Mississippi: Muslim immigrant arrested after assaulting cop, making bomb threats

Source: Assault charges upgraded against Iranian accused of making terror threats | Hancock County | The Sun Herald

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sheriff’s investigators Monday upgraded the charges against a man accused of assaulting two deputies Sunday on Interstate 10 and claiming he had a bomb in his vehicle.

Chief Deputy Don Bass said Safa Alidoust faces two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, along with a count of false reporting of an explosive device associated with terroristic threats.

The aggravated assault charges were upgraded from simple assault, which Alidoust was initially charged with Sunday. He remained in the Hancock County jail with no bond set as of Monday, though Bass said a bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred about 3:30 a.m. on I-10 westbound near the Louisiana state line after dispatchers received a call of a naked man on the side of road.

The responding deputy, whom authorities have not yet identified, found a shirtless man standing beside a vehicle. When the deputy exited his squad car, Alidoust charged at the deputy, yelling in what the deputy believed to be Arabic, Bass said.

He said Alidoust tackled the deputy to the ground, injuring the deputy’s head and knocking loose his radio, leaving him unable to call for assistance.

When dispatchers could not contact the deputy, they sent an additional unit to the scene, and both officers were able to subdue and detain the suspect.

While detained, the man allegedly told deputies he had a bomb in his vehicle.

The deputies then contacted Mississippi Highway Patrol, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana State Police and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to shut down the interstate and secure a perimeter of several miles. The Biloxi Police Department’s bomb squad also responded, bringing bomb-sniffing dogs and X-ray equipment to the scene, though no explosives were found.

EMT units transported Alidoust and the deputy to Hancock Medical Center, where both were treated for injuries and released. The suspect was then transported to the Hancock County jail.

Bass said Alidoust is from Iran and an employee at a petroleum engineering company in Lafayette.

Taxpayer Funds Used to Pay a Premium for Halal Food in U.S. Schools

Taxation for Islamization, via Federal Government Subsidizes Halal Food in Public Schools

In recent years, three American public school districts have provided taxpayer-supported lunches meeting Muslim students’ dietary standards. They have not similarly provided lunches satisfying any other students’ religious standards. The halal foods purchased with public funds are costlier than comparable non-halal foods.

This is problematic under the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment [1] and Equal Protection [2] Clauses. Even if a school district endeavors to provide all students with food satisfying each one’s religious requirements, it would arguably entangle the government in religious observance and so violate the separation of “church” and state. If a school district goes out of its way to provide food satisfying the religious requirements of only some [3] students, but not others, it risks illegally giving them unequal advantages and elevating [4] their religion over others. This is especially so given that the school food is paid for at least partly with public funds [5], although the schools have been reluctant to reveal how much tax money is involved.

The Halal Programs

Public schools in Dearborn [6], Michigan, first began offering halal lunches in 2001 [7]. That winter, the school district invited “proposals [8] from halal food distributors to provide food at several of its 28 public schools,” and began a pilot program [9]. Presently, according to David Mustonen, director of community and public relations for Dearborn Public Schools: “All schools have a halal option [10] five days a week.”

Dearborn Heights’ Crestwood School District started a halal food pilot program in 2013-14 [11]. Last year, Crawford High School in San Diego operated a pilot program [12] offering a halal lunch option twice a week.

Legislators in both New York City and New York state have proposed mandating public schools [9] to serve halal [13] food.  In February 2014, New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal [7] introduced a resolution [14] requiring New York City schools “to provide a halal lunch menu option.” Three [15] separate [16] bills [17] have been introduced in the New York State Assembly during the current (2015-16) term that would require public schools in big cities to offer halal lunch options. One [15] of them requires that the food be provided to Muslim students “at no cost.”

Media stories about lobbying efforts to serve halal food in New York City and San Diego public schools largely framed the issue as one of poor Muslim children going hungry because government-funded public schools failed to provide food satisfying their religious requirements (e.g., for San Diego: here [18], here [19], and here [12]; for New York City: here [13] and here [7]).

