Rutgers Student Paper Sharia-Compliant, Destroys All Copies with Muhammad Cartoon

Student newspaper destroys every copy of latest edition featuring cartoon of Muhammad.

Source: Rutgers Goes Sharia-Compliant | Frontpage Mag h/t thereligionofpeace

By Robert Spencer

The April 5, 2016 issue of The Gleaner, the student paper of Rutgers University–Camden, published a cartoon of Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus in a bar. Its content, however, cannot be known at this point, because at the behest of Muslims on campus, and in a case fraught with implications for the health of the freedom of speech today, the entire issue has been deep-sixed.

Two weeks after the cartoon was published, the April 19 issue of The Gleaner contained a letter from the Muslim Brotherhood campus group, the Muslim Students Association, saying that it found the image offensive and asking The Gleaner to remove the image from the April 5 issue and circulate a new edition of that issue without it. The MSA letter claims that Christians and Jews on campus told MSA members that they, too, found the image offensive.

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Rutgers Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA logo

The MSA letter states: “Even though freedom of speech and press is emphasized and is something all of us value as proud Americans, the University prides itself on diversity of people of different faith and backgrounds so we feel that it is necessary to respect those faiths and backgrounds by honoring their beliefs.”

The April 19 Gleaner also contains a response to the MSA letter, written by Christopher Church, the Editor-in-Chief of The Gleaner. Church apologizes to the MSA and agrees to meet with it “so that we can rectify this issue and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” He also agrees to remove any copies of the offending April 5 issue from the Gleaner boxes around campus and destroy them.

The Jihad Watch reader who alerted me to this sums up what is wrong here:

  1. Freedom of speech is a Constitutional right. It is not negated by someone’s taking offense. This could have been and should have been a chance for Rutgers and The Gleaner to explain why the freedom of speech must be protected as our fundamental bulwark against tyranny, and why that means that we must all learn to put up with material that offends us.
  2. Once a group’s feeling offended is taken as decisive, it may begin to take offense at other aspects of campus life it finds offensive. In the MSA’s case, it may begin getting offended at men and women sharing classrooms or coeds wearing tight jeans on campus.
  3. In light of the violent attacks on those who have depicted Muhammad, The Gleaner by removing the image is bowing to the implicit threat of violence — which only in the long run encourages more violence. Rutgers’ Art Library recently featured an “artwork” depicting Jesus on a dartboard. It was ultimately removed, but not because it offended Christians. No one cares if Christians are offended: Rutgers officials know that offended Christians won’t murder them. Their solicitousness toward the MSA, by contrast, reveals that they know offended Muslims might very well kill them, and rather than stand up for the freedom of speech and against this kind of bullying, they signal their willingness to surrender and fall into line, accepting Sharia restrictions on speech.

Imagine how Rutgers would react if its Art Library had displayed, instead of this Jesus-on-a-dartboard “artwork,” a cartoon of Muhammad. The air would have been thick with cries of “Islamophobia.” Fragile Leftist students would be running for their safe spaces. The university would be instituting mandatory seminars designed to inculcate the proper “respect” that one must show for “The Other” so as to avoid charges of “racism” and “bigotry.”

The double standard is stark: Jesus crucified on a dartboard is art – and what’s more, it’s courageous. One Rutgers student chortled on Facebook that the dartboard “art” was “hilarious,” and crowed that “we don’t have to cater to the wills of the Church or any denomination of Christianity or religion.” Those who complained would be admonished: Don’t you respect the freedom of expression, you right-wing bigot?

A cartoon of Muhammad, on the other hand, even one as innocuous as the one in The Gleaner appears to have been — that’s an outrage. No one was crowing in that instance about not having to cater to the wills of the mosque. On the contrary, the message was clear: Don’t you respect Muslims as human beings, you right-wing bigot?

