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The City of Philadelphia held its 2nd annual Iftar, in recognition of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, on July 15 at the Mayor’s Reception Hall.
Roughly 200 people, including Muslim community leaders, business professionals and elected officials attended the Iftar, which is the “nightly meal eaten by Muslims who have fasted during the day as an observation of Ramadan.”
“The most outstanding thing is the opportunity for unity in the Islamic community,” said Salima Suswell, an event spokesperson. She added that “like many religions” the different congregations within Islam “don’t get to share time with each other because they are so busy working in their respective communities. The Iftar is an opportunity for them to get together and celebrate the month of Ramadan.”
The ceremony featured youth presentations, a Maghrib prayer, spoken word and remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter; Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Ryan N. Boyer, business manager for the Laborers District Council, who hosted the Iftar; Katera Y. Moore, of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); and Khalid Blankinship. Ph.D., who gave the keynote address.
“Philadelphia is a city founded on the principles of religious freedom and tolerance [and] I have tremendous respect for the many, many members of the Muslim community,” Nutter said.
“And we all would do well to better understand the many religions practiced in our city, across the country and around the world. The people in Philadelphia who practice the faith of Islam are people who worship regularly, look after their children, are actively engaged in their community and are peace loving, law abiding citizens of Philadelphia.”
Is this how they look after their children? 5-Year-Old Muslim Girl Abducted from Philly School by Niqab-clad Woman (video)
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The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which led last month’s lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, and seen by Reuters, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.
It said Christians who wanted to remain in the “caliphate” that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a “dhimma” contract – a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as “jizya”.
“We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract – involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,” the announcement said.
A resident of Mosul said the statement, issued in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, had been distributed on Thursday and read out in mosques.
It said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which the group has now named Caliph Ibrahim, had set a Saturday deadline for Christians who did not want to stay and live under those terms to “leave the borders of the Islamic Caliphate”.
“After this date, there is nothing between us and them but the sword,” it said.
The Nineveh decree echoes one that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the former name for the Islamic State, issued in the Syrian city of Raqqa in February, demanding that Christians pay the jizya levy in gold and curb displays of their faith in return for protection.
The concept of dhimma, governing non-Muslims living under Islamic rule, dates back to the early Islamic era in the seventh century, but was largely abolished during the Ottoman reforms of the mid-19th century.
Mosul, once home to diverse faiths, had a Christian population of around 100,000 a decade ago, but waves of attacks on Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein have seen those numbers collapse.
The resident of Mosul who saw the Islamic State announcement estimated the city’s Christian population before last month’s militant takeover at around 5,000. The vast bulk of those have since fled, leaving perhaps only 200 in the city, he said.
A Catholic bishop from Mosul told Reuters that 150 Christian families had left in recent days and church leaders had advised the few families who wanted to negotiate with militants that they should also flee for their own safety. [that leaves about 50 remaining]
The Christians described their flight as a historic loss.
“We have lived in this city and we have had a civilization for thousands of years – and suddenly some strangers came and expelled us from our homes,” said a woman in her 60s who fled on Friday for Hamdaniya, a mainly Christian town controlled by Kurdish security forces to the southeast of Mosul.
Others were stopped by gunmen on the outskirts of the city and robbed of the goods they carried, suggesting the militants were implementing an order to Christians to leave behind all possessions.
“The Islamic State stopped my relatives at a checkpoint when they were fleeing and when they found out they were Christians, they took everything they were carrying, including their mobile phones,” said a Christian man, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“They left them only with the clothes they were wearing,” he said, speaking from Hamdaniya.
The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, relayed its ultimatum from mosque loudspeakers and spraypainted Christian properties with the letter “N” for Nasrani, or Christian, residents said.
Religious leaders have expressed alarm at the order. “It is forbidden for Christians to be rejected, expelled or wiped out,” said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako in a statement published on his official website.
