector.

The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was swept to power on a wave of public anger at the taxpayers’ €70bn (£62bn) bailout of failed banks, told the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) that he was doing everything he could to “ensure” Dublin became “a centre of excellence for Islamic finances”.

Irish tax laws and financial regulations are now sharia-compliant, he said, and the government had recently signed double-taxation agreements with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

“There is first-mover advantage. If they [Islamic institutions] feel comfortable in a particular jurisdiction and you develop a cluster, more will follow,” said Ken Owens, chairman of the IFIA. He said there was currently “a scramble” for Islamic business internationally and Ireland is just behind the UK in terms of adjusting its laws to be sharia-compliant.

Sharia law prohibits the payment of interest on loans or overdrafts, or the receipt of interest, and also prevents investment in certain categories including defence, adult entertainment and gambling.

“Their investment universe is quite limited. Islamic funds want to own the ship or the building, not a share in it. They want to own things outright because they can’t pay interest. They want commmodities, infrastructure, manufacturing, property,” said Owens.

On the mortgage market, institutions buy the house or the commercial real estate; the buyer then pays rent instead of interest.

Owens said Irish and UK financial institutions, which were devastated by the financial crisis, saw opportunities worth billions in Islamic finance, either seeking to get a toehold in Islamic countries or attract Islamic institutions to Dublin.

Legitimizing and financing the jihad. Sharia 4 Ireland must be ecstatic.

Can’t say we didn’t warn ya:


US embassy in Ireland to host Obama’s Muslim entrepreneur summit

Another update to posts here and here on yet another Obama-for-Muslims summit, and another big f–k you to Americans in another taxation for Islamization bamboozle.

US president Barack Obama will address Irish-Muslim businesspeople and community leaders during a two-day entrepreneurship event this week.

Obama’s message on the benefits and opportunities of enterprise will be broadcast over the internet from Washington to a gathering in Dublin of Irish Muslims from the worlds of trade, investments and markets.

During the presidential entrepreneurship summit, the president will speak about developing closer links between the Muslim community and providing the capability and funds to develop new business and co-operative networks.

The US embassy in Ireland is hosting the Muslim business people and community leaders at Boston College on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin on Tuesday. Other Muslim leaders across the globe will also participate in Obama’s entrepreneurship summit.

The idea for the event, which will bring together Muslims with an interest in developing close business links, dates back to an address Obama gave last year in Cairo. He announced a vision for a new beginning that would ‘‘deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs’’ in Muslim communities around the world.

The Irish event begins on Tuesday at 12.30pm at Boston College, where the US embassy will stage a meet-and-greet, lunch and a discussion on Obama’s ‘Cairo objectives’ and his initial address to the global conference, which starts tomorrow.

After the discussion, the Irish participants will plug into a live online broadcast of the summit, where ‘‘the important discussion will be on entrepreneurship and enabling business’’, according to the US embassy’s director of public affairs, Karyn Posner-Mullen.

Among the community leaders taking part in the Dublin leg of the summit are Mubarak Habib, who owns Maasail and Adventures, a travel agency that runs tours to Kenya.

It offers a visit to the village of Kogelo, where Obama’s father was born and raised. The other participants include Manan Hameed, whose family are connected to the Madina Asian Food Company, and Hyat Syed of the Kohinoor Company, a Dublin-based food company.

Don’t forget Obama’s sharia-promising, jihad-waging cousin Odinga.

They will share resources and lessons learned from the US public and private sectors, and forge relationships with US public and private bodies and overseas partners to develop innovative solutions to commonlyshared problems.

Lessons learned? Like how to swindle money from U.S. taxpayers to spread sharia law and jihad? There’s a course Obama could actually teach.

In the final stages of the process, the US hopes to develop and sustain the entrepreneurship networks generated through the summit.

That will involve supporting locally-run annual regional conferences to which Ireland’s Muslim community would also contribute.

Interested parties can plug directly into the Obama summit next week and hear the president’s address by logging on at http://www.entrepreneurship.gov/summit.

via The Post. Obama rewards Muslims in Ireland who have been nothing but trouble, including several American converts to Islam who were caught plotting jihad on the Emerald Isle.

Ireland: Judge issues orders to protect Muslim girls from forced marriages

Sharia creeping in Ireland, as we noted numerous times this year. Will Muslims abide by kufr law?