This is the kind of “respect” being irrationally violent will win you. Rutgers officials knew that Christians weren’t going to kill them, and that they could mock Christianity with impunity. They would only start blathering about “respect” when it comes to Islam. This respect won at the point of a sword does not bode well for the future of free expression in the West.


Rutgers submitted long ago:

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New Jersey: Islamic society wages legal jihad over denial to build mosque in residential area

Source: Islamic society sues over denial to build mosque in N.J. | NJ.com

An Islamic community has filed a federal lawsuit against Bernards Township, the township committee and its planning board, saying they manufactured excuses to deny it the right to build a mosque.

The suit was filed by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and its president, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, against the township and 15 individuals on the township committee and planning board. Chaudry is a former mayor, member of the committee and board of education member, the suit says.

Township Administrator Bruce McArthur said all township personnel have been advised not comment publicly about the litigation.

Mayor Carol Bianchi did issue a statement:

“Bernards Township is an inclusive and warm community.  The allegations in the lawsuit do not represent our community. It is not unusual for an applicant to appeal a denial, and it is their right. The Planning Board made its decision and now the court will decide whether to uphold that decision.  We look forward to  a satisfactory resolution of this matter.”

The lawsuit comes about three months after planners unanimously rejected the society’s application to build a mosque on a 4.3-acre site on Church Street. Planners said the application was based on a “lack of details” regarding parking, traffic safety and buffer zones bordering the site’s residential neighbords.

Planners frequently agreed with “one unreasonable and picayune land use objection after another” raised by opponents, even though a house of worship is a permitted use on the site, the lawsuit says.

It says opponents were “coached” to phrase their opinions “through the permissible language of land use: parking, buffer and screening requirements, storm water management, and so on.” Opponents, it says, also were warned not to state objections toward Muslims or their faith itself.

The society filed its application for preliminary and final site plan approval for a 4,252-square-foot mosque in April of 2012, the suit says.

What followed was “pronounced hostility” from the community and objections manufactured by the planning board, it says. Residents said they feared the mosque could host potential terrorists and warned that Islamic law must be opposed, the suit says.

Additionally, a citizens group formed expressly to oppose the mosque lobbied throughout the township, it says.

After the society filed its application, the township committee amended the zoning ordinance to make new houses of worship difficult, if not impossible, to build, the suit says.

The society spent more than $450,000 to get approval of its site plan, the lawsuit says.

The suit charges that the defendants violated their rights to freely practice their religion and that they made arbitrary land-use decisions.

It seeks judicial orders to overturn the denial of the society’s application to develop the site, invalidate the restrictive sections of the zoning ordinance, appointment of a federal monitor and compensatory damages, among other things.


Where did the Islamic society get half a million dollars for a site plan? Now check out this headline also in New Jersey:

Fundamentalist Muslims Set Sights on N.J. Town and Angry Residents Resist…oh wait, here’s the real title: Orthodox Jews Set Sights on N.J. Town and Angry Residents Resist. The media would never put a headline like that stating Muslims were setting their sites on any town although it’s happening across the U.S.

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New Jersey: South Brunswick Library, Lawmakers Use Taxpayer Funds to Force Islam on Public

Taxation for Islamization. Libraries are a common target for Muslim supremacists as they infiltrate towns.  via US Library hosts event in New Jersey to dispel myths about Islam – AhlulBayt News Agency – ABNA – Shia News h/t Iron Burka

In an effort to promote tolerance through education, the South Brunswick Public Library (SBPL) in Monmouth junction, New Jersey hosted one in a series of conversations on major faiths around the world on Sunday.

Suzy Ismail, author and visiting professor of communication at DeVry University, led the discussion.
“Dispelling Misconceptions About Islam,” provided an understanding of what Islam is all about and how she as a Muslim American lives her faith.

In other words, it was nothing about real Islam or Islamic history but merely about how she wants Islam to be perceived…by the kuffar.

