Michigan: Governor creates Arabic brochure to lure foreigners from Middle East

Rather than give American citizens and small businesses incentives to take risk and create businesses and jobs, Michigan’s Republican governor is giving breaks to lure foreigners.

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via Michigan looks to Asia, Middle East in bid to lure foreign investors, job creators | MLive.com. h/t D

Michigan is also looking to tap investors in the Middle East and has already produced an Arabic brochure.

“One of our strongest selling points is we have one of the largest concentrations of Arabs outside of the Middle East,” Borgstrom [Director State of Michigan EB-5 Regional Center] said, referring to Dearborn. “That creates a lot of connections, and there’s a lot of interest there. One of the things we tend to lose sight of is that the United States is still the gold-standard for places to live.”

Snyder, calling himself the most pro-immigration governor in the country and earning national attention in the process, has promoted several strategies for attracting legal immigrants and foreign investors to Michigan.

He recently signed an executive order to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He asked the Obama administration to earmark 50,000 EB-2 visas for Detroit over the next five years and led the push for the EB-5 Regional Center.

Michigan’s new status as a federally designated center for an increasingly popular investor visa program — just the second of its kind in the nation — will uniquely position the state to attract foreign capital and create local jobs, according to experts and stakeholders.

United States Customs and Immigration expedited and approved Michigan’s application to run its own EB-5 Regional Center, the Snyder administration announced this week, citing support from the governor, the state’s entire Congressional delegation and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The federal EB-5 visa program is designed to attract “entrepreneur aliens” by offering them a green card in exchange for domestic investments that produce at least 10 new jobs in the U.S.

Immigrants can qualify by devoting $500,000 to a project in a high-unemployment or rural area, of which there are 433 in Michigan, or $1 million in a more affluent part of the state.

Civitas runs eight EB-5 Regional Centers, including one in partnership with Dallas, where Healy said foreign investment helped breathe new life into a former casket factory on the city’s south side, which has was redeveloped as a 76-room boutique hotel.

The project coupled $5.5 million from 11 foreign investors with municipal grants and federal tax credits, and it hints at similar possibilities for Detroit or other urban centers in Michigan.

The EB-5 visa program, streamlined in 2011, has seen significant growth in recent years. In fiscal year 2013, nearly 6,500 foreign investors applied for visas under the program, according to The Wall Street Journal. As of September, USCIS had approved 3,696 of those applications and denied 942.

Streamlined? Ripe for fraud?

Immigrants who win an EB-5 visa or green card are not required to live in the same state as they invest in, but Michigan officials are already promoting the state as a place to invest — and to raise a family.

“The pitch is that we don’t just want your money, we want you here,” Borgstrom told MLive, noting he has traveled to China, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to begin discussions and gauge interest from potential investors. “We find a lot of value in having a large immigrant population in the state.”

It would be challenging to pick four other countries more anathema to American values.

Chinese nationals are by far the most active participants in the foreign investor program, having obtained roughly 90 percent of all EB-5 visas issued last year, and Metro Detroit’s growing Asian population could make it an attractive landing spot for new entrepreneur immigrants.

Democrats ran Detroit into the ground, making themselves rich, now Republicans are selling it to foreigners.

Utah: Muslim immigrants killing each other

via Salt Lake City News – Cover Story: Culture Clash Page 1.

After a year of waiting, Haji Rahimi, his wife, three daughters, son Nisar, the two widows of their eldest sons and their children were granted political asylum in the United States in 2000. They flew into Chicago, and from there to Utah, where they settled. Haji, now 79, says the mountains and the climate reminded him of Kabul.

In comparison to the lack of freedom in Pakistan, Nisar says, “This place was heaven, I couldn’t be more happy. There were times I used to sit and thank God for taking us out of that dirty country.”

But while the Rahimis thought they’d left violence behind them, the very cultural values that Haji had advocated against in Pakistan were waiting for them in Utah.

Waiting for them? Or they brought their cultural and Islamic baggage with them?

Nazir’s relationship with Nargis Mullahkhel—an Afghan single mother in the middle of a divorce, at odds with her family’s strict cultural values—led to friction, then violence between the two families, and ultimately to the death of Nargis’ 19-year-old brother and Nazir spending five years in prison for his killing.