“It is no secret the dire consequences this could have on the peaceful coexistence of the majority and minorities, and also among Muslims themselves in the near and long term.” [peaceful coexistence? Islamic State Torches Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul] and [Muslims Enter Churches, Tear And Rip Out All Of The Crosses, And Replace Them With The Antichrist Black Flags Of Islam]
Mosul lies across the Tigris river from the ancient city of Nineveh, at the heart of Mesopotamia. It thrived at a time when what is now Iraq was considered a “cradle of civilization”, and for centuries its population showed the importance of Iraq as a crossroad of trade and culture.
The overlapping of Muslim and Christian faiths in modern day Mosul is evident by the fact that the tomb of the Biblical and Koranic prophet Jonah is housed in a mosque in the city. [Muslims destroyed the tomb, see video]
That mosque is at risk of destruction along with others in Mosul considered heretical by the Sunni, ultra-conservative Islamic State, which rejects other branches of Islam such as Shi’ism and condemns the veneration of tombs.
Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was once among the country’s most mixed. Waves of attacks on Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein eroded its once sizeable Christian population, mainly from the Assyrian and Chaldean denominations.
The worst blow in recent memory came when the Islamic State fighters and their allies swept into the city last month.
“It is a disaster,” said Nabil Khashat, a Christian who moved years ago to Arbil, in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region where many ethnic and religious minorities have taken refuge.
“I don’t think there is a destiny worse than that,” he said, referring to the Islamic State ultimatum.
The militants’ seizure of Mosul also drove other ethnic and religious minorities away, such as the Shabak and Turkmen Shi’ites and the Yazidis, an ethnically Kurdish group practicing a religion linked to Zoroastrianism.
Human Rights Watch said on Saturday that the Islamic State had been killing, kidnapping and threatening minority groups in a “vicious campaign” in and around Mosul in recent weeks.
The New York-based group said militants occupied a Syriac Orthodox church and removed a statue of the Virgin Mary from another church. On June 29, the militants kidnapped two Chaldean nuns and three Christian orphans and held them for two weeks.
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When paying the jizya backfires…the U.S. resorts to more dhimmitude, condemning Muslims for throwing the halal food on the floor. via Seven injured as group attacks fast-breaking dinner organized by US consulate in Diyarbakır. h/t @DanielPipes
A crowd protested a fast-breaking iftar meal organized in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır by the U.S. consulate in Adana on July 15, attacking the tent where the food was prepared and served.
Seven people, including a police officer, were injured during the scuffles that erupted after the group’s attack. Two of the injured people underwent surgery.
Some 72 NGOs and associations were invited by the U.S. consul general in Adana, John Espinoza, to the iftar in tents erected by Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality in the central Dağkapı Square.
A group gathered nearby to protest the event, burning U.S. flags, and some people from within the group reportedly threw flares at the tents, damaging tables and chairs and prompting police to resort to tear gas.
The U.S. consulate said it “understood the protests” but condemned the attack, noting that a similar iftar event was held during Ramadan last year.
“We support the right to protest. But the fact that demonstrators threw all the food prepared is unacceptable. We condemn it,” said Espinoza, adding that the iftar meal was intended to show their commitment to the people of Diyarbakır.
“We wanted to show our respect for cultural and religious traditions with an iftar dinner in the district of Sur. We know that these hooligans who have breached this night unlawfully don’t represent Diyarbakır,” he said.
The head of the Democratic Regions Party’s (DBP) Diyarbakır branch, Zübeyde Zümrüt, claimed that the attack was planned. “Two of [the injured] are in serious condition. One has undergone surgery, while another is preparing to do so. One person may lose an eye,” Zümrüt said.
Diyarbakır co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı visited the injured in hospital. However, another group of people outside prevented her from making a statement following her visit to the hospital.
Thanks to reader Martin who provides some video…it was more than just a protest, it was a riot and full blown take down of the event. See video in the comments.
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The big Arabia is becoming a big caliphate. Now this in Caliph-ornia. via Anaheim’s Little Arabia: Now an Official Tourist Attraction! | OC Weekly. h/t UNDER THE BURKA
After months of courting local communities, politicians and convention officials, Little Arabia marked another milestone yesterday. The ethnic enclave of family-friendly Middle Eastern restaurants and markets mostly along Brookhurst Street in Anaheim is now recognized as a tourist attraction by the city and the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. A profile of the district went live online on the latter’s website making things official!