Ismail spoke to a crowd of more than 70 people, including members of the South Brunswick Human Relations Commission (SBHRC), the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater South Brunswick and the Community Resource Team, who co-sponsored the event.

South Brunswick Board of Education Member Azra Baig, coordinator of Sunday’s program and member of the township’s Human Relations Committee, said she was hopeful that the event would dispel some of the misconceptions about Islam.

Muslims are very aggressive at getting on and taking over local town, city and school boards. Once in, they exert maximum pressure to protect and promote Islam. Part of dawah.

Ismail emphasized that Muslim Americans are taught to live their faith by service to others and showing kindness and compassion.

“Any actions devoid of mercy and compassion are not of the faith,” she said.

To Muslims maybe, but not to non-Muslims.

Ismail applauded those who attended the event for taking the first step towards opening the door to conversation.

“It is not an easy thing to step outside of our comfort zone and conquer our fears and say yes, I want to learn,” she said.

When do Muslims ever step out of their comfort zone? When has there ever been a “take off your hijab day”? Or a “wear a yamulke day”? Or “go to Catholic mass day”? Never. Muslims make everyone else uncomfortable.

Library Director Chris Carbone emphasized the need for the library to play a role in educating the community as part of its mission.

“It is key for libraries to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas,” said Carbone, “and we wish to continue to celebrate the diversity of our vibrant community.”

Promoting Islam is not an exchange of ideas. 

“This is what a public library should do, force us to have conversation,” said State Assemblyman Jack Ciatterelli, who attended the event. “There is power and beauty in diversity.”

Taxpayers should not be forced to pay to hear about Islam. What power is there in diversity? Empty platitudes as taxpayer money is spent promoting the most violent and hateful of ideologies that has never tolerated beauty or diversity.

State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, a South Brunswick resident, also praised South Brunswick for coming together as a community. He challenged everyone to step up and speak out against hatred and negative rhetoric.

Zwicker clearly hasn’t read the Koran.

Also in attendance was State Sen. Linda Greenstein, and South Brunswick Township Council Members Jo Hochman and Joseph Camarota Jr.

Baig praised the legislators present for being advocates for justice and humanity, speaking up against racism and discrimination.

Specific dates have yet to be finalized for the remaining events in the continuing community conversations.


Absolutely unheard of for so many public officials to attend a library session on anything…let alone about Islam. South Brunswick residents should be concerned about their elected officials priorities.

Let them know here, Governing Body.

Syrian Muslims Coming to New Jersey via Church World Service

If you think these are refugees – see our post on the 20,000 Muslim “refugees” to Canada. Westfield will soon be the West Bank. via: Syrian Refugee Resettlement focus of March 6 forum at First Congregational Church of Westfield | NJ.com

First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer St., in Westfield, will host a special “Souper Sunday” forum on the Syrian refugee crisis and resettlement effort on Sunday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m., in the lower level of the McCorison Education Building, at the right of the church complex. A soup and salad luncheon will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Mahmoud Mahmoud, director of Church World Service (CWS) in Jersey City, one of nine private aid organizations working with the United Nations and the U.S. State department to assist in international refugee resettlement.

Also known as hijrah, immigration jihad or Islamization.

Since April 2015, CWS has helped 150 refugees from Columbia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Syria start new lives in the New York metropolitan area.

How did Mahmoud Mahmoud become director of Church World Service?

As Church World Service prepares for a new wave of Syrian refugees, Mahmoud will discuss the many ways that volunteers can assist in the resettlement effort, from coordinating food, clothing and furniture donation drives to providing literacy training and mentorship.

Founded in 1946, Church World Service is an ecumenical humanitarian aid organization providing international relief and recovery efforts. The United Church of Christ, of which First Congregational is a member, has been a partner since 1957. For additional information on Church World Service, visit www.cwsglobal.org.

