England has withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in
India after a Muslim terrorist threat was made against the competition.
The eight-strong squad, including Olympic silver medallist Nathan
Robertson, has pulled out of the Hyderabad tournament, which starts tomorrow,
following reports of a threat by extremist group
Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said: 'This was an incredibly tough decision and one we didn't take lightly.
A Muslim Georgetownthey're calling it. Their slogan? " Where Islam meets America." I guess that's better than their secret slogan, "Where Islam takesdown the Great Satan."
I call it just another dhimmi brick in the Islamic wall, just one more step forward in the Academic Jihad.
In earlier years, Shakir and Yusuf had made some anti-American
statements, but that rhetoric is not part of their teaching. (Ed. note: Kinda like that whole Rev Wright deal, I guess.)
Don't think these two are radicals? Don't think these two aren't anti Semitic and anti American? Got a minute? You might want to see what Pamela Geller has to say about that and then make your decision.
About Terrorist Tech:
A group of American Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving
closer to fulfilling a vision of founding the first four-year
accredited Islamic college in the United States, what some are calling
a "Muslim Georgetown."
Advisers to the project have scheduled a June vote to decide
whether the proposed Zaytuna College can open in the fall of next year,
a major step toward developing the faith in America.
Imam Zaid Shakir and Sheik Hamza Yusuf of California have spent
years planning the school, which will offer a liberal arts education
and training in Islamic scholarship. Shakir, a California native, sees
the school in the tradition of other religious groups that formed
universities to educate leaders and carve a space in the mainstream of
"As a faith community our needs aren't any different than the needs
of any other faith community," Shakir told the Council for the
Advancement of Muslim Professionals, as he sought donations at a recent
conference near Princeton, N.J. "As Muslims, we need to develop
institutions to allow us to perpetuate our values."
Others have tried to start Muslim colleges around New York and Chicago, but those schools remained obscure or quickly folded.
Shakir and Yusuf are believed to have a better chance than most to succeed.
'I will give £5 to anyone in Britain who wants to live under Sharia
law,' he declares. 'It will help pay for their ticket to Sudan, Yemen,
Pakistan, or wherever it is customary to live under Sharia law.
'Please, please go and leave us alone. This is Britain, not 10th century Arabia!'
We are indeed sitting in a bar, on a busy main road in Oxford.
But the man before me is no stereotypical Islamophobe.
For one, he is sipping a glass of water rather than something more inflammatory.
importantly, though by no means obviously, Dr Taj Hargey is himself an
Islamic cleric; perhaps the most controversial imam in Britain today.
an age when the highest-profile Muslim preachers are bearded,
anti-Western firebrands such as Abu Hamza or Omar Bakri Dr Hargey seems
an anomaly. He does not care much for male facial hair. He
believes that women can be both seen and heard, even in a mosque at
And don't even get him started on the sort of fanatics who blow up London buses, or the poisonous teachings that inspired them.
The New York Times reported last week that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was waterboarded
183 times in one month by CIA interrogators. The "183 times" was widely
circulated by news outlets throughout the world.
It was shocking. And it was highly misleading. The number is a vast inflation, according to information from
a U.S. official and the testimony of the terrorists themselves.
U.S. official with knowledge of the interrogation program told FOX News
that the much-cited figure represents the number of times water was
poured onto Mohammed's face -- not the number of times the CIA applied
the simulated-drowning technique on the terror suspect. According to a
Cross report, he was subjected a total of "five sessions of ill-treatment."
"The water was poured 183
times -- there were 183 pours," the official explained, adding that "each pour was a matter of seconds."
Times and dozens of other outlets wrote that the CIA also waterboarded
senior Al Qaeda member Abu Zubaydah 83 times, but Zubayda himself, a
close associate of Usama bin Laden, told the Red Cross he was
waterboarded no more than 10 times.
confusion stems from language in the Justice Department legal memos
that President Obama released on April 16. They contain the numbers,
but they fail to explain exactly what they represent.
memos, spanning from 2002-2005, were a legal review by the Bush
administration that approved the use of waterboarding and other
"enhanced interrogation techniques." Obama banned the procedure on his
second day in office, saying that waterboarding is torture.
Copies of the released memos and more at the link.
I don't usually travel in Harvard circles, so I haven't heard about this most recent Islamo-contretemps. Have you? Here it is, in case you haven't heard about it either. It includes the obligatory 'we were taken out of context quote' and the Crimson had to go back and redact the name of one of the students originally identified in the article because he was afraid of harm when he revealed that his words could bring him into serious conflict
with Muslim religious authorities. .