The vision began to take shape and initiative at a luncheon event where Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait visited with residents at Papa Hassan’s Grill. The Weekly dubbed it the ‘Shawarma Summit,” helping set off a media blitz as countless profile pieces followed. Jay Burress, President and CEO of Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, left the summit impressed. “It really has so much potential,” he said of Little Arabia at the time. “There’s a million dollars every hour spent by visitors in Orange County. We need to make sure this area is getting its share as well.”
Through a partnership with the Arab American Chamber of California, that aim is closer to becoming reality and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Throngs of summer tourists are coming into Anaheim and its surrounding areas for treks to Disneyland. For those coming into the area from the Muslim world, Ramadan is also in full effect. What better way to break a religious fast at sunset while on vacation than with an epic iftar buffet in Little Arabia?
The District is a few miles west of the Anaheim resort, but plans are being made to connect the two. “There will be a future partnership with the Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) and the Yellow Cab,” says Rida Hamida, Executive Director of the Arab American Chamber of California. “We’re actually going to get the tour bus into Brookhurst.” Taxi cab drivers can talk up the grub spots and if passengers are intrigued by what they hear, they may direct their dining destination on over to Little Arabia District.
All the Weekly faves are featured from Kareem’s Restaurant to Olive Tree. “The most important thing is to get an authentic flavor of Anaheim,” Hamida says. “No matter who they are, where they come from, no one can complain about Arabic food! It brings people together.”
Written like a true dhimmi.
A quick search reveals “Anaheim” popping up in dozens of Creeping Sharia posts.
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The administration of President Barack Obama has been identifying Muslims in the military in an effort to encourage their presence.
Officials said the Defense Department has been keeping records and tracking Muslims. They said the administration sought to attract Muslims both to the military and to the Pentagon.
“Our nation and our entire military family remain stronger because of the service and sacrifice of people of all faiths, including the thousands of patriotic Muslim Americans who have served and still serve in this long period of war,” Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said last week.
The U.S. military currently has 4,500 uniformed Muslims, the Pentagon said on July 3. It was not clear how the Pentagon identified the Muslims. The department has not given statistics on members of other religious faiths.
In 2009, a U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, shouting “God is great,” opened fire and killed 13 of his colleagues. Later, authorities acknowledged that Hasan, a psychiatrist, was linked to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Critics have accused the administration of promoting Islam as the preferential faith in the United States. Over the last year, a senior adviser to the Homeland Security Department, Mohamed Elibiary, issued a statement that said the U.S. Constitution was “Islamically compliant” and that a Muslim caliphate was “inevitable.”
“I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country,” Elibiary said in a Twitter post on June 30.
On July 3, Work attended the annual Pentagon ceremony of Iftar, or the evening dinner after a day-long fast that continues throughout the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Pentagon has been conducting the ceremony since 1998 in commemoration of Islam.
“Tonight is an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together in the spirit of respect and tolerance to share the richness of our beliefs and to enjoy the traditions of hospitality that are such an important part of the Muslim community,” Work said.
The Pentagon, which hired Saudi-sponsored groups to raise awareness, has reported the employment of 1,000 Muslims. Officials said they included
civilians and contractors for the Defense Department.
In his address, Work quoted Obama as saying that Ramadan reminded Americans of the principles of peace, justice and equality.
Negative. The principles of jihad, sharia and supremacy however…
The deputy secretary also urged those at the Iftar to remember their responsibility to the defense of the United States.
“Our country’s founders understood in a visceral way [that] the best way to honor the place of faith in the lives of all Americans was to fight for
justice and equality as well as liberty and freedom,” Work said. “That is exactly what the men and women both in and out of uniform who serve in the
Department of Defense do every single day. They are safeguarding the very ideals deemed so precious by our founding fathers.”
