Oklahoma City Thunder Go Sharia with Islamic Halal Diet

Source: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Halal Guys – WSJ

Enes Kanter has started a halal food craze that has absorbed the Thunder’s locker room after road games—and stocked it with lamb platters and chicken kebabs.

In the middle of every Oklahoma City road game, David Howarth’s phone buzzes in his pocket. The Thunder’s athletic performance coordinator excuses himself from the bench and escapes to the arena’s loading dock. That’s where he picks up the team’s dinner: takeout halal food.

This is not what most NBA teams eat after games. But the more adventurous Thunder players have done away with the traditional locker-room fare this season. Instead they’re digging into generous helpings of lamb and chicken kebabs.

The person responsible for Oklahoma City’s culinary revolution isn’t Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or any other Thunder starter. It is Enes Kanter, the team’s reserve center, who is Muslim and observes his religion’s dietary laws.

Thunder executives took measures to accommodate Kanter’s religion when they traded for the Turkish-born big man last year and signed him to a long-term extension in the off-season. He has access to his own prayer room in the team’s arena, for example, and uses owner Clay Bennett’s office in the team’s practice center, where he uses towels as prayer rugs. The team also made sure that Kanter’s very first meal in Oklahoma City was cooked under halal standards, which means the meat was raised and slaughtered properly, and Thunder chefs started cooking for him with separate kitchenware.

But what happened next was something no one anticipated. The halal takeover started when Thunder center Steven Adams asked Kanter if he would share his post-game dinner. “Pretty much as soon as he came in,” Adams said, “I just told him that I’m eating his food, so I told the guys to order double.”

Westbrook and Serge Ibaka then began tearing into the halal trays. Before long, Thunder officials were searching the Internet for the top-rated Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants in other cities when the team was on the road, all so they could feed a full lineup of NBA players with enormous appetites.

“It’s like a mini-party,” said Thunder medical director Donnie Strack. “Everyone wants to steal Enes’s food.”

Kanter eats halal because of his religion. Adams eats halal for a slightly different reason.

“Because it’s awesome,” he said.

Now, after Kanter’s first full season in Oklahoma City, the team has a rotation of halal restaurants in NBA cities—and their players have become food critics.

“What’s our best city?” Adams said. “Orlando?”

“Boston?” Kanter said.

“Boston was good, wasn’t it?” Adams said. “Boston was the best city. I don’t know the top five, but Boston was definitely No. 1.”

They say there is a science to halal quality: The bigger the city, the better the food. The Thunder happened to be in Brooklyn this year when the Northeast was blanketed in several feet of snow, but that didn’t stop Kanter from leaving the Thunder’s hotel in search of the borough’s standout Turkish food. That week, when the Thunder played the New York Knicks, the full team meal was a Turkish feast. Outside their Madison Square Garden locker room were tables of halal food. “Everyone’s starting to jump on board,” Adams said, “just because it tastes so good.”

But not quite everyone. Durant is the Thunder’s highest-profile halal holdout. While others peek at Kanter’s plate, Durant sticks with staples of the NBA diet, which tends to be heavy on grilled chicken and, for the Thunder, brisket and short rib. Durant still knows all about the halal situation.

“I think it’s bull—,” he joked after a recent practice. “I’ve been here for nine years and I requested some stuff after the game and I have to pay for it on my own. And the second he gets here he gets his own menu.” Durant’s faux-outrage, however, may come from his personal taste for the food: “It’s nasty to me,” he said.


Durant may have it right. Do his teammates know what makes the food halal? Shouting allah akbar while slicing the neck and letting the animal bleed to death (just as they do to non-Muslims and apostates).

Understanding Halal Certification Schemes

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Florida: Muslim arrested in jihad sting on Aventura synagogue

Another convert arrested in a sting. via: Sources: FBI foils terror attack at Aventura synagogue; 1 arrest – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) — Federal agents arrested a man who, sources said, was planning to throw an explosive device into a South Florida synagogue.

According to law enforcement sources, the FBI set up a sting to thwart what they described as a terror attack at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Friday evening.

Sources said agents posing as terrorists were able to stop James Medina, the man, who, they said, may have converted to Islam.

Sources told 7News they are concerned about this case because Medina wanted to take some type of explosive device and chuck it over the wall. Friday was the next-to-last day of Passover, and the center was crowded with people observing the holiday.

Concerned residents said they were disturbed by the arrest. “I think about, before we had a baby, that we used to go there for services, and God forbid, it could have been us,” said Stephanie Levine. “Thank God they stopped him, but had they not, it would have been such a horrible thing to happen to this neighborhood.”

The Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center released a statement in the wake of the terror threats: “The leadership of our congregation has been briefed by law enforcement and Jewish community security officials about this situation. They assured us that the synagogue and school were never at risk at any time during the investigation and arrest, and that there are no credible threats directed against us at the present time.”

