Please Be Advised
You Are About To Hear An Excerpt
Of The National Anthem

click.jpg

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 2 Comments

The Obscene Connections Between The Planning For the Ground Zero Memorial and the Ground Zero Mosque



The "Freedom Tower" was recently renamed OneWTC - earily resembling the recent renaming of "Cordoba Initiative as "Park51". Does this matter? Well, consider the fact that:

1. Company" FoxNews recently reported the Port Authority of NY & NJ were accepting bids to manage this project, and at the time, ME interests were the high bidders.
2. Atlas reported: Bin Laden/Al Qaeda Funding Ground Zero Mosque Imam Rauf
3. Who's who at Ground Zero planning

Let me delve a little into the PC circus of point 3:

A scholar and charity head appointed to President Obama's White House Fellowships Commission is closely tied to the Muslim leaders behind this proposed controversial Islamic cultural center to be built near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks. The White House fellow, Vartan Gregorian, is president of Carnegie Corp.of New York.

Gregorian also serves on the board of the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. The museum is reportedly working with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (Imam Rauf's organization), whose leaders are behind the mosque, to ensure the future museum will represent the voices of American Muslims.

As this butt kissing back door dealing was going on, Bloomberg Mayor Bloomberg was cuting his on deals expanding his LLC financial center in Dubai.

Got that . . .the museum assures it will represent the voice of muslims. Ever wonder why it was worth Bloomberg buying a third term? With the billions of dollars involved in the WTC rebuilding effort and the stealth jihad/triumphalist stain on the horizon. . .this should all come into focus soon.

Now that we've got Bloomberg and company's priority's cleared up . . .let's focus in on that little detail about the memorial placement below grade - 70 feet below grade - ME interests (mgmt) keeping the image of the horrors of 9/11/2001 dead and buried, completely out of sight of pedestrian traffic. This also satisfies the sensitivities of the local Park51 foot traffic - the museum concealed well below grade eliminates ready connection between terror, violence and enmity for the infidel and Islam. Well, maybe not the enmity, as these devout will no doubt take every opportunity to impress their filthy soles stomping upon the graves of the 9/11 victims as well as those visiting this memorial in this ME managed building.

I'm sure you are aware that Faisel Rauf strongly supports sharia. If you've read Bat Ye'or's works on dhimmitude you may also be familiar with the following sharia rules for dhimmis:

via Bat Ye’or’s book “The Dhimmi” ( @ googlebooks online – http://tinyurl.com/2axumyp ) -read (page 179 -

” (b) prohibiting the construction of buildings higher than those of the Muslims. They should be only of equal height, or lower” etc. and then go on to read page 193 – “all dhimmis who owned a shop near that of a Muslim, should lower their mastaba (ground floor) so that those of the Muslims would be higher.”

Getting back to explaining what relation sharia has to the museum. 
 
In recent negotiations, the Port Authority NYNJ cut the size of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only church destroyed in this act of war cut it’s size slightly and told church officials that its dome could not rise higher than the trade center memorial. 
 
It was inevitable then, for those that are keenly aware that the church could not possibly build a dome which sat lower than 70 feet below grade, and it would eventually be denied permission to rebuild. (link 
 
So, when the 'other' GZ mosque Masjid Manhattan [quote]". . .displayed a banner on its website stating: Build the “House of Allah” next to the World Trade Center ! Help us raise he flag of “LA ILLAHA ILLA ALLAH” ! " 
 
Another black flag was hoisted right in front of everyone's nose, only to be overlooked as readily as the gullible are ready to overlook the reason for the museum being buried below and out of sight of muslim sensibilities while, as in any other muslim controlled arena, churches are denied permission to repair or rebuild.
 
Politically correct madness merges with stealth jihad and Islamic triumphalism. God help us.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 12 Comments

Jerusalem Post:

Ahmadinejad: Our response to attack would be worldwide
By ASSOCIATED PRESS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
08/21/2010 17:30

As fueling of Bushehr nuclear power plant begins, Iranian president warns that a strike on Iran would be answered with "harsh and painful" retaliation; US: Plant "not a proliferation risk."

As Iranian and Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant on Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Qatari newspaper Al-Shark that if the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities were attacked, the response from Teheran would be "worldwide" in its scope.

"Our possibilities would be limitless and would encompass the whole world," said Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad discussed Israel, stating that the Jewish state would like to attack Iran but understands that the Islamic Republic is a "fortress that cannot be destroyed" and that the Iranian response to such an attack would be "harsh and painful."

"I don't believe their American masters would let them attack," Ahamadinejad added on Israel.

The weeklong operation to load uranium fuel into the reactor at the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran that began on Saturday is the first step in starting up a facility the US once hoped to prevent because of fears over Teheran's nuclear ambitions.

"Despite all pressure, sanctions and hardships imposed by Western nations, we are now witnessing the startup of the largest symbol of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities," Iranian Vice President and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters inside the plant.

The US State Department said Saturday that they do not consider the Bushehr facility a proliferation risk, AFP reported.

“We recognize that the Bushehr reactor is designed to provide civilian nuclear power and do not view it as a proliferation risk,” State Department spokesman Darby Holladay told AFP on Saturday.

Holladay added that if Iran's nuclear activities are meant for peaceful purposes, as Teheran has claimed, than the new Bushehr fuel reactor would eliminate Iran's need to continue enriching uranium.

Russia, which helped finish building the plant, has pledged to safeguard the site and prevent spent nuclear fuel from being shifted to a possible weapons program. After years of delaying its completion, Moscow says it believes the Bushehr project is essential for persuading Iran to cooperate with international efforts to ensure Iran does not develop the bomb.

The United States, while no longer formally objecting to the plant, disagrees and says Iran should not be rewarded while it continues to defy UN demands to halt enrichment of uranium, a process used to produce fuel for power plants but which can also be used in weapons production.