Flashback: Obama has been putting Muslims in power positions since they day he took office when he got a list of top Muslims to takeover America. Muslim congressman Keith Ellison was aiding and abetting: Ellison, Muslim Congressional Staffers seek to fill Obama’s 8,000 jobs.
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Those, who are aware of the newly-released movie, “Aisha and Muhammad”, by producer Imran Firasat should already know that Youtube stood in constant and firm vigilance with an iron-whip in hand to strike down any attempt to promote the movie on its website.
Youtube deactivated the first link of the movie within one-and-a-half hours of activation. The second link was deactivated faster that the first. That’s how youtube dealt with Imran Firasat’s movie.
What baflles us most is the fact that youtube fought hard a legal battle to keep the rather shoddily made video, “The Innocence of Muslims”, after one of it actresses, following death-threat from Muslims, initiated a legal proceeding against Youtube after it rejected her request to remove the video on the ground of defending freedom of expression. The protracted legal battle ran on for nearly a year, and in the final court verdict, youtube lost the case a few months ago, and regretfully deleted the video, terming it a bad day for freedom of expression.
Compared to “The Innocence of Muslims”, “Aisha and Muhammad” is much more serious movie based on a much better-researched and better-written story setting with the critical elements of the movie fortified by accompaying references from original and respectable Islamic sources. Moreover, the story in the movie, which is rather grossly and lewedly described in Islamic sources, is presented in a very measured and restrained manner in this movie.
Having advised Imran Firasat on the production of the movie whenever he sought guidance, and seen it multiple times, I am firmly certain that Muslims will never protest, let alone engage in violence, over a movie like this, since it is based on the normative Islamic narratives of the past 14 hundred years. And so far, although various Islamic organizations are talking about insults of the prophet in the movie, are not calling upon the willing followers of Islam to take to the street in protest against it.
Amidst youtube’s resolute censorship of the movie, which has severely limited its reach to the viewers, now vimeo.com, which runs on a paid service platform, has also deleted the movie without any prior consultation with Imran Firasat, despite the fact that he paid for hosting the video on vimeo.com. Only after deleting the movie, they sent him an email to inform about the deletion. Here’s the screenshot of the email Imran Firasat received:
The ground for vimeo.com’s removal of the movie is that it either “harass, incite hatred or depict excessive violence”. Those, who have watched the movie, will clearly know that neither vimeo.com or Muslims will be able to show anything in the movie that “harass” anybody, “incite hatred” against anybody or any community, or “depict excessive violence”.
To be noted that LiveLeak and DailyMotion also deleted all the trailers of the movie that Imran Firasat had posted in those sites.
So, that’s the way things seem to go even in the Western world today in the name of censorship about Islam. Vimeo.com (as well as youtube) is violating its own terms and conditions, and guideline, and is instead accusing Imran Firasat of doing the same, who has done absolutely none of that.
We all know that the mainstream western media have for a long time been a pliant servant of Islam, disregarding its responsibility of defending freedom of expression guaranteed in the UN Charter and in the Constitutions of Western nations. And now, even low-key media outlets like Youtube, Google, Facebook, LiveLeak, Daily Motion, and Vimeo etc., which had until now kept a flicker of hope for freedom of expression alive in the West, are also toeing the well-orchestrated Islamist line.
Therefore, freedom of expression, a most cherished human right established in the western world, is all set to die a quick death from the face of the earth, at least as far as its application to Islam is conerned.
The video can be seen in full here.
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…the Palestinian Authority’s official Facebook released cartoons glorifying the kidnapping, depicting the Jewish teens as rats caught on fishing hooks.
FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Two Broward County assistant public defenders who reportedly made disparaging remarks about Palestinians on Facebook have been fired.
Public Defender Howard Finklestein confirmed that attorneys Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres were terminated.
“You can’t engage innate filled speech that interferes with this office,” said Finklestein. “It sickens me. I didn’t agonize over this because we represent equal justice.”
In the Facebook posts on July 2nd, the two men reported referred to Palestinians as “filthy swine” and “cockroaches,” according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The remarks were made in response to a Facebook post which claimed Palestinians were celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens. On the post Sheres commented “They are the filthy swine. They don’t eat. Their ignorance to the world bewilders the dumbest people I have ever met.”
