UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with Muslim terrorists

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Neel Ahuja

Source: UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with terrorists, paints U.S. as imperialistic – The College Fix

An English class offered at UNC Chapel Hill this fall called “Literature of 9/11” explores the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of radical Islamists and those who view America as an imperialist nation.

The reading assignments for the class, which includes poems, memoirs and graphic novels, present terrorists in a sympathetic light and American political leaders as greedy, war hungry and corrupt, according to a review by The College Fix.

The readings mostly focus on justifying the actions of terrorists – painting them as fighting against an American regime, or mistaken idealists, or good people just trying to do what they deem right. None of the readings assigned in the freshman seminar present the Sept. 11 attacks from the perspective of those who died or from American families who lost loved ones.

“ENGL 72: Literature of 9/11” is taught by Neel Ahuja, an associate professor of English, comparative literature, and geography at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Neel grew up in Topeka, Kansas. He studied transnational cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego and gender studies at Northwestern University, where he was a student organizer and labor solidarity activist,” according to his online faculty bio.

Ahuja did not respond to several emails from The College Fix seeking comment. Jim Gregory, UNC’s director of media relations, said in a telephone interview that the university does not have an official stance on the class.

First-year seminars are often esoteric in nature, and typically hone in on narrow and unique topics. They are meant to introduce new students to college-level courses, and “offer an introduction to the intellectual life of the university and focus on how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge,” UNC’s website states.

Other seminars this fall at UNC include designing robots with Legos, the relationship between humans and animals, race and ethnic relations in the U.S., and even animals in Japanese folklore.

As for “Literature of 9/11,” its online description states it aims to “explore representations of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath in literature and popular culture.”

To that end, the class covers a wide variety of readings, according to a list detailed by the campus bookstore’s website.

In the Shadow of No Towers is a collection of 9/11 comics by celebrated graphic artist Art Speigelman, who witnessed the attacks from his home in lower Manhattan. None of his family died in the attack, but Speigelman told Democracy Now he felt anger at how the incident was turned into a patriotic rallying cry, and his Towers work is an extension of those emotions.

The horrors his family survived that morning “were only the beginning for Spiegelman, as his anguish was quickly displaced by fury at the U.S. government, which shamelessly co-opted the events for its own preconceived agenda,” according to the book’s Amazon description.

An online database of professor salaries maintained by the News & Observer states Ahuja’s annual salary is $72,100.

New Jersey: 9/11 survivor from ‘Dust Lady’ photo dies of stomach cancer

NEVER FORGET!


Source: 9/11 ‘Dust Lady’ Marcy Borders dies after battle with stomach cancer | NJ.com

BAYONNE — After a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, Marcy Borders — the woman known as the “Dust Lady” from the iconic photo taken of her as she escaped from the Twin Towers on Sept. 11 — has died, according to Facebook posts by multiple family members.

Michael Borders, Marcy Borders’ brother, said in a Facebook post at 11:22 a.m. yesterday that he needed everyone to pray for her, before posting about 12 hours later: “I can’t believe my sister is gone.”

John Bordes, Marcy Borders’ first cousin, called her “my HERO” in a Facebook comment and said that she “unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that (have) ridden her body since 9/11.”

“In addition to losing so many friends, coworkers, and colleagues on and after that tragic day, the pains from yesteryear (have) found a way to resurface,” he said.

The famous photo shows Marcy Borders, a Bank of America employee at the time, distraught and covered in dust in the aftermath of the attacks in Lower Manhattan.

The Bayonne native fell into a decade-long depression that led her to abuse alcohol and drugs after her traumatic experience on 9/11. In 2011, Borders checked into rehab, and has stayed clean since, she told The Jersey Journal last year.

Borders, a mother of two, was just getting back into the working world — helping with a candidate’s local campaign for mayor — when her doctor told her in August 2014 that she had stomach cancer.

Borders, 41 at the time, told The Jersey Journal in November that she had undergone chemotherapy and that she was scheduled to undergo surgery in December and then radiation and chemotherapy afterward.