The articles presumed parents could not or would not provide lunches, or argued that unheated packaged lunches were insufficient to enable children to learn effectively. Adds David Loy, legal director of the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties, “The [San Diego] school district has a valid secular purpose of promoting equal educational opportunity by ensuring that low-income students eat lunch and therefore learn more effectively.”  New York City’s proposed legislation [14] shares these assumptions.

The coverage has also focused on meat. Articles typically presume that supplying halal meals equates to serving meat meals, although one story about Dearborn Heights [20] indicated the school district was offering more vegetarian options in addition to meat, and one about San Diego [19] commented that salad dressings are sometimes not halal.

Other Religions Excluded

The Middle East Forum asked Mustonen whether Dearborn makes kosher or other religiously compliant meals available to students. He responded only: “If there were a demand for kosher lunches (hot or cold) the district would consider that as an option.” In other words, no. Neither San Diego nor Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) responded to any questions about whether they provide food satisfying non-Islamic religious requirements. The legislation pending in New York City and state does not require public schools to satisfy religious dietary requirements of non-Muslims. For instance, they are not required to offer kosher meals, despite New York’s historically large Jewish population.

While the Forum cannot conclusively say that no public school lunch programs in the country benefit students of other religions having dietary restrictions, several public school districts that have traditionally had large Jewish populations were contacted for this article. Districts contacted include: New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Lawrence School District (Nassau County, New York), Lower Merion (Pennsylvania), Shaker Heights (Ohio), West Bloomfield (Michigan), and School District 68 and Township High School District 113 (Skokie/Highland Park, Illinois).

They uniformly responded that they do not offer kosher lunches. New York City, Baltimore, Lawrence School District, and School District 68 offer a few items, such as juice, marked kosher. Philadelphia and Chicago have eliminated pork products from their menus, and Cleveland has cut back on pork products.

Government Funds Used to Pay a Premium for Halal Food

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the federal [21] government pays for free lunches for all students (i.e., free to students, paid for by the federal government) at a school if more than 40% [22] of its students come from low-income homes.

Crawford qualifies for free lunches for all students, according to Loy.

Dearborn declined to provide details about the number and percentage of its students participating in the federal lunch program, but as of 2011, approximately 60% of its students qualified [23] for federal help. A number of Dearborn schools, if not the whole district, likely qualify for lunches free to all students courtesy of the federal government under the new federal policy. In any case, it receives millions [24] of federal dollars each year for free and reduced-price lunches.

Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) also declined to provide information, but data suggest Crestwood also meets the 40% threshold for universal access to free lunches. As of 2009-10 [25], 46% of Crestwood High School’s 1,260 students received subsidized lunches, and as of 2014, 62% [26] of them did.

Halal meat costs more than non-halal meat. Asked about the Dearborn program’s cost, Mustonen responded only, “Any increase in cost is off-set by an increase in revenue.” He provided no details, and the source of the increased revenue is unexplained.

Reportedly, halal meals for the Dearborn program cost the district 20% [6]30% [27] more per meal than equivalent non-halal meals. Significant dollars are involved: the Dearborn school district contracted to pay $228,000 [27] for halal meat. The time period covered by the contract was not provided.

Neither San Diego nor Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) school district responded to inquiries on the respective program’s cost or any other issue.

Before beginning its pilot program, the San Diego school district reportedly [18] spent “$16 million a year on 22 million meals for students, but adding a halal menu could be a considerable extra cost…  the meat is a bit pricey because it is considered hard to come by.” A later story about the San Diego halal program mentioned increased cost only in the context of the food being organic [12], not in the context of it being halal.  It gave no specifics, other than stating organic drumsticks cost “a few extra cents.” Like Mustonen, Gary Petill [12], food services director of San Diego Unified School District, stated that increased participation — paid for by the federal government — covered the increased cost.

Demand for school lunches at Crawford has increased by about 300 [12] meals (it is unclear whether that figure represents the additional number of meals per week, or the number of additional students participating in the twice-weekly halal lunch option), the cost of which is borne by the federal government, not by parents or students.  Not all additional participants are Muslim; the breakdown of Muslim as compared to non-Muslim new participants is not known.