Although the police who investigated the killing never got to the bottom of exactly how and why it happened, the Rahimi family’s story and court documents suggest that at the heart of the tragedy lies not only a clash between modern and traditional Islam, but also the struggle of immigrant families to both assimilate within American society and retain their cultural identities, even if those identities may sometimes chafe with American cultural values and laws.

Chafe this.

h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch who asks, “Didn’t you get an earful with the gruesome murder trial of a Burmese Muslim man who was convicted earlier this year for raping and killing a little girl (she died in excruciating pain)?”

 

UK: Investigation of Muslim takeover expands to 25 schools

via Birmingham probes Muslim takeover of schools ‘plot’ – Yahoo News.

London (AFP) – Birmingham launched a probe Monday into an alleged hardline Muslim plot to take control of schools.

The city council said it had appointed a chief adviser to examine at least 200 complaints as the investigation widened to 25 schools from an initial four.

Concerns about how some of the 430 schools in the city were being run first emerged last year in a leaked anonymous letter which outlined how to implement what it called Operation Trojan Horse.

The letter, which credited the alleged plot with forcing a change of leadership at four schools, gave instructions on ousting and replacing uncooperative headteachers and school governors.

“We have an obligation to our children to fulfil our roles and ensure these schools are run on Islamic principles,” the letter says.

“We… are on our way to getting rid of more headteachers and taking over their schools.”

The letter continued: “You must remember this is a ‘jihad’ and as such all means possible to win the war is acceptable.”

Birmingham has a large Muslim population. Some 22 percent of the city’s residents identified themselves as such in the 2011 census.

Since the letter emerged, whistleblowers including former staff have come forward, making claims that boys and girls were segregated in classrooms and assemblies, sex education was banned and non-Muslim staff were bullied.

In one case, it was alleged that the teachings of the firebrand Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011 — were praised in an assembly.

- Self-governing academies -

“As more schools have come forward than the ones named in the Trojan Horse document, issues have arisen about behaviour in schools, the way in which schools are run,” city council leader Albert Bore told BBC television.

“It is about, generally speaking, the behaviour of the schools, what happens within the schools, the school day, the school assembly, the way in which children in schools are organised.”

The allegations focus on a category of schools known as academies. Established from 2000 onwards, they are state-funded but are self-governing and independent of local authority control.

Bore said it was “part of the frustration” that the city council had no remit in the schools, which answer to the national Department for Education.

“We do not know who’s on the governing body (of the schools),” he said.

The council will publish its findings before mid-June.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has sent inspectors to 15 Birmingham schools in recent weeks.

On a visit to Birmingham earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke about the issue, saying: “We will not accept any school begin run by extremists or promoting extremist views.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Monday that schools should not be allowed to become “silos of segregation”.

“I am very concerned whenever I hear allegations that schools, funded by the taxpayer, become vehicles for the propagation of particular ideologies which divide young children and pupils off from other people in society,” he said.

“The Department for Education is taking this very seriously.”

 More:

Anonymous whistleblowers, including former teachers, have also come forward since the Trojan horse claims were reported, making accusations about the segregation of boys and girls in classes and assemblies, a ban on sex education, and bullying of non-Muslim staff. One school involved in the investigation denied claims that an al-Qaeda-linked cleric had been praised during an assembly.

Minnesota: Dozen Muslim boys leave school to attend Koran school

via Qur’an school serves growing Muslim community in north metro | Star Tribune.

Thirteen-year-old Fadel Hasan has memorized the entire roster of his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. He usually has an opinion about draft picks and trades that he doesn’t hesitate to share, his dad says.

Now, the youngster is using his memorization skills to learn and recite every word of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book.

He is one of a dozen Muslim boys who have left conventional junior and senior high schools for a period of time to attend the intensive Qur’an school Darul Arqam Center For Excellence in Blaine.

The school met with neighborhood opposition last year when it bought the building where it had been renting space and sought to create a permanent home. More than 80 neighbors signed a petition asking the city to deny a permit for the school, citing traffic and other reasons. School families said they believe fear and misunderstanding about their faith fueled the opposition, with some neighbors asking about the school’s ties to extremism.

The parents are emphatic: There are none.

The permit was approved last June.

Most students study full time for 2½ years, keeping up with regular studies through home schooling on nights and weekends. Their final exam is to recite the Qur’an in one sitting, a process that starts in the morning and continues until sunset. The first two students will sit for their final exam this spring.