At the time, she wondered aloud if her cancer was related to 9/11.

“I’m saying to myself ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'” she said. “I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses. I don’t have high blood pressure…high cholesterol, diabetes.”

Borders told The Jersey Journal at the time that she was struggling to pay off $190,000 in medical bills, as she didn’t have a job or health insurance.

When asked if she ever looked at the “Dust Lady” photo of herself, Borders said she avoided doing so as much as possible.

“I try to take myself from being a victim to being a survivor now. I don’t want to be a victim anymore,” she said.


More:

Marcy wasn’t alone. We’re all prisoners of 9/11, whether we know it or admit it, or not.

RIP Marcy!

Michigan: Lansing mayors September 11 Ramadan celebration rescheduled

Thanks to readers and Twitter followers of Creeping Sharia.

via Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett | Facebook

Notice how big and bold they made the new date? In blood red font.

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing announce that the 9th annual Ramadan Unity Dinner, co-hosted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, will be rescheduled to Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.After due deliberation, the event organizers have decided that the community’s remembrance of the tragic events of 9-11 and the celebration of diversity and inclusion embodied in the Ramadan Unity Dinner should be held at separate times.All tickets purchased for the original event date will be honored for the rescheduled date.


The party was originally scheduled on the anniversary of September 11 as we posted and asked, “Where are the citizens of Lansing?”

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Thanks also to a reader who informed us of his/her interaction with one of the sponsors of the event (full comment here), as well as Biz Pac Review for picking up the story here and here:

Meanwhile, a local hospital sponsoring the event tried to bully a protesting group out of using its name and logo, according to an email thread obtained by BizPac Review on Monday. (With the dinner being rescheduled, it wasn’t clear if the protests would still be held.)

In the first email to Lansing-based Sparrow Health Systems, protesters promised to make sure the hospital’s sponsorship of the event was well publicized – complete with replicas of the World Trade Center decorated with Sparrow “iconography,” and grisly scenes of the human cost of the 9/11 attacks.

Thank you for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th. We will be attending, myself and 14 other friends with tickets we have bought, just to see how things go. We are right now designing our art project to be displayed in the public space outside of the venue. Right now our idea is to make replications of the Twin Towers with Sparrow health iconography on the sides of the building. We might even have little jumpers who jump out of the building has it is burning falling into the sparrow health facilities. It should be fun for all. Again, thank you very much for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th.

In response, Sparrow’s Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate Lori Adams Simon wrote the protester and ordered the group not to use the company’s imagery in any way. (Adams referred questions Monday to Sparrow’s marketing department, which did not return a call.)

My name is Lori Adams Simon and I am the Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate for Sparrow Health System. Sparrow’s Marketing team received your email below in regard to The City of Lansing Ramadan Dinner.

Please note: Under NO circumstances can you use the Sparrow logo or any Sparrow “iconography” for other purposes including this art project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

The protesters were having none of it.

Under the fair use doctrine for protests as defined by Supreme Court cases, we will use your logos in our protest. You cannot stop us by any kind of prior restraint. If you try to take us to court the judge there will let you know that we have the right to use your logo in protest of your sponsorship.

Your logo will be on one of the twin towers that we will have being hit by one of the other sponsor’s planes. You wanted to sponsor a 911 Ramadan dinner. That was your choice. Now you’re going to live with it.

At least they’ll be able to “live with it.

That’s something thousands of Americans couldn’t do on Sept. 11, 2001.


And celebrating Ramadan on the taxpayer’s dime is something no U.S. mayor should do.

Update 2: Reader Dee found the The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing selling books by the notorious Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Some background on the Qaradawi from IPT:

…[Qaradawi] declared what he saw as the fate and goals of his faith [Islam]:

What remains, then, is to conquer Rome. The second part of the omen. “The city of Hiraq [once emperor of Constantinople] will be conquered first”, so what remains is to conquer Rome.’ This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice… Conquest through Da’wa [proselytizing], that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through sword but through Da’wa.