Mahmoud Mahmoud, director of Church World Service in Jersey City, will speak about ongoing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the New York area and ways the community can help at First Congregational Church of Westfield on Sunday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m. To register for this event, which includes a free soup luncheon, contact the church at 908-233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net.


Refugee Resettlement Watch writes: Syrians coming to NJ, Church World Service to hold gathering to educate citizens

If you live in North Jersey, especially in the area of Jersey City where Americans witnessed the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center across the harbor and where Donald Trump reported Muslims celebrating that day, you might want to attend this educational gathering being promoted by Church World Service, one of nine major federal resettlement contractors.

Contact the church at 908-233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net.

New Jersey: Woman bludgeons 73-year-old mother-in-law to death

Tasneem Diwan (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office)

Source: Daughter-in-law found, charged with woman’s bludgeoning death  h/t Dee

A woman accused of bludgeoning her mother-in-law to death was arrested in a bus terminal outside of an Atlantic City casino Friday night, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Tasneem Diwan, 47, of East Windsor was charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon Saturday morning after she was spotted in a bus terminal of the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City Friday night.

Authorities have been looking for Diwan since Tuesday night after her mother-in-law, 73-year-old Safia Diwan, was found bludgeoned to death in a home the two shared in East Windsor.

Police responded to a 911 call and found Safia Diwan’s body at a front office of a house on Mozart Court, an upscale area of East Windsor around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police believe Tasneem Diwan used an unknown object to repeatedly strike her mother-in-law over the head before leaving the scene, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.

Some residents who lived near the Diwans’ house on Mozart Court said Saturday that they did not know the family and that they stuck to themselves.

“I wouldn’t even know who lived in the house,” one neighbor, who did not want to be named, said Saturday.

Atlantic City police took Tasneem Diwan into custody late Friday night and she was taken back to East Windsor where police continued the investigation before filing charges Saturday morning.

Bail was set at $1 million cash or bond by Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier.


More: No indication on the killer’s citizenship status or country of origin however her husband went to school in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Nauman Diwan, the victim’s son and the woman’s husband, is a local internist.

A neighbor uncomfortably described the family as a nice, normal “American” family. Video here https://news.yahoo.com/video/woman-sought-mother-law-found-175203264.html

Seattle Muslim who killed 4 Americans as “vengeance” for Muslims, sentenced for robbery

Ali Muhammad – who was on a terrorist watch list – confessed that his jihad killings were ‘“vengeance” for the loss of innocent lives killed as a result of American military operations’. Conveniently for the media and race hustlers (essentially one and the same) – black, gay and Muslim lives don’t seem to matter when the perp is black and Muslim.

Source: Prosecutor: Seattle man charged with killing 4 was on terrorism watch list | The Seattle Times h/t Ninja

NEWARK, N.J. — A Seattle man charged with killing four people in Washington and New Jersey in 2014 to protest U.S. foreign policy was on a federal terrorism watch list and wrote in his journal that he planned to follow the Islamic State group and “learn the ways of jihadis,” a New Jersey state prosecutor said Wednesday.

The details came out before Ali Muhammad Brown was sentenced to 36½ years in prison on an unrelated armed-robbery case.

 The armed robbery occurred during the same time period as four killings now linked to Brown, three in Washington and one in New Jersey. Brown is still awaiting trial in all four slayings. He also faces a charge of terrorism, the first and only time New Jersey’s state terrorism statute has been used.

Before Brown was sentenced for the armed robbery Wednesday, assistant prosecutor Jamel Sempter revealed the contents of Brown’s journal to an Essex County judge. The prosecutor also said Brown was on a federal watch list, although he did not elaborate.

Dave Joly, a spokesman for the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, said the agency does not publicly confirm or deny whether an individual is included on its terror screening or no-fly lists.

Brown, who has refused to participate in most of the court hearings, was flanked in court by 10 sheriff’s office deputies. He said little, refused to sign any papers and once pulled an ear plug out of his ear to better hear a judge’s question.