All of the full-time students are boys, but weekend instruction is available for girls.

The parents who founded the Qur’an school say it is a part of the process of establishing roots in the broader community, teaching their children morals, and laying the foundation for future religious and community leaders.

Koranic morals:

Koran 5.051 anyone? “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends

Koran 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

The school is housed in a nondescript, two-story office building that the families decided to buy when it went into foreclosure.

The children who attend the Qur’an school are mostly the American-born sons and daughters of immigrants from India, Pakistan and Somalia. Many of the parents came to the United States for college or career and either have become citizens or have green cards. They are doctors, engineers, real estate agents and finance executives who have settled in the north suburbs.

To be memorized:

Quran (2:191-193)“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

Quran (2:244)“Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

Quran (2:216)Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

Quran (3:56)“As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151)“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.  This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

Quran (4:74)“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

But to the glorious story:

Samad Syed, an engineer at a Twin Cities firm, is the vice president of the nonprofit that oversees the school. His son is a toddler, too young to attend the school, but being part of its inception is important to Syed, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from India.

He estimates there are about 400 Muslim families in the north suburbs who are active in community groups. Many locate there because of jobs, schools, nice homes and other amenities that make the suburbs attractive to young families.

Once the families decided to plant roots, they stayed up nights worrying about their children’s education, future and their moral compass. They held informal religious education for their children at home but felt it wasn’t enough.

“Our kids were not getting the education we wanted them to get. It was pretty unorganized,” Syed said. “The Qur’an teaches you how to be a good human being. It teaches you how to treat other people. This is our identity, who we are.”

Dr. Muhammad Suri, a psychiatrist at a local hospital, has four daughters who attend weekend classes.

“They have a lot of questions and curiosity about religion and culture,” said Suri, who is originally from Pakistan. “This helps them understand.”

“This country has given us a lot,” he added. “We also have some good cultural and family values of our own which we think will benefit this society.”

Honor killing? Gender segregation? Polygamy? Female genital mutilation? Wife beating? Which cultural and family values will benefit this society?

Muslims bomb Nigerian bus station killing 71; then abduct 100 schoolgirls

via Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital – The Times of India.

ABUJA: Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday — the deadliest attack yet to strike the city — with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists.

The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja’s southern outskirts at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.

Previously, much of the recent violence by the Boko Haram insurgency has been in the remote northeast, though some have targeted the central capital.

This major bombing, just a few kilometres (miles) from the seat of government, will raise further doubts about Nigeria’s ability to contain the Islamist threat it is battling.

The explosion “emanated from a vehicle” parked within the station, said Charles Otegbade, head of search and rescue at the National Emergency Management Agency.

National police spokesman Frank Mba put the toll at 71 dead and 124 injured. The wounded were being treated in area hospitals.

Visiting the site, President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that Nigeria would overcome the brutal insurgency being waged by Boko Haram, blamed for killing thousands across the north and centre of the country since 2009.

“The issue of Boko Haram is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development,” Jonathan said. “But we will get over it… The issue of Boko Haram is temporary.”

The Islamists, who say they want to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria, have previously set off bombs in and around the capital, including a 2011 car bombing at the United Nations headquarters that killed at least 26 people.

Monday’s explosions at the bus station left a hole roughly 1.2 metres (four feet) deep and spread debris across the compound, an AFP reporter and witnesses said.

“I saw bodies taken away in open trucks,” said witness Yakubu Mohammed, describing grisly remains that “were burnt and in pieces”.

Experts warn that force alone cannot stem the bloodshed and have called for a major outreach to dejected and deeply impoverished youths from the north who fill Boko Haram’s ranks.

 Goodluck and the so-called experts are delusional. The Islamic terror for a sharia state continued via BBC News – Nigeria unrest: Gunmen abduct ‘about 100 schoolgirls’.

Around 100 girls are thought to have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, officials say.

Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno state, late last night, and ordered the hostel’s teenage residents on to lorries.

The attackers are believed to be from the Islamist group, Boko Haram, whose militants frequently target schools.

On Monday, bombings blamed on the group killed more than 70 people in the capital, Abuja.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, has been waging an armed campaign for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

“Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles,” AFP news agency quotes Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, as saying.