But the balance of power will change, and this is what is told in the Hadith of Ibn-Omar and the Hadith of Abu-Hurairah: “You shall continue to fight the Jews and they will fight you, until the Muslims will kill them. And the Jew will hide behind the stone and the tree, and the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’ The resurrection will not come before this happens.” This is a text from the good omens in which we believe.”[3]

In January 1998, the Associated Press quoted al-Qaradawi as writing, “There should be no dialogue with these people [Israelis] except with swords.”[4] And in April 2001, commenting on suicide bombings, he said, “They are not suicide operations…These are heroic martyrdom operations.”[5]

In 2004, in response to a question regarding the permissibility of female suicide bombers, al-Qaradawi encouraged such acts, stating, “The martyr operations is [sic] the greatest of all sorts of Jihad in the Cause of Allah.”[7]

Al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa stating that Muslims killed fighting American forces in Iraq are martyrs. “Those killed fighting the American forces are martyrs given their good intentions…”


The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing are partnering with Muslims who share these beliefs and imams who preach it.

Contact them using the form at:

http://www.lansingmi.gov/Contact_Us

or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov

@NathanTriplett

Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()


Michigan: Lansing mayors to host Ramadan party…on 9/11!!

Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot!

Last year these two celebrated sharia, with taxpayer money, days before 9/11.

This year, the emboldened Muslims orchestrating this effort have convinced these mayors that celebrating Ramadan – which ended in mid-July according to a U.S. sharia council – on the anniversary of the Muslim terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans would be a grand idea. Where are the citizens of Lansing?

Uniting Muslims to celebrate 9/11. via The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing – Announcements. h/t D

9th Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner
Hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
Friday, September 11
6 pm to 9 pm
Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Ave, Downtown Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero,
City of Lansing
All Proceeds go to the
Greater Lansing Food Bank
Mayor Nathan Triplett,
City of East Lansing

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They’re even giving taxpayer money away.885616_797304557034391_719086084883300450_o

Contact them using the form at:

http://www.lansingmi.gov/Contact_Us

or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov

@NathanTriplett

Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()

 

DOJ grants al Qaeda terrorist early release from US federal prison, sends to Qatar

Eric Holder never met a terrorist he didn’t like. via Al Qaeda operative freed from US federal prison early for ‘time served’ | Fox News.

Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri — an admitted Al Qaeda operative in the United States — was released last week from a federal prison prior to completing his 15-year sentence because of “time served,” the Justice Department told Fox News on Tuesday.

Al Marri had been in U.S. custody since 2001, after reportedly being picked up on a routine traffic stop just weeks after the 9-11 terror attacks. During a routine check, police discovered federal authorities already had him on their radar.

He was arrested and charged with providing “material support or resources” to 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other Al Qaeda operatives.

The 49-year-old al Marri, a Qatar native, at the time of his arrest was a U.S. resident attending graduate school.

He was declared an enemy combatant in 2003 and sent to a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C.

In 2008, U.S. courts ruled that al Marri, as a U.S. resident, was entitled to a federal hearing. He accepted a plea deal in 2009 that included the 15-year sentence, reportedly at a federal prison in Illinois.

Al Marri was freed on Friday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

His departure follows a series of releases of detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as President Obama tries to close the facility, opened in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.

The recent Guantanamo releases have drawn sharp reaction from critics who say the president is now freeing the last and most dangerous detainees, who pose a high risk of re-establishing terror group connections.

Al Marri reportedly has returned to Qatar as part of a repatriation agreement.

The country last year accepted five Guantanamo Bay detainees, released in exchange for the Taliban’s release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

As part of the deal, the Qatar government imposed a one-year travel ban on the detainees and pledged they would pose no further threat to the U.S.

According to the terms of al Marri’s 2009 deal, he admitted to conspiring to “provide material support or resources” to Mohammed and other al Qaeda operatives.

“The defendant will plead guilty because he is in fact guilty,” federal prosecutors said in the court documents.

 

Convicted 9/11 “20th hijacker” requests transfer…to Gitmo

Pretty soon Cuba will be taking Gitmo jihadi’s off Obama’s hands. via Unusual News – Convicted Terrorist Requests Transfer To Guantánamo – AllGov – News.