Sources said the center was never in danger because Medina was taken into custody before any harm was done.

“Of course it surprised me,” said area resident Richard Levinson. “Everybody says, ‘I live in a small town. It doesn’t happen here,’ but the sad part is, it happens everywhere.”

Resident Kim Tepper said she is horrified by the turn of events but ultimately not that surprised. “It’s a very scary world, and you know what? I don’t think that anybody is safe anywhere,” she said. ‘We’d always thought, living in this area, that we could be targeted, so now you’re kind of confirming that for me. Not happy.”

Florida Representative Debbie Wassedrman Schultz stated how grateful she is that the individual was caught by the FBI. “I am deeply grateful that the FBI arrested this individual before he was allegedly able to do harm to the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and its congregates,” said Schultz. “I will be in contact with federal and local authorities immediately and working with them to ensure our community’s places of worship — no matter what faith — are safe for all those who worship in them.”

FBI officials declined to comment on the investigation, but 7News has learned Medina will appear in federal court early this week.


DOJ: Medina Complaint

Survey of Canadian Muslims Reveals Major Concerns

Source: Blog: Survey of Canadian Muslims reveals major concerns

Far from being benign, or even positive, as some commentators in the liberal media claim, a new survey of Canadian Muslims should give many pause for thought.

Keep in mind that there are already more than one million Muslims in Canada, and their rate of population growth is doubling every 10 years, meaning that — if century-long trends continue — Canada will be a majority Muslim nation by 2050. Since the last census of the Muslim population was in 2011, the current number is likely in the neighborhood of 1.5 million, or more than 4% of the total population.

It is clear that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada is the political home for Muslims. Among those surveyed, 65% said they voted for Trudeau, versus 10% voting for the far left NDP and 2% for the Conservatives. Since 21% of respondents refused to answer how they voted, if we normalize the voting preferences among those answering the question, then almost 85% of Muslims voted Liberal.

A majority (50%) of Muslims said being a Muslim was the most important part of their personal identity, far more than the percentage saying that being a Canadian was most important (15%). For non-Muslims in Canada, the loyalty is reversed — with 43% of non-Muslims stating that being Canadian is most important versus their religious following (28%).

Another majority (52%) of the Canadian Muslim population say they are worried about violent extremism among their ranks, a percentage that is effectively unchanged from 2006. Conversely, only 40% say they are either not worried or only a little worried about the radicalization of their community.

When asked whether they want to adopt Canadian customs or remain distinct, just 53% of Muslims indicated they wanted to adopt Canadian customs, meaning the remaining 47% do not clearly want to adopt Canadian customs. The number saying they want to adopt Canadian customs has declined from 55% to 53% over the past decade, showing a trend away from assimilation.

A full 75% of Canadian Muslims believe they should have the right to pray in public schools, which violates the separation of church and state and also leads to large costs for renovations as these public facilities are forced to accommodate the corresponding demands for space and facilities. For example, the University of Regina recently spent $35,000 in scarce public funding to install foot-washing stations for Muslim students.

When asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement that “[t]he father in the family must be master in his own house,” 40% of Canadian Muslims agreed and only 32% totally disagreed. By comparison, among non-Muslims in Canada, just 21% agree with the view of a patriarchy.

Nearly half (43%) of Muslims feel that homosexuality should not be accepted by society, and just 36% say it should be accepted.

Around 7% of Canadian Muslims feel that at least some, and perhaps most/many, Muslims in their community support violent extremists abroad. Given the large domestic population of Muslims, these numbers should cause alarm.

An Oral History of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, in Their Own Words

Source: Center for Security Policy | BOOK RELEASE: Ikhwan in America: An Oral History of the Muslim Brotherhood in Their Own Words

(Washington, D.C.): The Center for Security Policy is proud to announce the second release in its Archival Series, Ikhwan in America: An Oral History of the Muslim Brotherhood in their Own Words.

Like the first volume in this series, The Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, this new volume provides context for the needed, far deeper understanding of the true nature of the Muslim Brotherhood (known as the Ikhwan in Arabic). It does so by making accessible an original source document – along with an evaluation of its ideological, historical and organizational significance to equip our countrymen and women, and their elected representatives, to make informed decisions about one of the most serious threats facing our country: the Islamic supremacist enemies within.

“Ikhwan in America” was the title given an early 1980s lecture about the Muslim Brotherhood by a man who was at the time one of the organization’s most prominent leaders: the chief masul (“guide”) of its executive office, Zaid Naman (a.k.a. Zeid Noman). The audience were participants in a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood camp in Missouri.

The Center for Security Policy is proud to present this monograph as the latest in its Muslim Brotherhood Archival Series. Ikhwan in America is available for purchase in Kindle and paperback format at Amazon.com. As with this Archive Series’ Explanatory Memorandum, this one can also be downloaded for free at www.SecureFreedom.org.