 

Ohio: Muslim cabbies refuse to drive cabs for gays

When Islamic supremacists exhibit homophobia no one questions it.  via Cab Controversy: Some Cleveland cabbies refusing to promote a ma – 19 Action News h/t Under the Burka

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Some local cabbies are taking a stand and refusing to promote a major event in the area.

The protest centers around signs promoting the Gay Games that are on top of airport cabs.

Some drivers, for religious reasons, are refusing to drive the cabs. And we’re told these are predominantly drivers of the Muslim faith.

19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest. Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned.

We’re told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving.

We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us.

Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls.

Today, two of the three taxi cab companies (Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab) operating from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport’s (CLE) dedicated taxi cab program. The drivers informed their respective companies their decision was based on religious reasons. The airport is committed to providing this necessary customer service to our arriving passengers seeking transportation from the airport to their final destination. An agreement has been brokered by the airport between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the affected taxi cab companies that will allow for the replacement of those drivers who no longer wish to participate in CLE’s taxi cab program. The affected taxi cab companies will backfill the airport’s dedicated fleet with metered taxi cabs until each company can hire permanent drivers for the airport’s taxi cab program. It is expected to take approximately two to three weeks to repopulate the airport’s Taxi fleet.

Statement by Airport Director Ricky Smith

 Muslims living in the U.S. have burned down a packed gay nightclub, kicked gays out of cabs, drove around San Fran shooting gays in the face with bb guns and videotaped it, beat gays in the street and the national media completely ignore it. They give Muslims a pass. The leftists and the politicians that profit from them ignore it as well.

Numerous examples here.

 

Tennessee: School enforces sharia, bans town hall on…sharia law

via FBI-banned, DOJ classified unindicted terror funding co-conspirator, fed judge confirmed Hamas front group CAIR Welcomes Cancellation of Anti-Muslim Event in Tenn. School

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it has joined with concerned Muslims in Tennessee in welcoming cancellation of an anti-Muslim event scheduled for April 24 at a Knoxville high school.

Another American inflicted with Adult Onset Islam via Approval rescinded for Shari’a Law event at Farragut High School.

“Feel free hosting it anywhere else by renting out a banquet hall, but to host it at a public place is one that is not comfortable for the rest of us to know about,” said [AbdelRahman] Murphy.

6 News reached out to the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America. They say it is about education.

“He is going to be coming to share with us his expertise on what Shari’a law can be doing to Tennessee and to America as a whole,” said John Peach with ACT! For America.

They also say the venue simply should not matter.

“We feel like it’s very important that we have our public institutions take part in this because it’s not meant to be a religious thing. It’s not a political thing. It’s particularly for education purposes,” said Peach.

There is no word yet if ACT! for America plans to hold the event in a new venue.

John Peach issued this statement late Friday afternoon:

“Why is it that Muslims engage in teaching about how good Islam is for Tennessee at the Cedar Bluff Library – a public building, but they feel “uncomfortable” when ACT! for America plans an event to show the opposite viewpoint at a public building? (This is documented as follows):

Muslims like the support the University of Tennessee gives them to host activities and venues on their campus. Furthermore, it likes its Muslim Student Association (MSA) to hold events at their tax supported public UT campus.

“Why is it that all Tennessee social study textbooks to be authorized for use in our public schools must be approved by Muslim affiliates? (Hundreds of reviews have exposed the fact that our textbooks are overwhelmingly biased toward Muslims over Christianity and Judaism, with Islam always portrayed as being more significant than all other religions).

“Political Correctness has gone amuck and is destroying our country. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? If it’s right for Muslims to host events in tax-funded public facilities, then what is wrong with a group of citizens wanting the same privilege?

“Last December, ACT! for America – Knoxville Chapter was granted permission by Knox County Schools to use the facilities of Farragut High School to hold an educational forum including two speakers, followed by an opportunity for the public to answer any questions of the two. This we called the Town Hall – Farragut.

“We in good faith and urgent vitality have been promoting this event for the past four months, believing we were following all the guidelines given to us. We have spent over $1500.00 to advance this cause, including taking out a special insurance policy just to cover this occasion.