A HIGH Court judge in Belfast has imposed protection orders regarding two girls he held to be at risk of being sent from Northern Ireland for forced marriages in Pakistan.

Mr Justice Stephens made his ruling on behalf of the children, aged 12 and 14, after the authorities claimed false documents were produced as part of a planned deception by their parents.

An unnamed trust alleged the excuse of sending the girls for several years’ education in Pakistan as a pretext for the real motive.

The judge ended wardship orders previously granted for the children, and decided that a forced marriage protection order should be issued.

He said: “I find as a fact that there is a present real and substantial risk that [the girls] will be forced by their parents to marry against their wishes.” The children are described as being British, of Pakistani descent, and brought up as Muslims.

Mr Justice Stephens, in a judgment which has just been made public, set out how the trust claimed no arrangements had been made for their education.

It was alleged, partly based on previous forced marriages of the girls’ two brothers in 2005, that once in Pakistan they were to be isolated, attended to and prepared for the same outcome.

via Protection orders for girls held to be at risk of forced marriage – The Irish Times

Ireland to hold referendum on blasphemy law

An update to these posts, where Islamic sharia law is creeping in Ireland. But atheists are taking a stand.

Ireland is to hold a referendum on removing a blasphemy ban from the constitution, the justice minister announced yesterday.

At the beginning of the year, the republic introduced legislation making blasphemy a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (£22,800).

The law defines blasphemy as “publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted”. The referendum will be held this autumn.

The advocacy group Atheist Ireland welcomed the decision today. When the law became operational, Atheist Ireland published 25 blasphemous statements on the internet to challenge it, including Richard Dawkins calling the Old Testament God a “petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; … a capriciously malevolent bully”, and Björk saying “fuck the Buddhists”.

Atheist Ireland chairperson Michael Nugent said: “This is a positive move by the minister. We look forward to the autumn referendum as part of our overall campaign for an ethical, secular Ireland. We ask all reasonable citizens to work together to ensure that the referendum is won.

“We reiterate that this law is both silly and dangerous: silly because it is introducing medieval canon law offence into a modern pluralist republic; and dangerous because it incites religious outrage and because its wording has already been adopted by Islamic states as part of their campaign to make blasphemy a crime internationally.

“The blasphemy reference is one of several anachronisms in our constitution that will ultimately need to be changed. Other examples are the religious oaths that prevent atheists from becoming president, or a judge, or a member of the council of state.”

via Ireland to hold referendum on blasphemy law | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Another American woman arrested, released, in plot to kill cartoonist (updated)

An update on the Ireland 7 jihadists, three of whom have been released, but not an American woman now identified as Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, originally from Kansas City, Missouri. As the song goes, “they got some crazy little women…”

There is a lot going on in this story. Another American woman convert to Islam. Lured by a foreign Muslim online. A small child caught in the middle, now stuck in Ireland, his name changed to an Islamic name. Will he end up in the custody of some Muslim family in Algeria or elsewhere? Possible student loan fraud. A connection to Jihad Jane. And of course the terror plot she was arrested in connection with.

Jihad Jamie?

From the Wall Street Journal,  A Second American Woman Is Arrested in Cartoonist Case:

Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included “STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!”

On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim man she connected with online, her family says. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, who is 5-foot-11 and blonde, phoned her mother and stepfather in Leadville, providing them with an address in Waterford, Ireland, they say.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom, is in the custody of the Irish police, along with six other individuals, arrested as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder.

Now, she is in the custody of the Irish police, along with six other individuals, arrested as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder, according to officials familiar with the case. The nature of the authorities’ suspicions about Ms. Paulin-Ramirez couldn’t be determined on Friday.

Ms. Paulin-Ramirez’s interest in Islam “came out of left field,” said her mother, Christine Holcomb, in an interview at her home Friday, wearing a blue sweatsuit with a silver cross around her neck.

“I’m angry with her right now,” Ms. Holcomb said. “I’d like to just choke her. But I’m worried about her, too. I love my daughter.”

Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the second American woman to be linked to an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed. An indictment was unsealed this week against Colleen R. LaRose, 46, a suburban Philadelphia woman who authorities said used the Web alias “JihadJane.”