On Saturday, a first truckload of fuel was taken from a storage site to a fuel "pool" inside the reactor building. Over the next 10 days, 163 fuel assemblies — equal to 80 tons of uranium fuel — will be moved inside the building and then into the reactor core.

Workers in white lab coats and helmets led reporters on a tour of the cavernous facility.

It will be another two months before the 1,000-megawatt light-water reactor is pumping electricity to Iranian cities.

Iran denies an intention to develop nuclear weapons, saying it only wants to generate power with a network of nuclear plants it plans to build.

The Bushehr plant is not considered a proliferation risk because the terms of the deal commit the Iranians to allowing the Russians to retrieve all used reactor fuel for reprocessing. Spent fuel contains plutonium, which can be used to make atomic weapons. Additionally, Iran has said that International Atomic Energy Agency experts will be able to verify that none of the fresh fuel or waste is diverted.

Of greater concern to the West, however, are Iran's stated plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment sites inside protected mountain strongholds. Iran said recently it will begin construction on the first one in March in defiance of the UN sanctions.

Nationwide celebrations were planned for Saturday's fuel loading at Bushehr.

"I thank the Russian government and nation, which cooperated with the great Iranian nation and registered their name in Islamic Iran's golden history," Salehi said. "Today is a historic day and will be remembered in history."

He spoke at a news conference inside the plant with the head of Russia's state-run nuclear corporation, Sergei Kiriyenko, who said Russia was always committed to the project.

"The countdown to the Bushehr nuclear power plant has started," Kiriyenko said. "Congratulations."

Iran's hard-liners consider the completion of the plant to be a show of defiance against UN Security Council sanctions that seek to slow Iran's nuclear advances.

Hard-line leader Hamid Reza Taraqi said the launch will boost Iran's international standing and "will show the failure of all sanctions" against Iran.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated Friday that Teheran was ready to resume negotiations with the six major powers trying to curb Iran's program — the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany.

Ahmadinejad, however, insisted Iran would reject calls to completely halt uranium enrichment, a key UN demand. The president had earlier said the talks could start in September, but in an interview with Japan's biggest newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun, he said the talks could start as early as this month.

Russia signed a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr plant in 1995 but has dragged its feet on completing the work.

Moscow had cited technical reasons for the delays, but analysts say Russia used the project to try to press Iran to ease its defiance over its nuclear program.

The uranium fuel used at Bushehr is well below the more than 90 percent enrichment needed for a nuclear warhead. Iran is already producing its own uranium enriched to the Bushehr level — about 3.5 percent. It also has started a pilot program of enriching uranium to 20 percent, which officials say is needed for a medical research reactor.

The Bushehr plant overlooks the Persian Gulf and is visible from several miles (kilometers) away with its cream-colored dome dominating the green landscape. Soldiers maintain a 24-hour watch on roads leading up to the plant, manning anti-aircraft guns and supported by numerous radar stations.

There are several housing facilities for employees inside the complex plus a separate large compound housing the families of Russian experts and technicians. The site is about 745 miles (1,200 kilometers) south of Teheran.

Russians began shipping fuel for the plant in 2007 and carried out a test-run of the plant in February 2009.

Iran says it plans to build other reactors and says designs for a second rector in southwestern Iran are taking shape.

The Bushehr project dates backs to 1974, when Iran's US-backed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi contracted with the German company Siemens to build the reactor. The company withdrew from the project after the 1979 Islamic Revolution toppled the shah.

The partially finished plant later sustained damages after it was bombed by Iraq during its 1980-88 war against Iran.

Before making the Russian deal to complete Bushehr, Iran signed pacts with Argentina, Spain and other countries only to see them canceled under US pressure.

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 1 Comments

9-11 Museum being built, but should it be underground?

The Philadelphia Bulletin writes about the construction of the 9-11 museum, which is taking place 70 feet below ground.

While this is a very good article for reading, it did make me wonder - should this really be below ground, if I'm reading this correctly? I assume there will be a special structure that'll be located above ground from where you enter, but even so, this is a very challenging question about if this should really be underground.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Avi Green at permanent link# 5 Comments

Peace in Our Time!

Hours away.



Bill Whittle explains it all, here.



But you're probably bored with this topic. I bet you're wondering what is going on with the Real Housewives of D.C. or what's on the Lifetime channel. Or the Cooking Channel.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Mother Effingby at permanent link# 4 Comments

Obama's Spiritual Advisor: Jim Wallis - Communist-Sympathizer

Obama ‘Texts’ God, And Vice Versa

From Will:


Holy BlackBerry! Obama Finds Ways to Keep the Faith During First Year in Office. 
Obama's spiritual advisor ,who is he? 
First, Jim Wallis has had relationships with the communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).
Second, his “Witness for Peace” was an attempt to defend the Nicaraguan [Communist] Sandinistas
Wallis, together with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Obama’s former pastor of 20 years) “rallied support for the communist Nicaraguan regime and protested actions by the United States which supported the anti-communist Contra rebels”  
Hmmm reminds me of Rasputin advising the last Tsar.
I know it might sound over the top to call this guy a Communist sympathizer, but here is some background on Wallis:
Wallis championed the cause of communism. Forgiving its brutal standard-bearers in Vietnam and Cambodia the most abominable of atrocities, Wallis was unsparing in his execration of American military efforts. Demanding greater levels of "social justice" in the U.S., he was silent on the subject of the murderous rampages of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Very much to the contrary, several Sojourners editorials attempted to exculpate the Khmer Rouge of the charges of genocide, instead shifting blame squarely onto the United States.

Following the 1979 refugee crisis in Vietnam, Wallis lashed out at the desperate masses fleeing North Vietnam's communist forces by boat. These refugees, as Wallis saw it, had been "inoculated" by capitalist influences during the war and were absconding "to support their consumer habit in other lands." Wallis then admonished critics against pointing to the boat people to "discredit" the righteousness of Vietnam's newly victorious Communist regime.
Read more »
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 2 Comments

President Barack Obama's Endgame: A Look At The National Debt

A video from Representative Eric Cantor:

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 0 Comments

Italy Leading the Fight, At the UN, Against Female Genital Mutilation



Yes, Italy, not Britain, where FGM is a huge problem (74,000 young girls are thought to have had the "operation"),


not America, 


but Italy.