“The purpose of the meeting was to educate our local citizens about the dangers of Sharia Law, especially as it negatively affects our children, our churches, our law enforcement personnel, and our community leaders. Now, due to the fear of Muslims in the Knoxville area, the venue for the event that was open to everyone was cancelled. This is a great example of what Sharia Law is doing to America.”

 

DC: Saudi’s to open dawah center in U.S.

via Saudi Arabia readies to open culture hall in U.S. – Al Arabiya News.

Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Mission in the United States is readying to inaugurate the King Abdullah Cultural Hall in Washington DC, which aims to bridge the cultural divide by displaying exhibits on Saudi culture.

Set to open its doors at the end of May, the Cultural Hall is being billed as a touristic and cultural destination, which will inform visitors about Saudi history, culture and heritage, according to Dr. Mody Alkhalaf, assistant attaché for Cultural and Social Affairs at the Cultural Mission.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Cultural Attaché to the U.S. Mohammad Aleissa said the exhibits will show “our prosperous present and the kingdom’s advanced status among nations, something that needs to be shown to the world.”

Regarding why Washington DC was chosen as the home of the project, Aleissa said that the city represents “a crossroad for international civilizations.”

The official added that Saudi Arabia is an important country about which some people wish to learn more, “that is why we are aiming to make this hall one of the most prestigious cultural landmarks,” he said.

Alkhalaf noted that common questions included those related to the Islamic pilgrimage of hajj, adding that the hall would address those queries by featuring a virtual tour of hajj and would include information on the meaning behind this religious obligation.

 Will the Arabian Executioner be on display?

Video: Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas

via CBN

Minneapolis Mayor Wears Hijab to Meet Somali Muslims

Preemptive submission to sharia…aka dhimmitude, via Star Tribune. h/t LUTBOI

In her first 100 days in office, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has held hands with the Dalai Lama and traveled to the White House. She has spent a fifth of her time traveling for business: Three trips to Washington, D.C., two to New York City and one to Portland, Ore. But she has not pushed many new plans, instead building her own team and deepening relationships, particularly with Somali-Americans.

…hours after she lost the Southwest light-rail vote, she visited a Somali mall on E. 24th Street in a blue hijab, accompanied by her Somali liaison, Abdirahman Muse. Hodges’ office said she is fulfilling many of the promises she put forth in a 100-day plan for the Somali community, including asking the city attorney for a review of small business regulations.

In an upstairs room, Somali shopkeepers praised her for showing up, and poured out their concerns through translators, telling her they needed more space to park, more opportunities for idle youth, and more Somali police officers.

No concerns about learning English or assimilating into American culture. And when your dhimmi mayor comes begging with a hijab on why would they even consider changing.

The cancer spreads:

Minneapolis: From Hijab to Jihad

Iowa: Governor proclaims Muslim Recognition Day at state capitol

Minneapolis City Hall declares “Hijab Day”, dhimmitude ensues

Texas House declares “Muslim Day”

Australia: Bendigo Bank closes ‘Stop the Mosque’ group’s bank account

Do they give accounts to Muslims with four wives? Muslims who marry under age girls or take Australian girls as sex slaves? How about Muslims in Australia who call for sharia and jihad and have no regard for the lives of Australian citizens?  via Bendigo Bank stands by decision to close account of anti-mosque group – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). h/t Shiek Yer’mami

A bank is standing by its decision to close the account of a protest group which is fighting plans to build a mosque in the Victorian city of Bendigo.

The Bendigo Bank last week informed the Stop the Mosque group that it was closing the group’s account, saying the bank only wants to do business with organisations that share its values.

The group was raising funds for its fight against a mosque which is proposed for a site near Bendigo’s airport.

The bank’s decision has drawn criticism on social media, while local councillor Elise Chapman has accused the bank of trying to be the ‘moral police’.

“There’s a lot of other people – there’s murderers, paedophiles, criminals – everybody banks, and I’m sure that those people also have bank accounts at the bank,” Ms Chapman said.

“I don’t know when the bank becomes the moral police. If the bank was the moral police they’d have not that many customers.”

In a statement, the bank said this was a considered decision and the bank has a right to its own opinion.

It says Bendigo Bank wants to do business with organisations whose values align with its own.

It says the bank values tolerance and inclusiveness, qualities which are an important part of a strong community.

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New York: Muslim women say forced to pray separately, sometimes in basement

More from Muslims in their own words…the real war on women via Mosques Relegate Women’s Prayers to the Basement | Womens eNews. h/t Jihad Watch

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.