The main contact for Ms. LaRose is believed to be one of the men in Irish custody, an Algerian, who has a relationship with Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, according to a person close to matter. A person close to the Irish police couldn’t confirm whether Ms. Paulin-Ramirez and the Algerian are married. Ms. LaRose spent roughly two weeks in Ireland last fall, a person familiar with the matter said.

The Irish police are holding four men and three women, including three Algerians, a Croatian, a Palestinian, a Libyan and a U.S. national, according to a person close to the police. They are being questioned and haven’t been charged. A U.S. official familiar with the matter confirmed that Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the U.S. national. The Justice Department declined to comment. Continue reading

Report: ‘Ireland 7′ terror arrests include American (updated)

An Irish Times report linking Jihad Jane to the Ireland 7, states that among the seven arrested in the plot to kill Mohammad cartoon artist Lars Vilks were one or more individuals from the U.S.:

The suspects, four men and three women, are being held at Garda stations in counties Waterford and Kilkenny. They were arrested during a major search operation at 10 addresses in Waterford and Cork yesterday morning. Those arrested are from Algeria, Croatia, Palestine, Libya and the US. They are aged in their mid-20s to late-40s.

Detectives in Ireland have been working on the case since late last year with their counterparts in the US and Europe, including Sweden.

The Irish Times understands the suspects were taken into custody on the basis of information supplied to the Garda by the FBI that came to light after surveillance of the suspects’ communications, including emails. The US investigators believe the alleged leader of the group is one of the Algerian men. He has been living in Ireland for the past decade.

The indictment on Jihad Jane indicates that she contacted the Swedish embassy and had orders to go to Sweden to kill an unnamed individual – which the Irish Times reports was Lars Vilks. We posted excerpts here.

Update: From the Jawa Report, the names of those arrested including an American female, are:

1. Sharif Damache (Algerian, age 49, moved to Ireland 2000).

2. His wife Jamie Ramirez (American, from Kansas Colorado via Kansas City, convert to Islam). They live in Waterford.

3. Danijel Orsos (Croatian, age 26, convert to Islam). He is a Roma (gypsy) refugee granted asylum by Ireland in 2003. He lives Tramore, Co.Waterford.

4. Abd Al-Salam Mansur Al Jahani (Libyan, moved to Ireland 2000 or 2001).

5. His wife Nadah Sameh (Palestinian). They live in either Waterford or Tramore.

6. Ghamrassan Moulay-Slimane (Algerian).

7. His wife Iles Moulay-Slimane (Algerian). They run the Royal Pastry halal bakery, Ballincollig, near Cork.

Sweden: Jihad Jane’s target was Mohammad cartoonist Vilks, Swiss papers reprint cartoon

According to this Times Online article, the Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose aka Jihad Jane, recently indicted for terrorist activities was going to kill Swedish artist of Muhammad cartoon infamy – Lars Vilks.

He said he had learned from American media reports that the woman held in the US Colleen R. LaRose, who had called herself Jihad Jane in a YouTube video, had visited the area where he lives, but he did not know whether that was true. “I’m glad she didn’t kill me,” Mr Vilks said.

“They have this woman also which I think is a good part of the plot with this fantastic name, ‘Jihad Jane’ who is actually doing some scouting there in the surroundings,” Mr Vilks added. “As I can see it, you have something of a film there. But as I said, I believe they’re a bit low-tech.”

A Swedish newspaper, that reprinted Vilks cartoon, corroborated the story:

With him was Colleen’s boyfriend’s passport. That she would give to their “brothers”. Six months earlier, she had agreed to marry one of the men she had contact with over the Internet. She had also promised him to go to Sweden and kill the artist Lars Vilks. “It will be my goal until I succeed or die” she replied.

The Irish Times also reports that Jihad Jane was linked to the Ireland 7, arrested earlier this week in a plot to kill Vilks:

The indictment accused Ms LaRose of agreeing in March 2009 to marry a co-conspirator from a South Asian country and try to obtain residency in Europe. He urged her to go to Sweden, find the unnamed Swedish man “and kill him”.

The US Justice Department declined to comment on whether the arrests of Ms LaRose and the seven people in Ireland were connected. However, The Irish Times understands gardai believe Ms LaRose travelled to Ireland last year to recruit people to join the plot to kill Mr Vilks.