Brown also attended a status hearing on the murder and terrorism charges in New Jersey. His lawyer, Albert Kapin, told the judge that he still wants to get some more evidence and plans to file some motions in the terrorism case. But Kapin would not say if he would seek to have the charges dismissed.

The New Jersey slaying victim, Brendan Tevlin, was shot at a West Orange traffic light on June 25, 2014. The 19-year-old University of Richmond student was driving to his home to Livingston, N.J.

Brown also faces three aggravated murder charges in Washington: the April 27, 2014, shooting of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, and the June 1, 2014, shooting deaths of two young men outside a Seattle gay nightclub, Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young.

Authorities in Seattle have said that Brown described himself to detectives as a strict Muslim who was angry with the U.S. government’s role in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan because of the deaths of innocent civilians and children.

New Jersey passed its anti-terrorism statute after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Other states have similar laws, though they have rarely been used. Some state charges, such as ones filed against gang members in New York, have failed to survive the courts. More recently, though, New York state successfully prosecuted two cases under its terrorism law against men who had planned bomb attacks.

Related:

Seattle: Muslim ex-con executes 2 gays, wanted in Jersey armed robbery

Seattle Muslim charged with terrorism after jihad attacks kill 4 Americans

New Jersey: Does Islamic company selling ‘Sharia-compliant mortgages’ control Asbury Park boardwalk?

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Source: Does Islamic company selling ‘Sharia-compliant mortgages’ control Asbury Park NJ boardwalk? | Fox News

With ISIS committing acts of terror on 4 continents, and President Obama importing refugees from their home territory, now is a bad time to offer interest-free Sharia Law mortgages in America, but that’s exactly what one company is doing.

The beach town of Asbury Park, New Jersey has undergone a slow-grinding redevelopment for the better part of 30 years.   Bereft of money in 2007, the city sold millions of dollars worth of storied boardwalk buildings including Convention Hall to a private company — Madison Marquette.  Madison Marquette also owns concert venues near the boardwalk like the famed Stone Pony.  They are positioned in expensive retail properties across America in California, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Florida and more.

What few know is that Madison Marquette is owned by an Islamic company rooted in the Middle East; a company whose other subsidiary specializes in “Sharia Law Compliance” and lures Sharia-following Muslims to 23 states with interest-free home mortgages.

The parent company is Capital Guidance Corporation, whose managing director Amer Hammour is also CEO of Madison Marquette.  Hammour was born in Syria and educated in Lebanon, France and the U.S.  Another wholly-owned subsidiary named Guidance Financial Group, run by Mohamad Hammour with help from Amer Hammour, was formed to enter the burgeoning “Islamic Financial Market.”  Capital Guidance states its “main vehicle” for doing business in the U.S. is Madison Marquette, and controls $5 billion in assets.

Guidance Financial maintains a “Shariah Supervisory Board.”  This board counsels in financial matters to ensure compliance with the controversial Muslim value system known as “Sharia.”

For the uninitiated, Sharia is a set of Islamic laws dating back to the 7th century, still used in whole or in part in Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen.  Sharia contains the notoriously brutal social and penal rules that Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorists wish to impose on the West, including America.

Under Sharia, women are chattel of men, and if convicted of adultery are stoned to death [Warning: Graphic], can be punished if raped, suffer “honor killings” and  “female genital mutilation.”  Homosexuality is punishable by death by stoning or dropping them from great heights.  Stealing is punished by having a hand chopped off  [Warning: Graphic] while apostasy and blasphemy will get you beheaded.

Sharia also has strict business rules rooted in religious texts like the Koran and Hadith. For instance, it is prohibited to charge or pay interest, which they call riba.  Sharia compliance is so complex that barely 100 Islamic scholars are recognized to opine on it, and they have set up a profitable cottage industry as “Sharia compliance advisors,” including in America.  Guidance Financial is a world leader in this area. Continue reading

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