“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.

Matea didn’t want her full name published.

“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”

“Every time I visit a mosque, I assume that I must enter through a side or back door, if I’m allowed in at all,” Makki said. “I assume that my prayer space is not the one that men use and that I must look for signs directing me to a basement or a mezzanine floor. This has been the case in nearly every mosque I’ve visited in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe.”

Makki realized the importance of the issue during the month of Ramadan in 2012 when one of her friends was kicked out of a mosque for praying in the second men’s prayer hall. Since the women’s prayer space, which was located in the basement, smelled of mildew and the air conditioner wasn’t working, her friend, and a few other women, decided to pray in the last rows of the men’s second prayer hall.

“She wasn’t even praying in a mixed-gender line,” said Makki in the email interview. “That didn’t go over so well. The imam threatened to call the police on them if they didn’t leave the premises.”

Women are particularly discouraged from going to mosques on Fridays, the day for the congregational Muslim prayer when space is limited and arguments against women’s participation are used to prevent crowding, authors of the report found. And when women feel unwelcome they may prefer to stay home to pray.

Farida Kabir, who lives in Brooklyn, only started going to mosques two years ago. Before that, her family members, who are from Bangladesh, told her that women don’t go to mosques.

“They always told me to stay at home, especially my dad,” Kabir told Women’s eNews on the side of last week’s discussion. “He was telling me that women don’t go to masjid (mosque). You stay and pray at home and that’s how it should be. That’s how I grew up.”

When she finally went to a mosque two years ago after she was married she felt unwelcome. “A man told me this is not the place to be, come back another time!”

 

Dearborn: Muslims claim Easter egg hunt flyers are covert plot to convert Muslim kids to Christianity

Christian-phobia alive and well in Dearbornistan. Disguised as a discussion on separation of church and state. Of course when it comes to Islamic dawah in history books, Arabic language/”culture” (read Islamic culture), trips to mosques, halal food, Islamic prayer spaces and wash areas it then becomes a civil rights issue.

moughni

via Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church’s Easter egg hunt | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.

“It really bothered my two kids,” said parent Majed Moughni, who is Muslim and has two children, ages 7 and 9, in Dearborn elementary schools. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”

He’s raising fine Christian-phobic children who are either being used by parental lies or readily adapting taqiyya as a tool.

Moughni said he’s concerned about “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church. I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state.”

David Mustonen, spokesman for Dearborn Public Schools, did not respond Thursday to several requests by the Free Press for comment.

The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

“Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here,” she added. “We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”

But Moughni and others are worried that churches are trying to convert their youth through the Dearborn schools. Moughni said his children received flyers for Halloween events at another church last year.

And in recent years, other Muslim parents have complained about what they say are attempts to convert their children. The Conquerors, a Grandville-based group of Christian athletes who display feats of strength to spread the message of Jesus, have performed in Dearborn schools, drawing some concern. In 2009, there was controversy over an assistant wrestling coach who some parents said was trying to convert Muslim wrestlers, which the coach denied.

Moughni said he greatly respects Christianity, but believes that schools should not promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well.

For those who don’t recall here’s the same “parent” burning an effigy of Pastor Terry Jones anNiraj Warikoo just happened to be there to snap the photo:

Remember, the leader of the Islamic billboard dawah group in the U.S. told Muslims this:

…showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work.

 Update: Some Muslims know that the end result could mean a loss of sharia privileges in public schools: Battle rages over Easter Egg hunt in Dearborn

Moughni has been criticized by some Muslim activists and leaders who argued that his protests, published in the Detroit Free Press, cast Muslims as being anti-Christian.

Osama Siblani, the publisher of the widely respected Arab American News, blasted Moughni in a posting on his Facebook Page.

“Once again, local attorney Majed Moughni stuck his foot in his mouth. But this time the Muslim community is paying heavily in bad publicity for Moughni’s few seconds of media extravaganza,” Siblani wrote citing the newspaper headline “Muslim parents upset over school flyer promoting local church’s Easter egg hunt.”