The Irish Times also reports that one of the Ireland 7 was from the United States:

The suspects, four men and three women, are being held at Garda stations in counties Waterford and Kilkenny. They were arrested during a major search operation at 10 addresses in Waterford and Cork yesterday morning. Those arrested are from Algeria, Croatia, Palestine, Libya and the US. They are aged in their mid-20s to late-40s.

In a show of local support for Vilks and freedom of expression, Times Online also reported:

Three leading Swedish newspapers and the national broadcaster today carried the notorious cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body.

The country’s biggest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter said the

threat to Mr Vilks was a threat against all Swedes

An editorial claimed that the recent axe attack on a Danish cartoonist for drawing the Prophet meant that Scandinavian values of openness were being assaulted.

But the newspapers stopped short of running the controversial cartoon on their websites because of their wider accessibility around the world.

“In order not to increase the risk of separating the cartoo

n from the context it was not published on the newspaper’s website. (To do) That could upset people without a reason. Also, a picture published online would be much more widely disseminated.”

Update: The indictment on Jihad Jane indicates that she contacted the Swedish embassy and had orders to go to Sweden: Continue reading

Ireland: 7 arrested over plot to kill cartoonist of Muhammad drawing

Relentless. We’ve been warning about Islamization in Ireland more and more frequently – twice in the last two weeks. We also posted on warnings from Somali Muslims to artist Lars Vilks in January. Some of Vilk’s drawings below, and more on our Muhammad images page here.

Irish police today arrested seven suspects over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish artist who drew the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.

The target of the alleged assassination was Lars Vilks, who had a $100,000 (£67,000) bounty put on his head by al-Qaida in 2007, with a 50% bonus if Vilks was “slaughtered like a lamb” by having his throat cut. Another $50,000 was said to have been put on the life of Ulf Johansson, editor-in-chief of Nerikes Allehanda, the local newspaper that printed the cartoon.

The four men and three women, who were detained at about 10am this morning, are in their mid-20s to late-40s and are being held at stations in Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan and Thomastown. Garda sources have confirmed that some of those arrested hold Irish citizenship and a number are from the Middle East. Some of those questioned have been confirmed as converts to Islam.

The suspects are being held under Ireland’s Criminal Justice Act 2007. Under Irish law they can be held in custody for up to seven days.

Ireland’s anti-terrorist special detective unit was involved in the operation. A spokesman for the force said: “Throughout the investigation Garda Síochána has been working closely with law enforcement agencies in the United States and in a number of European countries.” The CIA and the FBI were involved in the investigation.

Notice the 50% bonus to slaughter Vilks halal-style. Read more via Seven arrested over alleged plot to kill cartoonist over Muhammad drawing | guardian.co.uk.

More: Threatened Swedish artist Lars Vilks says he’s not exactly “shaking with fear”:

“I have prepared in different ways and I have an axe here in case someone should manage to get in through the window”

Update:

Two Muslim men were charged in Ireland on Monday after an investigation into an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who drew a crude cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, Irish state media said. An Algerian was charged with sending a menacing text message while a Libyan was charged with an immigration offence. The men were part of a seven-strong group arrested last Tuesday in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Only two of the seven people arrested have been charged. The other five – three women and two men – have been released. AFP

Ireland: Islamists ‘Sharia law’ website a big hit

A newspaper in Ireland has picked up on a story we told you about in December 2009 in a post titled, MPAC Ireland: Promoting jihad, sharia, and protecting Muslim kids from kuffars (video). The Tribune Ireland story below.

via John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent, Irish ‘Sharia law’ website gets 270,000 hits a month.

An Irish Islamic website which argues for the introduction of Sharia law here and extols the benefits of Islamic rules for women claims to have had nearly 270,000 hits last month alone.

Targeted at what it called Irish “O’Muslims”, the Muslim Public Affairs Council website, http://www.mpac.ie, also warns readers about the dangers of imitating the Kuffar (non-believers in Islam).

The website – which says all content is screened by moderators in advance of being posted online – last week carried references to the fact that “victory is near” because wars are bankrupting America and described the recent crucifixion of a paedophile and murderer in Saudi Arabia as “justice”.

“And who could doubt that establishing the authority of Allah in the land is in the best interests of Ireland?” it asks.

Every Irishman could and should doubt it and nip that problem in the bud while they have a chance.

We posted a link dump on Ireland last week, Sharia and Jihad, Creeping in Ireland, and have posted on the Islamic blasphemy law passed there last year. Apparently the MPAC-Ireland website which clearly rails against non-Muslims is exempt from the law. See all posts on Ireland here. (Check for posts in your state/country by using the Category drop-down on right)

Sharia and Jihad, Creeping in Ireland

Last weekend, we brought you a post with links and videos on the growing threat of jihad and sharia in Latin America. You might not be aware, but sharia is creeping in Ireland too.

Whether it is the disastrous blasphemy law passed in Ireland in 2009 – a law that reads as if it was written by and for Muslims, or whether it is pro-jihad, pro-sharia incitement from groups like MPAC-Ireland, the threat is real.

Browse the links below, and keep an eye on the issues ranging from Islamic shariah finance, to the recruitment of Irish youth to support sharia and wage jihad, and the connection to the homegrown threat in the UK. If you have more links or a blog dedicated to sharia/jihad in Ireland – send us links and we’ll add them.

Irish president praises Islamic students’ role in society

Ireland to facilitate Sharia finance

ACCA Ireland welcomes the facilitation of Islamic Financing in the Finance Bill

Born John Burke. Died Muhammad Omar.

Father of Irish jihad warrior in Afghanistan speaks out

Irish Imam says Irish women should wear Muslim veil as sign of religious freedom

IRISH Council of Imams urges acceptance of niqab

Muslim man demands right to bring second wife to Ireland

Jihad-preaching Choudary gets all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland topersuade young students to back Sharia law in Britain

MPAC Ireland: Promoting jihad, sharia, and protecting Muslim kids from kuffars (video)

Atheists challenge new Irish blasphemy laws

MPAC-Ireland website hosting mysterious “Muslim Defence Force” link

Saudi students head for new college

Irishman wants to kill for Islam

Video: Jihad & the IRA

Video: Ireland – the Hostile Takeover

Video: Pro-Hamas rally in Ireland

Atheists challenge new Irish blasphemy laws

Ireland submitted itself to Islamic sharia in 2009 by instituting a new blasphemy law. We covered it in this July 2009 post, Criticizing Islam now a crime in Ireland. The law received virtually no media coverage elsewhere despite it clearly being enacted to protect a certain religion.

…a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter if (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion

Which ‘religion’ can manufacture outrage, and violence, amongst its adherents at any time? Atheists in Ireland are prepared to challenge the new law, via The Guardian, Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws.

Secular campaigners in the Irish Republic defied a strict new blasphemy law which came into force today by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations online and promising to fight the legislation in court.

The new law, which was passed in July, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (£22,000).

It defines blasphemy as “publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted”.

But Atheist Ireland, a group that claims to represent the rights of atheists, responded to the new law by publishing 25 anti-religious quotations on its website, from figures including Richard Dawkins, Björk, Frank Zappa and the former Observer editor and Irish ex-minister Conor Cruise O’Brien.

Michael Nugent, the group’s chair, said that it would challenge the law through the courts if it were charged with blasphemy.

Nugent said: “This new law is both silly and dangerous. It is silly because medieval religious laws have no place in a modern secular republic, where the criminal law should protect people and not ideas. And it is dangerous because it incentives religious outrage, and because Islamic states led by Pakistan are already using the wording of this Irish law to promote new blasphemy laws at UN level.

“We believe in the golden rule: that we have a right to be treated justly, and that we have a responsibility to treat other people justly. Blasphemy laws are unjust: they silence people in order to protect ideas. In a civilised society, people have a right to express and to hear ideas about religion even if other people find those ideas to be outrageous.”

He said that despite the published quotations being abusive and insulting in relation to matters held sacred by various religions, Atheist Ireland “unreservedly support the right of these people to have published or uttered them, and we unreservedly support the right of any Irish citizen to make comparable statements about matters held sacred by any religion without fear of being criminalised, and without having to prove to a court that a reasonable person would find any particular value in the statement”.

From a blog titled “blasphemy.ie” come the List of 25 Blasphemous Quotes Published by Atheist Ireland., which include quotes from Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Mark Twain, Frank Zappa, Salman Rushdie, Bjork, and others.

Also watch this, a “Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is” – A Short Film About Ireland’s Blasphemy Law

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