Italians understand the simple truth that hacking off clits is a bad idea, and ought to be criminalized the world over.

From Ansa Med:

ROME - The recent news of the death of an Egyptian girl from a genital mutilating operation can only further strengthen the Italian government's policy of gathering consensus from as many states as possible over the coming months for a resolution at the General Assembly of the United Nations against this barbarous practice. This was stated by Italian Foreign minister Franco Frattini.

For this reason the Italian Foreign Ministry, along with a coalition of states, is working intensly to broaden consensus for a resolution as widely as possible. "To this end," Frattini concluded, "I am confident that there is a strong willingness at an international level to put an end to this practice that still today affects 140 million women around the world".

Vice President of the Italian Senate Emma Bonino said: "For over 10 years we have been conducting a campaign to make the UN General Assembly approve a resolution against female genital mutilations. I think that right now we are on the home stretch, and we are also counting on the support of the Italian government,". The campaign has been promoted by the association "There is no peace without justice" together with the Inter-African Committee, explained the Italian Radical Party representative.

Emma Bonino was among the promoters of the Cairo Declaration of 2003 against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which was followed by a relaunching of the campaign in 2008 from the Egyptian capital again. On the front lines in the campaign is Minister of Family Mouchira Khattab, who promoted childhood law number 126 of 2008, which for the first time banned female genital mutilation, making it a crime.

With Egypt, 19 countries out of the 28 involved passed a law against FGM. Among those that did not pass the law are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Niger, Mali and Mauritania. (ANSAmed).


Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 7 Comments

Prince Charles’s mosque meets a rebellion


From the London Times:

THE Prince of Wales is facing a growing public revolt over plans to build a mosque as part of a new settlement he is planning in Cornwall.

More than 100 local residents have formed an action group to prevent a consortium of developers led by the Duchy of Cornwall, the prince’s estate, from building the mosque on the southeast fringes of Newquay.
They point out that there are virtually no Muslims in the area, with official government figures showing that only 33 people out of more than 22,000 are Muslims. 

Think about this, why would the Prince of Wales want to build a Mosque in an area where Muslims make up only less than 2 of every 1000 people? 


Unless, HE IS A MUSLIM HIMSELF? And, he feels the need to have a Mosque so he can stick his ass up in the air, and get fucked by Allah, in the proper forum which a Mosque represents?

Read more »
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 8 Comments

Isn't this just amazing. This guy is disgusting, abominable, corrupt, all the things that a person who follows darkness would be in a movie. 

He is an evil character in a two-dimensional script, but he lives in a three-dimensional world.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 4 Comments

The New Definition Of "Racism"

With a hat tip to Blunt Politics:

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Always On Watch at permanent link# 1 Comments

What the Arab papers are saying about the Qaeda Kudos mosque (happy now AP)?

Remember this the next time you hear DOMESTIC political forces, in seeking to win elections characterize their opposition as racists:

Hossam Eitani, writing in Dar al-Hayat, a pan-Arab daily, places the current bout of anti-Islamic feeling in a wider context of intolerance of minorities being championed by the tea-party movement:

Some key figures in the Republican Party, such as former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, have come out in support of those opposed to the construction of mosques. The Tea Party movement supports them because it backs the Republican Party and is counting on a majority of Americans to contribute to the movement's religious, social and racist chauvinism. The group began by targeting Mr Obama and his social programme. It did everything possible to hinder his healthcare reforms. It has gone on to support Arizona's racist immigration law, designed to prevent Latin American immigration to America. Now it is taking an active role campaigning against building mosques.

That's pretty sweet coming from a group whose founding (and perfect) document claims jews are the children of apes and pigs.

Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 2 Comments

Major Protest This Sunday Morning at Ground Zero Mosque Site

The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero released a statement announcing a major protest in Lower Manhattan this Sunday,  

August 22:Join construction workers, firefighters, veterans, 9/11 families and first responders, human rights leaders, and residents of the Ground Zero neighborhood will unite for a major protest at the Ground Zero mosque site.


Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 12 Comments

Dearborn Hosts Rep. Conyers and Special Envoy to OIC Rashad Hussain
 
From Will:
Dearborn–August 15–The presidential appointment of a hafiz-Qur`an was, by itself and independent of any other facts, completely unpalatable to many on the extreme right.  Yet on February 13, 2010, President Obama appointed Rashad Hussain, an Indian-American born to first-generation Indian immigrants, as representative of the USA to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, with the rank and status of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
 
“America and Islam share principles of common humanity–the relationship with Muslism is not defined by only one framework, by Al-Qaeda.  No religion accepts killing of innocent men, women, and children,” he said. WTF !!!! Go tell that to the 9/11 victims !
 
Mr. Hussain received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation, he served as a Law Clerk to Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Hussain also earned his Master’s degrees in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. He attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 6 Comments

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 0 Comments

Imam Rauf's Newly Discovered Explosive Audio Tapes



You know, the other day, I was reading that Imam Feisal Rauf is a Kuwaiti-born Sufi Muslim.

I repeat; A KUWAITI-BORN SUFI MUSLIM.

I have tried Googling Sufism in Kuwait, and I can't find anything but a few stray articles, none claiming there are any large number of Sufi Muslims in Kuwait, of all places.

My opinion is, this guy is a hardcore Sunni Muslim.

Looks like my opinion is right. According to tapes unearthed by Steve Emerson, Imam Rauf defends Wahabbism. What the hell kind of Sufi would defend Wahabbism?

From Atlas Shrugs:

Steve Emerson has unearthed 13 hours of audio tape of Imam Rauf. Emerson and his team of investigators has spent the past four weeks going through the newly found material. Rauf  is a "radical extremist cleric who cloaks himself in sheep's clothing."

Among the shocking revelations Emerson's team will reveal next week -- they found Rauf:
Defending wahhabism - a puritanical version of Islam that governs Saudi Arabia
Calling for the elimination of Israel by claiming a one-nation state, meaning no more Jewish State.
Defending Bin Laden's violence
Demonstrating that there is a lot more to this man than merely a cleric. 
The American public now sees the "deception perpetrated by all these Islamic groups that claim they are against violence and terrorism and insist that their rights be respected but in reality are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood."

Emerson states there is "definitely fraud involved in the entities that Rauf created in the last decade that are co-mingled." Emerson took it to the IRS, who said, "you have a case."

There is intel that the shady developers, the Gamal brothers, will be going to radical Islamic organizations to serve as connectors -- CAIR,  MPAC -- so that they do their bidding for the money.

The mosque "is going to be a magnet for radicals." Emerson is not opposed to the building of mosques. He is "opposed to the building of radical mosques."  ......"Unfortunately 80% of the mosques in the United States are controlled by the Wahhabists. That's the reality. No one wants to admit it. They're the ones that attract terrorists."
Listen to Emerson here on Bill Bennett

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 9 Comments

Howard Dean Says, Islam is Stuck in the 12th Century - Is He Ramping Up To Run Against Obama?

First, listen to this:





Then, check this out, from Reliapundit.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 6 Comments

Islamophobic Muslim-American, And Miss USA Winner, Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque



From Weasel Zippers:

(NY P0st)The reigning Miss USA has come out against the Ground Zero mosque, saying “it shouldn’t be so close” to Ground Zero.
The 24-year-old Rima Fakih, is the first Muslim winner of the Miss USA contest and is preparing for the Miss Universe Pageant, scheduled for Monday in Las Vegas.
“I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion,” Fakih told “Inside Edition” in an interview that will air tonight.
“I also agree that it shouldn’t be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 15 Comments

New York construction workers vow not to work on the Ground Zero mosque


From Eye on the World:

(NY Daily News) A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."

"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."

A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.

Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association, said unions have not yet taken a "formal position" on Park51, but he understands why members would be hesitant to work there.

"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," he said. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."

"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."

L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.

"But if they moved it somewhere else, we would put up a prime building for these people," he said. "Hell, you could do it next to my house in Rockaway Beach, I would be fine with it. But I'm not fine with it where blood has been spilled."

More...
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 4 Comments

Keith Jarrett Trio
Straight No Chaser


Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

Friday, August 20, 2010

Miles Davis
Tutu


Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

The Band and
Emmylou Harris
Evangeline


Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

Name That Mosque

(sticky, scroll for newer)

AP: It Doesn't Matter if It Looks Like a Duck and Walks like a Duck, Please Don't Call It a Duck

Malkin's running a contest on what AP should then call the Ground Zero Mosque. So should we. So read this then have at it.

Associated Press:

08/19/2010


AP Advisory


AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque


Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff about covering the New York City mosque story and then discussed the guidance and reaction in a Facebook entry headlined "Behind the News: Describing the proposed NYC mosque."

Aug. 19, 2010

Colleagues,

Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

WE WILL CHANGE OUR SLUG ON THIS STORY LATER TODAY from “BC-Ground Zero Mosque” to “BC-NYC Mosque.”

In short headlines, some ways to refer to the project include:

_ mosque 2 blocks from WTC site
_ Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site
_ mosque near ground zero
_ mosque near WTC site

We can refer to the project as a mosque, or as a proposed Islamic center that includes a mosque.

It may be useful in some stories to note that Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace. The proposal is to create a new, larger Islamic community center that would include a mosque, a swimming pool, gym, auditorium and other facilities.

2. Here is a succinct summary of President Obama’s position:

Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center in New York as a matter of religious freedom, though he's also said he won't take a position on whether they should actually build it.

For additional background, you’ll find below a Fact Check on the project that moved yesterday.

Tom

---
Slug: BC-US--Mosque-Fact Check
Byline: CALVIN WOODWARD
Bytitle: Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates — mostly Republicans — despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood. And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less than 80 feet from where terrorists attacked.

And that the imam who's being branded an extremist has been valued by both Republican and Democratic administrations as a moderate face of the faith.

Even so, the project stirs complicated emotions, and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a complex figure who defies easy categorization in the American Muslim world.

He's devoted much of his career to working closely with Christians, Jews and secular leaders to advance interfaith understanding. He's scolded his own religion for being in some ways in the "Dark Ages." Yet he's also accused the U.S. of spilling more innocent blood than al-Qaida, the terrorist network that turned the World Trade Center, part of the Pentagon and four hijacked airplanes to apocalyptic rubble.

Many Republicans and some Democrats say the proposed $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque should be built elsewhere, where there is no possible association with New York's ground zero. Far more than a local zoning issue, the matter has seized congressional campaigns, put President Barack Obama and his party on the spot — he says Muslims have the right to build the mosque — divided families of the Sept. 11, 2001, victims, caught the attention of Muslims abroad and threatened to blur distinctions between mainstream Islam in the U.S. and its radical elements.

A look at some of the claims and how they compare with the known facts:
___

—"The folks who want to build this mosque — who are really radical Islamists who want to triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by radical Islamists — those folks don't have any interest in reaching out to the community. They're trying to make a case about supremacy." — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential 2012 presidential candidate.

—Some of the Muslim leaders associated with the mosque "are clearly terrorist sympathizers." — Kevin Calvey, a Republican running for Congress in Oklahoma.
—"This radical is a terrible choice to be one of the faces of our country overseas." — Statement by GOP Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Peter King of New York.

THE FACTS:
No one has established a link between the cleric and radicals. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said, "We've identified no law enforcement issues related to the proposed mosque."