A PDF of the newly released monograph is embedded here:

 

 

Colorado: Federal jury rules against Muslim workers who sued airport company

via Federal jury in Denver rules against Muslim workers who sued employer – Denver Post  h/t: Islamist Watch

A federal jury Thursday rejected claims by Muslim women that they were discriminated against for clothing required of them by their faith — including head scarves — by a ground services company at Denver International Airport.

The eight jurors also ruled, after almost three weeks of trial, that JetStream Ground Services did not deny the women accommodations because of their religion or retaliate against them.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in 2013 claiming JetStream violated the civil rights of the Muslim women by refusing to hire them or firing them or reducing their hours if they were religiously observant.

JetStream offers ground services for airlines including cargo, freight, mail handling, aircraft maintenance and cabin cleaning.

The EEOC suit sought back pay and compensatory damages for plaintiffs Safia Abdulle Ali, Sahra Bashi Abdirahman, Hana Bokku, Sadiyo Hassan Jama and Amino Warsame.

The case was heard in U.S. District Court in Denver.

JetStream attorney Raymond Deeny said in court the company does not discriminate against women but had to lay off numerous employees when the company lost a contract with DIA.

Diane King, one of the lawyers representing the women, told jurors during the trial that it was up to them to send Jetstream a message to obey the law.

Andrew Volin, another attorney on the JetStream team of representation, said the company’s owners — who were in court Thursday — had no comment on the jury’s decision.

An attorney for the women who sued JetStream also declined to speak about the verdict and said they were exploring their appellate options.


Related:

Muslim prayer room at Denver Airport separate from room for Christians and Jews

 

Trinidad and Tobago: 89 citizens have left to join Islamic State!

Source: ISIS in Caribbean recruitment drive as idyllic holiday island popular with Brit holidaymakers ‘becomes jihadi hotspot’ – Mirror Online  h/t thereligionofpeace.com/

Jihadists from ISIS are reportedly exploiting an undercurrent of extremism in the Caribbean to gain new recruits.

Trinidad and Tobago’s government estimates that 89 of its citizens have left to join Islamic State, a higher figure per head of population than even Belgium has recorded.

The problem is so significant that a telephone hotline was set up in the former British colony at the end of last year. It allows islanders to contact authorities if they believe someone is planning to make the journey.

And the US government has said that it fears an attack might originate from the area. General John Kelly, the former head of US Southern Command, said ISIS was doing a “fair amount” of recruitment in the region, including in Jamaica and Venezuela, The Times reported.

Former British high commissioner Arthur Snell told the paper: “Quite a lot of things that recur in jihadist groups elsewhere apply in Trinidad: people who are exposed to gang violence, broken homes, poor educational opportunities, a lack of a sense of belonging.”

Fears were also expressed that a terror attack in the region would devastate its tourism-based economy.

Four Trinidadian ISIS fighters were reportedly among 961 captured by Turkish security forces last year.

The problem is so significant that a telephone hotline was set up at the end of last year to allow islanders to contact authorities if they believe someone is planning to make the journey


Not the first time Trinidad has made the Creeping Sharia pages. It now has its own category.

Trinidad Muslims caught training for jihad in Venezuela

Muslim academics among 12 arrested in Trinidad and Tobago PM assassination plot

Video: Islam and Liberal Principles

We received emails from two individuals who each consider themselves Muslims.

First:

JM
——–@ktt.com

sad. I’m a Muslim American 2nd generation. & I firmly say to you fuck “Sharia Law”. screw that noise. I’m an American first & foremost & that means the world to me – as it does my family as well. so much that there are so many of us that work for the US government, from teachers to professors & from the Federal Bureau to scientists in DC. Moderate Muslims do exist & we’re the examples. sites like yours ought to promote the fact because in the end they promote hatred towards up & coming innocent Muslim American children. seriously – I’m not against completely what you’re promoting, but you have to remember there are good Muslim Americans too – our parents escaped bullshit like Sharia Law & came to the US to better their lives & practice religion in a peaceful manner, their own way because they knew they would have the right to. I’m kinda rushing this but I’ll enjoy my ‘Black Label, neat’ that much more in about an hour or so. just know my anchor in this is to be neighborly, from one American to another.

Second:

Akbar
———–@hotmail.com

No matter how much you try hard to islam you cannot stop it….with 9/11 islam spread even faster and more non-muslims converted lots of americans………….Islam will prevail whether u do something or not

Interestingly, JM wants Creeping Sharia to promote what Islam considers apostates. If JM doesn’t believe in the sharia, what part of Islam does he actually believe that makes him Muslim? Akbar, on the other hand, is quite confident that Islam will prevail. We’re pretty sure he’s not referring to JM’s version.

Together the JM’s and Akbar’s attempt to silence the Creeping Sharia’s all of which allows Islam to spread or as Akbar writes, “to prevail.”

Bill Warner covers this phenomenon in the video below.

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