The man known as the “20th hijacker” of the 9/11 terrorist attacks wants to join other conspirators and detainees at Guantánamo Bay. The reason, he claims, is to escape the threats and assaults he is subjected to by inmates and guards at the “Supermax” prison in Colorado, where he is serving a life sentence.

Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted in 2005 of being part of the plot that destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. He pled guilty to charges that he trained and prepared to hijack a commercial airliner and fly it into the White House.

Moussaoui has spent the past nine years at the federal super-maximum prison in Florence, Colorado. There, he claims he has been subjected to assaults and harassment by guards and even other inmates, including Ramzi Yousef, who organized the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He also claims those inside the prison want to murder him and that he has tried committing suicide, but failed. “So no suicide, Victory by Allah,” Moussaoui wrote.

Earlier this year, Amnesty International accused the federal government of “callous and dehumanizing” practices at the Supermax prison, in which prisoners are subjected to round-the-clock isolation for years at a time.

In addition to his request for a transfer to Guantánamo, Moussaoui wrote in letters (pdf) filed with a federal court in South Florida that he has “inside knowledge about al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 plot,” and wants to testify in lawsuits filed by terrorism victims, according to the Associated Press.

In addition to referring to himself as the “so-call 20th hijacker” [sic], Moussaoui says he is a “Slave to Allah.”


Why would Moussaoi want to go to Gitmo even though so-called progressives tell us how horrible it is there? Well, it’s under sharia law for one, and two, it’s run by the same folks who ran Camp Bucca, birthplace of ISIS, where:

“The prisons became virtual terrorist universities: The hardened radicals were the professors, the other detainees were the students, and the prison authorities played the role of absent custodian.”

Architect Redesigns Church Destroyed on 9/11 to Resemble Churches that Became Mosques

church-2-popupSt. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (above), destroyed on 9/11, will overlook the 9/11 Memorial when rebuilt.

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via A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined – WSJ

Mr. Calatrava designed the church and will attend its groundbreaking on Saturday. If everything goes according to schedule, the building should be finished in 2016 or early 2017.

While the 9/11 Memorial, with its twin reflecting pools and alleys of trees, masterfully creates an opportunity for quiet reflection, there’s also something to be said for a sanctuary with four walls—and perhaps for lighting a memorial candle, no matter what religion you practice, or even if you practice no religion at all.

“All the circumstances around 9/11, the memorial embodies that very well,” Mr. Calatrava said as he sat in the stately Park Avenue townhouse that does double duty as his home and his office.

“This is what I want; this is what the church wants: a very ecumenical place; they would like to have 24 hours the church open.”

But Mr. Calatrava conceded the public has the last word.

Hopefully the public reject it. But the archdiocese seems on board with the ecumenical, non-church church idea: St. Nicholas Church, Destroyed on 9/11, to Rebuild With Byzantine Design

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the reflection looks more mosque-like in this rendering

That a Spanish architect should design a modern Byzantine church in Lower Manhattan for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, based on buildings in Turkey that were used for Islamic worship, goes to the heart of the message the archdiocese says it hopes to send with the $20 million project. The new St. Nicholas is to open by early 2016.

“If I may quote Jesus, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people,’ ” said the Rev. Mark Arey, a spokesman for the archdiocese. “It will be open to everyone: the believer, the unbeliever, the Orthodox Christian, the atheist. Whoever you are, this is a space that you can come into and find some meditative solace.”

The architect claims it’s inspiration is two Byzantine churches…later conquered and converted into mosques.

Other than the barely discernible cross on top of the dome there is nothing on the exterior or interior for that matter that even suggests it is a church, never mind a rebuilt St. Nicholas.

At one point the city refused to allow St. Nicholas to rebuild. Was making it a mosque-like structure that would not offend Muslims a requirement for allowing them to rebuild?

This is the Flight 93 Memorial to Islamic Terrorists and Ground Zero Mosque redux.

 

 

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