The comment “That’s why the Palestinian people are considered the cockroaches of the world. Reprehensible and despicable with utter disregard for civility and humanity. Burn them to the ground,” appeared a short time later next to Raticoff’s Facebook icon.
Raticoff said it wasn’t him. Raticoff says a relative is responsible but he defends her right to free speech.
“For the public defender to trample on constitutional rights. It’s outrageous,” said Raticoff.
Sheres said he was talking specifically about the Palestinians in the article: those who kill people or celebrate in the murders, according to the paper.
A day after the posts were made, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) called on Finkelstein and State Attorney Michael J Satz to launch an investigation into the hateful posts.
“We are extremely concerned that two public officials have such deep hatred for Palestinians and are appearing to advocate violence by asking people to ‘Burn them to the ground,’” said Nezar Hamze, regional operations director of CAIR-Florida, said in a statement at the time. “Somebody with that hate can’t possibly treat people equally.”
On Tuesday, representatives from CAIR met with the Public Defenders office to discuss the incident.
Assistant Public Defender Lubna Abulown, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, told the staff she was there to out a face on the controversy.
“They were my friends so it saddened me but people feel they can write hate speech without consequences,” said Abulown. “I’m grateful I was born here.”
Just a few examples of how the Muslim savages celebrate the kidnapping and execution of the Israeli teens: USA Today: Reaction to teen murders matters
Hamas, a member of the Palestinian parliament, said those that kidnapped the Israeli teens were ‘heroes‘ and should be praised. They offered no condemnation. No sympathy. While Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas condemned the kidnappings (and the Israeli response), the Palestinian Authority’s official Facebook released cartoons glorifying the kidnapping, depicting the Jewish teens as rats caught on fishing hooks.
And who can forget this Ft. Lauderdale Muslim, see her around 3 minutes into this video:
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It’s that time of year when local newspapers nationwide shill for Islam. Actually that’s a year-round activity. In this puff piece, the author refers to an ‘Americanized Ramadan’. Coincidentally, Muslim girls and wives in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere have been “honor killed” by their families for being too “Westernized.” But don’t let reality get in the way of good propaganda. via Local Muslim population observes ‘Americanized Ramadan’. h/t Europe News
At the community center, men and women pray and eat separately In the social gathering between those events, the genders also tend to segregate themselves, with children acting as little ambassadors and serving as points of connection between the two, with their needs for parental permission, assistance or simply conveying messages between mom and dad. Ayaz looked at “all the kids creating a ruckus” approvingly. Ramadan brings the Muslim community together, he said, and “the sense of being a big family is important.”
Salem, vice president of the Muslims Community Center, estimated there 4,000 to 5,000 followers of Islam in the area. There are 57 Muslim countries in the world. About half are represented in Sioux Falls, he said.
Refugees fleeing civil wars in Africa and later Bosnia made up the initial waves of Muslims in South Dakota, Salem said. These were not wealthy people. The community’s financial situation improved when the Sioux Falls hospitals, financial institutions and engineering firms began attracting significant numbers of Muslim professionals from the Middle East, India and Pakistan.
It is fairly unusual in Sioux Falls. But from time to time, converts make a profession of faith to Islam. It happened Friday. A job selling travel packages brought Muhammad Meekael to South Dakota this past week, and he attended Ramadan ceremonies at the Muslims Community Center. He also heads a company in Tennessee that exports beef to Saudi Arabia. Through that, be became friends with a Saudi Muslim who led him into the faith.
“I have an open mind,” he said. “I learned things I did not expect,” when he began reading the Quran.
“The blessings of Allah are leading me where I need to be.”
Meekael calls to mind Michael, the name he grew up with in Ohio, he said. His knowledge of Arabic, the language of Islam, virtually is nonexistent, and what he knows about Islam in general is sketchy. However, he said he has enjoyed an enduring sense of peace since becoming a Muslim, and he promised: “I am serious about what I do. I will be a good student and submit.”