Crestwood (Dearborn Heights) food service director Lori Squire did not respond to an inquiry for this article but has reportedly said a maximum of 20% [11] of students who buy their meals opt for the halal chicken patty option. It is unclear to what extent federal funds subsidize those lunches.

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To sum up, three American school districts are providing Muslim students with food meeting their religious requirements. Dearborn is not doing the same for students of other religions, such as Jews. San Diego and Dearborn Heights ignored questions about how students of other religions are treated.  New York City and state are considering legislation that would require schools to provide halal food but not food meeting any other religious requirements. The halal food costs more than comparable non-religiously prescribed food. It is paid for in part or in whole with millions of dollars in federal funds.

In effect, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and San Diego appear to have established Islam as an official religion, whose rituals are endorsed by the government and paid for with public funds. New York City and New York state may join them.

Virginia: Muslim teen who ran ISIS propaganda, recruiting gets 11 years

Source: ISIS supporter Ali Shukri Amin sentenced to 11 years in prison | Daily Mail Online

A Virginia teenager who ran a pro Islamic State Twitter account and encouraged a friend to join the terrorist group has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from Woodbridge stood motionless as the sentence was handed down to him by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.Members of Amin’s family had packed out the courtroom to hear him sentenced and they too were silent after the jail term was read.

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His sentence was less than the 15-year term that prosecutors had pushed for because the judge took his age into consideration.

But prosecutors argued that it was important to send him to prison to show that the U.S. government is committed to punishing pro ISIS supporters who spread propaganda.

Amin was stoic as he read out a statement to the judge which said that he ‘did not expect sympathy’ and was ‘ready to accept any sentence given to him’.

He said: ‘I made my decisions, and I am prepared to bear their fullest consequences.’

According to The Washington Post the teen pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

They described the teen, who used to be on the honor roll at Prince William County’s Osbourn Park High School as a sophisticated Islamic State supporter.

He was accused of furthering ISIS agenda online by promoting them on social media sites.

It was also alleged that he was ready to die for the group and sent a friend to fight for them on the front lines.

His family, however, dispute these claims.

They claim Amin was a troubled kid who lost himself while seeking acceptance online.

But evidence showed that he was very forthright when tweeting from account @AmreekiWitness.

In more than 7,000 messages, he voiced controversial views and unwavering support for ISIS to more than 4,000 followers.

And he even recruited on behalf of ISIS, helping a friend, Reza Niknejad, 18, to join the terrorist group in Syria, setting Niknejad up with his overseas contacts.

He then took his friend to the airport and sent picture messages as his friend arrived and made his way over the border, according to The Washington Post.

Prosecutors said he affected ‘worldwide security’ and alleged that Amin radicalized Niknejad to fight abroad. He is believed to still be overseas.

They said: ‘It likely, unfortunately, that he will accomplish the goal that this defendant set out for him; martyrdom in the name of ISIL.’

Niknejad was charged with conspiring to kill or injure people abroad and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and the Islamic State.

Amin wrote that he now believes he was wrong to support ISIS saying: ‘I became lost and caught up in something that takes the greatest and most profound teachings of Islam and turns them into justifications for violence and death,’ he wrote.


Clearly he’s either lying or doesn’t understand Islam.

More non-Muslims denied subsidized housing in Torontostan’s Muslim-only buildings (video)

Source: The Rebel

…at least twelve other Torontonians have been removed from one building’s subsidized housing waiting list, simply because they aren’t Muslim.

 

Court Orders CAIR to Pay Legal Fees After Harassing Private Citizen Who Opposed Mosque

Harassing, terrorizing. Same difference in this case. via Federal Court Orders CAIR to Pay AFLC $9,000 in Legal Fees | American Freedom Law Center

Today (August 28, 2015), U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand sanctioned the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and ordered it to pay $9,000 in legal fees to the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), after AFLC successfully “quashed” harassing and burdensome subpoenas issued by CAIR to Ms. Zaba Davis, a private citizen who received the subpoenas because she publicly expressed her opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in her neighborhood.

