Delaware: Muslims shut down another school speech…by Muslim feminist

Who are the real Islamophobes? via The U.S. Muslim Honor Brigade Strikes Again – The Daily Beast. h/t Islamist Watch.

By Asra Q. Nomani

In Wilmington, Delaware, students at the treasured Cab Calloway School of the Arts can join a club, “Free to Be You,” and they can call a hotline to report bullying. In my anti-bullying stand for free speech, I will host an after-school teach-in tomorrow, not far from the school at a coffee shop called (aptly) Brew HaHa! The dean of the school has cancelled a talk I was scheduled to deliver to students on peace between Pakistan and my native India after a local Pakistani man, Naveed Baqir—the founder of an ultraconservative mosque—smeared me, an Islamic feminist, as “Islamophobic.”

My new lesson to the kids: we must speak up with moral courage for the change we want to see in the world, to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, India’s nonviolence leader.

Sadly, an “honor brigade,” or loose network of academics, activists, bloggers and others, defend the perceived “honor” of “true” Islam by silencing speech and calling reformers, like me, “anti-Muslim,” “House Muslims,” “native informants” and “Uncle Toms.” Last week on Twitter, I was called “Auntie Tom.”

My experience with the Delaware honor brigade emulates the politics, personalities and smears that make it so difficult to have honest conversation in too many Muslim communities around the world. Simple dynamics, like exhaustion and fear of controversy, put open debate at risk.

There are brave ones, whom I will meet tomorrow in Delaware, who stand up to bullying with courage. But, to our peril, with even well-meaning Americans, the casualty is a serious one: censorship.

Tunde Durosomo, another board member, wrote to his colleagues in the group, “The real victims are the 600+ students that are denied the opportunity to experience something different, to hear a different perspective, a different voice of Islam. How can we expect our youths, leaders of tomorrow, to have a balanced education and become free, critical thinkers when they are shielded from opposite ideas and thoughts that some may perceive as controversial or politically incorrect?

He added: “I am even more troubled by the fact that their schools, the citadels of learning, abdicated their responsibility in this regard by giving in to fear and intimidation.”

The targets of the ‘honor brigade’, on campuses from University of South Dakota to University of Michigan, have included films like Honor Diaries and American Sniper.

Earlier this month, Duke University cancelled a talk of mine after the Duke Muslim Students Association cited a Religion News Service blog, written two years ago by a Duke Islam professor, Omid Safi. The Muslim student group said Safi had “condemned” me for an alleged “alliance with Islamophobic speakers.” Anonymous websites like LoonWatch.com reposted the smear after Religion News Service pulled it. (I don’t have any “alliance.” As a journalist, I talk with everyone.) Duke re-invited me after I asked for evidence, expressing regret at the cancellation. Safi didn’t respond to a request for comment.

 

I am not “Islamophobic,” nor am I “anti-Muslim.” My father is Muslim. My mother is Muslim, and I am Muslim. But I also don’t live with my head buried in the sand. I am for honest threat assessments, public conversations and law enforcement strategies. And I am for critical conversations, not saving face, on the issue of Islamic extremism.


Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

 

Univ of Maryland sides with Muslim Brotherhood campus group – shuts down viewing of ‘American Sniper’

via Starnes: University of Maryland Muslims Put ‘American Sniper’ in Crosshairs.

By Todd Starnes

The University of Maryland has announced it will postpone a campus screening of “American Sniper” after concerned student organizations raised objections.

One of those groups is the Muslim Students Association – and here’s what they had to say about the story of American war hero Chris Kyle:

“American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”

That was enough for the university’s Student Entertainment Events to capitulate and pull the plug, posting this message on its website:

“SEE is choosing to explore the proactive measures of working with others during the coming months to possibly create an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film.”

This is not the first time that Muslims and their supporters have tried to silence the story of Chris Kyle. In early April, the University of Michigan canceled a screening, and then later reversed after a national uproar. And earlier this week, a petition drive was launched to ban the film at George Mason University.

There’s no official word on when – or if – “American Sniper” will ever be shown at the University of Maryland. SEE would only say, “SEE supports freedom of expression and hopes to create space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions.”

That’s pretty ironic, touting their Constitutional bona-fides while stomping on the Constitution.

And for the record, we already have a space for the airing of opposing viewpoints and differing perceptions. It’s called the United States of America.


Contacts:

Dr. Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
Phone: 301.405.5803
Email the President: president@umd.edu

LindaClement_10092013_8406
Vice President for Student Affairs
(301) 314-8430
301.314.8498 office
301.314.4132 fax
Laura C. McGrath
SEE Program Coordinator
lcm@umd.edu
x47315


The MSA was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tomorrow we’ll post a list of known MSA terrorists.

The growing list of Muslim Student Association (MSA) terrorists – updated

 

While Remembering the Armenian Genocide, Let’s Not Forget the Greeks and Assyrians

via While Remembering and Commemorating the Armenian Genocide, Let’s Not Forget the Greeks and Assyrians

Armenians and others around the world this month are marking the centennial of the genocide that left hundreds of thousands of Armenians dead early in the last century. The date April 24 is typically picked as the centennial day since it was on that day in 1915 that Turkish authorities rounded up Armenian intellectuals and leaders in Constantinople and murdered them.

It was the first step in a much broader slaughter. The Armenian centennial is getting the attention it deserves from sources as diverse as Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian. The Pope courageously used the word “genocide” in a mass this past weekend, and the Lord’s Prayer was sung in Armenian at the Vatican. Kim Kardashian, whose grandfather was an Armenian immigrant, traveled to the Republic of Armenia with her husband Kayne West, who put on an impromptu concert.

These events are good and an important

What few people know is that the Armenian Genocide was a horrible event that occurred within the context of a wider religious cleansing across Asia Minor that lasted ten years and included Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians. They were all Christians, and they were subjects of the Ottoman Empire.

The religious cleansing was actually the first in modern times, and it fit the pattern of genocides that would follow in the terrible century ahead. It’s worth noting that the Nazis in following decades were transfixed by the events that had occurred in Turkey in those nightmarish years of mass killings and deadly deportations.

The Armenians in many way bore the worst of the slaughter, but ethnic Greeks and Assyrians also were slaughtered in similar ways — and for the same reason: They were scapegoats in a crumbling empire that saw Christians as a dangerous and potentially treasonous population inside the country. There was a strong nationalistic impulse to create a “Turkey for the Turks,” and that meant a homogeneous population based on Turkishness and the Moslem faith.

Christians had long been second-class citizens in the Ottoman Empire, long before the genocide, and they had been subject to pogrom-like actions. But the systematic uprooting of Christians began about 1912 following the First Balkan War, in which Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria defeated the Ottomans and the city of Salonika passed to the Greeks.

It was the nation of Greece that had been part of the alliance that defeated the Ottomans, but it was ethnic Greek subjects of the Ottoman Empire who paid a price in harassment, killing and forced departures. Tens of thousands of ethnic Greeks were forced from their homes along the west (Aegean) coast of Turkey and many were killed.

This had the silent encouragement of Turkey’s military ally, Germany. Virulent propaganda spread images of Christians threatening Islam; hatred was fomented between the faiths.One of the witnesses to the killing was the American consul general in Smyrna, George Horton. Smyrna was a prosperous city on the Aegean, and Horton had been posted there to look after American interests. He documented the killing and reported it back to the State Department. Smyrna itself, after WWI, would itself be destroyed in the religious hatred directed toward Christians.

The Armenian genocide is typically bracketed by 1915-1916, during World War I. And for sure, this is when most of the killing took place. Armenian civilians were marched out of their towns and cities and segregated by sex and age. Men were killed immediately; women and children were marched long distances until they dropped form disease, thirst or starvation. The first-hand accounts of these treks are numerous and collected in letters, cables and reports in libraries though the world.

After WWI, the British made an attempt to bring the Ottoman mass killers to justice, but the effort faltered as Britain’s grasp on the situation inside Turkey faltered. A nationalist movement arose, and the forces of religious hatred were again unleashed. The killing of Christians was renewed with Ottoman Greeks as well as Armenians being shot and marched to their deaths. American and British consuls diplomats in the region provided a first-hand account of the killing.

The situation was worsened when the Allied Powers and the United States invited the nation of Greece to occupy Smyrna, a mostly Greek city inside Turkey, to forestall a landing by the Italians who wanted to seize the city as the spoils of war. The powers sent Greece to Smyrna, but when war broke out between the army of Greece and the Nationalist army of Turkey, they did next to nothing to support it.

As a consequence, more Christians — people who were Ottoman subjects — were murdered in towns and cities from the Black Sea to the south coast of Turkey. By the end of 1922, about three millions Christians had been killed in the decade-long religious cleansing that operated essentially under two Turkish governments.

The final catastrophe was the Turkish army’s occupation of Smyrna, a prosperous and cosmopolitan city of a half million people. The city was burned, and countless numbers of civilians slaughtered on the city’s streets and in their homes. The occupation of Smyrna was, in an important sense, the last episode of the genocide. It was also a marker of the end of the Ottoman Empire. After Smyrna, a new order arose, led by Turkey’s brilliant, ruthless and secular leader Mustafa Kemal, later called Ataturk.

So, as we commemorate the Armenian genocide, and give it the historical standing and label it deserves, let us not forget that many hundreds of thousands of others perished in the 20th Century’s first genocide.

Editor’s note: Lou Ureneck is a professor at Boston University and author of the forthcoming book, “The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide.” It can now be pre-ordered here.


Related: Video: The Truth About the Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims

U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Backs Turkey on Armenian Genocide

Genocide-denial flyer distributed by Dar al-Hijrah (Virginia) mosque

 

via US Muslim Brotherhood Backs Turks on Armenian Genocide.

By Ryan Mauro

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of groups linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, defended Turkey ahead of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on Friday (April 24).

The Virginia-based Dar al-Hijrah mosque is going a step further and promoting a rally on that day to thank the Turkish government for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The coalition published a statement on Monday, April 20, opposing any recognition of the genocide of Armenian Christians in 1915 by the Ottoman Turks. The USCMO claims that there hasn’t been a “proper investigation of these events by independent historians” and that the holiday risks alienating the Islamist government of Turkey.

The USCMO says it is “the largest umbrella group of mainstream Muslim American organizations.” It includes the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America, Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Muslim Legal Fund of America, the Muslim Ummah of North America, The Mosque Cares and, of course, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Additional Council members include the Mosque Foundation, Baitul Maal, the Islamic Center of Wheaton, United Muslim Relief and the American Muslim Alliance.

CAIR is recognized by the Justice Department as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with Hamas links. The United Arab Emirates banned CAIR and MAS as terrorist groups last year. ICNA teaches subversion and has a war criminal as one of its leaders.

The flyer distributed by Dar al-Hijrah lists a website: LetHistoryDecide.org. The website is dedicated to denying that the Ottoman Turk massacre of Armenian Christians qualifies as genocide. That is the purpose of the walk.

Read it all.

South Carolina: Muslim Teen Plotted to Kill American Soldiers, Jailed on Gun Charges

“The teen was “wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs…”

His Islamic beliefs. via South Carolina Teen Plotting To Join ISIS And Kill American Soldiers Sentenced To Prison On Gun Charges.

A South Carolina teenager, who authorities believe wanted to join the Islamic State group, was sentenced to five years in prison on gun charges, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The 16-year-old, whose name was not revealed, reportedly plotted to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina to avenge the U.S.-led coalition’s military action against ISIS in Syria.

The teen, whose family is reportedly from Syria, had plotted, with a Muslim militant from North Carolina, to rob a gun store near Raleigh, North Carolina, and attack a U.S. military base, before traveling to Syria. However, prosecutors could only charge the boy with possession of a weapon by a minor because South Carolina does not have a terrorism law, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett said, according to the Associated Press.

The teen was “wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs, and we are very concerned for the safety of the community and the country,” Brackett reportedly said. “He had a plan to randomly shoot American soldiers.” He was “seduced by the radical ideology known in the Middle East as ISIS. He wanted to join,” Brackett added.

Local police reportedly went to the teenager’s house in February after receiving reports that he had a gun, and later found the firearm, ammunition and a rifle. Investigators also found an ISIS flag during the search, local news network WBTV reported.

More:  The boy “embraced the ideology” of ISIS, Brackett said, and his intent was to “join this violent, guerrilla, insurgent movement.”

The teen, an American citizen whose family is from Syria, wanted to join the terror organization and was scheming with a Muslim militant from North Carolina to rob a gun store near Raleigh, with plans of killing soldiers in retribution for American military action in the Middle East.

And Obama is importing thousands of Syrian Muslims to the U.S. without proper vetting.

After police found the boy with the gun in February, he admitted to York police detectives and FBI agents that through social media, the teen was part of a multi-state plot to kill troops because of the American presence in the Middle East. ISIS espouses the killing of Americans and American sympathizers and targets and recruits young Muslims all over the world.

The teen first told police he bought the gun for safety after the death of his father, but police searched his home and found the ISIS-related materials on his computer.

The boy later admitted that his plan was to arm himself and join fighters in Syria after he and the other man – charged in North Carolina but not named in court – robbed the store to get automatic weapons to gun down troops at one of many military bases in central and eastern North Carolina. That plot was stopped before it was ever set in motion, prosecutors said.

Family Court Judge Michael Holt of Darlington County imposed the maximum sentence allowed under state law for juveniles, meaning the boy will be in juvenile prison until he turns 21. If he shows changes in behavior, he could be eligible for early release.

Holt praised the teen for pleading guilty and cooperating with police, saying “you manned up.” He said he “regretfully” sentenced the teen to the harshest sentence because of the severity of the crime and the plot to kill Americans at home and abroad.

“You live in the greatest country on earth,” where no one is persecuted and murdered without consequence, as in Syria, the judge told the teen. “You have a wonderful life.”

Holt said the teen allowed militants to subvert his mind.

“You are better than that,” he said. “Your faith is better than that.

“The life you were talking about is a life of death.”


A common refrain in Islam is “we love death more than you love life.” So exactly what evidence does Judge Holt have that the teen’s Muslim faith is “better than that?”

L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran

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via L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran – Breitbart.

Five individuals and four companies, including Iranian government and Centrifuge Technology company contractors, have been indicted for illegally exporting technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran. This technology is “frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles,” according to the Department of Justice. $24 million worth of technology was allegedly sent to Iran starting in July 2010.

“The nine defendants charged in the indictment allegedly circumvented U.S. sanctions and illegally exported controlled microelectronics to Iran,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. The elaborate path detailed in the indictment follows the technology on a route from the U.S. to Taiwan, then to Turkey and finally to Iran.

In a Friday Department of Justice (DOJ) release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas details the indictment and those charged, which include: Houston-based Smart Power Systems Inc. (SPS); Bahram Mechanic, 69, and Tooraj Faridi, 46, of Houston; Khosrow Afghahi, 71, of Los Angeles; and Faratel Corporation, co-owned by Mechanic and Afghahi in Iran. These individuals are described as “members of an Iranian procurement network operating in the United States.”

Mechanic and Afghahi are described in the indictment as “co-owners of Iran-based Faratel and its Houston-based sister company SPS.” The DOJ release continues: “Faratel designs and builds uninterruptible power supplies for various Iranian entities, including Iranian government agencies such as the Iranian Ministry of Defense, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the Iranian Centrifuge Technology Company, according to the charges.”

Today’s unsealed indictment alleges, according to the release:

Between approximately July 2010 and the present, Mechanic and the others engaged in a conspiracy to obtain various commodities, including controlled U.S.-origin microelectronics. They then allegedly exported these to Iran, while carefully evading the government licensing system set up to control such exports. The microelectronics shipped to Iran allegedly included microcontrollers and digital signal processors. According to the indictment, these commodities have various applications, and are frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles. Between July 2010 and the present, Mechanic’s network allegedly sent at least $24 million worth of commodities to Iran.

“The proliferation of sensitive U.S. technologies to Iran and the direct support to their military and weapons programs remains a clear threat to U.S. national security,” said Assistant Director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Randall Coleman.

Seven foreign nationals and companies are also being added to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List in conjunction with the indictment. These individuals and companies allegedly “received, transshipped or otherwise facilitated the illegal export of controlled commodities by the defendants,” according to the DOJ release. “Those persons present a greater risk of diversion to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, terrorism or other activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”

Also charged as part of the scheme are Arthur Shyu and the Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation in Taiwan; Matin Sadeghi, 54, and Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. in Turkey.


Why hasn’t Hussein Obama been arrested for circumventing U.S. sanctions?

Video: The Truth About the Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims

And this documentary that includes Hussein Obama – at the 1:29 mark – stating that “a genocide did take place against the Armenian people.”

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