Ros-Lehtinen and King were referring to the State Department's plan, predating the mosque debate, to send Rauf on another religious outreach trip to the Middle East as part of his "long-term relationship" with U.S. officials in the Bush and Obama administrations. The State Department said Wednesday it will pay him $3,000 for a trip costing the government $16,000.

Rauf counts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the Clinton administration as a friend and appeared at events overseas or meetings in Washington with former President George W. Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and Bush adviser Karen Hughes.
He has denounced the terrorist attacks and suicide bombing as anti-Islamic and has criticized Muslim nationalism. But he's made provocative statements about America, too, calling it an "accessory" to the 9/11 attacks and attributing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children to the U.S.-led sanctions in the years before the invasion.

In a July 2005 speech at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Center in Adelaide, Australia, Rauf said, according to the center's transcript:

"We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaida has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims."

While calling terrorism unjustified, he said the U.S. has supported authoritarian regimes with heinous human rights records and, faced with that, "how else do people get attention?"
In the same address, he spoke of prospects for peace between Palestinians and the Israelis — who he said "have moved beyond Zionism" — and of a love-your-neighbor ethic uniting all religions.
___

—"Mr. President, ground zero is the wrong place for a mosque." — Rick Scott, Republican candidate for Florida governor.

—"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There's no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center." — Gingrich.
—"Just a block or two away from 9/11." — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, another 2012 GOP presidential prospect.

THE FACTS:
No mosque is going up at ground zero. The center would be established at 45-51 Park Place, just over two blocks from the northern edge of the sprawling, 16-acre World Trade Center site. Its location is roughly half a dozen normal lower Manhattan blocks from the site of the North Tower, the nearer of the two destroyed in the attacks.

The center's location, in a former Burlington Coat Factory store, is already used by the cleric for worship, drawing a spillover from the imam's former main place for prayers, the al-Farah mosque. That mosque, at 245 West Broadway, is about a dozen blocks north of the World Trade Center grounds.

Another, the Manhattan Mosque, stands five blocks from the northeast corner of the World Trade Center site.

To be sure, the center's association with 9/11 is intentional and its location is no geographic coincidence. The building was damaged in the Sept. 11 attacks and the center's planners say they want the center to stand as a statement against terrorism.
___

—"There should be no mosque near ground zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. ... America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization." — Gingrich.

—"This religion's plan is to destroy our way of life. ... If we have to let them build it, make them build it nine stories underground, so we can walk above it as citizens and Christians."

— Ron McNeil, a House GOP candidate in the Florida Panhandle, in an exchange reported by The News Herald in Panama City.

THE FACTS:
Such opinions are shared by some Americans, while others are more reluctant to paint the religion with a broad brush and more welcoming of the faith in this country. Bush, himself, while criticized at the time for stirring suspicions about American Muslims, traveled to a Washington mosque less than a week after the attacks to declare that terrorism is "not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace."

In any event, the U.S. armed forces field Muslim troops and make accommodations for them. The Pentagon opened an interfaith chapel in November 2002 close to the area where hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building, killing 184 people.

Muslims gather there for a daily prayer service Monday through Thursday and hold a weekly worship service on Fridays, drawing no complaints. Similar but separate services are provided for other faiths.

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 9 Comments

Who's trying to KEEP them SLAVES?:

Good Stuff

Stole this from Z

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

Fox News:

After Crawling Onto U.S. Radar, Somalia Extremists Pose Threat – But Will They Go Global?
By Mike Levine
Published August 20, 2010

One of the nation's top intelligence officials was stunned by what he heard in that secret, underground facility.

Jack Tomarchio, the Department of Homeland Security's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the time, had flown from Washington to Ohio earlier that spring day for a briefing on the Buckeye State's latest efforts against terrorism. Now, as heavy winds battered the streets above, two Ohio Homeland Security officials told him how the capitals of Ohio and Minnesota had become havens for refugees of war-torn Somalia.

"Get out of town!" Tomarchio remembers saying in surprise. "Why did they go to Minnesota? It's freezing up there. Why don't they go to Arizona, where it's desert-like?"

Then the two briefers told Tomarchio they were becoming increasingly concerned about "radical mosques" in Columbus, Ohio, where imams "considered to be a little fiery" would come from Somalia and preach anti-Western messages to the growing Somali community, Tomarchio recalls about that day in 2006.

It marked one of the first times a U.S. counterterrorism official was warned that Islamic extremists in Somalia could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland -- not just a threat to the Horn of Africa or U.S. interests there.

In the years since, such extremists have become more powerful, more global and more deadly than U.S. officials ever imagined. One group in particular, Al Shabab, has recruited dozens of Americans from Minneapolis and elsewhere. They've produced the first known American suicide bomber, pledged their allegiance to Usama bin Laden, and last month launched their first attack outside Somalia with coordinated bombings in nearby Uganda.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called it "a new phase for Al Shabab," promising that the U.S. government is "constantly looking" to prepare for and prevent "any type of terrorist attack that should occur on our own soil."

In retrospect, federal officials now say, the U.S. government may have been slow to recognize Al Shabab's full potential. A senior intelligence official acknowledged that Al Shabab "exceeded our expectations," and Pat Rowan, a former top-ranking official with the Justice Department's counterterrorism division, said concern sparked by the recruitment in Minneapolis was "pretty late in the whole process." Similarly, a former FBI intelligence official said he and others "didn't think enough about the impact" of a key point in Al Shabab's rise.

So the big question now: Will Al Shabab launch an attack inside the United States?

Some current and former officials say they're skeptical, believing if it happens it won't be anytime soon. While acknowledging that the chances of such an attack have "probably" increased over the past two years, the senior intelligence official said Al Shabab still has limited reach and limited intentions.

"They've now gone beyond Somali borders to hit Uganda, but is hitting Uganda and hitting Buffalo (N.Y.) the same thing? No," the official said. "It's substantially different. Getting from Mogadishu to Kampala is relatively simple."

More importantly, the senior intelligence official said, Al Shabab's "number one goal" is "not to win the global jihad, it's to turn Somalia into a Shabab-ville," where strict Islamic law rules everything, and he hasn't seen any "convincing evidence that they've refocused on the West at large."

Phil Mudd, who is considered by the FBI an expert on Al Shabab and until March was a top-ranking official in the agency's National Security Branch, agreed, saying that of all the threats against the United States "this is not top tier yet."

"It's easy to sit here and say, 'Everybody's a major threat,' but when you're managing resources, you've got to say, 'If somebody's a major threat, that means I've got to put them on the level of" Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which orchestrated the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the Pakistani Taliban, "which has shown intent and capability in New York" with the botched Times Square bombing, Mudd said. "I don't know how you would do that in this case."

The nation's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, echoed that assessment during a press conference two weeks ago, telling reporters, "I don't think we have any direct evidence that Al Shabab is threatening the homeland."

One counterterrorism official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he too has seen intelligence suggesting Al Shabab is not currently directing attacks at the U.S. homeland, but he said the issue is "not so black and white."

Read more »

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

New York Crimes:

U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.

Administration officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country’s nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats.

For years, Israeli and American officials have debated whether Iran is on an inexorable drive toward a nuclear bomb and, if so, how long it would take to produce one. A critical question has been the time it would take Tehran to convert existing stocks of low-enriched uranium into weapons-grade material, a process commonly known as “breakout.”

Israeli intelligence officials had argued that Iran could complete such a race for the bomb in months, while American intelligence agencies have come to believe in the past year that the timeline is longer.

“We think that they have roughly a year dash time,” said Gary Samore, President Obama’s top adviser on nuclear issues, referring to how long it would take the Iranians to convert nuclear material into a working weapon. “A year is a very long period of time.”

American officials said the United States believed international inspectors would detect an Iranian move toward breakout within weeks, leaving a considerable amount of time for the United States and Israel to consider military strikes.

The American assessments are based on intelligence collected over the past year, as well as reports from international inspectors. It is unclear whether the problems that Iran has had enriching uranium are the result of poor centrifuge design, difficulty obtaining components or accelerated Western efforts to sabotage the nuclear program.

American officials said new intelligence information was being fed into a long-delayed National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program.

Now, American and Israeli officials believe breakout is unlikely anytime soon. For one thing, Iran, which claims it is interested in enriching uranium only for peaceful purposes, would be forced to build nuclear bombs from a limited supply of nuclear material, currently enough for two weapons. Second, such a decision would require kicking out international weapons inspectors, eliminating any ambiguity about Iran’s nuclear plans.

Even if Iran were to choose this path, American officials said it would probably take Iran some time to reconfigure its nuclear facilities to produce weapons-grade uranium and ramp up work on designing a nuclear warhead.

Israeli officials have indicated that if they saw a race for the bomb under way, they would probably take military action and encourage the United States to join the effort. A spokesman for Israel’s embassy in Washington declined to comment for this article. In interviews, Israeli officials said their assessments were coming into line with the American view, but they remain suspicious that Iran has a secret enrichment site yet to be discovered.

American officials said, in contrast to a year ago, that Iran’s nuclear program was not currently the central focus of discussions between top leaders in Washington and Jerusalem. During the last visit to Washington by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in early July, the Iranian program was relatively low on the agenda, according to one senior administration official.

To block Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the United States and the European Union recently imposed harsh economic sanctions aimed at choking off Iran’s energy supplies and prohibiting foreign banks from doing business with financial institutions inside the country.

Several officials said they believed the mounting cost of the economic sanctions, especially those affecting Iran’s ability to import gasoline and develop its oil fields, has created fissures among Iran’s political elite and forced a debate about the costs of developing nuclear weapons.

“The argument is over how far to push the program, how close to a weapon they can get without paying an even higher price,” said the senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because American assessments on these debates are classified. “And we’re beginning to see a lot of divisions inside the leadership on that question.”

Nuclear experts agree that the hardest element of producing a weapon is obtaining weapons-grade material. And for Iran that quest, which stretches back more than 20 years, has not been going well, by most accounts.

For most of this year, Iran has added relatively few centrifuges — the machines that spin uranium at supersonic speed, enriching it — to its main plant at Natanz. Only about half of those installed are operating, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. So far, Iran has produced about 5,730 pounds, enough, with considerable additional enrichment, to produce roughly two weapons.

The public explanation by American officials is that the centrifuges are inefficient and subject to regular breakdowns. And while Iranian officials have talked about installing more advanced models that would be more efficient and reliable, only a few have been installed.

“Either they don’t have the machines, or they have real questions about their technical competence,” Mr. Samore said.

Some of Iran’s enrichment problems appear to have external origins. Sanctions have made it more difficult for Iran to obtain precision parts and specialty metals. Moreover, the United States, Israel and Europe have for years engaged in covert attempts to disrupt the enrichment process by sabotaging the centrifuges. Officials concede there are potential vulnerabilities in their assessments. Chief among them is whether Iran has hidden another enrichment center somewhere in the tunnels it has dug throughout the country, including some near Natanz.

Last September, Iran acknowledged to inspectors that it had spent years building such a hidden facility near the city of Qum, buried in a mountain near a major military base. The admission came just days before Western leaders revealed the existence of the facility. But after detailed surveys, and interviews with defectors, officials say they have no evidence a second such facility is under construction.

The current draft of the intelligence report also describes considerable division in Iran about whether the goal of the nuclear program should be to walk right up to the threshold of building an actual bomb — which would mean having highly enriched uranium on hand, along with a workable weapons design — or simply to keep enough low-enriched uranium on hand to preserve Tehran’s options for building a weapon later.

Even as American and Israeli officials agree that the date that Iran is likely to have a nuclear weapon has been pushed into the future, that does not mean that Israel has abandoned the idea of a possible military strike.

American officials said that Israel was particularly concerned that, over time, Iran’s supreme leader could order that nuclear materials be dispersed to secret locations around the country, making it less likely that an Israeli military strike would significantly cripple the program.

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 0 Comments

Politico:

Candidates undergo hunger strike

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was probably embarrassed when a student protester shoved a pie into his face, but two California candidates might have wanted just deserts.

That's because the two congressional hopefuls have gone on hunger strike to demand a debate with Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

"The hunger has almost disappeared except when there's food around and TV ads and stuff. The Hometown Buffet commercial is one of the worst. They are an all-you-can-eat buffet," said Mike Benoit, the libertarian candidate in the three-way race.

The strike started with Democrat Ray Lutz, who said he got the idea from former California Rep. Jim Bates. Benoit immediately joined in. The pair are on their fifth day of a hunger strike they started at sundown on Aug. 12.

They want Hunter to join them in a series of debates beginning on Aug. 25. Hunter has agreed to debate Lutz and Benoit — but not until October.

"My hope is that he holds out and doesn't expire before October because that's when we're going to debate him, and we've told him that several times," said Dave Gilliard, a spokesman for Hunter.

So far, Lutz has had a rough ride: He's missed 17 meals, lost 14 pounds, taken an enema to avoid toxic shock, talked to a doctor who recommended a salt-water purge, given up exercise and is so tired he has resorted to napping during the day.

But unlike the Irish Republicans who died of starvation after hunger strikes protesting British rule in the 1980s, Lutz will only go so far. "I don't want to die - going to a debate with Duncan Hunter is not important enough for me to die," he told POLITICO on Tuesday.

He said he will fast until at least Friday, Aug. 20, when Hunter is scheduled to appear at the Politics in Paradise event hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Lutz promises what he dubbed a "faceoff."

"I had a ticket, and I'm not going to be able to eat the hors d'oeuvres," Lutz said, reading from a ticket that promises heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. "We're going to have signs; we're going to have protesters."

The San Diego-area 52nd District is heavily Republican, and Hunter is expected to win the November election easily. He is a freshman who replaced his father, former Rep. Duncan Hunter, after the elder man decided to retire.

Lutz accuses the current congressman of trading on his name and says the debates will help show voters that Hunter the son is much different from Hunter the father.

"You have a guy who inherited this seat from his father and I believe is really not qualified for this seat at all," Lutz said. He said his campaign has called several informational websites to ask them to remove the photos of Hunter's father that were displayed alongside current information about the district's representation.

Benoit has run for the seat numerous times before, but it's Lutz's first congressional run. He's well-known in the community because he led a campaign to stop Blackwater, the controversial private security firm, from building offices in the district.

Lutz is an electrical engineer who owns Cognisys, a company that sells electronics to psychologists and other professionals to help treat mental illnesses.

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 1 Comments

Rep. Alan Grayson Moronic Truther

Bush let 9/11 happen.

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 3 Comments

New GOP Ad

Labels:

Bookmark and Share
posted by midnight rider at permanent link# 1 Comments

Ground Zero Mosque Ransom: Developer Dictates Exorbitant Jizya

From Atlas Shrugs:

Blackmailing America.
911 attack, part II: trafficking/profiting in the pain of a nation.
As the obvious ultimate insult becomes more painful, and the polls overwhelmingly oppose the Ground Zero mosque, thug developer Sharif El Gamal et al are dictating the terms (the booty) for taking Ground Zero hostage with an Islamic supremacist mosque on the site of the 911 attack.
Geraldo Rivera (the clownish messenger) is on O'Reilly, showing off that he is on the inside with Muslims in the know, wink, wink, nod nod, as a compromise is being hammered out with these stealth jihadists.
According to Geraldo's inside jizz, a "major [Muslim] 'civil rights activist' close to the prime developer" -- (uh, can you say Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood proxy?) dictates the terms as follows.
  • If they are to be paid off, they expect at least four times what they paid for the Burlington property. (Nice, huh?)
  • If it's a property switch, it must be a "better commercial value in the immediate vicinity" of Ground Zero, south of Houston street and perhaps east of Broadway.
Exploiting 911. Ugh.
It is galling that we the taxpayers are going to pay a jizya for this stealth jihadist to do the decent and moral thing.
Apparently this crew is capable of neither decency nor morality.

There's more. Go read the whole thing.
Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 3 Comments

Arab states cut aid to Palestinian Authority (While Iran funds HAMAS)

UPDATE BELOW

Map showing the West Bank and Gaza Strip in re...

Image via Wikipedia

UN: Authority having trouble paying salaries; PA spokesman Ghassan Al-Khatib said workers will find money in the bank at the end of the month.

Arab states have cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority so far this year and the United Nations has warned of a looming Palestinian cash crisis.

"The Arabs are not paying. We urge them to meet their financial pledges," said Saleh Rafat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and one of the few Palestinian officials willing to speak out on the matter.

Arab government officials declined to comment on the issue.

The failure of some wealthy Arab states to pay up is frustrating Western governments, which are big contributors to the Palestinian territories. The situation is also leaving officials in the West Bank with a budget headache.

Some Palestinian officials speculate that Arab states might be withholding the cash to try to persuade the Palestinian factions Fatah (which controls the West Bank ) and Hamas (which controls Gaza ) toward reconciliation.

The Ma'an news agency quoted a PA official who denied reports indicating the authority is facing a major cash crisis. PA spokesman Ghassan Al-Khatib said workers will find money in the bank at the end of the month, but conceded that the government was facing a "very severe financial crisis, but one that is being managed," Ma'an reported.

Palestinian Finance Ministry figures showed the PA had so far received $583.5 million in budget support in 2010. Only 22% came from Arab donors, the rest came from international donors including the European Union and the United States.

In the last three years, the most Arab states have paid in any one year was $525.9 million, contributed in 2008, the figures show. Gulf oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been the main Arab contributors to the PA since 2007. But this year, both have fallen well short of previous support.