Harvard Islamic chaplain
Taha Abdul-Basser ’96 has recently come under fire for controversial
statements in which he allegedly endorsed death as a punishment for
In a private e-mail
to a student last week, Abdul-Basser wrote that there was “great wisdom
(hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital
punishment [for apostates]) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable
in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should
not dismiss it out of hand.”
The e-mail was forwarded over Muslim student e-mail lists and later picked up by the blogosphere,
sparking debate and, in many cases, criticism of Abdul-Basser from
those who have interpreted his statement as supporting the execution of
those who leave the Islamic religion.
“I believe he doesn’t belong as the official chaplain,” said
one Islamic student, who asked that he not be named to avoid conflicts
with Muslim religious authorities. “If the Christian ministers said
that people who converted from Christianity should be killed, don’t you
think the University should do something?”
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Barack Obama's half-brother has apologised for tarnishing his family's name in a sex scandal which left him barred from Britain.
Samson Obama accepted a caution after two teenage girls claimed he molested them - but has strongly denied the accusations. He admitted he was worried he might never be allowed back to Britain to see his mother Kezia - Mr Obama's stepmother. 'I have tarnished their good names and deeply regret my actions,' the 41-year-old said. 'I had too much to drink that night and my behaviour was over the top.'
Samson Obama was cautioned after a drunken row in Bracknell, Berkshire, where his mother lives, in November.
When questioned, he gave police a false name - which led to his visa
being rejected by the Home Office. Yesterday, from his home in Nairobi,
Kenya, he said: 'I didn't want to involve the Obama name, for obvious
making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday
the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam."
for a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the
Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important U.S. ally in
many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of
his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims,
portraying terrorist groups such as al Qaida as extremists who did not
represent the vast majority of Muslims.
say this as clearly as I can," Obama said. "The United States is not
and never will be at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical ... in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject."
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyia, two of the biggest Arabic satellite channels, carried Obama's speech live.
said the partnership between the U.S. and the Muslim world is critical
in rolling back what he called a fringe ideology that people of all
faiths reject. "America's relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaida," he said. "We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect."
will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done
so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better,
including my own country," Obama said.
Obama also said, to a round of applause, that the United States supports Turkey becoming a member of the European Union.
Mr . Obama was asked by a Chicago Tribune reporter about his
position, as a senator, that Turkey should recognize the genocide
committed against the Armenian people by the Ottoman empire during and
after World War I, and whether he'd urged President Gul to acknowledge
the genocide. This is an extremely sensitive topic, given Turkey's
refusal to use the word "genocide" when discussing its past systematic
slaughter of Armenians.
"My views are on the record and I have not changed my views," the president said.
That said, he sidestepped the issue saying that "under President
Gul's leadership, a series of negotiations and a process has been put
in place between Armenia and Turkey to resolve a whole host of issues
including that one."
Thus, Mr. Obama said, he did not want to focus on his views, allowing the Turkey-Armenia deliberations to continue on their own.
President Barack Obama, steering a delicate course on an explosive
issue here, said today that his views on the mass killings of Armenians
by Ottoman Turks early in the last century had not changed, but avoided
using the word "genocide" in front of his Turkish hosts.
According to Obama administration spokesman all acts of genocide, past and future, are to be referred to as "unfortunate kitten incidents" going forward. /do I really need this tag?
Some 200 mosques in Islam's holiest city, Mecca, point the wrong way for prayers, reports from Saudi Arabia say.
mosques have a niche showing the direction of the most sacred Islamic
site, the Kaaba, an ancient cube-like building in Mecca's Grand Mosque. But people looking down from recently built high-rises
in Mecca found the niches in many older mosques were not pointing
directly towards the Kaaba.
Some worshippers are said to be anxious about the validity of their prayers.
There have been suggestions that laser beams could be used to make an exact measurement.
al-Sudairy, Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary, downplayed the
problem in remarks quoted by the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.
"There are no major errors but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques," he said.
That Movie: How The Innocence of Muslims Was Made When struggling actor Tim Dax was hired to star in a swords-and-sandals movie titled Desert Warrior, he was just happy to have the job. One year later, Dax and the rest of the film’s cast and crew would look on in horror as The Innocence of Muslims—a crudely dubbed version of the movie they thought they were making—ignited protests across the Arab world and controversy at home. Speaking with many of the film’s principals, Michael Joseph Gross reports on a story as old as Hollywood itself: a pursuit of fame and fortune that ended in tears.
Pravda to Americans: Never Give Up Your Guns "These days, there are few few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions."