Maryland: School bans USMC dad who requested daughter’s removal from Islamic indoctrination

Release the curriculum for all to see. via Parent banned from La Plata HS after Islam homework dispute — SoMdNews.com.

The father of a La Plata High School student has been barred from the school grounds after officials said he threatened to disrupt the school environment.

Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion.

Morris and La Plata High Principal Evelyn Arnold reported to the Charles County Public Schools central office that Wood in his phone call had threatened to upset the school environment in some way Monday, according to school spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson. O’Malley-Simpson declined to elaborate on what threats Wood had made.

If the trespass order is ignored, police could be called and have the violator removed.

“We don’t take that lightly,” said O’Malley-Simpson. “We have a lot of students, and safety comes first. We don’t allow disruptions at the schools, especially if we’re forewarned of them.”

Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, said in an interview Monday afternoon outside of the school system’s central office that he did not wish for his daughter, a junior at La Plata, to learn the Islamic religion, a faith he does “not believe in,” he said.

Wood and his wife, Melissa Wood, said they reached out to the school last week and asked that their daughter be removed from her world history course for the duration that the class covered Islam. The Woods said they spoke by a telephone to a woman, who they identified as “Ms. Pearl,” who listened to their request and said she would investigate the possibility of an alternative assignment.

A directory on the La Plata High School website lists Shanif Pearl as an administrative assistant.

It was Morris who returned their phone call, the Woods said. Morris informed them that the teacher could not offer an alternative assignment, and any assignment the Woods’ daughter missed would receive a failing grade.

“I told her straight up ‘you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white [expletive],” Kevin Wood said in an interview. “If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school.”

Kevin Wood, who identified himself as Catholic, denied that he had issued any threats or that he had planned to show up on the La Plata campus Monday.

In a later phone call with Morris, Kevin Wood said he blasted the school for violating his daughter’s “constitutional rights” and said he would contact the media and “bring a [expletive]storm down on them like they’ve never seen.”

“Nowhere did he ever threaten,” Melissa Wood said. “And this is where it’s gotten totally blown out of proportion.”

The La Plata school resource officer informed Kevin Wood by phone Friday he was not allowed on the property.

Students are required to pass world history as a graduation requirement, O’Malley-Simpson said. A piece of the world history course involves studying Middle Eastern culture and the formation of its empires — the Maryland State Board of Education has dictated that Middle East be part of the curriculum for many years, O’Malley-Simpson said.

At all three levels of the course, normal, honors and Advanced Placement, students study this material. Students must also enroll in government and U.S. history.

Policies exist that allow a child to complete an alternative assignment if the parents complain, O’Malley-Simpson said, but not in the case of world history.

“If parents object to a book that’s assigned, and the assignment is to gather certain reading skills, assigning them a different book doesn’t matter,” she said. “The student still gains the skills and knowledge. In the case of world history and other subjects, it’s part of the curriculum and it’s part of the standards you’re supposed to learn.”

Students learn aspects of other religions as well, O’Malley-Simpson said. When studying the Renaissance era, they are taught aspects of Christianity and the role it played in the reformation. When students learn about China and India, Hinduism and Buddhism are both discussed, she said.

Administration will not be discontinuing the assignment in dispute, O’Malley-Simpson said.

The Woods’ daughter skipped the world history class Monday and will not complete any more assignments, per her parent’s wishes. She will receive “zeros” on those assignments, the Woods said.

The Woods met with Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Amy Hollstein on Monday. Hill contacted the family late Sunday night to arrange the meeting, the Woods said.

Any further meetings will also include Arnold, as she will decide whether to lift the order against Kevin Wood, O’Malley-Simpson said.

O’Malley-Simpson said she was unsure of how many orders have been issued in recent years, but said it was an uncommon occurrence.

Board of education member Jennifer Abell took to Facebook, saying “misinformation” had been circulated about the no trespass order.

“Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) social studies curriculum adheres to the Maryland World History curricular standards that are a requirement for all counties in the state. These standards include an analysis of the elements of culture such as art, music, religion, government, social structure, education, beliefs and customs in societies throughout history,” Abell wrote on Facebook. “Regarding the study of history specifically, the standards also state that students should be able to analyze the customs and beliefs of world religions and their expansion, as well as how their establishment has impacted other areas of culture, and in certain times and regions, even caused conflict.”

Melissa Wood called Abell’s full post, which included line about “ensuring the safety of students and staff of the school” a “smear” against her husband.

She said that she intends to address the matter both with the Maryland Department of Education and her state legislators.


Why are these school administrators and spokeswoman so adamant in their forcing Islam on students?

Contact the school to express your concern in a respectful and constructive manner (unlike some commenters here).

Maryland is a liberal wasteland that is rapidly Islamizing and being transformed by sharia settlements and foreign-funded mega-mosques…just search the Creeping Sharia archives category = Maryland.

Maryland: Indonesia funds $3M purchase of church, conversion to mosque

State Department Muslim rep attends opening and praises allah on U.S. taxpayer’s dime.

“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” ~ Poem that landed Turkish president Erdogan in jail

 

islamization-maryland

via the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. newspaper – IMAAM Center Realizes 20 Year Old Dream.

For hundreds of Indonesian-American families and Maryland Muslims, “grand opening” couldn’t have more meaning than it did on Friday, September 26, 2014.

After two decades, the dream of establishing a masjid and community center in Maryland finally became a reality, and the presidential benefactor who facilitated a three million dollar donation to purchase a church and convert it to a masjid came with a delegation to witness the opening of the Indonesian Muslim Association in America (IMAAM) in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The remodeled church includes a large prayer area and smaller assembly rooms. The grand opening ceremony included juma’ prayer led by founding IMAAM member Firdaus Kadir. President Yudhoyono led his delegation in ‘Asr prayer immediately afterward; the group traveled overnight from New York where President Yudhoyono was attending the United Nations gathering of world leaders.

IMAAM invited representatives from area Muslim organizations. Some area leaders and activists in attendance included All Dulles Area Muslims Association (ADAMS) President Syed Moktadir, ADAMS Board of Trustees Chairman Rizwan Jaka, Dr. Iqbal Yunus from the Fairfax Institute, Imam of the Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) Faizul Khan, and Sister Asma Hanif, director of the Muslimat An-Nisaa women’s shelter. Numerous diplomats from Muslim countries as well as local interfaith leaders also attended.

As is typical with a visit from a head of state, the invitation only event had tight security which included a large presence from the Montgomery County Police Department as well as federal agents. The ceremony began about an hour before juma’ prayer with lunch served to all guests. A live translation was available to guests via wireless headsets.

After a recitation from the Qur’an, IMAAM President Arif Mustofa thanked Allah and President Yudhoyono for allowing the organization to reach this day. He said the strategic location of the new center – close to Washington DC and Northern Virginia and to the metro system – would allow Muslims and guests from around the region to participate in the activities at IMAAM. “The doors of goodness will be wide open to those who want peace,” said Mustofa.

US Department of State’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar spoke next, congratulating the IMAAM community on the realization of their dream. “The Muslim community is an integral part of America. What can we do to make an impact? Engagement,” said Zafar. He also took the opportunity to comment on the Indonesian President’s recent speech regarding how to deal with the threat of terrorism and extremism. “We fully agree with your speech about using soft power to confront extremist groups like ISIL,” said Zafar, adding that stopping the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq was critical.

President Yudhoyono’s address began with praising and thanking Allah for this day, and sending salutations on the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his companions, and the Muslim ummah.

The same ummah ISIS preaches too. 

Baltimore is becoming ground zero for foreign purchased mega mosques.

Maryland Mosque Already Tax-Exempt now Getting DHS / FEMA Taxpayer Grants for Security

Security from what? From being investigated for preaching jihad? via U.S. Mosque Already Tax-Exempt now getting DHS / FEMA Taxpayer Grants for Security – Walid Shoebat.

It appears that Muslim Brotherhood-linked institutions in the U.S. have found yet another way to benefit from taxpayers, in addition to being tax-exempt. The latest example comes courtesy of the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB), which is receiving tens of thousands of dollars in grant (taxpayer) money courtesy of a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which is an arm of the DHS.

A man who has been identified as a Muslim Brotherhood infiltrator of the Obama administration by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) is Mohamed Elibiary who until recently, had been an adviser to DHS. There is no evidence to suggest that Elibiary had any role in the program that allows grant money to go to mosque security. However, as a Muslim Brotherhood infiltrator of DHS, there’s equally no evidence that he would object to such a program; such evidence suggests he’d support it. In fact, his tweets were quite pro-Muslim Brotherhood as Shoebat.com reported. The grant program also further illustrates just why infiltration of the U.S. government by the Brotherhood is so problematic.

ISB, which already possesses 501(c)(3) status has found a new way to double-dip (h/t Pamela Geller):

ISB will be receiving $74,675.00 which will go towards upgrading, enhancing and adding to our security infrastructure. Over the next several months you will see contractors on-site conducting these security enhancements.

As Cultural Jihad points out, a Muslim Brotherhood front group that is already tax-exempt has been calling on other groups / mosques with similar status to take advantage of this additional revenue stream:

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging mosques and Muslim institutions nationwide to consider applying for funds available through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

The program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.

The practice of more seasoned Muslim organizations in the U.S. serving as a resource for newer ones and start-ups is a common practice, as Shoebat.com has reported. While Elibiary was an adviser to the DHS, Salam al-Marayati and Mohamed Magid head tax-exempt Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups in MPAC and ISNA respectively.

Tax-exempt status being granted to highly questionable Islamic entities in the U.S. is not new. As Shoebat.com reported, many of these institutions were granted such status during the Bush administration. In fact, the signature of none other than Lois Lerner is at the bottom of several of the approval letters.

One such way to remedy these problems involves passage of a bill introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) earlier this year. It calls for the Muslim Brotherhood to be identified as a terrorist organization and all of its affiliated groups to be put on watch or otherwise sanctioned.

Under such a scenario, it’s conceivable that all Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations and mosques – and there are many – with tax exempt status would lose that status as well as not qualify for security grants.

 

U.S. military personnel told to not to eat, drink in front of Muslims…in Maryland

Enforcing the sharia. via Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims | Todd Starnes

Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.

That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.

The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.

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“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”

During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.

The brigade commander also provided a link to a website about Islam, and specifically Ramadan.

Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names.

“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”

The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me.

“Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness,” the Marine said.

I contacted USU about the email. I wanted to understand the brigade commander’s intent. I gave them 20 days to respond, but no one returned my calls or emails.

Another individual who studies at USU was concerned about the wording of the email.

“It could be construed as an order and one that violates the First Amendment freedom of everyone who received it,” my source said. “This is an appalling violation, especially coming on the heels of so many instances where those of conservative Christian faith in the military are vilified.”

Read it all.

 

 

Maryland: Muslim pleads guilty in multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling racket

A predominantly Muslim cigarette smuggling racket…that funded? via Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case | Coastal Point. h/t UNDER THE BURKA

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

Samer Ramadan, 40, pleaded guilty to the charge, the most serious one against him, was scheduled to be sentenced to two to six years in a New York state prison on Monday, July 7.

As treasurer, Ramadan was second-in-charge in the smuggling operation that he told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Foley was run by his brother, Basel, 43, who continues to be held without bond, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office. Basel Ramadan’s trial is expected to take place in October, but his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12.

When Homeland Security officers and New York authorities raided Basel Ramadan’s Oyster Harbor residence in May 2013, they found approximately $1.4 million in cash, some of which was in black trash bags. Many items, including three handguns, were removed from the house and vehicles and taken away. The vehicles were also taken away from the property.

The 303-page indictment gave details of the smuggling operation that involved purchasing cartons of cigarettes in Virginia, ostensibly to sell at Virginia businesses. That ruse permitted them to buy the cigarettes at a tax rate of 30 cents per pack. The cartons of cigarettes would be taken to storage facilities in Delaware. One of the storage facilities was in Dagsboro.

Several other people were allegedly involved in the lucrative cigarette smuggling enterprise. Adel Abuzahrieh, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the alleged transporter who drove several times weekly from Brooklyn to Dagsboro, where he exchanged tens of thousands of dollars in cash for cartons of cigarettes. Then he would take the cigarettes — approximately 20,000 cartons per week — north to New Jersey, where he would hand them over to distributors, who would take them to storage facilities in New York City.

Four additional men, called “resellers” by the New York Attorney General’s Office, would deliver the cartons to Arab markets and grocery stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, where they would sell them for huge profits. Some of the cartons were sold in Schenectady and Albany.

In addition to the Ramadan brothers, 14 other alleged participants in the cigarette smuggling enterprise were indicted. Ahmad Abdelaziz, also of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and will be sentenced to one to three years in prison Aug. 12.

Yousef Odeh, one of the alleged distributors, 53, allegedly had ties with Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Muslim cleric now serving a life sentence for a conspiracy to blow up New York City landmarks.

One of the alleged resellers, Muaffaq Askar, was suspected of providing weapons to Rashid Baz, who was convicted of shooting at a van carrying Yeshiva students as it crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994. One student was killed in that attack.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said last year that the association of some of the suspects in the cigarette smuggling ring with terrorists was cause for concern. Similar schemes had been used in the past to help fund terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to a 2013 press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ramadans allegedly deposited “more than $55 million from their untaxed cigarette sales into small financial institutions in and around Ocean City.” Then they would allegedly use that money to purchase more cigarettes to sell in their illegal enterprise. The press release stated that they generated more than $10 million in profits in the smuggling operation.

During the year-long investigation by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York City Police Department, with assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, law enforcement seized 65,000 forged New York tax stamps that had not yet been affixed to packs of cigarettes, as well as nearly 20,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and more than $200,000, from suspects in New York City.

All of the suspects were charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering and related tax crimes.

Basel Ramadan and Youssef Odeh of Staten Island were also indicted in October 2013 in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot. They were allegedly conspiring from behind bars to murder witnesses against them in the cigarette smuggling case.

“These defendants sought to kill individuals they believed to be witnesses to their crimes,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated in a press release. “This behavior is intolerable, and we are going to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. These two individuals cheated New York taxpayers out of millions of dollars in tax revenue and then tried to cover up their dangerous and lucrative smuggling operations, which hurt New York businesses, by committing the ultimate crime.”

Odeh pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and conspiracy in the second degree (conspiracy to commit murder) and he faced sentences of two to six years in prison when he was sentenced Monday, July 7, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Previously, Muaffaq Askar pleaded guilty to New York tax law 1814(a)(i), attempt to evade cigarette tax, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Maryland: Islamic enclave grows in Hagerstown

via Even Out West, the Masajid Are Expanding.

The community in Hagerstown, MD broke ground on the expansion of the 100 year old stone structure that houses their masjid. Dr. Abdul Waheed, a resident of the area since the early 1980s, says that it is a project ten years in the making. Less than 5 minutes off Interstate 70 Exit 32 B brings travelers to the Islamic Society of Western Maryland.

The site was purchased by the community in 1991. The community has evolved from the 6 families of doctors, who moved to Hagerstown to find a safe haven from big city life, to more than 200 families. Over the years, Bosnian refugees and South Asian, Arab, African immigrants have made Hagerstown their home. Muslim families from bordering states, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also call the masjid their spiritual home.

Funding had held up the project, but the community has now raised the money from within and the ground is being prepared for construction. The contract signed for $1.1 million is just shy of the final amount.

Representatives of the board expressed their appreciation for the local authorities who have been ‘very helpful and cooperative.”

The Islamic Society of Western Maryland is located at 2036 Day Rd Hagerstown, MD 21740 and online at http://www.iswmd.org.

 

Maryland: Muslim immigrant gets five years in jihad plot on cartoonist

Why isn’t he being deported?

mohammad-khalid

via Maryland Man Receives Five-Year Prison Sentence for European Terror Plot

A federal judge sentenced an Ellicott City man to five years in prison for aiding a group of people who were planning terror attacks in Europe, a less severe sentence than prosecutors had sought.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani immigrant from Ellicott City who graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2011, pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists in federal court in Philadelphia in May 2012. He was arrested when he was 17 on charges of providing material support to terrorism; prosecutors had asked that he receive a 10-year prison sentence.

Khalid, 20, admitted in court to aiding the would-be terrorist nicknamed “Jihad Jane” and apologized to his parents as he was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison, reports the Military.com website. He cried during parts of the sentencing hearing Thursday in Philadelphia, while his parents, brother and sisters wept.

Khalid’s time in prison is likely to be short because he gets credit for almost three years incarceration since his arrest, but he is likely to be deported to Pakistan once he completes his sentence.

At the time of his arrest, he was about to enter Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on a full scholarship, the website says.

Once again obliterating the myth that jihadists are poor and uneducated. Quite the contrary, read Queen Mary Univ: Radicals More Likely to be Well-Off, Educated.

“I stand before your honor humiliated,” he told the judge. “Nothing I say today can excuse the mistakes of my past.”

Court documents state Khalid helped a Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose, remove incriminating postings from an online message board and created posts seeking money for LaRose’s group in Europe. LaRose, who is called “JihadJane” after her online name, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this winter for her involvement in the terror plot.

LaRose was plotting with others in Europe to kill a Swedish artist over a cartoon that offended Muslims, according to an Associated Press report.

An attorney for Khalid told the Baltimore Sun that associating with the group “was like a video game to him” and that a 10-year sentence would be “ridiculous.”

Since being arrested, prosecutors said that Khalid cooperated with the FBI, helping with terrorist investigations and that he “may have learned respect for the law.”

Khalid was living in the United States legally.

 Again we ask, why isn’t he being deported?

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