This year Saudi Arabia had reportedly paid $30.6 million by August, compared to $241.1 million in 2009. The UAE, which contributed $173.9 million in 2009, has yet to contribute anything.

A UN report this week said the Palestinian Authority "will face a serious liquidity crisis in September and will have difficulty paying August salaries" due to the aid shortfall. PA officials, however, said August wages were secured.

Aid is crucial in helping pay the wages of 148,000 PA employees, including 67,000 in the Gaza Strip, whose salaries help support the Gazan economy that has withered since Hamas rose to power there in 2007.

Palestinian policymakers say donor support has been one of the main engines of strong economic growth in the West Bank, a figure estimated as having reached 8% this year.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, midway through a two-year plan to build the institutions of a future Palestinian state, warned recently of "serious financial difficulty" and said the PA faced "a significant shortfall in external assistance."

Ma'an also reported that the EU-denied aid to the Palestinians is linked to negotiations with Israel, quoting the head of operations at the Office of the EU Representative in Jerusalem, Roy Dickenson. However he categorically rejected accusations that donor countries were withholding assistance as the international community pushes for a return to direct peace talks.


I mean, what is there to say? The arab's just don't giver a shit about their brother's in the end. Not enough to make a difference when things get tight. Instead it is the WEST which suffering from the worst economic conditions since the 1930's which keeps it's commitments instead of oil, a commodity whose value will continue to increase as supplies peak and then dwindle amid increasing demand in the world.

And meanwhile HAMAS continues with Iranian financial and diplomatic support, weapons, advice and military guidance, as does Hizballah.

And Obama presses Israel to make concessions to the very entity being squeezed out by the arabs themselves.

UPDATE:

Obama invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to direct talks...



Enhanced by Zemanta
Bookmark and Share
posted by Epaminondas at permanent link# 3 Comments

2009 News: Imam Feisal Rauf Head Sharia Index Project To Monitor Just How Closely Nations Adhere To Islamic Law

One of the "moderate" Imam's other projects is to work towards the spread of Sharia law throughout the world. But, how can you do this, if'n you don't know who's lagging behind?

From The National, via Babba Zee:


Imam Feisal Rauf, the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, leads the Shariah Index Project for Muslim countries. Stuart Taylor for The National
KUALA LUMPUR // Many countries are Islamic, but some may be more Islamic than others. Now moves are afoot to rate nations according to how closely they adhere to the principles of Islam.

The Shariah Index Project is led by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a New York-based cleric who heads the Cordoba Initiative, a multinational project to improve relations between Muslim countries and the West.

He announced it on Sunday, on the final day of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality conference in Malaysia.

The project has been in the works since 2006, with researchers quietly holding behind-the-scenes meetings with scholars, activists and government officials.

“We have been soliciting the opinion of scholars throughout the Muslim world, asking them what defines an Islamic state, from the point of view of Islamic law,” he said.

“What are the principles that make a state Islamic? We can say among them is justice, protection of religion and minorities and elimination of poverty, and so on.”

The Cordoba Initiative, which co-sponsored the Wise conference, is a non-profit organisation with offices in New York and Kuala Lumpur. It is funded by the Malaysian government and other sources in both western and Muslim countries.

So far the project has produced a book of scholarly essays on the concept of measuring a nation’s “Islamicity”, providing a theoretical foundation for the index.

By the end of this year, it expects to release the results of an unprecedented poll, conducted with the Gallup Organisation, that asked people in 44 majority-Muslim nations how well they felt their country complied with Islamic principles.

“It will create an annual rating, a score to rate countries on how compliant they are,” said Imam Feisal.

“And we’d like to index both Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and non-OIC countries, because we know some non-OIC countries will score higher than some OIC members on some principles like justice, protection of minorities and so on.”

Imam Feisal admitted the project was ambitious, with difficulties including the technicalities of conducting such a broad poll, and of finding consistent sources of funding for such an expensive process.

Determining Islamic principles had been the easy part, he said.

In classical Islamic jurisprudence the ruler must be someone who is “wise and upholds the Shariah”, he explained.

“Early scholars debated a third point: whether the ruler must also be pious.

“And the answer is no. As long as the ruler is committed to upholding the Shariah, piety should not be a hurdle to reigning over people.

“Though on this point in particular there was a big split with the Shia, who disagree.”

He added that measuring the dedication and devotion of a person was too difficult to be done by a poll.

The pillars of Shariah are based on five – some say six sacrosanct rights and principles. Breaching any of them is considered a major sin that requires punishment.

The most important is the protection and furthering of life. Then there is the protection of religion – which includes all three Abrahamic faiths and, through most of Islamic history, other religions as well.


It was this principle that the Muslim world evoked during the controversy over cartoons lampooning the Prophet that were published in a Danish newspaper. The same principle prohibits Muslims from satirising elements of any religion.

Another pillar is the protection of dignity and honour, which can be used as a basis for punishing slander, which recently became a crime in the UAE under the country’s new media law.

The same principle is behind UAE cases where drivers have been prosecuted for making rude gestures at other road users, who took it as an insult to their dignity.

Similarly, a woman can sue a man, even a stranger, for a lewd or inappropriate comment that “undermines her honour”.


Protection of lineage, another pillar of Shariah, is the basis for criminalising adultery and, as was decided by muftis in Dubai last year, for banning IVF.

Protection of the mind or intellect includes the protection of sobriety, the basis for prohibiting Muslims from drinking alcohol or using any mind-altering substance, except under a doctor’s orders.

The final pillar of Shariah is the protection of property, an element that many scholars say contributed to the economic growth of early Muslim states.
Think about it, the Imam Rauf has a book called, "What's Right With America, What's Right With Islam?" which makes the case for the idea that "what's right with America is what's right with Islam"



So, if he believes what he says in his book, and in this video, then I wonder if America got high marks as a Sharia state?


I mean, we should, right? Following his logic.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share
posted by Pastorius at permanent link# 8 Comments


Older Posts Newer Posts