“The Free Press quotes only Moughni to justify the headline, bringing thousands of angry comments against Muslims in a matter of few minutes after it was posted on the paper’s website and Facebook. Moughni’s hunt for brief fame is reckless, dangerous and irresponsible. He only represents himself and doesn’t speak on behalf of the thousands of Muslims in Dearborn. Let it be known that Dearborn’s Muslims are not rioting or angry over such a flyer.”

And no one is even talking about Moughni’s ‘convert Muslims to Christianity flyer’ conspiracy theory.

Syracuse: Muslims buy Catholic church, neighbors shocked mosque will remove crosses

The more they learn about Islam, the more shocked they will be.

Yusuf Soule, volunteer director of the North Side Learning Center (why’s he so happy?)

We’ve gotten a lot of requests to post this story. The first thought that comes to mind is – when you sell a church to Muslims, what do you expect? Of course they will remove all Christian symbols. Two points of interest however.

First, many of the early articles only mentioned the name of the group that bought the church as “The North Side Learning Center.” Why would they convert a church to a mosque? Well, it’s an Islamic group – or a group run almost entirely by and for Muslim immigrants as noted in the article.

Second, the subtly pro-Islam/bigoted-Americans article below by Marnie Eisenstadt claims the Muslim-run group didn’t want the church and had no intention of converting it to a mosque…but were forced to buy the church to get the school building on the property. We call bullshit. It is very likely they had every intention of buying the church and one day converting the church it o a mosque. Quotes in the article suggest they were in fact looking for a mosque for the rapidly growing Muslim population in the area.

Here’s the group’s mission statement:

The mission of North Side Learning Center is to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self actualization to newcomers in our community.

Here’s a photo from the same page:

nslc-about No mention of Islam in the group’s description or mission, so why would they need a mosque?

Muslims are a stealthy bunch, subverting zoning laws and getting deals done quietly and below market value. Check our archives (search ‘mosque’ or ‘zoning jihad’). They will tarnish anyone who tries to stop them with the full backing of the DOJ when necessary.

But when you abandon a church and your diocese sells it to a Muslim group – not to mention related Catholic organizations continue to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into the United States for no apparent purpose other than profit – expect many more churches to have their crosses removed. This is a self-inflicted wound.

via Plans to turn a church into a mosque bring pain and hope to changing neighborhood | syracuse.com.

Patty Poole’s great grandparents raised money to build Holy Trinity in 1904. Her great-grandfather, Frederick Schneider, dug up one of the first shovelfuls of dirt for the church. It was to be a new spiritual and educational home for the German immigrants who settled the North Side, she said.

For her entire life, the crosses peeking over the hill were always a sign that she was home, Poole said. The Catholic diocese’s decision to close the church still stings for her and the others now opposed to cutting off the crosses.

They fought to keep the church open, Poole said. And, when there were plans to sell the stained glass windows to a church in Louisiana, they fought and won that battle.

Poole and the others opposed to tearing off the crosses didn’t hear about it from the North Side Learning Center or the city. Instead, word spread on Facebook. That did not sit well.

Neither did plans for a fence around the church yard.

“My feeling is they fear us and they don’t even know us,” said Katie Scott, a former Holy Trinity parishioner. Scott was speaking directly to board members of North Side Learning Center at a coffee hour the group hosted last week to try to address community concerns.

No one at the meeting said they minded the church being used for a mosque. But the families who worshipped at Holy Trinity for decades don’t want their landmark to look different.

And they are still worried that the massive stained glass windows might be removed next. They depict scenes from the life of Christ.

Yusuf Soule, executive director of the North Side Learning Center, estimated there are about 5,000 Muslims who would be served by the mosque.

The population of Muslims in Onondaga County more than doubled in the last decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of worshiping Muslims in the county rose from 3,109 to 6,566. The county’s total population is more than 450,000.

Consistent with the population in the U.S. doubling since the 9/11 jihad attacks.

A walk through the North Side shows the change: Many of the women on the sidewalks and in the parks wear traditional Islamic headcoverings.

“I’m so happy someone wants to maintain the building,” said Tom Schultz, whose family celebrated many milestones at Trinity. But he wondered out loud if there was a way to keep the crosses and the windows without violating the faith of the new worshippers.

The answer on the crosses was clear. They cannot stay atop a mosque, Soule said.

So much for the Learning Center’s core values of Neighborly Love and Respect, and Compassion. Loyalty is only to Islam.