In 2012, the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor (MCA) requested that Pittsfield Township, Michigan, rezone a parcel of land to build an Islamic School and community center.  The Township denied the request, citing infrastructure and traffic concerns.  Nevertheless, CAIR, which bills itself as “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization” but is widely known in government circles as a Muslim Brotherhood front group, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Township on behalf of the MCA, alleging that township officials denied the MCA’s rezoning application out of discrimination against Muslims.

The MCA’s rezoning request was opposed by a group of Township residents who live in the neighborhood of the proposed development.  The residents expressed concerns about the traffic congestion that the new construction would cause in their neighborhood.  Pursuant to their rights protected by the First Amendment, these private citizens circulated and submitted to their elected Township officials a petition expressing their opposition to the rezoning and several of them spoke out at public hearings held by the Township to discuss the matter.

As a result of the citizens’ involvement, CAIR served harassing subpoenas on a number of these citizens, demanding that they produce private emails and other documents, and in some cases, appear for a deposition.  In one instance, Township resident Zaba Davis and her husband came home to find several papers jammed in the crack of the front door of their home.  The papers included subpoenas demanding the production of personal emails and other documents and a subpoena commanding Ms. Davis to appear at a deposition.

In response to CAIR’s abusive discovery requests, AFLC, which is representing seven of the targeted private citizens, filed a motion to “quash” and for a protective order against CAIR.  The court granted the motion, ruling that the subpoenas violated the First Amendment and caused undue burden.  According to the court’s ruling:

[CAIR] contends that its sole interest in deposing Davis stems from a genuine belief that she has what it believes to be relevant information, and not from any personal malice against her for her public opposition to the school.  This argument fails for a few reasons.  First, . . . the Court finds unpersuasive [CAIR’s] relevance argument.  Second, for the reasons noted in the preceding paragraphs, to the extent information possessed by Davis is relevant, that relevance is far outweighed by the chilling effect that allowing the subpoenas would have on speech, not only for Davis, but for all others who wish to be involved in public discourse on matters of public concern.

AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise commented:

“Discovery sanctions in federal court are rare.  They are typically reserved for the most egregious violations.  CAIR’s conduct in this case, not unlike other cases in which we have litigated against this Muslim Brotherhood organization, almost always meets or exceeds this threshold.  Yet, only rarely are CAIR and their minions sanctioned.  We applaud the court for its courage and fidelity to the rule of law.”

AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi added:

“CAIR claims to be a civil rights organization even as it uses federal subpoenas to terrorize innocent residents into submission.  CAIR was born from a jihadi terrorist conspiracy and it has done little to distance itself from those bona fides.  It is about time a federal court applied a measured yardstick to sanction CAIR’s abusive conduct in federal litigation.”

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 York: 63-Year-Old Muslim Charged with Fondling 10-Year-Old Girl in Queens Mosque

Source: Man Charged with Fondling 10-Year-Old Girl in Queens Mosque: Prosecutor | NBC New York

A 63-year-old Queens man is being criminally charged with sexually fondling a preteen girl in the basement of a mosque, the borough’s chief prosecutor said Friday.

Md Uddin, of 97th Street in the Corona neighborhood, was being held on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors said.

“These are serious accusations in which an alleged sexual predator stalked his victim in a place of worship and, if true, cannot go unpunished,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Uddin is accused luring the 10-year-old girl to the basement of the Fultoli Jame Masjid Mosque just before 1 p.m. Thursday and fondling her breasts over and under her clothing, according to the charges.

“Does this feel good? Do you like this?” he said to the girl, according to the charges. “Don’t tell anyone about this.”

The victim went home and told a family member who subsequently contacted authorities.

There was no information as to whether Uddin had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges.


Mohammed was 49 when he married a six-year old. He was 52 when he consummated the marriage with the then nine-year old.

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