Muslims in Ramadan confront what truly is important, Ayaz adds. “With jobs, kids and company, you forget to live,” he said. Ramadan “requires you to see the smaller things in life are also important.”
Salem calls it “the month of patience.”
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In 2013 a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) paid for five ads on Edmonton buses that read “Is Your Family Threatening You? Is There a Fatwa on Your Head?”
Then it showed the photos of deceased Canadian girls above the line “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families.”
The ad says “We can help” and directs the reader to FightforFreedom.us.
Yet within 48 hours of the ads going up, they were taken down. The city received, in their own words, a “handful of complaints.”
City councillor Amarjeet Sohi, who ordered officials to take them down, was quoted in the Edmonton Sun saying: “Honour killings is a very serious concern in every community and we need to speak up against it, but targeting one particular group, and singling out one particular group, does not help resolve it.”
But the evidence proves it’s not an equally serious concern for girls from every walk of life. And, even if you believe it is and want to help resolve it, doesn’t it then make sense to create more anti-honour killing ads rather than less?
On Monday the Canadian group Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announced it would represent AFDI in a court action.
They’ll argue in an Alberta court next February that AFDI’s freedom of expression was stifled by the city.
That this is even happening is chilling. Why were the ads taken down immediately following just a few complaints? What made Sohi and others feel emboldened to do so?
In response to my e-mail, Sohi wrote this: “Advertising on Edmonton Transit vehicles must meet all the requirements of Advertising Standards of Canada. Advertising Standards of Canada’s Canadian Code of Advertising Standards contains 14 clauses that set the criteria for acceptable advertising that is truthful, fair and accurate. The complaints the City received about the ads related to a breach in these clauses (in particular negatively singling out one particular religious group) and therefore warranted the removal of the ads.”
However no judge would read those clauses that way. Sure, they state an ad can’t “condone any form of personal discrimination, including that based upon race, national origin, religion, sex or age” nor can it “demean, denigrate or disparage one… group of persons.” But how does simply pointing out that there have been honour killings in some Muslim circles demean anyone?
Sadly, political correctness these days means the truth is no defence.
In early 2012 a study published in the Canadian Criminal Law Review found that honour killings were on the rise in Canada. There were three between 1954 and 1983, yet 12 between 1999 and the time of the study. The perpetrators were usually Muslim or Sikh.
In 2007 a study by Memorial University professor Amin Muhammad found that immigrants from countries where honour killing was more acceptable brought such views with them to Canada.
Pamela Geller, president of AFDI, explained in an e-mail why the ads didn’t just urge girls to call law enforcement: “Many times, law enforcement sends them back to their families. We refer girls to safe houses: law enforcement cannot and will not do that until there has been a crime. We help girls before they have to suffer or die for wanting to live free.”
Yet the City of Edmonton removed the ads. Their priorities are cowardly.
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American International Group is the first and only Fortune 500 Company to advertise on Al Jazeera America since October 6, 2013. Ironically, AIG was one of the last Forutne 500 Companies to stop advertising on Al Jazeera America in October 2013.
Al Jazeera is a news company that is owned by a non-democratic, monarch styled emirate who does not afford citizens freedom of the press, espouses Islamic Sharia law, backs the head of Hamas and supports the Muslim Brotherhood.
Florida Family Association tapes ten hours of programing on Al Jazeera America every day. The Florida Family Association office communicates with each advertiser no less than once per week. Top advertisers are strategically featured one at a time because there are so few of them.
AIG Direct started advertising on Al Jazeera America in the middle of June. The Florida Family Association office sent emails to the AIG CEO Robert Benmosche and AIG CFO David Herzog regarding the appearance of their advertisements on the network. AIG Direct advertisements continued to air on Al Jazeera America.
One hundred fifty seven companies (157) have stopped advertising on Al Jazeera America. Close to two thirds of the network’s advertising time is devoted to Ad Council freebees, cable channel productions or network promotions.