Accidental mosque

The North Side Learning Center bought Holy Trinity Church in December from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for $150,000. The nonprofit group, which teaches English to adults and children on the North Side, wanted the school building on the church grounds for a permanent home. At the time, the group, whose board is primarily Muslim, had no plans for a mosque.

Odd, in a separate article at the Troy Record, Soule told a different story:

Yusuf Soule, director of the non-profit literacy learning center, says an Islamic group wants to lease the church and use it for a mosque.

So which is it? A non-profit bought it for $15o,000 or a Muslim group wants to lease it? Someone is not being honest. One thing is clear however, Muslims want all kufr symbols gone.

But when the learning center board members were told they had to take the church and rectory, too, the idea for a mosque was born, said Mark Cass, chairman of the center’s board.

The diocese, which closed the church in 2010 because of declining attendance, does not oppose removing the crosses, said spokeswoman Danielle Cummings.

Neither should anyone else if no zoning or other laws were broken. They should oppose the Catholic Diocese and the myriad of Muslim importers that disguise themselves as non-profit refugee resettlement groups responsible for the Islamization of the U.S.

Florida: Judge blasts FBI transparency in Saudi family 9/11 investigation

via Judge blasts FBI over Saudi family investigation | HeraldTribune.com.

A federal judge on Friday chided the FBI for failing to produce records tied to a prominent Saudi Arabian family who seemed to abandon their Sarasota home suddenly just prior to the 9/11 terror attacks.

U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch ordered the FBI to conduct a much more thorough search than it had previously done and deliver all pertinent documents — uncensored — to him by April 18 for review.

The judge said the FBI must comply using its most advanced document search system, called Sentinel, to search for records pertaining to a year-and-a-half old Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Fort Lauderdale news site Broward Bulldog. The Herald-Tribune Media Group joined the suit earlier this year as a “friend of the court.”

Under the judge’s order, the FBI also must search for documents related to the Saudi family, a home in Sarasota’s gated Prestancia subdivision and the investigation following the 2001 attacks using Sentinel and multiple other search systems.

The agency initially refused to search for the family’s names, claiming that would result in an invasion of privacy.

Judge Zloch ordered the FBI to also inform the court of any documented communications between it and other government agencies concerning the investigation.

That information, and an explanation of how the FBI is complying with the judge’s order, is due by June 6.The 23-page order Friday was Judge Zloch’s second in favor of the Bulldog and its editor, Dan Christensen.

In the latest order, Zloch takes the FBI to task for failing to exhaustively produce documents pertaining to the case.

He describes the agency’s initial search as “preemptively narrowed in scope based on agency decisions that categories of documents are exempt and thus, will not even be sought.”

He called one of the government’s characterizations of the Bulldog’s requests “literal to the point of being nonsensical.”

Tom Julin, the attorney for the Bulldog, praised the judge’s action.

“That is just exactly the kind of order a federal judge should render when the FBI refuses to acknowledge the existence of important documents like this,” Julin said. “I hope the FBI will follow his order to a ‘T’ and we will finally get to the bottom of this controversy.”

In joining the case in mid-March, the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald cited articles written about the Prestancia case and described ways in which a further search would be in the public’s interest.To date, the FBI has turned over 35 pages of heavily redacted documents — out of the 15,000 files it has acknowledged were part of its Florida inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

Last summer, Zloch asked Julin to explain in writing how an FBI search could be done better. The FBI, the lawyer noted, did not even search for documents using the names of the family members residing in, or owning, the Prestancia home.

The home was owned by Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi and his wife, Deborah. Ghazzawi is known to have connections to the Saudi royal family.

For the six years before the terror attacks, the home was occupied by their son-in-law, Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, and their daughter, Anoud.

The Al-Hijjis came to the FBI’s attention after the couple apparently returned abruptly to Saudi Arabia two weeks before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., leaving behind clothes, food, children’s toys and cars.

Federal agents also linked phone calls from the Prestancia home — some dating to a year before the attacks — to known 9/11 suspects, the Bulldog has reported.

The calls were made to, or received from Mohamed Atta, fellow pilots and 11 other terrorist suspects, the Bulldog reported.

Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi had learned to fly at Huffman Aviation at the Venice Municipal Airport. Ziad Jarrah also took flying lessons nearby, at the Florida Flight Training school.

More in these previous posts.

 

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