"When Pope Benedict XVI delivered his Regensburg address in 2006, he suggested that Islam had a link to violence. In response, many Muslims rioted. It’d be funny if it weren’t so sad." (Jonah Goldberg)
Where political "correctness" has led America . . .
There's nothing wrong with teaching children the major tenets of various religions, but having them join in prayers of a religion other than their own is outrageous.
The fact that the religion being favored here is the one observed by less than 1% of Americans is doubly outrageous. If any religion should be getting extra emphasis, it's the one three quarters of Americans share -- Christianity.
And the fact that Christians aren't generally engaged in mass slaughter of innocents around the world the way Islamists are all around the world today should count for quite a lot.
And does anyone still remember this?
Does the fact that the perpetrators of these acts -- and the other 16,000-plus deadly attacks since -- were devout adherents of this particular religion give anyone in the schools across America any pause?
On May 24th, at Track 16 Gallery in fashionable Bergamont Station in Santa Monica, CA, dozens of marginal works of art were nearly destroyed by the exploding heads of some of SoCal’s finest and most dogmatic liberals, as a roomful of them were injected with some cognitive dissonance when author Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke.
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Well, she was black, so they could not dismiss her as a racist; she had lived in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and the United States, so they could not call her an ignorant provincial hick; she was an avowed atheist, so they could not call her a Christian bigot on a crusade against peaceful Islam; and she was multi-lingual, articulate, and brilliant, so they couldn’t just call her stupid. All the pejoratives they usually apply to people who disagree with them wouldn’t work, and so they were left to confront her ideas, and those ideas stripped them naked, rent their garments of superiority and condescension into tatters at their feet, and left them angry and confused, whining to each other in the corners of the room, unable to say anything to her face. Their favorite weapons, ad hominem name-calling and sneering condescension, were disarmed.
Ms. Ali, flanked by 3 or 4 pleasant-looking but serious suits, a private Secret Service force necessary to protect her from the religion of peace, signed my book as I stammered out an inadequate “Thank you so much for your courage.”
What with the Fort Hood mass murderer, the Christmas Pantybomber, and now the Times Square bomber, you may have noticed a little uptick in attempted terrorist attacks on the U.S. mainland in the last few months.
Rep. Lamar Smith did, and, at the House Judiciary Committee, he was interested to see if the attorney general of the United States thought there might be any factor in common between these perplexingly diverse incidents.
“In the case of all three attempts in the last year, the terrorist attempts, one of which was successful, those individuals have had ties to radical Islam,” said Representative Smith. “Do you feel that these individuals might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam?”
“Because of . . . ?”
“Radical Islam,” repeated Smith.
“There are a variety of reasons why I think people have taken these actions,” replied Eric Holder noncommittally. “I think you have to look at each individual case.”
The congressman tried again. “Yes, but radical Islam could have been one of the reasons?”
“There are a variety of reasons why people . . . ”
“But was radical Islam one of them?”
“There are a variety of reasons why people do things,” the attorney general said again. “Some of them are potentially religious . . . ” Stuff happens. Hard to say why.
“Okay,” said Smith. “But all I’m asking is if you think, among those variety of reasons, radical Islam might have been one of the reasons that the individuals took the steps that they did.”
“You see, you say ‘radical Islam,’” objected Holder. “I mean, I think those people who espouse a — a version of Islam that is not . . . ”
“Are you uncomfortable attributing any actions to radical Islam?” asked Smith. “It sounds like it.”
It doesn't take a great deal of intelligence to notice that radical Islamists not only have attacked the U.S. mainland three times since Barack Obama has become president, but also pepetrated the original World Trade Center bombing and the September 11 attack.
The question is why the Obama administration is so intent on downplaying this truth, and why the media do not call the administration on its spin early and often. The answer lies in the fact that they place prime importance on their own short-term political advantage.
They are far too preoccupied with maintaining and expanding their own political power to give any serious thought to the security of the unknown individual Americans who may happen to be in the path of the next terrorist bomber or shooter.
To put the survival and safety interests of those currently unknown Americans ahead of their own immediate political survival -- well, that would be a practical application of the Golden Rule for you. They would have to care about those fellow Americans at least as much as they care about their own political advantage. But who has time anymore to care about anonymous others?
Only someone with a deep, deep moral grounding. Do you sense that level of moral fiber and self-sacrifice in our current leadership in Washington?
A nation that cannot even admit the truth about its self-appointed enemy -- a nation that wilfully averts its eyes rather than confronting a major theat to its national security before it grows to calamitous proportions -- a nation that considers self-sacrifice a quaint notion best left to Mother Teresa types and those "chumps" in the military -- is a nation already in serious trouble.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed that the Zionist regime is moving on a precipice towards demise and it will soon experience annihilation.
“I am very optimistic about the future of Palestine and believe that Israel is moving on the precipice of wane and demise, and God willing its annihilation is for sure,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Ramadan Abdullah Shallah here in Tehran.
Good thing Obama is top of the situation with Iran.
It's political "correctness" run amok. The City of New York hired a man convicted of second-degree murder and given a 15-year-to-life sentence as a Muslim "chaplain" for the jail.
And it gets worse: The imam's supervisor was himself convicted of drug dealing.
Can you imagine two less-qualified individuals to serve as "chaplains" (imams, actually) to jail inmates? And yet here they are, not only serving as Muslim "chaplains," but paid for it by the City of New York:
Abdu-Shahid was hired as a Muslim imam chaplain by the DOC three years ago tomorrow, and has a salary of $49,471 annually.
State Corrections Department records show that he entered state prison in September 1979 to begin serving a sentence of 15-years-to-life for a second-degree murder and a first-degree robbery committed in Manhattan. He was paroled in August 1993, and finished his parole in August 2001.
According to news accounts at the time, the cleric, a Brooklyn resident then known as Paul Pitts, was convicted with three other defendants in 1979 after the longest criminal trial in New York State Supreme Court history – one year, three months and three days.
Pitts and his co-defendants had held up a Harlem supermarket on Dec. 9, 1976, and during the robbery shot and killed a 30-year-old customer named Philip Crawford.
The Post also has learned that his criminal record includes an arrest for sexual assault in Queens, but that case later was dismissed.
Abdu-Shahid’s lawyer, McQueeney, said, "He’s been out of prison since the early ’90s. He’s completely reformed."
But a city Correction source said of Abdu-Shahid’s arrest, "It’s a disgrace that taxpayers are funding Muslim chaplains who not only have criminal records, but also are promoting violence."
Abdu-Shahid’s boss — head chaplain Umar Abdul-Jalil — himself was hired by the DOC despite having done a 14-year stint in prison for drug dealing.
What brings all this to light is that the convicted murderer has now been caught -- surprise, surprise! -- attempting to smuggle razor blades into the jail:
A city Department of Correction Muslim chaplain who served 14 years in prison for murder and robbery was arrested today for carrying three utility blades and a pair of scissors into a lower Manhattan jail, authorities said.
The chaplain, Zulqarnain Abdu-Shahid, had the utility blades and scissors in his duffel bag when he arrived at the Manhattan Detention Complex in the morning, according to the city Department of Investigation.
The dangerous items were found after an X-ray machine alerted correction officers to the presence of metal in the bag, the DOI said.
Authorities did not say why Abdu-Shahid was visiting the jail, commonly known as the Tombs, or why he was carrying the scissors and the rectangular blades, which were 1-and-1/2 inches long by three-quarters of an inch wide.