American International Group certainly has the right to choose where they use their advertising dollars. You have the same right to object and choose to patronize other insurance and investment companies that won’t give your consumer dollars to Al Jazeera.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to American International Group officials to encourage them to stop advertising on Al Jazeera America.
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Ramadan is the “month of jihad,” a time when Islamic incitement to violence peaks. via Open up, It’s Ramadan! (A Change Of Heart) – YouTube.
There’s no better time than now to embrace new people in your life. Start a conversation, share a smile, make a friend for life. Ramadan Kareem!
We couldn’t find a similar Coca-Cola advertisement wishing Christians a Merry Christmas, only some Santa Claus videos stating the “holidays” are coming.
Not Coke’s first foray into dhimmitude.
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Twitter has launched new hashtag icons for Ramadan and Eid to help 1.5 billion Muslims around the world celebrate the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Another feature will help Muslims find out what time each day they can break their fast. From tomorrow they will be able to tweet @AlArabiya with #iftar followed by the name of their city. They will then receive a reply with what time they are allowed to eat. It will also work for #Imsak, or the beginning of the fast.
Twitter’s Ahmad AbouAmmo said in a blog post announcing the new features: “Use hashtags to tweet how your neighborhood, city or country is celebrating the month and connect with others across the world who are also observing and celebrating Ramadan.”
“Ramadan is an important event around the world — full of celebration, friends and families. We look forward to seeing how many of you come together to share these special moments on Twitter.”
Regular readers here know that Ramadan is the “month of jihad” – according to Muslims themselves.
Aren’t we repeatedly told that Islamic sharia law doesn’t apply to and is never forced on non-Muslims? Taqiyya. via US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan – Middle East – Stripes. h/t Atlas Shrugs
U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise on Saturday, depending on when the new moon is sighted. The holy month lasts for approximately 30 days — until about July 28. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a month of fasting and devotion to God. Most Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, when families gather for Iftar — the meal that breaks the fast.
For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including servicemembers, civilian personnel, contractors and family members — the month may require changing some daily routines.
Businesses and government offices will reduce hours and most restaurants will be closed during daylight hours.
While not required to fast during Ramadan, in Bahrain, Americans can be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base during daylight hours.
Navy officials are requiring U.S. personnel to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan. Although not a requirement by Bahraini authorities, the Navy is demanding that men wear long-sleeved shirts and women wear sleeved blouses that cover their elbows. Also, men must wear long trousers, and women should wear pants or skirts that cover the knees.
Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month. Ali Hassan briefed about 150 personnel Tuesday about Islam, the lunar calendar and customs and traditions during Ramadan.
“It actually made me want to do a lot more research into the religion,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Ramirez. He said the additional requirements during the month aren’t a big deal to him. “For such a small period of time, it’s a small sacrifice,” he said.
Other servicemembers echoed that sentiment.
Hassan encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.
Dawah. Imagine if U.S. soldiers were encouraging Muslim personnel to experience Easter, Christmas or Hannukah?
“Make it a point to visit these tents while you’re here. You don’t know if you’ll ever come back to Bahrain in the future,” Hassan said during the brief.
In the motherland of jihad, Saudi Arabia, they warned the same saying, “They are not excused for being non-Muslim.”
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But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.
Stars and Stripes reported:
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As we have reported extensively over the past week, a Muslim imam who was invited to participate in the “prayer for peace” event at the Vatican on June 8 went off-script and asked Allah to help him gain victory over the unbelievers. The Vatican at first denied that any such thing had happened, and an edited video of the event was released that supported their denial — the end of Sura 2 Verse 286 that the imam quoted from the Koran had been judiciously removed from the publicized version.
Below is the full video of the imam’s part of the Vatican ceremony, as provided by an Arabic TV channel. Many thanks to ritamalik for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the editing, subtitling, and general project management.
The translator notes that the personal prayer with which the imam concluded was not the controversial part of the ceremony, since his choice of prayer was generally unexceptional. His quotation of the last verse (286) of Sura 2 of the Quran, however, is what made his words controversial:
Keep reading for more analysis and the Video transcript.